Most countries have a local mobile network, which generally has coverage in major towns and even villages. The more off the beaten track your tour gets, the less likely there will be coverage, although it does seem more and more now that you are never far from a signal. We would always recommend that you inform your own mobile provider that you are travelling overseas, and then they can give you any specific country advice and potentially remove any blocks that may prevent your from making or receiving calls overseas. They will also advise on “data roaming” and how to switch off this facility as failure to do so can result in potentially some very expensive bills on tour return. It is also important to check that your handset is compatible with the local network.
Group dymanic vary from tour to tour. Groups are made up of mixed ages, mixed interests and mixed nationalities, but everyone’s guaranteed to have at least one thing in common: a shared love of travel and adventure. Solo travellers, couples and friends travelling together – all are welcome and the mix is what makes the groups work so well. It’s not unusual for lifelong friendships to be formed on our tours.
Please contact one of our Adventure Sales Consultants who will be happy to share some information about the other travellers on your tour, bearing in mind we do have to protect certain data under the data protection act.
We've been told time and again that the small group aspect of our holidays is what makes them special. Exploring close-to-home or far flung corners of the world with other like-minded travellers adds an extra dimension to your holiday.
The groups are made up of mixed ages, mixed interests and mixed nationalities, but everyone’s guaranteed to have at least one thing in common: a shared love of travel and adventure. Solo travellers, couples and friends travelling together – all are welcome and the mix is what makes the groups work so well. It’s not unusual for lifelong friendships to be formed on our tours.
For more than 30 years we have been exploring the world in small groups, usually with around 14 to 16 people. Travelling in small groups is more flexible and allows us to be less conspicuous: we travel and eat with the local people, stay in smaller, family-run hotels and visit places inaccessible to larger groups. In a small group it’s much easier to get off the beaten track, meet the people and experience authentic local life. Not only does this minimise our impact on the environment, it also makes for a better, more inspiring experience for you.
Unlike conventional group holidays, where you’ll see large groups and flag waving guides, our small group adventures are informal and flexible, allowing you plenty of time to do your own thing. On every tour there’s a balance between group activities and personal time for you to explore independently or relax as you like.
All tours are given a walking or trekking grade. This information can be found on all relevant tour notes or online at touyr level and will initially help to guide you. In addition, all of our walking tours have a detailed gradient chart providing a day-by-day guide of how long each days walk is and how much climbing and descending you will be doing. Please refer to the individual tour note or the tour overview page online for details of your chosen tour.
Daily altitude information is provided within our tour notes and can be found in the day to day itinerary section. For a quick overview of the gradients and altitude involved for your chosen tour, please take a look at the individual gradient charts where you will find a simple visual represenattion of the walk / trek.
It very much depends on where you are. Where it is a walk to get to the next night stop then generally no this will not be possible. If you are doing a circular walk and returning to the start point, then yes this is more likely to be possible. If you do opt out, you can relax and explore the local area. There may be alternatives depending on location – of course your leader will be able to advise you locally.
The hire of a quality bike in your size is included in the tour cost. Depending on the route and terrain of each tour we use either hybrid, mountain or road bikes. Please refer to the tour notes for more detailed information for each tour.
You may prefer to bring your own bike. Please always check with us to see if this is logistically possible for the tour you are considering. If you choose to bring your own bike please note that, while every care will be taken, we cannot guarantee against small scratches and damage to the paintwork that may occur while transporting the bike over the duration of the holiday. Most airlines will charge you to transport your bike and amounts vary. We recommend you book and pay for this in advance as this is normally cheaper than arranging at the airport. You will be required to pack your bike securely in a bike bag or box specifically designed for that purpose. Please contact us if you require further information or help regarding the possibility of taking your own bike.
It is possible to opt out of any of the cycling on all tours. If a support vehicle is included for the duration of the tour then there wouldn’t be any additional cost provided there was space on the vehicle. In some exceptional situations on certain tours an additional cost may be incurred. Please contact us for further details regarding a specific tour if necessary.
