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Groups Vacations 8 Makes A Group
Travel is responsible for some of life’s most memorable moments. Celebrating a life milestone or simply enjoying the vacation of a lifetime are just a few of the reasons people crave to travel. And when people can share those experiences with friends and loved ones, those memories last forever. Group travel is fun, rewarding, and sometimes even life changing.
We will work with you to ensure your group materializes. And once your group is on vacation, our world-class operations will guarantee they have the perfect vacation. In the end, you are the hero for having put together such a memorable journey.
The Globus family of brands offers you infinite opportunities to meet the specific travel needs of almost any group. With an impressive portfolio of close to 400 vacations to more than 60 countries on six continents, no other operator can deliver more unique travel experiences. More choice of product and travel styles ensures success for your groups! With the Globus family of brands, the magic number to form a group is 8—numbers you can certainly achieve!
* More Service - We have YOUR needs in mind! Our group specialists are dedicated to working directly with you to handle all the needs of your group. Our group department includes group specialists, river cruise specialists, religious travel specialists, as well as custom group specialists. Plus, our dedicated sales team is ready to assist you in marketing and promoting your group. We are committed to help your group succeed!
* More Selection - 4 brands to choose from – we have something for almost every traveler! Choose from the broadest range of vacations available, with more than 60 countries worldwide and nearly 400 itineraries 7 styles – more ways to travel than anyone else! Plus, specialty vacations perfect for groups: religious, family, and food and wine.
* More Included Features - More included features than that of our nearest competitor. We take you inside the must-see sights! Plus, if it’s mentioned on our map, we stop or overnight there!
* More Quality - Our hotels follow standards set by the Hotel & Travel Index or national tourist boards and are a cut above the competition. We don’t compromise our hotel quality.
* More Experience - 80 years of showing travelers the world with unbeatable customer feedback. Our high satisfaction rating equates to repeat business for you!
* More Experienced Tour Directors - Rated highest in the travel business, worldwide, and nine out of 10 Globus customers rate Globus Tour Directors as the best. They are committed to clients’ experience, not sales.
* More Value - Get more for less. The Globus family of brands offers more included features plus higher hotel standards at lower prices than our nearest competitors. Our volume buying power saves travelers money. In fact, an entire day of touring with us generally costs what travelers would pay for just a hotel alone if they planned the trip on their own.
For generations, Globus has worked hard to provide the best on-trip experiences, world-class customer service, and the best consumer protection plans available in the travel industry.
$11 Million of Travel Protection
Globus has provided a $10 million letter of credit* issued by a leading bank to protect payments made by its customers for all vacation departures sold in the United States. "In these uncertain times, we feel it is important to assure our customers and our travel partners that we are financially secure and that we back our products 100 percent," said Scott Nisbet, chief executive officer and president. This is in addition to the $1 million traveler's assistance program maintained by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in favor of Globus travelers.
*The $10 million letter of credit has been issued by Credit Suisse S.A. in favor of PRO-CLAIM, INC. of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, acting as trustee of a trust for the benefit of Globus and Cosmos customers who advance deposits or payments for any Globus or Cosmos tour departure sold in the United States. PRO-CLAIM INC., as trustee of the trust, is responsible for refunding deposits or payments (excluding deposits or payments made by credit cards, since chargebacks are available), for Globus and Cosmos tours sold in the United States in the event Group Voyagers Inc., d/b/a Globus and Cosmos, becomes insolvent, bankrupt or ceases business. $11 Million of Travel Protection
$11 Million of Travel Protection
Travel ProtectionYou're planning your annual vacation, or the vacation of a lifetime. Either way you don't want to think about canceling or interrupting your trip. Or getting sick. Or losing your luggage. We know these things can happen and we provide travelers peace of mind with a Travel Protection Plan. The plan costs from $79-$349 per person (depending on the vacation destination and price) and offers a wide range of benefits. Ask your travel agent for the details, get the details in your travel documents or follow the link below.
Please note that the Czech Republic now requires a minimum of $35,000 medical and repatriation insurance coverage. Our basic Travel Protection policy has a $25,000 limit, however will be increased to $50,000 while in the Czech Republic in order to meet Czech Republic requirements. There is no additional cost for this extra coverage. If you choose to purchase insurance independently, please know that the you may be required by immigration to produce proof of coverage while traveling in the Czech Republic.
