'Baksheesh' and Tipping: Throughout the Middle East, tipping is part of the fabric of life. The local word is 'baksheesh', which when translated into English falls somewhere in between 'tip' and 'bribe'. Everyone constantly tips everyone else, and foreign travelers are expected to comply with this system. It is part of everyday life and is a form of remuneration for doing something, regardless of the standard of service. This is quite confusing for those used to the Western concept of tipping as a way of showing appreciation. Over the years, we have found that most of our customers find this constant need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if you don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a very successful tipping kitty system. At the beginning of the tour, your tour leader will suggest collecting a set amount from each tour member. He/she will then distribute all tips along the way, on behalf of the group, to the local guides, drivers, porters, and anyone else who provides services. We have surveyed thousands of our previous clients and the vast majority clearly prefer this procedure. We hope that this system will also work for you. The amount will vary from trip to trip, but it usually works out to be about the equivalent of US$3 per person per day. If you are out on your own, for example at a restaurant, you should also leave a tip for the waiter.
Your Jordanian tour leader is not allowed to travel into Israel just as your Israeli leader is not allowed into Jordan. You will need to purchase a bus ticket and pay for the pieces of luggage you are carrying, and then pay the exit tax (approx. US$6 per person), before boarding the JETT bus or taxi to cross the bridge. The bus will drop you off at the Israeli entry point. Proceed through Israeli immigration. After completing formalities, you will receive an entry stamp. Although this stamp does not present a problem when entering Jordan or Egypt, if you wish to visit Syria, Lebanon, or any Arab country which has not signed a peace treaty with Israel, you should explicitly request that your tourist visa be stamped on "Form 17 L" instead of your passport. This will ensure that you will gain all the benefits of holding a tourist status while in Israel. Likewise, you should ask the Jordanian authorities to stamp your exit and entry from any crossing point connecting Jordan with the occupied West Bank or Israel on a separate sheet of paper.
When you have finished at the Israeli entry point, you will be met by your driver and guide outside the immigration point near the taxi stand. Please keep an eye out for a sign for your group. Allow up to three hours for crossing the actual border. If you are to return to Jordan after Israel you must have a valid Jordanian visa; you cannot obtain this at the Allenby Bridge border. You will also be required to pay an exit fee of approx. US$38, which is paid on the Israeli side of the border. A bus ticket does not exceed US$3.
There is a departure tax of JD5 (approx. US$8) for all clients departing Jordan overland (e.g., road to Syria or ferry to Egypt), and this must be paid in Jordanian Dinars.
Please note that exit taxes, visa fees, and bus/luggage tickets are not included in the package and are not refunded by JOURNEYS, Peregrine, or any of its agents.
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Trip Terms & Conditions
For this trip, JOURNEYS International, Inc. is acting as an agent for Peregrine Adventures, which is the principal supplier of travel services for this tour and is an independent contractor.
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all Peregrine travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. Peregrine also recommends it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested by Peregrine's employees or suppliers. Peregrine reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activites that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement or your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
For all trips where JOURNEYS represents Peregrine Adventures, please note that the hotels are of moderate standing. This means that they are usually three-star hotels without any "frills." All hotels have private facilities, but not the boutique-style facilities that we use for many of our other trips.
Included in costs: Meals as noted in (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.
Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.
Deposit and payment schedule: $700 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule is described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request this if you do not have it before advancing a deposit.
Cancellation Policy: As JOURNEYS is acting as an agent for Peregrine Adventures, their cancellation policy, and not that of JOURNEYS, applies to this trip. Cancellation more than 56 days before departure will result in a loss of deposit. Cancellation between 56 and 30 days will result in a loss of 50% of land cost. Cancellations within 30 days of departure will result in a loss of 100% of the land cost, as well as any applicable airline penalties.
If you do not pay the balance of your total booking cost within 60 days of departure your booking may be terminated and you will lose your deposit. Additional cancellation penalties may apply. No refunds will be made if you leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.
Force Majeure: We will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancellation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Peregrine and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.
Insurance: TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH PROTECTION FOR AT LEAST $75,000 EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATION PLUS $75,000 MEDICAL EXPENSES IS MANDATORY FOR THIS TRIP. Adequate coverage for death, repatriation and curtailment is also required. You will be asked to show proof of coverage upon your arrival. Obtaining medical insurance is the responsibility of the client. Although not required, we strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.
Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $75 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.
Additional Notes: While traveling on a Peregrine trip, local hotel information is generally not provided other than the joining hotel at the starting point of your trip. Reason being as it is subject to change and if people pass the hotel information on to family and friends, it can cause stress and confusion if they call the hotel, as they may not speak English or the hotel may have changed en route.
Publicity: You agree that Peregrine may use images of you taken during the trip without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium it chooses.
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