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We can’t wait to travel with you on your upcoming international tour. Traveling to another country can be truly transformative, but also requires a few extra steps and considerations. General information on international travel can be found at the top of the page with tour specific weather and additional details below. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it as a tool for preparing for your upcoming travel.
For any questions or concerns about your upcoming tour not addressed here, please call 888-867-2190.
Motorcoach Travel: Everyone wants to make the most of the time available and see as much as possible – so it is important that every tour member is on time. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) and consuming alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the coach. There are plenty of opportunities to smoke during frequent stops. Also please remember that some people are sensitive to heavy perfume or strong aftershave; be considerate of other tour members and use these items sparingly.
Accommodations: Although there are chain hotels in international locations, standardized hotel rooms that we enjoy in the US and Canada are the exception rather than the rule. Hotels are often located in older buildings, small and irregular-sized rooms are standard. Rooms with twin beds very close together, queen beds made by connecting two twin beds, and small elevators are all quite normal abroad, even in luxury hotels.
Passports: International travel requires a valid passport. Many countries require your passport be valid for six months beyond your return date. The safety of your passport is your responsibility. Keep two photocopies of your passport: one with you on tour in a separate location from your passport book and one at home where someone can access it, if necessary. Your passport should be accessible for airport ticket counters, border crossings, immigrations and customs, and hotels. Any additional required documentation such as visa requirements are detailed in the tour-specific information.
Cell Phones: Sharing your cell phone number provides a quick way to contact you on the starting and ending days of travel or if you and the group become separated. It is invaluable for you to be able to be in contact with your Tour Director. We do not share your name and contact information for any purposes other than normal tour operation. Prior to your travels, be sure to review your destination and cell phone plan with your provider. For more information on how to manage your cell service internationally, contact your provider. As a courtesy to your fellow travelers, Tour Director, and local guides, please refrain from talking on your cell phone while on the motorcoach unless there is an emergency situation that requires your immediate attention.
Internet & Wi-Fi: Internet and Wi-Fi access is available at most hotels, although there may be additional charges. Some hotels have public computers available for guest use. There may be additional charges for internet access.
International Guide: A local international guide will join your Holiday Vacations Tour Director to provide cultural insight.
International Limitation of Liability: Passengers embarking upon a journey involving an ultimate destination or a stop in a country other than the country of departure are advised that the provisions of an international treaty (the Warsaw Convention, the 1999 Montreal Convention, or other treaty), as well as a carrier’s own contract of carriage or tariff provisions, may be applicable to their entire journey, including any portion entirely within the countries of departure and destination. The applicable treaty governs and may limit the liability of carriers to passengers for death or personal injury, destruction or loss of, or damage to, baggage and for delay of passengers and baggage. Additional protection can usually be obtained by purchasing insurance from a private company. Such insurance is not affected by any limitation of the carrier’s liability under an international treaty. For further information please consult your airline or insurance company representative.
Duty-Free Shops: Items purchased at duty-free shops will be inspected by border patrol prior to departure and cannot be opened until after your departure.
Duty-Free Exemptions: A duty-free exemption is the total value of merchandise you can bring back into the United States without being required to pay duty on the items. Members of a single family, traveling together and living in the same residence, are allowed to pool their exemptions to cover their combined purchases. For additional information on customs regulations and duty-free shopping, please visit the Customs and Border Patrol website: www.cbp.gov.
Travel With An Open Mind: Each of us who travels abroad can be a goodwill ambassador. Tolerance and friendliness toward others is appreciated.
Airline Fees: Airlines may charge for checked luggage and/or carry-on bags. These fees are your responsibility. The cost is payable directly to the airline before or at the time of check-in. Please note airlines may charge a significant fee for overweight, oversized, or additional pieces of luggage.
Checked Luggage: You are allowed one piece of checked luggage per person that will be handled for you at hotels while you are on tour. Your checked luggage may not weigh more than 50 pounds with the total dimensions (length + width + height) equalling 62 inches. Please attach your own identification in addition to the Holiday Vacations luggage tag provided to you. (Certain tours differ from these limits. Please see the tour-specific information section for details.).
