By this point you’re probably thinking about Europe in 2018 and the idea of the Mediterranean sun and sights has got your mind turning over with the possibilities!! You have a limited amount of time off and you’re trying to get the most out of your dollar, whilst seeing as much of the quality sights and experiences you can, right?
SO, you’re asking the question…
“Who should I choose to travel with on my European tour this year?”
There are a whole host of options out there, and sometimes you probably wish there was less! It’s hard to make that decision sometimes with the information over load and all the fancy marketing designed to excite the senses, but not always representing the true value and experience of a holiday.
Do you decide to follow the crowd and go with someone because lots of others have, or do you decide to do your own research, and do you have the time? Firstly….
Say goodbye to the ‘Cookie Cutter’ tours companies!
Traveling in Europe on a tour can be the most amazing experience of your life! But it can also be a rushed cookie cutter mass produced tour that tries to offers too much in a short period of time on a set schedule. One that will leave you rushed and wishing you got the full experience you needed, but where you ended up getting the same generic experience for everyone due to mass groups sizes up to 50 people, the long distances needed to be covered, the hampering of travel by EU driving laws, and the lack of time with the rushed and strictly set schedules and stops.
This completely robs you of your time, your money and doesn’t give you a true experience of what you should have had. We don’t think that’s fair or right!
SO who is Euro Tripping Travel?
Euro Tripping’s owner and European experienced guide, David Tavino, decided enough was enough! After working for the biggest and ‘best’ companies in Europe, a few things became abundantly evident in the tours these companies offered and the experiences gained by his travelers.
With his aim of always giving the most he could to his passengers, he became frustrated with rushed itineraries, people herded around like sheep, and the generic experiences and cheap meals offered. The outcome was people always saying the following things ‘ It’s too fast, we need more time and we are exhausted from trying to fit everything in with the limited time,’ ‘that wasn’t worth the time we spent in that place,’ ‘I didn’t enjoy that meal, i would have rather got my own!’
Using his almost decade of experience in European Travel and tour management, he decided to brave the commercial onslaught of ‘cookie cutter’ tour companies and created a tour company that is designed to aim at the passengers needs and wants. All the while working with Europe’s best travel agents, booking companies, transport operators and local guides to achieve something people would actually enjoy. The thoughts in Euro Tripping’s thinking were simple:
1. What are our passenger’s needs?
2. More importantly what do people really want when they tour Europe?
3. How do we deliver this and go above and beyond, but take away the exorbinent price tags?
Below are the reasons why you will want to travel with Euro tripping this year on a European tour…
6 Reasons to travel with Euro Tripping
1. Smaller group sizes – more personal attention and a more personal guided touch
Smaller groups are the BEST way to go when you’re doing a European tour, whether that be a budget European tour, a luxury European tour or rail tour through Europe. You are probably wondering why, as large groups offer more chance to meet people and make friends right?
Although this can be the case, it can also often lead to groups segregating into their own communities, which can cause awkwardness with pressure to follow the group and everything they do to feel part of it. It leads to overcrowding on a very tight and uncomfortable coach rides often lasting up to 8-10hrs on travel days. Most importantly can lead you to getting lost in the huge tour numbers and not being able to get the information you desire, as the information given is generic, branded and written for the masses. Not to mention not getting the quality time with your tour leader to build the tour with your own personal flair, as they are working towards the needs of a much larger number of people, often up to 50 at a time!!
Small groups tend to bond faster and you will find that your fellow travelers are keen travelers like yourself. They are after real European experiences just like you and smaller tours give you more chance to get to know your fellow travelers over the course of the tour. It is a much more close knit community and rather sense of family, yet with independence at the same time.
Smaller groups also mean less waiting time for room allocations waiting in lobbies after traveling to new destinations, less time waiting for large numbers to assemble before group activities, that leaves you standing around for ages waiting. It also has it’s benefits by being able to have walking tours more personalised to match the smaller groups and questions asked.
Lastly, and most importantly, it means you have more time to get to know your Tour Leader. This gives you the chance to really hear all the information, pick their brain, find out all you want to know and ask for tips and hints that will help personalise your tour and make your experience yours and not the same as everyone else out there on those over crowded tours. Knowing your tour leader and having them take a real interest in you really does make a huge difference and you will see it in the way the tour operates and the way things are done to fit in with the smaller group’s personality as you all get to know each other. Now that is special and it’s what Euro Tripping tours are all about!
2. Central and beautiful accommodations
We believe that on all our Euro Tripping tours that your hotels location and quality are crucial to you enjoying your tour for the duration. It is for this reason we stay in a centrally located hotel, with all the luxuries of home and more for after a long day. We know that just one bad accommodation can leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and reflect in your thoughts about a city and destroy your experience
Many ‘cheaper’ tour operators will use 3 star hotels as their highest rating, but get away with adding 2 star when they can. Their reasons on tour explained to you by your trained tour leader will be ‘Hey it’s not a huge deal! You’re only in your room to sleep, so most of your time is out and about anyways.’
Even the ‘Luxury’ 4 and 5 star brands can give you a false sense of where you are staying. Yes they are usually wonderful hotels, but often located on the outskirts of the cities you are in, and in some cases so far out that the option to revisit the city on your own is impossible or far too costly.
Well excuse us!!! But we think where you sleep after a day of exploring is one of the most important elements to your tour. Your room is the last thing you see at night before sleeping and the first thing you see in the morning when you open your eyes. Its proven that how you sleep at night and how you start your day, makes a major impact towards your attitude and excitement during the day!
Also we believe that you have the right as a paying customer to actually stay in the heart of the cities you are paying for, and that should you wish to venture out on your own or return to the hotel for a rest when you want, that you should be allowed to do that and not have it dictated to you by the tour planning.
