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Before My Trip Departs

How much luggage can I bring?

You are allowed to bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30in. x 18in. x 10in) and weight not exceeding 23kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescope handles. Refer to our Know Before You Go Guides for more information plus other interesting on-trip facts about your chosen destination.

Is baggage handling provided?

Yes, all hotel baggage handling is provided at no extra charge and included in your holiday purchase price. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.

How do I change my currency?

Currency can be exchanged at airports or banks. International debit and credit cards are accepted at most bank machines (ATMs) throughout the world. It is a good idea to check with your bank prior to your departure, to be sure that your cards operate in the destinations in which you a travelling.

Are tips included?

Our impeccable First Class service means we'll look after everything for you! We’ll check you in, look after your luggage and take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities for restaurant staff, chambermaids or porters at both hotels and docks, on all included activities.

Tips are customarily given to your Travel Director, driver and local guides/experts at your discretion. However, on a majority of itineraries you have the option to pre-pay gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. Refer to the itinerary of your choice within our brochures for the pre-paid gratuity amount. Be sure to check at the time of booking if gratuities are available to be prepaid for your chosen holiday.

If you prefer not to pre-pay gratuities, the recommended amounts are as follows:
Travel Directors EUR€4/US$6/CA$6 per person, per day
Drivers EUR€2.50/US$3/CA$3 per person, per day
Local Guides and Experts EUR€1/US$2/CA$2 per person, per day

Can I bring a wheelchair on my trip?

Yes, in most circumstances you are able to travel with a wheelchair that is fully collapsible and non-motorized on your trip, as long as you are travelling with a person who is willing and able to provide personal assistance. Please advise us at the time of booking if you plan to bring a wheelchair to ensure we can meet your requirements.

What type of outfits do I pack and will I need formal attire?

This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you are visiting and the time of year you will be travelling. It is advisable to bring at least one ‘smart’ outfit for special evenings or Highlight Dinners.

If your itinerary visits churches or places of worship, you may be required to wear items that cover your shoulders and in some cases, knees. When travelling, we recommend bringing items that are casual and lightweight, and require little or no ironing.

Will I have to switch on my mobile phone when it’s screened at the airport?

Yes, this is possible. If you’re on a direct US-bound flight, you may already be aware that your mobile phone and other electronic devices will be screened during the security examination. But from July 2014, an enhanced security measure has now been implemented meaning you may be required to switch on your electronic device. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft, and in this instance you may undergo additional screening. We therefore recommend that all devices are charged before they’re packed.

What type of weather can I expect?

Weather varies in different parts of the world, between each destination and the time of year in which you choose to travel. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast before you travel as this will help you to determine what to pack for your holiday. You can find out local weather conditions throughout various websites such as

Do I need any vaccinations?

This will depend on the destinations you are travelling and your personal health circumstances. Be sure to speak to your travel agent or doctor to find out if vaccinations are required for the countries you will be visiting. If you are taking medication or suffer from any form of illness, ensure you have an adequate supply of medication before departing for your holiday.

How can I find out more about my trip?

Our handy Know Before You Go Guides will provide you with more interesting facts and information about your journey ahead. Just select the destination in which you are travelling to and download the booklet to find out everything you need to know before you depart.

You can also visit our Online Community where you can discover more about Trafalgar trips via our forums and meet others who have previously travelled with Trafalgar. Our Blog is also a great source of information and features real-life travel stories from guests all over the world.

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