We do sell a good amount of cruise vacations as well as air and hotel or resort vacations to Mexico, Jamaica, other Caribbean locations as well as United States cities. But, we also sell what we refer to as escorted tours. This is a tour of a certain number of days and the entire time you would have a professional escort and driver who would be taking care of you the entire time of your trip.
One operator says there is nothing easy about planning a vacation—the research, planning, the reservations, and the logistics just boggle your mind and time, plus when you factor in the currency conversion and language barriers, you have one major project on your hands. An escorted tour handles all the hassles while you have all the fun!!
A tour eliminates all the logistic hassles by arranging your transportation around the town, between cities, and around the country side. The buses are luxury motorcoaches and most of them also have free Wi-Fi.....and as you know, in this day and time, that's important.
If you have ever searched online for a hotel, then you know the countless results can be overwhelming. How do you begin to choose? The tour operator of an escorted tour has already screened brand-named hotels in the right location and with the right amenities. Another benefit of escorted tours is that you skip the lines at the tourist locations. They offer a pre-planned, pre-purchased itinerary with VIP access to the must-see sights, and you get to just walk right in.
Another benefit are the special arrangements at the different locations for dining with the locals or special baking presentations or many other varied attractions that you would ordinarily miss if you were making the arrangements on you own.
I've also been impressed on the escorted tours I've been on with the knowledge and expertise of the tour guide, or tour manager. They are typically very experienced with where you are going and a real good benefit is that they have been on this itinerary many times before and have great stories about the history of the locale. Plus, if something goes wrong, they are available to assist with health issues or unusual situations that require being able to speak that language.
Folks are always wanting to eat, and most of the escorted tours have included breakfast each day and several lunches and dinners throughout the tour. Again the dining venues have been vetted and have the backing of the tour operator as to the quality of the meals. Plus, because of his/her experience, the tour guide will be able to advise you on alternative places to dine.
Finally, the best thing about an escorted tour is that once you have made your mind up about the destination and tour you want, you can relax and know that you will have saved yourself lots of time and money, especially when compared to you doing it all on your own.
The experienced travel agents at The Travel Factory are very knowledgeable about the various escorted tour operators, so give us the chance to help you “manufacture the vacation of your dreams”. No doubt, as has been our experience, once you go on one, like the cruise experience, you'll want to do more. We can be reached at 4150 Southwest Drive, Ste. 120, or call for an appointment at 698-1421 or toll-free 800-760-4040, or drop in on-line at www.thetravelfactoryabilene.com. Our 150 years of combined travel experience will make you glad you allowed us the pleasure of helping you plan your valuable vacation experience.