The most popular are medium-term tours. When choosing a place of residence, tourists usually focus on 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, which are selected depending on the price and solvency of the client. Catering on the tour includes the following options:
one-time meals (usually breakfast);
half board (two meals a day, usually breakfast and dinner);
board (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
The main way of delivering tourists to the place of rest in international tours is usually air flight, less often - travel by sea or by rail. In domestic tours, as a rule, trains and planes are used as a trailer; river and sea cruises, motor transport are practiced less often.
When organizing a cultural program, the specifics of the country (region, city) of the tour are taken into account in historical, cultural, national, religious terms, as well as the duration and type of the tour (in the shopping tour, business trip and business tour, the cultural program is reduced), the possibilities of the host and , of course, the solvency of the client 14 .
Taking into account certain profile services, the final price of the tour is set, which can be adjusted in connection with the provision of additional services and various discounts. As the latter, discounts from the price for children (from 10 to 20%) and for regular customers (from 15 to 30%) usually appear.
It is necessary to emphasize the specifics of certain types of tourism, then a significant part of the price of the tour is the cost of the so-called leading service that determines the purpose of the tour: treatment on a health tour, training on a business tour, negotiations with foreign companies on a business tour, organization of purchases on a shopping tour, participation in (sporting events on a sports tour, visiting religious holy places on a pilgrimage tour, a concert program on a show tour, etc. 15 ).
Ancillary or additional services that ensure the tour (and are also included in the final price) include 16 :
visa support (issuance of a voucher for a group or visas for tourists) and registration of international passports (in their absence);
escort (adults and / or children - at the request of the tourist);
registration of air tickets and luggage;
customs clearance of cargo (on arrival in the Russian Federation from international tours);
delivery of tourists to the trailer (to the airport, railway station, etc.) and back upon arrival from the tour - usually by bus;
tourist and luggage (cargo) insurance; - payment of a scholarship to a tourist for pocket expenses in US dollars or the currency of the host country upon arrival at the place of rest (for international tours).
Between the tourist and the tour company, a service agreement (tourist service agreement) must be concluded, which is drawn up in accordance with the civil legislation of the Russian Federation and includes the following main sections:
the subject matter of the contract
rights and obligations of the parties,
the price (cost) of the tour and the procedure for mutual settlements,
the responsibility of the parties
legal addresses and details of the parties.
Before concluding an agreement, a tourist needs to ask if the travel agency he has chosen has a license for tourism activities - in the absence of it, it is pointless to conduct further negotiations.
One copy of the contract for tourist services, certified by the signatures of both parties and the seal of the tour company, remains with her, the other is handed over to the tourist. We must beware of firms that do not give customers any written guarantees - they, accordingly, are not responsible for anything.