Travel Tips

PACKING CHECKLIST

Hand Luggage

  • Passport and Visas (Carry photocopies as well)
  • Foreign Currency/Travellers Cheques/ Forex Cards
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Air/Rail Tickets (Hard Copy)
  • Valuables – Camera, Mobile Phones, I Pods, Laptops
  • Notebook and Pen
  • A light Pullover or Sweater
  • A guide book to your destination
  • Airline tickets and hotel documentations
  • Credit Cards and Id (Driving Licence)
  • Medication (And your Prescription)
  • Books or Magazines
  • Tissue/Wet Wipes
  • Useful Contact Numbers

Main Luggage

  • Clothes/Undergarments/Swimwear
  • Medicines and First Aid Kit
  • Travel Adapters
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries and Personal Care Essentials
  • Accessories – Caps, Hats, Sunglasses, Scarves

Travelling With Kids

  • Change of Clothes for the Journey
  • Wet Wipes/Nappies
  • Baby Food
  • Toys, Games or Books to keep the children entertained
  • Snacks/Travel Sweets for the Journey
  • Any Medications for the kid

Baggage Recommendations

  • Airline Regulations permit you to carry only 2 bags per person (depending on your destination and airline policy)
  • Check in bag with a maximum weight of 20 kgs (subject to airline policy) and a hand bag with a maximum weight of 7 kgs with dimensions not exceeding 115 cms (subject to airline policy)
  • Do not put any cash, jewellery or expensive items in your check in bag. In fact we suggest not to carry valuables on tour
  • Carry bags with wheels and sturdy handles, preferably a stroller, which is convenient to carry and pull along
  • Label your bags with your name, address and telephone numbers. Also note its make/brand, this is useful to trace your bag at the time of baggage claim. Ensure that your check in bags are locked.
  • We advise you to travel as light as possible, as carrying heavy luggage can be very inconvenient

Things not to carry in hand baggage

  • Knives, scissors, razors, nail cutters, batteries etc
  • Liquids, aerosol sprays and gels
  • Cigarette lighters and metallic objects (eg safety pins)
  • Perishable food items and vegetables not allowed when travelling to countries like Australia and New Zealand

Clothing & Footwear

  • Comfortable casual clothes like jeans/trousers, shirts, T-shirts, and Salwar Kameez are the best options during the day.
  • Depending on the country and the weather at the time of travel, it is advisable to carry warm clothing like thermal wear, jackets, sweaters, hand gloves, rainwear etc
  • If you are visiting a beach or are going to undertake water sports activities, do not forget to pack your swim suits and appropriate footwear like floaters and flip flops
  • We recommend you carry a dark pair of trousers or denims, which are not only easy to mix and match, but also easy to maintain
  • Special Events, Gala dinners, Casinos, certain restaurants or tourist attractions ( eg Paradis Latin in Paris have a dress code (formal attire) to be followed. It is advisable to carry a set of formal clothes and footwear.
  • Carry a comfortable pair of footwear, preferably walking shoes

Medications / First Aid Kit

  • Remember to carry your required medicines with prescription
  • Do not forget to pack any specific allergy medication that you may need
  • Carry medicines for altitude sickness when travelling to high altitude destinations

Personal Care

  • Bath & Shower Products
  • Sun cream lotions and moisturizers
  • Wet wipes & Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Perfumes or Deodorants
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste & Dental Products
  • All liquids, gels, deodorant sprays etc above 100 ml should be in your checked in baggage only
  • Remember to carry only travel sized sachets of all essential toiletries instead of carrying big bottles

Travel Accessories

  • Camera/ Video camera with extra memory cards/ film rolls & batteries
  • Universal/ Multipurpose Adaptor
  • Small Flashlight
  • Mobile Phone Charger and local country SIM cards.
  • Music Player with headphones

Foreign Exchange

  • We suggest you to carry sufficient foreign currency, for your personal expense and shopping purpose while on holiday
  • As per current RBI rules, you can purchase a total of USD 10000 as Basic Travel Quota per person in a year.
  • Only USD 3000 can be carried as currency notes and the balance has to be carried in the form of Prepaid Forex cards or Foreign Currency travelers cheque

