Tours and Activities While Traveling: Options, Costs, and Recommendations!
Updated: Oct 17, 2021
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With the rise of experiential travel, custom tours, experiences, and shore excursions have skyrocketed in popularity. Gone are the days of gazing wistfully at the Eiffel Tower from the smudged window of a stuffy tour bus. Today’s travel style is much more personalized and intimate. Instead of simply looking at the Eiffel Tower, today’s traveler wants a detailed tour IN the Eiffel Tower...followed by dinner at Le Jules Verne, bien sûr!
So when it comes to tours and shore excursions, what options are available to the modern traveler? And how much can you expect them to cost? Let’s take a look!
If you’re interested in a completely private experience for yourself and your traveling companions, you may opt to hire a company with completely customizable itineraries. Not only does this allow you to tailor a tour to fit your unique interests, but in the era of Covid-19, private tours are an excellent way to minimize contact with others. Average Cost: $100 to $800, depending on location and experience Highlighted Experience: Private Cooking in Mama’s Kitchen Tour
Small Group Tours
These tours usually have between 2 and 20 people and tend to run on predetermined itineraries. Although they don’t allow customization, small group tours are an excellent way to see a destination with a guide without cutting too much into your vacation budget. Average Cost: $20 to $150 Highlighted Experience: Crypts, Bones, and Catacombs: An Underground Tour of Rome Standard Tours & Shore Excursions
Standard tours or shore excursions usually involve about 20-50 people. The tours on offer tend to be very similar to small group excursions - they just include more people. A benefit of these types of tours is the cost - they tend to be very affordable. One downside, however, is that with larger groups the experience becomes less customized and intimate. Most shore excursions that are affiliated with cruise lines offer transportation to and from the cruise ship, so keep that benefit in mind when deciding how you’d like to spend your time in a destination. If you’re worried about getting back to your ship in time, you might opt for a half-day excursion that keeps you within the vicinity of your ship. These excursions hit all of the highlights in quick succession, allowing you to see the most important sites without spending too much time away from your home away from home! Average Cost: $20 to $250 Highlighted Experience: Pompeii, Positano And Sorrento – Shore Excursion From Naples
Great for those with a keen sense of adventure, active excursions include activities like wine tasting, zip-lining, cycling, hiking, or even dog-sledding, all designed to maximize fun and adventure on your vacation! Keep in mind that some activities may have age restrictions, but your travel advisor will be happy to help you select adventures that are fun for the whole family. Average Cost: $75 - $300 Featured Experience: Jamaica Bobsled Adventure Tour from Falmouth
The increasing popularity of multi-generational travel means that many excursions are designed for the whole family, from babies to grandmas. Because some family members may be unable to walk long distances, these experiences tend to be less active and more relaxing. Average Cost: $80 to $150 Featured Experience: Seville Tour in Horse Drawn Carriage
If you desire to go on a tour or a shore excursion, get in contact! I’d love to help design a tour package based on your preferences. So whether you are in Texas, Alabama, or in the Oklahoma City metro, you are just a phone call away from an exotic travel experience.
TRAVELING WITH A GROUP CAN BE REWARDING
Vacations present the perfect opportunity to take a break from your hectic schedule and embark on exciting adventures abroad. Can you think of a better way to enjoy a holiday than to spend it with your friends and family? Do you want your next vacation to be that memorable? Why not experience the trip of a lifetime with your family and friends and strengthen the bonds you share?
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