Vacation Time – Why Some Take a Tour

Safety and convenience are the major reasons many vacationers choose a tour. There are two types of tours – fully escorted and unescorted. People usually choose between these two depending on how comfortable they are in visiting a foreign country – or even a familiar one. Cost is another of the deciding factors, as the expenses of the escorted has to be factored in.     oakland escorts

To help decide, one of the first things to consider is how good a traveller you are. Do you feel comfortable travelling in a country where you do not speak the language, have difficulty finding your way around, because the directions and signs are in a language you do not know, do not want to have the hassle of finding places of interest, or dealing with the local transportation. If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might want to consider an escorted tour.

From your arrival, at the airport, there will be someone to “meet and greet you”, He or she takes over the responsibilities and decisions of your trip. Sees to your luggage, transfers you to your hotel, checks you in and makes sure everything is as you arranged. If any of these things are wrong, your escort is there to see they are corrected.

The escort will hold a meeting to go over the details of the trip – times of the sight-seeing trips, departure time from the hotel, and if meals are included when and where, will be explained.

While travelling, on the motorcoach, your escort will give you information about the areas you are passing through, background information on the places you will be visiting on the sight-seeing trips, the best places to dine and even how to get to the restaurants.

Entrance fees to museums, cathedrals and other places of interest are already included in the tour package and the group enters together, assuring your safety and convenience.

For those who have more confidence, or have travelled more, a tour may still be a consideration, but not a fully escorted one. These unescorted tours usually do not have the “meet and Greet”, transfers to the hotel, or check in handled for them. Depending on the size of the group, the tour company may have a representative at the hotel to answer questions, hand out updated information on departure times, maps of the city and restaurant information. In some instances this information may be places in the rooms instead.

Sightseeing is usually done by a local guide, who is with the group for that day. While on tour the motorcoach driver is the person in charge. He will point out places of interest, give background information about what they are seeing, and the time period at each stop. Participants are dropped off at their hotel, and told when they will be picked up the next day.

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