Country Roads of Switzerland

15 Days Comfortable Pace Tour Code: RSW
 

Overview

The majestic Klein Matterhorn dominates the scenery on our 15-day tour along the Country Roads of Switzerland. Fly into Zurich before heading for two nights in lovely Lucerne. Embark on a thrilling cog-wheel railway trip to the summit of Mount Pilatus; see covered bridges and Baroque churches. Enjoy the sights of Berne en-route to Montreux for three nights. Visit Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva, enjoy time in Gstaad and Gruyere, where you will experience fashionable ski resorts and charming alpine villages and a highlight cruise on Lake Geneva will give you a unique perspective.

Gain elevation as you journey through the upper Rhone Valley, spotting rocky peaks and castles, along the road to the traffic free resort of Zermatt. A free day could include a trip up the Matterhorn! Cross the Simplon Pass and take a brief detour into the lake district of Italy before heading back into Switzerland for a night in Lugano. Hobnob with the jet set crowd while staying in ritzy St. Moritz. Take a ride on the Bernina Express train or, use your included Mountain Railways Pass, which provides free travel on all cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts.

Next, it’s all aboard the Glacier Express for an unforgettable trip across 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Matterhorn and surrounding Alps before re-joining your coach and continuing on to stay “between the lakes” at Interlaken. During your time in Interlaken travel to the Grindelwald Valley and delight in Swiss country culture before heading back to Zurich for one final night, including a festive farewell dinner as you bid Adieu to Switzerland!

Stay in our selection of European First Class accommodations and enjoy 18 meals including Welcome Dinner, 13 Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Three-Course Dinners, 1 Dine-Around Dinner and 1 Farewell Dinner with wine. To ensure a comfortable travel experience, our motorcoaches are equipped with large panoramic windows, reclining seats, air-conditioning and emergency restroom facilities.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Single rooms are available at a supplement or you can choose to our room share program.

****This trip is operated by our sister company.

Your Price Includes

Professional Travel Director Private Town Car Transfer
First Class Hotels Airport Transfers
18 Meals Transportation
Loud & Clear ® Travel Documents

Included Highlights

Lucerne St. Moritz
Lake Geneva Glacier Express
Vaud Alps Brienz
Geneva Zurich
Zermatt

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions can be purchased upon arrival.
The list below is a sampling of excursions that may be offered by your Travel Director.

Lucerne - Carriages & Countryside Lugano - The Castles of Bellinzona
Lucerne - Swiss Evening: Folklore & Cheese Fondue Dinner Lugano - Lugano Optional Tour
Montreux - French Fondue Style Dinner St. Moritz - Bernina Express Excursion
Zermatt - Kleiner Matterhorn Interlaken - Jungfrau Excursion by Cog-Wheel
Italian Lakes - Isola Bella

Itinerary

DAY 1 USA - Zurich

Private Town Car Transfer from your home to the airport for your overnight flight to Zürich.

DAY 2 Arrive Zurich - Lucerne

Welcome to Switzerland, a land of snow-capped summits and romantic lakes that has attracted poets, musicians and travelers over the years! On arrival at Zürich Airport, airport transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 & 13:30. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Astoria
Welcome Dinner Included

DAY 3 Lucerne Sightseeing & Free Time

­This morning, embark on a thrilling excursion by cable car and cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus, which offers stunning views over the lakes, countryside and surrounding hills. Return to the beautiful 14th century city of Lucerne to see the covered wooden bridges, together with the baroque church and sorrowful Lion Monument. The afternoon is free.
Astoria
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 4 Lucerne - Berne - Montreux

After a short drive to Berne, see the Bear Pits, Cathedral of St. Vincent, Federal Palace and floral displays. Gather at the clock tower to watch the mechanical procession of painted figures before viewing the Ogre Fountain. Now to the great arc of Lake Geneva for a visit to Chillon Castle, immortalized by Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’. Continue on to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline, where your luxurious 5-star hotel awaits.
Royal Plaza Montreux
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 5 & 6 Montreux (Gstaad, Gruyere & Lake Geneva Excursion)

