Majestic Switzerland Luxury Tour
10 Days
2 Countries

Switzerland, Liechtenstein

9 Cities

Zürich, Vaduz, Saint Moritz, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, Geneva, Route de Broc, Gruyères, Lucerne

16 Meals

5 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold
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From St. Moritz to Zermatt and onto Geneva, this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary ventures across Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express. In Lucerne, the Rosengart Museum opens for you after hours for a special, VIP Experience with sparkling wine among the masterpieces of Picasso and Renoir. Before bidding lakeside Lucerne farewell, choose how to visit the fascinating Swiss Transportation Museum, either with a highlight tour or learn about sustainability.

The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

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Day 1

Welcome to Switzerland

Your Switzerland tour begins by private chauffeur to your hotel. Tonight, dine on traditional Swiss fare at an elegant local restaurant this evening.

Fraumunster and St Peter Church Zurich, Switzerland
Ambassador View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner

Ambassador

About the Hotel

Zürich, Switzerland

Part of the former neo-Baroque style Uto Castle, the Hotel Ambassador is a modern lifestyle boutique hotel and the only small luxury hotel in the city of Zurich. The hotel is ideally located opposite the opera house and near bustling Sächseläutenplatz.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Laundry

Style

  • Boutique
Exceptional Dining Enjoy a delicious seasonal meal.
Zurich Welcome Dinner

Feel the warm hospitality of this stylish city, as you join your travel companions for a delicious Welcome Dinner hosted at an atmospheric local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 2

Vaduz and St. Moritz

Journey through picturesque Swiss countryside to Liechtenstein lined with stately medieval castles, quaint villages and dramatic mountains. Admire Vaduz Castle before ascending Julier Pass to Engadine Valley. Arriving in St. Moritz, soak in its jet-set atmosphere over a gourmet Alpine meal at Restaurant Engiadina.

 Journey to Liechtenstein
Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski

About the Hotel

Saint Moritz, Switzerland

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski is located at the Mauritius spring, the actual root of St Moritz itself. With direct access to the ski and hiking region of Corviglia, the hotel offers excellent facilities. The sports center and local swimming lakes are also within easy walking distance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Vaduz Castle Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Visit Liechtenstein

Visit Liechtenstein, known for being one of Europe's smallest countries and dotted with medieval castles, traditional villages and dramatic mountai...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Dine at a local restaurant in St Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz Dinner at Restaurant Engiadina

Located in the heart of the glamorous ski resort of St. Moritz is the marvelous Restaurant Engiadina, where you'll sample local fare in the quietly...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 3

The Roof of Europe

The dramatic peaks and sprawling meadows of St. Moritz come to life by joining a Local Wildlife Expert for insights into the resident wildlife of the surrounding areas. Or, a gentle mountain hike with a Swiss Mountain Guide will acquaint you with this picturesque landscape and its history.

 

 

St Moritz Switzerland
Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski View Hotel Details
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Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski

About the Hotel

Saint Moritz, Switzerland

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski is located at the Mauritius spring, the actual root of St Moritz itself. With direct access to the ski and hiking region of Corviglia, the hotel offers excellent facilities. The sports center and local swimming lakes are also within easy walking distance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange

Style

  • Traditional
Personalise your day Enjoy a nature walk, St Moritz Switzerland
St. Moritz Scenic Hike

Join a nature guide and head out for a gentle mountain hike in the glorious alpine scenery.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Wild alpine marmot, St Moritz Switzerland
St. Moritz Wildlife Talk

Listen to an engaging talk about the incredible local wildlife, including marmots, red deer and the golden eagle.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Day 4

All Aboard The Glacier Express

Take a breathtaking journey through the Swiss Alps to Zermatt aboard the Glacier Express. Sit back in your first-class seat and enjoy a lunch prepared on board, soaking up sensational views from your glass-domed carriage, as you wind through tunnels and bridges past the dramatic Matterhorn, towering Landwasser viaduct and picturesque castles rising out of the Rhine Gorge.

