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“I had an unbelievable Around the World Group Tour thanks to GEC. I hit so many different places- all with unique geography, culture, and religion. I used to wait around asking friends to travel with me. Now I don’t. I just take off with GEC to wherever I want. GEC is perfect for solo traveler like myself. I can’t wait to go on my next GEC adventure!”
Mimi P, Boston MA
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"AROUND THE WORLD" Group Tour (Spring Itinerary) - 21 Days

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

This is a GEC original fully guided group tour!

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! Free roommate matching provided - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

Private Tour Eligible!: This tour is also eligible to be booked as a private tour providing that 6 or more people book together. You can even start your trip on any day that works best for you. Contact Us for details.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

SPRING ITINERARY TOUR DATES:
-- March 3 - March 23, 2019


(Click Here for the Fall RTW itinerary.)

IN THE NEWS: check out GEC & this Around the World tour that was recently featured in the Boston Globe Click Here for the Boston Globe article

The pinnacle of adventure travel: Travel Around the World and live a dream that most people will ever only fantasize about on this GEC original, affordable, and fully guided group tour.

Our Spring version of this ground-breaking tour includes 21 days, 6 countries, 4 continents, 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Once a luxury only available to the ultra-rich, the everyday adventure traveler now finally has the ability to travel around the world in an affordable way, yet still in the comfort of excellent mid-range hotels.

Join the group on this first of a kind, original, and ground-breaking group tour and truly experience one of life's top Bucket List To-Do's! The Spring itinerary visits the North Island of New Zealand, the tropical volcanic island of Bali, Indonesia, the vibrant city of Bangkok, Thailand and the famous Floating Markets, the best archeology sites of Egypt aboard a 5-star luxury Nile River ship, the festive city of Munich, Germany with its famous beer gardens, and the stunning medieval city of Salzburg, Austria. GEC’s Around the World tours are the pinnacle of adventure, culture and the thrill of travel!

It doesn't matter if you are signing up as a solo traveler (we'll do the roommate matching for you if you want to avoid the single supplement) OR joining with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!

This group tour is full of amazing history, ancient cultures, breathtaking landscapes, incredible food and wine, and - as it is with all GEC group tours - wonderful new friendships that will last a lifetime. And at this price, it's truly a one of a kind adventure!

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Spread the Payments: we offer flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost over multiple payments. Contact Us for details and we'd be happy to create a plan that works for you!

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Make Friends. Travel the World. With 100,000+ members across the US and Canada, GEC is the largest and fastest growing adventure travel club in the world! GEC is a unique and exciting social travel club open to anyone interested in traveling to exciting destinations around the world with other like-minded adventurers. Membership is free. just sign up for a trip and you are a member!


Places Visited:

Fully Guided Around the World Group Tour, RTW Group Tour, Auckland, New Zealand, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Bali, Indonesia, Ubud, Bangkok, Thailand, Egypt, Nile River Cruise, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Aswan, Munich, Salzburg, Austria


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1 (Sun March 3): Arrive Auckland, New Zealand. PM Group Orientation. (D) (See Day 1 and Day 21 detailed itinerary below for example consensus flights)
Day 2: Day Tour of Auckland (B)
Day 3: Optional Waitomo Caves, the Agrodome, Rotorua & Maori Arts Institute (B, L)
Day 4: Fly to Bali, Indonesia (B)
Day 5: Bali Island Tour (B, L)
Day 6: Bali Island Tour - Day 2 (B, L)
Day 7: Bali Island Tour - Day 3 (B, L)
Day 8: Free Day at Beach (B)
Day 9: Fly to Bangkok, Thailand (B)
Day 10: Bangkok Tour. (B)
Day 11: Optional Floating Markets Tour (B)
Day 12: AM Free. PM Fly to Egypt (B)
Day 13: Arrive Cairo Egypt. Optional Pyramids of Giza Tour (L)
Day 14: Fly to Luxor. Board Ship. Luxor Tour. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Valley of the Kings Tour (B, L, D)
Day 16: Edfu Temple Tour (B, L, D)
Day 17: High Dam, Philae Temple & Obelisk Tour. Fly to Cairo (B)
Day 18: Fly to Munich (B)
Day 19: Leisure Day to Explore Munich (B)
Day 20: Salzburg Austria Day Tour (B)
Day 21 (Sat March 23): Trip Ends.


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 (Sun March 3):
Arrive Auckland, New Zealand. PM Group Orientation


Arrive at the group’s start hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. Airport arrival instructions, group hotel information, and Group Orientation details (see below) will be emailed to you as part of the comprehensive Pre-Departure Dossier we will send you about 3 weeks in advance of the trip.

