Important things to know

Safety Management System

Our Safety Management Systems have been developed over the years by our experienced teams, combined with professional guidance. We constantly review and develop our procedures, ensuring the highest possible standards. We have conducted the necessary audits on transport and risk assessments for excursions and cultural visits and our knowledgeable Tour Managers are on hand to assist anyway they can when completing the necessary paperwork including Local Authority forms and Risk Assessments.

 

Dedicated 24/7 Emergency Team

Ardmore Educational Travel operate a 24 hour emergency helpline which Group Leaders and students will have access to at all times. We have a dedicated Crisis Management Team available around the clock who, should the unfortunate happen, can deal specifically with accidents and emergencies.

 

Credentials and Affiliations


Proud of our reputation in the industry and among schools across the UK, we are accredited members of a host of associations to ensure we are fully informed of all travel updates and are maintaining quality standards. We are assured members of the School Travel Forum (STF) a not for profit organisation of leading school tour operators that promotes good practice and safety in school travel and we work to exceed their standards. We also fully support the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge initiative and hold the Quality Badge. We are also members of the Federation of International Youth Travel (FIYTO) and the British Educational Travel Association (BETA Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO).

 

 

Financial Security


It is important to travel with a recognised Tour Operator who provides financial security. Ardmore Educational travel are Assured Members of the regulatory body ABTA and also hold an ATOL license ensuring financial security and peace of mind.

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.

If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:
www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

 

Insurance

All our groups are automatically insured with Fogg Travel Insurance Services Ltd.

Transport

Flights

We are bonded by ABTA and also have an ATOL license for your financial protection. We are more than happy to provide quotations with and without flights.

Channel Crossing

Your tour may include a short channel crossing from Dover to Calais. However if you have a particular request to travel by another route e.g. Eurotunnel or Ferry from /to another port, please let us know and we can advise you on availability and any supplementary charges that may apply.

Coach

The coach companies that we use have been taking our groups abroad for many years. Executive coaches are used for all our destinations and provide lap belts. Double deckers may be available for larger groups and will be subject to availability.

 

Accommodation

Ardmore Educational Travel offers a selection of student friendly accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Hotels

Hotel stays are normally on a bed and breakfast basis in a 2* hotel. Please make us aware of your preferences as we work with large hotel chains as well as with small privately owned hotels. Half Board and Full Board options are available in selected locations together with the option to upgrade to a 3* or 4* hotel.

Hostels

Ardmore Educational Travel has developed relationships with a range of student friendly Youth Hostels and Residence style accommodation around the world. These have been carefully chosen for their suitability to accommodate our school groups. All rooms are functional and clean with en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. This type of accommodation offers a perfect solution if you require a more independent stay. Single, twin and multiple-bedded rooms are available in most locations.

Host Families

Renowned for offering host family accommodation in Europe for over 30 years, we have built up an enviable reputation for the quality of our host families. We offer excellent locations; support from our head office in the UK and our partners at your chosen destination ensuring your home stay experience is a memorable one. Living with a host family is the ideal way to experience another culture. Your students and group leaders will be immersed in the language and the way of life, it’s the perfect way to build on the skills you as a teacher have already taught them. Our home stay centres are ideally located in the suburbs of largest cities allowing easy access to all the major sights and attractions. Students are usually accommodated in pairs or triples although we may be able to accommodate some students on their own. Students will all be accommodated in the same area and will receive half board accommodation (continental breakfast and evening meal with the family). Packed lunches can also be provided on request. Group leaders can also be accommodated with host families. Rest assured all host families are very keen on interacting with the students and helping them to develop their language skills.

 

Travel Advice

For Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

Terms & Conditions

You can view our terms and conditions here.