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Cookie Policy

This website uses cookies. By continuing to browse this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user's experience more efficient. We do not use cookies to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how this website is used so that we can keep improving it for our users. Without the knowledge we gain from the systems that use these cookies we would not be able to provide the service we do.

Cookies used on this website

The list below gives details of the cookies used on our website. It includes “first party cookies”, which are cookies set by this website and also “third party cookies” which are set by websites outside of our website; for example “Facebook” setting cookies on a ‘like’ button.

First Party Cookies

There are two types of cookies; session cookies and persistent cookies. The key difference between the two is the time of expiration. Session cookies expire at the end of the session while Persistent cookies do not expire at the end of the session. They expire after a fixed period assigned to them. THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT USE PERSISTANT COOKIES.

Following cookies are set by this website:

Name Typical Content Description Expires
PHPSESSID Randomly generated number Without this the website would not function At end of session
ipaddress_Cookie Any type of connection User visit the website At end of session
first_name Name of the User Account holder first name At end of session
login_name Login name Account holder login name At end of session
email_address User email address Account holder email address At end of session
customer_id Numeric, Randomly generated Customer account ID At end of session
school_id Numeric, Randomly generated School ID At end of session
log_id Numeric ID, Any connection established by user account holder. User account log ID At end of session

Third Party Cookies

Google Analytics - We use Google Analytics to monitor visitor traffic and behaviour on this website. This enables us to estimate more accurately the numbers of visitors to particular pages and plan for volumes of usage. See for more information.

Google provides a browser plugin for all major browsers which enables opting out of the Google Analytics service - download the plugin.

Following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Description Expires
__utma This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to this website from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits this website, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to this website and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. 2 years from set/update.
__utmb This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with this website. When a user views a page on this website, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on this website; this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on this website for longer than 30 minutes. 30 minutes from set/update.
__utmc This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.
Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser.
Not set.
__utmz This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach this website, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within this website. The cookie is updated with each page view to this website. 6 months from set/update.

Google (Plus) - These cookies are set by Google where the website utilises services such as the ‘Google +’ and Google Calendar. We do not have access to, or use the data collected by these cookies.

Visit the following link to see the Google Privacy Policy and learn how to set your Google Ad Preferences:

Google Translate - Google sets these cookies when the translate tool is used, in addition to remembering your choice of language translation this data is reflected in the analytics provided by the Google Analytics service.

Facebook - set by Facebook via ‘like’ buttons. We do not have access to, or use the data collected by these cookies.

The following cookies are set:

Name Expires
locale 3 days after set/update
datr 729 days after set/update
lu 729 days after set/update
lsd Persistent
reg_ext_ref Persistent
reg_fb_ref Persistent
ref_fb_gate Persistent

For more information on how Facebook uses cookies please see

Youtube - set by YouTube (owned by Google) on video embeds. We do not have access to, or use the data collected by these cookies.

The following cookies are set:

Name Expires
Demograhics 471 days
__ar_v4 2016 days
use_hitbox Persistent
recently_watched_video_id_list Persistent
PREF 3650 days
ACTIVITY Persistent
HSID Persistent
SID Persistent

Visit the following link to see the Google Privacy Policy and learn how to set your Google Ad Preferences:

AddThis - set by AddThis social bookmarking addon. We do not have access to, or use the data collected by these cookies.

The following cookies are set:

Name Expires
ssh 470 days
sshs 470 days
loc 49 days
ssc 702 days
uvc 716 days
bt 729 days
uit 1 day
uid 730 days
uvc 730 days
psc 730 days
di 730 days
dt 30 days

Twitter - Twitter sets cookies where we have Twitter feeds pulled into our web pages. We do not have access to, or use the data collected by these cookies.

The following cookies are set:

Name Expires
pid Persistent
guest_id Persistent
k Persistent
js Persistent

For further information please see Twitter’s privacy policy at

Note - Regarding 3rd party cookies, we have listed all of the cookies that we are aware of, however auditing tools have a degree of fallibility and 3rd parties may choose to change which cookies they set from time to time. As such this should not be viewed as a definitive list.

What happens if I delete or disallow cookies in my browser?

Will the website still work?

The website will work as long you do not disallow or delete the essential cookies, which are meant to store your login details so that the website can keep you logged in or cookies that store the tours that you have added to the basket/cart, passenger details you have entered, discount codes you have used, etc.

If you delete or disallow the non-essential cookies then you will be able to get the information you need from this website. But as we develop how this website works and offer more sophisticated services through it this will most likely rely on cookies.

For example if we begin to tailor the content to your interests as expressed by your browsing behaviour this depend on cookies. If you have declined cookies then this kind of service will not be available to you.

How will this impact us?

If you decline cookies then we will not be able to count your website usage in the statistics that we gather about use of this website.

We use Google Analytics to count the number of people who use this website and to analyse how they use it. We do this to make sure that this website is as good as it can be and this is the primary evidence we use when trying to improve what we offer to users.

If you decline cookies then your website usage won't be counted and measured in this way so we won't be able to take your actions into account when analysing data and seeking to improve our service based on that analysis.

How to control and delete cookies?

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to delete or block any cookies that are already on your machine (including Google Analytics cookie) please visit Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of this website.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data about your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policy you may contact us using the information below. 

UK Study Tours Ltd

We reserve the right to make changes to this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted.