Financial

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:     Emmaus trips have 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 trips you are held financially responsible for any number of fees not accounted for in the published trip price. 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 trip price. Except for a few daily lunch meals and items related to optional personal choices, your trip price 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.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:     The payment schedule for your trip is located within your trip’s web material. It is important that you maintain the payment schedule in order for Emmaus to confirm its ground and airline arrangements. Inquire with your group leader or with Emmaus if you have a financial question.

MONEY FOR TRAVEL:     US Dollars and credit cards are sufficient for your trip. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks are accepted in most shops. Small vendors will require cash. In addition to your regular tourist-type purchases, it is recommended you bring a “slush fund” of about $25 per day for incidental spending (lunches, snacks, water, soda, maps, taxis, tourist guide books, etc.). You will need some local Israel currency. It is recommended you convert $100 to local Israel currency at the airport upon arrival in Israel. Bottled-water (16 oz) will be available for purchase on your bus. Bring about twenty $1 bills for water purchases. 

ATM MACHINES:     ATM machines exist but are rare, difficult to locate, not readily available during touring hours and distribute only Israeli currency. Do not depend on ATM machines for your financial needs. It is best if you have on hand sufficient cash and/or credit card resources.

SINGLE ROOM FEE:     This trip is priced on double-room occupancies. If you desire a single room an additional fee ($700-$1300) 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 all hotels. Please inform Emmaus if you desire a single room. Emmaus will then be able to inform you of the single room supplemental fee associated with your particular trip.

MAKING A PAYMENT:     You are welcome to make your payment to Emmaus by personal check, money order, cashier's check or bank to bank wire transfer. Credit card payments are not accepted.

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Testimonials

  • "First of all, the trip was wonderful. I realize more and more how much of a gift it was since arriving home. It was a true blessing to have someone of the caliber of Steve leading it. While I have no criticisms, I would like to share how my mindset changed during the trip. Prior to arrival, I thought the journey would impact me more spiritually. In fact, my experience evolved into a history lesson where I become somewhat disconnected from the sites on a spiritual level. I was a little concerned with myself not having that spiritual impact. Mentioning this mind set to one of my fellow travelers, she stated she felt the same way but was not concerned as God is everywhere and Christianity is not really fueled by locations, but rather by the Spirit. That statement really hit home at the time and provided me a sense of peace. I stopped worrying about the spiritual side and just let the trip unfold. Looking back, the true blessing was the trip and the lessons grounded in the Bible for me. I know more now about the land of Jesus, the terrain and distances involved. It has made my Bible study come more alive as I can now place all of the locations. That takes sort of the "logical" mystery out of the Bible for me, and I can better focus on the spiritual side. Since coming home, I found myself more at a sense of peace than before on many levels. The mere act of such a travel experience -- I had never gone any farther than Mexico -- combined with the Bible history lesson broadened my mind and soul. The trip continues to grow on me since arriving home. For me, now is the time of spiritual fulfillment. In a few years, I hope to take my wife and would not hesitate -- in fact would seek out -- an Emmaus trip. Thanks and God Bless."
    T.H., Israel Trip