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Travel Notes



Before You Go

From money matters to packing tips, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming Vantage journey. Just click on an item below to read more about it.

Passports & Visas


Planning your trip

Your trip will be here before you know it! Here's some information specific to the destinations you'll be visiting to help you prepare for your journey.

Travel Documentation

A passport is required for this trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the scheduled return date of your vacation. Bring with you a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contain your personal information and extra passport photographs. These are useful in the event of loss.

Passport and Visa

The following information applies to U.S. citizens only. Those traveling on other than a U.S. passport must contact the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited for further information and special requirements.
Country Passport Visa
Argentina Y N
Brazil Y Y
Chile Y N
Peru* Y N
Uruguay Y N

*Pre-Extension only

Passport

  • Must be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled departure. 
  • Should be in good condition.
  • Bring with you a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contain your personal information and extra passport photographs. These are useful in the event of loss.

Visa requirements

Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru (if pre-extension) do not require visas for U.S. passport holders:

Brazil: A Brazilian visa is required prior to your arrival. Information will be sent 100 days prior to your departure. Please refer to Generations Visa at www.genvisa.com for up-to-date requirements and application fees. It may take 2 months or more for obtaining the visa, and it is impossible for Vantage Adventures to speed up this process. 

NOTE: Non-U.S. citizens or passport holders, it is your responsibility to contact your local embassy or consulate for requirements which will vary from those listed above. 

A Brazilian visa is required prior to your arrival. Information will be sent at 100 days prior to your departure. Please refer to Generations Visa at www.genvisa.com/vantage for up to date requirements and application fees. 


NOTE: Non-U.S. citizens or passport holders, it is your responsibility to contact their local embassy or Consulate for requirements which will vary from above.

Gratuities

Suggested tipping guidelines in USD:

  • Adventure Leader: $8-$12 per person, per day
  • Local Guide: $2-$3 per person per day
  • Driver: $1-$2 per person per day
  • Portage at Hotels and Restaurants: Tips to luggage porters and included meals will be taken care of by your Adventure Leader. It is customary to leave $1 per person per day for hotel maids.
  • Non-included meals: 10-15% depending on service (cash only / cannot be added to the check in most countries except for Chile)

Vaccinations

The Brazilian Ministry of Health is advising that all travelers going to regions with a risk of yellow fever receive the yellow fever vaccine. It is not required but recommended for Iguassu. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov or call toll-free at (800) 232-4636. Presently, there are no required vaccines for this trip. Questions may be directed to the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636

Precautions

  • Do not drink the tap water at hotels, but you can safely brush your teeth with it. One bottle of water per person per day will be provided, as will most meals.
  • Drink plenty of bottled fluids, bring vitamins or supplements if you use them at home, and take precautions in the sun. Pre-moistened, individually antibacterial hand gel is also recommended. Be sure to bring insect repellent (preferably with DEET), especially for the evenings.

Climate/Time Zone


Time Differences

Note: The above times are based on Eastern Standard Time.
*Extension only
Country
Time Difference
Argentina +2 hours
Brazil +2 hours
Chile +1 hours
Peru* 1 hours
Uruguay +2 hours

  • Time Differences: Traveling to South America is very convenient as you will not have to cross many time zones. Therefore there is no jetlag at arrival from your overnight flights.  
  • Keep in mind that the seasons of the southern hemisphere are the exact opposite of regions north of the equator. Daylight & temperatures increase as you go north and decrease as you go south (check the temperatures by destination in Fahrenheit below)
  • Summer (December, January, February) are the hottest and most humid months, especially for Iguassu Falls & Rio de Janeiro, with temperatures reaching the 90s with 100% humidity. This is also the rainy season.
  • Winter (June, July, August) are the coldest months, with shorter daylight hours in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, with temperatures dropping to the low 40s. However, this is the driest and most comfortable time to visit for Iguassu Falls and Rio.

Since weather is unpredictable, please use this chart as a general guideline and check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.


Climate

Use the chart below to get an overview of the average temperatures at your destination.

