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26 Day Swiss Rail, Greece & Island Cruising

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

Make the most of your cruise and travel independently, with everything organised for you. Your international flights, pre-cruise stay, and cruise are organised so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your time at sea. Of course, there is the option of extending your tour if you don’t want to head straight to the airport upon disembarkation.

Cruise Style
Ocean

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
658 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Incredible sightseeing! Tour Switzerland by world-famous rail journeys, experience the alpine wonderland of Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station, explore cosmopolitan cities like Zurich and charming Swiss villages and resort destinations. Greece highlights include Delphi, Olympia, Meteora and the Acropolis, plus a cruise through the glorious Greek islands and a stop in Turkey for a guided tour of ancient Ephesus.
✓ Enjoy the flexibility of independent travel with all arrangements made for you in Switzerland, a fully escorted land tour in Greece and time to relax on an 8 day cruise of Greece and Turkey
✓ 18 nights in handpicked, quality 3-star accommodation 
✓ Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 10 dinners
✓ World-famous scenic train journeys through the Swiss Alps, including the spectacular Golden Pass Express, Gotthard Panorama, Glacier Express, Bernina Express
✓ Dedicated rail ticket in 2nd or 1st class, as per the itinerary, including seat reservation on all scenic trains
✓ Self-guided excursion to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station
✓ 8-day cruise on the Aegean Sea with Celestyal Cruises – including select drinks with meals, entertainment, port charges and gratuities, and discounted shore excursions
✓ Expert, English-speaking local guides on included activities in Greece
✓ Airport transfer by rail included on the first day of tour

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Bristol or Similar

Grüezi! Welcome to Switzerland. Enjoy your first day at leisure. As a lakeside "metropolis of experiences", with a magnificent view of the snow‐capped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions.

Start with the beauty of the city’s natural surroundings. If you feel like getting a better view, take the train to the summit of Uetliberg Mountain. From the station, it’s a short walk to the peak and the scenery is incredible over Zurich, the lake and the Alps. Or if you’re in the Old Town and fancy a vantage point, you can walk up Lindenhof Hill for sweeping views over the city.  

Arrival airport train transfers are included as part of your package. Your train ticket includes the rail transfer from Zurich airport.

Check in: Passengers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are generally no scheduled activities on Day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotel’s discretion.

Hotel
Bristol or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Wake up to a delicious Swiss breakfast, then take a stroll along the famous Bahnhofstrasse — Zurich's shopping paradise. A quick detour will lead you to the narrower cobbled streets of Zurich's Old Town and its smaller, independent artisan shops. Visit the Lindt Home of Chocolate (self-guided), and take the opportunity to use your included 24-hour Zurich Card for local transport and various discounts across the city. Be sure to not miss the picturesque waterfront promenades!

Hotel
Des Alpes or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer by rail to Lucerne in Central Switzerland, situated in an enviable location surrounded by a stunning lake and mountain panorama. The historic town of Lucerne attracts visitors globally with its well-preserved old town, countless shops and restaurants. A visit to Chapel Bridge, which has stood the test of time as a traditional crossing for locals, is one of many highlights that are sure to impress. 

Please note that the maximum luggage allowance is 23 kg due to train compartment restrictions.

Hotel
Delfino Lugano or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, the Gotthard Panorama Express takes you from the heart of Switzerland, with a journey through Lake Lucerne on a paddle steamer boat. From Flüelen, travel by first-class panoramic train to Lugano, a picturesque lakeside town in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region.

Use the provided guest card to take full advantage of local transport and explore nearby villages, such as the pretty village of Morcote.

Hotel
Soldanella or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Board the Bernina Express bus after breakfast, and enjoy a scenic drive to Italy-based Tirano where you join the Bernina Express panoramic train across the border back to Switzerland. You will travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels, with highlights including the Brusio Circular Viaduct and a photo stop at Alp Grüm. 