On a number of our tours we advertise the possibility of extending rides on certain days. Wherever possible we want to accommodate your requests and on other tours it may be possible for the tour leader to indicate further cycling options but please be aware that you would be required to guide yourself and a support vehicle would not be available. Please refer to the specific tour notes for more details and contact us if necessary.
On the majority of our tours the rides are led by the tour leader or cycle guide. On certain tours, particularly in France and Spain, maps are provided to cycle individually or in groups while the tour leader drives the support vehicle, except on circular routes when the tour leader will cycle with the group. Please refer to tour notes for more details.
The support vehicle will accompany the rides wherever possible and you are free to store items you do not want to carry in a pannier, bike bag or rucksack. It is also possible to ride on the support vehicle if necessary. Depending on the route taken the support vehicle may not be accessible for every section of a ride, particlaurly when cycling on dedicated cycle paths and off road routes. If a support vehicle is included for the duration of the tour then there wouldn’t be any additional cost provided there is space on the vehicle. In some exceptional situations on certain tours an additional cost may be incurred. Please refer to tour notes or contact us for more details.
On many tours panniers or bike bags are provided to store things you will need to access along the cycle route. On tours where a pannier is not available you may use the support vehicle or bring a ruck sack to cycle with. Please check tour notes for more details.
Our bikes are regularly serviced. Should a mechanical problem occur the Tour Leader (or member of local crew where applicable) will be able to assist you to fix the problem. You are not required to bring any spares or tools along, on some tours where appropriate you may be provided with puncture repair kits.
This is very dependant upon what you are intending to buy on tour, and is a very individual thing. People travelling on the same tour can have vastly different expenditure. For each tour we give a guide of the average that you could expect to spend on individual meals and drinks; if you decide to eat in the finest restaurants you could obviously spend a lot more than this whilst if you choose to make picnic lunches, or have some “supermarket dinners” then you would spend a lot less . We also highlight the approximate prices of optional activities that are mentioned on your tour, as well as a recommended tipping amount. These figures give you a good idea of the amount to take.
In detailing the cost of meals, tipping amounts and prices of optional excursions we believe that most items are covered on the tour notes. It is on the individual tour notes where we will also highlight any other potential expenditure that we are aware of, for example local air departure tax that isn’t included in your tickets. If you are an avid souvenir hunter we’d recommend you always have a bit of extra money, or a credit card, just in case you see that once in a lifetime bargain on tour.
Travellers cheques are available in major currencies such as sterling, euros and US dollars and are regarded as safe way of carrying larger sums of cash around with you. Unlike cash you will still need to go to a bank or an official outlet to be able to exchange your travellers cheques for currency so will need to plan around this. Not all merchants or banks will accept travellers cheques, or they may charge you a fee to accept them.
In our experience and considering the destinations we feature, we have found it difficult at times to be able to find banks or official outlets that are able to exchange travellers cheques, especially during banking hours. However this does vary by destination. Most of our tour notes will provide some useful information around the availability of exchange facilities (see budgeting for your tour).
Weather forecasting anywhere around can be difficult at the best of times. Many of our tour notes will provide useful climate information for the region or county you will be visiting. This information can be found from the tour overview page. Once you have found your tour on our website, click on the ‘Tour Information’ menu tab and then on the ‘Preparing for your tour’ drop down box. You will find the information in this section.
Alternatively, for up-to-date information on the weather worldwide please visit www.bbc.co.uk/weather. However there are many weather forecast websites that can provide daily, weekly as well as monthly weather & climate information.
Forecasting the rain anywhere around is not an exact science. Many of our tour notes will provide useful climate information for the region or county you will be visiting and where possible will provide seasonal rainfall information. This information can be found from the tour overview page. Once you have found your tour on our website, click on the ‘Tour Information’ menu tab and then on the ‘Preparing for your tour’ drop down box. You will find the information in this section.
Alternatively, for up-to-date information on the weather worldwide please visit www.bbc.co.uk/weather. However there are many weather other online forecasting websites that can provide more detailed rain forecasting inform