FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

You are about to embark on an exciting trip with Worldview Tours. If you are among those who have traveled with us in the past…welcome back! If this is your first Worldview tour…a warm welcome to you. We hope you will join the ranks of the very satisfied Worldview customers.

What documents will I need? A passport valid for at least six months beyond your return date is required. Please call VISA CENTRAL http://visacentral.com/?login=worldviewtours for Visa requirements for your destination country. Visas are required for India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar, Vietnam. Assistance is provided in obtaining necessary visas for tours anywhere in the world. Over the years we have found VISA CENTRAL Service to be very reliable and efficient. They arrange visas on behalf of most big tour operators in the country. Visa fee is not included in your tour price and the payment should be made with the completed application to the visa service.

What shots do I need? India, Bhutan, Nepal or Sri Lanka governments do not require any inoculations, except proof of a yellow fever shot if you have traveled in a yellow fever effected area within the past seven days. As a minimum, most tourists take protection against Hepatitis A and get booster shots. CDC and your local health department maintain a list of recommended shots for travel to your destination. Your personal physician may recommend some shots for your special needs. For more information you may contact your local health department or the CDC at (800) 232 4636 or visit http://www.cdc.gov/.

What are the physical challenges? You don’t have to be an athlete to participate in our tours, but you must be in reasonably good physical condition. The most that is physically required is walking from the bus parking to climb to a monument or inside a fort or museum where it may be necessary to climb steps to go from one exhibit to another. It is the responsibility of tour participants to select a trip suited to their abilities and interest. While none of our tours are rigorous but some can be physically demanding and include travel to areas where medical facilities are almost non-existent. Should you have any questions or need any clarification about a specific tour please ask us for details at the time of booking.

I have paid my deposit for the tour. When is the balance payment due? All unpaid balance must be paid in full 90 days before departure . We will send you a detailed invoice, approximately 75 days before departure. Since tour documents and airline tickets cannot be released before final payment is received, please send remittance by the date requested or call in your payment by a major credit card at (800) 373 0388.

When do I get my final tour documents and rendezvous instructions? Your tour documents including airline tickets, tour members list, itinerary*, hotel list* with addresses, telephone/fax numbers (* extra copies to leave behind),stopover vouchers ( if stopover packages are arranged through us),baggage tags and any other relevant information about your trip is mailed to you two to three weeks before departure.

How much baggage may I take? Baggage handling of only one piece of checked luggage per person is included on all tours. Coach class passengers can take two check-in bags… not to exceed 106 inches per bag and not to exceed 50 pounds for each bag on your flights to India. In addition one carry-on bag is allowed per person, not to exceed 11 pounds weight and 17”x12”x8” in dimension. Within India the domestic airlines allow each passenger only one checked bag not to exceed 33 pounds. Free baggage allowance is frequently different by the airlines used or by destinations you are visiting. Please check with us regarding restrictions on baggage to your destinations.

What weather to expect? Nothing like USUAL WEATHER exists any more! The WorldMet site maintains current weather and forecasts for almost all cities in the world. http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html. October through March is the best season to visit India. There is little or no rain in North India during this time. The average high temperatures in most of North India are in the low 80s and the lower range is between 50° to 70°F. However in January/February the temperatures could drop to low 40s°F. South India gets some monsoon rains in October/November, but December through March is relatively cool and dry. Kathmandu valley is only 4200-ft high and it rarely snows in the valley.

What clothes should I take? No formal clothes are required on your tour, unless you wish to dress up a little for welcome and farewell dinners and/or for dining at the better restaurants of some Deluxe luxury hotels. A jacket for men (tie optional) and one evening dress for ladies is about enough. Casual to smart-casual is the norm. During visits to a temple or a mosque, avoid showing too much skin. From November to February a sweater and a wind jacket may be necessary in north India. Remember comfortable walking shoes and a few pairs of dark “temple soc” that can be discarded after the tour.

Electric current in Indian sub-continent? The voltage in India is 220 volts AC 50 cycles. Wall plugs are the round, two-pronged European type. It is best to carry a travel adapter to fit your particular appliance. Most hotels will provide hair dryers.

Time Zone in India? India has only one time zone; the entire country is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), and 9.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. During daylight savings time, the time difference is 10.5 hours. For current time in India visit: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/.

Should I buy trip cancellation, accident and baggage insurance? Generally, a comprehensive travel insurance plan covers trip cancellation, trip delay, trip interruption, baggage, medical and emergency medical evacuation. Coverage costs 5 to 6 percent of the total tour price. Some insurance packages offer a ‘Pre existing medical conditions waiver’ if the insurance is bought within seven to 10 days of making your tour deposit. Whether on a group tour or a private tour, considering the heavy cancellation penalties, it is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance. Payments for any insurance should be sent directly to the insurance company. http://www.travelguard.com/agentlink.asp?ta_arc=05...