Snowy summits fill the horizon as you ascend into the wide green valleys of the Vaud Alps. Visit Gstaad, one of Europe’s most fashionable ski resorts, known for its luxurious hotels and shopping. Then drive through vineyards and alpine meadows to the fortified town of Gruyères, which gives its name to the well-known cheese. Enjoy some time to explore the pretty main street and 13th century castle before returning to Montreux for the night. After breakfast, follow the shores of the lake to the international city of Geneva, seeing the Jet D’Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Next get a unique perspective on a highlight cruise on Lake Geneva. Enjoy time at leisure on the promenades of your lakeside resort.
Royal Plaza Montreux
Buffet Breakfast Included Daily

DAY 7 & 8 Montreux - Sion - Zermatt - Free Day

Journey into the upper Rhône valley to Martigny to view the Roman Amphitheatre. Continue to the town of Sion, dominated by two rocky peaks, each crowned with episcopal fortresses, and see the cathedral and Old Town Hall. The final stage of the journey to the traffic-free mountain resort of Zermatt is by cog-wheel train. This evening, dine as you please from our selection of local restaurants. Spend the next day relaxing in the clean dry mountain air. Shop for luxury goods along the famous Bahnhofstrasse or the little lanes and alleys. Perhaps take an excursion to the Kleiner Matterhorn.
Alex/Alex Schlosshotel
Buffet Breakfast Daily and 1 Dine-Around Dinner Included

DAY 9 Zermatt - Lugano

Descend to Täsch and re-join the coach. Drive through Brig to commence your ascent of the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-meter summit. Cut through northern Italy, stopping on the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Back in Switzerland, drive on to the picturesque lake side resort of Lugano surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
De La Paix
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 10 & 11 Lugano - St. Moritz - Free Day

Head north past the three castles at Bellinzona en route to the Grisons region. Travel via San Bernardino and the town of Tiefencastel and follow the young Rhine River through Heidi Country. Head east to the Julier Pass and the glamorous resort of St. Moritz, set in the Engadine Valley with the majestic Grisons Alps towering above. The next day is free to jostle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques or take an exciting train journey over the Bernina pass. To help you make the most of your day, enjoy all of the benefits of your complementary mountain railways pass providing free travel on all cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts (if open) in Engadin St. Moritz. Enjoy!
Crystal/Steffani
Buffet Breakfast Daily and 1 Dinner Included

Day 12 & 13 St. Moritz - The Glacier Express - Interlaken

All aboard for the Glacier Express – one of the world’s great railway journeys. Ascend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Drive through the dramatic Schöllenen Gorge, past the Devils Bridge and through William Tell Country to stay ‘between the lakes’ in Interlaken. In the morning, marvel at the Wetterhorn Peaks as you travel along the Grindelwald Valley. Follow the sparkling Lutschine River to Lauterbrunnen at the head of the ‘Valley of Waterfalls’, and see the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 meters from the plateau above.
Royal St. Georges
Buffet Breakfast Daily and 1 Dinner Included

Day 14 Interlaken - Zurich

A delightful drive along the shore of the lake leads to the woodcarving town of Brienz. Visit the Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Museum to trace the history of the trade back to the early days of the 19th century. Meet a master carver and learn some of the age-old techniques handed down from generation to generation. Next, continue over the Brunig Pass and drive alongside the lakes of Lungern and Sarnen to return to Zurich. An orientation tour shows you the Bahnhofstrasse, Grossmünster, River Limmat and Frauenmünster, famous for its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Tonight sample typical Swiss cuisine with wine at a Farewell Dinner.
Movenpick Zurich Airport
Buffet Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 15 Zurich - USA

Your stylish five star hotel is perfectly situated for Zürich Airport - just five minutes away via complementary shuttle bus.
Buffet Breakfast Included

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Departure Details

Departures are available through September 2014.

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Pricing Details

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.Single rooms are available at a supplement or you can choose our room share program.