It is for this reason our focus is to use 4 star central and beautiful hotels to accomodate you as our standard. With such high ratings we know they are modern, enjoyable and close to transport and sights, whilst having all the comforts you look for when you’re away from your own personal space.
It is for this reason our 9 Day Eastern European Empires Empires and 9Day East to West trail Tours are created with only 4 Star European hotel quality in mind, because we think that’s how it should be and we won’t compromise.
3. Rail travel is the only way to go!
Many companies choose coach travel as the preferred method to get people around Europe, and yes it has its advantages when dealing with huge tour groups
However, they are often cramped with 50 others on small seats, it is too hot or too cold with the air conditioning, people get sick from the close proximity to the other 50 people in recirculated small spaces, and regulated by driving hours meaning lots of service station stops for rests and snacking. Leaving you not only limited to expensive and unhealthy food options, but also limits you to only being able to go to the bathroom every 2-3 hrs, as this can be frowned upon to use the one on the coach. Yes, this happens where passengers are discouraged to use the on board toilets, and drivers and guides have even been known to lock the toilets saying they are damaged to prevent their over usage!
Believe it or not coach travel can also be quite dangerous as you need to share the road with other European traffic such as cars, buses and semi-trailer vehicles. Unfortunately not everyone is trained as well to drive as your coach driver is!
Rail travel on the other hand is much quicker, more picturesque, much more comfortable, convenient and safer and here’s why – With rail travel you have bigger and wider seats, with the ability to get up and walk around in complete safety on the trains. Some country’s trains have wi-fi and power adapters to charge you cameras and laptops during your journey and not have to wait till you get to your hotels. Your luggage stays with you at easy reach for when you want it, for moments when you may want to grab a sweater or camera.
You have access to lunch and dinning carts, meaning you can ditch the side of the road unhealthy options and importantly European trains have toilets on board that you can always access when you really need to go. Not holding on for hrs or lining up behind 40 other people when you arrive at a service like you would on a bus/coach.
Lastly and most importantly it’s faster arrivals and shorter travel times in between destinations means more free time to explore. After all, you want as much free time as possible and less time cooped up traveling on endless motor way, right?
See the photos for yourself, I think you will agree on the above points made!!
4. Less travel time between destinations
We mentioned it above and we will again! Less travel time and more actual free time in each city is a keystone to what we believe makes a phenomenal European tour experience. It turns a tour into something that feels like a personalised holiday experience.
Most tour operator’s work on a thinking that more is better and try to jam pack your travel days so you see this as ‘VALUE.’ Unfortunately, their clever marketing tends to work, as they know most people will never check travel times between cities, or have an understand driving rules and the need for long stops whilst driving to keep in lines with driving laws. It’s only once people experience the packed itineraries that they begin to become exhausted and ill, miss out on amazing experiences due to lack of time, and end up being rushed from place to place with very strict time limits in place or face the fear of being left behind. Yes believe it, all of the above does happen on some of these large group European tours and now with the market so competitive, many companies are jamming in more, which from what years of guiding has taught us, really means your experience is lessened!
In Europe more perceived ‘value’ in a short time and jamming in extra stops to build up ‘value’ really equates to less time in each place and more rush, so don’t be fooled. When it comes to a tour remember – MORE EXPERIENCES AND STOPS ADDED = LESS OF AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE OVERALL
Our Itineraries are written up with you in mind and ultimately your enjoyment. More free time on arrival day whilst things are still open, and even having a whole extra free day in the cities you really wanted to see is the aim behind our well thought our plans.
We refuse to add ‘filler’ stops and ‘fluff’, to make it seem you are getting more for your money. Experience tells us that ultimately extra stops are just a tease and take away time from the real attraction cities.
We are all about more time to discover all you want to discover in the real destinations that you have PAID for, without the mad rush trying to do it all in a few hours. We really aim to give you the time to take in the beauty of each city and be able to smell life’s roses on a more personalised journey with the aid of your guide.
5. More recommendations and guidance in building YOUR unique personal holiday experience
It’s great to arrive somewhere in time, but you need to have the right amount of information and recommendations that are suited to the tour experience that you want and need as the individual person, couple or small group.
With the large group tours and ‘cookie cutter’ tours you will always miss out on information and, as mentioned, not get the personal time to ask about what you want, because simply you’ll find that the guide does not have the time to pay attention to every individual.
Our goals are simple. Give you more information and options for things to see and do based on what it is that speaks to you as a person. We will make recommendations for local places to eat for real meals, that are not just cheap hotel meals trying to satisfy the masses by playing it safe, and offer you guidance and assistance in booking and planning your activities on tour. Our tour leaders and local walking tour guides have the experience and special tips you need to move away from the mass produced travel guides and mass produced information. On our tours you will get a chance to build your idea of the perfect experience and not what we think you should do!
In summary we simply want to get you their faster, give you all the information you need with all the recommendations and options, and give you all the tools you need to make your own personal European luxury tour experience. We want it to be your holiday, as after all when you return home they are your memories to keep. They deserve to be special and your own.
6. A price that won’t be compared to!
We offer our tours, which we know have fantastic travel options, accommodations and inclusions, and do it at a price that everyone can afford to pay no matter what age or social standing in life.
We don’t believe in hiking our prices to high amounts making them seem like they are more valuable just through perception alone. We rather offer them to you at a price you know is worth the investment and blow you away with what we offer in our services offered. From the time of booking to the running of the tour itself we aim to offer real value that goes beyond the price tags.
We never forget that a tour is about the passenger’s experience and not about pushing through the itinerary that someone in an office glued together and is run just to ensure it’s ticking all the boxes. Give us a try in 2018 and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Our Tours for 2018
If you have not already we recommend that you have a look at our top tours offered in 2018 and get in contact with us if you have any questions at all.
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