1) How does custom travel with Blank Canvas work?
Our goal is to ensure that every guest has the best possible experience on a tour. This includes the opportunity to experience great trips with another individual, a few friends and family members, or a larger group. We will match you with one or more of our trip planners whose expertise encompasses the destinations you want to visit, and they will provide an initial itinerary based upon where you want to go, when you want to go, and what you want to do. The itinerary will present a variety of opportunities from which you can choose – guided walking tours, hikes, tickets to shows or other events, museum visits, great accommodations at inns, hotels or castles, and recommendations on special unique place to eat. Then your trip planner will work with you to refine the itinerary until it meets your desires and budget.
2) What kind of flexibility to I have on a trip?
This is what separates us from the pack. First, we do not believe in one size fits all. When we say we customize trips, we truly mean in. Want go to Scotland and the Faroe Islands? No problem. Add Wimbledon tennis tickets or a symphony performance at Royal Albert Hall to a London trip? Fine. Take a day to ski in the Lofoten Islands? Gotcha. Second, if you want to make an adjustment in the middle of your trip to add a day of golf in Ireland or stay an extra night in Copenhagen, just let us know and we will see if we can’t make that happen. It’s your trip. Our job is to make it special for you.
3) What does Blank Canvas offer that I can’t get when booking a trip on my own?
It’s all about knowledge. With inside knowledge of every trip location, our team has designed Blank Canvas trips with the best of the best. Additionally, each stop can include access that individuals can’t get when booking on their own. This includes expert-guided museum tours, behind-the-scenes chats with actors, and more. Additionally, by booking group travel, we are able to negotiate better rates on accommodations, tickets and dining that make any trip more affordable.
4) What do I have to do to get ready for my trip?
We will provide you with information on what to expect from the weather, what clothes you might want to bring, reminders if passports are needed and more. We take away the worry.
5) How do group tours with Blank Canvas work?
We do not do huge tours with big charter buses or cruise lines where you will feel anonymous. Rather, we try to limit our tour numbers in order to maintain the feel of a small group vacation that provides the opportunity to make new friends but also to explore great destinations on your own. Each day is split into a morning, afternoon and evening block, with performances or adventures typically slated for two of the three blocks. The remaining block will be an opportunity to explore our unique destinations on your own, or in a group of your choosing. For these exploration blocks, our leaders will provide a detailed list of recommendations, and will even guide smaller groups on hikes or trips to museums or historical sites.
6) Who leads the group trips?
Each group trip is typically staffed by two or more Blank Canvas Tour guides, and for alumni travel include one of the college’s professors who knows the destination’s history and/or subject matter. Our guides have extensive area knowledge and will have visited every hotel, restaurant, museum and concert venue prior to the trip. These guides are there for your every need – from luggage and transportation to recommendations and insight on every stop of the trip. We are here to ensure that your vacation exceeds expectations, and every detail is accounted for.
Have more questions? Give us a call at 833-641-0855 or email us at [email protected]