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Tauck World Discovery

A Week In... Bavaria, The Dolomites & Venice
 

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NEW for 2010 – Including the Passion Play! The Oberammergau Passion Play – it only happens once every ten years... attending it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.... and, it’s the centerpiece of our new A Week In… Bavaria, The Dolomites & Venice journey, traveling from Bavaria through the Austrian and Italian Alps and the spectacular Dolomite Mountains to romantic Venice! Along with the Passion Play (or Passionsspiele), Tauck's Oberammergau travel experience offers much more. Spend a night in Munich, Bavaria’s capital, before continuing on to Oberammergau, where you’ll spend two nights near the Passion Play performance venue at the boutique Hotel Maximilian – exclusive to Tauck guests during your stay – and watch the spectacular Passionsspiele unfold from Tauck’s premier seats in the best category available. You'll also explore Austria’s famous alpine playground, Innsbruck, and attend a very special evening at a grand castle in the Italian Alps. The majestic beauty of the Dolomites will enchant you as you ride in a cable car among the towering peaks and wander through the charming and historic mountain village of Ortisei. Cruise across Lago di Garda, the largest lake in Italy; explore the lovely villages along its shores, lined with tropical trees while surrounded by alpine peaks. End your unforgettable Oberammergau travel adventure with a two-night stay at a five-star former 14th-century palace right on the Grand Canal in romantic Venice. A Week In… Bavaria, The Dolomites & Venice, Tauck Style, will be one that you will always remember!
 

Day-by-Day Itinerary
 

2010 Itinerary


Day 1: Willkommen nach München!
Welcome to marvelous Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of the most enchanting cities in Germany. A transfer from Munich’s airport to your five-star hotel in the center of the city is included. Your Oberammergau travel adventure in Bavaria, the Dolomites and Venice begins at 6:00 PM at the Bayerischer Hof hotel with a welcome cocktail reception where you’ll meet your Tauck Director and your fellow travelers. Then join us for dinner at a traditional Bavarian restaurant across the square from the State Opera House.
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Day 2: Behold Bavaria
A walking tour of Munich’s Old Town reveals a fascinating history as you stroll through the bustling Marienplatz, the heart of the city where the lively marketplace buzzed with buyers and sellers and where tournaments, festivals and the occasional execution took place during the Middle Ages. View the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), first built in 1474 and reconstructed according to the original architect’s specifications in the 1970s. The same architect, Jörg von Halsbach, guided the construction of the huge Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). Leaving the city center behind, travel to Schloss Nymphenburg, the palatial summer home built by Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Saxony, members of the ruling Wittelsbach family, in honor of the birth of their son Maximilian II Emanuel in 1664; tour the palace and the elaborate gardens. Then, it’s on through the picturesque countryside and into the Bavarian Alps to the village of Oberammergau and the Hotel Maximilian, your stylish accommodations for the next two nights of your ultimate Oberammergau travel experience.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Hotel Maximilian, Oberammergau, Germany

Day 3: The passions of Oberammergau
The charming Bavarian village of Obermmergau is, of course, world-famous for the Passionsspiele (Passion Play), but did you know that its residents have been passionate about producing intricate and beautiful woodcarvings since the Middle Ages? Today, there are approximately 120 active wood sculptors in the village. The house facades decorated with the traditional art form art of Lüftlmalerei, or frescoes, depicting fairytales or religious scenes enhance the town’s charm. After a morning at leisure to explore Oberammergau on your own and lunch at your hotel, the event that you’ve come so far to see, the Passionsspiele, will commence. Beginning in the afternoon and continuing after a break for dinner, the Passion Play features dramatic scenes of the Passion performed in High German (Tauck provides a libretto in English), musical performances and Old Testament scenes depicted in tableaux vivants. Over 2,000 actors, musicians and technicians, all of whom must be residents of the village, are involved in staging this huge production. You’ll see it all from Tauck’s premier seats, in the best category available – a highlight of Tauck's Oberammergau travel experience.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Hotel Maximilian, Oberammergau, Germany

