Welcome to the SUNSHINE TRAVEL CLUB.
Thanks to the many people who have travelled with us over the years, we are able to continue offering a variety of trips, some short, some long, but always interesting and fun. We welcome new and repeat customers and hope you will enjoy our professional drivers, comfortable motor coaches, and friendly, courteous tour directors.
We begin our 55th year with a selection of trips from which you can plan a carefree relaxing vacation.
Please read through the GENERAL INFORMATION as there have been several changes included to improve your comfort and the enjoyment of our trips.
Sunshine Trips include:
A.J. Bus Lines deluxe motor coach transportation
Twin bedded hotel accommodation in non-smoking rooms
Sightseeing excursions as outlined in trip information
Baggage handling for one piece of luggage, per customer.
Cost of meals, except where stated
Cost of tours and activities listed as optional
Telephone calls, special room service, beverages, etc.
Airline baggage fees
GENERAL INFORMATION – “Please read carefully”
Prices are based on twin bedded accommodation, per person. For those who wish to share, it is the responsibility of the passenger to find a companion. In the event that a companion cannot be found then the single price will apply.
All trips will be paid for in Canadian funds. The prices shown are in effect at the time of printing and every effort is made to maintain the prices as quoted, however the club reserves the right to adjust the prices if necessary. ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
All cheques are made payable to SUNSHINE TRAVEL CLUB. We do not accept credit/debit cards.
Seating on the bus will be allocated on the first day of the trip and will be rotated every day. The assignment of the seats is arranged by the order in which you sign up for the trip. In the event of a cancellation the first person on the waiting list will be assigned to the vacant seat.
IF THE BUS IS EQUIPPED WITH SEAT BELTS, THEY SHOULD BE WORN FOR YOUR SAFETY.
The coach will stop in the morning and the afternoon, as well as a one hour stop for lunch. If you need to eat at a certain time, then it is advised that you carry a snack with you.
One large piece of luggage (not to exceed 50 lbs) is allowed per passenger. This piece will be tagged and placed in the luggage compartment under the coach. One small carry-on not to exceed 19”x9-1/2” with no wheels may be taken inside the coach and placed in the overhead compartment.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for this piece of luggage. If the piece does not fit in the overhead it will have to be placed under the coach in the luggage compartment. Safety requirements do not allow this piece to be held on your lap or under the seat. GOLF CLUBS are not allowed on the coach except for trips where there are golf opportunities. COOLERS are not allowed on the coach.
Many of our passengers suffer from allergies. Due to the enclosed environment on the coach, we ask that you refrain from using perfumes, shaving lotions or any other scented products.
*Please remember to pack all of your medications in their original containers. They should be packed into your carry-on luggage in the event you require it while we are travelling.
*A current copy of your travel insurance and your OHIP documentation should accompany you at all times.*Any special request (medical, mobility or dietary) must be noted on your registration form at time of booking.
*We are unable to provide individual assistance to a passenger in regards to getting on and off the coach, climbing stairs or walking, due to insurance regulations. If you require special assistance, then it is your responsibility to ensure that a capable travel companion accompanies you on the trip. *Our coaches are not equipped to handle large medical assistance aids and are only accessible by using stairs for exit and entry.
*We highly recommend the purchase of out-of-country/province medical insurance. Be sure to purchase insurance that will provide coverage for your conditions and always carry with you on the trip.
Effective June 1st, 2009, US law requires all passengers to present a valid passport to enter the United States. Failure to comply could result in passenger not being allowed into the USA. In that event there is NO REFUND on your trip.
Our coaches are smoke free. If you require a smoking room, please advise us at the time of booking. It is not always possible to make changes when arriving at the hotels. We always book non-smoking rooms.
GRATUITIES Tips to servers, hotel staff, waiters and step-on guides are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for a job well done. This practice, though customary is voluntary and not included in our tour prices. The general rule is 15% for restaurant meals, $1.00 for complimentary meals or buffets, $1.00/night for hotel maid service. If the club includes a meal in your itinerary the gratuity is included. Gratuities for our Tour Directors and Coach Drivers are at your discretion. Our Tour Directors are volunteers and we feel that they do a great job to enhance your tour and make it a worry free vacation.
At the end of each trip the Tour Director will provide you with a tour evaluation sheet to be filled out. These forms have been invaluable to the club over the years and we would ask that you take a few minutes to fill them out and return to us. We have made the form more user-friendly providing an opportunity for you to tell us what we did well and what we need to improve on. We would also like to hear from you in regards to suggestions for future trips to be considered. In the event that you have a complaint, concern or suggestion you would like to discuss in private, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
We do not provide this insurance on our trips. We strongly advise that you purchase insurance once you have booked a trip. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to ensure proper insurance is purchased.
