How to Choose the Perfect Holiday Tour
No matter where you look, you won’t find “the best holiday tour” ever because there’s no such thing – but the best holiday tour for you does. And your job is to determine which one it is. 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 you’re booking a holiday tour for the first time and unsure how to go about it, these tips will be useful:
This may be a little obvious, but yes, smaller tour groups have advantages, like being able to cover more places for sightseeing and wasting not as much time waiting for stragglers.
Steer clear of itineraries where you need to check in at a different hotel every night. Packing your stuff every morning can be exhausting.
See which hotels the tour has booked at every location, and find out if you’re happy to check in at those. Also, if you like discovering a new place unaccompanied after hours, make sure these hotels are located in the town or city centre.
Know exactly what you want to see as some tours only drive by certain sights or stop for quick photos instead of actually exploring the attractions. 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. Choose a tour that lets you dine at your preferred restaurants or even in the home of a local who fancies serving the local cuisine to tourists.
Making New Friends
Going on a tour means spending big chunks of time with people, so before you choose a package, get a vibe of their profiles of other travelers – age range, where they’re from, singles vs. couples, etc. – who might be interested in the itinerary you’ve chosen. Of course, it would be great to travel with people you are likely to be friends with.
How much you pay for a tour isn’t always proportional to the offered quality of experience, but you do have to know your costs before signing up. With some tours, you will be able to choose places that you want to go see, while others come with fixed destinations. Look into the mix of group time and you time as well – this can also affect your overall costs. Finally, make sure you know all the details to avoid surprises that could throw your budget off balance.