Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is A Guided Vacation?

Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is A Guided Vacation?

Discover why a guided vacation is the perfect choice for your next tour, now more than ever during these unusual times. We are here as your knowledgeable and well-prepared travel specialists who have taken care of absolutely everything, so you can simply focus on having fun.

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Hassle-Free Travel

Traveling with a group is a rewarding experience that lets you connect with a fun-loving group of like-minded people. Our collection of top-rated guided vacations combines unique sightseeing and "must-see" inclusions, unique cultural experiences, and expert insights to ensure a memorable journey from start to finish.


English-Speaking Travel Directors

A seasoned Travel Director from our travel partners leads every trip. These experts possess a wealth of local knowledge, and they become trusted friends and travel companions. Not only do they show you around, take you behind the scenes, and introduce you to local specialists along the way, they also handle all the details, so you can enjoy your trip without worrying about schedules, prices, or directions.

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Local Experts

Gain a deeper appreciation of Europe's most renowned cities by seeing them through the eyes of local experts. These locals will regale you with charming stories, share their customs, and show you hidden gems. From Europe's capitals to remote villages, these experts are like having a local as a friend to show you some of the world's most exciting destinations.


Connect With New Friends

Traveling with a group is a rewarding experience that lets you connect and camaraderie with a fun-loving group of like-minded people. Whether you’re traveling solo or as a couple, you’ll create cherished memories abroad and make lifelong friends with fellow travelers who share your interests in history, culture, food, and more.

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Unwind in the Best Hotels

We continuously strive to deliver the best, most authentic hotels in every city. You’ll stay exclusively in accommodations independently rated as First Class European Standard. Whether your hotel is a Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, or Radisson Blu, you’ll stay at properties with all the modern amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi in most hotels. You’ll find comprehensive information in the accommodations tab on our website, and we encourage you to read unbiased reviews on

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Throughout your trip, you’ll enjoy meals and wines made from local ingredients that highlight the unique cultures and flavors of your destination. Included meals are listed on every tour. Click on "itinerary" to view day-by-day meals. For a Highlight Lunch, Highlight Dinner, or Regional Meal expect to be at local restaurants or unique venues. A Dine-Around Dinner consists of dining at a variety of pre-selected restaurants in the area.

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Travel in Comfort

On your guided vacation, you’ll enjoy the most reliable and relaxing transportation. Traveling on a modern motorcoach, you’ll see the breathtaking landscapes of Europe through panoramic windows while you stay cool and comfortable with air-conditioning, plush seats, and generous legroom. Plus, most motorcoaches have onboard Wi-Fi connections.

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At Your Own Pace

When looking at vacations, it’s essential to consider the pace of your journey: the length of the trip, the number of overnights, and the types of activities you’ll participate in. All itineraries involve some walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. You’ll need to be in good condition, be able to walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day and be able to keep pace with the group.

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Optional Excursions

Every guided vacation is carefully planned to provide the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time to explore a destination on your own. You could spend your free time exploring, eating, shopping, or relaxing. Or you could choose from a selection of Optional Experiences that can be purchased directly from your Travel Director. You'll find details of optional experiences offered for each tour listed on the individual trip pages on our website.

Find Your Perfect Trip

Italy & Sicily

Explore Rome, Florence, Venice, Calabria and many other timeless sights

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USA & Canada

Explore the Southwest, the Rockies, Cape Cod, and countless other natural wonders

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Britain & Ireland

Explore grand cities, heritage attractions, and idyllic landscapes

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European River Cruises

Cruise enticing rivers on the world's most luxurious ships!

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Africa Safaris

Explore the wonders and wildlife of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and more!

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No Risk Deposit

Secure your trip with a low deposit and if you need to cancel within 30 days, you will receive a full refund. Limited time only.

Flexibility Promise

You're free to change your plans until 60 days before your trip.