☆ Pay a visit to the UNESCO site, Old Jerusalem, the holy land for the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam ☆ Call at Bethlehem and step into the UNESCO site, Church of the Nativity to bow through the humble door ☆ Marvel at the UNESCO site, Bahai Gardens with the golden dome shinning over the Mediterranean Sea ☆ Ascend the UNESCO site Masada, the symbol of Jewish cultural identity ☆ Wonder around the UNESCO listed abandoned town, the “Rose Red City”-Petra ☆ Stroll at the UNESCO listed archeological site, “Pompeii of the Middle East”-Jerash ☆ Take a 4X4 drive to experience a Desert Safari trip to the UNESCO listed “Valley of Moon”-Wadi Rum ☆ Visit 9 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites
Tour Code: USLIJ14
Optional Features and Upgrades: Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose optional and extension programs at the time of booking:
5. Single supplement fee: U$1200 (*Our tour price is based on double occupancy and if a single passenger is traveling solo and not sharing room with any roommate for the entire trip, a single supplement fee is charged. If a passenger shares a room with travel partner(s) on the tour, such fee is waived.)
6. Departure Tax: there is a land crossing departure tax of about 180ILS per person (U$60) from Israel to Jordan imposed by border security and such fee must be paid in Israel currency locally
7. Jordan travel visa application fee
ALL PRICES ARE IN USD
1. Deposit: U$600/person at the time of booking
2. Final Payment: 150 days prior to the trip departure
☆ 10 - 16 people in each group
HOTEL UPGRADE** (SEE HOTEL SECTION FOR DETAILS):
☆ 5-Star Hotel Upgrade: U$1599/person【Early Bird Price U$1199/person】
FLIGHT UPGRADE** TO BUSINESS CLASS (BEFORE FINAL PAYMENT):
☆ Business Class Flight Upgrade (only available for the International round-trip flight between North America and Middle East): Please contact us for pricing and availability
*Gratuities for tour director/local guide or driver are not included in the package price and if you are happy with their outstanding services, we recommend a tipping guideline: $15 per person per day for the guide and $ 5 per person per day for the driver. If you find the service is exceptional, feel free to tip additionally. Please keep in mind that the amount of appreciation is always at your discretion and we thank you for your generosity and kindness. Should you wish to settle your tipping money before the trip by using credit card, you may do so in your account.
**Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose upgrades at the time of booking.
Depart for Israel
On board international flight to Israel.
Tel Aviv - Yafo
Upon arrival, meet and greet then transfer to hotel.
Remarks before tour starts:
1. Conservative dress is recommended especially entering into the religious venues. No shorts or short skirts for ladies and bare shoulders are better to be covered. Men are encouraged to choose the long pants. At the King David’s Tomb, Temple Mount and Western Wall, guests are required to have heads covered by hat or scarf.
2. Most hotels and restaurants provide kosher foods with no pork or shellfish.
3. Shabbat starts on every Friday after sunset and ends on Saturday evening. Offices, public transportation (except for taxi), private businesses are closed (i.e., stores and restaurants) and reopen after the Shabbat.
Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Nazareth - Cana - Haifa
Tel Aviv-Yafo is the second largest city in Israel and used to be the first capital after the country was founded in 1948. Old Jaffa section is one of the oldest cities in the world with 4000 years of history where early European pilgrims disembarked from their sea vessel and embarked on camel caravan here to continue their journey to Jerusalem. Walk through old alleyways paved by stone slabs from ancient time to absorb the ancient Greek, Turkish and Roman atmosphere. Afterwards, take the bus and drive by the UNESCO listed White City, a unique area with over 4000 buildings in Bauhaus style. Keep driving to Caesarea, a thriving coastal town built by Herod the Great in memory of the first Roman emperor Caesar Augustus. In the 11th century AD, the Crusaders came and destroyed the City of Caesarea Maritima. The ruins now are protected in a national park where marble pillars, seaside theatre and mosaic flooring still reveal the city’s past splendor and glory. A brief visit to the Crusaders Castle before busing to Nazareth, the home town of Mary and the biggest Arab city in the country. Explore the Church of Annunciation standing over the caved home of Mary and learn how the archangel Gabriel told the 14-year-old Mary that she would be mother of the son of God. You are also scheduled to stop at Cana to see the Wedding Church where Jesus turned water into wine as his first miracle. Head to Haifa, the third largest city all over Israel and on the way, spend some time in the UNESCO listed old town, Acre. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Acre has a history of over 5000 years with a mixed flavor of different cultures. There is a huge underground city full of Crusader remains still buried underneath intact.
Check in the hotel in Haifa and rest up.
Haifa - Sea of Galilee - Tiberias
Haifa is the major seaport of the country, also home to the iconic Bahai World Center, which is the UNESCO site. Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the whole complex of so called Bahai Gardens is a 0.6mi/1km long, 738ft/225m high construction on 19 terraces. On the top stands the Shrine of Bab crowned with a shinning golden dome overlooking the vast Mediterranean Sea. At the bottom is the Protestant German Colony, all depicting the fact that tolerance and harmony are the cultural norm in the country. Continue our journey to the Sea of Galilee, rich in Biblical history and also the second home town of Jesus. Adjacent to the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee is the lowest fresh water lake on earth. Jump aboard a cruise and enjoy the tranquil boat ride once we arrive at Galilee region. Back on land, enter the Yigal Allon Museum to immerse yourself in the story of a remarkably preserved wooden fishing boat from about 2000 years ago. Ascend to the top of Mountain of Beatitudes and step inside Church of the Beatitudes near Capernaum area where Jesus delivered his sermon and recruited his disciples. The day continues with a venture to Tabgha Church of Loaves and Fish and view the restored 5th-century mosaic floor pattern designed with five pieces of bread and two fish in the center which was the miraculous meal feeding 5000 followers by Jesus. Next to the Church of Multiplication is the Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter where Jesus reinstated Peter as the chief Apostle. The last highlight today is to pay a visit to Yardenit, a baptism site situated on the banks of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and this spot has been frequented by Christian pilgrims ever since.
Overnight in Tiberias.
