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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
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Globus Company Reviews

5.0 June 2017 Globus Recommend: Yes Wonderful trip our guide and driver were fantastic everything went smoothly. Recommend highly. I am ready for my next trip with globus.

Excellent experience

Globus Company Reviews

5.0 June 2017 Globus Recommend: Yes Excellent experience. The hotels, transportation, tour leader and the overall tour was awesome. I will use Globus again. I thought that prepayment of tips was a great option.

Great well balanced and kept us moving.

Globus Company Reviews

5.0 June 2017 Globus Recommend: Yes Great well balanced and kept us moving.

A great trip thanks to Globus

Globus Company Reviews

5.0 June 2017 Globus Recommend: Yes I truly have been recommending Globus to my friends. Our trip was fantastic. Our tour guide was the best, the hotels were great with delicious food, the buses were very nice with lots of room. Everything was extremely organized. I would definitely use Globus again!! Read more

We took the Alpine guided bus tour and …great. See above.

Globus Company Reviews

5.0 June 2017 Globus Recommend: Yes We took the Alpine guided bus tour and as you know, both the tour guide AND coach driver can make a huge difference in the tour. Both our driver and tour guide were fantastic and made the tour great. Everything was organised and taken care of beautifully. Read more
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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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