Five rea­sons to con­sider a small group to ur

trav­el­bul­letin spoke with Chip Popescu, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Eastern Euro­tours & Mediter­ranean Hol­i­days, on the ben­e­fits of opt­ing for a small group tour.

Travel Bulletin - - SMALL GROUP TO URING -

1 Per­son­al­i­sa­tion: Small group tours al­low pas­sen­gers to have more in­ter­ac­tion with the tour leader, mean­ing an op­er­a­tor to pro­vide a more per­son­alised ser­vice. Guests can ask more ques­tions and the leader can pro­vide more of the in­for­ma­tion that they are in­ter­ested in.

2 Like-minded trav­ellers: At the core of many small group tours is a theme or in­ter­est. Whether it’s zon­ing in on clas­si­cal mu­sic, ar­chi­tec­ture from the Baroque era or sat­is­fy­ing a pas­sion for food and wine, spe­cial in­ter­est tours at­tract trav­ellers who are look­ing for sim­i­lar things. This can help pro­vide a deeper travel ex­pe­ri­ence as trav­ellers spend time delv­ing into the topic they are pas­sion­ate about, ac­com­pa­nied by peo­ple that have shared in­ter­ests.

3 More time: A com­pact size means the group can be moved much faster from one place to an­other, leav­ing more time to dig up the in­tri­ca­cies of a des­ti­na­tion. It also opens up trans­port op­tions other than a coach, al­low­ing the group to be more ag­ile.

4 Lo­cal En­gage­ment: Trav­ellers can see the area from a lo­cal’s per­spec­tive by mov­ing in small groups be­cause there can be more op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage with the peo­ple. Ven­tur­ing through the back­streets on a bike or learn­ing a re­gion’s dances ac­com­pa­nied a by crowd of 40 just doesn’t have the same feel.

5 Va­ri­ety: Par­tic­u­larly when trav­el­ling to more re­mote, smaller towns, not all ho­tels or restau­rants can cater for a coach-full of trav­ellers. Mov­ing around in teams of 20 or less may un­lock the op­por­tu­nity to sleep in lesser-known unique ho­tels or pro­vide the chance to be im­mersed in the culi­nary cul­ture with a cook­ing class.

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