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2014 FIFA World Cup

 

2014 FIFA World Cup
Brasil

 

Tournament details

Host country

Dates

12 June – 13 July (32 days)

Teams

32 (from 5 or 6 confederations)

Venue(s)

12 (in 12 host cities)

 

 

 

 

 

The World Cup Football Tour Package affords an opportunity for itinerant visitors to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (land of “the best of best “footballers), to experience a taste of the diverse cultures of the cities through which they will pass on the way. This exclusive package is inclusive of transportation, accommodation, meals, security and selected tours, the finest available in Guyana, Brazil.  In Brazil, we offer tours in all twelve of the hosting cities and more before and after the football finals.

Modified packages for games for which you have tickets, are also available in those cities.

Please note that the following tour program and route are for visitors who wish to travel for the 2014 World Cup Opening event, others are advice that  modified packages for additional games  in all twelve hosting cities are also available for which they may have tickets for.

 

June 7th: Arrive in Guyana.

June 8th: Journey from Guyana’s capitol city, Georgetown, through the bauxite town, Linden; then on to Lethem, the BraziIian border town at the end of a developing highway called ‘The Road to Brazil’.  On the way you’ll be ferried on a pontoon across the Mighty Essequibo, Guyana’s largest river, to Kurupukari, home of Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development in the heart of the country’s pristine rainforest, where global scientists are seeking answers to sustainable development on Planet Earth; you’ll pass through Surama and Annai, two Amerindian Villages, among other places of interest, on the way to Lethem.

June 9th: Travel across the recently completed Takatu River Bridge on the way to Boa Vista, Brazil for sightseeing.

June 10th: Travel to Manaus on your 12hrs bus journey for a brief tour of the Amazonia city.

June 11th: Relax on your flight to Sao Paulo Brazil for the games.

June 12th: Witness the grand 2014 Sao Paulo football games opening and more.

Tour Cost

(A): Transportation, Accommodation 1-Star Hotel, Tours, Breakfast: US$300.00 per day.

(B): Transportation, Accommodation  3-Star Hotel, Tours, Breakfast: US$600.00 per day.

(C): Transportation, Accommodation  4-Star Hotel, Tours, Breakfast: US$800.00 per day.

(D): Transportation, Accommodation  5-Star Hotel, Tours, Breakfast: US$1000.00 per day. (Airfares not included)

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is to be the 20th , an international tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.

This is to be the second time Brazil has hosted the competition, the first being the . Brazil is scheduled to become the fifth country to have hosted the FIFA World Cup twice, after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany. It is scheduled to be the first World Cup to be held in South America since the in Argentina, the first time two consecutive World Cups are staged outside Europe and the first time two consecutive World Cups are staged in the (the was held in South Africa).

Venues

The 2014 World Cup host in 12 cities: , , , ,  ,  , , , , (a stadium would be shared by both cities),  Rio de Janeiro, and .

Half of the chosen host cities will have their games in brand new venues built specifically for the World Cup, while the stadium for the capital was demolished and will be rebuilt, and the remaining five are upgrading their current stadium.

: 76,804
(upgraded)

Capacity: 70,064
(rebuilt)

Capacity: 65,807
(new stadium)

Capacity: 64,846

Capacity: 62,160

Capacity: 48,849

 

Capacity: 48,747

(rebuilt)

Capacity: 44,248

(new stadium)


 

 

Capacity: 42,968
(rebuilt)

Capacity: 42,374
(rebuilt)

Capacity: 42,086
(rebuilt)

Capacity: 41,456
(upgraded)

Group stage

On 27 September 2012 the FIFA Executive Committee announced the kickoff times of the matches, with the opening kickoff to be held on 12 June in São Paulo, at 17:00 local time. The group stage matches will be played at 13:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 21:00 local time, with knockout stage matches at 13.00 and 17:00 local time. The semi-finals will be played at 17:00 local time and the Final, on 13 July 2014 at the Maracana stadium, at 16:00 local time.

All times listed below are in (). This is the time zone of ten of the twelve venues; the other two, and , are in the (), therefore for matches hosted at these two venues the local kickoff times are one hour "behind" the times listed below.

For detail games information:

After the final games you’ll be given the opportunity to choose any additional tours you prefer in Rio before setting off on our suggestive three-day drive to Belem and thence onward, three days by river to Maca Para Village, in Brazil.

