Private Tours VS Group Tours

10 Reasons why to Choose Private Tours

So what is the difference between private and group tours?

When it comes to planning your dream vacation, it’s obvious that you want to make the most of it. This is not an easy task for many, as everyone has their own style when it comes to traveling. Whether you’re traveling with friends and family or if you choose to go solo, there’s never a right or wrong way to do things. Mind you, there are definitely some big differences if you choose to participate in either a private or a group tour. To help you choose, let’s look at the pros and cons of both private and group tours.

Private Tours

Pros:
Private tours allow you to choose exactly what you want to do and when.
You don’t have to depend on going with a group either, since there is room for flexibility and changes in your schedule. The freedom on how to spend your time is the main reason people choose private tours over group tours. After all, nobody knows you better than yourself and private tours allow you to pick the most ideal trip for you!

You can explore at your own pace
Everyone is different when it comes to the time they like to spend at certain places. Some like to spend hours sampling every dish in their local meals, whereas others like to make the most of their time seeing as much as they can. Thus, unlike group tours, private tours give you complete control over your time and schedule.

More exclusivity.
While group tours may end up on buses with other travelers, private tours allow you to travel by a private car or minivan no matter if you’re coming alone or with your family and friends. Private tours are also useful for those who need special care, including older relatives, small children, or disabled travelers. Best of all, the Local Experts run the tour personally for you!

Cons:
It’s costlier than group tours.
One difference between the two is that private tours may seem costlier than group tours. But in fact, you will get what you pay for since you will not be wasting any money on things you don’t want to see or do. By paying a little extra, you will get all the exclusivity and flexibility that comes along with the premium service offered by the Local Expert.

Group Tours

Pros:
Great for those on a tight budget.
Moving on to group tours, one advantage they have over private tours is that they are somewhat cheaper. Discounts or special entries are often available to tour groups. This is great for those who are looking for a bang for their buck especially for backpackers or college students.

You can meet new people along the way.
For many, it’s not easy for them to meet new people. Traveling in group tours help ease the pressure of making friends from all over the globe to create memories.

Cons:
You will have to follow a rigid schedule
Having everything planned for you can be a disadvantage in its own way. You aren’t granted much control over what you want to see and when. Normally, group tours rely on fixed meeting places and time with little to no flexibility. Just picture a scene when you really want to see all the monasteries of Meteora already, when you’re actually still waiting for others to arrive. The itineraries are also fixed, so it’s most likely that changes will not be made to the activities and locations in the tour.

You will have to share a ride with fellow travelers.
Unlike private tours, you will not be given a personal guide in group tours, as the Local Expert will have to take care of everyone. Also, if you’re not keen on meeting strangers, group tours are definitely out of the question. You will also have to share transportation with fellow travelers as well. Just imagine when you have to wait for other travelers to board the bus when you actually really want to get going already. So if you’re looking for a private day tour with a comfortable ride, don’t expect them from group tours.

Private Tours VS Group Tours, 10 Reasons why to Choose Private Tours

10 Reasons why to Choose Private Tours

So what is the difference between private and group tours?

  1. PRIVATE TOUR
    The private guide, driver and vehicle are for your sole use. It does not matter if you are an individual or a family or a group of friends. The tour is conducted exclusively for you without strangers.
    GROUP TOUR
    In group excursions organized by Travel Offices and Agencies, you will participate in a group with other tourists from different other countries, different ages, paces, abilities and characteristics.

  2. PRIVATE TOUR
    You can customize the itinerary to suit your specific interests and desires. You can choose your favorite destination, attractions, tour duration, mode of transport, budget, etc.
    GROUP TOUR
    You will share a clean, safe and air-conditioned vehicle, with a personal seating area and luggage compartment, but you will share! You can’t customize the itinerary to your liking. You will follow the group schedule faithfully.

  3. PRIVATE TOUR
    You will start browsing any date and time you want.
    GROUP TOUR
    You will start the tour according to the group schedule. Specific day and time of departure and return.

  4. PRIVATE TOUR
    You will have personal escort who is working for you as a “butler” throughout the tour. During the tour, the personal driver guides you to the sights, takes care to cover all your needs and desires, takes care to find the appropriate and quality restaurant (not tourist) and is generally there with you for anything you need. All private tours include pick-up from your hotel and return.
    GROUP TOUR
    In the group tour the guide and the guide exist for everyone. The pick-up can be done from your hotel or from a specific central meeting point. Follow the group during the tour. You will dine in a tourist restaurant which most of the time is a restaurant that has been agreed upon by the Travel Agency and is definitely touristy. You belong to a group, so personalization does not exist.

  5. PRIVATE TOUR
    The sights during the tour are based on your own schedule and pace. It is also flexible to change the program. The tour is done exclusively for you! Stay for as long as you want at each attraction! During the lunch break, nobody will let you know that time has passed and we have to leave!!! Enjoy your meal without pressure!!! Do not forget, you are on vacation!!!
    GROUP TOUR
    In the group tour the time spent in each attraction is specific. The same goes for meal time. For example: Stop at an attraction for 30 minutes. Lunch break for 60 minutes etc.

