offer inspirational tours in Europe for
wheelchair users with a real appetite for travel.
We're a small family company, and that's exactly how we want
to stay. Every tour is personally planned, escorted, & driven by
ourselves, and since we've been doing this in one way or another for most of the last 30
years, we have more than a fair idea how to create a smooth & rewarding tour
for our clients.
Sadly, we have to announce that we feel we cannot realistically plan any
tours until at least late this year.
A full explanation of our reasons is given below.
(Meanwhile, as an alternative focus for our energy, we are
going to concentrate on building our wheelchair accessible holiday let here in
Snowdonia, which we hope to have completed during 2019)
I'm sure that I don't have to spell out to you that we are stuck in the
middle of unpredictable times, far beyond our control.
Using our own wheelchair accessible vehicle is core to the viability of our
business, and our ability to work with a passenger carrying vehicle in the EU
depends upon several reciprocal agreements. Perhaps most crucial is our
permission to conduct “cabotage”, which is what happens when we pick up
& drop off a group at an airport in a country other than that in which our
bus is registered.
We simply don't know whether any or all of these agreements will still exist
after March 29.
We also have uncertainty over vehicle insurance, which underwriters have, for
the past 10 years, reluctantly extended to the limits of the EU, as they have
been obliged to do so (at least to a basic level) as a consequence of European
There are other potential difficulties, such as lack of recognition of the blue
badge parking permit, rights to concessionary places, ending of reciprocal
healthcare, and permission to temporarily export & re-import £7000 worth of
mobility equipment without paying import duties.
Although all these obstacles could be surmounted, each one would complicate our
work profoundly, adding substantial effort and/or expense (We have already been
struggling with high prices due to sterling devaluation).
Unfortunately, clarity is something unlikely to emerge for some considerable
time, particularly for people like ourselves, trying to operate a small business
in a niche market. From past experience, even in more settled times we have
found legal advice to be vague, non-commital, and expensive, so we have little
alternative to waiting for the dust to settle before we tentatively test the
water some time in the future.
As you can imagine, we are feeling heavily disappointed to find ourselves at
the sharp end of changes (yet too obscure to be taken into account in
negotiations) but recognise that our problems are minor compared with changes on
a global scale.
Sorry for the disappointment caused to our regular clients. We'll try to keep
Best wishes to all,
Dave & Debbie
You can join us on Facebook to get in the loop and keep ahead
of what we're planning.
We have our group Friends
of Makin' Tracks
for conversation, including sharing ideas for the future,
and we have the more formal page Makin'
Tracks for the official(!) info.
We're always open to suggestions, so please get in touch if
you've something in mind. Indeed, if you just want advice, contact
us. We're very approachable, not scary at all!
Our groups are always small, we're highly experienced in both
tourism and disability issues, and we know Europe like the back of our hands.
As a family business, we have been there personally arranging everything, never
delegating to third parties
(though it may be that Brexit forces us to operate through others - we have to
consider every avenue).
We carry a substantial amount of equipment with us, which is available at no
extra cost to you.
Ask for details, & take a look at the photo at the bottom
of Our Approach.
We have also a hoist which can be used in "active"
(standing) or "passive" (sitting) mode,
and now a collection of small mobility scooters.
Please take a look at our Feedback
page to see why our clients are so loyal.
Read more about how we operate in Our
For a behind the scenes insight into how we research tours take a look at this
article about our planning for Hungary.
link for a review
by clients of a tour with us.