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How to Prepare for Your Trip:
The Camino de Santiago is the most famous, and sacred, pilgrimage walk in the world. Millions of people have traveled to the ancient burial site of St. James the Apostle for over 1000 years. Open your heart and mind to be responsive to new perspectives, ideas, cultures, etc. Some of us have dreamed of making this walk for many years, imagining breathing in the beauty and awakening the soul. Finally you have the chance to experience the incredible journey. As soon as you have decided to make the El Camino pilgrimage, please work on preparing physically and spiritually, so that, before you depart, you are accustomed to walking from 5 - 12 miles with not too much discomfort.

We do not include much free time for recreation, such as shopping, because we will be busy walking as well as enjoying several comprehensive tours. However, if you are tired or feel like doing only partial walk, you are free to take time and relax. If you feel you are unable to keep up with the pace of the tour, manage the terrain, or would like free time for your own interests, you are welcome to refrain from participating in any aspects of the program you desire simply inform your guide and they will get you to our next destination (no refund can be issued for any part of the tour you choose not to participate in).

It is important to note that the amount of walking is significant, and the terrain varies greatly throughout the tour. For this reason, we would like to offer you some recommendations, and we ask you sincerely read our tips carefully.





WHAT TO PACK:
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING:
It is best to stick with light, comfortable clothing. Clothing should be made for hiking. We do not recommend cotton.

• 5 or more pairs of Pants made of lightweight but tough materials for hiking is best choice
• 8 or more short/long sleeved shirts
• Several shirts /sweaters for layering as you can expect mornings and evenings to be cold
• It’s important to have a good jacket/coat as it will lock out the rain, allow your sweat to escape (note our recommendations below)
• Lightweight but warm hooded jacket
• Plenty of wool/smart wool socks, this is important as you may need to change several pairs per day
• Light undergarments
• The backpack we provided to you

Do not worry about the weight as we have luggage handling included.
A combination of day-to-day clothing such as sweatpants, sweatshirts and sneakers was once the preferred choice of the outdoor enthusiast. Nowadays, clothing that is specially designed for outdoor activities is preferred. Many outdoor clothing companies advertise the three-layer system, which incorporates a base layer, an insulation layer and an outer layer. For example, specialized hiking pants serve as three layers in one with the netting sewn inside acting as the base layer.

When it comes to selecting the proper gear, three key factors come into play: insulation, warmth and water resistance. This is particularly true when picking socks, because your feet are most at risk for exposure to cold, damp and frostbite.



HIKING CLOTHING RECOMMENDED:

Title Nine: www.titlenine.com
REI: www.rei.com
Eastern Mountain Sports Layering Tec Shirt: www.ems.com
Athleta: www.athleta.com
Rain Jacket: www.outdoorgearlab.com/Rain-Jacket-Reviews


The attire during the course of your journey is conservative and comfortable.  Ensure to cover your shoulders, chest and your legs at least two inches below your knees for entrance at religious sites (which will be visited daily.) There is no need for formal attire during the course of the tour. Comfort and adaptability are the most important factors in determining what to pack.  During your flight you will want to wear loose-fitting clothes.


FOOTWEAR:
Make sure you have two good pairs of comfortable weather flexible walking shoes.  Leather hiking boots are not recommended.  Make sure you walk in them for a couple of weeks to break them in. It is not practical to wear any footwear with high or narrow heels, as the roads are not always paved and are, at times, uneven cobblestone. On the plane you will want to wear a pair of slippers or socks to wear for the flight. Make sure your shoes are lace up or flexible, as your feet may swell due to the flight. It is not practical to wear any footwear with high or narrow heels, as the roads may not be paved or are uneven due to cobblestone.

It is suggested to cut your toenails to a short length. This will avoid your toenails to hit your shoe when walking down and therefore save you of avoiding losing a toenail.

FOOT GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS:

*The most important thing to bring is a pair of good shoes!!!


   Merrell Moab GTX    Tiger GTX
   
 Adidas AX 1 Mid Gore Tex Boot  TrekSta Kobra II GTX Shoe

 


WALKING STICKS:
Walking Sticks will be available on the bus if you would like to borrow one. Or you will also be able to purchase a new walking stick when you arrive, however, if you have your own which you would like to bring, they will be allowed with your Carry-On luggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.

