Group Tours

Travel to exotic far flung destinations on our expertly led group tours

Guided group travel around the world

Group tours are our speciality. It's what we do. Well. Starting out with our inaugural trip in Egypt, our Middle East and North Africa portfolio now includes Jordan, Israel and Morocco. Featuring exotic destinations in Europe like Turkey, Iceland, Croatia & Russia, and the colourful countries of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal in the subcontinent, we're now very much a Southeast Asia specialist too, with Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand proving very popular. Japan was recently added as a group touring destination to complement China in the Far East. And Peru, Costa Rica and Cuba are our top picks in Latin America.

Upcoming group tour departures and special offers

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Taj Express - 8 days Delhi, India 07 Oct 2017 USD $793 was $1,585 2-for-1 Taj Express - 8 days Map
Taj Traveller - 8 days Delhi, India 28 Oct 2017 USD $793 was $1,585 2-for-1 Taj Traveller - 8 days Map
Backroads to Beijing - 8 days Shanghai, China 14 Oct 2017 USD $1,279 was $1,705 25% off Backroads to Beijing - 8 days Map
Jewel of the Nile - 10 days Cairo, Egypt 06 Oct 2017 USD $1,548 was $1,935 20% off Jewel of the Nile  - 10 days Map
Turkey Discovered - 14 Days Istanbul, Turkey 07 Oct 2017 USD $1,596 was $1,995 20% off Turkey Discovered - 14 Days Map

Why our group tours are a top choice

Visiting exotic far flung places across the globe, our group tours strike a balance between well-planned itineraries which include key highlights and spare time to do your own thing as well. We include unique travel experiences and there’s lots of real local interaction too, giving you a true flavour of the countries you visit. We organise everything to make your holiday seamless; your transportation, complimentary airport transfers, sightseeing, guiding and some meals. Your tour will be lead by our expert and passionate tour leaders. Captivating, informative and caring, they will ensure your holiday is fun and hassle-free.

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International travellers

Travelling with us, you'll broaden your horizons in more ways than one! Our groups attract a wide range of English speaking nationalities from all over the world and lasting friendships are often formed.

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Authentic experiences

Whether it's sampling the local cuisine, socialising with the locals at a home-stay or getting around on novel modes of transport, our tours offer plenty of authentic experiences.

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Expert local Guides

What makes our trips really special is our expert local tour leaders and guides, who organise all day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins and they will give you lots of useful local pointers and tips too.

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Free time to explore

While you'll spend a lot of time on tour with your travelling companions, there'll be plenty of opportunity for you to head off on your own adventure and explore your new surroundings.

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Great group sizes

Typical group size is 16-18 travellers which really works well and makes for a fun experience for all. On special 'festival' departures group sizes are larger due to the nature of these events.

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Lots of flexibility

Our trips follow set itineraries and we've built in added flexibility to suit you; arrive a day early, stay an extra day, upgrade some services or add-on some extras from our range of bolt-ons.

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A wide age range

We believe that age is no barrier to travel and our tours suit travellers of varying ages, upwards from mid-twenties to around sixty, which makes for a really fun, unique and eclectic group mix.

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Guaranteed to go!

Most of our group tours are guaranteed to depart as soon as 2 travellers are booked. On very few trips, this number rises to 4, so for the most part all our trips are guaranteed to run.

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No single supplements

There is no single room supplement payable on most of our group based trips. Where this is not possible, we'll try and match you up with another traveller of the same sex to avoid the supplement.

Additional-Services

Airport Arrival Transfers

We include a complimentary airport arrival transfer on our tours ensuring you have a smooth and hassle free start to your holiday. Some of our trips include a departure transfer as well.

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Private Transportation

For most tours, we use European standard private transportation. On some trips we use a bit of public transport too which is a great way to get a feel for the country you are visiting.

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Rickshaws to feluccas!

We all spice our trips up with some distinctively local forms of transport; rickshaws in India, Junk boats in Vietnam, bullet trains in China, feluccas in Egypt & long tail boats in Thailand to name a few!

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Group Tours

Who is a typical group tour traveller?

Our tours attract a diverse mix of people and appeal to travellers of all ages, from those in their mid 20s to those in their early 70s. You could be a solo adventurer or a couple, travelling with friends or family members across the generations. Our travellers come from English-speaking countries around the world from Australia and New Zealand to America and Canada, the UK and South Africa. However, there's one thing that unites our travellers and that's a thirst for adventure and a keen interest in learning about new cultures.

