Puglia, Italy Tour with Morningstar Tours
Bjornson Wine Club Tour
Logistics and Details
Tour dates: March 28 – April 7, 2020
The Bjornson tour is sold out.
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How to get on board for this tour:
A $450 deposit is due upon signup. Details about this and other deposits as well as cancellation information can be found at end of this page.
All payments are made to Morningstar directly as per instructions below.
Do note that if the trip does not go due to insufficient participants, all deposited monies will be refunded in full.
We highly advise purchasing trip insurance! Don’t leave the country without it. Details below.
Important: Please be sure to include the following at time of initial deposit:
Names of participants
ALL room upgrade choices at ALL properties, where applicatble.
NOTE: Do NOT purchase air until the trip minimum number of particiants has been reached (20). Once this number of deposited people has been reached, you will be given the go-ahead to get your air.
Arrange your own air leaving U.S. on March 28 to arrive in Bari, Italy airport any time on March 29. You take a taxi to your hotel for the night of the 29th.
AIR AT THE END OF THE TOUR: On the morning of APRIL 7 you will be at the Bari Airport in the morning in time for any flights leaving at 10 AM or later. If you have a flight leaving earlier than that, you will need to arrange for your own transport to the airport.
Currency adjustment possibility: There is a chance the Euro could strengthen between the time of deposit and the time of final payment in January. This is a risk with foreign travel. This could result in a small increase in the final payment amount due. This is not anticipated but is a possibility.
Small local room taxes: There may be a small local room tax of a euro or two a night per room. It depends on the locale. These are not included and if applicable, will be added to each room’s final bill, payable individually at checkout.
Minimum group size surcharge If the group is less than 25 paying participants, there will be an minimum group size surcharge assessed per person at time of final payment as per the following schedule:
24 participants: + $22
23 participants: + $47
22 participants: + $74
21 participants: + $98
Further note rf. Masseria Cervarolo minimum surcharge: Nights 5,6,7+,and 8 are at Masseria Cervarolo. A condition of the great discounted rate we received from this property for the group was that we sold all 17 rooms in the property. These rooms must be paid for whether occupied or not. So in addition to the above minimum size surcharges, there will be an additional surcharge to cover any unused Cervarolo rooms as per below:
1 unused room: +$30 per person 2 unused rooms: $60 per person 3 unused rooms: $90 per person
NOTE: As of September, ALL of the minimums above have been met and it this holds until final payment in January, then no minimum surcharges will apply for the Bjornson tour.
Trip insurance : WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND EVERYONE PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE! It not only covers your trip investment if you have to cancel, but it also provides invaluable medical insurance, evacuation insurance, flight delay, lost bags. We never leave the country without a policy. Protect your trip and yourself and buy trip insurance! Buy it from us, or buy it from somewhere else. Just buy it. We offer this insurance. BUY COVERAGE AT TIME OF DEPOSIT! That way your money is protected from the start.
Do NOT buy your policy until we have reached the minimum number of participants and give the go ahead on the trip. After we have reached the minimum, THEN buy your policy. You don’t want to get a policy until we know for certain the trip is a go.
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Room types and upgrade costs
This trip has many complexities when it comes to room selections and upgrades. Please read below carefully and you will have a good picture of what your choices are.
Same sex room mate requests: Single occupancy always adds to the cost of any tour. If you are signing up for this tour, would like a room mate, but upon signup do not have one, we are happy to make note of your willingness to have a room mate of the same sex and that you would like us to attempt to find a room mate for you. There is no guarantee of success and you must be willing to pay the single occupancy upgrades should no room mate become available.
Room selection: Note that there are limited numbers of each room type. The sooner you deposit, the better your chances of getting the room type you want. Once the room types sell out, you will have to choose from another category of room.
Room upgrades: Note that the 3 Masseria properties are comprised of many room types of varying degrees of luxury. Not everyone will want the same room level. Of course, the nicer the room, the higher the cost. Below are the additional costs by room type. The upgrade amounts shown below are per person and cover the entire stays at the hotels.
