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Old 10-19-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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Here is my scenario. I want to make a Euro trip next year. I will be going alone since my friends either can't make it, or don’t have the money to pay for it. So I am looking for one of those places that just group many people together and based on the number of people they get, they create a pakage, pre-purchase all entrances, hotels, guides and attractions, and have everyone do them at the same time.

The important thing for me is that I would like to travel with a group of people. I don't mind that I don’t know them or if it is a bunch of retired people, party animals, young families, or anything else as long as more people are following the same plan. A package where everyone stays in the same hotel and goes site seeing at the same time with pre-purchased everything. Ideally, I'd like the tour to visit multiple countries staying a couple of days in different cities of interest.

I don’t know of any agency that does something like this. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I am in the US. Any type of advice or recommendation is welcome.


TNX.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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There are dozens (hundreds) ?? of tour packagers, I would suggest Rick Steves' Europe: Tours, Trip Planning, Travel Guides and Information from what i've heard his company does 1st rate tours.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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There are dozens (hundreds) ?? of tour packagers, I would suggest Rick Steves' Europe: Tours, Trip Planning, Travel Guides and Information from what i've heard his company does 1st rate tours.

This one is pricey, but I am sure is well worth it. Looks like this one could be a winner.

Just need some more options to have something to compare it with.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Most inportain part of finding a group tour, is to find one that matching your personaly and intrests, if you are a 20 someting, being in a group of 60+ would not be fun. The pace / freetime to expore, Keep in mind if you are not matched (if they offer it) to a roommate, you will pay a single fee, basily double the hotel rate, Cost are based on 2 per room. If you are alone you pay 2x the room cost.

Group tours can also take longer. Moving 30-50 people into/off bus takes time. Eating takes longer ... So they can only stop .. at the planned stops , On the plus side going into place to tour, you go to the front of the line (most places) the tour group have timed with the places, So you get off the bus, and go right in.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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There are some companies that specialize in solo travel/singles travel: all singles travel; singles travel international; singles in paradise; etc. There are several others too. I can't vouch for their quality, but if you are looking to travel on an organized tour and want to be with others who are traveling alone, looking for companies that specialize in singles travel might be worthwhile.

If you're active, maybe Classic Journeys or backroads.com. They go to one or more countries on a tour, but do things like walking tours instead of bus tours. Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: 1st Circle of Hell: Limbo
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This is kind of a "kayak" like website for the tour operators for Europe, Asia, Australia, ect. Vacation Packages

Have fun and good luck!
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you have a hobby or an area of special interest, there are tours arranged for all kinds of things. There are Art tours, Archaeology tours, Birdwatching tours, Gastronomy tours, Nature or Ecology tours.

Whatever your hobby or special interest is, there is probably a tour that will specialize in it, and that group will pretty much stay together all the time.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I ventured alone on the weekends when I studied abroad in Europe for 1 semester a few years ago. Some tips for the single budget traveler:

1) Get an Eurail pass (Eurail - Travel Europe by Train with your Eurail Pass | Eurail.com). It's definitely worth it for the Northern european countries. It depends for the southern european countries but if you'll be transferring trains a lot, it's still worth it even if it costs more (you won't need to stand in line to purchase tickets and rush every time there's a transfer. Plus, they give you a free timetable book.)

2) Use Debit/Credit cards for transactions if possible. Call you bank and tell them you're traveling overseas and enable your ATM. Make sure to use a 4 digit all-number pin. Apply for a Capitalone Visa card as well ; they have no foreign exchange fee.

3) Go to www.urbanrail.com and print (or download to tablet/iPad) all public transportation maps for the cities you'll be visiting. I'm sure there are probably apps for public transportation nowadays as well. If you know you'll be in the city for a while, be sure to purchase day/week passes for unlimited transit use.

4) Try to live in Hostels (Hostels Worldwide - Online Hostel Bookings, Ratings and Reviews) if you don't mind sharing a room with many people. They're generally located very close to the central train stations and are relatively easy to find.

5) Get an Amazon Kindle for free Web access wherever you go. I wish I had one back then; it'll really help for finding information on the go as well as passing time on the trains.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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Check out Trafalgar tours, they are reasonably priced and very well organized.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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Or although not used much anymore, Check with a travel agent if you want someone to do the legwork for you.
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