Perhaps you want to visit a destination in a country that is less developed, and doesn’t quite have the infrastructure in place for traveling about on your own by car or train. Maybe you’re not comfortable negotiating a foreign land on your own. Or maybe you just want to take your nose out of the guide book, turn the driving over to someone else, and really take it all in.
At Ships and Trips Travel we will work with you to determine the amount of touring assistance that suits your tastes, from just a day or two of guided touring added to your independent travels to a fully escorted vacation experience.
There are half-day and full-day guided sight-seeing excursions in just about every city you visit, and these day trips can be a great way to get a thorough overview of your destination and help you determine which places merit a second look. Some of these tours are themed to a particular interest – wine tasting, art history, bicycling…whatever your interest may be.
In addition there are many great travel companies that offer fully-escorted vacations, ranging in length from a week to a full month or more. These trips are usually provided to a group of people, either by motor coach or train or even private jet. The group is accompanied by a tour director during the duration of the trip, who acts as a concierge for the group. Sometimes there are local guides or "step on guides" in each stop to add local flavor and expertise to your sight-seeing. Some focus on in-depth exploration of a particular region or city area, with plenty of free time to do as you wish. Other itineraries are brimming with sight-seeing every day, for those who like to cover more ground and want to leave nothing to chance.
There can be a great feeling of companionship and camaraderie that develops between you and your fellow tour mates, and we often hear our clients talk fondly about the life-long friendships that were born during an escorted tour experience. Because these tours include virtually everything – your accommodations, transportation from one location to the next, the services of your tour director and the step-on guides, most meals, admission to museums and historical sites – it can be a great way to plan your travel budget, to get the most bang for your buck. More inclusive tours with deluxe accommodations will cost more than spare itineraries with moderate accommodations. Your Ships and Trips Escorted Tour Specialist can help you determine what tour will fit you best.