Day 4: Alpine Innsbruck and the Italian Alps
Leaving Germany behind, your Oberammergau travel experience continues through Austria’s awesome Alps to the town of Innsbruck, well known as the host city for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. But, there’s far more to Innsbruck than just winter sports. The town was the Imperial capital of Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I during the 15th and 16th centuries and its architecture from the period is a delight to behold. Visit the Hofkirche, the Court Church, and see the ornate black-marble tomb prepared for Maximilian, that he never occupied, and the 24 larger-than-life statues of his ancestors, both legendary and real, surrounding it. After lunch on your own, continue on into the Italian Alps to lovely Bolzano for a two-night stay at the Parkhotel Laurin in the historic center of the town. A special treat awaits you this evening at Castel Katzenzungen, first mentioned in the year 1244, with its splendid views of the Dolomites. You’ll be greeted with a trumpet fanfare, enjoy a regal reception, and partake in a four-course dinner in one of the castle’s richly historic rooms.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano, Italy

Day 5: Dolomite Delights
The Dolomites are named for the French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, who was the first to describe dolomite, a type of rock that creates the characteristic color and shapes of the mountains in this part of the Alps. Everywhere you look today, you’ll see the alpine splendor that makes the Dolomites so astounding. Board a cable car at Passo Pordoi for a memorable ride through a wonderland of craggy, snow-capped peaks reaching toward the sky. Stop in the lovely mountain village of Ortisei, with its lively historic pedestrian center, en route back to Balzano to enjoy the remainder of the day as you please.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Lodging: Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano, Italy

Day 6: Romance is everywhere
Your Bavaria, Italy and Oberammergau travel adventure continues to Limone sul Garda on the shores of Lago di Garda in the Riviera Gardone. Having carefully preserved its small-town charm, Limone’s historic town center, ancient homes and narrow streets invite your exploration. Board a boat for a memorable cruise across the sparkling lake, Italy’s largest, surrounded by spectacular scenery and bordered by lemon orchards, charming villages and impressive villas. Then it’s on to your final destination for today – magical Venice, where you’ll spend two nights at an opulent five-star luxury hotel. Set directly on the Grand Canal in the heart of the city, the Hotel Danieli Venezia began life more than six centuries ago as the palace of the Doge Dandolo, one of the rulers of Venice.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Lodging: Hotel Danieli Venezia, Venice, Italy

Day 7: Venice awaits
Venice, the world-famous “city of canals” where the streets are “paved” with water, beckons today. Accompanied by a local guide, begin your exploration in Piazza San Marco, the huge “living room of Venice” so popular with locals, tourists… and pigeons. Resplendent St. Mark’s Basilica will inspire you with its architecture, amazing gold-touched mosaics depicting stories from the Bible, numerous sculptures, and the Treasure of St. Mark’s consisting of gold and silver, precious stones, ornamental glass and painting and its centerpiece, the Pala d’Oro. As you discover the Doges’ Palace, you may think that you hear a sigh as you cross the Bridge of Sighs, linking the Ducal Palace with the prison section; the sighs of prisoners seeing the light of day for the last time as they crossed it gave the bridge its name. The remainder of the day is yours to savor Venice as you choose. Please join us this evening to salute the end of your Oberammergau travel experience at our farewell reception followed by dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: Hotel Danieli Venezia, Venice, Italy

Day 8: Homeward bound
Tauck's remarkable Oberammergau travel experience ends in Venice. An included transfer will take you from the Hotel Danieli Venezia to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport for your flight home. Please allow 2 ½ hours for airport check-in formalities. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience
the Passion Play, the splendor of the Dolomites
and the joys of Venice wrapped into one incredible Oberammergau travel adventure!

 


Prices
8 Days from $4,490 plus airfare

 

2010 Price per Person

Double

Single

Triple

May
 

$4490

$4997

$4357

June – July; September
 

$4690

$5197

$4557

August

$4590

$5097

$4457


16 meals included.

International Airfare is additional. Call Tauck for special rates on international air for travel originating in the U.S. (subject to availability).

Please ask at time of booking about additional hotel nights before your tour begins and about our comprehensive Guest Protection Plan.
 