The following day will be spent on a ten-hour bus ride to French Guiana for a taste of some French Guianese culture.  Next day you’ll be on your way to Paramaribo, Suriname, to experience the fascinating Surinamese culture, before returning to Guyana to select tours of your choice.

Or, you choose an additional return route for us to be your guide.

 

Safety and Security

Even the most patriotic Brazilian would say that the greatest problem the country faces is crime. Brazil is one of the most criminalized countries of the world, therefore the crime rate is high, even for a developing nation. Armed bandits have more recently been attacking schools, hotels and even innocent people in the streets. While in recent years, the overall crime levels are steadily decreasing, Brazil continues to have moderately high crime rates in various aspects, even with a moderate homicide rate (about 28 per 100,000 people). Of significant concern is that policemen may not always provide the best quality of assistance and even be more dangerous than the criminals itself. Lack of man power, low wages and inappropriate training contribute to a lack of professionalism.

The best thing to do is to not act like a tourist, and do not display items of extreme wealth such as laptops, jewelry, etc. Also avoid carrying large amounts of money with you.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while traveling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When traveling on a group trip, please note that your Tour Guide has the authority to amend any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your Tour Guide will accompany you on most of the activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Tour Guide will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety.

Service level

Basic: Our service level offers excellent value for those who prefer flexibility along with the security and convenience of small group travel. Our accommodation is clean and well kept. When it comes to getting around our transport is the best and most colorful way to go. Alternatively, travel is by private van, min bus, coach or the big luxury buses with toilet in them, deal for travelers looking to combine the convenience of small group travel at a competitive price.


VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Due to the tour nature and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Group Leader Description

All Falls View Tours group trips are accompanied by our Guides. The aim of the Tour Guide is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

Your Fellow Travelers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all corners of the world and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part

 

Due to the tour nature, only breakfast will be provided by us.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with Falls View Tours you will experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. When there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other company. There is no obligation to do this though your Tour Guide will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip.

Transport

Local Mini Bus, Luxury Tourist Bus with inside Toilet  etc.

Accommodation

Three (1-3-4-5) Star hotels, Night Bus.

Joining Instructions

Timehri International Airport located 26 miles South of Georgetown city center. Upon arrival you will have access to bank machines located within the terminal and there is a money exchange counter available in the airport. Official taxis are available at the airport to take you to our start hotel (Main Street Kings Plaza Hotel).

If you are arriving from abroad and have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, one of our agents will meet you at the airport. If no one is there, take an airport taxi to the hotel and we will reimburse you. If you have not paid for an arrival transfer, the best way to get into town is by airport taxi.


Your Tour Guide will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Your Tour Guide will also organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip Tour Guide or make contact with our office. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact Falls View Tours during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call your tour Guide or then call our local contact in Guyana. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

Falls View Tours, Guyana
Day time phone from Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Tel: Int. Dialing Code: 592-225-5911

Emergency phone for outside of office hours
Tel: Int. Dialing Code: 592-668-6501


What to Take

Checklist

- Passport (with photocopies)
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies) if needed.
- USD cash and travellers cheques
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Any entry visas and yellow fever vaccination certificates required
- Camera and film
- Concealable money belt
- Sunglasses
- Sun hat
- Sunblock
- Watch  
- Your Personal First-aid kit if you do have any medical condition(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by the hotels for a charge.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances, but Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US dollar cash, travelers cheques and cards is best, although you will usually be charged a commission or given a less-favorable exchange rate for travelers cheques. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
Please bear in mind that cost of living in Brazil is much higher than the rest of South America.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the online website for daily exchange rates:

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

US$40

Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your Tour Guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your Tour Guide did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited (yellow fever vaccine for Brazil). It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.

Note:Yellow fever vaccine is a must have to enter Brazil.

Trip Specific Safety

Like most other big Latin American cities, there are city areas that are safer than others. Use common sense and be aware of your surroundings. Keep your valuables in the safe available in your hotel. Use the hotel to assist in any bookings of taxis and/or giving assistance when wandering around on your own. If unfamiliar with the city it is advisable not to wander around after dark on your own.


A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. Our Tour Guide has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is important on any of our trips.When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

Responsible Travel

Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what Falls View Tours is all about. From the start, Falls View Tours has been committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. While our sustainable tourism policies are constantly evolving, our commitment to socially conscious, grassroots style travel has never changed. We work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.

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