Travel Alerts

This page is where you’ll find all the latest travel advice so please check for any updates that might relate to your upcoming tours with us.

Last updated 2 August 2021 – still current as of 17 September 2021

 

A message from the CEO, Jackie Willis

To all our valued customers

Many of us will have enjoyed a holiday at home over the past 12 months, but now feels like the right time to dig out those wish lists and rediscover our sense of adventure. More countries are permitting UK visitors and we are growing more confident in navigating this new world of travel, which means that overseas trips are back on the cards. In terms of the possibility of operating tours, we remain guided by the UK Government’s ‘traffic light’ system and any applicable restrictions in the destination country. The rapid progress in vaccinations is giving many of us the confidence to travel as soon as possible and, if you choose an Andante Travels tour, you’ll have the extra confidence of knowing that our industry-leading 11-point COVID action plan will stay in place throughout 2021. Rest assured too that if a COVID test is still a requirement in order to return to the UK, we will arrange this for you on tour.

We are currently operating tours in the UK and any other destinations we are permitted to travel, as long as any local or attraction-specific restrictions are not likely to greatly disrupt the itinerary. Whilst it may still become necessary to cancel a tour as a result of (1) subsequent changes to the UK Government advice or local restrictions in the destination, (2) our suppliers are not in a position to put our COVID action plan in place, or (3) voluntary transfers result in unviable guest numbers on the tour, we anticipate an extensive programme of tours in summer, autumn and winter 2021. If your tour is cancelled for one of these three reasons, we are committed to providing the most convenient alternative arrangements, matching prices where possible.

For any questions you may have around travelling with us, we have a selection of dedicated FAQs that should provide answers and you can find them by clicking here.

Good health and happy travels from all of us here at Brightwater.

Jackie Willis CEO,

Specialist Journeys

UK tours departing up to 31 December 2021

  • We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on tour.
  • If it does become necessary to cancel your tour, there will be no charge to transfer to new travel dates and we will match the price where possible. Alternatively, you may choose to transfer to any other 2021 or 2022 tour (with no admin fee to pay). Any difference in price would be payable.
  • If you wish to transfer to a different tour before we contact you, there is no charge to do so up to 56 days prior to departure. Within 56 days, an admin fee of £50 per person applies.
  • If you wish to cancel now, normal booking conditions apply.
  • If your tour is viable and we contact you to collect your holiday balance, this balance would still be payable, and not to do so would result in the cancellation of your booking and retention of your deposit (if within 56 days). Please note: there is no risk in paying your balance – your holiday booking/monies will be fully protected as part of our ATOL/ABTOT accreditation.
  • We reserve the right to cancel your tour within 12 weeks if the number of late customer cancellations or transfers make the tour commercially unviable.

 

Overseas tours departing up to 31 December 2021

  • We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on tour, subject to your destination appearing on the ‘green’ or ‘amber’ travel list, with no quarantine requirements on arrival there or home, and subject to your status as double-vaccinated if this is a destination requirement.
  • We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. Any changes to restrictions that mean you can no longer travel will be communicated to you as quickly as possible. If it does become necessary to cancel your tour, there will be no charge to transfer to new travel dates and we will match the price where possible. You may choose to transfer to any other 2021 or 2022 tour (with no admin fee to pay). Any difference in price would be payable. Alternatively you may receive a full refund.
  • If you wish to transfer to a different tour before we contact you, there is no charge to do so up to 56 days prior to departure. Within 56 days, an admin fee of £50 per person applies.
  • If you wish to cancel now, normal booking conditions apply.
  • If your tour is viable and we contact you to collect your holiday balance, this balance would still be payable, and not to do so would result in the cancellation of your booking and retention of your deposit (if within 56 days). Please note: there is no risk in paying your balance – your holiday booking/monies will be fully protected as part of our ATOL/ABTOT accreditation.
  • We reserve the right to cancel your tour within 12 weeks if the number of late customer cancellations or transfers make the tour commercially unviable.

  • We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on tour.
  • Should any of the three key criteria mentioned in the CEO’s message above make your tour unviable we will contact you as quickly as we can.
  • If you wish to transfer to any other tour now, there will be an administrative charge of £50 per person to do so.
  • If you wish to cancel now, normal booking conditions apply.
  • We reserve the right to cancel your tour within 12 weeks if the number of late customer cancellations or transfers make the tour commercially unviable.

“I so hope I will be able to travel on one of your holidays in 2021. You are being more than generous and I wish you the very best — both you personally and everyone at Brightwater. I am looking forward to being with you in 2021 and beyond.”

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