ISRAEL & GREECE

Hosted by Pastor Joe Pedick
Monday, March 09 – Sunday, March 22, 2020

From

$950 Greece Extension
$3,770* Israel Air&Land

FLIGHTS

Economy class group seats

COACH

11 days 9 touring in Israel & 4 days trip with 2 touring days in Greece in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle

NIGHTS

9 nights stay in good local 4 & 5 star hotels in Israel and
3 nights stay in good local 4 & 5 star hotels in Greece

MEALS

We do all the shopping for you
8 x Breakfasts 3 x Lunches 9 x Dinner in Israel
2 x Breakfasts 2 x Dinners in Greece

OVERVIEW

Tour Code: OIS092220G
Tour Dates in Israel: 09 March – 19 March, 2020  Days 11 / 9 Nights / 8 Days of Touring Tour Dates in Greece: 19 Mar − 22 Mar 2019 Days 4 / 3 Nights / 2 Touring Days

TOURING SITES

Northern Israel
Mount of Beatitudes • Church of St Peter’s Primacy • Sea of Galilee Boat Ride • Ancient Boat Museum •  Capernaum • Mount Arbel • Mount Hermon • Caesarea Philippi • Mount of Precipice • Nazareth Biblical Village • Tel Megiddo • Mount Carmel • Caesarea Maritima • Joppa

Jerusalem and its Surrounding
Temple Mount • Dome of the Rock • Western Wall • Western Wall Tunnel Tour • Southern Steps • Jewish Quarter • Temple Institute •  Model of Jerusalem • Shrine of the Book • Mount of Olives • Church of all Nations • Garden of Gethsemane • Pool of Bethesda • St Anne’s Church • Via Dolorosa • Church of the Holy Sepulchre • City of David • Hezekiah’s Tunnel • Pool of Siloam • Mahane Yehuda • Bethlehem • Church of the Nativity • Shepherds’ Fields • Zedekiah’s Cave • Garden Tomb • Mount Scopus

Judaean Desert
Masada • Ein Gedi • Qumran • Dead Sea Float • Genesis Land

Note that the above itinerary is subject to change based on the pace of the group, availability and accessibility of sites due to unforeseen circumstances. Time and/or weather will also determine the coverage and visitation of the sites.

HOTELS:

1- Leonardo Plaza hotel in Tiberius
2- Leonardo hotel or St. George in Jerusalem
3- Bat Yam/ Leonardo suites – 4 stars in Tel Aviv (for the night of March 13 just in case)
4- Stanley Hotel or Polis Grand Hotel or Titania Hotel in Greece
Please note: Hotels are subject to change, similar class of accommodations are guaranteed

DEPARTURE: Los Angeles (LAX) with Air Lufthansa (Israel Only)
DEPARTURE: Tel Aviv-Athens with El Al Airline or similar (Greece extension)

DATES & PRICE

DATES: Monday, March 09 – Sunday, March 22, 2020, a fourteen day trip (11 days 9 touring in Israel & 4 days trip with 2 touring days in Greece).

DEPARTURE: Los Angeles (LAX) with Lufthansa/Air France

DEPARTURE: Tel Aviv-Athens with El Al Airline or similar (Greece extension)

Meals: Buffet breakfast and hotel dinner daily in Israel and Greece plus three lunches (in Israel).

*The tour price is based on a minimum number of 50 persons per bus.

Estimated price of *$3,770 from Los Angeles (LAX) per person for Israel Tour & *$950 for Greece extension in a double occupancy includes: Round-trip airfare to Tel Aviv/Athens on a scheduled carrier, fourteen day trip (11 days 9 touring in Israel & 4 days trip with 2 touring days in Greece), and first class hotels with breakfast and dinner daily plus three lunches in Israel, and all transfers, entrance fees, taxes and tips to hotels, drivers and guides.

REGISTRATION:

A deposit of $400 per person is due at registration in order to secure your spot on this tour & $100 to secure a spot on Greece Tour. All registrations will be processed on a space-available basis. A second deposit of 50% of the tour costs will be due by Friday, August 9, 2019. Full payment and a copy of your passport are due by Saturday, November 9, 2019. Any desired deviations must be requested in writing before the final payment deadline.

