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Top Trip Memories

  • Taking a Safari in Tanzania and witnessing the incredibly diverse African wildlife
  • Following in the footsteps of Darwin on a tour of the Galapagos
  • Local guides relaying their personal stories and experiences adds a layer of authenticity and immersion.
  • Taking a food tour from Barcelona to Berlin
  • Visiting a Maori village in New Zealand, learning about their culture and seeing a traditional Haka performed
  • Getting up before dawn in Alice Springs, Australia and taking a drive out to watch the sunrise over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Satisfying your inner Indiana Jones on a guided tour of the Pyramids in Egypt, led by professional Egyptologists
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Tour Tips

  • 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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Guided Group Tour Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

29,598 Reviews

  • Excellent 23,062
  • Great 7,263
  • Average 511
  • Disappointing 123
  • Terrible 77

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

An incredible experience travelling from Beijing to St Petersburg by train, unforgettable and fascinating to travel with a likeminded group of people, all aware of a standard level of comfort, all curious to learn with an open mind, either by engaging in interesting conversations on the train or just by quietly observing the varying and stunning landscapes along the way

Trans-Mongolian Express

5.0
April 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
An incredible experience travelling from Beijing to St Petersburg by train, unforgettable and fascinating to travel with a like-minded group of people, all aware of a standard level of comfort, all curious to learn with an open mind, either by engaging in interesting conversations on the train or just by quietly observing the varying and stunning landscapes along the way. Ways of life, culture and nature, steppe and forest, people and humanity, small villages and impressive cities, this trip is nothing short of an epic experience of a life time.
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G Adventures allows me to travel like a local and experience things I would never get on a big coach tour

Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua

5.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures allows me to travel like a local and experience things I would never get on a big coach tour. It gives me the chance to have a little adventure with the security of knowing I have an on hand expert to help if anything were to go wrong or just to assist with anything I might want to see or do. It is a perfect mix of "group touring" and the flexibility that you usually only get with independent travel. Being only my second trip with G, I don't have a lot to compare it to but loved it just as much as my first experience with the company last year. As a travel agent, it's really important to me to have found a company that really believes in what they do especially when it comes to sustainable travel. But also one that really believes in their people. I can see this all through your marketing but I feel it out on the road as well.
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G Adventures staff understood the cultural, social, and physical needs of our group, and were well equipped to help our group leap across those barriers in a short time and have an incredible experience engaging a world totally unlike our own

Inca Discovery Plus

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures staff understood the cultural, social, and physical needs of our group, and were well equipped to help our group leap across those barriers in a short time and have an incredible experience engaging a world totally unlike our own. What a great time! Huge props to Elard, Marcellino and second guide Rumi. I simply can't imagine wanting to do Cusco and the Inca Trail with anyone else. Where do you find these people- For what it's worth, I did observe a few other G Adventures staff, and am thereby convinced we got the best. We weren't looking for the "Party on, Wayne" experience which a couple seemed to exude, although they may have been responding to what their group was looking for I guess.
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G Adventures yet again, continue to provide a 'topclass' service, striking a definitive balance between cultural experience and logistical travel administration to ensure that the customer achieved a deep cultural experience of the country travelled but yet travelled to considerable sites to attain this experience

Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure

5.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures yet again, continue to provide a 'top-class' service, striking a definitive balance between cultural experience and logistical travel administration to ensure that the customer achieved a deep cultural experience of the country travelled but yet travelled to considerable sites to attain this experience. Once you depart home you realise how much cultural experience you have gained and how much you have seen in such a compact tour, this is why I continually choose such a professionally led company like G Adventures, Each CEO is personally driven which eminates through their work- keep up the excellent service!!
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Excellent the whole trip ran smoothly which was a combination of the excellent organisation and knowledge of the tour leaders and a great group of people who respected each other and the tour leaders, so no one was ever late for meetings or departures

Peru Panorama

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Excellent - the whole trip ran smoothly which was a combination of the excellent organisation and knowledge of the tour leaders and a great group of people who respected each other and the tour leaders, so no one was ever late for meetings or departures. I would highly recommend the tour and G Adventures. The only point I would make is about the tipping. Raul did always say this was optional but I think everyone felt obliged to tip and in fairness the tips were always well deserved. But all the tips add up (-120/130) - this should be highlighted in your brochure to allow people to budget it into their costs/ spending money - it was a hidden cost which took some people by surprise.
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Guided Group Tour Trips & Tour Advice

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 walking the Irish countryside or biking the Greek Islands, boarding a Zodiac in Antarctica, 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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