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Affordable Tours : Products & Services

Affordable Tours or Castles of the World, Inc., which started as a hobby but has turned into serious business since 1999, is a premier world travel agency that has a long list of honors and awards to its name, not only from associates and other companies but also from the Better Business Bureau.    http://knoji.com/details/affordabletours/

Based in Stafford, Texas 77477, this accredited and top-rated BBB member offers tours, cruises, cruisetour vacations, river cruises, independent travel, resort vacations and discounted special tours across the globe—Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Central America, South America, Middle East, Africa, Asia, South Pacific and Antarctica.   Tours range in four qualities—budget tours, first-class tours, deluxe tours and luxury tours.   Affordable Tours is a member in good standing with many of the most respected professional travel associations, so customers can rest assured that they will only experience excellence when they book their next vacation with this distinguished world travel agency.
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Affordable Tours : Company Background

The mission of Castles of the World, Inc. DBA AffordableTours.com remains the same as it was when this now leading and award-winning travel agency was started in 1999: to provide high-quality trips at the lowest price possible, while giving each and every guest personalized attention.                

Founded by Jaime Fernandez Jr. and Rod Fernandez in Stafford, Texas 77477, Affordable Tours has grown into a fully licensed world travel agency, offering vacation-planning assistance from start to finish--one-stop shopping for all of vacation needs.

Affordable Tours : Customer Feedback & Reviews

Comments about Affordable Tours across the Internet are mixed, but mostly are positive.   Below are reviews, both customer and editorial, quoted from around the Web.   

Posted on ResellerRatings.com:
I just got back from my first European tour a couple weeks ago booked through AffordableTours.com. I want to unequivocally say that I cannot be any more satisfied with the booking process from start to finish with this company. I travel often but this was my first tour abroad. I initially browsed online and was surprised at their incredibly low prices so I reluctantly called to get a quote for a specific trip that I liked. Everything from that point on was a completely painless process. The agent I spoke with was communicative, helpful, knowledgeable and pretty much everything you hope a travel agent to be. She understood that being my first tour, this trip was important to me. They've made a life long customer out of me. I whole heartedly recommend them to anyone.
- georgek305, Nov. 10, 2011

Posted on Citysearch.com:
Best Service and Agent! We just recently came back from a very complicated trip with Affordable Tours, Not only did we get the discount from the tour company we also got the extra 10% which is their everyday discount. We also did a river cruise with Viking and it was awesome. My agent Trena was extremely helpful and gave us tips we would have never even know about, she has years of experience. We will use Affordabletours in the future and will refer our friends and family to Trena
- Donna A., Dec. 16, 2011

Published on USA Today:
Affordable Tours of Morocco (Abridged)
By Andrea Julian, Demand Media

Morocco's location on the west African coast has made it an important port-of-call for thousands of years. Naturally, this has also made it a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world. It is an enchanting land full of medieval cities, dramatic desert landscapes and boasts a colorful local culture. There are several tour agencies that offer affordable tours to Morocco, with varying itineraries based on your interests.

Affordable Tours
Affordable Tours offers an eight-day tour of Morocco, including visits to Fes, Ifrane, Erfoud, Rissani, Ouarzazate, and Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Rates include accommodations, breakfasts, six dinners, transportation and guides. You are responsible for your arrival in Casablanca since the tour does not include air fare. Affordable Tours 11150 Cash Road Stafford, TX 77477 800-935-2620 affordabletours.com

Affordable Tours : Business Credibility & Trustworthiness

Affordable Tours is an accredited and top-rated member of BBB, with A+ rating on a scale of A+ to F.   Along with numerous certifications and awards received from other companies/organizations, this leading travel agency has also won various honors and awards from BBB -- BBB Gold Star Award 2004, Houston BBB Gold Star Award 2005, BBB Pinnacle Award 2006, BBB Pinnacle Award 2007, BBB Winner of Distinction 2008, BBB Winner of Distinction 2010, BBB Pinnacle Award 2011 and BBB Pinnacle Award 2012.