ROOMMATES:

A fee of *$1,350 for Israel tour and *$350 for Greece extension will be applied if you are among the last to register and we cannot provide a roommate for you, so register early. Hotels will allow up to three people per room, upon request. All beds are twin sized and will be combined for couples

PRICING:

Prices are based on estimated rates for March 2020 and may increase. Prices are subject to change if airline fuel surcharges or taxes are increased, which could happen up to the date the non-refundable airline tickets are written.

REFUNDS AND PENALTIES:

If you need to cancel, you must notify Voice of Cultures Travel in writing. All cancellations will be charged a $250 processing fee per person. Cancellations after Tuesday, July 9, 2019 are charged a $400 penalty. Cancellations after Monday, September 9, 2019 are subject to airline penalties. Cancellations after Saturday, November 9, 2019 subject to additional airline, hotel, and tour penalties that may exceed 75% of the tour cost. Cancellations within four weeks of departure date will be charged 100%

FINAL DOCUMENTS:

Your church will have an Orientation Meeting, which usually takes place about one month prior to your tour, you will receive your flight schedule, hotel telephone numbers, and other material at this meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting or one is not scheduled, this material will be sent to you about 30 days prior to departure.

PASSPORT NAME:

You must verify that all documents from Voice of Cultures Travel EXACTLY match your passport name prior to airline tickets being written. You are responsible for all fees incurred for correcting/changing name on airline tickets.

AIRLINE TICKET:

Your tickets are “paperless” which means you only need your passport and flight information to check in at the airport. Group seating is done alphabetically and you may have to change seats with another tour member if you are separated from your traveling companion.

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Registrations and payment for this tour constitutes your acceptance of the following Tour Conditions and Responsibility statements.

We endeavor to provide the ultimate experience at the lowest possible cost. All prices are per person based on two persons sharing a room with private bath. Single rooms are subject to availability and may be smaller than twin rooms. Hotels may allow a maximum of three people to a room. The tour price is based on air, hotel and exchange rates in effect the date the tour was booked and on a specific number of tour members traveling together. In case of fewer participants, or a fluctuation in the value of the US dollar, prices may increase. Any subsequent increase in fuel surcharges and/or airline taxes will be borne by the passenger.

INCLUDED in Israel:

Buffet breakfast and hotel dinner daily while in Israel, 3 lunches, entrance fees, airport and departure taxes, group visas for U.S. Citizens, transfers, porterage, tips to hotels, drivers, and guides (unless stated otherwise on your group’s flyer/registration form).

INCLUDED in Greece:

Buffet breakfast and hotel dinner daily while in Israel, entrance fees, airport and departure taxes, group visas for U.S. Citizens, transfers, porterage, tips to hotels, drivers, and guides (unless stated otherwise on your group’s flyer/registration form).

NOT INCLUDED:

Passports, individual visas, accident and cancellation insurance, porterage at all airports, any expenses incurred resulting from injury or accident, loss of, damage to, or theft of luggage or contents, and items

of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, sodas, bottled water and food or beverages not on the regular menu of the included meals. If in doubt whether a food or beverage is included, please ask the guide or the tour leader.

REGISTRATION FOR THE TOUR:

A deposit is required to secure air and hotel reservations. Deposits received after the deposit deadline will be processed on a space available basis. No registration will be processed without a deposit and a completed registration form.

FINAL PAYMENT:

The final payment date will be printed on your flyer. Failure to send in your final amount by the deadline will result in forfeiture of your space on the tour and your deposits.

ROOMMATES:

The tour price is based on two people in a twin-bedded room. If you do not have a roommate, we can usually arrange one for you, unless you are among the last to register. If we are unable to do so, you must pay the single occupancy rate. If this occurs, you will be informed within three weeks after final payments are received.

SIGHTSEEING:

Subject to local conditions at the time of the tour. Adjustments in the sightseeing program may be made as the tour leader or guide deem necessary.

MEMBERSHIP:

In an honest effort to ensure congenial fellowship on the tour, the organizer reserves the right to refuse the application of anyone considered incompatible with the interests of the party as a whole. Applying for membership in this tour constitutes consent to abide by the discretion of the organizer and to absorb any expenses resulting from dismissal from the tour.

