The Travel Club travel programs are an
exclusive benefit for Show of the Month Club members. Non-members may travel with the
club, provided the following two conditions are met prior to traveling: Travel
with a current member(s) of Show of the Month Club (at no extra fee) or be
charged an additional $39 fee for a 2 year membership in Show of the Month
Our travel programs are primarily designed for adult travelers, but children can
be accommodated on select programs. Most are suited for older children (8
and older) with the necessary curiosity and interest. Children under 12 years
of age may sometimes pay a child rate for both or either air and hotel
arrangements (this varies per program). Children over the age of 12 must pay
full price unless otherwise indicated. A parent or guardian must accompany
travelers under the age of 18.
We always use hotels that are rated at least three-stars or better. On select
programs, we feature deluxe 4 or 5-star hotels and resorts. Most include daily
breakfast. You may choose from double, twin, or single accommodations;
occasionally, triples and quads are available. To ensure your privacy, single
accommodations always require a single supplement (an additional charge to have
a private room). We do not match single travelers with roommates.
Hotel information will be sent with a pre-departure itinerary after booking, and
with final information sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure. Please
note: While we make every effort to ensure special room
requests, special requests are at the discretion of the hotel and cannot be
Please make any special meal or seating requests with The Travel
Club, not directly with the airline. Let us know of any special requests you
may have upon booking - the earlier we have your request, the better our chance
of having it fulfilled.
Because we reserve GROUP air space, you will not be able to check on your
reservation or make requests directly with the carrier prior to departure.
While we make every effort to ensure your requests, we cannot guarantee them.
It is at the discretion of the air carrier to fulfill any special requests.
Many carriers do not allow seating to be assigned until check in at the
Please note: The Travel Club assumes no
responsibility for applying Frequent Flyer Miles toward tickets arranged
through The Club, or any other tour operator affiliated with The Travel Club. Please be aware - some Frequent Flyer Miles may not be
applied toward certain classes of service under which tickets have been
issued. Information on your tickets cannot be obtained prior to departure, so
please remember to retain your boarding passes, as you may need to submit that
information to the airline to redeem miles.
Passengers seeking to extend their travel arrangements are allowed to extend
their return date, not their departure.*
Air deviation charges will
apply toward each ticket, and varying fees apply according to each individual
airline. Extension arrangements must be made directly with our office, not with
the airline. Please note: The Travel Club is not
liable for any charges incurred for passengers who have made their own travel
arrangements in conjunction with the base tour.
*Depending on whether a pre-tour extension is offered.
Cruising usually requires several details to be reviewed and discussed before
and after your initial booking. We encourage you to call or email us with your
questions about cabins, meal times, excursions, etc. at any time.
If you are interested in reserving one of our cruises and have questions about
cabin types and ship details, please contact us at 617-338-1111 (press #3 for
You can expect to receive travel documents (final flight and hotel itineraries,
information and air or cruise tickets (if applicable)
* approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure* - usually via surface mail. Documents for all passengers cannot
be released until full payment conditions have been met. *Our affiliates also
send documents on a similar time schedule.
Please note: We reserve the right to make changes to your
itinerary, if deemed necessary, at any time prior to departure.
*Air tickets are NOT usually mailed directly to
you. In these cases, tickets or passes will be handed to you at the airport
prior to check-in. Your final documents will specify this.
A valid Government-issued photo ID is required at time of check-in for all domestic flights.
For all travel outside the United States, a US Passport is required for entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date. If possible you should renew your passport approximately nine moths before it expires. For some countries, a Visa is required (this will be noted in your catalog and/or pre-departure documents). Visas are not included in the cost of your program unless otherwise specified. For travelers who are not US citizens, you must consult the embassy of your destination for visa Requirements.
For more information on requirements and travel advisories, check frequently
online at: http://travel.state.gov/
Where indicated, you will be provided with a Travel Club
host. The role of your host is to provide
assistance with check-in at the airport, oversee
transfers, and assist with accommodations and
customer care issues throughout your trip.
This escort is not a certified tour guide. Local guides or tour
leaders are provided on nearly all of the programs we offer, and they are
responsible for leading sightseeing groups and lecturing.
The Travel Club directly manages a number of the tours offered;
however, we do offer some programs that are managed by professional tour
operators hired as independent contractors. This allows us to offer a wider
variety of travel opportunities to our members.
Please note: We do request that you contact The
Travel Club directly with regard to any questions, concerns or changes that you
may have. Please do not contact the designated operator.
Payments for Travel Club trips may be made with MasterCard, Visa, a Personal
Check, or Money Order. Service charges are included in the trip cost and airline fees and fuel surcharges are listed seperately.
After your reservation and deposit are received, we will send a
confirmation/invoice that will indicate the due date of your final payment,
along with travel insurance information, which you can expect within a couple
of days after booking.
Tips to drivers, guides and escorts are not included in the price of your trip.
However, tipping is your personal choice and will not be discouraged if you
choose to tip in recognition of good service. Suggested tipping guidelines are
$3-5 per person per day for tour guides, $2-3 per person per day for city
guides, $2 per person per day for bus drivers. Portage service (baggage
handling) is included so tipping is not necessary. Tipping is
Protecting yourself against unexpected medical emergencies before traveling
(your own, a family members, or a travel companions) is a smart investment -
so we strongly urge you to consider purchasing travelers insurance. The Travel Club recommends CSA Travel Protection for your travel insurance
. You may visit their web site at:
for more information.
*Some providers offer their own travel insurance
plans, like Collette Vacations, for example.
Although not required, we strongly recommend that
these individual plans be purchased for these
programs to provide the most comprehensive coverage.
