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It’s been a challenging few years for tour operators but the names below are in it for the long haul (as well as the short and medium), honing itineraries and managing expectations. So who prepared your travel documents this year? Red Savannah and Black Tomato scored highest for first-hand knowledge, and Exodus Adventure Travels and Abercrombie & Kent for on-the-ground support. But when it came to all-round endeavour, Scott Dunn and The Turquoise Holiday Company were leaders of the pack. Both report a surge of interest in Asia, as well as multi-generational travel, solo adventures to Namibia, Bhutan and Mexico, and authentic experiences such as outback stations in Australia and bear lodges in Canada.

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14. Hayes & Jarvis. Score 89.44

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7. Ampersand Travel. Score 97.65.

6. InsideJapan Tours. Score 97.79

5. Steppes Travel. Score 97.88

4. Black Tomato. Score 98.03

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For those truly epic, once-in-a-lifetime destinations, you want to leave your itinerary to the experts. Whether your dream is to see the Big Five on an African Safari, trek tall mountains, explore European cities, or something even wilder, a group tour is the easiest way to do it.

However, picking the wrong group tour company is the quickest way to ruin your trip. Make sure you choose a tour company that aligns with your goals and travel styles. Do you want an intimate group tour or do you prefer to make lots of new friends in a big group? Does the price line up with what you like (luxury vs. budget)? Is the itinerary going to all the places you want to see? 

We’ve done the research and found the very best group travel tour companies for 2024 for every type of traveler.

Best Overall Group Travel: Exodus Adventure Travels

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With trips on every continent, Exodus Adventure Travels covers anywhere on this planet that you could possibly want to go, from popular destinations like the Amalfi Coast to well off-the-beaten-path adventures like Tajikistan. This award-winning group travel company boasts thousands of repeat customers who sign up for trips year after year (97% of past participants would recommend Exodus Adventure Travels to a friend). 

These small group tours operate with only around 8-16 people and always feature experienced local leaders who can give you a unique insight into your destination. Exodus Adventure Travels caters to any type of travel style, including trips broken down by type of activity (think walking, cycling, multi-adventure, winter, or cultural) as well as type of traveler (family, age group, etc.). There are curated collections (coastal, “away from it all”, European wilderness, and trips of a lifetime) to inspire you, as well as self-guided options for when you want all the benefits of a group tour planner without the actual group. Looking for that special safari? Exodus Aventure Travels just partners with the African Wildlife Foundation to create carefully curated luxury adventures that go above and beyond the standard safari. 

Exodus Adventure Travels tours work for almost any budget, with options that range from affordable to premium. 

Top Trip: Explore under-the-radar Europe by foot on Exodus Adventure Travels’ Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia walking tour .

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Best Adventure Group Travel: World Expeditions

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World Expeditions has been taking adventurous travelers to remote locations all over the world ever since its first group trek through Nepal in 1975. Today, World Expeditions offers active itineraries on every continent. Intrepid travelers can opt for trips themed around mountaineering, rafting, cycling, hiking, and more. 

World Expeditions aims to leave communities and places where they operate tours better than they found them. Trips are created using the company’s Thoughtful Travel Charter as a guideline, which emphasizes respect for the environment, sustainability, having a positive impact on local communities, protecting wildlife, and more. 

World Expeditions’ trips are capped at just 16 people to provide a good experience for participants, and there are no single supplements for solo travelers willing to share a room with someone of the same gender. 

Top Trip: Summit Africa’s tallest mountain on a fully-supported trek up Kilimanjaro on World Expeditions’ eight day trip up the beautiful Lemosho Route . 

Best Budget Group Travel: G Adventures 

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For travelers on a budget, G Adventures offers cheap group tours that make dream destinations accessible to nearly anyone. (Think: sailing the Galapagos for just $1,014 , criss-crossing India’s Golden Triangle for $799 , or spending 8 days in Bali for less than $749.)

G Adventures is one of the best tour companies for solo travelers as well, as most trips don’t have a single-supplement. You can choose to share a room with another G Adventures solo traveler, or pay extra to have your own space.

G Adventures keeps costs down by opting for cheaper hotels and local meals, and making certain activities optional (for an additional cost). Pick your travel style—options range from “basic” to more luxe tours run in partnership with National Geographic. Family tours, local living tours (featuring homestays), and wellness-focused tours are also available. 

Top Trip: G Adventures’ China Express trip is a great way to see the highlights of China if you’re short on both time and budget. 

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Best Educational Group Tours: EF Go Ahead Tours

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When you really want to learn about a destination, consider a group trip with EF Go Ahead Tours . EF is the world’s largest private education company, and the Go Ahead Tours arm capitalizes on the company’s relationships with local educators, historians, and tour guides to create group trips that take you deep into a destination. 

