106th Annual Convention of Rotary International. 6-9 June, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil. Howard Tours for Rotarians. We Look Forward to Traveling with You. - PDF

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We Look Forward to Traveling with You. Howard Tours for Rotarians Howard Tours 516 Grand Avenue Oakland, CA Phone: Toll Free: Fax: th Annual Convention of Rotary International 6-9 June, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil You are invited to join us as we travel to the 106 th Annual Convention of Rotary International in São Paulo, Brazil from June 6-9, It has been fifteen years since the convention has been in South America, and the time has never been better to explore the beauty, cultures and history of this region. Our programs have been designed to give you freedom and flexibility of choice. From short tours that are economically minded, to deluxe programs designed for experienced travelers, we have offered you a wide range from which to choose. Howard Tours, which is owned and operated by Rotarians, has been taking Rotarians to the Rotary International conventions since the early 1950 s. Literally tens of thousands of Rotarians have traveled with us. We hope that we have included something that you would like to see and do in the following materials, and hope you will join us. Thank you for your interest. Brad Howard, President Howard Tours Page 2 Welcome to Howard Tours Howard Tours was founded in 1948 by Joe Howard, Past District Governor of what was then known as District 517, which includes California s Silicon Valley. We remain a Rotarian owned and operated company, now headed by Brad Howard, also a Past District Governor of District 5170 and RI Director- Elect of Rotary Zones Our manager, Jolene Bortz, is a Past President of Oakland Sunrise Rotary Club. Howard Tours is a primary tour operator and not a travel agency. We do not sell to the general public. We select and purchase our services from the airlines, hotels, sightseeing companies, etc. and then sell the tours directly to Rotarians attending the convention. We do not purchase tours from other wholesalers and resell them as our own. Nor do we repacked tours designed for other clients and call them a tour for Rotarians. As a result, we offer superior travel service at a greater value. Howard Tours has operated professional, educational, and other specialized programs, such as this one for Rotarians, since our inception. In addition to providing tours to the International Conventions since 1950, Howard Tours has been an innovator in developing humanitarian travel programs that give Rotarians first hand experience in world understanding and peace. These include participation in National Immunization Days in Africa and India, the delivery of wheelchairs to those in need, humanitarian grant site visits and many other humanitarian travel programs. Howard Tours: Page 3 Our tours have been specifically designed for a range of needs for those traveling to the São Paulo Convention. We offer three different types of tours: Explore Tours - Designed for those Rotarians who have limited time or funds, but who want to explore another city during their travels. Highlights Tours - Perfect for those who have about two weeks and want to see the most popular and interesting cities and regions before and after the convention. Grand Tours - Tailored for those who want a longer, higher standard travel program. We offer first class or deluxe hotels throughout and an in-depth itinerary to give you a complete travel experience. Explore Tours Table of Contents Pre-Convention Rio de Janeiro and Iguaçu Page 4 Post-Convention Rio de Janeiro and Iguaçu Page 5 Highlights Tours Post-Convention Argentina Pages 6-7 Pre-Convention Brazil Pages 8-9 Grand Tours Pre-Convention Peru (Machu Picchu) Pages Post-Convention Brazil Pages International and Intra-South America Airfares Page 14 Hotel in Brazil / Visa Requirements Page Application / Terms and Conditions Page Howard Tours for Rotarians Page 4 Pre-Convention Explore Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguaçu Land Only Tour Price: $1,849 Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy For Single Room, Add - $500 (See Land Only pricing notes page 14) Itinerary Fri., May 29 - Depart from U.S. to fly to Rio de Janeiro Sat., May 30 - Rio de Janeiro: This morning arrive in beautiful and pulsating Rio. Accommodations at the first class, Windsor Leme Hotel, which is located on the beach at Rio and includes daily breakfasts. Free afternoon to begin exploring this city. Sun., May 31 - Rio de Janeiro: Today, will be your first taste of Rio, as we enjoy a morning tour up Corcovado Mountain by railroad to enjoy the magnificent view and the Christ the Redeemer statue. We then continue to explore Rio and the world famous beaches of São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. Mon., June 1 - Rio de Janeiro: This morning, we visit the