We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.
Should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact the emergency number located in your Final Instruction Booklet. Your customized Final Instruction booklet will be provided in your final document package approximately 3 weeks prior to departure.
We pray that your pilgrimage will meet and exceed all of your expectations.
Please share with us your positive and constructive feedback upon your return!
How to Prepare for Your Pilgrimage:
Thank you for your desire and readiness to visit these places of grace and prayer. May the Almighty God reward you for all the efforts you undertake to come! we would like your trip 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. We do not include much free time for recreation, such as shopping. This is because our desire is to offer you the most comprehensive pilgrimage possible. However, all tours/activities are optional, and 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 (of course, no refund can be issued for any aspects of the tour which you choose not to participate in). It is also important to note that the amount of walking is significant, and the terrain varies greatly throughout our tours. You will encounter hills, unpaved streets, cobblestone streets, etc. Please prayerfully consider whether or not you are up to such physical activities prior to registering. For this reason, we would like to offer you some recommendations, and we ask you sincerely to read them carefully. before your pilgrimage, one should begin preparing physically as well as spiritually.
1. If not accustomed to physical activity begin walking "briskly" 1-2 times a day; build up to 2-3 miles with no
2. If possible attend daily Mass or attempt to spend quiet time in church during lunch or after work.
3. Pray for Jesus and His Blessed Mother to open your heart and mind to be responsive to new perspectives, ideas,
their words laid on your heart, etc.
4. Begin praying the rosary daily ( Learn How to Pray the Rosary ) or at least the Apostle's Creed, Our Father's,
Hail Mary's & Glory Be's; this takes about 5-7 minutes.
New Security Procedures:
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.
Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
• Infant and child nourishments
Inbound International Flights:
You may carry duty free liquids in secure, tamper–evident bags, more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml in your carry-on bag if:
• The duty free liquids were purchased internationally and you are traveling to the United States with a connecting flight.
• The liquids are packed in a transparent, secure, tamper-evident bag by the retailer and do not show signs of tampering when presented to TSA for screening.
• The original receipt for the liquids is present and the purchase was made within 48 hours.
*Liquids more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml not in a secure, tamper-evident bag must be packed in checked baggage.
General Info About Your Documents, Flights, Arrival & Travel:
206 Tours will ship your final documents to the address provided on your reservation application approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your scheduled departure date. The package will be delivered by FedEx. Your final documents will include your airline schedule hotel confirmations, emergency contacts, general trip information, luggage tags, portfolio of travel documents, flight bag, and more. Carefully review to ensure that your name on the tickets are an exact match to that of your passport. Please note that the name field on your tickets is only 19 characters long, therefore names exceeding this length will be cut off (this is not a problem, as your actual reservation contains your full name). Please also carefully review the itinerary provided to ensure that all departure and destination cities, as well as dates, are correct. Please contact 206 Tours immediately should any discrepancies be found.
* Please note that late payment/bookings can cause delay in the shipment of your final documents.
We recommend that you check in for your international flight three hours prior to the scheduled departure time. Passengers must personally check their luggage at the airline counter. Please advise the airline representative of your final destination upon check in so that you will not need to claim your baggage and recheck it during flight connections. Please note that our pilgrims travel from across the world. You may be traveling independently for all flights until your arrival at your final destination.
206 Tours books airline reservations based on the routings provided to us by the airlines, including connection time, cities for connections, and partner carriers. Airlines determine the standard for the required minimum connecting time to transfer from one gate to another for each specific airport. At times, the connection times provided by the airlines are quite tight (i.e. 45 minutes) and require passengers to make haste during their connections. At times the airline connection times are quite long. While we wish we could determine the connection times for each of our clients, we are subject to the rules, regulations, and availability of the carriers we work with. We also ensure that all reservations correspond so that each participant is able to meet the group transfer to/from the airport to hotel and hotel to airport. We promise to do all in our power to provide you with the most convenient flight schedule available to us at the time of your booking, however, we must still follow all appropriate airline regulations.
airlines now require that we provide e-tickets in place of paper tickets. At check-in, you should be ready to provide your flight itinerary and passport to the agent. Please note that boarding passes, must be present in order to check in, and or board the plane.