These small group tours generally cap at 38 travelers, and feature unique educational experiences. For a bucket list trip, EF Go Ahead Tour’s special event tours are particularly enticing, as they offer behind-the-scenes access to tough-to-plan trips like Oktoberfest in Munich or Cherry Blossom season in Japan. 

Intimidated by solo travel? EF Go Ahead Tours is a great option for solo travelers, since it offers designated trips for solo travelers , where everyone is traveling alone, making it less intimidating.  

Top Trip: Bring the tastes of Italy home with you on EF Go Ahead Tours’ Food & Wine: Piedmont & Tuscany tour (operated in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen), where you’ll learn how to make local dishes. 

Best Responsible Group Travel: Intrepid Travel

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Looking for a responsible group travel operator that focuses on bettering the communities and destinations they visit? Intrepid Travel is the world’s largest travel B Corporation, a certification for companies doing good. 

Intrepid Travel’s tours focus on sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and sustaining communities. The company has its own charity, The Intrepid Foundation , which has donated over 10 million dollars to over 160 community organizations. 

Intrepid Travel’s small group tours attract a wide range of travelers, but they are especially great for younger travelers, as they have a large number of trips designed for people aged 18-35 . (Other trips, including family-focused trips, are geared toward any age.)

Top Trip: Experience foodie trip of a lifetime Intrepid Travel’s South Korea Real Food Adventure , which includes time in three cities and an overnight temple stay.

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Best Private Group Travel: Kensington Tours

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Whether your group consists of just two people or involves taking the entire extended family, Kensington Tours will take all the hassle of planning out of the equation. This private group operator creates personalized trips and itineraries tailored to your preferences, while their experts handle all the logistics and bookings. 

Plans are entirely flexible, and can even be changed while on the trip on a whim. Need some inspiration? Browse Kensington Tours’ travel ideas , to get some ideas for your next adventure. 

Top Trip: Sail around the stunning shores of Croatia and the Dalmation Islands on a private luxury catamaran on Kensington Tours’ fully customizable tour . 

Best Polar Group Travel: Chimu Adventures

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Whether you’re headed north to the Artic or south to Antarctica, Chimu Adventures has the perfect polar group trip for you. Chimu Adventures has some of the most variety for polar trips, with options to fly, cruise, or a combination of both to get to your destination. For an ultra-unique Antarctica trip, Chimu Adventures offers cruises departing from Australia or New Zealand (most Antarctica trips depart from Argentina).

Chimu Adventures is one of the cheapest group trips to Antarctica, with rates starting under $6,000.

Top Trip: If you’re pressed for time (or simply don’t have the stomach for the Drake Passage), Chimu Adventures’ Antarctica Fly Cruise will get you to the ends of the earth quickly and smoothly.

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Best Group Tours for Solo Travelers: For the Love of Travel

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Group tours can be a great way to meet new people, but they can sometimes skew on the older age range. If you’re between 25-39 and a solo traveler looking to meet new people, you’ll love For the Love of Travel . All participants on the trips are between 25-39, and according to the company, 80 percent are solo travelers—so you’ll make friends fast. Hoping to meet someone who will be more than just a friend on your next trip? Trips include a balanced number of “gal and guy spots” to ensure an even balance of genders within groups (and of course, non-binary genders are always welcome). 

For the Love of Travel offers weeklong (or longer) international trips as well as shorter weekender trips to closer destinations like Mexico or Costa Rica—perfect for people without a lot of vacation time.

Top Trip: Sleep in a glass igloo under the Northern Lights, go sledding with huskies, and warm up in traditional saunas on For the Love of Travel’s Lapland tour , already booking dates for 2024.

Best Biking Tours Group Travel: DuVine Cycling

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Biking through the rolling hills of Italy or across the mountain roads of Chile sounds like a dream, but the logistics seem daunting (especially if you don’t want to haul all your own stuff from point-to-point). Enter: DuVine Cycling , a luxury small group tour company that specializes in bike trips. 

With trips across Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the United States, DuVine Cycling is a cyclist’s dream. Choose from all-biking trips or mix things up with a cycle and sail bike tour or a multi-sport adventure —no matter what, everything is included, from luxury boutique accommodations to top-quality name brand bikes. 

Top Trip: DuVine’s Holland Bike Tour promises “tulips, windmills, beer, and cheese”—what more could you need?

Best Luxury Group Travel: Abercrombie & Kent

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Abercrombie & Kent has been delighting discerning travelers since 1962. Today, they take travelers on unforgettable adventures across over 100 different countries and all seven continents. Although Abercrombie & Kent’s trips are pricey, they encompass once-in-a-lifetime experiences like private jet tours around the world or luxury chartered cruises .

There are trips designed for solo travelers and families , and the small group journeys max out at around 14-18 guests.

