FAQ - Guided Vacations 

What’s the pace of the trip like?

Categories reflect the length of the trip, number of nights spent in each place, and types of activities you’ll experience. We’ve included the pace on the top of each trip to help you understand how active your vacation will be.   

Will I have time to explore on my own?                                                  

You’ll enjoy the perfect balance of planned activities and time for personal exploration on all of our itineraries. 

Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?                 

Our trips feature the best hotels in every destination. You’ll stay exclusively in accommodations that have been independently rated as First Class European Standard. These hotels are generally centrally located within a city and feature all the modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi. Other hotels are situated in scenic locations outside the city. 

Is baggage handling provided?                                                       

Yes.  All hotel baggage handling is provided at no extra charge and included in your vacation purchase price.  One suitcase per person will be delivered to your room by hotel staff.

How much luggage can I bring?                                                          

You may bring one suitcase per person weighing up to 50 lbs.  You may also bring one piece of hand luggage provided it is small enough to take on the coach.  These details will also be provided in your travel documents.  Please note that air carriers may have their own restrictions and requirements including weight.  We recommend that you contact the airlines directly for additional information.

Can I use my electrical appliances?                                          

Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world, so you’ll need a universal travel adapter suitable for the countries you are traveling to.

Can I use my credit and debit cards in Europe?                              

Most major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Europe. Credit cards and most debit cards can be used for ATM cash withdrawals onshore (there are no ATM machines on board the ships). We recommend bringing at least one credit card plus an ATM card. Try to avoid carrying euro notes larger than €500, as merchants may be hesitant to accept them due to counterfeiting. Limited currency exchange is available onboard (cash only) and all major hotels have exchange facilities. Travelers Checks are not recommended.

It’s always a good idea to let your credit card issuer and bank know of your plans to travel abroad so they can expect foreign transactions on your account.

What should I pack?                                                                               

It’s best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season and regions visited. Wearing layers will allow you to easily adjust to temperature changes. We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and on board. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over cobblestones or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a coat or wrap for chilly evenings are useful items to have.

Is there a dress code?                                                                             

For dining ashore, concerts, special events on board, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit, but it is not required. Neckties are optional.

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