An escorted tour is a group of travellers/tourists visiting a destination by coach or train. They follow an organised itinerary and are escorted by a tour director and/or a guide. The tour director (manager) organises all the travel arrangements between the destinations, and is also in charge of handling all accommodation check-ins. He/she ensures the trip runs smoothly and to plan and recommends places of interest, leaving you free to embrace all of the sights and attractions.
Escorted tours are an excellent way of fitting many experiences into one holiday, and you don’t have to worry about the details, like carting your luggage around, or finding a place to eat. It also means that entrance tickets to attractions are often pre-booked, allowing you the luxury of not having to queue.
There are many benefits of going on an escorted tour. Here are a few that we have come up with:
We have put together some additional information for you to read. We hope that this will answer any remaining questions that you may have on escorted touring. If you would like any further assitance on escorted touring or have that final question that might help you decide whether you would like to book a tour then you can call our friendly reservations team on 08448 228 338. They will be more than happy to assist you.
This will depend solely on the tour itself. Tours are usually anywhere between 35-50 people. Luxury tours tend to consist of smaller groups of approximately 25-35. Usually, travellers are age 55+, but this also depends on the tour itself. As an overall approximation, travellers are circa 35+ (children are not usually permitted on escorted tours)
Most Coaches Have:
Most Coaches Have:
Your standard coach will have 49 seats. If you wish to have extra legroom, it is better to travel on an executive coach, which usually has less than 44 seats. Depending on the operator, extra benefits may be enjoyed, such as leather reclining seats, an on-board library, music and films, satellite navigation display etc.
One medium sized suitcase with a weight of 18kg. A small holdall can also be taken inside. Airline luggage can vary so you will need to contact or visit your carrier’s website.
This again depends on the tour itself. Travelling time each day can vary from just a couple of hours to much more if you are travelling great distances in places like USA. Trains will often travel over-night. These days, you tend to stay in fewer places and regionally.
Leisurely breakfasts are usually enjoyed around 9am-10am, which then leaves you with plenty of time to explore your destination. However, if you are travelling by rail, or going on safari, early starts are essential. You can opt out of the day’s activities if you wish, but only if the programme allows.
Usually, you are not required to pay a supplement for travelling alone, but it can happen. To avoid this completely, you can contact the operator and request to be buddied up with another single client.
It is best to speak to your coach operator to see what facilities are available, as not all operators have them. However, you can usually take a wheel chair on board, but it is best to check and find out in advance.
Some tour leaders are provided with a tipping budget. Other companies leave it to individuals. Around £2 per person per day for the driver and £3.50 per person per day for the guide and tour manager/director are the norm.