Top Trip: Swim with whale sharks in the Philippines, feed proboscis monkeys in Malaysia, and photograph wild tigers in India on Abercrombie & Kent’s Wildlife & Nature: Around the World by Private Jet trip , already booking dates into 2024.

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Whether you’re looking for group trips, self-guided tours, river cruises, tours for solo travelers, or overseas adventure travel, you want to find a tour operator that can deliver a seamless, enjoyable, and authentic experience, all without zeroing out your bank account.

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  • Best Small Group Tour Company: G Adventures
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  • Best Tour Company for Solo Travelers: Go Ahead Tours
  • Best Tour Company for Families: Adventures by Disney
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Intrepid Travel : Best Tour Company Overall

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When you imagine travel tours, you may picture massive group tours and a bus packed with 50 noisy, gawking tourists.

That’s not what you get with Intrepid Travel . This company specializes in adventurous and immersive small group tours with an average of 10 people.

Operating on all seven continents, Intrepid offers a huge range of trip types to fit any traveler. You can choose biking tours across New Zealand, river cruises in Europe, trekking in the Himalayas, or wildlife safaris in the Serengeti. There are options for all-female adventures, family expeditions, active trips for adventure travelers, or trips catering specifically to 18-29 year olds.

If you don’t want to spend the trip of a lifetime sitting on your butt looking out a bus window, Intrepid Travel is for you. Their group trips are designed to fully immerse you in the culture and beauty of a new place. Here are two examples of what you’ll get from Intrepid Travel:

With the Alaska: Hike, Bike, & Kayak tour, you are led by an expert guide on a range of active adventures through some of Alaska’s best scenery and national parks. You’ll go sea kayaking, cycle along the rugged Alaskan coast, and hike through Denali National Park.

If you’re looking for more of a cultural experience, the Premium Sri Lanka tour is an incredible journey through the culture, history, food, and wildlife of this island. You’ll explore ancient temples, eat incredible food with locals, and search for leopards in the country’s wildlife preserves.

One last perk: Intrepid Travel is a Certified B-Corp, meaning they are dedicated to doing good in the world. They donate to worldwide relief causes and offset the carbon footprint of every trip they operate.

G Adventures : Best Small Group Tour Company

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If you’re looking for small group tours, G Adventures is one of the best in the category. Just like with Intrepid, their tour groups average 10 people, so, with G Adventures, you won’t have to deal with being part of a massive hoard of tourists.

So what sets G Adventures apart? Unlike many tour operators, they focus on helping you get exactly the experience you’re looking for instead of packing every day with a rigid schedule. Every trip offers a wide range of optional activities that you can pick and choose from to personalize your experience. Plus, you can opt for more free time to explore or hang out on your own.

I also love that G Adventures hires all local guides. They put a lot of emphasis on their guides, even calling them CEOs (chief experience officers). That means you get local, insider expertise on your trip. Your tour director will speak the local language, know the best spots to eat, and fully understand the culture.

If you’re looking for big luxurious hotels and resorts, G Adventures probably isn’t for you. Instead of going to the big chain hotels, G Adventures uses locally owned and operated lodgings.

This has two benefits. First, you get a much more authentic local experience. Big hotel chains don’t have the same charm and character as a true local hotel. Second, your money will go toward benefiting the local economy rather than some giant corporation. That’s a big win for G Adventures in my book.

Get Your Guide : Best for Day Tours

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You may not need or want a fully guided multi-day group tour, But sometimes it’s nice to have the guidance of a local expert for a truly unique experience that you couldn’t get otherwise. Choosing day tours is a great way to get the benefits of guided group tours without being stuck with a tour group for your entire trip.

Get Your Guide is my favorite resource for finding amazing day tours, entry tickets, and other travel experiences. It’s perfect for more independent travelers who can manage the details of their own trip, but are looking for shorter guided tours.

How does it work? Get Your Guide is essentially an online marketplace where you can search for and reserve tours, museum passes, adventure activities, and more.

For example, let’s say you’re planning a trip to Sweden. On Get Your Guide, you could book a dog sled adventure to see the northern lights, a day cruise on an icebreaker ship, a “ghost-walk” historical tour of Old Stockholm, and a guided ice climbing excursion.

I’m already getting excited about that trip.

Go Ahead Tours : Best Tour Company for Solo Travelers

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Solo travel can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t have a lot of travel experience. I’ve found that group tours can be a great way to ease some of the stress and make it easier to enjoy your trip as a solo traveler.

Go Ahead Tours is one of the best tour companies that specializes in trips for solo travelers. With their solo trips, you always get a private room at no extra cost, and the other travelers in your tour group will also be solo—so you don’t end up as the awkward 17th wheel in someone else’s family vacation. As a solo traveler with Go Ahead Tours, you get all the benefits and security of a group trip, and you’ll meet other amazing people traveling the world on their own.

