Wouldn't it be nice if you had a friend in every destination? You could meet up and they would show you their favorite hot spots, restaurants and sights. And what if they introduced you to some of their friends? Pretty great, right? This is the essence of touring - people who know a place from the inside sharing their experience with you.
There are many ways to tour: escorted tours (traveling with a group and a tour escort) hosted tours (independent travel with a tour host available to show you around and help you make arrangements), independent / custom tours, (scheduled and planned by the traveler with the assistance of a travel professional) and special interest tours (which feature specific activities such as music or scuba diving, also known as Specialty Travel.)
Tours come in every destination, activity level and budget imaginable. Whether you want to spend time with elephants in Africa, see art masterpieces in Italy, or take in the souk in Morocco, there's a tour that can take you there.
What's it like to tour?
This is fantastic video from Monograms Tours that gives you a very clear idea of the benefits of touring. Monograms is a hosted tour company - meaning they get you from place to place, show you around, help you get tickets and make arrangements and then let you explore as you wish. Its parent company, Globus, specializes in fully escorted tours. Click here to glimpse that tour experience.