Booking a holiday with Limosa
Booking a holiday in the era of coronavirus
Although the situation in the UK has thankfully improved significantly in recent months, many countries are still facing huge (and tragic) challenges from coronavirus and as we have all seen repeatedly over the course of the pandemic that the situation can change quickly and often for the worse.
It remains very difficult to predict which countries it will be possible to run trips to over the next year, so we have taken the difficult decision not to offer any tours until the beginning of 2022 at the earliest. The safety of our clients and guides is more important to us than resuming trips and 'making a quick buck'....
Despite this, we are becoming increasingly confident that tours to much of Europe and North America should be possible in 2022. Indeed, there are some other great birding destinations where the vaccine roll out is also going very well and Bhutan, for example, now has one of the highest rates of double vaccinated people in the world.
In the current circumstances, we feel it is inappropriate to ask anyone to pay a deposit so at least until November 2021, our approach will be that you are welcome to "express an interest" in any of our tours and we will then contact you when we are more confident about accepting bookings and collecting deposits.
You can either contact our office by phone (01692 580623) or email (email@example.com) to do this but we would encourage you to use the "enquire about this tour" button which you can find on the detailed webpage for each holiday. No deposits or credit card details are required at this time but we would ask you to only register if you are serious about doing the trip should the covid situation allow us to proceed with running it.
Linked in with our approach about future trips, we also should mention that we have taken the difficult decision to price our trips as excluding flights. The main reason for this change is very simple as when we were pricing our 2022 holidays, the flight schedules were very limited and prices for some routes were far higher than before the pandemic. As the coronavirus situation hopefully stablises around the world, we expect more options to become available and prices to fall. We, therefore, believe excluding flights is to the financial benefit of our clients as it means we do not have to build an expensive flight into the cost of the holidays.
To keep the process as simple as possible, however, we are working closely with a highly experienced flight agent at Travel Counsellors (Sacha Barbato - 01603 360099 / firstname.lastname@example.org ) and have agreed with him which particular flight we believe works best for each tour. He will be able to advise you on this and make any bookings you require. You can find Sacha's contact details on each tour description page.
Another big advantage is that for anyone not wishing to fly from London, you may be able to make better use of regional airports so we sincerely believe that this change is a win-win.
Another of the unfortunate consequences of coronavirus has been some very substantial increases in ground costs for some of our tours and regrettably this has led to the price of these trips going up. In some countries, for example, the cost of vehicle hire has risen by over 300% making it simply impossible to operate this trip at the pre-pandemic price.
We are aware that some bird tour companies have not built these cost increases into their 2022 tour prices and are advertising trips based on 2019 costings, so whilst we regret having to increase some of our prices, we know we will be able to operate the trips at our advertised prices.