Tour Conditions & Terms
AIR TRANSPORTATION – Round trip economy class jet airfare unless you pay for the land-only package and obtain your own flights.
LUGGAGE – Allowed free of charge to your first overseas destination and from most points of return to the U.S.A.; a maximum of 1 checked bag per person of 44 pounds each, depending on the group size. Excess baggage will be charged at established rates by the air carrier. El Al charges $90 per additional 44 lb checked bag. 1 carry-on and 1 personal item is included. The carry-on cannot exceed standard size and 17 lbs. The personal item can be a purse, backpack or laptop bag.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS – Hotels featured in this tour are first class and kibbutz. All rooms are double-bedded with private baths. The tour price is based on two people sharing one room. ***Anyone occupying a room as a single will be charged a single supplement of at least $1,200. The judgment about the hotel classification reflects the tour operator’s opinion on comparative desirability.
LAUNDRY – Most of the hotels have paid laundry service. You can bring laundry to the service for clean pick up the next morning when checking in.
TRANSFERS – Transportation of passengers and luggage are included unless arriving or departing separately from the group. If arriving separately, plan to pay for your taxi transfer from the airport to the hotel, separate from the tour package. The return trip to the airport on the final day of the tour will be scheduled for the group. If you do not wish to return to the airport with the group or your flight differs from most returning parties, a taxi will be needed separately.
SIGHTSEEING – This will be conducted via an air-conditioned motor coach. Entrance fees per the itinerary are included. Plan for a LOT of walking each day. If health issues arise, you may stay at the hotel to relax and recuperate as an alternative.
BACKPACK – Plan to bring a backpack each day that you can leave on the bus or carry with you. Bringing your water bottle, snacks, bible, pen, and notebook is suggested.
STAY HYDRATED – You can fill your water bottle with ice and water at the hotel each morning before leaving for the day. Bringing electrolyte hydration powder to add to your water is highly recommended.
MEALS – Breakfast and dinner are included daily. Lunch is scheduled at various local restaurants. You may opt out of lunch by bringing snacks in a day backpack.
DOCUMENTS – Each passenger must possess a valid, current passport. Non-USA citizens may require a visa.
INCLUDED – Hotel service charges and taxes levied by hotels and governments, tips for baggage porters at hotels and airports for the group as a whole.
NOT INCLUDED – taxi transfers, lunches, visas, passport fees, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature, such as laundry, beverages, snack food, and gift purchases.
FULL PAYMENT: Due 100 days before departure.
CREDIT CARDS: The tour price reflects a 4% discount for purchases made by checks or cash. We will charge 4% additional for trip costs paid by credit card.
CANCELLATION: The deposit is nonrefundable regardless of world events. All payments are non-refundable if a tour participant cancels their participation except as covered by the optional purchase of travel insurance with a cancellation benefit.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. The passenger is responsible for verifying whether his/her local health insurance covers you out of the USA. Please contact your insurance carrier for details. We strongly recommend the purchase of Comprehensive travel insurance, which covers health, luggage, and trip cancellation. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses you or any member of your party may incur due to failing to secure adequate coverage. You can choose any travel insurance company, but we recommend Allianz for their coverage and price:
RATES: All tour prices are quoted based on tariffs, rules, and currency exchange rates effective as of the published tour date and are subject to change.
MINIMUM PARTICIPATION: Tour price is based on a minimum of (DECISION OF TOUR HOST) passengers traveling together. If the group size falls below this minimum, an adjustment of the tour price may be necessary.
