Important information before you go

Please ensure you bring...

  • Tour vouchers as supplied in your pre-departure documentation pack.
  • 'On tour' luggage tags - as supplied in your pre-departure pack, your Albatross Tours luggage tags will be used by your Tour Manager to identify your luggage whilst on tour. Please attach them to your luggage on the first day prior to boarding your coach.
  • Valid passport - Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date of your trip. Currently, Australian, New Zealand and UK passport holders do not require any visas on any of our European tours.
  • Travel insurance with specific COVID cover - It is a condition of travel on our tours, that you are covered by adequate International Travel Insurance. Please ensure you bring your insurance details with you.
  • Are you taking prescribed medications? You will need a doctor's letter to cover prescribed drugs you are carrying with you.
  • Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? It is possibly a good idea to take details of your optical prescription just in case you need to replace them.

Carry proof of your COVID vaccinations

    You may be required to provide proof of vaccination status on entry to UK and/ or Europe. That document of proof is readily downloadable from your local government website.


    Face Masks

    In continental Europe few people wear cloth masks as protection against COVID-19 and instead are utilising surgical masks of a specific standard. Increasingly FFP2 masks are the required standard of use.  In Australia we know these masks as KN95 or by N95 standard.

    • FFP stands for “filtering face piece”. It is a European standard for mask efficiency, ranging from one, the lowest grade, to three, the highest. FFP2 masks filter at least 94% of all aerosols, including airborne viruses such as COVID-19.
    • Please ensure that you have an adequate quantity of these masks to use while on your journey.  These may be purchased before you leave Australia or locally once you have arrived in country.


    Copy important legal documents

    We suggest you take photocopies of the first few pages of your passports, your insurance policy, any tickets or vouchers and any credit cards you are taking. Put these in an envelope and keep them in your suitcase away from the ‘originals’ which will be presumably in your hand luggage.

    Special diets

    All the hotels and restaurants, along with your Tour Manager, will have been notified of any special dietary needs you advised to us on your booking form. Nevertheless, please do check with your Tour Manager to ensure he or she is aware of them. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs we cannot guarantee they will always be available.

    Do you have a disability or medical condition we need to know about?

    If you have advised us of a disability or medical condition on your booking form, we will have passed these details on to your Tour Manager. We recommend that you also raise the matter confidentially with your Tour Manager at the beginning of the tour.


    Hotel porterage for one suitcase per person is included at each stay during your group touring programme. It is not included on the first or last days of your tour when arriving or departing your hotel independently.
    Tours that include internal flights may have specific luggage conditions. Please refer to What to Pack for further information.

    Return back to the Pre-departure Information page for more details.