The Case For Organised Tours – FAQ Fridays

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul. This week we are talking about organised tours. An awful lot is said about DIY travel – where you just book your ticket and maybe some hotel accommodation and wing it when you get there. You get to make all sorts of romantic discoveries like secret gardens and fantastic little restaurants down some little back alley but there is also a lot to be said about doing the organised tour. So let’s look at 5 reasons why organised tours could be great for you.

Reason 1 – Saving time and money

Many of the sites that you are planning on visiting will actually be included in the tour. This means that the tour guide pre-buys the tickets at a discounted rate for you. Because he or she has pre-bought the tickets this often cuts out time spent queuing. This can save you many hours which will give you a lot of time to go off and explore other things in the city. The tour guide and the bus driver also know all the short cuts to getting in and out of the city saving you a lot of time that you would have spent getting lost wondering around in your car.

Reason 2 – Great quality accommodation

A lot of the traditional organised tours offer you great 3, 4 and 5 star hotels so you don’t have to faff around looking for which hotel is best. A lot of the smaller group tours give you authentic home-stays – all really great B&B’s for you to experience.

Reason 3 – Socialising and safety

For the shyer among us, it can be difficult to explore a city alone or meet new people. Organised tours are a great way to explore in a group and meet some fantastic people along the way. You also have added safety when travelling in a group that you won’t have when travelling alone.

Reason 4 – The tour guide

This is the biggest bonus to being on an organised tour. You might easily pass amazing sights along the road when you are travelling on public transport or on your own steam which you nay not even notice are there. Your tour guide will obviously know these sights because he or she travels this route a lot. The guide also knows what’s open and when, and which sights are best. For example, if you are travelling to Greece or Turkey, there are literally hundreds of ancient ruins. You won’t know which ones are best for which type of architecture and which history. The guide can also tell you what you can eat in this region. You might pass through a region and miss a fantastic local delicacy but the guide will be able to point this out to you before you get there. The guide also knows a lot more than you could possibly know about the local history and culture. When you are travelling on the bus there is a lot of time spent sitting there and he or she will use that time to explain the things that you might not have known about the area that you are travelling through. This is a great way to learn more on your travels.

Reason 5 – Reputable and responsible suppliers

Many of the major tour operators will go out of their way to find reputable suppliers in terms of responsibility to community and responsibility to safety.

So there you have it – 5 great reasons why an organised tour might be the best option for you on your next holiday. If you’ve got any travel-related questions, please ask them in the “comments” section below and please don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.

Our Readers Comments

  1. im from neigeriea and i live in germany for 10jears
    i want to vist nmy family in neigeria
    i booked alrady with britsch airways
    do i need atransit visa

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid we do not specialise in visa related queries for foreign passport holders. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise if a visa or transit visa is required and if so what the cost would be, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  2. always a pleasure to travel europe – good advice not doing both the uk and eur.

    wish i could do some snow shopping …

  3. I would love to book for package tours but can’t face the early morning starts….I know the practical reasons for this but it is the main reason I don’t use package tours any longer. Any options?

    • Hi Jacquie, you’re right, many organised tours do have early starts, however there are some styles of travel, for example the “At Leisure” tour style offered by Trafalgar Tours which has starts of no earlier than 9am giving you more time to sleep in. If you’re interested in tours like this, you can read more here: Our agents will also be very happy to provide a quote for you including flights for the dates and destination you want to travel to.

      Get hold of them on 0861 878 278 or

  4. In your 5 great reasons why………
    you said ‘please don’t forget to subscribe to’

    what happens to the human brain is that they don’t listen to the ‘Don’t ‘ and hear the ‘Forget’
    so to be more efficient and get better results you should say ” please remember to …..”

  5. My daughter and friend – who are tied into the December builders holiday want to go – for the first time -to the UK and/or Europe She is finishing varsity, starting work in January. Neither will soon have the opportunity to travel any onther time of the year.
    I have never travelled to these regions during winter.

    How do I advise them?
    Including overnight trai travel, for instance.
    Architecture and culture, music are their main interests.


    • Hi Andre! Thanks for getting in touch. I would suggest that you pick either Europe or the UK as if they do both, they will need 2 visas. One which costs around R1500 (UK) and the European one which can cost around R1000. An organised tour is an excellent way to see Europe during that time of year, they would go by bus in that case. If they’re going to do the trip under their own steam they’ll need to organise all their accommodation and transport before hand usually. They’ll need to apply for the visa through the Embassy/consulate of the country they’re staying in the longest.

      If you’d like advice on how to go ahead with booking an organised tour (I suggest Contiki if your daughter is under the age of 35 – Contiki has a range of tour types with a range of different accommodation style from camping in the summer to great quality hotels throughout the year) get in touch with our agents on 0861 878 278 or email for a quote.

  6. how can i book and pay trains in India from RSA

    • Hi there. Unfortunately there are no operators which sell train tickets for India within SA – there are plenty who have them as part of an organised tour, but not for train tickets on their own. You’d need to make use of an online train booking service like if you wanted to book and pay from SA. If you’re looking to do an organised tour, contact our agents on 0861 878 278 after 9am and before 5pm or email

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