Cultural Tours

The Durham pick-ups will be at the Durham Evangelical Church, 114 Dover Rd. (Rte. 108). All Portsmouth pick-ups will be at the Liquor Store at the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. Tours will be picked up at the times indicated.

PLEASE SIGN UP ONLY FOR TOURS YOU KNOW YOU CAN FULLY AND SAFELY ENJOY. Members and guests are asked to give consideration to their health and well being before registering for tours requiring greater physical exertion than others (such as more walking, stair climbing, etc.). PLEASE CALL DEBBI FORSTER, Tour Director, if you will be asking for assistance for any tour.

ARA, its officers and content providers, shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from or otherwise connected to your voluntary participation in any program, POD, activity or event.

For Your Information

Bus Company: We are pleased to announce that we will be using NorthEast Charter & Tour Co., Inc. of Lewiston, Maine for all scheduled tours this fall.

Making Your Reservations: Reservations are accepted by mail or by hand at general meetings (give directly to Debbi Forster, Tour Director, or any Tour Committee member). Reservations will be honored in the order they are received. Reservation forms are included with this mailing. Please complete (with your luncheon choice where appropriate) and promptly mail the reservation form(s) with a separate check for each reservation form to the address indicated on the form. Make your check(s) payable to: ARA Tours. Due to the fact that ARA policy is that checks will not be deposited until after the trip, a separate check must accompany each tour reservation. Please do not staple, tape or clip check to the reservation form. Email reminders will be sent approximately one week prior to tour date. If you do not have email you’ll receive a phone call reminder.

Eligibility: Members in good standing for the current 2016-2017 year are eligible to participate in the trips.

Guest Policy: Reservations will be filled on a “Members first” basis. After this is accomplished, guests will be accommodated if there is room. Please check with Debbi Forster (603-397-5788) if you would like to bring a guest and she will guide you through the process.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are made if there is a waiting list and someone else can take your place.  Cancellations and/or substitutions must be made with Debbi Forster (603-397-5788). The bus company may cancel trips in the event of bad weather. Someone will contact you should this happen.

Contacting Tour Director within 30 minutes of Departure: If you need to reach Debbi Forster just before time of departure, call her cell phone at 310-749-8356.

Drifter Policy:   New! During the tour, for your own safety and to ensure that the schedule is maintained, individuals must not separate from the group for any reason unless the tour leader has authorized “time on your own”.

                               Not new! ARA cannot be responsible for those who leave the tour group should they get left behind. Occasionally during a tour, schedule changes must be made at the last minute. There is no way to communicate such changes to persons who have gone off on their own. Every effort will be made to locate drifters but the bus will be held no longer than 15 minutes.

Other: The cost of the trip includes all gratuities, including the bus driver and meal service as applicable. The cost for wine and alcoholic drinks, however, are not included and must be paid separately. For Further Information: Contact Debbi Forster, Tour Director, at 603-397-5788.