Arrive in St. Moritz, a luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland’s Engadin valley, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. This luxury alpine resort town, a favourite for celebrities and royals, is surely one of the world’s most famous winter sports resorts. This was the first mountain village in the country to have a ski school, a tram and electric lighting. The Winter Olympics have been held here twice. It’s a renowned ski destination.

Hotel
Soldanella or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

A full day awaits to explore St. Moritz, where guests from all over the world appreciate the modern Alpine lifestyle. Take advantage of your included guest card to visit the local area. We suggest the nearby mountains of Muottas Murgal or Diavolezza for incredible views that are not to be missed. Various sights including the leaning tower, a remnant of the Mauritius Church from around 1500, or the Segantini Museum, offer unique insight into the city’s fascinating history. 

Hotel
Excelsior or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Ride the world‐famous Glacier Express to Zermatt today, a gorgeous village near the Italian border. Be enthralled by Switzerland’s spectacular scenery, thanks to oversized, panoramic windows that make for an unforgettable experience. Along the deep Rhone valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps. The route famously takes you through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, offering unrivalled views. Make sure to have your camera handy! Optionally, you may wish to dine at your seat with a delicious 3-course meal served on your table (additional charges apply). 

 

Hotel
Excelsior or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Zermatt lies at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn peak. The town's touristic development is closely linked to what is arguably the world's most famous mountain. This car‐free resort offers guests an abundance of activities such as visits to the local mountains of Gornergrat or the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. It is also home to the highest open-air cog railway in Europe. 

 

Hotel
J5 Hotels Helvetie or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Continue by train to Montreux, nestled between steep hills and the lakeside of Lake Geneva. The town's promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand Belle Époque buildings. Nearby attractions include the medieval island castle, Chateau de Chillon and the vineyards of the Lavaux region.

Hotel
Bären or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your journey continues by train on the GoldenPass Express through the wild and romantic Pays d'Enhaut, complete with scenic villages and crystal-clear lakes at every corner. 

Interlaken is a laidback resort town, presided over by three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It makes a great base from which to explore the Bernese Oberland. Unprecedented views of the Swiss Alps give an impression of what is to come during your stay.

Höheweg, the main promenade of Interlaken, is lovely for a stroll. It runs from Lake Brienz to Lake Thun, with flower gardens and parks on one side allowing for a view of the Bernese Alps. On the other side you’ll find high-end hotels, boutiques, cafes and the casino.

Note: if you have selected the 4* hotel upgrade, you will be staying at Interlaken instead of Wilderswil.

Hotel
Bären or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your penultimate day in Switzerland packs another highlight! This morning you will embark on a self-guided excursion to the Jungfraujoch, also known as the highest railway station in Europe. You may choose to go via Grindelwald Terminal on the technical marvel that is Eiger Express cable car, or take the traditional route by train from Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg. Highlights include the world’s highest Lindt Chocolate Shop and the Ice Palace with its impressive ice sculptures.

Note: if you have selected the 4* hotel upgrade, you will be staying at Interlaken instead of Wilderswil.

Hotel
Hotel Arion or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today marks the end of your magnificent tour through Switzerland and the start of your Greek odyssey.
Your train ticket includes the rail transfer from Wilderswil to Zurich airport, allowing you the flexibility to select a suitable connection for your included flight from Zurich to Athens. Trains via Lucerne typically depart every hour. 
On your arrival at Athens airport, you will be greeted and taken to your Athens hotel in the comfort of an air-conditioned luxury car or bus. Athens has an array of amazing hotels, and this package offers the cream of the crop. Once you’re settled, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure, either by heading out to explore the streets of Athens at your own rhythm or by making the most of the services available at the hotel.

Hotel
Hotel Arion or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

In the morning, have breakfast and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the ancient city. Along with your expert guide, go see the city centre, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

On your way to the Acropolis you will pass Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Then, at the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You can book an optional tour to Cape Sounion, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, to see the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon and the rocky promontory of Sounio. At the end of the visit, return to your hotel.

