No. But don't worry we have the most up to date pricing and itineraries, often even before the brochures hit the shelves, so if you can't see a date for next season on our site - then it hasn't been released yet.
Yes. You can book our trips and cruises from anywhere. Please be aware that all trips are in english and at present we only provide prices in Australian and New Zealand dollars.
Generally trip departures for 2019 are released at different times during the year depending on the destination. We've put a little table together below to help make it clearer. If you join our email database then we'll let you know when new dates are released.
* To confuse things, Operators sometimes release "Preview" brochures with a subset of trips that you can book early. This subset is generally made up of their most popular trips likely to sell out quickly. These are released a month or two before the general release date.
We do not mail out brochures. Our website provides you with all the itineraries, prices and destination information contained in over 230 brochures along with trips Operators couldn't fit into their printed brochures. If you wish to view the electronic brochure, then a link to it is available on each itinerary page (click on the brochure image).
Travel documents, including any paper tickets, e-tickets, e-docs, itineraries and other information, are emailed to you approximately two to three weeks prior to departure from your country of origin provided full payment has been received.
Global Journeys offer exclusive savings and discounts to help you stretch your money further, including all applicable savings offered by each Operator including Earlybird Specials, Early Payment Discounts, Young Traveller Discounts just to name a few. All these discounts will automatically be included in your quote to achieve our best possible price. Our own additional exclusive deals are shown on each itinerary page.
Global Journeys strongly recommends that all clients have an insurance policy in place to ensure your peace of mind before and whilst travelling. It's important that you protect yourself in case of trip cancellation/interruption should unforeseen circumstances prevent you from travelling as planned, travel/baggage delay or loss of baggage and medical expenses.
Please visit our Travel Insurance section for further information.
It is quite typical to find 6-10 different nationalities on any one tour. You'll forge new friendships with other guests from Australia, America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, and UK. All tours and river cruises are English guided only.
Find the tour(s) that you are interested in and select from the available dates, we will then email you a quote for that date letting you know the availability and whether it's a 'definite departure'. If it's not, we'll also let you know the closest available date that is definitely departing.
Your Tour Guide will go through the optional excursions for purchase while you are on tour. You may choose and purchase any optional excursions at that time. A list of optional excursions will be included in your documents for review prior to departure. Note: There are a limited number of Operators that allow you to pre-book excursions before departure. Information on how to do this will be provided once your booking is confirmed.
A triple room is the same size as a twin-share room. It will have beds to accommodate three people. If there are only two beds, a rollaway bed is normally used.
Most Operators can accommodate passengers who prefer a vegetarian diet and can assist with diabetic, gluten free and other medically recommended diets. Please advise at time of booking. Operators generally are unable to supply meals in accordance with strict religious requirements.
With most tours you can - however generally Tour Operators won't offer a reduction in the trip price if you do. Please ask at time of enquiry.
Global Journeys have included a weather indicator for each month of the year - you can find this on each itinerary page.
Depending on the itinerary and the destinations you are visiting this will vary. All trips will include comfort stops.
This varies based on each itinerary. At times you'll have the opportunity for a picture stop and talk by your tour guide, other times you'll have a number of hours to visit key attractions. On some tours you'll have multiple night stays in the one destination giving you ample time to explore in your own time.
A Tour Guide/Director will accompany you throughout your journey. Some indepenent trips use Local guides in each city to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the region. If you choose to book pre or post accommodation or tour extensions your Tour Guide/Director may not accompany you during this part of your holiday.
Some tour operators provide an option where you can pay an extra non-refundable amount when you deposit your trip which gives you additional protection if you have to cancel before or during your holiday. Each policy is different, read about them below. If you wish for us to include this in your quote then please let us know before making your deposit.
Deciding who to travel with is not an easy task. If you've travelled with a particular river cruise Operator before, and you loved the trip then it's not such a hard decision, and most of them have a special 'frequent traveller discounts' for repeat clients. When pricing your quote we'll take this into account. To help you compare River Cruise operators we have provided you with a quick guide which you can find here: Compare River Cruise Operators.
The most popular time to visit Europe is early summer, especially June and July. Part or all of August is often considered part of the low season in many cities (except for Paris, where it's July). Europeans go on vacation at this time, which means the beaches are packed, but the cities are devoid of locals and replaced by travellers. From August 15 to 31, most European cities either close down entirely (Rome is the most notorious) or go on severely shortened hours. From mid or late November through Easter (except for Christmas week) is low season in most places. However there are some great river cruises which allow you to take in Christmas time in Europe, something very unique. The Shoulder Season usually includes Spring (Easter through mid June) and Autumn/Fall (late September to mid or late November). Global Journeys have included a weather guide for each month of the year - you can find this on each itinerary page.
For a single traveller who prefers the privacy of their own room, single accommodation can be requested. A single supplement normally applies (unless there is a special on) on normal twin-share rooms.
Because most of Europe's historic towns and cities are often located on or close to the main rivers, it makes no difference which side of the ship you choose. There's always plenty to see along both sides of the river. Remember that Europe is very compact - you only have short distances to travel between towns (and even between countries).
All meals onboard are prepared by accomplished chefs and consist of local food adjusted to suit the tastes of international passengers. Generally that will include a buffet breakfast, and in Europe a buffet lunch. On the Yangtze, a mix of Western and Chinese dishes are generally offered. Dinner is generally a multi-course meal. If your vegetarian, on the first day of the cruise you need to make the Tour/Cruise Director aware of this so they can advise any chefs onboard the ships. However if you need gluten free meals you'll need to let us know beforehand so we can advise the Operator. Gluten intolerant passengers will also need to make the Tour/Cruise Director aware of your requirments, on the first day of the cruise.
Flying in on the same day as your river cruise departure does reduce your holiday expense, however flying in a day early lowers your stress level and is recommended. If you are cutting it close, a flight delay or cancellation could be a disaster. It is your responsibility to meet the ship, and a last-minute flight/transfer to the ship's next port won't be cheap. A night in a hotel before your cruise can also help you unwind and enjoy your first day on the ship.
Your river cruise will stop at several ports. When it does, you are free to do what you like. You can go exploring on your own arouund town or join go on an organised excursion. Many of the Operators on our site offer various options (and mostly at no additional charge). These options could include walking tours at night, cycling tours, historical walks and gastronomic discoveries.
If this is your first river cruise we would recommend that you orgnaise any shore excursions while onboard with the cruise operator. Besides the convenience you can also rely on the transport provided & there's no chance that you will miss the ships' departure. (They will not wait for you if you are delayed on a private tour).
River cruises journey during the night and day. Some evenings local entertainment is provided onboard after which they disembark and the ship usually leaves the port, while you are dining, socialising and sleeping.
You can do your own thing or join one of the groups to do a personalised walking tour. There is time to wonder on your own, go back to the ship for lunch or enjoy lunch at one of the local cafes. Sometimes included day trips take most of the day.
Most of the river cruise operators provide an option where you can pay an extra non-refundable amount when you deposit your river cruise which gives you additional protection if you have to cancel your cruise before or during your holiday. Each operators policy is different, read about them below. If you wish for us to include this in your quote then please let us know before making your deposit.
Sea sickness is not a problem on a river cruise as the ships are designed to virtually glide along & so you hardly realise you are moving. (Typically 12-15 mph cruising speed). The fact that you can see both banks of the river also means sea sickness is a rarity as there is no sense of a moving horizon.
Because the ships are restricted in size to enable them to navigate the rivers and locks, there is not sufficient space for full size pools, but some have spa pools and internal pools available.