CAP Alumni, are you interested in participating in a World Tour? Now’s your chance, Rod Underwood is organizing a tour for Spring of 2023.
The “tour” is open to all CAP alumni and their significant others including children.
You may take advantage of the entire tour, or any part of the tour. Everyone needs to be mindful of Rod’s simple travel rules… No Ugly Americans as Travelers, No Whining, and One For All and All For One, D’artagnan!
At almost every stop, there will be a “professional” guided tour, usually on a bus, and then you will have an additional walking tour led by Rod. There would be significant “free” time for you to explore and execute your own agenda. Rod can also advise you where most of the big markets are located in most places. Safety is always important, you will need to make sure you are NEVER alone. It is suggest there be at least three adults in a group in case of an accident/emergency, one person could stay with you while the other goes for help.
The hotels will be “Nice” hotels (3 or 4 stars, no 5 star), clean and close to the center of life. There are room cost break-downs for single and double rooms. Triples are an option, you will need to let Rod Underwood and Contemporary Tours know so they can see what the options are at each location. It will likely not be a significant cost difference, but every little bit helps.
Walking, Walking, Walking
Much of World Tour is a walking tour, with a number of miles each day, so do consider if you are up to that.
There will be five consecutive segments. Each segment is limited to 30 people (bus capacity).
Deadline to register is May 15, 2022.
COSTS ARE LISTED IN THE REGISTRATION FORMS
These costs do NOT include the initial flight to the segment you choose or the final flight home. Since everyone is coming from different locations that portion of the travel is up to you to schedule and is NOT included in the registration. All trasportation within the trip is INCLUDED and between segments (if you are attending multiple consecutive segments). Tips/gratuities for ALL services are INCLUDED in the registration. Also, you should note that several group meals are INCLUDED in each place, marked by a (D) in the itinerary.
NOTE: the current registration cost is based on 16 people attending, if more attend, the rates will be lower.
SEGMENT 1A (JAN 5 to JAN 26, 2023) – Portugal, Spain, France, Italy
SEGMENT 1B (JAN 25 to FEB 9, 2023) – Greece, Egypt and Turkey, Optional Extension to UAE
SEGMENT 2 (FEB 10 to MAR 8, 2021) – UAE, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, and Mongolia
SEGMENT 3 (MAR 8 to MAR 29, 2023) – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Cz Republic.
SEGMENT 4 (MAR 29 to APR 17, 2023) – Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Dublin.
One of the biggest expenses is obviously air transportation to and from the segments, so combining consecutive segments is economically a good idea. In terms of joining us, since you are located all over the World, we might identify some limited number of points of departure and arrival for the tour, with it being your responsibility to get to these common points and providing me with some limited points to pick you up or make arrangements for you.
These tour itineraries within specific cities will likely be influenced by the location of our hotels in each location. Walking tours have to start somewhere and that sets the agenda for each day we are on our own.
There will be more information to those that have signed up about… passports, Visas, medications, phone services, luggage and clothing – packing, cameras, electrical plug considerations, money exchange, and security precautions in general.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-765-730-2301
For truth in advertising, this is NOT a money-making venture for me, or the University. The tour group, who makes the reservations, of course, would not be doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, but I would get nothing, except in some cases, complimentary room, or some complimentary transportation as the organizer, which IS something. Just as in World Tours, while Ball State suggests that faculty take daily subsistance payments, I have NEVER done that. I would attempt to get gratuities for guides, hotels staff, etc. included in the “fees”. You, of course, can add anything you want beyond that. I would inform you of my success and where that works and where it doesn’t. It would NOT be all inclusive, but I would anticipate, as in the past, that much of these things would be included.