European Tour Description 2017 for Partners
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR
EUROPEAN TOUR, 2017
Italy, Austria and Germany
Information for Partners travelling with singers of the Australian Chamber Choir
Travel with the Australian Chamber Choir as an accompanying partner is by invitation only.
The information below is for non-singing partners of ACC singers. It is not to be confused with the Information for Singers, provided at www.auschoir.org/european-tour-description-2017
European Tour 2017 Itinerary
Rome (3 nights), Florence (2 nights), Klagenfurt (2 nights), Vienna (3 nights), Stams (1 night), Wangen (2 nights), Nördlingen (1 night), Tübingen (1 night), Leipzig (2 nights), Berlin (2 nights), Darmstadt (1 night), Hamburg (2 nights), Cologne (2 nights). See the concert detail as it becomes available on the rehearsals page.
You will travel with the ACC group on the Thai airways flights below. We will be bound by the Thai Airways terms and conditions.
TG466 29JUN Melbourne/Bangkok 1515/2145
TG944 30JUN Bangkok/Rome 0020/0650
TG921 24JUL Frankfurt/Bangkok 1445/0625
TG461 25JUL Bangkok/Melbourne 0810/2000
Your airfare is estimated at $2360 including all taxes. The taxes will vary slightly depending upon world oil prices and the exchange rate at time of payment. In addition to the airfare, you pay a ‘Partner Payment’ of $1,952*. This is a flat-rate fee for land travel, all accommodation*, breakfasts and six evening meals with the group.
19 December 2016: A non-refundable airfare deposit of $250 is payable on or before 19 December.
28 December 2016: A non-refundable ‘Partner Payment’ deposit of $580 is payable on or before 28 December.
16 April 2017: The outstanding ‘Partner Payment’ of $1,372* is payable on or before 16 April.
13 May 2017: You will receive an invoice from Eastern Hill Travel for the outstanding airfare, which will be payable on or before 13 May.
Your partner will follow the payment schedule for singers, which has different amounts and dates. All amounts should be paid to the following account:
Name of Account: Australian Chamber Choir Inc
BSB: 013 374
Account number: 489943054
Be sure to mark your payment clearly with your name.
You and your partner will get a double room in our appartments/hotels in Rome, Vienna and Berlin. Your room in our Vienna and Berlin hotels will have an en-suite bathroom. In Hamburg you will get a room with two bunk beds and a shared bathroom. In Stams you will get a twin room. In Sotto il Monte and Wangen accommodation will be in bunk rooms. At the time of writing, accommodation in Bonn was not yet confirmed*. All other accommodation will be with billets, where you will most likely be provided with a double room. We will do our best to inform you in advance if laundry facilities are not available. There may be occasions when you will need to hand-wash underwear and/or a shirt. Should you elect to book accommodation independently of the group, you will inform the Tour Manager in advance and will do so at your own expense. No part of the flat-rate fee to the ACC will be refundable against alternative accommodation arrangements.
We will travel by public transport. Before our departure you will be provided with a detailed itinerary. We will have a meeting of the tour group, during which you can ask any questions relating to the itinerary or anything else. When planning our travel days, we aim to commence group travel after 9.00am wherever possible. Travel schedules are selected for the least number of changes within a reasonable travel time. Where the scheduled duration of travel is longer than 6 hours, train travel will be in first class where available. Should you elect to travel independently of the group, you will inform the Tour Manager in advance and will do so at your own expense. No part of the flat-rate fee to the ACC will be refundable against alternative travel arrangements.
On arrival at our destination it is not always possible to go directly to our accommodation. In these instances, your luggage will be stowed in a secure place and we will arrange for you to have access to it at an agreed time. Sometimes there will be a walk from the train or bus station to our concert venue or accommodation. When we are wheeling our suitcases, the walk should not be longer than 11 minutes. In these cases, transport can be arranged for individuals with a broken leg(!) or similar.
When staying in larger cities, such as Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg or Rome, you should expect to pay for your own public transport to and from the concert venue, to and from your accommodation and around the city for sight-seeing etc.
