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About us

About us

The Cultural Travel Company (CTC) is a new tour operator, offering trips exploring art, architecture, archaeology, history and music. Accompanied by first-rate speakers, we visit many cultural highlights in Europe and the UK. Each trip has a carefully-paced itinerary with a mix of guided tours, lively lectures, group dinners and free time.

We set up CTC to offer quality cultural experiences at reasonable prices. We have achieved fantastic value for money by focusing on the core ingredients, using sensible hotels, cutting the frills and allowing greater freedom than is usual on this sort of trip.

CTC is a division of Martin Randall Travel, Britain’s largest and most innovative specialist in cultural tours. For nearly 30 years Martin Randall Travel have offered immaculately-planned tours across the globe. We draw on their experience and expertise, and share an unrivalled pool of speakers.

Travelling with us

All our trips are led by an expert speaker. We also equip each group with a tour manager to take care of reservations, time-keeping and trouble-shooting. Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast is provided, as are two (or more) group dinners with wine and tips for restaurant staff. Also included are transport by private coach (or as otherwise specified), admissions to sites as mentioned in the itinerary, concert tickets when an integral part of the trip, local taxes and audio devices.

Flights (or international trains) are not included – you make your own way to and from the starting and finishing points of the trip. Please let us know if you need assistance when planning your travels.

Evenings are often free and occasionally mornings or afternoons too – allowing you time to spend independently. Our tour manager is at hand to recommend sights, activities and restaurants.

We welcome single travellers. Our tour manager will ensure that you will not feel left out when there is no group meal. Unfortunately, hotels charge a supplement for single occupancy of their rooms. We pass these charges on to our clients without adding anything extra.

Your booking is very important to us and we are here to look after you. We strive to deliver flawless service and faultless administration. However, if we do make a mistake, we will work hard to rectify it as quickly as possible. After all, we would like you to join us again on another trip.

All our trips for 2018 are guaranteed to depart – we will not cancel a trip because of low booking numbers. Our maximum group size varies between 20 to 28 participants.

Our speakers

No trip is complete without the presence of our expert speakers. All have been chosen for their expertise and their ability to talk engagingly. Our speakers provide commentary that is authoritative, inspiring and accessible. They are also excellent travel companions.

Find out more about our expert speakers

Fitness

Travelling with us means you should expect an active trip. Walking, stair-climbing, traversing uneven ground and standing around for lengthy periods are unavoidable aspects of every trip. They should not present problems to anyone of normal fitness, but they would not be suitable for those who are slow, need support or are low on stamina.

To help you measure your fitness we have designed some simple tests. If you cannot manage these, our trips are probably unsuitable for you. If it turns out that you are not able to cope with the demands during the trip and slow down the group, you may be asked to opt out of visits or leave the trip altogether. This would be at your own expense.

The simple tests:

1) Sit in a chair, fold your arms and place your hands on opposite shoulders. Stand and return to a sitting position 8 times in 30 seconds.

2) Stand and raise each knee in turn, at least 60 times in 2 minutes.

3) Record the time it takes to stand up from a chair, collect an object from 9 feet away and sit back down. This should not take more than 7 seconds.

Please note you should be able to walk unaided at 3 miles per hour for a minimum of 30 minutes, and to stand for 15 minutes.