Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2 Couples looking at iPad in Croatia

 

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding travel to The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia. What is the currency? What are the voltage requirements? What should I pack? And many others.

COVID-19 (1)

Latest Update July 1st, 2020

Go Touch Down is working with all our travelers.

  • Our future travelers can plan for travel anytime in 2021 and 2022.
  • Our current travelers not wanting to travel can contact us to discuss their options.

We know that many of you are concerned about the effects of the COVID-19 and how it may impact your travel to South Africa and Europe. All travelers that were scheduled to travel to South Africa over the past few months have moved their travel dates to 2021. Some clients also contacted their travel insurance company (if applicable) to consider terms and conditions closer to travel departure dates.  We continue to assist each request as they come in. If you are traveling in 2020 and are not sure what the travel restriction will be at that time of travel, you are welcome to contact us to discuss moving your dates to 2021. 

Please note the following important information and note that updates and travel restrictions may change daily. (Keep up to date on a daily basis):

Update on South African Tours:

1.  The South African government announced a travel ban at all the borders. The country is currently in “lock-down”. Everyone to stay at home. The country is currently on level 3 alert. See link for level updates: CLICK HERE

2. The US Travel State Advisory has changed the travel status to “Level 4”

  • Level 4: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19 See link: CLICK HERE

3. The Canadian Government has issued the following Global Travel Advisory:

  • Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. See link: CLICK HERE

4. The Australian Government has issued the following notice:

  • A ban on all overseas travel. See link: CLICK HERE  

Update on Europe Tours:

Please note currently the European Union has closed its borders to all non-European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. The following important information and note that updates and travel restrictions may change weekly. (Stay in touch with us to keep you informed):

1. Update on Hungary. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. CLICK HERE

2. Update on Croatia: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to not travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the Global Health Alert for more information. CLICK HERE

3. The US Travel State Advisory has a status “Level 4”

  • Level 4: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19 See link: CLICK HERE

4. The Canadian Government has issued the following Global Travel Advisory:

  • Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. See link: CLICK HERE

“Despite this, the tourism industry remains committed to responding proactively and Go Touch Down Travel and Tours will do everything it can to safeguard travelers and their investments during this uncertain time.” ~ Deon Barnard, Chief Operating Officer

We will be updating our FAQ on our website with regards to current status on COVID-19 and Travel Restriction’s as and when they change.

Croatia (5)

Tape Measure

Though The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia had unique units of measurement centuries ago, today they all adhere to the metric system. Road distances are measured in kilometers, petrol in liters and solid food in grams.

Distances

The multiplier numbers from small to large elements are: 1-10-100-1000:

1 m = 10 dm = 100 cm=1,000 mm

m=meter; dm=decimeter; cm=centimeter; mm=millimeter; km=kilometer

  • 1 centimeter is 0.38 inch; 1 inch is 2.5 centimeters
  • 1 meter is roughly 3 feet
  • 1000 meters = 1 kilometer
  • 1 kilometer is roughly 3,000 feet
  • 1 mile is 1.6 kilometers

Liquids

1 hl = 100 l; 1 l =10 dl; 10 dl = 100cl; 100 cl = 1000 ml

hl=hectoliter; l=liter; dl=deciliter; cl=centiliter; ml=milliliter

  • One glass of juice, lemonade, milk, water is usually 2 or 3 dl
  • One gallon is 3.8 l ( roughly 4 liters)

Dry Goods

1 kg = 100 dkg; 100 dkg = 1000 g

kg=kilogram; dkg=dekagram; g=gram;

  • 1 kg is a little more than 2 lbs.
  • 1/2 kg is a little more than 1 lb.

When you visit example the Great Market Hall in Budapest or Dolac or Fruit Market in Zagreb, you might ask for a half kilogram of sweet cherries, and 10 dekagram of assorted bonbons. In ABC deli stores or supermarkets you will find half-liter or liter bottles of milk, juices, etc.

At one time in Europe there was no such thing as American coffee, though today most hotels and well-known restaurants accommodate the American palate. Still don’t be surprised if when you order an espresso coffee,  you are served a tiny little half-cup size coffee, or for cappuccino, a small cup size. (European coffees are deliciously strong.)

 

Croatian Kuna

The Croatian currency is the Kuna, not the Euro. The Croatian Kuna (HRK) was named after a type of weasel whose pelts were used for currency many centuries ago.

Categories: Croatia, Money

Passports and map

United States of America and Canadian Citizens require a valid passport to enter The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia when visiting less than a 90-day period and holding proof of an onward ticket. More than a 90-day visit will require a visa.

