IDBF CLUB CREW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Aix-les-Bains, France | August 21 - 31, 2020

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THE TRIP

August 21 - 31, 2020

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Experience the French alpine landscape and culture as your dragon boat team competes in the 2020 Club Crew World Championship races in Aix-les-Bains. This thermal spa village, situated in the foothills of the French Alps, is home to the largest freshwater lake in the country, making it an idyllic host for the special event!

In addition to the competitions and festival activities, you will have time to discover the sights of Aix-les-Bains and its surroundings. Enjoy meeting Dragon Boat teams from around the world, while also enjoying all the sights, tastes, and culture that France has to offer!

We understand that qualifying for the IDBF Club Crew World Championships is a long process. Due to the quaint size of Aix-les-Bains and the high demand to accommodate teams from around the world, we recommend holding space for your team as early as possible. Packages listed are offered first-come, first-serve. Please contact us for more information.


Paddles up!

ITINERARY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020

DEPARTURE

  • Depart North America on an overnight flight bound for Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Select meals, snacks, and refreshments will be served on board the flight. Be sure to read through the great tips and travel information in your American Expedition handbook!
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2020

ARRIVE IN FRANCE

  • Arrive in Geneva Airport after your overnight flight from North America. Welcome to Switzerland!
  • Board you waiting motor coach and transfer to your hotel in Aix-les-Bains (approx. 1.5 hours). Welcome to France!
  • Check in to your hotel and unpack. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure to recoup from your travels. Explore the village of Aix-les-Bains, walk the esplanade along the lake-shore, and rest up for the days ahead!
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020

CHAMBERY | PRACTICE DAY

  • Following breakfast at your hotel, race practices take place on Lac du Bourget today.
  • Arranged to compliment to your training schedule, transfer by motor coach to the neighboring village of Chambery. Upon arrival, your local guide will lead you on a walking tour of this City of the Dukes. Walk in the footsteps of French royalty as you visit the castle; take in the eclectic architecture of Old Town as your guide introduces you to this former capital of the States of Savoy. And no trip to Chambery is complete without a stop at the famous Elephants Fountain!
  • Before your motor coach returns you to Aix, enjoy free time to explore some of the vaulted passageways in the old town and consider lunch in one of the tempting cafes along Place Saint-Léger.
  • Tonight, what better way celebrate the start of your dragon boat team’s trip to France than a dinner cruise on Lac du Bourget! Get acquainted with water you will be paddling in the coming week while you dine on delicious French cuisine and absorb the serene alpine views – let the boat’s motor do the work tonight!
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MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020

PRACTICE DAY | FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

  • After breakfast at your hotel, race practices take place.
  • An excursion to Annecy has been arranged to compliment your training schedule; board your motor coach and enjoy a scenic drive to this beautiful alpine village known as the Venice of the Alps! With your local guide, explore the medieval cobblestone streets, winding canals, and pastel-painted buildings of Annecy’s Old Town.
  • Following your tour, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll try one of the local bakeries or cafes for lunch, or rent a pedalo boat to peddle your way across Lake Annecy! Return to Aix-les-Bains by motor coach.
  • Tonight, join dragon boat teams from around the world in the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 IDBF Club Crew World Championships!
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 & WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

RACE DAY | FESTIVAL DAY

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, dragon boat teams compete in 2,000m races on Lac du Bourget -- paddles up!
  • Excursions can optionally be arranged to compliment your team schedule. Consider a trip to the summit of Mont le Revard and explore the network of trails by foot or mountain bike, or save up your energy for the water and choose a scenic drive to the peak. No matter what mode you select, the panoramic views from the top are not to be missed!
  • Or perhaps visit Abbaye d'Hautecombe, a 12th-century abbey founded by Cistercian monks and beautifully situated on the western shores of Lake Bourget. Alternatively, a gastronomy tour of a cheese factory, stone-ground nut mill, and acclaimed Savoy vineyards can be arranged for the group!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 & FRIDAY AUGUST 28

RACE DAY | FESTIVAL DAY

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, paddlers compete in 500m races on Lac du Bourget.
  • Excursions can optionally be arranged to compliment your team schedule. Consider a scenic bike ride along the shores of Lac du Bourget; assess the water from all angles in preparation for tomorrow’s race. Or, treat yourself to one of Aix’s famous thermal baths!
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020