Single Room Supplement: from $820

At times we offer discounted departures where the price has been discounted to reflect savings. Discounted rates are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other offers.

Note: This trip is operated by our sister company.

Terms and Conditions

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Accommodations

Day

City

Hotel

2,3 Lucerne Astoria Lucerne

Location: This beautiful hotel is within walking distance from the Chapel Bridge, the lakeside promenade and countless other places of interest in the heart of the city.

4-6 Montreux Royal Plaza Montreux

Location: Royal Plaza, a five-star hotel, is gorgeously located on the lake in Montreux, Switzerland and offers breathtaking views of the lake and mountains.

7,8 Zermatt Hotel Alex Zermatt

Location: The hotel is located in the center of Zermatt, at the door to the Matterhorn in this romantic car-free village. Hotel Alex – the one and only – is situated in a beautiful, quiet location in the center of town, just one minute’s walk away from the station.

9 Lugano De La Paix

Location: The Hotel de la Paix is located close to Lake Lugano and at a walking distance from the city center, 5 km from the Lugano-Agno airport, 1 km from the train station.

10,11 St. Moritz Crystal Hotel

Location: Four star hotel located in the heart of the Alps with breathtaking mountain views.

12,13 Interlaken Hotel Royal St. Georges

Location: In the middle of Interlaken, situated in the picturesque Bernese Oberland, with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, we offer relaxation, recreation, wellness, pleasure and \"royal moments.\" Directly accessible within walking distance are the lakes of Thun and Brienz, the convention center or the world-famous Höhematte.

14 Zurich Movenpick Zurich Airport

The Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport is a superior first-class property with an exciting and lively ambience. Ideally located 10 minutes from Zurich City center. Rooms feature cable TV, A/C, clock, coffee/tea maker, phone, hairdryer, minibar and radio. Other hotel features 4 restaurants and bar.

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After selecting your itinerary and departure date, call 1-800-552-5545 and a Travel Specialist will take your reservation over the phone. You can pay your $350.00 deposit by credit card, or you can mail a check made payable to Grand European Travel to the following address: GRAND EUROPEAN TRAVEL 6000 Meadows Road, Suite 520 Lake Oswego, OR 97035 USA.

Final Payment:

For all Land Vacations final payment is due in our Oregon office 60 days before departure. We accept the following types of payment: VISA, MASTERCARD, American Express, DISCOVER CARD, personal check and cashier’s check. If reservations are made less than 60 days prior to departure, payment in full is required at the time of booking. If final payments are not received on time, Grand European Travel may cancel the reservation and invoke the cancellation fee. For all River Cruises final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Pricing:

Land prices printed in this catalog are per person based on double occupancy. The Operator reserves the right to adjust prices due to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, imposed fuel surcharges, taxes, charges and levies imposed by any third party including government and its agencies. Should these change the price of your tour by more than 10% you may cancel without penalty within 7 days after we notify you of the increase.

Cancellations, Changes & Refunds:

If a cancellation in writing is received by Grand European Travel 30 days or less after your reservation has been made your $350.00 deposit will be FULLY REFUNDED. *See Air Reservations section for specific change fee information for air reservations. For cancellations or changes thereafter but more than 61 days prior to departure there will be a $350.00 per person fee assessed. If you must withdraw or make a change 60 days or less prior to departure (90 days or less for all River Cruises), the following fees will apply:

Less than 30 Days
Number of Days Prior to Departure Cancellation/Change Land Tours – Per Person
31 - 60 Days25% of tour cost
15 - 30 Days50% of tour cost
Less than 15 Days100% of tour cost
Number of Days Prior to DepartureCancellation/Change River Cruises – Per Person
89 – 60 Days35% of the cost
59 – 30 Days50% of the cost
100% of the cost
In addition, no refunds are made for unused portions of a tour or cruise including, but not limited to, missed meals or sightseeing, motorcoach travel and the non-use of hotel rooms.

