How to Make Your Reservation:
After selecting your itinerary and departure date, call 1-855-403-1832 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 GET (“GET”) to the following address: GRAND EUROPEAN TRAVEL 6000 Meadows Road, Suite 520 Lake Oswego, OR 97035 USA.
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, GET may cancel the reservation and invoke the cancellation fee. For all River Cruises final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Land prices printed in this brochure are per person based on double occupancy. GET and its affiliated entities that operate various components of your trip reserve 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.
Promotional Discounts are limited time offers valid on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. Promotional Discounts may only be combined with the current Past Traveler Discount and are not combinable with any other discounts unless explicitly stated. Early Payment discount applies to the land portion of your trip. For discount to apply, trip must be paid in full by the designated date.
Past Traveler Discount:
All guests that travel with us and our sister companies automatically receive a loyalty savings of 5% off the Land or River Cruise portion of their next guided vacation or river cruise booked through GET. Past guest savings are available after your initial trip is completed. Savings limited to one per trip and applied to the higher priced of two trips if you book two at once. Book two or more trips applies to vacations booked simultaneously, savings are applied to the shortest trips, not available on our Treasures of Ireland, Israel, Jordan and Egypt trips or Eastern Mediterranean trips with cruises. Not valid on airfare, flight supplements or pre/post extension packages.
Cancellations, Changes & Refunds:
If a cancellation is made within 30 days after making your reservation 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:
|Number of Days Prior to Departure||Cancellation/Change Land Tours – Per Person|
|31 - 60 Days||25% of trip cost|
|15 - 30 Days||50% of trip cost|
|Less than 15 Days||100% of trip cost|
|Number of Days Prior to Departure||Cancellation/Change River Cruises – Per Person|
|89 – 60 Days||35% of the cost|
|59 – 30 Days||50% of the cost|
|Less than 30 Days||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, motor coach travel and the non-use of hotel room and absent extenuating circumstances that GET reserves the right to determine.
For the most competitive and up to date pricing from your departure city call our toll free number at 1-855-403-1833. 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.
Airline Tickets Issued by Grand European Travel:
The following charges apply for cancellations or changes to airline arrangements made by
• 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.
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 ($25*), and Zimbabwe ($30*). These countries prefer payment in U.S. dollars rather than local currency. 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.
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 Please note that your airline tickets and other tour documentation must bear your FULL name as it appears on your passport. Please immediately review your travel documents. You are responsible for all terms, conditions and limitations stated therein.
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.
Security is a major concern to all of us and the situation globally is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the “Travel Advisories” put out by various governments may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. You must accept these risks involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions.
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. GET 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.
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.
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. If you make your own air arrangements, GET is not liable for any losses should you not arrive on time and no refunds will be given.
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 City Breaks. For those making their own flight arrangements extend ing 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. For clients that have made their own flight arrangements GET has negotiated rates for shuttle transfers from LHR to your London hotel (which must be booked through GET) at a price of $60 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. For clients that have made their own flight arrangements, we suggest you visit www.gatwickexpress.com for transfer information. To purchase airport transfers please call 1-877-622-9109.
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 Trafalgar Tours Ltd., Insight Vacations Ltd., and Uniworld River Cruises Inc., separate companies, and include inter-city travel by private motorcoach with air conditioning and an emergency restroom*, ferry, train, and ship as per the itinerary. ‘CostSaver’ is a trading name of Trafalgar. Activities on days indicated in the itinerary as being “at leisure or optional” are left to your discretion. *Some exceptions apply.
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.
The hotels reserved for our programs are rated as European Standard First Class, or Luxury for Insight Gold programs. All hotel rooms provide a private bath (and/or shower) and toilet. Note hotel room sizes, standards, facilities and services may vary from country to country and region to region and are in local style. Accommodations outside of the United States do not necessarily offer the same level of amenities and may not be in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. All 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.
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 and eligibility requirements). The Room Share Program is not avail able on programs to Greece, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Peru, South America, China, European River Cruises, Hidden Journeys, Paris Explorer, London Explorer and Rome Explorer and all pre or post extensions. GET is not responsible for any claims, damages or losses relating to, or arising out of, the Room Share Program.
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.
Complimentary Wi-Fi service is avail able in many 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 local transfer/relief coaches when the main tour coach is not being used.
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 brochure.
Optional Pre-Paid Gratuities:
If you have prepaid your gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver, this will be detailed within your vacation vouchers and vacation documentation. Please note that prepaid gratuities cover only the land portion of your itinerary. We offer this option on the majority of our vacations. Please check the pricing panel for applicable vacations.
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 the brochure.
These trips are arranged by Trafalgar Tours Ltd., Insight Vacations Ltd., and Uniworld River Cruises Inc., (“Operator”) in conjunction with Grand European Tours (2003) Inc. They have made the travel arrangements as agents for the transportation carriers and other suppliers of services connected with the tour (“suppliers”) all of which are independent contractors. Neither GET or 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 brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. All bookings are accepted subject to the conditions imposed by GET, the Operator and any suppliers 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. GET and 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 GET and 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. 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. GET and the Operator reserves the right to correct an error in the advertised price prior to your departure. Prices in this brochure 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 brochures shall supersede the prices in this brochure. Airfare quotes 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 brochure supersedes any other current brochure in the market.
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