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We encourage you to make your reservations at the earliest possible date.
Why? Because only a limited number of people can be accommodated
on our motorcoaches. In addition, hotel reservations must be made and
tickets must be purchased months in advance.
HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION:
By phone during office hours:
By mail or E-Mail:
Mail your deposit along with your name, address,
phone number and name of the tour (with departure date) you
wish to join. Also include your preferred pick-up point (see page 13),
your roommate’s name (if applicable), and if you wish to purchase
tour protection insurance. You may also submit a reservation
request by visiting our website: www.BurkeChristianTours.com or
Mail to: CHRISTIAN TOURS ● P.O. BOX 890 ● NEWTON, N.C. 28658
Deposits are due 7 days after making your phone reservation. Confirmations are
mailed after your deposit is received.
FINAL PAYMENT ON MOTORCOACH TOURS is due no later
than 30 days prior to departure. Mark this date on your calendar.
YOU WILL NOT BE BILLED!!
FLY AND FLY-MOTORCOACH TOURS:
FINAL PAYMENT ON FLY TOURS is due 45 days prior to
departure. YOU WILL NOT BE BILLED!! Cancellation penalties
are incurred 45 to 60 days prior to the tour departure.
Christian Tours deposit, final payment, and cancellation
policies for cruises will be as follows:
FINAL PAYMENT ON CRUISES is due 45 to 95 days prior to
departure. Cancellation penalties are incurred on or after
the final payment date. Call and request a cruise brochure
containing refund and cancellation policies for your particular
cruise line. (Each cruise line’s refund and cancellation
FINAL PAYMENT ON INTERNATIONAL TOURS is due 75 to
90 days prior to departure. YOU WILL NOT BE BILLED!!
Cancellation penalties apply on all international tours.
Fly Tours, Rail Tours, International Tours & Cruises: Cancellation of these tours
will result in a fee. Cancellation fees are incurred 95 to 45 days prior to the
tour departure. We strongly recommend you purchase cancellation & trip
Regardless of the reason, last-minute cancellations and transfers result in
a costly process of letters, toll calls, record adjustments, refund checks, etc.
plus loss of non-refundable tickets and accommodations.
Refunds are not given on tours for attractions, meals, etc. for which
individuals do not participate while on the tour.
NOTE: When a roommate(s) cancels prior to the cancellation penalty date,
the remaining person(s) will be charged the applicable accommodation
rate for the number of persons occupying the room.
Book early and take advantage of these Early Booking Discounts
2% Discount or 5% Discount...the choice is yours!
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS FOR MOTORCOACH & FLY TOURS
Early Booking – 95 days prior to departure
(95 days – 3 months and 5 days)
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS FOR CRUISES & INTERNATIONAL TOURS
Early Booking – 125 Days Prior to Departure
(125 days – 4 months and 5 days)
*Any Credit Card payment, whether for deposit or payment in full, will only
qualify for a maximum 2% discount. Some tours/cruises in the catalog offer a different discount date
than the 95 or 125 day policy. Any discount date noted on an itinerary will supersede these general discounts.
The tour price includes:
Round-trip transportation is provided via our spacious new
or late-model Prevost 102” wide-body H345 motorcoaches. All coaches are
equipped with restroom, air conditioning, adjustable seats, VCR or DVD
& monitors, stereo and public address system, and tinted panoramic
viewing windows. Motorcoach transportation on Fly Tours & International
Tours is usually furnished in a deluxe motorcoach. At times, a smaller
vehicle (or vehicle without a restroom) may be used due to the size of our
Departure & Return Transportation:We provide pick-ups & returns in many
different areas for our tours. This transportation will most likely be provided
in a minivan, midsize van, or minicoach. See page 13 for a list of our
departure and return information.
Your highly-rated accommodations are chosen on the
basis of location, cleanliness, and dining facilities, as well as the warm
hospitality of their management and staff. In peak season areas and
national parks, accommodations are sometimes rustic, but afford you the
opportunity to view the primitive splendor of the parks and undeveloped
areas. We think you’ll be delighted with our selections. Room assignments
are always made by the hotel/motel in an impartial manner.
Special requests such as for smoking/nonsmoking rooms,
king size beds, side-by-side rooms, or travel on the same motorcoach with
friends, need to be made when booking your tour or at least 30 days prior
to departure. We try to honor all of these requests but in some motels and
locations, special requests cannot always be honored.
Can I share a room?
