Why a walking tour with Four Seasons Travel?
One of the strengths of Four Seasons Travel is the design of each tour. A Four Seasons independent walking tour takes you along carefully selected routes, making sure that you see the best that each area has to offer, with an optimal mix between walking & sightseeing, culture & nature.
According to the area, on some tours the focus is more on the hiking, on others on the cultural aspects. But all our tours provide the best possible mix between culture & nature. Not one single day is the same on our walking tours!
Many of the tours we have developed, have been sold and are still being sold by specialised tour operators worldwide. In fact, it’s likely that you’ve been on one of our tours already!
Why did I never hear before about Four Seasons Travel ?
Four Seasons Travel has always been ‘only’ a supplier for many renowned tour operators worldwide, ranging from Europe to North-America and Australia. We never actively promoted our tours directly, for which reason we did not do any advertising.
Over the years though, we have built up a loyal group of direct clients, which convinced us that there is a big demand for special (customised) walking & cycling tours in Italy, a demand which often cannot be met by the bigger tour operators, which deal with tours all over the world. Therefore from 2010 on, while still continuing to sell most of our tours through the best specialised tour operators worldwide, we have decided to market some of our special trips directly.
How long has Four Seasons Travel been in business?
Four Seasons Travel was founded in 2001, as (one of) the first Italian tour operators specialised in walking & cycling tours. Previous to that many of our trips were developed and tested by our staff, on behalf of other specialised tour operators, in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. On behalf of these companies we developed some of the most successful walking holidays ever – in terms of numbers and clients’ satisfaction! Since the beginning Four Seasons Travel has handled thousands of satisfied clients.
Who travels with Four Seasons Travel ?
Guests of Four Seasons Travel are active and interesting people who come from vastly different walks of life. They live in all corners of the world. They work in a variety of occupations and industries, and have many different hobbies and interests. When you join our tour, you travel with fellow travellers from around the globe, Europeans, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Canadians, and others. People with different origins, but with a common interest in travel, culture & nature, history and gastronomy.
Above all, they all have one common interest: our clients love to travel in a way that allows them to fully immerse themselves in the country they are visiting, with all the sights, sounds and tastes of the experience. Our groups ensure you to have a good time with other travellers. Sharing and exchanging ideas and interests and creating new friendships.
Most trips have a good mix between single travellers and couples, men and women. On our self-guided trips you chose yourself with whom you travel, but you might easily come across some of our other clients. With the same interest in adventure travel, culture, nature & people.
Can I book a tour with Four Seasons Travel if I’m not such a keen walker or biker ?
Of course you can ! Most of our tours are active holidays, but the walking or cycling is never done ‘just’ for the sake of walking or cycling. We consider it the best means of seeing the country. That’s why many of our tours are a mix of walking or cycling and sightseeing. Some of our tours are less focused on the walking or cycling, and offer some more opportunities for sightseeing and relax.
On our independent tours you can plan extra nights in one of the hotels en-route to allow for a rest.
A last option is to hire one of our great villa’s or apartments somewhere in the wonderful countryside. From there undertake some of the activities proposed by us. The rest of the time you just relax !
What services are included in the trip price?
Our trips generally include all services, from your arrival until departure. Are included: accommodations, meals (as indicated), all transport during the tour (unless otherwise indicated), a local guide for the group tours, extensive route notes and maps for the self-guided tours.
None of our rates include airline reservations, as it is often cheaper to book airline tickets yourself. Also departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals, drinks, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature are not included.
What currency are the prices in?
All of our trips are quoted in Euro’s (€). This because we pay all our suppliers in euro’s and therefore can give you the possible best price in euro’s, without having to ‘protect’ ourselves against fluctuations of the euro against other currencies (e.g. the US $).
How can I book a tour? Is a deposit required?
We have made it as easy as possible to book one of our tours. Simply press the button “Book this tour” at the page of the tour you wish to book and register online. In alternative you can send us an email or phone us. We’ll then take care of everything for you and confirm your reservation with a deposit of only 25% of the trip cost. Deposits can be made by Visa or MasterCard. In case you decide to cancel your booking, please understand that there is a non-refundable deposit for unrecoverable costs.
When is my balance due?
Also with respect to the booking conditions we want to be the most advantageous tour operator in the market.
The balance of your trip cost is due just 6 weeks prior to trip departure. It may be paid by money order, or credit card. On some occasions it may be even possible to settle the balance upon arrival.
If you register for a trip within 6 weeks of trip departure, full payment is due at the time of booking.
What if I have to cancel or change my tour ?
Also with respect to the cancellation conditions we want to be the most advantageous tour operator in the market.
If you wish to cancel all or any part of your booking we need to receive notification of it in writing. In case you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to trip departure, only the non-refundable deposit for unrecoverable costs is due. Changes in your holiday plans are free if notified more than 4 weeks prior to trip departure.