famous Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and proceeding to the Maracana soccer stadium, etc., before our ascent to the top of famous Sugar Loaf. This evening, we will experience Brazilian culture by enjoying a churrascaria (Brazilian barbecued dinner), and a Samba show. Tue., June 2 - Rio de Janeiro/Iguaçu Falls: This morning, we fly to Foz do Iguaçu (Iguaçu Falls), to see one of nature s most beautiful displays of power and grace. Upon our arrival in Iguaçu, we will travel to the Argentina side of the falls to take a gas-propelled train that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil s Throat. This evening is free for individual enjoyment. Accommodations at the first class resort, Bourbon Cataratas Resort, which includes daily breakfasts. Wed., June 3 - Iguaçu Falls: We will spend all day exploring the Brazilian side of the falls. Our first visit will be to walk along the footbridges and belvederes, all strategically placed, to give you the best view of the falls. Lunch will be provided as a tour service. This afternoon, will be the experience of a life time as we will take the Macuco safari through the tropical jungles near the falls, before we board speed boats that travel up river in the middle of the Iguaçu River to enjoy a view of the unforgettable Iguaçu Falls. Thu., June 4 - Iguaçu Falls/São Paulo: Early morning flight to São Paulo. Fri. Tue., June São Paulo: Attend the Rotary International Convention. No Howard Tours events are scheduled in deference to the Rotary Convention activities. Wed., June 10 Depart for home. Howard Tours: Page 5 Post-Convention Explore Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguaçu Land Only Tour Price: $2,099 Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy For Single Room, Add - $575 Thu., June 4 - Depart from U.S. to fly to São Paulo Fri., June 5 Arrive in São Paulo (See Land Only pricing notes page 14) Itinerary Sat. Tue., June São Paulo: Attend the Rotary International Convention. No Howard Tours events are scheduled in deference to the Rotary Convention activities. Wed., June 10 - São Paulo/ Iguaçu Falls: Early afternoon flight to Rio de Janeiro where we connect for our flight to Foz do Iguaçu (Iguaçu Falls), to see one of nature s most beautiful displays of power and grace. Accommodations at the first class resort, Bourbon Cataratas Resort, which includes daily breakfasts. Free afternoon to explore the resort and the area. Thu., June 11 - Iguaçu Falls: We will spend all day exploring the Brazilian side of the falls. Our first visit will be to walk along the footbridges and belvederes, all strategically placed, to give you the best view of the falls. Lunch will be provided as a tour service. This afternoon, will be the experience of a life time as we will take the Macuco safari through the tropical jungles near the falls, before we board speed boats that travel up river in the middle of the Iguaçu River to enjoy a view of the unforgettable Iguaçu Falls. Fri., June 12 - Iguaçu Falls: This morning, we will travel to the Argentina side of the falls to take a gaspropelled train that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil s Throat. Free afternoon to continue to explore the beauty of Iguaçu and the resort. This evening is free for individual enjoyment. Sat., June 13 - Iguaçu Falls/Rio de Janeiro: Morning free for resort enjoyment. Afternoon flight to beautiful and pulsating Rio de Janeiro. Accommodations at the first class, Windsor Leme Hotel, which is located on the beach at Rio and includes daily breakfasts. Free afternoon to begin exploring this city. Sun., June 14 - Rio de Janeiro: Today, will be your first taste of Rio, as we enjoy a morning tour up Corcovado Mountain by railroad to enjoy the magnificent view and the Christ the Redeemer statue. We then continue to explore Rio and the world famous beaches of São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. Mon., June 15 - Rio de Janeiro: This morning, we depart for a visit to the famous Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and proceeding to the Maracana soccer stadium, etc., before our ascent to the top of famous Sugar Loaf. Afternoon and evening free. This evening, we will experience Brazilian culture by enjoying a churrascaria (Brazilian barbecued dinner), and a Samba show. Tue., June 16 - Rio de Janeiro/Depart for Home Howard Tours: Page 6 Pre-Convention Brazil Highlights Tour Land Only Tour Price: $2,999 Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy For Single Room, Add - $725 (See Land Only pricing notes page 14) Itinerary Wed., May 27 - Depart from U.S. to fly to Manaus. Evening arrival. Accommodations at the Tropical Manaus Eco Resort, which includes daily breakfasts. Thu., May 28 Manaus/Amazon: This morning, we embark on an adventure into the Amazon River with a boat ride up the Rio Negro to our accommodations at the Amazon EcoPark Lodge, which will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This afternoon, you will begin your