Travel Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is a cover for the risks you might face in your trip
  • Insurance is compulsory in all European countries. Our Group tours to Europe include basic travel insurance for the duration of the tour upto 59 years of age
  • It is highly recommended to purchase Travel Insurance whether you are travelling in India or abroad, since it provides you and your family medical & financial assistance in case of an emergency while travelling.
  • Please get in touch with our travel consultant who will assist you with selecting a suitable travel insurance

Once you arrive at the Airport

  • Report at least 4 hours prior to departure for International Holidays and 2 hours prior to departure for Indian Tours
  • If travelling by our Group Tour, then kindly reach the designated airport reporting point at the indicated time
  • Proceed to the entry gate of the Departure Terminal. Each airport has different departure terminals for different flights, ensure that you arrive at the correct departure terminal
  • You will be required to show your passport and e-ticket to gain entry into the departure terminal. For Domestic travel, photo Id is necessary for each and every member travelling
  • Get your check in bags screened (X-rayed) before you proceed to check in at the airline counter
  • At the airline counter, present your passport and ticket to airline staff and put the bags you to want to check in on the weighing scale
  • Once your bags are tagged, the airline staff will return your passport, ticket and boarding card along with embarkation card

Immigrations, Customs & Security Check

  • Fill the embarkation card and proceed to the immigration counter
  • Present your passport, boarding card along with the embarkation card. The immigration officer will keep the embarkation card and return your passport and boarding card
  • Please proceed for the security check , keep your passport and boarding card handy
  • After security check is done, proceed to your boarding gate and wait for your flight boarding announcement
  • On some airports, there may be no announcements. We advice you to reach the correct boarding gate well in time

FAQ

General Information

  • If I misplace my passport, what assistance will I be provided?
    We may be able to provide you with assistance – subject to availability & on chargeable basis only – who’ll assist you with all the required & necessary formalities like lodging a complaint / FIR at the nearest police station & securing a Landing Certificate from the Indian Embassy of the respective international destination.
  • What’s’ an e-ticket?
    An e–ticket (electronic ticket) is a paperless electronic document with a unique confirmation number that neatly replaces the hassles of a paper ticket. You may request for a copy to be sent to your e-mail id, in-case of International tours – if & when you require e-tickets for buying Forex, for VISA formalities. For outstation guests who have booked Domestic tours & may arrive at the airport before the scheduled time, we may issue an e-ticket copy if requested for – on a case to case basis, under such circumstances, you are requested to not make any changes in it at the airport as it is a group PNR & any changes may create problem(s) for the entire group!

 

On Tour

 