Go Ahead Tours focuses on small group itineraries in tour destinations around the globe, from popular destinations to locations off the beaten path. Want a food-centric trip across Italy? Check. Want to visit South America and hike to Machu Picchu? Check. How about a wildlife safari in Kenya? Yep, they’ve got that. Go Ahead Tours offers the best group tours for solo travelers, and you may even make some new friends on the way.

Adventures by Disney : Best Tour Company for Families

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Family travel can seem complicated, especially if you have younger kids. Group tours can help simplify planning the dream trip, but tour operators often plan trips focused on adults, so younger travelers may get bored quickly.

Adventures by Disney is one of the few group travel companies that specialize in family-oriented trips and tours, from South America to Scandinavia. Disney Vacations designs their group trips to have something for everyone: wine tastings for the adults, adventure scavenger hunts for the kids, and sights and experiences that will engage your entire family.

Disney Adventures trips are a bit pricier than many other group travel companies, so not all families will be able to afford them. However, if you can make it work with your budget, your family will get an amazing experience that you just won’t find from more mainstream travel.

Trafalgar : Best Tour Company for Seniors

Trafalgar is one of the biggest (and best) group travel companies in the world. They offer hundreds of international trips to popular destinations around the globe.

Trafalgar’s guided tours are great for travelers of all age groups, but they cater particularly to senior travelers. The majority of Trafalgar guests are over 50. It’s also great for family tours to get grandparents and grandkids spending quality time together.

If you’re looking for highly active itineraries with adventure activities packed in, Trafalgar may not be the best for you. They focus more on cultural immersion, history, architecture, and local cuisine. Trafalgar is a great choice if you want to take a deep dive into the essence of your destination.

You can count on having a tour leader who is an expert in the local culture and history, and you will come home with tons of new knowledge.

Trafalgar focuses primarily on land-based tours, but they also offer a range of cruise vacations if you want to travel by sea.

Hotel stays, meals, transportation to/from the airport, and all the logistics are all arranged for you. You can even add on flights, extra hotel nights, and travel insurance so you don’t have to worry about any additional complications for your trip.

Tauck : Best Tour Company for Europe


Tauck is another big name in group tours that operates on all seven continents. While they have guided tours all around the globe, Tauck is an especially good choice if you’re looking for a group tour in Europe.

It’s easy to go to European cities, see the major tourist sites, and head home without really diving deep into the culture and spirit of the place. My favorite thing about Tauck is that their European tours are designed to give you more than just the standard tourist experience. Their Yellow Roads of Europe tours take you off the beaten path for a truly unique European experience.

Every Tauck tour pairs you with handpicked expert local guides who will help fully immerse you in the experience.

Tauck offers both river cruises and land-based group tours. If you want a unique European experience, imagine cruising through Western Europe along the Seine.

Insight Vacations : Best Tour Company for Italy

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Almost every traveler dreams of a bucket list trip to Italy. What’s not to love? Amazing food, amazing sights, amazing culture, Italy has it all.

If you’re looking for the best guided tours in Italy, I highly recommend Insight Vacations . Insight offers tours all over the world, but their Italy tours are especially good. Whether you want to see the major sights, learn to live like a local, or sample the best food from around the country (or all of the above!) they’ve got tours for you.

As an example, you could choose their Best of Italy Tour for your next trip. This 11-day tour includes stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, and more. You’ll learn from local artisans, eat farm-to-table meals on the foothills of Mount Vesuvius, and get a VIP tour of the Vatican (including areas normally off-limits to visitors).

Insight’s tours are all led by local tour guides who speak the language and have in-depth knowledge of the culture and history of each site you visit.

If you’re traveling with a group of 10 or more people, Insight Vacations can also put together custom itineraries specifically for your group.

CIE Tours : Best Tour Company for Ireland and Scotland

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If you’re into history, stunning scenery, charming towns, or good times at the pub, you would probably love touring Ireland and Scotland. CIE Tours is technically based in the US, but it’s partially owned and operated by the Irish government. It specializes in travel to Ireland, Scotland, and a few other European countries.

This dialed-in focus means that there are no better guided tours for Ireland and Scotland. I highly recommend their Taste of Scotland and Ireland Tour . In 11 days, you’ll experience sightseeing in Glasgow and Dublin, a day cruise on Loch Ness, carriage rides through the Irish countryside, and a feast in a historic castle.

Their tours have a great balance of exciting sightseeing and activities with enough downtime to relax or do plenty of exploring on your own. It’s a great way to get all the benefits of group travel without feeling like you have no control over your schedule.

