Our Coronavirus Secure Holidays

October 2020

High Wycombe and District U3A

Just around five months in lockdown and there like a light at the end of the tunnel was our U3A Northumbria Tour. Our numbers diminished but Tailored Travel guided us along the way and eventually 21 intrepid seniors said let’s go we need something to look forward to.

Our coach from Mainline was very comfortable and the driver was excellent.

The Gibside Hotel were ready with all the Covid measures in place . They greeted us with great enthusiasm. We had the ground floor of the hotel dedicated to our tour. Nothing was too much trouble and the meals were good fresh cooked food served with a smile.

Our guide Jan worked so hard and after not working for 5 months she was raring to go. What a font of knowledge she was without being too much like a lecturer. She also included some little extras like the Angel of the North photo stop which was on everyone’s wish list.

Tailored Travels team were excellent and when venues failed to open. Sandy rearranged, with my approval, other venues which were equally interesting, if not in some cases better. I was consulted at every step of the way. It was not a stressful experience at all. Communication was second to none.

We felt totally safe at all times and hands were never so clean. In fact, we had so much sanitiser gel we could have bathed in it.! Everyone had a brilliant holiday and came back with new friends, a head full of memories, and a story to tell of their intrepid adventures in the North East. 

Thank you Tailored Travel for a fantastic holiday.

Sylvia Chadwick
Outings Convenor
High Wycombe and District U3A
 
 

Havering and District National Trust Association

Dear Michael,

I would like to thank your company and all your staff, in particular Sandy Cornish, for all their hard work in ensuring that our recent holiday to Worcestershire and Warwickshire went ahead.

When our itinerary was thrown into disarray by the National Trust not accepting coach parties, she went above and beyond to provide us with an alternative plan. She ensured that all the i’s were dotted and the t’s were crossed and as a result of her hard work everything ran smoothly. When we arrived at venues we were expected and all the paper work was in order. She really did an outstanding job.

Mainline Coaches didn’t disappoint either. The driver, John Lewis was excellent, gave us a smooth ride and kept a very tidy coach. Mainline must be commended on the measures that they put into place to minimise the spread of COVID - 19 whilst travelling on the coach. From my point of view it was a great relief to see the seats that could be occupied so clearly marked, as well as the hand sanitising station positioned at such a prominent point on the vehicle. Our driver gave excellent instructions as to the precautions that were to be taken as well as answering questions about the air conditioning system so that the group could make an informed decision as to whether to wear masks or not whilst they were seated. He was also fastidious about sanitising the coach which was comforting. Many members of the group commented how safe they felt when travelling on the coach. I have written to Mainline expressing the groups thanks.

I think that in these uncertain times, many of the group had reservations about taking the holiday, but took the risk. As the days unfolded many people commented that participating in the trip gave them increasing confidence that it was safe to go out and about. I know that they will tell others about how safe it was and hopefully it will encourage others to take calculated risks to travel particularly within the U.K.

Everyone had a thoroughly good time, so much that they are expecting me to organise a holiday for 2021. So I will be in touch shortly with our plans for next year.

With grateful thanks,

Sheila Edwards
Hon. Secretary/ Group Organiser