How to Get the Most out of a Hosted Small Group Tour


Make your next luxury group journey one to remember with these tips for getting more out of your holiday.

Expand your skills

Make the most of some great opportunities to enhance your talents and interests. Love photography? Choose a hosted tour that takes in landscapes you won’t encounter anywhere else or one with a guide who’s skilled in your area of interest – photographer Palani Mohan leads workshops on an Abercrombie & Kent tour of Ladakh so you come away with photos fit for framing. History buff? Join a luxury small group journey to China & the Yangtze and learn about the Great Wall, the Silk Road and the Terracotta Warriors.

Try local delicacies

Dine on kachumbari (tomato and onion salad) and ugali (made from maize flour) while on safari in Tanzania or frikadeller meatballs while passing through Copenhagen – sharing a meal is one of the best ways to get a feel for a new destination. Wander through city food markets and sample delicacies you’ve never tried before (many small group tours will organise these excursions for you) or look for tours with itineraries that include a cooking class so you can try your hand at preparing a local meal from start to finish.

Add extra days to your trip

Small group tours are a great way to experience the best of a destination that you’ve never visited before, but it’s quite likely you’ll discover places you’d like to explore further – for example, when your itinerary includes a hotel made entirely from salt in Colchani, Bolivia, or the storybook streets of Bergen, Norway, who wouldn’t want a second look? So leave a few extra, unplanned days at the end of your tour to give yourself time to revisit your favourite spots.

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