If you want more freedom, CIE also offers independent adventures. They will build an itinerary for you and book your lodgings, admission tickets to attractions, and rental car (or you can opt for a private driver). You can choose from their pre-packaged itineraries, or build your own custom trip.

I also appreciate that CIE Tours has fairly affordable rates that include all admission tickets and most of your meals. Plus, they often offer discounts on airfare!

Nicetravel Iceland : Best Iceland Tour Company


Maybe you’ve always been intrigued by Iceland’s wild, untamed beauty (I know I have). If you want to experience this first hand, Nicetravel Iceland is one of the best group travel companies in this amazing country.

Nicetravel Iceland by three local Icelandic families, so they have a lot of local expertise. They offer trips ranging from 8 hours to over a week and have itineraries to suit any type of traveler, whether you want to relax in natural hot spring pools or hike along the glaciers and coastlines.

They focus on small group tours, and you’ll never have more than 19 people in your group. Most of their tours start from the capital, Reykjavik, and will drive you to various destinations in Mercedes Sprinter Vans. Way better than the huge tour buses many other companies use.

In addition to standard tours for sightseeing, they also have a range of tour options for more adventurous travelers. You’re in the right place if you want to explore caves, hike on glaciers, or raft down raging rivers.

Cosmos : Best Tour Company for Spain and Portugal


For a tour operator on the Iberian Peninsula, Cosmos is one of the best choices, especially if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Cosmos has been guiding group travel for nearly a century, and they employ expert local guides to help you get the most from your trip.

The Cosmos Best of Spain and Portugal Tour is an incredible 13-day group travel itinerary. You will stay in 7 amazing cities across the two countries and visit a wide range of historical sites.

Cosmos is also a good choice for responsible travel, as they have several initiatives to support local communities and planet-focused nonprofits like the African Wildlife Foundation, The Ocean Cleanup, and Trees4Travel. I appreciate companies that are taking steps toward sustainable travel.

Exodus : Best Egypt Tour Company

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It’s hard to visit any travel website without seeing a picture of the Great Pyramids. Egypt has captivated the minds of explorers and travelers for centuries, and it is worth having on your bucket list.

If you want a guided tour of Egypt, I highly recommend Exodus Travels . With destinations on all seven continents, Exodus Travels is one of the most popular group travel companies for adventurous travelers, and their Egyptian tours are particularly good.

With 9 different guided tours in Egypt, you can find the perfect itinerary for your trip. Exodus Travels is a true expert in the industry and hires incredible guides for their group travel excursions.

Plus, Exodus Travels also offers trips that are perfect for family travel.

Klook : Best Asia Tour Company

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Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo or an adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp, Klook is one of the best group travel companies for Asia.

Klook is more than just a tour operator. It is a marketplace for everything travel, from airline tickets to hotels to tickets to museums, theme parks, and more. Klook offers trips for small groups or individual travelers all around the globe, but they are based in Asia, and that’s where they focus.

Klooks South Korea Tour will take you to Nami Island, through beautiful gardens, and into a centuries-old palace in Seoul.

Click Tours : Best Tour Company for Israel

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Click Tours specializes in group travel in Europe and the Middle East, and Israel is by far their most popular tour destination. In Israel, Click Tours will offer trips ranging from 3-day highlight tours to 18-day deep-dive cultural experiences.

They focus on small group travel, and your tour group will have 15-24 guests. That means you get more personal attention and a more authentic experience of the country.

A tour of Israel with Click Tours will focus on historical and archeological sites. You’ll visit temples and ruins that are thousands of years old as well as dive into the amazing food and rich culture of Israel.

Epos Travel Tours : Best Tour Company for Greece

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If you’re looking for a group travel trip to Greece, Epos Travel Tours is a local company based in Tripolis that offers tours across the country.

Since Epos Travel Tours specializes only in Greece, you can expect catered trips and insider knowledge. They are truly the experts in travel to Greece, and their trip itineraries are designed to help you get the most from your trip, whether you want to visit historical sites or delve into amazing food and culture.

If you’re into history and architecture, their tour of Ancient Corinth is hard to beat!

Best Tour Companies FAQ

Which is the best tour company in the world.

In my experience, Intrepid Travel is the best tour operator. They have amazing small-group tours.

What are the top travel companies?

The top travel companies for tours include Intrepid Travel , G Adventures , and Trafalgar .

Is Globus or Trafalgar better?

Trafalgar is usually the better choice. They offer amazing all-inclusive tours around the world.

Are tour companies worth it?

Group travel can be worth it if you want the stress and planning taken out of your trip.

Who is the biggest tour company?

Disney is the biggest tour company by revenue.

How do you know if a tour company is legit?

