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Maharani Gardens with Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly Maharani Gardens

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Anne Kelly embroidery course – the theme is Maharani Gardens

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19th – 28th March 2019

This Colouricious  embroidery holiday to Jaipur will be hosted

by our artist in residence is Anne Kelly

Join textile artist in residence Anne Kelly on a very special visit to India. We will be visiting the gardens of Jaipur and working from their rich heritage, using a variety of techniques including block printing, collage and appliqué to create a unique and meaningful small wall hanging. The piece will be made all the more special by you using, collecting and making your own fabrics from the exciting surroundings you will be visiting.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 10 hours embroidery workshop with Anne to make a small wall hanging
  • 6 different types of Block printing workshops – Single block/ Dabu/ Indigo/ Metallic/ double block printing
  • 1 Blue pottery workshop
  •  a beautiful day with Elephants 
  • Famous landmarks of Jaipur
  • Cooking demonstration followed by Lunch with local Indian family
  • Explore the colourful/ bright gardens of Jaipur
  • Visit to flower market & textile museum
  • Visit to the tailors where you can have some clothes made 

FLIGHT DETAILS

To be confirmed

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Block Printing Holiday – Jaipur India

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“Thanks so much for such a wonderful trip with a lovely group of people – was fun to share in all the stories everyone had to tell & enjoy doing the workshops together – so much talent there!  Has been hard to come down to earth & put it all aside for the Christmas time but can go back to it all now & enjoy sorting out photos & look at all the pieces I bought – have not got round to unpacking them yet! Everyone that I bought scarves from Jaipur loved them & a few stories – have even been asked to give a talk & slide show about it!!! ” Daphne

Colouricious Block Printing Textile Holiday in Jaipur India

Jamie Malden – you are a STAR!   You will never know just how much it meant to those of us like myself, recently widowed or now finding themselves alone for other reasons, to discover they can enjoy a wonderful holiday again. Your organisation of every detail was exemplary and I would never hesitate to encourage others to join you on a Colouricious holiday.   Being able to participate in block printing workshops with local people was such a privilege, the kindness of everyone we met was outstanding and the fun and happiness felt by everyone made for a really very special holiday.   I am still reliving chaotic but amazing Rajasthan every day and will do for some time to come so thank you SO much! Please also pass on my warmest appreciation to Puneet for all his undivided attention to every detail to ensure our Jaipur experience was the best possible and It was such a pleasure to meet him. Best wishes Sandra
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Indian Block Printing Textile Art Holiday


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Block Printing Holiday Details

Block Printing

It is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks. The surface used for printing is a saree length table (approx 6 meters) that is padded with many layers of cloth. The printer aligns the first block to the bottom left corner of the fabric and with incredibly precise hand eye coordination, that has been developed over years of block printing, gives a sharp tap the release the dabu paste onto the cloth. This same process is repeated along the length and width of the fabric.

The printer commences by drawing a length of cloth, from the roll, over the table, and marks it with a piece of coloured chalk and a ruler to indicate where the first impression of the block is to be applied.

He then applies his block in two different directions to the colour on the sieve and finally presses it firmly and steadily on the cloth, ensuring a good impression by striking it smartly on the back with a wooden mallet. The second impression is made in the same way, the printer taking care to see that it fits exactly to the first, a point which he can make sure of by means of the pins with which the blocks are provided at each corner and which are arranged in such a way that when those at the right side or at the top of the block fall upon those at the left side or the bottom of the previous impression the two printings join up exactly and continue the pattern without a break. Each succeeding impression is made in precisely the same manner until the length of cloth on the table is fully printed. When this is done it is wound over the drying rollers, thus bringing forward a fresh length to be treated similarly.

If the pattern contains several colours the cloth is usually first printed throughout with one, then dried, re-wound and printed with the second, the same operations being repeated until all the colours are printed.

