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Best of Europe 20 night trip

Hello

When do we receive full hotel list? Also.. trying to plan a good time for Eiffel tower. So it's the last 2 days of trip. Last evening has a dinner and Louvre tour during day. The day before check in to hotel and orientation... Afternoon on own.

I found information on website... Sorry! Eiffel tower is closed now w strikes!!!

Ty

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You'll get the full hotel list about a month out from your tour start date.

I'd do the ET on that next to the last evening. You can call or email the office to see what time they anticipate the walking tour and activities for that day will be completed.

Do you have your flights yet? I hope you plan to arrive in the Netherlands a day or so ahead. IF you can swing it another day or two in Paris wouldn't go amiss, lol.

This is a wonderful tour!

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I was planning on 2 extra days in Paris but the last night at airport hotel. I didn't want to check into 2 hotels the last 2 nights. Also figured I would be ready to go home haha. I am Amsterdam 3 nights early. Mainly all because of better points redemption. So as of now leaving Paris last day of tour. Since I found a better points redemption. Ty

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Your going to have the trip of a lifetime! I've been on 8 Risk Steves tours and each one was outstanding,

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I'm glad you are going in early! This is a fairly strenuous tour and you'll probably enjoy yourself more if you have adjusted to jet lag and can hit the ground running on the first day!

If you are not leaving until 5P you can easily get the hotel to call you a cab for the airport. Tell them the day before and ask what time you need to get the cab. Even for a 10A flight I usually stay in Paris and just leave about 6A. No traffic that time of day!

editing to add: I thought of something after I read Donald's post. This tour covers a lot of ground in more ways than one. I don't know if you journal or not but this is an exceptional tour to at least make some daily notes - either in a notebook or I've just started jotting a "journal" in googledocs on my iPad Mini. Youlll see so much that by the time you get on the plane in Paris you'll have forgotten some of what you did and experienced!

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Yeah I was nervous about 10 am flight... So leaving last day of tour as of now... 5p

Edit... I found all this information on the website. Should have already read!!! Thank you all!

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Adding onto Pam’s suggestion for journaling. It is difficult to remember what you saw when several days have passed. I bring a notebook, but I’m usually only good at writing in it for the first few days. Then it’s just what I ate and a running note of costs, for planning future trips.

I’ve found that it helps me to take a photo of the info about where I am. For instance, I will take a photo of the entry sign (or gelato shop sign!) or art museum piece sign. Then later, I can add a few notes on the photo I want to keep on iCloud and delete the info sign photos.

Another photo helper is to take a photo of your room key when you’re in each hotel room. I move locations quite often, and when some of the keys are kept behind the front desk lobby, I have to think to myself occasionally, “What IS the room number?” : )

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I do polarsteps app and upload photos and journals as I go. I really like this approach.

I also wanted to mention that your guide will check with the tour group about departure times when the tour ends. Often there will be others that have flights near the same time as yours, and one taxi is called for all of you to share. Makes getting to the airport easy and not expensive.

To find your hotel list, go into your tour account under documents. It will show up there about a month in advance.

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We went to the Eiffel tower on a free Nite of the tour, I think the Nite before closing dinner. We got tickets on Line ( timed tickets , went at 7 pm to see day lite and sun set in Paris , from the top !! WOW Best tour ever for RS

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If you leave on the last day of the tour, you are likely to miss the farewell dinner. Our guide took us to the park behind the Eiffel Tour after dinner and we reviewed each day as we stood in a circle. it was a very powerful experience. You're likely to make some friends on the tour and this is a great way to punctuate the 3 week journey. Additionally, you'll need to get to the airport a few hours early so you are likely to miss most of the day as well. I would try to leave the day after the tour ends if I was you.

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"If you leave on the last day of the tour, you are likely to miss the farewell dinner."

I took their post to mean they were leaving the morning of Day 21 which tour companies count as a "day" even though there are no activities scheduled. They mentioned the last evening having a dinner so I'm thinking they will be there for that. I'll agree that is an exceptional time. I think with the length of this being 3 weeks that people bond more and it's harder to say farewell to the interesting people you will travel with.

BTW, the information you'll get a month out includes a tour roster showing who your guide will be as well as the list of hotels.

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I'm not seeing any Ann Frank tour tickets available may 4-7! I arrive before tour. Last evening there were evening tickets available???

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You are going to love this tour! We took this tour in 2019 and it was an amazing 3 weeks! Re: Anne Frank tickets, I see tickets still available to tour the house (museum) early evening on May 5-6. The tickets which include an introductory program appear to be all sold out, but a tour of the house and museum is still well worth it. I’d jump on them asap. If I’m correct, there is no other way to obtain entry tickets other than through the official website, so no reseller option.

Concerning the Eiffel Tower, I’d definitely get tickets to experience that. We had extended our tour by an extra day and did our tour on the day most people departed Paris. What a cool experience! Well worth it!

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List comes about 6 weeks before the tour. The only hotel we did not care for when we took this tour last Sept./Oct. was in Venice. All others were great. I'd try to extend your Paris time by a few days and go to ET then. The evening group dinner gets over by 7 when the light all the lights on the tower. It would be very cool to be up there when they do that. If you get to Amsterdam (Haarlem) a few days early before the tour book Anne Frank house tickets then. Otherwise, don't miss walking around Haarlem. Very cool town with lots of great restaurants the locals hang out in. Try the dutch gin.
And yes, you will love this tour.

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We went in to Haarlem a few days early and pre booked the English tour for the Corrie Ten Boom house. It’s worth a visit.

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GM.. thanks for all the tips. Ann Frank house said they add a few tickets Tues morning around 10am.

Another question. I did purchase a ticket and glass of champagne at Eiffel tower... Website said 47$ eu. So when I went to pay had 2 options one w for EU or US. I chose US. Ended up at 53$ on my cc. I didn't know which one. My chase card doesn't charge international fee. Ty

Ty... And the champagne option was only choice!!!

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Always pick the local currency (not US dollars) overseas. Chase will do the conversion for you at a better rate than the vendor will give you.

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The 2 options were US /euro. The euro price said 47$ and the US said 53$. I chose US since in a hurry. Didn't In NJ pay 6$!too much by picking US? I called chase and she didn't know why they had 2 different options. Just wanted to clarify this so I don't overpay in future. Sorry... I obviously have a lot to learn. First trip. Ty!

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Hello, They mentioned bringing a bathing suit and beach/water shoes. Will there be a need for this ? Ty!

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Regarding the swimsuit…there are places where you can access pools but there is also your time in Cinque Terra where you will be steps from the Mediterranean. The paid beach is packed during the day, but after the crowds leave, a sunset dip is wonderful. I was there last July on BOE and it was lovely to cool off, considering how hot the days were. If you don’t want to take a suit, take some shorts/tops that will dry overnight. Have a great time!

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Hello... LUGGAGE QUESTION I'm wondering if we can leave a piece of luggage on bus if not needed at next stop? I saw a mention about leaving like a packable duffle on bus to store things. Or a rolling piece of luggage to leave on bus if not needed. Trying to make do with what I'm already have. This is really a learning trip for me(first). Do we keep same bus whole time? And is it secure?!Ty!

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I read many times of people leaving luggage on the bus and yes it’s secure. And as a rule you will have the same bus and driver for the whole 3 weeks. Can you list the hotels for this 3 week trip. Thx

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Ok but just to let you know I’ve seen lots of posts with the hotel list for a particular tour. Even saw them for 2 different 21 Day BOE tours.