Travelling with Reduced Mobility
Many people with reduced mobility may worry when it comes to booking a holiday or coach tour
Do the travel company have the facilities to accommodate them on their tour
Do the hotels accommodate for disabled people?
What will the coach ride be like and do they have suitable seating?What if flights are included?
Most travel companies can arrange airport assistance for anyone with reduced mobility. This is a free service which must be arranged with the airline prior to travel. For example, easyJet have a range of services to help you at the airport and on board their planes.
Travel companies tend to choose hotels due to their location and standard. This means that the facilities offered can differ depending on what type and class of tour you choose. It is therefore important that you advise what disability you have so the appropriate inquiries can be made with their suppliers on your behalf to ensure any special needs or requests can be catered for.
Most tours involve coach travel which have not been adapted for wheelchair access. However, many tour companies will allow a folding wheelchair to be taken on the tour which would require you to be able to walk short distances or at least be able to get on the coach. Travel companies can also insist that you have a travelling companion who is able to help you with any physical needs.
Guided tours are included in the price for most tours and can be a challenge for anyone with reduced mobility. This is due to the natural terrain of the locations visited and can include cobbled streets and steps. However, a lot of coach tours will allow people to opt out of guided tours if they so wish, enabling sight seeing to done on a more relaxed level.
If your tour includes Eurostar and you need to travel in your own wheelchair, specially adapted wheelchair spaces are available and need to be pre-booked. If you would like assistance at St.Pancras, your tour operator can make Eurostar Assist aware of this requirement, you would then need to make your way to the Eurostar Assist desk at St.Pancras at least 60 minutes prior to your departure for a smooth ride to your destination.