RESPONSIBILITY – Cross to Light, Inc. (herein “Cross to Light”) shall not be responsible for breach of contract, failure to comply with any laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or any intentional or negligent actions or omissions on the part of agents or suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay or inconvenience or injury to travelers or travelers’ companions or group members. Unless “guaranteed” is expressly stated in writing on your tickets, invoice, or reservation itinerary, Cross to Light does not guarantee any of such supplier’s rates, bookings, reservations, connections, scheduling, or handling of baggage or other personal effects. Cross to Light shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or adverse conditions. Traveler assumes full responsibility for and hereby releases Cross to Light from any duty of checking and verifying each destination’s passport, visa, vaccinations, or other entry requirements and safety and security conditions during the length of the proposed travel. However, we specifically recommend that U.S. Citizens traveling to Israel, Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean do so with a valid U.S. Passport. For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U.S. State Department (202) 647-5225 or access the State Department’s online travel advisory service (www.state.gov/travel information/travel warnings). For medical information, call the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at (404) 332-4559 or log on to www.cdc.gov./travel. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks, possible travel industry bankruptcies, and medical and climatic disruptions. The traveler may be unable to travel as scheduled because of a personal emergency. Traveler’s retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute consent to the above and an agreement on his/her part to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members. Cross to Light is not responsible for disruptions from computer-related problems, weather, or carrier or supplier logistical problems. The tour includes a significant amount of walking and climbing and can be strenuous. Should you have any health concerns, please get in touch with your doctor to discuss if it is advisable to participate in this tour.
Code of Conduct
Through all that we do and say, we want God to work through us as a team to glorify Himself and demonstrate His love to others.
The most common reason short-term teams experience difficulty is interpersonal conflict within the team. To function as a team, it is essential to have a common understanding of acceptable attitudes and behavior before going. Here are some basic guidelines for how to behave toward those around you.
Be a Servant
…being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2:2-4
The needs of other team members should be placed ahead of one’s own. Team members should seek understanding in their relationships, respecting each other by submitting to one another out of reverence to Christ (Ephesians 5: 21). This includes listening to each other’s opinions, ideas, and needs and respecting each other’s time property, and sleep.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men’ you are manifestly an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. – II Corinthians 3:2-3
As you experience a different culture, remember you are an ambassador for God. Be respectful, and in everything you do, be mindful of how Jesus would want you to act and speak.
Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
In all of your actions on this trip, you are first accountable to God. You must also agree to be accountable to the team leaders, supervisors, and other team members.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no on evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceable with all men. – Romans 12:9-18
Team members are expected to carry out tasks in a responsible and timely manner and to handle all equipment and assignments as tools and gifts that the Lord has entrusted them with.
Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us – Romans 12:4-6.
Team members should realize and respect that each team member has unique gifts and that the Lord has called us to act as a cohesive body for HIS glory.
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jew I became as a Jew, that I might win the Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak that I might win the weak I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be a partaker of it with you. – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Pastor Chuck Smith said, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” When traveling in a foreign land, be prepared for the unexpected. The best well-laid plans can be changed. Team members should be flexible in their attitudes, actions, and circumstances as they allow Christ’s purposes to be carried out through them.
For safety reasons, you are not allowed to travel alone or to do any extra traveling without permission while in Israel with Cross to Light unless you get permission from one of the team leads.
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.” Matthew 15:18 “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23-24 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 5:3 Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. ‘Be angry and do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil…Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed of the day of redemption, let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. – Ephesians 4:25-27, 29-32
It is evident in the Word that the Lord does not want disagreements between members of the body to remain unresolved and develop into deep-rooted, festering resentment. As members of a diverse body, you must anticipate that you may not always agree with your fellow team members. When a conflict does arise, do not allow resentment to build. Do not begin to gossip among the other team members about the conflict. This only sows seeds of discord and hinders the ministry that the Lord has you there to perform. Remember to constantly deal with your fellow brethren in love, submitting to one another in the fear of God, especially regarding conflict resolution. Always be willing to admit if you are wrong. Be swift to ask for forgiveness if you have wronged someone, and be even swifter to grant forgiveness if you have been wronged. If you cannot resolve the conflict between the two of you, and mediation is needed, go to your team leader, once again, in a loving manner befitting a servant of Christ.
Being Above Reproach
Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. Therefore concerning the eating of thing offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other god but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven of on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him, and one Lord Jesus Christ through whom are all things, and through whom we live. However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. Bu t food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of your become stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of you knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat mean, lest I make my brother stumble – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.
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