Bus tours can be a great way to sightsee without having to arrange your own transportation and accommodation. Here's what to consider before booking to make sure you get the right experience for your money. Image from shankaronline.
You don't want to go with a tour just because it is billed as popular. Many people book the tour before they realise what the experience will actually be like. Obviously, you'll want to think about size and price, but you should also keep these things in mind too:
- Itinerary: Some tours will have itineraries packed with more sites than others. Think about how long you want to spend at each site and make sure any of your must-see sites will actually be visited on the tour. The longer you want to spend, the less sites your tour company should visit each day.
- How the guide is paid: Guides who are salaried don't rely on commission so they take you to the best spots, not just the ones giving them kickbacks.
- Intended audience: Consider who the tour company is creating the tour for. If it is a more family friendly tour, you'd have to deal with a ton of kids on the bus and tours as well as some activities or sites geared towards them.
For example, if I were travelling solo, I'd look for a tour that caters to other solo travellers so it would be easier to meet new people. I'd also want to spend a long time at each spot, so I would pick a tour with a less crowded itinerary, maybe even one that stays in fewer places for more days. For more details on each of the above areas, and specific tour company recommendations, hit the link below.
Comparing Bus Tours [Rick Steves]