How We Travel
Our groups comprise no more than 18 participants plus an Adventures Abroad Tour Leader. With Adventures Abroad you can do more and see more at an easier pace, enjoy the peace and quiet of that special place you've always dreamed of, and actually hear the local guide! As food always plays an important role in the local cultural experience, we avoid large hotel buffets in favour of smaller, local restaurants.
Spontaneity, flexibility, organization, effective time management; all are integral tour aspects. Without exception, each of our 400+ itineraries undergoes careful scrutiny during crafting, thereby ensuring maximum detail, accuracy, and appropriate pacing for every trip. We also take into consideration special events, along with other such experiences that cannot always be planned beforehand. With small group travel, it is easier to venture "off the beaten path" or visit interesting places while getting around by special means; activities that will only enrich your travel experience. Pacing is also very important. While many/most of our travellers can be described as 'mature' (50+), our trips are VERY busy with lots of moving around, with walking tours of towns and cities, some long days, and possibly remote locations; our travellers choose us because they prefer tours that are NOT slowed down specifically for people with serious mobility issues. If you are uncertain about your suitability for any of our tours, please contact us.
Though it may sound complicated at first, the concept is really very simple. 'Modules' are segments, usually about a week in duration, into which our tours can be broken. It works particularly well in Central America, where each country represents a one-week module—take them one at a time, string them together, hop on, hop off—the combinations are virtually endless! This system affords a tremendous flexibility for travellers who want an element of customization in their trip planning. It also allows us to offer a wider range of tour lengths and content, along with the ability for us to guarantee trips earlier.
Our professionally-guided tours include shared accommodation in three- and four-star hotel properties. Two meals per day-breakfast and dinner-are provided on all tours; some tours include some lunches. All transportation while on tour is included, plus sightseeing/entrance fees as specified in our day-by-day itineraries. Porter service, where available, is also included. Arrival/departure transfers are included for all Land & Air clients, including early arrivals / late departures if extra hotel nights are booked through us. All gratuities for hotel staff, meals, coach captains and local guides are included.
Our clients are a particular brand of unique individuals: interesting, curious, active, and often very well-travelled singles, couples or friends. Our English-speaking tours attract travellers mostly from Canada and the USA, but we're delighted when travellers join us from the UK, Australia or New Zealand (among others). Though some of our advertising includes references to 'tours for seniors,' this does not mean that our itineraries are in any way slowed down (see above entry under 'Itineraries'). Our tours are open to adults of all ages, and the large number of 'mature' travellers (50+) who join us are attracted by our busy programs and ability to move around a lot, efficiently and agilely, in a small group of adventurers who like to be 'on the go.' As such, all travellers over the age of 65, or those who are booked on active or high altitude trips, are asked to complete a simple self-assessment form in order to ensure their suitability. And, of course, if you are uncertain about your suitability for any of our tours, we encourage you to contact one of our destination specialists.
+Singles, Couples, Friends, Families
If you're travelling alone, our guaranteed "share program" saves you money as long as you don't mind sharing a room (some tours have mandatory single supplements due to certain destinations charging high rates for single rooms). Although family groups (minimum age 15) are welcome to join most of our tours, we do offer custom trips specifically for parents or grandparents travelling with younger children. If you have something slightly or drastically different in mind, let us know what you're thinking-we can then customise trips for your club, group, company, extended family or class reunion.
The vast majority of our accommodation choices worldwide reflect our clients' desire for clean, well-located, three and four-star properties with private bath facilities. Should such accommodation be unavailable-for reasons such as our tour activities or our location-we find suitable alternatives. Though all our hotels, inns and lodges are carefully chosen, our tours are not about accommodation, as are most beach holidays. Hotels are for laying down your weary head; they shouldn't be the main focus on tour.
Our itineraries can be downloaded from www.adventures-abroad.com, by e-mail, post or fax. Our well-travelled, experienced sales staff excels at discerning your needs or determining your suitability, as regards a particular programme. We are glad to provide references from previous travellers. As well as our published airfares from major gateways, we can quote airfares from any major airport in any North American or European city. Requesting special airline meals, seating or stopovers proves no problem for us and neither does arranging extra nights accommodation, should you so desire, either before or after your trip. In fact, we're more than happy to oblige.