Are Far Horizons tours fully escorted?
Every Far Horizons tour is escorted throughout by an experienced, qualified tour escort, whose principal role is to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to take care of all the irksome formalities. This includes arranging porterage, checking-in at hotels and airports, handling of border formalities, restaurant reservations, tipping, reconfirmation of flights, and taking care of any complications which can so frustrate the independent traveler.
Do you employ local agents?
In each country we visit during the course of a Far Horizons tour, we have appointed a local agent who manages the booking of our hotels and restaurants, selecting the local guides, arranging our transportation and cultural events. Many of these agents have been working with Far Horizons for many years.
How many people do you take on a Far Horizons tour?
Our tours average 8 – 12 passengers, with a maximum limit of 15 which we believe is the ideal number to achieve the high degree of personal attention and to create a special ambiance and camaraderie which is the hallmark of Far Horizons tours.
How long have you been in business?
Far Horizons was established in South Australia in 1976 by Martin and Auriel Wright. In 2011 the company was purchased and relocated to Sydney by long time friend and associate Nick Deacock.
Does Far Horizons take care of all travel documentation necessary for each tour?
Far Horizons tour prices are fully inclusive of all air tickets and surface travel, meals, accommodation, sightseeing, local guides, taxes, gratuities and escorts. Visas and other travel documentation will be arranged by Far Horizons and invoiced separately.
What kind of hotels do you stay at?
It is our policy to use the highest quality accommodation available throughout each stage of every tour. In large cities we select hotels which offer a special ambiance and a favorable location. In small towns, where there is often very little choice, the best available is sometimes the “only available” and passengers should be aware that we are not always able to maintain fully international standards of accommodation. Wherever possible in these situations we will reserve superior grade rooms.
What kind of vehicles do you use?
Wherever possible we provide a medium or full sized air-conditioned bus fitted with reclining seats. With our small groups of 15 passengers (or less), this allows for plenty of space in which to move around, and a window seat for everyone. Similarly where roads are unsuitable for large vehicles we usually provide air-conditioned 4WDs – with a maximum of three passengers in each vehicle – again ensuring a window seat for everyone.
What standard of accommodation do you provide?
Where hotels have rooms of varying standards – (i.e. standard, superior, deluxe) the rooms reserved for our groups are usually of a higher category (provided there are a sufficient number of them). The bedrooms we reserve for you are usually double rooms with either twin beds or one large bed, each with a private bathroom. On the very few occasions in out of the way places where private facilities cannot be guaranteed, this fact is made very clear in the text of our brochure.
What happens with early morning arrivals and late night departures?
Your room is reserved for the full period of our stay. If an overnight flight means that we reach the hotel well before the normal check-in time, then we will reserve your room for the previous night or arrange early check-in to ensure that you have immediate access. Similarly when our scheduled time of departure from the hotel is later than the usual check-out time, we ensure your room is available for late check out.
Can I have a single room?
Yes – on payment of the appropriate supplement. Passengers electing to occupy a single room will almost always be provided with a double room for their exclusive use. In a very few hotels however, single rooms are sometimes smaller and less well positioned, but as our tours attract a large number of single passengers, we always go to great lengths to ensure that wherever possible all rooms are of a similar high standard.
Can you find someone for me to share with?
We cannot guarantee this, but will endeavor to match single persons wishing to book on a “share-twin” basis. Such bookings are accepted on the understanding that the single supplement will be payable in the event of our being unable to find a suitable partner. Passengers wishing to book on this basis will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire to assist us in identifying a compatible partner.
Do you include all meals?
All Far Horizons tours are inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day of the tour.
Breakfast is usually a full self-service buffet [hot and cold dishes]. Occasionally at small or off-the-beaten-track hotels only a continental breakfast is provided, which will be supplemented if possible.
Lunch is usually taken at a convenient restaurant en route to our destination, or at an appropriate break in our sightseeing program. If there is no suitable restaurant en route we will take a picnic lunch to be enjoyed at a scenic spot along the way.
Dinner is mostly taken at the restaurant of the hotel at which we are staying (unless we take the opportunity to visit a speciality restaurant). This is important to know because many tour operators will ‘bus’ their passengers to a local restaurant to save money. We believe that after an exciting day of sightseeing our clients prefer to relax in their hotel room before dinner.
Are drinks included?
Bottled drinking water is provided at all times throughout the tour. A supply is maintained in the tour vehicle/s in order that passengers can take a bottle to their room on arrival at the destination hotel. Many hotels include complimentary bottled water in the room. Bottled water is always provided on the table during lunch and dinner. Other drinks including minibar and room service (and if hotel room does not offer complimentary water) etc are at the passenger’s own expense. Some establishments include tea and coffee with meals. In a few countries soft drinks, beer and local wines may be included with meals. During the tour your tour escort will occasionally provide table wines with dinner. On our first evening together you are invited to a welcome cocktail party, and on the final evening drinks are provided with our farewell dinner.
How much spending money should I take?
This is difficult to answer, as everyone has different spending habits. Our tours are fully inclusive of all items – including airport taxes and gratuities, you need only budget for personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, bar bills – and, of course, souvenirs.
What is the average age of your passengers?
By their very nature Far Horizons tours appeal mainly to the upper age bracket (65 to 80). Our clients are mainly well-traveled, professional or retired people.
Are your journeys tiring?
We plan each day’s itinerary to avoid early morning starts and late arrivals. (unless we have a flight to catch). A typical day will start from the hotel at 08.30 or 09.00, with frequent stops en route, a break for lunch and arrival at our destination hotel generally by mid to late afternoon. Several 2-night and occasional 3-night stays are included at selected hotels to offer periods of relaxation and time for shopping and laundry. However it should be borne in mind that the purpose of our tour is to see as much as possible, in the time at our disposal, so if you are looking for relaxing days around the hotel pool or extra ‘time at leisure’, then Far Horizons may not be for you!
Do you allow plenty of time for stops en route for sightseeing and photography?
Do you accept Credit Cards?
Credit cards are accepted via a third party associate. Applicable merchant fees will be added to any transaction (details on request).