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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,
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, NC 28658
Deposits are due 7 days after making your reservation. Once we receive your deposit,
a tour confirmation is mailed to you. Reservations made closer to the time of
departure will require full payment.
FINAL PAYMENT ON MOTORCOACH TOURS is due no later
than 30 days prior to departure. Mark this date on your calendar.
Your reservation confirmation will verify
the final payment due date and when cancellation penalties begin.
FLY AND FLY-MOTORCOACH TOURS:
FINAL PAYMENT ON FLY TOURS is due 45 days prior to
departure. Your reservation
confirmation will verify the final payment due date and when cancellation penalties
begin. Cancellation penalties are incurred 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 75 to 95 days prior to departure. Your reservation
confirmation will verify the final payment due date and when cancellation penalties
begin. 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 cancellations policies vary.)
FINAL PAYMENT ON MOST INTERNATIONAL TOURS is due 75 to 95 days prior to departure.
Your reservation confirmation will verify the final payment due date and when
cancellation penalties begin. 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 120 to 45 days prior to the
tour departure. Some tours have special cancellation policies
and notification will be on your invoice. We strongly recommend you purchase cancellation & trip
Regardless of the reason, last-minute cancellations and transfers result in
a costly process of letters, 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. Transportation on Fly Tour & International Tours will receive a
similar motorcoach as we provide on our regular motorcoach tours. At times, a
smaller vehicle (with fewer amenities) may be used due to the size of the group
or the area we are traveling.
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. Click here for a list of our departure & 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. Please note, most hotels charge a
cleaning fee for smoking in a non-smoking room.
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 type
changes. (Note: Rooming single guarantees you one seat on the motorcoach. You
will be sharing with another traveler while riding.)
Single. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One person /One bed
Double . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two people/Two beds
Triple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Three people/Two beds
Quad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Four people/Two beds
All sightseeing tours, guides, and admissions
are covered in the tour price as outlined in the itinerary. (Additional gratuity to step-on
guides are at your own discretion)
Luggage is limited to one bag per person (maximum 48
lbs). Oversized/extra large/large duffel bags are not allowed. Drivers and/or
hotel staff can refuse to handle excessive heavy bags. Please pack light. Your
luggage 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 bag must be
small enough to fit in the overhead storage above your seat. Your “carry-on”
is your responsibility to move and carry the entire tour, therefore it is to your
advantage to make it as light as possible. Maximum size: 10” deep, 14” high,
and 24” long. Larger luggage-style “carry-ons” are not allowed.
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:
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.
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.
Personal Expenses: Valet and room service, telephone calls and all other items of a personal nature.
Non-Preventable Expenses: 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. Our
in-house travel consultant can offer rates for other cities as requested. Airline seating
is in coach class. You can pan an additional fee for aisle seats or other specific
Included in the Charlotte flight price: Round-trip transportation to the
Charlotte airport and round-trip transfers from the destination airport to the
hotel. If flights are booked separate from the group, transfers are not included.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to purchase you may click here to view a copy of the Protection Plan Description of Coverage, or contact
us at 1-800-476-3900 for details. For specific coverage questions, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 844-808-5951 and refer to plan code 282A-1115.
Christian Tours recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment against the unexpected. The travel protection plan we recommend, provided by Travelex Insurance Services, provides valuable coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. If you are interested in purchasing the recommend plan, it must be purchased at or prior to final payment.
CHRISTIAN TOURS TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
Travel with less stress
VALUABLE COVERAGE AT A COMPETITIVE PRICE!
Including a waiver of the Pre-existing Medical Condition Exclusion when the protection plan is purchased within 15 days of initial trip payment.
*Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided by the designated provider as listed in the Description of Coverage. ** Rates are subject to change. This is
a partial description of benefits. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions of the insurance plan, please refer to the
Description of Coverage. This plan provides insurance coverage for your trip that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources
that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms
of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance
agent or broker. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by your travel retailer. Travel
Insurance is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952. 1306063
AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED ON CRUISES, SO BOOK EARLY!
2% or 5% discounts are offered 125 days prior to departure date. (Click here for details)
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.