Many modifications of block printing have been tried from time to time, but of these only two tobying and rainbowing are of any practical value. The object of tobey printing is to print the several colours of a multicolour pattern at one operation and for this purpose a block with the whole of the pattern cut upon it, and a specially constructed colour sieve are employed. The sieve consists of a thick block of wood, on one side of which a series of compartments are hollowed out, corresponding roughly in shape, size and position to the various objects cut on the block. The tops of the dividing walls of these compartments are then coated with melted pitch, and a piece of fine woolen cloth is stretched over the whole and pressed well down on the pitch so as to adhere firmly to the top of each wall; finally a piece of string soaked in pitch is cemented over the woolen cloth along the lines of the dividing walls, and after boring a hole through the bottom of each compartment the sieve is ready for use. In operation each compartment is filled with its special colour through a pipe connecting it with a colour box situated at the side of the sieve and a little above it, so as to exert just sufficient pressure on the colour to force it gently through the woolen cloth, but not enough to cause it to overflow its proper limits, formed by the pitch-soaked string boundary lines.

The block is then carefully pressed on the sieve, and, as the different parts of its pattern fall on different parts of the sieve, each takes up a certain colour that it transfers to the cloth in the usual way. By this method of tobying from two to six colours may be printed at one operation, but it is obvious that it is only applicable to patterns where the different coloured objects are placed at some small distance apart, and that, therefore, it is of but limited application.

Amber Fort On reaching the foot of the Fort, you will be transported up by either by elephant or jeep [subject to availability] in order to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. An elephant [subject to availability/alternatively by jeep] will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls; Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Elephant Activity  Day with elephant is a unique and inspiring experience, that we have put together with love. It is a kind of activity with Elephants which is quite special and we are sure you would not have seen anything like this before. It is the experience of owning a beautiful creature like elephant for a day and this is what makes Eleday a must do activity, for anyone visiting India. A day full of adventure with these beautiful & magnificent creatures, it is a special chance for you to Get close and become friends with elephants and interact with it for real. We love our Elephants and do not support any activity which is cruel or harmful for them. For paintings only organic colors are used. All our elephants are female elephants which also makes them loving and gentle and no aggression towards guests who feed them, play with them or bathe them.

Once you reach at our park you will be welcomed in Rajasthani style (Tilak or garland of flowers ) along with soft drinks. After the drinks guests can start the day with elephants. All activities are detailed below.

Introduction

First contact is always important! When meeting an elephant for the first time you have to let them catch your smell. Make them feel comfortable by stroking and talking to them while looking into their eyes. Let the elephant feel your energy and spirit.

Elephant Language

You might be surprised to know that there is a certain language to communicate with the elephants. To be able to understand them you have to learn the basics of this language.

Elephant Feeding

You might have heard of the saying “love goes through the stomach”? Well, elephants are no exception. Feeding is the easiest way to gain their trust. You will get a chance to feed them while learning their feeding habits and what they enjoy most – EATING

“For the Love of an Elephant”

Painting using Organic colors

Learn about the completely natural paint that is used to paint the thick elephant skin. Learn how to create a traditional painting on the elephants face. If you’re not great at drawing don’t worry, we can paint the outlines on their face if you like and then you fill in the gaps with the colors of your choice.

Bare Back Rides  

We’d like to offer our guests a chance to ride our elephants without a saddle. Most elephant rides incorporate a large saddle, which offers some added comfort, which many guests prefer, but for an even closer experience with our elephants we’ll teach you how to ride without the saddle. Learn how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands.

Washing the Elephant  

In the late afternoon it is time to wash and scrub the elephants. You can give Shower to your elephant and Wash & Scrub them at Pool side in the garden.

City Palace The magnificent City Palace is in the centre of the pink city of Jaipur, enclosed by high walls and set amidst fine gardens and courtyards.

Astronomical Observatory Also called Jantar Mantar made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726and is one of the five such astronomical wonders constructed by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.