Many airlines participate in agreements/alliances with other airlines which permit passengers to travel from one point to another using more than one carrier. While your ticket may indicate that you are flying with one carrier (eg: Air France), you may find that you are actually seated in a plane belonging to another carrier (eg: Delta). Please review your airline itinerary carefully to determine which airline you should go to for check-in; if your flight is operated by a carrier other than the primary airline indicated on the itinerary, your itinerary will state "Flight Operated by (Airline)." You should check-in for your flight with the agent the plane is "operated by." If you have any concerns regarding which airline to check-in with, you may contact the airline directly or 206 Tours for clarification.
Airline Mileage Accounts:
Please contact the airline directly to open a mileage account and to obtain credit for the miles flown on this trip. Please be sure to save all boarding pass stubs from your trip as you may need them for proof of travel when obtaining milage credit upon your return.
No inoculations are necessary Although the water in Israel is completely safe in order to prevent "Montezuma's Revenge", avoid the tap water, including ice cubes. Your stomach may still become upset due to the change in diet. Bring anti-diarrhea medicine just in case. For the latest overseas travel health information, call the Center for Disease Control's travelers' hotline at 1-800-232-4636. Or visit their web site at www.cdc.gov.
US State Department Travel Advisories: For up to date US State Department travel advisories you may visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel
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).
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.
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!
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 arrive until 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.
Your pilgrimage includes one (1) piece of checked luggage, and one (1) carry-on. International air carriers are becoming stricter about the size and weight of baggage and carry-on luggage. please limit the size of your hand luggage to 17x14x8 in. (43x36x20 cm) for easy storage on the motor coach. Porterage for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price. The checked piece of luggage should have dimensions not exceeding 62 inches in overall (62inches: length+width+height) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23 kg).
Carry all documents and money on your person but not all in the same place to limit the inconvenience in case of loss; do not keep money, important documents, medicines or jewelry in your suitcase; We recommend a money belt worn inside your clothes, while touring. On departure from your hotel, remember to double check that you have your money belt with you, and that you have collected any items left in the hotel safe. Please, at all times, be as vigilant as you would be in any major city, especially in crowded places. Never leave your hand luggage unattended or out of sight in public areas, including airports, hotel lobbies or dining rooms.
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. passport, traveler’s checks, and credit cards, in your luggage, together with photocopies of relevant pages of your passport/visas. Keep a separate copy i.e. passport, flight schedule, credit cards, in your luggage, The same common-sense rules of safety and security apply here as to anywhere else. Avoid excessive displays of jewelry or cash (only carry sufficient for daily needs). Room Safes may be used at your own discretion. Make certain that any valuables are insured against theft. Avoid exploration on your own of unfamiliar streets or areas Be cautious if people approach you begging.
The more secure your personal items are, the better! TSA suggests you lock your luggage before you embark, and when you are flying home. In order to ensure the safe transportation of travelers, TSA screens all checked, and carry-on, baggage before it is permitted to be brought onboard. You can purchase locks for your bags, however, if they are “screened”, you run the risk of them being cut open and no longer usable. However, there are TSA Recognized Locks – which allow TSA officials to use tools for opening and re-locking your baggage. Below are recommended brands:
How to Overcome Jet Lag:
Rapid travel through multiple time zones can 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 the flight/arrival:
Get out of bed earlier than usual. Drink a lot of water to compensate for the dehydration that is common on long flights. Shortly after your evening meal on your flight, set your watch ahead to actual time. Try to rest or sleep as soon as possible on your eastbound flight. When you arrive try to keep active, and go to bed around 10:00 PM local time.
Please note that traveler's insurance is recommended for all 206 Tours pilgrims. Be advised that traveler's insurance cannot be purchased after you have paid in full for your trip. For those who have purchased Travelers Insurance For more information you can also visit www.206tours.com/insurance.
Transportation is by private motor coach:
During travel days with extensive driving the coach will stop for bathroom/stretch (approximately every 2 to 3 hours) breaks.
Money / Currency Exchange $$:
Most banks in Israel are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm, and a few are open Sunday; ask at your guide for the location of the one nearest you. USD dollars can be used throughout your trip, make sure to bring lots of $1, $5, $10 bills. Currency exchanges are also at most airports and along most of the major boulevards. They charge a small commission. Make sure to bring along a credit card for convenience and security.
