Escorted tours are a popular way to travel because they are hassle-free and you get to see a maximum number of sights during your holiday. Tours are a great way to squeeze the best out of your trip and see the best of what the country has to offer. The tour company does all the planning, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. You are aware of the costs up-front and often save money because of the bulk discounts that tour companies receive. Guided tours can be a great way to meet other people and you have piece of mind knowing you are in the hands of an expert tour guide who will take you to the highlights and hidden delights of the country in which you are travelling.
When booking a tour, there are several things to consider. Think about the pace at which you want to travel and the length of time you want to travel for. Some tours are jam-packed with activities and cover long distances, whilst others focus on a specific region and are more leisurely. There are tours that last as little as half a day; then there are tours that last for several weeks or a couple of months. You might be travelling in a large group, or a smaller, more intimate group. Look at what is included in the price such as flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities. Check the itinerary to see what sights they take you to, how much walking is involved, what pace the tour goes at and what activities you will be doing. Lastly, find out about the standard of transport and accommodation on the tour.
Listed here are some of the many benefits tours have over independent travel.
Seeing Many Places
One of the great benefits of escorted tours is that you are able to see several different highlights of a particular place or country. You can see many sights and attractions in a relatively short space of time and you may be taken to places that you wouldn’t have known about if you hadn’t been on a tour. You’ll be taken to main attractions as well as lesser-known spots.
A tour is a convenient way to get around in a country and you can visit places that would be fairly difficult to access by yourself. In some countries the public transport systems aren’t so efficient and a tour is the most direct way of getting there. With a guided tour, you don’t have to worry about hiring cars, figuring out the train and bus times, reading maps or planning your route. Everything is taken care of, so you can get the maximum enjoyment out of your trip. The coaches are usually very comfortable and air-conditioned, so you will feel at-ease and relaxed.
You may make some incredible friends on your escorted tour that you will keep in touch with for years to come. You might send them Christmas cards every year, or even plan future holidays with them. Whether you’re in a smaller group or a larger tour, you’ll be travelling with like-minded people.
Plenty of Information
Your expert tour guide is on-hand to give you as much information as possible. They’ll be able to tell you where the best restaurants are and give you practical advice. When you go sightseeing with the tour group, your guide will tell you all the history and background information to the landmarks you are looking at.
Everything is included
Usually tours include your accommodation, meals, transport and activities. You should check what is included before you book, because sometimes there are extra supplements for specific activities and certain meals are not included in the price. Generally speaking though, once you have paid the cost for your tour up front, you’ll be able to save the rest of your money for spends. You won’t get too many surprises and you might even save money because tour operators get discounts for buying in bulk. You usually get to avoid the queues for major attractions too.