Tiberias - Beit She’an - Bethlehem - Jerusalem
Begin your day with a scenic bus ride southward to the sought-after and magnificent Jerusalem. En route, make a call at Beit She’an, an archeological excavation site of an old Roman town situated at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley where amphitheater, bath house, pillars, mosaic decoration and temple survived from an severe earthquake in 749 AD are still erecting in good shape. Discover the nearby unusual Zodiac-motif mosaics of Beit Alpha, a Byzantine synagogue in Polish style. A quick photo stop at the striking 1500-year-old St. George Monastery, still inhabited by monks and built into the side of a cliff. Move forward to Bethlehem behind the Israeli Barrier, the birth place of Jesus and also a hustle and bustle Arabian town in the central West Bank, Palestine. Walk around at Manger Square and enter into the Church of the Nativity. This famed UNESCO listed church is by far the oldest Christian church in the world built in 326 AD over the grotto believed to be the birthplace of Jesus with a Silver Star marking the exact spot where Christ was born. This Holy Land attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims to come over for praying, worshipping and commemorating.
Check in the hotel in Jerusalem and rest up.
If you are so eager to experience the charming Jerusalem in the evening with a different look and savor authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, come and join us for an optional night excursion.
Optional Tour: Appreciate the Night Spectacular at Tower of David and try an Israel flavor dinner at U$99/person
Jerusalem, “a city closest to God”, is a 5000 year old holy city for the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Old Town section is the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
“Ten measures of beauty were bestowed upon the world; nine were taken by Jerusalem and one by the rest of the world”
Depart for a journey to delve into this fascinating city by climbing up to the top of Mount of Olives, one of the two holy mountains. Standing at the observation platform will enable you to admire the postcard city skyline with Dome of the Rock and Aqsa Mosque. Snap a panoramic view of the whole city and learn the beauty of this ancient town before following the Palm Route and Swinging by Dominus Flevit, built in the shape of a tear drop since Jesus was moved to tears when seeing the stunning Second Temple from this location and knowing the temple would be destructed later. Inspect the multi-national symbols in the Church of All Nations, a Byzantine style structure sponsored by 12 countries. The rock in the middle of the church was where Jesus knelt down and prayed before he was arrested. There are eight 2000-year-old olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane right in front of the church who witnessed what had happened to Jesus. Proceed to the Temple Mount and of course the Western Wall, also called “Wailing Wall”, a piece of 164ft/50m long, 59ft/18m high wall that has inspired and enlightened the Jews around the globe for 2000 years. As one remaining section of the retaining wall outside of the Second Temple, this is where people make wishes and believe the good wills are going to be fulfilled. Head to Via Dolorosa and retrace the steps of Jesus on 14 stations of the Cross ending at Holy Sepulchre Church. Considered to be the most holy place by Christianity, this site was where Jesus spent his last hours and eventfully was buried. Pilgrims, believers and visitors have been coming from across the globe and lining up to pay respect to the Stone of Anointing and Edicule for 1700 years.
Wonder around at Jewish Quarter and Muslim Bazzar and see how people live together harmoniously and peacefully in this legendary city before we head back to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
After breakfast, start off the day with an educational trip to Israel Museum, the largest and most sophisticated art and archaeology museum nationwide and one of the leading ones worldwide. Among the collections, the valuable Dead Sea Scrolls are eye-catching as these are the oldest Biblical manuscripts in the world found in caves near the Dead Sea by accident in the year of 1947. A quick photo stop for the Big Menorah in front of the Knesset followed by a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, a world-famous place established in memory of the Jewish victims during World War II.
Drive back from the new district and walk up on the Mount Zion, the other holy mountain in town. Drop by two renowned sites close to each other, Cenacle, the site of the Last Supper of Jesus together with his 12 disciples, and King David’s Tomb. David was the 2nd emperor of Israel Kingdom and also a poet and a musician. His exceptional capability to unify the country and handsome figure have earned fame for him far and wide. Continue to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu where Jesus was detained and Peter came to inquire information but denied his relationship with Jesus three times. Do not miss out the exquisite mosaic mural paintings and the intricately carved statue of reclining Mary made from ivory and walnut wood in the Church Monastery of the Dormition. Your last highlight today is strolling in the century-old Mahane Yehuda Market which is a big, covered, busy and noisy marketplace featuring food, drinks, daily necessities, garments, house wares and gifts for locals and tourists.
Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Today is free for you to plan your sightseeing or shopping in Jerusalem on your own or join us for a day trip of “Never let Masada fall” by the Dead Sea with cable car ride and lunch included.
Optional Tour: Epic Masada by Dead Sea excursion with lunch at U$109/person
Hop on our bus and drive to the southern Judean Desert where the UNESCO World Heritage Site Masada is located atop a massive and flat plateau, a perfect lookout over the Dead Sea. Firstconstructed as the Roman style summer palace for King Herod in about 30 BC, the strategically located complex was conquered and converted by Jewish zealots to be their last stronghold in 68 AD during the Great Revolt against Roman regime. In 73 AD, the Romans besieged the hilltop and broke through the defenses and right before they took over the garrison, 960 Jewish rebels living in the camp chose to kill themselves rather than fall into the hands of the Romans alive. The determination and martyrdom of these heroic patriots in the face of powerful invaders have touched and encouraged Jewish descendant generations by generations until today.
Take the cable car up and reach the high, rocky mesa about 1476ft/450m above and marvel at the ruins of this age-old fortress which was untouched for 1300 years and rediscovered in 1828. You can still see the remains of some surrounding Roman camps, siegeworks and a ramp on a slope of the western side made of earth and wooden supporters for attacking the fort. The northern palace set on three rock terraces with opulent architectural design as well as the bath house decorated with colorful mosaic flooring, precious murals, wall embossments are the most impressive archeological relics. Storage rooms, watch towers, synagogue, rainwater collecting device, theater and even tomb stones are all well preserved.
Embark on our bus to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on land of the earth and also one of the saltiest lakes on the planet.The unique lake is 1390ft/424m below the sea level and the salinity content of water here is about averagely 8.7 times higher than that of ocean. Travel to the site of Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first found by a sheepherder.
Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem (Israel) - Dead Sea (Jordan)
Today you are going to bid farewell to Israel and touch down on Jordan ground by going through the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing. Upon arrival, your Jordan guide will meet up with you and take the group to Mount Nebo which is believed to be the holy mountain where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land-Canaan before his death. This is also the summit where you could view the Serpentine Cross Sculpture and overlook the Dead Sea, Jordan River Valley, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Next is Madaba, the“City of Mosaic”, where a complete vibrantly colorful 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land was found on the floor in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Head to Dead Sea.
Check in the hotel for a free afternoon. You may choose to float yourself on the fabled Dead Sea or enjoy a special Dead Sea mud spa to relax.
Remarks: If you wish to swim in the buoyant Dead Sea, please note the followings
1. Hotel provides storage bin if available and you may need to prepare deposit in local currency for using it.
2. Hotel may offer bath towel and bath robe for rent.
3. Not recommended to float in the Dead Sea for over 30 minutes each time due to the high concentration of salt. Avoid lake water splashing into eyes or mouth.
Dead Sea - Petra
Board our bus for the journey to Petra. Make two stops on the way, first is a photo stop at Wadi Mujib, a captivating and tranquil natural reserve, and second brief stop is Shobak Castle, an eminent Crusader fortification which was built in 1115 AD. The location of this castle was of vital importance as it was on the main artery between Egypt and Syria, a strategic spot to tax the traders and pilgrims at that time.
Arrive at the UNESCO listed Petra, the “Rose Red City” and one of the “New Seven World Wonders”, a busy and thriving city on the trade route about 2600 years ago declined as the trade activities on the Red Sea were emerging and blooming. Petra was far away from any cities distance wise so it was found abandoned and empty when the Arabs seized the area in the 7th century AD. When the Swiss rediscovered this quiet but amazing place in 1812, they were shocked by the grandeur and magnificence of these whole massive constructions but they found no words or documents recording its splendid history. Carved into sheer rosy stones, this awesome area is also called “Rose City” and you could find about 700 ancient tombs scattered around the entire region. The 131ft/40m tall, 2000 years old and breath-taking AL Khazneh has been chosen to be the filming location for many popular American movies. The Siq is a snaky narrow path in the colorful sandstone valley between the high cliffs where you could still see the tombs, water dams, shrines and terraces for putting candles.
1. Please wear comfortable walking shoes today.
2. Bring enough bottle water with you as the weather is usually very dry at this area.
Check in the hotel at Petra and rest up after a full scheduled day.
Today is free for you to enjoy Petra on your own for a more in-depth exploration or you may join our optional day tour to Little Petra and Wadi Rum with tent lunch and special dinner all covered.
Optional Tour: Journey to Wadi Rum and Little Petra with lunch and dinner U$129/person
The UNESCO listed Wadi Rum, used to be the ocean bed tens of thousands of years ago, lies about 60 mi/100km south of Petra. This area, also called the surface most similar to the moon, is known as the “Valley of Moon”. In Arabic language, Wadi Rum means “Valley of Red Wine” since the sand dunes is mostly in cherry red color which have attracted many film crews to have come and produced world prestigious movies such as “Transformers”, “Star Wars”,” Aladdin”,” The Martian”, “Lawrence of Arabia”. Ride in a 4X4 jeep to Rum Village, Lawrence House, Khazali Canyon, Burdah Rock Bridge, Seven Pillars of Wisdom and Bedouin Camp. The surreal desert terrain, centuries-old rock paintings, traditional life style of Bedouins will all be part of your memories for long. Taste the Bedouin delicacy for lunch and learn how they have lived in the desert for thousands of years.
On the way back to the hotel. Get off the bus at Little Petra miniature of the big one, for a sunset photo opportunity. Being the suburb of the Nabatean capital Petra, the Little Petra was served as a staging post on the ancient Silk Road about 2000 years ago.
Stay overnight in Petra.
Petra - Amman
Welcome to Amman after a scenic bus ride (140mi/230km), capital city of Jordan.
Berbers, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Turks, Jews, Assyrians, Egyptians, Canaanites have all left their markings and influences in this historical place which make the whole city a “world history museum”.
Enjoy your free afternoon to explore the ancient Amman or you are invited to join our optional tour to Jerash with Jordan local flavor lunch.
Optional Tour: Trip to Jerash and Ajlun Castle with lunch U$129/person
Spend some time at Ajlun Castle, atop Mt Auf, which is one of the few Muslim fortresses left from ancient times built on the site of a Byzantine monastery and named after a Christian monk. Archaeological excavations indicate that the castle was destroyed and refurbished many times in the early history and finally enlarged in 1184 A.D. to limit expansion of the Crusaders and to defend the local iron mines. Continue on to Jerash.
Nicknamed “Pompeii of the Middle East”, Jerash is the best-preserved Roman city all over Jordan and it is on the UNESCO list which is an unavoidable archeological site on the bucket list. The Roman theater, Colonnaded Street, Nymphaeum, Hippodrome, Oval Plaza and Temple of Zeus were well designed and built about 2000 years ago but all buried underground after a severe earthquake. The ruins were first found in 1806 and started to be unearthed in 1920. Thousand’s year-old Arch of Hadrian is still remaining erected as if it were welcoming travelers from home and abroad.
Overnight in Amman.
Morning agenda is the Citadel of Amman atop one of the seven hills. As the highest point, here is a perfect spot overlooking this ancient” White City” with the World’s Largest Jordan Flag and its tallest flag pole.Built for the royal family in 720 AD, Umayyad Palace together with Temple of Hercules, Byzantine church, Clock Tower and water supply facilities was functioned as a hilltop capital for Umayyad Caliphate. Visit the Onsite History Museum. Step in the King Abdullah Mosque, the largest of such in town, capable of holding as many as 10,000 people worshipping at the same time. The extravagant blue mosaic dome has been the distinct city symbol for quite a number of years. Move on to the Roman Amphitheater, the largest of its kind in Jordan, big enough for hosting 6000 people right at the foot of the Castle Hill and next to Hashemite Square. Follow us to the Rainbow Street in the old townto soak up some Arabian atmosphere in this old city.
