When booking a tour, it is important to think about what size group you would like to travel with. While large group tours may be cheaper due to bigger group discounts, traveling in a small group offers many advantages that can’t be beat!
One of the main advantages of small group travel is that it’s more personal and allows you to connect with others without feeling like you’re just another face in the crowd. Not only will you have a more personal relationship with your tour guide, who should be able to cater more towards you, but you will also develop closer connections with your travel companions!
When traveling in a small group, you will have access to things that may not be accessible to larger groups. For example, you will be able to stay in boutique hotels and eat at small local restaurants which would not be able to accommodate a large group. This will help you avoid big chains and spend quality time visiting unique locations and develop a more authentic experience of the culture.
You will also save a great amount of time that would otherwise be spent waiting. In a large group, you will be constantly waiting on people to grab their luggage, get on and off the coach, check into hotels, and queue at rest stops. Fewer travelers in your group means less time spent waiting around and more time seeing the sights.
For some companies, “small group tours” could mean 40-50 people. While this may be considered small for them, the real benefits come to groups with less than half that many people. We have found that a maximum of 22 people will ensure closer personal relationships while maintaining a great vibe and access to unique local experiences.