Thornton High School

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Germany

March 18-28, 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: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Denver (DEN) to Berlin, Germany (BER) on a Lufthansa flight, arriving Thursday afternoon

 

Day 2: Thursday, March 19th, 2020- Potsdam 

Transfer from the airport in Potsdam. Arrive in Potsdam and walk to our hotel. Recover from jetlag by resting or taking a walk through the charming park at Schloss Sanssouci (optional tour of Schloss Sanssouci). Take a stroll around Potsdam in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Potsdam.

Day 3: Friday, March 20th, 2020- Berlin-Potsdam

Tour Berlin, including the Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, and much more! Return to Potsdam in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Potsdam.

 

Day 4: Saturday, March 21st, 2020- Potsdam-Wernigerode

In the morning, meet in the hotel lobby. Take the train to Wernigerode. Walk to our hotel, enjoying the charming old town of Wernigerode. Take a tour of the imposing Schloss Wernigerode. In the evening, have free time to enjoy Wernigerode. Dinner and overnight in Wernigerode.

 

Day 5: Sunday, March 22nd, 2020- Wernigerode- Lüneburg

In the morning, meet in the hotel lobby (optional narrow gauge train to the top of the Brocken, the Harz Mountains’ highest peak and former spy station during the Cold War). Take the train to Lüneburg. Walk to our vacation home in historic Lüneburg.

 

Day 6-Day 9: Monday, March 23rd-Thursday, March 27th, 2020- Lüneburg

Spend the next week immersed in the German language, as we have daily lessons in German followed by practice time. Students commit to speaking only German while in Lüneburg.

  • Side trip (day to be determined) to the concentration camp memorial at Neuengamme and to Hamburg, including the Rathaus, Michaeliskirche and the harbor. Other side trips possible (additional expense involved)


Day 10: Friday, March 27th, 2020- Lüneburg- Hamburg 

Meet in the living room and walk to the train station. Take the train to the Hamburg Airport. Walk to our hotel. In the afternoon, do some last-minute shopping in Hamburg. Return to our hotel by evening to get a good night’s rest for the journey home.

 

Day 11: Saturday, March 28th, 2020- Depart Home

Meet in the Hotel Lobby with luggage packed. Walk from the hotel to the airport. Fly back to Denver.

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$2,495 based on a minimum of 14 students

 

Included in this price: 

  • Food while traveling 

  • Food in Lüneberg

Transportation: 

  • Round Trip Airfare

  • Berlin/Brandenburg Länderticket X 2 days

  • Schönes-Wochenende Ticket X 2 days

  • Niedersachsen/Hamburg Länderticket X 2

Lodging: 

  • House in Lüneburg for 5 nights

  • 2 nights hotel in Potsdam

  • 1 night hotel in Wernigerode

  • 1 night hotel in Hamburg

Guided tours and entrances as per program: 

  • Schloss Wernigerode

  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum

  • Hamburg Rathaus Tour

Comprehensive 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: December 15, 2019

 

Last Payment Due: January 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