Average High/Low Temperature (Farenheit)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Sacred Valley (Machu Picchu)* H 70 70 65 72 73 75 76 75 74 69 64 69
L 41 42 40 40 45 45 46 45 44 42 39 43
Cuzco* H 64 64 65 66 67 66 66 66 67 68 67 66
L 45 46 46 43 39 35 34 37 41 44 45 45
Lima* H 79 80 80 76 72 69 67 66 67 69 72 76
L 68 69 69 66 63 61 60 60 59 61 63 66
Santiago H 85 84 80 72 64 58 57 61 65 71 77 82
L 54 53 49 45 41 38 37 39 42 45 48 51
Santa Cruz H 86 88 86 83 80 78 78 79 78 79 82 84
L 74 75 74 71 67 64 64 65 66 69 71 73
Montevideo H 83 82 79 71 64 59 58 59 63 68 74 79
L 62 61 59 53 48 43 43 43 46 49 54 59
Colonia de Sacramento H 84 82 79 70 64 57 57 61 64 70 77 79
L 66 66 63 57 52 46 46 48 50 55 59 63
Buenos Aires H 85 82 79 72 65 59 58 62 85 85 85 85
L 64 63 59 53 47 42 41 43 46 51 55 61
Iguassu Falls H 88 88 86 80 74 69 71 73 76 81 84 86
L 71 71 68 63 58 53 55 56 58 63 65 69
Rio de Janeiro H 91 92 90 87 83 81 81 82 81 84 87 89
L 74 75 74 71 67 65 64 65 66 68 71 72
*Extension only.

Money Matters


Country       
Unit of Currency       
 
Argentina   Argentine peso   Get Exchange Rate
Brazil   Brazilian real   Get Exchange Rate
Chile   Chilean peso   Get Exchange Rate
Peru*   nuevo sol   Get Exchange Rate
Uruguay   Uruguayan peso   Get Exchange Rate

*pre-extension only

  • ATMs are widely used in South America (there might be a bank fee for using one, however)
  • Credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants and some stores.
  • Travelers checks are not recommended at all, as they cannot be easily cashed
  • CASH (in USD) is still the most convenient and widely accepted currency in South America; bring small bills (1s, 5s and10s) for small tips and purchases; bring $100 bills for cashing into local currency as you will get better exchange rate. Be sure the bills are not torn or dirty; bills in poor condition won’t be accepted.

Chile's Currency

The unit of currency in Chile is the peso. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 pesos
  • Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 pesos

Uruguay's Currency

The unit of currency in Uruguay is the peso, divided into 100 centesimos. Banknotes and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000
  • Coins: 1, 2, 5, and 10

Argentina's Currency

The unit of currency in Argentina is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and new 200 and 500pesos
  • Coins: 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos, 1 peso

Brazil 's Currency

The unit of currency in Brazil is the real, divided into 100 centavos. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 reais
  • Coins: 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos; 1 real

*Peru's Currency

The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol, divided into 100 centimos. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 10, 20, 50 and 100
  • Coins: 1, 2 and 5 nuevos soles; 10, 20, and 50 centimos

*pre-extension only

Exchanging Money

Money can be changed at some hotels (but not at the best rate), banks or exchange offices known as Casas de Cambio. They are typically open during regular American banking hours on weekdays and some are open on weekends.

Your Adventure Leader will assist you with these matters upon arrival.

Meals

Allow about $13-$20 for lunches and $25-$35 for dinners in major cities for meals that are not included in your adventure.  

How much to bring? 

We suggest bringing $700-$800 per person in U.S. cash; bring even more if you are planning on shopping (especially for leather or cashmere in Buenos Aires (approx. $250-$300 for a tailor-made leather jacket)


Packing Guidelines


What to Pack

Items can be expensive to buy once in South America, and sizes will create another issue. Please take everything you are likely to need other than food, especially medicines and health supplies like contact lenses, insect repellent and SPF. And, if you are bringing these items in a carry-on bag, please make sure they are in containers of 3 oz. or less. 

Please visit us online at www.vantageadventurestore.com for a selection of products that may be helpful as you determine the packing list that’s best for you. Suggestions are also available online by referencing the Before You Go section of our website.  

Your South America adventure is casual. Dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is adaptable and allows for layering. During the day, comfortable cotton clothing is recommended. Cool weather during nights close to the Andes will require warmer, layered clothing. Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro are in sub-tropical regions, so be prepared for temperatures in the 90s F and saturated humidity. Mosquito repellent with DEET is very important.

Please leave all jewelry at home, especially Rolex watches. 

Valet laundry service is available at all your hotels.

Here are some essential items:

  • 2 short-sleeved cotton shirts. Polo-style shirts are more versatile than T-shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved cotton shirts — for sun protection as well as for warmth
  • We recommend lightweight safari-style convertible trousers that zip off at the knee to be worn as shorts. They are available at most outdoor outfitting and clothing stores. Also consider taking one pair of smart casual-style trousers that you can wear for evenings out, as we will be staying mostly in cities.
  • 2 pairs of walking shorts
  • 5 or 6 changes of underwear
  • Light fleece/soft shell or wool sweater
  • A light rain jacket - this should be sized to fit over your sweater
  • Fold-up umbrella or rain poncho for Iguassu Falls (you can get disposable ones at the falls)
  • Wide-brim sun hat
  • Sleepwear: 1 to 2 pairs of light- or medium-weight pajamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Medium-sized rolling bag since there are long distances between air and boat terminals, and you will need to carry your bag as porters are not available.
  • Daypack for carrying water, change of clothing, etc.
  • Safety neck wallet or money belt to protect your valuables
  • Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find en route

Iguassu Falls National Park is located in a subtropical jungle climate, so if you are sensitive to possible insect bites (mainly bees/wasps), we recommend insect shield shirts, pants and mosquito nets.

For fall and winter (May-August), temperatures can go down to 34F in Santiago and Buenos Aires,
so add these cool-weather items to your list:

  • Medium-weight long underwear top and bottom - look for Capilene, Lifa, or similar
  • A long-sleeved, warm, heavy fabric shirt for cool nights
  • 2 pairs of long pants and 1 pair of shorts for Iguassu and Rio
  • A warm, insulated jacket in addition to a wool or fleece sweater 
  • Warm hat and a wool scarf
  • Medium-weight gloves
  • Warm sleepwear for winter
  • Footwear
  • Comfortable walking or running shoes. If you bring hiking boots, we recommend they be lightweight. Anything heavier will be very uncomfortable.
  • Sport sandals are highly recommended for walking the metal catwalks in Iguassu Falls. Good brands include Teva, Nike, Merrell, and others.
  • 2 to 4 pairs of socks. During May to August, one or two pairs should be warm hiking socks made of wool, Capilene or Thermax

Optional PERU Pre-Extension: Lightweight hiking boots are highly recommended for exploring Machu Picchu safely. Hiking poles are very useful for extra support when walking on uneven terrain.

Mosquito repellent and after-bite medications are highly recommended, especially for visiting Machu Picchu (Sept.-Nov.)  

Here are some more suggested items:

  • Swimsuit and gym clothing, as most of our hotels have gyms, spas and swimming pools
  • Travel alarm
  • Travel journal/notepad
  • Extra pair of reading glasses (these are expensive to get in South America)
  • Washcloth
  • Earplugs

Flight Information


Flight Information

When planning your flights, Vantage considers each airline's reputation for quality, service, and routing options to the destination. Vantage selects flights that both serve our groups' needs and ensure the best balance of quality and cost. Our flight team members will do their utmost to select flights that will get you to your destination as quickly and easily as possible. 

First and Business Class Airfare Upgrades
Many of our programs offer first and/or Business Class upgrades, for more information, please visit our FlightChoice page.

Vantage encourages you to check current airport security regulations well in advance of travel, as rules may have changed since your last trip. For the latest information on airline security guidelines and boarding procedures, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site.


While on Tour


While on Tour

The information below applies in general to Vantage escorted land tours. To learn more about our full line of escorted land tours, click here.