Journey on board the Glacier Express St Moritz Switzerland
Mont Cervin Palace View Hotel Details
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Mont Cervin Palace

About the Hotel

Zermatt, Switzerland

Situated in the heart of Zermatt, Mont Cervin Palace offers a range of gourmet restaurants, a wellness spa and easy access to beautiful mountain trails.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Glacier Express Oberalp Pass, Switzerland
Glacier Express Scenic Train

Take your first class seat onboard this world-famous train, the most spectacular way to travel through the Swiss Alps. Marvel at unrivaled views of...

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Passport Moments

Day 5

Zermatt and Gornergrat Experience

Ascend Gornergrat Mountain on Europe’s highest open-air cogwheel railway. Bask in the dramatic scenery from larch and pine forests to colorful Alpine meadows. Cross dramatic bridges and plunge through tunnels emerging into panoramic views of mountain lakes. The summit finds you standing in awe of the Matterhorn.

Ride the Gornergrat train for spectacular views Zermatt, Switzerland
Mont Cervin Palace View Hotel Details
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Mont Cervin Palace

About the Hotel

Zermatt, Switzerland

Situated in the heart of Zermatt, Mont Cervin Palace offers a range of gourmet restaurants, a wellness spa and easy access to beautiful mountain trails.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments  Take in the views of Matternhorn, Switzerland
Cogwheel Train to Gornergrat Summit

Ride Europe’s highest open-air cogwheel train to the summit of the mountain for a glimpse of some of Switzerland's highest peaks, Monte Rosa and th...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant
Zermatt Your Choice Evening

During a Your Choice Evening, you will be spoilt for choice with a hand-picked selection of local gourmet restaurants. Choose your own ambience, cu...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 6

The Swiss Riviera to Geneva

Your scenic journey takes you along the rolling Lower Rhone Valley to the charming village of Montreux, where you can spot the beautiful Chillon Castle. Journey along the Swiss Riviera, the grandeur of Lake Geneva and the stately French Alps rising in the distance lure you along en route to Geneva. Enjoy wine tasting overlooking the coast of Montreaux before journeying on to Geneva.

Chillon Castle​ Lake Geneva, Switzerland​
Hotel d'Angleterre View Hotel Details
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Hotel d'Angleterre

About the Hotel

Geneva, Switzerland

Elegantly poised at the edge of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, the beautiful Hotel d’Angleterre effortlessly combines British charm with the finest Swiss hospitality. Each guest room and suite showcases elegant design, original artwork and thoughtful touches. Discover delicious international cuisine in Windows restaurant over-looking Lake Geneva, and relax with cocktails in the famous Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Concierge
  • Room Service

Style

  • Heritage

Day 7

Highlights of Geneva

After a Relaxed Start, with the option of breakfast-in-bed room service, discover the best of Geneva on a short walking tour featuring the Floral Clock and the grand Reformation Monument. Personalize your day on a relaxing cruise across Lake Geneva or at the Red Cross Museum. The evening beckons with a decadent meal at Michelin-starred La Chaumière.

The Jet d'eau in Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel d'Angleterre View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel d'Angleterre

About the Hotel

Geneva, Switzerland

Elegantly poised at the edge of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, the beautiful Hotel d’Angleterre effortlessly combines British charm with the finest Swiss hospitality. Each guest room and suite showcases elegant design, original artwork and thoughtful touches. Discover delicious international cuisine in Windows restaurant over-looking Lake Geneva, and relax with cocktails in the famous Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Concierge
  • Room Service

Style

  • Heritage
Passport Moments The flower clock in Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva City Tour

Join your Local Expert for a walking tour around remarkably cosmopolitan Geneva. Stop for photos at the alluring outdoor Floral Clock and admire th...

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Passport Moments

Personalise your day Visit the Red Cross Museum, Geneva Switzerland
Geneva Red Cross Museum Visit

Visit the inspiring Red Cross Museum, dedicated to the globally recognised organization that was founded by Geneva's own Henri Dunant.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Cruise on Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Lake Geneva Cruise

Relax on a boat cruise as you glide on the pristine waters of Lake Geneva.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Exceptional Dining Guest dine at La Ferme de L'Hospital, France
Geneva Restaurant Dinner at La Chaumière

Experience the quality and flawless service of the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Chaumière. Savor fine cuisine prepared using the very best ingred...

