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Message from the Mo

Optional Extras - To shop or not to shop… (Part 4 of 4)

In Parts 1 to 3 I revealed how the Albatross philosophy of not operating Optional excursions and activities is strikingly different to virtually all our competitors. We believe, that if something is necessary to make a tour great, it should never be left out. Is it OK that so many of the mainstream European Tour Operators will sell you a tour package promising (limited) ‘time at leisure to explore…’ yet they will then push you to buy money-making optional activities that will steal this wonderful leisure time away?
Author: Michele Zavaglia
Message from the Mo

Optional Extras – Why Special Dinners and Activities Should Be Included Upfront (Part 3 of 4)

In my previous ‘Optional Extras’ articles – part 1 and 2 - I outlined how many other European Tour Operators offer optional extras such as later paid for excursions, activities, visits and dinners. I also lifted the lid on just how much money is gouged from you when you purchase optional extras with these operators. I am happy to talk about this unsavoury business as Albatross will not buy into that system. Our starting point is the inclusion of all the activities, excursions and special ‘feature’ dining. No optional extras.
Author: Michele Zavaglia
Portugal
Travelling Tips

5 Tips for Travelling to Portugal

The home of port wine and some of the world’s freshest seafood, Portugal has a long and interesting history. Check out our tips for travelling to Portugal here.
Author: Julia Austin
Message from the Mo

Optional Extras – The Money Made and the Illusion it is Included (Part 2 of 4)

In Part 1 I highlighted the Albatross ‘no option’ philosophy is virtually unique. And, that mainstream European Tour Operators charge their Tour Managers big money to take their tours out, thereby getting a slice of the big money action.
Author: Michele Zavaglia
Message from the Mo
Message from the Mo

Optional Extras - Buyer Beware (Part 1 of 4)

How do measure the real value of a tour? What is genuinely included? Looks good... but what are they not telling me? What else do I need to know? Why do most companies charge extra for expensive optional excursions? And, how much extra money do they make from me? This article will explain what to look for and what to see through. The truth will undoubtedly irritate you, and may just help you choose a better value, more fulfilling European tour.
Author: Michele Zavaglia
Travelling Tips

The Benefits of Small Travel Groups

Discover Europe with the intimate experience of small group travel. Every Albatross Tours small group experience allows you to enjoy a more personalised tour.
Author: Julia Austin
Travelling Tips

Why Travel Insurance is Crucial for Mature-Aged Travellers

Take the worry out of travelling overseas with travel insurance. As a mature aged traveller, travel insurance will provide peace of mind and protect you while abroad.
Author: Julia Austin
Italy
Travelling Tips

Understanding Italy's Regions

From the seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast, to the finest wines of the Tuscan-region, explore the natural attractions of Italy’s regions with Albatross Tours.
Author: Julia Austin
Christmas
Travelling Tips

Tips and Tricks for Your Winter European Adventure

Winter in Europe is pure magic, and a great time to visit. Here are some tips on what to pack, where to go, and how to plan your next European adventure.
Author: Julia Austin
Pic du Midi - courtesy of Darren Wheatley
Traveller Stories

Traveller Story: Northern Spain Delights

Graeme and his wife Susan travelled on our Northern Spain & the Pyrenees tour in September 2018. They really enjoyed the spectacular scenery, visits to charming towns, the superb food and wine they experienced along the way and the ample free time they had to explore at their own pace.
Author: Michele Zavaglia

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