Travel Information
General Information
 

1. What are the buses like?
The deluxe touring motor coaches are air conditioned, and will accommodate approximately 45 passengers.
 
2. Are there rest rooms on the buses?
No, but sufficient stops will be made for the comfort of our passengers.

3. What are the typical rest rooms like in this region?

The answer to this question depends on your destination.
Click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible


    4. May I request a special diet?
    We will try to satisfy requests for special diets if furnished in writing at least 60 days prior to the departure. However, it should be understood that the dietary requirements of passengers suffering from disabilities or health problems, as well as children, are the responsibility of that passenger's escort(s).


    5. How much money should I bring?
    Most everything has been included in your tour cost with the exception of lunches, shopping, optional tours (where applicable).
    A love offering will be collected for drivers. The suggested amount depends on your destination.
    Click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible 

    6. What type of currency is used?
    The answer to this question depends on your destination.

    Click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible

    7. Should I exchange some money before departure?
    The answer to this question depends on your destination.
    Check www.weatherbase.com or click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible

    8. Will the company, or hotel provide money exchanging services?
    All exchanges will need to take place in the airport (please do this in the US so you do not delay the group upon arrival overseas) or at an overseas bank. US dollars may be exchanges on board ship and at most hotels; however, a higher fee will be charged for doing so.

    9. Will ATM machines be available?

    ATMs are available at local banks. The money you receive will be in the local currency.

    10. What about travelers checks and credit cards?
    We do not recommend the use of travelers checks as you may experience difficulty using and/or cashing them. In addition, banks usually charge a significant handling fee when cashing travelers checks. Credit cards are recommended for larger purchases. Visa and Mastercard are much more prevalent than Discover and American Express.

    11. Will US currency be accepted for extra expenses?

    The answer to this question depends on your destination.
    Click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible

    12. Will I be able to shop while during the program?
    Time will be allotted for shopping. While some will feel that too much time is spent for shopping, others will think it is not enough. Remember that ours is not a shopping tour. Also, any purchases made are at your own risk. We are not responsible for your dissatisfaction with any items purchased. Teachers are not authorized by JCBS to recommend any store or shop.

    13. What is "VAT" or Value Added Tax?
    VAT (Value Added Tax) is a sales tax that is charged for most goods. This amount is part of the price - not added on at the cash register. VAT can run as high as 20%. It is possible for you to claim back most of this tax. The best way to do this is to see if the retailer you are buying from is affiliated with “Tax Free” shopping. If so, they will give you the instructions for your refund. Generally, all you have to do is collect a completed form from the store which lists your purchases. You MUST have the form stamped by customs when you leave the country. Look for the TAX FREE SHOPPING symbol.
    Note: Specific procedures may vary by country, so look for forms and instructions at stores or the airport. JCBS is not responsible for refunding you any VAT that is not claimed overseas prior to your return to the US. In addition, VAT cannot be recovered once you have returned home.

    14. What are the US Customs Regulations?

    A returning US resident is allowed $800 in purchases duty free. Gifts may be mailed to the US duty free, but are limited to $50 per person/per day.

    15. What about "love offering" for our guides and drivers?
    The answer to this question depends on your destination.
    Click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible 

    16. What about other "tips"?
    Prepaid gratuities have been collected for the following staffpersons: hotel dining room staff, hotel bell man/porters, hotel housekeeping. You will not need to tip for standard services as all tips will be distributed to these staffpersons by JCBS. If, however, you request any special services from the staff, additional gratuities is expected.
    Click here for additional information if you will be visiting:
    Journeys of Paul Chartered Cruises

    17. What will the weather be like?
    The answer to this question depends on your destination.
    Check www.weatherbase.com or click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible 

    18. What type of clothes should I bring?
    The answer to this question depends on your destination.
    (For all destinations, comfortable shoes are a must!)
    Click here if you will be visiting:
  • Greece via land 
  • Israel, Jordan or Egypt 
  • Turkey via land 
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible

    19. Should I bring my prescription medicines?
    Bring your medicine in the original bottle. Also bring a copy of the generic names for each. If you have medications which need to be refrigerated, you must inform our office at least 90 days prior to departure so we can make the appropriate arrangements with the airlines, hotels and cruise line. An ID bracelet or a note from your doctor regarding any special treatments you are receiving will prove invaluable in the event of an emergency. Always carry medication that is needed on a daily basis in your carry-on.

    20. I have limited mobility. What special facilities are available?
    Due to the lack of handicapped accessible facilities, persons needing wheelchairs or ambulatory assistance will find travel on this program quite difficult and many sites will be inaccessible.
    Click here for additional information if you will be visiting:
  • Chartered Cruises: Journeys of Paul and Land of the Bible

    Please Note: Due to liability, JCBS staffmembers are not allowed to assist passengers who are using wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

    21. What about travel protection coverage?
    If you have purchased the travel protection plan listed on the brochure, medical and trip cancellation coverage, etc., is provided. It is important to remember, however, that all medical bills and other services must be paid for at the time service is rendered. Upon your return to the US, a claim will then need to be filed directly with the insurance provider (not with JCBS). Please review the protection plan that has been included in your pre-program literature.

    22. What if I lose something on the program?
    Leave valuables, including items of sentimental value, at home! Put your name, address, departure date and bus color on all belongings so that any recovered items will be returned as quickly as possible. Shipping costs will be your responsibility. We suggest you make a list of all the items you take along with their perceived value. Doublecheck before you leave the hotel, bus, airplane, etc. JCBS cannot assume responsibility for lost items.

    23. What about pre-paid phone cards?
    If you decide to purchase cards here or overseas, you will need a card or access for each country. (Make sure your prepaid card is for international use.) If you have a cell phone you can check with your local provider for international service.

    24. Have any lectures or religious services been planned?

    Refer to your specific brochure for this information; your group leader may have scheduled lectures and or religious services. 
    Important tip: during your visit to local churches, you may have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of a loved one or as a symbol of a special request. It is appropriate to make a small contribution to the church when doing so.

    25. Is there any free time during the course?
    This varies as each course is different. Please refer to your brochure for this information.

    26. Any last minute items I shouldn't forget?
    Study guide, Bible, sunglasses, a sun hat, sunscreen, camera (and extra film/memory stick and batteries) and sundry toiletry items are musts. You may wish to bring a calculator for exchange rates while shopping. Passengers bringing video cameras are advised that museums and archeological sites frequently charge a fee for their use. In the event of inclement weather, bring a light waterproof jacket or an umbrella. If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you should bring an extra pair "just in case".

    27. Any other tips?
    Yes...
    1) be on time for the bus and be prepared to rotate seats on bus
    2) settle personal charges the night before checking out of the hotel and/or disembarking the ship
    3) notify your group leader if you will not be on the bus for sightseeing
    4) no smoking allowed in dining room, on bus, or in lecture hall
    5) remember you are a guest in another country...
    be gracious... expect that customs and food will be different than at home.