Useful tips for a great trip with aviatours

Passport / Visas:

  

Carry your passport with you at all times to avoid loss or theft in hotels. Check the expiration date of your passport. It must be valid at least up to 6 months after your return home!!!. For added protection, make two copies of the page with your photo and details. Leave one copy with family or friends, take the other one with you (not together with the passport), the copy will help you to get a new one quickly at the US embassy if lost or stolen. Most of the countries we travel to do not require a visa for visits up to 90 days, but please verify with us or with your group leader. We will provide you with information on how you can get a visa (if needed).

  

Clothing:
Casual and comfortable, but appropriate for the holy places if included in your tour. Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not permitted in most holy places. Take clothes which can be layered over each other. Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers) are your best bet. What you bring will depend a great deal on what time of year you visit. The summer months will be hot nearly everywhere, but do bring a raincoat and umbrella. Visits in the winter, fall, and spring require warm clothing and boots. Pack light. The fewer items you bring with you the more you will be able to carry home. If your tour includes a cruise, bring something more "formal" for dinner.

Weather:
The following are average temperatures for the individual countries we visit. For more details regarding current weather conditions for any of these countries, visit www.weather.com
 
Egypt Jan. - Mar. 70º F Jordan Jan. - Mar. 66º F
April - June 89º F April - June 73º F
July - Sept. 93º F July - Sept. 73º F
Oct. - Dec. 76º F Oct. - Dec. 70º F
Greece Jan. - Mar. 54º F Mexico Jan. - Mar. 76º F
April - June 74º F April - June 82º F
July - Sept. 87º F July - Sept. 83º F
Oct. - Dec. 60º F Oct. - Dec. 79º F
Israel Jan. - Mar. 48º F Spain Jan. - Mar. 58º F
April - June 69º F April - June 72º F
July - Sept. 78º F July - Sept. 89º F
Oct. - Dec. 58º F Oct. - Dec. 63º F
Italy Jan. - Mar. 52º F Turkey Jan. - Mar. 44º F
April - June 72º F April - June 64º F
July - Sept. 85º F July - Sept. 77º F
Oct. - Dec. 59º F Oct. - Dec. 50º F
70º F
Luggage:
Most group tours allow one suitcase and one carry on and there is really no need for more. Most airlines accept one piece of luggage,  cannot exceed 62 inches (length + width + height), or weigh more than 50 pounds. In addition you can have a carry-on.
Electricity:
Electrical currents vary abroad. Voltage in the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe is 220V, not 110V as in the USA. Most hotels have built in converters in the room, but please obtain (from any hardware store) a “universal electric travel adapter” before you go.
Currency / Credit Cards:
Carry cash in small bills (up to $20.00) for souvenirs, snacks, etc. Traveler’s checks and Eurocheques are a good protection and are widely accepted, as are most major credit cards. ATM’s are widely available. Traveler’s checks and currency (exchange rates vary day to day), can be changed at airports, your hotel, a local bank, and at “Change” locations throughout Europe. The majority of better restaurants, shops, hotels, theaters, etc., in Europe and Eastern Mediterranean countries accept most major cards. You will be charged in local currency, then converted to U.S. dollars and billed to you the usual way. American Express, Diner’s Club, Visa and MasterCard can also be used to obtain cash.
Phone calls:
Almost all hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any calls you make from your room. This charge can be high, especially for international calls. It is always cheaper to use local phone cards. You can purchase them in any country.
* In Israel:  uou can also rent mobile phones through our website - click here for reservations and more details.  For other countries you may rent a cellphone at the airport upon arrival.
Travel Insurance:
We recommend that you purchase travel protection plan to help you protect you and yoru travel investment agains the unexpected.  The protection plan we recommend provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For a summary of the plan details on benefits, coverages, limitations and exclusions of the insurance plan, view the Description Coverage.

U.S. Customs:
Please do not bring back with you fresh produce (fruits, etc.) as USA Agriculture Department prohibits it. Souvenirs and gifts are duty-free up to $800, as long as you have been out of the country for a least 48 hours, and you haven’t made an international trip in 30 days. Each member of the family is entitled to the same exemption regardless of age, and exemptions may be pooled. For the next $1,000 worth of goods, a flat 10% rate is assessed; above $1,400, duties vary with the merchandise.

Vaccination:
Vaccinations are not required for visitors coming from America to most countries. Check with us about a specific destination for further information.
Last but not least:
If you are part of a group. Please:
A.- Be on time. If you are late, you may miss a tour!
B.- Do not separate from the group. If you do, we will stop the tour and look for you. The whole group may lose a site or two because of the time devoted to looking for you.
C.- Ask the guide anything you want to know about the country, sites, himsel (herself), or for good advice. He/she will do their best to help you.
D.- If your group is of a religious nature, your host is your spiritual leader. He or she will guide you spiritually during this tour, so that your experience will be one you remember for a lifetime.
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