Tours by Locals vs The Family Adventure Company - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 4
Value — 3.9
Guide — 3.9
Activities — 3.9
Lodging — 3.9
Transportation — 3.9
Meals — 3.9
Recent Reviews

Fantastic day trip!

5.0 January 2017
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Dario was our guide in Teneriffe , Cannary Islands! Wow! What a fantastic day we six had!! He tailor made our tour to make it possible for our traveler on scooter could see the island in marvelous fashion !! He took us places, explaining geology, culture and nature every step of the way!! Then we went to villages where no bus could go! To top is off he took us to a marvelous , authentic restaurant overlooking the coastline!!
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Tour Tours by Locals Company Reviews

Highly recommend!

5.0 January 2017
V
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I used Tours by Locals for a full day private tour while my family was in Italy. It was amazing! During our trip, we took numerous tours through a variety of agencies and Tours by Locals was by far the best! The local tour guide provided a different kind of perspective, a deeper understanding of the local history, customs, the best places to eat, and much more. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and clearly loved his job. I highly recommend Tours by Locals to anyone who wants a one-on-one local "friend" as a guide. You won't regret the choice!
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Tour Tours by Locals Company Reviews

Wonderful tour!

5.0 January 2017
ASB
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had three wonderful tours with Walda and Jolign in Amsterdam. First morning it was Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum and along the Rembrandt Walk to his house and studio. Next afternoon it was Van Gogh's final ten years through a year by year history as reflected in his paintings and letters. Third day to the fabulous Maritime Museum of the VOC. Tomorrow windmills, cheese factories, and local fishing villages. Thanks for being our guides.
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Tour Tours by Locals Company Reviews

The company provided an excellent pre tour service

5.0 December 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The company provided an excellent pre tour service and the information sent was accurate and useful. I would definitely look at using them again and recommend them to any family.

Tour The Family Adventure Company Company Reviews

I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday

5.0 April 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday delivered which was exceptional. The booking and pre-holiday experience was fine although it would be better to have a specific contact to email rather than just to phone the general number with queries.
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Tour The Family Adventure Company Company Reviews

Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective

4.0 April 2016
A
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective, FAC were not as welcoming. Another company we have travelled with sent a welcome pack with a travelling companion (soft toy) and activities to do while travelling. When on the holiday this company also catered more for families needs e.g. more frequent stops when travelling for food and toilets, without parents having to ask. The stops were also at more sensible times e.g. making sure there was a stop at lunch time (12.30ish), rather than early afternoon (1.30 onwards). Children (and adults) get irritable if they've not eaten making the journey more stressful.
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Tour The Family Adventure Company Company Reviews

Tours 5 Trips 14 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 455 $ 160
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
Headquarters Vancouver, Canada, North America 1 Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, England
Year Established 2008 1996
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About Tours by Locals

    Vancouver based Tours by Locals was founded in 2008 out of a desire to connect travelers with true locals who could provide a unique point of view of their country, city, or region.

    What Makes Tours by Locals Stand Out?

    Many tour operators tout the opportunity to travel with “local guides”. Tours by Locals takes it a step further - actually offers the opportunity for locals to learn how to be guides, and earn certification to show off their town, city, and country.

    Travelers will get a truly local view of the destination, from people who live and work there every day. Their guides go through a rigorous vetting and training process. All tours are private, so it’s just your group and your guide, making it the perfect day tour activity for families or couples. Tours are pre-existing but can be customized and tailored to your interests.  

    Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Tours by Locals?

    Travelers seeking an authentic view into a city or country through the eyes of a local will most enjoy this tour experience. Their tours are typically day tours lasting between 3 and 6 hours. They are an excellent option for arranging a day tour during a port stop on a cruise.

    While you have some input over what you want to see and do - and will communicate with your guide prior to the tour, this kind of experience is best suited to travelers who really want a local and authentic view.

    This can sound wonderful, but might be disappointing, especially since the term “local view” can mean a few different things. If you want to see classic sights and learn about the history of the destination, make sure your Tours by Locals guide can satisfy these interests.

    Top Destinations

    They have local guides around the world, covering almost every continent. Tours by Locals are especially popular for cruise destinations in Europe.

    Tours by Locals Travel Style

    The Tours by Locals travel style is your travel style! Part of the benefit of having a private tour is the ability to have input over your experience.

    The guides are flexible and willing to help you see what you want to see.

    Why Choose a Tour with Tours by Locals?

    Spending a day with Tours by Locals is akin to meeting a friend or family member to show you around. Except instead of a potentially begrudging tour guide for the day, they’re actually excited to introduce you to their country.

    You will be in contact with you guide directly to setup your experience, all the way through to when you meet them in country. It’s an excellent way to get to know a place from a local point of view.

    Their guides usually speak numerous languages, and each guide has a dedicated profile page, ratings and reviews by travelers.

    About The Family Adventure Company

    Founded two decades ago and based in the UK, The Family Adventure Company specializes in small group family adventure vacations. The company is now part of the global adventure travel operator Intrepid Travel, and trips are offered through Intrepid as well, allowing them to greatly expand their range.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    With more than 20 years’ experience, The Family Adventure Company helped pioneer the concept of small-group adventure travel for families with young children. Activities are wide-ranging, from river rafting and kayaking to cycling, sailing, camping, and wildlife viewing, all geared to the ages and interests of the family travelers.

    Who Travels With Them?

    A wide variety of families, including solo-parent, single-child, multi-generational families -- parents, children, and grandparents traveling together -- and families with teenagers. The latter have dedicated trips of special interest to teens.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Much of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

    How Does it Work?

    No matter where you travel, The Family Adventure Company provides an English-speaking, family-friendly local leader. Lodging, transportation and activities are also included. Tours typically consist of three or four families with kids of similar ages or interests. (You can also put together your own trip with just your family or other families you’re friendly with.) Children 14 and under get a ten percent discount off adult prices; large families (over two kids) get another price break.

    Why Travel With Them?

    The award winning company offers a wide range of trips for a wide variety of families. Because they only cater to families, they know what kids like – and as any parent can tell you, nothing is more disastrous than a family tour not geared in any way to kids. The company also supports responsible and sustainable travel practices and gives back to local communities.

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