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 famous 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. More than 400 fans have already signed up and we're expecting a final contingent of 500-600. It's too early for specifics or prices, but we’re certainly hoping Rio will not be as costly as London (2012), which is one of the world's most expensive cities. An educated guess is that we should be able to quote a tour price in the low $7000-7500/person range.
The tour package will be similar to our previous Games trips, with their strong track & field orientation. Generally, we offer hotel space for 12 or 18 nights (track & field period or entire Games).
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 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 $100 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 $15/person and will not be increased until 2015.