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2 Week Europe Tour from Madrid to Rome

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13 Days
5 Countries

Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City

14 Cities

Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Arles, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco City, Nice, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

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 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Ease into the local love of life and good food. Sun-kissed days and sizzling nights guide you along this Mediterranean trip through coastal Spain, France and Italy. Enjoy lunch with sisters Sandra and Antonella on their Tuscan agriturismo near Vinci.

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Day 1

Welcome to Madrid

Settle into the passionate embrace of fiery Madrid, your launch pad to an epic journey through Spain, France and Italy, filled with unforgettable flavors and soul-stirring encounters. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of Madrid's most iconic sites.

Plaza De Cibeles in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation AC Hotel by Marriott Cuzco
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Madrid, Spain
Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

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Iconic Experience

Day 2

Discover Fiery Madrid

We join a Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of the Spanish capital, during which we’ll see the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family and the Cibeles Fountain. Enjoy an afternoon on your own exploring the world's best collection of Spanish art at the Prado Museum and shopping on Gran Vía, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the imperial city of Toledo.

Jug of Sangria in Madrid, Spain
Accommodation AC Hotel by Marriott Cuzco
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Puerta De Alcala in Madrid, Spain
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Toledo, Spain
Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedr...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour & dinner in Madrid
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Gaudí's Barcelona

Leave Europe's highest capital behind, bound for the Costa Dorada and the sun-kissed shores of Barcelona. We venture to the pretty banks of the Ebro River and to mystical Zaragoza, whose centuries of heritage have been shaped by the Romans, Moors and Christians. Continue to Barcelona and enjoy some time to recharge siesta style. Later, dive into the indelible sights, sounds and flavors of this enchanting city on your free evening.

Basilica of Our Lady in Zaragoza, Spain
Accommodation Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Melia
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Basilica of Our Lady in Zaragoza, Spain
Zaragoza Orientation

See the impressive historic landmarks of this thriving Spanish metropolis. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 4

Explore Vibrant Barcelona

Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour, soaking up the Mediterranean atmosphere of Catalunia's capital city. See the monument to Christopher Columbus and vibrant Las Ramblas, before stopping outside Antonio Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Família to admire its unique architecture. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure indulging in the fantasy world of Gaudí or strolling through the hidden lanes and peaceful squares in the city's Gothic Quarter. You could consider joining an Optional Experience to the mountain-top monastery of Montserrat, home to the mystical Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation Barcelona Condal Mar Affiliated by Melia
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Barcelona skyline, Spain
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Montserrat & see the Black Madonna, Spain
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Flamenco show with dinner in Seville, Spain
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Pass the Pyrenees to Arles and Avignon

We journey via the foothills of the Pyrenees into France. Stop in Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh found inspiration for so many of his paintings, before a visit to the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard Aqueduct. Later this afternoon we arrive in the Provençal city of Avignon, where we’ll view the Gothic Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song 'Sur le Pont d’Avignon'.

Pont d'Avignon and Lavender, Avignon, France
Accommodation Mercure Avignon Gare TGV
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience
Arles Orientation

Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Saint Benezet Bridge and Papal Palace in Avignon, France
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Pont Du Gard Bridge in Nimes, France
See the Ancient Bridges of Pont du Gard

See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Venture through Pretty Provence to Nice

Our journey today takes us through the picture-perfect fields of Provence, immortalized in the works of Van Gogh & Cézanne. We’ll Dive Into Culture in the Provençal town of Aix-en-Provence, founded by the Romans over natural hot springs. Here you can shop for local produce such as wine, olive oil, herbes de Provence and saffron. Later, we visit the tiny Principality of Monaco and see the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly were married. This evening, the glitz and glamour beckon as you join your new friends for a memorable dinner in this playground of the rich and famous.

