April 25, 2024

The Art of Travel: Your Tour Guide is Leading the Way

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Isabelle Guillaume

Finding the hidden gems & magic in the ease of exploring a new city 

Welcome to the enchanting world of stress-free travel. From private airport transfers to special birthday welcome experiences, booking your trip with a travel advisor and their recommended local tour guides allows you to make the most of your time. Especially when it comes to traveling with a group, a guided tour or tour guide for at least part of the trip is sure to be a highlight. 

Tour guides are usually locals and have special access to landmarks or off the radar sites, shopping, or dining. Guides often share insider tips and recommendations for dining, shopping, and entertainment based on their local knowledge and connections. This can lead to discovering hidden gems and authentic experiences that you might not find on your own.

Booking a guided tour often means you are seeing the city through a local's perspective. Step into the realm of discovery as knowledgeable guides lead you through winding streets, ancient ruins, and bustling markets, unveiling the rich tapestry of history, culture, and tradition that weaves each destination together. 

Tour companies are particularly helpful when it comes to traveling with groups, families, and celebrating milestones. No matter where you want to go in the world, MVT unlocks the gift of a treasured tour guides and hosts throughout your big adventure. 


Wellness Travel with G Adventures

On every Wellness tour, your journey starts with an intention setting ceremony upon your arrival. As you enjoy a slower paced itinerary, re-center yourself with yoga practices and optional meditation sessions led by expert instructors ready to teach all levels of abilities.

Every Wellness tour lets you connect with your physical side through fun, adventurous activities in picturesque natural settings. Possibilities range from nature hikes to stand up paddleboarding to cycling trips across the countryside.

Activities include:

  • Test your balance with stand up paddleboard yoga in Costa Rica
  • Dive in for some snorkelling around Menjangan Island in Bali
  • Hike to and behind the Skogafoss and Seljandsfoss waterfalls in Iceland
  • Uncover ancient traditions at the Wat Po Thai Massage School in Thailand

Feel rejuvenated at the end of each day when you take a guided tour with G Adventures, and every hour within it, thanks to the upgraded accommodations, elevated service, and private transport available on every tour. Day in and day out, you can ensure both body and mind get equal amounts of rest.

G Adventures featured itinerary: Hiking the Azores

Spend six incredible days hiking this famous archipelago, and experience a side that few ever see. Trek to the highest lake in the Azores, wander through storied towns, and hike through some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes you ever did see.

Hike from Ribeira Funda to Maia along the dramatic and beautiful north coast of the island of São Miguel. Pause to eat lunch at Praia da Viola, also known as the 'secret beach.' Along the way pass many viewpoints along the coast of the island. The tour ends in the friendly parish of Maia. After returning from the hike the group will head into Furnas town for a visit to the Terra Nostra Gardens and geothermal hot springs. While there, the group will have a chance to take a dip in the natural hot waters or wander around the 24-acre botanical garden - and that is just day 2! 

Crafting Unforgettable Experiences with Tauck

Beyond the surface allure of popular attractions, Tauck endeavors to provide deeper insights into the destinations visited. Through exclusive experiences such as private museum tours, encounters with local artisans, and insightful lectures by expert guides, travelers gain a profound understanding of the rich tapestry of history, art, and traditions that shape each locale. These meaningful interactions foster genuine connections with the people and places visited, leaving indelible memories that last a lifetime.

Sustainable Travel, Responsible Practices 

As stewards of the planet, Tauck is committed to sustainable travel practices that minimize environmental impact and support local communities. From partnering with eco-friendly accommodations to promoting wildlife conservation efforts, Tauck ensures that every journey contributes positively to the destinations visited. By traveling with Tauck, guests can embark on adventures knowing that they are leaving a positive footprint on the world and supporting the preservation of our planet's natural and cultural heritage.

Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari - Unforgettable Experiences Await 

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania with Tauck's "Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari" itinerary. This 13-day adventure offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the majestic wildlife and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures of East Africa.

From the bustling streets of Arusha, Tanzania's safari gateway, to the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, and beyond, every moment of this safari is filled with wonder and excitement. Experience the thrill of spotting the "Big Five" – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos – during daily game drives led by expert guides.

Highlights of the itinerary include a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara game reserve at dawn, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush—an experience that promises breathtaking views and unforgettable memories. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage, gaining insight into the conservation efforts protecting Africa's diverse wildlife.

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A Grand Journey through Australia & New Zealand with Tauck

Embark on a 20-day odyssey through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Australia and New Zealand with Tauck's "Grand Australia & New Zealand" itinerary. Beginning in the vibrant city of Melbourne, you'll delve into the Victorian charms of this cultural hub before venturing into the heart of the Outback. Witness the mystical allure of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and delve into the rich indigenous heritage of the region before flying to Queensland, where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef await. At the luxurious Silky Oaks Lodge nestled within the ancient Daintree Rainforest, indulge in the ultimate tropical paradise experience, complete with award-winning dining and rejuvenating spa treatments.

