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Travelmarvel River Cruises
River Cruises

Unpack once and watch incredible scenery glide by as you experience iconic rivers and waterways of Europe & Asia.

Travelmarvel Land Journeys
Land Journeys

Premium escorted land journeys, at an affordable price - meticulously planned & awaiting your discovery.

Travelmarvel Small Ship Cruises
Small Ship Cruises

Small ship cruising along the coastlines of some of the world's most incredible destinations.

Travelmarvel Rail Journeys
Rail Journeys

Experience all the joy of nostalgic rail travel through some of the world's greatest landscapes.

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Popular Destinations View all Explore the following regions on one of 157 tours & cruises with Travelmarvel

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MS Estrela
Ship Class: River Ship

Embark on an extraordinary voyage aboard MS Estrela, Travelmarvel's new custom-built river ship set to launch in 2024. Indulge in luxurious comfort, exquisite dining, and breathtaking views as you explore Portugal's majestic Douro River,...

Heritage Adventurer
Ship Class: Expedition Cruise Ship

Embark on an extraordinary adventure aboard the Heritage Adventurer. This pioneering expedition vessel, with its superior ice-class rating and 14 Zodiacs, guarantees thrilling expeditions. Explore Australia's Kimberley Coast, indulge in...

Ship Class: River Ship

Travelmarvel's Vega offers a new level of comfort with state of the art facilities and more open social spaces than its predecessors. Admire Europe's magnificent scenery from the rooftop terrace, one of the relaxing lounges or retreat to...

Ship Class: River Ship

Part of Travelmarvel's new Contemporary Class river ships, Polaris grants its guests a magnificent view of Europe and its waterways. Custom-built with more open social areas and a stylish interior, plus live entertainment and a range of...

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Wonderful river cruise Budapest to Amsterdam   0 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2024
We really enjoyed our river cruise with Travelmarvel from Budapest to Amsterdam in April 2024. We stayed a couple of nights before the cruise at Hotel Vision which was across the road from the Danube River and the dock where we met our cruise. We booked this accommodation ourselves. The hotel was excellent. The map that Travelmarvel provide which shows ...read more where to meet the ship in Budapest is not that accurate. The ship docks the day before the new cruise starts, so it was easy to check out where to go by walking along the river and finding the ship. There are lots of river ships docked in Budapest so be aware the ship might move a little overnight but it will be in the same general area. Budapest is a beautiful city and well worth having a few extra days there. The night cruise to see Budapest all lit up was amazing on the first night that we were on the ship. Amsterdam however was overwhelming. It was incredibly busy - bikes, trams, buses, people all crowded together. We were glad to leave as soon as the cruise was over.

We travelled on the Vega. It was a beautiful ship. It just glides through the water, you hardly know you are moving. The cruise director, Janos, was fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble, and he was very organised. There are a few optional excursions that you can choose to go on, which are an additional cost. We did 3 of them and found them worthwhile. There is no pressure to participate, the alternate option is to stay on the ship which is no hardship.

The food was great. Beer, wine and softdrink was included at lunch and dinner and glasses were really filled up for as long as you are dining. It was great to unpack and just enjoy the cruise. Most days you woke up you were in a new town or heading towards one.

We are around 64 years of age and I think we would have been in the youngest third of the passengers. There were some quite fit 70+ year olds on the cruise. Age doesn't define the ability to be active. There were also some less active older people who were very adequately catered for. When we left the ship to go on bus or walking tours there was nearly always a buss or tour for the gentle walkers who were less mobile. There was exercise, stretch sessions on the ship every morning for those that wanted to participate.