Travel Protection Plus (Cancellation Protection)
Travel Protection Plus If you purchase the Globus family of brands Travel Protection Plan, you may also purchase the optional Globus family of brands Travel Protection Plus Plan at an additional cost of only $30.00 per person. This additional Benefit* (if purchased) allows you to cancel your vacation up to 24 hours (or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before your scheduled departure for any reason not covered by the basic Travel Protection Plan provisions. Under this Travel Protection Plus Plan Benefit, Globus family of brands will reimburse the cancellation penalty amount, as retained by the Globus family of brands, in travel certificates, minus the insurance premium. Travel certificates are valid for travel within one year from the date of issue, but no later than 15 months from the date you cancel your trip.
*The Travel Protection Plus Plan is provided by Globus family of brands and is not an insurance benefit and must be purchased with the initial payment for your Trip.
Why should I choose Globus?
* With more than 250 vacations to 70 countries on six continents, as well as the choice of eleven distinct travel styles, Globus gives you the choice to ensure you’ll truly see the world the way you want.
* A variety of travel styles and specialty travel to meet the desires of today’s traveler, including Family Travel, expert globetrotter, and many others.
* VIP access (no waiting in lines) to major sights throughout your journey.
* Inside visits to major and must-see sights included in the vacation price.
* First-class and above pre-selected hotels located right where you want to be.
* Expert Tour Directors share their unique stories and knowledge of destinations.
Can I travel on a family vacation without children?
Family vacations are specifically for families and companions traveling with families. For these vacations, Globus defines a family as any party traveling with at least one traveler under the age of 21. Unfortunately, passengers not meeting this criterion may not book these vacations, so that we can deliver the family friendly environment promised by these specialized vacations. Globus offers a wide range of other vacations more suited for parties not traveling with children. In fact, you can choose from an array of Globus vacations worldwide.
What is the Travel Protection Plus plan?
The Plus Plan offers additional coverage at a cost of only $30 per person in combination with the basic Travel Protection Plan and will allow for cancellations up to 24 hours of departure (or prior business day, whichever is farther out) for any reason. In the event the reason for the cancellation is not covered under the basic Travel Protection Plan, the cancellation penalty as retained by Globus will be reimbursed in the form of Travel Certificates valid for one year from the date of issue but no later than 15 months from the date of cancellation. This additional coverage must be elected and purchased with the initial payment of your vacation. Independently purchased air is not covered. Click here for more details.
Why is it important that I give my name as it appears on my passport when booking air?
Due to increased travel security around the world, it is now more important than ever that your airline ticket match your first and last name exactly as it reads on your passport. Additionally any changes to your air booking, which include spelling, could be subject to a change fee, penalties or cancellation.
Do I need a passport and a visa?
When traveling outside the United States, a passport is required for U.S. citizens. Some countries also require a visa. If you are a U.S. citizen, detailed visa information will be provided to you after you book your vacation. Non-U.S. citizens should consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed. Globus’ preferred supplier of visa services is Zierer Visa Service (ZVS).
What size can my suitcase be?
Due to limited coach capacity, your bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30"x21"x11" (62" linear dimensions) or weight exceeding 50 lbs. In addition, Globus will supply each traveler with a complimentary carry-on bag; however, should you prefer to take along a different carry-on, it should not exceed the dimensions of 12"x11"x6". Please note that air carriers, cruise lines and other forms of transportation may have other restrictions and requirements including weight, and we recommend that you contact the suppliers directly for additional information. We regret we are unable to accept a second suitcase or any luggage exceeding these limits.
What is the difference between a twin bedded room and a double room?
A double room is a room designed to accommodate two people, though not necessarily with two separate beds. A twin bedded room has two separate beds of any size; this is what we usually reserve for our travelers.
What size is a triple room?
A triple room is the same size as a twin bedded room. It will have beds to accommodate three people; however, we cannot guarantee that there will be three separate beds. If there are only two beds, a rollaway may be requested but also cannot be guaranteed.
When will I receive my travel documents?
Travel documents, including any paper air tickets or e-ticket itineraries and other information, are sent approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.
As a rule, a day with Globus costs you no more than you would pay on your own for a hotel overnight. Leave all the details to us. We provide a Tour Director or Cruise Director, comfortable transportation, many meals, a rich sightseeing program, and much more.
Accurate, detailed vacation descriptions
Read our descriptions and you’ll understand the true value of a Globus vacation. The agenda for each day is spelled out so that you know exactly what is included in the price. Our descriptions are unusually specific. Sightseeing with Local Guides is clearly listed and inside visits are spelled out in UPPERCASE within the itinerary.
