What To Know Before You Go To
Jordan & Israel


  • About Jordan & Israel

  • How to prepare for your Pilgrimage

    Thank you for your desire and readiness to visit these places of grace and prayer. 206 Tours would like your Spiritual Journey to be as pleasant and helpful as possible. It is important to note that 206 Tours pilgrimages are packed full of spiritual activities and sightseeing.

    DO I NEED TO KNOW THE LOCAL LANGUAGE?
    Your Guide/Escort, who is with you throughout, is multilingual. Whether you have questions at the Hotel or Shop, need help reading a sign, something interpreted etc – feel free to reach out to them. They will be happy to help in every way they can!

    WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO PREPARE FOR MY PILGRIMAGE

    • If you are not accustomed to physical activity, begin walking 1-2 times a day – build up to 2-3 miles with no discomfort
    • If possible, attend daily Mass or spend some quiet time in Church
    • Begin the pray daily
    • Begin, or continue, to pray the Rosary daily.

    “PROBLEMS” AND “COMPLAINTS”?
    If you have any 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. 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.

  • General Info About Your Documents, Flights, Arrival & Travel

    Please visit www.tsa.gov for the most up to date travel restrictions

    Passports and Visas

    Passports and Visas: All U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport to enter Jordan. Your passport MUST be valid at least 6 months upon your scheduled return date to the USA. All U.S citizens travelling to Jordan will obtain a visa upon arrival in Amman. The cost of the visa is 20 JD (about $30) per person. You will purchase your visa at the airport before collecting your luggage and passing through customs. There is no immigration or visa form required. Certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained prior to travel. It is recommended that you check with the Jordanian diplomatic mission in your country prior to travel to ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork for travel. All U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport to enter Israel. Your passport MUST be valid at least 6 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 months after your return, URGENTLY contact your local passport office and apply for an expedited passport/-or passport renewal.

    All U.S citizens travelling to Jordan will obtain a visa upon arrival in Amman. The cost of the visa is 20 JD (about $30) per person. You will purchase your visa at the airport before collecting your luggage and passing through customs. There is no immigration or visa form required. Certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained prior to travel. It is recommended that you check with the Jordanian diplomatic mission in your country prior to travel to ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork for travel.A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for entry into Israel.
    For those who hold a passport from a foreign country, please be advised that it is the passenger’s responsibility to reconfirm if any visas are required. Below please find embassy information on the country you will be visiting.

    Emergency Telephone Numbers in Jordan:
    Emergency Police: 192
    Ambulance/Medical: 191
    Emergency/ Fire: 193

    *Please Note: Israel does not stamp your passport, instead, they give you a card containing all your personal information. This rule applies to tourists who enter either overland or by air. It is important that you keep this card in your wallet (it is about the size of a credit card), at all times during your stay.

    Emergency Telephone Numbers in Israel (Holyland):
    Emergency Police: 100
    Ambulance/Medical: 101
    Fire Service: 102

    WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT AIRPORT CHECK-IN?
    First, we recommend downloading the App, or visiting the Website, of the Airline you are flying on. This will allow you to “digitally” check-in 24-Hours before departure. On the day of departure, we recommend you arrive at the Airport:

    • Two (2) hours prior to Domestic flight
    • Three (3) hours prior to International flight

    First, you must obtain your Ticket (If you utilized the App, it will be provided to you as a QR-Code. If you did not utilize the App, you can obtain by walking up to the Kiosk in the Airport. You will enter in your E-Ticket number located on your Flight Itinerary and answer a few short questions. Following, a Ticket Stub will print out.) 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).

    Screening & Security When Traveling to Israel

    The security process for travel to Israel and at Israeli Airports is very thorough. As you may have heard, Israel is known for their strict security at airports to ensure safety. Below please find a brief “walk through” of what your check-in experience at Tel Aviv Airport is like, so you are informed and prepared. You may notice throughout your time at the airport that there are MANY uniformed and un-uniformed security personnel. You will go through a security checkpoint as soon as you arrive and before you reach the ticket counter. There is a line to wait your turn to be interviewed and screened. When you get to the front of the line, you will be interviewed by a security person. Questions will range from: why/where you traveled in Israel, where did you visit, how long was your stay, where are you going now, etc. Your interview should be very professional and well-trained. Do not hesitate to let them know you were a part of a Catholic Pilgrimage group tour. If asked, you can also show this booklet! You may be asked additional questions about your occupation, family, etc. Do not worry or be insulted, this is a part of the interviewer’s job and the process. Interviews are usually brief, but sometimes can last longer and be more in depth. Your baggage will also be sent through an X-ray/chemical analysis machine. Randomly, travelers are selected for a more thorough screening of their luggage. If you are selected you will be directed to the inspection area where you will be asked to open your luggage. Do not be surprised if your entire bag is unpacked and electrical devices examined. Again, this is a part of the process. Next you will headed to the ticket counter to get your boarding pass. This step can take quite a while as the airline representative must enter a lot of information prior to printing the boarding passes. Be patient and take the time to reflect on some of the highlights of your trip. After getting your boarding pass, you will go through passport control. Your passport numbers will be entered into a computer that the Israel government uses for security and to track tourism in Israel. Again, you may be asked several questions about your-self, family, travel companion, and the reason for your trip; this is routine procedure. Your passport will be stamped and you will be on your way. Finally, you will go through the actual security gate and personal screening machines. You should follow the directions given by the security personnel (i.e. whether or not to remove your shoes, laptop, etc). Remember to remove everything from your pockets, along with your belt and watch. Anyone who beeps at the metal detector will also receive a scan with the hand held detection wand. Further inspections are rare and initiated only if concerns arise. Once through this final security you can proceed to your gate. You can enjoy shopping or snacking before your flight departs! The whole process usually takes approximately 45-60 minutes from the time you ar-rive till you make it to your gate. However, certain times of the year, back-ups can occur and the entire check-in and security process can last longer. The process is very organized and calm. No one will bark orders, yell at any of the passengers, or act unprofessional in any way.

    For more information:
    https://www.206tours.com/holyland-safety

    WHERE ARE MY AIRLINE TICKETS?
    Within your “Confirmation Email”, you will receive an E-Ticket. This Ticket will inform you of your Flight Time, Airline, and Flight Information (Departure and Arrival Times.) Feel free to print out copies and bring with you, or take a picture and save in your Phone for reference.

    HOW ARE MY FLIGHTS ARRANGED?
    Your airline reservations are booked in accordance with TSA Rules, Regulations and Routing’s. 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. 