Travelmarvel did their best to cater for all the guests and ensure everyone had as good a holiday as possible.
Legend of the Balkans     0 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2024
We had a great time on this river cruise despite Emirates losing our luggage, which we didn't get back until the last day of the cruise. Tracey was helpful when flights were cancelled in Dubai (this was mayhem) and we missed 2 days in Bucharest due to this. We got to the boat just in time. The cruise director, Roland, looked after dealing with our luggage ...read more and the hotel manager, Nicu, made sure our clothes were cleaned and returned to us in the morning. We were able to purchase clothes at the next port. This was our first river cruise. We thought there would be a lot of elderly on board but it was a good mix, but mostly retirees. Our french balcony room was great, cleaned daily and spacious. The food was nice and excursions enjoyable. We would definitely do another river cruise.
Excellent first trip to Japan   1 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2024
This was our first trip to Japan which we booked through Global Journeys and Travelmarvel. This was a trip managed by Great Train Journeys in the UK. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip with like minded travellers from the UK, Australia and US. It is perfect for 1st time travellers to Japan with an attentive English and Japanese tour guide. The overall ...read more tour was well balanced, with the right amount of time spent exploring by ourselves, good hotels and food choices. The tour covered all the main attractions of the cities included. We highly recommend Global Travel who we continue to use for our holiday bookings. They are prompt, pay attention to detail and are always proactive. We would have no hesitation in recommending Global Travel, Travelmarvel or Great Train Journeys.
Travelmarvel cruise   0 , QLD, Australia, Mar 2024
We enjoyed our cruise very much. The service provided by the crew was excellent, without exception. The meals provided were fabulous. Special mention for the Cruise Director who ensured all activities and excursions were very well organised. We enjoyed good company, good wine and plenty of opportunity for relaxation between excursions. Our cabin ...read more was very comfortable as was the bed. We would be very happy to travel with Travelmarvel again. Booking with Global Journeys was very straightforward, and Maisie was very responsive to my emails.
Amazing Northern Lights!     0 , NSW, Australia, Mar 2024
Booking was a breeze through Global Journeys, Tracey was very wonderful and patient with me, regarding booking and booking flights and accommodation before and after the tour organized. Travelmarvel tour was great it was a small group of 18 and we all got along really well, the organization for the trip and what it entailed run like clockwork. We were ...read more able to see the Northern lights 3 nights in a row in Yellowknife!!! It was a fantastic trip highly recommend to anyone!
South America Highlights   0 , QLD, Australia, Feb 2024
This holiday had been well thought out as every day was another exciting experience. It was well balanced with great tour guides and local guides who looked after all our needs. I would certainly recommended this holiday as there were so many different kinds of experiences. Very impressed with beautiful accommodation in every city.
Beautful boat, food and staff on the Mekong Rivercruise   6 , NSW, Australia, Jan 2024
The cabin on the lower deck was absolutely fine and on the same level as the dining room so easy access for all meals. Relaxing on the sundeck as the boat cruised along was amazing. The itinerary was quite busy and we enjoyed meeting other travellers to share travel stories. We hired a tuk tuk at the end of the tour to see more temples independently ...read more which was super easy, safe and enjoyable.
A down market tour of Tasmania     0 , SA, Australia, Dec 2023
Having done a tour of Tasmania 12 months ago with AAT Kings, I enjoyed the island so much that I took a tour there again, but with another company. This time it was Travelmarvel, which is the discount arm of APT. It was noticeable really only in the accommodation sense, but the sights of course do not change. The highlights this time were places ...read more that I had not been to, which included the Tasmanain Devil Unzoo, Bicheno ( Where the driver's family seemed to have owned most of the town at one stage), and the Nut in Stanley. Other highlights which I had been to before were Port Arthur and the Bruny Island cruise, this time in rough weather. One tip is to possibly arrive the day before the tour officially begins. I intended to arrive on the morning of the tour but the flight from Melbourne was cancelled so I had to book another flight for the next day and so missed a full day of touring. Hannah at Global Journeys, as always, was a pleasure to deal with in organising the tour.

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Canada & Alaska Preview

Canada & Alaska Preview (2025)

The Travelmarvel team has travelled extensively through Canada and Alaska to create unique and rewarding holidays, paying attention to the finest details. Our first-hand knowledge means you’ll experience the iconic attractions in a unique way. You’ll...more venture away from the busy crowds to interact with local people, and you’ll discover hidden gems far removed from the well‑trodden tourist trail.
South America

South America (2025-26)

Whether you are looking to delve into the delights of the Peruvian Amazon, take a cruise along the Chilean Fjords, or explore inland wonders by premium coach, we’ve got you covered. Each unique style takes you to the very heart of South America’s greatest...more destinations, and no matter your chosen travel style, endless delightful experiences await.
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Premium Journeys, Exceptional Value
Premium Journeys, Exceptional Value

Every Travelmarvel holiday is designed with your enjoyment in mind. Each river cruise, small ship cruise, coach tour and 4WD outback adventure provides the perfect balance of inclusions and free time, so while we'll take you to the must-see sights and the hidden gems, you'll never feel rushed and you'll enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore each region in your own time.

