Here we focus on the fact that buying tickets for excursions from local shops or at the attraction itself may not always be the cheaper option on your holidays. Quite often, Thomas Cook reps are able to offer the best deals on attraction tickets and excursions.
We spoke to Dean Thomas who is our Regional Head of Operations for the Spanish territories and is in charge of the reps and their in-destination management teams – that’s about 2 million customers and 1000 staff members!
- Firstly examine what is included in the holiday excursion when comparing prices. For example, an island tour at 15€ that leaves you to fend for yourself at lunchtime is not necessarily better value than at 25€ including lunch and drinks.
- Some excursion companies are not clear on additional charges such as entrance into cultural sites. Take the time to find out the exact itinerary and if it is a trip such as a boat cruise, check that transportation is included.
- If it’s a day out that requires a tour guide, ask whether they are fully licensed guides – most countries have strict certification these days and those that are licensed will have been quality checked.
- Give some thought to the operator’s cancellation policy as well – weather dependant trips such as boats and water parks could bring this into play or someone may fall sick. Your holiday representative is the most reliable source of information because they know you have recourse should anything go wrong and they will also have your health and safety as a focal point.
- Booking excursions from street sellers and hotel receptions simply does not provide you with the same degree of protection or quality assurance, plus you may not be insured should something go awry. Check out what we have to offer in resort by visiting Thomas Cook and choosing your favourite destination.