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Group Tours – What to Expect on an Escorted Holiday

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  • Discover the joy of an escorted holiday joining like-minded people and having everything taken care of – from flights to itineraries.
  • Escorted group tours open up a world of experiences and destinations – from art trips to tiger-spotting safaris – to all types of traveller.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to add personalised experiences to enhance your holiday, giving you the flexibility to go at your own pace. 

Every year some five million people set off on an escorted holiday. An exciting and easy way to explore the world, travellers are tempted by fascinating destinations, meticulously crafted itineraries, insightful guided group tours, and so much more.

Group tour holidays

Want to go on safari in search of a Bengal tiger, listen to country music in a Nashville bar, or admire Renaissance masterpieces in a Florence gallery? Group tour holidays enable you to enjoy these fantastic life-changing experiences and many more. Embark on an escorted tour and enjoy an exciting city break, a journey through a scenic region or an epic country-wide trip.

Escorted tours include a team of experts making sure you’re well looked after. You’ll get access to iconic landmarks, the best view of awe-inspiring scenery and the opportunity to visit places off the beaten track. You’ll travel in comfort, stay in accommodation that’s been tried and tested, and be directed to the best places to eat.

You can wave goodbye to worries or concerns about researching a holiday. There’s no need to fret about getting everything right. Someone else has done the hard work for you, planned a route and itinerary, and sorted out where you’ll stay each night. The much-sought-after tickets are bought, complicated train timetables deciphered, and quirky customs explained. Escorted holidays are a reassuringly uncomplicated way to travel.

Group Tours | Escorted Tour Group

What are the benefits of escorted tours?

Lots of us live a busy life, juggling work, family and other commitments. So sometimes as much as you want to book a holiday, you never seem to have any spare time. That’s where guided tour holidays are invaluable. Start by deciding the destination you’d like to visit or the type of break you want. Talk to an escorted tour specialist such as Riviera Travel, and be delighted in the wide-range of adventures that await.

From short city breaks and European tours to fortnight USA holidays and three-week expeditions, trips will appeal to your wanderlust and suit your budget. The price of your holiday includes return flights or Eurostar travel, daily excursions, the services of knowledgeable local guides and hand-picked hotels. Any hassle and related stress of organising this yourself disappears. You’re free to concentrate on having a wonderful time.

Group tour specialists will also know destinations inside out and are aware of the best time to visit popular attractions. For example, a guide accompanying you on holiday to India will escort you to the Taj Mahal before sunrise so you can witness this breathtaking sight and avoid the crowds. You’ll have peace of mind during excursions, knowing you’re in safe, experienced hands. Guides – who may be archaeologists, historians, art critics – will buy entrance tickets, know how to avoid queues, and point out excellent cafés, ATMs, even essential toilets.

Group tours | Expert Guides

Expert guides

Another benefit? Trying to work out the logistics of seeing the highlights of South America or South Africa in one trip could be a challenge for even the most well-travelled person. However, group tour specialists can make this a reality too. Imagine, you could visit Argentina, Brazil and Peru all on one holiday – and tick three stunning destinations off your bucket list.

Group tours are also a great way to make new friends with like-minded people, who are fascinated by history, architecture or wildlife – just like you. Not everyone goes away to make lifelong friends, but it does happen – these new acquaintances may become future holiday companions.

Group Tours | Make New Friends

Good to know before a first-time group tour

Some escorted tours do involve travel in coaches – but these are a far cry from the stereotypical coaches popular in 60s films such as The Italian Job. Today’s coaches are modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. If the next place of interest is a substantial distance, you may travel by train or internal flight.

Group tours | Coach travel

Coach travel

Some itineraries, including touring holidays in India and cruises along the Nile, will involve early starts to avoid the intense heat and crowds. However, well-paced tours incorporate free time so you can explore on your own.

Group tours also offer flexibility so you can personalise your holiday if you wish. Attend a cooking workshop, go to the opera, relax in a hammam spa – new experiences can make a group tour all the more memorable.

Group tours | Cookery Classes  Demonstration

Cooking demo

Group size will vary depending on the tour, so if this is important to you, ask when you book. However, regardless of group numbers, every guest will receive first-class personal service.

How do I pick the best tour for me?

Always wanted to see the Grand Canyon? Tulips in bloom? The Terracotta Warriors? A life-long ambition may sway your decision to consider American tour holidays, a group tour in Europe or China trip. A hobby, maybe walking, gardening or photography could prompt you to pick a related escorted tour. Or, perhaps you want to ride one of the world’s most famous railways.

Group tours can specialise on one historical period, for example, Classic Greece, or appeal to foodies, such as A Taste of Bologna. You can wander around famous cities, perhaps Paris or Marrakesh, or trek down a path less well-travelled, maybe Hidden Italy. There really is a group tour to suit everyone.

Here at Riviera Travel, we are proud to offer a range of holidays to suit everyone. If you’re having trouble deciding where to go, browse our website or call one of our expert advisors for a friendly chat.

Group Tours | Walking Tour

Walking tours

What about guided tours for singles?

Couples, friends and solo travellers all enjoy guided tour holidays. Every group tour welcomes people travelling alone, and there are also holidays exclusively for solos – where there’s no need to share a room. You will, however, share experiences with like-minded others, be able to safely and confidently explore locations worldwide, and return home with unforgettable memories.

Group tour holidays made easy

If you want to connect with a destination, immerse yourself in its culture, be given an expert insight and be well looked after every step of the way, then why not book an escorted group tour for your next holiday? You’ll discover an excellent and enlightening way to travel the world.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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