To further enhance your journey, we're excited to introduce our Insider Experiences on every Travelmarvel holiday, at no extra cost to you. Whether it's a unique sightseeing activity, a stay at a special hotel or a memorable dining experience, delve deeper into the local tastes and traditions of each region.

Travelmarvel - The River Cruising Experts
Travelmarvel - The River Cruising Experts

Gliding along the rivers of Europe or Asia with Travelmarvel is one of the most enjoyable travel experiences available. Cruise in style aboard your luxurious floating hotel or combine your river cruise with a comprehensive land journey.

Travel in air-conditioned coaches, stay in centrally located hotels, and enjoy superb food and wine. Upon boarding, settle into your stateroom and enjoy the convenience of having to unpack just once. After an exciting day of exploring, return to your ship and relax with a drink in one of the stylish lounges. Relax amid your luxurious surrounds, knowing that every detail has been taken care of.

Travelmarvel Rail Journeys
Travelmarvel Rail Journeys

Holidays by rail aren't something new – in the golden age of travel they opened up the world to adventure-seekers who wanted to experience the pleasures of life abroad in a comfortable, convenient and completely relaxing way.

Travelmarvel have sought to recreate this ideal by taking you on an incredible journey along Europe's illustrious railways to introduce you to the wonders of train travel.

From your expert Tour Manager and welcoming rail staff to cheerful local guides, you can expect intuitive, warm and professional service every step of the way on your amazing rail adventure.

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New Health and Hygiene Measures to Travel Well with Travelmarvel

02 July, 2020

New Health and Hygiene Measures to Travel Well with Travelmarvel

Travelmarvel always have the safety and wellbeing of guests front of mind. In this COVID-19 era, this is even more pronounced. As part of the APT Travel Group, a highly experienced and awarded Australian company, Travelmarvel have implemented a number of new measures to elevate their health...

Introducing Travelmarvel Polaris to Europe's Waterways

21 October, 2019

Introducing Travelmarvel Polaris to Europe's Waterways

The Travelmarvel Polaris is a brand new Contemporary River Ship and the latest addition to Travelmarvel’s world-class fleet of river ships. Designed to deftly navigate Europe’s waterways the Travelmarvel Polaris has been enhanced for a superior onboard experience.   This premium vessel...

Cruise the Mekong on Travelmarvel's new ship - RV Apsara

23 September, 2019

Cruise the Mekong on Travelmarvel's new ship - RV Apsara

Travelmarvel’s new ship on the block, the elegant RV Apsara, cruises through some of Vietnam and Cambodia’s best countryside. With impressive facilities, tasteful décor and balconies in every suite, relaxing along the Mekong has never been easier.   Set to sail waters in July 2020, the...

What's New in Travelmarvel's Europe River Cruising 2020 Preview

07 March, 2019

What's New in Travelmarvel's Europe River Cruising 2020 Preview

Europe’s diversity is endless, with its rich history, delicious cuisine, and friendly people leaving travellers eager to return time and time again. With Travelmarvel, you’ll see more of this incredible continent in a way that best suits you, thanks to their ever-growing list of travel styles....

Travelmarvel Tour & Cruise FAQ's Frequently asked questions for those considering travelling with Travelmarvel

I am travelling alone. Is this OK?

Many passengers travel with Travelmarvel on their own. You can choose to pay the single-supplement rate which enables you to be accommodated in a single room or cabin. Alternatively you can choose to be matched up with a person of the same gender and pay the twin-share price. In this instance, accommodation will be in twin-bedded rooms (not applicable on river crusies).

I have specific dietry requirements, do you cater for this?

Travelmarvel will endeavour to cater for all special diets and preferences. Please advise Global Journeys of your dietary requirements at the time of booking and we will include the information within your booking to ensure you are catered for appropriately. Please note that in more remote locations options may be more limited.

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including your travel kit are sent approximately two to three weeks prior to departure from your home country, provided full payment has been received.

What is the luggage restriction on my tour/river cruise?

Each passenger is entitled to take one piece of luggage that does not exceed 160cm (63 inches), weight limit 20kg (44 pounds), plus a piece of hand luggage.

Do you pick up or drop off at the airport from any hotel?

Travelmarvel will only pick up or drop off when accommodation is booked with Global Journeys through Travelmarvel, however there are some restrictions that apply to some tours in regards to the number of pick up and drop off options.

