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Old 07-08-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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I have decided to vacation and travel for the first time---alone! This is a major move for me. I never travel or vacation and I wasn't too keen on going alone at first but I said screw it I'm going alone! I'm not going to be dependent on anyone. Plus, I got some encouragement from you folks a few months back.

So someone please help me out. I keep trying to figured out the difference between Escorted Tour and a Guided Travel Tour. What is the difference?

Also, any experience with Gate1 Travel. If so, do share!

Thank You!
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:21 AM
 
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I doubt there is a difference, just meaningless marketing gimmick terms to help the tour agency stand out.
There are all sorts of different types of tours (group, individual, independent, etc). That's up to you to determine what kind of tour you want and what the agency offers.
But why use a tour at all? You say "I won't be dependent" but then you want to join a tour in which you will be dependent on tour operators for your entire trip?
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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I doubt there is a difference, just meaningless marketing gimmick terms to help the tour agency stand out.
There are all sorts of different types of tours (group, individual, independent, etc). That's up to you to determine what kind of tour you want and what the agency offers.
But why use a tour at all? You say "I won't be dependent" but then you want to join a tour in which you will be dependent on tour operators for your entire trip?
A guided tour makes traveling a lot more accessible to people who are nervous about traveling for the first time- particularly if it's a country where they don't speak the language. I did a youth budget bus tour from Vienna to Krakow to Budapest (with some stops in between of course) where I got to see things I never would have seen if I was just hopping a train between the cities. The key is to find a tour that gives you lots of options to be on your own at each place you visit, rather than being herded around in a group. That way you have the safety net of being around a lot of people but have the independence to explore alone (or with a new friend!).

Live&Learn, where are you looking to go? I'll agree, those are interchangeable.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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Thank for the responses!

I am looking to go to meditarranean. Along the lines of Turkey, Greece and/or Egypt. ....just thinking about it gets me all excited.


I agree they sound interchangeable. However, the website offering the different tour packages differentiate between Escorted and Guide tours but dont explain how they are different. I just emailed them so hopefully I get a response.

To answer your question DD714, the reason I want to go onto a tour is because I am a very inexperienced traveler and want some guidance as a beginner. I do think I will enjoy it much. When I said I didn't want to be dependent on anyone else what I meant was that I am not going to not travel just because I have no one to go with (none of my family or friends can go). At first, I thought traveling alone wouldn't be as fun and I was kind of nervous going halfway around the world by myself. I think I will enjoy the tour and feel a bit safer. But, in the future I would of course love to do independent traveling- no tour group needed.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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To answer your question DD714, the reason I want to go onto a tour is because I am a very inexperienced traveler and want some guidance as a beginner. I do think I will enjoy it much. When I said I didn't want to be dependent on anyone else what I meant was that I am not going to not travel just because I have no one to go with (none of my family or friends can go). At first, I thought traveling alone wouldn't be as fun and I was kind of nervous going halfway around the world by myself. I think I will enjoy the tour and feel a bit safer. But, in the future I would of course love to do independent traveling- no tour group needed.
Nothing wrong with that, and in fact I would recommend that someone should go on a guided tour for the first time to a Egypt and/or Turkey. Doubly so if you are a female. Those countries are somewhat hectic and confusing for a first timer.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:38 PM
 
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if you're under 35 you might want to take a look at the "adventure" tour operators like GAP or Intrepid Travel. They do small group tours (usually for the budget-conscious) and go off the beaten paths through tourist-heavy destinations like Costa Rica, Egypt, China, etc. If you go with the established "bus"-tour operators like Trafalgar you'll endup spending lots of time being herded around like sheep, waiting in massive lines for famous sites with other lemmings from Germany & Japan. My parents have also been on a Rick Steve's tour to Spain and they had a blast, but the majority of ppl were older couples, say late 40's to late 60's.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Thank for the responses!

I am looking to go to meditarranean. Along the lines of Turkey, Greece and/or Egypt. ....just thinking about it gets me all excited.


I agree they sound interchangeable. However, the website offering the different tour packages differentiate between Escorted and Guide tours but dont explain how they are different. I just emailed them so hopefully I get a response.

To answer your question DD714, the reason I want to go onto a tour is because I am a very inexperienced traveler and want some guidance as a beginner. I do think I will enjoy it much. When I said I didn't want to be dependent on anyone else what I meant was that I am not going to not travel just because I have no one to go with (none of my family or friends can go). At first, I thought traveling alone wouldn't be as fun and I was kind of nervous going halfway around the world by myself. I think I will enjoy the tour and feel a bit safer. But, in the future I would of course love to do independent traveling- no tour group needed.
I asked a travel agent friend what the difference is between escorted and guided tours and she said most people believe they're the same and it's often interchangeable these days but technically there is a difference. She said an escorted tour means the escort/guide is with you all the way and you're with the same group the whole time, doing the same things together. A guided one is where you're guided around but not necessarily accompanied by the guide all the time and there's more options for going off on your own and doing different things/activities with different groups or by yourself. Hope that helps.

Going to places like Egypt, I'd definitely go on a tour. I did, and was glad I did. It can be an overwhelming place and unless you're experienced and adventurous I think you could get into trouble very easily. I accidentally stepped on someone's prayer mat on a very busy street in Cairo and my guide had to get between me and the very angry man and explain/apologise for my indiscretion. It was quite frightening as I didn't understand what happened or what he was yelling at me for. I was too busy gawking at the sights, looking up, to realize I'd stepped on this guy's prayer mat which he had just flung out suddenly right under my feet at the call of the muezzin. Ooops!

Other than that, the experience was amazing and well worth it. Have a great time!
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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This is a new place for me. But i would like to thank you all for sharing you experiences with all. Traveling is a great hobby which i like to do more. And want to know more about laces and the culture. I liked all the information which you all have shared. Thanks for sharing...........
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I agree about trying for adventure travel if you're young, and going with a group, since you are inexperienced and it's fun to share you experiences with those around you. Travelling completely alone can be a fun way to meet people and have unique experiences, but not for the beginner.

there are many great organizations that do small group travel, and as said, you can get off the beaten track.

Despite all this, Greece can easily be done on your own. Start and end in Athens, read lots of guidebooks and online sites, and plan ferry trips out to some islands. The Greeks are very friendly, and the islands are wonderful and relaxed.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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I'm all for escorted tours. I think it's a great, easy way to see a lot in a smaller time.

My one suggestion would be to join a tour out of Europe somewhere (London probably for English-speaking) rather than a tour from the U.S. We really enjoyed that because we ended up traveling with more Brits, South Africans, Australians, Indians, etc., than with Americans.
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