Certifications and awards received by Affordable Tours from companies/organizations other than BBB also make a long list:
2002:
Trafalgar Century Club Award
2003:
Globus & Cosmos Outstanding Achievement
Royal Caribbean Cruises Certificate Achievement
2004:
Princess Cruises Sapphire Award
General Tours #1 Internet Agency Award
Contiki A Top Producer Award
Celebrity Cruises Certificate of Achievement
Globus & Cosmos Presidents Circle Award
Trafalgar Vacations Top Achievement Award
2005:
Princess Cruises Princess Achievement Award
Celebrity Cruises Achievement Award
Royal Caribbean Cruises Royal Achievement Award  
Celebrity Cruises Certificate of Achievement
NCL Pride of America Inaugural Flag
Carnival Cruises Pinnacle Club Award
Windstar Cruises Classifications of Blueness Award
Collette Vacations Presidents Club Award
Trafalgar Vacations Top Achievement Award
Globus & Cosmos Presidents Circle Award
Insight Vacations Outstanding Top Producer Award
Celebrity Cruises Travel Partner of the Year
2006:
Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Achievement Award
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 Finalist Houston and GC
Princess Cruises Princess Achievement Award
Collette Vacations President's Club
City of Stafford Beautification Award  
NCL Captain's Club
Contiki Vacations Top Producer Award
Insight Vacations Outstanding Top Producer Award
Princess Cruise Line Outstanding Achievement
Viking River Cruises Travel Partner of the Year
2007:
Royal Caribbean Cruises Achievement Award
Norwegian Cruise Line NCL President's Club
Princess Cruises Achievement Award
Globus Tours 80 Years of Travel
Globus Tours Globus and Cosmos Presidents Award
Uniworld River Cruises Top Producer
Globus & Cosmos Presidents Circle Award
Norwegian Cruise Line First to Sail, NCL Gem
Carnival Cruise Line Pinnacle Club Award
Insight Tours Outstanding Top Producer Award
2008:
Trafalgar Tours Top Producer
Holland America Cruises Centurion Award
Carnival Cruises Carnival Pinnacle
Princess Cruises Princess Achievement Award
Norwegian Cruise Line NCL President's Award
Uniworld River Cruises Top Producer
Insight Tours Top Producer
Viking River Cruises Viking Spirit on the Danube
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Certificate of Achievement
Globus & Cosmos Presidents Circle Award
US Local Business Association 2008 Business Award
Celebrity Cruise Line Elite Partner Ship
Celebrity Cruise Line Elite Partner Award
Princess & Cunard Cruise Lines Presidential Summit
2009:
Trafalgar Tours Excellence Award
Uniworld River Cruises Tosca First Sail
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line RCCL Oasis
Seabourn Cruise Line Seabourn Pinnacle Award
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Agency of the Year
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Super Citizen
Insight Tours Top Producer
Costa Cruise Line Costa Pacifica
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Midwest Region Partner of the Year
2010:
Holland America Line Centurion Award
Insight Vacations Outstanding Top Producer
Norwegian Cruise Line President's Club
Globus Tours Presidents Award
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Midwest Agency of the Year
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Partner of the Year 2009-2010
Oceania Cruises Cruise Connoisseur Club
Princess Cruises Pete: $250,000 Producer
Viking River Cruises Award
2011:
City of Stafford Beautification Award
Oceania Cruise Line Marina
Tauck Award
Cunard Cruise Line Royal Rendezvous
Uniworld Top Producer
Tauck Treasures Inaugural Voyage
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic
Viking River Cruises Platinum Circle
Tauck A Banner Year Appreciation
Princess Cruise Line Achievement Award
2012:
Oceania Cruise Line Recognition Award

With so many honors received, Affordable Tours has appeared in uncountable major media outlets and this world premier tour operator has earned top-notch business credibility.