With Globus you don’t have to guess. Compare what we give you in a vacation with what other companies offer—and then compare prices. You’ll see why knowledgeable travelers consider Globus vacations the best value in the market with even more savings in the off season.
Book Early & Save
With Globus, planning ahead pays off. Book your 2012 Globus vacation and pay in full 9 months or more prior to your departure and save 10% off the land-only portion of your tour.
Requires payment of per person non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and full payment a minimum of 9 months prior to 2012 departure date. Discount based on land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 10, 2011 and March 31, 2012. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with any other offer or discount other than the Journeys Club repeat traveler benefit. Offer reliant on space availability and applies to new 2012 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
Discount for young travelers
Share the pleasure of a Globus vacation with your children and grandchildren and take advantage of a 10-percent discount on the land only-price (discount not applicable on river cruises). The land vacation price does not include air between cities (internal air). For eligibility, children must 17 and under on the departure date and must be accompanied by an adult. In our many years of traveling experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy an escorted or cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age on our escorted or cruise vacations, except for our Family Travel vacations where children ages 5 and up are welcome.
Note: We recommend that children under 12 years of age share accommodation with an adult.
Big Savings for Small Groups
Traveling with family and friends has always been rewarding, & now the rewards can really pile up. Small groups of 5, 6, or 7 can save 5% per person off the land-only portion of Globus vacations. And don't forget: in groups of 8 to 15, one person travels at half-price; in a group of 16+, one person travels free. So, bring others along and multiply the fun—and the savings!
Traveling party of 5, 6 or 7 must travel from same origination point and must be advised at the time of booking. Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 10, 2011 and December 31, 2012, for travel commencing by December 31, 2012. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with any other offer or discount other than the Journeys Club repeat traveler benefit. Not combinable with other group allowances. Travelers already traveling at a discount, such as children, do not count toward the party total. Offer reliant on space availability, and applies to new 2012 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
Triple Room Reduction
On most Globus vacations you receive a reduction when three people travel together and share the same accommodations. Triple room reductions are listed on the itinerary pages. Triple rooms usually are not larger than twin rooms, and the third bed, if there is one, is often a rollaway put in a twin-bedded room for the night. Triple rooms are not available on river cruises.
Discounts for Repeat Travelers
Journeys Club members can save 5% on any 2012 Globus vacation. This is on top of other great member benefits, including exclusive deal alerts throughout the year, unique travel accessories, and special partner discounts and benefits. To become a member, simply enroll at www.journeysclub.com/enroll or call us at 800-942-3301.
Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways core tour, package or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 10, 2011 and December 31, 2012 for travel commencing by December 31, 2012. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2012 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
Joining late and leaving early in Europe
Many Globus land arrangements start and end in London. If you have already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight hotel on the Continent. Vacations with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis. It's in your interest to book early.
Plan your vacation in advance, and book your vacation as soon as possible to guard against the disappointment of not finding space. Many Globus vacations sell out months before the departure date.
And remember, the moment we receive your deposit your land price is guaranteed.
This is valuable protection against currency fluctuations and other cost increases. So please don't wait. Contact a Travel Consultant now for a vacation you'll never forget!
Second Tour Discount
It pays to travel more often! Book two Globus vacations traveling in the same year and receive 5% off the land portion of your second tour. And if you take three tours, you save 5% on each of your next two.
Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways. Multiple tours must travel within the same calendar year and must be booked at the same time. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 10, 2011 and December 31, 2012. Discount is calculated off the least expensive tour. Not combinable with any other offer or discount. Offer reliant on space availability, and applies to new 2012 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
The purchase of any travel services offered Group Voyagers, Inc. d/b/a Globus (hereinafter “Globus”) constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Globus, and represents your acceptance of Globus Terms & Conditions set out herein. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions are subject to change after the publication of the brochure. You are advised to check on the Web sites or to request the latest version of the Terms & Conditions from your Travel Agent or Globus prior to booking your vacation.
Standard Deposit & Final Payment:
We accept checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. Your payment is not deemed made until it is received by Globus. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per land vacation per person is required for us to reserve space for you, with some limited exceptions as noted below. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by Globus and you receive a confirmation invoice. Your reservation will be automatically canceled if deposit is not received by Globus within three (3) days of booking. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold or to confirm space for you. Please review and verify your booking invoice thoroughly and contact your Travel Agent or Globus immediately if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. Globus cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 10 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice with correct pricing.