Do you allow children on your tours, rail journeys & river cruises?

Yes, there is a minimum age, which varies between different tours. Please enquire for further details.

What is the average age of people on your tours & crusies?

Our clients are generally 55+, but more than age a positive attitude is important in a group situation. We have found ages to be as diverse and varied as the sites and attractions you will see on tour.

What is Travelmarvel's Deposit Cancellation Cover?

With Travelmarvel's Deposit Cancellation Cover you can cancel your holiday 100 days prior to travel and retain a full Travelmarvel holding credit of the deposit paid. There are no penalties if a new booking is then made within three years. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when enquiring.

Why is my contact information collected when I book?

There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impact travel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that Travelmarvel be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.

Why should I book an African tour with Travelmarvel?

Africa is possibly the world's last truly untamed continent, which is why Travelmarvel's extraordinary range of small-group African adventures are so vastly different to anything ever offered before. Our goal is to take guests to experience the raw essence of Africa in the most personalised and intimate manner possible, without compromising on the style, convenience and security that our discerning travellers have come to expect. We've taken the best elements of independent African travel and enhanced them. So join us, explore the wilds of Africa in the finest style imaginable on a true departure from the ordinary.

What does the price include?

All coach, rail, accommodation, sightseeing, airfares, park fees, gratuities, port charges, admissions, luggage service (one bag), local guides, services of a Tour Director, and meals (as indicated in each individual itinerary) are included.

What is not included in the price?

Airfares between Australia and Africa, optional tours, meals other than those specified in the itinerary, drinks, laundry, passport and visa fees, excess baggage and vaccinations are not included. Gratuities are not included on the Pre-tour Blue Train Extension (Pretoria to Cape Town) or the Africa extensions. Changes to flight schedules may require you to book additional accommodation and services at your own expense.

So flights within Africa are included?

Economy flights within Africa and airport taxes are included in the price. This is based on passengers booking an international ticket to Africa with South African Airways. A surcharge may apply if H class for internal flights is not available or flying another airline. If you are flying with another airline, internal flights will be based on best fare available at the time of booking.

Do you allow children on your tours?

Children under twelve years of age are not recommended on tours to Africa. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and share their accommodation with an adult. Game lodges cannot guarantee triple bedding.

Are pre & post tour extensions guided by APT?

All extensions are based on availability at time of booking. Passengers will be assisted by local guides or the Train Manager on Blue Train, as the Travelmarvel Tour Director will not accompany the group. Gratuities are not included.

What are the passport requirements for travelling to Africa?

South African passport control has become very strict. Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from the passengers' return home date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard. There must be at least three blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages). Guests have been deported for having insufficient visa pages in their passports.

Do I need a Visa or Permit to enter Africa?

At the time of printing, Australian & New Zealand passport holders are required to obtain appropriate tourist visas before they depart, for entry into Kenya and Tanzania. People of all nationalities will need to contact the relevant consulates for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements. If you hold a passport from another country, check our Passports & Visas page about specific visa and permit regulations.

Will I need any vacinations before I leave?

A Yellow Fever vaccination is required for Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and recommended for Kenya. The South African Department of Health has advised that passengers returning from or travelling to Zambia require proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. In-transit passengers, irrespective of the time period in transit in Johannesburg, still require proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that authorities require visitors who've been to East Africa to hold valid Yellow Fever certificates upon re-entry. Antimalarial medication is recommended for Africa. See your doctor or visit a travel clinic at least eight weeks before you travel for your recommended vaccines and/or malaria medication.

How fit do I need to be to travel with Travelmarvel to Africa?

Travel is in 4WD vehicles in game parks and all throughout East Africa. Anyone with back conditions or limited mobility should seek advice from their doctor about joining this tour. Dust may also irritate contact lenses, therefore we suggest bringing glasses. In many of the cities and game parks walking is required on uneven ground and gravel paths, and good mobility is needed getting on/off 4WD vehicles, coaches, river ships and trains.

What are the meals like?

African cuisine offers a vast array of dining experiences from right across the continent. In South Africa's Cape Town, enjoy exotic Cape Malay fare and delicious seafood, while in Zululand experience traditional African cuisine made from fresh local produce. Throughout your trip, be open to wonderful new dining opportunities, such as sumptuous bush dinners in breathtaking African wilderness settings or outdoor boma dining, providing the quintessential African safari meal under the stars. South Africa is also renowned for its world-class wine regions, while there is nothing quite like special sundowner drinks, served after a safari in a beautiful game reserve, as the sun sets.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Asia?