Cooking Demonstration Learn how to make some Indian dishes and witness a traditional cooking demonstration. Here you understand the techniques and essential ingredients of Rajasthani cuisine. Enjoy a succulent Lunch with the family and learn more about culture/ traditions of India

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Namaste… Thank you so much Jamie. I gained so much from our trip to Jaipur, It was just what I needed, some fabulous creative space, lots of lovely new friends and time to regain myself and make sense of my new role in life. You are an amazing lady, through your chance encounter you have touched so many lives. It was a pleasure to travel with you and I am so glad you are leading us to Gujarat.  I can’t wait to get my Jaipur treasures out and get some block printing and stitching started.
I have truly caught the Colouricious bug! Love and best wishes Caroline

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Have a taste of the real genuine experience – Other block printing workshops during this holiday will include Indigo Dyeing and also block printing in a genuine block printing factory – one in Jaipur and another day in a village outside town. You will quilters-embroiderers-guildspend the day with real artisans, real people who spend their working life block printing.

Online Booking & Payment Terms

Please book your holiday online – the booking form is found at the top of this page, under the tab named “Booking”. Once you have submitted your booking form, you will automatically be sent details of payment. Your holiday is confirmed once the deposit is paid. We prefer cheques or online payment (details of which you will be sent). Alternatively we do accept credit cards

NOT COMING FROM THE UK? Then it makes sense for you make your own way to Jaipur and meet us there. We will meet you in the hotel

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During our stay in Jaipur we will be visiting most of the artists that you see in this movie. There is so much to show you!

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Day 1

  • Depart London

Day 2

  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 3

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to Amber fort with elephant / jeep safari.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant on direct payment basis.
  • After Lunch, introduction about block printing and participate in single block printing workshop [2-3 Hrs]. Later return to hotel
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur 

Day 4

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to the flower market and participate in Indigo block printing workshop [3-4 Hrs]
  • Light snacks will be served during workshop
  • Afternoon visit to tailors for tailor made outfits
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 5

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive to Sanganer [1 Hrs drive one way] and participate in metallic block printing workshop
  • Light snacks will be served during workshop
  • Later participate in blue pottery unit and drive back to Jaipur.
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 6

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to Anokhi museum and participate in block printing on t-shirts.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant on direct payment basis
  • Visit City Palace and Observatory
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 7

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Bagru [1.5 Hrs one way] and participate in Dabu printing [2-3 hours] and witness carpenter making wooden blocks
  • Light snacks will be served during workshop
  • After workshop visit some of the houses busy in tie-dye activity.
  • Later drive back to Jaipur
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 8

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning, participate in elephant activity – painting / bathing/ feeding/ riding an elephant
  • Afternoon is at leisure
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 9 

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning is at leisure.
  • Afternoon participate in cooking demonstration followed by Lunch with local Indian family.
  • Evening visit to Spice shop with tea tasting session
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 10 

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast participate in double block printing workshop [2-3 Hrs]
  • Light Snacks will be arranged at the time of workshop with tea/coffee
  • Farewell Dinner is at some special venue
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 11

  • Breakfast is at hotel.
  • Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to connect with your flight backhome.

COST FOR THIS HOLIDAY

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Single private room:  £2,795

Twin room sharing:  £2,495

Single private room no flight – £2,195

Twin shared room no flight – £1,895

 

 

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Terms

When you book this holiday we will send you an invoice for the deposit amount of £1,000 which will need to be paid immediately. We will send you an invoice for the balance of your holiday payment 4 months prior to the departure date and this will need to be paid 3 months before your holiday starts.

People who have been on 3 or more of our holidays with Colouricious will be entitled to receive a £100 deduction to their deposit payment.