Final payment is due 45 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. If we do not receive final payment by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and retain your full deposit and any Travel Protection payment. We are not responsible for canceled land or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required at time of booking for reservations made within the final payment date of your vacation (in most cases, within 45 days of departure); in order to secure booked space, your Travel Agent should advise Globus of your credit card number when making your reservation. For group reservations, Travel Agents should refer to the Group Policy, which will be provided to you by Globus upon request and is also located in the Travel Agent Portal.
Acceptance on the vacation is subject to presentation of the Globus Traveler Certificate, which will be available in your final Travel Documents.
Exceptions Apply to These Vacations:
The following deposit and/or final payment dates apply to these vacations. Please see your invoice for more information on deposit and/or final payment dates.
* Additional $250 non-refundable deposit (total $500 non-refundable) is required for air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e., an air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Globus in conjunction with a land package.
* For cruise vacations operated by Avalon Waterways (vacation codes beginning with “W” except WJ and WI), vacations codes OC, OCE and ZZP, cruise vacations that include a cruise on Via Australis (codes ISOA, ISPA), vacations that include a cruise on the Santa Cruz (codes ISWA/B, ISXA/B, ISYA/B, ISZA/B, ISJA/B), vacations that include a cruise on the Galápagos Explorer II (codes SPE/Y), vacations that include a cruise on the Iberostar Grand Amazon (codes ISBA, ISLA), and vacations that include the Galápagos Finch Bay (codes ISQA/B, ISDA/B, ISCA/B, ISFA/B, ISKA/B), vacations that include a Princess cruise (codes PC, PCQ, PCR, PCRQ), and vacation codes EN, ENO, OC and OCE, final payment is due 90 days prior to the commencement of services final payment is due 90 days prior to the commencement of services.
* For vacations that include Oberammergau in 2010 (vacation codes HBO, HMO, RSO, RTO, ZCO, ZDO, ZFO, WI, WJ, TCO, TLO, TVO) an additional $1000 non-refundable deposit (total $1250 non-refundable land deposit) is due 300 days prior to commencement of services. Final payment for these vacations is 210 days prior to the commencement of services.
* For vacation codes AJI, NCJ/E, CBI, NCRE/NCGE, CGI, CZI/CZGI, CA, final payment is due 75 days prior to the commencement of services.
* For vacation codes NCR, NCG, CZ, CV/G, JRA/B, NCDE, final payment is due 65 days prior to the commencement of services.
The following taxes and fees will be added to your trip price if you book an air-inclusive vacation with Globus. These taxes and fees are dependent upon your itinerary. Please ask your Travel Agent or your Globus representative at time of reservation for more information.
* September 11th Security Fee up to $10 per person
* Passenger facility charges up to $18 per person
* Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment
* U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees up to $300 per person
Cancellations & Cancellation Fees:
If cancellation is received by Globus before the final payment date of your vacation, your non-refundable deposit and Travel Protection payment will be retained in addition to any airline-imposed fees or penalties. For individual reservations, the following per person cancellation fees apply. Total price does not include discounts, promotions, or special incentives. (For group reservations, refer to the Group Policy.)
Standard Cancellation Fees:
* 45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* On departure day and later: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
Vacations including Oberammergau (vacation codes HBO, HMO, RSO, TRO, ZCO, ZDO, ZFO, WI, WJ, TCO, TLO, TVO):
* 300 days prior to commencement of services: full land deposit ($250) and air deposit plus travel protection payment
* 300-210 days prior to commencement of services: full land and air deposits plus Travel Protection payment
* 209-120 days prior to commencement of services: 60% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 119-60 days prior to commencement of services: 80% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 59-0 days prior to commencement of services: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payment.
