You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Below find our frequently, and we’ll admit, not-so-frequently asked questions covering everything from how to register to what you’ll eat to how much spending money you should bring.

Registration

How do I register for an Encore tour?

Participants have three ways to register. You can register online, register through your group's personalized TripSite which you can find here, or register using our paper form which you can find in our Download Center. You will need your group leader's last name and group ID.

My child is traveling, should I enter my information or theirs?

Please enter the information of the person traveling. We use this information for all tour bookings. Towards the end of the registration form, you will find a section to enter a parent name for billing information as well as emergency contact information.

Can multiple family members be on one account?

Each traveler needs to have their own individual account. Encore books flights (if applicable), hotel reservations, and entrances from the information in the account. Therefore, it’s important the full name on the account matches the traveler's passport/birth certificate and all details are up to date (passport numbers, address, etc.). If you would like to make sure family members room together, please contact us at accounts@encoretours.com. Please have your account ID ready or include it in your message.

I have previously travelled with Encore Tours, can I use that same account?

Thank you for traveling with us again! Participants need a new account for each individual trip.

Do I have to finalize my protection plan selection at registration?

No, you have until 130 days prior to departure to finalize your protection plan. We recommend upgrading to our Ultimate-Plus or Ultimate plans that were designed to provide you complete peace of mind. Learn more about Encore's protection plans.

Can I book an alternate return?

Yes!. Encore Tours offers our passengers flexibility in their flight arrangements. Passengers may choose our “No Air Fare” package price should they choose to arrange flights on their own and join the group at the hotel. They may also choose our “Alternate Return” option which allows them to depart or return from different gateways. Learn more about the alternate return process.

My Account and Logging In

What is My Account?

Once you are registered for an Encore tour, My Account is your portal for everything you need to know. You will find your group's personalized itinerary and hotel and flight information when it becomes available, you can pay for your trip, enroll for automatic payments and select your protection plan. You can also find information that will help you prepare for your adventure ahead such as packing tips, money matters and more.

How do I log in to My Account?

Log in to My Account here. If you registered online and therefore already created a username and password, you will need to enter it. If you have not already selected a username and password, or you forget it, don't worry, we can help. Reset your username and password. Please note that both username and password are case-sensitive.

My trip changed years, do I use the same login information?

If your trip was moved from an earlier date to a new travel date in 2022 or 2023, we’ve set up a new account for you using the same email addresses you provided when you first registered. You can create a new password for your account here.

Help! I can't log in.

Don't worry, we'll figure this out.

• Please make sure you enter your login and password exactly as you created them as they are case-sensitive. If logging in on a mobile device, double check your device isn't automatically adding an extra space at the end.
• Make sure you're logging into the correct trip. Participants need new account information for each trip they are taking with Encore.
• Double check you've clicked 'Login' and not 'Register' in order to avoid creating a duplicate account.

If you're still having trouble, you can reset your username and password. Unless you are a group leader or assistant group leader, select 'participant,' even if your are a parent logging in to your child's account. To retrieve or reset your account information, please enter the email you used when registering, or if you're a minor participant, you may choose to enter your parent email. We will send a link to that address for you to reset your username or password. If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, please check your Spam folder.

I've reset my password and still can't log in. What should I do?

If you have tried resetting your password and the login still is not working or you did not receive an email, don’t sweat it! Please email accounts@encoretours.com and we'll sort it out with you.

Am I able to change my login information in My Account?

Yes, you can. Log in to My Account, click My Profile and select Personal Info. Then scroll down the page to Account Information and click the edit button. You must enter your current password before creating a new one.

Payments, Vouchers and Cancellations

What are your payment plans?

Encore offers two types of payment plans: Automatic Payment Plan and Manual Payment Plan. More time to pay, no deadlines to remember, flexible payment options to match your family’s needs and the chance to win a free trip are just some of the reasons so many participants choose Encore’s Automatic Payment Plan.

If you elect the Manual Payment Plan, after making your initial payment, you’ll then complete your payments by the following steps:

• If registering before September 1, with an initial payment of $200, you'll then complete your payments in two steps: an additional $295 in program fees will be due 30 days from the date of your first invoice. Reservations of participants who have not paid $495 by this deadline will be assessed a $50 Deposit Late Fee and will be subject to cancellation. Full payment for your trip is due by the date in the chart below.
• If registering September 1, onwards with an initial payment of $495, full payment for your trip is due by the date in the chart below.

