What does a week-long educational program include?
Although each itinerary is unique, our week-long programs generally offer 7 nights of accommodation including breakfast, fabulous talks and seminars by Tom and Jenny and other local guides and experts as well as access to rarely-visited places. We arrange ways for you to meet with local residents and hear from their point-of-view. We eat delicious locally grown food, walk a lot, laugh, have fun and learn as we go!
How many people does Rankin & Greene accept on a typical week-long program?
Our groups are small, usually ranging from 8 to 10; we generally cap programs at 12. This allows us to maintain an intimate, seminar feel.
Does there need to be a minimum number of participants for a program to run?
Yes. Generally our programs need a group of 8 to run. The itinerary will specify a minimum and maximum number of participants for each program. If we have not reached the minimum number six months before departure, we reserve the right to cancel the program and refund your full payment, including the initial deposit.
How many people does Rankin & Greene accept for a typical three-hour walking tour?
We have found that six participants is an ideal number.
It seems like the two sibling founders have very different interests. Do the programs combine both?
No. Jenny and Tom each handcraft their own programs, and go deep in their own areas of passion and interest. For Tom, architecture, art, sustainability. For Jenny, literature, history and spiritual pilgrimage.
I’m curious but by no means an expert. Will I be out of my depth?
We welcome learners of all types and all styles and think each person in the group has something to teach as well as something to learn. We enjoy welcoming diverse groups and finding out what unique life experiences, interests, and talents each person brings.
How much walking is involved in the programs?
While each trip is different, there is quite a bit of walking, usually at least 3 miles a day and sometimes more than that. We try to be accurate in describing the amount of walking required in each program on the program itinerary but we hope you’ll email us if you have specific questions or concerns.
Is food always included? Breakfast is included each day and we generally eat one other meal together as a group, either dinner or lunch. We often gather for an Opening Reception of wine, cheese and local delicacies. We end each trip with a special farewell dinner at a carefully chosen local spot. Each program’s itinerary specifies exactly how many meals are included in the trip cost.
What about dietary preferences and allergies?
If you have special dietary restrictions, we can accommodate those if you clearly specify them in the space provided on the Application Form.
I’m travelling by myself; will everyone else be in a group or in pairs?
We hope not! We encourage solo travelers and generally have a number of them on our group programs.
I’m not sure I will be able to keep up.
Our programs move at a leisurely place and we try our best to make adjustments to meet the needs of our travelers.
Registration & Paying
How do I sign up for a program and how much is the deposit?
You can apply to join one of our programs by filling out a Registraton Form online or by sending us a copy of the Application Form along with the required deposit. (Mail to 15 Grove St. Concord, MA 01742) Your reservation will not be complete until we receive both the Application Form and the deposit.
What is your cancellation policy?
The $500 program deposit is fully refundable for 30 days from the date it is received. For our complete cancellation policy, see our Terms and Conditions.
When do I pay the remainder of my program balance?
The remaining balance is due 90 days before departure. We offer secure online payment options (credit card, PayPal) and also accept checks payable to “Rankin & Greene LLC” mailed to 15 Grove St. Concord, MA 01742.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept credit cards, Paypal, checks, or wire transfers to our US Bank Account.
Are flights included in the price of the program?
No, our prices do not include air transportation. You will travel on your own to the starting point for the program. Your flight arrangements are up to you, but we are always happy to consult and answer questions.
I see each program has a specific fee. What is generally included in the price?
All accommodation and breakfast every day, one main meal a day (often dinner, sometimes lunch), seminar offerings on the trip’s theme by Jenny or Tom; local travel on mini-bus; gallery talks by local art historians; orientation talks and tours by local guides; entrance fees to museums and historic sites plus fees special activities like boat tours. Each program itinerary will specifically describe exactly what is included in the program fee and what is not.
What is a “Single Supplement?”
We offer you the option of getting a single room at extra cost; the “single supplement” is the price you pay to guarantee a private single room for a solo traveler. Costs for single supplements differ by program and can be found on each program’s itinerary.
Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
Yes, we strongly recommend you buy travel insurance.
Are there additional or hidden costs that I don’t know about?
No. Your travel to/from the program is not included, and we ask participants to have their own medical and travel insurance. Otherwise, the only items not included are your personal extras, such as laundry, bar, and the like. Gratuities are not included.
Preparing to Travel
How far in advance should I apply for a program?
For our week-long educational programs, we generally take bookings on a first-come, first-serve basis starting a year or more prior to departure dates. We occasionally have availability in the two or three months prior to departure though so it’s worth asking.
What travel documents will I need?
You will need a passport that is valid at least six months after your departure date. You will be informed of any other specific requirements in the program description.
What should I pack?
Pack light! Each trip provides a detailed packing list once you book.
How much cash should I bring?
In general, you can get cash at ATMs in Europe but some of our trips are offered in locations where there is no ATM. In this case, the itinerary will clearly state that.
What about WiFi and cell phone reception?
We book at hotels and lodging where there is WiFi; however, in some locations that are more remote or hilly, it can be difficult to get access to the Internet. When that is the case, the itinerary will specify.