For international travel, nothing beats the convenience and affordability of an escorted tour. So I sat down with Kendra H., a Global Connections Inc. travel agent with over 13 years of experience, to ask her about tours.
Stacey: What is an escorted tour?
Kendra: Escorted tours are prepaid, structured vacations including sightseeing, meals and accommodations for a group of people traveling together accompanied by a tour manager. The tour manager acts as a local guide providing in-depth information about the places visited. Plus, they offer suggestions for restaurants, shopping, theater, local events and additional historic sights to see during the ample free time passengers have to explore on their own.
S: Why take an escorted tour?
K: For those looking to travel internationally, tours just make good economical sense. This style of vacation won’t nickel and dime travelers because some meals and all the major tourism sights, including entrance fee tickets, are included. For a traveler to purchase the same components individually, they would pay twice as much. And tours can be tailored to fit just about any budget.
S: Who should take an escorted tour?
K: Anyone who wants to experience international cultures with peace of mind. You see, escorted tours can put travelers at ease. From the time guests land and clear customs, the tour manager is waiting for them at baggage claim. Luggage is handled and seamless.
And during the tour, travelers don’t worry about getting lost or arriving late to shows or museums without tickets—their driver and tour manager have everything planned and under control.
S: How does an escorted tour work?
K: Escorted tours are set on a 40- to 44-seat motorcoach, complete with an emergency bathroom on board. Daily seat rotations ensure every passenger the chance to sit up front with the best views. Local drivers stay with the tour through the journey, providing the quickest, most scenic routes while your tour manager offers commentary of the towns passed along the way.
S: Where would you recommend an escorted tour?
K: Italy is the number one foreign travel destination for United States citizens. This grand destination offers the must-sees of Rome, Florence, Venice and the vineyards and olive plantations of the Tuscan countryside. And for any tour, travelers can schedule pre- and post-tours with an agent who can customize any trip to fit a guest’s needs perfectly. In Italy, additional stops for Opera lovers, museum aficionados or food and wine connoisseurs are some of the best.
S: When should someone decide to take an escorted tour?
K: Anytime is a good time to take an escorted tour. Members should contact their travel agent so a professional who is experienced in international travel can locate the perfect tour group and destination to meet their individual tastes and budget.
Whether it’s Italy, Ireland, Australia and beyond, escorted tours are departing the U.S. for foreign destinations. If you want to be on board, contact your Global Discovery Vacations travel agent specializing in customized independent and group international tour itineraries.
Arrivederci and happy traveling!
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