Purchase must be made at time of booking.
Reservations may be cancelled only by written notice to the The Travel
For international programs, cancellations received no later than 90 days in
advance of departure will be refunded in full less a $50 per person
cancellation fee and the cost of any theater ticket/s involved; cancellations
received within 90 days of departure are subject to a $50 per person
administrative charge, the cost of any theater ticket involved, and are further
subject to any charges for non-refundable expenses
incurred by the Club on behalf of
the cancelling party.
The same policy applies to domestic programs, however, we require a 60 day
advance notice of cancellation, plus the $50 administrative charge.
If an airfare represents any part of the trip cost, any penalties assessed by
the airline due to cancellation by the member will be passed on to the Club
Health and safety is of the utmost concern before, during, and after traveling.
Please review your information carefully to ensure that you are prepared to
meet the physical demands of a program. Generally, longer programs can be
filled with long travel days on a coach (rest stops included), and a lot of
walking and standing (possibly on uneven or steep surfaces), and some
destinations may have altitude or other environmental concerns. It is also
important to be aware that many sites, especially in Europe, are not designed
to accommodate wheelchairs or mobility aids. Please let us know if this is a
concern before reserving your trip.
The Travel Club makes no recommendations with regard to
immunizations or other medical concerns. You must consult your doctor regarding
health concerns for a particular destination, or consult the CDC for the best
source of travelers health information - they even include information for
specific countries. Please consult their web site at:
http://www.cdc.gov/travel/ or call the Travelers Health Hotline at
1-877-FYI-TRIP for more information.
Departure/security/fuel taxes, fees, charges and surcharges are accurate at
press time, but are subject to change and increases may be levied at the
discretion of the individual airline. Passengers will be responsible for any
Show of the Month Club, LLC (“The Club”) acts only as an agent for the hotels, theatres, bus companies, railroads, air carriers, owners or contractors. By the acceptance of such reservations and tickets, the tour member agrees to the foregoing and also agrees that The Club, nor any of its employees or agents shall be or become liable or responsible for any injury, loss, cost, accident, expense or damage to person, property or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services. Further, flight delays and rescheduling are unfortunate, but are an inherent risk of all air travel and are outside the responsibility of The Club.
The Club acts only as an agent for the airlines and other transportation companies. Accordingly, The Club can assume no liability for, and the participant agrees that The Club shall not be responsible for, any loss, expense, delay or inconvenience caused by, whether negligent or otherwise, any airline, other transportation company or any other supplier which provides services to The Club.
The Club reserves the right, without penalty, to withdraw the travel program announced due to insufficient participation or for any reason whatsoever. In the event of cancellation of the travel program, the liability, if any, of The Club shall be limited to refunding to the member any amounts paid for the trip by him/her, which amounts have not or will not otherwise be refunded to him/her.
The Club reserves the right to decline or to accept any person as a participant, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or of the individual participant. The Club's only obligation shall be to refund to such person a fraction of the trip price, the numerator of which fraction shall be The Club's cost for the person's unused services and the denominator of which shall be The Club's cost for the person's entire trip.
What kinds of travel experiences do you offer?
We offer several types of travel options - from fully-planned Group Tours
where youll travel with the group, yet have the freedom and flexibility to
explore on your own - to our always-popular
and Drive-Yourself Getaways. Lots of choices are one
of the most valuable benefits of your Travel Club membership!
Do I need to be a member to travel with the club?
Before you reserve, we do require that you become a member in order to take one
of our trips. However, only one member of your party or family must be a
Show of the Month Club member. We make it
easy to join for new members! When you reserve your first trip, a $39
one-time two-year membership fee will be added to your bill. If you are already
a Show of the Month Club member - its included in your membership.
To see more details on membership offers and benefits - just
click here to view member benefits.
How do I reserve one of your travel programs?
There are 3 ways in which you may complete a travel reservation:
Reserve online now. Just choose the travel program you would like
(organized by season on the travel home page, or under the Trips menu at the
top of the page), and scroll toward the bottom of the page. There will be a
button to click that will lead you to a secure online reservation form.
Call us between 9am and 5pm EST at 617-338-1111 and press 3 for Travel
Services. Well take your reservation right over the phone with a credit card.
Fax us at 617-423-7108 with your reservation details and credit card
number to reserve your space.
When should I reserve?
If youre interested in traveling with us, we urge you to book as soon as
possible, since many of our trips sell out quickly!
Do I need to secure my reservation with an initial deposit?
A deposit of $300-$500 (depending on program/cruise) per passenger is required to guarantee your reservation for trips priced
over $500. A $150 deposit is required for all travel programs under $500. We
take Visa, Mastercard, personal checks and
money orders. We regret that reservations cannot be held tentatively.
Please note: If you are making your reservations on or after the
reservation deadline, full payment may be required at the time of booking.
What do I get when I become a member?
Each season well send you our full-color catalogue with all of our latest
members only exclusive travel programs and theater information. For even
more added value to your membership - we now have a weekly email newsletter so
you can catch up on last-minute specials and the latest news.
Are your trips escorted?
Most international programs include the services of a professional local Tour Manager. Some independent European programs include transfer assistance only. Please refer to individual pre-departure
itineraries (downloadable PDF files) for specific information.
At times, a well-traveled member of our staff or an associate travels
along with you to ensure the best possible experience. Many of the destinations
we offer are hand picked favorites of our well-traveled circle of staff and
associates - and we always enjoy sharing our personal travel experience and
knowledge with members. Were glad to help - just ask!
See something we havent covered?
Contact us online here
with your questions, or visit the
Travel Guidelines page.