Briefing sessions

At the beginning of your tour, a Vantage Program Manager will conduct an informative briefing concerning the daily schedule, local customs, and the included features of your tour. It is strongly advised that you attend this briefing.

Extending Your Trip

Vantage offers specially arranged pre- and post-extensions on many of our escorted land tours. See specific tours for details. In some cases, your Program Manager that will be on your base trip will be there also on the extension, but not always. On some pre- and post-extensions, there will be a Vantage representative to assist you.

Additionally, if you would like to do some exploring on your own, either before or after your tour, Vantage can help you arrange the details. In most cases, your flights can be adjusted for either an earlier arrival date or a later return date. A non-refundable administrative fee will be assessed, plus any additional costs that may apply to the air ticket and hotel. Transfers to and from your hotel are not included when traveling independent of a Vantage group. Please ask a Vantage Sales Representative for additional details. Note also that some airline contracts may exclude changes to routing.

NOTE: Should you wish to make any changes to your plans to extend your trip, please do so no later than 60 days prior to your scheduled date of departure. Change or cancellation penalties may apply to tickets once they have been issued.

Your Health & Comfort

Vantage wants you to have a safe, healthy, and happy journey. Our tours are planned to combine just the right amount of activity and leisure. For personal medical attention while on tour, your Vantage Program Manager can refer you to reliable physicians in the cities on your tour.

Please note that Medicare and U.S health insurance are generally not accepted in foreign destinations. If you have an insurance claim, it should be made upon your return to the USA and filed through your health insurance provider or through the Vantage Travel Protection Plan if you have purchased it. Keep relevant receipts and doctors' reports for processing your claim.

Jet Lag Precautions

When you cross several time zones to reach your destination, you often lose many hours of regular sleep. Upon arrival your body must quickly adjust to new sleeping and eating patterns. The result is jet lag. Its symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and vague disorientation. You cannot completely avoid jet lag but you can minimize it. Here's how:

  • Try to sleep on overnight flights
  • Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before - and during - your flight
  • Drink plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying
  • Try to stay awake your first day until after dinner

Pace of the Tour

Vantage Tours are planned to provide a well-balanced mix of activities and free time. Certain tours, however, may prove to be more challenging than others, particularly for passengers with physical limitations.

Passengers with physical difficulties or concerns about the pace of the tour should contact their Vantage Customer Relations Representative for tips on which tours best suit their individual needs and abilities. See also Medical Issues, below.

Your Personal Safety

Please keep in mind that in any tourist destination, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that you use a money protector that can be worn around your neck. Flashy jewelry should be left at home. Never place your camera or purse down, or hang it on the back of your chair. Although incidents of theft and pickpocketing while on tour are rare, it is important to be cautious and aware.

Medical Issues

Click here to read important information about travelers with a physical, emotional, or mental condition that may require professional attention or the use of special equipment. "Medical Issues" information also appears in the "Tour Participation Agreement - Terms and Conditions" bound into Vantage catalogs and printed on the back of your invoice.

Hotels

Vantage makes every effort to reserve only hotels that offer well-appointed rooms and a central location. We remind you that quality of accommodations may vary from destination to destination. Vantage strives to provide the best hotels available that meet our standards of quality. You can check descriptions of the hotels for your chosen trip under Accommodations on the website for that trip.

How We Rate Our Hotels

While some tour companies devise their own ratings systems (based on their particular standards), Vantage ranks hotels based on the industry-accepted classifications published by theHotel & Travel Index - the travel industry standard.

Deluxe/Moderate Deluxe ***** Outstanding accommodations in every way, offering superior service, facilities, and location.

Superior First-Class ****+ Above average accommodations, with many special amenities, including more restaurants, shops, and usually a fitness center.

First-Class/Moderate First-Class **** Comfortable, well-equipped standard rooms with private bath, attractive public areas, and amenities.

Please Note: In some areas where the hotels aren't rated, it's often due to the fact that the hotel may be too new, too remote, or too small. However, the hotel where you stay has been inspected and approved by Vantage personnel.