Carry-on Bag: In addition to your checked luggage, you may bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a camera bag or purse, per person. These items are your responsibility to handle. For your convenience, the carry-on bag is intended to be used for items you need on a daily basis. We recommend using a small day bag, such as a soft-sided backpack, which would fit into the overhead bins of the motorcoach. (Certain tours differ from these limits. Please see the tour-specific information section.)
Food & Beverage at the Airport: You are allowed to bring food through airport security. Approved items include foods such as pretzels, chips, and granola bars. Items that are liquids or have a gel-like consistency, including pudding, yogurt, or salad dressing fall under the 3.4-ounce liquid rule. You are not allowed to bring a full water bottle through security but are allowed to bring an empty bottle to fill once you’ve cleared security.
Laundry: Some hotels have dry cleaning or coin-operated laundry available.
Luggage Handling: It is not always possible to provide luggage assistance at airports. We recommend a suitcase with wheels. Additional pieces of luggage can be handled for you at hotels for $6 per bag, per day. Please call our office to make arrangements.
Packing: Casual clothing is appropriate but you may consider packing one outfit that is a little dressier than your everyday casual wear. It is recommended that you pack comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. Since the weather is always changing you may want to dress in layers and bring a light sweater or jacket. The following tips are provided as suggestions to help you safely and adequately prepare for your tour.
· Have identification with you and not in your checked luggage· Leave valuables at home.
· Pack medication in your carry-on bag· Bring a hat and small umbrella or rain jacket.
· Bring a camera and extra memory cards in your carry-on bag.
· Pack chargers for electronic devices and ensure that you have the appropriate electrical adapters.
· Frequently forgotten items include binoculars, sunscreen, bug spray, or sunglasses, and/or a reusable water bottle.
· If using a CPAP or BiPAP, it is recommended to bring an extension cord in the event outlets are not conveniently located.
Credit Cards: Major credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, are accepted almost everywhere. For security purposes, your credit card company may block unusual charges. To avoid potential problems, we recommend that you notify the credit card company of your travel plans. Please note that Discover card is not accepted in the United Kingdom or in Europe.
Debit Cards: If you plan on using a debit card, check with your financial institution for information on fees and usage availability. Know your PIN so you can withdraw cash from an ATM machine. Fees may apply.
Gratuities: Many gratuities are included as part of the tour: (1) Baggage handling at the hotels (2) Included meals (3) Included attractions (guided tours, etc.) (4) Step-on guides
The following are NOT included in the tour and may be provided by you at your discretion:
(1) Holiday Vacations Tour Director: Holiday Vacations takes great pride in the customer service that our Tour Directors provide. If you feel that your Tour Director has met your expectations, please tip accordingly. The suggested gratuity for your Holiday Vacations Tour Director is $7 per person, per day. Gratuities are determined on an individual basis and given directly to the Tour Director at the end of the tour.
(2) Shipboard Gratuities: For more information on shipboard gratuities, please see the tour-specific information.
(3) International Driver and/or Guide: Please see tour-specific information for tipping guidelines for international guides and/or drivers.
(4) Other Services: Your Tour Director will provide information on gratuities for other services such as taxi drivers, dry cleaning, housekeeping staff, etc.
Every country has different requirements for entry with some requiring a visa or specific vaccinations. While most countries and Holiday Vacations do not require any vaccinations or visa, guests must comply and adhere with the requirements of individual countries in order to travel. To help you navigate requirements for your tour, the widget below will take you the relevant information about your international travel.
Please review your tour confirmation to ensure that any special dietary and mobility restrictions have been acknowledged. If anything is missing please advise us as soon as possible.
Pack your medication in your carry-on bag, not your checked luggage. It is a good idea to keep any medication in its original labeled bottle. If this is not possible it would be helpful to have a printout identifying your name, the medication, its purpose, and the dosage prescribed. You may also want to bring eyeglasses or contact prescriptions.
Persons Needing Special Assistance
Holiday Vacations does not provide personal attendant services. Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to us at the time you make your reservation. We will make reasonable attempts to accommodate special needs, but we are not responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, and other independent suppliers. Travelers requiring assistance must be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the necessary assistance.
Outside of the United States accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act do not apply.
Medical equipment, such as a CPAP machine or nebulizer, that requires connection to an aircraft’s power supply, must be pre-approved by the airlines and requires medical clearance. Please contact Holiday Vacations for further details. Outside of the United States accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act do not apply.