Your journey continues with a full-day eco-cruise to the Agincourt Reef, where you'll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel amidst the vibrant marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. In Sydney, immerse yourself in the city's iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, before embarking on a "Taste of Sydney" foodie tour, sampling some of the city's coolest eats and celebrating its multicultural culinary heritage.


Throughout your journey, Tauck's signature touches ensure a seamless and enriching experience, from private charter flights and exclusive tours to luxury accommodations at renowned hotels and lodges. With Tauck, every moment of your "Grand Australia & New Zealand" journey is crafted to perfection, promising unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the lands down under.

Your Passport to Extraordinary Getaways with Globus

Traveling with Globus means enjoying the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. From deluxe accommodations in centrally located hotels to spacious coaches equipped with Wi-Fi and air conditioning, every detail is thoughtfully arranged to enhance your travel experience. Say goodbye to the stress of planning logistics and hello to effortless exploration.

Find the perfect balance between time with your guide & leisure or self-guided tours.

Discover Benelux: 9 Days of Charm, Chocolate & Culture

Embark on a captivating nine-day journey with Globus, exploring the highlights of Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium. From the iconic canals of Amsterdam to the medieval charm of Brussels, immerse yourself in the culture, history, and flavors of the Benelux countries. Explore Amsterdam's highlights, including the Anne Frank House and Dam Square, before venturing to Keukenhof Gardens, Delft, and The Hague for a day filled with beauty and history. Travel through Belgium, stopping in Maastricht and Bastogne, before arriving in Luxembourg to discover its UNESCO-listed Old Town and fortifications. Continue to Bruges, known for its canals and chocolate, then explore Brussels' landmarks, such as the Grand Place and Royal Palace.

With Globus, enjoy expertly curated itineraries and deluxe accommodations, ensuring an unforgettable journey through these enchanting destinations.

Explore Unforgettable Escapades with Collette

In a world where wanderlust knows no bounds and curiosity beckons at every turn, there exists a realm of exploration waiting to be unveiled. This realm, brimming with cultural wonders, natural marvels, and unforgettable experiences, is where Collette steps in to guide you. As a premier tour company with decades of expertise, Collette doesn't just offer trips; it crafts transformative journeys that linger in your memory long after you return home.

One of Collette's greatest assets is its team of expert tour managers and guides. Passionate and knowledgeable, these individuals are more than just companions on your journey; they're storytellers, historians, and cultural ambassadors rolled into one. With their insider insights and local connections, they breathe life into every destination, revealing its hidden treasures and untold tales.

Collette's tour offerings span the globe, inviting travelers to explore every corner of our planet. From the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean to the mystical landscapes of Asia, there's a destination to suit every taste and inclination. Whether you dream of sipping wine in the vineyards of Tuscany, marveling at the ancient wonders of Egypt, or embarking on a safari in the Serengeti, Collette has a tour that promises to fulfill your wanderlust.

Sun-Soaked Costa del Sol & Madrid Adventure

Embark on a sun-soaked escapade through Spain's Costa del Sol and Madrid, all for just $1,999 per person on our 9-day journey! Dive into the essence of Andalusia as you soak up the vibrant culture, tantalizing cuisine, and rich history. Spend 5 luxurious nights in a charming seaside town, indulging in lazy days on the beach and exploring quaint boutiques and cozy cafés. Discover the hidden gems of Andalusia with visits to picturesque whitewashed villages like Setenil de las Bodegas and Ronda, and marvel at the medieval wonders of Segovia. Then, let the energy of Spain's capital city sweep you away during a 2-night stay in Madrid. With included highlights like Málaga and optional excursions starting at just $85.00, this is your chance to tailor your adventure for maximum fun and relaxation.

Unforgettable European Adventures with CIE Tours

For nearly a century, CIE Tours has been synonymous with unforgettable European journeys, crafting experiences that resonate with travelers worldwide. Founded in 1932, our legacy of excellence is rooted in authentic Irish hospitality, guided by seasoned experts who infuse each trip with warmth and storytelling magic. Our itineraries blend exclusive access to hidden gems with leisurely exploration, ensuring every moment is steeped in discovery. What sets us apart is our all-inclusive pricing model, simplifying travel logistics and fostering carefree adventures. From top-rated accommodations to acclaimed attractions, our Awards of Excellence recognize the best in travel, reflecting our commitment to surpassing expectations. At CIE Tours, we don't just offer vacations; we create cherished memories that last a lifetime.

