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Around the World - Best Tours & Trips 2019

16 trips to Around the World tours from 14 tour companies. 4 reviews. 5.0/5 avg rating.
A round-the-world trip is truly one of the most unforgettable travel experiences. Visiting multiple countries and continents, you gain a deep understanding of hundreds of cultures, and forge wonderful connections with people around the world. A small ship or ‘expedition’ cruise is one of the most popular modes of travel for a world trip. Also popular are Overland tours, which many young people opt for, both because of budget a ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Around the World

SmarTours
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21 days
$ 314 / day
$ 6,599
From : $ 7,409
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Panoramic London City Tour
  • Windsor Castle (London)
  • Great Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Optional Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Tanah Lot (Bali)
  • Bali Herbal & Nature Walk
  • Sydney Harbor Lunch Cruise
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Explore Fiji
  • Garden of Sleeping Giant (Fiji)
Visits:
Bali, Bangkok, Cairo, Sphinx, Sydney, Ubud, Egypt, Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand
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Dream Journey Around the World

41 days
$ 543 / day
$ 22,280
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visiting the Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace
  • View the Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • See Vajdahunyad castle, Széchenyi Spa, the Opera, the Synagogue of Dohány Street, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the decorative Parliament building.
  • Visit the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Great Pyramids*
  • Visit the Karnak Temple Complex and the Temple of Luxor on the East side of the Nile.
Visits:
Cairo, Cusco, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Istanbul, Jaipur, Nairobi, Red Fort, Sydney, Taj Mahal, Australia, Austria, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru
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Xi'an to Istanbul Overland

Intrepid Travel
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80 days
$ 138 / day
$ 11,050
From : $ 15,470
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Admire the Buddhist art at the Mogao Caves
  • Cross the infamous Torugart Pass from Kyrgyzstan to China
  • See the dramatic glaciers adorning the Ala Archa Canyon
  • Admire quaint Karakol
  • Meet local shepherds on a yurt stay
  • Explore the historic town of Bukhara
  • Walk the ancient walls of Khiva
  • Discover the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Explore the hub of East and West in Istanbul
Visits:
Blue Mosque, Bukhara, Cappadocia, Georgia, Great Wall of China, Istanbul, Kashgar, Rabat, Samarkand, Silk Road, Tbilisi, Tibet, Narikala Fortress , Azerbaijan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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Global Explorer

23 days
$ 284 / day
$ 6,529
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Romantic Southisland Pacific s - Tahiti and Moorea
  • 100% Pure New Zealand - Auckland and the Maori cultural capital of Rotorua
  • Downunder Australia - Sydney, voted the world's best city, and Melbourne
  • Exotic tropical island paradise of Bali
  • Enchanting Thailand - silks, temples and curries
  • Ancient Greece - Classics of Civilization!
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Bali, Bangkok, Melbourne, Rotorua, Sydney, Temple of Zeus, Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand
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Around the World

51 days
$ 602 / day
$ 30,681
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • New York, Washington DC and Chicago
  • America's Golden West, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Shanghai, Beijing and the Great Wall of China
  • Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
  • Tsar's Gold Private Train from Mongolia
  • Lake Baikal, Siberia, Irkutsk & Novosibirsk
  • Moscow
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice
Visits:
Beijing, Canyonlands National Park, Chicago, Denver, Great Wall of China, Guilin, Lake Baikal, Los Angeles, Monument Valley, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Venice, China, Mongolia, Russia, United States
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Road Scholar World Academy Segment 1: Indian Ocea ...