View of Town in Nice, France
Accommodation Novotel Nice Center Vieux Nice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Explore the Provencal town of Lourmarin
Discover the Delights of Aix-en-Provence

Explore the Provencal town of Aix-en-Provence which contains produce and treasures from local regions.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience See the Cathedral of Monaco
See Monaco Cathedral

See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

A Day to Enjoy the Riviera

Today, kick back and enjoy a well-deserved morning at leisure on the glorious French Riviera. Soak up the holiday atmosphere at the beach, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to hilltop Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the oldest towns on the French Riviera.

Street and houses in Saint Paul De Vence, Cote d'Azur, France
Accommodation Novotel Nice Center Vieux Nice
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences St. Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and meal in Nice, France
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Onwards to Colorful Cinque Terre and Pisa

Cross the border into Italy and join a Local Specialist for a visit of the dramatic UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, a series of centuries-old seaside villages which cling impossibly to rugged cliffs that plunge into the Ligurian Sea. Admire the expanse of pastel pink, yellow and orange façades that jostle for sea views. Later, we head to Pisa where tonight, you'll dine in your hotel.

View of houses in Cinque Terre, Italy
Accommodation NH Pisa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Boats in Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre Visit

Led by your Local Specialist, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Admire the ch...

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Iconic Experience

Day 9

Off to Renaissance Florence

View Pisa's Square of Miracles, where we'll see the famous Leaning Tower. Next, your introduction to Tuscany is an exclusive Be My Guest experience where you’ll Connect With Locals over traditional lunch fare and the legendary hospitality for which the region is renowned. Continue to the birthplace of where we'll dine at our hotel this evening.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be My Guest Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills, Italy
Enjoy an Exclusive Lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan Hills

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills.

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit Pisa, Italy
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Uncover Florence’s Treasures

Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of magical Florence. View the multi-colored Duomo and the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio. Then, walk through what was once the political hub of the city, the Piazza della Signoria, a veritable open-air treasure trove featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. Spend the rest of the day on your own exploration of Florence’s iconic and unexpected sights.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

All Roads Lead to Rome

Journey through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria, past the hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte, before arriving in Rome, the 'Eternal City' – our home for the next two nights.

Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of fields in Tuscany, Italy
Scenic Drive through Tuscany

View the stunning landscape of Tuscany on your drive today. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

This morning, we’ll visit the Vatican City and see the imposing St. Peter's Basilica, where Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà has been admired by millions. We venture into Ancient Rome with a Local Specialist and explore the remnants of Roman rule, enjoying views of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. On your final afternoon, enjoy some free time to indulge in la dolce vita. Perhaps, sit on the Spanish Steps, visit the Vatican Museum and admire the exquisite frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner.

Piazza di Spagna Square in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Inside The Vatican & Roman Forum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissione...

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Optional Experiences

Day 13

Arrivederci Italy

For now it's a fond farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as your holiday through Spain, France and Italy comes to an end.

Tiber River and St Peters Cathedral in Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Madrid Orientation

Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Madrid City Tour

See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, traveling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Zaragoza Orientation

See the impressive historic landmarks of this thriving Spanish metropolis. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Barcelona City Tour

With your Local Specialist, see Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia to take in some of the city's finest Modernist architecture. Journey ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Arles Orientation

Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Ancient Bridges of Pont du Gard

See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Delights of Aix-en-Provence

Explore the Provencal town of Aix-en-Provence which contains produce and treasures from local regions.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Monaco Cathedral

See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cinque Terre Visit

Led by your Local Specialist, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Admire the ch...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy an Exclusive Lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan Hills

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive through Tuscany

View the stunning landscape of Tuscany on your drive today. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Madrid, Barcelona, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome with a Local Specialist
Discover Arles, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Pisa
Visit Pont du Gard in Avignon, the French Riviera, Piazza della Signoria in Florence and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
View La Sagrada Família, the Papal Palace, the Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Colosseum in Rome
See the Royal Palace and Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, Las Ramblas in Barcelona and the towns of Orvieto and Orte

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Spectacular Toledo: Spain's Ancient Capital

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedr...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Discovery in Downtown Madrid

