In most instances, the information provided by our Travel Network websites will contain all the information you need in order to know exactly what you're getting for your money, to compare one tour or vacation package with another and to avoid unpleasant surprises. Before you begin to read, you should make a list of your holiday goals. This will help to keep in focus the things that are most important to you as you compare the options. Don't hesitate to contact us when questions arise - there's no such thing as a silly question when your hard-earned vacation money is involved. The following 'checklist' will help you select the tour or safari package that's right for you:
How to Select the Right Vacation for You and Your Family
Tour / Vacation / Safari Package PriceBe sure to check carefully what's included in the price and what's not. For example, does the price include air fare, or is it for land arrangements only? You can speak with one of our travel consultants about any queries you may have. Several other factors may add to the price, such as optional excursions, service charges and / or taxes, weekend air charges and high season supplements. And, if you're travelling alone, there is often a supplement fee for single accommodations.
Tour ItinerariesDay-to-day itineraries described on our web sites serve as a guide for what you can expect to see and do while on a tour. Take note of the cities, lodges and sites that you'll actually be visiting, as opposed to those places that you'll simply be driving through (often indicated by terms such as 'see' or 'view' in the itinerary). There's a big difference, and you should be aware of these distinctions to avoid disappointment.
Other important questions to consider when comparing tour itineraries include:
- Are you comfortable with the amount of time spent travelling by safari vehicle, overland, rail or other transportation during the tour?
- Does there seem to be enough free time for shopping or exploring on your own, or is there too much leisure time for your taste?
- Everyone has their own level of energy and sense of adventure, and there are enough choices of tours and safaris so that you can come as close as possible to your preferences without making a lot of compromises.
- Is there a great deal of walking involved?
HotelsNo question about it, accommodation plays a key role in the success of a trip. Many travellers say the most important one. You should pay close attention to the descriptions, locations and accommodation types of the featured hotels. Also be aware of type of location of the various hotels. Hotels situated just outside the center of a city shouldn't be inconvenient if you'll be sightseeing by tour bus or if you have a rental car. On the other hand, if you are going to have a lot of free time in the cities you'll be visiting, you may prefer hotels that are centrally located.
If you still have questions about the hotels after reading the information, by all means check with us.
MealsDining is one of the most enjoyable parts of the travel experience. Read carefully to determine how much regional 'flavor' you can look forward to with each program.
ConditionsConditions for all the tours are supplied at the time of making your reservation enquiry. This information deserves a lot more attention than it usually receives. A comprehensive version of these conditions appear on this, and all other Travel Network sites.
Many important points are covered, including details about reservations, cancellations, refunds and availability of insurance. Be sure you understand the policy in regard to cancellations, changes in departure date and refunds, and any cancellation and / or modification penalties that may apply, both to land and air travel portions of the trip. Remember, while this is a pleasure trip for you, it is a business for the tour operator.
Other important items usually covered by the Conditions page include: Meals, Accommodations, Air Transportation, Sightseeing, Baggage Allowance, Health Information and the items Not Included in the price. Remember, the Conditions page may not be as colorful as the rest of the information, but it's every bit as important in helping you reach the most informed decision.