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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an escorted tour and an air/hotel package?
Escorted tours are group travel with expert guides who manage all the details and share fascinating history and insight on every leg of your vacation. These packages typically include air, hotel, motorcoach transportation, numerous meals, activities and sightseeing.

Air/hotel packages are designed for people who wish to travel independently, without groups or guides, though they do include access to a local host who can answer your questions and steer you in the right direction. These packages consist of air, hotel and airport transfers in a single city, such as London or Paris. Extras such as a half-day sightseeing tour, theater tickets, museum passes and public transportation passes may also be included.

Can I afford a tour or air/hotel package?
There are tours and packages for all price ranges -- from budget to deluxe -- and all represent a terrific value for your vacation dollar. Tour operators can negotiate low group rates because they deal in high volume and are able to get hotel and transportation for less than it would cost individuals or families. If you were to purchase each component of your vacation separately, you'd end up paying a higher price.

Why are tours labeled as budget, first class and deluxe? What is the difference?
Tours are classified according to the quality of the amenities and accommodations selected by the tour operator. The more in-room amenities, facilities and services a hotel has, the higher the rating, but you will be assured of clean, comfortable accommodations no matter what type of tour you choose.

Budget vacations typically range from $45 to $130 per person, per day, plus airfare. First-class vacations typically range from $80 to $275 per person, per day, plus airfare. Deluxe vacations typically range from $100 to $400 per person, per day, plus airfare.

How long do these vacations last?
Our vacations range from six days to a month, or even longer.

Is airfare included in my tour price?
We offer airfare to connect to the tour or hotel package for all of our customers departing the US. Most tour operators do not have special negotiated airfares from other countries, however, so most of our Canadian customers and all other international customers must arrange their own air-we can supply the tour or hotel package only.

In most cases, the prices shown on our site are tour- or hotel-only, and you must call one of our travel counselors to ask for a quote on air from your airport gateway. In some cases, we show an air-inclusive price on the site, though that price is based on air from certain gateways and will be different if you choose to depart from a different airport.

Will I need a passport and visa?
A valid passport is required of all tour participants traveling internationally. U.S customers apply for passports at local passport offices, designated federal or state clerks of court, or selected post offices. A U.S. passport is valid for 10 years (five years for children).

In addition, visas are required for certain foreign countries. If you are a U.S. citizen, ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor before you book whether the itinerary you have chosen will require you to obtain a visa. Non-U.S. citizens must consult with their own state department or the consulates of countries to be visited to determine if any visas are needed. Securing any needed visas is the responsibility of the tour participant.

Will the tour director speak English?
Yes, these tour companies operate English-speaking tours.

What about travelers who need special assistance?
Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Vacations To Go prior to making a reservation. We will contact the tour company to ask whether they are able to accommodate the specific, special needs of any disabled tour participants. Vacations To Go is not responsible in the event that the tour company is unable to accommodate any special needs, nor are we responsible for any denial of service by carriers, hotels, restaurants or other independent suppliers.

Are these vacations suitable for families with kids?
Families with kids should consider air/hotel packages, which allow independent travel with lots of unscheduled free time, and escorted tours that are specifically designated for families. Many escorted tours are inappropriate for young children, who would not fully enjoy such a structured vacation. Tour company policies vary. In some cases, very young children may not be permitted on a tour, and older children and teens must be accompanied by an adult.

Abercrombie & Kent and Tauck offer tour itineraries specifically geared to families traveling with children.

Are tours suitable for single travelers?
Escorted tours offer instant camaraderie. Group sightseeing and evening social gatherings make it easy for single guests to meet and mingle with fellow passengers. And you'll be assured of traveling in a safe, secure and worry-free environment.

The prices shown for tour packages typically are per-person rates, based on two people sharing accommodations. A tour company may require that solo travelers pay an additional single supplement rate. Some companies help solo travelers avoid the single supplement by offering a singles share program, where participants are matched with a roommate of the same gender.

To read more about programs for Singles, click here.