Unless otherwise stated or requested (and with the exception of our tours within the UK, none of which include flights), our tour prices include the cost of return Economy Class seats on scheduled flights, usually from London. Very occasionally, we use charter flights or 'no frills' airlines, but usually only where these offer either the best schedule or only service to that destination.
Most airlines now issue e-tickets (rather than old-fashioned paper tickets). One advantage of these is that they should be impossible to lose! We will send a copy of your e-ticket receipt for your trip along with our Final Letter about 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
If you need to know your airline Booking Reference prior to this (e.g. in order to reserve seats or otherwise manage your booking), please contact our office; (but please note that we are unable to provide you with a Booking Reference until after the tickets have been paid for and issued by the airline).
An increasing number of airlines now exclude the cost of in-flight mealsand refreshments from their ticket price, particularly on short-haul flights. Therefore please assume that these are always excluded from the Limosa tour cost. Most long-haul flight tickets do still include meals and/or refreshments, and where available information about the in-flight meal plan will either be stated on your flight ticket or may be reviewed via the 'Manage Booking' tab on the airline's own website.
In most cases our leader (or leaders) will fly out with the group. However, please note that some of our leaders may be based in the destination country or may have travelled out there in advance of the group, so they may not always accompany participants on the group flights.
Interim Flight Payments
Airlines sometimes impose an early ticket deadline, requiring full and non-refundable payment of the airfare before they will confirm the flight booking. This can mean we must pay in full and issue flight tickets many months in advance of the tour departure date, and well before payment of the balance for tour would normally be due from you. In such cases we may need to ask you for an interim flight payment to cover the full cost of your flight tickets (this in addition to our standard tour deposit). We will notify you if this is required, issuing you with a separate invoice for this and reducing the amount of the final balance accordingly.
Land Only Prices
For overseas participants not requiring flights from the UK, and those otherwise wishing to make their own travel arrangements to join our tour at the tour destination, we are usually able to quote a Land Only price (i.e. without flights). Where a Land Only price is available, this will be clearly shown within the tour dates / costing panel for that particular tour.
For certain destinations (e.g. Belarus, Georgia, Gambia) however, where we travel on a group ticket, a Land Only option is not available.
We can often assist with alternative flight arrangements to suit particular needs BUT please be aware that these can often work out more expensive than the group based fare. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
If you wish to book as Land Only, please be sure to make this clear on your Booking Form at time of booking.
Participants making their own flight reservations should be aware that flight tickets will normally need to be paid in full at time of booking, and that these are often non-refundable. Thus if you are booking your own flights for a tour you must contact us first for written confirmation of the exact details of the tour that your own flights must comply with.
If you do choose to book your own flights please remember to satisfy yourself regarding the suitability of ticket cancellation and amendment terms should unexpected changes or enforced cancellation of the tour be necessary due to events beyond our control.
Additional or Alternative Flights
For some destinations we are able to quote for flights from a UK regional airport (rather than London). We charge a nominal fee of £35 per person for booking separate, different, additional or upgraded flights to the regular group flights to help offset the associated additional administrative costs and charges.
If you wish to book a tour with a connecting flight from a regional airport, or would like us to book you flights other than with the group, please make this clear on your booking form.
For participants who wish to fly out in advance of the start date of our tour and/or return home later than the date on which the tour concludes, we are happy to quote for flights independent of the group. Again, we charge a nominal fee of £35 per person to help offset the associated additional administrative costs and charges involved.