About us Breakaway Tours

Founded in 1993, ABTA bonded and with an Air Travel Organisers Licence from the CAA, Breakaway Tours is an experienced and innovative tour operator.  We have taken sports teams on tours around the globe and have also been involved in major events as an official tour operator to the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and official agent to the Rugby Union World Cup 2007 in France.  We have also been involved in organising Springbok Supporter tours into the UK and France and been involved in organising events such as the Student Rugby League World Cup and Emerging Nations Championships.

There are now two strands to our business –

Sports Tours – where we organise team tours to selected destinations.  We are trying to build a series of destinations both in the UK and overseas where we can provide a first class tour and offer real value for money.  Our first destination is “Destination Manchester” where we offer a 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast plus arrangement of matches against local teams and the option of professional coaching sessions, professional club match tickets, stadium tours and lots of other activities – paintball, high ropes etc – to keep your team busy throughout the weekend, and all at an amazing price.

Sports Festivals – including the Sale Sharks Scarborough Mini Rugby Festival, the Weymouth Mini Rugby Festival, the Sale Sharks Junior Rugby Festival, the Scarborough Veterans Festival and the Weymouth Veterans Festival.

Music Tours – Breakaway Music Tours are aiming to build a series of music festivals.  Our first festival is the The Manchester Messiah, a weekend of choral singing culminating in a performance of Handel’s Messiah at The Monastery.  Join us for a really good weekend.

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Our CommitmentClick Here

1)      Assurance – Our tours are fully inclusive: we take care of accommodation, transport, transfers, sightseeing, activities and performance venues.

2)      Tailor-Made – Our tours are tailored to the unique requirements of your group.

3)      Value for Money – We pride ourselves on providing the best value packages with no hidden costs !

4)      Safety Management System – Look on the Helpful Information page and the procedures included in our Safety Management System.

5)      Professional Service – We have a reputation for service!  Our friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff are here to help, before during and after your tour.  Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will call you on your return from tour to check that all went well and to obtain feedback.

6)      Care – We care about your tour!  Why?  Because we want you to tour with us this year, next year and every year.

7)      Support – Leading a tour can be difficult.  We have a range of tour leader support facilities to make your life easier.  Click on to Helpful Information for further information..

8)      Matches – For sports tours we will arrange matches or entry into tournaments.  The arrangement of matches against local teams is one of the most difficult and time consuming aspects of our service, but our painstaking methods ensure that our teams have always played.

9)      Music – For music groups we will arrange performance venues.  We also provide tours with entry into overseas Festivals organised by local organisations.

10)  Activities – All of our activity providers offer a professional service with fully trained instructors.

Financial ProtectionClick Here

Team Sports International Travel Ltd, trading as Breakaway Tours is bonded with ABTA V6881.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL Scheme.  When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate.  Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.  Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Our ATOL Number is 4033

To obtain an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence from the CAA and to become a member of ABTA, a travel business has to demonstrate not only that it can meet the strict financial criteria required by both of these organisations, but also that it trades according to their strict Code of Conduct.  Team Sports International Travel Ltd has met all of the criteria, both financial and in the way it trades.  Therefore you can rest assured when you book with Team Sports International Travel Ltd that you have complete financial protection.

Breakaway Tours is a trading name of Team Sports International Travel Ltd.

However there are some tour operators arranging tours without their own Financial Protection.  Instead the financial protection is placed with other agents and clients may find themselves making a payment for the flights to a travel agent and the payment for the ground handling – hotels, coaches etc – to the tour operator.  These tour operators work at the very limit of the laws on financial protection and if something goes wrong with the tour, the client has great difficulty in working out who is responsible and obtaining financial redress.  We strongly urge you to check carefully before confirming your tour.

Information from ABTA

Great Service

ABTA Members follow our Code of Conduct, which means that you’ll receive a high standard of service, fair terms of trading and clear and accurate information.

Complaints Resolved

In the unlikely event of things going wrong, our Code of Conduct ensures that ABTA Members respond to any complaint within strict time limits.  If you can’t resolve a dispute, we offer a low-cost independent arbitration service.

Many of the travel arrangements provided by ABTA Members are protected in case of the financial failure of the travel company.  You should, however, always ask the travel company if protection applies to your travel arrangements.

In the case of Team Sports International Travel Ltd, trading as Breakaway Tours, all our packages are financially protected with either ABTA or through our ATOL. 

Information from the CAA

School Tours – Enhancing a child‘s education and development by providing an overseas school trip has undoubted benefits.  But probably the last thing to go through your mind when booking your school‘s next tour is that the tour operator you have made your arrangements with might go out of business and leave your teachers and pupils stranded or without their trip and their money.

Sadly there have been tour operator failures in the past that have affected schools, and, with an array of travel industry logos and badges in brochures and promotional material, it can be difficult to know which one would look after you if your tour operator went out of business.  ATOL has been providing financial protection to air travellers for nearly 30 years and we‘ve put together some advice and a check list to ensure that your next school trip is fully protected.

ATOL stands for Air Travel Organisers‘ Licensing.  Managed by the Civil Aviation Authority and Government backed, ATOL financially protects all flights and air packages sold by UK tour operators, covering 29 million passengers each year.  From the moment you pay, ATOL protects your money against the insolvency of over 1800 of the UK‘s licensed tour operators.  If an ATOL operator stops trading, the CAA will refund your money.  If you‘re already on tour, the CAA will bring you and your group home as planned.  No worry, no expense.

To check you‘re ATOL protected, look for the ATOL Protected logo in brochures and on websites.  If a tour operator offering air packages hasn‘t got one, don‘‘t book.  You may be putting your school and your pupils‘ money at risk.

Does ATOL Protection cover just flight bookings?  If you book and pay a deposit for a flight with a tour operator or travel agent, your invoice is your proof of booking with the ATOL tour operator.  If you get an ATOL invoice or receipt, your money is protected.  if you pay in full and receive your tickets straight away, the airline is responsible for your flights.

What if the airline goes out of business?  If a scheduled airline goes out of business you‘re protected only if the seat is bought from an ATOL holder or as part of an ATOL package.  If you receive tickets straight away, or you book direct with an airline, you may not be protected, unless you take out insurance or you pay by credit card and are covered by the Consumer Credit Act.  When booking direct with an airline, including the so-called “no-frills” carriers, you are not ATOL protected.

What if I want to buy our travel arrangements independently with different suppliers?  If you book each element of your tour arrangements direct with airlines, accommodation suppliers and coach transfer operators, these won‘t be ATOL Protected.  If one of the suppliers fails, you could find yourself having to make other arrangements at extra cost.  ATOL tour operators can put together packages to suit all needs, and all elements of an ATOL Protected package are covered – even when suppliers fail.

The European Union has established a Community List of carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community.

Data ProtectionClick Here

In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements we need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any special needs/dietary requirements.

We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information.  We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies etc.   The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs / immigration if required by them or as required by law.

Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country.  We will not however, pass any information onto any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements.  This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary / religious requirements.  If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide your booking.  In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.

Should you contact us via the Enquiry Form on our website, we will hold your information and may use it to inform you information specific to your interest, or to send you brochures.  If you do not wish to receive such approaches in the future there is a box to tick.