    WHY DOES MY PLANE RESERVATION SAY ONE AIRLINE, BUT THE PLANE READS ANOTHER?
    Many Airlines are in special agreements, to share aircrafts to ensure the best routings for their passengers. While your ticket may show 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)”.

    WHO DECIDES THE CONNECTION TIME AT AIRPORTS?
    The Airlines determine the minimum connection time required to transfer from one gate to another. We are subject to the availability of the airline’s carrier we work with, and must ensure that all participants have reservations to Arrive / Depart at similar times for the group transfers to/from the airport.

    WHAT IF MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED OR CANCELLED?
    Work DIRECTLY with the airlines at the airport to arrange for alternate flights or protection.  Once your tickets have been issued or you have checked-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.

    TIP:
    Once the Airlines have rebooked you, Text/Call your Guide (via the number provided to you in your Final Instructions) so that they can be made aware of your NEW arrival time. If it is much later, they can make arrangements for a Transfer for you from the Airport to Hotel.  

    WHAT IF I MISS THE GROUP TRANSFER UPON ARRIVAL?
    If your plane arrives later, or you are re-routed, you will most likely miss your Group transfer which is included in your package. Please note:
    • You may take a Taxi at your own expense to your Hotel
    • You may contact your Guide, or the Emergency Number, in your Final Instructions 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 home, you may submit a claim to the Insurance Company or Airlines to seek reimbursement. 

    WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A LAST-MINUTE CHANGE TO MY 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 $400 per person) for such changes.

     

    No inoculations are necessary for travel to Jordan from the US.

    Arrival Procedure (In Jordan)

    After disembarking from the plane you will clear immigration, and proceed to the baggage claim to locate your luggage. You will exit the baggage claim through customs into the “arrivals hall/ lounge.” Look for the 206 Tours representative who will be holding a sign with your name and/or “206 Tours.” You will be transferred to your hotel where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group. Please remember to look for the sign!
    If your plane arrives late, or you are re-routed you will probably miss the group transfer which is included in your package. In such circumstances you will need to pay for a taxi or private transfer to take you to your hotel. This cost will be at your own expense, and you may submit a claim to the airlines for reimbursement upon your return and/or to your travel insurance. For most destinations taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel is the easiest and least expensive course of action. However, for some destinations even a taxi can be very expensive due to the distance you are traveling. If you prefer to have a private transfer arranged for you in lieu of taking a taxi, you will need to contact 206 Tours to advise us of your flight delay and new arrival time at least 4 hours prior to your new arrival time. In this case will do all possible to arrange for a private transfer to meet you upon your arrival, however, you will be responsible to remit payment to your driver upon drop off at your destination. If you arrive at your destination, and are unable to locate your driver or a taxi, please call your local emergency contact (listed in your Final Instruction Booklet) so that they may dispatch a transfer for you. Please remember to save your receipts. We strongly recommend the purchase of Traveler’s Insurance for this reason (www.206tours.com/insurance).

    Arrival Procedure (In Israel)

    After disembarkation from the plane you will clear immigration, and proceed to claim your luggage. You will exit the baggage claim into the arrival lounge where you will be greeted by your Tour Escort displaying a board or sign “206 Tours”. Please remember to look for the sign!

    If your plane arrives late, or you are re-routed you will probably miss the group transfer which is included in your package. In such circumstances you may need to pay for your separate private transfer, which you may submit a claim to the insurance and airline for reimbursement upon your return to the USA. 206 Tours will do all possible to arrange for a private transfer to meet you upon your arrival (if we are aware of your misconnection/arrival flight), however, you will be responsible to remit payment to your driver upon drop off at your destination. If we have not been able to arrange for a driver to meet you, please call your local emergency contact (listed in your Final Instruction Booklet) so that they may dispatch a transfer for you If you opt to take a taxi to your hotel upon arrival should you miss the group transfer. Please remember to save your receipts. We strongly recommend the purchase of Traveler’s Insurance for this reason (www.206tours.com/insurance).

    Arrival’s Hall:

    Once you make your way through Customs and Baggage Claim, you will follow the signs to the Arrival’s Hall. Upon exiting into the Arrival Hall (underneath the ‘Welcome’ sign), a 206 Tours representative will be waiting for you straight ahead.

    206 Tours Sign:

    As you can see, our 206 Tours representative will be holding up a round 206 “Tours sign – highlighting out logo. Just look for the sign when you arrive.

    Waiting Area:

    Once you have met our 206 Tours representative, they will bring you over to this area where you can relax – grab some coffee, water etc. As the rest of the members of your pilgrimage arrive, they will all be brought over to the same area until everyone is counted for. Once everyone is there, your guide will bring you to your bus – and your pilgrimage begins!

    WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE WHEN I ARRIVE AT MY FINAL DESTINATION?
    When you get off the plane, you will go through Customs and then proceed to Baggage Claim. Located the conveyor your luggage will come out on via the Screen and located your Flight #. From there, you will look for the “Exit Sign” or “Arrival’s Hall”. Once you make your way into the Arrival’s Hall, you will be greeted by a 206 Tours Representative holding a sign which reads “206 Tours”. From there, 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. Look for the “206 Tours” Sign!

    TIP:
    Make sure you wear your 206 Tours Lanyard and Nametag – as well as your 206 Tours Bag. Your Guide has a copy of your flight times, so they will be looking for you as well. Wearing these will make it easier for them to spot you as well. 

     

    WHAT IF I LOSE MY LUGGAGE?
    If your luggage is missing, proceed to the 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 paperwork 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 (noted in your Final Instruction Booklet.) You may also provide the phone number of your Guide, also noted in the Final Instruction Booklet. If your baggage is delayed for over 24 hours, and you purchased insurance, you may submit a claim upon your return to the US (only applicable to passengers that purchased Travel insurance through 206 Tours).

     

    Traveling through a time-zone may take its toll on your physical and mental well-being. “Jet-Lag” is a phrase used to describe it. It varies, depending on who you are, but here are some suggestions

    • Begin Fresh: Pack two (2) days before departure, and get to bed on time.
    • Hydrate: Drink more water than normal to avoid dehydration on the flight.
    • Sleep on the Plane: It is hard sleeping while sitting up, but try to.
    • Think in Local Time: Reset watch/phone when you get on a plane, think of that time zone.
    • Stay Busy: Once you arrive, keep active and get sleep that night. Pacing is key!
    • Eat Fresh: Veggies, Fruits, and Coffee will keep you awake. Heavy, greasy, high carb filled meal make you tired – better to have that at night for dinner.
    • Exercise: Take a twenty (20) minute walk in the morning, stretch before the plane, and walk around on the plane. Moving gets your blood flowing – tells your body “Wake up!”
    *While every person is different, these are just suggestions. What works for you may vary. 

