Welcome and thank you for your interest in Teston Tours. 
 
Teston Tours is a non-profit making, voluntary community Group Travel Organisation, based in the village of Teston, which is situated alongside the A26, (Maidstone to Tonbridge road), four miles west of Maidstone, the County Town of Kent. 
 
Teston Tours is a member of the Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO) and have been since January 1998, membership number 1496. 
 
Teston Tours is supported and run by people who predominantly live within the village of Teston and give their assistance, help, time and commitment free and for the benefit of our fellow villagers, their family and friends who travel with us on our coach based excursions and holidays. 
 
Although run with volunteers, we do try to be very professional with our organising, care and support of our travellers, ensuring you are able to get the best value for money, on a like for like basis and are able to have some new and unexpected experiences during our fully escorted adventures. 
 
As we are a non-profit making voluntary group travel organisation, l am grateful for the assistance of several friends who assist me with the administration of our excursions and holidays, including: 
 
Administration, Reservations & Accounts - Diane Hayes. 
On board coach support - Diane Hayes, Dave Playford, Ann Watkins, Miriam McLeod, Alan Perkins and Ron Henderson. 
Tour Manager - Dave Playford. 
Newsletter distributor - Valerie Sharp. 
 
Teston Tours was formed in June 1997, following a Saturday morning coffee meeting in Teston Village Hall, when l was asked if l could arrange a coach outing to the seaside for the senior members of our community. 
 
Our first coach outing was arranged to Eastbourne on 5th June 1997, so unbeknown at the time Teston Tours had begun. 
 
Since that early inception we are still able to organise coach excursions and holidays, during these economically challenging times. 
 
Teston Tours is setting high standards as we provide group coach travel to many assorted and varied destinations including many domestic and overseas day trips and short-break holidays. 
 
Our coach outings to the Continent are usually with EuroTunnel shuttle trains travelling via the Channel Tunnel from Cheriton to Coquelles as this is the preferred way most of our Members prefer to travel. However cross channel ferries from Dover to Calais can and are used if requested. 
 
Teston Tours does NOT provide travel insurance in it’s pricing of outings unless specifically stated but recommends it is obtained for any tours. For visits to the Continent insurance is mandatory and proof may be required. Travel insurance is available at a competitive price from the Post Office. 
 
Teston Tours has used various coach companies over the years but we our currently working with Scotland & Bates, a family run coach business, based in Appledore, Kent. 
 
We have friendly, helpful drivers, namely, Bruce Munro and Jake Spicer, who have a vast knowledge and many years experience driving coaches, whether on local, national or international journey's. 
 
Teston Tours uses 53 seater luxury coaches, with an on board toilet, washroom and hot drink making facilities. 
 
Any of our excursions and or holidays can be booked and paid only at 3 Fairlawn Close, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AX.  
 
Payment(s) can be made by cheques or cash. Cheques are to be made payable to Alan Hayes. 
 
Currently debit card, credit card and online banking payments are not accepted.  
 
All payments are non-refundable unless the coach is full and a replacement person is found. 
 
Teston Tours reserves the right to refuse patronage on any of its excursions / holidays. 
 
To view our current excursion(s) and holiday(s), please click on our Home or go to our header bar and click on Upcoming Events drop down box link. 
 
During our travels l have taken various photographs, to access to our photo album showing pictures from some of our previous excursions and holidays, click on thePhoto Album link.  
 
There is also a link to our Celebrations Page which has photographs taken of our Members who have been celebrating a special event whilst travelling with us. 
 
I would welcome any comments or feedback you would like to make, about our website, coaching itinerary or ideas you may have to improve our service to our Members who travel with us, as this is the best way we can enhance our coaching experience. 
 
If would like to join our mailing list, please click the ‘Contact Us’ link. 
 
Thank you for visiting our website, I look forward to meeting and hope that you will be travelling with us soon. 
 
If l can assist you further please do not hesitate to contact me. 
 

Alan Hayes, 
Group Travel Organiser 
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