Unless otherwise stated or requested, our tour prices include the cost of return Economy Class seats on scheduled flights, usually from London. We occasionally use charter flights or lo-cost airlines, but usually only where these offer either the best schedule or only service to that destination.
Most airlines now issue e-tickets (in electronic form), rather than old-fashioned paper tickets. One advantage of these is that they should be impossible to lose! We will provide you with a copy of the e-ticket and give full instructions and information about e-tickets, if this is the case.
An increasing number of airlines, particularly on short-haul flights, are now excluding the cost of in-flight meals and drinks from their ticket price. Therefore please assume that in-flight meals are always excluded from the cost of a tour. Where available, information on in-flight meals will be sent with your tickets or you may review this via the airline's own website.
In most cases our leader (or leaders) will fly out with the group. However, 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
Many airlines now demand full non-refundable payment of the airfare before they will confirm the booking. This can sometimes mean we must pay in full and issue tickets for your flights many months in advance of the tour departure date, well before payment of the balance is due from you. In such cases we may need to ask you to pay in full for your flight tickets (in addition to our standard tour deposit). We will issue you with a separate invoice for this and reduce the amount of the balance due accordingly.
Land Only Prices
For overseas participants not requiring flights from the UK, or those otherwise preferring to join at the tour destination, we are usually able to quote a Land Only price (i.e. without flights). Land only prices are shown beneath the Tour Cost on our website. Where a land only price is not shown, please contact our office for details.
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.
If you wish to book as Land Only, please make this clear on your booking form at time of booking.
IMPORTANT! 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 Flights & Other Arrangements
For some destinations we are able to quote for flights from a UK regional airport (rather than London). We charge a fee of £35 per person for booking separate, different, additional or upgraded flights to the regular group flights to help offset the 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 prefer 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 and airport hotels independent of the group. Again, we charge a fee of £35 per person to help offset the additional administrative costs and charges involved.