Europe has managed to make its way into every traveler’s wish list for its magnificent architecture, rich heritage, and beautiful terrains. What no one realizes when they plan their first trip to Europe is that it can turn out to be an overwhelming explosion of culture, history and many unexpected mishaps. There are romantic notions about traveling solo but the reality is nowhere near the expectation and can be quite a travel spoil for the first-timers. Group tours spare you the headache of bookings tickets, planning itineraries and make your trip hassle-free.
Here are a few reasons why one should opt for a group tour when you're traveling to Europe for the first time.
Avoid bad decisions and always be on schedule
Travelers have a misconception that they would be able to cover all the attractions on their trip but end up spending a lot of time in a single place and miss out on the others. Being in Europe, every destination is going to make you feel like staying there forever which makes it hard to stay focused on your schedule. On a group tour, your tour operators know each destination inside out and will show you how to get the most out of your time while you are there.
Transportation in Europe is in itself a maze and expecting to get it right on the first visit could be a big mistake. Group tours make sure that transportation is all sorted out. With pre-booked flight and train tickets, the transfers from one place to other become a lot more comfortable. What even better is the fact that if you are traveling on a tour bus you’ll get the luxury of AC, free Wi-Fi and multiple stops letting you enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Bridging the communication gap
There is a huge misconception in India that everyone abroad is familiar with English and it would be easy to manage without a guide, but the truth is that many people in Europe only speak their respective local languages and sometimes some people treat English speakers as outsiders and communicating with them gets difficult. Having a guide around who is well versed with the native language would make it easier for the travelers to enjoy the city rather than exhausting oneself in an attempt to find a local to explain the directions.
Safety (if anything goes wrong, someone always has your back!)
As opposed to assumptions made by many, many famous European destinations are not entirely free of con men and pickpockets. As a new traveler, you can easily fall into the traps of the touts or become an easy target of theft and pickpocketing. Traveling in a group will reduce the chances of such incidents. The guide will keep you well informed about what places you can visit and the places where you have to be cautious.
Invaluable knowledge of the tour guide
Europe is a culturally rich continent and sometimes understanding the history and thought behind a building, monument or even a piece of art can become a challenge when done without help. A tour guide comes in handy at this moment. He/she has extensive knowledge of the culture and history and would make your visit even more enriching and interesting. You’ll be amazed by the amount of knowledge he/she has. The tour operator will indulge you in activities which you would not find while traveling alone.
(Understanding this without their help could be a hard task!)
Planning a tour to Europe without any prior knowledge can be a big task. Booking hotels, tours, and experiences without any idea how they might turn out can be quite a risk for the first-timers. It is better to go on a group tour where everything is pre-planned and taken care of, from local experience to site seeing, sparing you the headache of planning it all out.
When one goes to Europe for the first time, they do not have a clear idea of how much they will end up spending. They do not have the idea of where and how to negotiate. During your travel, unexpected costs such as train tickets and monument entry fees can appear out of nowhere. When you go on a tour package, all kinds of experiences like a bicycle tour or cruise across a river are offered to you on group discount prices which are already negotiated by the tour operators. It makes it easy for you to stick to the budget and not spend more or less than what you signed up for.
No compromise on food
The biggest concern for Indians while traveling abroad is the food. The inadequate knowledge of the cuisine and the native food not being available for the traveler can turn out to be a big problem. Another advantage of traveling in a group is that the tour management sorts out half of your meals making sure your native food is also available to you. Also, your tour guide can always recommend you some local restaurants and shops to explore.
Meeting new people
Having a group of people with you on your first trip to Europe can make your journey even more fun and you will always be assured of your safety. One will end up making many friends during the course of their trip and will always have someone to take their photographs!