 


Need to Know

 

Inclusive Prices

Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides and drivers, and the Tauck Director are included. A representative of Tauck will meet you at Munich Airport on the first day of the tour. Tauck will provide you with transportation to the Bayerischer Hof in Munich regardless of the day and time of your arrival provided you have given us accurate flight arrival information at least two weeks prior to your departure. On the last day of the tour, Tauck will provide individual transfers from the Hilton Molino Stucky to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. We suggest you allow 2½ hours for check-in.

Hotel Accommodations – The tour price includes all hotel accommodations with private baths. The Tauck standard is to provide the best available hotels without sacrificing value. Although the quality may differ slightly from place to place, our commitment to your comfort is unwavering. Two-bedded rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bedded rooms with a rollaway cot or a sofa bed, when available, and are not recommended for comfort. Adjacent, adjoining and connecting rooms are available by request only and cannot be guaranteed.

Meals – Most meals are included as specified in the itinerary.

Tauck Director – A Week In… Bavaria, The Dolomites & Venice journey is conducted by a Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour. Your Tauck Director is a professional, fully trained employee of Tauck.

Gratuities Included – All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff and local guides are included.

No Options Sold – Your Tauck Director will assist you with information on free-time activities based on honest opinion and guidance, but will not sell you anything. This means better value and a more relaxed, pleasant experience for you.


 

Not Included


Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from Tauck for travel originating in the
.

Hotel Rooms Before and After ToursTo avoid jet lag and possible flight delays, you may wish to make hotel arrangements for the nights preceding or following your tour. As a service, Tauck will book additional nights for you on a space-available basis using special rates only available through Tauck. Hotel room charges will be added to the tour cost. If you wish to spend additional nights, please ask us to Extend This Journey.

Luggage Responsibility – Although every effort is made to handle your luggage carefully, we cannot be responsible, assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft, or fair wear and tear through hotel, airline and group carrier handling. It is important for your own self-interest and protection that you make certain you have adequate insurance to cover these eventualities. Please ask re: Tauck Travel Protection for more information.

Personal Expenses - Phone calls, room service, alcoholic and bar beverages, mineral waters and soft drinks, laundry, airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, individual airport transfers, and other optional or incidental extras are not included and may be significant.

Tauck Director and Driver Gratuities - The customary gratuities to the Tauck Director and driver are not included. Gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
 

Additional Information

Airline Security Measures – In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.

If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.

Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocket knife, cigarette lighter, or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items, and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov

Air Services – Airfare may be purchased through Tauck for travel originating in the U.S.
By using Tauck's air services, you agree that Tauck, in purchasing, selling or otherwise arranging air transportation, is acting only as your agent and is not liable or responsible for any accident, death, personal injury, illness, property damage, delay or other loss or expense of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of any act of God, or any actions or omissions (including any failure to provide services) or default of, any carrier. All carriers are independent contractors and are not owned, managed, controlled or operated by Tauck. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between yourself and the airline (and not Tauck), even if purchased through Tauck. Tauck is not liable for, and does not assume responsibility or accept claims with regard to, seat assignments, schedule changes, flight changes, cancellations, claims for a refund or reimbursement of airline ticket fees, or any other loss incurred by you for any reason whatsoever (including, without limitation to, bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or similar relief from creditors). Tauck must handle ticketing for Tauck's special fares, which are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed until reserved. Special fares cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Tauck's air services can only be purchased in conjunction with a Tauck tour. Tickets or e-ticket numbers will be mailed with final documents. If you cancel or change your air before or after departure, all airline cancellation and change fees will apply.

Holidays and Museum Closures – Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed.

Itinerary Changes and Price Flexibility – Tauck pledges to make every effort to operate your tour as advertised. Tauck reserves the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, hotels, and/or conveyances as deemed necessary. Any savings realized by these changes will be refunded to you. Any resultant added expense will be covered by Tauck. Although not expected, prices on this website may be modified due to unexpected significant external factors not forecast at the time of printing.