Remarks:Please follow below rules when entering into King Abdullah Mosque:
1. Long pants and long sleeves for male visitors. Long robes with hair cover for ladies. No slippers are allowed.
2. Do NOT wear a cross-shaped jewelry inside.
3. Taking pictures inside is permitted.
Overnight in Amman.
Depart from Jordan
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and head to the airport for your flight home.
OPTIONAL PROGRAMS (CHOOSE BEFORE THE TRIP STARTS):
☆ 5-Star Hotel Upgrade: U$1599/person【Early Bird Price U$1199/person】
☆Day 5: Appreciate the Night Spectacular at Tower of David and try an Israel flavor dinner at U$99/person
☆Day 8: Epic Masada by Dead Sea excursion with lunch at U$109/person
☆Day 11: Journey to Wadi Rum and Little Petra with lunch and dinner U$129/person
☆ Day 12: Trip to Jerash and Ajlun Castle with lunch U$129/person
- Air ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary
- All connecting/domestic flights and ground transportation
- All transfers
- Guided sightseeing luxury tour
- Sightseeing admission fees as listed on the agenda
- 6-nights hotel accommodations in Morocco with daily breakfast
- Food as specified on itinerary
- Special cultural programs as listed in different cities as specified in the schedule
- Professional English speaking local tour expert
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☆Tiberias: Sofia Hotel Sea of Galilee or similar
☆Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem or similar
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DOES NOT REQUIRE A VISA FOR USA & CANADA PASSPORT HOLDERS.
REQUIRES a Visa for USA & CANADA passport holders. You must obtain a visa through the Embassy before travelling. Visas are not issued upon arrival at the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge land border crossing.
Before You Go
Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the
Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical
Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the
Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western
Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel's financial
hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.
the United States of America to Israel (Issued: 07.01.2022)
Unvaccinated or non-infected
travelers (people who never contracted COVID-19) coming to Israel from a
country on the orange list must complete the full isolation length (there is an
option to shorten isolation length) .
Vaccinated or recovered
people coming to Israel from a country on the orange list must go into 24-hour
isolation or isolate until they receive negative PCR test results, which must
be taken at the Israeli international airport, whichever is earlier.
Non-Israeli citizens are
allowed to enter Israel, provided they comply with all requirements.
Why visit Israel
Israel tourist attractions are numerous and
varied. This is a relatively new country - celebrating 70 years of independence
in 2018 - in what is a very ancient land. The world’s only Jewish and democratic
state is home to sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that can be
found nowhere else. While these holy places are truly unique attractions, there
is more to Israel than religious heritage and complex politics.
Welcoming, energetic cities, exquisite
Mediterranean beaches, and exhilarating nature spots abound. Indeed, few
countries this small – at 8,019 square miles, Israel is smaller than New Jersey
– pack in as much history, geographical diversity, and cultural treasures.
Visa in Israel
Travelers normally receive a free,
three-month tourist visa upon arrival in Israel, which may be extended.
The best time to visit Israel
The best time to visit Israel is either
in spring or in the fall when the temperatures are a pleasantly warm
26C and the nights are cool. The days are hotter from June to August, with
average temperatures of 32C. However, it gets cooler in the evening and if
you don’t mind the heat, you’ll enjoy smaller crowds at popular sites.
Winters are much cooler, with temperatures around
10C. Jerusalem even receives occasional snowfall.
Event and Festivals
Jan - Mar
One of the most joyful days on the Jewish
calendar, Purim, which takes place in March, celebrates the deliverance of the
Jewish people from a Persian plot to purge the population. You’ll find the
streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem lined with lively celebrations, creating a
Easter is incredibly busy in Israel, with many
Christians choosing to celebrate the holiday in the Holy Land, especially in
Apr - May
Yom Haatzmaut, which falls in April or May,
celebrates the formal establishment of the State of Israel and is always
directly preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day to remember the
soldiers who gave their lives for the cause. There is an almost incongruous
‘switch’ from somberness of Memorial Day to the lively celebrations, shows and
festive events the following day.
Commemorating the Exodus story, Passover, which
usually falls in April, is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish
calendar. As such it’s also a particularly busy time to travel — all Israeli
schools are closed and many families will spend time moving around the country,
making it one of the most difficult times to get to certain sites or find hotel
rooms. Many Jews will observe strict dietary rules during this period, and
these restrictions may also affect the availability of certain foods in many
hotels, though overall there is a feeling of celebration.
Easter is incredibly busy in Israel, with many
Christians choosing to celebrate the holiday in the Holy Land, especially in
Sep - Oct
The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom
Kippur is the day of atonement when Jews ask for forgiveness for their sins
from the previous year. Observance includes a 25-hour fast beginning at sunset.
Many businesses shut down over this period, and it can be difficult to find
transportation or an open restaurant as many locals take time off work.
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday marking the
beginning of the Jewish calendar year. It is a time where the traditional
shofar (ram’s horn) is blown from synagogues, and apples, honey, and other
sweets are eaten to celebrate the occasion. Be aware, many businesses will
close during Rosh Hashanah.
Nov - Dec
One of the most iconic Jewish holidays, Hanukkah
is the eight-day festival of lights, celebrated by lighting menorahs and eating
lots of oily food. In Israel, you can witness the annual relay race that brings
a torch from the hills of Judea to light the menorah by the Western Wall.
Although Judaism and Islam are the biggest
religions in Israel, many Christian residents and visitors spend Christmas in
the Holy Land, especially in areas such as Bethlehem and Nazareth.
Language in Israel
Although most people in Israel can speak
English, and a plethora of other languages, Hebrew is the national language.
Modern Hebrew, which is spoken in Israel is an adapted version of the language
which comes from Biblical Hebrew.HEBREW LANGUAGE GUIDE FOR TOURISTS IN ISRAEL
sheqel, also spelled shekel, monetary unit of
Israel. The sheqel (plural: sheqalim) is divided into 100 agorot. Israel's
current monetary system, based on the New Israeli Sheqel (NIS), was established
in 1985, when the old sheqel was replaced at a rate of 1,000 old sheqalim to 1
new sheqel (NIS 1).
In Israel, the standard voltage is 230 V
and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Israel, if
the standard voltage in your country is between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK,
Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small
deviations into account.
