Why Trip Feast?
Why should I travel with Trip Feast?
At Trip Feast we have a genuine passion for food and travel. We aim to deliver the most memorable culinary and travel experiences possible. We have hand-picked destinations with a rich culinary heritage and personally designed itineraries showcasing the region’s best cuisine. You will get first-hand experience of cooking with the best local chefs and eating with families in their homes. In between your cooking classes, there will be plenty of time to explore your surroundings and interact with the locals.
What makes Trip Feast different?
We have a genuine passion for food and travel, and believe that our tours offer everything a gourmet traveller would want in a package tour. Our group sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 with the dual purposes of reducing the environmental and cultural impact of our tours as well as enabling closer interaction with our chefs and families. We also feel that the group members get to know each other better if the group size is smaller, which makes for a better holiday experience for everyone.
Our tours have also been designed in a way which benefits the local communities, keeping alive ancient traditions, and we invest in local development projects.
We personally review all of our tours ensuring that our high standards are always maintained and we handpick professional, experienced and friendly guides so we know we can rest easy in the knowledge that they will ensure your tour runs smoothly.
Couldn’t I do this on my own?
Putting together a culinary tour raises a number of challenges – quality of chefs, arranging cooking facilities, ensuring food hygiene is maintained where possible, as well as taking care of transportation and accommodation logistics. Therefore putting together a cohesive trip can be surprisingly difficult. Through extensive travel in some of these regions and constant close contact with our ground suppliers, Trip Feast has first-hand knowledge of these places. We provide local guides who are experts in their regions. We also act as a point of contact for all arrangements, give you financial protection and due to our relationships with suppliers, are able to offer you the best trips for the most reasonable prices available.
I have generally travelled independently, so why should I join a group?
We have also travelled independently, and while it is often the best way to travel it does depend on the destination and the difficulty of arranging things. Our tours have been designed with people like you in mind and in such a way that we include as much free time as feasible and you will generally be free to participate as much or as little as you want. By keeping our group size down to 12, we are offering the best of both worlds: the camaraderie of a group and the flexibility for you to have some 'me-time' too.
Can I bring a non-cooking partner?
Yes you can. Alternative activities can be arranged, for which there may be an additional charge (dependent on activity).
Will I get a professional certificate after completing the course?
No. Although you will learn all about authentic cooking with some expert chefs, these classes would not go towards any professional certification.
Booking and Payment
How far in advance do I need to book my trip?
It is best to book your spot as soon as possible to ensure your place on a tour since we do not take more than 12 people in a group. It also helps us to arrange your flight booking in advance ensuring we can get you the best price.
When do I need to make payment?
For scheduled group departures, a non-refundable deposit of £250 is paid at the time of booking or 10% for tailormade trips. A second payment (30% of the tour cost less deposit) is due 6 months before departure. The final balance is paid 10 weeks before the tour start date. If the tour starts within 10 weeks of booking, then the full amount is payable. If you require us to book your international flight, then full payment for this has to be made at the time of booking. Conditions may vary so please ask us for details.
What if I need to cancel or transfer my booking?
If you need to cancel your holiday, please notify us as soon as possible. Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be covered by your travel insurance. In the instance of cancellation by you the cost of any international and domestic flight(s) will be forfeited, which are always non-refundable and non-changeable, as well as the following cancellation charges.
· Up to 35 days 40% of total tour price (excluding any flights)
· 34 to 21 days 60% of total tour price (excluding any flights)
· 20 to 8 days 80% of total tour price (excluding any flights)
· Within 7 days 100% of total tour price (excluding any flights)
If you wish to transfer to another tour cancellation charges may apply depending on services booked for which we cannot receive compensation or transfer to a future date. See our booking conditions here for the latest cancellation terms. Please contact us if you have any specific questions.
How can I pay for my trip?
We encourage people to pay by bank transfer as there are typically no charges for this from within the UK. We also accept cheques. Surcharges apply for paying using credit and debit cards as we incur charges to accept such payments. There is a 3.5% charge for UK cards and 4% for international cards.
Can you organise international flights?
Yes. Most of our trips have the option of arriving in the destination country independently or booking flights through us. Both prices are displayed on individual tour pages. The flight prices quoted are for flights from London Heathrow airport. We can also organise departures from regional airports in the UK and airports in other countries. Please contact us for more information.
What is included in the price of our tour?
