SO WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ESCORTED TOUR?
SIMPLY PUT, AN ESCORTED TOUR IS A PERFECTLY PLANNED VACATION PACKAGE.
There’s nothing easy about planning a vacation – the research, the planning, the reservations, and the logistics. Add in currency conversions and language barriers and you have one major project on your hands. A tour handles all the hassles, while you have all the fun.
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- A TOUR - That thing you remember your favorite band or artist doing, right? Not exactly. Travelers looking to experience the wonders of the world go on tours, too. To help you understand this rewarding style of travel, we've broken down the components of a tour and how people just like you are the VIPs.
- ESCORTED - You will have a guide to help you learn, see, and enjoy more than if you were on your own. Tour escorts are trained professionals who know almost everything about the area they are escorting. They are they to increase you enjoyment and maximize the memories you'll make.
- ITINERARY - This is the plan, road map list of things you will see and do. Most people think that itineraries account for every minute of every day and in mast cases that simply isn't the case. Tours offer a variety of ways to make the tour you own, form picking places to eat and free time to do what you want.
NO STRESS, NO CRYING, NO REGRETS
Just thinking of taking a driving vacation can raise your stress levels. Add in a unfamiliar rental car, signs in foreign languages, steering wheels on the other side of the car, and in some places driving on the "wrong" side of the road, it is easy to understand why driving on on vacations isn't always the best idea. If you opt to not drive the idea of Foreign taxis, train depots, subways station might not be any easier and for some even more stress.
An escorted tout takes all of these fears and stress, literally, out of your hands. Sit back relax and enjoy the view. That is definitely something you can't do when you are driving. Plus there will never be an argument over which way to go or that you missed a turn.
A tour eliminates all the logistic hassles by proving all the transportation generally on Luxury Motor coaches. Depending upon the tour transportation might also include, high-speed and scenic railways, ferries, day cruises and more. All of these under the careful direction of your guide.
ON YOUR OWN, YOU SEE. ON A TOUR, YOU DO.
Seeing the major sights at a destination is only part of the equation. Doing what the locals do is what journal entries are made of. Partake in a tango lesson in Argentina. Try your hand at ancient calligraphy in Japan. Bake your own scones in Ireland. We call these Local FavoritesSM, and they’re what Globus tours are made of. You’ll find your Local Favorites and the included inside visits in all CAPS in the day-by-day itineraries as you start to plan your vacation.
TOUR DELIVERS BOTH DAYDREAMS AND RESTFUL NIGHTS.
If you’ve ever searched online for a hotel, then you know the countless results can be overwhelming. How do you begin to choose? Tour includes pre-screened, brand-name hotels with the right address and the right amenities. Latitudes only uses the best of the best when we select tour companies. With years of experience and frequent tours these companies know and use only the best hotels to maximize your experience. Depending upon the tour location and the amenities you choose that means you might be staying in Only First Class Hotels or perhaps a collection of Villas, or yet again Tents on the plains with lion roars soothing you to sleep.
TOURS SKIP THE LINES.
During peak travel times, independent travelers can find themselves waiting in line at the main attractions for up to six hours – not a good use of valuable vacation time. Tour offers a pre-planned, pre-purchased itinerary with most including VIP access to the must-see sights. for example imaging waiting only 10 mins to enjoy the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Vatican in Rome and not waiting 2 hours or more. Being a traveler part of an escorted group tour, usually means you skip the long lines and walk straight in.
Only escorted tours include a Tour Director – an expert who lives and breathes your destination and shares their knowledge with you. Anyone can notice interesting landscapes or architecture. But a seasoned Tour Director brings those sights to life with the fascinating stories behind them. Your Guide is also a great resource for when you have free time. Ask them for suggestions on where to eat and shop... They know all the best places and those secret places that most tourists will never find. If you looking for authentic experiences your guide is going to be invaluable.
MEALS ARE PART OF THE DEAL.
Tours typically include many meals to minimize costs and maximize time. Think breakfast at your hotel before a day of sightseeing or perhaps dinner before the theater so you don’t miss the first act. Many tour companies offer much more than restaurant or pubs. The best companies include things like “experiential” dining as well, like lunch at a working Argentine estancia, dinner on a Sicilian farm, or maybe the opportunity for a cooking class that the groups makes the dinner. You’ll find all the details in your day-by-day itinerary.
AND THEN THERE ARE THE GROUPIES.
Experiencing a dream destination is blissful. Experiencing it with like-minded travel companions who share your interests and passions is truly a joy. You are likely to make new lifelong friends who will be just as excited by the sights, the landscapes, the culture, and the cuisine? Many new friends and travel companions on tours often stay in touch and make plans to travel together over and over again.
TOURS SAVE YOU: MONEY AND TIME.
Latitudes Travel uses only the best tour operators. The companies we use have the buying power that individual travelers simply don’t have, Working with Latiutudes and our trausted suppliers we can save you as much as 40% compared to trying to do it on your own. Plus you get the added value of eliminating lines – and including the must-see sights and the must-get photo ops – you’ll actually have more free time to relax and explore on your own.