Where do I get more information about our trip? What should I pack?
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 Global Journeys will send out pre-departure information for your specific trip, which will give you the lowdown about visas, vaccinations and other vital information.
What immunisations do I need?
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.
Do I need to take any medical supplies?
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. These organisations 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.
How much luggage can I take?
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.
Will I be able to do laundry?
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.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
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.
How fit do I need to be?
It depends on the trip. Generally these will only be used for more active trips, though we will let you know in the pre-departure information pack that is sent out to you on confirmation of your booking.
Do I need to get a visa for my trip?
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. 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.
Do I need to take Travel Insurance?
Many countries require you to have a visa before arrival. After you've booked your trip Peregrine 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.
I am going on an activity holiday (trekking, cycling etc). Do I need to pack differently?
Yes. Travel insurance is compulsory for all Peregrine trips. 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 Peregrine's 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.
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 or phone.
Why should I book my Peregrine trip through Global Journeys? Can I just do part of the tour?
Our partnership with Peregrine ensures your entire booking process will be handled by your own Global Journeys dedicated Travel Advisor who specialises in all types of touring. You'll receive the best price - guaranteed, and if you return to book another trip (even with another Operator) you'll receive our additional loyalty bonus. The Global Journeys team were awarded Australia's "Best Online Travel Agency" in 2015 by AFTA at the prestigeous NTIA Awards.
Does the tour price include international flights?
Unfortunately it is not possible to do sections of Peregrine tours. However, some of their longer tours are made up of smaller tours completed back-to-back, so it might be possible to book a shorter trip separately
How far in advance do I need to book?
The prices quoted on our site do not include international flights. But our partnerships with the major airlines means we can get you the best price on flights for your intended travel dates. Just ask.
When is the final payment due?
This is a tricky one. We don't know when other people will book, so it's hard to know if and when the tour will fill up. Our advice is to book as soon as you've made the decision to travel, that way you won't be disappointed. However, we can usually take bookings right up until the departure date if there are spaces left so request a quote and we will check availability.
Generally the final payment is due in full 60 days before the departure of your trip. If you've booked your trip within 60 days of the departure date, full payment is needed at the time of booking. Last minute bookings require payment up front before confirmation. Please note that polar trips require full payment 125 days before departure.
Do Peregrine operate typical group tours? I am a solo traveller, is that a problem?
Peregrine doesn't offer typical group tours, and their customers aren't typical group travellers. Peregrine travellers are looking to see a side of a destination they wouldn't see on their own. They want to immerse themselves in the cultures they visit. It's all about authentic experiences with highly experienced leaders who are local to the region. Many meals are included, you will mostly travel in private transport and you will stay in comfortable accommodation with private amenities.
Who will I be travelling with?
Not at all. Every year Peregrine take thousands of solo travellers around the world. Their small group tours are twin-share (single ladies share with ladies, chaps with chaps), there's no single supplement to pay on the majority of our small group tours. Of course if you'd prefer to have your own room (at a little extra cost) we can arrange this on most trips. Let us know when you book. For Adventure Cruising and Polar tours, there may be a single supplement to pay depending on the tour, though this will ensure your own cabin - please enquire when booking.
Do I need to be able to swim?
While every group is different, Peregrine tours are generally an international crowd with people often coming from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and North America. Most Peregrine travellers are in their 40s, 50s & 60s.
How much spending money do I need?
Some of Peregrine's trips include travel by boat, ship or canoe. They will assume you can swim unless you tell us otherwise. If you cannot swim you must let us know so we can inform your Peregrine. Swimming is by no means compulsory during any of their trips, and you do not have to swim if you don't want to.
What is the best way to take money with me?
Peregrine's trip notes give you an idea of some typical prices in the places you're visiting, and your pre-departure pack will have more details. Remember that with Peregrine some of your meals, your transport, accommodation and entrance fees to major sites are paid in advance so you don't need to factor these into your budget.
Do I need to tip the local guide?
