Know Before You Go
Weather | Money | Passports |Luggage | Illness | Time Change | Meals | Packing Tips | Electrical Appliances | Identification| Telephone Calls | Jet Lag
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WEATHER - Plan for hot weather during the days and perhaps cool evenings. Temperatures will range from 50 to 80 degrees. Add 'London, United Kingdom' or another city below to find current and historical temperatures.
MONEY - Currency Exchange Rates change daily. Major credit cards and traveler's checks are accepted in most places. Foreign Currency can be purchased in advance through Travelex. Automatic Teller Machines are available throughout Europe for your convenience. By using the ATM you avoid commission charges for currency exchange. If you ask for a special favor from the hotel staff you should tip them as you would at home. A voluntary Love Offering for our Guide and Driver will be taken as an expression of our appreciation for their services. Suggested amount is $7/day per passengers.
PASSPORTS - Passports should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your trip. More passport information and passport formsare available.
LUGGAGE - You have paid porterage for one suitcase. The airlines will allow one suitcase (not to exceed 30" x 21" x 10" and 50 lbs.) and one small carry-on (not to exceed 12" x 12" x 18"). Be sure all of your bags are clearly marked with your name and address. It is always advisable to pack any medicine and valuables in your carry-on bag which will always be with you. Please remember that you are responsible for your passport and carry-on at all times.
ILLNESS - If you need medical attention while abroad, contact the reception area of the hotel. Your travel host should also be notified.
TIME CHANGE - There is a six hour time change difference. 11:00 p.m. EST in the USA is 5:00 a.m. the next day in Europe.
MEALS - Breakfast and dinner are served daily. Water in the hotels is fine to drink, but you may want to purchase bottled water to carry daily.
First and foremost be comfortable! Pack clothes which can be worn in layers and colors which allow you to mix and match. Note that in many European Cathedrals shorts and sleeveless outfits are not permitted. Consider the following ideas when you pack:
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES - The electric current in Europe is 220 volts. To operate small American appliances you will need both a Converter and Adaptor Plugs.
IDENTIFICATION - Please place luggage tags on suitcases and wear name tags at all times.
TELEPHONE CALLS - Calling from Europe can be costly. It is more economical for friends and family to call overseas than for you to call home. BEAT JET LAG - Jet Lag is a normal occurrence but there are a few things you can do to avoid this disruption to your trip.