Planning the perfect escorted tour

Planning the perfect escorted tour

The latest holiday inspiration from our award-winning travel agent Joe Teixeira, who heads up Norad Travel Gloucester.

Let’s dispel the myth of escorted tours. For some, escorted holidays conjure up images of cramped coaches or being herded around crowded sights at a fast pace, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Did you know modern coaches often offer more leg room than you’d get on a train or plane? Whether it’s a short journey or long, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the rolling scenery in complete comfort as most coaches now provide reclining seats, air-conditioning, wifi and charging points as standard.

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Escorted tours can now take you almost anywhere in the world. Whether it’s hiking the Himalayas or touring palaces in Russia, you can now easily enjoy amazing places and far flung destinations without the headache of organising it yourself.

What's more, when there you'll find yourself at the front of the queue for popular tourist sites and introduced to hidden gems that you’d never find alone, thanks to the knowledge of professional destination experts escorting you, who know the area inside out. And if you’re keen to explore in your own time, dedicated days for free time are built in to the itinerary.

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Keep your feet on the ground with no-fly escorted tours

Avoid airports. Let getting there be half the fun! Local departure points or home pick-ups offered by some operators mean that you can kick back and relax straight away. 

With the range of escorted tours increasing by the year, you’re not just limited to the UK - some tours take you as far south as Sicily and as far north as the Arctic Circle – all while keeping your feet on the ground. Or forgo long coach trips with a quick journey to the continent on the Eurostar - just like on Travelsphere’s popular Monet’s Garden & Chateaux of the Loire tour.

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Hampshire GU33 6JG
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Norad Travel Group is a full service specialist travel management and leisure travel organisation headquartered in Liss, Hampshire. As well as a Liss-based holiday and concierge service, Norad Travel Group's Leisure Division includes Norad Travel Gloucester, Howard Travel in Trowbridge and Erne Travel in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Formed in 1981 Norad are members of the influential Guild of Travel Management Companies and partners in the Advantage consortium of independent travel agency companies. Chairman Mick Gibbs is also chairman of the Focus Group of travel management specialists within Advantage.