Religious Services

At Vantage, we count individuals from all walks of life and all religious denominations among our customers. Although we do not offer religious services on our travel programs, services may be available in the cities and towns you visit while on tour. Your Vantage Program Manager can advise you when religious services are available. Please keep in mind that not all religious denominations have a presence in every travel destination. We cannot guarantee the availability of religious services.

Shopping

Shopping for local merchandise is always a part of the travel experience. We are aware that local guides do recommend shops on their tours. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Always keep receipts and credit card copies. Shipping should always include insurance in the event of breakage. Iit is best to check with your credit card issuer for any insurance that may be included when you use your card.

Sightseeing & Cultural Connections

Vantage offers a variety of included sightseeing tours and special cultural events to enrich your travel experience and bring you "closer to the world." Our tours are specially designed for Vantage travelers. They let you feel the atmosphere, gain a cultural understanding, and become a part of the area you are visiting. They include all transportation and the services of expert local guides.

Optional Excursions

Vantage makes every effort to provide the right balance of both included activities and time for exploring on your own. We've found, however, that many of our passengers prefer an additional guided activity in lieu of free time. For that reason, some of our tours may include a limited number of optional tours and activities, which you may choose to take at a moderate fee. In no case do we replace an included sightseeing tour with an optional tour. Optional tours are strictly voluntary, providing you with the opportunity to visit an attraction that you may not see otherwise.

Taxes

All hotel taxes and hotel service charges are included in the tour price. If airport arrival and departure taxes apply, they are payable in cash at the airports and are not included.

Transfers

All transfers between airport and hotel/pier are included in conjunction with Vantage air and tour packages and will be via private transportation. Travelers purchasing their own airline tickets will be responsible for their own transfers to and from the airport/hotel/pier based on the itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

Each Vantage Escorted Land Tour is planned with two criteria in mind: It must be to an interesting destination and the tour must offer good quality at an exceptional value.

Although everything is planned well in advance of your departure, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each departure is enjoyable, interesting, and safe. Therefore, the day-by-day itinerary provided for each travel destination is subject to change depending upon local conditions. If any significant changes occur in advance of your departure, Vantage will notify you by phone or by mail. If changes occur while on tour, your Vantage Program Manager or local representative will notify you.

Your Vantage Program Manager/Local Representative

During your tour you'll be accompanied on tour by an experienced Vantage Program Manager. You will also benefit from the insights of expert Local Representatives and tour guides. Both your Program Manager and Local Representative can provide suggestions on the best restaurants, shops, and local sights; will help coordinate optional tours and excursions; and assist in any manner possible.

Vantage Hospitality Desk

For your convenience, a Vantage Hospitality Desk will be available daily during scheduled hours at many of the hotels on your itinerary (staffed by an experienced team of local travel professionals or by your Vantage Program Manager). The desk hours vary, depending on your daily scheduling. Tour members will be advised of the desk hours during the briefing held upon arrival at most hotels.

Tipping 

We include tipping for all meals that are included in your package, all porterage and tips for local guides and drivers. Tips are not included for your Vantage Program Manager, your driver if he does the entire trip or any maids or other personnel in hotels, ships or trains.

MISCELLANEOUS

Electricity: Electricity in South America is 220 volts (Brazil is 110v).

Internet: Most hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas and with a charge in guest rooms. Bring your iPads, Kindles & smartphones. This will allow you to communicate with friends and family much easier. Also, this way you will have access to city guides, post-trip surveys and trip information while on tour.  

Telecommunications: U.S. cell phones can be used in South America with different rooming charges depending on you plan, reaching up to $5USD per minute. There are phone booths (locutorios) in downtown areas that are more convenient. To call the U.S., dial 1, followed by the area code and number. If you are unable to connect, dial 119-1, followed by the area code and number.

Photography: You can photograph just about anything in South America, although pictures of government buildings and officials in uniform are discouraged. Please ask your Adventure Leader for best practices. In any culture, it is polite to ask permission before taking pictures of people (permission from parents is mandatory in the case of taking pictures of children) and South America is no exception. There are many official “models”—especially in tourist areas—who will request $1-$5USD to have their picture taken, so it is always wise to ask first to avoid undesirable situations.