PASSPORTS:

All passengers are required to have a valid passport to depart or re-enter the USA. A copy of your passport will be required at time of final payment. Your passport must not expire for at least six months after the date you will return from Israel. To find the nearest office, look in the U. S. Government Offices listings of your telephone book under “Postal Services – Passport Information”. This should be done immediately. An embossed birth certificate (one with a raised seal) is required to obtain a passport. To obtain a birth certificate, contact the Hall of Records in the county in which you were born.

U.S. CITIZENS:

Can get their Israeli & EU Visa at passport control when they enter the country.

NON-U.S. CITIZENS:

You must inform Voice of Cultures Travel or the Church (registration) of citizenship immediately, and you must have a Resident Alien registration card (Green Card) in order to re-enter the U.S. You must call the consulate of each country to be visited and arrange any required visas and find out what inoculations are required. If your travel includes any country besides Israel & Greece, a multiple-entry visa may be required for Israel & Greece.

INOCULATIONS:

There are currently no shots required for Israel or Greece for U.S. Citizens. We do recommend that your tetanus shot is current for any travel.

LUGGAGE:

Porterage (tips) for one suitcase per person is included from your arrival until you check-in for departure. You will be responsible at all times for your carry-on, so we suggest you keep it as lightweight as possible. This “one suitcase” rule is due to limited storage space on the bus. Passengers are allowed one checked bag with total dimensions not to exceed 62 linear inches. Most Airlines allow 50 pounds per checked bag. To find the size of your suitcase, measure it once from left to right, once from front to back, and once from bottom to top. A 30-inch suitcase is usually less than 62 linear inches. You are usually allowed a carry-on bag not to exceed 40 linear inches (measured the same way you measure your suitcase) and it usually must weigh less than 15 pounds. Carry-on luggage is supposed to fit in the space under your airline seat.) Baggage restrictions are changing constantly. It is the responsibility of the passenger to verify the current rules of your airline before departure. Excess weight or size of luggage is subject to additional charges by the airlines and are the responsibility of the passenger.

CHANGES OR LATE BOOKINGS:

If you want to deviate from the group itinerary (return home after the group returns), please advise Voice of Cultures Travel in writing as soon as possible. Late bookings made after final payment date, changes or deviations will be subject to a $200 per change service fee plus any airline charges.

LAND ONLY PASSENGERS:

If you arrange your own air transportation, the “Land Only” portion of your tour begins at the first hotel and ends on the last tour day. Expenses incurred in getting to and from the airport, or due to schedule changes of the group, are the responsibility of the “land only” passenger.

RESPONSIBILITY:

VOICE OF CULTURES, in accepting booking for the tour, clearly stipulates that they are not liable for the faults or defaults of other companies and persons that may be used in carrying out the tour services, nor for accidents, baggage damage or loss, strikes, political unrest, riots, acts of war or terrorism, or acts of God. In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or well-being of the passengers, or due to any reason whatsoever, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the tour operator. Additional expenses, such as food and lodging costs resulting from such changes, shall be borne by the passengers. The right is also reserved to withdraw this tour and to decline to accept or retain any persons or members of the tour. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any acts, omissions, or events during the time passengers are not on board. The passage contract in use by the companies concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the company and the purchaser of this tour.

Price displayed is for cash/check payments only at a discounted rate. Any form of electronic payment (i.e. debit/credit cards) will void this discount.

Medical insurances (highly recommended)

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 9th March 2020 Departure USA on your overnight flight to Tel Aviv

Day 2 10th March 2020 Arrival - O.N. Tiberias

Arrival Ben Gurion airport, meet and transfer to hotel in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight

Day 3 11th March 2020 Beit Shan / Mt. Hermon / Caesarea /Philippi/ Dan Mt. Bental/ O.N. Tiberias

We begin our day in Beit Shan the capital of the Decapolis, where Saul was killed by the Philistines, Archaeological site then we drive to the Golan Heights, to visit Mt. Hermon. Situated 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee and at the base of Mt. Hermon, we visit Caesarea Philippi which is the location of one of the largest springs feeding the Jordan River. Then we continue to Dan which is so beautiful, hilly and rich, it’s the place where God chose to reveal to Peter and the other disciples that Jesus was the