Road Scholar
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17 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover the incredible biodiversity of Madagascar at a protected reserve home to colorful birds, reptiles and lemurs.
  • Explore St. Lucia National Park, where a sunset boat safari gives you the chance to see hippos and Nile crocodiles up close.
  • Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of Cape Town.
Visits:
Cape Town, Table Mountain, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa
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Road Scholar World Academy Semester 2: West from ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
52 days
$ 300 / day
$ 15,589
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience an unforgettable voyage from Singapore to England along the famed Suez Canal route.
  • Explore wonders including the temples of Bali, the rock-cut city of Petra and Pompeii.
  • For the first time, Road Scholar World Academy takes place aboard Holland America Line’s elegant ms Rotterdam.
Visits:
Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Santiago de Compostela
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New York To New York

134 days
$ 214 / day
$ 28,715
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Step into the Monte Carlo-inspired Empire Casino which offers a full variety of opportunities to tempt Lady Luck.
  • Travel back to the grand old days of Venice at one of our Masquerade balls. Every evening on board is a real event and attending one of our balls in the Queens Room means you're in for a truly special evening.
  • The quality and range of literature available in this beautiful room magnifies the stunning views over the bow. Take the time to linger over more than 8,000 books, in the largest library at sea.
  • Wake yourself up with a brisk walk or breezy jog around our promenade deck. Three laps make a mile!
  • Barossa Valley is famous worldwide for producing some wonderful boutique wines and internationally recognised names.
  • Enjoy an overview of the city followed by a visit to the magnificent South Australian Museum.
  • Combine a visit to Phuket’s most famous temple, Wat Chalong, with the ‘Island Safari’ for an optional elephant ride.
Visits:
Adelaide, Auckland, Bali, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cape Town, Colombo, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Naples, New York, Perth, Phuket, Rome, Southampton, Sydney, Australia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Portugal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam
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San Francisco to Hong Kong

53 days
$ 166 / day
$ 8,804
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Museum of Modern Art or head for the celebrated vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
  • Experience Honolulu from a totally different angle on this thrilling helicopter ride.
  • Explore the sea whilst whale watching aboard the high-tech, twin hulled 140 foot Navatek.
  • Experience the thrill of swimming with sharks and schools of colourful tropical fish followed by a picnic on the beach.
  • Experience the underwater wonders of Bora Bora's picturesque Lagoon by underwater scooter.
  • Take in the delights of Tahiti and enjoy the island’s magnificent interior discovering its hidden gems, many off road.
  • Adventure off-road deep into the heart of the island, for the best views and scenery of this paradise island.
  • Discover Auckland's beautiful countryside, complete with working farm and a visit to a fascinating gannet colony.
  • An amazing day which includes farming displays, Maori culture and thermal wonders all set in Rotorua's stunning surroundings.
Visits:
Auckland, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Kochi, Osaka, San Francisco, Sydney, Taipei, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, United States
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Atlantic Pacific

22 days
$ 254 / day
$ 5,589
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Kyoto opportunity to visit the picturesque Kinkakuji Temple, called the Golden Pavilion for its glittering walls
  • Explore Tokyo
  • Visit to Singapore includes a ticket for a cruise on the Singapore River
  • Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore's oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples
  • Discover Singapore
  • Visits to the Maharajah’s Palace and the Palace of Winds
  • Drive to Agra and see the famous Taj Mahal, the world’s grandest monument to love
  • Discover Delhi
Visits:
Agra, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Istanbul, Jaipur, Kyoto, Reykjavík, Stockholm, Tokyo, Iceland, India, Japan, Singapore, Sweden
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Global Voyage

20 days
$ 269 / day
$ 5,379
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Chau Say Tevodas dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu
  • Incredible urban landscape of Shanghai in China
  • Discover Shanghai Old street, that originated in the Qing Dynasty
  • See the Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia
  • Experience some rural life in Vietnam
  • Visit the main sights and start the tour at Hippodrome Square
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Blue Mosque, Casablanca, Istanbul, Madrid, Marrakech, Saigon, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Cambodia, China, Morocco, Spain, Turkey
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UK to OZ Overland Express

