Size isn’t everything and that statement’s certainly true when it comes to the small but mighty Luxembourg. Pretty hard to fault in every possible way, this fairytale-like country effortlessly blends the architectural romances of old-world Europe with the latest in urban conveniences. Follow your Intrepid leader past evergreen meadows and languidly flowing canals as you come to explore stately cliff-top castles and picturesque promenades on our Luxembourg tours and holidays. From digging into traditional food in trendy restaurants to wandering elegant town plazas, it turns out an epic adventure can be squeezed out of a land that’s less than 1,000 square miles.
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Bars and restaurants will often add a 15% service charge to the bill. If you believe the service you received was particularly good, feel free to throw in a few more Euros (this goes for hotel staff too). Higher-end restaurants will likely expect an additional 10% tip, as will taxi drivers.
There are only a few internet cafes in Luxembourg, but plenty of hotels and cafes have Wi-Fi (and it’s often free).
Mobile phone coverage in Luxembourg is excellent and roaming agreements exist with most international mobile networks.
Toilets in Luxembourg are western-style and flushable.
Cappuccino in a café = 3 Euro
Beer at a bar = 4 Euro
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = 18 Euro
Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant = 75 Euro
Yes, the tap water in Luxembourg is perfectly safe to drink.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Luxembourg. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, or have a minimum spend, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are common and easily found throughout Luxembourg.
Passport holders from over 150 countries will need to obtain a Schengen visa before travelling to Luxembourg, however, there are 90 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom whose nationals aren't required to obtain a visa, only an ETIAS Travel Authorisation pass.
The major festivals celebrated in Luxembourg are Buergbrennen (bonfire festival) in March, Festival de Wiltz (July), and various harvest festivals occurring in Autumn.
The climate in Luxembourg is considered to be fairly continental with cold, often freezing, winters and mild to warm summers. Rainfall is expected every month throughout the year, however, the summer months of June, July, and August are the driest. Snowfall is also likely from December through to April.
Luxembourg is extremely LGBTQIA+ friendly with the country's own Prime Minister marrying his long-term, same-sex partner after the bill for same-sex marriage was legalised in January 2015. LGBTQIA+ travellers to Luxembourg should expect to be welcomed and not discriminated against with queer culture largely integrated into the heterosexual social scene.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In Luxembourg, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.