Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Consider Travel Insurance to Protect Yourself and you Investment

Incantato Tours requires getting travel insurance for your upcoming journey.
Not only are you covered medically should anything happen when traveling, but with a company of your choice or with our preferred supplier and TravelGuard's policies, you also protect your investment should you have to cancel or interrupt the trip. Last but not least, there is also coverage for delayed and lost luggage, etc.
Here is a direct line to purchase travel insurance online, and you can do so with your credit cards and also select the option that is best for you.

In the meantime, have a look at the most comprehensive coverage option The Protect Assist Gold below.

Protect Assist (Gold) -
Comprehensive Travel Protection for the World Traveler
  • Trip Cancellation
  • JUST ADDED! - Trip Cancellation due to employment loss or layoff
    if employed with the same employer 1 year or longer
  • Trip Interruption and Travel Delay
  • Emergency Medical and Emergency Medical Transportation
  • Baggage and Travel Document Protection
  • Baggage Delay and Lost Baggage Tracking
  • NEW - Cancel For Any Reason option now available
  • NEW - Cancel For Work Reasons option now available
  • NEW - Children age 17 and under covered at no additional cost
  • IMPROVED -Trip Cancellation limit increased to $100,000 (from $15,000),
  • IMPROVED - Trip Interruption coverage increased to 150% of Trip Cost
  • IMPROVED - Travel Delay required hours reduced to 5 hours (from 12)

ProtectAssist special features:
  • Best coverage for Weather Related Cancellations
  • Pre-existing Condition Exclusion Waiver*
  • Default/Bankruptcy Protection*
  • $50,000 Flight Accident Insurance*
  • 24-Hour "LiveTravel" Travel Agency
  • Emergency Cash Transfers
  • Identity Theft Restoration

* These additional benefits apply If you are purchasing within 15 days of making your initial trip deposit or payment, however, coverage may still be purchased at any time up to 24 hours prior to departure.
Increase your coverage with these valuable additions to your Protect Assist Plan:

Cancel For Any Reason – 50%
reimbursement of nonrefundable expenses if you cancel your trip for any reason, up to 48 hours prior to your departure. Only available when this plan is purchased within 15 days of initial trip payment.

Cancel For Work Reasons –
Offers additional work-related reasons for cancellation or interruption. Also includes our exclusive “Business Assistant” services if you have work obligations during your travels. Only available when this plan is purchased within 15 days of initial trip payment.

Umbrella Package – Medical Expense limits are doubled and coverage is upgraded to primary. Emergency Medical Transportation limits are doubled and benefits upgraded to take you home or to the hospital of your choice. $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage will be added.

Car Rental Collision Coverage – $35,000 in primary coverage. Covers cost of repairs for covered collision damage to a rental car for which the car rental contract holds you responsible. Subject to $250 deductible.

Optional coverages cannot be purchased separately. Must be purchased with base ProtectAssist plan.

Comprehensive non-insurance travel services* automatically included with plan!
With the ProtectAssist plan, every customer also has access to these valuable travel services when they travel:
· Arrangements for last-minute flight changes
· Hotel finder and reservations
· Rental car reservations
· Emergency medical assistance
· BagTrak® -- lost baggage tracking
· Pre-trip health and safety advisories
· Live e-mail and phone messaging to family and friends
· Cash transfers
· Airport transportation
· Golf course reservations
· Event ticketing
· Floral services
· Identity Theft restoration

Business Assistant* (available when Optional Cancel for Work Reasons coverage is purchased)

*Non-Insurance services are provided by AIG Travel Assist.

Citizenship: All Nationalities
Residency: United States
New York, Oregon, and Washington residence please call to purchase
Some rider options are not available and other restrictions may apply

Destination: Worldwide
Ages: All Ages
Max Trip Length: 365 Days

Friday, September 7, 2012

Incantato Destination Weimar, Germany: A city of culture

Weimar, Germany is best known for its cultural heritage. Located in the federal state of Thuringia southwest of Leipzig, Weimar dates back as far as the year 889. The city previously served as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar.
Weimar is historically recognized as the locaton of the signing of Germany’s first democratic constitution following World War I, lending its name to the Weimar Republic period of German politics (1918 – 1933). The city was also the focal point of the German Enlightenment and the home of Goethe and Schiller, the prime authors of the literary genre of Weimar Classicism. Additionally, Weimar is the birthplace of the Bauhaus fine arts movement, founded in 1919 by artists Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, and Lyonel Feininger. Weimar is home to Germany’s most important musical and theatrical venue, the Deutsche National Theater and Staatskapelle Weimar. The twin institution, consisting of the German National Theater and the symphony orchestra Staatskapelle Weimar, operates a total of six stages throughout the city, hosting touring orchestras and theater companies from throughout the world. Throughout the years, many of Weimar’s historical landmarks have become designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Weimar was even selected by the European Council of Ministers in 1999 as the European Capital of Culture.

