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Can I book a holiday on this site? No. This site is meant to provide you with an unrivalled research tool in your quest to find the perfect holiday. With searchable listings and related features, you should find all the information you need to find and enjoy the right holiday. We cannot take bookings. If you are interested in booking with a listed company you should email them - you can do this from their listing.

Should I book through an agency or a local operator? This is a personal choice and there are pros and cons for both. This site includes listings for both. You will notice the agencies as they offer holidays to more than one destination.

Booking with an agency:
  • An agency is a company that arranges package holidays and sources local operators for you. They will only use operators of a certain quality and all holidays will have been researched and checked by them.
  • An agency is often a registered holiday provider with ABTA and/or ATOL bonding.
  • You may pay more for your holiday because the local operator may pay the agency a fee and because the agency has to research its members.
  • If the agency insists you book a flight with them, you could also end up paying more. With so much flight competition today, more and more people are choosing to source their own flights. Check with the agency becaues many now allow you to book your own flight and some arrange special price charters.
  • Some agencies will be specialists in a particular destination or a particular type of holiday. With this expertise they can offer you a range of options and advise you of the best holiday to suit your requirements.
Booking with a local operator:
  • You will learn a lot about a local operator via their listing and on their site, which you can access via their listing and build a rapour with them via email.
  • Check the reviews on this site and any customer testemonials on the company's website.
  • With a local operator you are in control of your holiday and could arange to have a riding component as part of a bigger trip. Some of the operators offer day rides so that you can include some riding into all of your future holidays!
  • A local operator knows their destination, facilities and horses intimately and can answer any pre-booking questions directly.
  • Booking with a local operator can often be a more cost-effective option because they do not have the overheads of an agency and all of your money goes to them rather than the agency taking a fee.
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