Best of Germany

11 Days Comfortable Pace Tour Code: BGY
 

Overview

Enjoy the highlights of Germany on this 11-Day journey. Fly into Berlin, a city of two faces, the old city, seeped in history, and the new and cosmopolitan business center. Take in all the “must see” sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. Head south to Dresden, a city who has risen from the destruction of WWII and see the baroque Zwinger Palace. Rothenburg, the best preserved road on the Romantic Road, will enchant you with its fortified walls and cobbled streets.

Stop for delicious Lebkuchen in Nuremberg and admire the half-timbered houses of the Old town before reaching fun-loving Munich. Take in the Olympic Stadium and Victory Arch before possibly raising a glass at the Hofbrau Haus!

While in Munich enjoy a day trip into the gorgeous Bavarian Alps. Visit the Passion Play village of Oberammergau and King Ludwig’s fairytale castle Neuschwanstein. Continue your Black Forest touring with a night at on Lake Titisee!

Finish with 2 leisurely nights in Mainz, a lovely town near bustling Frankfurt. Visit Heidelberg Castle and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the romantic Rhine. Toast your stay in Germany with a hearty Prost! And be confident you’ve seen the “Best of Germany”.

Stay in our selection of European First Class accommodations and enjoy 13 meals including Welcome Dinner, 9 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Three-Course Dinner, 1 Dine-Around Dinner and 1 Farewell Dinner with wine.

To ensure a comfortable travel experience, our motor coaches are equipped with large panoramic windows, reclining seats, air-conditioning and restroom facilities.

Note: This trip is operated by our sister company.

Your Price Includes

Professional Travel Director Private Town Car Transfer
First Class Hotels Airport Transfers
13 Meals Transportation
Local Expert Guide: Berlin, Dresden & Heidelberg Travel Documents
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Included Highlights

Berlin Bavarian Alps
Dresden Black Forest
Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber Heidelberg
Nuremberg Rhine Valley
Munich

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.

Berlin - Highlights of Former East Berlin Dresden - Luisenhof Dinner
Berlin - Potsdam & San Souci Excursion Munich - Bierkeller Dinner
Berlin - Berlin by Night & Dinner Munich - The Dachau Memorial
Dresden - Pillnitz Pleasure Palace Rudesheim - Dinner & Entertainment

Itinerary

DAY 1 USA - Berlin

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

DAY 2 Arrive Berlin

On arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, airport transfers leave for the hotel at 10:30 & 12:30. Why not walk along the bustling ‘Ku-damm’, the shopping center of West Berlin which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Swissotel Berlin
Welcome Dinner Included

DAY 3 Berlin Sightseeing & Free Time

In the morning, a guided sightseeing tour takes you along the Unter den Linden past the Humboldt University and Opera. Stop a while on Museum Island before passing the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of the reunification. See Norman Foster’s glass-dome which crowns the reconstructed Reichstag building before a pleasant drive through the Tiergarten and along the Ku’Damm to the Memorial Church. Spend the afternoon at leisure in this once divided city or perhaps take the opportunity to visit the glorious palaces of the Prussian Emperors at Potsdam?
Swissotel Berlin
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 4 Berlin - Dresden

Hear about the origins of the legendary German autobahn network this morning as you travel south to Dresden. Join a local expert to see the splendors of the city. From the Frauenkirche, which has risen again from the destruction of World War II, walk past ‘The Procession of the Dukes’, a mosaic of colossal proportions on the Royal Palace façade. You also see the enormous cathedral, Semper Opera House and baroque Zwinger Palace.
Steigenberger Hotel De Saxe
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 5 Dresden - Bayreuth - Rothenburg

Travel past the pine-clad Fichtelgebirge massif to Bayreuth. See the Wagner Festival Theater and the new and old castles before continuing through wooded Swiss Franconia, passing rocky crags and ‘Hansel and Gretl’ style villages. Your destination is Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Plunge back into the 16th century as you walk through narrow cobbled streets lined with high-gabled houses to the market square dominated by its Renaissance town hall. Tonight, for your Dine-Around experience, you are offered a selection of restaurants within the walls of the old town.
Hotel Eisenhut
Buffet Breakfast and Dine-Around Dinner Included