Day 4 12th March 20201 Tiberias/ Boat ride/Mt. of Beatitudes/Tabgha/ Capernaum/Baptismal site - O.N. Tiberias

We Begin this morning with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where you can recall Jesus calming the waters. The day continues at the Mount of Beatitudes to mark the Sermon on the Mount, followed by a visit to Tabgha church of the loaves and fish where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. Later in the afternoon we visit the baptismal site of our lord Jesus. Back to hotel

Day 5 13th March 2020 Check-out/Zippori/ Nazareth/Nazareth Village/Megiddo/Mt. Carmel /Tel Aviv – O.N. Tel Aviv

Check out from hotel and drive to Zippori, Capital of Galilee. On to Nazareth, the boyhood village of Jesus, now a bustling city. Then we stop at Nazareth Village, a modern recreation, based on archaeological research, of what a Galilean village at the time of Jesus was like. Then we drive to visit Megiddo, once a prosperous city-state that controlled the via Maris trade route between Egypt and Assyria. Then we leave to Mt. Carmel, visit Muhraqa where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal down to the Coastal plain.

Day 6 14th March 2020 Mt. of Olives/Garden of Gethsemane/ Bethlehem or view stop overlooking Shepherds field O.N. Jerusalem

The day tour starts at the Mount of Olives to see the breath-taking panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then we leave to visit Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus’ spent his final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back 2000 years. Visit the Church of All Nations built over a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Then we leave to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’ Fields, where you can reflect on the birth of Jesus.

Day 7 15th March 2020 Masada/ Ein Gedi/ Qumran/Dead Sea - O.N. Jerusalem

After breakfast drive down to Massada where you take the cable car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. The brave Israelite soldiers held out for three years against the invading Roman army before taking their own lives to avoid capture and enslavement. Many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand. Then we leave to Ein Gedi Where David was hiding in a cave away from Saul. After this, we visit Qumran, located on the Dead Sea’s northern shore, and the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Now a national park, the caves were used for storage purposes by the Essenes, the sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd discovered manuscript fragments in the caves hidden for centuries in airtight jars. We experience the floating effect in the lowest point on earth, and see its renowned healthy and healing minerals before returning to Jerusalem.

Day 8 16th March 2020 Mt. Zion/ David’s Table/ Last Supper/City of David/Temple Institute/ Southern Steps - O.N. Jerusalem We begin our day by

visiting Mt. Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, then we visit the last supper room (the cenacle) where Jesus Christ had his last supper with his apostles, where he gave the wine and distributed the bread, this is considered one of the holiest sites for Christianity in Jerusalem. Jewish Quarter, Western Wall.
We visit the temple institute and the southern steps of the temple to remember the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the finding of Jesus at the temple and the healing of the blind man in defiance of the Priest. Robinson’s Arch Southern step of the temple city of David

Day 9 17th March 2020 Wailing Wall/Western Wall Tunnels/ St. Anne, Ecco Homo Arch-film/ Via Dolorosa/ Holy Sepulchre – O.N. Jerusalem

The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is one of the most magnificent and significant remnants in Jerusalem from the days of the Second Temple, destroyed approximately 2,000 years ago, its considered the most religious site in the world for the Jewish people, and it was built by king Herod in 20 BCE during an expansion of the second temple, then we visit its tunnels, that allows you to reach the segments of the Wall hidden from view, and to touch the original and special stones that tell the story of the Jewish nation. Then we visit the church of St. Anne at the beginning of Via Dolorosa, we continue to see the Ecce Homo Arch (Hold the man Arch) , these were the words of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, when he presented Jesus to the crowd, before sentencing him to death.

We walk through Via Dolorosa where the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion, and to the church of the Holy Sepulchre ,  the site where Jesus Christ is believed to be crucified,[3] at a place known as Calvary or Golgotha, and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.[4] The tomb is enclosed by a 19th-century shrine called the Aedicula.[d]

Day 10 18th March 2020 Garden Tomb/ Genesis Land – O.N. Jerusalem

We start the day by visiting Genesis Land which is situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived.

A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Visitors to Genesis Land are greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s manservant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham’s tent, where you will experience his legendary hospitality. At Genesis Land, the stories of the Bible come to life in the very landscape in which they took place.