Persons traveling alone may request sharing
a Double room. Making your reservations early will greatly aid us in finding
a roommate. If we do not succeed, the single rate applies. Price per
person will change when a roommate cancels and your accommodation
Single. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One person /One bed
Double . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two persons/Two beds
Triple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Three persons/Two beds
Quad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Four persons/Two beds
All sightseeing tours, guides, and admissions are
covered in the tour price as outlined in the itinerary. (Tips to step-on guides
are at your own discretion)
Luggage is limited to one large sturdy bag (no large
duffle bags) per person (45 lbs. maximum). Please no oversized/extra large
bags – remember, if you can’t lift it, then think of our drivers and the hotel
bell staff. Drivers and/or hotel bell staff can refuse to handle excessively
heavy bags. Please pack lighter. This bag will be delivered to your hotel
room upon arrival and picked up the morning of departure. One small
flexible “carry-on” is allowed per person. This must be small enough to fit in
the overhead rack above your seat. Large luggage-style “carry-ons” are
not acceptable. Each “carry-on” is solely under the daily care of the
passenger; therefore, it is to your advantage to make it as small as possible.
Maximum size: 10 inches deep, 14 inches high, and 24 inches long.
All necessary tips to bellmen, doormen, and dining room tips on
meals in the itinerary are included.
Meals are covered if so stated in the itinerary. The following codes describe
what meals can be expected:
B or CB - Breakfast*, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
*Breakfast may be a full or a continental breakfast. Due to circumstances
beyond our control, it may be necessary to substitute meals on different days
of the itinerary. Every effort will be made to provide the number and type of
The tour price DOES NOT include:
Gratuities for International Tours and Cruises: On all international tours &
cruises you will be given guidelines for expected tipping.
Gratuities for Step-on Tour Guides.
Meals: Other than meals stated in the itinerary. Most hotels suggest that you
give the breakfast attendant a gratuity when a continental breakfast is served.
Valet and room service, telephone calls and all other items of a personal nature.
Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay or cancellation, weather conditions,
political closures, technical faults, etc.
Air prices in our catalog are quoted from Charlotte, NC. Because of availability
of seats, fuel surcharges and taxes, these rates are subject to change.
Included in the Charlotte flight price: Round-trip transportation to the
Charlotte airport and round-trip transfers from the destination airport to the hotel.
Not included: Many airlines now charge for your first checked piece of
luggage. This fee and any excess baggage fee is not included in the ticket cost.
Details on departure and return locations are available on our Departure & Return Information page.
A special pick-up for a group depends upon the number of passengers, distance involved, and length of the tour.
All special pick-ups must be approved by Christian Tours. Pick-ups may be made by Christian Tours van or minicoach.
Our departure locations are doing you and Christian Tours a service by allowing us to use their establishments for arrivals and
departures. Not all of these locations allow parking. If you must leave a vehicle parked while on tour, kindly check with someone
at that pick-up point. Neither these locations nor Christian Tours are responsible should damage occur to your vehicle.
Please be at your departure point and visible at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. At times, you may be
transported from your departure point to your motorcoach and group by way of another Christian tours vehicle. On the return
day of your tour, the Christian Tours vehicle in which you travel, and the point at which you transfer to that vehicle, are often
determined by the number of tours returning on that day. Our goal is to provide you with the safest and most effective means
of transfer to and from your departure/return point.
Late requests for accommodations are subject to availability. No hotel bills will be accepted or paid after the tour departs.
CHRISTIAN TOURS TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
THE BEST TIME TO BUY
Within 15 days of initial payment! This ensures eligibility for the Pre-Existing Conditions Waiver and Bankruptcy or Default coverage. This coverage must
be purchased prior to final payment.
Exclusions & Limitations:
Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Travel Insurance Certificate which will be included with your documents and is also available
to you online at http://www.tripmate.com/wpF417C/tic.htm or by request. For example, coverage does not apply to: Any sickness or condition of you, a Traveling
Companion, Family Member or Business Partner traveling with you that existed during the 60 days prior to the effective date of the
coverages (this exclusion is waived if your premium is received within 15 days of your initial deposit/payment for your trip), suicide, normal
pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person with whom you have coordinated travel
arrangements and intend to travel with during the trip.
Other covered reasons, as defined, includes the following events or their consequences: Cancellation or interruption of your trip due to inclement weather,
unannounced strike, mechanical breakdown that causes complete cessation of services of your common carrier for at least 12
consecutive hours; a documented traffic accident while enroute to departure; being hijacked or quarantined; jury duty; destruction of your home or destination
by fire, flood, burglary or natural disaster; being called to the emergency service of government to provide aid or relief in the event of a natural
disaster; a documented theft of passports or visas; a transfer of employment of 250 miles or more; involuntary job termination (must be employed with
same employer for 1 year) or revocation of military leave due to war.
This coverage must be purchased prior to final payment. Prices and coverage are subject to change.
This plan is underwritten by: United States Fire Insurance Company, Eatontown, NJ. Benefits are administered by: Trip Mate, Inc.,* 9225 Ward
Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114, 1-800-888-7292 (*in CA, dba Trip Mate Insurance Agency).
CHRISTIAN TOURS CRUISE PACKAGES INCLUDE:
*Optional tours and excursions are available on board the ship at additional cost
*Tips and gratuities to waiters and cabin stewards are not included, but are expected
FLIGHT COSTS ARE QUOTED FROM THE CHARLOTTE, NC AIRPORT AND INCLUDE:
NOTE: We can offer a flight quote from any city you choose in order for you to join us.