exploration of the flora and fauna of the Amazon. Amazon EcoPark Lodge This facility is a combination tourist, scientific and educational complex. Located on a tributary of the Rio Negro, this complex of bungalows place you in the midst of one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth. Your stay here will be one of the most unusual and exciting experiences of your trip. Our two night stay will be highlighted by excursions into the jungle by canoe with specialized guides who will help you to explore the ecosystems and biology of the area. Our exploration will include a nature hike, a visit to the monkey forest and local villages, a fishing tour, the Amazon by night and a trip to the Meeting of the Waters, which is a spectacular merge of Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point on both rivers form the famous Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we will be in the heart of the jungle, the Lodge provides a remarkable level of amenities and protection from the environment. With that said, the accommodations are not fancy. While each room offers balconies, en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, showers and screened windows, they are simply designed and appointed. Fri., May 29 Amazon: All day activities at the Amazon EcoPark Lodge. Sat., May 30 Manaus/Rio de Janeiro: This morning, we will transfer back to Manaus. Upon arrival, we will enjoy city sightseeing that will include the Opera House, Church of the Matriz, etc., before our evening flight to Rio. Accommodations at the first class, Windsor Leme Hotel, which is located on the beach at Rio and includes daily breakfasts. Sun., May 31 - Rio de Janeiro: Today, will be your first taste of Rio, as we enjoy a morning tour up Corcovado Mountain by railroad to enjoy the magnificent view and the Christ the Redeemer statue. We then continue to explore Rio and the world famous beaches of São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. Howard Tours: Page 7 Pre-Convention Brazil Highlights Tour Cont d. Mon., June 1 - Rio de Janeiro: This morning, we depart for a visit to the famous Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and proceeding to the Maracana soccer stadium, etc., before our ascent to the top of famous Sugar Loaf. This evening, we will experience Brazilian culture by enjoying a churrascaria (Brazilian barbecued dinner), and a Samba show. Tue., June 2 - Rio de Janeiro/Iguaçu Falls: This morning, we fly to Foz do Iguaçu, (Iguaçu Falls), to see one of nature s most beautiful displays of power and grace. Upon our arrival in Iguaçu, we will travel to the Argentina side of the falls to take a gas-propelled train that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil s Throat. This evening is free for individual enjoyment. Accommodations at the first class resort, Bourbon Cataratas Resort, which includes daily breakfasts. Wed., June 3 - Iguaçu Falls: We will spend all day exploring the Brazilian side of the falls. Our first visit will be to walk along the footbridges and belvederes, all strategically placed, to give you the best view of the falls. Lunch will be provided as a tour service. This afternoon, will be the experience of a life time as we will take the Macuco safari through the tropical jungles near the falls, before we board speed boats that travel up river in the middle of the Iguaçu River to enjoy a view of the unforgettable Iguaçu Falls. Thu., June 4 - Iguaçu Falls/Sao Paulo: Early morning flight to Sao Paulo. Fri. Tue., June São Paulo: Attend the Rotary International Convention. No Howard Tours events are scheduled in deference to the Rotary Convention activities. Wed., June 10 Depart for home. Howard Tours: Page 8 Pre-Convention Grand Peruvian Tour Land Only Prices: $2,899* Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy For Single Room, Add - $850 (See Land Only pricing notes page 14) * Final Price TBD. To reserve your space on this tour, please complete the application and send it to Howard Tours with the required deposit. Deposits for the Peruvian Grand tour are fully refundable, without penalty, until the final tour price is set and our members are notified. Thu., May 28 Depart from U.S. to fly to Lima. - Evening arrival in Lima, the City of the Kings. Accommodations at the Swissotel Lima, which includes daily breakfasts. Fri., May 29 Lima: This morning, we being our exploration of this charming city with sightseeing, including San Isidro s Financial Center, Miraflores, the adobe pyramid of Huaca Pucllana and a stop at the Larco Museum. We explore Lima s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Casa Allegra and finally the San Francisco Convent before returning to our hotel. Afternoon free for independent exploration and rest. Sat., May 30 Lima/Cusco/Urubamba: This morning, fly to Cusco, where upon our arrival we are transferred to the sacred Valley of the Incas. Our accommodations at the 17th century colonial hacienda of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness, which