CIE Tours is setting the Standard for Exceptional Guided Travel

Embark on an unforgettable journey with CIE Tours, where every moment is tailor-made to exceed your wildest travel dreams. Discover the ultimate blend of authentic experiences and exclusive adventures with our meticulously crafted itineraries. Say goodbye to hidden fees and hello to all-inclusive pricing, ensuring every aspect of your trip, from sightseeing to meals, is seamlessly covered. With over 90 years of expertise and a 95% guest satisfaction rating, trust us to deliver unmatched peace of mind throughout your adventure. Whether you crave the camaraderie of guided tours, the freedom of independent exploration, the excitement of group travel, or the luxury of a custom private driver, we have the perfect travel style for you. Say yes to unforgettable memories, seamless logistics, and unbeatable value with CIE Tours.

The Majestic Landscapes & Culture of Iceland

Enjoy an unforgettable journey through Iceland's captivating landscapes with our meticulously curated "Icelandic Explorer" tour. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of thundering waterfalls, dramatic geysers, and expansive glaciers, all starting from just $4,095. Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Iceland as you trace the footsteps of early Viking settlers, explore historic sites steeped in saga lore, and encounter the iconic Icelandic horses, symbols of resilience and endurance. Experience the warmth and hospitality of modern Icelandic life, connecting with locals and gaining insights into their way of life. With carefully planned itineraries and handpicked accommodations, every day of your 10-day expedition promises to be a revelation against Iceland's stunning backdrop. From the vibrant streets of Reykjavik to the tranquil shores of the Blue Lagoon, each stop offers a new layer of discovery and delight. 

Abercrombie & Kent Unveils Luxury Travel

Step into the extraordinary world of Abercrombie & Kent, where luxury travel meets unparalleled adventure. With a legacy spanning six decades, Abercrombie & Kent was born on the African plains, where Geoffrey Kent and his visionary parents, Valerie and Colonel John Kent, pioneered a new era of upscale adventure travel. Since 1962, we've expanded globally, unlocking destinations once deemed inaccessible and setting the standard for experiential travel worldwide. Today, as the world's premier luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent crafts unforgettable journeys across more than 100 countries on all seven continents, blending singular service, authentic local expertise, and exclusive access to create a journey of a lifetime, every time.


A 9-Day Trip from Bogotá to Cartagena with A&K

Hop on a captivating 9-day journey through Colombia with Abercrombie and Kent's "MARCO POLO JOURNEYS: Colombia - Bogotá to Cartagena 2024." Delve into the rich tapestry of Colombian culture from the dynamic streets of Bogotá to the historic allure of Cartagena. With expertly curated experiences and luxurious accommodations, this itinerary promises an unforgettable adventure limited to just 18 guests.

Begin your exploration in Bogotá, where you'll wander through vibrant markets, ascend Monserrate peak for breathtaking views, and delve into the city's colonial past at the Gold Museum. Then, fly to Medellín to witness the city's remarkable social transformation, explore the picturesque town of Guatape, and indulge in local delicacies. Conclude your journey in Cartagena with private rum and chocolate tastings, guided tours of the city's iconic landmarks, and a scenic sunset cruise. With Abercrombie and Kent, every detail is meticulously planned, ensuring a seamless and enriching travel experience through one of South America's most captivating destinations.

Abercrombie & Kent: Croatia's Adriatic Charms

Embark on an exclusive journey to uncover the Adriatic treasures of Croatia with Abercrombie and Kent's "Treasures of Croatia" itinerary. Limited to just 18 guests, this luxury small group adventure promises personalized experiences and extraordinary moments at every turn. Explore the vibrant markets and ancient ruins of Split, indulge in a Chef's Table culinary experience at a family-owned winery in Hvar, and immerse yourself in the rich history of Dubrovnik as you walk its medieval walls and sample delicious oysters in the charming fishing town of Ston. With luxurious accommodations, expert guidance from local guides, and the flexibility of Design Your Day options, this itinerary ensures an unforgettable journey through one of Europe's most captivating destinations. Extend your adventure with pre- and post-tour extensions to neighboring countries, and discover the magic of Croatia's Adriatic coast with Abercrombie and Kent.

Why use a travel advisor?

With expert guidance and in-depth knowledge, travel advisors can offer a wealth of knowledge and connect you with a tour company- even specific guides that are sure to be the highlight of your vacation. 

From custom itineraries to peace-of-mind from start to finish- booking with an MVT travel advisors add value to your experience that allow you to make the most of your time traveling. 

Ditch the overwhelm of deciding where to go, eat, sleep and play in a foreign place- and discover travel experiences that can be adventurous and rejuvenating. 

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