We know already that the Government has confirmed that schools will be allowed to take UK based coach day trips in the Autumn term. We see this as a positive but sensible step. As the term goes on we will await further guidance and working alongside ABTA, the DfE, STF, LOtC and OEAP and we are looking forward to the time when we can offer you a trip to suit your needs.
You can start planning with a tour operator at a time that suits you, whether that’s now or in the future. We will discuss itinerary, accommodation and transport, along with any concerns you may have regarding safety, before providing you with a quotation. This will give you an idea of cost and content to share with SLT, students and parents. A quotation does not put you under any obligation and is a good way to gauge interest.
Once you know if you have interest and permission to travel you can provisionally hold services, still at no obligation. As many groups postponed due to Covid-19 and interest is starting for 2021 and 2022, availability of accommodation at key dates will become an issue. As transport services come on sale, demand will dictate price increases. So, our advice is to make a provisional booking as soon as possible so you can avoid price increases and secure your preferred suppliers.
We can provide you with a power point covering all planning details that we can tailor make to your trip and your group of parents. You can then send this as an attachment on your school portal for interested parties.
Our advice is to give them as much information as possible. Gather together their questions and concerns and talk to us. We will support you in answering these concerns. The landscape of travel is changing rapidly at the moment and we may not have all the answers on the spot but we will find out and come back to you.
If you would like to talk through with a member of our team face to face, we can arrange a video call with you so we can cover your requirements and questions in more detail.
If as an educational Tour Operator we are liable for the cancellation of your tour, in the first instance we will offer you the chance to postpone and we will work through a series of suitable alternatives for you and your group.
Alternatively, if you are not able to postpone and as a Tour Operator we are liable for the cancellation, you will be issued with a refund credit note for the full value of your tour, which is financially protected by ABTA. If these options are not suitable for you and if we are liable under Package Travel Regulations, then we will arrange a full refund.
We advise that you check your school RPA business insurance cover before booking a trip as in many instances they will provide cover for this.
We are in regular contact with our suppliers in all our destinations who are keeping us updated with their local regulations. We are also following the FCDO and government advice closely. As the social distancing rules are evolving, we can give you information on an ongoing basis with final confirmation on social distancing in your destination closer to your departure date.
All airports are working hard to ensure all travellers are informed of regulations. See this example from London Heathrow.
We will keep you updated with their procedures throughout your booking process, with final confirmation on social distancing in the UK and your destination airport closer to your departure date.
We can give you information from them on an on going basis with final confirmation on social distancing whilst travelling with Eurotunnel or ferry closer to your departure date
Instructions for safety on board coaches for schools are evolving at the moment. We will be ensuring that all our coach suppliers comply with the guidelines set out by the DfE prior to departure and will keep you informed of this. We will issue you in advance with the safety rules of the coach company taking your tour.