Are escorted holidays worth the money?

By: Keith Barrett

The basic concept behind an escorted holiday is that you get to travel around a location (or variety of locations) with the assistance of a tour operator. The operator usually provides a method for you to travel, accommodation, some food, plus a tour guide.

Escorted holidays are most usually associated with travelling by coach. You'll often be picked up from a location close to your home and then be driven to your final destination. If you are travelling outside Europe, then you may find that you'll be flown to the starting point of your tour and then join the coach.

Having someone drive you around can be a real advantage, mainly because it allows you to see more of the country or region that you are visiting, without you having the stress of making your own way around.

The cost of hiring your own car might otherwise be relatively expensive.

Your coach driver will be a professional and should have plenty of experience of driving abroad.

When people look at the overall cost of an escorted holiday then often consider that it is the standard of accommodation offered that decides whether or not the holiday offers real value for money.

If you are travelling with a reputable company then you could expect accommodation to be of a high standard and for the holiday to offer decent value for money. Beware companies offering low quality accommodation in poor locations.

The standard oif the guide offered by your tour operator will also have a large impact on the perceived value for money that you receive. An experienced guide who is fluent in English can add real value to your holiday, providing an interesting, organised experience.

A poor guide will provide the opposite kind of experience and one that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

If you're looking for an escorted holiday that is worth the price then be prepared to ask tour operators for detailed information before making a booking.

Check on the standard of accommodation, coaches and guides that they will be using before confirming your booking.

If you find an escorted holiday of a high standard then it can be a very enjoyable experience and provide excellent value for money.

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