Escorted tour packages and vacations are a great way to experience traveling to different countries. For 2015 there are more touring styles than ever to match everyone's needs and budget. Escorted tours are a hassle-free way to experience new destinations.
Planning a trip can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Deciding which countries to visit, where to stay, what to see and how to get from place to place adds up to a lot of research, planning and potential headaches.
We can help. We have listed a handful of only the most reputable tour companies that offer escorted vacations vacations to Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, Australia and the U.S. PLUS our agents have been in the business for over 25 years, and have all traveled or lived in Europe so they can provide you with additional insider tips. From selecting ideal destinations, accommodations and itinerary to figuring out when to travel, what to pack and how to get where you want to go, let us be your guide.
Not only do you end up paying less for all that is included vs. trying to book things on your own, but you have the added benefit of experienced travel directors and expert local guides that will share their intimate local knowledge and uncover the rich history of each destination. You will experience things you could not arrange on your own. You will also save time by not having to stand in line at popular tourist sites so that you get more out of your vacation. Do you know that the line outside of the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum can easily be a wait of over 3 to 4 hours, but your group goes to the front of the line giving you more free time to enjoy the sites?
That depends...for a budget tour, you can estimate about $150 per day for the land portion of your trip. On a first class tour, about $200 to $300 per day, and for a deluxe tour $400+ per day. Why the big changes in budget? Well it depends on the hotel you stay in (both quality and location can affect the price,) how many meals are included and how much sightseeing is included in the price. For example a stay in a 4 star hotel is less than staying in a historic villa or castle. We can help you read through the itineraries and understand these differences so you know what to expect and pick the best trip.
Escorted travel: Want to experience the "best" parts of a destination while letting someone else handle the details? On an escorted tour sightseeing excursions and most meals are planned for you with all of the details and logistics on tour handled expertly by an expert. You can form your own group or join one. You can see various countries at one time, or focus on one or two countries more in depth. If you don't want to travel by bus, there are Europe tour packages where you travel by train.
Leisure style: This is a first class touring experience that includes everything that an escorted tour does, but moves at a slower pace. Itineraries are designed so that you spend 2 to 3 nights in each of the major cities and you have more free time to explore on your own as well.
Small Group tours: (usually 16 to 24 guests) Because the group size is smaller, you get to spend more time with your tour guide, as well as move through popular sites more quickly which means you will have more free time to explore. You also participate in some activities normally not available to larger groups such as a private concert, after hours tour, cooking class or wine tasting.
Independent Travel Packages: Like to travel on your own but don't have time to do the research? Would you feel most comfortable having an expert put together your trip for you? Generally, with a travel package, all your hotels and travel between cities is pre-arranged, along with an itinerary that includes some pre-scheduled activities and a good amount of free time to explore on your own. This type of package provide a balance for travelers who want to take advantage of the benefit of an organized trip, but who are not interested in traveling with a group and following a set timetable.
Privately Guided tours: More upscale hotels, breakfast daily and your own driver/guide to take you on a specially designed itinerary. Prices are not as expensive as you would think to have a custom vacation, especially for a small group.
Cruise tours: Combining the best of both experiences you get a land vacation combined with a cruise. This may be a river cruise, a large ship or small vessel depending on where you are traveling. The tour guide normally travels with you even on the cruise portion of the trip.
River Cruises: With river cruises you unpack only once and each morning you awake in the middle of a new city or town to explore. All shore excursions are included in your price making it a wonderful way to tour Europe but travel by cruise vs. motorcoach.
Take the time to look through all of our available tour packages and speak to one of our tour consultants to begin the booking of your next vacation. Atlas Travel Web only works with the top tour operators out there, each averaging at least 50 years experience within the tour industry.
Atlas is one largest sellers of escorted tours and and guided vacations around the world.
For over 25 years, we have listened to customer feedback, and recommend the following companies:
Best Budget Tour company: Cosmos Tours
Best First Class Tour companies: Globus Journeys, Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations & Collette Vacations
Best Deluxe Tour companies: Tauck Tours, Insight Gold Tours
Best Luxury Tour companies: Abercrombie and Kent & Travcoa Tours
Best Small Group Tour companies: Abercrombie and Kent Connections, Cox and Kings, Alexander and Roberts & Tauck Culturious
Best Adventure Tour company: G Adventures
Best for 18 - 35 year olds: Contiki Tours