Cultural Tours

The Durham pick-ups will be at the Durham Evangelical Church 114 Dover Rd. (Rte. 108) except for Tour #3 (Piano Men), which will be at the Oyster River High School, 55 Coe Drive.   All Portsmouth pick-ups will be at the Liquor Store at the Portsmouth Traffic Circle.  Tour #2 (Squam Lakes) will be the only tour pick-up in Portsmouth First.  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.).

For Your Information

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 your check(s) to the address indicated on the form. Make your check(s) payable to: ARA Tours.  Separate checks must accompany each tour reservation.  Please do not staple, tape or clip check to the reservation form.  You will be reminded of the trip approximately one week prior to tour date by group email, or telephoned if you do not have email.  Checks will NOT be deposited until after the trip.  Click here to print copies of all reservation forms.

Eligibility:  Members in good standing for the current 2014-2015 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 when 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).  Trips may be cancelled in the event of bad weather by the bus company.  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, please call her on her cell phone at 310-749-8356.

Tipping:  The cost of the trip includes all gratuities, including the bus driver. The cost for wine and alcoholic drinks, however, must be paid separately.

Drifter Policy:  ARA cannot be responsible for those who leave the tour group and get left behind. Occasionally, plans have to be changed during the trip due to the unexpected. There is no way to communicate such changes to persons who have left the group and gone off on their own. Efforts will be made to locate such individuals but the bus will be held no longer than 15 minutes.

For Further Information:  Contact Debbi Forster, Tours Director, at 603-397-5788.