Most tour operators book a group's hotels in the last two weeks prior to departure. As with flights, hotel owners will sell cheaply at the last minute rather than risk being left with empty rooms. However, the first choice hotels do not need to do this and, by adopting this policy, operators risk accommodating you in hotels of inferior quality or in poor positions. Many operators also book their hotels through agents, thus losing any personal control of the standard of hotels. Richardson and Gray guarantee, unless there are exceptional circumstances, to advise you of your hotels at least eight weeks prior to your departure date, and in most cases, considerably earlier than that. Our quotes normally include accommodation based on two to a room with private bathroom facilities. We will base our quotes on three star hotels unless you instruct us otherwise.