Breakfast will be provided. Your package includes six evening meals (beverages not included). Where any meals or snacks are provided, this will be indicated in your itinerary wherever possible. You may need on some days to buy two meals but many additional evening meals will be provided by billets. No part of the flat-rate fee to the ACC will be refundable against non-attendance at meals.
• You travel at your own risk and must take out travel insurance. We recommend that you take out insurance at the time of making your deposit. You undertake to travel with the choir on the scheduled transport. Should you for any reason miss the scheduled transport, it is your responsibility to find your way to the next destination at your own expense. We will provide you with a full itinerary and you need to carry this with you at all times.
• In order to keep costs to a minimum, we undertake our tours without any additional administrative staff. Instead, we operate on a ‘co-operative’ basis, with all members of the travelling group volunteering to undertake certain jobs during the tour. We will give you more details closer to the time.
You should choose an insurance policy that is right for you. It is a requirement of participation in this tour that you take out a policy that includes medical insurance for the European Union and inform the Tour Manager of the details. You may wish to consult the ACC’s travel agent for advice.
You are responsible for your own belongings, including passport and tickets.
We recommend that you carry your passport, credit card and non-replaceable tickets on your person at all times, ie in a bum bag, money belt or round-your-neck passport pouch. We recommend that you do not carry important documents in a wallet, pocket or handbag.
We recommend that you make a photocopy of your passport and leave it in your suitcase, along with your travel insurance document. Please let Liz know if you will travel on a non-Australian passport.
You are strongly encouraged to travel light. Airline weight limit for check-in luggage is 20k. We recommend a small 55cm high suitcase with wheels and a long pull-along handle of not more than 15k. Click here to see Liz’s packing list, which may assist you to keep it light. We need to carry our suitcases up and down stairs when changing trains. You will carry your own music and concert clothes. You will be given 10 CDs to carry in your suitcase, which will be sold at concerts. We recommend keeping music in a separate light bag. Carry-on luggage limit is 7k, not including a lap-top.
Cirrus-Maestro card for eftpos and/or Travel Money card and/or credit card. We recommend having two forms of access to currency eg a credit card and a Travel Money card. Keep a record of the card numbers in another place. Buy some Euros for your arrival in Italy before you go. You should budget to be able to cover the cost of at least one meal per day, inner-city public transport, other personal items and sight-seeing.
We recommend that you bring your mobile phone, preferably a smart-phone, where you can keep your itinerary in the calendar. Be sure to unlock your phone before departure so that you can use a European sim card. We recommend German Lycamobile.
Get any prescriptions that you may need made up before you go. If you tend to suffer from a recurring medical problem eg throat infections, then get your doctor to prescribe a suitable anti-biotic that you can take with you just in case. Leave all prescription medications in their original packaging, showing your name and any instructions. Any over-the-counter medications that you might need are also best bought in Australia. Some of these may require a prescription overseas. And that means a visit to a doctor. If you become unwell and need to see a doctor, of course we can arrange that for you. Keep your receipt and your insurer will refund your costs according to their conditions.
Special Dietary Requirements
Please let Liz know if you are vegetarian or have health-related or other dietary requirements.
It will be possible for up to 5 persons to change the date and/or the routing of their inward flight. To do this, you need to contact Cathy Sullivan at Eastern Hill travel before the end of March, 2017. If you would like to do this, you are liable to pay any additional costs incurred, eg difference in price between group-ticketed seats and available seats on your alternate flight dates. Requests for alternative travel arrangements will be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis according to the date on which your deposits were paid.
* We have calculated the ‘Partner Payment’ to be as economical as possible for partners of ACC singers. As at 28 November, we do not have confirmation of our accommodation in Bonn. If the accommodation is with billets, then there will be no additional cost to partners. If the accommodation is in a hotel or hostel, then there will be an additional charge to partners of up to $300 for two nights’ accommodation. Accommodation for our Bonn concert was confirmed on 29 December in the A&O Hotel, Cologne. The additional cost for partners for the two nights’ accommodation and breakfasts is Au$70.00, which should be added to the final Partner Payment due on 16 April.