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Top 5 Tours for First-Time Travelers

For folks thinking of taking their first guided small group tour, the options can sometimes seem overwhelming. Every tour sounds fascinating, and every destination looks like something out of a postcard. To make this choice a little easier, we've collected our top five tours for first-time group travelers below. From the deep-rooted tradition, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant cultures of South America to Europe's blend of art, architecture, and cuisine - with a dash of Down Under thrown in - these tours are sure to spark your wanderlust. Click each tile to view the tour in its entirety.


22 days
Exploring Australia & New Zealand
Fall 2023 – Winter/Spring 2024
Post-Tour Extension: Auckland – On Your Own
Small group touring and the Lands Down Under – they add up to a perfect combination as we travel from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the storied Outback to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.
16 days
Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
Pre-Tour Option: Amazon Rainforest
They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the natural selection for both: the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where we overnight at an intimate on-site hotel; and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” for a four-night island-based adventure.
Limited availability in 2024
16 days
Portrait of Italy
From the Amalfi Coast to Venice
Post-Tour Extension: Venice – On Your Own
From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll especially appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.
11 days
Treasures of Peru
With Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
Post-Tour Extension: Amazon Rainforest
A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present. As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET

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