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Frequently Asked Questions

ARE HARVEST PILGRIMAGES FULLY ESCORTED?

All pilgrimages are fully escorted by a Priest Chaplain and often with a Tour Co-ordinator travelling from Australia, although not necessarily on the same flights. In the case of smaller group sizes, your tour escort may assume the role of tour co-ordinator from your first point of arrival.

WHO ARE THE SPIRITUAL CHAPLAINS AND GROUP CO-ORDINATORS?

Being a Catholic tour operator, Harvest is dedicated to a careful discernment process in choosing the most appropriate priest chaplains to pastorally care for and spiritually direct our pilgrimages.

Group Co-ordinators perform a complimentary role on a more practical level to assure the comfort and smooth logistical operation of each day's programme.

WHAT IS A SHARE TWIN ROOM AND HOW DO YOU CHOOSE MY ROOM PARTNER?

While a 'double' room normally constitutes a double or queen bed in the room, a 'twin' provides two single beds in the one room.

Passengers travelling by themselves who elect a 'twin-share' room basis can assign Harvest the task of pairing two pilgrims of the same gender together throughout the pilgrimage. This will always be done with age compatibility in mind although this will always remain at Harvest's discretion and can never be guaranteed. Please refer to Section 11 of Harvest's Terms and Conditions for more details.

HOW FIT AND ABLE MUST I BE?

While the physical demands of each pilgrimage may vary, each participant must be physically mobile, in good health and capable of caring for themselves on tour. Although some exceptions may apply, pilgrims over the age of 70 or with Medical or physical disabilities may be assessed (in accordance with standard Travel Insurance Procedures), and if deemed necessary, must travel with the assistance of a dedicated care person.

Please consult your Harvest office as to any concerns you may have in this regard.

 

WHAT ADDITIONAL EXPENSES ARE NEEDED?

All programmes cover all items listed in the General Price Inclusions.

Additional expenses may include lunches daily, any supplementary drinks at meal times, telephone calls, shopping, laundry and items of a personal nature. As previously indicated, airport taxes and airline fees and levies are included but can be subject to ongoing fluctuations.

CAN I EXTEND ONTO MY PILGRIMAGE?

Extensions are possible after your pilgrimage is complete. Ask your Harvest consultant to advise you on any additional flight, touring and accommodation considerations.

CAN I LINK SEVERAL PILGRIMAGES TOGETHER BACK TO BACK?

Many programmes have been creatively scheduled to allow various combinations of pilgrimages back to back. Additional flight coupons may be necessary to link multiple departures depending on your preferred combination. Contact Harvest to assist you with planning and to calculate your overall tour cost.

WILL I NEED TO APPLY FOR VISAS?

Your Harvest consultant will advise you whether any visas are required for your travel itinerary and if so, assist you in the processes of obtaining these. Application forms along with visa fee information will be provided in your letter of confirmation after Harvest receives your initial payment of deposit. Passengers not travelling on an Australian passport should take particular note of their specific visa requirements and restrictions.

Non Australian passport holders may need to apply for their visa in person.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF A GROUP?

Most groups depart with the average size of 20-25 persons, although this can range from very small groups of around 12 to larger capacities of up to 45.

WILL HARVEST ASSIST ME WITH ANY ADDITIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS?

Harvest is a fully accredited travel agency. Our consultants are well equipped to assist you in the arranging of additional tours, flights, rail passes, car rentals and accommodation requirements for any personal travel extensions.

WHAT ABOUT THE TOUR ESCORTS AND LOCAL GUIDES?

Tour Escorts normally join a pilgrimage at the first point of arrival, providing commentary information and assistance throughout the days on tour. Furthermore, local guides are employed at chosen shrines and sites for their focused expertise and more detailed explanations.

WHAT IS THE GLOBAL PILGRIM ALLICANCE?

Harvest has entered into a partnership with Catholic pilgrimage tour operators from across the world.

This allows Harvest to offer a wide range of pilgrimage encounters throughout the year in addition to its own specialty range of tours.

DO YOU NEED TO BE CATHOLIC OR RELIGIOUS TO PARTICIPATE?

While our programmes are geared primarily to the needs of the Catholic faithful, all are welcome to participate and to encounter the unique community and spiritual experience found on pilgrimage. There is no obligation to attend daily Mass.

ARE MONIES PAID TO HARVEST PROTECTED?

Harvest has been in operation for over twenty five years. We are a fully licensed travel agency.

All monies paid to Harvest are ultimately protected under current Travel Agency insurances.

WHEN WILL I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS?

Tour documentation is dispatched approximately 2 weeks prior to departure. Passengers should make an appointment to collect it from their Harvest booking office or travel agent while pilgrims in regional locations (or not booked through a travel agent) will receive it by a postal delivery or courier service.

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