Credit cards offer a reasonable exchange rate and can be cancelled should it be lost. Visa or MasterCard are the best option and accepted in many stores. It is also practical and cost effective to withdraw local currency using your ATM/Debit card during your trip. ATMs are very similar to those in USA. Most offer English as a language option. It is recommended that you contact your local bank and credit card companies before departing on your trip to advise them of your itinerary. We recommend that you refrain from exchanging money at hotel as the fees are high.
The basic unit of currency is the Israeli Shekel (ILS). Fluctuating exchange rate stands now approximately at one 1 US Dollar = 3.73450 Israeli Shekel. For up to date currency exchange rates please visit www.xe.com. It is hardly necessary to change currency during your Holy Land journey as most shops will take US dollar.
Value Added Tax (VAT):
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.
The Holy Land operate on a 24 hour clock. This means that 6:00 pm is 18:00, etc.
*Regarding the Sabbath in Israel – below please find some basic information about the Sabbath:
• The Sabbath starts at sundown on Friday and ends on sundown Saturday.
• During the Sabbath, religious Jews are not permitted to work (stores are closed, as well as public transportation, they can’t handle money, or use phones (except for an emergency). They are also not permitted to create a fire (if a fire is lit prior to the Sabbath it is permitted to be used – such as a stove, oven and heating) – in modern times this has been expanded to using electricity and driving a car (same as a before, if an electrical item was turned on prior to the Sabbath it can 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 their rooms before the Sabbath commences. ( Not all the hotels in Israel are Sabbath Observant.)
• Hotel elevator: during the Sabbath, the elevator is set to automatic and will simply run the entire Sabbath and open and close on every floor – allowing anyone to use it but they cannot control it.
• Additionally, being Sabbath Observant does not apply to anyone who is not Jewish, therefore you may be able to make adjustments to electrical or heating items.
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 $126 per person and place in tip envelopes (included in your final documents package) as follows:
$10 per person per day x 9 = $90
$4 per person per day x 9 = $36
Spiritual Director/ Your Priest: Gift or donation to the Spiritual
Director is at your own discretion.
Restaurants, hotel staff, luggage handler and bell boy tips are
included in your package price. No additional tips need to be given.
Hotels / Accommodations:
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.
Adapters, Converters, and Electricity:
Israel's domestic electricity system is setup to support the following:
Voltage of 230 volts single phase - which is similar to most of European countries.
Frequency of 50 Hertz - also as in most of Europe
So if you are coming from the United States or from any country that supports 110 volts, you may also need a converter to 220/230 volts. Most modern devices such as mobile phones and laptops have a built-in converter. But if you have a 110 device, you do need an all-in-one converter and adaptor.
Adapters we recommend:
The traditional power socket in Israel uses plug type H. Plug type H is unique to Israel and the West Bank.
As you can see to your left, this H plug is grounded and has three round pins. The H socket has three roundish pin holes to accept the H plug.
So where do you buy this unique power adaptor outside of Israel? The good news is that the newer versions of the 'H' socket from the past two decades can also support the standard double-pin, European C type plugs. Not always because the older sockets or some odd ones still don't.
In most of the newer hotels, or the newly renovated ones, you will probably also find European C type sockets. These C type sockets are common in most of Europe, South America and parts of Asia. The socket in the bathroom for shavers will most likely not be grounded so there shouldn't be a problem with your 2 pin, C plug. And even if there is a 3 pin, grounded C socket in the room, it should be able to accept your 2 pin C plug. These should definitely support your laptops, travelling irons, blow-dryers, mobile devices and your other smaller appliances. Note that travellers from the United States and the United Kingdom will need adaptors that can support C and/or H sockets and plugs such as this Universal Adaptor for Israel.
The telephone country code for Israel is +972 (from US 011 + 972 followed by the city code and telephone number)
bring your cellular phone, but make sure to contact your wireless phone provider and inform them, that you will be traveling out of the country (giving them destinations). Most have an "international plan" if not get one for the trip. This will allow you to make calls to the United States while you are out of the country using your wireless phone.