Then leave to Jerusalem to visit garden tomb and reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus, we do communion service

Day 11 19th March 2020 Transfer to airport/End of Israel Tour- Start Greece Extension/Arrive to Athens/ Acropolis – Plaka – Panathinaikos Stadium – Unknown Soldier

Transfer to airport for our flight to Athens.

Welcome to Greece! Our representative & driver will welcome you at the airport of Athens. You will be driven to Athens downtown, for an Athens full day city tour. The tour will begin at Acropolis, an UNESCO’s world heritage monument and visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens and of course the Parthenon. We will proceed on foot to the Areopagus or Mars Hill, a bare marble hill next to the Acropolis, where Apostol Paul delivered his famous speech about the identity of “The Unknown God”, according to the biblical account (Acts 17). Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Break for lunch and some time for shopping at Plaka (old town of Athens, located on Acropolis slopes). Continue with a short stop to Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in the modern era (1896). On the way to our hotel, we will pass by the Prime Minister’s Residence – ex Royal Palace, Zappion Hall, Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s church, National Garden, Syntagma Square with the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, Russia Orthodox Church and National Library. Check-in at the hotel in Athens. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Athens.

Day 12 20th March 2020 Corinth

Breakfast at the hotel and just after departure to Ancient Corinth, via Iera Odos (the Sacred Way). It was so called because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries, were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Driving along the coastal road, we will reach Corinth canal, which merges the Aegean with the Ionian Sea (short stop for photos of the breathtaking view). Shortly thereafter we will reach the ancient town of Corinth, where St. Paul lived and preached for two years (Acts 18:1-18). Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla, see the remains of the first century shops, the Agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, and one of the most outstanding monuments of pre–Roman period, the temple of Apollo. Break for lunch. Proceed to Kehries the ancient port from where St. Paul embarked to Rome. Return back to Athens. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Athens.

Day 13 21st March Free day in Athens

Day 14 22nd March 2020 - Departure - Home

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to Athens Airport to catch the flight back home. End of services.

FLIGHTS

PROPOSED FLIGHT ITINERARY (Israel & Greece Tour)

TEL AVIV-ATHENS FLIGHT ITINERARY (Israel & Greece Tour)

PROPOSED FLIGHT ITINERARY (Israel Tour Only)

Trip Preparation

It is advisable you plan ahead for your trip to go a lot smoother and avoid hiccups. A few weeks earlier, you should make a list of things you would b needing throughout the journey. Expectedly, your documents such as passports, visas and personal ID should be up-to-date with their available photocopies packed separately. Medications as well are very important especially when travelling outside the country. An alarm clock is also a valuable addition. Smaller bags and purses are recommended for entry into some museums due to security reasons. Also, cameras shouldn’t be placed in your check luggage and bottles should be placed in Ziploc bags in case of leaks due to airplane pressure.

Day of Departure – Arrive On Time

Arriving on time for check in at the airport is strongly advised. Depending on the airline and destination, you may be required to check in 1-3 hours before departure time. Due to special checks, security procedures may take longer than usual.

Check-in Procedure

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

Check-in with your E-ticket, your passport and flight number. The boarding passes will be printed and your luggage will be tagged.

Airline tickets are electronic and all you need to check-in with your passport and flight number. Please bring a copy of the Passenger Information Sheet, which contains your flight and hotel information.

Once you’ve checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through.

You will be responsible for a missing boarding pass and for the cost of replacing it. Keep your boarding passes until you return home in case of lost luggage or mileage credits.

Check the airline has properly tagged the luggage with the correct destination city.

Frequent Flyer Instruction

Check-in at the ticket counter, show your frequent flyer account number.

Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual.

Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently.

Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

Some private airfares are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage.

To open an account, fill an application form. It can be done in advance by contacting the airline’s frequent flyer program.

Seating Plan Criteria

Group seating is done alphabetically and we can’t guarantee specific airline seat assignments.

When you check in at the airport, you can check your seat assignment and request changes at that time if needed.

You may change seats on the plane with another tour member if you are separated from your traveling companion.