The trip officially begins with an early evening Group Orientation Meeting held at the hotel (details provided before departure). Here you will get a chance to meet your GEC Trip Leader, as well as all of your fellow travel companions for what is sure to be the beginning of many great friendships! Following the orientation, join your Trip Leader and fellow group members for an optional group dinner out in town.

EXAMPLE CONSENSUS FLIGHT: if you’d like to possibly fly with other group members to the start location, as a courtesy we would recommend that you consider the following flight:
TBD -- flight schedules are typically not out until around May 2018


Overnight in Auckland


Day 2:
Day Tour of Auckland (B)


We’ll start this tour with a 5-hour guide visit of the beautiful city of Auckland. For the first 2.5 hours, we’ll see Auckland via land. Traveling along Queen Street, the 'Golden Mile' of Auckland’s business and shopping district, we’ll see buildings that date back to the 1880s, modern high-rise towers, and New Zealand’s largest university, before crossing Waitemata Harbour on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From here we’ll view the harbor, marinas and city skyline, and learn about volcanic sites around the city as you drive along Tamaki Drive and the waterfront. You'll also go into one of Auckland's oldest parks, the expansive Auckland Domain, where the Auckland War Memorial Museum was established in 1852.

At the end of 2.5 hours, we’ll be dropped off at the Auckland Ferry Terminal for our boat tour of beautiful Waitemata Harbour. We’ll cruise past landmarks including Devonport, Auckland Harbour Bridge and Westhaven Marina, and have the opportunity to see the volcanic terrain of Rangitoto Island firsthand during a brief stop at the island. Our tour ends at the Sky Tower, which stands 1075 feet (328 meters) tall, the highest building in New Zealand. You can visit the Sky Tower on your own and go up to the observation deck for panoramic views of Auckland.

This evening, why not again join your fellow travel mates out for an optional dinner out in town.

Overnight in Auckland


Day 3:
Optional Waitomo Caves, the Agrodome, Rotorua & Maori Arts Institute (B, L)


After experiencing the city, today for those who chose the optional activity, we’ll head out to the countryside to visit some of the most popular sights on New Zealand’s North Island; the glow worms of Waitomo Caves, Maori Arts Institute, Rotorua & the Agrodome working sheep farm.

Be sure to pack a few snacks, as it will be a long, but definitely well worth it, 13+ hour day. We’ll depart Auckland about 7:30am and travel first to Waitomo Caves, famous for its glowworm caverns. Here we’ll take a guided tour underground to view the icicle-shaped stalactites and learn how they were formed over eons. A boat ride takes us through the Glowworm caves, where seemingly millions of glowworms illuminate the chamber walls and ceilings in a breathtaking display that looks like you are staring into the starry sky.

Our next stop is at the Agrodome, a working sheep and cattle farm where we’ll watch sheep shearing demonstrations, see sheep mustering by highly trained dogs, feed young farm animals and milk a cow for an authentic Kiwi experience. Back on the bus, we’ll enjoy a boxed lunch and refreshments en route to Rotorua.

Our first stop in Rotorua is Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Meander past gurgling mud pools and silica terraces as our local guide points out features of this geothermal wonder. Marvel at the 100-foot-high (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser; a famous natural attraction since the early 20th century, it erupts 10 to 20 times a day. Finally, we’ll visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute for a look at traditional Maori customs. Discover time-honored wood carvings and weavings and learn of their significance at sacred Maori meeting houses. We’ll then take the long return ride back to Auckland, arriving at our hotel about 8:15pm.

Overnight in Auckland


Day 4:
Fly to Bali, Indonesia (B)


The morning is free to further explore Auckland on your own or with your fellow travel mates. At the designated time, we will transfer from the hotel to the airport for our first group flight to Bali, Indonesia. Arriving in Bali, we’ll transfer to the hotel and have the evening free.

Overnight at the Beach in Bali


Day 5:
Bali Island Tour (B, L)


After breakfast, we are picked up from our hotel by our local guide, who is an expert in all things Bali, and begin a 3-day/2-night exploration of Bali’s beautiful tropical island interior.

During our journey of the island, some of the things we may do and experience include; sample fresh roasted coffee at a local coffee farm, stroll through picturesque terraced rice fields, meet with locals, view active volcanoes, explore ancient and modern Buddhist temples, visit off-the-beaten-path villages, stop at a fruit market to taste the many exotic local fruits, lunch at local restaurants, and possibly even get a chance to take a dip in a local hot spring.

Overnight in Bali


Day 6:
Bali Island Tour - Day 2 (B, L)


Today our 3-day/2-night journey and exploration of Bali’s lush island continues.