Is there a benefit to signing up for the Automatic Payment Plan?

Yes! Not only do you have more time to pay, no deadlines to remember and flexible payment options to match your family’s needs, you'll also receive a $50 discount and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win your trip for free. Learn more.

How can I use Encore Travel Vouchers?

Encore travel vouchers give you a chance to springboard toward future travel with Encore, ACIS or our parent company AIFS. You can use the voucher on any Encore or ACIS program outside of the USA and Canada including Encore Experiences, our summer fixed-date trips. Vouchers can also be used on college-level programs, namely AIFS’ College Study Abroad and Global Experience’s International internship programs. Study abroad programs are offered in 22 countries, with short-term, semester and academic year options. Internships are available in 13 different locations and cover career fields ranging from business to non-profit to technical fields. Our vouchers are fully transferable, meaning you can sell them to a friend who is interested in any of these programs too. Each new traveler can only use one voucher to pay for part of their trip and vouchers need to be redeemed for travel starting within two years of their issue date.

How do I redeem an Encore Travel Voucher?

To redeem a voucher with your name or the name of another traveler who you wish to transfer the voucher to, simply send an email from the email address associated with the account to accounts@encoretours.com and indicate how the voucher should be applied. Be sure to include the voucher ID and the full name and Account ID of the traveler it should be applied to. If you'd prefer, you can also scan and email the completed voucher to accounts@encoretours.com.

What is your cancellation policy?

Refunds depend on your protection plan. We strongly advise participants to upgrade their coverage to our Ultimate-Plus or Ultimate plans that provide a full refund (less the cost of the protection plan itself) for any reason up to four days prior to departure, and a full refund for a covered reason up to 1 day prior to departure. Participants who do not elect to upgrade have Basic Protection which provides a partial refund up to 30 days prior to departure.

My group is canceling, but I want to travel, do you have any options?

Yes! Both Encore and ACIS have several fixed-date options for that are open to both small groups and individual travelers. We are also excited to announce the arrival of our new music appreciation product, Encore Experiences.

How do I upgrade my protection plan?

To upgrade your protection plan, log in to My Account and click your plan in the Account Overview section. You may then elect to change your plan up to 130 days prior to departure.

How do I cancel?

We hope you'll reconsider, as we'd love to travel with you. If you do need to cancel, email accounts@encoretours.com with your name, Account ID and your reason for cancelling. If you are registered for more than one trip, be sure to specify the trip and travel date. We cannot take cancellations over the phone or chat. For a minor's cancellation, the email must come from a parent or guardian. If you are an adult and are cancelling another adult's trip, you must copy them on the email. Encore will determine your refund based on your protection plan and the date you send the email, regardless of when you receive a response from Encore.

What do I need to provide if I'm canceling for a reason covered by my protection plan?

If you upgraded your protection plan to Ultimate-Plus or Ultimate, and cancel for a covered reason up to 24 hours prior to departure, you will receive a full refund in cash, less the cost of the plan itself, when you provide the following documentation to Encore:

• Medical Reason - a letter from your doctor on letterhead with the date of onset and diagnosis.
• Job Loss - A letter from your employer within 7 days of termination.
• Death in the family - Unfortunately, we will need proof such as an obituary or death certificate.

How long will it take to get my refund?

Refunds can take up to 45 days from the date of cancellation.

How will my refund be returned?

Refunds are typically returned in the form you paid. If you paid via a checking/savings account you will receive a check, and if you paid with a credit card, the payment will go back on the card. For credit card refunds, equal percentages of the refund will be refunded to each card used.  For example, if you paid 5 payments of $100, and the penalty was 10% you would receive back 90% of each payment transaction. Due to credit card company contracts, we must send refunds back in the form you paid. That being said, if for any reason the credit card refund rejects due to an account being closed or expired, or you’ve paid off the card in full, we will issue you a check as long as proof can be provided to accounts@encoretours.com.

Why isn't the refund check made out to the name of the person who paid for the trip?

Refund checks are printed under the traveler’s name as we legally have the full name of the traveler upon registration. If a parent/guardian or someone else other than the traveler has paid for the trip, Encore unfortunately, for security purposes, does not have payment information saved to be able to see where it came from. If you’re a parent who paid for your child's tour and they’re a minor, they should be able to endorse it over to you. If the minor is too young to sign, please send an email to accounts@encoretours.com asking to reissue a check with the correct full name and address.