Baggage Allowance and Restrictions

You may bring one piece of checked luggage (50 lb. maximum), one carry on and one personal item (purse, computer bag, backpack) per person. These items are included in the tour cost. No additional bags are allowed due to limited space on the tour buses.

Print full name and address on all luggage tags (It is advisable to write friend’ or office address on the tag).

Extra tags/labels for your carry-on bag or handbag will be available at the airport.

Keep a card or paper with your name and address on it inside the travel luggage.

Check carefully your piece luggage before taking from the carousel. In case of missing travel luggage, follow the “Lost Luggage” procedure.

Take your luggage from the carousel, through customs, and to the bus. At departure, take your luggage from the bus through security check-in. (It is really helpful to have wheels on your luggage).

Keep your Carry-on (handbag) with you. (it is your responsibility to take care of it)

Check luggage instruction on your airline’s website

Most of the airlines will allow you to check-in luggage which cannot exceed 60 inches (height + width + length) and 50 pounds.

Additional fees will be charged for overweight or oversized luggage.

Carry-on luggage (handbag) must not exceed 36 inches (height + width + length) and must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

Allowed liquid in carry-on or handbag is 3.4 ounces (100ml) for gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes per person must be packed in a clear plastic zip-lock bag for screening.

Missed Flights

In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a “no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary; the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact VOC Travel with your new flight details.

Lost Luggage

If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Security Check Points Info

Prepare all travel documents and ID in advance; place all necessary documents in your handbag or purse, not in the luggage.

Prepare to open all luggage and bags for inspection at check-in. All packages may be opened including gifts.

Prepare yourself for a body check by a metal detector, body scan, or by physical means if necessary.

Place pens, keys, cell phones, badges, etc., in your carry-on before the security check to avoid the chance of setting off the alarm.

Place all fluids (under 3-ounce bottles) in a quart-sized plastic zip-lock bag.

Please do not say or do anything during security checks that may cause a delay.

Do not make jokes about hijacks or bombs. Airline and security personnel take these things very seriously.

Do not accept packages or gifts unless you have inspected the contents.

You may be questioned before you actually check-in. Please just answer their questions accordingly.

Travel Insurance Policy

At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expenses and more. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.travelexinsurance.com

Arrival Procedures inside the Airport

After landing, follow the signs to passport control and present your passport.

After exiting passport control, look for a sign “VOC Travel” or the name of your group. You will be taken through the “Nothing to Declare” exit and to your bus.

Luggage carts are freely available.

In case you are separated from your group or you cannot find your tour leader, exit through customs and the terminal (with your luggage) to the bus area. If you are lost, please ask an airport employee (wearing badges) for assistance. Emergency contact numbers are also printed on your Passenger Information Sheet.

Cancellation Criteria

Cancellation insurance is not included in our tour price but is available for purchase. Trip cancellation due to an emergency or serious illness is non-refundable.

Documents Required for Foreign Nationals

Contact the Embassy or Consulate of each country you will be visiting to get specific travel instructions and visa requirements.

Travel with a non-U.S passport with a valid Green card, Visa or multiple entry Visa that is valid for at least six months after your return date..

if you have any questions, please contact the Consulate of your country.

Passport Safety and Validity Tips

Make two copies of your passport picture page. Leave one copy with a friend and keep one with you (separate from your passport). If you lose your passport, it is easier to obtain a new passport if you have this copy.

Your passport must be valid up to six months after your return date. For example, if your trip returns April 1st, you will need to make sure that your passport does not expire until after October 1st of that year.

Normal process for a new or renewal passport is usually six to eight weeks.

Checking into a Hotel

You will be given a key and room number stickers for your luggage. Take your “carry-on” or handbag to the room and your luggage will be delivered by the hotel staff.

Hotel Service Information

Any additional hotel services such as room service, laundry service, outside phone calls, or internet usage, you will be billed accordingly.

Trip pays all taxes and tips, as well as all breakfasts served in the hotel dining rooms.

Some hotels provide a clothesline for drying laundry if you wish to wash them in the sink or bathtub. You need your own detergent.

Most hotels offer a professional laundry service. Check the price at the front desk.

Roommate Etiquette Tips & Tricks

If you are sharing a room with someone you do not know, there are a few tips that will make your trip more enjoyable.

In case of one key of the room, always leave it at the front desk.

