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  • Taking a Safari in Tanzania and witnessing the incredibly diverse African wildlife
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  • Local guides relaying their personal stories and experiences adds a layer of authenticity and immersion.
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  • Decide how much flexibility you ideally want in a tour. For no-hassle planning, do you want every fine detail to be taken care of? Or would you rather pick and choose among optional activities as well as decide what restaurants to eat dinner at each night?
  • Make sure the pace of the tour is a good fit for your travel style. The best experiences happen when you don’t feel like you are being slowed down or slowing down others.
  • Ensure the hotel quality meets your expectations. Many times, a 3-star property in China is very different than most Western standards. If in doubt, ask the tour operator to see photos or find out the hotel names and search for them yourself.
  • Where are you going and who are you going with? For example, if you are visiting Southeast Asia, you might consider a specialist such as Insider Journeys. Ditto if you’re visiting Africa, you might want to check out a safari specialist.
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Incredible experience with wonderful guides and breath-taking scenery.

Highlights of the Andes | Otavalo Market & Surroundings

5.0 August 2017 Latin Adventures Recommend: Yes At first I was unsure about doing a tour here in Ecuador, but after my experience with Latin Adventures I can´t believe I hesitated! This is easily one of the best tours I´ve had the pleasure of doing. The town of Otavalo is lively and very pretty. There are indigenous handicrafts in every corner, all beautifully made. The highlight of this tour was La Laguna Cuicocha. One of the most beautiful landscapes I´ve experienced without a doubt. The hike around the lagoon is not difficult, just a little long. Absolutely worth it though for the views and the wildlife.

I highly recommended anyone considering doing a tour to go through Latin Adventures. They were kind, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile.
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We really loved the tour

6 days Rwanda Primates Safari

5.0 August 2017 Kawira Safaris Recommend: Yes The sightseeing and activities were better than we even thought! I still can’t believe we did so much in such a short time, but we did not feel stressed. We really loved the tour and would do it all over again in a minute! Thanks. Read more

I had a wonderful time

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari

5.0 August 2017 Kawira Safaris Recommend: Yes I had a wonderful time during the trip. The guide was informative, friendly and attentive to our entire group! I definitely plan to be a returning customer and recommend this to my friends and family!

Everest Base Camp Trekking

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5.0 August 2017 Trek Travel Recommend: Yes Mission Eco Trek's trekking trip to Sagarmatha National Park was extremely pleasant and unforgettable adventure for me. I would give grade 10.5 out of 10 to Mission Eco Trek staff for making my time excellent at Everest.

Mission Eco Trek was exceptional since the beginning. I was searching for cheap and short option for Base Camp Trek. Eco Trek was cheapest option, but in addition, also food and flights to Lukla were included. I was always receiving polite and very informative replies from Jitendra and never had to ask anything twice.

Before departing to Lukla I was invited to the office to talk about practicalities and meet my guide Dhamsingh and from the first moments, I was feeling comfortable with my guide. He was not only kind, flexible and well-aware of all the routes and practicalities in National Park, but he was doing extra and tried to make my experience special all the time. When Dhamsingh realized that I had good stamina, he adjusted the route so that we were able to see more things than it was planned originally. For instance, we visited monastery villages of Thamo and Thame and during our stay in villages on the way to EBC he showed me special places in each village during evenings. He always was keen on explaining and discussing with me specialties of Nepal.

I had feeling that I was trekking with a friend that was having fun with me. I would without doubts recommend these people as your travel guides for your trek, if you are thinking of it.

I hope to be back in Nepal in few years time and do something special again with Mission Eco Trek.
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7-Day luxury 4 park safari

7-Day Romantic & Stylish Germ of Serengeti

5.0 August 2017 Galloping Safaris Recommend: Yes We had a wonderful 7-day, custom tailored safari through 4 parks (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater) in northern Tanzania. We saw an incredible number of animals and birds, including the big 5. Our guide, Anderson, was so knowledgeable about the wildlife and the environment, and was great at pointing out animals that we would've missed. Anderson really listened to what we wanted to see and was attentive to our needs.

Our accommodations were top notch and the food at each lodge or tent camp was very good. We were pleasantly surprised by the individual attention we were given by the staff at each place we stayed. During the day we traveled in our safari vehicle, just the two of us with our guide, and still the cost was very reasonable. We can't say enough great things about Walter, the owner, Galloping Safaris, and our guide. We have recommended this company to many of our friends in hopes that they will have the special experience we enjoyed. It was the trip of a lifetime for us!
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The old image of guided group tours as endless on-again, off-again bus stops is mostly long past. Today's guided group tours may spend days biking the Greek Islands, boarding a Zodiac in Antarctica, hiking the Canadian Rockies on an epic Canada vacation, or delving deeply into the cultures of distant lands. Group sizes are often smaller -- as few as 10 to 16 per trip -- guides are better trained, and potential destinations are increasingly far-flung. Guided group tours also allow you to focus on the sights rather than the logistics of travel, help provide companionship on the road, and can save you money as well by securing group rates. They remain the most common type of tour, but they now offer uncommon benefits.

Flexible Itineraries

Gone are the days when group travel only meant following your flag-waving guide aimlessly from museum to museum. Sure, guided travel means traveling on a pre-set, multi-day itinerary. If you miss the plane, bus, or train, you’re in trouble! However, these days, guided tour companies like Explore! actually schedule free time into the itinerary, which encourages travelers to explore on their own. For example, you might join your group on an orientation walk around Marrakech in the morning, but then have the afternoon free to explore Djemaa el-Fnaa square. On longer excursions, you might even get an entire ‘free’ day to lounge on the beach or go for a day hike.

Comfortable & Local Transportation Options

While coach tours do exist and are great for some people, they are hardly the only option in the guided travel category. Many travel operators such as Abercrombie & Kent, offer transportation options like private luxury vans that hold only 16 people. Other companies, such as G Adventures and Intrepid Travel, use local transportation, such as tuk-tuk, felucca, and even camels to get you from point A to point B. Not only does this usually result in lower costs for you, but it provides an opportunity to mingle with locals vs. being stuck in a stuffy coach with your fellow travelers.

An Opportunity to Socialize & Make Friends

You’ll find that you actually have a lot in common with your travel companions. Most group travelers are like-minded and choose group tours for the same reasons: to get an authentic taste of a destination without having to worry about planning the logistics of an international vacation. Whether you’re in a group of 10 or 20, chances are you will connect with someone who you share something in common with. And you never know, maybe you will make a few life-long friends along the way!

Smaller Groups

These days, many guided tour operators are offering ‘small group’ tours. This means traveling under the radar with groups as small as 10 travelers. And, if you choose the right tour operator, traveling in this intimate style doesn’t need to equate to high prices. Small groups mean you can be more nimble and flexible, and they make the group feel more accessible to the local people. It’s also much easier to make true connections with your fellow travelers.

Authenticity and Local Flavor

A group tour can be just as authentic and eye-opening as independent travel; perhaps even more so if you’re lucky enough to have a local tour guide. Think of your guide as a friendly local who can ‘unlock’ the destination for you - showing off favorite restaurants, markets, photo spots, boutiques, etc. Some tour operators like Exodus include homestays in their itineraries. What better way to experience France than by staying in the home of a local winemaker? You'll have the chance to chat with locals on public trains, play in a random soccer game with a bunch of children, and learn about local spices from a market vendor. What’s more authentic than that?

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