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Exceptional Dining

Magnificent Stays Exterior of the Hotel D'angleterre Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

Elegantly poised at the edge of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, the beautiful Hotel d’Angleterre effortl...

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Magnificent Stays

Day 8

La Gruyère and on to Lucerne

Savor gourmet delicacies beginning with a tour and tasting at famed chocolatier Maison Cailler and, in Gruyères, enjoy a sumptuous lunch of bubbling fondue. Your decadent day concludes in Lucerne with an exclusive after-hours tour of the Rosengart Collection followed by bubbly and canapes among Picasso’s masterpieces.

Try Swiss fondue in Gruyeres
Mandarin Oriental Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Mandarin Oriental Palace

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

Bask in the newly refurbished chic Mandarin Oriental Palace. Admire the pristine setting of Lake Lucerne and the captivating views of the Swiss Alps during your stay at this elegant contemporary hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry

Style

  • Boutique
Curated Experiences Private after hours visit to the Rosengart Collection Lucerne VIP Rosengart Collection
After-hours Private Tour of the Rosengart Collection in Lucerne

Wander the art-filled halls of the Rosengart Collection, where you’ll enjoy an after-hours private tour and drinks reception surrounded by the masterpieces of Chagall, Renoir, Kandinksy and Picasso.

Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Exceptional Dining Enjoy fondue in Gruyeres, France
Gruyeres Cheese Fondue Lunch

Sample an authentic fondue in the cheese capital of Switzerland. Gather around a bubbling pot of melted goodness and savor a truly Swiss dining exp...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Exceptional Dining Taste chocolate at Maison Cailler in Broc, Switzerland
Broc Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory Visit

Chocolate-lovers will enjoy a truly immersive experience at Maison Cailler, in the village of Broc, that takes you through the history of the sweet...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Chapel Bridge Lucerne Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Concierge, see the stirring Lion Monument carved from the rock, pretty Old Town Hall, Chapel Bridge -- whi...

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Passport Moments

Day 9

Lovely Lucerne

At the Swiss Transportation Museum, tailor your experience with a highlights or a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(r) Experience sustainability tour. As evening sets in, cruise on Lake Lucerne to Stans where a futuristic cable car will carry you up Mount Stanserhorn. Bask in the Alpine views over a sumptuous meal at a panoramic, rotating restaurant.

Lake Lucerne from Mt Stanserhorn Mt Stanserhorn, Switzerland
Mandarin Oriental Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Mandarin Oriental Palace

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

Bask in the newly refurbished chic Mandarin Oriental Palace. Admire the pristine setting of Lake Lucerne and the captivating views of the Swiss Alps during your stay at this elegant contemporary hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Laundry

Style

  • Boutique
Personalise your day Visit the Swiss Transportation Museum, Lucerne Switzerland
Lucerne Swiss Transportation Museum Visit

Visit the Swiss Transportation Museum, an interactive and engaging exhibition displaying a wide range from luxury Monteverdi cars to alpine trains....

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day Transport Museum Sustainability Tour, Lucerne, Switzerland
Transport Museum Sustainability Tour

Visit the Swiss Transportation Museum for an engaging sustainability tour on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience. The interactive and engaging exhib...

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Personalise your day

Exceptional Dining Toast to your travels​ Lucerne panoramic restaurant Switzerland
Panoramic Celebration Dinner atop Mount Stanserhorn

Cruise on Lake Lucerne before embarking on a scenic cable car ride to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your journey...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Lake Lucerne Cruise, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne Cruise

Take an evening cruise along Lake Lucerne to Stans. 

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Passport Moments

Day 10

Farewell Lucerne

Say a fond farewell to Switzerland before your private transfer to Zürich Airport.

Lucerne, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Passport Moments
Visit Liechtenstein

Visit Liechtenstein, known for being one of Europe's smallest countries and dotted with medieval castles, traditional villages and dramatic mountai...

