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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I was completely blown away October 2017

5.0

6 Days Gorillas, Chimps and Wildlife Tour

The most beautiful holiday country I have ever visited
All that I've seen, far exceeded my expectations. Especially the gorillas. We had a fantastic guide Anthony Kato. He brought us each day along bumpy, smooth and non asphalted roads to our lodge. Most lodges I found good. Our guide has told much about Uganda, such as habits, tradition, the population and so on. Thought it was clever that he knew a lot about the animals in the park. I got through his explanation a very different and positive image of Uganda. Sure to recommend Uganda and Scenic Trails Safaris to others.
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Excellent October 2017

5.0

Ancient Capitals

I m so glad to choose this Travel Agency
Everything is Perfect!

Operator Ghoghnos

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Traveling to Costa Rica with TVP was unlike any travel experience I have had before October 2017

5.0

Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica with TVP was unlike any travel experience I have had before. Prior to the TVP trip in September, I had never been to Costa Rica or been part of a tour. I admittedly did not know what to expect giving up control of planning my trip, but could not have asked for a better experience. Every detail was expertly chosen, from the intimate welcome dinner giving the group time to meet one another, to the downtime built into volunteer days and ending with a relaxing day at the beach. Being part of this tour gave me the opportunity to see a side to Costa Rica I had no idea existed based on friends previous travel accounts. Participating in a beach clean up of an uninhabited beach and realizing how much trash washes up from ocean pollution was eye opening. Rescuing baby sea turtles the next day reinforced how important it is to keep our oceans and beaches clean. I cannot wait to be a part of future TVP trips!! Read more

Operator The Vacation Project

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EBC September 2017

5.0

Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days

Outstanding trustworthy company who actually are given clients by Adventure nation & Thrillophillia. Shall love to go with them again.

Operator We Ramblers

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We had an amazing trip with Go Hikes of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. We were looking for India's historical trip and Go Hikes service was above expectations. Many Thanks to them September 2017

5.0

Golden Triangle Tour in India – Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

We tried Indian Cuisines at Old Delhi with some lip smacking street food. Guide named Prateek was exceptionally well in the knowledge about the monuments. Overall, It was a nice trip and we are taking lifetime memories from India. Will surely recommend Go hikes to our friends & relatives. Love from Sydney, Australia. Read more

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We really loved the tour August 2017

5.0

6 days Rwanda Primates Safari

The sightseeing and activities were better than we even thought! I still can’t believe we did so much in such a short time, but we did not feel stressed. We really loved the tour and would do it all over again in a minute! Thanks. Read more

Operator Kawira Safaris

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