Frequently Asked Questions about HF Discovery Tours 


  • How large are the groups?  The coaches used on HF Discovery Tours are minibuses so the maximum is usually 15.  Other guests at the accommodation will be participating in other HF programmes such as walking or painting.
  •  How much time is spent on the bus?  Because the tours explore a small region of the country the bus trips are usually short.
  • Do the coaches have toilet facilities?  No. They are small minibuses but there are frequent stops.
  • What is included?  Accommodation, meals and transportation in conjunction with the sightseeing is included.
  • What is not included?  Entrances to museums and attractions are not included. You should allow about 80 pounds per week to cover these. If you have a National Trust membership card or an English Heritage Card you should take it with you and use it.   Drinks are not included.
  • Should I tip the guide?   Tipping is not a common British custom so the guides do not expect a tip.
  • Fitness Required - These holidays include some walking. It is easy walking but the footing at many historic properties can be uneven.  The holidays are not suitable for those with limited mobility.
  •  Who goes on these holidays?  Many weeks the group consists of mostly British people with some Americans and Canadians as well.  Many are singles. People of all ages participate. 
  • Why is there a membership charge?  HF Holidays is a "not-for-profit" organization that is tax exempt in Britain. Many British participants in the holidays are members but for those who wish to participate there is a "Associate Member" fee of 10 UK pounds per holiday.
  •  Does somebody meet me at the airport?  No - when you reserve a holiday Teachers Travel can assist you with information on the best way to arrive at the location using British Rail.
  • Who are the guides?  The guides are highly trained Blue Badge guides who know the area well.
  • Can I stick to my special diet?   Because you stay in the same accommodation for a week special diets can be catered for.
  • What are the hotels like? HF Holidays own and manage the hotels. They cater exclusively to HF guests so the atmosphere is like one of a private club.  All are in scenic locations. Rooms are comfortable and have private bath, TV and hairdryer..
  • What if I am a single?  Each hotel has a few small single rooms with one bed. There is no supplement for these rooms.  If you would like a double room for your own use there is a charge..  Many people on HF Holidays are single so you will find the atmosphere welcoming and sociable. 
  • Can I try the holidays for less than a week? At some locations in Britain there are 3 and 4 night walking holidays.
  • Do I need a brochure? If you have not been on an HF walking holiday in the past you should look at a brochure or the HF website to read the terms and conditions of the holiday.
  • Who are Teachers' Travel?  We are an IATA travel agency in Toronto Canada and have been in business since 1970. We started our business dealing only with teachers but since then our business has expanded. We are the North American representative for HF Holidays. Many teachers go on these tours but also retired teachers and people from other professions.

Living standards and practices at the destination and standards and conditions there with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodation may differ from those found in Canada.
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