(Alta Via 1) Snow patches in the Dolomites

Booking from overseas with Alpine Exploratory


We are based in Edinburgh in the UK and our outlook is thoroughly international. Over three quarters of our clients live outside the UK. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Visiting Edinburgh?
Let us give you a cup of tea.. and a free Alpine Exploratory mug! We have enjoyed meeting trekkers from around the world who are passing through Edinburgh. Use Edinburgh as a stop-over on your way to the Alps, Norway and of course our UK routes.


Australia

Calling from Australia?
National rate 02 8319 2266 (Sydney)
International rate 0011 44 131 214 1144 (Edinburgh)
Best time to call Your evening (our morning)

What time to call?
Edinburgh is either 9 or 11 hours behind Sydney; 9 in the Aussie Winter and 11 in the Aussie Summer, due to opposite Daylight Saving Time changes. Beware October when Aussie DST in Spring starts a couple of weeks before British DST in Autumn ends... then it's 10 hours. The evening call is a good rule of thumb! We are in from 9am UK time, Monday to Friday.

Flying to the Alps
Western Europe's largest airports are London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam Schiphol. None of these are so handy for the Alps, all needing an onward flight or train. In the case of Paris, this onward train is manageable, but still it is greatly preferable to end up at Geneva, Munich, Venice or Ljubljana airports depending on your trek. Norway is simple with direct flights to Oslo.

Visas
Australian passport holders do not currently (2018 season) need a visa to enter Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia or Switzerland (Schengen countries, and your passport should have at least 3 months left on it) or the UK.

Receiving your info pack
We find good postage times to Australia, reliably taking about one week using the Royal Mail's International Tracked service.





The Blue Mountains, NSW, by Simon
Canada

Calling from Canada?
National rate 416-548-4819 (Toronto)
International rate 011 44 131 214 1144 (Edinburgh)
Best time to call Your morning (our afternoon)

What time to call?
Edinburgh is 8 hours ahead of Vancouver, year-round, but please note the brief intervals between the start of the UK's and Canada's respective summer times; then the difference will only be 7 hours. We are open til 6pm UK time, Monday to Friday.

Flying to the Alps
Air Canada flies direct from Toronto to Munich or Zurich in the Alps, or London or Edinburgh in the UK. For Norway, look for direct flights to Oslo.

Visas
Canadian passport holders do not currently (2018 season) need a visa to enter Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia or Switzerland (Schengen countries, and your passport should have at least 3 months left on it) or the UK.

Receiving your info pack
Typically our Canadian clients receive their info packs one week to 10 days after posting from the UK.





Canada, by Tim
New Zealand

Calling from New Zealand?
National rate 04 889 4515 (Wellington)
International rate 0044 131 214 1144 (Edinburgh)
Best time to call Your evening (our morning)

What time to call?
Edinburgh is 13 hours behind Auckland in the New Zealand Summer (NZDT) and 11 hours behind Auckland in the Winter, with a little gap at the switchover points. We are open from 9am UK time, Monday to Friday.

Flying to the Alps
One or two stops will be needed, of course. It might be preferable to reach London first; for our UK trips, take our decent trains to Northern England or Scotland, and for our Alpine trips take a quick flight (typically 1h 30m to 2 hours) to Geneva, Munich or Venice.

Visas
New Zealand passport holders do not currently (2018 season) need a visa to enter Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia or Switzerland (Schengen countries, and your passport should have at least 3 months left on it) or the UK.

Receiving your info pack
We find postage times of one to two weeks to New Zealand.





En route to Milford Sound, by Lucy
Singapore

Calling from Singapore?
National rate Not currently available
International rate 001 44 131 214 1144 (Edinburgh)
Best time to call Your evening (our morning)

What time to call?
Edinburgh is 8 hours behind Singapore from late October to late March, when Edinburgh is using GMT. As Singapore has no daylight savings, from late March to late October when Edinburgh uses British Summer Time the difference falls to 7 hours. We are open from 9am UK time, Monday to Friday.

Flying to the Alps
As you know, Changi airport is a hub for the world; fly to Geneva, Oslo, London, or on Singapore Airlines' Manchester route with a stopover in Munich.

Visas
Singaporean passport holders do not currently (2018 season) need a visa to enter Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia or Switzerland (Schengen countries, and your passport should have at least 3 months left on it) or the UK.

Receiving your info pack
We find posting to Singapore reliable and again it takes about one week.





St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore, by Simon
USA

Calling from the USA?
National rate 646-757-1102 (New York)
International rate 0011 44 131 214 1144 (Edinburgh)
Best time to call Your morning (our afternoon)

What time to call?
Edinburgh is 5 hours ahead of New York. Look out for differences in daylight savings switch-over dates in March and October, when the time difference is only 4 hours. Still, for our East Coast clients at least, this difference is not too great and you'll have plenty of time to catch us before we leave around 6pm!

Flying to the Alps
Most large US cities have direct flights to London Heathrow, to connect to Alpine cities. For our UK hikes, the direct United Airlines flights to Manchester and Edinburgh give easier transfers by rail to the start of the trails, for instance the Coast to Coast and the West Highland Way respectively. for Norway you can fly direct to Oslo.

Visas
US passport holders do not currently (2018 season) need a visa to enter Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia or Switzerland (Schengen countries, and your passport should have at least 6 months left on it) or the UK.

Receiving your info pack
Posting to locations across the US takes from one to two weeks; any delays are likely to be due to customs rather than anything logistical.





Tunnel of trees, Columbia, Manhattan, by Simon

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General notes

Payments
We work in Pounds Sterling (GBP) and paying us is easy. For your deposit, we suggest using a card. We ask to add a 2% card fee but this is likely to be cheaper than a wire transfer. For your balance, a wire transfer is likely to give the best exchange rate. We give you our bank details, or a link to pay by card on our secure Barclaycard page.

Time in the Alps
Because of exact co-ordination of the UK and European countries' daylight savings switchovers, time in the Alps (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland) and Norway is always exactly 1 hour ahead of the UK.

A longer trip in Europe?
Many of our overseas clients are trekking as part of a longer trip in Europe. We regularly advise on train routes across Europe; an example is the train to Rome or Florence after the Alta Via 1 in the Italian Dolomites. We'll be glad to advise in general about any part of Europe that we know - please just ask us. For luggage, we'll advise about leaving bags during your trip.


More information?

Please email us at info@alpineexploratory.com to chat about a trip. We'll be glad to advise on travel, payment, and any other details. The notes above are just a starter - we might add more countries in due course. Thanks!


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