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Hotels and Meals


Stay in superior tourist class and first class hotels selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, cleanliness and location. All rooms include a private bath and shower.

  • Accommodations are double occupancy, singles traveling alone will be matched with an appropriate same gender traveling companion to share a double at NO EXTRA COST*.
  • The overnight ship from Italy to Greece offers 4-share cabins.
  • To ensure quality locations some hotels are centrally located and others are in residential areas.

* Single supplement only applies if single accommodations are requested. Independent hotel reservations, special tours and FIT tours like Alpine Ski always apply a single supplement. Please check your itinerary.


The Essential Europe trip will include non-extreme native cuisine and local specialties. Included are 17 breakfasts, one lunch and seven three-course dinners including a French bistro dinner, Roman banquet, Greek barbeque dinner and a fish and chips dinner. Group meals served in local restaurants or the hotel in which guests are staying.

There will also be free time to explore and sample other regional dishes on your own. The tour director or local city guide can recommend options.

Drinks with meals

Many restaurants in Europe have a no-water policy and beverages, including water are not free of charge. All meals include one beverage per person and might be tap water, bottled water, soda, beer or wine depending on the meal, restaurant or location. Additional beverages are available for purchase.