Cruise vacations operated by Avalon Waterways (vacation codes beginning with “W” except WJ and WI), vacation code ZZP, cruise vacations that include a cruise on Via Australis (codes ISOA, ISPA), vacations that include a cruise on the Santa Cruz (codes ISWA/B, ISXA/B, ISYA/B, ISZA/B, ISJA/B), vacations that include a cruise on the Galápagos Explorer II (codes SPE/Y), vacations that include a cruise on the Iberostar Grand Amazon (codes ISBA, ISLA), and vacations that include the Galápagos Finch Bay (codes ISQA/B, ISDA/B, ISCA/B, ISFA/B, ISKA/B), and vacation codes OC and OCE:
* 90-60 days prior to commencement of services: 35% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 59-30 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 29-1 days prior to commencement of services: 80% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* On departure day and later: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
Vacation Codes EN and ENO:
* 90-75 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 75-30 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 29-1 days prior to commencement of services: 80% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* On departure day and later: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
Globus vacations that include a Princess cruise (codes PC, PCQ, PCR, PCRQ):
* 89-75 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 74-43 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 42-31 days prior to commencement of services: 75% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
* 30-0 days prior to commencement of services: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payment
Vacation codes AJI, NCJ/E, CBI, NCRE, CGI, CZI, CA:
* 75-57 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price plus Travel Protection premiums
* 56-29 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection premiums
* 28-16 days prior to commencement of services: 75% of total price plus Travel Protection premiums
* 15-0 days prior to commencement of services: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection premiums
Vacation code NCR, CZ, CV, JRA/B, NCDE:
* 65-47 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection premiums
* 46-0 days prior to commencement of services: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection premiums
Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour.
If flight changes—including flight cancellations or name changes—are requested after full land and air deposit is received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply (see “Revision Fees” below). If an air-inclusive vacation is canceled after air tickets have been issued, refunds will be processed after air tickets are returned to Globus. In many instances, airline revision or change fees can be up to $250 but in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. Cancellation penalties will be quoted at time of cancellation.
We regret that individual vacation departure dates will operate only when booked by a sufficient number of passengers. We reserve the right to cancel any departure date that has insufficient demand. Globus reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any vacation departure for any reason. If a vacation is canceled prior to departure, Globus' only responsibility will be to refund to the passenger the amount we have received for the reservation. We will try to rebook the same vacation with a different departure date, or a similar vacation. Where Globus has confirmed flights, we will try to confirm air schedules for the selected new dates, subject to availability. Globus cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other travel arrangements not made through Globus.
A fee of $30 per transaction will be charged for any alteration or revision made to a reservation. Airline penalties may also apply and may be up to 100% of the full ticketed price. Any revisions to a booking may result in the loss of a confirmed airline reservation or an increased airfare which will be payable by the passenger. A change of traveler name, vacation date, or itinerary within final payment will be treated as a full cancellation and new reservation; vacation cancellation fees (as above) apply.
Globus is not responsible if an airline cancels, reschedules, or delays a flight for any reason. If you miss your departure flight, it is your responsibility to work with the airline on which you are ticketed to reach your destination. Globus is not responsible for any additional expenses you may incur prior to joining your trip. Globus is not responsible for and will not provide any refund for portions of trips missed due to canceled, rescheduled, or delayed flights.
For air purchased through Globus, if any air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, Globus can assist you with hotel reservations; however, the cost of the overnight stay (including hotel and meals) are at your expense. Air routings are subject to availability. Routings are not guaranteed and are subject to change at any time.
If you make your own flight arrangements, Globus will not be responsible for any loss resulting from cancellation or changes in international gateways or travel dates. We recommend that you do not purchase airline tickets with high penalty charges for changes.
Under the new Secure Flight Program enacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires airlines to collect information from you for the purposes of watch list matching. Providing this information to Globus is voluntary; however, if it is not provided, you may be subject to additional screening or denied transport or authorization to enter a sterile area. TSA may share information you provide with law enforcement or intelligence agencies or others under its published system of records notice. At time of booking air, Globus will inquire if you would like to provide the required information to your air booking to pass to the airline(s) for the Secure Flight Program. The information includes full name, date of birth, gender and redress number (if available).
For the benefit of everyone on your vacation, Globus reserves the right to accept or reject any vacation participant and to remove any participant whose conduct is deemed incompatible with the interests of the other participants. We will not refund nor cover any cost or expenses you incur if we have to terminate your vacation arrangements due to your unacceptable behavior.
Travelers Who Need Special Assistance on Tours and/or Cruises:
You must report any disability requiring special attention while on tour or on cruise to Globus at the time the reservation is made. Globus will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled travelers, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so nor is it responsible for any denial of services by air carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. The Americans with Disabilities Act is only applicable within the United States and facilities for disabled individuals are limited outside its borders. Most transportation services, including the touring motorcoach, are not equipped with wheelchair ramps. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a vacation participant for walking, dining, getting on and off motorcoaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance and must assume full responsibility for their well being. With prior permission and waivers, we will attempt to accommodate motorized scooters on domestic vacations, depending on the suitability of the itinerary. The passenger assumes the full risk of use and of any prohibitions imposed by vendors. Motorized scooters are not typically suitable on international tours.
