Not your father’s
By T. Foster Jones
WHEN I FIRST TRAVELED to Europe, a and elect for a region-based program.
young man with a spring in my step and a pack Whichever tour, pace or area they choose,
on my back, I eschewed the idea of going with Severini says, Trafalgar travelers won’t miss out.
a tour group. Tours were for old people. You “Every tour compiles all the ‘must-do,
spent all day being herded on and off a bus. must-see’ elements into one enriching expe-
You had no independence. I wanted to be free rience,” he says. “You will enjoy ideally located
to go wherever and whenever I chose. hotels. You will sample Europe’s culinary
After roaming around for several months, delights, exquisite sites and authentic atmo-
however, I realized that, for all my vaunted sphere. Best of all, you pay one price for a
independence, I was spending an extraordi- great vacation that includes everything, giv-
nary amount of time and energy just gathering ing you true value for your money.”
information: finding places to stay, figuring out Somewhat paradoxically, by traveling with
what to see and how to get around. More a group, your personal travel time is freed up.
important, as I found out afterward, I missed No stress about where to sleep. No worry about
out on the relevance of many of my experi- missing the significant sights. No time wasted
ences. There was so much historical and cul- on mundane tasks.
tural significance to what I was passing “We treat time as precious, so we deliver
through, but I had no one to point it out and the most out of each and every day so you can
help me understand it. see all that Europe has to offer,” says Severini.
In the years since my first trip, the To top it off, the tour director assigned to
escorted-travel industry has undergone quite each trip ensures that not only will you not
a change. Tour companies have recognized miss seeing anything, you won’t miss out on
that there is a happy medium between the what it means.
go-it-alone and the led-by-the-nose experi- “The tour director is key,” says Severini.
ences. Smaller groups, greater scheduling “He or she is not only a concierge, but a his-
flexibility, varied pacing and wider choices of torian to establish relevancy to all the sights.
itineraries mean that a traveler can pick the Your tour director provides insights that
tour that fits his or her needs. make what you’re seeing come alive.”
Perhaps no other company better repre-
sents this than Trafalgar Tours. In the busi-
ness of showcasing Europe for more than half The Costco Connection
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