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DINE-AROUND PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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    Many years ago Travcoa invented the most generous and flexible travel dining plan imaginable: dine wherever you wish and we’ll pick up the bill! It’s really that simple, with no limits on where you dine or the price of a meal. New Travcoa guests can hardly believe it’s possible, but past guests know that the Travcoa plan means one can enjoy any restaurant, inside or outside the hotel and, with the exception of caviar and alcohol, it’s all included in the upfront tour price, even the service charges and gratuities.

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    There is no limit on what a Dine-Around meal must cost. We encourage our guests to experience meals that they will remember forever and we celebrate when they do. The only items not reimbursed are alcohol and caviar. 

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    The simple, time-proven process asks that guests pay for their meal and bring the itemized receipt to their Travcoa Travel Director. The Travel Director then makes a copy of that receipt and returns the original to the guest. The paperwork is then submitted to the Travcoa office in California by the Travel Director and a check for the cost of your meal (less only any alcohol and caviar) is sent to your home soon after your return. There is absolutely no complex paperwork or forms for the guest to manage.

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    Firstly, we believe that the all-inclusive experience “in Travcoa style” allows for less complexity while traveling and the perfect setup to enjoy your journey. In that spirit, we’ve combined the flexibility of dining anywhere with the peace of mind of knowing the costs of your adventure even before you travel. Whether you make advance reservations for fine dining at a renowned, Michelin-starred restaurant or choose to explore and discover a small, family run place for yourself, Travcoa believes it’s all about thoroughly enjoying the moment without having to worry about unexpected costs. At a time where a simple coffee in some cities can cost upwards of $10.00 (and as other travel companies reduce the number of meals they include) Travcoa guests have the comfort of knowing in advance that they’ll enjoy limitless choice without costly surprises. 

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    Travcoa journeys use some of the world’s finest hotels, many of which have a variety of excellent restaurants. If Travcoa guests choose to dine within their hotel, they simply sign the check and everything (less alcohol and caviar) is billed to the Travcoa master account at the hotel - nothing more needs to be done. Travcoa also reserves beautiful rooms at each property, many of which have views, private terraces or balconies. So, it's not suprising that many guests find that hotel room service makes for a very special, private breakfast or dinner while overlooking Hong Kong Harbor, The Great Pyramids at Giza or the Taj Mahal. 

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    Guests can hire transportation on their own or arrange for transportation with their hotel concierge, and the charge will be added to the personal account they hold with the hotel. 

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    Many guests make arrangements at special, well-known restaurants before leaving home. Within our World Traveler’s Dream Book brochure we’ve included recommendations for both fine dining and more rustic choices from the experts at Passport Newsletter. Travel Directors also often make recommendations for guests while on tour. Of course, an excellent local source for information and reservation assistance is the concierge at your hotel. In addition, recommendations and advance reservations can also be made through TravcoAssist at 800-807-7260. Our experience is that unless reservations are required by a restaurant well in advance, guests should wait and make final plans while on tour; you’re likely to discover a special place that’s particularly appealing or wish to dine with newfound friends. 

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    Travcoa guests can Dine-Around on any of our Escorted Journeys throughout the world. If you wish to make advance arrangements, it’s recommended to consult the final day-to-day itinerary and your Escorted Journey Consultant in order to coordinate your dining plans with sightseeing and other events that may already be planned for your journey. In some cases, Travcoa may have organized a special dinner event for the group that you won’t want to miss. Obviously, Dine-Around is more feasible on some journeys than on others – for instance, in Europe and parts of Asia, than on safari and other remote locations.

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