   Catskills Outdoor    Jesban
   
 KevenAnna  High Trek






Arzua, Spain

CONSIDER BRINGING:
• Your Cell Phone / Tablet
• Travel Bible and Journal or tablet
• Portable alarm clock or tablet
• Deodorant (travel size)
• Soap bar (travel size) and washcloth
• Shampoo and Conditioner (travel size)
• Toothbrush & Toothpaste (travel size)
• Comb/Brush
• Lotion/Moisturizing cream (travel size)
• Feminine Items
• Handi-wipes: for freshening up during the day
• Travel pack size Kleenex
• Camera & Charger
• Adapter and converter if you are bringing any electrical devices
• Grocery size plastic bags for dirty clothes
• Nail file and/or nail clippers
• Pen (bring with you on the plane to complete customs forms)
• Travel Toilet Tissue (have some on you just in case bathrooms run out of them)
• Small flash light, unless you have an app on your cell phone
• Water Bottle or Camelbak

SUGGESTED MEDICAL PREVENTIONS:
• Dramamine (for motion sickness)
• Aspirin/Advil, etc.
• Epsom salt
• Mole skin
• Antibiotic cream
• Laxative and Imodium
• Band-aids
• Pepto Bismol (tablets)
• Sominex
• Allergy/cold medicine; tablets
• Chap Stick
• Small/Medium size water bottle
• Sun Tan Lotion
• Cream to prevent chafing


CARRY-ON ITEMS:
For additional information or clarification please visit: www.faa.gov

3 - 1 - 1 RULE:
Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be:
3 - Four OZ bottle or less
1 - Quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
1 - Bag per passenger screened on its own

Remember, you can put liquids of any size in your checked baggage

PERMITTED:

Reasonable quantities exceeding 3 OZ are allowed of the following:
• Baby formula, breast milk, and juice for infants and toddlers
• All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including eye drops and saline solution for medical purposes
• Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition (a doctor’s note is required)
• Items used to augment the body for medical/cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras containing gels, or other liquids
• Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool medically related items, such as medicines, used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions

Declare the above items for inspection at the checkpoint. TSA officers may need to open them for additional screening. Any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. If you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport, the above rules will be applied.







INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:

LUGGAGE:
For your international flight you are permitted ONE piece of check in luggage at no additional fee.


CHECKED BAGS:

Length + Width + Height = 158cm. / 62in.
Economy Class: 1 piece  at 23kg. / 50lbs.
Business Class: 2 pieces at 32kg. / 70lbs. each

It is important to attach luggage tag to your bags, so that we may identify and match your luggage to your room/bus. Be sure to print complete your name and contact details clearly.

Be sure to keep ALL medications in your carry-on bag during your trip in case your suit case should be lost. Keep a separate list of important numbers (i.e. credit cards) in your luggage, together with photo copies of your passport/visas.


DIMENSIONS:

CARRY-ON BAGS (1 per person)
Length + Width + Height: 106cm./42in.
Weight: 1 piece at 8 kg./17 lbs.
Be sure to pack at least one change of clothes, socks and undergarments in your carry-on luggage in case your baggage is delayed or lost!


PERSONAL ITEM:

Additionally you are permitted one personal item to carry onto the plane such as; a purse, laptop, briefcase, etc.


LUGGAGE HANDLING/PORTAGE:

One (1) piece of luggage handling at the hotel is included in your trip cost. The porters will do their best to bring your luggage to you in a timely fashion upon checking into the hotel. At times there may be short delay due to the size of the group arriving. To make it easier for porters to identify your luggage make sure your luggage tag is clearly visible. If you prefer to bring your own luggage into the hotel please wait near the bus as the driver and porters unload the luggage for you to identify your baggage and bring it with you to your room.


IMPORTANT ITEMS & VALUABLES:

Carry your passport, Final Instruction booklet and money on you.  It is best not to have all items in the same place to limit the inconvenience in case of loss. DO NOT keep money, important documents, medicines or jewelry in your suitcase. Please leave valuable jewelry at home. We recommend a “neck safe” worn inside your clothes while touring. At all times please be as vigilant as you would in any major city, especially in crowded places. Never leave your bag unattended or out of sight in public areas, including airports, hotel lobbies, or dining rooms.



