We have been offering Special Occasion Trips for 14 years.
These tailor-made trips are personalized exactly to your requirements. A special holiday is the perfect way to celebrate significant milestones in your lives with your loved ones. As we always say ’a unique occasion deserves a unique experience!’
Throughout the years we have honed and crafted the breaks to ensure every moment runs perfectly and that you have the most wonderful experience. We understand how important this break is to you as for many it is marking and celebrating a special occasion such as a proposal, retirement, anniversary, birthday or honeymoon. It’s important that there is no stress, or that things don’t go wrong and as many of the breaks are short breaks it is all the more important that every day is special. We also know that the little things matter as well. Detail is everything!
We have a policy at the company that we don’t “sell” and that instead we advise.
You will not find the hard sales pitch that you come across in other companies. We want to share our knowledge with you to help you make the right decision. We know many of you are celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday or an anniversary and we understand how important it is to you for it to be perfect.
We will therefore be honest and open about the suitability of a break, the best time to go and how to tailor it to suit your requirements.
We want happy clients so it is in our interest to advise you right!
We are a small personal family run business and we like to work with similar minded family run partners in the destinations.
Indeed we now count many of our partners as friends.
Your activities will have a very personal feel with local passionate guides giving you local insights. On many of our breaks you will have a private guide and transfers where the guide can adapt to your pace and interest. For those breaks which contain group activities these will be in small groups, which is in sharp contrast to many other companies who do coach package tours. We also guarantee you stay in the best hotels right in the heart of where you want to be, so there is no need for taxis taking you to the centre of towns when you have some free time. We understand that a package tour just isn’t the special experience you are looking for, and travelling with us you will be treated as an individual throughout!
Returning clients consistently tell us about the exceptional quality of our guides, how much smaller and intimate are tours are compared to others, and how this “makes” the trip something rather special.
We know due to our knowledge of the destinations and the strength of our relationships with our partners that we offer unique experiences that others just cannot offer. Whilst inevitably some of our destinations like the Siena Palio race and the Venice Carnival can be busy, we organise your trip to minimise your exposure to the crowds, and facilitate as easy and enjoyable break as possible.
We have personally been to the destinations and know what we are recommending. We want to exceed your expectations.
Finally we understand the little things matter, and we don’t take our eye of the ball in terms of that. It may be something as little as a welcome bottle of Prosecco waiting in your room to make you feel extra special. We have helped countless clients celebrate a big birthday or wedding anniversary and deliver that lifelong memory. We also like to reward our returning clients for their loyalty. Anyone booking another trip with us within 6 months of travelling automatically receives a case of free wine. This goes across all 4 of our websites so whether you go from Venice Carnival to a Northern Lights focused trip, you will still receive this offer.
We are fully accredited and 100% compliant with ATOL.
Weekend a la Carte is an ATOL bonded travel operator, ATOL NO: 6578. This is a bonded licence with the Civil Aviation Authority, and protects your flight inclusive package (with a UK departure) if a tour operator goes out of business. To reassure you though we have been in business for 14 years now and have grown steadily year on year and have a very stable business.
We are a family run business who care passionately about your break, and understand that in many cases this is marking a special occasion. Kevin and Abigail Collins run the business and always go out of their way to ensure that your break goes ahead despite any unexpected travel disruptions.
You don’t need to take our word for it though take a look at the many reviews we have received over the years. I think you will be reassured that we deliver what we say we are going to do.
What you see is what you get!
As we tailor make our breaks we will send you an individual quote at time of enquiry. We will give you the best price we can on a daily basis based on currency movement and flight costs. This quote is valid for 48 hours to give you time to decide.
Once your booking is confirmed we give you our guarantee that we will not increase the price due to future tax, currency or oil price fluctuations. Many of you are booking a year in advance and we think it is important to reassure you that there will be no unexpected extra costs you were not aware of.
Honest unbeatable quality and pricing.
We will be surprised if you can find the same breaks elsewhere as we have developed unique bespoke breaks.
We are also confident you would not be able to arrange the same quality of holidays at the same experience level, or cheaper, by going direct.
In the unlikely event you think you have found someone else selling the same break at the same quality then we would be happy to review it, and will match their price if it is a like for like break.
Start to finish.
We try our utmost to ensure that there are no problems, and 14 years of offering these destinations has ironed out the little stumbles along the way. However sometimes events beyond our control affect your trip. This could be a cancelled flight, a Volcanic eruption or an airline strike for example. We track all of our client’s international flights so we often know about any flight problems before you do. We also provide a 24 hours emergency number so you can contact us at any time whilst you are travelling so we can help work through the options with you.
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