    WHAT SHOULD I DO ON THE DAY OF DEPARTURE?
    • Get out of bed earlier than usual.
    • Drink lots of water to compensate for the dehydration that comes with being on a plane
    • Try to rest and sleep as soon as you board the plane (to adjust to time difference)

    BRINGING LIQUIDS IN YOUR CARRY-ON BAGS
    For additional information or clarification, please visit: www.faa.gov

    3 – 1 – 1 Liquids Rule for your Carry-on Bags

      Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be:

    • 3.4 OZ bottle or less
    • 1 Quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
    • 1 Bag per passenger screened on its own

    Be prepared; each time the TSA must search a carry-on to locate liquids it slows down the line. Practicing 3 – 1 – 1 will ensure a sufficient checkpoint experience.

    Remember, you can put liquids of any size in your checked baggage.
    Important to note about the 3-1-1 Rule…
    Larger containers that are partially-full are not allowed, Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top, such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed.

    Larger fluids 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

    Baggage Regulations
    For additional information or clarification please visit: www.faa.gov

    Personal Items Carry-on Checked
    All Make-up – You are allowed to carry any liquid/gel/cream makeup item provided that the container is up to 3 oz., as per the 3-1-1 rule. *mascara, chapstick, lip gloss, etc are all considered liquids. Yes Yes
    Safety Razors – includes disposable razors Yes Yes
    Saline Solution – You are allowed to carry up to 3 oz., as per the 3-1-1 rule. Volumes greater must be declared to the Security Officer. Yes Yes
    Tweezers, Scissors, Nail Clippers – plastic or metal with blunt tips or metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length. Yes Yes
    Shampoos & Conditioners – must be in 3 oz. or smaller container inside your 1 qt Ziploc bag Yes Yes
    Toothpaste – 3 oz. or smaller container inside your 1 qt Ziploc bag Yes Yes
    Umbrellas– allowed in Carry-On baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed. Yes Yes
    Walking Canes – allowed in Carry-On baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed. Yes Yes
    Electronics Carry-on Checked
    Camera Equipment – the Checked Baggage Screening Equipment will damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. We recommend that you pack undeveloped film in your Carry-On baggage. Yes Yes
    Laptops, Smartphones & I-Pads Yes Yes
    Food & Drinks Carry-on Checked
    Beverages – from Home or purchased before reaching the Security Checkpoint in containers LARGER than 3 oz. No Yes
    Beverages – from Home or purchased before reaching the Security Checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size bag Yes Yes
    Beverages – purchased after Security Screening Yes Yes
    Medication, Baby Formula/Food, Breast Milk, & Juice – allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 oz and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint Yes Yes
    Canned or Jarred Goods – such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies (3 oz. or smaller container) Yes Yes
    Cheese – in pressurized containers (3 oz. or smaller container) Yes Yes
    Duty-Free Alcohol and other items (some restrictions apply) Yes Yes
  • Currency & Money

    Currency

    The The basic unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). and Israeli Shekel (ILS) is the currency of Israel, though the US dollar is widely accepted. For most current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com.

    FreeCurrencyRates.com

    WHERE CAN I FIND CURRENCY INFO AND CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES?
    Visit www.xe.com for the most current exchange rates. This is the “Pure” exchange rate, meaning bank exchange fees are not included.

    TIP:
    Check the up-to-date exchange rate before you depart for your Pilgrimage and before you exchange currency.

    WHERE CAN I EXCHANGE MY MONEY FOR FOREIGN CURRENCY?
     A Currency Exchange – located at most Airports, and along most major boulevards in Europe. There will be a small fee for the exchange
     Your Bank – for the best rate, exchange US dollars at your local bank before you leave.
     ATM Machine – while abroad, it is the more practical, and cost-effective, option. Utilizing your ATM card or Debit Card, you can also get cash advances on your credit card at an ATM, but there will be high fees.

    TIP:
    Utilize your Credit Card, as the exchange rate and fees are comparative to taking out currency. Almost all Shops and Stores accept major Credit Cards. Otherwise, your Guide can advise you where the best ATM Machines, with the lowest fees, are located.

    HOW DO I AVOID HAVING MY CREDIT CARD FROM BEING SUSPENDED?
    Before you leave, let your local bank and credit card companies know you’ll be traveling abroad. Otherwise, they may block your account due to international transactions.

    HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
    This is hard to say, as it varies person to person. Keep in mind of the “Inclusions” on your Pilgrimage – which leaves Snacks and Gift Shopping. We recommend you bring E100 per person, and keep E50 on you with the other E50 in your Checked Bag (if you need it.) You may want to bring more if you plan to purchase souvenirs – again, you can always use your Credit Card. Remember, you can always spend less, or bring money home!

    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A CREDIT CARD?
    We highly recommend using your Credit Card as it offers convenience, security (you can cancel them if they are lost!), and reasonable exchange rates. Visa and Mastercard are the best options, as they are accepted in most stores or restaurants. American Express and Discover are not widely accepted in Europe. 

    credit cards

    HOW DOES TIPPING WORK?
    Tips are an important part of earnings for your Guides and Bus Drivers. While tips are included throughout (Restaurants, Local Guides, Porters etc.) – Tips to your Guide and Driver are at your discretion, via the Tip Envelopes with your Travel Documents.

    WHEN DO I GIVE THE GUIDE/DRIVER THEIR TIP ENVELOPES?
    It is suggested to provide the Tour Escort and the Bus Driver their tip money the day prior to your return. When, is completely up to you – in the morning, after breakfast, before dinner etc.

    HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
    Although you should tip according to your discretion and satisfaction, we offer a recommend amount Per Person / Per Day that is noted in your Final Instruction Booklet.

    HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
    If you can plan ahead by visiting your local Bank, tipping in Euros is the better option. However, they will gladly accept US/Canadian Dollars as well.

    WHAT DO TIP ENVELOPES LOOK LIKE?
    Located within your Travel Wallet (with your Travel Documents) will be the Tip Envelopes. They are color-coded, and note on the front – to whom they are for.

    DO I TIP THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
    A small Gift or Donation is at your own discretion – but a Tip to the Spiritual Director is not required.

