Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will escort our tour?
Huron Tours is unique in that the owners of the company, John and Katie Kosta are also your tour managers. We accompany you on every trip we offer and have extensive knowledge of the places we visit. This ensures that everything runs smoothly and that you are well taken care of for the duration of your tour.
- Who will be my guide on the tour?
Huron Tours employees some of the most highly trained and well respected guides in the touring business. They must be certified under the strictest rules of guiding and their certifying organizations require they pass rigorous and regular testing of their knowledge and skills. Many of our guides have worked with Huron Tours for over 25 years! One of the reasons we see so many repeat customers is because our clients love traveling with the same tour managers (John and Katie) and local guides year after year. When we visit the gardens we make every effort to have the head gardener or a long-time caretaker lead our tours.
- Walking: What are the physical demands of your tours?
Our tours are designed for persons of reasonably good health and include a substantial amount of physical activity. You can expect to be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, and in all weather conditions.
We are happy to address specific concerns about each trip - please get in touch with us.
- What is the standard of the accommodations on your tours?
Huron tours uses only 4 and 5 Star hotels that offer not only the perfect location for exploring but also superior comfort and amenities plus helpful and friendly staff. We have been using many of the properties on our itineraries for 5, 10, 15 or even 30 years in the case of our London hotel.
- What is a ‘single occupancy' supplement?
We recieve our hotel pricing based on two people sharing a room, and this is the traditional way tour companies present the prices of their trips. In the case that only one person will be using a room, we have to adjust the pricing for that "single" person. The "supplement" is basically the cost of the hotel room when not shared with another person. We do not mark up this cost.
- What kind of meals are included in your tours?
We believe dining together is one of the most important aspects of any travel experience. Katie is from New Orleans and a bit food obsessed so a lot of effort goes into selecting only the best local restaurants and special event dining with a focus on service and cuisine. In addition to the meals included on your tour, we’ve written well-researched restaurant guides for each of the places we visit that are enclosed with your final tour documents.
- I have special dietary restrictions - will this be a problem?
If you require a special diet (vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, food sensitivities, etc.), please alert us before the start of your tour, so we can make arrangements for your upcoming meals. We cannot take responsibility for tour members with extreme dietary needs or life-threatening food allergies. Tour members with dietary restrictions usually manage just fine with a little flexibility and some willingness to supplement meals as needed. Please notify us of all relevant dietary/health issues BEFORE the start of your tour.
- Should I purchase trip protection insurance?
Yes! Yes! Yes! We cannot stress this enough. Your tour is an investment and we highly recommend trip protection insurance. We sell insurance through CSA (get a quote here) or you can always insure your trip through your preferred insurance provider.
- What travel documents are required?
Everyone who joins an international tour is required to have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your return date and have a minimum of two blank pages. You're responsible for obtaining all required travel documents prior to your tour.
- What should I pack?
Packing as light as possible is advised. Bring versatile, comfortable clothing that you can layer. Pack for the season and climate in which you'll be travelling, but you can expect some rain regardless of the time of year. We will include tour-specific packing suggestions for each tour in with your final tour documents.
- When will I receive my final tour documents?
Final tour documents will be mailed to you via Priority Mail from the U.S. Postal Service approximately two weeks prior to departure. They will contain essential information you'll need for your tour: a timed daily itinerary, more detailed information about the places you'll visit, a map, packing suggestions, a list of your fellow passengers, local restaurant recommendations, a top-ten list of things to do, luggage tags and more.
- Who will be my guide on the tour?
A picture is worth a thousand words! Please have a look at some of the images below to get a better feel for our tours. We'd be happy to answer any questions - just give us a call: (800) 743-1192 or (504) 267-2057.
Fine dining on a Huron tour
Barnsley House garden tour by Richard Gatenby
Official Huron airport (Munich in this case) meet and greet with our yellow sign
We include a well researched restaurant list in your final tour documents (this is one of our favorite New Orleans neighborhood joints)
Katie and Valery planning a trip in the Mermaid Inn's sitting room, in Rye. The Mermaid Inn was rebuild in 1420.
Blue Badge guide Peter in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin
A lovely evening outside for our "welcome to Vancouver" dinner in 2019
Blue Badge guide David takes a moment after Pimms to tell us about our "farewell to London" location on our Chelsea tours
Camellia in Cornwall
Ellie teleconfrencing with the family
The Rex room at Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter set for a Huron feast
Hotel staff welcomes Huron Tours
Lunch with a view at Animal Flower Cave in Barbados
Carmines in New York set for a private Huron feast!
How about a nice canape before dinner?
Deluxe motor-coach transportation
A fun reason to travel - different types of gin to try!
Incredible lunch in the family dining room in a castle in Cornwall
Charles Fox leads Huron on a tour of Glendurgan
Matthew leading Huron during our Westminster Dog Show New York city tour. Statue of Liberty just visibly in the background.
Join Huron for some bubbly!
We like to get up close on our dog show tours!
It is hard work test the various cheese plates - but someone has to do it
I don't know what type of fish this is, but I would never make you eat it!
John Sr. at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1996
Katie and Valery having a Laugh in the White Garden at Sissinghurst 2009
Katie's favorite Iris from our New Orleans garden
The beauty of Longwood on our Philly flower show tour
His Royal Highness Prince Charles's official photographer may ask you to strike a pose at Highgrove
Look at the amazing color of these water lilies at the Botanical Garden in New Orleans