Escorted Tours 101

By Meghan Brennan

Escorted Tours Europe Segway Tour

Meet new people, see new places, and travel new ways with escorted tours! (Credit: Kevalenkau/


For travelers who haven’t taken one before, an escorted tour can seem like an odd way to vacation – there’s less free time and you go everywhere in a group. However, they’re actually a fantastic way to see a new place – and maybe meet some awesome people along the way!


Escorted Tours London

From the Old World to the New, escorted tours are a convenient and fun way to travel! (Credit: Pisaphotography/

Escorted tours go pretty much anywhere it’s safe to travel. From the U.S. and Canada to the Mongolian steppes and everywhere in between, you can see anything and everything with a tour group. Groups primarily travel between stops by bus, but on tours to more distant places, you might have to fly between cities, or take a train or even a boat. Either way, you’ll get to see a lot more of the region than you would by just checking into a hotel and hanging out there for a week. Plus, because you’re all traveling as a group, tours are great for social butterflies and solo travelers looking to make new friends!



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Llanganates National Park Ecuador Tour

Enjoy a group excursion, like this one to Llanganates National Park in Ecuador.

Tours are great for all kinds of travelers. Large groups can contract a tour company to arrange a private vacation. Solo travelers can have a private room or bunk with other wanderers taking on the great wide world alone. Adventurers can zip-line through the rainforest, hike the Inca trail, or ride a camel through the desert. There are tours divided by age group, activity level, what you want to see, how you want to see it – it’s not exaggerating to say the options are pretty much endless.

This kind of vacation tends to be split between being guided around cities and sites and having free time to look around. While the exact time spent doing each depends on the tour group, you’ll almost always have some time to explore, shop, and eat on your own, apart from the group – if that’s what you want to do. And there are many tours out there, so no matter what kind of pace you’re looking for or how much free time you want, your consultant will be able to help you find the perfect tour for you.

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About Meghan Brennan

Meghan_BrennanIn between jet setting around the world to research blog posts, Meghan enjoys eating caviar and attending polo matches with the Queen. She also has a highly overactive imagination. When persuaded to interact with reality, she spends a lot of time in used book stores and planning her next adventure.