Although some of our ships have elevators, many of our small ships (e.g., river cruise vessels) do not. Passengers requiring ship elevators should inquire before making reservations. Additionally, most stateroom doors and restrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on ramps in ports where the ship is at anchor.
Travelers who are less than 18 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the vacation. We do not accept children less than 8 years old on any Globus vacations. For any special requirements regarding airline tickets for children, contact your airline directly.
On Globus escorted vacations, young travelers 8-17 receive a 10% discount on the base land vacations price. There are no discounts for young travelers on cruise vacations operated by Avalon Waterways (cruise codes starting with “W”) or on vacation codes OC, OCE.
Due to heightened security, many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a child will be traveling with adults other than the parents or with only one parent, it is recommended that a notarized letter be written by the parents or non-traveling parent granting authorization to travel, including the dates of travel. We suggest that you also contact the appropriate consulate and airlines because they may have additional requirements or recommendations.
Smoking is not allowed on transportation that is exclusively provided by Globus. On European river cruise ships, smoking is allowed only on the vessels’ top Desk. On other cruise ships, smoking is restricted to certain areas of the vessel.
All vacation prices are based on rates (reflecting foreign exchange rates) known at the time of publication and expected to be in effect at the time of departure, and do not include airfare except where noted. Vacation prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single room supplements and triple and quad room reductions are listed where applicable. Not all accommodation types are available on all vacations.
Prices are subject to increase without notice, subject to the guarantees set forth below.
Once Globus has received your full deposit for any land-only vacation departing Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2010, that base land vacation price is guaranteed and you are protected against any base land price increase due to currency surcharge. Any subsequent cost increases are at our expense, not including energy cost increases and/or any government tax increases.
Air-inclusive vacations, and/or land-only vacations that include air between cities (internal air), departing Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2010 are guaranteed when Globus has received your full land and air deposit. Departure is based on the land start date as listed in the vacation itinerary. Globus reserves the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit and, thus, any subsequent changes made at your request are subject to airline-imposed change fees and/or changes in airfare price, which are the responsibility of the passenger to pay. Air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation.
Vacation departures in 2011 are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Full details will be available in October 2010. Passengers have the right to cancel their reservation without penalty within 14 days of notification in the event of price increases for 2011 departures.
Visas & Passports:
You are responsible for obtaining and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. Non-U.S. citizens must consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed and are responsible for obtaining all visas and entry documents independently. Globus is not responsible for providing you with specific visa and passport information or documentation, and Globus cannot accept liability for any passenger refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure of the passenger to carry correct documentation. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Most countries require that the passport be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the conclusion of your trip. It is recommended you have a minimum of three blank pages in your passport when traveling, as many countries require blank pages. Multiple-entry visas are required for some vacations. It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements.
The accommodations listed in the brochure or on the Web site are intended to be used on all departures; however, if a change becomes necessary for any reason, including additional departures on the same date and/or location changes, the accommodations substituted will be equivalent to those shown. Every effort is made to reserve only twin-bedded rooms. Occasionally, some hotels will only provide double-bedded rooms. These rooms will be allocated to couples. Please note that accommodation check-in times vary worldwide.
Private Bath & Single Rooms:
In exceptional cases where private baths or single rooms reserved by us are not available, refunds will be made by the Tour Director, Cruise Director, or Local Host. Claims made in this respect cannot be accepted after the vacation is completed.
Porterage for one suitcase is included in the vacation price. Airport/train station porterage is not included unless otherwise specified in your travel documents. Due to limited motorcoach capacity, your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30"x21"x11" and weight not exceeding 50lbs (22kg). We regret that we are unable to accept a second suitcase or any luggage exceeding these limits on any vacation listed in this brochure. Some vacations have more restrictive regulations than these listed above. Please refer to your Travel Documents for more information.
Your air carrier may have stricter weight/dimension limitations than those listed above. Size and weight limitations for carry-on and checked baggage vary from airline to airline and even according to destination, and are becoming more restrictive. Some airlines are also charging fees for additional checked baggage in excess of one per passenger and these fees are not included in the vacation package. Please check with your airline(s) directly for baggage information and regulations. Globus is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. Regulations within most airports require that travelers handle their own luggage through customs. No responsibility is accepted for loss of or damage to baggage or any of the traveler’s belongings throughout the duration of the vacation. Baggage insurance is recommended. See our Web site for an all-inclusive Travel Protection Plan.
