- Spring Time Cruising - March to May
- Autumn Colours - September to mid November
- Christmas Markets - November and December
VISAS AND PASSPORTS
All travelers to Europe, including infants, require a valid passport. Some countries may not accept a passport that will expire within six months of your departure. Apply for a new one if this applies to you. Ask the embassy or consulate of the country or countries you wish to visit for visa regulations. Foreign visitors may obtain a single Schengen visa to visit any of the 25 countries in the Schengen area. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. You may still need to obtain a separate visa to visit a European country outside this area. Should you lose your passport, report it to the local police. The nearest consulate or embassy for your country can reissue your passport when you are abroad. Carry a photocopy of your passport separate from your actual passport to speed up replacement time. In most cases, you cannot leave Europe without a valid passport.
The basic unit of European currency is the Euro.
The Euro, denoted by the € symbol (or EUR), has simplified traveling among many European countries. Before the Euro, exchanging money was time-consuming and costly. Fortunately, all coins and banknotes in the euro system can be used throughout the Euro zone.
Overall, much of Europe enjoys a relatively mild climate, at least when compared with other locations throughout the world lying at the same latitude. This is primarily due to the Atlantic Ocean's warm Gulf Stream current, which exerts a moderating effect on a significant portion of the continent, particularly its westernmost half. Additionally, the continent's landforms, including mountain ranges such as the Alps and Pyrenees, alter the climates of certain areas. Europe's climates and corresponding weather can be roughly divided into six categories, based on geography.
All of the British Isles and the Low Countries, northern Spain, most of France and the westernmost half of Germany fall under the marine west coast climate classification. This climate type features both mild summers and winters, with temperatures rarely becoming either uncomfortably hot or cold, as in the United States' Pacific Northwest. Other features of western European weather include high humidity and precipitation, usually in the form of rain, as well as considerable cloudiness.
Portugal, southern Spain and France, Italy, Greece and the south Slavic nations bordering the Adriatic Sea enjoy the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate. Also found on the southern California coast, this highly desirable climate type features mild to warm winters, hot summers and a pleasant spring and autumn. Frequent sunshine, particularly in summertime, makes the region a prime vacation destination.
The interior portion of the Iberian Peninsula experiences a semi-arid steppe climate. Weather patterns here are similar to those found in the Mediterranean zone, albeit slightly drier and cooler. The same climate type exists in the Great Plains of the western U.S., although thunderstorms in Spain generally lack the ferocity of those in the Plains states.
Central and Eastern Europe
The climate of most of Central and Eastern Europe, including southern Scandinavia, is categorized as cool-summer humid continental -- the same climate found in places like Maine and Michigan. As in Western Europe, summers are mild, but winters are significantly colder, with snowfall a common occurrence.
The central and northern portions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia possess a subarctic climate, like that of western Alaska. Long, harsh, bitterly cold winters bring frequent snowstorms. Summers, although short and cool, feature the rare spectacle of seemingly unending daylight, with the sun hovering just above the horizon throughout the night in some locales.
OTHER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Q: Am I able to travel alone?
Yes, many of our passengers travel on their own, and we have specific prices for solo travellers.
Q: How do I organise my visa?
Whether or not you require a visa will depend on your country of origin and your destination. Please see our 'Prepare for Your Trip' documents found within the destinational information on this site, or feel free to ask our staff who will be able to provide you with more information.
Q: Do you allow children on your tours?
Yes, there is a minimum age, which varies between different tours. Please enquire for further details.
Q: Do you have Guaranteed Departures?
Yes Travelmarvel does have guaranteed departures - see the Itinerary / Dates and Prices page on this website for a tour's availability, or it can be advised on enquiry.
Q: What are the luggage restrictions?
Generally the allowance is a 20kg bag, plus a piece of hand luggage, however some tours have further restrictions, so please refer to the specific restrictions of each tour. Some airlines also have different allowances, so please refer to specific restrictions of each tour.
Q: How many seats are there on the coaches?
This depends on the destination and varies between 38 and 48, however for some destinations it is necessary to user smaller vehicles to travel around the destination.
Q: What is the average age of people on Travelmarvel tours?
Our clients are generally 55+, however we do get a full range of ages travelling with us.
Q: How long is spent in the coach each day?
Each day's touring will vary, however, you will always get time for sightseeing or personal breaks. See individual itineraries for further details.
Q: Is there internet access whilst of cruise/tour?
Many of the ships and hotels now have internet access, however please refer to the specific tour hints for your destination on the 'Prepare for Your Trip' page.
Q: Can any Travelmarvel tour be split at any stage and then rejoined at a later date?
Yes, you can split an escorted tour at any stage and join the same tour at a later stage, however, this must be arranged at the time of booking and there are restrictions that apply to the duration of the tour. (Note: due to some styles of touring this cannot be applied to all of our tours.)