  • What are the modes of travel on tour? 
    The modes of travel depend upon the tour which you book. Generally, we travel by Flight, Coach, Train, Cruise, Speed boat, Jet Foil, Cable Car, etc as mentioned in the itinerary. For more information refer respective tour itinerary page on www.blendtours.com
  • Are there any night journeys on tour?
    For flights and Trains we may have night journeys, but we normally avoid night journeys on tour as far as possible.
  • How hectic is the pace of the tours?
    We have a wide range of products which are designed as leisurely paced to medium paced to fast. Most of the tours are medium to fast pace as we cover maximum must see sightseeing’s, we do not have optional sightseeing’s.
  • Do we have to walk a lot on tours?
    Generally, we have to walk at sightseeing places, amusement parks and at the airports sometimes for a long distance, however the same will be timely instructed by the Tour Leader.
  • Do we have to wake up early on tours?
    Unless otherwise specified by the Tour Leader for International Holidays, we normally follow 6-7-8 schedule i.e wake up at 6 am, breakfast at 7 am and departure at 8 am and for Indian tour its 7-8-9 schedule i.e. wake up at 7 am, breakfast at 8 am and departure at 9 am. However, the schedule may change as per the situation.
  • Do we get wake-up calls on tours?
    Yes, you do get telephonic wakeup call through the hotel automated system if its notified earlier to hotel reception, however it is advisable to have your mobile alarms set to be on the safer side.
  • What if I reach late and miss a part of the tour?
    Punctuality is of utmost importance when traveling in group. We do not want you to miss any part of the tour so please be on time and always follow the Tour Leader’s instructions. In case, you miss any part of the tour, we are not responsible/liable and no refund shall be given to you in this regard.
  • What assistance is provided to a disabled person or a senior citizen, who needs special assistance on tour?
    A qualified companion must accompany the guest who needs such special assistance as individual assistance cannot be given to such guest by the Tour Leader considering he has to manage the entire group.
  • Will I get drinking water during sight-seeing?
    In most of the countries tap water is considered very safe and widely available. In-case, it is not so and wherever Blend provides the same is mentioned in the respective tour itinerary page on the website www.blendtours.com
  • Will I get some time for my-self on the tour?
    Group Tour Itineraries are designed and planned in such a way that you should get to see maximum places, so you will get time only when you are back at the hotel. However, if you wish to skip any sightseeing, then you have to inform the Tour Leader accordingly, but you shall not get any refund for such services which you have not availed at your own discretion.
  • At a particular destination, can my relative join me on the tour? 
    Yes, your relative is always welcome. S/he can join us on tour subject to your intimation to us at the time of your booking and payment of prescribed charges to make him / her eligible to join our tour and avail our services on tour.
  • Will Blend recommend me where to shop on a tour?
    Our Tour Leader will provide information about the shopping areas on tour, however s/he will not suggest/recommend / promote any particular shop, area etc. to you.
  • Can I use my credit card for shopping / personal expense while on an International tour? 
    Yes, you can use internationally accepted Credit cards for shopping and personal expenses but kindly cross check with your Bank before effecting any transaction. We are not responsible/liable for any loss, fraud, damage, cheating etc., if any, occurs in such cases.
  • How can I stay in touch with my family and friends on an International Holidays?
    While on tour, you can be in touch with your family and friends through a local calling card or local sim card as you may deem fit and desirable. You have to carry your mobile handset. We are not responsible for any charges levied by the international local authorities neither shall be responsible for loss of your mobile handset.
  • What assistance is provided, if I dis-continue the scheduled tour, on account of illness?
    If you fall sick on tour, kindly inform the Tour Leader immediately. The Tour Leader will assist you in making all arrangements for the medical aid, doctor on call etc. However, the expenses will have to be borne by you. Here, Insurance plays a major role hence we highly recommend that you should get yourself and your family insured adequately before travel.
  • Can I get medicine on an International Holidays?
    We highly recommend you to carry sufficient medicines along with you on tour. While packing, distribute them evenly in different bags to ensure that you have some medicine with you in case there is any delay in getting baggage or loss. However you do get medicines on tour but your doctor’s prescription for the same is a must.

 

Travel Arrangement
Indian Tours

 

  • Does Blend book our journey tickets for Indian tours? 
    Indian tour price does not include air or railway tickets. In-case, you wish to travel by rail the tickets have to be booked by yourself. We book for your air travel only. However, we also have Air to Air tours where the tour price is inclusive of to and fro air ticket cost.
  • If I book my own railway /air tickets, do I have to submit a copy to Blend? 
    If you book your own railway / air tickets then the ticket details must be shared with the travel consultant.
  • Will Blend assist for one way journey tickets?
    Blend will assist you with one way tickets for regular tours but for Air to Air packages guest has to take to and fro ticket. They cannot opt for only one way ticket as the to & fro ticket fare is included in the tour price.
  • How much baggage is allowed per ticket? 
    At present, depending upon the airline, most of the airlines are allowing 15 Kgs of Cargo bags per ticket and 05 Kgs of Handbag per ticket. In addition to hand baggage, one personal item like Laptop or ladies purse is allowed. However, due to security reasons for Jammu and Srinagar flights the hand baggage also goes along with the check in baggage and only laptop or digital camera is permitted inside the aircraft.
  • Do I need to carry any ID proof while traveling?
    Yes, all tourists traveling by air / rail for Indian tours have to carry photo identification proof in the form of driving license, election ID card, PAN card, passport and for students their school / college ID card. Also, at certain sightseeing places in India any Identity proof (except PAN card) is a must which is mentioned on the respective tour itinerary page on our website www.Blendtours.com

 

Documentation

 

