FAQ – Europe Tours

Everything you wanted to know about Europe Tours!  Well, probably not everything, but these are some of our most frequently asked questions.  Contact me (at the bottom of the page) if a question you have is not answered here.

Q: I'm a teacher and I'm interested in taking my students to Europe. Where do I start?

A: First consider the purpose of the trip.  Do you want to enrich your students’ knowledge about history?  Are you hoping to have your students immersed in the language you teach them?  Do you want you want your students to be exposed to a rich variety of cultures and traditions?  Regardless of whether you teach English, history, art, cooking, languages, etc. we can create a meaningful, unique tour that your students will never forget.  Consultation with OneLife Tours is absolutely free and at no obligation.  Tell us your ideas and we will put together a proposal for you.  Our head tour director, Craig Bresett, has more than a decade of experience designing and guiding high-quality authentically-educational European tours for students, and he would be happy to talk to you about your plans.  Start the conversation with a simple email – you’ll be glad you did!

Q: I only speak English. Is this going to be a problem anywhere in Europe?
A: Not with OneLife Tours. With your tour director and coach driver taking care of the details, you don’t have to worry about any language barriers. Besides, English is widely understood and used in the hospitality industry throughout Europe.
Q: Do I need to get any travel vaccinations to go to Europe?

A: No.

Q: Do I need a travel visa?

A: Canadians and Americans only need a passport. There are no special visa requirements to enter Europe. Please note that your passport’s expiration date should be at least 6 months after the date you are scheduled to fly to Europe.

Q: What kind of luggage do you recommend and what should I pack in it?
A: Bring what you can handle – you will need to move your own luggage, sometimes up stairs. I recommend a wheeled suitcase and a small day pack. Packing light is an art that people usually get better at the more they travel. I’ve never heard one of my travelers say “I wish I had packed more stuff with me!” In fact, it is the opposite, “Why did I bring so much stuff?” Traveling by private coach does make the transport of your luggage much easier – big luggage goes under the bus, day packs go in the seating area, and you get dropped off and picked up right in front of the hotel (most places!). When you’re travelling on your own, you are often “lugging” your luggage from train station to hotel and back (or shelling out big bucks for cabs everywhere).
Q: Can I use my credit card or bank card in Europe?

A: We recommend that you purchase some local currency before leaving home.  However, credit cards are widely accepted in Europe, and ATMs work with most North American bank cards.  This is a convenient way to top up your cash when you are in Europe – the ATM will dispense local currency and your bank will take care of currency conversion, usually charging a small fee for the transaction.  In general, you cannot use your bank card as a debit card in stores in Europe the way you do at home.  We highly recommend against bringing travelers’ cheques – they are almost universally not accepted at any businesses anymore, and you will waste a lot of time hunting down someplace to cash them, usually paying a very large fee to do so.

Got A Question?

Have you got another question about travelling in Europe?  Our head tour director Craig loves talking about Europe – send him a question!

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