Northern European Tour

Summer 2018
 

On June 11th the Oakleaf Band will travel to Northern Europe for a tour across the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. There will be several performance opportunities for the band including a full band performance at the Netherlands-American Cemetery in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the USA's invasion of Europe. Our Jazz Band will perform in the market square of Haarlem. Our Wind Symphony will close out the tour with a performance in the world-renowned Grote Kerk Monninckendam located in North Holland. We are excited to team with David McGuffin of Exploring Europe Tours. Click here for a direct link to our tour on his website.

Click HERE for Chaperone Guidelines and Procedures



Itinerary

 

Monday, June 11, 2018: Overnight Flight to Amsterdam - Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam.  Enjoy a comfortable flight, dinner and in-seat video entertainment.

09:30 – Arrival at Jacksonville International Airport.  Assembly in front of the Delta Airlines counter.  Your directors and chaperones will assist with group check-in.  DO NOT check-in independently.

11:45-12:53  DL 1258  JAX-ATL
15:14-0:5:55  DL 70 ATL-Amsterdam (AMS) arrival on 6/12/18.

Tuesday, June 12: Amsterdam - After airport formalities, join your Exploring Europe guide and driver for a sightseeing excursion in Amsterdam.  Today, you will cruise Amsterdam’s famous canals aboard a glass-topped sightseeing boat followed by a little free time for shopping and lunch.  Later, experience Ann Frank’s house and museum to learn about the atrocities of Hitler’s invasion of The Netherlands.  Finally, we will travel to the little village of Heino, your home for the next few days. Lunch on your own in Amsterdam. Dinner at Heino Summer Camp.

10:00 – Canal Cruise

12:00 – Anne Frank House Entrance for 14 students

12:15 - Anne Frank House Entrance for 14 students

12:15 - Anne Frank House Entrance for 5 students and 5 adults

12:30 - Anne Frank House Entrance for 14 adults

Wednesday, June 13: Summer Camp Heino – You will have all day to enjoy the village of Heino and the Summer Camp. There are many engaging activities such as team sports, biking, swimming, movies, nature trails and challenge courses. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served today at the Summer Camp.

Meals: 08.30 - 13.00 - 18.30

Swimming pool 10.30 - 12.30 hrs

Sports hall  14.00 - 16.00 hrs

Thursday, June 14: Germany and Belgium – Today enjoy a visit to neighboring Belgium and Germany.  There is a lot of driving with the payoff of visiting three EU countries enroute.  Our first destination is Maastricht, a university town rich in history.  Enjoy a couple of hours here to explore town square, cobbled lanes and have lunch.  Then we will travel to The Netherland's American Cemetery where you will present some music in honor of our fallen soldiers.  Finally, we will travel to Cologne, Germany.  Situated on the Rhine River its massive cathedral dominates the countryside vistas for miles. You will have a few hours here to visit the cathedral, explore the riverside walks and poke around the medieval streets in the historic city center. We will return to Heino around 9:00 p.m.  Breakfast at the SummerCamp.  Sack lunch provided.  Cookout dinner at Summer Camp upon return.

Friday, June 15: We will venture out into the flatlands and polders, climb an authentic windmill and visit a charming canal-side village. Breakfast and dinner at Heino SummerCamp.  Sack lunch provided  on your own.

Saturday, June 16: Zwolle and Musical Performance – Travel to nearby Zwolle to present a musical perform in the town center.  Enjoy some free time in town and the surrounding countryside.  Breakfast and dinner at the Summer Camp.  Sack lunch provided.

Sunday, June 17: Heading Home

04:00 – Depart Heino Summer Camp

06:00 – Arrive Amsterdam Airport

08:35-12:14 DL 071  AMS to ATL

14:31-15:45  DL 1090  ATL-JAX 

Group arrives at JAX Airport at 15:45 (3:45 PM) on Saturday, June 17.  Please make sure you have a ride home!

 

How much is the trip per person?
$2685 - $2885. Once the airfare is settled in July, we will have the exact price.

The Table below breaks down the monthly payments. Once the final amount is determined, we can narrow down the exact monthly installment. There is a $100 discount if all payments beyond the initial deposit are made by check, cash, bank draft or money order

Monthly Payment Schedule

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Key Dates
May 4th                       Deposit - $250
September 1st             Last day to cancel to get deposit back
January 5th                 Last day to cancel to get refund (minus deposit)

Where do I make payments:
All payments are made directly to David McGuffin Tour's by visiting this link. Payments can be in the form of credit card, cash, money orders or bank checks.

What if I miss a payment?
We would like for all participants to stay on track with their monthly payments. David McGuffin has a simple way of achieving this through the auto payment option. However, we understand certain occasions may arise, where a payment may be missed. It will best to make the missed payment in addition to the following month's payment in order to stay on track. The only month where a payment is not necessary is July, when all band fees must be paid. There will not be an option for band fee payments moving forward into 2017 and beyond. All band fees are paid to Oakleaf High School Band and are independent of the tour cost.

Where can I obtain a passport?
Passports can be purchased at the Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

What is the chaperone protocol for the trip? How can I be considered to be a chaperone?
All Clay County School Board policies will be in effect during the duration of the trip. We will observe a 10:1 ratio of students per chaperone. Students will be under adult supervision during the trip. In the housing quarters, chaperones will be in their own room adjacent to the student rooms (same building) at the Heino Summer Camp. Chaperone applications will be made available in April. In addition to completing the application, you must complete a volunteer form which permits the CCSB to conduct a federal background check. Once all applications and volunteer forms are submitted, chaperones will be selected in a joint effort with the OHS Administration. Chaperone trip cost is the same as the student rate.

What kind of insurance is included?
Tour interruption, medical and baggage coverage is provided by Seven Corners Traveler's Insurance Company. You can review the terms on Dave McGuffin's website. Additional comprehensive travel and health insurance can be purchased as well. Additional information regarding insurance and trip cancellation policies can be found on the official application and tour agreement.

What is the procedure to officially declare my participation for this trip?

  • $250 deposit (made directly to Dave McGuffin)
  • Submit application and tour agreement. Applications can be found by clicking this link or can be picked up anytime in the OHS band room. .

Is the trip mandatory for my child to be in the band program?
In short, NO. While we hope that all of our students will be able to attend, we know that some will not be able to. There are still some wonderful opportunities for our students next year independent of the trip.

Will there be any additional meetings regarding the trip?
Yes. As we get closer to our departure, we will have parent meetings to go over the finer details. Any important information will be put on the band website and emailed to our parents.

Will there be fundraising available?
Yes. Our fundraising coordinator, Kim Duncan will be reaching out to everyone very soon.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hall or David McGuffin (david@davidmcguffin.com)