Carry-on bags should not exceed the dimensions of 12"x11"x6". For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and mini-buses. Carry-on bags must be small enough to store in overhead bins or under the seat in front of you on motorcoaches and other transportation.
These Terms & Conditions contain a summary of some of the rental conditions. For full, detailed conditions refer to the conditions schedule in the car rental agreement. To rent a car, drivers must be at least 25 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Collision Damage Waiver Fees are not included in the vacation price. You may ask them to be covered when picking up your vehicle; you will be responsible for paying waiver fees directly to the car rental supplier. Car rental Terms & Conditions are subject to change but usually do not include gasoline, tolls, ferries, additional insurance, taxes, infant seat charges, or surcharges for additional drivers. Rental days are calculated on a 24-hour basis. Early return of the vehicle does not entitle you to any refund of the unused portion of the rental. Fees associated with rental exceptions and/or late care returns are not covered in the vacation package.
Passenger Travel Documents, including any paper airline tickets or e-ticket itineraries, are sent by regular ground delivery approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure, provided full invoice payment has been received. If available, a service charge per reservation is added for documents requested in advance and/or for 2-day delivery. Please indicate at the time of reservation whether you prefer regular ground delivery or 2-day delivery (2-day delivery with related charges is required for reservations made within 45 days of commencement of services and for delivery outside the continental United States; charges will be quoted at time of reservation).
Not Included in the Vacation Price:
Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees up to $300 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; additional excursions and activities available for purchase on the Monograms Web site; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection premiums; excess baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.
Please note that any request for refunds is subject to these Terms & Conditions; no refund can be made for unused services of less than 48 consecutive hours for unused transportation where group activity tickets are involved or for voluntary modifications made by the traveler. Airport transfers are complimentary with air booked through Globus on qualifying flights and dates. Not all flights qualify. Customers not using the included transfer will not be given a cash equivalent or vacation price reduction. There are no refunds on cruise vacations operated by Avalon Waterways.
Service Inquiries after the Vacation:
After returning from your vacation, if you wish to inquire about any services provided, please ensure that all correspondence relating to those services is received by Globus, Traveler Services, Group Voyagers Inc. (see address under “Responsibility”).
Any complaint or claim involving the vacation services offered in this brochure or on the Web sites must be notified to Globus within 30 days of the tour completion, except where such time limitations are prohibited by law.
As it is difficult and sometimes impossible to properly investigate a complaint if we are not advised of such complaint quickly, any compensation you may have been able to claim could be reduced or even forfeited if you do not follow the complaints procedure set out in this clause.
In the event of a problem or complaint involving the negligence of any of our suppliers, sub-contractors, or agents in relation to any service provided to the vacation participant, we must receive the complaint while on the tour or cruise or within 30 days of tour completion.
During local or national holidays or special events, on Sundays, and religious occasions, certain facilities such as museums, churches, restaurants, sightseeing tours, and shopping may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered whenever possible. Globus cannot be held responsible for any closures or curtails for any reason.
Christmas market tours: Please note that markets generally close prior to Christmas Eve.
Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Globus, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; the forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Globus will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Globus will use its best efforts to ensure the adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a tour and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Globus harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered.
In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach. Globus reserves the right to change the itinerary whenever conditions, in the opinion of the Master of the Ship or local waterways regulations, render it advisable or necessary. In addition, river and other local authorities often need to carry out repair or maintenance work on the river or canal banks, stretches of river or canal, bridges, locks or docks or other areas which may impede river cruise travel. This is frequently undertaken with little or no advance notice to river cruise operators, and can cause Globus to have to make changes to the published itinerary or to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach with little to no notice. These events are beyond our control and Globus will not be responsible for any loss or expense or inconvenience caused by reasons of such changes.
Globus reserves the right to cancel, advance, or postpone any scheduled tour and/or sailing date and may, but is not obligated to, substitute another vessel, and shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to tour/cruise participants by reason of any such cancellation, advancement, or postponement. In the event of cancellation by Globus only, tour/cruise participants’ only right of recourse shall be to a refund of monies paid to Globus in connection with such tour/cruise. In the event of charters of the vessels, strikes, lockouts, riots, or stoppage of labor for whatever cause or for any other reason whatsoever, Globus may at any time cancel, advance, or postpone any scheduled sailing and may, but is not obliged to, substitute another vessel and shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to tour/cruise participants by reason of any such cancellation, advancement, or postponement.
