The small print in the literature of many student tour operators all too often conceals provisos, clauses and contingencies of which a group leader will be unaware at the time of booking.

Don’t be fooled – when we read competitors’ brochures and calculate the costs of their supplements, extras, lunches, admission fees etc, it is clear that their low lead-in prices are only the beginning. The hidden extras can add up to over £50 per person and the real cost to pupils becomes expensive and uncompetitive.

Comparative QuestionVarsity Travel Others
Will you ensure that our tour dates are guaranteed at the time of booking?YesNo. Many reserve the right to change the dates or even cancel a tour.
Will you guarantee that there is never a weekend supplement?YesNo
Will you guarantee that there are no supplements payable for optional excursions after the itinerary has been agreed?YesNo. Guides and drivers view this as a second source of income
Will you guarantee that all admission costs are included?YesNo
Will you guarantee that the itinerary will be the best possible itinerary for our requirements?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee to send a comprehensive Risk Assessment, teacher guide and checklists prior to departure?YesNo
Will you guarantee to give a detailed and interesting evening presentation to pupils and parents before the tour?YesNo
Will you guarantee that we will spend less time on the coach and more time in the excursions?YesNo
Will you guarantee that the coach will be fully-executive and from a reputable operator?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that the coach driver will have signed up to an agreed code of conduct?YesNo
Will you guarantee that coach operator licences. insurance and breakdown cover have been checked and verified?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that hotels will be Tourist Class with TV's, telephones and en-suite bathrooms?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that you will never use hostels?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that food will be high quality, varied and that special diets will be well catered for?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that local bus, train or metro tickets are included while abroad?YesNo
Will an experienced Tour Director be with your group 24 hours per day exclusively for your group?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that we will never queue?YesNo
Will you guarantee that you will always use direct flights?YesNo
Will you guarantee that each component part of the Study Tour has been risk assessed and a report forwarded to the group leader?YesNot specified
Will you guarantee that the group leader will have opportunity to produce feedback and comment after the tour?YesNot specified

‘Thanks for a brilliant MFL tour to Madrid this July. The hotel, restaurants, excursions & tour planning were all perfect. Kids had a very enjoyable week particularly at the Real Madrid Stadium & Warner Theme park. We’re hoping for Barcelona next year if you can send us an itinerary?’

Mr. Darren Roberts MFL Department, Cardinal Wiseman School Greenford. Madrid 2019.
Mr. Darren Roberts

‘Just  a quick message to thank you for all your efforts in organising this tour for us. Best trip I have ever been on & we would absolutely like to re-book for next year with minimal tweaks.
Please extend my thanks to Raoul who was charming & who was adored by the students. Our coach driver Chris was also such a lovely guy who really made the trip for us.’

Mr. Nick Chamberlain Head of History, Rosebery Girls School Epsom. Normandy 2019.
Mr. Nick Chamberlain