Travel 101: Escorted Tours

April 6, 2015

Where can I go on an escorted tour?

In a word? Everywhere. In a few more words, escorted tours go pretty much anywhere it’s safe to travel. The US & Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia…like we said, everywhere.

Do I need a passport?

If your tour goes anywhere outside the USA (even if it starts and ends in the country) you’ll need a passport. Remember, it’s always a good idea to have at least six extra months’ validity on your documents – some countries may not let you in if your passport will expire sooner than that.

What meals are included?

As with a lot of these answers, that typically depends on the tour. That said, you can usually expect breakfasts and dinners to be provided on tour days, along with dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast before you leave for the airport to head home. You’ll normally get lunch on your own while exploring new cities!

How do I get from place to place on my tour?

Most of the time you’ll be taking a bus with others on the same tour – you will all travel as a group, check-in as a group, and sightsee as a group (this makes tours awesome for social butterflies and solo travelers looking to make new friends!). On tours to more distant places, you might have to fly between cities, or even take a boat! Either way, you’ll get to see a lot more of the region than you would by just checking into a hotel and hanging out there for a week.

Whoa, back up. I can tour as a solo traveler? How does that work?

Pretty much the same as touring with friends or family. The main difference is in the accommodations – while other people will be bunking with their traveling companions, you’ll room with someone else who’s taking on the great wide world alone (well, with a group). If there aren’t any others (or if you’re interested in paying extra for it), you’ll have a private room.

Is there any free time?

Usually, yes! You’ll almost always have some time to explore, shop, and eat on your own, apart from the group – if that’s what you want to do. And there are many tours out there, so no matter what kind of pace you’re looking for or how much free time you want, your consultant will be able to help you find the perfect tour for you.

How many other people will I be with?

This one really depends on the tour – groups can range from 8 people on small luxury outings to the much more common 50 or so on coach bus tours.

Are there tours that don’t just go around cities?

Oh, we’re so glad you asked that. It sounds like you might be looking for an adventure tour, my friend, and we’re big fans. If you want to zipline through the rainforest, hike the Inca trail, or ride a camel through the desert, you should absolutely be considering a group tour! Not only will they take you on these amazing adventures, they make it really easy for you to have a great time without stressing about the logistics.  

So have we convinced you to get on board the escorted tour train (or rather, bus)? Do you still have questions about tours? Reach out to your consultant and they’ll be happy to get you on your way!

N.B. We’ve done our best to answer these questions fully and accurately. Unfortunately, not all tour companies have exactly the same policies, and sometimes extenuating circumstances force them to make changes – so there may be some differences between the information above and your tour.