The following charges will apply in the event of a cancellation, unless otherwise stated in the brochure.
* from time of deposit to date of final payment a $20/person penalty will apply
* from time of final payment to departure, the tour is non-refundable.
* spur of the moment trips are 100% non-refundable once purchased
* refund of monies must be claimed through your cancellation insurance along with the necessary documentation. (I.e. medical or death certificate)
If for some reason you must leave the trip early, we do not refund the cost of the unused portion of the trip. This would be claimed through your insurance provider. Any additional costs incurred or any ancillary loss sustained as a result of cancellations, delays of tours caused by inclement weather, acts of God, bus delay, or any other event is not the fault of the club.
SIGN-UP DAY FOR THE 2018 TOURS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 10:30 AM – 1:30PM
No need to come early as the doors will open at 10AM. Please use the back door entrance off the parking lot. Numbers will be handed out in the order you arrive.
*NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED PRIOR TO SIGN UP DAY*
The Sunshine Travel Club reserves the right to limit the number of seats an individual may book for any one tour. One seat for yourself and one seat for your travel companion. If there is a couple that wishes to accompany you on a tour, they may be booked at the same time.
You can only book a reservation for yourself and your travelling companion as seats are limited on these tours. ***This only applies to registrations received on sign-up day.
Deposits are due within SEVEN DAYS of booking, otherwise the reservations will not be held.
Do not hesitate to make a reservation if you are interested in a trip. Sometimes we are forced to cancel a trip if there is not enough interest, so please sign up early. Some of the popular trips get filled on the first day. If the trip is full, add your name to the waiting list in the event of a cancellation.
If possible, please come to Sign-Up Day to avoid disappointment.
Changes to any trip will only be made to improve the quality of the tour through unavoidable circumstances.
DESIGNATED PICKUP/DROP-OFF POINTS
Please refer to the inside back cover of this book to see a list of these locations. There are no exceptions. In Sault Ste. Marie the only location is the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library – Main Branch (East & Bay)
These are now indicated at the top of each tour. Please make reference to these indicators to avoid any problems while on the tour.
We have certificates in any denomination available at the office. They make great Christmas and birthday gifts! No expiry date.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS & TOUR DIRECTORS
We are always looking for new candidates for these positions. If you are interested, please drop off a resume at the office or give the current executive a call.
SUNSHINE TRAVEL CLUB TOURS 2018
January 24th-26th Detroit Auto Show/NHL Hockey
January 30th-February 25th Florida- Gulf Coast Getaway
February 13th-17th Toronto Theatre Experience
March 18th-24th Music City USA-Nashville
April 21st-May 4th Myrtle Beach Retreat
April 23rd-April 29th I Love New York
May 23rd-25th Traverse City Wine Tour
May 28th-31st Amish Experience & Shipshewana Flea Market
June 3rd-7th Barrels, Bottles & Brews Trail -Windsor/Essex County
July 9th-13th Prince Edward County Taste Trail
July 18th Young Americans Dinner Theatre – 1 DAY
August 21st-23rd Michigan Getaway -Petoskey with Young Americans Dinner Theatre
August – dates TBA Wisconsin- Milwaukee/ Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers
September 5th-28th Canada -The Best of the West
September 15th Bay Harbor Home Tour
September 24th-October 5th The Colours of New England
September 26th Fall Foliage Tour
October 1st- 4th Stay & Play Orillia
October 22nd Sudbury Shopping Spree
November 16th-18th Shop ‘til You Drop-Auburn Hills/Great Lakes Crossing
December 12th Christmas Light Tour
SUNSHINE TRAVEL CLUB PICK-UP/DROP-OFF POINTS (ON TOURS WITHIN CANADA)
SAULT STE MARIE: SAULT STE. MARIE PUBLIC LIBRARY- (EAST & BAY ST.)
ECHO BAY: PIT STOP GAS BAR (HWY #17 E- ECHO BAY)
ST. JOE ISLAND: THE 17 EAST TRADING POST
BRUCE MINES: COPPER BAY SHELL STATION
THESSALON: JONES VALU-MART
IRON BRIDGE: NUGGET/SHELL GAS BAR
BLIND RIVER: TIM HORTON’S
ELLIOT LAKE: “NO PLACE SPECIAL” RESTAURANT IN SPRAGGE, ON
ESPANOLA: TIM HORTON’S (AT THE TURN-OFF)
SUDBURY: WALMART (A&W, SUBWAY, Mc DONALD’S
****NO PICK-UP/DROP-OFF POINTS ALLOWED IN THE USA.