FRANZ LISZT - A European in Weimar

From 1848 to 1861 Franz Liszt was chief conductor of the Hofkapelle Weimar. 

Summary and first Itinerary for "Great Composers' Central Europe"

• See and experience major cities and off-the-beaten path gems of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria 
• Up to four professionally organized and promoted formal concerts, plus mass participation and recitals in magnificent venues 
• Plenty of opportunities for immersion into the local culture 
• Visits of and exchanges with local conservatories and universities 
• Educational and entertaining sightseeing 
• Central accommodations, free time for individual explorations ... 

Incantato‘s Hospitality Managers take pride in working only with pre-inspected hostels and hotels that fit your budget and selected restaurants frequented by locals. To keep the overall cost low, we selected central accomodations within a short distance (walking or public transportation) to many city attractions. We included buffet breakfasts and four other meals featuring typical dishes served in charming places. Your Incantato Tour Manager is with the group 24/7 to coordinate scheduled activities and offer advice during free time. Transportation is via modern, air-conditioned motor coach. 

Incantato encourages your group to interact with like-minded people and their organizations during your journey to Europe. Through our team members’ contacts and the relationships we have built over the years, Incantato is uniquely qualified to set up meet & greet events with audiences, and to organize exchanges and joint concerts. 

• Frauenkirche — MUNICH 
Margravial Opera House — BAYREUTH 
• various venues from concert halls to palaces, the university auditorium and churches — WEIMAR 
• St. Vitus, Castle, Jesuit Hall — CESKY KRUMLOV 
• University, Karlskirche, Stephansdom — VIENNA 

Day 1, Monday, May 27, 2013 
Overnight flight to Germany 
Nonstop group flight with Lufthansa from LAX to Munich. 

Day 2, Tuesday, May 28 
Willkommen in Muenchen Your Incantato Tour Manager and driver welcome you at Munich airport. Transfer to your hotel for check-in, followed by a traditional Bavarian welcome dinner. 

Day 3, Wednesday, May 29 
Munich sightseeing 
Take a guided tour of Bavaria’s capital in the morning as you discover some of Munich‘s most famous sights, such as the Marien Square, the New Town Hall or the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady. Afternoon at leisure for more exploring and/or shopping in some of the city‘s many traditional and creative shops. 

Day 4, Thursday, May 30 
Bayreuth - Recital at Opera House 
It is all about music today. Transfer to the festival city of Bayreuth, home to the Wagner Festspielhaus. A local expert guide will show you around the city prior to a recital at the Margravial Opera House that was just recently added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. 

Day 5, Friday, May 31 
Welcome to Weimar 
Continue to charming Weimar, a UNESCO world heritage city for its rich culture and high artistic quality. A mayor’s reception is scheduled today followed by an exchange with students from the Liszt University. 

Day 6, Saturday, June 1 
Weimar Concert 
See the city’s highlights with a local guide, then present a highlight concert in a magnificent venue. 

Day 7, Sunday, June 2 
In Bach‘s Footsteps? - Concert The morning is at leisure with an optional visit to nearby Buchenwald, once a Nazi concentration camp. Alternatively, your group could visit Eisenach with the Bach Museum, as well as Wartburg Castle. Performance opportunity. 

Day 8, Monday, June 3 
Via Pilsen to Cesky Krumlov 
Next stop is the Czech Republic where you will be visiting first Pilsen and then one of Dr. Talberg’s favorite places: Cesky Krumlov. 

Day 9, Tuesday, June 4 
Concert in Cesky Krumlov 
You will feel transported back in time in this charming Czech Village. Concert in the evening. 

Day 10 to Day 12, Wednesday June 5 to Friday June 7 
Vienna in-depth & Concert Austria‘s capital city is another must-see place for musicians and you will be exploring its many offerings during the almost three days in Vienna with Dr. Talberg as your expert guide. A final concert and farewell party conclude the journey. 

Day 13, Saturday, June 8 
Flight back to LA Board your return flight home with memories to last a lifetime or extend your stay in Europe further if you chose the land-only option. 

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Video Recap

Here is the complete video library from the tour. Definitely leave comments on the videos or in this post if you notice anything that's off or to make recommendations for the 'Greatest Hits' Playlist. I hope everyone had as much fun being in these videos as it was to film them. Thanks everyone for a truly magical getaway of a tour and hope to see everyone again soon - remember the pool party in August!

All videos from the tour in chronological order:

All videos, continued:

People Play list:

Performances Play list:

Places Play list:

Places, continued:

Don't have much time? Check out the highlight reel: