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SmarTours

4.9 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Budget
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1996
Headquarters
  • New York City, New York, USA
Trips
  • 40

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SmarTours Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
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4.9

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Great value! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just came back from The Cape Town safari express tour, which was my first time visiting South Africa as well as traveling with SmarTours. The tour was extremely well organized and the guides, especially in Cape Town, were knowledgeable and helpful.
The excursions in Cape Town that they provided were extremely well priced and gave a comprehensive overview of the city. I would definitely recommend SmarTours to my friends and family and to those who are thinking about traveling with them in the future. This particular tour has great value due to the length of time and destination travelled.
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We had a great time! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I went to China using smarTours and I have to admit, I'm a bit mad at smarTours! How are we supposed to travel any other way now? We had such a great time and we realized that we are totally tour people! I loved the tours and hearing about the country from someone who lived there and could answer any of our questions. Plus we loved making new friends! You have ruined us forever smarTours! We will be traveling with you more in the future!
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JL

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A great trip at a good price! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My family and I traveled through SmarTours on the China Sampler, and we had an amazing time! Everything was taken care of, our meals and accommodations were excellent, and our tour guide, Hao Jun, was the best guide we've ever had anywhere. Thanks, SmarTours, for a truly wonderful and memorable trip at a great price!
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Great experience January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The guides were all excellent and very friendly, funny. I just wish we could have spent longer at Peru.

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amazing trip December 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Ron McGregor was the tour director for our group of 21 people. His comments and suggestion were most appropriate and informative. although he is not as an effective shopper as some of the ladies in our group. We saw everything that we could have wanted to see for the days available in SA. Gave drives in all 3 reserves were as advertised and we did see all of the big 5 with the exception that we did see several adult males none were the mature adults with the manes to match. all hotels were above average and the furnished buffet breakfast buffets were above average especially the Protea lodge breakfast. the coach and drivers were excellent for our trips and the park guides were very informative and seemed to enjoy finding the animals for our group. 1st day in Kruger we watched a leopard casually drink from a creek and the fade into the trees. This was our first experience with SmarTours but will definitely not be the last as we were totally
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Known For

 

50-Plus Travel Tours, Africa Tours, Asia Tours, China Tours

Founded in 1996, SmarTours promises its customers the “Best Travel Bargains” by offering mostly all-inclusive guided tours throughout much of the world.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

SmarTours offers affordable tours along with great itineraries. Included in the price of all their tours is international airfare from the U.S., first-class hotels, sightseeing excursions, and English-speaking local guides. SmarTours draws a large repeat business, taking travelers to such far-flung destinations as Thailand, Morocco, Japan, Peru, Patagonia, India, and Australia.

Who Travels With Them?

SmarTours caters to all ages that are looking for good price. They are largely popular amongst 50+ travelers.

Where Do They Operate?

SmarTours travels all over the world, including Africa, Asia, South America and Cuba, Western and Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean. Diverse itineraries are available in each destination.

How Does it Work?

Except for its cruise offerings -- primarily river cruises as well as Greek Island and Galapagos cruises -- transportation is generally by bus. Group sizes may reach 40 and beyond, but may also be smaller depending on the popularity of the trip. SmarTours will design custom trips for groups with at least 25-30 travelers.

Why Travel With Them?

SmarTours is a complete bargain package for budget minded travellers. If you are looking for an unbeatable value, don’t mind a large group and want tours focused on exotic destinations, then SmarTours is a perfect choice for you.

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From SmarTours

smarTours was founded in 1996 with one goal in mind: to provide high quality, exciting group tour packages to some of the most fascinating countries in the world at the lowest possible price.  The team at smarTours believes deeply that high quality international travel should be affordable, and we work tirelessly to deliver affordability.

At smarTours, most of our travelers in any given year are repeat customers – they had such great experiences with us before that they decided to travel with us again.  And many of our customers are so happy with smarTours that they have made traveling with us an annual tradition, reaching 5, 10, even 15 trips with smarTours!  In other words, we must be doing at least a few things right.

Unbeatable Value: We provide exceptional value for your money, and it does not take that much time visiting our website to figure that out.  However, it can be difficult to compare the value provided by different tour operators because the tours are so intricate and multifaceted.  If you take the time to really peel back onion and evaluate the tours offered by smarTours, we are confident that you would come to the conclusion that our loyal customers have – that smarTours provides unbeatable value.

Phenomenal Tour Guides: If you ask anyone who has been on an escorted tour, they will tell you that the tour guides are an essential ingredient to making the trip a success.  The importance of tour guides is not lost on us at smarTours, which is why we are relentless in our pursuit and retention of the very best tour guides.  We are proud to say with confidence that our tour guides are phenomenal, and many of them have become celebrity-like figures within the smarTours community.

smarTours Price Protection: We have had a price protection policy since we started in 1996, and we thought it was time to share it with you.  If you reserve a spot on a tour and we later lower the price, we will make up the difference for you!  We do not penalize you for booking early, so you can reserve your spot with confidence that the price will not get any better (lower) for that particular date.  Also, to be clear, if you reserve a spot on a tour and we later increase the price, we will not raise your price to match the new price!

Focus: Unlike most of our competitors, we focus exclusively on providing affordable group tours to foreign, largely exotic destinations.  In the travel business, it is particularly easy to get distracted by new trends and themes, but we have chosen to focus on what we do best.  We are extremely deliberate in introducing new tours because we have set a standard that our loyal customers have come to rely on, and we are committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations.

Associations:

United States Tour Operators Association

Awards:

Winner, Outstanding Achievement in a Group Travel Program (2015 Ubuntu Tourism Awards)

 

Winner, Certificate of Appreciation from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (2014)

 

Winner, Best Overall Provider of Vacation Package Deals to Europe or Asia (’12 Travelzoo Awards)

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Trips & Specials

 

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Amazing Thailand tour
14 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,599

Highlights

  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Grand Palace (Bangkok)
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Elephant Camp (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)
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Highlights

  • Visit the Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
  • See the Great Wall (Beijing)
  • Learn about the Terra Cotta Soldiers (Xian)
  • See The Bund (Shanghai)
  • Enjoy an Yangtze River Cruise
  • Li River (Guilin)
  • See spectacular city view from Victoria Peak (Hong Kong)
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Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour
15 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 2,799

Highlights

  • Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
  • See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
  • See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
  • Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
  • See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
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Incredible India tour
8 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,299

Highlights

  • Visit Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi in old Delhi
  • See the Red Fort (Delhi)
  • Visit Taj Mahal (Agra)
  • See the Agra Fort
  • Enjoy an elephant ride to Amber Fort (Jaipur)
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