CPAP-BiPAP: Review with your healthcare provider whether purified water or bottled water can be used with your device on a temporary basis.
The Holiday Vacations Guest Portal is the hub for all the details you need and want for your upcoming travel. You will be able to view your registration, booking summary, invoices, and e-docs. You can also keep track of remaining balance and sign your required Guest Participation agreement on the platform. One of the most exciting features is that you will be able to make payments on the portal toward your balance after your initial $200 deposit has cleared.
Twenty-one days before your tour starts, your guest travel booklet, flight information, itinerary, and hotel information will be available on both the Guest Portal and the app. Guest surveys are also available to complete in the portal.
The Holiday Traveler is your digital companion from 21 days prior to departure and while you are on tour. View travel details, hotel and flight information, message your tour director, complete your tour survey, and even share your photos with friends and family with digital postcards.
The Holiday Traveler app works on all smartphones and tablets. To start now, download the Holiday Traveler app for iOS and Android below or go to the app store and search “Holiday Traveler.”
Africa & the Middle East
Captivating Kenya Safari
Gems of Egypt & The Nile River
Jordan & the Gems of Egypt
Tanzania Safari Adventure
Australia & New Zealand
Spectacular New Zealand
Wonders of Australia
Australia & New Zealand Highlights
Grand Australia & New Zealand
Canadian Rockies, Vancouver & Victoria
Victoria, Vancouver & the Canadian Rockies
Montreal, Quebec City & Canadian Maritimes
Niagara Falls Adventure
Niagara Falls Getaway
Canadian Cascades: Niagara Falls to Montreal
New England & Saint Lawrence Seaway Cruise
Railroading in the Rockies
Chilean Fjords & Strait of Magellan
Costa Rica & Panama Canal Adventure
Panama Canal Cruise with Holland America
Europe & the United Kingdom
A Taste of Italian Isles & the Amalfi Coast
Agricultural Wonders of Iceland
Blue Danube River Cruise
Classic Italy-Rome, Florence & Venice
Classical Greece Land & Cruise
England & Cornwall, Towne & Country
Escape to Chateau Country
Football on the Emerald Isle
Grand Adventure: Scotland & the Emerald Isle
Holland in Bloom
Iceland: Land of the Midnight Sun
Iceland’s Northern Lights
Majestic Fjords of Norway
Normandy, London & Paris
Paris-A Week to Remember
Timeless France with Burgundy & Provence River Cruise
Treasures of Central Europe
Rhine River Cruise – Amsterdam to Switzerland
Rhine River Cruise – Switzerland to Amsterdam
Scenic Danube River Cruise
Scotland & Northern Ireland
Scotland & Northern Ireland with Agricultural Highlights
Sunny Spain & Portugal
Tuscany & the Italian Riviera
These tours are arranged and operated by Holiday Vacations, LLC, d/b/a Holiday Vacations, 2727 Henry Ave, PO Box 87, Eau Claire, WI 54702. Holiday Vacations and their agents act only as an agent for such other parties, firms or corporations providing services herein. No liability shall be incurred by Holiday Vacations, their agents, presenters or co-sponsors because of injury, loss, delay or other complication experienced by tour participants. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to correct printing errors, to make any changes or alterations in the printed itineraries, dates, routing, hotels or in included features prior to or during the tour, as may be necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the tour. The names of the hotels used may change without notice. Holiday Vacations also reserves the right to accept, decline or retain any person as a participant of these tours at anytime. Though every effort will be made to safeguard your baggage, Holiday Vacations accepts no liability for loss or damage.
Photography & Video
Holiday Vacations reserves the right to take photographs and/or videos on any of its tours and to use such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete our survey. We appreciate your comments which further enhance and improve our tours. You can complete your tour survey on the app or guest portal. Input can be provided incrementally or all at one time as long as you don’t log out of the app or portal. Once the survey is submitted electronically, it cannot be changed.
Insecticide Use On Aircraft
Some countries require aircraft to be treated with insecticide in order to protect agricultural, environmental and public health. For current information on the use of insecticides on aircraft and the participating countries, please visit the USDOT’s website at https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/spray.
Holiday Traveler Quick Start Guide
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Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.