  • Do I need a passport to travel?
    Yes, Passport is mandatory for any international travel.
  • If I do not have a passport, will Blend assist for the same? 
    If you do not have a passport you can apply for the same online on www.passportindia.gov.in if you are an Indian National, however Blend does not assist for the same.
  • With my maiden name reflecting on the passport, can I book the tour with my married name?
    It is important that the tour booking should be done as per your name on the passport as all further travel arrangements are booked accordingly and passport is the only valid document abroad for verification.
  • What is Visa and how should I obtain the Visa?
    VISA is the short form for Visitors Intending to Stay Abroad. It is a permission granted by the high commission or consulate of the country you wish to visit. For certain countries, you have to go for personal interview too. Blend will assist you in filing the visa application. The visa facilitation fees are included in the tour price.
  • What is the possibility of getting a VISA? 
    Granting or Non-Granting of a Visa solely depends on the respective Consulate/ Embassy. We just assist you in filing the application for the Visa. We neither assure nor guarantee the Visa to anyone since the same is beyond our control.
  • If due to Visa rejection I need to cancel my travel plan then do I get a refund?
    Yes, you can get a refund after deducting the Visa application fees and cancellation charges, if any.
  • Do I need Overseas Travel insurance?
    It is advisable to acquire adequate Overseas Travel Insurance cover for protection from any possible risks such as damage, loss, accident or injury to life etc on tour. For Europe and Dubai tours, the insurance is included in the tour price for those aged up to 59 years for the duration of the tour. Guest above 59 years of age will have to pay the difference on the insurance premium as applicable.
  • If I extend my holiday after or before the scheduled tour then how about my Visas/Insurance? 
    The Visa or Insurance included in the tour price is only for the tour duration. For your extended holiday we will process your visa or insurance accordingly, you just need to pay the difference.

 

Booking & Payments

 

  • How many days prior to the tour should I do the booking?
    We recommend you to book your tour at least 9 months prior to the scheduled departure date as most of our tours fill up 6 months in advance. For Indian tours, railway booking opens 120 days prior to the departure date. However, if you book early you can avail of the advance booking discounts.
  • How can I book a tour?
    You can book your tour at any of the Blend offices or Blend’s Preferred Sales Agents or Blend Franchisee. Refer to our world showcase for the listing of our offices and preferred sales agents and Franchisee. If guests are residing out of India, they can book their tour online through www.blendtours.com
  • What are the documents required to book a tour?
    To book an International Holidays, you need passport with 6 months validity subsequent to the scheduled departure date of the tour and with sufficient number of blank pages for visa purposes. You also need to pay a registration amount depending on the tour price. Whereas for Indian Tours identification proof and registration amount is required.

 

  • Do I need to pay the entire tour price lump-sum while booking?
    If you pay the tour price at one go 60 days prior departure then you are benefited as you get full payment discount. It is not mandatory though; you can pay the registration amount to book and pay the balance payment later.
  • If I am an NRI, can I book your regular Indian tour?
    Yes NRI’s can book any of Blend’s Indian Tours. We have separate NRI tour price in USD for all Indian tours. Kindly refer the Tour Price section of respective tour itinerary page on www.blendtours.com
  • Can my son/daughter residing abroad sponsor my tour by paying in their currency? If yes, then how?
    Yes, they can pay the same by Telegraphic Wire transfer but only in INR currency. Any transaction charges levied by the bank will be borne by you / your son / daughter.

 

Post Booking

 

  • Do we get any confirmation call of our scheduled departure?
    Yes, 2 to 3 days prior to your scheduled departure we give a call to inform the reporting time and place.
  • In case of emergency whom can I contact?
    During emergency, you may call on +91 9029457457 / +91 9167337331 / +91 8692077334

 

Foreign Exchange

 

  • Do I need to carry multiple currencies as per different countries visited on the tour? 
    USD / EURO are universally accepted currencies and easily exchangeable in any part of the world. No need to carry multiple currencies. You can carry the local currency of the visiting country worth $50 for miscellaneous expenses and if in emergency.
  • How much foreign exchange can I carry on tour?
    As per RBI circular, the Basic Travel Quota (BTQ) per financial year is US$ 10000 per person for private visit and US$ 25000 for business visit.
  • Is it advisable to carry foreign exchange in Cash on tour?
    You can carry cash but we advise you to carry American Express Travellers Cheques as it is accepted around the world. It is safer than cash and if lost or stolen can be replaced worldwide, usually within 24 hours. Travellers Cheques also enable you to budget, track and control your travel expenses easily.

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