Achva West

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

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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, you will travel aboard full size coach buses as you tour through some of the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the world before finishing up 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 2019 was our biggest West in over a decade.  Summer 2020 would have also sold out but was cancelled due to the pandemic. However, we are gearing up for a great summer 2021. For more information, please contact us or give us a call at 212 929-1525 x181.

$8,450 | July 6 - August 10, 2021
EB: Register by October 15 and save $150

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: Ice Skating, 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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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 our processing fees. Please do not send cash by mail. Checks should be payable in US 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 initial $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 late. Sibling Discount applies to kids attending various Achva programs excluding Mini which enables a half discount for East/West/Israel. 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 $3,500 payment is due on March 1
  • The balance of your bill is due on May 3

 

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

If we cancel the tour, our goal will be to fully refund all deposits/payments as quickly as we can.

We have developed the following refund schedule should you choose to cancel from the tour. The schedule attempts to balance our financial commitments with your flexibility to change plans if necessary.

Please notify our office immediately if you decide to withdraw. Refunds are processed solely upon receipt of written notification to Achva (an email works fine, we will confirm receipt within two business days).

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 $3,500
  • 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. Once the program begins, there are no refunds upon ejection from the program no matter the reason. Fully refunded credit card payments are less any service fees we incur to process your payment.

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 14, 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.