Passport and Airport
- You pay the same price no matter what airport you choose to originate your trip from.
- Get a Passport ASAP. It should be valid 6 months from trip return date. For example, if your trip returns on March 30, the expiration of your passport should be no earlier than Sept 30 of the same year.
- Be at the airport at least 3 and 1/2 hours before departure.
- For Land only, deduct $1,000 from the price of the trip. So if your trip costs $4,000 and you decide to purchase your own flight, the price of your trip would be $3,000. Feel free to use your mileage and join the group at your destination. No matter what time you arrive to the airport of destination, we will pick you up and we will pay for your transfer to the hotel.
- You can earn miles even though we are traveling as a group. Just call the airline we are using and tell them that you need to be credited for your miles.
- If there is a delay on your flight and the group has already left the airport; there will be a tour guide with the sign of “Pro Catholic Tours” waiting for you individually.
How do you stay in Touch with your Family
- Each traveler will receive a departure packet. We suggest you print up 2 copies. (One for you and one for your family at home.)
- The trip is designed so that you and your family in the USA are always able to contact the tour guide during the trip.
- A Tour Guide will meet you at the airport and will remain with the group until you are safely returned to your departure airport. Your family will be able to contact the tour guide 24/7.
- Just look for the tour guide who is holding a sign that says: Pro Catholic Tours.
How to handle Money Overseas and what you need to bring with you
- US dollars are accepted in the Holy Land. If you are visiting Italy, France, or Portugal, please convert your US dollars to euro’s. It averages to be about $40 per person per day.
- You can use your credit/debit cards, but inform your bank/credit card company in advance that you will be using them in your chosen destination. Credit and debit cards have the best exchange rate.
- AAA prepaid debit cards are also useful.
- Avoid bringing Traveler’s Checks with you.
- Make sure that your pin does not start with number “0″ and does not have more than 4 digits. Some ATM machines in Europe do not accept pins starting with “0″ and pins that have more than 4 digits.
- Money belts are highly recommended.
- Pro Catholic Tours has its own private luxury bus at all times.
- Bus is air-conditioned and has large windows to enjoy the scenery.
- There is no need for dressy clothes.
- Dress is casual and comfortable. It is a vacation, relax and enjoy.
- Some sights (i.e. Vatican) require long pants (or capris) and shirts with sleeves.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes. Avoid sandals because they could get stuck between the cobblestones.
- Some of the hotels we use have a pool or a jacuzzi, bring a bathing suit with you. (May-September)
Packing and Carry-on
- Pack light! From experience people do not use most of the clothes they bring with them overseas.
- We suggest you pack a small wash cloth if desired. Most hotels do not provide one.
- Pack your medicine, valuables, and one day’s change of clothes in a carry-on just in case your luggage does not arrive on time.
- Liquids should be in your checked luggage, not in your carry-on. If you choose to have your liquids in your carry-on, it should be less than 3 ounces and should be placed in a one quart-size plastic zip bag (one bag per person).
- You may visit the Transportation Security Administration website to get an itemization of everything you can think of and it identifies if the item can be in the carry-on and or checked luggage.
Safety is a Priority
- Safety is our priority. As we tour each country, every passenger is always accounted for: there is always a count of passengers before and after touring each site. We never leave anyone behind!
- We use exclusively 4 or 5 star hotels in downtown areas.
Lots of Walking?
- Even though we have our own private bus, some sites do require some walking. Bring comfortable shoes (dress shoes are not necessary at all). We suggest you start walking at least 2 months before your trip so you’re ready to tour! A wheelchair can be provided if you are traveling with a companion who is able to push you. Please remember that some sites are not accessible by wheelchair.
- If you are traveling alone, we will room you with another passenger so that you don’t have to pay the extra single room supplement. If you want your own private room, it is $900 extra.
Number of Passengers
- Trip sizes vary.
- Pro Catholic Tours advertises in many Catholic Dioceses; therefore group sizes vary depending on location and time of year. They almost always sell out early, especially since we conduct small groups. So please keep this in mind when you are planning to book a trip. Many people book up to a year in advance.
Method of Payment
- Deposits ($500), Airfare Deposits ($1,000), and the Single Supplement ($900) option (if selected) at the time of registration are preferred to be paid by credit card.
- Balance is due 120 Days before USA Departure Date and is payable by check or credit card.
Check Payable to:
Pro Catholic Tours
PO Box 561
Auburn, MA 01501
Very Important Notes
- Be at the airport at least 3 and 1/2 hours before your departure.
- If a priest is leading a group and he is unable to go for any personal or pastoral reasons, Pro Catholic Tours will try to provide another chaplain. All passengers who signed up with that priest are still obligated to all the terms and conditions of Pro Catholic Tours as if their priest is still traveling.
- Pro Catholic Tours does not refund any monies paid to date for a tour, regardless of circumstances. Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment.
- Please make a copy of your passport and place it in your carry-on luggage while traveling.
- Each traveler is responsible for expenses in cases where Pro Catholic Tours has no control over events (i.e. missed flight because of a highway accident, a storm, or weather conditions, etc…).
- In addition, Pro Catholic Tours reserves the right to deny the opportunity to travel if Pro Catholic Tours deems the passenger’s behavior will negatively impact or disrupt the experience of fellow pilgrims.
- As you prepare yourself for this pilgrimage, enrich your knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Our favorite website is by Fr. Anthony Nachef, STD (Doctorate in Sacred Theology): www.learncatholicfaith.com