Where do I get more information about the tour?
There is a button at the end of each online itinerary that allows you to download detailed trip notes. These provide a more comprehensive itinerary, inclusions and other useful information. Once you’ve confirmed your booking we will send out pre-departure information for your specific trip, which will give you the lowdown about visas, vaccinations and other vital information.
What should I pack?
Once you've confirmed your booking we will send out a detailed pre-departure information pack covering all sorts of practical information, including a general packing list and any other special items you may need to bring.
What immunisations do I need?
Immunisations vary from country to country and we strongly recommend you visit your local doctor or contact the Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre (www.traveldoctor.com.au) to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you about appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure, so allow plenty of time. It is also important that you obtain a certificate of vaccination to bring on your trip. Please note that in some cases a certificate of vaccination is compulsory in order to obtain a visa.
Do I need to take any medical supplies?
Your pre-departure information pack will contain a suggested list of items to bring, but it doesn’t cover medications. We recommend you carry personal medical items for managing common minor ailments such as colds, diarrhoea, blisters and sore throats etc. Travellers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply. Asthma sufferers should ensure that they have an adequate supply of their routine medicine as some major cities have high levels of smog.
How much luggage can I take?
As a general rule you should pack light but bring all the essentials. Leave space in your luggage for souvenirs. You will be required to carry your own bags, and sometimes you will need to lift it on and off public transport, so you should consider using a backpack or soft duffel bag. Suitcases are okay on some of our trips, but not always practical (particularly on the cobbled streets of Europe). Each airline has specific rules about luggage allowances – check directly with them or ask your travel consultant to confirm for you.
Will I be able to do laundry?
Some places we stay have laundry facilities, and those that don’t may have laundry facilities nearby. It is a good idea to bring some travel wash and a travel clothesline to cut down on packing space. It is particularly useful if you are on a multi-day activity adventure, such as trekking in remote areas.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
It depends on the trip. We will let you know in the pre-departure information pack that is sent out to you on confirmation of your booking.
How fit do I need to be?
Our trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. However some trips visit remote areas with limited or non-existent medical facilities so you must be in good health. Some trips include an activity element or might be entirely activity-based (ie. cycling and trekking trips) so we recommend you become familiar with the activity before coming on the trip. Factors such as bumpy roads, dust, traffic, stairs, humidity, delays and unfamiliar customs and cultures also add to the physical toll. Keep in mind you will sometimes need to carry your own bags.
All our trips are graded on the focus, level of activity, comfort and style of the tour. They’re pretty self-explanatory: ‘moderate walk’ for example is just that, with days consisting of five or six hour-walks, so a reasonably good level of fitness is needed. A higher level of fitness is needed for our ‘moderate trek’ trips, and higher still for our challenging treks and mountaineering treks. We also have cultural adventures, cycling, remote adventures, expeditions, wildlife and wilderness. See the trip notes (which you can download on each trip page) for details of the trip type. For the tours we categorise as adventurous, challenging or remote we may ask you to complete a questionnaire in advance.
Do I need to get a visa for my trip?
Many countries require you to have a visa before arrival. After you've booked your trip we will send you a pre-departure information pack containing all the visa information. It’s best to get visas sorted in advance because the processing time can be quite long.
Do I need to take Travel Insurance?
Yes. Travel insurance is compulsory. Domestic government medical insurance and private health schemes will not cover you in most overseas countries. Peregrine has a policy designed to cover participants in our programs; please ask your consultant for full details. You may take other cover, of course, but you must be adequately insured before participating in our tours. Please check the terms of the policy carefully, particularly the limits of cover (eg. for replacement of photographic equipment, baggage loss etc) and the procedure for making claims (most policies stipulate that claims must be made within a certain time after completion of your journey). Your policy MUST cover medical costs in case of hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation. If you are going on one of our activity holidays, make sure your insurance covers you for this activity.
Once you have paid your deposit or full payment, certain fees will apply if you cancel. Therefore we recommend taking insurance at the time of booking to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances.
Your Peregrine leader will need two copies of your policy - the Tour Leader and our Ground Operator will keep one copy each in the unlikely event of an emergency. The copies must show the policy number and the emergency hotline phone number.
Can I get online while travelling?
You'll be able to access the internet in most cities, and unless you're on safari or in the desert your tour leader can point you in the direction of an internet cafe. Be aware that the connectivity can be slow, unreliable and expensive in some countries.
Will my mobile phone work overseas?
Your mobile will probably work in most major cities. Check with your service provider before you go if they have a reciprocal agreement with the countries you are travelling to and make sure you get international roaming turned on.
I am going on an activity holiday (trekking, cycling etc). Do I need to pack differently?
Probably. Once you’ve confirmed your booking with us, we send you an information pack that is specific to the trip you’re going on. So if you’re climbing Aconcagua or cycling through Provence, we'll send you all the relevant information before your departure date. If you still have questions or want more information you can always contact us via email, phone or pop in for a chat.