Escorted tours (aka Group Tours) are conducted by a tour director who takes care of all services from beginning to the end of the tour. The planning of transportation, navigation, food, and entertainment has already been taken care of. You travel with a group of people where some activities and meals will be together as a group, as well as, some free time is given to explore and shop more independently. It’s a relaxing and care-free way to travel without having to worry about any details. Your only job is to wake up in the morning and your day is laid out for you.
Rail tours offer a unique type of vacation in which much of the transportation is conducted via rail. Trains have been a fascination of many for years and with these select rail journeys you will get to experience the wondrous view, comfort and excitement of a train with the in-depth experience of a hosted or escorted tour.
These vacations usually spend 2 or 3 nights in each location visited and usually, only a few locations are visited. A tour guide is normally not included, but there may be a host available to answer questions and suggest sightseeing.
Few meals and some sightseeing are typically included, but a lot of free time to explore is available. You can follow the itinerary as you please but you must navigate your own way around the foreign city.
These vacations are ideal for independent travelers looking to set their own pace.