Air Reservations:

Air Add-On prices listed in this catalog were effective on March 12, 2014 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher. Air Add-On prices shown include September 11th Security fee, government fees, taxes and airline fuel surcharges based on destination and routing. The total price at time of purchase may vary slightly due to fluctuations in currency exchange. For the most competitive and up to date pricing from your departure city call our toll free number at 1-800-552-5545. Air transportation is in economy class by scheduled airlines. Business class is available upon request. Some tours are not available from all of the airports. Requests for specific airlines, non-stop or direct flights and/or seat assignments are accepted as preferences only and cannot be guaranteed. Some airlines do not accept advance seat assignments. Frequent flyer programs are under the control of the respective airlines. Your airline tickets will be electronically issued in lieu of paper tickets. Please note that your airline tickets and other tour documentation must bear your FULL name as it appears on your passport; and airline reservations can only be made for dates less than 331 days out.

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Passports and Visas:

A valid U.S passport is required for traveling outside of the U.S., including to Canada & Mexico. Passport application forms may be obtained from your local post office. All passports must contain at least 3 blank visa pages and must be valid for 6 months after the completion of your tour. Entry visa application forms will be sent prior to your departure for U.S. passport holders visiting the following countries: Russia ($233*), China ($198*), Brazil ($248*) and Vietnam & Cambodia ($301*). An entry fee is required upon arrival at the airport in Egypt ($15*), Turkey ($20*) and Zimbabwe ($30*). These countries prefer payment in U.S. dollars rather than local currency. A per person Departure Tax is required in Costa Rica ($28*) and Peru ($31*) paid at the airport. A one time Reciprocity Tax is required upon entry at the airport in Santiago, Chile ($140*). The fee can be paid in local currency, US Dollars, credit card or traveler check; the tax is valid for multiple entries for 10 years or until your passport expires. Proof of a pre-paid reciprocity fee of $160* is required to enter Argentina. Payment can be made at www. migraciones.gov.ar (select “tasa de reciprocidad”). Australia requires an electronic visa ($0*) which is obtained at the time of airline ticket purchase. Cambodia Airport Departure Tax ($25*) is included in the cost of the airfare. *All visa costs and entry/ exit requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov for current information. Individuals who do not hold a U.S. passport should contact VisaCentral at 1-866-788-1100 to see if visas are required.

Travel Documents:

Approximately 15 days prior to the departure date you will receive a travel information package that will include your airline itinerary, travel tips, hotel list, baggage tag, travel wallet, etc. Visas, when required, will be distributed as soon as they are issued by the countries involved. Please note that your airline tickets and other tour documentation must bear your FULL name as it appears on your passport

Membership:

Guided Vacations require a blend of adventuresome spirit, physical fitness, walking ability, mental alertness, and a capacity for accepting situations as they exist and not, necessarily, as we would find them in America. If you have health concerns, we suggest that you contact your physician to help determine the suitability of one of these tours for you. We regret that we are unable to accept requests for special diets or itinerary variations. Disabled travelers requiring special attention or treatment on any tour must be reported when reservations are made. A companion who is able to provide the required assistance must accompany any person who is unable to travel independently or who needs any type of assistance.

Baggage:

Due to limited motorcoach storage capacity, each guest is permitted one large suitcase not to exceed 50 pounds in weight nor 30”x22”x10” in dimension on European programs. Handling of this bag by hotel porters is included in the price. In addition, each person is allowed one small piece of carry-on size luggage that does not exceed the dimensions of 12”x11”x6” and is the complete responsibility of the guest and must be taken on the motorcoach with you. Carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and therefore cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons. Other destinations have smaller baggage dimensions which are noted in your pre-tour documentation. Grand European Travel. does not assume any responsibility for loss or damage to baggage or passengers’ belongings. Please note: It is your responsibility to verify the baggage weight restrictions for the individual airlines that you will be traveling on as in some instances baggage is restricted. Airline baggage charges collected at checkin are not included and are at passengers own expense.

