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Why Riviera

A passion for people and places

It’s probably an overused phrase - and a brave claim - but we genuinely believe that we are more passionate when creating our holidays, than any other Tour Operator. Why? Because firstly, we only go to places that we’re truly passionate about. After all, if we are not as passionate about the destinations we offer, how can we expect our clients to be? This simple, honest approach has served us well over the years.

Secondly, whenever we create a tour, we’re passionate about spending an inordinate amount of time on painstaking research - so your holiday becomes not just a travel experience, but also one of genuine pleasure, education and entertainment. We aim to offer an unforgettable journey through time and culture, breaking through the obvious tourist veneer to the real destination beyond. Of course we see the classic ‘sights’, but we want you to visit places that are less known but equally inspiring as well. Sometimes, just by enjoying intimate walking tours, meeting local people and understanding their hopes and aspirations, the world becomes a smaller and friendlier place.

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 with 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 ourselves. You’ll also have 24 hour, UK-based emergency telephone help if required, for complete peace of mind.

From listening carefully for 29 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 are an independent travel company - not part of a large, multinational organisation that can often feel impersonal. This precious independence means that we’re free to combine the very best airlines, hotels and local travel arrangements to ensure a wide choice of truly superb itineraries. Our professional, unbiased advice and our investment in research and people ensure that we create the best escorted tours possible, whilst providing the best value for money. This passion and commitment to quality and value are the guaranteed hallmark of Riviera Travel.

Tour managers who bring your holiday to life

All of our escorted tours are managed by our own tour managers. Always carefully selected and trained by ourselves, many have been with us for over a decade, nine for over twenty! Caring, professional and reliable in the event of any problem - our clients say that being with them is like being with a trusted friend. Our Guides clearly love the destinations they go to – it’s a passion, not just a job! You’ll learn far more from our tour managers than you would from many guidebooks - and their enthusiasm and intimate knowledge will bring your holiday to life.

Our price promise – no hidden costs or surcharge

We always do everything we can to offer outstanding value for money. On a Riviera holiday you’ll miss nothing of importance because our fully comprehensive itineraries include the ‘must see’ sights and experiences that your selected destination offers. Unlike many operators, who sell these as ‘optionals’, we don’t charge for many additional but necessary excursions that just add to your overall costs. Our pricing is transparent and clear. It includes essentials like taxes, and there are no hidden extras.

We’re proud to state that since we started 29 years ago, we’ve never passed on any additional charge by way of a surcharge – even during 2008 and 2009 when currency and fuel movements were excessive. Our ‘no surcharge’ guarantee means that whatever happens, once you’ve booked your holiday 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. First and most importantly, we treat all our clients as individuals – so we tailor our service to be flexible and cater for all needs. There’s so much to see and experience on our tours - if you want to take part in everything that’s fine – but if not, that’s ok too. In most cases you’ll be able to eat when you want, and sit with whoever you want. If you want to go off and look around on your own, no one will put any pressure on you not to. This is something that our clients really appreciate – the freedom to explore.

So please browse through our range of new tours. We hope you enjoy learning about our carefully selected destinations as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them. We genuinely hope to be of service to you in the future – we would love to share our passion for travel with you!