What should I bring along with me? Frequentlty Asked Questions

route 66 guided tour usa   Passport requirements:

Visitors traveling to the United States are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the United States. Citizens of the Visa Waiver Program countries are exempt the six-month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay.

e-passport

Travel under the Visa Waiver Program is restricted to travelers possessing passports with specified security features. Visa Waiver Program requirements are: - The passport must have a machine-readable zone on the biographic page - The passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. As of April 1, 2016, all travelers must have an e-passport to use the VWP. An e-Passport, denoted by the symbol , is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. E-Passports are issued by the proper passport issuing authority and must meet international standards for securing and storing information corresponding to the passport and bearer.

More information can be found on CBP.gov.

Visa Waiver Program countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom

route 66 guided tour usa   Visa  - Most nationals need only ESTA to enter the USA

route 66 guided tour usa   Drivers license  - international license is NOT required if your local driving license is printed with Roman Alphabet - so police and rental people can read it. Driving a Trike motorcycle: car driver's license is acceptable only if trike is rented out from California or Nevada, all other locations require heavy-weight motorcycle license.

route 66 guided tour usa   Credit card  - will be required at all rentals

route 66 guided tour usa  Personal accident cover, medical insurance - Medical aid documentation

Clothing and Equipment?

route 66 guided tour usa  Luggage: A maximum of two standard suitcases per person (most international airlines allow 1 suitcase free to check-in) and a small rucksack or money belt to carry your wallet and small items needed while riding.

route 66 guided tour usa  Riding Kit: Helmets... not mandatory everywhere in the USA. See the helmet law here. Tinted visors are legal and can be worn. We choose to ride only during daylight. Helmets, Gloves, Protective jackets and at least jeans to be worn at all times while riding. Although we ride in fairly dry seasons we may encounter some rain so rain proof kit is advisable for your own personal comfort. We ride in light rain.

route 66 guided tour usa  Casual Wear: Most hotels require closed shoes and long trousers to be worn to the evening meal, ties are not required and not advised, neat casual will be adequate.

route 66 guided tour usa  Other: Swim suits, sandals, shorts, sun block will also be required. Most hotels offer complimentary WIFI and pool.

Personal Insurance?

We recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance, covering trip cancellation for medical reasons; trip delay; medical expenses; accidental death; lost baggage; medical evacuation etc. Can you afford air ambulance? 70% or more of all travel insurance claims occur before you walk out of the front door. 90% of those claims are due to an emergency illness, injury or worse to you, a family member, your travel companion or a travel companion's family member.

Use My Own Bike?

Yes you are welcome to use your own bike. Please ensure the shipping of your vehicle is done in a timely manner.

Some companies that can help you ship your bike from around the world:

http://www.shiply.com/

http://www.jamescargo.co.uk
Tel: +44(0)1753 687722
Fax: +44(0)1753 687723

Weather Conditions?

Ideally, choose your dates from mid April to late October.

During June/August the thermometer sits above 105°F (40°C) - with the exception of the highland regions of Arizona, New Mexico, and western California, which remain pleasant throughout the summer. The eastern route, especially the States of Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma, can be particularly wet. Make sure to bring rain gear, and during summer consider a cooling vest for more comfortable and safe riding. Also, bring a warm, light base layer – it can be quite cold in the desert in the morning and evenings. In the midwest, there’s always the risk of a tornado (especially in May) - a lot of surprises on The Mother Road!

Speed Limits?

Speed limits in the United States are set by each state. Speed limits vary primarily due to state laws, but also due to the type of road, land use, and more. In general the maximum speed limit is about 70-75 mph.

Drinking Alcohol?

During riding drinking is unacceptable.

What about Fuel?

Fuel or petrol is in good supply on the route. Fuel is for your account and still very cheap. Most of the times you need to use your credit card and pre-pay the fuel.

Abbreviations

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is a fee that is charged to reduce your liability in case of loss or damage to the rental vehicle. It covers the rental vehicle. If the car is damaged or stolen you will only be liable for a set amount (i.e. $2,000) rather than the full value of the car.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is similar, but limited to collisions. Again, it reduces your liability from the full value of the car, to a set amount. In your case with our rental it is zero, you are not responsible in event of collision. In addition you also have Theft Protection (TP) in package. CDW + TP should be enough coverage, no need for LDW.

Theft Protection (TP) is a fee that is charged to reduce your liability in case of theft to the rental vehicle. It covers the rental vehicle. If the car is stolen you will only be liable for a set amount (i.e. $2,000) rather than the full value of the car.

Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) – provides coverage in the event of an accident causing bodily injury or property damage to someone other than the renter and passengers.

Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP) - protects you in a crash where the at-fault driver doesn't have enough coverage to pay for your costs. You are covered up to $1 million from your own policy even if the other driver has no insurance at all.

Drivers Age

route 66 guided tour usa  The primary renter of the vehicle must be 25 years of age (car rental). $25-27 per day 'young driver' fee applies to drivers between 21 and 25 y.o.

route 66 guided tour usa  The primary renter of the vehicle must be 21 years of age (motorcycle rental).

How to book the motorcycle guided tour?