Private Town Car Transfer Service:

The Private Town Car Transfer service is available for all customers departing from the 41 airports highlighted on page 12 and living within a 25 mile radius from point of departure to your chosen airport. It is an outbound service only. Mileage is based on journey information from www.mapquest. com. Should you not use the Private Town Car Transfer we will deduct $50 per person from your tour price (this must be advised at time of booking). Cancellation of service or changes must be made 72 hours before scheduled pick-up.

Early Departure or Extended Stay:

If you wish to depart early or extend your stay in Europe, flight and hotel arrangements can be made by contacting our office. Airport transfers are not included but may be purchased through GET. On most programs you can reserve up to 3 additional nights at the hotel where your itinerary starts and ends, however space may be limited and is subject to availability. Please call for our low cost rates and availability. Luggage handling and breakfast is not included on North American program extensions.

Land Tour Only:

If you wish to make independent flight arrangements, you may still reserve the land portion. Hotel-airport transfers are subject to availability and flight details must be provided in writing at least 45 days prior to departure. See tour page for specific transfer times.

Airport Transfers:

Complimentary airport arrival and departure transfers are included in the itinerary price when you purchase our land/air package and operate at fixed times on the first and last day of your itinerary. See the individual itinerary pages for details. Airport transfers are not included on Independent Vacations. For those making their own flight arrangements or extending at GET hotels, transfers can be purchased; please call for details. London Heathrow Airport Arrivals: For tours commencing in London, we have included a free group shuttle to/from LHR for clients that have booked our combined land/air packages (Excluding Independent Vacations). For clients that have made their own flight arrangements GET has negotiated special rates for shuttle transfers from LHR to your London hotel (which must be booked through GET) at a price of $40 per person per single trip to/from LHR. London Gatwick Airport Arrivals: Clients arriving at LGW who have booked our combined land/air packages are provided with a Gatwick Express train voucher to Victoria Station, and will need to make their own way from Victoria Station to the tour hotel (Excluding Independent Vacations). For clients that have made their own flight arrangements we suggest you visit www.gatwickexpress.com for transfer information. To purchase airport transfers for Independent Vacations please call 1-800-552-5545.

Smoking:

Please note that we do not permit smoking on our motorcoaches, however, frequent stops are made while traveling.

Surface Travel & Sightseeing:

Ground arrangements are provided by Grand European Operations Ltd., a separate company, and include inter-city travel by private motorcoach with air-conditioning and an emergency restroom*, ferry, train, and ship as per the itinerary. Activities on days indicated in the itinerary as being “at leisure or optional” are left to your discretion. *Some exceptions apply.

Holidays:

During local or national holidays some museums, restaurants or sightseeing may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered wherever possible. At times, some itineraries may be operated in reverse; you will be advised at the time of booking.

Hotels:

The hotels reserved for our programs are rated as European Standard First Class. All hotel rooms provide a private bath (and/or shower) and toilet. These hotels are clean, comfortable and located so as to best facilitate guided sightseeing of the area. Hotels reserved for each program are indicated in the Day-By-Day Itinerary. If, for any reason, it becomes necessary to use other hotels, they will be of a similar standard, where possible. We only contract non-smoking rooms. All accommodations, meals and services have been designated as first class in Russia, Eastern Europe and provincial areas though some tourism facilities are less developed than what might normally be expected in this category. Tours in North and South America use Standard First Class hotels.

Single Rooms:

A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement. While single rooms provide privacy, they are often smaller than twin-bedded rooms. We do offer the option to join our nonsmoking Room Share Program (subject to availability). The Room Share Program is not available on programs to Greece, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Peru, South America, China, Independent Vacations, European River Cruises, Small Groups and all pre or post extensions.

Triple Rooms:

Triple room accommodations are available on a limited basis at a reduced price. Triple rooms usually consist of a twin-bedded room with an additional folding bed or cot for the third person. They may not be comfortable for three adults. Triple rooms are not available on cruises.

Wi-Fi:

Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many Grand European Travel hotel guestrooms. When such a service is not available complimentary Wi-Fi will be available in the public areas of most hotels. In most countries complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided on-board the coaches. The Wi-Fi on the coaches uses the mobile phone network and as a result the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. In some countries this service will not be available. Please note that it is not available on Hosted Tours or on local transfer/relief coaches when the main Grand European Travels coach is not being used. For further information please refer to www.GETours.com.