    ATM Machines (In Jordan)

    ATM machines (distributeurs /guichets automatiques) can be found at most bank branches, post offices, train stations, airports, shopping centers, etc. and are accessible 24 hrs/day. Most banks charge a commission when you withdraw money, especially if it is from the network of another bank. You should ask your bank for information about where you can use your card and what commissions are charged for withdrawing money.
    Note: You need a four-digit personal identification number, or PIN (six digits won’t work), to use ATMs in Europe & The Holy Land. If you have a six-digit code, you have to get a new one for your trip. Be sure to find out your daily withdrawal limit before you depart. Also keep in mind that many banks impose a fee every time a card is used at a different bank’s ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions (up to $5 or more) than for domestic ones. On top of this, the bank from which you withdraw cash may charge its own fee. For international withdrawal fees, ask your bank before you go. You can also get cash advances on your credit card at an ATM. Credit card companies try to protect themselves from theft by limiting the funds someone can withdraw outside their home country, so call your credit card company before you leave home. And keep in mind that you’ll pay interest from the moment of your withdrawal, even if you pay your monthly bills on time.

    Credit Cards & ATM Machines

    ATMs can be found just about everywhere in Israel 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. Also keep in mind that many banks impose a fee every time a card is used at a different bank’s ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions (up to $5 or more). On top of this, the bank from which you withdraw cash may charge its own fee. For international withdrawal fees, ask your bank before you go. You can also get cash advances on your credit card at an ATM. Additionally, the bank from which you withdraw cash may charge its own fee.

    U.S. Customs (In Jordan)

    U.S. citizens who have been in The Holy Land and Europe for more than two days may return to the United States with up to $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. For those who wish to bring more home with them, 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 United States. For details visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website https://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel.

    U.S. Customs (In Israel)

    U.S. citizens who have been in foreign country more than two days may return to the United States with up to $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. For those who wish to bring more home with them, 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 United States. For details visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel.

    Value Added Tax (VAT) (In Jordan)

    There is 16% value added tax on most goods and services in Jordan. At retail stores, this tax is always already included in the price. Upon making a purchase of $50.00 or more at a gift store that has an agreement wit the 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 16% refund at the airport prior to departure. Do not pack these gift items in your luggage. They should be kept in your hand luggage. By the way, tourist services, such as hotel accommodations and meals taken in hotels, paid with foreign currency are exempt from VAT tax.

    How to Get Your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund:

    Jordan’s sales tax, or VAT (value-added tax), is 16%, but you can get most of that back if you spend the required amount or more at any participating retailer. You must be over 15 years old, and you must present a passport.  The name of the refund is détaxe, meaning exactly what it says. You never really get the full 16% back, but you can come close.  After you spend the required minimum amount, ask for your détaxe papers.  Fill out the forms before you arrive at the airport for departure. Be sure to have the forms stamped at the airport customs desks. The customs official may ask to see your purchases so it’s best to have them in your carry-on bag. Mail the stamped forms at the airport (the store provides an envelope) and the refund process has begun (note – this is only if Jordan is your final point of departure back to the U.S.). For additional information on the VAT refund https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VAT  All refunds are processed at the final point of departure .  Mark the paperwork to request that your refund be applied to your credit card so you aren’t stuck with a check in Jordanian Dinar’s . Even if you made the purchase in cash, you can still get the refund on a credit card. This ensures the best rate of exchange. You can get cash in some airports, but if you don’t take the cash in Jordanian Dinar’s, you’ll lose money on the transaction.  If you’re considering a major purchase, ask the store policy before you get too involved — or be willing to waive your right to the refund.

    Value Added Tax (VAT) Refund (In Israel)

    All prices in Israel include 16.5% VAT. On each purchase exceeding $200 (including V.A.T.), the V.A.T. will be refunded upon presentation of the special invoice at the port of departure. In order to acquire the refund, the following procedure must be obtained:

    1. Look for the “tax refund” sticker on the business door or publications
    2. Ask for a VAT refund invoice – the invoice must be an official ChangePalce document, which Is the official VAT refund broker in Israel.
    3. At the airport VAT desk, show the original invoice, the green VAT tax form, and the goods you have purchased.
    4. At the end of the procedure, you will receive a cheque drawn in your favor which may be cached at the same day.

    For additional information on the VAT refund http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VAT

    Weights and Measures:
    The metric system is used. A kilometer is a bit over 1/2 mile (.62 miles). A kilogram equals 2.2 pounds.

    Tips

    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 the money and place in tip envelopes (included in your final documents package) as follows:

    Tour Escort in Jordan – $8 per person per day

    Tour Escort in Israel – $10 per person per day

    guide tips

    Bus Driver in Jordan – $4 per person per day

    Bus Driver in Israel – $4 per person per day

    bus-driver tips

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

    In Jordan:
    Tip envelopes are enclosed for your convenience. Almost all restaurants include tax and a 15%service charge (service compris) in their prices. If a meal or service has been particularly good, leaving another 1 (JOD) Jordanian Dinar (or 2) is customary, as is leaving the waiter the small change from your bill if you pay in cash. If service is not included a 15% tip is appropriate. In hotels, tip porters is included of 2 (JOD) Jordanian Dinar for each bag and chambermaids. If you are using a Taxi, drivers should be given 10-15% of the metered fare. Tip hairdressers 10%, assistant 5%. Small tips are reasonable for cloakroom and washroom attendants, ushers and museum tour guide. When and if your group has a completely free day(s) and escort sees them only for a couple of hours or during the dinner time, then it is really at your discretion what amount you should tip them. As normally most clients calculate a total amount of tip for escort for total days serviced – when, escort does less hours it normally compensates the days with longer hours, which often happens when escorts are touring.

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

  • Luggage & What to Pack

    HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?
    Your Pilgrimage includes one (1) piece of Checked Luggage, and one (1) Carry-On Luggage.

    WHAT IS CHECKED LUGGAGE?
    This is the luggage that you pack all of your clothes and belongings in. When you arrive at the airport, this is what you check-in and it is stored underneath the plane. If you need to purchase a NEW bag, most are designed with these measurements in mind. Your focus should be on the weight limit – 50 lbs.

    TIP:
    If you cannot pick it up, it is too heavy!

    WHAT IS CARRY-ON LUGGAGE?
    The Carry-On Luggage is the bag you bring on the plane with you. It must be able to fit in an overhead bin. Airlines are strict about the size of a “Carry-On”, and if too large or overweight, will be subject to unpleasant fees.

    TIP:
    We recommend you utilize your 206 Tours Bag, which meets the measurements. It will also make it easier for the Guide/Driver to spot in the Arrival’s Hall

    carry on luggage

    SHOULD I HAVE LUGGAGE LOCKS?
    The more secure your personal items are, the better! TSA suggests you lock your luggage before you embark, and when you are flying home. TSA screens all checked, and carry-on, baggage, before it is permitted to be brought onboard. You can purchase regular locks for your bags, however, if they are “screened”, those locks can be cut. There are TSA Recognized Locks – which allow TSA Officials to use tools for opening and re-locking your baggage.