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  • Excellent - 4,500 reviews for Europe tours
Bomb dot com. Luke makes learning about the history of a place so so much fun! He’s an incredible wealth of knowledge and hands down the best tour guide. Absolute honour having Luke as our tour leader 😍
Luke is eloquent, funny, a mine of fascinating information and a raconteur of note. Always ready with a smile and can do attitude plus the - sometimes required - patience of a saint! Recommend following this talented young man around the world and on as many tours as possible.


  • Excellent - 5,651 reviews for Europe tours
The trip was really well organised, a good amount of time in each place, and good locations to stay to ne central to the main things to do. Ri had amazing suggestions and knowledge about the areas. She also found interesting cultural events we wouldn’t have known about for us to get involved in!
It was unforgettable tour in my life



  • Good - 3,260 reviews for Europe tours
Would have liked less travel time and more time to explore some scenic locations. Why are all the beds singles? No Queen or king beds at hotels.
Very Good tour! If possible, all schedule the guide explain in bus should br written down and forward us. It would be more comfortable and kinder I guess.

Dot Travel

  • Excellent - 147 reviews for Europe tours
I didn't get to finish my comment that the hotel in Athens did not have any rooms with two beds in it. Not everyone who travels together is a couple. I was traveling with my sister and we haven't shared a bed since I was eight years old. We made it work, but we weren't too happy about it.
Our trip gave us a great sampling of Athens and two islands, Mykonos and Santorini. However, those two islands are very touristy, and if I ever went back, I would probably visit islands that were not so filled with tourists. We had excellent connections every time we were supposed to be picked up by a Car Service. And each tour guide was knowledgeable and very interesting. The one tour that was a little long was the one that began with climbing a volcano in the early afternoon, and ending later that evening to see the sunset from Oia. Every hotel that we were in was very nice.. My one small complaint was that I requested two beds for each hotel we were in.

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  • Excellent - 378 reviews for Europe tours
Giovanni was such a fantastic guide. Got to see the highlights of Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi in a very easy way with an amazing group of people. Highly recommend.
This was the perfect blend of independent and guided. We had the opportunity to do what we wanted the first couple days, then kick back and enjoy the ride the last two days. We arrived in the afternoon on Day 1 so had time to enjoy the hostel's rooftop pool before meeting our guide for a walking tour of Florence in the evening. The YellowSquare Hostel was fantastic - they offer so many activities and events that you could go there with no plans and find plenty to do. Our tour guide, Marie from Italy on a Budget tours, was fantastic. We were the only group scheduled for the walking tour, so we got a very personalized experience with lots of recommendations for places to eat and local knowledge, which we took advantage of during our free day in the city. The winetasting day was also fantastic and I enjoyed the variety of wines and scenery between both vineyards. Cinque Terre was absolutely beautiful. The only thing I would have changed would have been to spend more time in one of the towns instead of an hour or less in each. It's a long day of train travel. If we'd had more time in Manarola or Vernazza, I would have gone swimming or kayaking. I hope to go back to Florence some day and spend even more time there!


  • Excellent - 918 reviews for Europe tours
Amanda is an excellent tour manager ! Everything done perfectly ! Greg also a superb driver of that very large bus !
Serkan was a wonderful tour guide and Declan was a rock star driver. With two kids (youngest is 5) I was worried about the trip. However, my daughter was well behaved and everyone said she was a delight. The tour guide even let her assist which helped keep her busy. I highly recommend this trip and if you are lucky enough to have Serkan you will have a great time guaranteed!

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G Adventures

  • Excellent - 19,225 reviews for Europe tours
Was younger people oriented more than i expected. Perhaps put the age group more restricted. Also the meals was less organized than should be. The tours were great, the captain excellent and no big issues and island agenda great
It was wonderful and unforgettable experience! The guide was super nice and knowledgeable.


  • Excellent - 1,945 reviews for Europe tours
good, some meals were poor, excursions too expensive for what they were, rooms not aired out and were hot and stuffy when arrived, some of the hotels kept turning off the air conditioning even when the rooms were too hot to sleep, ie were 24 degrees at night, all hotels should know the ideal temperatures to sallow sleep, When we complained they tried to fob you off by saying the air con was not working, when the truth wa they controlled it by a timer and were turning it off
Jenn was incredibly educated, lovely, organized, and communicated with everyone on the tour so well. She loves her job, and it truly impacts the experience of the tour. Gabor, who was our driver, was so good at getting us places on time, safely, and navigated the coach on the switchback roads up and down the mountain like a champ!! We covered so much ground and were in the bus more often than I would have anticipated, but we got to see a lot of amazing things and stay in some neat places. The hotels were always in great locations for walking to the towns we were in, and the food was so good. The optional experiences had a mix of things, but overall were a dream. We met some amazing Scandinavians who love their countries and their lives and shared what they had with us. It was a really great experience overall!