Christian Tours makes every effort to arrange identical flight schedules for each person in our group. In some circumstances where flights
are limited, some individuals may have a different flight schedule from the group. Departures from cities other than Charlotte can be
available upon request. Persons making independent air arrangements are responsible for their own transportation to/from the departure
airport and for additional fees for round trip transfers between the ship and airport.
CRUISE PAYMENT POLICIES ARE BASED UPON EACH CRUISE LINE’S INDIVIDUAL POLICIES
Our reservationists will advise you of the following and will provide a brochure with refund/cancellation policy for your particular cruise.
You are encouraged to purchase cancellation/trip interruption insurance.
Christian Tours selects cruise destinations and holds a limited number of cabins for each cruise a year or more in advance of the departure
date. Once those cabins are sold or final payment date to the cruise line has been reached, additional cabins, if available, may vary in price
from the advertised rate. It is very important to reserve your cruise as early as possible so you won’t be disappointed!
Early Booking Discounts are offered on the cruise portion of the tour. Discounts do not apply to airfare or taxes.
Photo ID (such as a drivers license) is a necessity on any trip. A government
issued photo ID is required when you check in at the airport for all flights, foreign
Passports are the type of travel identification recommended to US citizens by
the US Department of State. A valid passport is required for all travel outside the
USA. Certain international tours require a visa. You will be advised should any
international tour required a visa. Please be aware if you have been convicted
of a criminal act, you may not be allowed into Canada. When planning
international travel, be sure your passport will be valid for at least six months after
the return date of the tour. You may obtain the passport forms through the Clerk
of Court, the Post Office, or go online at www.travel.state.gov.
Vaccinations & Health Information for your trip can be found at the Traveler's Health page on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website.
Your health, physical and/or mental condition is important in order to
participate on any tour. Health concerns requiring any type of special
attention or treatment must be reported when your reservation is made.
Christian Tours will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special
need of disabled travelers. We are not responsible for any denial of services by
any other independent supplier. Christian Tours cannot provide individual
assistance to tour participants with special needs for walking, dining, or other
routine activities. We strongly recommend that persons requiring assistance be
accompanied by a physically able companion who will assume responsibility
for their well-being. The Americans with Disabilities Act is not applicable outside
of the United States and facilities outside the United States are limited.
International/European travel: Stairs are mandatory in many areas of
Europe. Walking is frequent and often on cobblestone streets.
Seven to ten days before your tour departure, you will receive your final
tour information, including your specific departure point & time, rooming list,
baggage tag, hotel/motel list with phone numbers and any changes in the
itinerary. Call our office immediately if your pick-up point is incorrect or
another pick-up point is more convenient.
Insurance: All passengers are insured only while on the motorcoach.
Christian Tours is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged articles or
luggage. We strongly recommend adequate cancellation, baggage,
accident and sickness insurance. Medicare & Medicaid do not pay
outside the United States.
An important factor in the success of any escorted tour is the Tour Team
(Director & Driver). Your Christian Tours Team is experienced and personable. Our
trademark is personal, impartial service to each tour member.
Tour Directors are members of our staff and have been trained
according to the highest Christian Tours standards. You can be assured of
traveling with a knowledgeable and courteous escort – one who will help you
to enjoy the most interesting things in the areas through which we travel. Your
escort will see to your comfort while on the motorcoach, as well as handle all the
details of the tour from beginning to end so that you may relax and enjoy a truly
carefree vacation. Special requests should be brought to the attention of the
Tour Director on the first day of your tour.
Christian Tours drivers are hand-picked professionals selected for their
reliability, safety record, congeniality, and genuine concern for our passengers’
welfare. The cooperation between the Tour Director and the Driver assures you
of a restful, relaxing travel experience. Their concern is for your pleasure and
comfort, so you will return from your vacation with many golden memories.
Seats are not pre-assigned, but are rotated on a regular basis,
using different methods as determined by our Tour Director. This method affords
equal opportunity for each traveler to view scenery from different areas of the
motorcoach during the course of the trip. The seat directly behind the Driver is
reserved for the Tour Director. Seats are not assigned or reserved for customers.
Smoking is not permitted on the motorcoach, but we do have frequent rest
Persons paying single price will share a seat with another
passenger when the motorcoach is filled. We request that you cooperate in the
seat rotation plan as set forth by your Tour Director.
* $3.00 per person per day *
For each day you travel with us, you will receive $3.00 of Christian Cash. It
is good for one year from the date of return of the tour on which it was
presented. The amount is applicable to any Christian Tours tour. The coupon
is not transferrable to any other person or organization and must be
submitted for approval with deposit for the tour desired. It is not
redeemable for cash or for other goods or services offered by Christian
Tours. The amount of CHRISTIAN CASH credit will be deducted from the final
payment of the tour for which it is being used.
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