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Escorted Tours: Budget to Luxury Travel Packages

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.

Why take escorted tours vs. traveling on your own? 

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?

How much should you budget on escorted tours?

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 Tours: What's Your Travel Style?

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 companyCosmos Tours
Best First Class Tour companiesGlobus Journeys, Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations & Collette Vacations
Best Deluxe Tour companies: Tauck Tours, Insight Gold Tours
Best Luxury Tour companiesAbercrombie and Kent & Travcoa Tours
Best Small Group Tour companies:  Abercrombie and Kent Connections, Cox and Kings, Alexander and Roberts & Tauck Culturious
Best Adventure Tour companyG Adventures
Best for 18 - 35 year oldsContiki Tours


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Learn About Tour Quality

Ever wonder what is the difference between budget, first class & deluxe tours?

Most Popular Budget Tour itineraries:

The budget tour is best suited to the traveler who wishes to have a good basic introduction to travel in Europe but who also wishes to have the option of selecting some of the sights to see while traveling. A budget tour will include basic sight seeing, some meals and hotels which are Tourist or Superior Tourist class, with rooms that offer private baths. There is a team of experts who have refined the itineraries to combine the must-see sights with significant time on your own. There are a choice of activities, and there is are also longer stays in key cities for more flexibility. Budget Travel Tours provide air, accommodations, transportation and the services of a knowledgeable Tour Director for much less than if you booked them individually on your own.

Please note that hotels in Europe are normally smaller than U.S. hotels. Hotel locations will not always be in the center of the major cities you will be seeing.  Buses normally carry over 50 passengers on sold out tours. There is no wash room on-board the buses, but the tour makes frequent stops.

Budget tours appeal to all age ranges and are a great way for single travelers who are willing to share a room to not have to pay a single supplement. These tours allow you to see the real Europe for a down to earth price. The itineraries are similar to, but do not come in the extensive variety that the first class tours come in.  A list of optional tours are included with your documents so that you will know what is offered and the cost in advance to traveling. For more information and Tour Explanation contact our budget tour specialists at


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Most Popular First Class itineraries:

The First Class Tour is highly recommended for the first time traveler expecting centrally located accommodations, leisure pace, lots of sightseeing, spacious motor-coach room, and dining experience.

First Class Tours include lots of sightseeing in the package price, which eliminates having to pay extra. If you're traveling to Italy, the hotspots in Rome are the mighty colosseum, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, and Roman Forum. Out of all these sights, two require entrance fees, which First Class Tours include in the price. Furthermore, there's no need to stand in long lines waiting to enter! First Class Tours offer a quick way in and provide complimentary headset systems for a more personal and convenient experience.

Motor-Coach space is reduced by 20% providing over 10 fewer seats than  budget tour buses, and also include emergency lavatories.

A great vacation is measured not in miles traveled but in memories collected. And on an Escorted Vacation your memories will last forever. Whatever your reason may be, the friendships formed, the hassle free convenience, the relaxed pace, the great value, the sheer enjoyment - you'll discover a whole new world on an Escorted Vacation.

Most Popular Deluxe Tour itineraries:

By this point, we have a good idea what a moderate or budget tour and first class tour is, but constitutes a tour to be labeled deluxe?  It can't be just the connotation, right? Well let's first mention, that the best tour for you is the one that suits you the most, but what constitutes A Deluxe Tour?

The first element that separate a Deluxe Tour from that of a first class tour is the caliber of hotels... Hotels utilized in a First Class Tour (although 4-star & within 20-minutes walking distance from Via Veneto) aren't located on Via Veneto, which is a hop, skip, and a jump from Trevi Fountain & Spanish Steps.Deluxe Tour Hotels provide 5-star accommodations located in some of the most sought after locations.

Comfort and Convenience are another element Deluxe Tours provide that first class tours don't - Visiting Pompeii is not the first thing you want to do when having just traveled 188 miles (granted, with stops in between) from Assisi. A Deluxe Tour will begin with an overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Sorrento where you'll rest in order to take in the sights and history regarding the buried town of Pompeii and tour the small Amalfi towns of Sorrento, Ravello, and Positano the following day.

A Deluxe Tour will also provide leisurely time in small off the beaten path towns like Orvietto or Torgiano, and include a special experience such as a tour of a private winery with wine tasting or cooking demonstration.

The dining experience with a Deluxe Tour is unparallelled with Full Breakfast Daily with some dinners and lunches that aren't pre-planned and totally your choice from the restaurant menu. Furthermore, wine is normally included with your dinners. First Class Tours only include breakfast daily and some dinners that are in fact pre-planned with no wine.

Two Deluxe Tour Operators that provide the best service in the industry are Tauck World Discovery (Tauck Europe, Tauck USA & Canada, Tauck Exotics, Tauck European River Cruising, Tauck Bridges Family and Tauck Culturious) and Insight Gold Tours.

Most Popular Luxury Tour itineraries:

Ask any luxury expert or luxury traveler to use one word to describe luxury and more than likely he or she will say, "EXCLUSIVITY". Whether it's an exclusive amenity no one else receives on the trip, an overall exclusive experience aboard a yacht, a privately guided tour of city or country, or private jet journey. Exclusive is far from the forty passenger motor-coach trip - it's first class all the way from the flight, to the palatial hotel or resort, to the car driver & guide.

Being able to read, understand, and anticipate the luxury mind is the second most important trait a luxury tour operator, cruise line, or travel coordinator must have in order to be deemed luxury. Expectations must not only be met, but exceeded at all times to keep the discerned luxury traveler returning for more. It's not enough to be on a safari to see the BIG Five, a hot air balloon floating over the Masai Mara watching the great migration of Wildebeest & Zebra travel north to south or vice versa with chilled champagne is an exclusive not found or available for just anyone.

Luxury is all in the details, whether it's taking the best safari with Micato Tours, cruising with Crystal Cruises, or having your entire itinerary customized by Abercrombie & Kent or Travcoa while supervised by a personal luxury travel coordinator. It's all in the details.

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