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Dorak Tours

  • Excellent - 53 reviews for Europe tours
This tour was absolutely wonderful! Our guide Sinan had so much knowledge of Türkiye and taught us to love his country as much as he did. The stops on the tour were excellent and I really felt like we saw so much of the country. With all the food inclusions and the wonderful hotels, this tour was incredible value for money and an overall perfect trip.
Fantastic tour of the sites of Istanbul and Cappadocia. Our guide Yasemin was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and ensured everything went smoothly. Would highly recommend


  • Excellent - 354 reviews for Europe tours
We had an enjoyable experience
We found this very relaxing way travel

Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

  • Excellent - 648 reviews for Europe tours
BEWARE! This is not an Insight Vacation Tour. Insight subcontracts this tour to Katarina Lines. That said, there is zero Insight presence on this tour. Not only did our boat get changed, sixty percent of the guests on this boat were booked through other travel agencies. Whatever quality we were expecting was diminshed by Katarina Lines need to fill seats. The onboard TD, self-titled tour designer, helped coordinate our arrivals and departures from different ports of call, but did little to inform us of the local history or tour sites. The local guides were average, ranging from a 20 minute introduction on Hvar to a general overview of Dubrovnik. Most days consisted of free time. Again, no Insight presence. Problems on the ship ranged from faulty WiFi on the sun deck to no internet service between midmignt and 0700, the coffee machine being turned off after meals, and other simple ammenities one would expect through out the day to name a few. The meals were repeatative, especially last's night dinner at breakfast. Although the ship itself was plesant, when stacked up against other ships in the harbor, it paled in comparison. Do yourself a favor, find another tour.
The tour with the sites that we visited was great. Alison, out tour director, was wonderful, very knowledgeable. Arthur, our bus driver was also great. Our one day tour guide and bus driver, Ann, was also great. I was not so impressed with the breakfast menu of cooked food. It was the same at every hotel. They need to change up the menu.

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Choose Balkans

  • Excellent - 332 reviews for Europe tours
I had one of my best times in my life. The company is well organised and the guides are very supportive. - thanks Alb and Arton! Highly recommended.
Fantastische trail maar soms veel te druk

Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel

  • Excellent - 11,765 reviews for Europe tours
This was on my bucket list and it has exceeded my expectations,loved every minute of it and it was all down to our amazing skipper .
Great trip. Excellent skipper.

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Epos Travel & Tours

  • Excellent - 44 reviews for Europe tours
My family and I enjoyed our time in Greece. The small tour group was new to us and was outstanding! We spent our days with flexible arrangements, such as on a hot day we moved an event to a cooler time. The small group also allowed us to go to more intimate/interesting hotels and restaurants. Dionysus our guide was friendly and informative.
This 10 day tour was excellent plus plus at least 10 out of 10 Great variety of accommodation,historic sites,food plus many more special activities created by our 2 special guides

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  • Excellent - 6,460 reviews for Europe tours
This trip was a great experience from start to finish. There was a good mix of nationalities which made for an interesting group of people to travel with. Our guide Vojin was brilliant. He was interesting, informative & humorous as he explained the complicated history of each country. Vojin set up a WhatsApp group that enabled everyone to receive and share information which was a useful tool that everyone seemed to buy into. Our driver Slavcho also deserves a mention for his professionalism and skilful driving throughout the tour, which included some long travelling days. The hotels were probably better that we had anticipated but they tend to be a little out of town (Sofia, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Skopje), however taxis tend to be cheap should you wish to go back into town after check-in. Most days involve travelling a considerable distance and crossing borders so you need to be prepared for 4-6 hours on or with the coach before a late arrival at the hotel which was normally between 6.00 and 7.00pm. Generally we were not on the coach for more than two hours before a comfort break including food & drinks. This is a well thought out tour taking in so many great Cities & sights. There is so much history to take in as well as fantastic panoramic views. It would have been nice to have had an extra night in Ochrid to enjoy the beauty of the area & have a little more relaxation at the end of the tour. The additional excursions offered on the tour were reasonably priced and we particularly enjoyed the boat trip from Dubrovnik and the Balkans night in Ochrid. This was our first trip to the Balkans but it will not be out last. We thought this trip was very good value for money.
A wonderful way to explore the Balkans. Great group of people enhanced a wonderful experience. Highlights for me was Croatia, Mostar, and Montenegro!

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Travel + Leisure Readers' 15 Favorite Tour Operators of 2024

Travel + Leisure readers have selected their top tour operators for 2024. Check out which companies made the cut in our annual “World’s Best Awards” survey.

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What readers loved about tour operators, the full list.

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An experienced tour operator can elevate a trip from “great” to “unforgettable.” So it stands to reason that many of the votes in Travel + Leisure ’s World’s Best Awards came from repeat customers — readers who know not to let go of a good thing. And though there are a few generalist luxury travel companies on this year’s list, many have a specific niche, from walking tours to regional expertise.

