One word says it all: MORE is what you get from Incantato Tours

In 2012, Incantato Tours will celebrate its fifth anniversary and we proudly look back to five seasons of enriching performance tours to many European countries. Essential Artistic Experiences have become our trademark. We often get asked "What sets Incantato Tours apart from other companies?" To make a long story short, we offer so much MORE in so many ways.

Most of all, we offer a unique and personal approach to international touring that gives every traveling group their very own experience and not a "cookie cutter" journey. If you want to learn more about Incantato, then speak to any of our clients or simply send us an email to info@incantatotours.com. We will gladly put you in contact with any of our past travelers, they can give you first-hand feedback on why and how Incantato goes the extra mile.


Incantato Tours presents the Mater Dei's 2011 Performance Tour Video!

Mater Dei's 2011 Performance Tour Video!

Incantato Tours premiered "Viva Italy, viva Mater Dei." This video, starring the Mater Dei Choirs, family and friends, captures many of the special moments experienced on your 2011 Performance Tour.

Incantato is very excited to share these tour memories with you, and hope you enjoy the video as much as we do.


New DOT Full-Fare Rules Explained

Finally - Incantato has always had a full transparency policy on airfare and unlike many other companies out there, we have always alerted our travelers of the real taxes and fuel surcharges awaiting them. Check out this story and we are thankful that the full-fare law will finally allow you to compare tour proposal so much better!
New DOT Full-Fare Rules Explained 

Starting Thursday, Jan. 26, prices for airfare, vacation and certain cruise packages will appear differently on Travelzoo.com and on other websites. At first glance, fares may appear to increase in price substantially, but in reality, the only aspect that has changed is how the fares are displayed.
The change is part of a Department of Transportation (DOT) effort to provide more transparency for the consumer on travel costs.
What’s now included in advertised pricing: Full-fare pricing, including fuel surcharges, taxes and mandatory fees
What’s not included in advertised pricing: Fees for carry-on or checked baggage -- which can add up to $120 per ticket on a roundtrip flight. It also does not include any entrance fees or visa fees that may be charged at international airports.
Any deal on Travelzoo.com that includes airfare – including certain vacation and cruise packages – will now list pricing that includes taxes and mandatory fees. Other types of deals, including those for hotels, car rentals and show tickets, are unaffected. 
Some travel companies -- including United Vacations, Lufthansa, Gate 1 Travel, LatinDestinations, Air France, British Airways and Continental Airlines -- began displaying pricing with taxes before the deadline.
A few examples are below. 
Domestic Airfare
For a $39 each-way fare from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the price will now be listed as $99 roundtrip. This is the total roundtrip cost of the $39 each-way fare.  
-       $39 (LA to SF) + $39 (SF to LA) + $21 (taxes) = $99 (roundtrip with taxes)
International Airfare
For a $249 each-way fare from New York City to London, the price will now be listed as $699 roundtrip. This is the total roundtrip cost of the $249 each-way fare: 
-       $249 (NYC to LON) + $249 (LON to NYC) + $201 (taxes) = $699
For a $599 per person vacation to Jamaica from Miami, the price will now be listed as $714. This is the total cost of the $599 vacation including airfare taxes: 
-       $599 (Vacation from Miami) + $115 (taxes) = $714
Understanding Taxes
As a rule of thumb, on a nonstop domestic flight, taxes are generally about $21 roundtrip. On a one-stop domestic flight, taxes are $42. On an international flight, taxes can approach up to $200 roundtrip. Now these amounts are bundled into the fares displayed.
In some cases, the price listed may be a range, because taxes vary by airport, particularly on international flights. For example, a vacation to Prague could include a flight from New York connecting through Frankfurt, London or Paris. The taxes differ slightly for each itinerary.
The new DOT guidelines include other consumer-friendly changes. Here are a few of the more notable:
  • Gives customers 24 hours to change or cancel a flight reservation without paying a change or rebooking fee -- as long as the flight does not depart within seven days.
  • Bans price increases after a ticket has been purchased.
  • Requires that airlines show any baggage fees during the online ticket purchase process and on e-ticket notifications.
  • Airlines must provide prompt notification about flight cancellations, diversions or delays of more than 30 minutes.
As always, the deal experts at Travelzoo are looking through fare sales and deals with a fine-tooth comb to find the real value, and then test-booking deals to ensure that the price listed is the one paid by a subscriber. So, even if the prices you see on the website and on Top 20 list have changed, rest assured that we are still working hard to find the best deals for our subscribers.


Creative and inspiring Scotland

Did you know Scotland is a thriving hub for arts and cultural activities? Exciting and imaginative special events will take place throughout 2012—everything from music to drama and dance to art, designed to appeal to both visitors and locals. Explore some of Scotland's hidden gems including sculpture parks, museums, architecture and art galleries. Participate in ceilidh dancing, visit a weaver to make your own scarf or discover Scotland's rich literary heritage. Check out www.visitscotland.com to learn more about the creative opportunities Scotland has to offer you.