For travel to The Netherlands or Hungary, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended return date to the USA or Canada. For travel to Croatia, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended return date to the USA or Canada and have been issued in the last ten years.

Your United States or Canadian passport must have a minimum of one completely blank page per country visited. So for our Europe Signature Tour, you will need three blank pages – one each for The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia.

NOTE: If you are traveling to other countries in Europe, additional blank pages are required.

No advance visa is required for United States or Canadian passport holders when traveling to The Netherlands, Hungary, or Croatia for tourist purposes. Please note that immigration officers hold the right to deny entry to any traveler.

In addition to their own valid passport or ID card, all children under the age of 18 traveling alone, or with adults who are not their legal guardian, or with only one parent may need an extra (official) document signed by their parents, second parent or legal guardian(s) authorizing them to travel. There are no EU rules on this matter, each EU country decides whether or not it requires such documents. Check, before the child travels, the requirements of the country you are traveling both from and to.

Please note entry requirements can change without notice.

 

Zagreb City

Zagreb has an oceanic climate. The summers are hot and dry, winters are cold and it can even snow. The average winter temperature is around 34° F (1° C). In summer it’s around 68° F (20° C). Starting the end of May the temperatures starts rising. Rain is seen throughout the year with autumn as the wettest season and January, February are the driest months.

During the months of May, June, July, August, and September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures

  • On average, the warmest month is August
  • On average, the coolest month is January
  • June is the wettest month
  • February is the driest month

ZAGREB AVERAGE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES

Zagreb Temperature Chart

ZAGREB AVERAGE MONTHLY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

Zagreb Sunshine Chart

Categories: Croatia, Weather

Split harbor

Split has a Mediterranean climate. There is not much rain, however, November is the wettest month. The best travel time to Split in Croatia is May, June, and September. The summer is wonderfully hot with warm summer evenings and it is even nice to swim at night. In winter it is a little warmer than in the rest of Croatia and the temperature may drop at night to just at the freezing point.

  • On average, the warmest month is August
  • On average, the coolest month is January
  • November is the wettest month
  • July is the driest month

SPLIT AVERAGE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES

Split Temperature Chart

SPLIT AVERAGE MONTHLY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

Split Sunshine Chart

 

Categories: Croatia, Weather

Entry Requirements (1)

Passports and map

United States of America and Canadian Citizens require a valid passport to enter The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia when visiting less than a 90-day period and holding proof of an onward ticket. More than a 90-day visit will require a visa.

For travel to The Netherlands or Hungary, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended return date to the USA or Canada. For travel to Croatia, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended return date to the USA or Canada and have been issued in the last ten years.

Your United States or Canadian passport must have a minimum of one completely blank page per country visited. So for our Europe Signature Tour, you will need three blank pages – one each for The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia.

NOTE: If you are traveling to other countries in Europe, additional blank pages are required.

No advance visa is required for United States or Canadian passport holders when traveling to The Netherlands, Hungary, or Croatia for tourist purposes. Please note that immigration officers hold the right to deny entry to any traveler.

In addition to their own valid passport or ID card, all children under the age of 18 traveling alone, or with adults who are not their legal guardian, or with only one parent may need an extra (official) document signed by their parents, second parent or legal guardian(s) authorizing them to travel. There are no EU rules on this matter, each EU country decides whether or not it requires such documents. Check, before the child travels, the requirements of the country you are traveling both from and to.

Please note entry requirements can change without notice.

 

Ground Travel (1)

Hyundai H-1

With the exception of day 1, when you will take a train and a cab from the airport to your hotel, your ground transfers will occur via a luxurious van. These air-conditioned vehicles seat a maximum of 6 passengers plus your guide. Your guide will have a microphone so that all travelers can be informed, no matter where they are sitting.

You will travel in these comfortable tour vans throughout your Netherlands-Hungary-Croatia Tour.

Category: Ground Travel

Hungary (4)

Tape Measure

Though The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia had unique units of measurement centuries ago, today they all adhere to the metric system. Road distances are measured in kilometers, petrol in liters and solid food in grams.

Distances

The multiplier numbers from small to large elements are: 1-10-100-1000:

1 m = 10 dm = 100 cm=1,000 mm

m=meter; dm=decimeter; cm=centimeter; mm=millimeter; km=kilometer

  • 1 centimeter is 0.38 inch; 1 inch is 2.5 centimeters
  • 1 meter is roughly 3 feet
  • 1000 meters = 1 kilometer
  • 1 kilometer is roughly 3,000 feet
  • 1 mile is 1.6 kilometers

Liquids

1 hl = 100 l; 1 l =10 dl; 10 dl = 100cl; 100 cl = 1000 ml

hl=hectoliter; l=liter; dl=deciliter; cl=centiliter; ml=milliliter

  • One glass of juice, lemonade, milk, water is usually 2 or 3 dl
  • One gallon is 3.8 l ( roughly 4 liters)

Dry Goods

1 kg = 100 dkg; 100 dkg = 1000 g

kg=kilogram; dkg=dekagram; g=gram;

  • 1 kg is a little more than 2 lbs.
  • 1/2 kg is a little more than 1 lb.

