Entry Requirements—For U.S. Citizens a valid passport is the only document required to enter the Czech Republic and Germany for stays less than 90 days.
Immunizations & Health—No immunizations are currently required for travel to the countries visited on this tour, but it is wise to have your inoculations up-to-date. Is your tetanus booster current?
Exit Requirements—No departure taxes required other than those already included in the cost of your airline ticket.
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international flights from your home to Prague, Czech Republic and from Berlin, Germany, back to the U.S.A. We encourage you to work with Steven Goldberg at Frosch Travel in Chicago, who knows the best flights to get you to and from Europe for this tour. You will need to arrive in Prague by 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Departure from Berlin can be scheduled for any convenient time on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Steven Goldberg / Frosch Travel
Toll-Free in USA: 1-800-323-1276
International guests, please call +1-312-371-9686
When calling, please identify yourself as a Toto Tours participant. If you leave a message on Steven’s voice mail, he will return your call promptly. He will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible we often must turn away last minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space and air reservations 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
In July, the weather is moderate in Prague, Dresden and Berlin and surrounding areas, with average temperatures ranging between 54 and 72 degrees F. However, there have been historic heat-waves in recent years, so be sure to hydrate! You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual. Try to pack light and bring as little luggage as possible. Mix and match outfits! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home!
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The Czech currency is the Koruna (CZK), and the German currency is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you obtain local currency after you arrive in the country, as doing so in advance carries high fees. After you clear customs and exit the secure area with your baggage, there will be ATM machines available at the airport in Prague. Use your ATM Debit Card as much as possible for withdrawing local currency at a bank machine, as you will always get the best exchange rate. Be sure to notify credit card companies of your travel plans before departure so you do not run the risk of having your cards shut off due to their automatic fraud protections. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants, hotels, shops and tourist attractions. Click here to obtain the most current exchange rate for these currencies.
Tipping in Prague: Tips are welcomed by staff working in the tourist industry in Prague, although generally tipping is relaxed and workers do not chase them. 5%-10% is appropriate. The one exception is the very touristy restaurants in the city center.
Tipping in Germany: Unlike some other countries, service staff is always paid by the hour (albeit not always that well). A tip is therefore mainly a matter of politeness and shows your appreciation. Since the introduction of the Euro, a tip (Trinkgeld, lit. “drink money”) of about 5-10% is customary if you were satisfied with the service. Nonetheless, a service charge is already included in an item’s unit price so what you see is what you pay. Tipping in Germany is usually done by mentioning the total while paying. For example, if a waiter tells you the bill amounts to “€13.50”, just state “15” and he will include a tip of €1.50.
We will provide suggested tipping guidelines prior to departure, and will present a collective tip to drivers and guides at appropriate points throughout the tour.
Toto Tours provides Adventure Travel Experiences as differentiated from tours in the traditional sense. Adventure Travel allows (even encourages) you to be an active participant. Adventurers can be identified by certain traits. They are:
Toto Tours is known for attracting great groups of people who are outgoing, interesting, and fun. You wouldn’t want to do this tour with anybody else! Join us for a Parade of fun and revelry in these marvelous destinations. If you have any questions, please call us toll-free at: 800-565-1241.
We recommend you purchase travel insurance with Travel Guard to cover for unforeseen events prior to and during your trip. Please follow the link below or call us for more information.