Many hotels will provide wifi in communal areas such as reception and lounges, however wifi is not normally provided in the bedrooms. Internet connections do vary from hotel to hotel and depending on your location this may influence the reliability of the internet or wifi availability. The hotel website usually has the most up to date and accurate source of information and we would encourage you to take a look there in the first instance.
Yes, a provisional list is available on request at the time of booking. We will then provide you with a list of hotels approximately 1 month before you travel. On our 'comfortable' graded tours and centre-based holidays we show the hotel details on the tour notes.
It is extremely unlikely that you will need to take a mosquito net with you on your holidays as in destinations where mosquitoes are a problem the hotels usually have preventative measures in place. This can range from a net over the bed, plug-in repellents or nets over the windows. If you do need to take a net with you this will be detailed on the tour notes.
Most of our Comfortable and Standard rated accommodation do provide towels, however we cannot guarantee this for our simple rated accommodation. If you are required to bring a towel with you, this will be clear in the relevant tour notes.
For tours graded as Comfortable and for centre based tours we do show the features of the accommodation, including whether the hotel has a swimming pool, on the tour notes. However in most cases we do not highlight whether or not a hotel has a swimming pool as this usually is not a feature that we look for when choosing accommodation. Exceptions to this are our family tours where we do try to ensure that there are ample swimming opportunities during a holiday. We will provide you with a hotel list approximately 1 month before you travel, with the names and web sites (where available) of the hotels for your tour. The hotel website usually has the most up to date and accurate source of information and we would encourage you to take a look there in the first instance, being aware that many swimming pools are only opened on a seasonal basis, and there is no guarantee that they will be open at the time of your visit.
This isn’t something that we check on when choosing accommodation. Experience shows that Standard and Comfortable graded hotels generally have hair dryers either in the room or available to borrow from reception. We will provide you with a hotel list approximately 1 month before you travel, with the names and web sites (where available) of the hotels for your tour. The hotel website usually has the most up to date and accurate source of information and we would encourage you to take a look there in the first instance. However, the only way to be certain that you will have access to a hair dryer is to bring your own.
Whilst many hotels do have these facilities in the room or a café / bar / restaurant where you can purchase a drink, this isn’t something that we would focus on when choosing the accommodation to be used for our tours. Our highest priority is choosing hotels for their character, amenities and location. If you do like a cup of tea in bed in the morning then we would recommend that you check the web site of the hotels for your tour. We will provide you with a list of hotels approximately 1 month before travel.
Every camping tour is different as on some tours we camp in fixed camps and others we wild camp; facilities can range from attached bathrooms with flushing toilets to a long –drop toilet and a washing bowl. We would recommend that you check your tour notes for details of the facilities on your tour.
A permanent tented camp is a site that has a number of tents that are built to remain in situ for at least the season. As with all tours the comfort levels of these camps can vary from quite basic to comfortable, details are on the tour notes, however generally the tents are usually larger than standard tents and are constructed with a variety of materials, perhaps canvas walls and then wooden flooring with an attached bathroom. It is often the location of the permanent camps that makes staying there a special experience.
Generally we provide you with as much equipment as possible for you to be able to participate in your tour; on camping tours this may include sleeping bags and mats. There are tours where it isn't logistically practical for us to provide, or where we would expect people to bring along specific bags and mats to suit their needs. This will be detailed on the tour notes.
Generally the level of participation required is minimal. As a rule of thumb, the more basic the camping then the more likely you will be asked to assist the local crew. This may involve helping erect and taking down your tent or assisting with food preparation. On many camping tours tour tents will be erected by porters and the food prepared by our great cooks, so your only required participation is to sit back and to enjoy the views. For more information, we do detail the level of participation required on each tour note.
For many of us food and drink is a big part of what adventure travel is all about: you can experience so much of a country and its people by immersing yourself in its cuisine. Included meals vary from tour to tour and a summary of the number of breakfast, lunches and dinners can be found on each tour overview page or on the applicable tour note.
At Explore we love searching out the best, authentic food experiences and wherever possible will weave these into our itineraries. Where possible meals will be included, whereas other times we will purposely not include them to allow you the flexibility to buy your food locally. Our tour leaders will be more than happy to share their local knowledge & contacts to find you the very best places to eat, whether that's eating at market food-stalls, enjoying home cooking or just trying out a local restaurant with a variety of local and regional specialities .
We will do all that we can to accommodate individual dietary requirements whilst on tour with included meals. It is important that you advise your adventure consultant at the time of booking of any special diet needs so they can advise you of the suitability of the tour for you.
There are destinations where the local diet means that certain specialist requirements are difficult to accommodate. This may mean that you will need to take supplementary food with you or you should be prepared for simple and perhaps repetitive meals.
Your tour leader will be able to help you when eating out in restaurants whilst on tour.
Food is an important part of any Explore tour and our ethos is that we would actively encourage people to chose their own meals whilst on tour. The included meals vary from tour to tour and so a summary of the number of breakfast, lunches and dinners can be found on each tour overview page or on the applicable tour note. Breakfast vary greatly around the world, and often there is little choice in what each hotel provides. Where we include lunch and dinner then this may be in the format of a set meal, a buffet or a number of choices of main courses. Where meals are optional on tour then you are free to eat wherever you choose to. You may wish to accompany your tour leader to a local restaurant, where they can highlight some of the local delicacies and perhaps persuade you to try something new (and unusual) for the first time.