Organized tours as opposed to travelling or seeing things on your own. See also the "guides" tag.

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European bus tour companies for middle age people? [closed]

I'm looking to do a tour of Europe for 15 days this September with my mum. I am 34 and she is 65. The package tour companies I've looked at like Trafalgar, contiki and top deck, cater mainly for ...
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Outdoor climbing tour in/departing from Bangkok

I'll be in Bangkok for 3 days (and only Bangkok). I haven't been able to find any guided tours for rock climbing in Thailand that are based in Bangkok. I've only been able to find indoor climbing in ...
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Why do tour operators use a trip kitty?

So as a follow up to my question of What is a trip kitty? How does it work exactly? I'm wondering: why do tour operators do this as opposed to bundling the costs into the tour price?
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How do I choose a travel agency to book tours from in Hanoi, Vietnam?

I am travelling to Vietnam in December and would like to book with a travel agency in the Hanoi area. There are so many to choose from, what are things that I should consider when picking a travel ...
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1 day Hạ Long Bay tours from Hanoi, Vietnam

Next week, I have business in Hanoi, Vietnam during a week, I have only 1 day break, I want to visit Ha Long Bay and enjoy cruise one night. Any recommendation about how to get Ha Long Bay from Hanoi ...
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European Tour Groups that Allow Unaccompanied Minors

Next summer I'll be 16 and my cousin will be 18. We are interested in a tour group about 2 weeks long that's traveling through general Europe. It's difficult finding a travel group that will allow us ...
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Can I sign up in advance for a Joint Security Area tour that departs from Imjingak?

All Joint Security Area tour (staying on the South Korean side) I have seen departs from Seoul (example 1, example 2, example 3). Is there any way to sign up in advance for a Joint Security Area tour ...
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Is there a 'minimum daily spend' in Bhutan, and does it vary on citizenship?

While reading an article about Bhutan today, I came across this surprising bit: However, visiting the country for Australians is not straightforward. While there are connecting flights from ...
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Panama Canal Partial Tour

Do you know if we can just go to the Isla Perico (where most operators start) and chose an operator for a Canal Partial Tour without booking in advance? Or do you know where I can find that kind of ...
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Any walking tours (in English) in Cologne or nearby?

I'll be in Cologne, Germany a few days this summer. Usually when I'm staying alone in a city (assuming I have time) I'll try to find a walking tour of some sort as it gives me an opportunity to meet ...
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“Lord of the Rings” Tours in New Zealand

Are there any tours in New Zealand based on places where the Lord of the Rings films were made?
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Where in the world can you tour a live nuclear reactor?

Are there nuclear plants that allow you to tour the facility and learn more about nuclear power while the plant is running?
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How much should I tip for a private tour in India?

I booked a private tour of the Golden Triangle in India over 7 days. The tour site recommended the following gratuities: Local Guides: INR 1000 – INR 1500 for full day sightseeing ...
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South Africa for students [closed]

I've planned to travel to South Africa this year, around August. I've joined a group of 6 friends of mine and actually we're in the dark about everything that concerns security, prices and guides in ...
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Visit a volcano in Ecuador

There are many volcanoes in Ecuador. I would like to visit one of these, but which one to choose? I would prefer one that can be reached in a 2-3 day tour from a nearby major city. Do I need any ...
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Tour to Fukushima closed area?

There are several travel agent in Ukraine which organise Chernobyl tour and visited the Closed Area. Is there any travel agents in Japan organising similar trips to Fukushima Closed Area?
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Walking tours in Holland

We are travelling to Amsterdam in May. We have been there there several times before, and are now looking for a walking tour in the countryside and not in the big city. Do such tours exist?
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How common is it to get a last minute desert tour in Marrakech?

As per the title, I'm heading to Marrakech and wanting to do a tour either 4D/3N or 5D/4N. However I am travelling by myself (first time ever) and am having trouble finding an open group to go with as ...
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At what time of day are advance bookings opened for the New York Federal Reserve

Every time I try to make a reservation, every available slot is full. This makes me think the slots fill up within potentially as little as half an hour or less after they first become available. In ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

I'm not a Muslim (I consider myself as Jain/Hindu, etc) but I wish to travel around Mecca. There is a common belief around the world that only Muslims are allowed inside Mecca. Is that true? Can I ...
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How to vet an overseas travel agency

I am an American planning a trip to Vietnam, and I was planning to book through a travel agency located in Vietnam. In researching the travel agency, I found a lot of reason to feel good about the ...
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What is the rationale for requiring White House tours be scheduled through a member of Congress?

According to https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. My question is… why is that requirement present? ...
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How do tour companies book flights and hotels? [closed]

My husband and I are booked with a well-known, established tour company for our trip to Europe. The trip we booked with them originally was cancelled because of lack of customers. We understand that ...
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Where can I find guided tours of Australia by indigenous people?

Where can I find guided tours of Australia by Aboriginal persons, or organisations, ideally where profits go back into helping or preserving the local people and/or landmarks? I would love to see ...
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Is there a website where I can buy wholesale travels?

I want to travel with my friends and family but a want to travel agency price.
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Are there organized multiday cave trips in Europe?

Recently i went for a short (1 hour) walk through the caves of Cocaliere in the ardeche in France. During the very touristic trip, although still quite interesting, we were guided passed two tents, ...
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Booking a Vietnam Tour through a Vietnamese operator - what to be aware of?

