Educational/School Tours by coach and air to destinations throughout Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. This is YOUR tour, please give us a call on 028 9033 7018 for your own personalised programme.
You Are in Safe Hands with Ulsterbus Tours
When booking coach holidays or trips for your school or group, you will want the peace of mind in knowing that you are travelling with a professional coaching company that is legally compliant, safe and of the highest quality standards.
The Department of Finances Central Procurement Directorate recently issued guidance on the Safe Operation and Procurement of Freight, Taxis and Coach Services to assist buyers in ensuring that coaching and transport services they book include these qualities.
Ulsterbus Tours has always worked hard to maintain the highest standards, and as a result, can assure you, our customer, that any services booked conform to the guidelines set out in the CPDs document.
· Compliant with all Drivers Hours regulations
· Drivers fully licenced and checked via Access NI
· Drivers are holders of the Certificate of Professional Competence
· All vehicles fully insured and taxed
· All vehicles subject to a rigorous maintenance and PSV programme
· Commercial Operator Licence up-to-date
· Unrivalled back-up and support in the event of breakdowns
For your next school or college trip to Ireland, the UK or mainland Europe we provide an unparalleled service and value for money tours. Travel with us in the knowledge that you have the support and back-up of Northern Ireland's leading coach operator.
What You Get
Residential trips from just 2 days to a week
Superbly located group friendly accommodation
Quality coach transport when on tour
Flights from your choice of airport
Itineraries with visits planned to complement your study objectives
Travel any day or any time of the week
Safety/adherence to legislation/knowledgeable drivers
Over the years, our Educational Tours team have amassed a wealth of options and visits in a large number of areas for you to choose from. From the moment you "make that call" you will have your own dedicated member of the team who will guide you through the various options open to you from start to finish.
The areas covered and the suggested itineraries represent a selection of the most often requested tours. We would be delighted to talk to you about organising a tour to any destination throughout, Ireland, the UK or mainland Europe. We offer free planning advice, competitive prices and well maintained coaches with superb back-up services and of course the invaluable services of an excellent team of experienced driver/couriers, who take responsibility for all travel documents and admission vouchers.
This is your tour; we are ready to listen to your needs, we worry about the hassles - you enjoy YOUR trip!
PLEASE GIVE US A CALL ON 028 9033 7018 FOR YOUR OWN PERSONALISED TOUR or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Please give us a call on 028 9033 7018 for your own personalised tour or email email@example.com
An educational trip is an inspirational way to build academic confidence and social skills that can only be developed by children experiencing life away from home. Our team can provide you with suitable recommendations and options covering your overall itinerary including the following:
value for money tours, covering multiple aspects of the curriculum;
exciting visits where young children can interact with exhibits and displays;
accommodation with rooms and facilities that are suitable for children;
meals and packed lunches;
suitable evening activities to keep children happy and entertained; and
a daily itinerary that carefully considers journey times onboard the coach.
As an integral part of planning your tour we will be happy to supply information for your Risk Assessment Forms. All our coaches are fitted with seat belts and are regularly inspected. All hotels featured in this brochure have been inspected by members of our staff, our agents, or have been used within the last 12 months by local schools or colleges.
We encourage and can help with preliminary inspection visits, especially to new destinations. Such visits help group leaders to properly risk assess all aspects of the proposed tour in advance. We can of course provide relevant information on location, accommodation, ferries and transport if you decide that an advance visit is not possible.
We allow one free teacher's place with every 10 pupils. DfES recognises good practice as:
One adult/10 pupils for school years 4 to 6
One adult/15 pupils year 7 onwards
Where applicable we will provide you with downloadable links to resource information for your trip. Don't worry if you don't have internet access, we will do it for you! If you would like a personal visit to the school from a member of our team to discuss the tour this can also be arranged at a time that suits you.
Ulsterbus Educational Tours offers insurance under a special holiday travel insurance scheme arranged with Towergate Chapman Stevens who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, including Speciality Insurance Ltd who provide 24 hour emergency service. Full details of cover, policy warranties and exclusions will be forwarded with your confirmation of booking. You may, of course, ask for a specimen copy of the policy at any time in advance.
Travel Arrangements Drivers
Our drivers are one of our greatest assets! They are friendly, knowledgeable, unrivalled, caring and fun to be with. When selecting them, we pay particular attention to their driving skills. They will take responsibility for travel documents such as ferry tickets and admission..." it's like having an extra teacher!" In fact on all air tours, for a small additional charge, you can take an Ulsterbus guide with you who will provide the same excellent service.
Unlike other tour operators we only use our own vehicles and drivers, and you are therefore 100% assured of the quality of service that we provide. We comply strictly with all EU driving regulations, paying particular attention to drivers' hours and we are well ahead of seat belt legislation. On air tours we only use coach operators who conform to the same stringent regulations and, were possible, are members of either Coach Marque or the Global Passenger Network.
We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK and Irish airports and well work with you to plan your route at the best value possible. We can also secure your seats on any airline with an initial non-refundable deposit of only £60pp to all UK or European destinations.
We have an excellent relationship with operators and the lowest rates to the UK and Europe, and can guarantee quality of service.
We can offer accommodation to any standard you would require from youth hostel to 4 star luxury hotels. We deal directly with your chosen accommodation and can guarantee your requests on issues such as special needs, meal times, room hire and rooming arrangements. We have included in this brochure our most popular hotels with school groups - please feel free to suggest more. All coach tours are based on a dinner, bed, breakfast and packed lunch basis whereas fly tours offer the flexibility of bed and breakfast only. Both of these can be altered to suit your needs.
Our Specialist Team
A dedicated member of our Educational Tours Team will plan your day-to-day itinerary and will pre-book city tours, excursions, visits, meals and evening activities as well as any other requirements your Group may have - we can arrange and organise almost everything!
Free School Pick-ups
Our Northern Ireland-wide network means that all our school coach tours start and end at your school - no need for costly connections! We offer many other attractive features, such as luggage labels and savings cards, but most important of all, scrupulous attention to detail and a state-of-the-art planning service, which enables you to design your own special tour.
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