- Start your adventure of a lifetime with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring escorted tours.
- From the best escorted tours of India to destinations such as Japan, Australia and Africa – our guide is packed with ideas.
- Visit the Taj Mahal, board Australia’s Kuranda Scenic Railway or view the splendour of Japan’s Mount Fuji.
If there is one thing that all escorted tours have in common it is adventure. The key, when choosing your tour, is knowing what sort of adventure you are after, and where – and that involves doing your research. Whether you’re researching the best escorted tours of India, the best Japan escorted tours or the best escorted tours of Australia, it pays to do your homework.
With escorted tours once you’ve discovered your ideal trip, the rest is easy. All the planning is done for you, from your travel and accommodation to excursions and food. A tour manager will host the tour from start to finish, dealing with any issues that may arise, leaving you more time to concentrate on the task at hand: having the ultimate adventure.
To inspire and help you take the first step on an adventure of a lifetime, we’ve rounded up some of the most amazing escorted tours available.
Best escorted tours of India: The Rail Tour
While for many people travel on an escorted tour is simply a means to an end, for some it is the main event itself – especially when it comes to rail journeys. From Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer to Switzerland’s Glacier Express, these trips offer a unique travel experience.
One of the best escorted tours of India is a train journey on the opulent Deccan Odyssey from Delhi to Mumbai, stopping en route to visit some of the country’s most iconic sights. First up is a tiger safari in the Ranthambore National Park – one of the best places in the world to spot them.
Holidays to India don’t get much more exciting than when your train pulls into Agra, home of the fabled Taj Mahal. The architecture of this mighty marble mausoleum is remarkable, but it is the love story behind the building – Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it for his queen, Mumtaz – that most enthrals visitors.
The Deccan Odyssey continues its journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and Udaipur, with its majestic City Palace stood proudly on the banks of Lake Pichola – a must-see as part of some of the best escorted tours of India.
Best escorted tours of Australia: The Mega Trip
Escorted tours come in all shapes and sizes. With Australia, it’s all about the big trip – distances are so great that you need the luxury of time to really get your teeth into the place.
One of the best escorted tours of Australia takes visitors on a 22-day trip through New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. Cities play a big part in the experience, with stays in Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns and Sydney all part of the itinerary.
You’ll get among nature too: board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey through tropical rainforest and rugged gorges from Cairns to Kuranda. You’ll also see the Twelve Apostles – remarkable limestone pillars that rise up from the ocean alongside Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road, as well as board a catamaran for a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.
Holidays to Australia are never complete until you have experienced Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Watching this otherworldly, 348-metre high monolith as it transforms from ochre to flame red in the rising or setting sun, is an experience that will stay with you long after your adventure Down Under has ended.
Best escorted tours of Japan: The Special-Interest Tour
Whether you are a wine lover, art aficionado or photography fan, there are a variety of special-interest escorted tours that are tailored around one theme.
One of best Japan escorted tours for nature enthusiasts is a garden-themed tour of the main island, Honshu. Two of the country’s most peaceful gardens are located right in the heart of Tokyo: the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, filled with thousands of bonsai in all shapes and sizes, and the Hamarikyu Gardens, surrounded by a seawater moat. Both offer a wonderful respite from the commotion of the city.
You’ll venture beyond the capital to the wild Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, with over 1,000 plant varieties spread across marshes, swamps and rivers. If you prefer your gardens to be more refined, the 17th Century Korakuen Garden at Okayama is a haven of exquisite lawns, koi-filled ponds and pretty teahouses.
For mountain lovers, the best escorted tours to Japan are about one thing: Mount Fuji. Promising one of the most memorable moments on this tour, the trip also includes a day exploring the 3,776-metre ‘Japanese Matterhorn’ and its beautiful lakes.
Best escorted tours of Africa: The Wildlife Tour
While self-guided African safaris are possible, most travellers prefer to enlist the help of professionals to arrange and escort them on their trip – and for good reason; tour agents and guides will sort out all the logistics, from what vaccinations you need to your park entrance fees.
Guaranteed to deliver the safari goods is Botswana, especially its Chobe National Park. It is home to Africa’s highest elephant population (herds sometimes number in the hundreds), as well as an abundance of big cats, hippos and birdlife.
You can embark on an escorted tour of Africa that takes in Chobe and also ventures to neighbouring Zambia and South Africa for more nature-inspired experiences. In Zambia you will visit the world’s largest and most awe-inspiring waterfall: Victoria Falls.
There are more dramatic views as you head for South Africa’s southern tip. You will follow the iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive, which winds its way for 9km and 114 bends between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. The coastal views are phenomenal. Finally, at Cape Point, you can relax on some of the most unspoilt beaches on the Cape.
The best activity-based escorted tours: Walking tour of Austria’s lakes and mountains
For people who rate the success of a holiday by how many miles they have walked, mountain passes they have cycled or lakes they have swam in, there are some fantastic activity-themed escorted tours available.
Austria, with its myriad of different landscapes, is a haven for walkers. Sign up for an escorted walking tour of Austria’s lakes and mountains and you will sample some of the finest walking routes in Europe.
Walks vary in length and difficulty. Take an easy stroll through the cobbled streets of St Wolfgang, perched on the banks of picturesque Lake Wolfgang. Or get the heart rate up on a hike to the summit of the Krimml Waterfalls in the lush Upper Pinzgau valley. Plummeting 385 metres, the three-tier waterfalls are the highest in Europe. Be sure to look above the falls as well as below – grey wagtails and house martins are often spotted here.
The trip culminates with a walk in the High Tauern National Park. Following well-maintained trails, you’ll be awarded with one of the best views in the region: the mighty Grossglockner, Austria’s highest peak, with the dramatic Pasterze glacier below.
Best escorted tours of India, Australia, Japan and more
With an escorted tour you can experience some of the most amazing sights the world has to offer, without the hassle of independent travel. Our expert guides are with you every step of the way – from the best escorted tours of India to activity-based tours trekking Austria’s lakes and mountains – check out our escorted tour holidays.
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