A passion for people and places
It’s probably an overused phrase - and a brave claim - but we genuinely believe we are more passionate about our holidays than any other Tour Operator. Why? Firstly because we only operate to places we’re truly passionate about and in a manner to match.
After all, if we cannot be passionate about what we do, how can we expect our clients to be? Plus within every aspect of our entire holiday collection, we spend inordinate time on painstaking research, examining the tiniest detail, constantly evolving what we do and adding so many subtle touches. Making sure flight times are as convenient as they can be and hotels are as good as possible within their categories. Your holiday metamorphoses into not just a travel experience, but also one of genuine pleasure, education and entertainment.
We passionately offer you an unforgettable journey through time and culture, breaking through any obvious ‘veneer’ to the real destination beyond. Of course, you see the classic ‘sights’, many with guided tours, but you also visit fascinating, probably more intimate places, perhaps less known but often even more intriguing. Your included and substantial range of hugely informative tours are sometimes on foot, but at other times explore a little further afield too - so you learn and appreciate fully the countries through which you journey. Our unique combination and our simple, honest approach have served us well over the years and illustrates with great clarity why so many of you voted for us, resulting in the prestigious travel awards we currently hold. We realise we can never achieve perfection – but it will never stop us trying!, and the harder we continually try the more we will always exceed our clients’ expectations!
A passion for quality – no compromise
When you travel on a Riviera Travel holiday, you can be completely sure that all aspects of it will have been worked on with passion, to obtain the best quality result. With many companies, even some household names, this may not always be the case – especially if they simply ‘badge’ a tour already operated by a local company in your chosen destination. This often results in disjointed multilingual commentaries, or an itinerary that isn’t as tailored as you’d expected. We personally select every single element of our holidays - from hotels and suppliers, to local guides and visits - so they’re exactly right for our clientele, with absolutely no compromise. All of our tours are managed by our own tour managers, who have been trained by us. Plus you’ll have 24 hour, UK-based emergency telephone help if required, for complete peace of mind.
From listening carefully for 30 years
We’ve always worked hard not just to meet, but to exceed the expectations of our discerning clients – by listening to them extremely carefully over the years and evolving our holidays accordingly. So when you travel, you can rest assured we’ve done all the hard work for you. Ultimately when we describe our holidays as ‘escorted tours’ we mean just that - we’re with you all the way to your chosen destination and back!
Independent choice, unbiased advice
We’re passionate about being an independent company - not part of a large, multinational, often impersonal organisation which easily allows long-term planning. This precious independence and our investment in research and people mean we’re free to create the very best of superb holidays, whilst providing the best value for money. All our staff undergo intensive resort-based annual training, building unrivalled knowledge so they can advise you personally about your holiday, based on their own invaluable experience. This passion and commitment to quality, thoughtfulness and value are our guaranteed hallmarks. With Riviera Travel, helpfulness with a smile comes as standard – we care about your holiday as much as you do! Add this to the awards we have received and why would you entrust your plans to anyone else?
Tour managers who bring your holiday to life
Our regular clients constantly tell us our staff, truly are outstanding. Selected for their extensive knowledge, being multilingual with a naturally caring disposition, and having outstanding organisational ability plus exceptional people skills, they are then thoroughly trained by us. All our holidays are managed by our Tour Managers, many of whom have been with us for over a decade, sixteen of them now for over twenty years! Caring, professional and reliable in the event of any problem, our clients say that being with them is like being with a trusted friend who clearly love the destinations: it’s a passion, not just a job! You’ll learn far more from our staff than you would from many guidebooks – and their enthusiasm and intimate knowledge brings your holiday to life.
Our price promise – no hidden costs or surcharge
Our holidays offer outstanding value for money; you miss nothing of importance and our fully comprehensive itineraries include the ‘must see’ sights and experiences, plus a whole host of less famous visits you will just love. However many companies sell some of these as ‘optionals’ adding to your overall cost. Our pricing is transparent and clear. It includes essentials like taxes, “fuel” supplements and there are no hidden extras. We’re proud that since our inception 29 years ago, we’ve never levied a surcharge – even when currency, fuel and more recently tax movements were excessive. Our ‘no surcharge’ guarantee means that whatever happens after booking, the price will not increase.
The unique Riviera style
Finally, our clients often tell us we have a style unique in tour operating - a real family ambience; we have been told by clients ‘it was like travelling with family’ and ‘it was like coming home’. This is exactly what we set out to achieve: most importantly treating our clients as individuals, tailoring our service to be flexible and catering for all needs. Our staff operate very much at the ‘sharp end’ with highly professional senior managers spending significant time overseas, researching, checking and often just meeting clients to ascertain your likes and equally important, your dislikes. There is simply no substitute to creating the very best possible holidays and offering the very best value for money. There’s so much to see and experience on our holidays and if you want to take part in everything that’s fine, but if not, that’s fine too. If you want to see the sights on your own, no one will put any pressure on you not to. This is something our clients really appreciate – the freedom to explore. We hope you enjoy learning about our superb, carefully selected destinations as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them and genuinely hope to be of service to you and share our passion for travel!
Michael Wright, Managing Director, Riviera Travel