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Volcano Ash Cloud in Europe
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Um try leaving tonight!!! – i just heard the news and i am freaking – i would be more concerned if you were leaving sooner rather then later, if the volcano starts up again your travel insurance and contiki should refund your trip
James, its hard to know whether to be worried or not. The news seems to change daily and you flight is about a month away so its hard to predict.
You have left things very tight though with getting to London in time because by the time you get your luggage and go through passport control you will not be at the hotel until probably 11.30pm and the tours normally leave around 6am. if your plane does get delayed depending on your first stop I would say that you need to at least attempt catching up with the coach.
I have just been on a ten day trip which was majorly affected by the first ash cloud, we had five people that met up with us enroute. If your first stop is Paris then it would be relatively easy to catch up.
If you have any scope though I would suggest changing your flights so that you get to London earlier because ash cloud or not, you are leaving things very tight.
Thanks for feedback. I would have, however my girlfriend is a uni student and she has an exam the day before we leave in the afternoon so that’s the only reason we are leaving it so late.
I am also concearned about this
if the valcano ash keeps flights to london grounded does the gold deal proection offered by contiki cover the trip, and we get a refund?
From what others have said, you will not get a refund but instead be given a credit – possibly taking another tour from London that fits your schedule or another tour at a later date.
This is generally what I’m hearing from the whole travel industry and insurance from other compaies isn’t any better. I think they’ve all agreed the ash cloud falls under the same rules as weather related delays.
Yes I understand weather related delays e.g 12 hours max however when it starts getting to days and we start missing whole countries that’s when I start worrying. I wish I could just opt for doing a tour for another date however I do work and unfortunately only get a certain amount of annual leave. I was expecting a refund since I am paying so much for this Gold Seal protection. Very dissapointed.
Just located this: Got my hopes up now <!--graemlin::)-->
Gold Seal Protection
Coverage for Cancellation & Return Flight Security: Most tour operators are interested in their passengers only after they reach their destination. With Contiki, however, you get a great deal even before you leave home.
Pre-paid Cancellation Option A$89 per person: By paying A$89 per person Cancellation Option Fee with your deposit, the full amount of your deposit and/or payment to Contiki Holidays will be refunded should you cancel your tour for any reason prior to departure from Australia. This cancellation option covers the Land arrangements made by Contiki Holidays only.
oh that is very good to know
I’m a bit worried too. Especially since I’m going with Emirates and apparently their response to customers stuck is crap. Qantas apparently is the best, they’ve set up their passengers in hotels, and even reimburse them should they take up the offer.
I’ve made a Plan B should I need it. Should it erupt I’ll fly to Tangiers, take a ferry to Gibraltar, and take a train to London via Paris. Hahaha
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