What to Pack: Summer Tours

In Europe the weather can vary considerably depending on your destination and the time of year you will be travelling. If you are travelling earlier or later in the year remember that it can get much cooler in the evenings.

Visiting Churches & Basilicas

Many churches and religious sights require conservative clothing to be worn when visiting. In European countries ladies and gentleman are both required to wear modest skirts or shorts covering your knees and tops to cover your shoulders down to the elbows. Short skirts, tighter shorts, singlets or bare mid-riffs are not permissible. We suggest you carry a scarf during the day to wrap around your shoulders or legs if needed.

Dressing for dinner

‘Smart but casual’ is probably the easiest formula. We do not expect anyone to particularly ‘dress for dinner' however perhaps bring along at least one dinner outfit, for the special dinners and events. Can we ask the gentlemen to wear long pants to dinner. Please make sure you also pack acceptable footwear as thongs and sneakers are not acceptable footwear for inside hotel and local restaurants in the evenings. Thank you.

Bathing clothes and towels

Depending on your tour, some hotels you will be staying in may have leisure facilities including swimming pools, whirlpool/spas and sauna. We suggest you consider packing your togs and a light travel towel to use at hotel pools and beaches. If you plan to use the hotel towels, please check with the hotel as to their policy re pool/beach towels as many provide towels for use at pools or beaches, and bathroom towels are not to be used.

Footwear during the day

Comfy shoes are always a must. When sightseeing you may be spending some time on your feet so please make sure you bring comfortable shoes. As indicated in the sales brochure, especially in Italy, we visit a variety of medieval hilltop towns which may have some steep, uneven cobbled stone streets or castles with various levels accessible only by long or steep stairwells. Additionally some larger cities only provide coach passenger drop off points 15 minutes or so walk from the old town centres. Please ensure you bring appropriate footwear.

Italy, the Deep South & Sicily tour travellers

Please ensure you have the correct footwear - comfortable enclosed walking shoes are required for your visits in Matera and up Mount Etna.

East Germany & the Glorious Czech Republic travellers

Please note we recommend you pack insect repellent for this tour, the mosquitoes can be hungry while you stay in Lubbenau in the Spreewald Forest.

Scandinavia, In the Footsteps of Vikings travellers

Please note it is essential you pack waterproof footwear, gloves and hat for RIB boat excursion in the Lofoten Islands.