WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Naturally, we don’t pay for items of a personal nature, such as bar or minibar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc. Nor do we pay for lunches, unless the tour is a Full Board one. Otherwise, lunches can be anything from a glass of wine or beer and a sandwich to a sit-down meal. Much of this is dependent on time and location.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I’VE BOOKED?
Once a booking is made, a confirmation invoice is sent to you, containing details of the tour you have booked, the amount of the balance to be paid and date on which the amount will be due. After the balance is paid, joining instructions are despatched, usually two to three weeks prior to departure. These joining details include departure place and time, flight or train timings, all hotel telephone numbers, and practical advice on what to wear and what to bring, etc. More important information, such as the flight details, can be sent well in advance of the departure date.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Details of what is included in the price of each of the advertised tours can be found in the pricing box on each page, but, basically, it includes all accommodation as advertised, coach and transport, return airfare, all evening meals, all buffet breakfasts, and the services of a guide and a tour manager.
WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?
It is a condition when booking a tour with IFBT that travellers are covered by an adequate and valid insurance policy. Anyone who has booked with IFBT but who fails to produce evidence of an adequate and valid policy may be refused travel.
There is no typical battlefield tourist. Indeed, our guests are of all ages and from different backgrounds. Neither are IFBT tours all male affairs. In fact, at least one quarter to a third of all guests on our tours are usually female.
WHAT WE DO
We make all hotel and flight reservations on your behalf. We use only scheduled flights on our tours. We confirm your booking, issue detailed joining instructions, issue tickets prior to departure, meet you at the airport upon arrival and see to it that everything is done to ensure maximum enjoyment.
HOW LONG ARE THE DAYS?
Each day of an IFBT tour is designed with the guest’s comfort in mind (they are holidays, after all), whilst building in the maximum of interest. After breakfast we are usually on the road by 0900 breaking for lunch at around 13.00, depending on our programme, and are finished by about 17.00, again depending on our programme. Guests are free at the hotel until around 19.30 when we meet up for a drink, followed by dinner, after which guests are at leisure.
WILL THE ‘NON-BATTLEFIELD TOURIST’ ENJOY THE TOURS?
Yes. The ‘disinterested’ partner will find much to enjoy on IFBT tours, for we never forget that they are holidays, not staff college rides. They will also discover much to enjoy by visiting areas and places not usually frequented by the general tourist. And nobody can fail to be impressed by the fantastic accommodation used on IFBT tours, such as the paradores and pousadas of Portugal and Spain, which include castles and palaces.
CAN I BOOK MY OWN FLIGHTS?
Yes, guests are free to book their own flights. Guests coming from overseas, such as the USA and Australia, often make their own arrangements and have flown direct to the point of our arrival in order to meet us. Anybody wishing to book their own flight is free to do so provided they are ready to meet us upon our arrival at the respective airport. Guests wishing to make their arrangements in this way should inform us at the time of booking in order that their invoice reflects a lower price.
HOW LARGE ARE THE GROUPS?
Naturally, the size of each group varies according to just how many bookings are received. The popular tours, can go as high as 30. Sometimes the group can be as low as 3, depending upon the nature of the tour. On average, the size of the groups is between 15 and 25.
WILL I NEED TO TAKE MUCH MONEY?
Not really. All IFBT tours are half-board, and include evening meals or, as in the case in the Crimea, lunches. Guests only need money for light lunches and for any personal expenses at the hotel, such as telephone or bar bills.