    LUGGAGE SIZE ALLOWANCES:

    Checked Bags:
    • Length + Width + Height = 158 cm / 62 inches
    • Economy Class: One (1) Checked Bags at 23kg / 50 lbs
    • Business Class: Two (2) Checked Bags at 32kg / 75 lbs

    Carry-On Bags:
    • Length + Width + Height: 106 cm / 42 inches
    • Weight: One (1) Piece at 8 kg / 17 lbs

    luggage

    WHAT IS A “PERSONAL ITEM”?
    In addition to your Carry-On Bag, you are permitted one (1) Personal Item. This can come in the form of a Laptop, I-Pad, a Book etc. For Women, your Pocket Book qualifies as a “Personal item”.

    Medical Equipment:

    WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORT?
    During the Registration Process, there is a section noted for “Wheelchair Request” at the Airport. There are options ranging from the Check-In Desk to the Terminal or to the Seat. If you selected to have one of these arranged, they have been requested, and there will be a person to meet you at the Check-In desk after you have checked in your Luggage.

    CPAP MACHINES ON THE PLANE?
    Travelers requiring CPAP machines should get in touch with the Airlines ahead of time (noted on your E-Ticket/Flight Itinerary enclosed with your Travel Documents.) While they are considered to be carry-on items, there are rules about using the machine during the flight.

    OXYGEN TANKS ON THE PLANE?
    It is important to note that if you plan on traveling with oxygen, you will need to visit your doctor ahead of time to get the necessary paperwork. Your own Oxygen tanks are not allowed as check-in luggage, however empty FAA approved tanks can be checked. If you need something on board, talk to your doctor about Department of Transportation Approved battery-powered oxygen concentrators which are permitted on flights.

    CAR SEATS AND STROLLERS?
    Car Seats and Strollers are common items for families traveling with young children, and airlines are pretty good with accepting them at no additional fee. However, this is not always the case and some airlines do have restrictions so call ahead and ask. Once at the airport strollers can be either checked in when you check in, or checked in at the gate. Given the size, they are rarely allowed as carry-on luggage. Car Seats can often be carried on board, but they do need to be FAA approved. If you don’t want to carry on the Car Seat, it’s recommended to store it in a duffel bag so it doesn’t get dirty.

    TIP:
    For both options, Car Seat and Strollers, smaller is always better. 

    Recommended Clothing:

    Packing can be one of the most challenging parts of preparing for your trip. Deciding what’s a must-bring and what can stay at home, fretting over baggage allowances, remembering security rules about nail clippers, and just plain trying to make it all fit are enough to stress you out. While we can’t tell you how many pairs of socks to pack, we can give you some helpful tips and the low-down of what to expect.

    WHAT ITEMS CAN I LEAVE AT HOME?
    At no time will you need Formal Attire – so refrain from packing any Fancy Clothes, Suits, Dresses, Dress Shoes, High Heels etc. To avoid loss or theft, aside from the jewelry that you wear every day – we recommend you leave your nice Watches, Necklaces, Money Clips, Cuff Links etc at home.

    WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHING SHOULD I PACK?
    The first step to packing smartly for a trip of any length is to determine what is being done. Take an honest look at the itinerary and season you are traveling to decide what will be needed to be prepared. The days are packed with sightseeing and walking throughout, so comfortable clothing and sneakers are the best. Best intentions aside, you will not have enough time to go to utilize the Hotel Gym or Pool, so you refrain from packing that and utilize that space better.

    SUGGESTED CLOTHING:
    • Pants/Shorts made of lightweight but tough materials for walking.
    • Long Sleeve Shirts / Sweaters OR Short Sleeve Shirts / Polo Shirts
    • Undershirts 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
    • Socks – this is important as you may need to change several pairs per day
    • Light Undergarments
    • Belts / Wallets / Purse / Portable Umbrella / Hat – Scarf – Gloves etc
    *If you forgot something at home, you can always buy it on the Trip. Ask your Guide.

    TIP:
    Count the number of days you are traveling, divide in half. You can always wear Pants/Shirts twice. 

    BASIC TOILETRIES:
    • Travel Size Deodorant, Toothpaste, Lotion, Gel/Hair Spray, Shaving Cream, Mouth Wash etc.
    • Toothbrush, Comb, Nail Clippers, Razors etc.
    • Shampoo or Conditioner (if you prefer a particular brand)
    • Travel Size Kleenex
    • Pen – to complete Custom Forms on Plane
    • Light Undergarments
    • Belts / Wallets / Purse / Portable Umbrella / Hat – Scarf – Gloves etc
    *206 Tours uses First Class Four Star Hotels which include all of the necessities you are used to at Home. From the Pillows and Blankets, to Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Towels, WiFi, Dry Cleaning and more.

    WHAT ELECTRONICS SHOULDI  BRING?
    • Cellphone and Charger (consider a portable Power Bank too.)
    • Camera and Charger (unless using Camera on Phone)
    • Small Flashlight

    SHOULD I BRING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINE? (if applicable to you)
    • Dramamine (for motion sickness)
    • Aspirin/Advil, etc.
    • Antibiotic Cream
    • Laxative and Imodium
    • Band-Aids
    • Pepto Bismol (tablets)
    • Sominex
    • Allergy/Cold Medicine
    • Chapstick
    • Sun Tan Lotion or Sunscreen

    *All of the above can be purchased on your Pilgrimage. Inquire with your Guide or Hotel Front Desk, and they will supply you with what you need, or point you in the right direction to buy it.

    SHOULD I PACK CLOTHES IN MY CARRY-ON BAG?
    Pack at least one change of clothes, socks, and undergarments in your carry-on bag in case your baggage is delayed or lost.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR ON THE PLANE?
    During your flight, you should wear loose-fitting clothes. Your feet may swell due to altitude, so wear flexible shoes and bring a pair of slippers or socks.

    Recommended Clothing to pack (In Jordan)

    Clothing

    For Winter, Early Spring, and Late Fall: be sure to back a warm jacket, a hat, scarf and gloves. Just in case.
    For Summer, Late Spring, and Late Summer: Bring a sunhat and plenty loose-fitting clothing. Don’t forget a lightweight sweater for the evenings as some places may be a little cooler than others.
    A note about summer attire; shorts (or mini skirts) and bare shoulders are considered inappropriate at some religious sites. For men, shorts that can be transformed by zippers into trousers may be convenient.
    Bring an all-weather coat, just in case. We strongly recommend that women bring a shall or sarong which can be placed conveniently in their day bag, so that they may drape their shoulders, or tie around their waists in the more religious sites.
    Mid-summer advice: Wear a sunhat and loose-fitting clothing, drink at least one liter (one quart) of mineral water a day if you can (carry a small bottle in your hand luggage); avoid eating too much ice-cream and reduce the amount of ice in drinks. A small battery-operated fan may be useful in warm weather.

