Many experienced travelers agree that an escorted tour provides more bang for your buck. Escorted Tours also offer more included features, and will leave you plenty of free time to do what you would like.
A Tour Manager will be guiding you throughout the tour. He/She will have knowledge of Europe, thus the experience needed to guide someone like yourself around the area. He will be mindful of local customs and news keeping you exposed to the character of the area while keeping you safe.
It is good to look for the following:
- A good rating by the Better Business Bureau
- The operator’s attention to detail
- How many included meals the tour operator offers (Hint: Look for the most!)
- Do they have certification affiliations with national associations such as ABA, NTA & IATAN.
- Experienced Tour Managers
Absolutely not! With an escorted tour, you will have a bus driver drive you from country to country. No need to worry about how the rules of the road differ from our rules back home.
Tour managers will generally take care of it for you. But be sure to pack sensibly!
The sooner, the better! Most escorted tours offer ‘Early Booking’ discounts. If you have a preferred departure date, it is best to reserve space before it sells out!
Most tour operators recommend that you be able to comfortably walk 1 mile in 30 minutes without shortness of breath or other physical discomfort. Most foreign cities have ‘Pedestrian Only’ city centers, so there is limited access for the motor coach. It is common to walk from a half mile to several miles in each city visited to experience all of the “Old World” charm and sights.
In most cases, Travel Insurance is optional. Escape World Travel recommends that all clients take travel insurance. Travel Insurance policies can cover you for things such as cancellation, flight issues, baggage delays, missed connections, transfers, trip interruption, medical assistance while on tour, on-call & translation services, and even medical evacuation. Before declining travel insurance, we recommend that you check with your health insurance provider to make sure that you have health insurance if you are traveling outside of the United States.