We firmly believe in being upfront with our clients, and avoid hidden extras like 'local payments'. The prices quoted are inclusive of internal airfares (and international flights from London where indicated), transfers, ground transportation, accommodation, meals as indicated in the itineraries, permits and entrance fees to sites and parks, where applicable. You should refer to the ‘What’s included’ tab on the individual tour page on our website or at the end of a printed itinerary for a comprehensive list, as this will vary according to the tour.
There are sometimes ‘add-on’ activities, such as paragliding or scuba diving and these would not be included in the published price. Activities that are not included are specified clearly in the individual itineraries.
Do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?
If single travellers are happy to share a room with another same sex single traveller, there will be no charge for a single supplement. However, if you would like your own room, a single supplement will be required and this rate varies between tours and is indicated on individual tour’s webpage or in our dates and prices sheet. If you are happy to share but we cannot match you up a smaller supplement will apply. Ask us for details.
Is my payment protected?
Trip Feast are fully bonded by ATOL issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number: 9854). This means that your trip with Trip Feast is 100% financially guaranteed so you can relax and look forward to a trip of a lifetime.
We also have additional insurance through our IPP package. In the unlikely event of financial failure, customers’ prepayments are protected by a TOPP policy. Worldwide customers’ prepayments for non-flight inclusive packages / flight inclusive packages will be reimbursed, subject to the terms and conditions of the TOPP policy. Where return travel is included in the package purchased, customers will be repatriated, subject to the terms and conditions of the Policy. In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the claims helpline on 0870 0137 965.
BEFORE YOU GO
Visas & Insurance
Can Trip Feast arrange my visa?
We can organise reasonably priced fast track visa services with one of our partner companies. Ask us for details. Please ask us if you are not sure about your visa requirements.
Do I need special travel insurance for your trips?
All clients must have the relevant personal travel insurance suitable for the region they are travelling to.
Please ask us if you have any questions.
Health and Safety
Do I need inoculations?
The NHS ‘Fit For Travel’ website provides up to date and accurate information on what inoculations or medication is necessary for specific destinations. For more information, visit: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. Nevertheless, you should also consult your GP for further advice.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel to the place I want to go to. Should I be worried about security?
Trip Feast takes safety and security very seriously. We constantly consult the FCO and our contacts on the ground, so are up to date with the latest situation in the places we are visiting. We will always ensure that our clients and our staff are not put at any risk. It should be noted that for certain areas, the FCO advises against travel “except when travelling as part of an organised group".
What if the FCO advice changes after I have booked my trip?
We constantly consult the FCO and our contacts on the ground so are always up to date with the latest security situation wherever we are touring. We will amend the itinerary if there is any risk to the safety and security of the group. In the unlikely event that we are forced to cancel a trip due to a major incident, refunds will be applicable as per the terms and conditions of booking. However, it does not necessarily mean we will cancel trips simply because the FCO advice changes.
What will be in my travel pack?
About 2-4 weeks prior to departure, we will send you a travel pack including your final itinerary, list of emergency contacts, check list, trip notes, any flight/train tickets if applicable, and any further information required for your trip.
When do I meet the rest of the group?
If your flights are included in the price of the tour, you will probably be on the same flight as other members of your group. If you are flying out independently, you will most likely meet them in your hotel on the first day of your tour. Consult your itinerary for details.
What do I need to bring with me?
This depends on the tour you have booked. Most of our tours are off the beaten track and climates and terrains can vary during the tour. After booking you will be sent a checklist of essentials to bring with you on the trip. The most important thing is that you bring an open mind and sense of adventure!
General Trip Info
I live outside the UK, can I still join a Trip Feast tour?
Yes. We have had many travellers from outside the UK join our tours. We welcome travellers fromall countries as it adds to the diversity of the group and makes our tours all the more enjoyable. If you are based in the USA, we also have a US contact number (see above in the page header) or you can always reach us on skype (id: tripfeast).
Are your tours environmentally friendly?
Responsible travel and the 'carbon footprint' have always been important to us, even before they hit the headlines. We ensure that all of our tours are 100% carbon neutral, by offsetting carbon emissions using the highly acclaimed Climate Care scheme. Furthermore, we educate our clients on the importance of responsible travel and our guides follow strict ethical guidelines, so that future generations can benefit from tourism.
Are your tours suitable for families?
We do not accommodate young children on our scheduled group departures. However for private trips, this is usually not a problem, depending on the nature of the tour. Some of our itineraries are quite demanding however and may not be suitable for children so please contact us for further information regarding individual trips.
How fit do I need to be to join a Trip Feast tour?