BAGGAGE FLIGHT REGULATIONS:







TIPPING:
It is suggested to provide the tour escort and the bus driver their tip money the day prior to your return.  Tips are an important part of earnings for your guides and bus drivers.  Although you should tip according to your discretion and satisfaction, we recommend that you bring 85 EURO per person and place in tip envelopes (included in your final documents package) as follows:


Tour Guide

Arzua, Spain

EUR 6 per person per day x 10 = € 60

guide-tips

Tour Driver

EUR 2.5 per person per day x 10 = € 25

guide-tips

Spiritual Director / Your Priest:
Gift or donation to the Spiritual Director is at your own discretion.

guide-tips

Restaurants, hotel staff, luggage handler and bell boy
Tips are included in your package price. No additional tips should be given.



 

CURRENCY & MONEY:
CURRENCY: The Euro is the currency of Spain.

For most current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

Keep in mind that this is the "pure" exchange rate. (Bank exchange fees not included)  
Please note: we strongly urge you to check the up-to-date exchange rates prior to departure and prior to currency exchange.


MONEY:
Make sure to bring along a credit card for convenience and security. Visa or MasterCard are the best options. American Express is not accepted in many stores. Please be aware that Discover Card is not accepted in almost all European countries. If you would like to carry cash, we recommend that you exchange USD at your local bank prior to departure in order to obtain the best exchange rate. It is also practical and cost effective to withdraw local currency using your ATM/Debit card during your trip. Be advised that exchanging money at airports, your hotel or local change booths will result in fees that are extremely high.


**It is recommended to contact your local bank/credit card companies  prior to  your departure  to inform  them of your travels abroad to avoid your company blocking your account due to an international transaction **


Frequently asked question:  “How much money should I bring with me?" 
Answer:  The amount differs per person. We recommend that the minimum spending money to bring with you/budget for, in addition to the suggested tips, is the equivalent of $30.00 per person per day. Keep in mind:
· Souvenirs: Are you planning on purchasing mementos for yourself or loved ones? 
Remember, you can always spend less, or bring money home!


CREDIT CARDS & ATMS:
ATMs can be found just about everywhere in Spain and are accessible 24 hrs a day; most offer English as a language option. Be sure to find out your daily withdrawal limit before you depart.
Keep in mind: Many banks impose a fee when a card is used at a different bank's ATM, this fee may be higher for international transactions (up to $5 or more).  For international withdrawal fees please check with your bank prior to departure.  Additionally, the bank from which you withdraw cash may charge its own fee.

Banks only open from Monday to Friday 9 AM—2 PM


US CUSTOMS

U.S. citizens who have been in Spain for more than two days may return to the US with up to $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. For those who wish to bring more home, a flat rate of 3% duty is levied on the next $1,000 worth of purchases. It's a good idea to retain the receipts from your purchases should they be requested by a Customs Inspector upon your return to the US. For details visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website:
www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel 


VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT) REFUND

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a form of indirect tax applied to the value added at each stage of production (primary, manufacturing, wholesale and retail). This tax is much like the sales tax in the US. Tourists who purchase goods worth 400 Euro or more are entitled to a discount of at least 5% on the purchase price plus a VAT refund. There is 22% value added tax on most goods and services. At retail stores, this tax is already included in the price. Upon making a purchase of 175 Euro or more at a gift store that has an agreement with VAT authorities, you should fill out a form at the store and have it stamped there. You will be eligible, upon presenting the form and the item, for a 20% refund at the airport prior to departure. Do not pack these gift items in your luggage, but should be kept in your hand luggage. Tourist services, such as hotel accommodations and meals taken in hotels, paid with foreign currency are exempt from VAT tax.  VAT refunds, if applicable, may sometimes take up to three (3) months to process.  If you pay with local currency, there will be no VAT refund.  In order to acquire a VAT refund, the following procedure must be followed:

• Look for the “tax refund” sticker on the business door or publication
• Ask for a VAT refund invoice from the sales clerk.
• At the airport VAT desk, show the original receipt, the VAT tax form, and the goods you have purchased.
• At the end of the procedure, you will receive a check drawn in your favor which may be cashed that same day.
• On each purchase exceeding $200 (including VAT), the VAT will be refunded upon presentation of the invoice at the port of departure.



 

FLIGHTS & FOREIGN TRAVEL:
Please visit www.tsa.gov for the most up to date travel restrictions.


