During the initial stages of arranging a group wine holiday, it is important to consider whether it is best for your group to organise everything yourself or whether you would rather leave the hard work to a general travel agent or a specialist tour operator.
We can’t make this decision for you, as every group has different requirements; however we have underlined below the advantages of booking with Grape Escapes rather than making your own arrangements or booking with another company.
At Grape Escapes, we believe that there is no substitute for individual knowledge and experience which enables us to deliver a truly personal service to all of our customers. We specialise in a limited range of destinations so you can be sure that we have a deep and extensive knowledge of your chosen holiday region. Although general travel agents may be able to arrange a tour for you, their knowledge of the region and the wines may be less extensive.
As group leader, the organisation of the trip (and of the other group members) can become stressful. It is therefore important that you relax on the group wine holiday and reap the benefits of your hard work. If you encounter any problems whilst you are travelling, Grape Escapes are on hand 24/7 to resolve any issues that may arise.
We believe that our customers deserve the best value and service, irrespective of whether they are spending £200 or £20,000 on a trip. We have personally visited most of the hotels that we recommend and we keep all of our suppliers under constant review to ensure that the quality of service and welcome meet our high standards. As well as monitoring responses from our customer feedback, we ensure that each supplier is assessed regularly by a Grape Escapes representative to ensure that the establishment is still as we would expect.
We believe that each group has its own specific requirements and we have a broad range of activities to create bespoke trips to meet these requirements.
The flexibility offered by Grape Escapes isn’t just limited to the dates that you would like to travel, but also includes the type of accommodation and travel method you prefer. We have visited dozens of hotels in each region to find the right accommodation for our guests and we offer a range to suit all requirements. We guarantee the most appropriate accommodation for your requirements and budget. In this brochure, we have included sections on travel and accommodation so that you can evaluate the most suitable option for you.
With every Grape Escape, you will have the opportunity to visit a number of vineyards and wine makers. We know from personal experience and consistent customer feedback that the most enjoyable tours are not necessarily given by the big names, but often by our carefully selected smaller growers who are infinitely passionate about their wines. We
therefore organise visits to a range of wine makers both small and large, to allow you to compare for yourself. On many of our tours, you will have the opportunity to meet the wine makers and learn firsthand about the numerous factors that influence the production of quality wines and of course, no tour would be complete without tasting the wines! Grape Escapes have exceptional relationships with each of our partners and Grape Escapes guests always receive a VIP welcome at some of the best wine estates in the world.
A final essential element in every Grape Escape is the opportunity to enjoy the wines as the makers intended – by sitting down to enjoy them with a good meal. We take the same care in selecting and recommending restaurants and individual menus as we do with the rest of your trip.
Grape Escapes is a fully bonded tour operator, offering you 100% financial protection. Booking your trip as a package with a reputable bonded tour operator or travel agent means that in the event of a problem after you have paid for your trip, (for example, a supplier becoming insolvent), your tour operator is required to make alternative arrangements for you and the payments you have made will be protected.
In conclusion, if you are thinking of organising a group trip individually, you need to carefully consider how important the above elements are to your group. There are many advantages to having a tour operator arrange your trip for you and many of our guests feel more relaxed leaving the arrangements in the hands of a specialist.