Escorted Holidays – What is included?

Escorted holidays to exotic destinations are now more popular than ever before, and if you dream of visiting faraway lands but worry about the language barriers, travelling alone, or are simply a little nervous to venture off into the unknown, then and escorted tour may be the perfect solution for you.

While escorted tours of the past may have involved large groups transported in overcrowded coaches, the small group escorted tours of today are far more luxurious and provide the personal touch that makes a holiday memorable.

If you have never experienced an escorted tour then you are sure to have many questions such as what is included in the price, how much freedom will I get, and do I have to partake in all the activities?  The answers will vary greatly from tour operator to tour operator, and so if you are looking for the holiday of a lifetime then it is advisable to read to the small print.

We feel that a high quality escorted tour should include all flights (many do not include this in the package price), pristine ground transportation, four and five-star hotels, and a flexible itinerary that gives you the freedom to opt in our out of the activities or excursions.  Dining should be at your leisure, and while the tour needs to have some structure, breakfast seating’s should be long and dinner should be at “whatever o’clock”.

Dining alone or dining with fellow travellers should be your own decision, and if you simply do not feel like taking part in one of the activities, you should be able to relax at the hotel and do whatever you please.

Thankfully, many escorted tours of today offer all of the above and combine the convenience of a well-planned route and luxury hotels, with the freedom one needs to make the holiday their own.

With an escorted tour, there is always someone available to answer your questions, take those treasured holiday snaps, and recommend restaurants, but only when required – the rest of the holiday should be yours to do with as you please!

If you think an escorted holiday might be for you, why not try it this year and discover a whole new world and a fantastic new way to travel!

South Africa – an escorted adventure

If you dream of visiting the beautiful countries that sit beneath the equator such as South America, Oceania and South Africa, then why not make 2012 your year to turn those dreams into reality!  With daily flights from most main European airports and a whole range of self-drive and escorted tours to choose from, your adventure to the south is now more accessible than ever before, you just need to make the next step and book it!

South Africa is a wonderful destination for Europeans and from now until May, you are pretty much guaranteed sunny days, warm nights, great wine tasting opportunities and all the activities you could possibly wish for, but if you have never been to South Africa before – where do you start?

Well, there are plenty of different travel options such as city breaks and self-drives, but if you prefer to travel with a group of like-minded people then an escorted tour is definitely the way to go.  Escorted tours have certainly advanced over the years, and while some may find overcrowded coach tours with a packed itinerary appealing, most travellers prefer something a little more intimate where their travel arrangements are taken care of, but they are free to come and go as the please.

The perfect holiday for singles, couples and groups, escorted tours provide the opportunity to visit far more places than you might if travelling alone, and if you choose one of the more ‘comfortable’ small group tours, then you may find you pick up some great new friends along the way!

Our Escorted South African Experience

Our first escorted tour to South Africa was a wonderful experience and we shared our luxury mini bus with just four other people, a couple from Australia, a Lady Doctor from China and our wonderful South African guide Ananda. Driving from Cape Town up the illustrious Garden Route, it didn’t take long for us all to become friends, and with such a mix of nationalities, there were plenty of fun stories and jokes to share around the dinner table.

When you travel with a group of people from around the world, it makes your own travel experience that little bit more special, so why not try an escorted tour this year and treat yourself to a wonderful South African Experience.