ELECTRONIC AIRLINE TICKET:
Your ticket is an electronic ticket (“e-ticket”).
When checking in at the airport, provide your passport and your e-ticket confirmation to the check-in agent or Kiosk.


INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Your airline reservations are booked according to the airlines rules, regulations and routings. We did our utmost to provide you with the most convenient flight schedule available to us at the time you made your reservation. All participants will be traveling independently on all flights and meet at the airport. 


CODE-SHARE FLIGHTS:
Many airlines are in special agreements, to share aircrafts in order to ensure the best routings for their passengers. While your ticket may indicate that you are flying with one carrier (i.e. United), you may find that you are actually seated in a plane belonging to another carrier (i.e. Lufthansa). Carefully review your airline itinerary to determine which airline is operating your departure flight to ensure check in for your flight at the correct carrier.  When your flight is operated by another carrier your itinerary will state "Flight Operated by (name Airline).

PASSPORTS & VISA: All pilgrims must travel with a valid passport to enter Spain. Your passport MUST be valid at least 3 months upon your scheduled return date to the USA.  If you have not yet obtained your passport, or just noticed that it will not be valid 3 months after your return, contact your local passport office and apply for an expedited passport/-or passport renewal.

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for entry into Spain.
www.spain.info/en/informacion-practica/consejos-viaje/consejos-practicos/requisitos

For those who hold a passport from a foreign country, please be advised that it is the passengers responsibility to reconfirm if any visas are required, please check with your local embassy. Below please find embassy information on the country you will be visiting.

SPAINISH EMBASSY IN USA:
www.maec.es/subwebs/Embajadas/Washington/en/home/Paginas/Home.aspx
2375 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C., 20008.
Tel: +1-202-452-0100, +1-202-728-2340 
Fax: +1-202-833-5670 Email: spain@spainemb.org

AIRPORT CHECK-IN: Please use the following recommendation for check in prior to your scheduled departure time. Check in at least:
2 hours prior to Domestic flight
3 hours prior to International flight
You must personally check in your own luggage at the airline counter. Advise the check in agent of your final destination to ensure that your luggage will be checked all the way through. This will eliminate you having to claim your luggage and have to recheck in once again during a possible flight connection (s). 

AIRLINE CONNECTIONS: The Airlines determine the minimum connection time required to transfer from one gate to another. We are subject to the availability of the airlines carrier we work with, and must ensure that all participants have reservations to arrive / departure similar times for the group transfers to/from the airport. 

FLIGHT DELAYS & TRANSFERS:  If you missed your flight, forgot your passport or if you are re-routed you most likely will miss your group transfer from the airport to your hotel.  How to proceed in such circumstances? 
You may take a taxi at your own expense to your hotel.
You may contact the emergency number in this booklet to advise of the flight delay and 206 Tours may arrange a private transfer at additional cost to you.
Make sure to obtain a receipt for the taxi or the private transfer provided. Upon return to the U.S.A. you may submit a claim with the insurance company or airlines to seek reimbursement. 

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:
No inoculations are necessary when traveling to Spain from the U.S.A. You may consult with your health care provider before traveling.
For the latest overseas travel health information contact :
The Center for Disease Control: call 1-877-394-8747  or visit www.cdc.gov
For medical information contact:
The U.S. Public Health service: call 1-301-443-2403.

ARRIVAL PROCEDURE:
When you get off the plane you will go through customs and proceed to the baggage claim area to pick up your luggage.  Exit the baggage claim area into the arrival hall, where you will be greeted by a 206 Tours representative displaying a sign which reads “206 Tours.” You will be transferred to your hotel where you will check-in and have time to refresh before meeting the rest of your group later in the day.
Remember to look for the “206 Tours “sign!

LOST LUGGAGE:
If your luggage is missing proceed to your airline carrier’s baggage office in the airport terminal to complete a missing luggage form, which will include a description of your luggage. Please make sure to save all paper work and tracking information given to you by the Airlines. Upon locating your baggage, the airlines will bring your luggage to your hotel. It is important that you provide them with the correct address and dates that you will be at your hotels. You may also provide the emergency number listed in this booklet. If your baggage is delayed for over 24 hours you may submit a claim to the insurance company upon your return to the US (only applicable for passengers that purchased Travel insurance through 206 Tours).