RACE DAY | FESTIVAL DAY

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, get ready to paddle in the first day of the 200m races on Lac du Bourget.
  • Tonight, celebrate your team’s hard work thus far with a festive dinner; a perfect time to recount the memories made over the last week, in addition to strategizing for your final race tomorrow! (Arranged upon request for an additional supplement, see optional pricing.)
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020

RACE DAY | FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, get ready to paddle in the first day of the 200m races on Lac du Bourget.
  • Celebrate the culmination of the races with your teammates at the Closing Ceremony of the 2020 CCWC. The remainder of the evening is free for dinner and to prepare your luggage for departure in the morning.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020

IN FLIGHT | EXTENSIONS

 

TOUR DETAILS

ACCOMMODATIONS

Nine nights in upper-middle-class hotels, including all hotel service charges and taxes

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation as described in the itinerary in a modern, climate-controlled motor coach with a professional driver. Daily transfers to and from the race area are not included. *
  • Round-trip transfer to/from Geneva airport to hotel in Aix-les-Bains
  • Half-day excursion to Chambery
  • Transfer to/from welcome dinner boat cruise
  • Full-day excursion to Annecy
  • *Bus supplement for a daily round-trip private motor coach transfers to/from your hotel to the CCWC race area for all 6 days is $130 per person.

MEALS

  • Breakfast served daily in the hotel dining room
  • Welcome dinner cruise on Lake Bourget
  • Three-course farewell dinner supplement starting at $60 per person.

FESTIVAL MANAGER

  • An American Expeditions festival manager to assist your group in-country

LOCAL GUIDES & ENTRANCES

  • Guided walking tour of Chambery with entry to the castle
  • Guided walking tour of Annecy

TOUR MATERIALS

  • Customized handbooks with program and travel tips
  • Luggage tags
  • Passport wallets with neck strap
  • Adapter plugs
  • Promotional materials for trip planning

 ONLINE ACCOUNTING AND PAYMENT SYSTEM

  • Group leaders can opt that each traveler in the group makes individual trip payments online with credit cards or debit cards. Individuals receive electronic reminders, receipts, and statements.
  • Group leaders can track payments made by each traveler and receive automated reports with current balances and due dates.

CUSTOM TRAVELER’S RESOURCE WEBSITE FOR YOUR GROUP FEATURING

  •  Day to day itinerary
  • Things to Know Before You Go
  • Helpful links, including recommended reading and websites

 

NOTES ON PRICING

LAND PACKAGE PRICE

Pricing below is per person based on a minimum of 30 paying travelers in double occupancy. Packages listed are first-come-first-serve. 

 

Lakeside A                                                               ______________________  __             

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Lakeside B                                                                   ____________________        __      

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Village Center A                                                                           ____________________

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Village Center B                                                        ____________________      __        

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 Village Center C                                                          _____________________            

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Woodlands South A                                                     ___________________              

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Woodlands B                                                                           ______________________

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South C                                                        $ 1,640 per person_________________

15 twin (2 beds) and 15 Double (1 bedded) rooms

3* hotel located the south of Aix-les-Bains town center. AC in all rooms. Bus package for race day transfers included in package price

 

Chambery A                                              $ 1,310 per person_________________

10  Twin (2 beds) and 30 Double (1 bed) rooms

3* hotel located in Chambery, approximately 20 minute drive from Aix-les-Bains. AC in all rooms. Bus package for race day transfers included in package price.

 

FLIGHTS

Flights are not included in the tour package.  Reach out to American Expeditions to book your flight.

Want to fly with a preferred airline? Just let us know of any specific flight requests you have, and we'll work to find you the best possible itinerary.

Whether you'd like to arrive early at your destination, stay longer to explore more of even add another city to your trip, our team of travel experts will help you customize your flight itinerary to fit your travel preferences.

 

 


IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION

MANAGER AND LOCAL GUIDES:

American Expeditions will have festival managers in country to handle all logistics for your group and provide general information about the regions to be visited. Local guides will conduct tours of specific cities and sites as indicated in your itinerary. 

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

American Expeditions can make additional meal or excursion arrangements for the group, for example: lunches, museum tours, theater or performing arts tickets. Prices listed for optional activities are subject to reconfirmation at the time a reservation is made. Group discounts may be available.

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY

Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Please contact us for more information.