Peregrine recommend a combination of cash, an ATM card and perhaps a credit card as back-up. Travellers cheques are a safe way to carry money, however in some places it can be difficult to cash them. As a general rule, American dollars are accepted throughout the world but make sure you have small denomination bills, and that they are not ripped or marked, as this may affect your ability to change them. And remember to check with your bank about using your cards overseas.
Is a Peregrine small group tour for me?
Your tour leader works hard to ensure you have a great trip, so please don't hold back if you feel they have earned a tip for their efforts. You can choose to tip them individually or make a group presentation at the end of the tour. Full details of tipping are covered in the trip-specific pre-departure pack that we send before you leave.
If you're inquisitive and adventurous, want to travel in small groups and see a culture through the eyes of a local, then the answer is 'yes'!
Why do Peregrine use local tour guides? Do I get any free time on my trip?
One of the main reasons travellers choose Peregrine is because they use tour leaders who were born and raised in the region. They are highly qualified, speak excellent English and boast intimate knowledge of their homeland. Travelling with a local leader means you will enjoy a local perspective, meeting their friends along the way, eating where the locals eat and seeing sights you won't find in guidebooks. Aside from the benefit to you we are providing income and training to local people. We work to ensure our staff and local partners are the best in the business. Throughout the regions we visit, our operators possess a wealth of knowledge and experience so you can be confident you're in safe hands. They are out in the field, continually monitoring and refining their adventures to ensure we offer the most innovative trips, as well as the best value for money.
Will there be time to explore the start and finish cities or should I allow extra time?
All Peregrine trips are a combination of organised activities and free time. Their detailed itineraries give you an idea of how much free time to expect. It also depends on the trip, eg. some of their trekking adventures may have less free time than other trips. Many of your most memorable experiences will occur when you branch out and do your own thing, so Peregrine know it's important that you have time to yourself. The framework is in place and the details are taken care of, but on many days you decide what you want to see and do.
What standard of accommodation should I expect?
Despite designing balanced itineraries that allow you to explore the places you are visiting, Peregrine know there is always more to discover. So if you want to arrive early or extend your visit after the trip has finished we can help arrange additional accommodation. Peregrine also have trip extensions around some of the start and end cities, for example many people add a Zanzibar beach extension to the end of their Mount Kilimanjaro trip!
What will the food be like?
You'll stay in centrally located, quality accommodation with private amenities. Peregrine generally choose smaller hotels to avoid large chains, and ty to offer more authentic accommodation that reflects a region. The trip notes will tell you if accommodation differs from the regular style.
I'm a vegetarian or have special dietary needs, is that a problem?
Peregrine love introducing you to the flavours of the world. Their leaders are local to the regions you visit, meaning they can take you to out of the way places for the most interesting cuisine. Their local knowledge comes in handy for deciphering menus and you can get tips on local delicacies and the most interesting markets to visit.
Can I book extra accommodation for the start or end of the tour?
No problem. Just let us know in advance so we can inform our local leaders. That way they can make sure you are looked after in the local restaurants. Keep in mind that in some places your diet might be slightly limited, as meat often forms an integral part of the local diet.
What type of ground transportation is used?
Yes. In all cases, we can organise extra accommodation for the start and end of the tour. Just let us know and we'll get a quote for you. Peregrine also have trip extensions in many of the destinations they travel to, meaning you can take a short break after the main event. One small exception – visa regulations prevent us from booking additional accommodation in Bhutan.
Are there any long travelling days?
Peregrine mostly use private vehicles, and sometimes local transport where it adds to the experience (ie. Shinkansen). The trip notes can give you more information. In certain areas, whether it's the old quarter of a city or a remote rural valley, the best way to explore is on foot, so we try to incorporate some walking. Peregrine might also use boats, ships, camels, bicycles which can all add to the authentic nature of their trips.
Peregrine's itineraries indicate travelling time and mode of transport. Although there are some days where you travel relatively long distances, their trips are organised to make travelling as convenient and efficient as possible. Peregrine occasionally take domestic flights. Travelling by land between different parts of a country or region is sometimes a highlight of a trip, with interesting communities and spectacular landscapes encountered en route.