Group trips that will ignite your desire to travel the world

Giraffes at Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. Vacations can be very interesting when you travel in groups to see Uganda’s wildlife. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Vacations are a great way to explore new places. There are excellent benefits of group travel that offer a top-notch experience, especially during international travel.

Group travel allows for a carefree trip. Although traveling is exciting, the logistics of the trip can be challenging. Dependable tour guides take care of the hard work and details while travellers are free to just relax and enjoy a trip that is already pre-arranged by professionals.

Secondly, tour companies have experience with the best places and have streamlined the tours so that travellers can simply appreciate all of the best parts of a vacation. Creating a travel itinerary can take weeks of research, but when traveling in a tour group, the custom itinerary is already organized, giving room to the travellers to enjoy.

Group tours are available all around the world in a variety of locations. Here are random travel opportunities in exciting destinations.

For art and history enthusiasts: London-Lisbon is the trip

Western Europe trip. This 22-day travel experience through several hot-spots can be very invigorating. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Encounter a small group travel experience through several hotspots in Western Europe. This 22-day vacation with G Adventures starts in London includes a visit to Paris, France for sightings of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and world-famous art museums. After an invigorating trip through the Swiss Alps, arrive in Rome, Italy see the Roman Forum, Vatican, and Pantheon. Spend free time experiencing the wining and dining that the Italian nightlife offers.

The rest of the vacation includes the French Riviera, several locations in Spain including Barcelona and Madrid, and finally landing in Lisbon, Portugal. You will travel in a small group size of around 10 people for a close, intimate gathering of explorers.

Craving the exotic? An Asian excursion is for you

Scenic beauty. Architectural wonders of Penang, Malaysia. (CRAZYTOURIST PHOTO)

An island-hopping trip through Asia with Intrepid Travel takes you from Bangkok, Thailand to Bali, Indonesia to experience spiritual temples, white sand beaches, and alluring nightlife. A group leader takes travellers on a 28-day journey that offers plenty of natural beauty and outdoor activity. Starting in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, you will see street vendors offering delicious Thai food, opulent temples, and khlong boats. Trek through several Malaysian destinations such as the tropical Penang, the thriving metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, and Yogyakarta, brimming with spiritual shrines.

End this month-long journey in the serene Balinese city of Ubud. Endless strikingly beautiful beaches, calm gardens, and small villages to explore make this tropical destination the perfect end to a glamorous vacation.

For wild life lovers, Uganda is your ultimate trip of choice

Uganda offers more than just ‘curvy women’. Mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forests National Park in Uganda. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Forget tourism minister Godfrey Kiwanda’s promotion of Ugandan most ‘curvy women’ as a tourist/traveller’s attraction, this pearl of Africa – Uganda – has more to offer than just feminine ‘curves’.

Managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority, the 10 national parks and tropical forests offer traditional savanna tours along with boat games, forest hikes, and mountain climbing and wildlife research activities.

With more than 1,000 species of birds – several of which are found nowhere else on the planet, Uganda is unrivalled in Africa as a bird watching destination. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.

In a matter of days, and in small group tours, travellers can explore the wild Kidepo Valley; spot Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions; trek up the Virunga Volcanoes; summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; “take on Bwindi’s ‘Impenetrable Forest’ for gorilla safaris“; learn ancient tribal traditions and crafts or just relax at a lodge surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa’s most hospitable destination – Uganda.

For adventure junkies: Get ready for a Costa Rican exploit

Stunning. Groups of travellers can enjoy this Costa Rican paradise as night falls. (COURTESY PHOTO)

This five-day, four-night vacation to Costa Rica with Under 30 Experiences takes you straight from the airport to Playa Hermosa, a stunning beach. The first day in Costa Rican paradise includes dinner and cocktails on the beach before heading to Manuel Antonio and settling in for the night.

The following days are filled with beach trips, relaxing under waterfalls, and optional ballet and yoga classes. An excursion to the fishing town of Quepos includes visits to local markets, tastings of fresh cuisine, and exciting shopping. The adventure continues with Latin cooking classes, a sunset cruise, and surfing lessons. A group trip to Costa Rica offers all of the best of Central America’s culture, outdoor activities, and adventure travel in a beautiful setting of beaches and jungles.

Thrill seeking? Get a Middle Eastern expedition

A nine-day Middle Eastern vacation with Intrepid Travel is perfect for anyone who is interested in ancient landmarks and mysterious places. This trip commences in Jordan, a place where visitors will be immersed in ancient religious history. Float in the Dead Sea and enjoy the healing properties of the nutrient-rich mud. Visit ancient ruins, go to the Jordan Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are held, and see the ancient tombs that date back to the 6th century B.C. An excursion by Jeep through the desert leads to Wadi Rum, a landscape filled with mountains and sand dunes where you’ll spend the night in the desert under the stars.

The next destination is Cairo, Egypt where travellers will be enchanted by the desert sands, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Egypt are one of the most fascinating places on Earth. Shrouded in mystery, the pyramids are not only visually breath-taking but also a curious perplexity to explore.

Nine-day tour. The Middle Eastern experience can only be complete with a Jeep excursion that takes you through the desert, mountains and sand dunes. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Group travel benefits

Aside from the ease of departing on a group travel experience, there is an amazing opportunity to make new friends who have shared the same experiences. Meeting friends from all over the world who are sharing a trip together are likely to become fast friends who will keep in touch and possibly travel together again.

Another advantage to group travel is the awesome balance between safety in numbers, the assurance that the tour organization brings, and the freedom of being able to enjoy the locations independently. Traveling in a group is safer than traveling solo, but there is also a sense of individual freedom that the travellers have to stray from the tour if desired. Group travel is a unique experience for anyone who is looking for an adventure of a lifetime.

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