The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
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Our places to stay are carefully selected and accommodation will generally be in single and twin bedded rooms with en suite facilities. In Europe, we usually select small, comfortable, family run hotels, though this is variable by destination, for example on some of our higher graded Walking Holidays you stay in mountain huts or even tents where facilities are basic. In many of our long haul destinations, the accommodation is of a very high standard, making these holidays outstanding value. All of our accommodation is an ideal fit for both its location and the nature of the holiday. Where an official rating system operates we will state this, although local ratings do not necessarily operate to any British accommodation rating system. We try to ensure our accommodation complies with reasonable fire, health and safety regulations – however, we can’t guarantee that these will meet UK standards.
Details about accommodation can be found on individual holiday pages and our separate Holiday Information Sheets downloadable from our website or available on request. There are often variations in room size, fixtures, fittings and views. We do try to accommodate special requests.
We have a good number of sole occupancy rooms throughout our programme and some of these incur no supplement. Our allocation of single and sole occupancy rooms is however ultimately limited, as are the number of rooms without supplement, so do book early to avoid disappointment.
Regrettably the hotels we use usually charge room supplements and although a room for sole occupancy guarantees privacy, it may well be smaller, sometimes a little less well appointed and may contain a single, double or twin beds. Should our allocation of rooms without supplement, or with a relatively low supplement already be booked, may be able to obtain additional single rooms or even allocate a twin or double for sole use, however a supplementary cost may be levied.
If you are booking online for holidays advertised with no sole occupancy supplement, please do not assume that if you book a twin room this will be for sole use.
Make your holiday more memorable at one of our Special Selection Hotels!
These hotels all either feature outstanding views, fantastic locations or luxury facilities in some of the world’s greatest walking regions, our Special Selection hotels have been carefully chosen for their individual charm, welcome and unrivalled service to make your holiday an even more special event.
Most of our holidays are half board because we know how much you can work up an appetite on a walking holiday! Mealtimes are relaxed and sociable occasions, providing the opportunity to discuss the day’s events, tomorrow’s schedule and to swap stories of travel and life. On holidays where all meals are not included, our tour leader will be able to make suggestions as to where to eat and we won’t leave you to fend for yourself. In many destinations, mealtimes are seen more as social than purely functional occasions and consequently the service may be less brisk that you may be used to in restaurants at home.
Different countries may also serve meals in the local style, such as with meat and vegetable courses served separately, as different courses or in unexpected combinations. In some cases, a local speciality or staple dish may appear at every possible opportunity. Remember, one of the reasons you’ve probably gone on holiday in the first place is to experience something different! Drinks, including tea and coffee are usually not included but may often be ordered at additional charge. In some destinations it is not uncommon for hotels not to serve tap water, even when perfectly drinkable, and to charge for bottled water.
Half board includes breakfasts (usually continental) and evening meals (or occasionally lunch). These are either at the hotel or in a local restaurant and consist of two or more courses. When a holiday states ‘all meals’, lunch is usually a packed lunch. Check individual holiday descriptions for specific meal arrangements. Our Reservations Team will be able to advise you further according to your destination, so please call them to discuss your needs before booking.
We often have special requests relating to particular dietary needs such as for vegetarian, high-fibre or other diets. Should your dietary requirements be restrictive, you may wish to consider bringing some personal supplies to supplement locally provided meals. If you have any particular concerns, please contact us.
Please advise us of any special dietary requests. We will pass this information on to the airline you will be travelling with, the hotels you will be staying in and to our tour leaders. Some destinations and local service providers may be better than others in accommodating your requests. Please also note that in many countries vegetarian eating is not widespread and some tolerance or patience may be needed at meal times.
Where group meals are included in the holiday charge, your tour leader will generally handle any tipping requirements on the group’s behalf. When meals are not included and the group eats independently, your leader will be able to provide advice on tipping expectations.
In most countries, in restaurants where a service charge is not included, a 10% tip is considered acceptable. In some parts of the world such as the USA and the Caribbean a 15-20% tip is commonly expected for standard levels of service. A disinclination to tip may have an impact on the meals service and your enjoyment of this aspect of your holiday.
When opting to share a room with a travelling companion of the same sex, most sharers develop an instant rapport with their roommate, often leading to strong friendships both during and after the holiday. If you are a smoker and smoking is permitted in the hotel you must agree to a non-smoking policy in the room as a courtesy to your room sharer. However there are a few points to bear in mind to ensure a harmony whilst sharing with a stranger.
Please endeavour to:
Snoring and other concerns…
Should you be a loud snorer, be particularly fastidious or suffer any condition which may cause distress to a prospective roommate, we recommend that you book single occupancy accommodation.
If it just doesn’t work out
Most room sharers enjoy the company of their rooming companion and quickly work out a routine to ensure they get along without any disharmony. In the unlikely event that should you find yourself unable to continue sharing with your allocated roommate or due to your behaviour they are unable to continue sharing with you, we regret that we cannot accept any additional costs resulting from the provision of alternative or additional accommodation.