Public phones are not as accessible as they used to be Finding a coin-operated telephone in Israel is an arduous task. A simpler and more widely accepted method of payment is the télécarte, a prepaid calling card available at kiosks, post offices, and Métro stations and costing 7.50 Israeli New Shekel (ILS) - 15 Israeli New Shekel (ILS) ($9.75-$20) for 50 and 120 units, respectively. A local call costs one unit, which provides you 6 to 18 minutes of conversation, depending on the rate.
Avoid making calls from your hotel, which might double or triple the charges. To make a direct international call, first dial 00, listen for the tone, and then slowly dial the country code, the area code, and the local number. The country code for the U.S. and Canada is 1.
If you are bringing a digital camera, make sure to bring extra batteries or charger Photography is not allowed in some churches, museums and in some security-conscious facilities.
A Magnificat book has been provided to you for daily prayer and reflection. Please note you can now download the Magnificat App to your smartphone. However it will require international data consumption so make sure you have an international data plan prior to departure with your provider. This will be at your additional cost with your mobile provider.
Israel 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; rubber-soled walking shoes are recommended. Many streets are narrow, and due to strict traffic regulations, the buses are not permitted. Please be prepared to walk.
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 those vehicles with a meter and a taxi sign.
A different way of life in some countries on tour may take you by surprise, but if you travel with an open mind and respect local customs and culture, you should find it easier 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 a more 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 wary of people presenting themselves as “instant friends”.
The usual 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 magnificent 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” Israel offers a wide choice of shopping to the shoppers with an array of shops especially at the Arab markets where one can hit a bargain. Tourists buying leather goods from the shops enlisted to the Ministry of Tourism and are paying in foreign currency gets an exemption from VAT (see VAT notes) and can also enjoy a discount. The Israeli market is best to buy the jewellery, diamonds and other precious stones along with ceramics, embroidery, glassware items and Christian religious articles handmade olive wood statues. 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). Whenever traveling abroad, be aware of your personal belongings when shopping in crowded areas.
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.
An ideal program for frequent travelers
Traveling International – Register with US State Department
Enroll with The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - https://step.state.gov/step. It is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll
their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
For 24 Hour Consular Emergency Line: U.S. 1.888.407.4747 / Outside the U.S. 1.202.501.4444
Meals / Food:
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included throughout your stay! You will love your meals in Israel. Breakfasts and dinners are buffet style with array of delicious and healthy Mediterranean and Continental cuisine.
Wine and mineral water is included with your dinners.
Due to differences in mineral and micro-biotic levels, we recommend that you avoid consuming local tap water (including ice), as it may upset your stomach.
Israel has a Mediterranean climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters.
January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 42 Fahrenheit to 52, and August is the hottest month at 68 to 100 Fahrenheit. About 70 percent of the average rainfall in the country falls between November and March; June through August are often rainless.
Layered, easy care, loose-fitting clothing, Light-weights for summer. Medium-weights for winter Not in Israel.
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.
The official language of Israel is Hebrew and Arabic. English is widely spoken, and many signs appear in English too.
All foreign (non-Israeli) nationals need a passport to enter Israel. For an up-to-date country-by-country listing of passport requirements around the world, go to the "Foreign Entry Requirements" page of the U.S. State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
*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.
A visa is not needed for US citizens to enter Israel.
Embassy in Israel:
Americans living or traveling in Israel(Holyland) are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's Travel Registration web site https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ , and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in cases of emergency.
U.S. Embassy, Israel
71 Hayarkon Street
U.S. Embassy, Israel
27 Nablus Rd.
Telephone: (972) (0) 2-622-7216
Fax: (972) (0) 2-627-2233
Emergency Telephone Numbers in Israel (Holyland):
Emergency Police: 100
Fire Service: 102
For Additional Information About Your Destination:
Please visit the official tourism website as follows: http://www.goisrael.com/tourism_eng
US Offices for Israel: Washington Dc: 3514 International Dr. N.W. Washington DC 20008
~ Tel. (202) 364-5500 email@example.com
Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi):
206 Tours pilgrims enjoy FREE wireless internet access on all coaches in Israel.
If you bring you laptop of Ipad feel free to use it while on bus. Although all hotels do offer wireless internet some do charge fee of $15- $20 per day.