1. Complete Booking Form or send inquiry (scan of passports and driver's licese will be required for bookings)

2. Confirmation
On receipt of your booking form we will acknowledge availability and confirm your provisional booking via return e-mail for the specific tour requested

3. Deposit
On provisional booking and availability being confirmed a deposit of $1,000 per booking will be requested (wire transfer to our corporate account). Full payment is due 45 days prior prior tour commences. Please ensure all bank charges are covered by sender party.


4. Secure Booking
On receipt of your deposit your booking will be secured and Panam Holidays will confirm your tour dates. A tour document will be e-mailed to you with specific details related to the particular tour you have booked.

How to book the package tour (vehicle rental + hotels)?

1. Complete Booking Form or send inquiry (we need primary dirver's name, age, mobile number, home address for bookings)

2. Confirmation
On receipt of your booking form we will acknowledge availability and confirm your provisional booking via return e-mail for the specific tour requested

3. Deposit
On provisional booking and availability being confirmed a deposit of 50% per booking will be requested (wire transfer to our corporate account). Full payment is due 45 days prior tour commences. Please ensure all bank charges are covered by sender party.


4. Secure Booking
On receipt of your deposit your booking will be secured and Panam Holidays will confirm your tour dates. A tour document will be e-mailed to you with specific details related to the particular tour you have booked.

How to book the helicopter flight?

Just send us all passengers' names and body weight. Booking in advance is strongly advised.

RENTAL / SELF-DRIVE CANCELLATION POLICY

Motorcycle rental cancellation:

31 days or greater: none.

30 - 21 day or greater cancellation notice: 30% of Total Booking Amount.

20 - 11 day cancellation notice: 60% of Total Booking Amount.

10 or less day cancellation notice: 100% of total booking amount.

Cancellation Fees: Fees are based on total booking amount (daily rental rate + daily mileage option + VIP/EVIP).

Booking Changes: Fees of $25/per change, per Invoice will apply to any changes made to a confirmed booking less than 30 days. Changes include but are not limited to, change in motorcycle model, pick-up/return cities, dates, and one-ways.

Package tour (vehicle rental + hotel reservations):

46 days or greater: none.

30 - 45 day cancellation notice: 35% of total booking amount.

15 - 29 day cancellation notice: 65% of total booking amount.

14 day or less cancellation notice: 100% of total booking amount.

Cancellation Fees: Fees are based on Total Booking Amount (Daily rental rate + Daily Mileage Option + VIP/EVIP + hotel rooms and taxes).

Rentalcar booking and cancellation options:

Option I:
Book with $200 non-refundable deposit + full amount - deposit due 6 weeks before pick-up
Cancellation 7 days or greater: non-refundable deposit applies
Cancellation 7 days or less: not possible

Option II:
Book with full payment
Cancellation 7 days or greater: total amount will be refunded
Cancellation 7 days or less: not possible

Please note: no booking is made without payment (either deposit or full payment).
We cannot guarantee prices/availability without payment
We accept bank transfer only for payment

GUIDED TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations received less than 45 days prior to the tour departure date will be subject to the following penalties:
45 days or greater cancellation notice: No charge & refunded booking security deposit.
44 -31 days cancellation notice: Up to 50% loss of total Tour price to cover hotel & other costs. Rental Voucher for the remaining amount for future travel.
30 days or less: Up to 100% loss of total Tour price. Rental Voucher for any remaining value for future travel.

Because of the chance of illness, accident, airline inefficiency, company insolvency or other unforeseen situations that may cause a customer (you) to miss a tour, we suggests to purchase travel/trip cancellation insurance. It is a little expense that gives you piece of mind, highly recommended!

MOTORCYCLE SUBSTITUTION

The rental company reserves the right to substitute the motorcycle confirmed to rental Client. Unfortunately, at times, certain unexpected and uncontrollable situations arise which may require the substitution of a motorcycle. This includes, but is not limited to, delay in manufacture fleet delivery, mechanical failure, collision damage and theft. Should rental company not be able to provide confirmed motorcycle, a similar or better model will be provided to the Client. This constitutes the maximum liability of rental company.

Payments

We accept wire transfer as primary payment method

Also, PAYPAL payments are available and subject to a 3.9% finance charge, which will be added to the total charge amount.

Accommodation on Route 66

All our hotels are carefully selected based on customer reviews and location. We work with several hotels and motels in each cities and offer superior/standard options for package bookers. Superior category means better hotels, better location, nicer rooms and larger room space. Here we list some examples of your Route 66 accommodation.

OTHER

Car license is accepted for trike rental in California or Nevada only.

Only heavy-weight motorcycle license is accepted for trike rental in Chicago.

There are two options for a GPS rental on motorcycle tours: a standard rental for $15.00 USD/day and a preprogrammed GPS for $25.00 USD/day.

We do not supply GO PRO cameras with rental - you can purchase one at our store.

The 2014 and later Electra Glide models have built-in GPS.

Unfortunately we do not offer the Night Train model for rental.

The co-pilot guide book for self-guide tours is sent to the pickup location, however, we can send a PDF copy 2-3 weeks prior to the tour start date.

A custom riding jacket is not provided with the Self Drive Tour - riders are welcome to purchase a jacket from our office as we carry a wide selection of brands/models.

Los Angeles office does not carry full rain suites, they will have some light rain gear for sale.

Chicago office does carry full rain suites, they are availabe for purchase in store.

Panam Holidays Inc., 2942 N 24th Street, Suite 114-407, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Phone: 1.602.354.9292.
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