What is the food like in India? A smorgasbord of traditional local fare and continental favorites are available in most hotels. Full American breakfast is included daily with juice, fruit, breads, eggs and local items. On our escorted tours we have arranged lunches and dinners that are buffets or a choice of three-course western or Indian style meals. Some days a multi choice local favorite meal may be offered.

What health precautions I should take while on the tour? Minor stomach ailments are the most common affliction of visitors to India. To minimize the chances of your getting sick, we strongly recommend that you drink only bottled water during your travel through India. Bottled drinking water is available for purchase throughout. Most hotels provide free bottled drinking water in the rooms. Ice is safe in hotels and in major restaurants where they use purified water.

Are doctors readily available? Most hotels have excellent physicians on call. They are inexpensive (relative to what you pay at home), competent, and familiar with the common ailments that afflict travelers. Your tour might be traveling through remote areas where medical facilities may not be in easy reach. Our local staff are available to assist you in anyway possible.

How much money should I take? It is possible to arrange pre-paid gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters at hotels and airports, please ask us how. Customary end-of-the-trip gratuity to your tour escort is not included. Industry standards are $8-$10 per person per day. It is easy to change money at your hotel cashier’s desk. There is no major advantage in changing money at a bank. It is better to take use ATM machines available throughout the country. You may want to take some cash in twenties, tens, fives and ones for small purchases. You should try not to change too much money as it is often difficult to reconvert local money back to US dollars. When you change your money you get receipts (called "encashment certificates") they should be retained, as these will enable you to reconvert the balance into dollars, at the time of departure from the country, if the last receipt is no more than 30 days old. All major establishments, hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards. ATMs are easily available in all major cities. Visitors must declare foreign currency brought in if it exceeds $10,000 USD, the amount must be declared upon entry on a Currency Declaration Form. International airports have currency exchange booths that are open 24/7 for arriving or departing overseas flights.

Photography in India? Special permission of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, is required for use of tripod and artificial light. Most of the monuments have a still and moving camera fee (nominal charge ranging from $0.5-$8.00 per camera). Carry twice as much memory cards as you think you will need! Videos are not allowed in the Taj Mahal complex past the first viewing area. Guests may store their cameras. Costs incurred for photography are at your expense and your Tour Escort/local guides will brief you in advance on the camera fees etc.

What can I expect of our tour escort? He or she is the business manager of the tour while dealing with hotels, bus companies, etc. His job is to ensure you get what you paid for. He manages all logistics such as hotel, airline check-ins, departure and pick-up times. He will advise you of the time schedules for each day’s event, suggest any optional activities, and give shopping information if requested. He supervises the baggage handling, drivers, and guides and generally smoothens out any rough edges.

How is a tour escort different from local tour guides? Local guides are extremely important in your travel experience. He is a native resident of that city, he will conduct sightseeing tours indicating points of interest, explaining history, highlights of monuments visited, local customs, and current living conditions in the city. A comprehensive travel facts booklet is mailed when you book with us.

WE ARE READY TO HELP AND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS- Please call us (800) 373 0388 or email info@worldviewtours.com

USEFUL LINKS

ADVISORIES
Check these sites to learn about the latest travel warnings. U.S. State Department travel advisories
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U.S. Customs Service alerts (provides guidelines for what travelers can/can't bring in/out of the U.S.)
http://www.customs.treas.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacati...

TRAVELER'S HEALTH Check for required/suggested immunizations and health warnings CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

http://www.cdc.gov

Info on travel health risks and how to avoid them
http://www.travelhealth.com/
Consulate General of India, San Francisco
http://www.indianconsulate-sf.org/
High-altitude acclimatization and illness info
http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
Passport Services and Information (online forms and info for passport applications/renewal) http://visacentral.com/?login=worldviewtourshttp://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.htm...
Entry requirements for foreign countries
http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
For passport/visa assistance contact Zierer Visa service http://visacentral.com/?login=worldviewtours
EMBASSIES AND TOURIST OFFICES
Tourism offices worldwide (including tourist office websites) https://www.intltravelnews.com/tourismdirectory
U.S. embassies around the world http://www.usembassy.gov/
WORLDWIDE CONVERSIONS
Electricity, money, metric measurements and timeWorld electricity guide https://www.voltagevalet.com/elec_guide.html
Currency conversion
http://www.xe.net/currency
Nepal Embassy, Washington DC
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_927...
Create a currency conversion "cheat sheet" to take along on your next trip https://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rat...
Metric conversion calculator
http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm
Metric measurement calculator, including temperature conversions
http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm
World Clock
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock
ATM MACHINE LOCATIONS ABROAD
Find ATM locations for cards using Visa and Plus systems
http://www.visa.com/atms
ATM locations for cards using MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus systems
http://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp
MISCELLANEOUS
Info on airport facilities, terminals and parking around the world
http://www.worldairportguide.com/
Maps of locations worldwide (including driving directions for European destinations)
http://www.googlemaps.com
Dialing codes
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Weather forecasts around the world
http://www.wunderground.com/
UNESCO World Heritage Sites list
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State Department Travel Publications
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International Dialing Codes
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