Olentangy Liberty High School

Discover

France & Spain

May 25-June 5, 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, May 25th, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Columbus to Paris (CDG)

 

Day 2: Tuesday, May 26, 2020- Paris 

Arrive in Paris and meet your English-speaking tour escort. Transfer to the hotel with a private coach bus and check in before exploring the city like a native: by foot and on metro! Take the metro to the Galeries Lafayette, one of the large department stores in the city. Ascend the beautiful building and take pictures of the panoramic view from the roof. Afterwards, metro to the famous Champs Elysées avenue lined with cafés, stores and street performers. Walk down the avenue and visit the Arc de Triomphe. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in Paris.

 

Day 3: Wednesday, May 27, 2020- Paris

Eat breakfast at the hotel, then metro to the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum, and home to the Mona Lisa! Visit the Louvre on your own before visiting the famous Tuileries Gardens adjacent to the museum. Walk through the beautiful gardens and fountains, then walk to Île de la Cité to see the historical façade of the Notre Dame, walk through the bustling neighborhood of Quartier Latin, filled with book stores and shops, then head to the posh Saint Germain neighborhood. Afterwards, visit Jardin du Luxembourg, before having a traditional raclette dinner on the famous Rue Mouffetard. Spend overnight in Paris.

 

Day 4: Thursday, May 28, 2020- Excursion to Versailles 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then take the RER to the Palace of Versailles, the principal royal residence until the French Revolution. Have a guided visit of Versailles before returning to Paris and metro to the Eiffel Tower, the most notable landmark in the world. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a cruise on the Seine before returning to your hotel for overnight.


Day 5: Friday, May 29, 2020- Loire Valley

Eat breakfast at the hotel, then take a private coach bus to Tours. First stop: Chartres, famous worldwide for its large cathedral and the stained glass windows. Explore Chartres before continuing to Château de Chenonceau, the most visited château in France after Versailles, that sits on the river Cher. Visit the castle, then have dinner and spend overnight in Tours.

 

Day 6: Saturday, May 30, 2020- Loire Valley

Eat breakfast at the hotel, then visit the largest castle in the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord. Visit Chambord before continuing with your private coach bus to Clos Lucé in the city of Amboise. Clos Lucé is most famous for being the residence of Leonardo da Vinci up to his death. Afterwards, have dinner and spend overnight in Tours.

 

Day 7: Sunday, May 31, 2020- Barcelona

After breakfast at the hotel, take a private coach to the train station in St. Pierre des Corps, and take the train from St. Pierre des Corps to Barcelona (with a quick stop to transfer train stations with a coach bus  in Paris). Take the train to Barcelona. Upon arrival, meet your English-speaking tour escort and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, take a walking tour of Barcelona with your tour escort. Have dinner and spend overnight in Barcelona.

 

Day 8: Monday, June 1, 2020- Barcelona 

Eat breakfast at the hotel before taking a private coach and visiting the famous works of Antoni Gaudi, including Parque Guëll, the famous park with vast gardens and iconic architecture. Continue to La Sagrada Familia, the unfinished Roman Catholic Church, as well as La Pedrera, or Casa Mila, a modernist building and an architectural wonder. In the evening, enjoy a cooking class accompanied with dinner before spending overnight in Barcelona.

 

Day 9: Tuesday, June 2, 2020- Excursion to Figueres

After breakfast at your hotel, take a private coach bus to Figueres and visit the Dali Museum, the fantastic museum dedicated to the famous Spanish artist. Continue to have a guided visit of the Empúries Roman ruins, before returning to Barcelona. In the evening, enjoy trying various types of tapas before overnight in Barcelona.


Day 10: Wednesday, June 3, 2020- Barcelona

In the morning after breakfast take a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. Then, visit the Picasso Museum before an afternoon at the beach! In the late afternoon have some time for shopping and sightseeing on your own before dinner and overnight in Barcelona.

 

Day 11: Thursday, June 4, 2020- Excursion to Montjuïc

After breakfast, take the cable car to visit Montjuïc, the hill in Barcelona, overlooking the harbor. Return back to Barcelona in the afternoon and enjoy a Flamenco class, to learn the art of Spanish dance, followed by a traditional Flamenco show accompanied with dinner. Spend overnight in Barcelona.

 

Day 12: Friday, June 5th, 2020- Depart

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

Flight home!

 

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$4,495 is based on a minimum of 14 students

 

Included in this price: 

 

  • English Speaking Tour Escort in Paris and Barcelona (including excursions)

Transportation: 

  • Round Trip Airfare- Based on 2019 prices and subject to change

  • Private Coach bus transfers to and from airport

  • Private coach transfer to train stations

  • Public transportation in Paris/Versaille

  • Public transportation in Barcelona

  • Private coach bus in Loire Valley

  • Private coach bus to Figueres

  • Cable car to Montjuïc

  • Train from Paris to Barcelona

Accommodations

  • 3 nights hotel in Paris, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 2 nights hotel in Tours, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 5 nights hotel in Barcelona, including breakfast and dinners

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

Travel insurance, including: health, trip delay, luggage loss or delay for all participants 

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020

 

Last Payment Due: April 10, 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