92 days
$ 64 / day
$ 5,907
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visiting highlights and natural wonders of 19 countries
  • Spent driving through France, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Visit the sobering WWII concentration camp of Dachau
  • Boat trip on the Danube River
  • Visit Romani's famous Dracula’s Castle
  • Visit the impressive Tsaravets Fortress
  • At the end of the day soak your aches away in the Turkish baths and tantalise your taste buds with Turkish delights
  • visit Amritsar
  • Visit Agra and the Taj Mahal
  • Spent exploring the numerous pagodas and palaces in Mandalay
  • Explore Kuala Lumpur
Visits:
Agra, Bagan, Bangkok, Belgrade, Blue Mosque, Blue Mountains, Budapest, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Lake Inle, London, Luxembourg, Mandalay, Romania, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Sofia, Taj Mahal, Turquoise coast, Yangon, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burma (Myanmar), France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom
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Around the World: The Ultimate Journey

35 days
$ 1,029 / day
$ 35,999
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • You’ll enjoy more intimate glimpses and a more rewarding journey
  • Indulge in the amenities of a luxury lodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa, featuring private game drives with expert driver-guides
  • Take a train excursion to magnificent Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”
  • Marvel at sweeping views of Cape Town and the sea
  • View the stunning spectacle of thundering Iguassu Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides
  • Visit Robben Island off of Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before changing the cultural landscape of South Africa
Visits:
Bali, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dubai, Iguazu Falls, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Los Angeles, Machu Picchu, Table Mountain, Urubamba, Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, South Africa, Thailand
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Circle the Globe
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Circle the Globe

22 days
$ 352 / day
$ 7,749
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Moorea and experience the mythical “Bali Hai"
  • Explore Auckland
  • Explore Rotorua, visiting roaring geysers, boiling mud pools, the fascinating Agrodome
  • Discover Cairns
  • Visit to the Great Barrier Reef is complete without a cruise to the Outer Reef
  • See the Kruger National Park is also home for nearly 150 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Visits:
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Munich, Sydney, Australia, Germany, New Zealand
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Discover the World

17 days
$ 228 / day
$ 3,879
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a traditional Thai herbal massage or a special spa treatment
  • Explore Hong Kong
  • Visit Buddhist temples with golden spires and see the magnificent Emerald Buddha
  • Visits to the Maharajah’s City Palace and the Palace of Winds
  • Experience exploring to  Zurich is a fabulous blend of a medieval European town with modern architecture
Visits:
Agra, Bangkok, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Hong Kong, Jaipur, Jama Masjid, Phuket, Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal, Zurich, China, India, Switzerland, Thailand
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Top Around the World Experiences and Attractions

Top Around the World Experiences

Seeing whales breach from the balcony of your cruise stateroom

Meeting locals from several different countries, and discovering wonderful similarities and differences

Appreciating the slower pace of travel and spending more time in each destination

Enjoying incredible cuisines, and taking cooking classes to learn how to make traditional national dishes

Wandering around many archaeological ruins and historical sites

Discovering unique cultures

Hiking among a variety of different landscapes and snapping pictures of indigenous wildlife

Making lifelong friends

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Around the World Trip Reviews

4 Around the World Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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Making this such a wonderful experience.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was my first international trip, and it will set the bar high for any other tour that might capture my attention in the future, international or domestic! There is something to be said for participating in a small group tour. It applies to our general safety, our ability to hear and ask questions of our guides, being able to develop friendships with other participants, not feeling as though we were being herded, etc. After participating in each of the city tours, my granddaughter and I had many opportunities to venture out on our own in each country we visited. We did our share of shopping and we also took advantage of some optional/local activities/tours in Denmark (Tivoli Gardens), Norway (minibus to a lookout point above the fjord), etc. Everything with a sense of being safe and knowing that Firebird Tours was only a phone call away (emergency numbers in each country). We also had Travel Guard Insurance and that also contributed to our sense of well being. Knowing that we could communicate easily with just about anyone anywhere is one benefit of visiting Scandinavian countries. We were treated very well wherever we went! Thank you Firebird Tours for making this such a wonderful experience.