Overnight in Bali


Day 7:
Bali Island Tour - Day 3 (B, L)


Our 3-day/2-night journey and exploration of Bali’s lush island continues this morning and afternoon. Later we say good bye to our Local Guide as we return to our hotel back in the southern beaches, where we started the trip, to again enjoy the famous beaches of Bali; an amazing way to end this part of our amazing trip.

Overnight at the Beach in Bali


Day 8:
Free Day at Beach (B)


Today is a well-earned and much need rest day to spend at the beach or to explore the fun and vibrant beach town with your new-found friends. Rent a surfboard and take a lesson for a couple of bucks, take a snorkeling trip, join a sea kayaking tour, do some last-minute shopping, or simply relax at the beach or at one of the many beach bars or cafes.

Overnight at the Beach in Bali


Day 9:
Fly to Bangkok, Thailand (B)


At the appointed time we are picked up at our hotel and transferred to the airport for our quick four-hour group flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Upon arrival, we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel near the heart of the exotic and energetic city of Bangkok.

Tonight, why not go out and explore this awesome town and sample its famous nightlife with your fellow group members.

Overnight Bangkok


Day 10:
Bangkok Tour. (B)


After breakfast, we will enjoy a guided tour of Bangkok, including visits to the Royal Grand Palace and numerous Wats (temples), including Thailand’s most famous: Wat Po, birth place of traditional Thai Massage techniques.

Overnight Bangkok


Day 11:
Optional Floating Markets Tour (B)


In the morning, for those who purchased the optional day trip, we will travel with a local guide from Bangkok to the north to visit the one of the most popular floating markets of Thailand; Damnernsaduak Floating Market. Here we will have a chance to hire a paddle boat to explore the colorful market like a local. Our boat ride will also allow us to see, up close, the lifestyles of the local people who live along the small canals. We will return back to the hotel in the afternoon, giving us plenty of free time to shop, get a famous Thai massage, and/or check out the city further. If you didn’t purchase this optional day trip, then you have the day free to explore Bangkok on your own.

Overnight Bangkok


Day 12:
AM Free. PM Fly to Egypt (B)


Most of the day will be a free day to relax at the hotel, explore more of Bangkok, shop and/or experience one of Thailand’s famous and inexpensive foot or body massages. At the appointed time we are picked up at our hotel and transferred to the airport for our overnight group flight to Egypt.

Overnight Flight


Day 13:
Arrive Cairo Egypt. Optional Pyramids of Giza Tour (L)


We arrive in Cairo in the AM and transfer to our 5-Star hotel.

For those who purchased the optional day trip, we will head out to visit one of the original Seven Wonders of the World; the mighty Pyramids of Giza! With a local Egyptologist guide, we’ll spend a good amount of time exploring this Ancient Wonder of the World, then head out to see the equally famous Sphinx and Valley Temple. Near the Pyramids, your local guide will show you where you can take an optional camel ride... a great photo op with the iconic pyramids in the background! Should the schedule permit, you may also stop by the impressive Egyptian Museum.

Overnight at an Egyptian 5-Star Hotel Outside of Cairo


Day 14:
Fly to Luxor. Board Ship. Luxor Tour. (B, L, D)


Early in the AM we transfer to the Cairo Airport for a quick one-hour flight up to Luxor on the banks of the Nile River. We are met at the airport and transferred to our 5-Star Nile River ship for the start of an amazing 4-day/3-night river cruise exploration of Egypt.

In the afternoon, we’ll join our ship-based Egyptologist for a visit to the East Bank of the Nile, including the impressive Karnak Temple, with towering stone columns, giant obelisks, statues and ancient hieroglyphic relief carvings. In the late afternoon you'll return to the ship for dinner. The evening is free to relax on the deck of the ship with your fellow group members and enjoy the stars in the clear desert night.

Overnight Aboard a 5-Star Luxury Nile River Ship


Day 15:
Valley of the Kings Tour (B, L, D)


After breakfast aboard the ship, you'll visit the West Bank of the Nile River. Again, joining your fellow group members and others from the ship, your ship-based Egyptologist guide will take you on a guided excursion of the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Here you'll have a chance to enter the tombs of many ancient Kings and Pharaohs including the most famous of them all: King Tut's Tomb! Note: there is an extra charge paid on-site to enter King Tut’s Tomb.

Returning to the ship, you'll enjoy lunch and dinner aboard as the ship sails up river to Edfu.