Journey Start and End Times are provided at the time of booking. The tour begins at 6:00 PM at the Bayerischer Hof in Munich on the first day of the tour. You or your booking agent will be advised of any change to this schedule
. The tour ends at check out time at the Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice on the last day of the tour. We suggest you allow at least 2½ hours for flight check-in.

Membership will be granted to all persons. Tauck reserves the right to terminate the tour of any person who is abusive of others or whose behavior disrupts the tour.

Photography on Tour – Occasionally, Tauck will use photographs taken by fellow guests or your Tauck Director on your tour for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify your Tauck Director at the start of your tour.

 

Preparing To Go

Air Conditioning – The motor coaches are air-conditioned for your comfort. European air conditioning in hotels should be considered as a climate-control system; most have three settings for the fan, plus a "cool" setting. Very few of the European systems actually have a temperature setting. In general, the amount of cool air that is produced from a European air-conditioning system may be less than what you may have in your own home. Some hotels in Europe do not operate their air-conditioning systems on a year round basis, but only during certain months of the year.

ATM and Credit Cards -
We recommend that you contact your bank in advance of departing for this tour to determine whether you will be able to use your ATM and credit cards while traveling. When contacting your bank, notify them of your travel dates so that they will anticipate charges being made outside of your hometown and do not suspend your cards for what may appear to them to be “suspicious” charges. Tauck also recommends that you make a photocopy of the front and back sides of your ATM and credit cards to leave behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your cards are misplaced, lost or stolen.

Clothing and Packing – The weather in Germany, Austria and Italy is temperate and unpredictable. We suggest that you dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is flexible and allows for layering. Casual, cotton clothing is recommended. A light sweater or jacket will provide warmth on a chilly early morning walk or a late night stroll.

In Europe, especially in finer restaurants, it is generally customary to dress somewhat formally. Slacks or a dress for women and a jacket for men are acceptable dining attire. It is advisable to avoid wearing jeans, sneakers or shorts to dinner. You may also wish to dress up a bit for the welcome reception and the farewell dinner, but by all means be comfortable.

You will find a hair dryer located in your hotel guest room. Irons and ironing boards are not generally available due to local fire safety regulations; however, valet laundry, dry cleaning and pressing services are available for a fee.

We recommend that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medication in its original container to last through your entire journey, together with a copy of your doctor’s prescription, or a letter from your health-care provider on office stationery explaining that the medication has been prescribed for you, a list of the generic names of your medication, your travel documents and a change of clothing in your carry-on bag to avoid any inconvenience in the event that your flight or luggage is delayed.

Following is a list of recommended items to pack for your trip to Europe:

Elevation - The highest elevation for sightseeing (optional) is 11,333 ft (3,454 m) at Jungfraujoch. We ascend and descend high elevations often on this tour, and many guests react differently to these conditions. If you are not accustomed to these heights, you may at times feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous. We suggest that you drink plenty of water throughout the whole tour to prevent dehydration

Health – This active journey that requires you to be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances over uneven terrain, as some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. , and are home to innumerable historic buildings and sites, many centuries old. Therefore, roads, walkways and architecture will present difficulties for some guests with physical limitations. You will encounter cobblestone streets, narrow passageways, and some steep and winding staircases. For the most part, however, the amount of walking you do at the various sites and towns is at your discretion.

We regret that we cannot provide you with individual assistance for walking, dining or other personal needs. If you need such assistance, you must be accompanied by an able companion who will help you.

Guest rooms are all booked as non-smoking unless otherwise requested by guests. No-smoking sections in restaurants are rare in Europe. No smoking is permitted on board the motor coaches or on the Austrian Railways.

Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether you are covered while traveling. If you will not be covered under your current policy, we strongly suggest that you arrange for adequate coverage while on tour.

If you have a medical condition which might limit your participation in activities, please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify Tauck as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. We will advise your Tauck Director accordingly.

If you are a citizen, no vaccinations are currently required for travel to Germany, Austria and Italy. For complete vaccination and inoculation information, contact your physician, the public health service in your area, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta,
The Travelers' Health Section of the CDC operates a 24-hour, prerecorded "Travelers' Health Hotline" at 877-394-8747 (toll-free in the ). You may also log on to the CDC Internet website at www.cdc.gov.

