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Can anyone give recommend a tour company that specializes in small, customized tours to England

Can anyone give recommend a tour company that specializes in small, customized tours to England

May 12th, 2001, 06:26 PM
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Sal
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Can anyone give recommend a tour company that specializes in small, customized tours to England

I am helping a teacher at my daughter's school plan a trip to England, summer of 2001. The group will be no larger than 20, all girls ages 16 to 18 including the teacher and a few moms. We'd like to find a tour company that will accommodate our small group. We do not want to combine our group with another. We know the areas we want to visit and need to find a company who will customize the tour for us. Thanks for your help.
 
May 12th, 2001, 08:00 PM
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What do you envision that the company will do for you? provide transportation with in England? or more than that? I have put together a number of trips like the one you are describing, doing it strictly as an individual. I'm not sure you need a "company" (and I am not one) - - but I would be glad to share my experiences with you, or offer advice.

I do NOT consider myself to have much expertise when it comes to England (in fact, very minimal experience with England).

Your main problem is that it is VERY late to get something like this off the ground for THIS summer.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
May 12th, 2001, 10:31 PM
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Sal
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Sorry, I meant to say summer of 2002.
 
May 13th, 2001, 06:44 AM
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to the top
 
May 13th, 2001, 01:14 PM
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Trafalgar Tours does a "Special Groups" that "talor makes a vacation specially to suit your collective interests" (per their 2001 catalog). You can find them at www.trafalgartours.com. Or you travel agent should be able to put you in touch with their Special Groups Division. (Sorry, couldn't find a phone # in my book. Maybe you can find one on their web site.)
 
May 14th, 2001, 06:45 AM
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EF Tours is great for school age children. My daughter's French teacher used them for a trip to Paris. I am not sure about customizing but you could check their website.
 
May 14th, 2001, 07:14 AM
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I took an EF tour in high school. There were 30-something girls and about 4 or 5 teachers. The tour was 11 days and we went from Paris to Avignon, the French Riviera and Monaco, then took a bus passing through Italy up to Switzerland (Geneva, Lucerne, and flew out of Zurich). It was quite the whirlwind tour, but it was organized well, so you might want to contact them about putting togehter a tour for your school.
 
May 14th, 2001, 09:08 AM
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I would also highly recommend Back Roads Touring who specialise in small group tours. Try looking at www.backroadstouring.co.uk. They will customise a programme around your wishes.
Mike
 
May 14th, 2001, 07:37 PM
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Sheila and Vanessa,

I was surprised to hear you comments about EF. My daughter and did their British Isles trip last summer with a group from her school and the trip was a disaster. The main problem was a very inexperienced tour guide. It was her first summer with the company and she fouled up many things from hotel reservations to ferry reservations and did not know much about the areas we traveled. We had to skip Wales completely because of a scheduling glitch. To make matters worse, she would burst into tears at any moment. I guess the lesson here is to quiz the tour company thoroughly and find out how experienced the guide is. I had always heard good things about EF, but they didn't come through on that trip.
 
May 15th, 2001, 11:14 AM
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To Sal: Sorry you had such a problem. I think you are right about checking on the tour guide which is very important. Ours was great plus the French teacher had been several times and she was like a guide herself. It also probably helped that we stayed in the same hotel the entire time we were in Paris and did not have to move around. Good luck on finding a tour group.
 
May 23rd, 2001, 08:11 AM
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Sal,
Sorry to hear about your bad experience with EF. I went on our tour of Paris, South of France, and Switzerland in the Spring of 1995. Our tour guide was actually from Paris and new it inside and out. I believe she had also been with the company for quite a while, and she definitely knew what she was doing. She was really nice, and kept us going from morning till night. If the quality of EF has diminished since my trip, then maybe you should look into a different company.
 
May 23rd, 2001, 09:49 AM
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Sal,
Try ACIS (www.acis.com, 1-800-798-9710, ask for Patty Hutsler). Both our French and Spanish teachers use this company and love it. They have taken small groups (5-10) and large groups (30) and have always come back with nothing but raves.

Michele
 
May 23rd, 2001, 11:16 AM
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Sal,
Tried your email address, but no luck.
Should you wish,contact me directly for more information and names at ACIS.As I wrote, both our language departments LOVE this group.

Michele
 
May 24th, 2001, 09:33 AM
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Try http://www.wallacearnold.com for good, affordable coach tours not advertised in the U.S.

We like there "centered" tours where you stay in the same hotel for several nights and they take you on day trips out and about from there.

But you usually have to book with them fairly far in advance. But not always.
 

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