You don`t have to be an endurance athlete to participate in our tours! However, since our tours will involve some element of physical exercise (walking city tours at a minimum) and depending on the altitudes of some places we visit, it is advisable that you should have some degree of general fitness. However, should you not be able to do any particular trek or activity, we can often arrange an alternative activity ensuring you can still enjoy your trip. Please contact us with any specific questions you might have. We have included an activity rating on each of our tours to give you an indication of the level of physical demands it entails. Activity levels of 4 and 5 are more active trips and will require a decent level of fitness. Please ask us if you are unsure about the physical demands of any particular trip.
What’s the transport like?
It varies according to the itinerary. For regular road travel we typically use air-conditioned and well-maintained vehicles where appropriate. However, on rougher terrain, we use jeeps. Private transport allows more flexibility and is often more comfortable, however part of the experience is to use local transport and therefore some itineraries include local trains, boats, canoes or camels! However we do not compromise on safety. For domestic as well as international flights we use reputed airlines.
What standard of accommodation do you generally use?
Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience. We aim to provide you with accommodation which best represents the diversity of our tours. Our accommodation varies from traditional bamboo houses, delightful eco-camps, Buddhist and Orthodox monasteries, small guesthouses and boutique hotels and the occasional homestay. We have spent a lot of time researching accommodation with the best character. We want you to get the best cultural experience out of where you stay as well as being as comfortable as possible.
Who accompanies these trips?
We have close contact with our local ground handlers who will take care of your trip. For many tours we use English-speaking drivers in conjunction with experienced local guides. However, other tours we also use guides who escort the trip throughout. Ask us if you are unsure or require any information about a specific tour.
Can I opt out of certain activities if I want to?
Nothing is compulsory, so yes, you can opt out of any activity if you want to. We are flexible so alternative arrangements could be made. There may be extra charges depending on the alternative activity. Please discuss this with us at the time of booking. We do advise however, that you do not join a trekking tour if you feel you will not be able to complete it as this may disrupt the tour for other people.
Can you arrange pre- and post-tour accommodation?
Yes we can arrange accommodation and transport for you both before and after the tour dates. However, the cost of this is not included in the original tour price.
Can I extend my trip?
Trip Feast aims to be the premier travel company for adventurous travellers, and we have designed our tours to be as flexible as possible. We understand that if you are visiting India for the first time for example, you may be interested in visiting some remote little visited villages but also want to take in some of the more conventional sites, such as the Taj Mahal. As such we offer a range of shorter trips that can be added on to your main trip. These can also be taken as stand-alone trips as long as we can get minimum numbers required.
I prefer not to travel in groups – can I still do a Trip Feast tour as a private trip?
Absolutely. If you’d like to travel privately then please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange a tailor-made trip to your specifications. Click here to request a customised trip.
Can I combine specific parts of your various itineraries to create my own tailor-made trip?
Yes. You can choose parts of different itineraries that appeal to you and we can tailor-make a private trip to incorporate only those aspects.
I want to travel, but none of the dates/trips you run coincide with my holiday dates. Can you organise something for me?
If your flights are included in the price of the tour, you will probably be on the same flight as other members of your group. If you are flying out independently, you will most likely meet them in your hotel on the first day of your tour.
On your group trips, what is the maximum and minimum group size?
We believe in keeping our group sizes to no more than 12 people to minimise the cultural and ecological footprint in the regions and communities we will be visiting. Since we often visit very remote areas, there is often very limited accommodation. Also, if the group size is limited, interactions with local people are more natural and organic, we find it is easier for travellers in the group to get to know each other better, and gives us extra flexibility on our tours. The minimum number on trips is usually 4 but it varies by tour.
What happens if my tour doesn’t reach the minimum group size?
Our minimum group size is typically four, and for some tours as low as two. In the event of a tour not reaching its minimum group size, we could still run the tour if you are ok with paying an additional surcharge so that we can cover our operational costs. Otherwise, we could postpone the tour until we reach sufficient numbers. We will try our utmost to ensure the tour runs, but if we have to cancel the tour for this reason, you will be offered a full refund. We endeavour to let you know about such a scenario at least two months ahead of the scheduled departure, but a minimum of one month before.
Is my tour guaranteed?
Once we have the minimum number for a group tour, we will make the trip guaranteed. We do our best to make trips go ahead whenever possible. If we do need to cancel a trip, you will be informed no less than one month before the departure date.
Are your tours suitable for single travellers?
Definitely. Our clients tend to be a mixture of couples, small groups, friends and single travellers. In fact, many single travellers join tours as a way of meeting other like-minded travellers.
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