If you wake up early, do not disturb your roommate.

Do not smoke in the room

Wi-Fi Access

Wi-Fi access has improved. Free or inexpensive Wi-Fi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. There will be Wi-Fi access in our hotels, but it may involve a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Please note that Wi-Fi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses. We will also have Wi-Fi access on our tour buses at no charge.

Tips for Personal Electronics Devices & Theft Prevention (check/edit )

Bring a round adapter to plug into the wall outlet. Most electronics, such as laptops and cell phones, are dual voltage and check the voltage requirements for all electronic devices

Never leave electronic equipment unattended in your hotel room.

Keep laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, etc.., with you or in the hotel room safe.

Before taking the pictures of locals or someone’s animal, please ask for it. Please be courteous and cautious.

Bring a large storage card to accommodate all your photos and movies for your camera.

Don’t forget your electrical chargers and bring an extra charger (in case). Carry a portable external battery pack for emergencies.

Carry an electrical converter; Israel & Jordan use 220 volts instead

of 110.

Food & Eatery

Breakfast and dinner are served daily, as well as some lunches (Check your brochure to see what meals are included).

Be sure to bring local currency or a credit card when dining out at smaller eatery.

Coffee and juices are usually included with breakfast and dinner. Soft drinks are usually not included with any meals.

Check the country’s tipping policy if you plan to eat out at a restaurant.

Some cultural advice about the food, you cannot order milk or any dairy products with meat or poultry in Israel – it is not “kosher” and as a rule will not be served, but you food cultures is different in Jordan you can order dairy with meat but few place serve pork.

Most tap water is considered safe in countries like Israel and Jordan to drink. To be safe, bottled water is available everywhere. Most bus drivers stock water on the bus which you can purchase.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country’s Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.

Example:

To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555

From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555

From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555

Locally within the same country: 0555-555

Check with your cell phone provider and get the details! Most International Services are still very expensive. Roaming charges are higher, will be charged for all downloads and incoming call.

Wi-Fi cards can be rented in advance. Some hotels provide free Wi-Fi or will have it available for purchase.

It is better to switch your phone to Airplane Mode and turn Data Roaming off. You will be able to use the hotel Wi-Fi without additional charges.

You can buy phone cards at the airport and at most hotel gift shops

Time Zone Difference

Israel & Jordan is seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of California.

Climate and Weather Tips

Israel – Spring: 60°F-85°F, Summer: 70°F-90°F, Autumn: 60°F-80°F, Winter: 45°F-70°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. In the heat of summer, bring sunscreen and a hat. Bring a bathing suit for tours visiting the Dead Sea. Make sure to bring appropriate attire for religious sites (pants, shorts or skirts past the knee and no sleeveless shirts or blouses).

Jordan – Spring: 60°F-85°F; Summer: 70°F-90°F; Autumn: 60°F-80°F; Winter: 45°F-70°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. In the heat of summer, bring sunscreen and a hat. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Useful Tips to Visit touristic Places

Build good stamina for walking. During the trip, you need to walk a lot.

To visit Biblical sites or touristic places, check on internet or references in Bible. Bring pocket size Bible.

Carry a bag pack to put your belongings and souvenirs. A spot remover and sewing kit can be handy.

Languages

Israel – Hebrew and Arabic are the local languages. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Jordan – Arabic is the local language. Limited English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Always be kind and courteous to local people. Remember you are representing your country.

A firm handshake is obligatory upon meeting and departing. Never remain seated when shaking a standing person’s hand.

Police wear blue uniforms and usually speak English.

Sunni Islam is the dominant religion in Jordan. Muslims make up about 92% of the country’s population.

Israeli religiosity ranges from the Ultra-Orthodox to the complete atheist.

Avoid criticizing the people, history, country, the food, or the customs. If you have a problem, please talk to your guide.

Jordan is an Islamic country. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting. Women should dress modestly, especially in rural areas where traditional mores are more strictly followed. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and poolside. Alcohol cannot be purchased at stores during the month of Ramadan, though many hotels still serve during this period.

Tipping & Gratuities Tips

All tips (bell boys, front desk staff, housekeeping, restaurants, drivers and guides) are included.