Affordable Tours : Website Popularity & Google Ranking

On Alexa, AffordableTours.com has a three-month traffic rank of 95,579 globally and 20,046 in the United States.   Sites linking in total 506.   Sites linking in are a measure of a site’s reputation.   According to StatShow.com, AffordableTours.com reaches roughly 185,490 users and delivers about 408,090 pageviews each month.   On Google, AffordableTours.com has a pagerank of 4/10 (the page rank value is 4 from 10 possible points).   To have an idea of this pagerank, let us compare it with that of Google itself, which is 9/10, Alexa, which is 8/10, and that of one of AffordableTours.com’s competitors, LibertyTravel.com, which is 5/10.

Affordable Tours : Social Media Presence

As indicated in the Business Credibility section above, Affordable Tours has made a significant social media presence owing to this travel agency having won numerous honors and awards not only from associates and other companies but also from BBB.   Affordable Tours operates a blog, with current postings.   Its pages on Facebook contain current postings, but have a relatively modest number of likes, presently 5,534.   Its Twitter account shows 954 followers and 718 tweets and the latest posting is dated Dec. 13 last month.   Being a leading and award-winning tour provider, Affordable Tours apparently lags behind in managing its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Affordable Tours : Website Security & Safety

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, Affordable Tours has put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information collected online.

A customer’s credit card is protected whenever he or she makes a purchase or reservation on AffordableTours.com.   If any unauthorized charges appear on his/her credit card statement within 12 months of his/her last AffordableTours.com transaction, the customer should report this fraud to his/her credit card provider and contact Affordable Tours immediately.   Most credit card companies cover all charges resulting from credit card fraud or may limit the customer’s responsibility to $50, the maximum allowed under the Fair Credit Billing Act.

Besides, a customer does not have to submit his/her credit card over the Internet.   He/she can call 1-800-935-2620 and Affordable Tours can take payment over the phone.   Future payments for the booking can be made by only giving Affordable Tours the last four digits of that credit card number.

http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.affordabletours.com
A diagnostic test made on Google today Jan. 11, 2013 confirms that www.affordabletours.com is not currently listed as suspicious.   Of the 8 pages Google tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.   The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-01-09, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.   Over the past 90 days, www.affordabletours.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites and has not hosted any malicious software.

Affordable Tours : Pricing & Packages

It is apparent from the comparison below that Affordable Tours is generally competitive in pricing.

Affordable Tours:
1) Jewels Of France 2013 Escorted Tour………………………$969   (Starts Nov. 15, 2013)
(Tour Operator Cosmos Tours; Tour length 8 days; Cities visited Blois, Loire Valley, Mont Saint Michel, Paris, Rouen, St Malo; Itinerary Paris–Giverny–Rouen–Honfleur–Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery–Bayeux and its tapestry–Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Loire Valley–Blois–Chartres–back to Paris; Accommodations in Paris, Deauville, Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley and Paris; Prices based on double room occupancy; Meals buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners).                     Note: The prices provided are in U.S. dollars per person unless specifically indicated and may not include taxes, fees or airport charges, while all cruises, hotels, tours and every other accommodation except airline fares are based on double occupancy.   Thus, prospects should inquire in order to clarify obligations applicable and/or to benefit from discounts/promotions available, especially if traveling alone.

2) River Cruise Budapest (Hungary) to Passau (Germany) …$2756   (Departs March 31, 2013)
(Operator Viking.   This 8-day itinerary takes you through four of Europe’s most enchanting countries—Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia—along the storied Danube River. Explore Budapest’s imperial and Art Nouveau delights, and take a comprehensive tour of beautiful Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings and fountains. In Austria, discover why Vienna is “the waltz capital,” sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and explore the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Dürnstein. And in Germany, admire Passau’s ancient fortress and Italianate architecture. Includes a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk and a full-day excursion to the scenic city of Salzburg).

