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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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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Top Small Group Experiences and Attractions

Top Small Group Experiences

Receiving an invitation to watch a local Vietnamese woman prepare pho in her kitchen

Quickly and easily accessing museums and historical sites in Italy and Greece

Staying ‘under the radar’ while exploring the medinas of Morocco

Connecting on a more personal level with your fellow travel group companions

Getting an intimate, private tour of a local artist’s studio in Cuba

Experiencing a water puppet performance at the Thang Long puppet theatre in Hanoi

Using local transportation options, such as tuk-tuk in Thailand

 

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Small Group Trip Reviews

56,296 Small Group Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 42,308
Great 13,310
Average 418
Disappointing 101
Terrible 64
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Memorable Trip to Egypt -- Thank to Travelish Tours!!

5.0
Travelish Tours Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Egypt is one of those countries one should visit at least once in their lifetime. I was there in December 2018 and loved every moment of my presence in the land of river Nile, pharaohs, pyramids and much more. Thanks to Travelish Tours and their passionate CEO, Mahmoud Salah for making our trip so enjoyable and seamless. The entire trip was very well organized and we covered pretty much 75-80% of Egypt in 10 days from Cairo, Saqqara, Memphis, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simble, Alexandria and Nile cruise, visiting all the key attractions with the guides who explained the history so coherently that we felt as if we went back in time to thousands of years ago. Thanks to Sam, Khalif and Sara, our guides in Cairo, Nile Cruise, and Alexandria respectively for sharing their passion, knowledge and welcoming us so warm heartedly.

I would highly recommend Travelish Tour to anyone planning to visit Egypt as the service the company provides is top class from airport pick up, best hotel accommodation, perfect Nile cruise, customized tours to knowledgeable guides. Mahmoud Salah, more popularly called as Momo, is a very humble individual who understands your needs and ensures your stay in his loving country becomes the most memorable trip of your life. His passion for his motherland’s rich cultural history and heritage and inherently caring attitude demonstrated through excellent organization of the trip and customized tours is indeed contagious.

We felt very safe in Egypt. If you want to explore it like locals contact Travelish Tour and forget about all other logistics as Travelish Tours will take care of all your needs. It would be the best decision you will make and I can vouch through my personal experience as Travelish Tours will ensure your visit to Egypt leaves an indelible mark in your travel memory.

Thank you Travelish tours and Momo for making our trip memorable and in the bargain we found a good friend in Momo!! :)

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Operator Travelish Tours

Italy as you have never experienced it!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

In 10 days we watched and learned how wine is made, visited some of the best restaurants of our lives, tasted a black truffle for the first time, cooked some incredible dishes with expert hands and made some friends in the process! We could not have asked for more. Simply perfect! Thank you, Page and Richard

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Operator The Italian on Tour

Fulfilled every expectation

5.0
Iceland Photo Tours Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

In September 2018 I departed on an adventure of a lifetime, to photograph Greenland’s Scoresby Sound with Iceland Photo Tours.

This 8 day tour fulfilled every expectation I had, a comfortable classic vessel to navigate the Iceberg rich waterways, deliver us to sensational land locations to explore on foot areas that truly take your breath away. Our crew on the Donna Wood couldn’t have been more helpful in getting us to the right location at the right time to capture the best image that was possible. Catering was superb from the ships galley and I am positive we all went home a few pounds heavier.

A very special thanks to our tour guide Kathleen Croft for without her hard work and dedication ensuring that every individual on the tour had a full understanding of their equipment made our trip very enjoyable, she virtually guaranteed that all on the tour would go home with images that will be shown and spoken about for many years to come.

On our tour the partisans’ had varied skills and experience with photography, from never have picked up camera before to competent photographs, so if you are contemplating a trip with Iceland Photo Tours you could not go wrong in having Kathleen as your tour guide.

I look forward to catching up with friends made on this tour and making new ones on my next tour, thank you Iceland Photo Tours for a truly memorable tour.

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Operator Iceland Photo Tours

Awesome trip to India!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was a great tour of Delhi and Agra. My tour guides and driver were all very professional, courteous, always on time, etc. The company was responsive to emails before and during the trip, and I was very happy with my tour.

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Operator HolidaysAt

Great way to discover Vietnam with small group tour

5.0
  • 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!

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Operator Go Vietnam Travel

Fantastic small tour

5.0
SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

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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