When not using your camera, always keep it in your pocket, in a case attached to your belt, or hanging on a strap around your neck.

  • Weights and measures: South America uses the metric system.
  • Postal services: Postcards can be purchased at souvenir shops in tourist areas as well as stamps. Posts may take several weeks to reach the U.S.

Medicine: Always remember to bring enough medication and always write down the “generic” names of the drugs of the prescriptions you take.





Payment Information


What does my Reservation Deposit Guarantee?
Payment of your initial deposit holds your spot on your journey. However, it does not guarantee the price of your trip. Participation in our Smart Pay Discount Plan can save you up to 10% on your Vantage trip AND it ensures that the land, cruise, and international airfare portions of your trip will not increase. This includes 100% guaranteed protection against most additional taxes (does not include entry fees or arrival taxes), fuel surcharges, and currency fluctuations, from the moment you pay in full under the terms of Vantage's SmartPay Discount Plan. If you do not participate in our SmartPay Discount Plan, all prices are subject to change.
When is my Final Payment due?
Final payments are due 90-120 days prior to departure, depending upon the program.
Can I extend my final payment due date?
Unfortunately, we are unable to extend any final payment due dates because of our vendor contractual obligations.
What is an E-Check?
ECheck is a commonly used term to refer to an online payment method via electronic check from your bank account.
What are the benefits of paying via E-Check?
Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. Plus, paying by E-Check with our SmartPay Discount Program, you can realize hundreds of dollars in savings right away. When you compare those savings to the frequent flyer miles you might earn when you pay by credit card, you come out on top for two reasons: first, you enjoy your savings right away, whereas frequent flyer miles need to be accumulated over time before you cash them in; second, frequent flyer miles have restrictions of usage.
How do I make payments via an E-Check?
It's easy to set up E-Checking on My Account. Have your checkbook handy and simply go to the Make a Payment screen and follow the instructions provided. Please note that E-Check payments appear on your invoice immediately but take 2-3 business days for your bank to process.
What is the SmartPay Discount Plan?
The SmartPay Discount PlanSM allows our travelers to receive a discount by paying for their trip in full before their final payment due date. The further in advance of the final payment date you pay, the greater the discount. Just as important, you’ll guarantee your price against price increases resulting from currency fluctuations, fuel costs, and other unanticipated occurrences.
How can I take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
You can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check. Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. All you need is your checking account number and bank routing number, both of which are printed on your checks. 50% of your trip’s total cost must be paid by check. Payments made inside of 60 days prior to departure will not qualify.
Can I pay by credit card and still take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
While we do accept credit card payments, you can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check, unless part of your payment is made by credit card and at least 50% of your total payment is paid by E-Check.
How do I redeem my Vantage Credit Voucher?
Vantage credit vouchers should be mailed once you receive your first invoice. Any overpayment that results from the credit voucher will be refunded to you, if applicable.
How do I cancel my trip and how long will it take for me to receive a refund?

If you must cancel your trip, you should contact our Customer Service department. Refund requests must be made in writing – indicating the reason for cancellation – and received by the respective final payment due date to avoid additional cancellation charges.

Vantage realizes that most people who cancel their reservations do so out of real necessity. Nevertheless, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee covers only our costs of reservation maintenance or cancellation.

Payments made to your credit card will be refunded as a credit to that card. Payments made by check will be refunded by check. Payments paid by electronic check will be refunded electronically. Please allow 35 days for refunds to be manually verified and processed by our accounting department. Please refer to the Tour Participation Agreement for your program's cancellation fee schedule.

Why does it take just one day to charge my credit card at the time of booking but 30 days to refund it in the event of cancellation?
After you book a trip with us, we process charges within 24 hours in order to hold and confirm your reservation quickly for you. Because refunds are processed manually by our accounting department, we require a 30-day processing period to assure utmost accuracy.
I was just reviewing my invoice online and noticed a discrepancy. What should I do?
Please contact us and we will attempt to resolve the situation as soon as possible. To help expedite matters, you should print out your invoice and have it handy when you contact us.

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