If you are a citizen of another country, please contact an embassy or consulate of each of the countries visited on this tour to determine what vaccination(s) may be required for your travel.

Luggage Restrictions —

Checked Luggage – General
While it is common that airlines allow passengers to check more than one piece of luggage per person, space constraints during your Tauck journey make it difficult to accommodate extra luggage. We ask that you limit your checked luggage to one average size suitcase per person.

In addition, airlines have adopted more strict policies in enforcing size and weight limits. Luggage exceeding maximum restrictions may require expensive overage fees, frustrating and hurried re-packing at the ticket counter, or even risk being left behind.

Many carriers require checked luggage not exceed a weight of 50 lbs (22.7 kg) per piece. Airlines revise luggage policies frequently and often without notice; therefore, Tauck cannot be held liable to the weight limit listed above. We urge you to check with your airline before traveling to determine current weight and size restrictions. It is also important to note that restrictions for luggage size and weight may vary with the same airline based on the class of service you select. First and Business Class ticket holders may have different restrictions than Coach Class travelers.

Tauck World Discovery cannot be held liable for additional fees or inconveniences imposed by the airline due to luggage size, piece or weight policies.

Please be sure to attach your Tauck luggage tag to your suitcase before leaving home.

Carry-on Luggage - General
Although oversize bags and wheeled, carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for motor coach travel or for many on-tour flights. Most modern sightseeing motor coaches offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats or in the overhead rack is typically small, and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags, etc.

For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece, and only those items you need handy during the day such as purses, make-up, medications, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the motor coach seat or in the overhead rack must be stored in the luggage bays beneath the motor coach, and may not be accessible during daytime travel.

Travel Document Requirements –
If you are a citizen of the U.S., you will need a valid passport to enter Germany, Austria or Italy; however, you do not need a visa for the short duration of this tour. Please note that longer stays abroad for any purpose may require additional travel documentation.

If you are a citizen of another country, you should contact an embassy or consulate of each of the countries visited on this tour to determine what travel documentation is required.

We strongly recommend that your passport be valid for six months beyond the completion of your tour. We also recommend that you make at least two photocopies of all the travel documents that you bring with you. Include copies of the photo page of your passport that contains the date of issuance, date of expiration and your citizenship, as well as the front and back sides of your driver’s license. Secure one set of copies in the safe in your room while traveling and leave one set behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost or stolen.

Travel with Children —

Age Recommendations Children 5 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, for each itinerary we have a minimum recommended age to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Babysitting Tauck journeys are designed for adults and children to share the wonder of discovery together. However, our guests have occasionally inquired about babysitting services. If you are interested, your Tauck Director will put you in contact with the appropriate hotel staff with whom you may make babysitting arrangements, to ensure your precise needs are met. There is usually an additional fee for these services. Many hotels do offer babysitting services that may be arranged on site; however, babysitting services are not guaranteed at all of our hotels. Please note that our Tauck Directors are not responsible for providing babysitting services.

Safety and Welfare Responsibility Tauck welcomes the participation of child travelers on our exciting excursions. For safety and security purposes, children under 18 years of age must be booked into a room with at least one accompanying adult. If you are traveling with a child on a Tauck journey, you have the sole responsibility for ensuring that that the child with whom you are traveling follows all rules of safety throughout the tour. By traveling with Tauck, you release Tauck, Inc. and our partners of all liability for any risks and/or injuries to the child with whom you are traveling.

Special Travel Documentation for Children —
 

Authorization for Travel
If you travel into or out of the U.S. with children under the age of 18, you should be aware of the following: because of increasing incidents of child abductions in disputed custody cases and because children are at risk as possible victims of child pornography, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that unless the child is accompanied by both parents, you should have a note from the child's other parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with grandparents, uncles or aunts, sisters or brothers, or friends, a note signed by both parents) stating that the parent(s) not traveling acknowledge that the parent(s), family members, etc. who are traveling into or out of the U.S. with the child have permission to do so.

