Family booking with Explore Europe

Enjoying the sunshine in Florence, Italy

Traveling around Europe with children can be daunting. But it’s also an amazing opportunity to experience so much beauty, culture & gastronomy. To be sure that you are best prepared to join us on one of our trips, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions so you and your family feel more confident to book with Explore Europe!

This post is organized into 3 main themes:

  • Hotel Arrangements
  • Bus Arrangements
  • Attractions Arrangements

Hotel Arrangements

Q: Will my family be in the same room together?
A: Hotel arrangements are made to accommodate every family size, and assure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Hotels in Europe are typically smaller than in the States. However, they do offer a variety of rooming possibilities. 

       1. Family room

These are available in some hotels. They have different options:

  • Option 1: Consist of one double bed (fits two adults) and one single sofa bed (fits one adult): not available at all hotels
Triple Room
One queen-size bed and one sofa bed
  • Option 2: Consist of two queen-size beds in one room (not available at all hotels)
Family Room (2+2) - Holiday Inn Eur Roma
Two queen-size beds in one room
  • Option 3: Consist of two connecting rooms (not available at all hotels)
Connecting Room - valamar-diamant-hotel-novel-junior-suite-01
Two connecting rooms

     2. For a family with one infant (2 adults + one child under 3 years old)

You will be offered a double room with a baby cot/crib – they are usually always available at most hotels. We request them in advance when we have a booking for 2 adults and 1 infant.  

3. For a family with 2 small children up to 8 years old

You will be offered a triple room (1 double-bed + 1 single bed) + baby cot or depending on the hotel – to have more space – the infant can sleep in the same bed as the parents. 

4. For a family with older children (+11 yo)

You will be offered the possibility of two double rooms next to each other; or for some hotels, two connecting rooms.

      5. For some extra space

If you wish to have extra space, you always have the option to book a single room. These are available at an extra cost. It can be arranged that the rooms are located next to each other.

Q: Are the hotels used to receiving families?
A: Some hotels offer fun and recreational activities for families i.e. Croatia.

Bus Arrangements

Q: How is the seating assigned on the bus?
A: Families are always seated together on the bus. You are welcome to bring car seats for the children to make the ride comfortable for them. We have a limited number of front seats and tables on each trip. If you wish to reserve them free of charge, you would simply need to email us your request. Please note: these are available at a first come first served basis.

Q: How much luggage can I bring?
A: Each passenger including children are allowed to bring one piece of luggage (20kg) to put in the hold of the bus and one personal item (10kg) to be carried onto the bus. Blankets, pillows, car seats and strollers do not count as personal items. Please do inform us if you plan on bringing a stroller as we have limited storage space for such items.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask on board?
A: Each country has their own rules and regulations, but mask mandates have been widely lifted around Europe. We will be checking that information and complying with the German government and the local authorities. That information will then be communicated to you prior to departure.

Attraction arrangements

Q: How accessible are the walking tours with the local guides?
A: Our tours are planned with family-friendly itineraries in mind. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and take pictures on site. A reasonable pace is set so everyone can properly discover and explore the cities. You are welcome to bring strollers on the tours. Please be aware that European streets can be narrow and cobbled at times, and some tours include sections with steps. 

Q: Can I bring a stroller to visit local attractions?
A: Some historical attractions in Europe restrict the use of strollers inside their buildings. You would either have the possibility of leaving it at the reception, or you would need to leave it on the bus. Large hiking baby carriers are often prohibited. We would therefore recommend bringing a baby wrap with you instead. 

We hope to see you soon on one of our trips – you can find them all here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!