Please refer to hotel websites as per below for more information about room types.
Night 1 / Bari
Bari hotel single upgrade $49
Nights 2,3, and 4: Masseriea Laudati and Masseria I Luoghi di Pitti
This is the included hotel in the package price. The only upgrade available is single occupancy.
Single upgrade at Laudati is $ 119 for entire 3 night stay.
Hotel Fuori Le Mura 4 Star single occupancy upgrade is $119 for entire 3 night stay
Masseria I Luoghi di Pitti upgrades:
Double standard room / 4 available: $79 per person upgrade double occupancy above base price for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Single occupancy Double Standard: $299 above base price for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Jr suites / 3 available $178 per person above base price double occupancy for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Single occupancy Jr. Suite: $349 above base price for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Deluxe Suite / 1 available $268 per person above base price double occupancy for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Single occupancy Deluxe Suite: $499 above base price double occupancy for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Deluxe Superior Suite / 1 available $348 per person above base price double occupancy for entire 3 night stay at Pitti.
Single occupancy Double Standard: $679 above base price or entire 3 night stay at Pitti
Nights 5,6,7 and 8: Masseria Cervarolo
Small classic room/ 1 available : no upgrade cost double occupancy
Single upgrade small classic base room $268
Double Classic rooms / 7 available: $39 per person above base price double occupancy for entire 4 night stay at Cervarolo
$329 single occ above base price for entire 4 night stay at Cervarolo
Double superior / 2 available: $99 per person above base price double occupancy for entire 4 night stay at Cervarolo
$398 single occ above base price for entire 4 night stay at Cervarolo
Double jr. suites / 7 available: $149 per person above base price double occupancy for entire 4 night stay at Cerevarolo
$459 single occ above base price for entire 4 night stay at Cervarolo
Night 9 Monopoly / Hotel Indelli
Single occupancy : 2 single rooms available +$59
Economy standard room / 1 available : no upgrade
7 Standard double room upgrade: +$19 per person
2 Superior double room with balcony overlooking square: +$39 per person
2 Three-bed standard room + $39 per person
1 three-bed superior room, at the second floor with balcony on the square +49 per person
1 four-bed standard room with mezzanine / $39 per person
1 family room (2 adjoining double rooms, 1 bathroom and access to the terrace with view on the square with three people sharing +19 per person
1 junior suite with access to the terrace with view on the square: +59 per person
Note: Please make sure to send Morningstar an email so we can have you email address. We will communicate via emails for all details pertaining to your tour.
First deposit: $450 per person due upon sign up. Deposit is non-refundable. Buy trip insurance upon deposit and your trip and your deposited monies will be protected. (see below for link)
Deadline for first deposit: September , 2019
NOTE: If trip is a no-go due to insufficient sign-ups, there will be FULL refund of all deposited monies.
Second deposit is December 15, 2019. Amount of second deposit is $450.
Final payment January 20, 2020
Passports: Make sure you have one and that it does not expire withing 6 months of your departure date.
Cancellation Initial deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. BUY trip insurance at time of deposit and your investment is covered in case you have to cancel for health reasons. From December 16 to January 20: forfeit first deposit and any further cancellation penalties imposed by wholesalers, hotels, transport companies, or Morningstar. After final payment is made: 100% of first deposit amount for EACH segment and any further cancellation penalties imposed by wholesalers, hotels, transport companies, or Morningstar. Buy trip insurance to protect your investment.
Method of payment Our goal is to offer quality trips at the best prices we can to our skier friends. Our prices are based on payment by check. However, it is possible to pay using PayPal on our site, but there is a 3% surcharge to do so. The link for PayPal is on the right hand side of the Puglia trip page.
By check: Morningstar Ski Tours, Inc. 21080 Oriole Lane Bend, OR 97703 firstname.lastname@example.org (520) 405-5508 www.morningstarskitours.com PayPal: Link on our home page. Add 3% to the amount you are depositing to cover the surcharge from PayPal.