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Author: lynns

Joined: 1/3/2011
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Traveler Since: 2009

June 05, 2013

I would love to connect with any other GCT travelers who are booked for this trip. I also have some questions for anyone who has taken this trip recently, or at a similar time last year.

Are the baggage restrictions stated in our documents (44 lb. checked, 11 lb. carryon) actually enforced? Packing for 21 days with less than 44 lbs. is a definite challenge. Also, need advice on clothes to pack, i.e. shoes, capris vs. long pants, raingear, bathing suits, dress up for evening, snacks, medication and anything else you might think of that would be helpful. Advice on exchanging money would also be appreciated. If you would like to get in touch one-on-one email

Thanks! Lynn

Author: mmarni52

Joined: 6/6/2013
Posts: 6
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2012

June 05, 2013

I am taking the same trip oct. 8th.  in answer to your question, which I hope will help.  it depends on the airlines.  I am scheduled to fly to and from with united and I called and they said very clearly it is 50 lbs  and check two bags and a carryon no larger than 22"  I will fly up to san fransisco from la and because I am going international I don't pay for the second check bag. call the airlines.  when you return would love to hear about your experience.


Author: rogerdawhip

Joined: 6/22/2010
Posts: 137
GCT Trips Taken: 18
OAT Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

OAT trips taken: Egypt, China, Ireland, Guatemala, Thailand, Peru and Adriatic Cruise. Ten GCT river cruises: Great Rivers(4 times), Rhine& Mosel (2 times), Eastern Europe to the Black Sea, Rhone River, Holland & Belgium, Seine. Three GCT small ship cruises, winter Adriatic, Italian Riviera, and British Isles Other: Russian river cruise twice.

Traveler Since: 2001

June 06, 2013

The 44 lb checked and 11 lb carry-on applies to the intra-China flights, not your international flight.  When I traveled to China we had  a group check-in and so the individual checked bags were not weighed but this could have changed.  The carry-on limit was hit and miss.  A few times they checked our carryons with only a few problem travelers who had two large very heavy carry-on bags.  The travelers caused us problems throughout the trip expecting others to help them with their very large carryons.

My advice .... for checked baggage.take 44 lb or less and do laundry and use a small light backpack for your carryon instead of the heavy wheeled ones.

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