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This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with Peregrine.
We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program. You will be required to complete an online visa waiver prior to travelling (at a cost of US$14). This can be done at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:
Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
Every Peregrine traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your Peregrine journey.
Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm sweater / fleece
• Casual ‘evening out’ clothes
• Hiking shoes / boots
• Comfortable day shoes
• Sandals or flip-flops
• Warm hat / gloves
• Swim wear
• Sun hat / sunglasses
• Camera / binoculars
• Small flashlight / torch
• Suncreen / insect repellent (20% DEET)
• Travel power adaptor (optional)
• Toiletries / personal medicine
You will have the opportunity to wash your clothes while on tour. This can often be done at the hotel or in another place in town. Ask your tour leader for local information.
The unit of currency is the US dollar (US$ or USD), made up of 100 cents. Bank notes are found in the following denominations: $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There is also a rarely-used $2 bill. Coins come in 1c, 5c, 10c (a dime) and 25c (a quarter), as well as the rarely-used 50c and $1 denominations.
Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.
Credit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere and ATMs are common. Travellers cheques are also easily exchanged. Tipping is expected in restaurants and in all areas of the services, hospitality and tourism industry.
We recommend you take at least US$35 dollars per day to cover local expenses, but it’s better to bring more than you need rather than run short on tour. Your spending money needs to cover optional activities, personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs and snacks along the way. We suggest you bring US$150 with you in cash. ATM/cash points are widely available in all major cities and small towns, but may be limited in some off the beaten track destinations. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have international access and a PIN number to access your funds. Travellers cheques are accepted and can be a safe way to take your funds, but aren’t always the most practical.
Airport taxes in USA are included in the cost of your international airfare.
Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff, any type of guide and taxi drivers. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 10% is standard in restaurants. Your tour leader also works long and hard for you. If the leader’s performance meets or exceeds your expectations, we recommend you consider a tip of US$5 per person, per day, in appreciation of the service you receive.
Most of our tours start at our gateway hotels at 7:30 am. There are some exceptions, so please check your vouchers. Make sure you have your bags packed, have eaten breakfast and have checked out of your room before meeting your tour leader in the hotel lobby. You will spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and meeting your fellow travellers before departing the hotel.
Our joining hotel is:
Fairfield Inn Atlanta Airport North
1255 Walker Avenue
Ph: 1-404 767-5374
Fax: 1-404 767-5633
Transport from Airport to Hotel:
The hotel provides a free, 24-hr airport shuttle (a tip of US $2 per person is recommended) between the hotel and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Contact the hotel upon arrival by using the courtesy phone located in the baggage claim area, or proceed to the hotel shuttle pick up area outside of baggage claim and look for the Renaissance Hotel shuttle (it also stops at the Fairfield Inn North). The shuttle comes by approximately every 20 minutes. (Please be aware that there is also a Fairfield Inn Atlanta Airport South so please be sure you are calling the correct hotel and boarding the correct shuttle).
PRE/POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
If you have booked additional accommodation in conjunction with your trip, please note that it is standard policy in the USA for debit and credit cards to be authorized at check-in by hotels for the amount of your stay, plus an amount to cover incidentals. The authorization will hold the funds until check out, at which time the amount actually incurred during the stay will be charged. Authorized amounts can take up to 30 days after departure to be released by your bank or financial institution. If you are unsure at check in as to what your card is being charged for, please ask the staff to explain their policy. Please also clarify with the hotel when you check in or out that all deposits will be refunded as promptly as possible.
In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.
Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures
This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Grand American Adventures can be reached as follows:
Tours commencing in Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Francisco:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 786 - 8735
- Int’l: 001 (707) 523 - 1800
Tours commencing in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago & Houston:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 637 - 8931
- Int’l: 001 (973) 989 - 7501
Tours commencing in Seattle, Vancouver & Anchorage:
- Toll-Free: 1 (800) 600 -5343
- Int’l: 001 (206) 878 - 0948
Possible Itinerary Amendments
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline. All travelling times quoted in the itinerary are also estimates only and can vary substantially due to unscheduled stops and traffic or weather conditions.
|Atlanta, Georgia, USA||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
Accommodation: Best Western Downtown Convention Center or similar
Accommodation: Best Western Downtown Convention Center or similar
Accommodation: Springhill Suites or similar, Fairbanks
Accommodation: Comfort Inn Clarksdale or similar, Clarksdale
Accommodation: Best Western River Inn or similar
Accommodation: Baymont Inn and Suites or similar
Meals included: 1 dinner
Accommodation: BW Landmark French Quarter or similar, New Orleans
Accommodation: Drury Inn Birmingham, Birmingham
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
At Peregrine we are always looking for ways to improve our trips and your feedback is invaluable to us and to our tour guides. It tells us what we're doing right, what you believe could be done better and what improvements you feel could help future travellers choose and enjoy Peregrine. At the end of your trip we ask that you to take a few minutes of your time to complete our on-line feedback form. Just go to http://www.peregrineadventures.com/tour-feedback for our easy to fill out questionnaire. We’d love to hear what you have to say!
25 August 2014