Citizens of Australia & New Zealand require visas for travel to Vietnam and China which must be obtained prior to departure. If you hold a passport from another country, check with us about specific visa regulations. Read more here.

What does the price include?

All coach/cruise and hotel accommodation, airfares (as indicated in individual itinerary), gratuities for Travelmarvel staff, airport transfers on the first and last day, sightseeing, specified excursions, meals, admissions, port charges, luggage service (one bag) and the services of a Cruise/Tour Director and driver as stated in your itinerary.

What is not included in the price?

Airfares between Australia and Asia, airport taxes, laundry (other than that which is included with butler service), passport and visa fees, meals or drinks other than those indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, fuel surcharges and optional excursions and gratuities not specified in your itinerary.

So flights within Asia are included?

Economy flights within Asia and airport taxes are included in the price. Airport taxes vary for each departure point and routing of airline. Airline schedules are fares are subject to change without notice. Flights will be based on best fare available at the time of booking, however surcharges may apply. Once air tickets are issued, airline amendment and/or cancellation fees apply and in some cases are non-refundable. Deposits are considered as a guarantee of the invoiced flight arrangements and once deposit received, flights will be ticketed. Name changes and voluntary date and schedule changes will incur fees.

What kind of meals are included on board the cruise component of our tour?

On the Mekong, all meals on board the ship are included. Meals are served in the dining room in a single sitting. Open seating allows you to sit at different tables for each meal if you wish to meet fellow passengers. Table reservations are not accepted. All meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai. Lunch includes salads, soups, a selection of hot mains and dessert. Dinner is a multi course meal with a selection of main courses. Complimentary soft drinks, juices, local beer, house brand spirits, international house wine, filtered coffee and tea are available throughout the cruise. A wine cellar is available for premium wines and spirits to purchase at an additional cost.

On the Yangtzee, a team of internationally trained chefs and a well stocked wine cellar ensure dining aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a superb experience. Innovative menus feature the finest of Chinese and continental cuisine, served with complimentary house wines and other refreshments at all lunches and dinners. Enjoy a hot buffet and salads at lunch and a four course à la carte menu at dinner. Please do not drink the tap water in your suite. Bottled water is placed in your suite daily. Water and ice served in the Explorer Bar and dining room are safe. Tap water in China is generally not safe for drinking.

How do I pay for purchases and services on board?

There is a no cash policy during the sailing. All settlement will be calculated at the time of check out. Please check the invoice to make sure all items are accounted for before payment/closing of the account. Payment is accepted by cash (US dollars or Vietnamese dong), Visa, MasterCard and American Express. In China only card are accepted. Some bank/credit cards may charge a separate fee as well.

What language is used on board our cruise?

The on board language is English. All staff, crew and local guides speak a high standard of English

When is the best time to travel to Vietnam & Cambodia?

The climate on Vietnam is tropical in the south; monsoonal in the north with the hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season (October to March). The climate in Cambodia is also tropical with the rainy, monsoon season in (May to November) and the dry season (December to April). There is little seasonal temperature variation. We have average temperatures and rainfall listed on every itinerary.

Why should I book my Canadian adventure with Travelmarvel?

With Travelmarvel, the wonders of Canada and Alaska are within your reach and will soon be part of your memory of a truly unforgettable holiday. Travelmarvel's included touring highlights take in all the classic sights of Canada and Alaska, from iconic destinations to the quaint places that embody the diversity of this fascinating part of the world. Travelmarvel recognises that not all travellers have the same interests. That's why we have developed Freedom of Choice touring, allowing you to choose your own activities in selected locations - adding a personal touch to your holiday. With Freedom of Choice Touring you are presented with a selection of different touring activities to choose from in feature locations. Whether it be a nature walk in Jasper, a round of golf in Banff, a Traditional High Tea at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, or walking tours through the highlights of Montréal or Québec, select the activity that best suits your interests and we will incorporate it into your itinerary.

What will our accommodation be like?

