Rio, Rio, Rio by the Sea-Oh! What a site for the Games---the first on the South American continent. And of course Track & Field News Tours will be there with another of our popular tours. We have operated tours to every Summer Games since 1952. We have almost 60 years of experience, accommodating about 11,000 fans at sixteen Games, plus three Winter Games.
For Rio in 2016, we’ll have another sizable tour group. Almost 400 fans have already signed up and space is getting tight. We are in the midst of hotel negotiations and have two excellent properties so far.
The tour package will be similar to our previous Games trips, with their strong track & field orientation. Generally, we offer stays for 12 or 18 nights (track & field period or entire Games). Given the ever-escalating costs of tickets, hotel rooms during the Oylmpic period, and other arrangements, we are projecting a tour price of $9600-10,300 per person, double occupancy, air not included.
Always a highlight of these trips is the gala tour luncheon, with invited athletes and coaches. In Beijing 2008, for instance, our guests were Dibaba, Clement, Oliver, Taylor, Symmonds, Fountain, Dix, and many more, including stars from the past like Harrison Dillard, Madeline Manning and Dwight Stones. Over the years, more than 60 gold medalists and 60 world record holders have attended TAFNOT parties.
Optional Touring: In addition to the Games period---dates are August 5-21, 2016---we'll be offering optional travel opportunities in South America, both before and after the Games. Custom tours to Argentina, Chile, Peru and elsewhere in Brazil, etc., are on the drawing board.
Deposit: The current deposit is $5000 per person. Additional deposits will be called for from time to time via bulletins which will also keep you apprised of tour arrangements and other news. The cancellation fee is just $150/person and will not be increased until 2016.