Many people like to take escorted tours when travelling abroad. While some of us may be put off by thoughts of hot coaches, poor quality hotels and hapless tour guides, it seems that it is possible to have a luxurious escorted holiday.
Leafing through the latest brochure of a well-known escorted holidays company, it’s easy to be impressed by the glossy photographs and to let the mind wander to the possible charms of taking such a holiday.
There are undoubted benefits to escorted holidays and tours. With a set price that usually includes all of your accommodation and transport requirements, they can provide excellent value for money.
The local guides that lead you during your tour can also give a real insight into the city, region or country that you are visiting.
The problem is that many of us have negative thoughts about what escorted holidays entail. Thinking about spending endless hours on a coach, sweltering due to the lack of air conditioning, is enough to send a shiver down the spine.
Fortunately, escorted holidays have improved considerably over the past decade or so. Indeed, a number of leading operators have started to offer tours that are aimed at the luxury end of the market.
The destinations offered on such trips vary considerably, from the great cities of Europe to the sights of North America, Asia and beyond.
If you are considering going on a luxury escorted holiday then there are a number of things to look out for when you come to make your booking.
Any operator offering a quality service will specify what the transport arrangements will consist of. It’s wise to look for executive standard coach travel, or travel by rail – the latter can make an excellent alternative.
When it comes to accommodation, ensure that the tour operator uses good quality hotels. Once again, you’ll find that experienced holiday companies will be happy to tell you exactly where you’ll be staying. In fact, they should be proud of the accommodation that they are able to offer.
Also consider the guide that will be accompanying you on your trip. It’s vital that they have a good grasp of English but make sure that they also have good knowledge of the area that you will be visiting.
If you follow these simple guidelines then you should have no troube finding a great luxury escorted holiday.