Over the years, getting a deeper understanding for the destinations we visit has become more and more important; meeting the locals, seeing the historic sights and picturesque scenery are all things that are becoming more of a priority.
Whilst we all love some relaxation time, holidays are now often about far more than that – immersing ourselves into the destination and culture around us.
Rather than visit one place on holiday, on a tour you can see three, four, five (or more) different cities, towns and rural villages. And what’s more, you’ll have an expert with you to tell you everything you need to know – so not only will you get taken to the best spots, you’ll also get the insider knowledge and any tips about where the locals go. You won’t miss a thing!
So, take a look below at some of the top reasons for taking a tour for your next holiday, as well as two of our top touring destinations.
A big plus about joining a tour is… all you need to do is turn up! It takes away all the hard work for you. That means there’s no planning to worry about; from booking your internal transport, hotels, restaurants and entrance fees to the must-see attractions – it’ll either be included in the price or can easily be added on so all you need to worry about is enjoying your holiday.
Meet new people
As well as immersing yourself into the local cultures of the destination, joining a group tour means you’ll also get to meet like-minded people: your fellow travellers. From our experience, life-long friendships are often made – and sometimes, people even re-book together for future holidays. But don’t worry, there’s often free time scheduled in too, should you be craving a little bit of alone time!
Our favourite touring destinations
There are so many not-to-be-missed destinations out there, but there are two that stand out for us: North America and China.
Both are so vast, with plenty of sights to see – we believe a tour is a perfect way to experience both these destinations!
It’s difficult to know where to start, right? Well, we recommend killing two birds with one stone with a USA and Canada tour. There’s plenty of incredible cities in the USA, however Boston’s one of our favourites. One of the oldest cities in the USA, there’s an array of museums that’ll keep you busy for hours on end. The food here is worth the trip too! You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to top-notch restaurants as well as ice-cream shops… so be sure to try as many as you can.
A stop in Canada’s French region is also well worth it; with an enticing blend of winding cobbled streets, ancient churches and Norman-style houses, you’ll be surprised by the amount of history there is here. And not to forget Canada’s most iconic natural wonder, Niagara Falls. You can even choose to take a helicopter ride over them – an experience that’s hard to beat!
Starting in Boston, you can make your way through Vermont, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Niagara Falls and much more. It's a tour that encompasses the very best of this part of the world. And if you travel in the autumn, when the leaves are golden, you'll have picturesque views wherever you go. What’s more, you’ll be accompanied by an expert tour manager throughout, who will share their knowledge and add to your experience.
A country bursting with history and a unique culture, there’s so much to see in China.
From walking the mighty Great Wall, standing in front of the ancient Terracotta Warriors, meeting the adorable giant pandas and exploring vibrant Shanghai for starters, to admiring picturesque scenery in Guilin and cruising along the mighty Yangtze River, there’s so much to see!
Even a two-week tour barely scratches the surface.
Each and every city and town will offer a brand-new take on what China has to offer. With differing traditions, cuisines and cultures wherever you go, you’ll feel like you’re visiting a different country at every stop!
For more information on exploration tours, contact Nikki at NC Travel.