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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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  • Satisfying your inner Indiana Jones on a guided tour of the Pyramids in Egypt, led by professional Egyptologists
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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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This tour was amazing! I am a fairly well traveled person but this trip was like nothing I'd ever experienced. The guide was really knowledgeable, helpful and just so nice. I just cannot get over how much we were able to do and see on this journey, it beyond surpassed my expectations. Every included meal was phenomenal, every included excursion and museum/historical site visit was incredible and informative, and every person on this tour was just awesome. I made so many new friends. I wouldn't change a thing about the experience, I wish I was leaving tomorrow and going on the whole thing all over again. I have to say I was so thankful I chose to do the full tour and stay through to Greece, it was BEAUTIFUL. I would highly recommend doing the full tour and try to participate in as many optional excursions as you can! Read more

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I just wanted to go someplace cold. Okla is too hot too much of the year So I picked Iceland. Seemed like it'd be cold. What I found was a top of the line tour. Never had to touch my 'heavy' bags between hotels. And speaking of hotels. I'm picky, and these were very nice, especially Hotel Ranga. Tours were beautifully led by our Icelandic guide, whose name I can only spell the way it sounded. HavLeavie Christionson. He was a wonderful guide, a proud son of Iceland. And full of great old Icelandic stories. Also our expert, Dr Steve Williams was personable and excited about the subject of the Northern Lights. His lectures were entertaining and helped me better understand the what and why of how they happen. I was excited to 'test' myself on the hiking day. We headed out to some of the rough and rustic areas of Iceland in jeeps and got a close up look of glacial rock, fast running glacial melt water, and though I am 70 I was happy to successfully make the treks provided. I'm sure the hike was geared to our comfort level, probably 'moderate' would describe it. I never needed the Icelandic currency. Most places take credit cards. The food on the tour was wonderful, so I never paid for extra meals. No need. We had time to shop for gifts, which I must admit are expensive in Iceland. I did tip our Icelandic guide with what little Icelandic currency I brought. He was so helpful and really good spirited. A nice person. It was cold and rainy most of our trip and we were told to layer. Great advice. And as Havleavie said, "We dress for the weather and we go!" And we did. Dinner meals were fine affairs. We dressed in nicer clothes, I wore slacks and a pretty sweater or blouse. Also, took a a universal adapter and surge protector for plugging in my computer and charging my phone. I don't remember that being in the 'items to bring' but it's necessary. So my trip, not knowing what to expect, was a grand experience that introduced me to a wild and picturesque country with sturdy, optimistic and proud people--with fine meals, great leadership from our Smithsonian guides Lynda and Joe Murphy, our expert, Dr. Williams, and our Icelandic guide, to whom I must apologize for not being able to correctly spell his name, Havleavie! Read more

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We had the most AMAZING trip, almost every place we stayed took our breath away. The highlights for me were seeing 100 elephants in the river at Tarangire, having lions roaring outside our tent at Swala (my favorite camp) and of course the gorillas. Our guide in Tanzania, Daniel, was fantastic, so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Zanzibar was fabulous too, the Asali suite a perfect end to our trip. I haven't got time to write much now but here are some photos. If you want photos of anything specific to ask me I have 850! Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime we have already recommended you to several people.Love Lizzy
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Jambo and hi to everyone at "Mala Tours"
My name is Steve, my family re; (Damon Waddington) and I have just returned to England after the experience of a lifetime. Thanks to you all we have had a wonderful safari, Tarangire/Ngo crater / Serengeti, everything went like clockwork hotels fantastic food great, the Tanzanian people lovely, a wonderful country; we cannot thank you enough for everything. I must say on behalf of all of us many many thanks go to "Isack" our driver/guide he is an asset to your company a really nice person, he helped with everything, his knowledge of the bush and wildlife was exceptional, always courteous, and willing to help with everything, we found a true friend in him. We enjoyed ourselves so much we are planning our next safari with you although not just yet, once again thanks from all of us. ASANTE SANA
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