The places in which you'll stay with Travelmarvel are as exciting as the adventures that await. From the iconic to the contemporary, our hotels and resorts are chosen for their picturesque setting or central location and all share the exacting standards of service and cuisine that you expect from an Travelmarvel holiday. During your West Coast discovery, enjoy luxurious Fairmont properties in the heart of the Rockies and stay close to the action at our Vancouver and Victoria hotels. On Canada's East Coast, stay in landmark hotels that combine stunning architecture, luxurious facilities and attentive service. Click on the hotel name in the day by day itinerary for more information on each property.

Are Travelmarvel's rail journeys fully escorted?

Your friendly and professional Great Rail Journeys Tour Manager is with you throughout your rail journey as your Travelmarvel representative. Your Tour Manager will personally help you with any need that might arise to ensure that your holiday is seamless and stress-free. In addition informative local guides will share their hidden secrets or take you to places that are otherwise impossible to find on your own. Our friendly, English-speaking local guides offer special insights and a passion for their home towns.

What will our accommodation be like?

Hotel rooms in Europe are often smaller than those in Australia. Travelmarvel endeavours to utilise the most suitable accommodation available in each destination to ensure that passengers enjoy high levels of cleanliness, comfort and service. Hotels are hand-picked for their iconic or central locations, offering convenient access to railway stations and local attractions so you can immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty of the region.

What is included on our European river cruise?

All coach and travel, accommodation, airfares (as indicated in individual itinerary), gratuities, airport transfers on the first and last day, sightseeing, specified excursions, meals as indicated, admissions, port charges and the services of a cruise director as stated in your itinerary. Beer, wine, soft drink is included with lunch and dinner during your river cruise. Beer, wine and soft drink is included with dinner only on the MV Aegean Odyssey Mediterranean cruise. No beverages are included on the Hurtigruten Norwegian cruise.

So is anything not included?

Airfares (unless stated), airport taxes, laundry, passport and visa fees, food not on the regular table d'hôte menu, beverages unless indicated otherwise, excess baggage, fuel surcharges and optional excursions and gratuities not specified in your itinerary.

What are your handicapped facilities like?

Handicapped facilities on board are limited. River cruise vessels are not equipped with wheelchair ramps and hallways and doors may not be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Ships are equipped with an elevator but it does not access all decks. Additionally, motorcoaches and minibuses used for transfers and shore excursions may not be equipped with wheelchair ramps. Any condition requiring special attention must be reported to Global Journeys & Travelmarvel at the time of booking. Facilities and services for passengers with disabilities differ among destinations and, in some cases, may be limited or non-existent. Participants requiring special assistance must be accompanied by a person responsible for and physically able to provide such assistance. Transfers and shore excursions follow a predetermined timetable and thus participants should have no physical impairment(s) that would affect the time schedules or interfere with the rights of other passengers on their holiday.

Are gratuities included?

Gratuities for the land portion of your tour, shore excursions, and on board your river cruise are included in your tour price. Tipping cannot be redeemed for a cash refund. Gratuities are not included on the Hurtigruten Norwegian cruise.

How do I pay for purchases and services on board?

For your convenience, all purchases and paid services on board are billed to your shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total that can be paid with cash or credit card. The ships do not accept payments made by Diners Club cards, prepaid Visa or MasterCard, EFTPOS, Travelex cards or travellers cheques. The on board currency is the Euro.

Can you tell me about the shore excursions?

SoThe timing of the shore excursions on all river cruise ship holiday packages may differ slightly for each package. The published times are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. It is impossible for large coaches to be used for some city sightseeing excursions and many towns and cities will be visited by way of walking tours. For river cruising, clients must be able to climb ramps to embark or disembark river cruise ships. Depending on river levels, these may have a number of steep steps. Holiday packages including time in Switzerland and other alpine regions may include mountain excursions to, at times, high altitudes.

Do I need to bring an electricity adaptor?

Electricity is 220V. A plug adaptor is necessary if you plan to bring appliances from home. On select Concerto ships there is one Australian power point in each suite. Adaptors can be purchased on board your Travelmarvel ship.

Is there internet access on board?

All ships offer internet facilities. Suites have free internet access, and are equipped with a monitor and keyboard (no USB port available). Remember to take all log-ins and passwords with you to log in to your favourite websites. For all ships, wireless internet is also available; however, you need to bring your own laptop or tablet to access the Wi-Fi. As all ships use a satellite system, routing may cause reception to be restricted at times.

Do I need to bring an adaptor?