HOW TO OVERCOME JET LAG:
Traveling through a time zone may take its toll on your physical and mental well-being. "Jet Lag" is the phrase used to describe the condition when an individual's internal body clock is out of sync with the actual time in the region to which you have traveled. It is important to try to adjust your internal body clock to receive the most out of your tour. Here are some tips on how to adjust your body to local time.

On the day of departure/arrival:

  • Get out of bed earlier than usual on the day of departure
  • Drink a lot of water to compensate for the dehydration on long flights
  • Shortly after your evening meal on your flight, set your watch to the local time
  • Try to sleep on your flight
  • Try to stay awake until 9:00PM or 10:00 PM the night of arrival





    USEFUL LINKS

    Airline delays: www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/plaintext.html
    Airline seating: www.seatguru.com
    Airline tracker: www.flightarrivals.com
    Calendar and holidays: www.timeanddate.com/calendar
    Calling codes: www.countrycallingcodes.com
    Currency converter: www.xe.com
    Customs (USA): www.cbp.gov
    Department of Homeland security: www.dhs.gov
    Electric Guide: www.kropla.com
    Embassies: www.embassyworld.com
    Emergency/Disaster information: www.redcross.org
    FAA Air traffic Control: www.faa.gov
    Flight delay info: www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp
    Flight tracker: www.flightview.com
    Foreign Language Basics: www.fodors.com/language
    Frequent flyer programs: www.webflyer.com
    Global Entry: https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes
    Health (travel health info) www.cdc.gov ; www.who.int ; www.tripprep.com
    Internet access / hotspots: www.wi-fihotspotlist.com ; www.wififreespot.com
    Language translation: translate.google.com
    Last minute travel preparation: www.dontforgetyourtoothbrush.com
    Official Franciscan Website: www.custodia.org
    Passports and visas: www.projectvisa.com
    Physical disabilities travel: www.access-able.com
    Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: https://step.state.gov/step
    Time around the world: www.time.gov
    Tourist offices and embassies: www.towd.com
    Transportation Security Admin: www.tsa.gov
    Travel planning: www.worldtravelguide.net
    Travel planning (religious sites): www.sacred-destinations.com
    US State Dept. Travel Warnings: http://travel.state.gov
    Weather around the world: www.weather.com





    SPAIN & TRAVEL ABROAD:
    LANGUAGE:
    In Spain the official language is Spanish, however English is widely spoken and many signs appear in English as well.


    TEMPERATURES:

    The average temperatures are as follows:

     

     

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Madrid

    Low

    35

    36

    42

    45

    51

    59

    64

    63

    58

    50

    42

    36

    High

    48

    52

    59

    65

    71

    81

    89

    87

    78

    66

    56

    51

    Santiago De Compostella

    Low

    36

    36

    42

    46

    52

    61

    67

    66

    60

    50

    42

    37

    High

    51

    55

    61

    67

    74

    84

    92

    91

    82

    69

    59

    51


    Because of northern Spain and Galicia Mountains elevation, the weather can be unpredictable and cooler than you might expect. It’s rarely very hot or very cold in Galicia, but it is very wet, damp and very green. Santiago is the wettest town in Spain.  (Remember to bring a rain coat)

    HOTELS ACCOMMODATIONS:
    Hotel rooms may be smaller than you are used to, based on American standards. All rooms are comfortably appointed with a private bathroom.  Mini-bar items and access to paid TV channels are at your own expense. King size beds are rare in Spain therefore couples should anticipate queen size beds in most hotels. Travelers sharing a room will have two twin beds in their hotel rooms. Many hotels use key cards to operate the room’s lighting system and/or the elevator. All hotels offer a hair dryer in the bathroom. Most hotels provide toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion), if needed bring a supply of conditioner with you. It is not customary for hotels to provide wash cloths.
     

    ELECTRICITY:
    The voltage used is 220 volts at 50 cycles, twice the voltage of American power systems.  Generally you’ll need only an adapter plug; in some cases, a voltage converter /or transformer, too.

    Plug Adapter is an interface that attaches between the American two-pronged plug and a specific European socket. The result is that the American appliance will be connected to European 220v 50 cycle electrical power.
    Power Converter (or transformer) -converts the European 220v to 110 volts so that American appliances will operate on European Current.


