Frequently Asked Questions
Tailormade Holiday - Questions
Why use the active gourmet travel?
We're planning a month in France with young children; we're worried they'll be bored. Can you help?
We want to spend two weeks in Sicily next year. How will we know where to go?
How do we travel around?
What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
Are the meals expensive?
How much will our tour cost?
Why are most of our arrangements paid before we leave home?
Why shouldn’t we just do the bookings ourselves on the net?
How will we know what to take with us?
I can’t speak the language. How do I find my way around?
My friends would like to visit me during the trip. How can this be organised?
Do I have to carry cash around if I don’t want to pay bank fees for each purchase?
How can my family stay in touch with me?
What if something happens to me while travelling?
What if I have paid for my trip and I can’t go because of an unexpected event?
Our planning expertise will allow you to see the real country, off the beaten track, without the time consuming and confusing hassle of trying to plan your journey yourself.
We select family-friendly destinations for you – accommodation with swimming pools, animals, other children. We try to reduce the length of journeys and the number of changes of accommodation to make things easier. An active gourmet travel itinerary designed for a family will include a selection of local activities for the children, and suggestions for places to eat that won’t break the bank. The French love children and will go out of their way to assist.
Once you have let the active gourmet travel know your interests and the length of time you have available for your vacation, we will design a detailed itinerary especially for you – from the glorious seascape of the west coast, to the majestic Greek sites, from the teeming markets of Palermo to a pistachio farm nestled on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Transport arrangements are designed to suit the particular places you want to visit – eg, fast train between key cities and a rental car to explore the countryside.
You choose: villa, hotel, B&B, chateau, we have a huge range of wonderful places from basic to super-luxurious to select from. We deal with some wonderful hosts.
Meals are available in a wide range of prices – you will be given a selection of great places to eat, with opening days and suggestions for sites to have sensational picnics.
That depends on the type of accommodation you choose and the complexity of your schedule. Our job is to optimise your travel experiences for the dollars you have available.
This way, you know exactly how much you have spent on the major things such as accommodation and transport and you can avoid all the transaction fees.
There are a huge number of possibilities out there and it is not always easy to make an informed choice. We use properties we know personally, or book through reputable agencies. We know the alternative routes for you to travel to your accommodation, and the best things to do in the area so your journey is a seamless experience.
We will provide you with a list of suggested things to pack for the type of trip you have chosen. You will also get helpful hints to help you understand the customs of the country you are visiting to make your trip less stressful.
A small phrase book such as Berlitz is very handy, and so is the ability to mime! You will find most people will help if you have a just a few words. Most like to know they are dealing with New Zealanders...
We would be happy to do their travel arrangements so you have a smooth rendezvous, or provide details to allow them to track you down.
It is always advisable to carry some cash especially for markets and the smaller rural restaurants, but the new travel cards operated by major banks and Travelex, allow you to pre-purchase your holiday funds with just a single fee.
Set yourself up with a Skype connection, and we point out in your itinerary the location of internet cafes. Some rental apartments have a phone number for incoming calls and your family will be provided with an accommodation list with numbers for contacting you.
It is mandatory to have adequate travel insurance on all trips we organise – we have agencies with Mike Henry and AIG both of whom offer excellent cover.
Contact Gail for assistance.
Keen on a personalised tour?
We will design an itinerary for you, tailor-made to suit your needs, interests and time frame. You decide when and how long you wish to tour for, who with and on what mode of transport.
Or we can help you select the most suitable tour from our extensive portfolio of the very best of worldwide activity holidays.