It may be more economical for you to fly yourself to meet up with us. If you decide to book your own flight, we will meet up with you in Delhi at a designated hotel. The booking forms are to be found under the booking tab on the top of this holiday page, and  can be emailed to us. We will then send you our bank details if you prefer to transfer the funds electronically.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

➢ Return flights to and from London Heathrow
➢ Our own private coach all week
➢ Our own private tour guide for the week. It is essential that you travel with your own personal travel insurance.
➢ Stay at bed, breakfast and meal plans as stipulated in the itinerary.
➢ Onward travel by Large Coach.
➢ All monument entrances.
➢ English Speaking traveling guide
➢ Any Train tickets as stipulated in the itinerary
➢ Portage at Railway station.
➢ Assistance at international airport by English Speaking representative.
➢ Bottled water in coach, during travel.
➢ All applicable government taxes.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

➢ Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.
➢ Meals other than those specified in the itinerary.
➢ Any insurance.
➢ Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
➢ Indian Visa for UK residents – please apply for your visa in plenty of time
Other than UK – Please check your own arrangements for your country for visa requirements. It is your responsibility to sort this – usually allow a couple of months, to be on the safe side. However there is an express visa service. Please note that you have to leave two months between visits to India – i.e. if you have been there within two months of our visit, you will not be able to obtain a visa.

Special Notes:

  • UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require
  • All lunches will be on direct payment basis unless specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
  • All the hotels and room categories are yet to be booked. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost
  • Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column
  • Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period
  • Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in the local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
  • For Train bookings, we will require complete names alongwith date of births, 60 days in advance
  • Tourist Helpline in India 1800111363
  • Whilst we have yet to experience this, the Indian government state: Travellers entering India at Delhi with an e-tourist visa will now receive a pre authorised SIM card on arrival pre loaded with 50 minutes of talk time & 50mb of data. This will soon be rolled out to other international airports in India. You may wish to consider taking a spare mobile telephone
  • Some people with a history of asthma or other illness  that affects breathing, may occasionally find the dust and pollution that can sometimes build up in the big cities problematic. They may wish to consider bringing a dust mask.

Spending Money

Many of the places we go only take cash. India is largely a cash society. ATMs are widely available. You can use your regular debit card to take cash out of ATMs but many banks charge a hefty fee for each transaction & their exchange rates may not be so competitive. Or you can carry travellers cheques but these are not so flexible & getting to a bank during opening hours may be a problem in the more remote regions or during one of the many festivals that India seems to enjoy. Ultimately though it is your choice. Further advice may be obtained from the UK Government.

Special Notes:

➢ All the above hotels and room categories are indicative, and are yet to be booked – this will be initiated as soon as we have your acceptance of the itinerary and quote. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
➢ Hotel Check-in & Check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs.
➢ Prices especially train fares are subject to revision;
➢ Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
➢ Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period
➢ In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in the local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;

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“I have recently returned from a visit to India with Jamie M.  It was my second visit of the year, last November I joined the group touring Rajastan and this month Odisha.  Over the last 50 years I have travelled the world both independently and with organised groups  – Borneo, Japan, Kenya, Peru and Malawi being  some of the highlights.  A friend asked me  what makes the Colouricious tours so special, why do they stand out from the rest and why do you go back?  Was it the choice of the Indian location, the textile art /craft theme  or the excellent value for money? Was it  the attention to details such as travel arrangements,  interesting heritage hotels, the food or the individual care you receive.  Most of the top travel  companies usually get these things right particularly if you pay top prices.  So why is Colouriscious different? 

Colouricious holidays are excellent tours in the sense you are taken to some of the most interesting, beautiful places you will ever visit. They are tours in the sense that the local guide will have given you enough information to help you understand the significance of what you are seeing. A quality tour for me is never about seeing the attractions or even  looking at how people live,  it is about the personal, interaction with people in their own environments.   

