FAQ: Jewish Group Tours to Costa Rica
Who comes on your trips? What is the age range? How religious is everyone?
Our trips are very diverse. Our last trip had travelers from more than 4 countries. For our young professionals’ trips, our age range is roughly 25 to 42, with most participants in the middle of that range at roughly 25 to 35. Most participants are affiliated in some way with the Jewish community, whether they identify as Reform, Conservative, Traditional or Orthodox.
What makes your trips different from your competitors?
First, our trips focus on small, local hotels and providers. We do not use “all-inclusive” resorts, as we believe that they are not the best way to experience the culture of our destinations and to benefit the local community, one of the goals of eco-tourism. Second, we strive to make our group trips affordable while including as many items as possible. You might find a cheaper trip, but you will find that most of the activities are optional and at added cost. We believe it is better value to include those items and facilitates our primary goals of giving you a fun experience in a group setting where you can meet new people.
Why Costa Rica? Are you planning trips to other locations?
Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America, has no military, and has taken significant actions to foster conservation. Accordingly, it is a country we can feel good about supporting through our travels. This year for the first time, we are also offering a group trip to Alaska and two wilderness trips in eastern Pennsylvania and upstate New york. Next year, we are also planning on adding a trip to Puerto Rico and Israel. If you have any suggestions of places you’d like to visit with Greener Travel, please let us know.
Do I have to do all the activities? Can I get a partial refund if I skip one of the activities?
We try to make our trips accessible for travelers of most abilities and encourage all travelers to fully participate in the activities unless a traveler is afraid of a particular activity or cannot participate due to a medical condition or ability level. However, if you do not want to do a particular activity, you can opt out for any reason. Because we make our best efforts to offer an alternative activity for opting out travelers for no additional cost, we cannot generally offer a partial refund for opting out travelers.
Who will I be rooming with if I chose double-occupancy?
If you are joining the trip with someone you know, we will honor your requests to room together if you wish. If you are joining the trip by yourself, we will match you up with another same-sex traveler to share a room. If during the trip, you meet someone with whom you want to share a room with, we will try to honor your request at that time.
How much is airfare to Costa Rica? Can you help me choose my ticket?
Airfare to Costa Rica from major metropolitan areas in the U.S. is generally roughly $400 to $500, however, that depends on your origin and travel dates. We advise travelers to check rates prior to booking a trip withus, however, you should not purchase your travel before the trip has been “called.” At that time, we would be glad to give you advice on which ticket to purchase.