  6. PRIVATE TOUR
    On private tours, your personal guide will ask you what you would like to dine and then suggest 2 or 3 restaurants that have passed our rating test and are not touristy. You will dine in selected restaurants served by the locals. You will enjoy the meal you want in the restaurant of your choice! Our office provides you with the guarantee of the ideal meal! Upon request, we give you the possibility of a special bespoke menu. In that way, you know in advance in which restaurant you will dine at and what you will eat!
    A good meal makes the trip unforgettable; a bad meal ruins the whole trip!

    GROUP TOUR
    During the group tour you will dine in a specific restaurant chosen by the travel agency and most of the time there is a specific menu that is served. This usually happens for two reasons. First, the restaurant, due to the simultaneous visit, will not be able to serve the desires of each traveler individually. That is why there is a suggested menu with 2 or 3 options. Secondly, if this possibility existed, the available time in the restaurant according to the travel plan was not enough.

  7. PRIVATE TOUR
    Most of the time during the route we will meet remarkable locations, where we can stop for a few minutes (5 to 10 minutes) for rest and take photos (Bridges, rivers, lakes, traditional villages, etc.). With Private Tour you can stop wherever you like.
    GROUP TOUR
    In group tour because there is time pressure and a specific schedule there is no such possibility. You will just pass by and see through the bus, without the possibility of stopping. Imagine every time a bus passenger sees an interesting location he wants to stop for a photo? You would never reach your destination!!!

  8. PRIVATE TOUR
    Ideal for people who need careful care and assistance, such as the elderly, people with disabilities, families with young children.
    GROUP TOUR
    In the team, the care of these people who belong to your company is exclusively yours.

  9. PRIVATE TOUR
    Usually there is several attractions at the destination but there is not enough time to enjoy the tour or even see them all. For example, on a trip to Meteora there are a total of 6 monasteries to visit. In the private tour you can visit them all, enjoy the view and spend as much time as you want in each monastery.
    GROUP TOUR
    In the group tour, you will not be able to see them all up close. Most likely you will visit 2 to 3 monasteries at the scheduled time. Even in this case, you will visit the monasteries that are in the schedule and maybe not the ones you would like.

  10. PRIVATE TOUR
    After completing the private tour you will receive at your email edited photos and a short video with details of the trip (Sight names, locations, route information etc). Everyone will be present in this material. No one will be missing. Usually there is always one missing… the one who took the photo or the video!!! Even in the case of selfies the field of vision is limited, even with the long stick!!!
    GROUP TOUR
    This possibility does not exist.
Private Tours VS Group Tours, 10 Reasons why to Choose Private Tours
Private Tours VS Group Tours, 10 Reasons why to Choose Private Tours

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When it comes to planning your dream vacation, it’s obvious that you want to make the most of it. This is not an easy task for many, as everyone has their own style when it comes to traveling. Whether you’re traveling with friends and family or if you choose to go solo, there’s never a right or wrong way to do things. Mind you, there are definitely some big differences if you choose to participate in either a private or a group tour. To help you choose, let’s look at the pros and cons of both private and group tours.

Private Tours

Pros:
Private tours allow you to choose exactly what you want to do and when.
You don’t have to depend on going with a group either, since there is room for flexibility and changes in your schedule. The freedom on how to spend your time is the main reason people choose private tours over group tours. After all, nobody knows you better than yourself and private tours allow you to pick the most ideal trip for you!

You can explore at your own pace
Everyone is different when it comes to the time they like to spend at certain places. Some like to spend hours sampling every dish in their local meals, whereas others like to make the most of their time seeing as much as they can. Thus, unlike group tours, private tours give you complete control over your time and schedule.

More exclusivity.
While group tours may end up on buses with other travelers, private tours allow you to travel by a private car or minivan no matter if you’re coming alone or with your family and friends. Private tours are also useful for those who need special care, including older relatives, small children, or disabled travelers. Best of all, the Local Experts run the tour personally for you!

Cons:
It’s costlier than group tours.
One difference between the two is that private tours may seem costlier than group tours. But in fact, you will get what you pay for since you will not be wasting any money on things you don’t want to see or do. By paying a little extra, you will get all the exclusivity and flexibility that comes along with the premium service offered by the Local Expert.

Group Tours

Pros:
Great for those on a tight budget.
Moving on to group tours, one advantage they have over private tours is that they are somewhat cheaper. Discounts or special entries are often available to tour groups. This is great for those who are looking for a bang for their buck especially for backpackers or college students.

You can meet new people along the way.
For many, it’s not easy for them to meet new people. Traveling in group tours help ease the pressure of making friends from all over the globe to create memories.

Cons:
You will have to follow a rigid schedule
Having everything planned for you can be a disadvantage in its own way. You aren’t granted much control over what you want to see and when. Normally, group tours rely on fixed meeting places and time with little to no flexibility. Just picture a scene when you really want to see all the monasteries of Meteora already, when you’re actually still waiting for others to arrive. The itineraries are also fixed, so it’s most likely that changes will not be made to the activities and locations in the tour.

You will have to share a ride with fellow travelers.
Unlike private tours, you will not be given a personal guide in group tours, as the Local Expert will have to take care of everyone. Also, if you’re not keen on meeting strangers, group tours are definitely out of the question. You will also have to share transportation with fellow travelers as well. Just imagine when you have to wait for other travelers to board the bus when you actually really want to get going already. So if you’re looking for a private day tour with a comfortable ride, don’t expect them from group tours.

So what is the difference between private and group tours?

So what will you choose?

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