DAY 6 Rothenburg - Nuremberg - Munich

It’s only a short drive to Nuremberg, still entirely enclosed by its fortifications. Witness the charming blend of stone and timbered dwellings in the Old Town as well as the massive ramparts. Perhaps shop for delicious Lebkuchen (gingerbread) before crossing the Danube to reach fun-loving Munich. An orientation tour shows you the Olympic Stadium, university, Victory Arch and ends in the Marienplatz, where crowds gather at the Town Hall to watch the antics of the Glockenspiel.
Hilton Munich Park
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 7 Munich (Oberammergau & Neuschwanstein Excursion)

In the morning travel into the Bavarian Alps to the village of Oberammergau, home since 1634 of the Passion Play. See the immense theater and colorfully-painted chalets, then continue along part of the Alpine Road amidst beautiful scenery to the Wieskirche, a masterpiece of Bavarian rococo. Now to the ‘fairy tale’ castle Neuschwanstein, perched on a spectacular Alpine mountainside. This was Ludwig II’s favorite castle, though he spent little time here before his death. Visit exuberantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. Return to Munich where you are at leisure.
Hilton Munich Park
Buffet Breakfast Included

DAY 8 Munich - Lake Constance - Black Forest

Travel through lush, rolling dairy country to Lindau, an island in Lake Constance connected to the mainland by a causeway. Stroll through the narrow streets with their old inns and half-timbered houses and admire the fantastic backdrop of the Swiss and Austrian Alps across the lake. Now a delightful drive along the shores of Lake Constance, lined with orchards and vineyards, to the Black Forest. Your hotel is nestled amid the trees alongside the clear waters of Lake Titisee.
Maritim Titisee
Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Included

DAY 9 Black Forest - Heidelberg - Mainz

The Black Forest! Land of cherry cake and cuckoo clocks, where traditional farmhouses dip their thatched roofs almost to the ground. The economy has always been linked to the forest. Stop awhile in one of the centers of the wood-carving industry to meet skilled masters of the trade who still make cuckoo clocks by hand, a tradition passed down over 300 years. Then through the valleys, where villages and isolated farms nestle beside fast flowing streams, before joining the motorway north to Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy the view from the heights of the castle fortress before a guided visit. See the Great Wine Vat, with its associated tales of the dwarf court jester, Perkeo! Your hotel is in the nearby town of Mainz, a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans.
Hilton Mainz
Buffet Breakfast Included

Day 10 Mainz (Rhine River Cruise Excursion)

Begin the next day with a relaxing cruise past steep sided vineyards, half-timbered taverns, the hilltop castles and the notorious Lorelei Rock. Alight at Boppard and continue to Koblenz where a gigantic equestrian statue of Wilhelm I guards the junction of the Rhine and Moselle. Cameras at the ready as you return along the eastern bank. Enjoy the scenic views from the mighty Niederwald Monument. This evening, round off your tour with a Farewell Dinner overlooking the River Rhine, complete with local wine.
Hilton Mainz
Buffet Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 11 Mainz - Frankfurt - USA

Auf Wiedersehen Germany. Your vacation comes to an end after breakfast today. Departure transfers arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 08:00 & 10:00.
Buffet Breakfast Included

Dates & Prices

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$2,650

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$2,599

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$2,750

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$2,735

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$2,785

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$2,799

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$2,750

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$2,650

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Departure Details

Departures are available through October 2015.

Seat Sale Discounts, if applicable, will be highlighted above. Some restrictions may apply please call for details.

*2015 Preview Itineraries: Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2014 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in Grand European Travel’s 2015 Collection catalog due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary. See Terms and Conditions, or call us, for more details.

Pricing Details

SAVE up to $330 per couple on 2014 departures or 7.5% off the Land-Only price on 2015 departures with our Early Booking Discounts when you book by September 12, 2014.

AARP members SAVE $100 per person on any vacation!

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

Single Room Supplement: from $600

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.

Please Note: This trip is operated by our sister company.