Overnight Aboard a 5-Star Luxury Nile River Ship


Day 16:
Edfu Temple Tour (B, L, D)


After breakfast aboard the ship, you'll again join your ship-based Egyptologist Guide and visit the Temple in Edfu. Returning to the ship you'll enjoy lunch and afternoon tea as the ship sails on to Kom Ombo. In the afternoon you'll visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris in Kom Ombo. This evening the ship sails to the beautiful city of Aswan.

Overnight Aboard a 5-Star Luxury Nile River Ship


Day 17:
High Dam, Philae Temple & Obelisk Tour. Fly to Cairo (B)


After breakfast aboard, you'll check out and then visit the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk, then on to the beautiful Temple of Philae, which is located on an island and dedicated to the goddesses Isis and Hathor. Following the tour, we will then transfer to the Aswan Airport for our return flight to Cairo. Arriving at the Cairo airport, we will be met and assisted, then transferred to an excellent Egyptian level 5-star hotel.

Overnight at an Egyptian 5-Star Hotel Outside of Cairo


Day 18:
Fly to Munich (B)


Today we transfer to the Cairo Airport and fly to Munich, Germany. Arriving in Munich, we’ll take the airport train into downtown Munich and check into our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore Munich, including the quaint Marienplaz with its famous Glockenspiel clock.

Dinner and drinks at a quintessential German brewery restaurant, such as the famous Hofbrauhaus or across the street at the Augustiner am Platzl, is the perfect way to spend your first night in Munich with your fellow travel mates.

Overnight Munich


Day 19:
Leisure Day to Explore Munich (B)


Today is a leisure day to further explore more of Munich and its surrounding area on your own or with your new-found travel mates. There is plenty to do and see, and your Trip Leader will have plenty of ideas for you. Possible ideas include:
  • Neuschwanstein Castle: a full day trip to see the stunning castle that inspired Disney World’s Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • Rothenburg: a day trip to the quaint and traditional medieval Bavarian village of Rothenburg, located about 3 hours northwest of Munich
  • Dachau: while somber, a visit to this camp reminds us to never forget
  • BMW Museum: for you auto lovers, the Bavarian Motor Works museum is a favorite attraction while in Munich
  • Food & Beer: continue the experience with a guided tour of Munich’s best breweries & restaurants... on foot or even via bicycle!
This evening, why not visit the famous 1,000-person beer gardens of Augustiner Keller (located right next to the Munich train station), and enjoy one of their famous rotisserie chickens for dinner.

Overnight Munich


Day 20:
Salzburg Austria Day Tour (B)


The final day of this incredible journey brings you to the stunning fortress city of Salzburg, Austria. A favorite city of Europe for many and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salzburg is one of the crown jewel cities of the Alps.

In the morning, traveling by train or bus, we’ll join a local guide and group for an included visit to this extraordinary city. Home to Mozart and guarded by an imposing 11th century castle perched high above the city, you’ll explore the quaint streets and amazing history of Salzburg. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Salzburg, then given time to explore the city on your own. For lunch, we recommend a visit to the Augustinerbräu - Kloster Mülln Monastery Brewery beer garden... founded by monks in 1621, it is located at the base of the mountain that hosts the city’s castle and contains 2 large indoor beer halls and a 1,000-person outdoor beer garden. The food is excellent and the beer is widely considered the best in the world! As time allows, we may also visit other important and beautiful sights outside of the city. At the end of the day, we return to Munich.

Tonight, why not join your fellow group members and Trip Leader out for an optional final farewell dinner to celebrate your amazing journey and recount the many incredible experiences you've had! At the start of this trip 3 weeks ago, most people were strangers. By tonight, many life-long friendships and more than a few memories will have been made.

Overnight Munich


Day 21 (Sat March 23):
Trip Ends


This morning your trip ends and you bid farewell, or until next time, to your fellow group members... many of which may become lifelong friends and future travel buddies! You’ll make your own way to the airport… your Trip Leader can help with arrangements and matching people up with similar flight times.

EXAMPLE CONSENSUS FLIGHT: if you’d like to possibly fly with other group members from the end location, as a courtesy we would recommend that you consider the following flight:
TBD -- flight schedules are typically not out until around May 2018




Important Information



This is a GEC original small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare to/from the starting/ending points as per the itinerary or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. If you would like your own hotel room, please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Payment installment plans are available. Please Contact Us if you would like to do a payment installment plan to spread the cost of the trip out.

Entry Visas: below are the entry Visa requirements for US & Canadian citizens (at the time of printing). Please be sure to check with the appropriate embassies in the US (and/or in your country of citizenship) before the trip to confirm requirements.

