What is not included in the cost?Tour fees are based on travelers receiving care at a 1:4 ratio. If a tighter ratio of care is needed there is an additional fee to cover the basic expenses of bringing an additional staff. Tour fee does not include roundtrip airfare from your home airport to LAX. If you need to fly to LAX, we will make all arrangements and adjust your bill accordingly. Please note an additional $25 booking fee will be added to the plane fare.
What is the organization’s annual budget and how are you funded? Our annual budget is $2,043,000. We are funded by tour fees and donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. Donations total about $433,000 annually.
Why are the tours so expensive? Actually the tour fees are a bargain considering what is provided. Fees include all travel expenses for the participants (they only bring money for souvenirs) as well as for the skilled staff who accompany the travelers and provide 24-hour supervision and care at a 1:4 ratio. There are extensive pre- and post-tour preparations in our office to ensure pleasant and safe trips; all arrangements are coordinated to get the traveler safely to and from the tour departure point. Fees include three quality restaurant meals daily and first-class activities and entertainment. Generous in-kind donations often allow for accommodations at four- or five-star hotels. Without these donations, the fees would be much higher.
Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.