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Guided Group Tours? Why?

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Guided Tours

Our guided group adventure to Scotland in 2021

Do you cringe when you hear the words "guided group tour"?

We understand because we (used to) feel the same way.

Here's how we saw it: We're adventurous. We're savvy travelers. Why would we want to travel in a big group without the freedom to do our own thing?

But then we experienced guided group travel for ourselves, which changed our minds completely.

Here are 7 things we bet you didn't know about guided tours:

1. You don't have to travel with a large group on a cookie-cutter itinerary. Today, endless opportunities exist to travel in small groups (10-30 people) to off-the-beaten-path locations.

2. You don't have to give up your freedom. When you choose the right guided tour, you'll have multiple options to choose from each day and plenty of free time to explore on your own. (We know which tour operators offer the most flexibility within their itineraries and can match you with the best ones.)

3. People of all ages go on guided tours. What's the perfect age for guided group travel? There isn't one. If you appreciate culture, comfort, and convenience, and want to learn from local experts, then guided trips make sense for you.

4. It's a great option for multi-generational family trips. Many tour operators offer itineraries with activities that cater to entire families, from grandparents to parents to grandchildren.

5. You have better access to authentic experiences. The best tour operators facilitate authentic, culturally enriching experiences you couldn't arrange alone. You might tour an iconic historical site before or after it closes. Or dine at the home of a local family. Or take a hands-on cooking class from a local chef. The possibilities are endless.

6. You learn more about the places you visit. Because the guides on escorted tours are locals, you have built-in opportunities to ask questions and learn more about their culture, customs, and history, which they are passionate about sharing with visitors.

7. You can create your own guided group trip. Many travelers with particular interests, like photography, ancestry, or golf, will take it a step further and create a private trip. These guided tours are designed specifically for you and your travel companions, so you can go where you want, when you want, accompanied by an expert guide who makes the entire experience more enriching.

So how are you feeling about guided group travel now?

Are there any questions or assumptions you have that we can address?

We'd love to hear from you. And if you're inspired to try guided group travel, we'd love to help!

Give us a call or schedule a time to chat.

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