How to Pick the Best Holiday Tour for You
“The best holiday tour” doesn’t exist, but the right one for you sure does. Question: how can you tell if you’ve found it? There is a whole range of factors that you should consider when choosing a holiday tour, from itinerary to geography to accommodation to cost and all the rest.
If this is your first time to go on a tour and you need some tips on how to go about it as smoothly as possible, here are some that can really help:
You may have thought of this, but absolutely, you’ll have an advantage with a smaller tour group, such as less time spent waiting for stragglers and booking unique locations that have limited capacity.
Steer clear of itineraries where you need to check in at a different hotel every night. You’ll exhaust yourself packing things each morning.
Find out the hotels where the tour is booked with each destination, and see if those places fit your standards. If you enjoy exploring a new place all by yourself after hours, make sure the tour company books accommodations at the town or city centre.
Know which specific sights you want to see as some excursions will only drive by certain attractions or pause for photo ops rather than actually letting you explore. You don’t want to be heartbroken seeing that one bucket-list item from a bus window.
Restaurants and Bars
If dining is important to you, look for itineraries that offer personalized dining experiences instead of the common big hotel buffet. You’ll want to be able to dine at restaurants of your choice or even at a private home that will showcase local dishes or some nice views.
You will spend a lot of time with other travelers on a tour, so before going on one, get a feel for the people – ages, nationalities, singles or couples, etc. – who are likely to sign up for the itinerary that you have picked for yourself. Definitely, traveling with potential friends can make your experience more memorable.
How much a tour costs isn’t always equivalent to its quality, but without a doubt, you need to know what your costs will be. Some tours will cover all sightseeing, while others will allow you to personalize your entire trip. Check how much group time there will be against you time as this can also affect the total price of the tour. Finally, make sure you know all the details to avoid surprises that could throw your budget off balance.