    WEIGHTS & MEASURES
    :
    The metric system is used exclusively throughout Spain. A kilometer is a bit over 1/2 mile (.62 miles). A kilogram equals 2.2 pounds.

    TELEPHONE INFORMATION:
    Hotel telephones are available and offer convenience, however they tend to cost substantially more than using your cell phone provided that you have a plan.

    CELLULAR PHONE:
    When you bring your cellular phone, make sure to contact your wireless phone provider and inform them that you will be traveling overseas. Most providers offer an "international plan" that you may sign up for.  This will allow you to make calls to the United States” while you are out of the country using your wireless phone.  Please check with your provider for exact rates in the countries where you'll be traveling.  Be extra cautious using your data while abroad.  If your cell phone has a data plan, be sure to turn data roaming "OFF" on the plane to avoid potentially high fees. The rates for data are far more expensive than for roaming voice calls and text messages.

    CALLING FROM SPAIN TO THE USA:
    To make a direct international call, first dial “00” and then dial the country code (1 for the US and Canada, just like at home), then the local area code and telephone number.

    CALLING FROM THE USA TO SPAIN:
    If your family wishes to call you during the pilgrimage from within the US, you must first dial 011, then then the country code (SPAIN) 34 which is then followed by the local area code and telephone number.

    LAPTOPS/NET BOOKS:
    Please be advised that your hotel does offer WIFI service.

    PUBLIC TOILETS:
    There will be no public toilets available. Generally, you will have the opportunity to use the toilets of local coffee-shops, to utilize their toilets a beverage or food purchase is recommended. Be prepared with tissues in your pocket at all times.

    TERRAIN:
    Terrain on El Camino has many ascents and descents that are much steeper than you might expect. All of this makes the route more interesting. Most of the walking is on dirt roads, well-marked paths, at times crossing and jumping over smaller streams. The walks will take you across woodlands, farmland, breathtaking streams, rustic hamlets, following well marked tracks and paths. Enjoy The Way of St. James and the unique atmosphere. Each day better than the one before, walking through some of the most beautiful green countryside that you’ve ever seen.   In Madrid and Santiago de Compostela many streets in Spain are narrow, and due to strict traffic regulations the buses are not always permitted to drop groups off directly in front for their destination. Many areas are pedestrian only and have cobblestones. Please be prepared to walk! High-heeled shoes are not suitable for cobblestone streets, instead rubber-soled walking shoes are recommended.  Spain is based on a myriad of old buildings.  There are split-levels and uneven surfaces everywhere; please watch your step! Due to the structure of old buildings, access to some establishments may not be convenient for wheelchair use and facilities for the disabled in general may be limited.

    TAXIS:
    Be wary of any person approaching you offering unofficial taxi services. If you do not have an airport transfer included and you need transportation, make your way to the official taxi desk or to the regular taxi line outside the terminal. Chose a vehicle with a meter or taxi sign. If there is no meter, we recommend you pre-negotiate and agree on the fare, before you get into the cab.

    LOCAL CUSTOMS / SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:
    A different way of life in some countries may take you by surprise, but if you travel with an open mind and respect local customs, you should find it easy to adapt to and enjoy your new surroundings. Standards of living may not be quite what you are used to, but there are compensations – a closer sense of reality and an authentic feeling of locale. Due to cultural differences you may not be greeted quite as cheerfully as back home; smiling is generally reserved for intimate friends. Be especially wary of people presenting themselves as “instant friends” and never accept food or drink from strangers. 

    MEALS:
    Breakfast will be served in our hotel’s main dining room throughout your journey, and will be buffet style. Unlike in the US, it is frowned upon to take food out of the breakfast room.  Lunches are included on the days you are walking, lunch will be approximately between1:30-3:00 pm. Dinners will be at a local restaurant or your hotel.  Please plan to enjoy your dinners around 7:00-8:00 pm each day. Most dinners will be served "sit down" with a pre-determined 3-4 course meal.  Your meals include mineral water and wine.  While some restaurants may be able to provide for a special diet, such as vegetarian or sodium-free, 206 Tours cannot guarantee a special meal request. Generally vegetarian and vegan meals tend to lack variety and imagination. 

    TAP WATER:
    While most local tap water will not hurt you, due to differences in mineral and micro-biotic levels, we recommend that you avoid consuming local tap water, as it may upset your stomach.

