Top Guided Group Experiences

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

Immersing yourself in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience by visiting a famous floating market on a top Thailand tour

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Top Guided Group Attractions

Safari Tour in South Africa

Guided Group Tour through China

National Parks in the United States

Group Tours of the Canadian Rockies 

Guided Tour of Paris

Tours through Metropolitan Japan

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Guided Group Attractions And Landmarks Guide

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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Such a Wonderful Company November 2018

5.0

Greek Island Hopping

This is such a professional and caring company. They are a great example why it's best to deal with real people instead of internet searches. I booked a condo on Tripadvisor for a month in Greece and found out about a week later that they had double booked and I was out of luck. But not really out of luck--a friend turned me to Wingbuddy and, considering the various curves our party of four threw at them (leaving from and returning to different cities, changing our minds, etc.), they proved to be patient, organized and reliable! They have an equally amazing partner in Greece called Courmouzis Travel. I had my passport stolen on the plane from Montreal and so was detained at the airport for a day. They did not miss a beat in providing logistics for me separate from the rest of the larger group to get me a new shuttle and ferry ticket. And when we did not like one of our accommodations, they immediately changed us the same day to a very acceptable alternative. I needed to extend my stay in Athens and they were kind enough to arrange their special pricing for me at the very nice Jason Hotel. I cannot say enough great things about them, but I do thank both Wingbuddy and Courmouzis in my most sincere way, Read more

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This was the trip of a lifetime. I had high expectations for what this 8 day adventure would be, and every single moment of the trip exceeded what I had hoped for. November 2018

5.0

Isla San Jose Kayak Tour

The days in La Paz were fun and seeing the whale sharks was incredible. The 6 days of kayaking and camping around Isla San Jose was out of this world. Beautiful camp spots where I could have spent the rest of my life gazing at the stars. The sunrise every morning and sunset every night was picture perfect. The campsites they chose were out of a movie, true paradise. I loved how remote the area was. We didn't see any other people other than a few local fisherman the entire week we were kayaking our way around the island. The waters were so clear and we saw marine wildlife everywhere we looked- turtles, stingrays, mantarays, dolphins, sea lions, whale sharks and so many beautiful fish I could never list them all here. The guides were happy to take us on whatever activity we wanted, and spent time beyond just the daily kayaking with us to ensure we had the adventure of a lifetime. They also gave me great pointers while we were on the water every day, so my paddling technique improved each day, and made the miles of paddling much more enjoyable with the ease of the techniques they shared with us. The food that was prepared for us each day was some of the best of my life. Traditional family recipes from the guides that ensured I got a real taste of Baja flavor. Hiking, snorkeling, and even accompanying our guides on spear fishing adventures were some of the amazing activities we did every day. Ruben, one of our guides would spear fish for our dinner and then the three of them would make us fresh sashimi on the beach with the snapper and parrot fish he caught! WOW! Thank you to Guillermo, Ruben, and Guerro for the most incredible trip I have taken in a long, long time. You guys are amazing and made this week one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I can't wait to take another trip with ROW, and more than that, I can't wait to come back to Baja and take another adventure with all of you! Read more

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Excellent experience. Learned a lot. Had lots of fun. October 2018

4.0

Mysteries of India

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot on Mysteries of India with G Adentures-National Geographic.
India is not an easy countriy to visit for the first timer, so an organized tour is the way to go.
Our guide (CEO), Manu Rao, was excellent--he is very personable, knows his country exteremly well, and will go the extra mile to make sure his group is informed and comfortable.
This trip focusses on Rajasthan, a large state, and covers a lot of territory.
Our group consisted of 6 travellers-two Canadians, two Australian, and two Americans.
I travelled as a single male traveller (wife could not join me).
Everybody was in their 50s and 60s, all reasonably energetic.
A would go on a similar G Adventures tour as soon as time and budget permit.
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Surprisingly charming and delightful! October 2018

5.0

11 Day Classic Poland 2018 Itinerary

I recently returned from the 11 day Classic Poland trip which I took with my cousin. We were pleasantly surprised with just how whimsical and charming much of Poland is. Our guide, Jolanta Postrzygacz, was fabulous. She consistently went the extra mile to make everyone happy including offering "treats" representative of Poland during longer coach rides. While the hotels weren't super deluxe, they were pretty comfortable and most of the included meals were wonderful. The tours were very informative and enjoyable. It was an excellent trip and I highly recommend it! Read more

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Caminos del inka hasta machupichu October 2018

5.0

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Realize el trekk de caminos del inka hasta machupichu de 4 dias y 3 noche con mi padre. La.agencia inka rainbow organizo todo. Gracias a su excelente organizacion todo salio como planeado. Recomiendo la agencia al 100%. Read more

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