Some frequently asked questions about Unventured tours and experiences. We hope this will help you clarify any doubts or questions you have. And otherwise, please feel free to pick up the phone or email us – sometimes we just prefer the old-fashion way of talking!
Before I book an Unventured tour
- Who will be my travel companions?
- How many people will be on my tour?
- Will I have free time?
- What are the cycles and transport like?
- What can I expect in terms of accommodation?
- Can I book a group?
- Does Unventured promote sustainable tourism?
- What is the single traveller supplement?
- I am a single woman traveller, how safe is it?
- What if I have special dietary requirement?
The beauty of taking an Unventured trip is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.
Unventured is a travel company, which focuses on small groups, and the group size does not usually exceed 12 participants. This helps us maintain our stringent safety and security standards and also allows participants to get to know each other better.
Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and discoveries. We understand that you may have varied interests and we will accommodate and facilitate your interests. Do inform us while booking your tour if you have any special requests. Our non-intensive, leisure trips offer a more relaxed pace, with late starts and longer stays in each place.
We pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of cycles and a support vehicle – which is fuel efficient, fully air-conditioned – and with reclining seats for comfort. Look up this page, “The Experience” for more details.
Hygiene and comfort are primary factors we keep in mind, when selecting accommodation for our guests. As an adventure travel company offering you local experiences we also want to make sure you have there local experiences, interactions with locals to learn of their way of life. We use mix of “Home-stays”, Hotels and tented camp accommodation in remote regions on few of our tours. We select our accommodation based on the destination and some of the experiences that are unique to that very destination. We are adventure travel with a softer landing; For example, you’ll get to stay at a cozy Ladakhi homestay en route Leh, amidst the hills, allowing you soak in the nature and understanding their way of life. Or a comfortable hotel, depending on the availability at certain locations.
We take the hassle out of booking a group holiday – and we offer some great packages. If you’re a group of five or more, fill out this customised tour form and send it back to us.
Yes, we try and reduce our carbon footprint. Well, our primary form of transport – two wheels on a cycle or two feet are already saving us fuel! And there are other measures we take like reducing our plastic intake and supporting local business like opting to stay in homestays instead of corporate chains. Also, our travellers on our long haul tours get a filter water bottle which is safe with water filled from clear streams.
Visit our blog page on Sustainable Eco-Tourism initiatives at Unventured
If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you can opt for our single supplement. The cost variance will depend on your trip, talk to our team member who is coordinating with you for more information about single supplement and inclusions.
All Unventured tours are small groups of maximum of 12 travellers in mixed groups. We are sensitive to the safety and security concerns of single woman travellers and our tour leaders are adept at making sure you are made comfortable on the tour. Simple measures such us allocations of rooms around our travel group is one such example. Our tour leaders are sensitive to your needs and concerns and you can rely and share your concerns with them.
We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking. However due to the different kinds of terrain and places we travel in, we will not be able to supply meals in accordance to strict religious requirements.
Before I go on my Unventured experience
- Are airport transfers included?
- What travel documents will I need?
- Do you Have a cancellation Policy?
- How much luggage can I bring?
- Can I bring my own bicycle?
Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary amongst destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included.
For an international traveller visa, travel insurance, and necessary documents suggested by the Indian Embassy will be required. We will co-ordinate and work with you to help procure the said documents necessary for your tour. Do also check up this section for more information.
Yes, we do have a cancellation policy. At Unventured we are not governed by a stringent policy to cover our commercial interests, we want to play it by the ear and ensure we make fair decisions to help customers not loose heavy when cancelling. As part of organising any travel activity, tour operators like us run into the risk of making advance booking and payments to hotel’s eateries and service providers. Our cancellation policy intends to try and balance this out between our losses and the customers need to cancel a tour.
A detailed list of things to pack will be mailed to you well in advance before your tour. We will keep in mind the weather conditions and activities involved. You will also be guided in terms of appropriate clothing to wear to certain religious destinations you may visit on your tour.
Cycles are usually complimentary on our trail; you also have the option of bringing your own cycle and depending on the destination and distance we will help you transport your cycle to and fro.
On the road with Unventured
- Are there any optional/customized experiences and when can I book them?
- What is a support vehicle and how will it help me?
- What if I become ill on my trip and am unable to continue?
- Can my family join me on an intensive cycling trail and not participate?
- What if I want to participate in only a part of the trip?
We realize that everyone likes some time to themselves, which is why we’ve left free time on all of our itineraries. We have also included some of the “must do” activities pertaining to the destination, nevertheless If you want to get the most out of your destination, let us know of your interests and we can help you tailor your trip.
There will be rest stops every 20-35 kms depending on the terrain; you will have access to your luggage, and the opportunity to have drinks/snacks that the support vehicle will carry for you. Your support vehicle will travel with you at a 200 meters distance from you at all times, giving levy to traffic and other occurrences.
Not all countries of the world have the same transport facilities and regulations. In all destinations we ensure that transport meets the standards of local regulations; you must be prepared for this to be of a different standard than you may be accustomed to.
Your Tour Leader is trained and certified in first aid and wilderness medicine, in the event of a illness a remote location he/she will support you with quick medical aid, monitor and assess the severity of your illness. In the event of an illness our team will plan for pessary evacuation measures, assist you with a doctor’s visit or hospitalization should you require. Please note that the charges for hospitalization and other medical expenses will have to be borne by the traveller. Unventured has a dedicated support system in place in the destination we offer. Our team will contact you to offer assistance and advice, coordinate with your travel insurance company and keep in touch until you are able to re-join the trip or return home. This service is included in the cost of your trip; however it is not a replacement for travel insurance, which we strongly advise you to purchase.
We would prefer our travellers participate in the activities and trail, although the support vehicle will travel with us and can accommodate your family. We would rather have them enjoy the trail as much as you do, rather than spend time on the vehicle. We can hover plan for an alternate travel itinerary without cycling where they will rendezvous with the tour group often and head out in their own support vehicle to a different activity. Do look up on our leisurely vacations which are family friendly and relaxed. Also, your Tour Leader will be able to help you with a customized option.
As part of our scheduled departure trails, we would expect you to participate through and through the trail to complete your experience. Yet, we understand your limitations to days and we can help customize your trail for a group of 5 or more persons.
Call us “old-fashioned” but we’d love to talk in person to figure out exactly what you are looking for and provide valid recommendations.