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14 Day Tour to Germany, Denmark & Finland

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Northern Capitals Womens Only Guided Tour
10 Days
4 Countries

Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark

4 Cities

Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen

14 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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This women-only tour explores the best of the North with a small group. Visit Helsinki’s famed and fashionable food market, home to an abundance of aromatic stalls, serving up local delicacies like smoked reindeer and licorice. Experience the vibrant music scene of Stockholm from ABBA to present day cutting-edge production. In Oslo, meet multi-award-winning Norwegian athlete Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen over dinner. In Denmark explore the enchanting Tivoli Gardens and absorb the opulence of Christiansborg Palace—the historic seat of Danish power. Then relax over a private cruise along the waterways of Copenhagen as your captain shares her insights into the city.

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Day 1

Fashionable Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki. Head out to explore the city before meeting your fellow traveling companions for a wonderful dinner with wine and time to hear the exciting plans awaiting you during your Northern Capitals tour.

Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Day 2

Day at Leisure in Helsinki

Helsinki is yours to stroll leisurely through Finland’s quaint capital or take the opportunity to cruise across the Baltic Sea to Estonia where you will visit Tallinn, its fairytale capital city. Take in the panoramic views from Toompea Hill before visiting the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to browse Tallinn’s shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewelery before returning to Helsinki.

Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 3

Helsinki and Baltic Cruise to Stockholm

Explore Helsinki, the trendsetting city of top fashion and design, alongside a Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer. This afternoon, board your cruise ship for the overnight voyage to Sweden. Take in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery from the comfort of your A-Class, sea-view cabin while the northern sun hangs over the horizon as you enjoy dinner on board.

Baltic Cruise to Stockholm, Helsinki, Finland
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the sights of the harbor city. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local pro...

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Day 4

Stockholm, City of Islands

Disembark your Baltic cruise and explore Stockholm with a Local Expert, visit the imposing City Hall with its impressive Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, covered with 18 million gilded mosaic tiles and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, the venue for the Nobel Prize banquets. Cross the harbor to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city, to see the cathedral and the Royal Palace.

Arial view of Old Town Stockholm, Sweden
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Golden room in Stockholm town hall, Sweden
Stockholm City Hall Visit

With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'...

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Top Rated Highlights See the colourful waterfront buildings in Stockholm Sweden
Stockholm

With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Riviera and castle tour in North Zealand, Denmark
North Zealand Castle Tour

Drive along the scenic coastal road of the Danish Riviera to the castles of North Zealand. See Fredensborg, the summer residence of the Royal Famil...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Copenhagen Off The Beaten Track

Enjoy a casual evening, off the beaten track, as you discover the contemporary side of Copenhagen. First, visit the newly-opened CopenHill, the cle...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Stockholm

Stockholm, beautifully situated on 14 islands. Curate your day with Insight Choice. Dive into the exciting world of the Swedish music scene at ABBA The Museum & Avicii Experience where you can experience the Swedish pop group which became a world sensation and produce your own music during your visit. Or relax and let stress melt away in a Swedish sauna and pamper yourself enjoying the Roman-style ways with warm and cold water and swim in a pool while admiring the surroundings of the Art Deco building.

Stockholm, Sweden
Included Meals Breakfast
Insight Choice
ABBA The Museum & Avicii Experience

Explore the world of ABBA during a visit to the museum housing memorabilia and costumes from the iconic band. Hear the stories behind the band and ...

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Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Centralbadet Sauna and Baths in Stockholm, Sweden
Centralbadet Sauna & Baths Experience

Pamper yourself at Art Nouveau Bath House, complete with a swimming pool, sauna, and hot and cold baths. Set in a glorious Art Nouveau building bui...

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Insight Choice

Optional Experiences
Swedish Summer Dinner

This evening, we dine "Swedish Style." Savor a succulent three-course meal with beer, wine & soft drinks. Soak up the atmosphere of the traditi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Stockholm to Oslo

Journey past Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden and enjoy a scenic drive through Norway’s lush forest landscapes to Oslo, Norway’s fascinating capital. This evening meet Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen, an extraordinary athlete who will spend the evening with you and chat over dinner about how she rose to such athletic heights

Colourful facades in Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Authentic Dining Dinner with Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen in Bergen, Norway
Dinner with athlete Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen

Meet Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen, a multi-award-winning Norwegian athlete who shares her experience with you over dinner. Marvel at Isabelle's meda...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Vasa Galleon

When the Vasa was launched in 1628, it was arguably the world's most powerful warship. Bristling with 64 cannon and carrying some 300 men, it was b...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Cosmopolitan Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes views of Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace. Walk around the Opera House and marvel at the striking contemporary architecture of the new Bjorvika district. Wander through Frogner Park, with its intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.

The afternoon is at your leisure to continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the most modern ski jump in the world? Maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House

Cosmopolitan Oslo, Norway
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights The Opera in Oslo, Norway
Oslo City Tour

With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbor and the Royal Palace.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The new Oslo Opera House in Norway
Oslo Orientation

On your orientation of Oslo city, see the Oslo Opera House and the new Deichmann Librabry in the contemporary Bjørvika district.

Included in Trip

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Day 8

From Norway to Denmark

Journey south through the Nordic countries from Oslo to Denmark taking in the lush scenery along the route. Pass the city of Gothenburg to board the ferry for a short cruise to Denmark. Enjoy a view of Kronborg Castle, reputedly the Elsinore home of Hamlet as you enter the Kingdom of Denmark and onwards to Copenhagen.

Norway to Denmark
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 9

Wonderful Copenhagen

With a Local Expert, begin your sightseeing at Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, to marvel at the opulent interior. Journey past Copenhagen Cathedral and the university to see Rosenborg Castle, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family. Visit the waterfront to admire Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid gazing across the harbor. Before dinner, indulge in a private boat tour with a captain who shares her perspective of Copenhagen.

The Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Make Travel Matter Cofoco Restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark
Dine at a Sustainable Restaurant in Copenhagen

For your Celebration Dinner enjoy a meal at Cofoco, a restaurant leading the way in minimizing food waste and acting for a sustainable future. 

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights The Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Christiansborg Palace Visit

With a Local Expert, witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Cobblestone alley in Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen City Tour

With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosen...

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Day 10

Fond Farewell to Copenhagen

Time to say goodbye to your new friends as your journey through the Nordic countries comes to an end.

Copenhagen off the Beaten Track, Copenhagen, Denmark
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences
Latvian Open Air Museum And Dinner

Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore nearly 100 buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over t...

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Helsinki City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the sights of the harbor city. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local pro...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Stockholm City Hall Visit

With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Stockholm

With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
ABBA The Museum & Avicii Experience

Explore the world of ABBA during a visit to the museum housing memorabilia and costumes from the iconic band. Hear the stories behind the band and ...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Centralbadet Sauna & Baths Experience

Pamper yourself at Art Nouveau Bath House, complete with a swimming pool, sauna, and hot and cold baths. Set in a glorious Art Nouveau building bui...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Oslo City Tour

With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbor and the Royal Palace.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Oslo Orientation

On your orientation of Oslo city, see the Oslo Opera House and the new Deichmann Librabry in the contemporary Bjørvika district.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Dine at a Sustainable Restaurant in Copenhagen

For your Celebration Dinner enjoy a meal at Cofoco, a restaurant leading the way in minimizing food waste and acting for a sustainable future. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Copenhagen Christiansborg Palace Visit

With a Local Expert, witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Copenhagen City Tour

With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosen...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Cruise in high-class cabins with sea views.
Complimentary transfers from Helsinki Airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day. Complimentary transfers to Copenhagen Airport are available at scheduled times, on departure day. If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

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.

Dinner with athlete Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen

Meet Isabelle Sandstedt Pedersen, a multi-award-winning Norwegian athlete who shares her experience with you over dinner. Marvel at Isabelle's medals and hear about her journey to international acclaim as a champion hurdler. Breaking barriers as the first female athlete in
Norwegian history to achieve her level of success, Isabelle discusses her motivation and shares her dreams during an un-parallel evening of excellence.

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
North Zealand Castle Tour

Drive along the scenic coastal road of the Danish Riviera to the castles of North Zealand. See Fredensborg, the summer residence of the Royal Famil...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Copenhagen Off The Beaten Track

Enjoy a casual evening, off the beaten track, as you discover the contemporary side of Copenhagen. First, visit the newly-opened CopenHill, the cle...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swedish Summer Dinner

This evening, we dine "Swedish Style." Savor a succulent three-course meal with beer, wine & soft drinks. Soak up the atmosphere of the traditi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Vasa Galleon

When the Vasa was launched in 1628, it was arguably the world's most powerful warship. Bristling with 64 cannon and carrying some 300 men, it was b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Latvian Open Air Museum And Dinner

Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore nearly 100 buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) used across in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania: Germany is the official language in Germany, Danish is the official language of Denmark, Swedish is the official language of Sweden, Finnish is the official language of Finland, Polish is the official language of Poland, Lithuania is the official language of Lithuania, Latvian is the official language of Latvia, and Estonian is the official language of Estonia.
  • Currency used in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania: The Danish Krone is used in Denmark, the Swedish Krona is used in Sweden, the Polish Złoty is used in Poland, the Euro (€) is used in Germany, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
  • Capital Cites: Berlin (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), Warsaw (Portland), Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), and Tallinn (Estonia).
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland uses Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania: passport, visa, and entry requirement information 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 Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania.
  • 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.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

Sweden has a varied climate, with the north experiencing colder conditions than the south. The country has a temperate climate overall, but winters in the northern regions are significantly colder. Summers in Sweden are generally mild to warm, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C. The coastal areas experience more maritime influences, while inland regions have a more continental climate. Sweden also has distinct seasons, with beautiful autumn foliage and snowy winters.

Denmark has a temperate maritime climate, influenced by the surrounding seas. Winters in Denmark are mild, with temperatures averaging around freezing point. Summers are generally cool to mild, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C. The country experiences moderate rainfall throughout the year, but precipitation is evenly distributed. Danish weather can be changeable, with a mix of sunny, rainy, and cloudy days. The coastal areas enjoy the influence of the Baltic and North Sea, creating a pleasant seaside atmosphere.

Poland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F). Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common, especially in the eastern regions. Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter months during the summer. Poland's climate can vary across regions, with the Baltic coast experiencing maritime influences, while the southern areas have a more continental climate with greater temperature fluctuations.

Lithuania has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 16°C to 22°C (61°F to 72°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transition seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The country's proximity to the Baltic Sea moderates the climate, leading to milder winters and cooler summers compared to other inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can vary from year to year due to the influence of weather systems coming from both the sea and the continent.

Latvia has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The proximity of the Baltic Sea influences the climate, leading to cooler summers and milder winters compared to inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can be variable and are affected by both maritime and continental air masses.

Estonia has a temperate maritime climate characterized by distinct seasons. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snow cover persisting for several months. Spring brings a gradual warming, with frequent rain showers and the melting of snow. Summers are relatively mild, with temperatures ranging from comfortable to warm, and the country experiences the "White Nights," where the sun sets for only a short time. Autumn sees cooler temperatures and vibrant foliage, but it also marks the transition to more rainfall. Estonia's climate is influenced by the Baltic Sea, which moderates temperatures and contributes to its relatively humid conditions.

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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