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Operator Firebird Tours

Second city but so far highly recommend!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Guides are local and have a wealth of information. Fiorella in Como was an amazing historian who knew everything about the city. The hotels are top notch and conveniently located. Only on our second city but so far highly recommend!

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Operator Firebird Tours

I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia, the date chosen was already sold out, but they offered us the one from Sept 3rd to Sept 12th, and we went. Best experience ever with a tour company! I had my doubts since I hadn't heard of Firebird Tours before, and I was a little uneasy until before arriving to Copenhagen, as soon as I saw our driver waiting for us there and helping us with our Copenhagen Card before taking us to our hotel, I started to enjoy the trip. Everything went beyond our expectations (excepting the weather, it rained all the time we where in Norway), wonderful hotels (kind of funky, but fun, the one in Stockholm. The tour guides were the best, and having an small group made everything easier. Next year we will for sure do another trip, I like the independent travel and this one was perfect for us, we were free to visit the places we wanted without worrying about transport and lodging. Thank you Firebird! Thank you Kate for replying my emails almost instantly when I had questions.

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Operator Firebird Tours

Just returned from an extraordinary

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Just returned from an extraordinary trip through Scandinavia and into St. Petersburg, Russia, that was so awesome due in no small part to Firebird Tours. Their guides, drivers and other staff went beyond the call of duty to ensure that our experience was flawless. Without exception, the guides who met us in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg were extremely knowledgeable and professional. In each case, too, they showed us unique aspects of their cities that helped to make our experience special, and were flexible in accommodating our special requests. Their drivers were on time and polite, and their staff passed on tips, direction and reminders to ensure that we avoided missteps. I cannot praise Firebird enough.

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Operator Firebird Tours

Around the World Tours and Travel Guide

Around the World Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A round-the-world trip is truly one of the most unforgettable travel experiences. Visiting multiple countries and continents, you gain a deep understanding of hundreds of cultures, and forge wonderful connections with people around the world. A small ship or ‘expedition’ cruise is one of the most popular modes of travel for a world trip. Also popular are Overland tours, which many young people opt for, both because of budget and the community style.

How long should you go for?

Your around the world trip should definitely not be much shorter than 1 month. With 1 month to go around the world, you’ll probably stick to one broad region. This is a great way to really learn the nuances and extensiveness of human and geological history and how pronounced they can be in a relatively small area. You’ll also gain a unique insight into fascinating cultural similarities and differences.

Most trips around the world are a bit longer than one month, typically at least between 2 and 4 months. These will usually use a few different modes of travel, including small ship, airline, and train.

The number of countries and continents you’ll visit on your tour around the world varies quite a bit. This will depend largely on how you get from place to place, and the length of excursion allotted for by the itinerary.

How much does a Trip Around the World Cost?

One of the benefits of traveling on a package tour around the world is the cost cutting aspect. At least some of your meals will be covered, as well as a good amount of transportation, and almost all accommodations (this is a very good reason to book a small ship cruise).

In addition, your tour will have many activities planned to explore the culture and history of each destination, as well as enjoy the natural beauty, with hikes and other exciting outdoor ventures. These activities are not always included in the price, which can be a good thing if you’re really not interested and would rather explore on your own for the day.

Typically airfare to and from the start city and ending city to your final destination is not included in the price of the tour, but after that, you can expect to save a lot in expenses.

Some cons to this to consider are: you’ll be around the same group of people for a very extended period, and your ability to be flexible in each destination will be limited. If you want to stay longer or shorter, this isn’t really up to you.

Planning to take a trip around the world on your own is an entirely different ball game. The biggest cost eaters are transportation and accommodation, so you’ll need to consider carefully how you budget for these. Using resources such as couchsurfing, and a willingness to stay in budget hostels will definitely help, however these can get tiresome after a while. Be sure to have a reserve fund for when you just need a break in a private hotel room.

There are certain airlines that offer special round the world tickets, and this is probably the most useful way to book an independent trip around the world - if you have miles to cash in. If not, you’re a bit stuck with the one way ticket route. Try booking smaller airlines and shorter flights to keep costs manageable.