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Included in Trip
Personalise your day
St. Moritz Scenic Hike

Join a nature guide and head out for a gentle mountain hike in the glorious alpine scenery.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
St. Moritz Wildlife Talk

Listen to an engaging talk about the incredible local wildlife, including marmots, red deer and the golden eagle.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Glacier Express Scenic Train

Take your first class seat onboard this world-famous train, the most spectacular way to travel through the Swiss Alps. Marvel at unrivaled views of...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Cogwheel Train to Gornergrat Summit

Ride Europe’s highest open-air cogwheel train to the summit of the mountain for a glimpse of some of Switzerland's highest peaks, Monte Rosa and th...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Geneva City Tour

Join your Local Expert for a walking tour around remarkably cosmopolitan Geneva. Stop for photos at the alluring outdoor Floral Clock and admire th...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Geneva Red Cross Museum Visit

Visit the inspiring Red Cross Museum, dedicated to the globally recognised organization that was founded by Geneva's own Henri Dunant.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Lake Geneva Cruise

Relax on a boat cruise as you glide on the pristine waters of Lake Geneva.

Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

Elegantly poised at the edge of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, the beautiful Hotel d’Angleterre effortl...

See More
Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
After-hours Private Tour of the Rosengart Collection in Lucerne

Wander the art-filled halls of the Rosengart Collection, where you’ll enjoy an after-hours private tour and drinks reception surrounded by the masterpieces of Chagall, Renoir, Kandinksy and Picasso.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Concierge, see the stirring Lion Monument carved from the rock, pretty Old Town Hall, Chapel Bridge -- whi...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Lucerne Swiss Transportation Museum Visit

Visit the Swiss Transportation Museum, an interactive and engaging exhibition displaying a wide range from luxury Monteverdi cars to alpine trains....

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Transport Museum Sustainability Tour

Visit the Swiss Transportation Museum for an engaging sustainability tour on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience. The interactive and engaging exhib...

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Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Lake Lucerne Cruise

Take an evening cruise along Lake Lucerne to Stans. 

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About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences. 
In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
Included at all hotels. 
Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Zurich Welcome Dinner

Feel the warm hospitality of this stylish city, as you join your travel companions for a delicious Welcome Dinner hosted at an atmospheric local restaurant.

St. Moritz Dinner at Restaurant Engiadina

Located in the heart of the glamorous ski resort of St. Moritz is the marvelous Restaurant Engiadina, where you'll sample local fare in the quietly elegant dining room. This is Alpine gourmet with a Swiss twist.

Zermatt Your Choice Evening

During a Your Choice Evening, you will be spoilt for choice with a hand-picked selection of local gourmet restaurants. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience, that has been thoroughly researched by our local foodies.

Geneva Restaurant Dinner at La Chaumière

Experience the quality and flawless service of the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Chaumière. Savor fine cuisine prepared using the very best ingredients, featuring traditional dishes as well as more contemporary creations.

Gruyeres Cheese Fondue Lunch

Sample an authentic fondue in the cheese capital of Switzerland. Gather around a bubbling pot of melted goodness and savor a truly Swiss dining experience and enjoy with a chilled glass of wine.

Broc Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory Visit

Chocolate-lovers will enjoy a truly immersive experience at Maison Cailler, in the village of Broc, that takes you through the history of the sweet in a multi-sensory tour. The chocolate manufacturer is one of the oldest in the world.

Panoramic Celebration Dinner atop Mount Stanserhorn

Cruise on Lake Lucerne before embarking on a scenic cable car ride to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your journey comes to a close with a fabulous Celebration Dinner at a panoramic rotating restaurant, offering breathtaking views.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski
Mont Cervin Palace
Hotel d'Angleterre
Mandarin Oriental Palace

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) in Switzerland: German, French, Italian, and Romansh.
  • Currency used in Switzerland: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Switzerland
  • Capital City: Bern
  • Time Zone(s) in Switzerland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Switzerland for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Switzerland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Switzerland experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its varied topography. In general, it has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), while winters are cold, especially at higher altitudes, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The mountainous regions receive significant snowfall, making them popular destinations for winter sports. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons characterized by mild temperatures and occasional rainfall.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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Randy Fay did an outstanding job with arrangements and logistics, very responsive, helpful and courteous.
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Hotels and transportation were excellent, couldn't be more pleased. Group meals were fun but there was considerable variability in quality. San moritz was a disappointment, the extra day could have been better spent at any of the other destinations, which were all excellent. Carl Eggeling did an excellent job.
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