Travel Style: Land Based – Guided Tours and Independent Travel

Joining a group of travelers with similar interests is still the easiest and most economical way to make sure you see all the highlights of a given area. Tours are almost a necessity in many remote or exotic locations or when large areas of territory are to be covered in a short amount of time. One advantage of a tour is that you have a good idea of what all your expenses will be before you go, as you will know exactly what is included in the price.

The traditional escorted tour is still alive and well, but now almost all tour operators offer several variations which appeal to a varied clientele. There is more emphasis on setting a pace that allows for some free time in each destination, and spending more than one night in a location.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Machu Picchu, Peru
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Machu Picchu, Peru

The newest trend is “small group, cultural emersion” type itineraries with 12-20 guests (size varies by tour) and the addition of activities such as cooking classes and activities that focus on interaction with the local people.  Now with all of the variations of tours available, I can find one that is focused on precisely the experience you are looking for. To learn more about specific tours, contact Janet@arrowdiscoverytravel.com

Large group Guided Vacations (Escorted tour)
This is the easiest and most economical way to visit many destinations over a large geographical area. Transportation between cities/sites is usually via deluxe motor coach, train or even plane if covering a very large area. Every detail is planned for you, you just relax and enjoy!

Eifel Tower, Paris City Park, Budapest Big Ben, London, from London Eye
Eifel Tower, Paris City Park, Budapest Big Ben, London, from London Eye

Small group Guided Vacations
An economical way to enjoy a more in-depth exploration of a specific region of a country
Small group size allows for more intimate venues and specialty inclusions
All arrangements are handled for you

Country House in Viareggio, Italy Tuscan cooking lesson Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Country House in Viareggio, Italy Tuscan cooking lesson Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Small group Private/Custom tour
Plan your own itinerary

Monaco Ville Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany Prague, Town Square
Monaco Ville Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany Prague, Town Square

Independent Hosted
A hybrid of independent and escorted travel, hosted tours combine the best of both. The itineraries, hotels and transportation are planned in advance, you have a local host who meets with you at the hotel every morning to discuss and help you arrange what you want to do while you are in town, and you have a guided tour of the city included on your first morning. The rest of the time you are free to explore on your own or to add activities of your choosing. If your itinerary includes multiple destinations, transportation (usually via train) is provided to your next destination.

Independent On your own

Independent Private Tour
2-4 persons
Similar to a small group private tour in that you can arrange for a host or tour director to be available to you.  Usually includes many private tours and specialty inclusions which can be coordinated by your host who may also serve as your private driver.  This is the most expensive option due to the high level of service and the small number of persons.

Eze, France Cathedral in Siena, Italy From the Coliseum, Rome Moorea, French Polynesia
Eze, France Cathedral in Siena, Italy From the Coliseum, Rome Moorea, French Polynesia

 

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