    General Clothing for Men:
    Jeans, casual slacks, short and/or long sleeve shirts, socks, undergarments, and light jacket or coat.

    General Clothing for Women:
    Jeans, long skirts, casual dresses, casual slacks, short and/or long sleeve, socks, stockings, undergarments, and a light jacket or sweater is suggested.

    Recommended Clothing to pack (In Israel)

    Clothing

    For Winter, Early Spring, and Late Fall: be sure to back a warm jacket, a hat, scarf and gloves. Just in case.
    For Summer, Late Spring, and Late Summer: Bring a sunhat and plenty loose-fitting clothing. Don’t forget a lightweight sweater for the evenings as some places may be a little cooler than others.
    A note about summer attire; shorts (or mini skirts) and bare shoulders are considered inappropriate at some religious sites. For men, shorts that can be transformed by zippers into trousers may be convenient.
    Bring an all-weather coat, just in case. We strongly recommend that women bring a shall or sarong which can be placed conveniently in their day bag, so that they may drape their shoulders, or tie around their waists in the more religious sites.
    Mid-summer advice: Wear a sunhat and loose-fitting clothing, drink at least one liter (one quart) of mineral water a day if you can (carry a small bottle in your hand luggage); avoid eating too much ice-cream and reduce the amount of ice in drinks. A small battery-operated fan may be useful in warm weather.

    General Clothing for Men:
    Jeans, casual slacks, short and/or long sleeve shirts, socks, undergarments, and light jacket or coat.

    General Clothing for Women:
    Jeans, long skirts, casual dresses, casual slacks, short and/or long sleeve, socks, stockings, undergarments, and a light jacket or sweater is suggested.

    WILL THERE BE TIME TO SHOP?
    Yes, time has been set aside during your pilgrimage for shopping! The reason it has been pre-planned is because with so much sightseeing, a pace must be kept in order to see all sites.

    Ask your Tour Escort what the 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.

    WHAT IF I AM LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC?
    To save yourself time, do not hesitate to inquire with your Guide/Escort. They are aware of all of the shops, and what you may be looking for. If by chance they are not aware of what you are looking for, they will be able to find out for you.

    HOW MUCH SHOULD I BRING FOR SHOPPING?
    It depends on what you are looking to buy, how much, and how big. As you know, there is a big price difference between purchasing a few Postcards and a Rosary OR if you want to purchase an Icon. All shops accept major Credit Cards – and the prices are comparative to how much these items are in the US (except many of them can only be purchased at the sites or will hold sentimental value.)

    *NOTE – Shopping at Shrine/Basilica/Churches: Some of these sites have small Gift Shops within them, and are run by the Clergy there. All proceeds are donated to the upkeep of the Shrine/Church – but Credit Cards are not accepted. For these reasons, be sure to have cash handy.

    WHAT IF I PURCHASE SOMETHING THAT IS BIG/HEAVY/FRAGILE?
    If you happen to find something that you really want, or wanted, and it turns out that it is too big – too heavy – costly – or fragile: Arrangements can be made at the Shop or at your Hotel to have them shipped home. Speak with your Guide/Escort, and they will be happy to help!

    WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WHEN SHOPPING ABROAD?
    Whenever traveling abroad, be aware of your personal belongings when shopping in crowded areas. Try not to take out your money/credit cards in public areas, unless at the time of making a purchase.

    Shops in the Louvre Museum (Paris): Accepts all major Credit Cards / Debit Cards / Cash

    Shops at a Shrine/Church/Basilica: Operated by members of Clergy – Cash Only.

    TRANSPORTATION IS BY PRIVATE MOTOR COACH:
    You will be on the same Bus from the time you arrive at the Airport, until your transfer back to the Airport for your return flights home. The duration of driving time between cities/countries can range extensively depending on your itinerary. Some days may include only short transfers on the bus from your hotel to the Shrines, Churches, Museums, Restaurants or similar. Other days, you may drive a couple of hours to travel from one city to another. Depending on the itinerary and location of sites, your day may require 8 hours of driving – broken up by visits, Mass etc. Regardless of the itinerary for the day, rest assured that the coach will stop for bathroom/stretch breaks (approximately every 2-3 hours), as well as a lunch stop. 

    IS THE MOTORCOACH “MODERN”:
    Yes! All of our Coach Buses are either Brand New, or a few years old. They have New upholstery, Emergency and Safety settings, Seatbelts, USB Chargers for your Cellphones, and a Cooler up front for Water Bottles. 

    DOES THE MOTORCOACH HAVE A RESTROOM?
    No, due to local laws and concerns with chemicals etc.

    BUT, multiple stops have been planned out during each day, for the group, to use the restrooms. If it is an Emergency, just let your guide know, and they will be happy to advise you of the nearest place. If you are on the bus, they will plan for a stop. Also, keep in mind that many of the Churches, Museums, and Restaurants along the way also have Restrooms.

  • Average Temperatures

    City Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Amman Low 39 40 44 51 57 63 67 67 64 58 49 42
    High 52 55 61 71 80 85 88 88 85 79 66 56
    Jerusalem Low 46 46 50 54 59 64 70 70 68 63 54 48
    High 63 64 68 77 81 84 88 88 86 82 75 64
  • About Europe & Travel Abroad

    Language

    The official language of Jordan is Arabic. English is widely spoken, and many signs appear in English too. The official language of Israel is Hebrew and Arabic. English is widely spoken, and many signs appear in English too.

    Hotels Accommodations

    Hotels / Accommodations (In Jordan)
    Rooms may be smaller than you are used to based on The Holy Land standards. Mini-bar items and access to pay TV channels are at your own expense. In some hotels, key cards operate the room lighting systems and/or the elevator. Fixtures in bathrooms and bedrooms are not standardized. While most hotels do offer a hair dryer in the bathroom, we recommend bring one if it is essential to you. Most hotels do toiletries (shampoo, lotion), we strongly recommend that you bring an adequate supply with you.
    Please note that while we do request non-smoking rooms for our clients, hotels are less stringent about enforcing these rules outside of the USA.
    Remember to frequently check your hotel bulletin board for important information, suggestions, or any last-minute changes from your tour escort.

