What to Expect on a Leaping Hound Trip
It's important to us that everyone on a Leaping Hound trip feels comfortable and knows what to expect. We'll provide you with the info you need before and during the trip, whether you're a first-time traveler with questions about everything (totally fine! we're here to help!) or a seasoned adventurer who just needs a few reminders and refreshers.
BEFORE WE LEAVE...
We'll provide you with all the info you need before departure, including...
Everything from expected weather conditions, to typical airline baggage rules, to packing method suggestions.
Using your cell phone in Europe, buying the correct power converter so you can use the outlets, typical wifi availability.... we'll answer all the questions you have on electronic use in the countries we're visiting. (Liz, a physicist, might want to talk about the differences between the American 120-V power and the European 220-V power, but you don't have to care. 🙂 )
Currency and Money Tips
What info you should provide to your financial institutions before you leave, the easiest and best way to convert your money to local currency, typical fees and costs you might not expect--we'll explore the money issues you might encounter on a trip abroad.
Which specific (awesome, 4-star) hotels we're staying in, expectations for day-to-day schedules, daytrip information, and suggestions for your free time--we'll help you envision what this trip will look like!
Want to get to know your fellow travelers before you go? We'll have a group chat for anyone interested! We'll also host a live virtual meeting where we can all get together and talk, and you can ask any remaining questions you may have!
WHILE WE'RE THERE...
No matter which trip you choose, every Leaping Hound trip will have...
A True European Experience
In the "when in Rome" spirit, we make use of European cities' excellent public transportation and walkability to give you a more genuine sense of the places we visit. This also provides a more authentic experience than a tour where everyone is herded onto coach buses to travel from site to site.
We think it's important to keep groups small. It allows us to easily travel together, on everything from high-speed trains to narrow passages between historic buildings to tiny, hidden-gem restaurants. It also allows you to really get to know your fellow travelers. For these reasons, Leaping Hound trips are limited to a maximum of 20 people.
A Price that Includes What You Need
The price of a Leaping Hound trip will cover lodging in 4-star hotels, train tickets between cities, public transit passes, entrance fees at the sites we visit, and more (you can always see a detailed list of what is included in the price on our individual trip pages, too).
Our Guidance and Advice
In addition to leading you on all group events, we'll also provide you with maps, public transit information, and everything else you need to navigate the cities we visit. We'll make recommendations for everything from the best place to get a quick and authentic snack to the coolest spot for an evening cocktail, and are happy to help you navigate the details of booking any extra excursions you've got planned for your free time.
Fun, Quirkiness, and Whimsy
We're professors, but we're not stodgy or boring. We could provide examples, but instead we'll let the pictures of Archer 2, our Star Wars Space Horse
co-worker, speak for themselves.