    SHOPPING:
    Stores are open daily Monday to Saturday. (Some souvenir shops open on Sunday but just souvenir shops). Ask your tour escort where you are able to purchase regional specialty products which the countries/cities in your itinerary are known for. Small, light items that you can easily carry home make splendid and festive gifts. Don’t forget to buy something nice for yourself too. There will be shops for you to purchase walking and hiking gear. Whenever traveling abroad, be aware of your personal belongings when shopping in crowded areas. If you purchase a video or DVD, please check very carefully that it is compatible with your home viewing system. Sales tax or VAT (value added tax) is already included on price tags.





    USEFUL PHRASES:

    Along the journey, a common phrase is "Buen Camino", (which means "good path") is generally received as good luck and happy travelling".


    Must Know Travel Terms

    Common Spanish Phrases

    Phrase Pronunciation

    Hello

    Olá

    “ola”

    Goodbye

    Tchau

    "chow”

    Yes

    Sim

    “ssi”

    No

    Não

    “nau”

    Please

    por favor

    “pur fa-vour”

    Thank You

    obrigado/obrigada

    “o-bri-ga-du/o-bri-ga-da”

    Excuse Me

    com licença

    “ko li-cess-a”

    Do you speak English?

    Você fala Inglês?

    “vo-say fala ing-less”

    Can you help me?

    Podes me ajudar?

    “po-dess mee a-ju-dar”

    I don't understand

    Eu não entendo.

    “e-u nau in-ten-du”

    How much is it?

    Quanto custa?

    “ku-a-tu kuss-ta”

    Where is?

    Onde e o?

    “own-de eh oh”

    bathroom/restaurant/hotel

    banheiro/restaurante/hotel

    “ban-i-ero/res-tau-ran-te/hotel”

    Taxi, please.

    Táxi por favor

    “taxi pur fa-vour”

    Where is the emergency hospital?

    Onde e o pronto socorro?

    own-de eh oh prone-to soak-oro”




    COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    CANCELLED OR DELAYED FLIGHT
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed it is imperative that you work DIRECTLY with the airlines at the airport to arrange for alternate flights or protection.  Please note that once your tickets has been issued or you have check-in for your flights, 206 Tours can no longer make any changes to your flight itinerary. This can ONLY be done by the airlines.  In such case be persistent with the agent, however keep in mind that the situation is not the airline agents fault. Try your best to remain courteous to them, as you may find that you receive more assistance this way. The airlines are not required to offer reimbursement for personal expense or overnights when delays/cancellations occur due to weather. If you find that you have no luck with the airline personnel, please contact your emergency number and we shall do all in our power to assist you.


    MISSED FLIGHT DUE TO LATE ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT

    If you should miss your flight, due to your own late arrival at your departure airport, it is imperative that you work DIRECTLY with the airlines at the airport to arrange for alternate flights. You may incur additional costs to exchange your airline ticket (minimum of $300 per person). Once your alternate arrangements have been confirmed you may contact the emergency number in this booklet to advise of the flight delay and 206 Tours may arrange a private transfer at additional cost to you.


    MISSED GROUP TRANSFER UPON ARRIVAL

    If your plane arrives late, or you are re-routed you will most likely miss your group transfer which is included in your package.  You may take a taxi at your own expense to your hotel or you may contact the emergency number in this booklet to advise of the flight delay and 206 Tours may arrange a private transfer at additional cost to you. Make sure to obtain a receipt for the taxi or the private transfer provided. Upon return to the U.S.A. you may submit a claim with the insurance company or airlines to seek reimbursement. 


    PROBLEMS OR COMPLAINTS DURING TRIP

    If you have any problems, concerns, or complaints during your trip, please communicate directly and IMMEDIATELY with your tour escort. Your tour escort is at your disposal to assist you with all your needs, such as issues with your hotel room, meals, etc. There is very little that can be done to rectify a concern once you have returned home, however most of the time your tour escort can address any concerns you may have swiftly. If the tour escort does not resolve your concern to your satisfaction please contact our office.


    CHANGES TO AIRLINE TICKET

    If you would like to change your airline ticket for any reason once the ticket has been issued and/or you have departed you MUST work DIRECTLY with the airlines. You will incur additional costs (minimum of $300 per person) for such changes.



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