What styles of escorted tours do you offer?

We have five tour ranges to help you identify what you can expect of our trips. Exciting days and comfortable nights are the hallmark of our Signature tours while big adventures on two wheels and feet are what characterise our Active tours. For more information visit our Trip Types and Holiday Ranges page.

Will I get much free time on my trip?

When travelling with us you'll spend the days out sightseeing and enjoying lots of authentic cultural experiences. We work our itineraries so that there's always at least an hour or two each day for travellers to unwind. In some destinations we also include a day or two at leisure for you to enjoy the place as you wish. It'll always be somewhere with lots on offer, whether that's a beach location providing sun, sea and sand, or a scenic spot where outdoor activities abound.

How many people will be on my trip?

It depends on the tour but generally speaking our group sizes average 16-18 passengers. For instance, our Active tours have a maximum group size of 12 while our Signature tours have a maximum of 24. The time of year affects traveller numbers so if you prefer a smaller group size then consider low season travel. Our special festival departures run with larger group numbers due to the one-off nature of the events though often we'll run two separate groups to ensure numbers are manageable.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

The minimum age on our standard group tours is 18 years (or 16 years if accompanied by an adult) and there is no upper age limit. Anyone over the age of 65 will need to complete a Tour Suitability Form so that we can make sure your chosen tour is right for you. We have a range of family holidays for those travelling with children.

Can I extend my trip or arrive earlier?

We offer pre and post tour accommodation on all our trips so you can spend more time in the start and end destinations. We also offer a range of short stays that can be combined with our group tours for a more tailored holiday experience. You can find prices and details of this on our tour pages.

I'm a solo traveller - will I have to pay more?

On the majority of our tours we run a non-compulsory single supplement, which means we'll pair you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so you don't have to pay any supplements. We even have a number of tours with departures on which you can have your own room at no extra cost. For more information head to our Solo Travellers page.

What room types are available?

Our trips are organised on a twin share basis with the option to book a single room for sole use. If you are travelling as a couple or pair of friends/family, you have the choice of a twin room (two single beds in one room) or a double room (one big bed in the room). If you are a solo traveller and happy to share then you will be paired up with another solo traveller of the same sex in a twin room. Alternatively, you can pay the single supplement and have a single room to yourself. Depending on the destination a single room could have a single bed or a double bed for sole occupancy.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

You'll find a variety of meals included on our tours - it could be daily breakfast or welcome dinners at local restaurants. We will always do our best to accommodate the needs of our travellers but in more remote and out-of-the-way places this is not always possible. We ask that anyone with a dietary requirement or food allergy inform our team at time of booking so that we have plenty of time to organise meals accordingly. Handy tip - when you arrive in destination, ask your tour leader to write down your dietary requirements in the local language so that you can make yourself clearly understood when eating out away from the group.

How much baggage can I take?

The lighter you can pack the better as no one wants to be bogged down by their luggage. Most airlines have a maximum luggage allowance of 23kg, however, on some domestic flights that are included in our tours you may only be able to travel with 15kg. If you can fit all that you need in a compact suitcase that weighs between 15-20kg then you will be fine on the vast majority of our tours. On some trip types you will be better off travelling with a backpack instead of a suitcase. This includes overland camping safaris in Africa. Speak to our reservations team for more details.

Affordability and Security

Travelling with a group, common costs like transportation and guiding are shared across all travellers, which makes our tour prices very reasonable and far cheaper than private touring or tailor made options. Our trips are classic itineraries that visit all the main draw cards in each country as well as a few lesser known places off the beaten track. So exploring exotic far-away places, you'll have peace of mind and a feeling of security travelling with a group that's accompanied by a local tour leader too.

Accommodation on our Group tours

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From 3-5 star hotels to heritage properties

Typical accommodation on our group tours are 3-5 star hotels and heritage properties with a local flavour. However, depending on country, accommodation standards do vary, as we seek out what we consider to be best value for you. We aim to use 4 and 5 star hotels where they are reasonably priced and represent good value, and if this is not the case we look for good value alternatives of a lower grading - typically 3-stars and sometimes 2 stars. We aim for hotels which are well located, rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and a lot of hotels have a restaurant, bar and in some cases a pool. In more remote areas accommodation choices are limited, but the upside is that you'll get a real feel for the country - staying at desert camps, locally run pension houses, homestays, and houseboats.

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