Frequently Answered Questions
Who are AbsoluTours?
AbsoluTours is run by Viv Robinson, a Blue Badge Guide qualified to work professionally across South West England since 1998. Viv began AbsoluTours to grow the business of professional tour guiding packages to visitors and tour operators.
Viv lives near Truro and until recently taught Geography and lectured in Tourism. Being Cornish with a love of sharing Celtic heritage led to her being recognised as a ‘Champion’ for the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage sites. Highlighting the very best of the South West region is her passion.
With 16 years experience as a professional guide, Viv works with local, national and international groups providing sightseeing and panoramic coach tours, walks, talks, itinerary planning, tour management and incentive services for private and corporate organisations. Clients include hotels, coach companies, overseas travel agents, rail organisations, destination management and cruise ship companies as well as local social groups. Rosamunde Pilcher, Art & Gardens, Stately Homes, Films and Literature, Cathedral Cities, Industrial Archaeology and general tours prove most popular.
Well travelled and experienced in organising tours for groups, coupled with an enjoyment of meeting people and sharing knowledge, Viv ensures that each tour is interesting, informative and fun!
AbsoluTours have the highest standards in Tour Guiding, email Viv if you have any questions – she will reply within 48 hours.
What areas do you cover?
We cover all sites South and West of Bristol and West of Southampton. This region encompasses Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire including towns such as Truro, Falmouth, Plymouth, Exeter, Bath and Bristol.
If you are wondering if I cover the area specific to your visiting, then email Viv if you have any questions – she will reply within 48 hours.
Are you registered?
Member of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides (GRTG) since 1998. Member of Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG) since 2001, and Chairman of the Association Westcountry Tourist Guides (AWCTG) last three years. Recognised as a trainer for the ITG. Programme Director for SW Blue Badge Training course, 2013-2014.
When you book with AbsoluTours you are in safe hands. Email Viv if you have any questions – she will reply within 48 hours.
Do you have insurance?
AbsoluTours has full public liability insurance, and Viv holds a first aid at work qualification. Please email Viv for a copy of the relevant documentation. Also, don’t hesitate to contact Viv if you have special needs or circumstances. She will reply within 48 hours.
Can you help plan an itinerary?
Happy to help you make your visit special from Land’s End to Lizard, Torquay to Tintagel, Plymouth to Penzance, Salisbury to St Ives, Bristol to Bath all the bits in between.
Please have a look at examples of itineraries on my website and email Viv if you have any questions – she will reply within 48 hours.
How much notice prior to visit do you need?
Please check calendar for availability. We would prefer two weeks notice at the least, but have been able to schedule tours within 36 hours. Email Viv if you have any questions – she will reply within 48 hours.
How do I book?
Please check calendar for availability. We would prefer two weeks notice at the latest, but have been able to schedule tours within 36 hours. Email Viv if you have any questions – she will reply within 48 hours.
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