For additional information, schedule changes and more trips and tours
not listed here, call the TOURS HOTLINE at 703-324-8687
(324-TOUR) for recorded information. Email us and
automatically receive a larger-print list of upcoming tours. All trips
and tours include transportation and trip escort. See trip description
for details on meals, admissions, and optional activities.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation for
most tours is by chartered motorcoach, equipped with reclining seats
and restroom. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled departure
time at your departure location. If registration is low, alternate
transportation may be used. Call 703-222-4664 for tour reservations.
ALCOHOL: No kegs, open cans or glass
containers are allowed inside the coach. No large coolers are allowed
unless the cooler can be positioned on the back seat and the cooler
does not take away a seat from any passenger. Any damage or spillage
from a cooler can stain coach seat upholstry and can compromise the
cleanliness and appearance of the bus.
DISCOUNTS: Early registration
discounts apply only to tours first advertised in the current issue of
Parktakes. Neither half-price fees for in-county senior adults nor
scholarship policies apply to tours.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Persons
with disabilities requiring ADA accommodations must call 703-324-8563
at least 10 business days in advance of the scheduled activity.
CANCELLATIONS: We reserve the right
to cancel a tour due to low enrollment and/or other circumstances. If a
tour is cancelled, all registrants will be notified, and all fees will
be refunded to the member account. Tours will not be cancelled due to
inclement weather unless you are notified by phone. Call 703-324-TOUR
(8687) for emergency weather instructions.
POLICY: For one-day tours, refunds, credits or transfer will be
allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour date. Cancellations/refund
requests received 13 or fewer days prior to the tour date will not be
granted because of deadlines from bus company and vendors. For trips
requiring deposits, the deposit is nonrefundable. You can, however,
substitute another person in your place.
The FCPA retains the right to decline, accept or retain any person as
a member of a tour when such action is deemed to be in the best
interest of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or
the individual concerned.
Schedule times are approximate. Reasonable substitutions for some
items included in the printed trip description may be necessary in
certain cases. Refunds are not given for delays or changes in the
itinerary due to weather, traffic, security delays, crowds, mechanical
breakdown, or other factors beyond the Park Authority's control. FCPA
is not liable for cost of tickets, meals or expenses due to schedule
CONFIRMATION & ITINERARY: The
week before a trip, you should receive an itinerary in the mail. If
not, call the 24-hour recorded information hotline which includes
departure and return times for upcoming trips at 703-324-TOUR (8687).
GENERAL POLICIES: Smoking, weapons,
or open alcoholic beverages are not permitted on any Fairfax
County-sponsored trips or tours. You may bring along snacks or other
refreshments. We encourage you to carry your valuables with you at all
BUS SEATING: We do not have reserved
seating on trips. Participants may select seats on a first-come
first-served basis. Usually two seats adjacent to the driver are
reserved for the Trip Escort and a Tour Guide (if needed). We generally
leave a few seats available on the bus for interpreters when needed, in
the rare case of a defective seat, or for persons who may experience
motion sickness. Our Trip Escorts will try to accommodate requests for
special seating when possible.
YOUR TRIP ESCORT: Fairfax County
provides Trip Escorts on each trip to take care of scheduling, meals,
seating arrangements, tickets and other details of the trip. Escorts
are not professional tour guides, but often have helpful information
about our destinations. Their primary role is to take care of you, our
customer, throughout the trip. If you need special assistance or have a
medical condition that may require attention during the trip, please
speak with the Tour Escort.
TIPS & GRATUITIES Bus Driver: If
you feel that you have received exceptional service from the bus
driver, we encourage you to show your appreciation by providing a
modest tip (one dollar per person is appropriate) at your discretion.
Near the end of the return trip, the tour escort will pass around an
envelope labeled “Driver Tip” and all money received will go directly
to today’s driver.
TIPS & GRATUITIES Trip Escorts &
Guides: Trip Escorts are Fairfax County employees or volunteers and
are not allowed to receive tips or gratuities. If a trip includes a
professional tour guide at our destination, you are free to provide a
gratuity directly to the guide if you wish, but it is not expected.
EVALUATIONS: Please take a few
minutes during the return trip to fill out our trip evaluation and
return it to your Trip Escort. We use the information that you provide
to help plan future trips.