includes daily breakfasts. Free afternoon to explore this charming city and to adjust to the altitude of more than 9,500 feet above sea level. Sun., May 31 Urubamba: This morning, we visit the archaeological vestiges of the Maras and Moray. Maras is an impressive salt mine complex, while Moray is a location of mysterious concentric circular terraces, which according to some scholars was used as an agricultural research center.. Lunch provided as a tour service. Our exploration continues to Ollantaytambo Park, which is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec ( ) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire. It is currently considered one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of the Inca Empire. Mon., June 1 Machu Picchu: Today is an all-day journey to one of the most impressive sites on earth, Machu Picchu. We begin with a train trip up the mountain to Aguas Calientes before reaching the Lost City of the Incas. Machu Picchu is a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec ( ). Machu Picchu, which means Old Mountain , is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. Lunch provided as a tour service. Return by train to our hotel. Howard Tours: Page 9 Pre-Convention Grand Peruvian Tour Cont d. Tue., June 2 Urubamba/Cusco: We leave the Sacred Valley to travel back to Cusco, exploring the Sacsayhuaman fortress en route, which is an emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks,. We also visit Qenqo, an archaeological complex used for religious purpose, and Puka Pukara, the Red Fortress. Free afternoon for individual exploration in this charming village. Accommodations at the first class resort, Novotel Cusco Hotel, or equivalent, which includes daily breakfasts. Wed., June 3 - Cusco: We enjoy all day sightseeing, including the Oropesa church, Andahuaylillas Church, known as the Sistine Chapel of the America, due to the high quality of the artworks found inside it, the structure was built in the 16th century over vestiges of constructions that could correspond to the Wari culture. Afternoon free for final shopping and exploration. Thu., June 4 Cusco/Lima/Sao Paulo: Early morning flight to Lima, where connect to another flight to Sao Paulo. Fri. Tue., June Sao Paulo: Attend the Rotary International Convention. No Howard Tours events are scheduled in deference to the Rotary Convention activities. Wed., June 10 Depart for home. Health in Peru Travel on this program will be one of the most enjoyable and memorable travel experiences you can half. However, it is important that you are prepared for this trip. During our exploration of the Inca culture we will be traveling at altitude; Cusco is at an altitude of 11,200 feet and Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet. People who have respiratory or a circulatory ailment should check with their physician before joining this trip. People who have sleep disorders can also pose a problem at altitude since sleep is significantly disrupted during the acclimation process. A health care worker who knows your health conditions and understands the demands of altitude can help you prepare for your trip. Medications useful to you at altitude as well as immunizations for travel to remote areas can also be provided at your pre-trip visit. Further, our visits to these sites will include walking. People who have a disability that limits mobility will find that much of the sites we will visit may not be accessible. Although we are alerting you to these possible conditions, please know that approximately 2,500 people visit Machu Picchu every day, and that these issues are manageable. Howard Tours: Post-Convention Brazil Grand Tour Page 10 Land Only Tour Price: $3,979 Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy For Single Room, Add - $1,150 (See Land Only pricing notes page 14) Thu., June 4 - Depart from U.S. to fly to São Paulo Fri., June 5 Arrive in São Paulo Itinerary Sat. Tue., June São Paulo: Attend the Rotary International Convention. No Howard Tours events are scheduled in deference to the Rotary Convention activities. Wed., June 10 - São Paulo/ Iguaçu Falls: Early afternoon flight to Foz do Iguaçu, (Iguaçu Falls), to see one of nature s most beautiful displays of power and grace. Accommodations at the first class resort, Bourbon Cataratas Resort, which includes daily breakfasts. Free afternoon to explore the resort and the area. Thu., June 11 - Iguaçu Falls: We will spend all day exploring the Brazilian side of the falls. At first, we will walk along the footbridges and belvederes, strategically placed, to give you the best view of the falls. Lunch will be provided as a tour service. This afternoon, will be the experience of a life time as we will take the Macuco safari through the tropical jungles near the falls, before we board speed boats that travel up river in the middle of the Iguaçu River to enjoy a v
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