MORE OF WHAT YOUR'RE GOING FOR

That's what's in our name - now a bit about us today.

Thanks for stopping by…


So, you’re planning a trip.  We knew you’d stop by so we’ve put together a whole year of choices.  Do you want to stay in the midwest? Or perhaps it’s the east coast you’ve got in mind.  We also offer a number of departures that cover Canada from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.  Is this a get away from winter trip or do you have national parks on your mind...maybe it’s Alaska?


The point is, Home Spun Tours has 55 extended stay departures, be it east, west, north or south.  Tours vary in length from 2 - 64 days.  Our tagline, “More of what you’re going for!” should help in your decision making.  With that said, we invite your comparison with other tour companies.  For the most part, you will find we offer more days, more meals and more attractions.  MORE OF WHAT YOU’RE GOING FOR!


Our transportation is with Lamers Bus Lines, one of the largest in the USA.  That relationship gives us the most up-to-date equipment on the road and an experienced tour driver behind the wheel.  Our lodging is a who’s who list in the industry: Hiltons, Hyatts, Sheraton’s, Radissons, Wyndhams.  There are other flags and independents as well.


Experience is certainly a key to our 30 years of growth in this industry, not only in our staff, but those we trust in along the way to enhance your tour experience.


Twice a year we offer our unique “CA$H BACK” sale.  There is always a Senior Discount on extended tours and a cash discount for early prepayment in full.  Home Spun also rewards repeat travelers thru our “Passport to Savings” program.  Apply those to your tour price and you’ll get “More of what you’re going for!”...FOR LESS!


We certainly appreciate your online inquiry, we’d also like to invite you to pick up the phone, give us a call and get all your questions answered by our experienced staff.


Thank you again for your interest...we hope to “see you on board”.


Bill




THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Documents:

Final itinerary, bag tags and cover letter/instructions will be mailed from 21 to 14 days prior to your tour’s departure.

Baggage:

Each person is allowed one suitcase; HOWEVER, if you cannot lift it, neither can we. Please, if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. You may also bring a carry-on case/bag that must fit in the overhead or under your seat.

Some tours have a two suitcase provision (fifteen days or longer) for which specific rules will apply. Ask about this when you book your tour.

Seat Rotation:

Every morning-everybody! Exceptions will be made for various replacements, walkers, canes, etc. We will do our best to accommodate those with motion sickness, as well.

Smoking:

All room blocks booked by Home Spun Tours are non-smoking. There is no smoking aboard any Home Spun Tour or public tour that we might include.

Single Travelers:

Always welcome on Home Spun’s tours. Nobody should stay home because they don’t have a partner. We’ll try to find a compatible roommate and let you decide if you’ll get along. Ask us how it works.

Responsibility:

These tours are arranged and operated by Bill Richards’ Home Spun Tours, Ltd., 3015 South Main Street, Rice Lake, WI 54868. Bill Richards’ Home Spun Tours, Ltd., and its employees act only as agents for others (airlines, bus lines, hotels, restaurants, theaters, etc.) in providing services included in those tours. No liability shall be incurred


by Bill Richards’ Home Spun Tours, Ltd., or its employees because of injury, monetary or property loss, or other complications experienced by tour members.

Bill Richards’ Home Spun Tours, Ltd., reserves the right to make any changes in tour arrangements for the satisfactory operation of each tour, e.g., hotels, attractions, meals, transportation, tour manager, etc.

Bill Richards’ Home Spun Tours, Ltd., reserves the right to accept or decline anyone as a tour member at any time.



DEPOSITS / FINAL PAYMENTS

  1. TOURS OPERATED ENTIRELY BY MOTOR COACH

A deposit of $100 per-person is due WITHIN 7 DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION. Deposits not received may result in a cancelled reservation, voided senior discount, CA$H BACK, and / or Passport to Savings.


Final payments on all motor coach-only tours are due 45 days prior to the specific tour departure date. Final payments not received as required, may result in cancelled reservation, voided CA$H BACK and / or Passport to Savings.


  1. TOURS THAT INCLUDE AIRLINES, CRUISE SHIPS, AMTRAK OR CONDOS

A deposit of $250 per-person is due WITHIN 7 DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION. Deposits not received may result in higher fares, or may void senior discounts or specific discounts offered for that tour.


Final payments on all tours including airlines, cruise ships, AMTRAK or condos are due 60 days prior to the specific tour departure date. Final payments not received as required, may result in cancelled reservation, voided CA$H BACK, and / or Passport to Savings.

Deposits may be made by cash, check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Final payments may be made by cash, check or credit card.  NOTE: We understand you get “free stuff” from your bank / Credit Card Company. They finance those things with percentage fees they charge us. If you choose to make your final payment by credit card, Home Spun will add 3% of the total tour cost


to your credit card payment.  Your bank may change the percentage fee without notice.  Credit cards cannot be used to make a final payment on any tour including airlines.  


CANCELLATIONS

This is my least favorite subject.  Nobody wants to cancel a tour, however, your plans can change and situations arise when you have no other choice.  In most cases, there is plenty of time and a full refund will be made; sometimes there’s not enough time, and this is the guideline for Home Spun’s extended tours:

BUS ONLY

Prior to departure

45 to 30 days         $25.00 per person

29 to 7 days         $50.00 per person

6 days to 48 hours         $75.00 per person

48 hours to departure $150.00 per person

After tour departs         $250.00 per person

This is Home Spun Tours’ fee to cover our expense.  There may be tour inclusions not refundable to Home Spun Tours at the time of your departure, i.e.: rooms, tickets, meals, attractions etc., that will not be refunded to you.

IN ADDITION, cancellations received from 21 days to time of departure may lose the cost of your seat(s) if we do not resell your seat(s). ALL CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE BY PHONE AND A WRITTEN NOTICE MUST FOLLOW!  PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT OPEN WEEKENDS; THEREFORE, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE 48 HOURS NOTICE.

GOOD NEWS!  If you rebook any Home Spun extended tour within 30 days of your cancellation, we will apply your cancellation penalty to the price of the new booking.  A new booking may be any extended tour departing within the next year. This is the $25-$250 fee and does not include non-refundable inclusions. This offer is only applicable once per initial cancellation.


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