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Small group tours have some distinct advantages over larger tours: they can generally move more quickly from one place to the next, eat in more intimate dining spaces, stay in smaller hotels or inns, and travel in smaller vehicles, among other perks.

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Small Group Trip Reviews


55,271
Small Group Tour Reviews - Summary
100% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 41,604 Great 13,088 Average 420 Disappointing 98 Terrible 60
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries! January 2019

5.0

South America in Depth

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed. Read more

Operator Peregrine Adventures

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We did this trip in September with great experience from Highland to Lowland and Halong bay for 3 days. Highly recommended!

Operator Go Vietnam Travel

AaiF

Does Not Recommend

I wasn't allowed to book because I was over 40 December 2018

1.0

G Adventures Company Reviews

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I was so jazzed because I heard such great things about this company. I was actually looking to book to tours this upcoming year one in Greece and one in New Zealand. Unfortunately, one of them was in the 18-30 something category. I seriously thought this was just a guideline, not a rule. When I was told I would not be able to attend this tour because I am 44 years old, I was apalled. As I am very athletic and travel quite often. This company should be ashamed of their selves. Read more

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Excellent, very fast-paced tour for a representative overview of the very varied Ecuadorian Andres December 2018

5.0

Highlands of Ecuador

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
This tour is for those who can deal with a fast pace, early morning starts and staying in a different place each night (except for the 2 nights in Cuenca at the end). A very well thought out - and packed! - itinerary that went off without a hitch, thanks to our very competent, knowledgeable and friendly guide, Franklin, who was also indispensable in organizing side trips/excursions and negotiating a reasonable price for them. Highlights for us were the included morning trip to just below base camp in the Cotopaxi National Park, and the optional excursion to Cajas National Park. The two travel segments by public bus (Quito-Otavalo 2.5 hours; Alausi-Cuenca 4 hours), while interesting, would have been much more enjoyable and comfortable by private transportation. Accommodation was always clean, functional and friendly, but variable in quality from one stop to the next - the highlight being the quaint and comfortable Hacienda El Porvenir at over 3600 metres in a pastoral landscape near the treeline. The high altitude of parts of this tour (Cotopaxi stop at over 4600m and optional Cajas hike 4200m, and even the start-end point of Quito (2800m) is something that prospective travellers should be aware of and plan for (altitude sickness pills, lots of water, good sunscreen)so as to fully enjoy every moment of this memorable trip. As for food, only breakfasts were included, but in most places there were very good food choices in the restaurants and interesting local dishes to try. Read more

Operator G Adventures

DM

Recommends

An excellent experience for the food lovers December 2018

5.0

Portugal Food Tours

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0
We enjoyed all of the locations we visited, the great food and wine, the rich culture & interesting history of Portugal... Thanks for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure.
Highly recommended and I would definitely book Eco Trilha again.
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Operator Eco Trilha

Small Group Tours and Travel Guide


Small Group Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Small group tours have some distinct advantages over larger tours: they can generally move more quickly from one place to the next, eat in more intimate dining spaces, stay in smaller hotels or inns, and travel in smaller vehicles, among other perks.

Depending on the tour operator, a "small group" may number anywhere from a few people up to 24, though more traditionally it means a maximum of 12-16 travelers. Biking and hiking tourstrekking expeditions, and other adventurous and exotic tours tend to be small groups, but any type of tour can fall into this ever-more-popular category.

The ‘Ninja’ Factor

You may not think of yourself as a ninja per se, but small groups have similar characteristics! In a small group, you can slip in and out of places without raising a fuss or causing a commotion. This includes that hole-in-the-wall gem of a restaurant you might find in a quaint Italian village or joining the morning tai-chi class at a park in Shanghai. Either way, traveling in a small group can feel more like traveling with a small band of friends (or ninjas) versus a tour group.

More Authentic Experiences

In most cases, small groups tend to offer more in depth, authentic experiences than traveling on a coach or bus tour. This is mostly a result of the flexibility you have in a small group. For example, you’re walking around a rural area in Brazil and come across a pick up soccer match (or futbol to the Brazilians). You and your travel companions stand and watch and are then invited to play! These types of memories are often what turns a good trip into a great one, and are usually only possible when traveling in a small group.

Connecting With Fellow Travelers

You may or may not travel in a group to make friends. However, you are almost sure to come away from your trip with at least one or two new ‘pen pals.’ Traveling in this style affords real connections among the group - whether this be chatting around a campfire while on safari in Tanzania or catching up at happy hour on the deck of your small-ship cruise. You might not relate to everyone but will find that most small-group travelers are like-minded and are there for the same reasons.

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