Are guided tours worth it?

Booking a well-deserved holiday is always something to look forward to, wherever you live and however old you are.

So you’ve booked the holiday of a lifetime. The next step of planning your itinerary, comes with a multitude of issues. Which landmarks should you visit? How will you get around? What food will you eat every day?

Whilst some of us thrive on the meticulous details, some of us prefer to just go with the flow. But the one thing we all crave is to have an enjoyable, relaxing and stress-free break.

There are so many holiday companies that can take away all the worries of planning your holiday. Booking a guided tour will give you unforgettable experiences, with lifelong memories – without the hassle.

So what makes guided tours so different? Well for starters, they make it as easy as they can for you. You don’t need to worry about the finer details, as they’re usually with you every step of the way, from making your booking to getting you back home again – they are there to give you a helping hand, 24 hours a day.

Planned itineraries give you the best of everything. They know you’ll want to see the popular tourist spots, so of course they’ll include key landmarks and icons on their trips. But some companies can often bring you something extra, by giving you a feel for the real life and culture in a faraway place. They’ll take care of entry tickets and you don’t need to waste your precious holiday time figuring it all out.

If you’re unsure about having your whole trip scheduled and prefer to chance it all, you can book an escorted tour for a particular landmark. So if you’re in Rome for example, you can book a guided tour of the Vatican City or Colosseum. It’s often worth booking well in advance as certain times of the year may be busier than others. The tour is hassle free, you just have to get to your meeting point and the guide will take care of the rest. You’ll be able learn all of the key information from an expert that knows the place well. They’ll show you around and know the prime spots for photo opportunities.

Some tours can connect you with some amazing local families, who will welcome you into their world to experience their lives first-hand. You can be fully immersed in authentic ways of living and working, where you’ll get unique insights that you never imagined were possible. Imagine stepping into someone else’s shoes for a few hours and swapping your life for something extraordinary.

The opportunities to try something different are endless. And as well traditional sightseeing and connecting with locals, you can tailor your trip to how you want it.

Wherever your interests lie, you can make it happen with a guided tour. Whether you’re fascinated by history, interested in animals or love learning about different cuisines, most tour companies will have you covered.

So next time you’re booking your holiday, take a second to think if you want to arrange it all yourself or have it all done for you at the click of a few buttons.