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Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the return date of your trip. If not, the airlines will not let you fly. If you do not have a valid passport whose expiration date ends more than six months after the date of your tour, you must apply for one immediately. Passports may be obtained at many post offices.
Please note that the airlines or countries you are to visit may also require a copy of your vaccination record.
Children being children, it is not advisable to bring young ones on group tours. As precious as they are, they are sometimes worrisome to other travelers and it is doubtful whether the children will absorb the full meaning of the experience. The cost of bringing a child is the same as for an adult.
Because we buy group space, it is not possible to upgrade from that space to business or first class.
To fly upgraded or using mileage is possible, but you would have to buy your own ticket directly from an airline to and from your tour destination.
But, It can be problematic and result in unintended consequences.
Group transfers are included in the airline portion of our prices. If you purchase your own upgraded airline tickets or use mileage you will then be responsible for your own transfers from your arrival airport to your first hotel and from your last hotel to your return airport. If you arrive on the same flight as the main group or a bit of time before (and you can wait) you are fine to join the group's arrival transfer. If your return schedule coincides with the group departure you can also join the group transfer.
CAUTIONARY NOTE: Airlines sometimes are delayed or they change schedules even after you have secured your individual airline tickets. This is particularly true if flying on a different airline flight from the main group. If you arrive or leave separately from the main group or schedules change, you will still be responsible for your own transfers.
(If buying you own airfare or using mileage, you would buy just the LAND ONLY portion of the tour from us.)
For Israel, the following fees will be assessed for all cancellations; from deposit to 120 days prior to departure $100** per person (see note below); 120 days or less prior $300** per person (see note below) plus all non-refundable expenses incurred by International Christian Journeys/Hadar Travel and Tours and it's marketing representatives on the group's behalf.
**NOTE: If you are not vaccinated for COVID-19 and are cancelling because the country or countries you are scheduled to visit will not allow unvaccinated persons to enter, the $100 or $300 fees mentioned above will be issued in the form of a credit voucher for any of our future domestic or international group tours. All fees we have paid which cannot be recovered from our suppliers will not be refunded unless they are refunded us.
For cancellation fees for other destinations, please see your individual group page.
There is a slightly higher price for using a credit card. Currently @3.5% more. If you would like to pay by credit card, please call us (866) 462-4659. We do not want to expose your credit information through an online form.
Withdrawing cash at ATMs can save you money and make it easy to take advantage of favorable exchange rates offered by ATMs. Cash is dispensed in local currency, and is debited from your account in US dollars - this eliminates additional conversion fees and commissions.
Internationally, it is recommended that your PIN be 4 digits. If your PIN is longer than four (4) digits, contact your issuing financial institution and ask them to issue you a new PIN number. If you have an alphabetic PIN, translate the letters into numbers before leaving the country. Test your PIN before you travel. Check to find out how much you may withdraw each day.
Before traveling please consult the following website for tips regarding safety:
Yes, distilled water is available in Israel. It is sold in Pharmacies.
Hebrew name is mayim mezukakim.
Yes, but you will have to add the "single supplement" to your price. Basic price is for "double occupancy;" i.e. two people splitting the cost for a room and other inclusions.
At all the hotels meals are buffett stylem, so you will be able to pick up food based on your specific dietary needs. You may also request, if possible, the kitchen for a special food. We're sure they will do their best to accommodate you.
FOOD ON FLIGHTS:
After the group’s tickets are issued, you will be able to call the airline directly and request special meals.
We are more interested in quality tours than cheap tours although we can do both. Sometimes you will find tours from other companies that are lower priced than ours, but we encourage you to compare all of the inclusions and exclusions and levels of service of any lower price you may see.
Bring layers. Plan for variations in weather from warm to cold to rain. Think washable, wrinkle-free, cool and compact.
Comfortable shoes are a MUST! (lots of uneven walkways)
Take toiletries in small containers—just the amount needed. Take disposable items that can be tossed when you are finished.
Plan for medication, health and hygiene needs. You may not be able to run out and buy what you need.
Ship purchases home whenever possible. Carry as few as possible.
Make a list of luggage contents and approximate value in case you have to fill out a baggage claim form.
Practice Pack! Lay out everything and start packing by priority. (Write it down; then pare it down!)
Take 30 $1 bills. These can get you through many situations.
Carry an emergency bag to see you through all (Kleenex, towelettes, passport, cash, ID, credit card/traveler’s checks, your hotel list, local maps, something edible. Buy water after security.)
CLOTHING: casual clothing, walking shoes, underwear, nighties, sweater/light jacket, rain poncho, minimum jewelry.
MAKE-UP ITEMS and TOILETRIES: Keep a meticulous list over a week’s period of the “stuff” you cannot live without.
HEALTH ITEMS – vitamins, aspirin, medications, extra pair of glasses and a copy of your Rx, contact lens stuff, laxative, diarrhea needs, decongestant.
PASSPORT/PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION CARDS
CREDIT CARD/ATM CARD!!* (Most items forgotten from above can be replaced with these!
MISC.: Bible. Consider also the following: small sewing kit, plastic folding cup, washcloth, mirror, shower cap, small scissors, travel alarm, curling iron, travel iron, camera, umbrella, outlet adaptor, watch, other books and small binoculars.
Be aware and be careful.
Always carry small coins in local currency.
Fruit and cheese from a local vendor might be fine for lunch.