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We’ve given each of our tours a pace and style so you can decide for yourself which is appropriate for you. It should give you an idea of the level of fitness required as well as the kind of activities you’ll be doing: click here.
These are different for each tour – please refer to the specific webpage or trip notes for the one you’re interested in, or request a tailor-made itinerary.
It is your responsibility to obtain the relevant visa for the countries you are entering (including any transit visas). We advise you to check with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
We recommend that you check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor at least one month prior to departure. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
It is a condition of joining any of our tours that you must have valid travel insurance. What should my travel insurance policy cover?
THE POLICY SHOULD COVER THE WHOLE TIME THAT YOU ARE AWAY AND MAY ALSO COVER PERSONAL ACCIDENT AND LEGAL EXPENSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.GOV.UK/FOREIGN-TRAVEL-INSURANCE.
We recommend that you check your government’s travel advice and up-to-date information about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs, including advice re: the legality of, and local attitudes towards same-sex relationships.
We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. This information applies to British citizens only and other nationalities are advised to check the current position of their respective government. For further information go to www.fco.gov.uk
Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable so get up-to-date information at www.bbc.co.uk/weather.
Often standards will not match those at home and while we aim to make your trip as comfortable as possible, please be aware that we are often visiting areas which are either remote or less developed, have little infrastructure and a lack of medical supplies.
Travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit.
Our general recommendation is to bring light clothing and layer up or down. A fleece or jumper for cooler evenings and a waterproof jacket for even rainy, summer days. You should bring at least one long sleeved top and long trousers/pants in case you’d like to visit a church or monastery.
At least one pair of comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended.
Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). Please be aware that luggage space is limited. We advise that you bring no bigger than a medium sized suitcase or rucksack along with your daypack or handbag.
We recommend you bring a water bottle, torch, a pair of binoculars, a hat and suncream/block.
Please ask permission before taking photos, especially of children, military installations, at border control. In remote areas women and older people generally do not like being photographed. Please respect their decision if they say no.
Every traveller has different perspectives on begging and it is your choice whether or not you give them money. The rule of thumb would be if locals give, follow their lead with genuine beggars. We do not encourage giving money, sweets, etc to children as this can encourage them choosing to beg rather than go to school. Please do not buy any products made from endangered species.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in some regions of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leader may organise a group tipping kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour (refer to the ‘Detailed Trip Notes’ to see if this applies to your tour).
ATM Availability: Available in most towns. Your Tour Leader will advise on location. Credit Card Acceptance: Major stores, restaurants and some smaller shops will accept them. Scottish banknotes: If you plan on bringing cash with you, please note that it may not be possible to exchange Scottish banknotes in the countries we visit.
Up-to-date exchange rate information can be found here: http://www.xe.com/.
Our carefully selected hotels, apartments and rooms are suited for all budgets and tastes. Sometimes the best option may not be a luxury hotel, but rather a simple mountain hut overlooking a spectacular gorge. In more remote locations, the accommodation may be very basic, perhaps without electricity or running water – a small price to pay for the rewards that such travel entails.
The simple answer is no.
A Tour Guide is someone who works within an area they know very well. They provide a tour of a city, park, or specific attraction. Their job entails providing commentary, routing the tour and seeing that people have a good time. They are paid by a local company and typically work on a daily basis. All of our Tour Guides are certified and registered with the relevant authority. A Tour Leader is someone who leads a group overseas and they may or may not have visited the place prior. Their job entails ensuring the people get what they paid for, sometimes leading orientation walks around town and making sure people have a good time. They are the person who takes a guest to see a doctor, throws a welcome meeting on arrival and makes sure the trip runs as smooth as possible, sorting out any problems along the way. They work together with the Tour Guide. A Tour Leader will typically lead about a dozen trips a year. Sometimes there will be ‘Free Walking Tours’ in the cities we visit and your Tour Leader will advise you where and when to meet.
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