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Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland

8 Day Tour of Austria, Germany, Switzerland

8 Days
4 Countries

Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

8 Cities

Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne, Zürich

11 Meals

3 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Christmas Market Tours

Experience the magical Christmas markets of Europe. Join the festive spirit as you visit iconic destinations like Germany, Austria, and France, exploring famous markets filled with handcrafted gifts, delicious treats, and a joyful ambiance. Let expert guides lead the way, ensuring a memorable holiday season surrounded by the charm of Europe's Christmas markets.

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Fill your festive cheer with candles, carols, snowflakes and stollen as you wander past heaving market stalls and pay tribute to old-world traditions, local craftsmanship and mesmerizing city backdrops.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Vienna

Write your very own Christmas story on a festive foray to some of Europe’s most magical Christmas markets. Our journey begins in Vienna. Take the opportunity to explore on your own before meeting your fellow travelers. Today, your Travel Director will provide an orientation drive of the Austrian capital before dinner.

Rathaus Christmas Market in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience The rooftop of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Orientation

Bask in the unforgettable sights of Vienna. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Discover Vienna's Spectacular Christmas Markets

Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the Austrian capital, from its Parliament and City Hall to the grand State Opera House and Hofburg Palace, once the winter palace the Habsburgs, one of the most powerful royal houses of Europe. We feed our Christmas spirit with a visit to the enchanting Christkindlmarkt this afternoon and feast on delicious gingerbread and Glühwein, wandering past wooden stalls piled high with handcrafted toys, seasonal gifts and tasty festive fare.

Christmas Snowball, Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Munich

Venture to Mozart's beloved Salzburg. Dive Into Culture with a Local Specialist on a walking tour to see the Mirabell Gardens and iconic sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music'. Later, dramatic vistas accompany your journey as you travel past alpine landscapes to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. This evening, dinner is served at the hotel.

Siegestor in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Leonardo Royal
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture See with a Local Specialist some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg
Discover the sights of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg

Waltz through Salzburg with your Local Specialist seeing some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music'.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Day 4

Enjoy Bavarian Munich's Magical Christmas Markets

Bundle up warmly and join a Local Expert on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to discover lost and forgotten Advent traditions. Embrace the festive cheer in Marienplatz with its impressive Town Hall and the ornate Glockenspiel. Then, spend the rest of your day savoring the sights, sounds and smells of Munich’s Christmas market – a dazzling display of twinkling lights, carols and a magnificent Christmas tree. Continue your feast and indulge in Munich’s unrivaled hospitality with an optional visit to enjoy the Gemütlichkeit atmosphere at one of Munich's most traditional restaurants.

Christmas Decoration at Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Leonardo Royal
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Siegestor in Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Advent Traditions Tour
Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and beer
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit The Dachau Memorial in Dachau, Germany
The Dachau Memorial Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Da...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Explore Munich's local and historical sites, Germany
Munich Through the Eyes of a Local

Explore Munich's hidden alleyways, nooks and crannies. From its majestic gothic architecture, to magnificent baroque masterpieces, our Local Specia...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Off to Innsbruck

We leave Munich behind and travel through the romantic Bavarian countryside en route to Oberammergau, which hosts the poignant Passion Play every ten years. Admire the village’s intricate woodcarvings and elaborate frescoes depicting Bavarian themes before continuing to Innsbruck. Indulge in delicious Kiachl doughnuts at the bustling Christmas market before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Town of Oberammergau, Germany
Accommodation Tivoli Hotel Innsbruck
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Theater in Oberammergau, Germany
Explore Oberammergau

Immerse yourself in the history of Oberammergau.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening in Innsbruck, Austria
Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colorful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Venture to Lucerne

A winter wonderland beckons as we see the ski jump that towers over Innsbruck before continuing to Vaduz to view its turreted castle, perched perfectly above the Liechtenstein capital. Our final stop today is Lucerne, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Our orientation tour of the city takes us past the sad Lion of Lucerne and the famous wooden Chapel Bridge.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Hotel Astoria Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Castle Vaduz in Liechtenstein
See Vaduz Castle

Explore Vaduz and admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, Switzerland
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Explore Lucerne's Festive Glittering Lights

This morning choose to join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience to the peak of a nearby mountain top. Embrace the Yuletide cheer in true Swiss-style during a visit to Lucerne’s Christmas market at Franziskanerplatz, in the heart of the city’s Old Town. Ramble past traditional wooden stalls, a warm mug of Glühwein in hand, and admire the swirling Christmas carousel, filled with the joyful sounds of happy children. For lunch we celebrate our magical journey together during an exclusive Be My Guest experience filled with Christmas cheer as you Connect With Locals in their home. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure or perhaps join an optional cruise on Lake Lucerne. 