Hotel
Hotel Olympic Village or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast in the hotel, leave Athens by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where you will make a short stop to contemplate the views. Then drive on and visit the splendid Theatre of Epidauros, famous for its remarkable acoustics. After that, proceed to the town of Nafplion, where you will enjoy a brief photo stop before continuing to Mycenae. Here you will visit the city’s fascinating Archaeological Site, as well as the Tomb of Agamemnon. Lastly, depart for Olympia by driving through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Once you arrive in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, check-in at the hotel to spend the night.

Hotel
Hotel Hermes or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today breakfast in the hotel is followed by a visit to the Archaeological Site containing the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. After that morning of history, monuments and enlightenment, it’s time to drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia to the magnificent bridge crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea before you finally arrive in Delphi, a city once regarded as the centre of the world.

According to mythology, Zeus sent out two eagles from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world, and it was in this location that they met. The sanctuary of Delphi is set within the most spectacular landscape. Check-in at the hotel and spend the night.

Hotel
Hotel Orfeas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Wake up to breakfast in the hotel and then head out to explore the Archaeological Site and Museum of Delphi, where amongst other archaeological treasures you can contemplate the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos.

After the visit, you will depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, an almost alien landscape filled with gigantic rock formations. Check in to the hotel and have dinner at the hotel before spending the night.

Hotel
Hotel Arion or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast in the hotel, explore the striking scenery of Meteora. Perched on top of enormous pillars of rock that seem almost suspended in mid-air, stand a series of ancient monasteries showcasing a wonderful collection of Byzantine art.

You will ascend to two of the monasteries to marvel at their beautiful contents before beginning the drive back to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae, where you’ll make a short stop to see Leonida's Monument.

Arrive in Athens early in the evening and check in to the hotel.

Hotel
Hotel Arion or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure.

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before being transfered to Athens port to board the next stage of your holiday. Hotel check out is by 11 am and you will be able to leave your belongings at front desk. Your transfer will pick you up at approximately 2pm to start embarking by 3pm. Your ship takes off at 5pm.

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thessaloniki is a gorgeous and cosmopolitan seaside city and the largest in Greece after Athens. Centuries of cultural commingling has also made Thessaloniki a culinary nirvana, with almost too many great restaurants and little eateries to count.

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This captivating seaside resort of Kuşadası (Turkey) is the gateway to ancient Ephesus. If you don't decide to see Ephesus itself, take time to enjoy free time to enjoy the iconic Grand Bazaar and browse the treasure trove of colorful shops and stalls selling souvenirs, silks, leather goods, carpets and jewelry. 

Note: Visa for entry into Turkey may be required.  Please check with your local embassy prior to travel.

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we pull into Heraklion in the early morning, you have the chance to snap the imposing 16th century walls of Koules Fortres. Here you can enjoy the calm of the stunning waterfront, explroe the Cretan countryside or even discover the Palace of Knossos on an optional shore excursion. 

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The romantic island of Santorini is the remnants of a devasting volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC. The picture-perfect scenery features clustered traditional whitewahsed house and blue-domed churches set against a beguiling brilliant blue backdrop. Here you will have the chance to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the idyllic oasis and relax in the island's calm and tranquility.

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The magical sun-kissed island of Mykonos invites you to admire its stunning coastline, soft sandy beaches, and rugged rock landscapes. Affectionately known as the “Island of the Winds”, Mykonos is home to the 16th Century windmills that have become iconic landmarks on postcards. The energetic Greek island is well known for its beauty, diverse range of bars, cafes, restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere.

Cruise
Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Interior Stateroom or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The volcanic origins of the beautiful Greek island of Milos are clearly evident in its complex and bewitching landscape. Here you have the opportunity to explore the dramatically surreal and sculpted looming rock formations that rise out of the crystalline waters and create a stunning coastline. Why not join a local expert to explore the many beauty spots and charming fishing villages on an optional excursion.