What To Pack / Clothing:
We recommend layered, easy care, loose-fitting, conservative 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.
On the plane you will want to wear loose-fitting clothes and pack a pair of slippers to wear for the flight, as well as a lightweight jacket. Make sure your shoes are lace-up, as your feet may swell a little.
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.
We 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.
Here's a packing list filled with our suggestions:
* 10 short sleeved shirts (6 in winter)
* 3 pairs of jeans/pants
* 1 -2 pair of long shorts (1 in winter)
* 3 long sleeved shirts (7 in winter)
* 3 sweaters or sweatshirts
* 1-3 skirt (women - Long, below the knee skirts or pants) / nice khakis (men)
* 1-2 nicer blouse or shirt
* 1 mid weight jacket or sweatshirt w/hood
* Winter: 1 heavy jacket, hat, scarf, gloves (carry on plane)
* 1 bathing suits
* 9 pairs of underwear
* 9 pairs of socks
* 1 pair of water/shower shoes
* 1 pair of hiking boots (and/or rain shoes)
* 1 pair of sneakers
* 1 pair of nice shoes
* 1 towel
* 1 hat or scarf
* 1 wristwatch
* Passport* must be valid 6 months after return date (no visa for: US, Australia, Canada, European Union)
* All medicines (including copies of prescriptions)
* Prescription glasses/contact lens supplies
* Cash/ ATM Card/Credit Card
* Adapter for electrical appliances
* Bible/ Books/reading material
* Camera, charger/batteries
* Journal/address book
* Mini flashlight or penlight
* Inflatable head & neck rest, eye mask, foam earplugs (for flight
* Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
* Toiletries (Soap-small bar travel size, Shampoo-travel size or put some in a small container (don't carrybig bottle!) , Toothbrush & Toothpaste-travel size, Deodorant-travel size, Chap stick, Comb/Brush , Aspirin/Advil, Etc. Feminine protection, Laxative/Imodium, several band-aids, Dramamine or Bonine - if subject to motion sickness, Pepto Bismol- tablets, Sominex, Allergy/cold medicine; tablets (put medicines in a ziplock sandwich bag)
* if you don't have a cell phone, Iphone, Blackberry- bring an alarm clock
* Umbrella/rain coat (November thr March)
* Waist pack/day pack
A good hint: If you can't lift it yourself, then you've got too much stuff in your bag. Remember -- it will only get heavier once you buy gifts and souvenirs! Note that it is unlikely you will be able to do laundry while on the trip. Also, although luggage handling is included you will be responsible for packing and moving your bags within room and repacking, between luggage belt at the airports and customs. And if you forget anything, don't panic. You can purchase whatever you might need in Israel!Some people find that taking themselves off caffeine and taking compounds high in anti-oxidants to be helpful in combating jet lag. You can also take Jet-stress or Cell Guard which are herbal complexes designed to combat jet lag. Ginger can be helpful in motion sickness. Melatonin helps to allow you to sleep on the plane. These items can be found at most health food stores.
Booklets for Holy Land Votive Masses
Votive Masses are celebrated in the Holy Land – where you celebrate the Mass that aligns with what took place at the site of the Church you in that day.www.206tours.com/votive-masses
Want to spend the night locked inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre? It is possible!
Here are some rules:
+ With special permission, limited numbers of pilgrims ( 7 - 15 pilgrims) are allowed to stay inside the basilica for the night.
+ If confirmed, you may enter Holy Sepulchre and spend the night when it is closed to public.
doors close: 7PM (8:30PM September and March), doors open at 4AM (or 5AM).
+ Booking an overnight stay in the Basilica has to be done in person at Latin sacristy of the Basilica.
+ No one, except for the Franciscan Friars of the Basilica, is authorized to accept bookings. Bookings are only confirmed withing 7 days of overnight.
+ Pilgrims who stay overnight must be present in the entrance of the Basilica 15 minutes prior to closing.
+ Once the Basilica closes, there is no way of getting out, not even if one feels sick.
+ During winter months, the Basilica is very cold. One is advised to bring warm clothing. Toilets are available for pilgrims in the small courtyard close to the “Arches of the Virgin”.