LibertyTravel.com:
1) Jewels Of France 2013 Escorted Tour……………………...…$1139    (Departs March 22, 2013)
(Tour Operator Cosmos Tours; Tour length 8 days; Cities visited Blois, Loire Valley, Mont Saint Michel, Paris, Rouen, St Malo; Itinerary Paris–Giverny–Rouen–Honfleur–Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery–Bayeux and its tapestry–Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Loire Valley–Blois–Chartres–back to Paris; Accommodations in Paris, Deauville, Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley and Paris; Prices based on double room occupancy; Meals buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners).
Note: The prices provided are in U.S. dollars per person unless specifically indicated and may not include taxes, fees or airport charges, while all cruises, hotels, tours and every other accommodation except airline fares are based on double occupancy.   Thus, prospects should inquire in order to clarify obligations applicable and/or to benefit from discounts/promotions available, especially if traveling alone.

2) River Cruise Budapest (Hungary) to Passau (Germany) …… Departs March 31, 2013 – not available

TourVacationsToGo.com:
1) Jewels Of France 2013 Escorted Tour………………….…....…$969   (Starts Nov. 15, 2013)
(Tour Operator Cosmos Tours; Tour length 8 days; Cities visited Blois, Loire Valley, Mont Saint Michel, Paris, Rouen, St Malo; Itinerary Paris–Giverny–Rouen–Honfleur–Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches and American Cemetery–Bayeux and its tapestry–Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Loire Valley–Blois–Chartres–back to Paris; Accommodations in Paris, Deauville, Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley and Paris; Prices based on double room occupancy; Meals buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners).
Note: The prices provided are in U.S. dollars per person unless specifically indicated and may not include taxes, fees or airport charges, while all cruises, hotels, tours and every other accommodation except airline fares are based on double occupancy.   Thus, prospects should inquire in order to clarify obligations applicable and/or to benefit from discounts/promotions available, especially if traveling alone.

2) River Cruise Budapest (Hungary) to Passau (Germany) …..…$3,949   (Departs March 31, 2013)
(Operator Viking.   This 8-day itinerary takes you through four of Europe’s most enchanting countries—Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia—along the storied Danube River. Explore Budapest’s imperial and Art Nouveau delights, and take a comprehensive tour of beautiful Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings and fountains. In Austria, discover why Vienna is “the waltz capital,” sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and explore the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Dürnstein. And in Germany, admire Passau’s ancient fortress and Italianate architecture. Includes a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk and a full-day excursion to the scenic city of Salzburg).

Affordable Tours : Shipping Rates & Policies

Affordable Tours acts solely as an independent sales agent for travel suppliers or providers of travel and related services, such as tour operators, cruise lines, hotels, airlines, transportation & conveyance operators, insurance companies and other such suppliers.   The company’s products are services and thus no shipping is involved.

Affordable Tours : Payment Methods Accepted

There is no page anywhere on Affordable Tours’ website that deals specially on payment policy or method.   However, it can be inferred from the Terms/Credit Card Guarantee page that Affordable Tours accepts credit cards as payment and that payment can be made by giving the customer’s credit card number over the phone.                                                                                            http://www.affordabletours.com/Terms/

Affordable Tours : Returns, Refunds & Exchange Policy

Affordable Tours reserves the right to cancel any paid booking or services for any reason it deems necessary including errors and omissions of any party.   It is understood and agreed that the company's sole responsibility and liability in such an event will be a full refund of all of the monies paid in the purchase of the services through the company.   In such a case, the customer must submit any and all claims in writing to Affordable Tours within 30 days after the completion of the trip, and to file any suit against the company no later than one year after completion of the trip, and that the failure to timely do so will result in the forfeiture of the right to such claim.   Further details are published on the Terms/Booking Agreement and Website Terms and Conditions pages.                                                                                                              http://www.affordabletours.com/Terms/

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Is it possible for you to actually use AffordableTours.com logo instead of Cruise.com? That\'s not the same company.

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