iCare FAQs

About Private Travel

Q: Are your trips ‘tours?’

A: iCare journeys are not ordinary “tours,” and iCare Travel is not an ordinary tour operator. There are no regimented schedules with buses, or packaged elements, or being rushed around.

When you go on your own private trip, you follow an itinerary that includes excursions, sightseeing (with or without private guides and drivers), and activities especially included for you. Your itinerary is not set in stone–it is flexible, so you can enjoy any surprises or delights you may encounter.

On an iCare Group Departure, we also follow a special itinerary that has built-in flexibility.

A better description of our trips would be “customized journeys,” or “personalized vacations.”

Q: Where do you go?

A: We arrange trips all over the world. Our strength is we work together with some of the most highly regarded travel and excursions suppliers worldwide, with ground operations in 80 destinations.

Our Featured Destinations are special places were we have both established itineraries and travel philanthropy opportunities.

Q: What kind of people go on an iCare Travel vacation?

A: Our clients tend to be savvy, caring, and curious people who like a comfortable, worry-free, and life-enhancing adventure. Oftentimes, they want the convenience of guides and our expertise, but they want some independence in their trip as well.

iCare travelers typically range in age from 16 to 85. They are families, friends (e.g.,women getting together for a ‘girl’s vacation’), co-workers, donors going to see their donations, hiking groups, faith-based groups, alternative travelers, and more.

Those who join us for iCare Group Departures tend to range in age from 40’s to 60’s. They tend to be educated and altruistic people who are looking for an authentic and up-close cultural adventure where they can “make a difference.”

Q: Are the itineraries ‘fixed?’

A: Not in the way you might think.

For private travel, we create an itinerary with you, and then we handle all of the details and arrangements so that you do not need to think about them. It includes free time and flexibility, so you can immerse yourself in the wonder of the places you are exploring, without worrying about a thing.

On iCare Group Departures, the itinerary is in place, yet still allows for free time, flexibility, and serendipity.

Q: Do you have set departure dates?

A: For Private Custom trips, you can travel when you like. For some destinations, certain days of the week may be better for starting your trip, and certain times of the year may be better than other times.

iCare Group Departures have set departure dates.

Q: Are these escorted trips? What about guides?

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Q: Is there free time to do my own thing?

A: There is as much free time as you wish when your trip is “private” (your own customized vacation). And, if you wish, we will suggest when and where you might most enjoy your free time. We will also provide you with options for sightseeing, shopping, and, when available, spas, beaches, gardens, golf courses, and other activities that may interest you.

Even on our Group Departures, you will have plenty of alone time and flexibility. We know our travelers can be independent and curious people, and they may want to explore on their own.

Q: What is included in the cost?

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Q: What type and standard of accommodation will I encounter?

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Q: Will someone meet me at the airport?

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Q: What is the ‘iCare Price Advantage?’

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Q: I’m not interested in doing anything touristy. Can you take me ‘off the beaten track?’

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About Group Departures

Q: How many people travel on your Group Departures?

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Q: Is it all group travel? I’m not so sure about traveling with a group.

A: No, only our iCare Group Departures are “group” travel.

Travelers who join an iCare Group Departure tend to be caring types of people, as we so some philanthropy on the trip. You may be surprised and delighted to find that being part of the group was a highlight of your trip … you may even stay in touch with your companions long after your journey has ended!

About Travel Philanthropy

Q: How does the travel philanthropy work?

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Q: Can I book a trip through you without doing any philanthropy?

A: Absolutely. And, by doing so, you still are helping to make the world a better place. When you do business with iCare, you support the staff and programs of our nonprofit The iCare Travel Foundation. iCare Travel covers overhead costs for the Foundation, which helps the world’s less fortunate.

Q: If I participate in your iCareShare philanthropy program, is my trip tax deductible?

A: Certain parts of your trip can qualify for a tax deduction, not your whole trip.

About Travel Safety

Q: I have concerns about safety, particularly in areas of the world that seem to be unstable.

A: In terms of international politics: we monitor security situations around the world and do not arrange travel in destinations that seem unsafe.

Q: What happens in if there is an emergency?

A: Your safety and comfort is of the utmost importance to us. Each traveler receives emergency contact information for our associate offices in the areas where you are traveling. We have exceptionally reliable and skilled in-country staff–people we know we can trust. iCare staff—as well as our in-country representatives–are available around the clock 24/7 to respond to your needs.