You can also avoid paying too much by sticking to cheaper countries. Consider Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, parts of Africa and South America, and the Caribbean rather than Western and Northern Europe. Everything from accommodations to food will be vastly cheaper.

How to pack for a trip around the world

It’s ironic that for a longer journey, you actually will be better off packing less than more. As you’ll be on the move, you want a lighter suitcase and backpack to deal with. It’s both more comfortable to move, and far easier to store in lockers and under trains.

One major benefit of traveling by cruise when you go around the world is the luxury of only unpacking once, and being able to do laundry on board. You can lock your stateroom so there’s no worry about theft as you roam the boat and enjoy your shore excursions.

Key things to remember:

1. Winter vs Summer weather - it can be easy to forget that your tour may cross hemisphere lines more than once. Because of this you may experience warm highs and very cold lows during your trip. Bring a lot of clothing that can layer easily. Remember that large winter coats take up a lot of room, so try to focus on pieces that help retain heat, but aren’t super bulky.

2. Shoes - Another thing that takes up space in suitcases is footwear. Bring no more than 3 paris, and only 1 that will take up room (such as hiking boots). Women, consider a sturdy pair of sandals that have good support, and ideally closed toed. Many sandals nowadays are designed to be both functional and fashionable, so these can easily double as a “nice” pair of shoes.

3. Dress like a local - The beauty of a trip around the world is the opportunity to visit many far flung places, not always included on itineraries in the interest of time. This also means, you will encounter many different cultures, some with specific expectations of dress. In most Middle Eastern countries, women should make sure to dress conservatively - shoulders covered and have a scarf handy for head covering. This is also a good rule for touring many religious establishments.

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Things to Know Before You Go

When considering an around the world tour, determine the regions that are most important to you, and the maximum length of time you’d like to spend traveling.

Packaged tours around the world can be anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months, covering many different themes and regions.

Options for Tours Around the World

There are many options for traveling around the world, but perhaps the most popular is to travel via cruise.

Cruises pose a number of advantages, especially only unpacking once. And you’ll also enjoy personal service, numerous excursions to choose from, meals on board, getting to know your shipmates and making new friends over the course of your journey.

If you get seasick, it might be best to plan a longer cruise, to give yourself enough time to get used to the movement and actually enjoy your trip. The crew on board will be able to help with many remedies. Munching on some crystallized ginger is a wonderful natural solution that has proven very successful.

Overland tours are another popular multi-country travel type, though they aren’t for everyone. This mode of travel is generally most enjoyed by young budget travelers. Overland tours are community focused, meaning that everyone - travelers, guides, drivers alike - pitches in to assist with meals, set-up and break-down of camps, and anywhere else needed.

Travel is mainly in value to premium level coaches, and you’ll be roughing it. Exhilarating for some...extremely uncomfortable for others.

Packing for Your Around the World Tour

Packing for any extended vacation is never easy, let alone a multi-month trip. When traveling around the world, one important factor to keep in mind is the weather. Since you may very well be crossing the equator, the weather will shift from Summer to Winter or Spring to Fall so be prepared!

Bringing lightweight layers and a solid rain jacket - also useful for excursions across the water - is going to be key.

Footwear should be limited to no more than 3 pairs. Bring a good pair of hiking boots or tennis shoes as you’ll probably be walking a lot, over many different surfaces. A pair of beach shoes or sandals will also be essential.

Also consider the many different cultures you’ll be encountering. For exploring Muslim countries, make sure you have some conservative clothing items to wear, and a head covering. Women especially should take care to dress modestly.

When touring many religious establishments as well, make sure shoulders are covered and pants or skirts are below the knee.

If you are traveling on a round the world cruise, this can be a great way to avoid having to unpack and repack constantly. It will also mean you can bring heavier items, perhaps more camera gear or an extra jacket or two.

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