What to pack and what to wear for a trip to
- A wide-brimmed sunhat – The sun is intense,
there is often no escape and you can easily burn your sensitive head.
- Sun protecting lip balm. ...
- 3-4 Loose, breathable cotton t-shirts.
- Comfortable walking sandals.
- Flip flops for walking around the hotel or
popping out to the shop.
In general, Israel is a progressive and relaxed
country, and casual clothing is suitable for almost any setting. Jeans,
t-shirts, shorts, and comfortable shoes are ideal for most situations. If
you’re traveling in Israel on business, casual dress is common!
WHAT TO WEAR IN ISRAEL – VISITING RELIGIOUS
For those travelers who plan to visit religious
sites such as churches, mosques, and the Western Wall, it is advisable to avoid
short skirts, short shorts, and sleeveless shirts. Women cover their shoulders,
knees, and chest when visiting these sites. If visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem,
Nazareth or other cities with religious attractions, it’s best to bring long,
lightweight layers to cover up and adjust to comfort level. If visiting Jewish
religious sites, men should cover their heads with a kippah. It’s usually
indicated with a sign when men must cover their heads – most notably at the
(الأردنّ al-Urdunn) is a country the Levant region of the Middle East that is
almost land-locked save for a small 28km outlet on the Red Sea in the Gulf of
Aqaba and a frontage on the Dead Sea). It's bordered by Israel and the West
Bank (Territory of Undetermined Permanent Status) to the west, by Syria to the
north, by Iraq to the east and by Saudi Arabia to the south. Jordan has a large
collection of archaeological sites, ranging from important biblical attractions
to temples carved into the rock.
Why visit Jordan
the capital of Jordan and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in
the world with 7,000 years of recorded history. Amman is a huge, hectic and
fascinating city that once went under the name Philadelphia, in honour of
Ptolemy Philadelphus (the son of Cleopatra) who rebuilt the city before it was
taken by Herod around 30 BC and given to the Romans.
boasts amazing nightlife, incredible food, ancient history, world-class museums
and a thriving arts scene. Some of the highlights of Amman are the ancient
Roman Amphitheater built when the city was known as Philadelphia. Unlike the
Roman amphitheatre in Rome, the amphitheatre in Amman is fully open to tourists
and is still used to host live events. Abdoun district is famous for its
nightclubs, amazing restaurants and Shisha cafes. Rainbow Street in Jabal-Amman
district is elevated above the city and offers incredible views over the old
town, it is also a great spot to see historical buildings, art galleries or
enjoy some good food and shisha.
Is it safe to visit Jordan as a tourist?
many of its neighbors in the Middle East, Jordan is an exceptionally safe
country to visit. ... In fact, the Jordanian government puts a lot of effort
and money into making visitors feel safe through high-profile security and
police presence in tourist regions and in hotels.
Visa to Jordan
Tourist Visa Required: Yes.
Jordan issues single-entry visas to U.S. citizens upon arrival at
Queen Alia International Airport and most international land border crossings.
The best time to visit Jordan
time to visit Jordan is in spring or fall when you can expect temperatures into
the high twenties during the day, but cooler nights. It’s warm, but not too hot
for exploring sites, hiking in nature reserves, or spotting plants and wildlife.
Jordan are very hot, with temperatures reaching into the forties. However, if
you are not adversely affected by heat it is still worth considering a trip at
this time — you will have sites like Petra almost to yourself.
often experiences snow in the winter months and the nights get cold, especially
in the desert regions. This is also when the majority of the rain falls, albeit
in short, sharp showers.
Language in Jordan
The official language of Jordan is Arabic, though English is even more
widely spoken. With the exception of some local Emiratis, who make up a small
percentage of the total population, almost everyone living in or traveling to Jordan speaks
at least passable English. Street signs and public documents are written in
Arabic and English.
the national currency of Jordan and its abbreviation, or currency symbol, is
denoted by JOD. The dinar has smaller denominations or subunits. In particular,
one dinar is equal to 10 dirhams, 100 qirshes, and 1,000 fils. 1 The dinar is
also circulated on Israel's West Bank.
In Jordan, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is
50 Hz. You can use your
electric appliances in Jordan, if the standard voltage in your country is in
between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and
Africa). ... You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage
What to pack and what to wear for a trip to Jordan
- A wide-brimmed sunhat – The sun is intense, there is often no
escape and you can easily burn your sensitive head.
protecting lip balm. ...
Loose, breathable cotton t-shirts.
Comfortable walking sandals.
- Flip flops
for walking around the hotel or popping out to the shop.
*When planning what to
wear in Jordan, the general rule is to keep shoulders, arms, and legs covered as much
as possible. Men have
slightly more flexibility when it comes to clothing but women should be sure to
cover up and keep their hair tied back.
Be sure to
stay extra hydrated while you’re in Jordan.
Terms and Condition
Any of travel products or services that you purchase from UTOvacation contains a contractual agreement between you and UTOvacation and it represents that you have agreed to UTOvacation Terms and Conditions. Please make sure that you read carefully before making any payment.
Step 1. Visit UTOvacation website at www.utovacation.com, register or login to your account.
Step 2. Choose your desired departure date and departure city.
Step 3. Enter the travellers’ information according to the passport. Please identify and provide the contact information for the main traveller. All communication from UTOvacation will be sent to the main traveller only.
Step 4. Make a deposit to complete the reservation. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $600/person is required to secure the space. A full payment is required when the booking is created within the final payment period (within 150 days before the departure date).
Step 5. Booking is confirmed.
By booking your tour online with UTOvacation.com you acknowledge and agree to all three terms and conditions including the Internet Sales & Deposit Policy and the Sales and Cancellation Policy. You also confirm and agree that you understand that the deposit is non-refundable.
Step 1. Complete the reservation.
Call 1-855-526-1286 to request Booking Form. Fill out all the information on the Booking Form with an authentic signature and date on the bottom of the second page. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure documentation accuracy and travel documents validity. You will be liable for the full loss caused by incorrect information. By the time you full-fill the booking form, you have agreed to receive correspondence from UTOvacation which might include newsflash, email blast or any other promotions in the future. Email/Fax your current and valid Passport Copy with the Booking Form together to [email protected]/416-251-7778
Step 2. Finalize the booking.