Where is my refund check sent?

Encore sends the refund check to the address we have on file; you can see the address on MyAccount on the ‘My Profile’ page.  Please make sure mailing addresses are up to date to avoid any future errors. Any changes or updates can be sent to accounts@encoretours.com

Getting Ready to Travel

Do I need a Passport?

Passports are required for all Encore trips traveling abroad except those to Canada, where a passport is only required if you are flying into the country or if you are aged 19 or over. You are responsible for obtaining your own passport, so please don’t delay! Visit your post office or a local office of the federal government for an application form. Note that some countries require that passports be valid for six months after you return to the United States. Please be sure that yours is up-to-date.

For more information about obtaining a passport and processing times, visit www.travel.state.gov.

Do I need a visa?

No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to western or central Europe, Costa Rica or Mexico. Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Australia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.* Groups traveling to Australia are responsible for securing their own ETA Tourist Visa. For many of the other destinations, Encore will assist U.S. passport holders to obtain necessary visas or will provide all necessary information for you to get your own visa. In the case where Encore is assisting, your group leader will collect your group’s passports and send them to Encore for visa application processing approximately 120 days prior to departure. Visas are necessary for participants connecting through these countries, even if they are not the final destination.

Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining all documents needed to enter the countries to be visited or connected through, and for reentry into the U.S. Please consult the consular offices of the countries on your itinerary, as well as the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, for complete information. If traveling to Canada on one of our programs, non-U.S. citizens can consult this website for Canadian visa requirements.

*Visas may be required for other destinations. Please contact your group leader for more information.

Why does Encore need my passport information?

Encore needs your passport information at least 2 months prior to departure. Some sites require passport information to book entrances or for different modes of transportation. Not entering this information in a timely manner may result in missing some of the listed activities in the program. To enter your information log in to My Account and click My Profile.

Will I need to wear a mask on tour?

We will be following all local requirements regarding masks. Overall, you can expect to wear masks on the plane, in the bus and in most local indoor attractions.

What should I pack?

We've got lots of packing tips, but the ones we'll shout again and again are to check the weather shortly before you go, bring layers, and definitely bring comfortable shoes. You are allowed to check a bag, but we encourage you to carry on and avoid the risk of the airline misplacing your luggage. Our trusted rule of thumb is to bring about half of what you think you'll need!

How much spending money do I need?

The amount of spending money you’ll need depends on personal habits, but a good rule of thumb is $50 USD a day. This allows for lunch, snacks, soft drinks, souvenirs, free-time activities, optional excursions not already included in your itinerary and local transportation during your free time. Learn more about money matters.

Should I exchange money before I go?

We encourage groups to bring a small amount of local currency with you. Get together with some friends to save on fees. Once overseas you can use ATMs and they generally offer good rates, but you won't want to spend your arrival day in line for the ATM with your entire group. Save the time so you can start exploring. Learn more about money matters.

Do you have an app?

Yes! Encore has an excellent travel app that provides a wealth of information including details on your itinerary, flights and hotels (when they become available), as well as maps and destination information that can be accessed offline. Be sure to download the ACIS/Encore Travel App before departure.

What to Expect on Tour

What types of hotels will I stay in?

Encore uses 3- and 4-star hotels located minutes (sometimes steps) from the sights you came to see. Learn more about the importance of centrally located hotels.

How does rooming work?

OOn international tours, participants stay in multiple-bedded rooms, usually with two beds depending on destination and tour type. Group leaders will put together a rooming list for all participants prior to departure. Participants have the option to upgrade to a single room, for a supplemental fee. Additionally, in destinations where tour accommodations are based on either triples or quads, a double room supplement will apply to anyone looking to room with only one other person. Group Leaders are guaranteed the comfort and privacy of a single room on tour. On cruises and overnight ferries, rooming may differ. Any rooming upgrades can be made at registration or by contacting accounts@encoretours.com.

What meals are included?

Typically, tours include a continental breakfast or hot buffet in the morning, and three-course dinner in the evening. Meals are a mix of authentic and familiar to ensure participants get a taste of local culture and leave satisfied.

What are the responsibilities of my tour manager?

