This program has been designed to eliminate the numerous incidental financial responsibilities one often encounters on packaged tours. Tour agencies and their clients often publish a low base price giving the appearance that you have discovered a bargain. On such programs you are held financially responsible for any number of fees not accounted for in the published program cost. These “hidden” or “unannounced” fees can add up to as much as $300-$500 by the end of your trip. In an effort to minimize your individual responsibilities for undeclared fees, all fees and tips are included in your overall program cost. Except for two lunch meals and items related to optional personal choices, your program cost covers all such incidental fees. We do this in order for you to have a realistic cost of the trip and to eliminate the hassle so often associated with “hidden” fees. For clarification please review the Covered and Not Covered features listed below.
In addition to your regular tourist-type purchases and your two lunch expenses, it is recommended you bring a “slush fund” of about $15-$25 per day for incidental spending (snacks, water, soda, maps, taxis, tourist guide books, etc.). US Dollars, Credit Cards, and Travelers Check are fine. You may convert these funds into local currency at the airport (time permitting), at our hotels or at nearby banks. ATM machines exist but are rare, difficult to locate, not readily available during touring and distribute only Israeli currency. Do not depend on ATM machines for your financial needs.
ITEMS COVERED IN YOUR OVERALL PROGRAM COST
(a) Roundtrip airfare from New York and all scheduled trip related activities in Israel, group transfers admissions and tips. (b) Accommodations. (c) Private touring bus. (d) Any local guide as needed. (e) All meals; except 2 lunches.
NOT COVERED IN YOUR OVERALL PROGRAM COST
a) Two lunch meals and specialty beverages or bottle water at meals. (b) Jordan River Baptism or Rededication fee of $10. (c) Personal health or accident insurance – Required. (d) Personal travel insurance – Recommended. (e) Any incidental personal expenses for snacks, shopping, etc. (f) Any overnight lodging, ground transportation, flights and meals not included in the program itinerary as declared.
AIRFARE TAXES AND TARIFFS
Your program does include roundtrip airfare from New York. See Flights for additional information. Your airline reservations were prearranged months in advance of your departure date. Often taxes or tariffs associated with your ticket are adjusted by the airlines at the time your airline ticket is issued. In the event an increase of cost is applied by the airline, you are financially responsible for the increase in your airfare. It cannot be determined in advance if a different tax or tariff is to be applied. If an increase is applied by the airlines, you will be informed and a payment will be requested.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENTAL FEE: $1000
This trip is priced on double-room occupancies. If you desire a single room an additional fee is required by the hotels. Your request will be submitted to the hotels. A single room is not guaranteed. It is up to the various hotels to comply with the request. Historically, such a request is faithfully honored by the hotels. Nevertheless, be prepared to have a roommate if a single room is not available.