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What is Escorted Touring?

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.

Benefits of an Escorted Tour

There are many benefits of going on an escorted tour. Here are a few that we have come up with:

  • Local UK coach collection points are convenient, and private transfers to the airport or rail station are included, but may not be included in the price.
  • Tour managers plan the trip from start to finish, so you don’t have to worry about any details.
  • You do not have to carry your luggage around with you as it is all taken care of.
  • Escorted tours are fantastic value for money. Usually all escorted tours are all inclusive, which means that entrance fees for attractions, travel, accommodation and food (not including drinks) are all included in the price.
  • Tickets to music festivals and concerts are sourced for you, which is excellent if the tickets are in high demand.
  • Escorted tours give you a chance to meet new people with like-minded interests.
  • Travelling in a group insures safety in numbers.
  • Coach travel is six times greener (energy efficient) than a plane, so your carbon footprint is reduced.

Extra Points of Information

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.

Group Size and age range of travellers

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)

Coach facilities

Most Coaches Have:

  • Reclining seats
  • Headphones
  • Air-conditioning

Touring coach facilities

Most Coaches Have:

  • Reclining seats
  • Headphones
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Toilets

Legroom

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.

Luggage

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.

Travel time and start

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.

Travelling alone supplements

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.

Extra costs

  • Optional excursions and activities.
  • Room Upgrades
  • Wine and drinks with food (although some luxury trains and tours do include them).
  • Free time
  • Generally, a third of your itinerary time will be free time, but it depends on the tour and destination.

Travelling with a disability

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.

Tipping

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.

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