Yes, you need a Passport to travel out of the country. It must be valid for minimum of 6 months after your return date. Passport Cards ARE NOT sufficient! If a Visa is required, FBE will notify you with the procedures to obtain. At this time, Israel and Greece do not require tourist Visa’s for US citizens.
Yes. You will need a power converter/adapter specific to the country of travel if you plan to take items requiring power (Computers, electric shavers, cell phone, camera). It is recommended to NOT bring electric curling irons. Hotels supply hairdryers. Faith Based Expeditions does provide ONE adapter per traveler in our travel packets. If more are needed, traveler must provide.
In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travel Guard Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.
Dress should be modest in respect to the culture in which you are visiting. Shorts may be worn but some churches and religious sites may require that shoulders and knees must be covered. It is suggested that you bring pants or skirts on bus to change in to before touring these sites. A light shirt or shawl is helpful to have on hand if wearing sleeveless tops. Your guide will advise you of days that this will occur so that you can be prepared. Jeans can certainly be worn at all sites. Head covering may be required for both men and women. A cap, scarf, or other head covering is acceptable. Most evening meals are in the hotel therefore no special attire is required for evening meals. Comfortable shoes are a must! Practical walking shoes and/or sandals and at least one pair to interchange or wear at night.
No one can totally guarantee your safety however, we do all that we can to keep our travelers safe and out of harms way. Faith Based Expeditions does business in foreign countries using only licensed, respected, reliable, and experienced destination management companies who are committed to safety and quality. We maintain ongoing personal relationships with these companies to ensure the highest quality of tour guides, private motor coaches, and accommodations. In Israel, our tours do not go into Gaza or Hebron. We do go into some parts of the West Bank, such as Bethlehem and Jericho. If there is local unrest or an occurrence that renders the safety of our travelers questionable, our local guides will eliminate that from the itinerary and see that our travelers remain safe and out of harms way. Security on planes bound for the Middle East is much more strict than domestic and even some international air travel. Please be aware when flying into and out of Middle East countries that security personnel may question each traveler separately and extensively regarding the nature of travel, who packed your bag(s), who you are traveling with, and if you know anyone in the Middle East. Additionally, luggage is x-rayed and examined. Understand that these precautions are for YOUR safety and this process requires patience and understanding.
No. However we do recommend that you are up to date on your routine vaccinations. Check with your Health Care Provider for any vaccinations that may be recommended for your particular health care.
Keep in original bottle with the prescription attached. If necessary, ask your pharmacist for small bottles with label and take only what you need with a few days extra. Bring a list of the medications with the generic equivalent, as doctors in other countries may not be familiar with brand names. Your pharmacist should be able to provide this. Keep medications in carry-on bag. Have a note from prescribing physician for controlled substances, injectable medications, and multiple medications. Those who carry insulin should keep a copy of the written prescription with the medication. All medically necessary supplies for diabetes treatment are allowed on flights and can be administered if needed. Note that any container of insulin greater than three ounces must be declared at the security checkpoint.
Our tour guides and in-country tour operators will assist in accessing proper medical care should that be required.
Some health insurance policies DO NOT cover illness or injury overseas.
Activities for this tour require you to be in good health and able to climb stairs without assistance, walk at a modest pace for a few miles a day on uneven terrain, and be able to transport your own luggage. Please note that many international sites and facilities, as well as tour buses, do not have available accommodations for persons with mobility limitations (wheelchair, walker, cane, etc.). If you have a medical condition or use medical equipment which could affect your travel, please consult your health care provider and our office.
Ground transfer is arranged by Faith Based Expeditions in coordination with our overseas offices at no cost to the traveler. The ground transfer from the airport to the group hotel and back to the airport at the completion will be provided in either Israel, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Turkey, and Egypt offices to transfer you from their airports to the group hotel and back the airline at completion of the tour. It does not matter what time you arrive or depart from any of the above mentioned countries. However, for this to be arranged, you MUST provide Faith Based Expeditions with your COMPLETE flight schedule from the USA to the country of destination.
The ground transfer to a USA domestic airport
Group fares do not allow for upgrades. If you have frequent flyer miles that your would like to use, we advise you to choose the Land Only Option and arrange your own flight with the airline of your choice. We can also provide a contact to our airline seat upgrade consolidator. You will deal directly with the consolidator to secure the upgrade.
There is no need to carry a large amount of currency with you. US Dollars are accepted in most countries, credit cards are widely accepted, and ATM’s are generally available in major cities. ATM’s will provide you with local currency at time of exchange. We recommend taking small denominations of US Dollars~$50-$100. We do not recommend Travelers Checks due to the high usage fee and difficulty in cashing. Call your credit card institution BEFORE you leave to notify them of the dates/itinerary of your overseas travel. If not notified before travel, banking institutions can place a security hold on transactions to protect the cardholder from fraudulent use.
Money can be exchanged at the airport either prior to departure or upon arrival in country. Hotels can charge a (high) fee for exchange.
Gratuities (tips) are included for all normal services during your tour as stipulated in the tour brochure conditions including bag portage, guides/driver/hoteliers/food service (service gratuity for lunches is not included unless indicated in tour program). It is customary that service providers, guides, or driver be tipped for any SPECIAL or PERSONAL service, which they may provide for you. You may, of course, at any time, give an additional gratuity to a service provider should they exceed your expectations.
Breakfast and Dinner are typically included in the cost of the tour. Lunches usually are not included in the cost and typically range $15-20 US Dollars plus gratuity. If lunch is included or if dinner is not included, this will be indicated on your particular itinerary. Hotels typically offer buffet style meals and are able to provide for vegans, vegetarians, and other special dietary requests.
Information on obtaining and renewing passports of U.S. citizens.
U.S. Department of State
Information for U.S. citizens traveling abroad
U.S. Department of State
Information regarding health issues abroad & staying healthy during travel
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“What to know before you go” regarding U. S. security measures
Transportation Security Administration
Local exchange rates and converter for specific destination currency
Time & Weather
Time conversions and weather forecast for world destinations
Check on arrivals/departures for domestic & international flights/multiple airlines