Additional Travel Tips to Know Before You Go...
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you
should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure
that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go...
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Passport
applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must
check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required.
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you.
Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last
through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack
them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling,
you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for
headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a
portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks,
carry on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations
instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most
notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we
suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
Cell Phones & Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are
visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best
value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S.
from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance
charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s
reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.
Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code, then the destination Country
Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and
Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local
telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
Locally within the same country: 0555-555
WiFi access continues to improve, however there are still many 'dead zones'. Moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships offer the
greatest challenge, and many countries are still in early development. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined
by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location
while sailing through multiple countries. Internet cafes in most cities and other WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops can offer
services usually for a nominal fee, and can often be located in advance via an online search.
Staying Healthy While Traveling
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home:
Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad
bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a
physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or
anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the
Climate & Clothing...
We ask tour members to refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance, in respect for
other clients on the tour bus who may be allergic.
Iceland Temps - Spring and Fall: 30-50°F; Summer: 50-60°F; Winter: 25-35°F.
Paris France Temps - Spring and Fall: 45–60°F; Summer: 60–80°F; Winter: 30–45°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you
can layer and an all-weather coat.
Amsterdam, Holland Temps - Holland's climate is moderate year round. However, rain is frequent. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a
sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (covered legs
and arms). Average Holland Temperatures
Daylight hours in Iceland will vary significantly throughout the year. Between April - August, daylight will range from 15-22 hours. Between
November - February, daylight will range from 4-7 hours. In March, September and October, daylight will range from 9-13 hours.
Bring comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella.
Gloves/mittens, a hat, and waterproof hiking boots with good treads and warm socks are highly recommended when visiting during winter.
Ice grips or non-slip cleats which fit over shoes or boots are also suggested.
About Independent Travel in Paris/Amsterdam...
Independent travel allows you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy your vacation days at your own pace, to explore on your own, to be
spontaneous and to focus on personal interests. Accordingly, independent tours are very different from escorted tours, which are conducted by
a Tour Manager who accompanies you throughout, manages your needs and provides expert guiding services from the beginning to the end of
Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended
gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered
by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be
intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you
encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.
In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.
Suggested Tipping: Independent Travel:
Porter: US $3 per bag
Wait staff: 5-10% of the bill (lunch or dinner)
Local Sightseeing Tours: Guide: US $3 per person per half day Driver: US $2 per person per half day
Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.
We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to
help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept
most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines
will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your
credit card whenever possible. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20
bills or smaller.
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are
traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons. Most US-issued credit cards rely on magnetic-strip technology rather than
embedded microprocessor chips which are increasingly common overseas. These “chip-and-PIN” cards require users to punch in a personal
identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at
train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don’t accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle
American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit
The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances. European
voltage used is usually 220 volts.
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