IELTS® Listening Practice 31

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(Section 1: You will hear a conversation between a tour organizer and a tourist. First, you will have some time to look at questions 1 to 4 [20 seconds]. Now listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 4.)

O = Organiser

T = Tourist

O: Good morning. How can I help you? 

T: I heard that you run tours and trips to UK cities.  

O: We do, yes, we run three per week. One of them is always at the weekend and the other two are on Wednesdays. 

T: Right. And what sort of places do you visit?

O: Well, we run trips to most UK cities, but we specialise in places of historic interest and we also run a lot of gallery tours because visitors to the UK often request those specially. We’ve also started offering city walking tours and they’re very popular during the summer.

T: OK, that sounds interesting. I enjoy that sort of thing. What do the tours cost?

O: Well, it varies depending on the trip – the further away trips and those with expensive entry fees to galleries and sites tend to be more expensive, of course. But generally speaking, they range from £5 - £15 per adult. We do also offer special prices if you want to book for a group of 25 or more. In that case, we can give a discount on the cost of the tour. 

T: Right. That’s good to know. I'll keep that in mind. And what about the times? 

O: We have a fixed pattern of departure and return times. We leave from here at 9 sharp and return again at 6.30. It’s a fairly long day but sometimes we travel for up to 3 hours depending on which city we’re visiting, so we don’t like to cut the tours shorter than that. 

T: OK. And if I want to book a place on a tour, how do I reserve a spot?

O: You have to come into the office and sign the registration sheet a minimum of 3 days before the date of the tour so that we know we have enough people for the visit to go ahead. If there aren’t enough people registered, we offer a full refund, of course.

(Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you will have some time to look at questions 5 to 10 [20 seconds]. Now listen and answer questions 5 to 10.)

T: What trip do you have scheduled for next month?

O: Umm, let me have a look at the schedule. We haven’t had it printed up yet as we’re still waiting to confirm a couple of dates, but I can give you the provisional list.

T: OK, that’s fine. I just want an idea of what’s available so I can start making some plans. 

O: Right, well, let’s see then. The first one we have planned for next month is the Glasgow trip on March 1st. That one’s only got 12 places available because we’re travelling by minibus rather than by coach. It’s a day in the city with drop off at George Square and then an optional extra tour of The Mackintosh House – it’s the former home of a well-known Scottish artist. Well worth a visit. 

T: Hmm, OK, that sounds like a possibility. 

O: There’s a trip to St Andrews on 4th and for that one we’ll be taking a small coach so there are 34 spots available. And, let’s see… the optional extra is the University Tour.

T: OK, I’ve actually already seen that so that one doesn’t interest me.

O: After that on March 12th it’s the Edinburgh Tour with 28 spaces. That one’s always popular because the extra option is the Portrait Gallery. Then, it’s Bristol on March 20th and the optional extra is the Arnolfini Gallery. We're taking the medium-sized coach with 20 seats for that one.

T: Oh good. I’d like to go to Bristol. I’ve never been before. 

O: And then the last one is to London on March 30th.

T: Ah, good. I was hoping for a London trip. Does it include time for shopping?

O: Yes, there’s a free afternoon scheduled so you can use it for shopping or sightseeing - whatever you prefer. The optional visit is The Tower of London. If you’re keen to go, do book as soon as you can because there are only 18 seats available on the minibus. 

T: OK, I think I’ll book that straight away then.

O: Of course. I’ll help you with that now. Oh, by the way, if you want more information about any of the trips have a look in the local newspaper because we advertise there. 

T: OK.

O: Or you can also pop in or phone my secretary, Tom Roper – that’s R-o-p-e-r - and he will give you more details. 

T: Right. Got it. Thank you very much for your help. 

O: You're very welcome I hope you enjoy the trips. 

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