Make the deposit. A Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to secure the space. We accept cash, cheque, money order, debit card, credit card, email transfer, TD transfer. A full payment is required when booking if the package is a special on-sale product.
Step 3. Booking is confirmed.
Balance payment of any regular products or services is due 150 days prior to departure unless specified. If the full payment is not obtained by the due date, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel such reservation and retain the pre-paid deposit to cover any expenses occurred. * In addition, some products may require a second deposit before final payment. Please carefully review your product pages for your reference.
By booking your tour offline with UTOvacation.com, you acknowledge and agree to all three terms and conditions including the Internet Sales & Deposit Policy and the Sales and Cancellation Policy. You also confirm and agree that you understand that the deposit is non-refundable.
Balance payment of any regular products or services is due 150 days prior to departure unless specified. If the full payment is not obtained by the due date, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel such reservation and retain the pre-paid deposit to cover any expenses occurred.
Please note: Your timely payment is important to guarantee your seat/cabin and ensure the overall tour package price. Your final payment will NOT be charged automatically by UTOvacation and payment reconciliation in time on your side is necessary to confirm your booking.
Full or final payment is due 150 days before tour departure date. Travel documents including but not limited to valid Passport (or copy), Risk assumption waiver form with signature shall be collected as well by this date. Any failure to do so might result in trip cancelation, price increase, inflation surcharge or forfeiting your existing fund in your account.
Final Trip Confirmation
A final trip confirmation by email including day by day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information will be sent to the main contact traveller approximately one month before departure.
Trip Cancellation and Eligible Refunds
Please ensure you have read the Trip Cancellation Policy in full and have not scrolled past or by-passed this section. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel or modify a tour prior to departure date. An alternative departure date will be offered for no extra charge should there be any travel restrictions, lock-downs imposed by governments, health organizations, travel bureaus. A full travel credit will be offered for future trip rebooking or rescheduling if there are extreme cases happening which are all beyond our control including but not limited to any global pandemics, regional epidemics, wars, or any other acts of god. All passenger cancellation or change requests must be confirmed in written form by email or fax including your reservation number, full name and date of travel, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Any cancellation of the issued flight tickets before departure (all the segments are unused) would incur a penalty of a minium of USD 350.00 per ticket or the surface price of the ticket subject to the rules and regulations of airline company. A adminitration fee also applies. No refund will be available once travel has begun. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to departure. All reservations, except where specified:
Number of Days Prior to Departure
Cancellation Penalty (Per Person)
150 days or above
$600 as penalty
90 - 149 days
$600 + 30% of tour fare as penalty
30 - 89 days
$600 + 50% of tour fare as penalty
0 - 29 days
100% of the tour fare as the penalty
No refund will be available on departure date and/or after the tour has commenced (Including denied and/or rejected by Immigration Department or Custom of destination or Cruise port terminal officer). No refund or reimbursement will be available to passengers who voluntarily forego meals, cruise, tours and/or accommodations. A surcharge may apply should there be any additional fees occurred from services refused by the passengers. i.e. Since air ticket, cruise ticket, transportation, accommodation, and meals have to be arranged in advance during high season (i.e.Holidays, Special Events, and other important activities and conventions), no departure date changed is allowed. No refund will be available on departure date change and/or booking cancellation. Any other charges, refunds or rebates caused by the acts of God, Force Majeure, natural disasters, fire, weather, governmental and local authority's order, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or inquiry caused by accident is beyond the responsibility of UTOvacation and therefore, you agree to hold UTOvacation harmless and non-liable for any refunds or compensation outside of the previously defined refund structure. Furthermore, should the traveller violate any local/provincial or national laws during their travels, UTOvacation is not responsible or liable. By this signing the agreement the client agrees to any offer of a voucher, future company credit, or alternative arrangements as determined by management at that time. No refunds will be offered for Travel notices except for complete travel bans (Canada Travel Advisory Level 4) (USA Travel Advisory Level 4) which have occurred after the date of booking. Should an outright travel ban be implemented by the departing or destination country/city, a full travel credit will be offered. Refunds will not be granted for pre-existing situations at the destination country at the time of the booking. Please note, should UTOvacation incur any unexpected costs from its suppliers, these costs would be subtracted from and balance/travel credit issued to the passenger For whatever reasons if the refund occurs according to our terms and conditions, such as acts of God, force majeure, natural disasters, fire, weather, political riots, strikes, wars, quarantine, global pandemics/regional epidemics, government travel bans or a lack of enough trip participants i.e., minimum 10 pax for a regular tour to be commenced, the pre-paid amount will be returned in the form of the original payment to the payer. Please note, any refunded amount will not include fees associated with Travel Visa’s which have already been issued or any services that have already been delivered. All reschedule tours are consider non-refundable; regular cancellation policy does not apply.
All upgrade packages are non-refundable including gold/silver flight package, hotel, cruise cabin, meal package and etc.
Travel Visa The following documents from the passenger are required if travel visa is applied through UTOvacation’s Visa Center:
Original Passport (Make sure your actual passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your expected departure time)
Recent passport size photo with white background. Please note, each countries requirement may differ, please check requirement click here
Visa Application Form (Complete with signature and date)
*Remarks: If acquiring a visa on your own, the supporting documents will be provided from UTOvacation One Month prior to the trip departure date. Supporting documents requested early are subject to a $50 administration fee
Shopping During your Tour
Although we would be happy to assist your shopping needs, UTOvacation would not be responsible for price, quality, and service of any goods purchased during the tour.
After the booking is confirmed, if the price increased following the imposition of a surcharge on fuel by the carrier or an increase in the exchange rate, insofar as the exchange rate applicable before the date on which the services are provided has increased by more than 5% since the date on which the contract was entered into; and/or if the increase, without taking into account any increase in the provincial sales tax or USA Canada's goods and services tax, raising taxes, royalties or reauthorized charges by a competent public authority, is equal to or greater than 7% of the price of services, you may choose between a full and immediate reimbursement of the services or the provision of similar services.(except for acts of God, wars, national strikes, travel restrictions, significant inflations, global pandemic or anything beyond our control)
UTOvacation retains the right to adjust, modify or reschedule tours if deemed necessary. UTOvacation also reserves the right to adjust your tour date or itinerary if it feels it is in the best interest of its passengers especially in cases that involve the health and safety. This may include minor adjustments like the timing of a scheduled tour attraction visit to a complete date modification. UTOvacation will do its best to notify you of any such changes before your departure (Or as soon as possible if you have already departed). Stipulations. Please note, UTOvacation does its’ best to fulfill its tour obligations. However, UTOvacation is not liable for scenarios which impact room availability, tour execution, separate fees or other elements of the tour that is enforced by third party entities such as local and federal authorities.
UTOvacation on some occasions may issue Travel Credits as either a reward or because of trip suspension. Travel Credits may be used on any UTOvacation product except for Travel Visas, First Class flight fare upgrades or Sponsored products.
Travel Credits are not redeemable for cash
Travel Credits will expire 18 months from original departure date
Travel Credits may be used for more than one tour or destination
Travel Seat Arrangements
Seating/Cabin assignment: UTOvacation has no power to control the seating selection on the aircraft or cabin location on the cruise (unless where specified). All the spots are arranged by the airline/cruise line group department or randomly selected by the computer system. Therefore, UTO vacation cannot help the customers to change, reserve, pre-assign seats/cabins. Preferred Seat Upgrade: UTOvacation will not be responsible for any preferred seat upgrade on aircraft (except for business or first class seats). Some cruise packages allow the selection of cabins at the time of booking for an upgraded price; please refer to the product page for details.
Changes to an existing reservation by the passenger for whatever the cause, will incur a $100 per person charge plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers. The deposit and/or full payment for any optional feature that is on an early bird or special sale promotion is non-refundable and non-transferable. *Please note that name changes to airline or cruise line reservations are subject to full cancellation or re-booking. See Airline Name Changes section for specific regulations. Replacing a travelling passenger is subject to cancellation penalties and is not covered by this Reservation Changes policy. Changes or additional requests after departure are subject to local rates at the time of amendment and must be paid directly by the passenger to the service provider. UTOvacation will make its best effort to minimize these costs, however, all payment will be payable by request of the local service providers. There are no refunds for unused services.
There is no need to pay deposit for any of the optional programs and extensions. Please note there is a possibility that the seats are all gone once you wish to attend such activity onsite or price might change due to the inflation, so we ask you to sign up early. For any early bird or discounted rate for the side trips special promotion, a non-refundable deposit or full fare might be required as per the terms and conditions.
Travel Insurance UTOvacation strongly recommends all tour members to purchase travel insurance at the time of booking. UTOvacation does not directly offer Travel Insurance. The Travel Insurance recommended by UTOvacation are facilitated and owned by third party operators. Any Travel Insurance purchased by the passenger is governed by the third party and UTOvacation is not liable or responsible for said insurance.
Flight upgrade Once we are done issuing your flight tickets, our ticketing department will send you an email to confirm the details in time. UTOvacation shall take no responsibilities if airlines change schedules or change routings afterwards and no refunds shall be commenced because of such alterations.
Each airline company has its own rules and regulations with the baggage weight, size, and number. The best way to find out the rules and regulations is to go visit the airline company official website. Please note, some destinations baggage is not included in the fare. Refer to your specific tour product page’s terms & conditions for specific baggage allowances.
Gratuities for tour director/local guide or driver are not included in the package price and if you are happy with their outstanding services, we recommend a tipping guideline: $15 per person per day for the guide and $ 5 per person per day for the driver. If you find the service is exceptional, feel free to tip additionally. Please keep in mind that the amount of appreciation is always at your discretion and we thank you for your generosity and kindness. Should you wish to settle your tipping money before the trip by using credit card, you may do so in your account.
Tour Fare Includes
Please refer to your tour itinerary for the most updated information
Tour Fare Excludes
Visa Application Fee
Any personal charges, such as phone bills, laundry, postage, and baggage over-weight charge, insurance, beverages, water, etc
Gratuities for tour guides and drivers are not included.
Any items not listed in the itinerary
Tourist Tax（“Tourism Dirham” imposed by Dubai government must be paid directly by guests to the hotel when checking out. The fee is AED 20 (approx. US$5) per room per night）
Any other charges or incremental costs caused by the acts of God, Force Majeure, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority's order, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or inquiry caused by the accident beyond the responsibilities of travel agents and incurred due to the tourist action violating the law.
In the event of an “Act of God” and or Force Majeure, UTOvacation is not liable and reserves the right to remedy the situation as it sees fit.
- Please be advised that the vaccination requirements are subject to change in each country and that it is the responsibility of the traveler and not UTOvacation to check about the requirements before the arrival of your destination.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes that all travelers should be up to date with routine vaccinations. Following that, travelers should check that they have been fully vaccinated against measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, and COVID-19 before starting their travel. Non-immunized or incompletely immunized travelers should be offered the routine vaccinations recommended in their national immunization schedules, in addition to those needed for international travel (e.g. yellow fever vaccine).
- The WHO recommends the following vaccinations for travelers to South America: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, and rabies. Some routine vaccinations are also recommended, such as measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap), influenza, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, meningitis, and polio.
- Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required for some travelers, based on their specific itinerary. It is possible to find further details on the WHO website.
The extra cost of schedule delay caused by Air Flight cancellation or change will be undertaken by passengers themselves. The missed itineraries will not be re-arranged. During the tour or cruise, it will be considered as surrendering application automatically if you do not attend the pre-arranged tour or check in the prearranged hotel or cruise. All the extra cost will be undertaken by the client voluntarily. UTOvacation reserves the right to abandon any clients if such clients violate the law or damage the interest of tour groups If a travel visa is denied for any reason either applied through UTOvacation Visa Service Center or applied on your own, the tour cancellation policy applies when cancellation of the tour is requested. UTOvacation holds no responsibilities for any denied Travel Visa application. If a child, 18 years old or younger, is travelling abroad with only one parent/guardian, children MUST carry a notarized consent letter signed by non-accompanying parent/guardian. If a child, 18 years old or younger is travelling alone, children must carry a notarized consent letter signed by both parents/guardian. Such a consent letter may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving from a foreign country or by North American officials when re-entering into USA or Canada. Failure of presenting such document may result in the rejection of boarding aircraft or vessel for the children concerned. Cruise lines reserve the right to cancel, modify or substitute any scheduled port of calls and the schedule at any time and for any reason whatsoever without prior notice due to the navigation authority and water conditions. Any additional expenses caused by the trip interruption should be paid by the customers, which includes but not limited to meals, transportation, hotel accommodations, personal expense, and lost baggage. UTOvacation shall not be liable for any loss to guests. For children under 18 who will be occupying a bed, there will be an additional $100 supplement per child. Please note, this is only applicable China discounted tours or any trip that includes China discounter tours.