+ The purpose of overnight is to pray.
+ No eating and drinking are allowed in the Basilica.
+ It is prohibited to bring sleeping bags
+ Staying overnight entails fatigue and discomfort. Be ready to endure
+ Praying in the Holy Tomb is allowed from closing time until the beginning of official prayers of the Greek Orthodox at 11.30 pm (11pm on Saturday nights). After that
moment no Catholics are allowed in the Tomb.
Pilgrims can continue praying on Calvary
or at the Latin area of the Basilica (St. Mary Magdalen Chapel). Pilgrims can also enter the Blessed Sacrament Chapel during the Divine Office of the Franciscans (between
11.30 pm and 00.30 am).
+ One is not to disturb friars in their prayers or the other
Orthodox communities during their Divine Liturgies.
+ The friars cannot offer breviaries to pilgrims.
They only have limited quantities of breviaries in Latin for their own use.
+ Elderly and fragile persons should remember that, staying overnight is not beneficial to their health.
+ The Franciscan friars of the Basilica, 206 Tours do not take any responsibility or liability for any kind of mishap or accident that pilgrims might incur when they stay overnight. Pilgrims stay overnight in the Basilica at their own risk.
The rules are set by the Franciscan Superior of the Holy Sepulchre.
What If...& Frequently Asked Questions:
What should I do if I lose my flight schedule?
contact 206 Tours We will fax or email a copy of your airline schedule.
What should I do if my flight is cancelled or delayed?
Ask airline representative to assist you. In such case, remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so be persistent. However, it is important to remember that it is not the airline agents fault, so try your best to remain courteous to them, as you may find that you receive more assistance this way. Please be advise that the airlines are not required to offer reimbursement for personal expense or overnights when delays/cancellations occur due to weather. We recommend the purchase of Traveler's Insurance for this reason (www.206tours.com/insurance). However, if you find that you have no luck with the airline personnel, please contact 206 Tours and we shall do all in our power to rebook/ assist you.
What should I do if I miss my flight due to my late arrival, your plane arrives late, or you are re-routed?
If you should miss your flight, due to your own late arrival at your departure airport, work DIRECTLY with the airlines at the airport to arrange for alternate flights. You may incur additional costs. Please note that you should contact 206 Tours once your alternate arrangements have been made so that we may arrange your transfer.
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 your separate private transfer, which you may submit a claim to the airlines for reimbursement upon your return to the USA. If you arrive in one of the previously mentioned destinations, and 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 take a taxi directly to your hotel remember to save your receipts. We strongly recommend the purchase of Traveler's Insurance for this reason (www.206tours.com/insurance) which will cover all expenses.
What happens if I have a problem or complaint during my trip?
If you have any problems, concerns, or complaints during your trip, please communicate them IMMEDIATELY to your tour escort. Your tour guide is at your disposal to assist you with all your needs including issues with your hotel room, meals, etc. Remember, there is very little that can be done to undo a problem once you have returned homeif the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction by your tour escort, then please contact our office.
What should I do if I want to change my flights?
We promise to do all within our power to assist you with new flight requests or upgrades. Please feel free to contact us but do be prepared to incur some additional fees.
For your safety while on Pilgrimage:
During your time in the Holy Land, please stay with your Guide (and your Group) throughout the full duration of your tour.
Your guide will advise you when you have “Free Time” on your own. Always inquire with your Guide first, about any sites you would like to revisit, or where is the best place to shop when looking for a particular item. They will advise you of the best way to get to both.
While on your own, please maintain a heightened level of awareness (where you are, how you got there, the people around you etc.) Stay away from areas with significant presence of security, and avoid areas with large gatherings or demonstrations. Stay away from neighborhoods that have restricted access. If you are advised by a Security, Military, or an Emergency Official – please listen to them and do what they say.
For additional safety, see US Department of State recommends from U.S. citizens visiting:
For more on our general terms and conditions visit www.206tours.com/terms
Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication of the tour, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.
We will have daily Mass and strive to be in places as indicated. However, sometimes this is not possible as the site may not be available for Mass or itinerary changes are forced upon us. In this case an alternative site for Mass will be arranged.
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|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
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