- 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
- What is included? Accommodation,
meals and transportation in conjunction with the sightseeing is
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Who are the guides? The guides are highly trained
Blue Badge guides who know the area
- 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
- 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.
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.