Eileen signed up for the 22-Day Heart of Europe Grand Tour. She was so excited, but also nervous about the different currencies that she would need to handle during her tour. Because Image Tours provides detailed information in their Pre-Tour documents, she was able to learn all about the different currencies.
EURO: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain
Units of Money: 1 Euro (EUR or s) = 100 Eurocent.
Banknotes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500.
Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 Eurocent, and in 1 and 2 Euro.
ENGLISH POUND: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)
Units of Money: 1 English Pound (GBP or £) = 100 Pence.
Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pence as well as in 1 pound and 2 pounds, and there are 5, 10, 20, and 50 pound notes, and rarely 100 pound notes.
SWISS FRANC: Switzerland
Units of Money: 1 Swiss Franc (SFR) = 100 Centimes or 100 Rappen.
Coins come in 5, 10, and 20 Rappen, and 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs.
Banknotes are issued in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 1000 Francs.
Even though Eileen will be visiting 8 different countries, she will only need to use three different local currencies.
When using her ATM/bank card in Europe, the machines dispense her cash in the local currency, so it was really simple to be prepared in each destination she visited. She can even check the most current exchange rates by visiting www.xe.com.
The local currency is part of the different cultures that she will be visiting – it is part of the beauty of traveling!