Photographs or Pictures:
Photographs or pictures appearing in this brochure should be used solely as an indication of facilities and attractions. Actual facilities and attractions may vary according to itinerary. Maps shown on the vacation pages are current at the time of printing and may not reflect the actual tour routing should the itinerary change.
Optional Excursions & Activities:
The air carriers, accommodations, and other suppliers (referred to as “the Suppliers”) (including but not limited to trains, cruises, ferries, motorcoaches, hotels, and restaurants) providing optional activities and excursions (“the Services”) in the area of the vacation itinerary that are available for booking are not run, supervised, or controlled in any way by Globus. These services are provided by local operators or other third parties that are entirely independent of Globus, which has no control and has no right of control over the operations of these independent contractors.
Such activities and excursions do not form any part of the product or services sold to you by Globus or of these Terms & Conditions, even where Globus suggests particular operators/other third parties and/or assists you in booking such activities or excursions. Your contract for such activity or excursion will be with the organizer or operator of that activity or excursion and will be subject to its Terms & Conditions, which may contain exclusions or limitations of liability. Globus has no liability for any such activity or excursion or for any act(s) or omission(s) of the organizer or operator or for any of its employees or agents or any other person(s) connected with the activity or excursion.
Any advice or assistance on or with any activity or excursion provided by any local representative does not mean or imply that the activity or excursion is sold, supervised, or controlled by Globus or that any such advice or assistance is given on behalf of Globus. Vacation participants are asked to check with the operator of any activity or excursion and the applicable Terms & Conditions before booking.
Group Voyagers, Inc., located at 5301 South Federal Circle, Littleton, Colorado 80123, is an independent company (“the Company”) licensed to market and distribute travel products under the Globus brand name, and arrange for the vacation services offered in its brochure or on its Web site, including transportation, sightseeing, and accommodations through independent contracts.
The air carriers, accommodations, and other suppliers (including but not limited to trains, cruises, ferries, motorcoaches, hotels, and restaurants) providing services are independent contractors and are not agents, employees, servants, or joint venturers of the Company or its affiliates. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Company are subject to the Terms & Conditions specified by the supplier, which are available upon request, and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied.
The international carriage of passengers is subject to international conventions and treaties, where applicable. These international agreements limit and, in some events, exclude the carrier’s liability to passengers (vacation participants). Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or involves any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, inland waterways, rail, or road carrier or any stay in a hotel, the Company’s maximum liability is the maximum which would be payable by the carrier or the hotel keeper concerned under the applicable international convention, treaty, or regulation applicable to the travel arrangements or hotel stay (e.g., the Warsaw Convention, the Montréal Convention for international travel by air, the EU Regulation on Air Carrier Liability for air carriers with an operating license granted by an EU country, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea) in that situation.
After departure, if the services included in the vacation cannot be supplied or there are changes in an itinerary for reasons beyond the control of the Company, the Company will arrange for the provision of comparable services. Any resulting additional expense will be the responsibility of vacation participants, and any resulting savings will be refunded by the Company to vacation participants.
The Company reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a vacation participant; to expel any participant from the vacation; to make changes in the itinerary whenever the Company deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants; and to cancel a vacation at any time.
The vacation participant agrees that neither the Company nor its affiliates shall be liable for any damage, loss (including personal injury, death, and property loss), or expense occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing services, any insurer or insurance administrator under the Travel Protection Plan, or any other person.
Any dispute between the vacation participant and the Company directly or indirectly relating to the Terms & Conditions shall be first submitted to mediation at Denver, Colorado, before a mediator mutually agreed to by the parties. If mediation is not successful, the dispute must be resolved by binding arbitration under Colorado law before the Judicial Arbiter Group or its successor located at 1601 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. The prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Any action to enforce the arbitrator’s decision shall be brought in the state or federal courts in the State of Colorado.
Arbitration against the Company must be commenced within one year following the date of tour completion. Neither the Company nor any affiliate shall in any case be liable for other than compensatory damages, and you hereby waive any right to punitive damages.
No person, other than an authorized representative of the Company by a document in writing, is authorized to vary, add, or waive any term or condition in its brochure or on its Web site, including any term or condition set forth in the preceding provisions.
Carrier Terms and Conditions:
As a passenger onboard a Globus River Cruise, operated by Avalon Waterways, you are also subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Carrier. Carrier Terms and Conditions are available for each Avalon Waterways ship.