-- New Zealand (Auckland): No Visa is required
-- Indonesia (Bali): Visa not required (though a fee of US$35 may be required at the airport on entry)
-- Thailand (Bangkok): No Visa is required
-- Egypt (Cairo): Visas are obtained on entry into the country at the airport for a cost of US$25
-- Germany (Munich): No Visa is required

NOTE: Visas and all associated costs are not included in the trip cost. It is solely up to the traveler to obtain all necessary Visas based on your nationality and current requirements.

A passport is always required. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months following the last day of the tour and have at least six (6) blank pages (after obtaining any necessary Visas for this trip) available for entry stamps and/or Visas or you could be denied entry into the country by immigration officers (see below for Visa requirements).

This trip Starts in Auckland, New Zealand and ends in Munich, Germany. Please see an example consensus flights in Day 1 and Day 21 of the itinerary, however please book your flights accordingly as per the itinerary.

All deposits and payments include the cost of your inter-country group airfare and a $750 standard deposit. Full payment is due at least 100 days before departure, unless an agreed upon payment plan is in place beforehand. Please note that once the trip is guaranteed to depart, the airfare costs are non-refundable and the standard cancellation policy applies to all deposits and payments as per the trip booking Terms & Conditions.

Please note that this trip is on the cutting edge of adventure travel. It is a ground-breaking tour that requires a high level of adaptability and an adventurous spirit. Due to unforeseen weather, use of major schedule airlines and other such external factors, the ability to remain flexible is critical. As such, modifications and adjustments to the itinerary are possible before and/or during the tour.

Please note that certain countries periodically enforce small tourist room taxes to all visitors staying at a hotel. Should the hotel be required to collect this tax during your stay, you will be required to pay the tax directly to each hotel at either check in or before checkout. The charges must be paid directly to the hotel by EACH PASSENGER and cannot be covered or pre-paid by a tour operator per common government rules. Room tax isn’t always charged, but if it is it is typically small; usually the equivalent of a few dollars per person, per night and subject to change.

Trip ID: MC1233
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Group Airfare During Trip (Mandatory Add-on):
-- Auckland-Bali
-- Bali-Bangkok
-- Bangkok-Cairo
-- Cairo-Luxor
-- Aswan-Cairo
-- Cairo-Munich
$2,879.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL:13-hour Tour to Waitomo Caves, the Agrodome, Rotorua & Maori Center (day 3)
$285.00
OPTIONAL:Floating Market day tour (day 11)
$87.00
OPTIONAL:Pyramids of Giza Tour (day 13)
$92.00
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room)
$3,475.00

Trip Highlights

    New Zealand:
  • Guided tour Auckland
  • Optional tour to Waitomo Caves & Rotorua

  • Bali:
  • 3d/2n island tour
  • Leisure day at beach to rest and relax

  • Bangkok:
  • Optional Floating Markets day tour
  • Guided tour of Bangkok

  • Egypt:
  • 4d/3n Nile River cruise in 5-star ship & 2 nights in Cairo
  • Guided tours of the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Aswan, and Cairo with expert English speaking Egyptologist guides
  • Optional Pyramids of Giza Tour

  • Munich:
  • Visit to famous beer gardens of Munich
  • Leisure day to rest and relax

  • Salzburg:
  • Guided tour to Salzburg, Austria from Munich
Price Includes
  • Fully Guided Group Tour Around the World
  • GEC Trip Leader from start to finish
  • Expert English speaking local experts for select tours
  • All tours as indicated in the itinerary
  • Excellent local-level mid-range hotels
  • Transportation and tours as indicated in modern a/c vehicles
  • Airport/hotel transfers during the trip
Price Does Not Include
  • Group flights during trip - Auckland to Munich (mandatory add-on)
  • Airfare to Auckland & from Munich for start/end of trip (See Day 1 and Day 21 detailed itinerary for example consensus flights)
  • Airport & departure taxes (if any)
  • Room Tax (see "Important Information" section)
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Tours, activities, fees and expenses not mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Tips & gratuities for GEC Trip Leader and Local Guides
  • Entry Visas (see "Important Info" section at bottom of page)
Group Leader
  • English speaking GEC Trip Leader from start to finish
  • Expert English speaking local experts for select tours
Number of Days
  • 21 total days
Accomodation Included
  • Excellent local-level mid-range hotels
Seasonal Info
  • Our Around the World tours are specifically designed to achieve optimal weather conditions and limited tourist crowds. That said, we encounter a variety of weather, so a combination of summer and spring/fall clothes are good, along a light waterproof coat, sweater/fleece and pants for nighttime and those cooler days is a good idea. A full example packing list will be included in the comprehensive Pre-Departure Dossier which will be sent about 3-4 weeks before departure.


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