Sometimes, tour members will try to collect some money on the bus to give to the driver and guide, to show their appreciation. We, therefore, Suggest that no one start or contribute to such a collection. If you personally want to bless them, feel free to do so.

Useful Things to Remember

In some countries, toilets are typically identified as the “WC” and you may be expected to pay a small amount to use.

If you decide to take a taxi, make sure you agree in advance on the fare per person or for all passengers. You will need local currency for most taxis.

If someone plans on being baptized in the Jordan River, bring a change of clothes or bathing suit. A complimentary towel will be provided to dry off.

Useful Things to Keep in Mind

Keep your passport with you all times. Misplacing or losing your passport can result in serious delays and extra costs for you.

Keep one copy of your passport in your luggage.

Never leave valuables (jewelry, cash, iPods, laptops, cameras, electronics, etc.) in your hotel room, even if they are locked in your luggage.

Keep all the important documents and valuable in the safe of the hotel.

Always check the safe before checking out of the hotel.

Turn off all cell phones while at the sites or keep it on silent.

While going on the trip, always stay with your group. Be aware of where they are going. Though you may discover something interesting to investigate, it could cause you to lag behind and become lost.

Tell someone in the group (preferably your guide or group leader) if you are staying at the hotel.

If you are planning to go out for hours always tell someone else in your group where you are going and when you intend to return.

Don’t carry any valuable thing.

No smoking on the bus or in your hotel rooms.

Stay with the group and avoid the prohibited area.

Dress properly all times, because of the cultural difference.

Don’t leave possessions (backpacks, purses, etc.) anywhere.

Avoid any object that does not seem to have an owner.

Don’t accept gifts from a stranger.

Be careful of locals asking you to follow them to a store or an attraction.

Avoid friendly embraces from strangers. Beware of pickpockets.

Keep your wallet in your front pants pocket or zippered purse. It is better to separate your cash so that it is not obvious to on-lookers.

Currency in Use Israel – The Shekel is the currency of Israel. Also, many vendors will accept payment in U.S. dollars.

Why Select Us

At Voice of Cultures, we are dedicated to going the extra mile just to ensure our clients get the best travel options that meet their unique needs and expectations. Our aim is to deliver a rich biblical & cultural experience that is exhilarating and mind-blowing for everyone involved. We make vacations easy while giving you premium treatment with attention to the littlest details. This includes great communication, personalized services, prompt follow-ups, unbeatable customer service and genuine passion to create value. You will surely benefit from our vast travel and tour expertise that guarantees life-altering experiences. We have an unflinching commitment to ensuring service excellence, enriching programs and innovative trips with unique value at competitive rates. Some of the reasons to travel with us are:

It’s all about YOU

Your satisfaction is very important to us and we are here to look after you. We always strive to give you a flawless service that puts you first. We deliver on all our promises and always put you and your brand first in all we do.

Fun Guide

We distinguish ourselves with our strong commitment to inspire lasting memories. We take this into account by carefully selecting the perfect guide to make your trip worthwhile and fun.

Our Values
Excellence
We are dedicated to preparing the right tour that suits our clients with the right guide while paying attention to every detail.

Responsibility
We are committed to fulfilling the needs of our clients through our dedication to maximizing the company’s resources.

Loyalty
We are reliable and trustworthy in all our relationships and this serves as our hallmark.

Respect
We encourage peace, harmony and warmth between people while considering human diversity in all our dealings.

Readiness
We are devoted, prompt, proactive and careful in achieving our mission and vision.

Personalized Itinerary

We are committed to promoting rich cultural experiences, offering comprehensive solutions that satisfy our clients’ needs, while seeking to exceed their expectations, within the framework of quality and empathy.

VISA

US, Canadian, Australian, British & Eu Citizens don’t need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist. On entry, visitors are granted leave to enter for a period of up to 3 months. Visitors entering via Ben Gurion airport are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp in their passport.

If you require a visa to enter Israel, please contact us at +1 (562)850-3335 before you register. We are open from Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm and closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.

HOW TO REGISTER

For registration please contact us on (562) 592-1800 Email:info@ccoth.com

Calvary Chapel of The Harbour

16450 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 100

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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Calvary Chapel of The Harbour

16450 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 100

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

562.592.1800 | info@ccoth.com

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