Meals:

Please note in cases of early morning departures, FB (full breakfast) may not be available. We are unable to accept requests for special menus to meet dietary or religious requirements.

Tour Price Does Not Include:

Beverages and meals not detailed in the itinerary. Personal expenses including passport and visa fees, alcoholic beverages, optional sightseeing tours, laundry, phone calls, traditional end of the trip gratuity to your Travel Director and Motorcoach Driver, tips to local city guides, crew tips and all other items of a personal nature, airport tax, service & security charges and port taxes. (Subject to change.) Travel Insurance is also not included but is highly recommended.

Consumer Disclosure Notice:

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully, as your deposit and payment for a trip constitutes consent to all conditions and general information contained in this catalog.

Responsibility:

These trips are arranged by Grand European Operations Ltd. (“Operator”) in conjunction with Grand European Tours (2003) Inc. It has made the travel arrangements as agent for the transportation carriers and other suppliers of services connected with the tour (“suppliers”) all of which are independent contractors. The Operator in no way owns or operates the vehicles or facilities to be used during the trip, and does not guarantee or assume responsibility for the acts and/or omissions of suppliers, their employees, agents, etc. Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a program shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this catalog which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. All bookings are accepted subject to the conditions imposed by suppliers and Operator, including airline, cruise line, rail, coach, hotel, restaurants, insurance and other companies, firms or persons concerned with the trip, and the Operator will make no refund in the event of their delay, cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or for elements of the package not used by customer.

If there is a difference between the Operator’s Conditions and those published by a supplier, the conditions of supplier shall apply. The Operator reserves the right to cancel a trip or change the itinerary whenever in its sole judgment conditions warrant, or if the Operator deems it necessary for your comfort, convenience or safety. Trips outside the USA require a valid passport. You are responsible for, and release the Operator from, passport, visa, vaccination requirements, and safety conditions in travel destinations. The Operator strongly recommends you purchase appropriate cancellation/ medical/baggage insurance for the trip, which is available from the Operator. For medical information, call the Center for Disease Control at 1-800-232-4636 or visit www.cdc.gov/travel, and for U.S. State Department travel advisories, call 1-202- 647-5225. The Operator reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the trip at any time who presents a significant risk to the health or safety of himself or others which cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by the Operator’s reasonable accommodation. The Operator reserves the right to correct an error in the advertised price prior to your departure. Prices in this catalog are accurate at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice due to changes in market factors including but not limited to foreign currency and supplier cost fluctuations. Prices set forth in future catalogs shall supersede the prices in this catalog. Airfare quotes, and Air Add-ons in this catalog are subject to airline capacity limitations and higher airfares may apply depending on seat availability at the time of reservation. A contract is made when your reservation and payment are accepted by the Operator at its office, and any dispute shall be governed by Oregon law and subject to the jurisdiction of Portland, Oregon. In calculating the cost of your trip, Operator has relied on your consent to these terms and in the absence of this release, the trip cost would have been higher. Operator reserves the right to substitute hotels of similar quality at any time or to make changes in itinerary of similar quality. Operator will not be responsible to any person for expense, loss of time, money or other circumstance resulting from a change in itinerary or change of tour arrangements. Operator also reserves the right to cancel a departure, and in such cases all payments made to date will be refunded and shall constitute full settlement. If you purchase an airline ticket separately, ensure that your travel agent explains the conditions under which the ticket is issued, as the Operator assumes no responsibility for such airline ticket cancellation fees. Please understand that not all museums and attractions are open every day of the year. Operator reserves the right to vary the sequence of sightseeing and/ or to re-route the order of cities if that will enable you to visit all listed excursions. In either case, the itinerary content will be maintained to the extent possible and there are no refunds for any unused or unavailable excursions. Promotional offers subject to change. This catalog supersedes any other current catalog in the market.

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