Meals
Breakfast

As we pull into the port by 9am, your trip comes to an end.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing! Tour Switzerland by world-famous rail journeys, experience the alpine wonderland of Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station, explore cosmopolitan cities like Zurich and charming Swiss villages and resort destinations like Lucerne, Lugano, St. Moritz, Montreux and Interlaken.  Greece highlights include Delphi, Olympia, Meteora and the Acropolis, plus a cruise through the glorious Greek islands and a stop in Turkey for a guided tour of ancient Ephesus
  • Enjoy the flexibility of independent travel with all arrangements made for you in Switzerland, a fully escorted land tour in Greece and time to relax on an 8 day cruise of Greece and Turkey.
  • 18 nights in handpicked, quality 3-star accommodation 
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 10 dinners
  • World-famous scenic train journeys through the Swiss Alps, including the spectacular Golden Pass Express, Gotthard Panorama, Glacier Express, Bernina Express
  • Dedicated rail ticket in 2nd or 1st class, as per the itinerary, including seat reservation on all scenic trains
  • Self-guided excursion to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station
  • Entry to Lindt Home of Chocolate
  • Panoramic cruise on Yacht MS Saphir in Lucerne 
  • Guest cards in Zurich, Lucerne, Lugano, Montreux, and Interlaken, providing free local transport and discounted shopping opportunities 
  • 8-day cruise on the Aegean Sea with Celestyal Cruises – including select drinks with meals, entertainment, port charges and gratuities, and discounted shore excursions
  • Expert, English-speaking local guides on included activities in Greece
  • Airport transfer included on the first day of tour

  • Zurich – Enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped Alps in this ‘Metropolis of Experiences’ 
  • Lucerne – Visit famous Chapel Bridge and board the Gotthard Panorama Express including a paddle steamer boat experience on picturesque Lake Lucerne 
  • Lugano – Board the Bernina Express including bus and panoramic train rides across circular viaducts and winding tunnels 
  • St. Moritz – Use your included guest card to explore this picturesque village, then take the world-famous Glacier Express through valleys and the Alps
  • Zermatt – Marvel at the Matterhorn, one of the world’s most famous mountains, and stroll through this car-free resort town with an abundance of activities at your leisure
  • Montreux – Walk the town’s promenade and admire grand Belle Epoque buildings, and perhaps consider a visit to nearby Chillon castle or the vineyards of the Lavaux region
  • Wilderswil/Interlaken – On your way stop at the famous Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, and marvel at impressive ice sculptures 
  • Athens - Explore the birthplace of Western civilization and get a deep insight into the ancient mythology and Classical civilization’s intellectual and artistic ideas
  • Delphi - Discover the foot of Mount Parnassos and the second-most important archaeological site in Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Meteora - Marvel at the region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks where monks settled from the 11th century onwards.
  • See the ancient Greek remains of Mycenaie and the tomb of Agamemnon
  • Agean Sea - Board an eight day cruise of the Agean Sea and indulge in traditional flavours, admire stunning landscapes and explore charming villages
  • Santorini & Mykonos - Spend overnights stops in the stunningly beautiful and buzzing islands

1st Class Rail
Select this supplement if you would like to upgrade your itinerary to 1st class rail on all sectors, including seat reservation on the scenic trains. Upgrade for $281 per person.  First Class has dedicated carriages offering a higher level of comfort with spacious seats and less passengers per carriage.  Some trains will have larger windows in First Class.

Golden Pass Prestige Class + 1st class rail supplement 
The Prestige class is characterised by its very comfortable, heated seats which enable the passenger to face in the direction of travel. The Prestige area is raised by 40 centimetres to allow the passengers to be fully immersed in the landscape. The passenger feels like sitting in the landscape. Upgrade for $351 per person, which also includes 1st class rail as per the itinerary. 

Glacier Express 3-Course Lunch 
As you gaze out at the stunning alpine panorama, enjoy a freshly prepared 3-course meal on board and served at your seat. Upgrade for $70 per person. 