A tour manager is the group leader's partner. Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—Encore Tour Managers know their stuff. But, more importantly they know directors and performers. They keep all participants engaged, directors relaxed, and the whole group excited to see what will happen next. They provide educational commentary, check you into hotels, recommend the best place for lunch, and so much more!

What's included on tour?

Inclusions vary from tour to tour, but typically include round-trip flights, breakfasts, dinners, and a mix of other entrances and visits. Our itineraries are thoughtfully designed to include performances at world-class venues while maximizing your time overseas with the best sights built in, along with reserved entrances to avoid long lines.

Travel and Covid

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel?

All group leaders and travelers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to travel with us in 2022. Please check with the destination you are traveling to for the definition of fully vaccinated and if they require a booster shot. If requiring vaccinations continues to be the responsible policy in 2023, you can expect the requirement to remain.

Will I need to wear a mask on tour?

We will be following all local requirements regarding masks. Overall, you can expect to wear masks on the plane, in the bus and in most local indoor attractions.

What happens if the entry or exit requirements of one my travel destinations becomes more restrictive?

If local entry or exit requirements become so restrictive that we are no longer able to operate the tour, we will work with the group leader to move the tour date or destination, even if this is within 45 days of departure. Delivering a high quality and safe experience is always our goal, and we will simply not run a tour if local restrictions would sacrifice the overall travel experience.

What happens if I test positive for Covid shortly before departure?

Please feel assured that just as Encore has taken care of all our passengers for the past 40+ years, we will take care of a Covid-19 positive traveler. Medical care will be covered by the protection plan the passenger is enrolled on. On tour, travelers will continue to be chaperoned either by an adult in their group or Encore staff, or if necessary, a parent will be flown over. Encore will manage the logistics of booking the passenger’s and chaperone’s alternate return flight. We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our participants and remove the likelihood of acquiring Covid.

What happens if the entry or exit requirements of one my travel destinations becomes more restrictive?

If local entry or exit requirements become so restrictive that we are no longer able to operate the tour, we will work with the group leader to move the tour date or destination, even if this is within 45 days of departure. Delivering a high quality and safe experience is always our goal, and we will simply not run a tour if local restrictions would sacrifice the overall travel experience.

What happens if someone in my group tests positive for Covid on tour?

We sincerely hope none of our travelers become ill on tour, but in the case that happens, we have a full plan in place. The ill participant will go into quarantine subject to the laws of the destination and a chaperone will stay with them. If a chaperone is unable to stay, an Encore staff member will help or, if necessary, a parent will be flown over. According to the CDC, individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to self-quarantine after exposure to a person with COVID-19 and can travel, unless they too have COVID-19 symptoms. This means that unless restricted by local health authorities, vaccinated participants can continue on with their trip or return home at the end of the trip even if other participant(s) on the tour receive a positive COVID test while overseas. All travelers returning to the U.S. will need to test negatively before their flight, per U.S. regulations.

Do I need to take a Covid test before leaving on my trip?

All Encore Group Leaders and travelers must receive a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test within 3 days of departure. Some countries’ requirements are more strict and all travelers are responsible for meeting the local entry requirements for all of their destinations. All group members can feel peace of mind knowing their entire group tested negatively before traveling.

Instruments

What should I know about traveling with instruments?

Traveling with instruments can be difficult, but Encore has the experience necessary to make sure it's a smooth process. Your group leader will submit your instrument list and we can submit this to the airlines to determine what size of aircraft will suit your needs best. We can then also assess any problems that might come up and avoid them before they happen. Learn more about traveling with instruments.

Do you have any travel tips for musicians?

If you're a musician and this is your first time traveling, it can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. That's why we recommend bringing a hard case, insuring your instrument, staying hydrated, and practicing respectful concert etiquette based on your destination's customs. View more travel tips.

What if I don't want to bring my instrument with me?

Passengers can contact their group leader who will then coordinate with us to provide rentals for your group. Unless specifically stated, rentals for string and percussion instruments typically do not include mallets or bows, so ask your group leader for more details.

Do you offer any coverage against instrument damage?

Both our Ultimate Protection (UPP) and Ultimate Protection Plus (UPP+) plans include instrument loss/damage coverage of up to $1000! However, the basic protection plan offers no instrument damage coverage. If you wany to be covered against instrument damage, we would strongly recommend upgrading your protection plan.

Have any additional questions

If you have any further questions, please contact us or utilize the chat function on ACIS.com to speak directly with an Encore Tours representative.

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