Alpena High School 

Discover

France & Germany

June 22-July 3, 2020

 

Passport & Visa 

 

U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

Terms and Conditions

 

A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.

Enrollment

All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group. Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.

Rooming

 A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.   Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

Lost belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

 A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Baggage

Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.

Cancellation

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

 

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 
 

Travel Insurance

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.

The Standard Travel Protection Plan covers the following:

 

  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive Travel Insurance as part of the Travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade

 

The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us

 

Standard of Conduct

 

Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.

 

Grounds for Dismissal

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1—Monday, June 22, 2020- Arrival

Take an overnight flight from Detroit, Michigan to Paris, France

 

Day 2—Tuesday, June 23, 2020- Paris

Arrive in Paris and transfer you to your hotel with a private coach. Start exploring Paris like Parisians: take the Parisian Metro to the Galeries Lafayette, one of the largest and most famous department stores in Paris. After lunch, metro to the Champs Elysées, a grand boulevards in Paris, filled with shops, cafés, and the majestic Arc du Triomphe. Enjoy your first French dinner.

 

Day 3—Wednesday, June 24, 2020- Paris 

After breakfast at the hotel, take the Parisian Metro to Le Louvre, where you will have a guided visit and see some of the world’s famous artwork at the largest museum in the world and a historical landmark. After the visit,  cross the Seine, at the Pont des Arts, and arrive at the Notre Dame Cathedral and explore the famous Saint Germain neighborhood before dinner and overnight in Paris.

 

Day 4—Thursday, June 25, 2020- Versailles 

After breakfast, take the RER to Versailles, where you will visit the Chateau de Versailles, the principal royal residence of France until the start of the French revolution. After spending the afternoon in the quaint town, take the RER back to Paris and return to the city center to have the opportunity to walk through the Jardin du Luxembourg, a park known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbed, and the Medici Fountain. For dinner, have a traditional Raclette dinner on Rue Mouffetard.

 

Day 5—Friday, June 26, 2019- Paris 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then take the Metro to Montmartre, a historic neighborhood of Paris on top of hill that is known for bohemian residents like Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. There, visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, located at the summit of the hill and the highest point of the city. Don’t forget to have your portrait painted at the Place du Tertre, where local artists await to create their unique masterpieces. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to ascend the Eiffel Tower (if you dare!), and see one of the best views of Paris. Enjoy dinner at a Bistro Parisien and a cruise on the Seine in the evening!

Day 6—Saturday, June 27, 2019—Paris-Colmar 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the train station and take the train to Colmar, a town near the border of Germany, known for its cobblestone streets and early Renaissance buildings. Take a walking tour of the city with your tour escort and see the Gothic 13th-century, Eglise Saint-Martin church that stands on central Place de la Cathédrale, along with other architectural landmarks of the town. Enjoy the evening with dinner and overnight in Colmar.

Day 7—Sunday, June 28, 2019—Alsace Region

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a private coach bus through the Alsace region. Stop in Strasbourg, the capital of the Grand Est region of France and in the historic region of Alsace, and have a guided visit of the Strasbourg Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture and the sixth-tallest church in the world! Continue on your trip to visit Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, situated atop the Vosges mountains on a rocky spur. Finish your tour in the Alsatian town of Riquewhir, known for its historical architecture, and one of the most beautiful towns in France. Return to Colmar for a traditional dinner of tartes flambées.

 

Day 8—Monday, June 29, 2019—Colmar-Munich

Eat breakfast at your hotel before walking to the train station and taking the train to Munich. Arrive in Munich and check-in at your hotel before exploring Munich and seeing the eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture. Have dinner before spending the night in Munich.

Day 9—Tuesday, June 30, 2019—Munich

After breakfast at your hotel, take a guided walking tour of Munich, and visit landmarks like the Marienplatz, with its Marian columns at its center. Afterwards, take public transportation to Dachau, Germany, a town in Upper Bavaria, home to the 18th-century castle and also known for its proximity to the infamous Dachau concentration camp. Return back to Munich in the evening for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 10—Wednesday, July 1, 2019—Neuschwanstein Castle

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a train to Neuschwanstein Castle in the village of Hohenschwangau. The castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival Palace and also the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty. Spend the day exploring the castle and the town before returning to Munich for the evening.

 

Day 11—Thursday, July 2, 2019—Salzburg 

In the morning, take a train to Salzburg, in Austria, one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps! The birthplace of Mozart, and the setting for the Sound of Music! Spend the day exploring the city and the famous Hohensalzburg Fortress before returning back to Munich for the evening and overnight.

Day 12—Friday, July 3, 2019—Depart 

After one final breakfast at the hotel, take a private coach bus to the airport.

Flight home!

Program Price Payment Terms

Price $4,195 for students, based on a minimum of 12 passengers

 

Included in your price:

English-speaking tour escort through Alsace/Colmar

 

Transportation:

  • Round Trip Airfare- Price is based on 2019 prices and subject to change

  • Transfers to and from the airports and Train stations

  • Metro Tickets in Paris

  • RER to Versailles

  • Train tickets from Paris to Colmar

  • Private Coach Bus to Visit the Alsace Region

  • Train tickets from Strasbourg to Munich

  • Train tickets from Munich to Fûssen

  • Train tickets from Munich to Salzburg


Accommodations and meals:

  • 4 nights hotel in Paris Including breakfast and dinners

  • 2 nights hotel in Colmar including breakfast and dinners  

  • 4 nights hotel in Munich including breakfast and dinners

 

 

Entrances and guided visits as per program

Travel Insurance including health, trip delay, luggage loss and delay


2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020

 

Last Payment Due: April 15, 2020

A La Carte Travel Standard

Cancellation Policy

 

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

 

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued