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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?

Guided Group Tour Reviews - Summary

4.8 out of 5

100%

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48,933 Reviews

Excellent 37,442 Great 11,123 Average 225 Disappointing 65 Terrible 77

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4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
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AWFUL COMPANY DO NOT BOOK!!

YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

1.0 September 2017 Sail in Greece Recommend: No IF I COULD GIVE 0* I WOULD!!

Please ensure you do NOT book with Sail in Greece!!!!

They are an appalling company who take no responsibility for any issues that occur! Myself and 2 friends booked in August when we turned up we were told that our boat wasn't available and so was given an old dirty boat which was NOTHING like any of the photos they had sent us. It didn't have air conditioning and most of the lights in bathrooms/bedrooms didn't work!! Almost 90% of the promised itinerary never happened including any swim stops or organised toga parties etc. The most shocking factor was that when we got to Mykonos we didn't even dock meaning we either had to swim to land or wait over an hour for a member of the crew to use the small wet dinghy (which broke on the second day). We were treated like animals as we could not access our own boat, being told to sleep on other boats without any bedding etc. Additionally, the breakfast items supposedly included were stale pieces of small white bread and jam... that was it! Some days we weren't even offered that! Most islands we didn't arrive to until gone 4 pm meaning we had no time to explore.

Please if you wish to visit the Greek islands either choose a different company or book it yourself via ferries etc!! All you will experience with Sail in Greece is DISAPPOINTMENT!!!

I have photos etc as evidence if anyone wishes to see them and see how disgusting the boat really was!!

Holly
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Lesson learned: Never travel through EF College Break Again.

London & Paris Escape

1.0 September 2017 EF College Break Recommend: No I had to cancel my one week trip because of an unexpected stay in the hospital that made me unable to travel. After straightening everything out with my credit card company over a month ago and receiving my funds back, a man named Ryan decides to text message me (not through email-unprofessionalism at its best) and decides to give me an ultimatum. Which was to either pay him directly or he would press forward on filing a claim against my disputes and getting the funds back. Completely unprofessional, utterly rude, and this is a situation he should be contacting my credit card company about, not me, a valuable customer that has used EF College Break more than once. I will let me fellow colleagues and friends aware of the disastrous customer service they have going on here, and will never be traveling through this agency again. Read more

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

Road Scholar Company Reviews

3.0 August 2017 Road Scholar Recommend: No I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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THE WORST HOLIDAY

YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

1.0 August 2017 Sail in Greece Recommend: No Do not believe the fake reviews- no one in their right mind would give this company anything over zero. Wish there was a minus option! The travellers of this trip all have photographic and video evidence, thus it is impossible to drown out the facts by fake numbers of fake 5 star reviews.
Firstly, the add on - 10 hours on a ferry from Athens to Santorini after a stay in a very seedy hostel, no one explains what time the ferry leaves or any other details, horrendous organisation from the very beginning. Some people missed the ferry and had to buy expensive tickets to a fast ferry on the day as no details had been given.
Arrival into Santorini: you are advised to meet in the new port and you sit around and wait in a crowded cafe for a couple of hours until the tour guides get their stuff together. Then they charge you 20 euros to take you to see Santorini sunset, and then, at around midnight, like illegal immigrants, in complete darkness they start loading people on the boats docked in Perissa in the sea. The luggage and people are put into inflatable motor boats and are taken in the dark to the boats where there is no one to allocate a room. One of the skippers was missing on a smaller yacht.
There were more people than the boats could fit, some people including myself were "upgraded" on the spot to small yachts that are not meant for a week's sail and have tiny toilets, no proper shower, forget toilet paper (byo), breakfast, aircon or wifi, promised in all marketing materials. I refused to stay on the boat and went back to the shore at 1am with another couple who were lucky enough to get a refund after half an hour of screaming and bargaining with the owner.
Others were not that lucky and had the owner of the company screaming abuse at them between 1-3am, refusing to refund or part refund and hanging up a few times.
At 3 am I was finally hosted by a couple on a large boat who had a quad room and they had originally been placed in the same room with a honeymoon couple who had paid for a private double.
The whole week is unorganised to say the least. Safety is non-existent so do take out good health and life insurance. The speedboat tour was not booked in advance and neither were the quad bikes. Do not go with Sail Greece recommendations for quads as you will be charged twice what you would pay if you went on your own.
The staff drink with the customers which I believe is unacceptable and unsafe (did Sail Croatia last year and it was a major no-no for the staff on board). None of the tour leaders speak to each other or know exactly what's going on at any point in time. It did look most of the time the leaders were there for a fun holiday.
Due to the weather conditions we could not sail to one of the islands so a lot of people were stuck on the boats without access to food or water and no option has been offered.
Due to strong winds that happen in August, the sail from Paros to Mykonos should not have even happened on these boats and yachts, and at some stage it was mentioned that we would be placed on fast public ferries and offered accommodation in Mykonos but it never happened - again the obvious money saving at the expense of risking customers' lives. We started sail in incredibly rough and dangerous conditions, and mind you there was never any safety briefing. The larger boat that I was on went under a wave and tables were flying around but thanks to the captain who managed it the best way possible, it made it in one piece to Mykonos with emotionally traumatised customers. Some of us refused to stay on the boat for one more night and there was no offer of compensation or accommodation, or even transport to the accommodation we had organised last minute.
One of the smaller yachts that I was originally supposed to be on was not that lucky and their engine died in the middle of the stormy sea and they started sinking. Neither our boat nor the coast guard could get close enough for a while to rescue them, and people lost their luggage and documents which could not be saved as battery acid leaked into the water and it was dangerous to rescue them. There was no compensation, meals, drinks or anything else offered at any stage of this disaster week.
Aircon does not work so yes you will be sleeping on the deck and ending up with a cold like most people. Wifi does not exist either. Warm shower is only available when the boat is moving which is not a lot so prepare to shower off the side of the boat after a swim stop. Breakfast is dry bread and nutella (on the main boat) and nothing on others. Drinks that we had purchased disappeared from the fridge which caused a fair bit of drama and tension as drinking and chatting to people is the only thing that keeps you from going crazy during this trip.
I am hoping to see this company go into insolvency before they kill anyone as at this rate it is completely possible. No safety, no customer service, no idea about basic hospitality - when you stuff up, do apologise profusely and compensate in all ways possible (water, food, monetary refund) and never scream at distressed customers at 2 am in the morning or hang up on them. Hire professional and ethical staff. Maybe do Sail Croatia for an educational experience on how to run a successful sailing experience and not rip people off and rob them off their holidays that they have earned and paid for and instead have got the worst experience imaginable.
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We really loved the tour

6 days Rwanda Primates Safari

5.0 August 2017 Kawira Safaris Recommend: Yes 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
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