Should we leave tips and gratuities?

In general, yes. Don’t forget to budjet tips for your guides, drivers, room service and others. Tips are not required in restaurants in Italy and France but that is different in the Northern parts of Europe like Germany, Holland, or in the East like Slovenia and Hungary where 10% is the norm. We wish to remind you that all the services you receive, at the hotels, in a taxi, in the shuttle, from your accompanying guide to the local tour guides and the hotel cleaning staff, represent long days, their work is seasonal and their salaries are expected with tips. We thank you for your generosity.