Achva West

Achva West is a fabulous tour for boys and girls finishing 9th grade that visits sites and attractions all over the Western U.S.A.

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Overview ________

From exciting theme parks to majestic mountains and from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park, this tour does so much you will not believe it. What’s so amazing about Achva West? With Shabbat to relax and refresh, every day features something new to see and fun to do. Achva West is a great place to meet new people and make friendships that last a lifetime.

Three meals a day are provided by our catering staff or local Kosher restaurants, and lodging is provided at hotels and an occasional motel along the way. The tour also includes topical Torah learning sessions and lively Shabbatot.

Starting in Denver, CO, travel is aboard air-conditioned full size coach buses equipped with bathrooms and electrical outlets. You will finish up over five weeks later in glamorous Los Angeles, CA. Supervision is provided by our senior staff, talented counselors, technical staff as well as a rabbinic adviser who all work incredibly hard to give you the best summer possible.

Achva West was sold out for 2019, and our biggest West in over a decade.  Due to the worldwide pandemic, we are taking summer 2020 off, but we are gearing up for a great summer in 2021 that you will not want to miss. For more information, please contact us or give us a call at 212 929-1525 x181.

Price TBA | July to August, 2021
Registration opens in August 2020

Price includes flight from NY/NJ and basically everything except spending money. Those flying themselves will receive a credit toward airfare.  Please see the financial information below for full details regarding the payments and refund schedule.

Tour Highlights ________

  1. Colorado: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Cave of the Winds, Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Bronco’s Stadium Mile High
  2. Jackson: Jenny Lake Trail, Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River
  3. Yellowstone: Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Prismatic Springs
  4. Salt Lake City: Curling, Olympic Training Center Park City
  5. Utah: Horseback Riding in Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park River Trail
  6. Arizona: The Grand Canyon
  7. Las Vegas: Stratosphere Rides, Las Vegas Strip
  8. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Trolley Car
  9. San Diego: La Jolla Kayaking, San Diego Zoo
  10. Los Angeles: Magic Mountain, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ________

Please review the information below to be better prepared for your Achva tour.

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Financial ________

Please read carefully our financial policies listed below.  There is important information regarding the timing of payments and the amount refunded, if any, for cancellations.  By submitting a deposit, you agree to abide by these policies.

Payment

The price includes all hotel accommodations, three meals a day, admission fees for all scheduled attractions and activities, airfare from New York/New Jersey, and basically everything except spending money. Those flying themselves directly to Denver or home from Los Angeles will receive a flight credit. Spending money is useful for snacks, souvenirs or any optional purchases that strike your fancy. An Achva backpack is provided for no cost but Achva T-shirts, sweatshirts or other Achva-wear may cost extra. There are no required tips or other hidden costs.

We always try to keep our program prices as low as we can so as to allow as many people to participate as possible. Our aim is to provide top quality tours and even continue to improve our programs, despite the rising costs of travel.

All prices found on our website, printed on a brochure, or given out over the phone or email are subject to possible change. We rarely ever change a price, however, if costs for hotels, attractions, fuel, airfare or even food unexpectedly rise, we may need to raise the price to reflect our increased costs. However, you can lock in the current price with a non-refundable deposit and up-to-date payments toward the program.

Methods of Payment

You are welcome to pay for Achva by the following methods:

  • For the first $500 deposit, we accept check, cash or credit card with no fee. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Amex and Discover.
  • For the balance of payments, we accept payment by check, cash or credit card. Credit card payments will incur a 2 percent fee to cover the fee charged by the credit card company. Please do not send cash by mail. Checks should be payable in U.S. funds only. Call us for alternative payment methods if required.

To make a payment by credit card (secured by Authorize.net), please proceed to our Payment Page.  A 2 percent fee will be added to credit card payments aside from the $500 deposit.

Checks must be made out to Achva and sent to:

Achva
50 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 102
Paramus, NJ  07652

Discount

  • Sibling Discount – $300 (West, Israel), $200 (East), $100 (Mini)

Discounts are not combinable; largest discount applies. All discounts are subtracted from the final balance due and are not applicable to deposits or the first payment. Discounts may be forfeited if payments are not made on time. Discount for multiple children applies to kids attending different Achva programs but amount will vary by program; call for details.

Payment Schedule

Achva pays for services including hotels, chartered buses and attraction admissions well in advance to ensure we have a spectacular summer prepared for you. Therefore, we need to collect payments upfront on a timely basis. Of course, you are welcome to pay in full upon registration, but for the majority of you, we have a payment schedule.

Here is the normal schedule of payments:

  • A $500 deposit is due upon registration.
  • A $3,000 payment is due on March 6
  • The balance of your bill is due on May 8

 

No one will be allowed on the program without a fully paid balance. Those who require a special payment schedule should contact us. All special payment schedules MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE. If you do not make payments on time, you could risk losing your place on the program or be assessed a late fee.

Refund Schedule

Many of the expenses that Achva pays in advance to our vendors are nonrefundable. Therefore, we have developed the following refund schedule to help us cover some of those nonrefundable expenses should you choose to cancel from the program.

Upon cancellation, please notify our office by phone or email immediately. However, refunds are processed solely upon receipt of WRITTEN NOTIFICATION to Achva. To accomplish this, you are welcome to fax, send a signed letter, or email (using the email address we have for you on file) with your official notice of cancellation.

If your written cancellation is received on or before:

  • January 1 – payments are refundable less $250
  • March 15 – payments are refundable less $500
  • May 1 – payments are refundable less $1,500
  • June 1 – payments are refundable less $3,000
  • Up to 7 days prior to program start, payments are refundable less $5,000
  • Within 7 days prior to program start, payments are no longer refundable.

For people with serious and unexpected medical emergencies, please contact us to determine the amount of your refund. Also, please remember that once the program begins, there are no refunds upon ejection for any reason from the program. Fully refunded credit card payments may be refunded less a 2.5% service fee to cover the percentage kept by the bank.

Late Fees

Late fees are not a punishment or a penalty but simply our way of covering expenses associated with not having the funds we need in advance of the program. The following fees will apply to all accounts (unless approved for a special payment schedule):

  • If you are not fully paid for the program by May 26, there is a fee of $50.
  • If you are not fully paid for the program by June 12, there is a fee of $150 (including the $50 fee above.)

These Late Fees apply regardless of when you actually registered for the program. The fees kick in either when you register early but do not pay on time, or when you register very late.