Please note, there is a minimum attendant requirement (10 participants) for optional programs and Pre and Post tour extensions, If less than 10, there will be a FIT surcharge of up to 50% extra on top of the price per person. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel or modify optional programs and Pre and Post tour extensions prior to departure date.
Safeguarding your payment(s) is our top priority. In order to prevent any rampant fraudulence or deception, we ask our customers to settle payment(s) through your account on UTOvacation official website at www.utovacation.com. Should you choose offline payment submission, Cheque/Money order/Bank draft/Credit card (with credit card authorization form filled out and signed) are accepted and the payee must be UTOvacation. Please be advised that UTOvacation has never been allowing Bank transfer/Email transfer for transactions and Cash is not recommended. If you find something suspicious regarding your payment, please call 1-855.526.1286 before any further actions.
Remarks: 1) UTOvacation reserves the right to impose relevant fuel/inflation surcharge if Brent Crude Oil Price Index or US/Canada Official CPI has jumped over 4% between your booking date and tour departure date. 2) UTOvacation usually sends out important notifications including but not limited to destination health protocols, travel industry policies, tour updates and safety alerts to our agents/customers by newsletter through email. We are not responsible for trip delay, service cancellation, price increase or any other types of loss caused by unsubscribing from our email list, wrong email address or a lack of checking email box/spam folder/junk folder on a regular basis. If you have not received our newsletter for a long time, make sure your email address is effective/valid and you are on our email list. OR contact us immediately at [email protected] for assistance.
Special Notes for Middle Eastern packages： Please be advised that traveling in the Middle East requires open-mind and willingness to respect the local culture, religion and tradition. 1.It is highly recommended that women wear tops covering shoulders and skirts falling below the knee in public. Knee-length shorts are allowed for men. It is customary for women to cover their shoulders and hair and men to have shirts and long pants when visiting a mosque or temple. More conservative dress is expected during the Ramadan or Jewish holiday period. 2.Non-Muslims above the age of 21 are only allowed to consume alcohol in licensed hotels, clubs and restaurants, never in public open areas. 3.Taking photographs of individuals, especially females, needs a permission first. Do not take any pictures with military facilities, borders and airports. 4.Horse carts and camel rides at tourist sites are mostly not included in the entrance fees. We suggest that you negotiate ride fare and tips with the merchant beforehand in order to avoid any unexpected situation at the end of the ride. Keep the exact change in local currency handy. 5.Ramadan is the holy month for the Islamic world and all Muslims have to fast from dawn to dusk without eating, drinking or smoking. Alcohol is available in licensed bars and restaurants after sunset for non-Muslims. Tourist hotels usually keep one restaurant open during the day catering to resident guests. Also during Ramadan month, live performance, certain music and dancing are prohibited. Shops are open after sunset. 6.Most hotels and restaurants provide kosher foods with no pork or shellfish in Israel. 7.Shabbat is the Jewish holy-day and day of rest of the week. It starts on every Friday after sunset and ends on Saturday evening. Offices, public transportation (except for taxi), private businesses are closed (i.e., stores and restaurants) and reopen after the Shabbat.
UTO Worry-Free Plan:
Risk Free Deposit:
1. By making a deposit of $600pp in a timely manner, you will secure a vacation spot and avoid any future package/service price increase. Within the first 30 days after you put down the deposit, you may cancel at any time without a question asked and receive a full refund in the form of your payment.
2. After 30 days of your deposit payment, you may still cancel your trip for any reason up to 150 days prior to your departure date and your deposit(non-refundable) will be converted to UTO future travel credit in full amount for 24 months. (If you cancel within 150 days before tour departure date, your deposit will be lost plus penalty as per terms and conditions)
Flexible Name/Tour Change:
1. No administration fee is charged for name change/tour change/minor correction up to 150 days prior to your departure date (except for any additional cost/surcharge already occurred, if any, imposed by any third party. i.e., airline, cruise line)
2. There is an administration fee of $100pp for any name change/tour change plus any additional cost/surcharge already occurred, if any, imposed by any third party. i.e., airline, cruise line, hotel, ground operator if you wish to make such change within 150 days before the tour starts.
Preferential Force Majeure Solution:
If there are any force majeure events happening beyond the control of UTOvacation (Global pandemics, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, wars, strikes or travel restrictions etc.), your payment less any expenses already occurred will be converted to UTO future travel credit for 24 months.
1. If full payment is not received on the due date as per terms and conditions on our end, we will offer guests an extra 24 hours’ period before cancelling the reservation and imposing any penalties after the deadline time.
2. Supporting document for visa application is provided for free of charge.
Remarks: 1.UTO Worry-Free Plan is complimentary for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other similar promotions. The existing reservations are not applicable for the plan. 2. Only itinerates with such are applicable for UTO Worry-Free Plan. 3. By purchasing UTO Worry-Free Plan, you understand that this program is non-refundable and non-transferable. Payments made by the customer will first be applied to UTO Worry-Free Plan and then to the remainder of the tour package.
UTOvacation strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for any future travel plans.
We have curated two reputable partners one in the USA and one for Canada. Once you have made your trip selection, please select the option of purchasing travel insurance.
For USA patrons, in order to qualify for the “Cancel For Any Reason” Option offered by John Hancock, you will need to purchase your insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit. Other insurance policies may be purchased later.
Please note, the travel insurance that is available for purchase is with our affiliate partners and not a direct product or offering of UTOvacation. For any questions or concerns, please contact the vendor directly.