Glacier Express Excellence Class + 1st class rail supplement 
A panoramic trip through the Swiss Alps aboard the Glacier Express is now even more spectacular with guaranteed window seats and panoramic views. The new Excellence Class sets standards that are as high as the mountain peaks along the legendary route. Along the way you will be served a refined regional 5-course menu with accompanying wines. For an aperitif, some delicious cocktail or to exchange with fellow travellers the Glacier Bar is the perfect place to visit. Thanks to the compass on the ceiling none of the many turns will be missed.

During the entire journey, you will be taken care of by a concierge. Be it with culinary delights, answers to personal concerns or exciting anecdotes and information about nature, culture and people along the journey. Upgrade for $950 per person, which also includes 1st class rail as per the itinerary. 

Complementary Services on Excellence Class

  • Coach & Services
    • Lounge seating with guaranteed window seat
    • Exclusive access to the Glacier Bar
    • Tablet with Bord Infotainment
    • Concierge as host in the Excellence Class
    • Welcome-Desk & personal check-in on the platform
    • Luggage transport in dedicated lockable sections aboard
  • Catering
    • Coffee, juice, soft drinks
    • Starter plate with Champagne
    • Regional 5-course menu incl. wine accompaniment
    • Tea Time in the afternoon with goodies
    • Snacks throughout the day available

Ultimate Rail Upgrade - Golden Pass Prestige Class + Glacier Express Excellence Class + 1st class supplement
Our Ultimate Rail Upgrade bundle offers an unparalleled experience, combining the luxurious inclusions of the Golden Pass Prestige Class and the Glacier Express Excellence Class, along with 1st class tickets for all other sectors of your journey. Upgrade for $1,019 per person, which also includes 1st class rail as per the itinerary. 

As this service is on request, this adjustment will be reflected in your confirmation invoice.

Celestyal Cruises

This cruise is operated by our partners Celestyal Cruises on board their Celestyal Crystal and Journey ships. The Crystal is a moderate size-cruise liner with a big ship feel. Celestyal Journey is launching in September 2023 as the very latest addition to the fleet. You will automatically be booked on to Celestyal Journey on any departure after 15 September 2023. 

Celestyal Journey Cabin Inclusions & Upgrades

Interior Stateroom (IA) - Included
Interior Staterooms at deck 4 (17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 person(s), with 2 lower beds, 1 upper bed, 1 single or double sofa with bunk beds, bathroom with shower.

Interior Stateroom (IC) - From $111 per person, twin share. Single price on application.
Interior Staterooms at decks 5, 6, 9 and 10 (17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 person(s), with 2 lower beds, 1 upper bed, 1 single or double sofa with bunk beds, bathroom with shower.

Exterior Stateroom (XB) - From $272 per person, twin share. Single price on application.
Exterior Staterooms at decks 4 and 6 (19 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 person(s), with 2 lower beds, 1 upper bed, 1 single or double sofa with bunk beds, bathroom with shower or bath.

Junior Balcony Suite (SJB) - From $553 per person, twin share. Single price on application.
Junior Balcony Suites at deck 10 (21 sqm) can accommodate up to 3 person(s), with 2 lower beds, single sofa bed, bathroom with jet tub and balcony.

Please note your upgrade request in the 'Special Request' field whilst making your booking. Once your upgrade has been confirmed, the additional amount will be added to your invoice and payable with your final payment.

For upgrade requests on Celestyal Crystal, please contact our team who will gladly assist. 

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $557.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This package is sold as land only, however you do have the option of adding international airfares to your booking. Simply click on’ book now’, and under upgrades ,  you will be asked “Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?”

By selecting this option Inspiring Vacations will contact you to discuss adding flights to your chosen destination. We can assist with flying the airline of your choice to turn your booking into a flight inclusive package.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,870.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for up-to-date information in terms of entry requirements.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $407.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $303.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $145.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $145.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Local taxes such as hotel city taxes
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
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