Myself and my partner are planning a two week trip to Vietnam from the UK As part of this we've contacted a bunch of tour companies for possible itinaries and quotes. (We're aware that doing it alone ...
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Rent a motorbike vs taking an organized ride/tour in Indonesia? [closed]

In Indonesia, there is often a not-advertised way of visiting places. Whether it's about visiting a famous temple, go to a volcano, visit a few local craftsmen, and so on. It's often possible to ...
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What is the business model of commercial free walking tours?

For instance, Sandeman's runs free walking tours all over Europe. One or two every day of the year, good local guides, and the only payment is tips at the end. I'm sure the tip money is good since ...
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Are there any tour group comparison websites?

After having good experiences with the various websites for comparing flight prices (Expedia, Orbitz, etc), I was wondering whether there's anything similar for tours that compares times, prices, ...
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Where can I learn about the earthquake and reconstruction of Christchurch?

I'll be visiting Christchurch, New Zealand for 3 days, and I would like to learn and have a feeling of the impacts of the 2011 earthquakes and learn about the reconstruction effort. I would like to ...
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St. Angelo's fort tomb stone

St. Angelo's fort, Kerala is one of the places that I'm panning to visit on my trip to south India. While researching, I happened to come across this picture of a tomb stone that was placed there in ...
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How to find an organization that offers semi-guided tours?

I am looking for an organization that offers tours, that are close to an individual travel experience. The organization should: + organize the lodging + organize the travel from site to site + ...
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How to visit the Pantanal (Brazil) without a multi-day tour?

I've been reading about the Pantanal (Brazil) and the information I have is that the two main cities in this area are Campo Grande and Cuiaba. The problem is that the blogs I've read state that the ...
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Game of Thrones in Dublin

I'm in Dublin today, and I would like to know if it's there's a way to visit the Game of Thrones Tv show locations without pay for the tour (70EUR). That is possible to make the GoT tour by myself? ...
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Can one tour a cruise ship in Sydney?

Every day at the moment there are several companies docking their cruise ships in Sydney Harbour. They're usually there for at least the day, and what I'm wondering is - is it possible to go ...
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Celebrating the same new year several times over?

Is there a commercial service offered to general public that allows you to celebrate the new year several times? The idea is that you would celebrate it in a time-zone and than move to the next one ...
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How to plan celebrating carnaval in Rio?

If you are not from Brazil and you want to celebrate carnival in Rio, what should you do? Do you just buy a ticket to Rio, book any hotel and just enjoy? Or is that a recipe for failure? I can imagine ...
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Visiting CERN in Switzerland

Is it possible to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as a tourist to Geneva? Are there any guided tours? Which parts can be seen?
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Tours of Taiwanese elections for English-speakers

Taiwan: Chinese tourists flock to see elections and Curious Chinese 'election tourists' flock to Taiwan mention that tourists from mainland China are visiting Taiwan for the elections there. I thought ...
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Visiting the housing projects in New York City?

I'd like to visit some of NYC's projects, such as, say, those in Brooklyn, Bronx or Queens. Right now the one I have in mind is Queensbridge, being the largest in the USA and also immortalised by Nas ...
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Are there small group day trips from NYC to Boston?

Are there small group day trips from NYC to Boston, i.e. less than 20 people? All the day trips I've found are large groups (the reviews often speak of 30-50 or 60 people) which tend not to be ...
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Are there any package tours that run from Singapore via Malaysia to Siem Riep/Angkor Wat?

My wife and I love Singapore and I'd like to introduce her to some more of SE Asia. The easiest way to do that is to start in Singapore and play the history card to go through places like Malacca and ...
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Best time to visit Goa [closed]

Which is the best time to visit Goa. My company will be shut down on Christmas and New Year eve, and I'm planning to go to Goa during that time. So is December-January right time to visit Goa? Any ...
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How to find operators of Panama Canal transit tours

So far I've found two, Canal & Bay Tours, and Panama Marine Adventures. Some of them have mediocre reviews. There are others, like Barefoot Panama, but they seem to be only intermediaries. Which ...
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Do i need a transit visa for Paris if i have a Schengen visa issued by Portugal? [duplicate]

I am a Indian citizen going to Portugal from India with a Schengen visa issued by Portugal. I am travelling on the sponsorship of my friend in Portugal and have to change flight at Paris with a ...
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Tipping in Bucharest

While holidaying in Bucharest I wonder how and when to tip. At the hotel, there is a lady that cleans my room every day, should I tip her? How should I do this? How much should I give her? Sometimes ...
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Are there any tours into North Korea that depart from Japan or South Korea?

I'm in Japan for 3 weeks, and then looking to go across to South Korea. I'm wondering if there's anyway to organise a tour of North Korea that departs from either Japan or South Korea? Bearing in ...
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What accessible accomodations are there to enter the Grand Canyon?

I am disabled, and walk on crutches, but do have a wheelchair for whenever necessary. I have visited the South Rim of the canyon three times, but have never been down inside the canyon itself. Are ...
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Costs of tour in Kyrgyzstan [closed]

Though I have some experience with travelling/backpacking through Asia (India, Nepal, East-Asia) this year will be the first time I visit a country like Kyrgyzstan and will also be the first time I ...