Join us this evening as we scratch beneath the surface of some lesser-known aspects of Madrid's city center. Then, we'll settle in for dinner, alon...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mystical Montserrat

Today, with our Local Specialist, take a drive to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainm...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Inside The Vatican & Roman Forum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissione...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across Spain, France, Italy: Catalonian Spanish is the official language of Spain. French is the official language of France. Italian is the official language of Italy.
  • Currency used in Spain, France, Italy: The Euro (€) is used in Spain, France, and Italy.
  • Capital City: Spain (Madrid), Paris (France), and Rome (Italy).
  • Time Zone(s) in Spain, France, Italy: Spain, France, and Italy use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Spain, France, Italy 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 Spain, France, Italy
  • 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.

Spain has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical variations. In general, the country experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal regions, such as Barcelona and Valencia, enjoy mild winters and hot summers with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher. Inland areas, like Madrid, have a more extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters, sometimes dropping below freezing. The northern regions, such as Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, have a maritime climate with cooler summers and mild, rainy winters.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

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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Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Service
All the sights we saw were wonderful and our guide was terrific. This was a good way to see a little bit of 3 countries to decide what we would like to see more in depth. I would have liked some more free time.
Vacation
The optional dinners were quite expensive.
Jose Ferrer
Review date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Service
Trent, the Tour Director, was exceptionally good. All we did was hop on the bus and everything is perfectly arranged. Trent made sure that our experience is memorable and unforgettable.
Vacation
I wish the Optional Experiences are already included in the original tour price.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Service
While not exactly GET's fault Delta is not a pleasant airline to travel with. The food was ghastly and the seats unhealthily close. It would help if when booking, Customers are asked if they would like to upgrade to better seats. On the other hand, the hotels were fine and the one in Juan Les Pins and in Rome were remarkably pleasant. There were mosquitoes in the hotel in Florence, so much so that blood was on my bed sheet in the morning. Initially the air conditioning did not work bur after a technician came, it did. TrypCondal Mar in Barcelona is located in a sub-par neighborhood and did not appear safe to venture outside the hotel. One fellow tourist had his luggage stolen from the hotel there. Perhaps other hotels could be substituted for these two in the future! As for the trip itself, it was fantastic and our tour director was par excellence. Altogether, an enjoyable experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that your flights on Delta were not the best.  We always book the most direct flights available at the time you make your reservation, however we can always look at any airline if you have a preference.  The airlines to offer upgraded seats for a fee but we do not have access to those seats.  It's always a good idea to check with the airlines directly. Thank you for taking the time to write. We will be sure to share your comments regarding the quality of the Hotels on your trip with our Quality Control team.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Vacation
For the reasons stated above, I could not give this tour 5 stars
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Service
The hotels were great and in good locations, the itinerary was all and more than I hoped it would be. A lot of thought and planning went in to the basic day to day experiences and the excursions were exceptional! Even the little treats, such as the "strawberry stop" showed us that Guisseppe really wanted us to experience the local flavor and culture. You could tell it was very important to him. Coming from an area of fertile strawberry fields here along the Connecticut River Valley( Massachusetts) those French strawberries were sweet and harvested perfectly...... and added smiles to a perfect day! All in all it was a great trip and Guiseppe and Michele, our driver, always made us feel safe and comfortable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a lovely story. Thanks so much for sharing!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation
One thing I might add... If you considered the trip backwards...Placing Rome first because that's when people have the most energy... at the beginning of the tour..and Rome has so much to offer that we were running out of steam by the time we arrived there. BUT... it was a wonderful trip and the memories will last.
Jeanette Lawrence
Review date: Friday, June 2, 2017
Service
Giuseppe was awesome. Charismatic and knowledgeable. Not what I expected in a tour guide. Intellectual without being stuffy.
Vacation
The only thing I would recommend would be to do the tour in reverse. Madrid to Rome. Rome is so vibrant, you want to experience it when you are fresh. Madrid gives you a chance to layback.
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