Mt Pilatus and Yachts in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Hotel Astoria Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Enjoy the scenery of the Swiss Alps and Join a local family for a Be My Guest dinner in their home in Lucerne, Switzerland
Join a Local Family for a Family Lunch in their Home

Join a local family for an exclusive experience and Farewell Lunch in their home.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences
Mount Pilatus Explorer

Enjoy a scenic drive up to Mount Pilatus’ summit. Here you’ll have time to explore, admire the views and breathe the fresh mountain air, before des...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake Lucerne cruise and drinks, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lake Lucerne Cruise and Drinks

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Journey Home

We bid a festive farewell to our travel companions, returning home with magical Christmas memories. Find out more about available airport transfers at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Vienna Orientation

Bask in the unforgettable sights of Vienna. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the sights of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg

Waltz through Salzburg with your Local Specialist seeing some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music'.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Advent Traditions Tour
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Oberammergau

Immerse yourself in the history of Oberammergau.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Vaduz Castle

Explore Vaduz and admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Join a Local Family for a Family Lunch in their Home

Join a local family for an exclusive experience and Farewell Lunch in their home.

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 Vienna and Salzburg 
Discover Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Vaduz, and Lucerne
Visit the Christmas Markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, Lucerne and Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in their home
View Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg, the Marienplatz in Munich, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
See stunning alpine scenery

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
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Dachau Memorial Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Da...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Munich Through the Eyes of a Local

Explore Munich's hidden alleyways, nooks and crannies. From its majestic gothic architecture, to magnificent baroque masterpieces, our Local Specia...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colorful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mount Pilatus Explorer

Enjoy a scenic drive up to Mount Pilatus’ summit. Here you’ll have time to explore, admire the views and breathe the fresh mountain air, before des...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Lucerne Cruise and Drinks

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Germany, Austria & Switzerland

  • Official Languages across Germany, Austria and Switzerland: German is the official language of Germany, Austria German is the official language of Austria, and German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the official languages of Switzerland.
  • Currency used in Germany, Austria & Switzerland: Euro (€)
  • Capital cities: Berlin (Germany), Vienna (Austria), and Bern (Switzerland)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Germany, Austria, and Switzerland 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, Austria or 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.

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.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

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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The travel agent was efficient and making reservations was easy. She made our plane reservations as well and they were timed perfectly with meeting our tour group.
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Our tour guide with Tralfagar, Lasse was excellent! He kept the group well informed of the events of the day, was very knowledgeable in history and about the areas that we visited. He was positive and fun and had themed music based on the day plus Christmas music to travel by.
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Booking was very easy. Tyler was extremely helpful and answered all of my questions in a timely manner.
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Was introduced to so many new experiences and sites. The markets were amazing plus the other excursions were fun and entertaining. Learned so much about that part of Europe. Look forward to going back someday.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your lovely comments and for sharing your beautiful photos. We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip and we'd love to help you plan your return visit when you're ready!
Monday, December 18, 2023
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Service
After a rough start and some significant typos in our reservation, we were able to complete the transaction. After the money changed hands, I couldn't get a response to questions.
Vacation
Once we arrived, the schedule was packed which we wanted and Steve Fowler was our travel guide. He made the trip much more interesting sharing his knowledge of the different sites and gave good advice for each of the stops. He is responsible for two of the stars we awarded to this experience.
Janice Butterfield
Review date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Service
It was simple to book.
Vacation
Great tour guide!!! We loved Steve fowler.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Service
Very skilled guide and driver.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your comments. We hope to see you on another trip very soon
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Vacation
Enjoyed most of the activities. Would have liked more time for some of the activities
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Service
It was just average. I expected more.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you were somewhat disappointed with your trip.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Vacation
Average vacation. That is all.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Service
There was a big rush by the agents to book and numerous errors in paperwork that needed to be corrected while we were being told to pay as soon as we could. I think it's reasonable to assume that no one wants to pay thousands of dollars while their names on forms that will be used for international travel are riddled with typos. Flights were also suboptimal when picked by the agency. There was also pretty much little to no communication on what flights could be direct, and the layovers were very short, including international ones with obvious passport control.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the errors made in your booking and the feeling of rushing to get everything paid in full quickly. Anything booked within 60 days of departure needs to be paid in full right away, but that does not excuse the mistakes made and lack of communication on our part. For that we are truly sorry. We are glad to see that the trip was enjoyable once you arrived.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Vacation
Overall, the actual trip was well-managed, interesting, and gave us a lot of freedom to explore. Some hotels were not that great, with the one in Lucerne having no privacy when it came to bathrooms, lacking any doors at all. Even married couples have limits on some things.
Diane Lang
Review date: Friday, December 16, 2022
Service
Everything was great, except you changed our hotel for the first night without explanation. We had decided Togo a day early to Vienna and had booked a ride to that hotel. We had a hassle changing that and booking a new ride to the new hotel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the last minute hotel change. Unfortunately, this can happen when a hotel can no longer accommodate our groups. We are glad to see the rest of your trip went smoothly and you enjoyed the Markets.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Vacation
All the locations were gorgeous, but very crowded and sometimes not enough time
Segundo Llamado
Review date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Service
The flights, transfer transportation were perfectly timed. Travel Specialist answered my questions promptly and updated me about the trip from the time I booked it till departure.
Vacation
It was an experience of a lifetime. The places we visited, the optional experiences were unforgettable and amazing to say the least. Words can't describe those places, especially Mt Pilatus in Switzerland.
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