Best of Ireland & Scotland

15 Days Active Pace Tour Code: IRS
 

Overview

On this 15-day trip of Ireland and Scotland, we begin in the elegant city Dublin, with a visit to Trinity College and the Old Library, and then seek out your first taste of Irish nightlife. Enjoy Ireland’s farm country and horseracing center at Kildare, and visit the Waterford showroom en-route to Cork. Fine Georgian houses will enchant within the city, while a visit to ruined Blarney Castle to Kiss the Blarney Stone is a must! Sleep soundly for three nights in lovely Killarney before the breathtaking drive along the Ring of Kerry. Unhurried Irish life surrounds you as you travel the charming villages.

Limerick and its castle ruins and Cathedral will enchant you before continuing on to Sligo. Pass by Galway and its infamous Lynch Memorial, as you travel in awe of the wild Connemara region. Cross into Northern Ireland and see the well preserved walls of Derry before driving the cost of the amazing “Giants Causeway”. Enjoy an evening in Ballygally and then cross by ferry into Bonnie Scotland.

Visit the Isle of Arran and visit Robert Burns’ birthplace and famous Brig O’ Doon before spending the night in Glasgow. Next up a highlight; the Scottish Highlands! Spend two nights in Inverness, enjoying a tour of Loch Ness, the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, and Ft. William. Heading toward Edinburgh, visit St. Andrews and pass the Duke of Atholl’s Blair Castle. Upon arrival see the Royal Mile and the famous Georgian New Town with free time to shop for that final wee dram of whiskey or Scottish kilts to take home so you may always remember your time in this scenic wonderland!

Stay in our selection of European First Class accommodations and enjoy 21 meals including Welcome Dinner, 13 Full Breakfasts, 5 Three-Course Dinners, 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.

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

Premium Highlight

Selected Departures Enjoy the Military Tattoo

Your Price Includes

Professional Travel Director Private Town Car Transfer
First Class Hotels Airport Transfers
21 Meals Transportation
Local Expert Guide: Dublin, Londonderry and Edinburgh Travel Documents
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Included Highlights

Dublin Giant's Causeway
Kildare Alloway
Blarney Highlands
Killarney St. Andrews
Ring of Kerry Edinburgh

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.

Dublin - Guinness Storehouse Limerick - Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Dublin - Dinner & Irish Cabaret Glasgow - Glasgow Dinner
Cork - Port of Cobh Excursion Highlands - Blair Castle
Cork - Cork Dinner Highlands - Sheepdog Demonstration
Killarney - Lake Cruise Edinburgh - Scottish Dinner & Cabaret
Limerick - Shannon Castle Banquet Edinburgh - Royal Yacht Britannia

Itinerary

Day 1 USA - Dublin

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

Day 2 Arrive Dublin

Welcome to Ireland! On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for the hotel at 08:00, 11:00 & 13:30. Free time today to perhaps stroll around the shops of Grafton Street. Later, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and dinner.
DT Dublin Hotel (formerly the Burlington)
Welcome Dinner Included

Day 3 Dublin Sightseeing & Free Time

This morning, a guided exploration of Dublin shows you the elegant Georgian squares, famous O’Connell Street and historic Custom House, one of architect James Gandon’s masterpieces. A walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College brings you to the magnificent Old Library. Inside you’ll find the 9th century Book of Kells, its delicate paintings one of the treasures of the Middle Ages, and the barrel-vaulted Long Room, where 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books are housed. As evening falls, there is time for shopping and the chance to see an Irish Cabaret show.
DT Dublin Hotel (formerly the Burlington)
Full Breakfast Included

Day 4 Dublin - Waterford - Cork

Drive to Kildare for a look behind the scenes at one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers and visit Europe’s finest Japanese Gardens, for a ‘journey through life’. Then head for Waterford to see Reginald’s Tower, the ruined city walls and the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Now on to Cork, Ireland’s second most populous city, built on the River Lee.
Imperial
Full Breakfast Included

Day 5 Cork - Blarney - Killarney

See the Court House and Cork’s fine Georgian houses, before visiting ruined Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed – never forgotten! A chance to shop for woolens at the Blarney Mills before continuing to Killarney where you join a local ‘Jarvie’ aboard one of the jaunting cars.
Killarney Towers
Full Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 6 Killarney (Ring of Kerry Excursion)

In the morning, tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem, cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap and admire Queen Victoria’s ‘Ladies View’. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure. Tonight, for your dining pleasure, choose from a selection of local restaurants.
Killarney Towers
Full Breakfast and Dine-Around Dinner Included

Day 7 Killarney - Limerick

Journey through picturesque Adare, with its neat rows of thatched cottages, nestled in some of Ireland's richest farmland en route to Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant Georgian houses. See St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Your hotel is an Irish Georgian Manor House located on the banks of the River Shannon.
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Full Breakfast Included

Day 8 Limerick - Galway - Connemara - Sligo

Drive to Galway and see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy. Now tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills.
Radisson Blu Sligo
Full Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 9 Sligo - Londonderry - Ballygally (Giant's Causeway Excursion)

Cross into Northern Ireland and visit Londonderry; its well preserved walls are still topped with cannons. Sightseeing with a local expert takes you past the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street to the Gothic Guildhall. Continue around the coast to the amazing Giant’s Causeway. Now enjoy a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast road to your hotel overlooking the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.
Ballygally Castle
Full Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 10 Ballygally - Glasgow