    Hotels Accommodations (In Israel)
    We use first class hotels of good standard. Mini-bar items and access to pay TV channels are at your own expense. In some hotels, key cards operate the room lighting systems and/or the elevator. Most hotels do offer a hair dryer in the bathroom. Most hotels do toiletries (shampoo, lotion), we recommend that you bring an adequate supply with you.

    WILL I NEED AN ADAPTER?
    When traveling abroad, you will need to bring an Adapter in order to plug into the outlets. The voltage used is 220 volts AC, single phase 50 cycles (the U.S. uses 110/120 volts). The best option is bringing a Universal Travel Adapter with Dual USB Ports (that way, you can utilize a number of outlets at one time. Example – being able to charge your cellphone while using your laptop etc.)

    Adapters are sold as Combos – 3-in-1

    Amazon.com: Complete European Travel Adapter Set by Ceptics - 2 In 1 Usa to Europe, Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Iceland, France, (Type G, E/F, Type C) - 3 Pack, Safe Grounded Perfect

    CONVERTERS?
    Converters are rarely needed as most electronics are built to convert the voltage. All of our Hotels have Hair Dryers, so you would only need if you were bringing a Curling Iron/Hair Straightener (which are not necessary on a pilgrimage). If you have a Laptop – check with the Manufacturer. Almost all laptops and I-Pads over the last ten (10) years already have a converter built-in. Converter Kits that include the entire range of plugs can be purchased online or in stores.

    HOW ARE THINGS WEIGHED / MEASURED IN EUROPE?
    When The Metric System is used exclusively throughout Europe. A Kilometer is a bit over 1/2 a mile (or 0.62 Miles). A Kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds. 

    WHAT TYPE OF HOTELS ARE WE STAYING IN?
    206 Tours uses First Class Four-Star Hotels throughout – with all the local amenities you come to expect at home. 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 Europe, therefore, couples should anticipate Queen size beds in most hotels.

    Travelers sharing a room will have two (2) twin beds in their hotel rooms. Many hotels use key cards to operate the room’s lighting system and/or the elevator. Rooms will have large towels and hand towels. It is not customary for hotels to provide washcloths.

    TIP:
    Feel free to look at the Websites of the Hotels listed on the Pilgrimage Website, Flyer, or in your Final Instructions. There you can view Pictures, Videos, and specific notes about the properties.

    HOW WILL PORTERAGE WORK AT THE HOTELS?
    Do not  worry about having to carry your luggage to your Rooms, down from your Rooms, or loading them on the Buses! Included in your Pilgrimage is porterage of One (1) piece of luggage handling. 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 a short delay due to the size of the group arriving. To make it easier for porters to identify your luggage make sure your 206 Tours Luggage Tag is clearly visible. If you prefer to bring your own luggage to 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.

    HOW CAN I USE MY SMARTPHONE ON THE PILGRIMAGE?
    When you bring your Smartphone, 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. “Passport Plan” – AT&T and other Providers offer a plan known as a “Passport” where you pay a flat fee – Per Day – and allows you to then to use your phone the same as at home. Meaning: No Roaming Fees, No Shutting Off Data etc. You will be able to make/answer calls, and the use will be align with your local plan you have at home. You can also utilize Facetime, WhatsAPP, Viber and other Apps that allow you to call home for Free while utilizing WiFi.

    *Refrain from using Hotel Phones. While there for convenience, they cost substantially more than using a cellphone.

    HOW DO I CALL HOME FROM EUROPE?
    First: Dial “00” – then dial the country code (example: “1” is for the US and Canada etc) – then the local area code and then the telephone number.

    HOW DOES SOMEONE CALL ME FROM HOME?
    First dial “011” – then the country code of the country you are dialing to – then the local area code and telephone number.

    CAN WE BRING LAPTOPS / MACBOOKS / I-PADS?
    Feel free to bring them with you – as all of the Hotels have complimentary WiFi available. 

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    Calling from Jordan / Israel 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 Jordan / Israel

    If your family wishes to call you during the pilgrimage from within the US, you must first dial 011, then then the country code (962) in Jordan and (972) in Israel which is then followed by the local area code and telephone number.

    Terrain (In Jordan)

    Jordan is based on a myriad of old buildings, and 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. Many areas are pedestrian only and have cobblestones. High-heeled shoes are not suitable for cobblestone streets; rubber-soled walking shoes are recommended. Many streets in Europe and The Holy Land are narrow, and due to strict traffic regulations, the buses are not always permitted to drop groups off directly in front for their destination. Please be prepared to walk.

    Terrain (In Israel)

    Israel 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. Many areas are pedestrian only and have cobblestones. High-heeled shoes are not suitable for cobblestone streets, instead rubber-soled walking shoes are recommended. Many streets are narrow, and due to strict traffic regulations the buses are not always permitted to drop groups off directly in front for their destination. Please be prepared to walk.

    Taxis (In Jordan)

    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; choose only those vehicles with a meter and a taxi sign. We recommend you pre-negotiate the fare, as taxi drivers in some countries may attempt to overcharge unwary travelers.

    Taxis (In Israel)

    All transportation is included, but should you wish to venture on your own, be wary of any person approaching you offering unofficial taxi services. Choose only those vehicles with a meter and a taxi sign.

    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.  

     

    Sabbath

    The Sabbath (or Shabbat) starts at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. During this time, religious Jews are not permitted to work, shop, use public transportation, use the telephone, or handle money. They are also not permitted to create a fire, although if one has already been lit prior to the Sabbath it may be used (for example, using the stove, oven or heating.) In modern times this has been expanded to include using electricity and driving a car. The same principal that applies to fire applies to electricity – if an electrical items has been turned on prior to the Sabbath, it may remain on but it cannot be adjusted or turned off. Therefore, if you arrive in your hotel prior to the start of the Sabbath, you may want to adjust the heating, lighting, air-conditioning and fans in your room before the Sabbath commences. The same rules apply to the hotel elevator. During the Sabbath, some elevators are set to automatic and will open and close on every floor, allowing anyone to use it but not to control it. Observation of the Sabbath only applies to practicing Jews therefore these rules do not apply to all hotels.

    Meals / Food (In Jordan)

    Most European and The Holy Land countries tend to dine later than we are accustom to. Please expect that your dinners will be scheduled around 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Most breakfasts are buffet style. Unlike in the USA, it is frowned upon to take food out of the breakfast room. Most dinners will be served “sit down” with a pre-determined 3 or 4 course meal. Your meals include iced tap water and coffee or tea. All other beverages, including bottled water, will be at additional cost. While some restaurants may be able to provide for a special diet, such as vegetarian or salt-free, there is no way for us to guarantee this. Please note, vegetarian meals tend to lack variety and imagination.
    Check with your tour guide or concierge for a list of good restaurants. Food is generally safe to eat. Should you want to feel “at home”, many American franchises now operate in Portugal and France: Burger King, McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and more.

