Your Tour Fee includes regional, economy-class airfare from the first to the last city for the tour option you select. This fee does not include the overseas portion of your ticket. Our travel agent, Travel On, can also assist you in booking your overseas ticket if needed. If you need to deviate from the itinerary or would like to pay to upgrade your ticket to business class, please contact Travel On.
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Please dress comfortably (yet neatly) on our travel days. Keep in mind that immigration officers have a tendency to question people that are sloppily dressed.
Check in is individual. The tour leader will pay all departure taxes at the airport in each city. Additional airport procedures will be discussed at the orientation meeting.
In the event that we exceed the luggage weight limit allowed by the airline, you will be responsible for the overage charges. Packing light and mailing materials in advance will help with this.
You will receive an entry/departure card on each flight to a new country. Since you are staying a short time and not earning any income, always indicate "Tourist" or "Pleasure" rather than "Business," unless instructed otherwise by the tour leader.
After deplaning, passengers will proceed through immigration. Tour members should remain quiet and serious. The immigration officer will review your passport and return your departure card, which must be retained until you leave the country. Collect your luggage and proceed through customs as instructed. A tour bus representative will meet the group in the waiting area with a sign stating "Linden Tour." When the entire group arrives, proceed with your luggage to the bus, confirm that your bags are loaded, and board the bus to the hotel.
Buddies are a Linden Tour tradition. Shortly after participants are finalized, the tour leader selects a buddy for you. Former tour members are paired with new tour members, and we always try to make a match that will be easy and fun for both of you.
Prior to the tour, your task is to make contact with your buddy by phone or e-mail. On the tour, you and your buddy are to look for each other at key transition times (leaving hotels, boarding the bus, at the airport) and other times when your tour leader calls for a "buddy check."
While some buddies become good friends, you are not responsible for your buddy's professional or social life. Buddies are just an easy way for us to make sure we do not leave anyone behind.
Your tour fee includes single room accommodations at four and five-star hotels. These hotels are well-equipped with business centers, room service, laundry, bell captains, and restaurants, and have English-speaking staff that are willing and able to answer a variety of questions and requests. In most instances, a full array of amenities (shampoo, lotion, etc.) is provided, and sundry shops are available for additional items. Most of the hotels have hair dryers available in the rooms or through housekeeping. All of the hotels exchange money from U.S. dollars to local currency 24 hours a day.
Your tour leader will handle your hotel check-in, though you may be requested to complete a registration card. We always request non-smoking rooms, but some hotels are not as strict about the non-smoking policy as we prefer. Please notify the tour leader if you change rooms for any reason. Luggage will be delivered to your room - though the larger the group, the slower the delivery. Please tip the porter roughly $1 per bag (in U.S. dollars or the equivalent local currency).
Please refer to your itinerary for exact luggage procedures. If your itinerary indicates a time for "luggage outside door," you should place your checked luggage (not carry-on) outside your room for collection by the porter.
Each tour member must formally check-out of his/her room. Please make sure you check-out well in advance of departure time. Most hotels will allow you to check out the night before, especially if the group is departing early in the morning.
Immunizations are not required for most of the countries that Linden visits, particularly since the tour only goes to major cities. Many tour members choose to get a gamma globulin shot that increases resistance to hepatitis. It is best to check with your physician. Some countries in Latin America require a yellow fever shot. If you travel in that region, it is best to get that shot.
Illnesses on the tours tend to relate to stomach/digestive problems or the common cold. To stay healthy, and to avoid sharing ailments with the group, follow this advice:
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Buses are provided for transport between the airport and hotel, and when the majority of the group is going to the same place. Taxis and subways are available for small group visits and personal travel, and tour members are expected to cover those costs.
Helpful Hints for Bus Transportation
Helpful Hints for Dealing with Taxi Drivers
Please use the Linden luggage tags you receive from us to clearly identify your bags and to expedite collection and delivery at the hotels.
On the tour, you are responsible for paying for:
As a general rule, you can expect to use an average of $60 a day (in cash). If you are interested in a more accurate rate for each city, the State Department's per diem index is a good resource.
While ATM machines are often accessible, you may not always have the time or energy to find one. Major credit cards (American Express is the easiest to replace) are widely accepted throughout Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Charges for the use of telephone and fax vary widely from country to country and hotel to hotel. Local calling cards tend to be inexpensive, but Skype may be the best option for international calls. Hotels often charge guests for receiving faxes as well. Check with hotel staff to avoid surprise charges during check-out.
Helpful Hints for Working with Money on the Trip
Please refer to the packing list for recommendations on what to take with you. Remember to pack light!
Passports and Visas
Passports must be valid for at least six months following the tour and have at least five blank pages for immigration stamps. Application forms for passports and/or additional pages are available at U.S. Post Offices, but often take up to sixty days to process, so it is best to apply immediately.
Visas are required for U.S. citizens for some of the cities Linden Tours visit. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you MUST check the embassy of the countries you will be visiting and/or visit embassy.org.