Frequently Asked Questions
If you can't find the answers to your specific question below, please e-mail our sales department and we'll answer your question as quickly as possible.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM/MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE?
There are no minimum or maximum group sizes on our tours. Whether you're traveling on your own, with 10 art students to India, or with 110 band members to Austria, Adventures Abroad's Private and Custom Tours will be happy to work with you to design the perfect itinerary for you and your travel companions. You're in full control of your tour's content throughout the entire trip.
Adventures Abroad Private and Custom Tours department arranges the use the best private cars and drivers, motor coaches, airlines, boats, trains and other means of transport. We simply refuse to skimp on safety and comfort.
All our hotels are selected specifically to best suite each traveler and provide excellent value for money. The standard of hotels used on your itinerary if for you to choose and we endeavor to match our recommendations to your preferences. Although some destinations offer differing standards and smaller rooms than in North America, we ensure the properties we use have private washrooms (unless otherwise specified) comfortable sleeping arrangements and up-to-date safety features.
Sampling different cuisines is an integral part of travel. We maximize exposure to local cuisine on our Custom Itineraries by including only the meals requested by the travelers, and allowing our participants the flexibility to discover local specialties on their own to the degree they are comfortable.
SPECIAL MEAL REQUIREMENTS
In almost all instances, we can cater to group participants with special meal requirements. Be it for allergies, religious reasons or simply personal preferences, we do our best to accommodate any requests of this type. It is best to contact our sales department to discuss the specifics of your requirements and concerns.
GROUP LEADERS TRAVEL FREE
For those travelers arranging a custom group, Adventures Abroad Custom Group tour, our policy is to offer the group leader a place entirely free of charge on any group of 16 or more.
CAN I BOOK THROUGH A TRAVEL AGENT? WHEN ARE DEPOSITS DUE? WHEN ARE FINAL PAYMENTS DUE, AND WHAT METHOD OF PAYMENT IS ACCEPTED?
Custom bookings must be made directly with Adventures Abroad. We have offices in the US, Canada and the UK. You can request a quote by contacting our sales department by phone, fax or e-mail on the numbers supplied on this web site.
Though there are no set deadlines as regards payment of deposits, we urge clients to do so as soon as possible to ensure adequate airline seats, hotel space and train and domestic air tickets are available. For example, a family or group travelling in May would be advised to submit a deposit no later than October of the year before, with full payment due 60 days / 8 weeks prior to departure. We suggest making all payments by cheque, though we will accept initial deposits by Visa, MasterCard and American Express. In the UK, we also accept debit cards (e.g. Switch)..
WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR ME TO TALK TO SOMEONE REGARDING CUSTOMIZING AN ITINERARY?
For more information, simply give call us. In most instances, our expert, well-travelled staff members are able to provide first-hand information of the tour in question; many of our staff have led or participated on our tours and are more than happy to share their experiences. We also have an extensive list of client references who will be pleased to relate their Adventures Abroad tour experiences with you.
WHY CHOOSE ADVENTURES ABROAD FOR YOUR CUSTOM GROUP AND FIT ITINERARIES?
Everything we do at Adventures Abroad Custom Department is customized, utilizing the first-hand experience of our extensively traveled staff - all of whom have guided groups around the world - we offer your clients the highly skilled first-hand experience of our staff throughout the itinerary design process. This enables you to ensure travelers get pertinent and informed feedback to their requests, and can build their itineraries with someone who truly knows the region.
ARE OUR CUSTOMIZED ITINERARIES EXPENSIVE?
Each group and individual will normally have a budget in mind. We design each group's itinerary around the indicated levels of service requested (3 star, 4 star or 5 star, hiking and camping etc.) Our custom itineraries span the range of expense, depending entirely on the levels of service requested by each individual, family or group. However, in most cases the custom itineraries are very budget-flexible, as we can include or omit services and select or alter hotels until you are satisfied.
WHAT TYPES OF ITINERARIES CAN WE DESIGN?
We offer an extraordinary variety of customized itineraries, from Australia to Zimbabwe and all points in-between. If you can imagine it, we can design it. We handcraft itineraries for family groups or individuals, for special interest groups such as schools, universities, museums, non-profit organizations, religious organizations and spiritual organizations, photography groups, cooking and wine groups, and sports groups. We will work closely with you to design any style of tour from Art Tours in Italy to Trekking in the Himalayas.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO TRAVEL ON AN ADVENTURES ABROAD CUSTOM ITINERARY?
We construct your itinerary around your specific requirements and interests ( - be they the Medieval churches of Paris, the Life of Livingstone, the wineries of Tuscany, or Harry Potter filming locations). We then incorporate the well-known sites and monuments along the route, as practicable, as well as including any "off the beaten path" areas, as required. All itineraries are crafted around your combined themes and interests. When the final itinerary is confirmed the activities and inclusions will all be just as you desire, and your travel experience will be enhanced accordingly.