Latest Travel Advice
The latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO). See how your travel plans may be affected
A stress-free holiday: An escorted tour gives you the best of two worlds; an exciting and varied holiday without the stress of making all the plans yourself. Imagine the peace of mind of getting out of bed in the morning knowing your whole day is already taken care of!
A sense of adventure: The tours are designed by people who really know the area, so you’ll get to see both iconic sights and hidden gems that a lot of people might not even know about. Because all transport is organised by the tour company, you’ll get access to places you’d never have reached by yourself.
Expert knowledge: All escorted tours will be guided by a seasoned pro with a fantastic understanding of the local culture – what they don't know about their destinations isn’t worth knowing! You'll always have someone on hand to answer any questions you might have and help you get the most out of your tour holiday.
Group size: You can save money on your escorted tour by booking one with a larger group size, which could suit you perfectly if you’re looking to socialise and make friends. However, if you value a personal, intimate holiday experience, you’re probably better off paying the extra for a small tour.
Hotel ratings: Some tours stick with simple, cheap accommodation while others deal exclusively in 5-star luxury hotels, and obviously this will be reflected in the price. With any given tour, chances are there’ll be an almost identical one that’s cheaper just because you’re staying in more basic hotels.
Take advantage of included trips: Booking an escorted tour can feel like you're paying a lot of money upfront, but they usually end up cheaper than doing the same trip alone. Just make sure you take advantage of all the trips that are included in your tour – that’s where the real value is!
There's a huge variety of tours designed with different themes and focuses so you’ll always be able to find one that prioritises the things you're interested in, whether it’s wildlife, culture or outdoor adventure. Wherever you're going, there will be a range of tours that cater to different interests. If you have a clear idea about the kind of activities you want to do or things you want to see, it will make it a lot easier to narrow down your options.
Escorted tours have a set itinerary and duration, so you need to find one that fits the number of days you have available. If you fancy some extra time to relax at the end of your trip you'll usually have the option to delay your flight home, but that depends on the deal.