With Coloricious it is as though you have been given this massive privilege of stepping into another world.b It  is about things that happen to just you and provide  memories that will stay with you forever. You feel so privileged.  Everyday offers  unique experiences that made you  feel as if you have entered a community, not as a tourist  but just as the person you are and you leave having been touched in some way. Over  dinner at the end of a day when you swop stories you realise you  may well have been the only one taken by a young girl to show you her rice wall paintings but someone else was shown a villager’s vegetable plot , or was dressed in a sari, or taken to visit grandma or a new baby. The experiences are endless. Each person feels as though they had their own special moment.  Colouriscious  is the only tour holiday I have been on that offers this level of experience on a daily basis.” Love Denise

“In short, this was an incredible tour!  The organization was spot-on, we felt extremely well taken care of, and unexpected eventualities were handled by Isha with speed, grace, and calm. The structure of the tour (specifically, having two nights in most places) was most welcome and reduced as much as possible the stress of living out of a suitcase.  Having drinking water taken care of for us (rather than having constantly to pay for bottled water and worry about where it might come from) was SO much appreciated (and was a contrast to our last tour).
The textiles-activities were well organized and on the whole were a lot of fun.  There were no shortages of options to buy fabric, which I also appreciated! The hotels we stayed in were lovely!  The food was generally quite good — the two exceptions were at the fort at Pokaner (sp?) (this food was really not very good at all) and during glamping (where the food was actually tasty but consistently cold because the staff couldn’t figure out how to properly work the heating plates).  However, we were camping, so I wasn’t very bothered. 🙂
What made this trip so meaningful and joyful, though, was definitely the staff who came with us throughout the trip.  Specifically:
Gautam was an amazingly knowledgable escort, and he was attentive to everyone on the trip simultaneously in terms of calling attention to things he thought might be interesting (e.g.: I’m an amateur photographer, and he took the time to point out scenes and buildings and angles that might make good photographs).  He was also compassionate and kind, taking good care of some of the more elderly people on the trip who needed it.
Isha is an incredible find.  She managed to keep us all on track with humour and smiles, getting us where we needed to be with a minimum of fuss.  She took in stride unexpected events (such as our lunch restaurant being closed near the embellishment market in Delhi), and she was sensitive to the desires and needs of the people on the tour, going an extra mile or ten to provide people with the individual experience they were looking for.  On a personal front, Isha also looked out for my mum (who was a bit unexpectedly unsteady on her feet throughout), again with no fuss and an abundance of charm.  I can’t say enough positive things about Isha — I would be delighted to see her again on a tour, and I can’t commend highly enough her professional, competent, and delightful performance.  I have the greatest respect for her, compounded by her relative youth!
If this is the quality of staff and tours that Colouricious provides, then it’s no wonder you get repeat travelers. :)Thank you! “Amanda J.

Colouricious Holidays – Terms & Conditions.

The holiday will include accommodation and meals as described on the website at the time of booking.

All flights and transfers as described on the website at the time of booking.

All tours and visits as described on the website at the time of booking.

Travel arrangements are planned many months in advance and it may, very occasionally, be necessary to make changes to or cancel completely parts of the itinerary. Therefore we reserve the right to make changes after we have entered into this contract.

Although your confirmation and subsequent invoices may show the latest flight timings, these are subject to change at the will of the airline. We will inform you of any flight changes at the earliest opportunity. We do not take any responsibility for flight changes outside our control.

Surcharges
We reserve the right to increase our prices at any time, if costs rise due to unforeseen events such as government action, or if fuel costs increase or other unexpected price rises occur of which we were unaware at the time of booking. Any increase in price will be limited to the net cost to Colouricious Ltd.

Cancellation
In the event you wish to cancel your holiday you must inform Colouricious Ltd in writing immediately. Cancellation periods are calculated from the date Colouricious Ltd receive your written notification.

Cancellation Charges
10 weeks or more – 40% of total holiday cost
6 – 10 weeks – 60% of total holiday cost
Less than 6 weeks – 100% of total holiday cost

Insurance
It is a requirement that all clients have suitable travel insurance.

VISA
Colouricious Ltd will not be responsible for any visa or other immigration matter

Your Financial Protection
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.”

“We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”

“If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those
Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.”

Colouricious Ltd
Colouricious will always strive to act in the best interest of the client to ensure the best holiday experience possible. It is essential that any complaints and or problems are notified to us at the time so that the matter may be addressed at the earliest opportunity.