Escorted Holidays Are Back In Fashion

By: Keith Barrett

With increasing numbers of us choosing to book holidays online, package holidays have come under threat. Now that we can easily compare prices on hotels, flights and car hire, the advantages of booking package holidays have been disappearing.

As well as leading to an increase in independent holidays, the rush to use the internet as a tool for booking trips abroad has also seen a revival in an older form of travel: the escorted holiday.

The basic concept of an escorted holiday will be familiar to many of us. These are trips that often involve making use of a coach to get to our intended destination.

Although the concept is familiar, the new style of escorted holidays differs considerably from the old stereotypes.

Touring companies specialising in escorted holidays have been taking a good look at themselves and have been making changes to ensure that they are popular with a new breed of tourists.

With executive coaches, experienced tour guides and first-class accommodation, escorted holidays are increasingly aimed at the luxury end of the market.

They are beginning to appeal to travellers who want a holiday that is free of stress. Having an experienced driver handle the bustling traffic of major cities, while an English-speaking guide provides information on the city, sight or region being visited, is attracting many to this style of travelling.

Where escorted holidays have really come into their own is with holiday-makers looking to travel in Eastern Europe. To many of us, the thought of making arrangements for a trip to Poland, Bulgaria, Romania or Russia can seem somewhat frightening.

With an escorted holiday, all of the arrangements are dealt with. There is no need to scour the internet to find a hotel that is up to scratch - that is the responsibility of your tour operator.

It's clear that escorted holidays are experiencing a renaissance. Given the ease involved in booking such a trip and the quality of experience that is now available, you can expect the popularity of escorted holidays to continue to grow.

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