Special Needs Information
It’s our desire to meet and exceed your expectations! Our staff is available to make your travel experience as smooth as possible. Since you have indicated to our staff that you or someone in your traveling party has a disability or other condition that may require assistance, we would like to learn more in order to provide you with a pleasant and safe travel experience. Please read the information and then provide us with your individual needs. Your timely response is needed for us to prepare and serve you!
In order to reserve an ADA lift-equipped motorcoach, we must have a minimum of 48 hours advance notice. The earlier you advise us allows us more time to secure the proper accommodations for your needs (examples: accessible hotel room, seating at Broadway show).
We can better assist you if you tell us what type of mobility device you will bring and how much it weighs. If you are able to climb steps and do not need a lift motorcoach (there are 5 steps to board the motorcoach; they are approximately 10 to 15 inches), we can safely secure your scooter, wheelchair or walker in the luggage bay if we have details in advance.
Passengers who use a wheelchair and are being transported aboard a motorcoach with an ADA lift should consider the following:
Smaller mobility aids such as canes may travel inside the motorcoach in the overhead compartment or under your seat. If your device will not fit safely in either of these locations, it will be stored in the luggage compartment underneath the motorcoach. If you are bringing a walker please advise our staff so we may properly store the device under the motorcoach.
If your mobility aide exceeds 50 pounds (such as a scooter) please let us know when making your reservation so we can provide a ramp to our staff to load the device. Note: Our drivers are not permitted to load anything in excess of 50 pounds. Our drivers have the right to deny moving/lifting excessive equipment of any type that could cause them bodily harm.
If you are unable to attend to your own personal needs and/or require assistance (such as pushing a wheelchair or personal care), then we strongly recommend you be accompanied by a physically able companion who will assume responsibility for your wellbeing. Standard costs will apply to all passengers. Drivers and Tour directors do not provide assistance with eating, custodial or medical care.
You may request assistance off and on the motorcoach and assistance in the retrieval of mobility aides.
Christian Tours will endeavor to secure accessible overnight accommodations with proper prior notice, but will not be liable for third party responsibilities.
You should keep your medicine with you on the motorcoach (within quick access) at all times.
Portable oxygen and respirators (battery powered) are allowed on the motorcoach. You can bring up to 4 canisters in total (2 on the bus and 2 in the baggage compartment). They must be less than 26 inches long and 4.5 inches high (66cm x 11.5cm). Oxygen canisters stored in the baggage compartment must be in protective cases with safety caps on the valves. You’ll need to make sure you have enough oxygen for your journey. If necessary you may need to arrange refills en route. Since the federal limit for medical oxygen per coach is 99 pounds, passengers bringing oxygen containers will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.
Passengers are welcome to travel with portable oxygen concentrators, but are responsible for ensuring that they have enough battery power to complete their travel. When booking your travel, please inquire if the coach will have electrical outlets. If so, you will still need a backup supply of battery power.
Trained service animals are welcome to travel with a passenger with a disability as long as the animal does not occupy a seat or obstruct the aisle. Service animals must always be well-behaved and under the control of their owners or handlers, such as on a leash or in a carrier. We reserve the right to refuse travel to any animal which poses a direct threat to other customers or our employees.
Please indicate your needs by completing our Special Requirements Traveler Check List.Upon completing this form, you can either email it as an attachment to Heather@BurkeChristianTours.com or Mark@BurkeChristianTours.com, or mail a printed copy of the form to:
PO Box 890
Newton, NC 28658
Christian Tours is committed to protecting your rights. If you feel that your rights as a person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were violated and you would like to file a complaint, please send a written statement to:
Attn: Mark Yarborough, Safety Director
Address: PO Box 890 Newton, NC 28658
Please include a detailed description of the incident, including the bus number, date, time and location, as well as the names(s) and/or description(s) of any Christian Tours personnel you believe did not provide you appropriate assistance. You may also provide the written statement and accompanying information by emailing Mark at Christian Tours: Mark@BurkeChristianTours.com
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 domestic flights.
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 require 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. 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 tour director, 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
Seats 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.
Tobacco products are prohibited aboard the motorcoach (this includes
e-cigs, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, etc.), but we do have frequent rest stops.
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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