CBP also suggests that this note be notarized. While CBP may not ask to see this documentation, if they do ask, and you do not have it, you may be detained until the circumstances of the child traveling without both parents can be fully assessed.

If there is no second parent with legal claims to the child (deceased, sole custody, etc.) any other relevant paperwork, such as a court decision, birth certificate naming only one parent, death certificate, etc., would be useful.

All children who are citizens should also have a certified copy of their birth certificate or baptism record for ID. Children over the age of 14 are also required to have a photo ID.

Many other countries also share this concern for children who travel without both parents. To ensure smooth travel, Tauck requires all guests to comply with the travel regulations of each country visited. This information is available from each country’s consulate.

Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment
In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, a medical facility will require permission from the child’s parents to provide treatment. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you bring along a letter from both parents authorizing emergency medical treatment for their child.
 

Tauck is not responsible for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for any travelers, including children traveling without both parents. While there is no definitive format or standard for these letters, click here to view a sample letter for guardians or one parent traveling with a child.
 

Destination Information


Cell Phones - We understand and appreciate the value of instant communication when we travel; it keeps us in touch with friends and family, and it's a reassurance in the event of an emergency. However, the use of cell phones can be disruptive to a tour and to other guests who are enjoying their vacation. As a courtesy to others, we ask that you refrain from using your cell phone during motor coach travel and group functions, as well as when sightseeing and when the Tauck Director is addressing the group as a whole. There are usually many opportunities to make or receive calls at times when it does not affect others.

Please contact your cell phone carrier to determine whether your service extends to Germany, Austria and Italy.

Currency and Exchange Rates
- The official currency in all three countries visited is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus or Maestro systems. Banks offer the best exchange rates for travelers’ checks and foreign currency, but it is also possible to exchange money at all of the hotels on the itinerary, main train stations and airports. Banks are open Monday through Friday except Holidays.

To obtain the up-to-date currency exchange rate, you may want to check your local newspaper or log on to the Internet website www.oanda.com.
 

Customs and Tax-Free Shopping – Currently, Germany levies a 19% Import Turnover tax (similar to a Value Added Tax) on most consumer goods and services; Austria and Italy each levy a 20% VAT. (The tax may be higher on luxury items and lower on basic goods.) As a rule, if you are not a resident of the country in which the purchase is made (or of the country’s intergovernmental economic community, e.g., the European Union), you may be entitled to a VAT refund and should inquire about the refund policy where you shop.

If you are a U.S resident who will be returning to the U.S. at the end of the tour, current regulations permit bringing back $800 worth of items duty-free, as long as you physically bring them with you. There are limits to the alcohol that can be a part of this exemption. Certain restrictions apply to unaccompanied goods mailed from abroad to the
.
If you are a resident of another country, you should refer to your own country’s rules and regulations regarding customs and duty-free shopping to ensure compliance upon your return.

Electrical Current – The electrical current in all three countries visited
is 230V, 50 Hz, AC. If your electrical devices do not conform to this standard, you will need to bring the appropriate converters and adapters. These items can be purchased in a store that specializes in travel products.

Time Zones – Germany, Austria and Ital are 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (or Greenwich Mean Time). From late March through October, these countries switch to Daylight Savings Time and are 2 hours ahead. To determine current time in major cities around the world, we suggest you log on to the Internet website www.timeanddate.com.

 

If You Have to Cancel

Cancellation Fees – Regardless of reason, cancellations of confirmed bookings result in Tauck incurring costly penalties and cancellation fees from our travel and hotel providers. Therefore, if you have to cancel a confirmed booking, Tauck will charge you a cancellation fee according to when your cancellation notice is received in its Norwalk, CT office. To help limit your liability, Tauck offers Tauck Travel Protection for more information.

If you choose to purchase Tauck’s Guest Protection or Cancellation Fee Waiver, you will have your cancellation penalties waived. Inquire for more details.

If you choose not to purchase Tauck Travel Protection, you will incur cancellation penalties per person as follows:

60 days or more before departure
$600 per person (the amount of the deposit)

59-8 days before departure
$900 per person

7-1 days before departure
$1,500 per person

 


 

 

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