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Accommodations

Day

City

Hotel

2,3 Berlin Swissotel Berlin

Location: The hotel is located in the heart of West Berlin, right by Jurfuerstendamm in the midst of world-class shopping and close to the central business district.

4 Dresden Steigenberger Hotel De Saxe

Location: The hotel is located directly opposite the famous “Frauenkirche” (church) and in the middle of Dresden’t inner city district with its magnificent grand baroque architecture.

5 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber Hotel Eisenhut

Location: This romantic hotel is located in the heart of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, steps from Kathe Wohlfahrts Christmas Museum and Rothenburg Town Hall. Also nearby are Doll and Toy Museum and Marktplatz.

6,7 Munich Hilton Munich Park

Location: The hotel is situated on the edge of Munich’s famous Englischer Garten public park and within easy reach of all of the city’s major attractions.

8 Titisee Maritim Titisee Hotel

With its large lakeside meadow and prime location overlooking the lake’s crystal clear waters, the Maritim Titisee Hotel truly deserves its name. The hotel features typical Black Forest ambiance and a genuinely friendly atmosphere, restaurant, cafe, lake pavilion, lakeside terrace, pool, solarium, sauna, spa, fitness room, and business center. Rooms feature hair dryer, satellite TV, internet connection, and minibar.

9,10 Mainz Hilton Mainz City

Situated on the banks of the River Rhine, adjacent to Rheingoldhalle Congress Centre and in close proximity to the 2,000 year old city center of Mainz. Room features include A/C, TV, mini bar, hair dryer. Hotel features restaurants, bar, laundry/dry cleaning services, and beauty salon.

Tour Reviews

TOUR REVIEWS

We hope you enjoy reading the tour reviews submitted by our travelers below. If you are a past traveler we'd love to hear from you! Sharing your stories, experiences and photos are great ways to keep your vacation memories alive. Whether your photo is of an amazing site, mixing with the locals, enjoying a great meal while on tour or even a group shot, we enjoy being able to see the tour through your eyes and share your story with others.

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Best of Germany — June, 2011
Great experience. Overall Excellent.


Terms and Conditions

How to Make Your Reservation:

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, MASTER CARD, 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.

2015 Preview Prices:

All prices shown are per person based on Twin Room occupancy. Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2014 Collection, however, items such as, (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in the Grand European Travel’s 2015 Collection catalog due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary. In return, Grand European Travel will honor the Preview prices, even if the final vacation prices increase. In the event that your finalized vacation price is lower, Grand European Travel will refund you the difference. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its agencies. The offer is for a strictly limited period and can be withdrawn at any time.

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 Reser va tions 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 June 18, 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 avail able 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 pref erences 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.

Airline Tickets Issued by Grand EuropeanTravel:

The following charges apply for cancellations or changes to airline arrangements made by Grand European Tours: • Prior to Airline Ticketing: service fee of $50 per person • After Airline Ticketing: service fee of $75 per person plus any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the airline ticket value.

DOT Advisory:

The Department of Trans - portation requires us to inform you of the following conditions. The package price is sub - ject to change as a result of increases in fuel surcharges and/or government taxes until it has been paid in full. You must consent to the possibility that, until you pay for your package in full, your price could go up. Once you have paid in full we would only pass along increases in government taxes if applicable at that time. You have 7 days from receipt of the first invoice to revoke your consent and request a refund, at which time we would cancel your booking.

Passports and Visas:

A valid U.S passport is required for traveling outside of the U.S., including to Canada & Mexico. Pass port 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*), 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. Turkey requires that you obtain an electronic entry visa ($20) prior to arrival. 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 check-in are not included and are at passengers own expense.

Private Town Car Transfer Service:

The Private Town Car Transfer service is available on all 2014 departures for all guests 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. This service is not included on 2015 Preview departures but can be purchased at an additional cost.

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 in cluded 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 Indepen dent 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 Vaca tions 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 holi days 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, Indepen dent 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 onboard 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.

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 arrang ed 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 com panies, 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 Con ven tion 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 Con di tions and those published by a supplier, the conditions of supplier shall apply. The Opera tor 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 Opera tor 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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