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Over 186,000 T+L readers completed the 2024 survey. A total of more than 700,000 votes were cast across over 8,700 properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Tour operators and safari outfitters were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Staff/guides
  • Itineraries/destinations
  • Accommodations

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

Many of the top-rated tour operators this year are specialists of some description, such as bicycle-focused DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. (No. 3) or Classic Journeys (No. 11), which focuses on walking tours.

Quasar Expeditions (No. 2) operates boutique Galápagos cruises and Patagonia trips. A repeat customer highlighted their dedicated regional expertise: “Their incredible local hires brought enriching cultural experiences to each journey.”

Another company with a niche, AdventureWomen (No. 5) offers small group tours for women. “I continue to work with them again and again,” one voter wrote. “I really enjoy my fellow travelers, small groups (only 14 people), and interesting places with a focus on culture and activities through a woman’s perspective.”

Timbuktu Travel

A new entry to the World’s Best Awards, Timbuktu Travel (No. 1) is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and coordinates trips throughout Africa, South America, Asia, and Antarctica. T+L readers particularly appreciated the company’s website, which allows users to create a custom trip (including hotels, activities, and transfers) with an estimated price. For readers, the cost transparency was a “very rare” perk for a luxury travel company. And, with so many repeat customers, it seems the vacation experience matches the planning process. “I have been on four safaris with Timbuktu and about to leave on my fifth. Their care and organization is exceptional,” said one reader.

1. Timbuktu Travel

Reader Score: 99.30

2. Quasar Expeditions

Reader Score: 98.76

3. DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.

Reader Score: 98.68

4. Butterfield & Robinson

Reader Score: 98.60

5. AdventureWomen

Reader Score: 97.83

6. TCS World Travel

Reader Score: 97.78

7. Black Tomato

Reader Score: 97.38

8. Jacada Travel

Reader Score: 97.24

9. Kensington Tours

Reader Score: 97.02

10. Natural Habitat Adventures

Reader Score: 96.33

11. Classic Journeys

Reader Score: 96.21

12. Boundless Journeys

Reader Score: 96.00

Reader Score: 95.84

14. Off the Beaten Path

Reader Score: 95.78

15. Backroads

Reader Score: 95.39

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Illegal tour firms adopt new tactics

Some scammers professing to be an overseas direct-selling and multi-level marketing firm

PUBLISHED : 13 Jul 2024 at 05:54


WRITER: Molpasorn Shoowong

Tourists walk towards Wat Phra Kaeo inside the Grand Palace, which remains one of Thailand's leading tourist attractions.(Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

More than a hundred tour operators are at risk of breaking the law for using nominees or a price-dumping strategy, while new fraudulent tactics offer cheap tours disguised as direct sales or multi-level marketing companies, according to Thailand's Tourism Department.

Jaturon Phakdeewanit, director-general of the department, said on Friday that the number of suspected illegal tour companies might be relatively small compared with 13,000 licensed firms nationwide, but their operations could inflict huge damage on Thai tourism, with most of the income flowing overseas instead of benefiting local businesses.

The department previously revoked the licences of 10 tour companies for being nominee businesses, while 30 companies were investigated, said Mr Jaturon.

He said those convicted were mostly large operators who hired illegal foreign tour guides.

They are now being investigated further, digging into their sales and transaction records to see how they utilise networks and price-dumping strategies.

In addition, the department aims to complete its examination of all suspected companies by the end of this year.

Mr Jaturon said some of them have not registered for a tour licence or are not operating via nominees anymore, but rather pretend to be an overseas direct-selling and multi-level marketing company that holds meetings and incentive trips to Thailand.

For instance, they would offer a cheap membership fee to Chinese tourists, with a free four-day trip.

During the business trips, these companies would take members to visit fixed shopping sites under their networks, forcing tourists to buy products and souvenirs in those places.

Illegal companies would also earn profits via commission fees from venues.

Mr Jaturon said these actions are equivalent to selling illegal tour packages without a tour licence.

A special joint operational centre was recently set up, gathering six governmental agencies to crack down on illegal tour businesses.

Mr Jaturon said there have been constant complaints to the centre, although some cases were false accusations.

Adith Chairattananon, honorary secretary-general of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, said the emergence of these illegal tours has affected licensed inbound tour operators as they have lost a significant market share to those cheap packages.

He said this issue is also harmful for the government's 3.5-trillion-baht tourism revenue target, due to low package prices and financial circulation that would largely flow out to foreign networks.

Mr Adith said the government should take legal action against suspects, enabling the local economy to reap the most benefits from the visa-free scheme for 93 countries that will start this month.

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