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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Important Phone Information:

Using a phone card or an AT&T credit card is usually the cheapest way to call home. However, calling from a hotel room usually means an added surcharge by the hotel that can get expensive. Phone cards can be purchased in Israel for between $10-$20 and we recommend using them to avoid high rates at the hotel. If you plan to use your own calling card, please call them to get detailed instructions on how to use their card in Israel. As stated above cell phone rentals are also available. 

 

2. How can people contact me or be contacted in the case of an emergency?

Prior to departing the United States you will be provided with a list of phone numbers where you can be reached in Israel. Please give these numbers to the appropriate family or friends that might need to contact you. There are also many internet cafes in Israel and in some of the hotels where you can access your private email accounts. For those who desire we can provide information on renting a cell phone while you are in Israel for those who want to have more direct access for family and friends.
 

3. What if I get sick while I am in Israel?

Israel is a modern country and has some of the finest medical facilities in the world.   The water and food will be different and this could upset your stomach. It would be wise to bring some antacids and other stomach medication. Your family doctor can prescribe a general daily antibiotic to ward off some problems if you so desire. Just tell them you will be traveling abroad and they will know what to prescribe. Bottled water will be readily available as well.   It would be wise to make your tour host or someone else on the tour aware of any medication's you are taking, or special medical needs that you might have. 

 

4. Is it safe to drink the water?  

 YES.

 

5. Should I purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance?  

Most NCT tours already come with enough travel insurance to cover the cost of your tour including domestic connection flights. The coverage provided with each tour is as follows.

Coverage:

Trip Cancellation & Interruption............................................Trip Cost

Trip Delay ($150.00 max/day...............................................$750.00

Accident and Sickness Medical Expense.............................$10,000.00

Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains..........$100,000.00

Baggage and Personal Effects.............................................$1000.00

Baggage Delay....................................................................$200.00

Travel Guard Assist..............................................................Included

Live Travel..........................................................................Included

Optional Additional Medical $25.000.00 can be added.

(Please note that some tour leaders may opt not to have the insurance included. Please refer to the tour brochure to see if you tour includes the above coverage)

 

6. Do I need any shots or vaccinations to go on this tour?  

NO.

 

7. How will I get to know other people on my tour?  

Along with your luggage tags, you will also receive a personal name badge. It is very important that you wear this nametag. Even if you are traveling in a group in which you already know most of the passengers it is still important to wear it. It is helpful for you to be clearly identified as being part of a group when going through customs as well as in stores that will be offering special group discounts to identifiable group members. Wearing your name tag will also help your Israeli tour guide and driver learn your names. 

 

8. How and What should I pack?

 

9. What should I wear?

 

12. How should I physically prepare for my tour?

Your tour of Israel is going to be a wonderful experience. However, it will require quite a bit of walking and traversing of stairs. We suggest that you begin a daily walking routine at least two months prior to your trip. We recommend that you work up to about 2 miles a day. Of course you should consult your doctor first if you have any health issues of concern. Passengers in need of wheel chairs or walkers should consult with the tour host of each tour regarding the physical expectations of the tour. 

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