    Meals (In Israel)

    Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included throughout your stay. Breakfast and dinner will be served in our hotel’s main dining room and will be buffet style. Please plan to enjoy your dinners approximately around 7:00 pm each day. Unlike in the US, it is frowned upon to take food out of the room. 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, there is no way for us to guarantee this.

    CAN I DRINK THE LOCAL TAP WATER?
    Generally, most local tap water will not hurt you, however, due to differences in mineral and micro-biotic levels. We recommend that you avoid consuming local tap water, as it may upset your stomach.

    TIP:
    Bottled Water is available on your Tour Bus throughout. Also, Mineral Water is included with most  Meals (as noted under “Your Trip Includes” on the website) 

    Shopping (In Jordan)

    Most stores and businesses are closed on Sundays through out Europe. Many stores in The Holy Land are also closed from sundown on Saturdays. Stores are open daily from Monday to Saturday. Some observe a “siesta” from 1pm to 4pm, re-opening until 7pm. Some malls close later in the day and are open Saturdays after sundown. Ask your tour escort for regional specialties products which the countries/cities in your itinerary are known for (i.e. Paris is known for fashion, Venice is known for hand blown glass, Santiago de Compostela for the pilgrim shell, etc.).
    Enjoy some stress-free Christmas shopping during your travels; small, light items that you can easily carry home make splendid and festive gifts. Don’t forget to buy something nice for yourself too, to take home to evoke pleasant memories of your vacation abroad.
    If you purchase a video or DVD, please check very carefully that it is compatible with your home viewing system (for USA and Canada – VHS NTSC and DVD region 1; for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific – VHS PAL and DVD region 4).
    Sales tax or VAT (value added tax) is already included on price tags; VAT refunds, if applicable, may sometimes take up to three months to process.
    Whenever traveling abroad, be aware of your personal belongings when shopping in crowded areas.

    Shopping Hours:
    Department stores are open Mon-Sat 9:00-6:30. Some shops close 12:00-2:30. Food shops open 7:00-6:30 or 7:30. Some food shops (particularly bakers) open Sunday mornings, in which case they will probably close Monday. Many shops close all day Monday or Monday afternoon. Hypermarkets are normally open until 9:00 or 10:00.

     

    Shopping (In Israel)

    The shopping hours in Israel are from 8AM to 7PM Sunday through Friday. Most shops are closed on Saturday and some remain closed on Fridays. Israel provides opportunities to the shoppers with its state of the art shopping malls along with the local market to catch up with some of the local artifacts as the souvenirs. The problem is that we really do not have much time allocated for “shopping”. In line with the difference in customs, “Bargaining / Haggling” is a common tactic utilized by Shop Owners and Purchasers throughout. If you have questions, please inquire with your Guide as they are on hand to help in any way they can.

    The shopping market is best to buy the jewelry, ceramics, embroidery, glassware items and Christian religious articles handmade olive wood statues. Enjoy Christmas shopping during your travels; small, light items that you can easily carry home make splendid gifts. Don’t forget to buy something nice for yourself too, to take home to evoke pleasant memories. Whenever traveling be aware of your personal belongings when shopping in crowded areas.

    Business Hours: Throughout the year, apart from Festivals, businesses are open at the following hours:
    Offices: Mondays to Fridays: 08:30am – 1:00pm and 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    Banks: Mondays to Fridays: 08:30am – 1:30pm and 2:45pm – 4:15pm
    Stores: Mondays to Saturday: 09:00am – 1:00pm and 4:30pm – 7:30pm

  • "What If" & Commonly Asked Questions

    WHAT IF MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED OR CANCELLED?

    Work DIRECTLY with the airlines at the airport to arrange for alternate flights or protection. Once your tickets have been issued or you have checked-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.

    TIP:
    Once the Airlines have rebooked you Text/Call your Guide so that they can be made aware of your NEW arrival time. If it is much later, they can make arrangements for a Transfer for you.

    WHAT IF I MISS THE 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. Please note:
    o You may take a taxi at your own expense to your Hotel
    o 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 to the insurance company or airlines to seek reimbursement.

    WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A LAST-MINUTE CHANGE TO MY 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.

  • Useful Links

    USEFUL TRAVEL LINKS:
    Airline Tracker: www.flightarrivals.com
    Calling Codes: www.countrycallingcodes.com
    Currency Converter: www.xe.com
    Department of Homeland Security: www.dhs.gov
    Embassies: www.usembassy.gov
    Emergency/Disaster Information: www.redcross.org
    Flight Delay Information: www.flightaware.com
    Flight Tracker: www.flightview.com
    Foreign Language Basics: www.fodors.com/language
    Frequent Flyer Programs: www.webflyer.com
    International Health Information: www.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
    Internet Access/Hotspots: www.skyroam.com
    Language Translation: translate.google.com
    Last-Minute Travel Preparation: www.paperplanesblog.com/getting-ready-for-a-trip-last-minute-travel-prep
    Passports & Visas: www.projectvisa.com
    Physical Disabilities Travel Information: www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/traveling-with-disabilties.html
    Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: step.state.gov/step
    Time Around the World: www.time.gov
    Transportation Security Administration: www.tsa.gov
    Travel Planning: www.worldtravelguide.net
    Travel Planning (Religious Sites): www.sacred-destinations.com
    Trusted Traveler www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs
    US Customs: cbp.gov
    US State Department Travel Warnings: www.travel.state.gov
    Weather Around the World: www.weather.com

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    Stone of Anointing (Stone of Unction)
    Location where Jesus was laid to be prepared for burial

    Holy Sepulchre Chapel (Edicule)
    Tshe actual Jesus Tomb, and place where Jesus was buried

  • Holy Hour at Gethsemane – Pray at one of the holiest sites in the world. In this beautiful nighttime hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, over the Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed on the night he was betrayed. A priest will lead the Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration, followed by Benediction. The prayers for Exposition and Benediction are in the Magnificat (provided for you by 206 Tours). Holy Hour at Gethsemane is reserved for groups of 10 or more, otherwise, individuals can go on their own. Holy Hour occurs at 8pm Monday through Saturday, except the first Thursday of every month when it starts at 8:30pm. Holy Hour at Gethsemane must be reserved in advance and will be available for all groups upon request.




Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Extended Constellation Protection Plan

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The "Waiver" expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

What to Know Before You Go

Information about your upcoming Pilgrimage!

Client Letters

The Proof is in the Print - see what your fellow pilgrims have to say!