Take the ferry to Scotland and continue along the Ayrshire coast, taking in views of the Firth of Clyde and the Island of Arran. Pass the Open golf links of Turnberry before arriving in Alloway, where you will visit Robert Burns’ birthplace and see Burns’ Monument and the famous ‘Brig O’ Doon’. Spend the night in the vibrant city of Glasgow.
Crowne Plaza Glasgow
Full Breakfast Included

Day 11 Glasgow - Inverness

Head north for a scenic drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond this morning. Continue through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, still echoing with the cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Pause at the Commando Memorial for a view of Britain’s highest mountain, then travel along the mysterious shores of Loch Ness to Inverness.
Kingsmills
Full Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 12 Inverness (Culloden Moor Excursion)

Enjoy an orientation tour of Inverness before driving out to the Visitor Center on Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was finally defeated. Not much more than a cannon shot away lie the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, dating back to around 2000BC. Next, visit a working Highland farm for a glimpse into the daily life of a shepherd and his dogs. The Scottish Border Collie is world renowned for its herding abilities and you’ll see them in action. Return to your hotel via the Tomatin distillery for a wee dram of the finest Highland whisky.
Kingsmills
Full Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 13 Inverness - Edinburgh (Military Tattoo)

A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl’s Blair Castle. Drive down and cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Now continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge to the Scottish Capital. This evening, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle.
Crowne Plaza The Roxburghe/Apex City
Full Breakfast Included

Day 14 Edinburgh Sightseeing & Free Time

In the morning, join your local expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace. Turn on to Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh’s famous Georgian New Town. This evening, join your friends at a stylish restaurant overlooking Edinburgh's famous Forth bridge - a unique water's edge setting for your grand Farewell Dinner.
Crowne Plaza The Roxburghe/Apex City
Full Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 15 Edinburgh - USA

Your vacation draws to a close after breakfast this morning. Transfers arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 06:15 & 09:00.
Full Breakfast Included

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Departure Details

Departures are available through October 2014.

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

*The Military Tattoo is included on the following 2014 departures: July 21, July 23, July 28, July 30, August 4, August 6, and August 11.

July 9, July 21, and July 23 departures stay at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld instead of the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.

Pricing Details

SAVE up to $530 per couple when you book by May 16, 2014.

AARP members SAVE an additional $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 $790

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.

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Airline Baggage Information

Travel Insurance

Accommodations

Day

City

Hotel

2,3 Dublin Double Tree by Hilton Dublin - Burlington Road

Location: The Burlington Hotel is located in South Dublin near Grafton Street, Stephens Green, and the Canals.

4 Cork Imperial Hotel Cork

Location: This spa hotel is located in the heart of Cork, walking distance from Lavit Gallery and Cork City Hall. Also nearby are St. Finbarr\'s Cathedral and Bells of Shandon.

5,6 Killarney Killarney Towers Hotel

Location: This 4 star luxury hotel is newly renovated and located in a dominant position on Killarney’s College Street, in downtown Killarney.

7 Limerick Castle Oaks House Hotel

Location: Voted the "friendliest hotel in Ireland", this Georgian Manor House is set in a dream location in Limerick on 26 acres of beautiful mature gardens that lead down to the banks of the River Shannon. Situated in the picturesque village of Castleconnell conveniently located near the University of Limerick, Thomond Park, Bunratty Castle, and just 10 minutes to Limerick City.

8 Sligo Radisson Blu Sligo

Location: This hotel’s location near Sligo town center makes exploring easy. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this accommodation is ideal for day trips to popular Ireland attractions like Benbluben Mountain and Lough Gill. Rosses Point, a quiet coastal village just minutes from the hotel, is renowned for some of the best golfing in Ireland. From local pubs and historic attractions to hiking and other outdoor activities, northwest Ireland offers something for every type of traveler.

9 Ballygally Ballygally Castle

Location: Ideally located on the scenic Antrim coast and just 26 miles from Belfast and close to Larne. The hotel faces the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay and dates back to 2625 and is unique in that it is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland.

10 Glasgow Crowne Plaza Glasgow

Location: Just a 15 minute drive from Glasgow International Airport. Exhibition Centre rail station opposite the SECC connects to Glasgow Central rail station in the heart of the city’s financial district. A few minutes away Glasgow Science Centre, BBC Scotland or BAE Systems. 5 minute walk from Ibrox Stadium, home to Rangers football club.

11,12 Inverness Kingsmills Hotel

Location: The Collection by Kingsmills, comprises of the much-loved Kingsmills Hotel and the luxurious Kingsclub and Spa - each offering the very best in Highland Hospitality. Set within 4 acres of manicured grounds, the Collection will indulge your senses. Inverness city center is just one mile away.

13,14 Edinburgh Crowne Plaza The Roxburghe

Location: The Macdonald Roxburghe is an exclusively designed hotel located at the heart of Charlotte Square, the fashionable district of Edinburgh, which was part of the original 'New Town' Georgian development dating from the late 18th century and designed by architect Robert Adam.

Tour Reviews

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Best of Ireland & Scotland — September, 2012
I was very pleased with how well we were taken care of. We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable of the history of Ireland and Scotland. Everything was very well planned. The meals were great! The...


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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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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.

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The Department of Transportation requires us to inform you of the following conditions. The package price is subject 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. 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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