When you visit example the Great Market Hall in Budapest or Dolac or Fruit Market in Zagreb, you might ask for a half kilogram of sweet cherries, and 10 dekagram of assorted bonbons. In ABC deli stores or supermarkets you will find half-liter or liter bottles of milk, juices, etc.

At one time in Europe there was no such thing as American coffee, though today most hotels and well-known restaurants accommodate the American palate. Still don’t be surprised if when you order an espresso coffee,  you are served a tiny little half-cup size coffee, or for cappuccino, a small cup size. (European coffees are deliciously strong.)

Hungarian Forint

The Hungarian currency is the Forint (HUF), not the Euro. The name Forint is derived from the Italian city of Florence where gold coins named fiorini d’oro were minted in the 1200s. By the mid-19th century the Austro-Hungarian Empire used the forint, which was known in German as the gulden or florin.

Categories: Hungary, Money

Passports and map

United States of America and Canadian Citizens require a valid passport to enter The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia when visiting less than a 90-day period and holding proof of an onward ticket. More than a 90-day visit will require a visa.

For travel to The Netherlands or Hungary, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended return date to the USA or Canada. For travel to Croatia, the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended return date to the USA or Canada and have been issued in the last ten years.

Your United States or Canadian passport must have a minimum of one completely blank page per country visited. So for our Europe Signature Tour, you will need three blank pages – one each for The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia.

NOTE: If you are traveling to other countries in Europe, additional blank pages are required.

No advance visa is required for United States or Canadian passport holders when traveling to The Netherlands, Hungary, or Croatia for tourist purposes. Please note that immigration officers hold the right to deny entry to any traveler.

In addition to their own valid passport or ID card, all children under the age of 18 traveling alone, or with adults who are not their legal guardian, or with only one parent may need an extra (official) document signed by their parents, second parent or legal guardian(s) authorizing them to travel. There are no EU rules on this matter, each EU country decides whether or not it requires such documents. Check, before the child travels, the requirements of the country you are traveling both from and to.

Please note entry requirements can change without notice.

 

Budapest

Budapest’s climate is characterized by warm sunny summers and short cold winters. The average temperature in summer is around 77° F (25° C). Surprisingly, Budapest average sunshine hours surpass most European capitals. Budapest has exceptionally high levels of sunshine hours from April to September that match those of cities like Barcelona. Budapest rainfall is spread quite evenly throughout the year but is not especially high.

  • During the months of May, June, July, August, and September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures.
  • On average, the warmest month is August.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • June is the wettest month.
  • October is the driest month.

BUDAPAEST AVERAGE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES

Budapest Temperature Chart

BUDAPEST AVERAGE MONTHLY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

Budapest Sunshine Chart

Categories: Hungary, Weather

Money (3)

Hungarian Forint

The Hungarian currency is the Forint (HUF), not the Euro. The name Forint is derived from the Italian city of Florence where gold coins named fiorini d’oro were minted in the 1200s. By the mid-19th century the Austro-Hungarian Empire used the forint, which was known in German as the gulden or florin.

Categories: Hungary, Money

Euro bills and coins

The Netherlands is one of 19 countries that comprise the Eurozone, all of which use the Euro as their currency. The others are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

Categories: Money, The Netherlands

 

Croatian Kuna

The Croatian currency is the Kuna, not the Euro. The Croatian Kuna (HRK) was named after a type of weasel whose pelts were used for currency many centuries ago.

Categories: Croatia, Money

Prize Winners Terms and Conditions (1)

Senior couple at computer gets great news

If you have entered or are considering entering our Discover Europe Giveaway and you are looking for information or the Terms and Conditions, you are in the right place.

Discover Europe Giveaway:

  • Twice a year we hold a drawing for two lucky travelers to win our 11-day Taste of Europe Tour, which includes visits to the countries of The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia.
  • The drawing is held month-end in June and December.
  • The winners will be contacted directly, and once they have been notified, we will announce it on social media.
  • The selection is made via random.org and all entries received from completed ballot forms (online and in person) are entered into the random draw. Your name will remain in the draw.
  • The information from each entry form is loaded into our database.

