Get Inspired / Europe / Wales / Italy / France / England Touring and Guided Holidays 101 Trafalgar Globus Insight Vacations Trafalgar Insight Vacations Globus Trafalgar Insight Vacations Globus Insight Vacations Globus Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Wales / Italy / France / England Touring and Guided Holidays 101 story by: House of Travel Specialist While there are many practical reasons why you should join a touring or guided holiday, it is much more exciting to talk about the emotional reasons to join. Consider for a moment the people you will meet, the friendships formed, the secrets shared and a new and deeper understanding of customs and cultures from around the world. Meeting the locals You will meet local craftsmen and women, artists, musicians and historians, all of whom will enchant you as they demonstrate their arts and crafts. Some will even cook a meal for you and you can have an opportunity to help prepare the meals. All these will become life treasured memories. Local experts will come and go throughout the tour and you will be inspired by their knowledge and delivery. Enjoy some fantastic dining experiences eating traditional national dishes. There will be options to stay in authentic accommodation and on many occasions you can even jump the queue. Benefits of a guided tour OK, now for some practical stuff; navigating Europe on your own has its challenges, such as languages, customs, tipping, getting what you paid for and balancing price paid for services rendered. On a tour or guided holiday all this is done for you and much more! In Europe alone you can join tours to 45 countries, choose from hundreds of departure dates, with savings if you book early. You can often save more if book a second trip or by becoming a frequent traveller. Other options include creating a small group to travel with you, sharing a triple room. There is even a young traveller discount if travelling with an adult. Select the longer itineraries that provide a fantastic introduction to the best parts of Europe. After these holidays you will soon know what countries and cities you want to visit again. There are also tours that focus just on regions. Others offer one or two countries that will leave you with a deep understanding of life in these countries. There are numerous touring styles. Some tours are very leisurely and some follow special interests and events. What is included? Always included are the valuable and knowledgeable tour directors, and comfy seats in modern luxurious air-conditioned coaches, most of which have WiFi. All accommodation in private facility rooms is included, as well as daily breakfast, some lunch and evening meals, heaps of sightseeing, headsets for tour commentary and tipping in local hotels. You prepay before you leave home and save your travel funds for the best experiences when you get there. Our touring guided holiday partners, such as Globus, Insight and Trafalgar, will open a whole new world to you and when you get home we are sure you will say ‘we are glad we took a tour’ and it was a good investment for practical and emotional reasons. Happy travels. By House of Travel Specialist David Beattie David has worked as a driver/guide, a tour organiser, a travel agent and now seeks to contract the best service providers for the enjoyment of all House of Travel travellers. > Click here to find cheap flights to Europe. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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