As tempting as setting out on your own adventure may be, we’re big fans of going with a tour group. Even for seasoned travelers, taking a tour relieves the stress of going-it-alone planning and provides peace of mind knowing all the details are being taken care of. When done right, tours get you access to attractions you otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience with expert guides and authentic excursions. Here are our top reasons why we prefer taking a tour when going on vacation.
Freedom. Just think about how much time it takes to plan a vacation from the flights, hotels, show tickets, daily itineraries, and the list goes on. Instead, relinquish all that! Guided tours are meticulously planned and oftentimes come with the perks of avoiding long lines and after hours entrance plus they provide guidance on documents, schedules, and protocols for your destination. Tours also leave room for exploring on your own, including the chance to enjoy a hike, visit an extra museum or restaurant, or shopping but without the stress and unknowns. It’s a chance to pursue what interests you most.
Experiences. If you think tour groups are always large groups of travelers only visiting the most touristy sites, think again. Tours vary widely and since the pandemic, many are small groups, 15 to 25 max participants, and fill quickly. Have your own friends or family group? We can take a public tour and make it private just for you! Or your tour can cater to any interest or location designed for you. They will make sure you get up-close in both the discovered and oftentimes less-discovered locations, cultural sites, and landscapes.
Make friends. Along with catering to your specific needs, just think – others on your tour have similar mindsets on what it means to travel. Tour groups provide the opportunity to meet new people and create lasting friendships with shared interests in travel that can last a lifetime. You’ll also get to interact with local guides and experts who will be able to give you a true sense of your location, rather than having to rely on internet or book reviews on your own.
The VIP treatment. Tours bring immersion to a whole new level. Whether it’s getting special access to a Michelin-star restaurant, having the chance to experience an in-home visit for a shared family meal, or perhaps getting a special viewing of a museum exhibit – you’ll truly feel the VIP treatment throughout your tour. Plus, you won’t need to worry about nickel-and-diming, with costs usually already included.
Peace of mind. Your tour director is there as a point of contact throughout your trip to make sure everything runs smoothly from your transportation, hotels, and sightseeing. If any issues arise, they are there to assist in any way they can.
Even for the most experienced travelers, we believe utilizing the services of a tour guide is the best way to see a destination with the most value. On your next getaway, give us a call and we’ll help craft the perfect vacation catered to your travel style and interests.