Taste of Europe Tour:

  • Should your name be selected in biannual giveaway you will be awarded our 11-day Taste of Europe Tour for two.
  • The tours are valued at an average of 9,000 USD per couple.
  • The tours include 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, your daily excursions according to our standard exclusive tour itinerary, all ground standard transfers from Days 2 through 11, and 10 nights accommodation at Touch Down Group Resorts.

Terms and Conditions:

  • No purchase necessary.
  • One entry per email address.
  • Your information will not be sold or shared with a third party.
  • The prize winner must travel within 24 months.
  • The prize may not be exchanged for cash, nor may it be transferred to a third party.
  • The Sponsors may contact entrants regarding promotional giveaways and/or related products and services.
  • If a winner’s name is drawn and we cannot reach them within 7 days via email or phone, we will redraw.

Time and Space (1)

Tape Measure

Though The Netherlands, Hungary, and Croatia had unique units of measurement centuries ago, today they all adhere to the metric system. Road distances are measured in kilometers, petrol in liters and solid food in grams.

Distances

The multiplier numbers from small to large elements are: 1-10-100-1000:

1 m = 10 dm = 100 cm=1,000 mm

m=meter; dm=decimeter; cm=centimeter; mm=millimeter; km=kilometer

  • 1 centimeter is 0.38 inch; 1 inch is 2.5 centimeters
  • 1 meter is roughly 3 feet
  • 1000 meters = 1 kilometer
  • 1 kilometer is roughly 3,000 feet
  • 1 mile is 1.6 kilometers

Liquids

1 hl = 100 l; 1 l =10 dl; 10 dl = 100cl; 100 cl = 1000 ml

hl=hectoliter; l=liter; dl=deciliter; cl=centiliter; ml=milliliter

  • One glass of juice, lemonade, milk, water is usually 2 or 3 dl
  • One gallon is 3.8 l ( roughly 4 liters)

Dry Goods

1 kg = 100 dkg; 100 dkg = 1000 g

kg=kilogram; dkg=dekagram; g=gram;

  • 1 kg is a little more than 2 lbs.
  • 1/2 kg is a little more than 1 lb.

When you visit example the Great Market Hall in Budapest or Dolac or Fruit Market in Zagreb, you might ask for a half kilogram of sweet cherries, and 10 dekagram of assorted bonbons. In ABC deli stores or supermarkets you will find half-liter or liter bottles of milk, juices, etc.

At one time in Europe there was no such thing as American coffee, though today most hotels and well-known restaurants accommodate the American palate. Still don’t be surprised if when you order an espresso coffee,  you are served a tiny little half-cup size coffee, or for cappuccino, a small cup size. (European coffees are deliciously strong.)

Weather (3)

Budapest

Budapest’s climate is characterized by warm sunny summers and short cold winters. The average temperature in summer is around 77° F (25° C). Surprisingly, Budapest average sunshine hours surpass most European capitals. Budapest has exceptionally high levels of sunshine hours from April to September that match those of cities like Barcelona. Budapest rainfall is spread quite evenly throughout the year but is not especially high.

  • During the months of May, June, July, August, and September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures.
  • On average, the warmest month is August.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • June is the wettest month.
  • October is the driest month.

BUDAPAEST AVERAGE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES

Budapest Temperature Chart

BUDAPEST AVERAGE MONTHLY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

Budapest Sunshine Chart

Categories: Hungary, Weather

Zagreb City

Zagreb has an oceanic climate. The summers are hot and dry, winters are cold and it can even snow. The average winter temperature is around 34° F (1° C). In summer it’s around 68° F (20° C). Starting the end of May the temperatures starts rising. Rain is seen throughout the year with autumn as the wettest season and January, February are the driest months.

During the months of May, June, July, August, and September you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures

  • On average, the warmest month is August
  • On average, the coolest month is January
  • June is the wettest month
  • February is the driest month

ZAGREB AVERAGE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES

Zagreb Temperature Chart

ZAGREB AVERAGE MONTHLY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

Zagreb Sunshine Chart

Categories: Croatia, Weather

Split harbor

Split has a Mediterranean climate. There is not much rain, however, November is the wettest month. The best travel time to Split in Croatia is May, June, and September. The summer is wonderfully hot with warm summer evenings and it is even nice to swim at night. In winter it is a little warmer than in the rest of Croatia and the temperature may drop at night to just at the freezing point.

  • On average, the warmest month is August
  • On average, the coolest month is January
  • November is the wettest month
  • July is the driest month

SPLIT AVERAGE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES

Split Temperature Chart

SPLIT AVERAGE MONTHLY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

Split Sunshine Chart

 

Categories: Croatia, Weather

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