Electricity is 220V. A plug adaptor is necessary if you plan to bring appliances from home. On select Concerto ships there is one Australian power point in each suite. Adaptors can be purchased on board your Travelmarvel ship.

When do we embark and disembark on arrival and departure?

Official embarkation of the ship is at 3pm, which gives staff time to prepare your suite. In the case of an early arrival, you may check your luggage onto the ship and enjoy exploring the port city. On departure, check-out is at 9am and luggage may be stored.

Altitude sickness - will it be an issue on tour?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a condition caused by ascending to high altitudes. Some parts of Peru, including Cusco and Lake Titicaca, are situated at an altitude of up to 4000 metres. At these altitudes, the lack of oxygen affects most people to some extent, until they become acclimatised. Some symptoms include headaches, lethargy, dizziness, loss of appetite or just light-headedness. To reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness we recommend that you drink plenty of fluids: water, fruit juice, herbal tea and the local 'mate de coca' and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

Are flights included within South America?

Once the tour commences, all flights within South America are included. Travelmarvel has chosen the best available connections for your holiday; some of these may be early morning or late afternoon departures. We find flight schedules can change regularly, and our Travelmarvel tour director will keep you informed of any changes that occur while on tour. Since we cannot guarantee pre-assigned seats or do a group check-in ahead of time, your tour director will assist you at the airports.

What are the meals like?

South American cuisine offers a vast array of foods right across the continent and is world renowned for exceptional quality red meat, especially in Argentina and Brazil. Peru and Chile will offer some of the finest seafood, including ceviche (a raw seafood dish cooked in citrus juice) and sushi. Throughout your trip, there will be a variety of food styles, so be prepared to delight your taste buds. South American wines are a highlight of the trip, and some of the best wine regions in the world are located in Argentina and Chile. There is also a large number of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails that are unique to their associated regions.

Are gratuities inlcluded on our South American tour?

Gratuities are included for all of your included meals, hotel charges, Travelmarvel tour director, driver and local guides. See your travel documentation for any variations to the above.

How fit do I need to be tour South America?

Travelmarvel requires passengers to have a good level of fitness and health to participate in our South American tours. Given the size of South America and the distances covered, the pace of this itinerary can include some long days with early morning starts, which may also be due to airline schedules. When visiting many of the cities and ruins walking is required on cobbled streets, steps (sometimes steep) and uneven footpaths, and a good level of mobility is required. You should be able to stand on your feet for an extended period of time to visit museums and other sites. In the lead-up to your tour we recommend you try to walk for an hour at a time at least three times a week. This will ensure you have the stamina and energy to see and appreciate all of the sites we'll take you to. You should also ensure your walking shoes fit properly and have been broken-in prior to departure. We recommend seeking medical advice prior to your travels. Consult your local doctor for the latest immunisation and medical recommendations.

What should we pack?

The dress code on tour is casual. We suggest bringing a pair of good walking shoes, casual lightweight clothing that can be layered, a jacket or parka, and a sweater or windcheater. In the mountainous areas (including Machu Picchu), bring your well-worn runners or boots, warm clothing for the cold nights, and your hat and sunscreen. There are no formal nights or dress requirements, though many people wear smart casual attire for dinners and dressier clothing for some nights out.

River Cruises

All Travelmarvel clients travelling on river tours receive a transfer on the first and last day of the holiday. This will be from the airport to/from either the ship or tour hotel. Transfers must be booked and details advised to Global Journeys at least 60 days prior to travel. A transfer is not included, though may be purchased, should you be arriving or departing on days other than the first and last day of touring. These additional transfers are only applicable when your pre and/or post tour arrangements are booked with Global Journeys & Travelmarvel.

If you have not arranged an arrival transfer with Global Journeys, make your own way to the ship or hotel with the help of the information provided in your trvael documents. If you have independent travel arrangements prior to your Travelmarvel tour and do not have an Travelmarvel transfer, the Tourist Information office at your arrival city will be able to offer assistance with directions to the ship or hotel. If you transfer to the ship on your own, we recommend you call the ship prior to confirm the ships docking location. The Travelmarvel Office is available in case of an emergency.

Coach Tours & Rail Journeys

Arrival transfers are included on Day 1 of your tour. Return transfer is included on the last day of the tour. All flight information must be given to Global Journeys at least 45 days prior to your departure date. If this information is not received we are unable to guarantee the transfer. If pre or post accommodation is booked then transfers cannot be included.

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