The start of a new year naturally brings about moments of reflection and goal-setting, and the start of a new decade can intensify that urge to plan. This January gave us both.
Does your vision of 2020 include ticking more countries off your bucket list? Or is it simply to enjoy more authentic and meaningful travel experiences? Maybe your focus is on travelling differently from the way you’re used to or to book the best value travel opportunities around. If you said yes to any or all of the above, 2020 is the perfect year to try your first tour.
Escorted tours offer a variety of travel styles, from slow-paced to active and from camping to luxury. They can explore by motorcoach, local transit and even on a ship. Apart from all the sightseeing, tours also include plenty of included activities, value and adventure, not to mention, there’s safety in numbers, too.
From the Mekong Delta and the foothills of the Himalayas to the Danube and the stunning Dalmatian Coast, these 2020 tours are a great place to start.
Icons of South America | 21-day tour with Trafalgar
Travel: Lima to Rio de Janeiro
Visit: Peru, Chile, Argentina & Brazil
If you’ve spent 2019 saving up some vacation days, bust them out for Trafalgar’s three-week panoramic tour of South America, guiding you through some of the continent’s most iconic cities and sights.
Beginning in Peru’s cosmopolitan capital, visit a market and cooking school with an award-winning local chef. See charming Cusco, The Sacred Valley and majestic Machu Picchu by Vistadome train. Cruise Chile’s laid-back Lake Region and visit its acclaimed vineyards. Learn about Bariloche’s rich chocolate heritage with a visit to the Chocolate Museum and the many treasures of beautiful Buenos Aires. From Argentina’s emblematic Tango to Brazil’s sultry beaches and Samba schools, South America’s dynamic culture is served up piping hot.
Want more? Add a 4-day post-tour extension into the wilds of the Amazon for the tour of a lifetime.
The Croatian | 11-day tour with Globus
Travel: Zagreb to Dubrovnik
Visit: Zagreb, Opatija, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik & more
To call Croatia just a beach destination would be selling it short. The Adriatic Sea and its spectacular Dalmatian Coast may be dotted with some of the world’s best stretches of sand, but gorgeous scenery, captivating historical sights and even some pop culture make Croatia a fantastically well-rounded destination. Globus strings it all together with an immersive 11-day tour showing you everything from Dubrovnik’s famous 15th-century Palace to the forests, lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park.
Explore the striking coastal cities of Trogir and Zadar, the impressive sets used in the filming of Game of Thrones, and neighbouring Slovenia’s fascinating capital, Ljubljana. Throughout, soak up the history and charming anecdotes of experienced local guides, feast on decadent multi-course dinners and relax from your sightseeing in pampering first-class accommodations.
Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure | 15-day tour with G Adventures
Travel: Delhi to Kathmandu
Visit: Delhi, Jaipur, Orchha, Lumbini, Pokhara, Kathmandu & more
If your new year resolutions include giving back, book this soul-stirring adventure you will never forget. Traverse the colourful sub-continent and Nepal’s peaceful mountain ranges on a small-group journey with one of the leaders in the field, and help a local community along the way. The Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure starts with a G Adventures-supported project, Women on Wheels, offering safe and reliable transport for travellers while providing a dignified livelihood for a local woman from a disadvantaged community.
From Delhi, visit the holy city of Varanasi, blushing Jaipur, the Taj Mahal at sunset and the wild Bengal tigers of Chitwan National Park. Along the way, opt for a cooking class in Orccha, a sunrise sailing on the Ganges, or enjoy some free time to comb India’s intricate temples and Nepal’s storied shrines.
Taste of the Danube | 4-day river cruise with Avalon Waterways
Travel: Budapest to Vienna
Visit: Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein, Melk & Vienna
Looking for something a little bit shorter? Hold our beer.
Be blown away by Avalon Waterways on a luxurious 4-day river cruise. If you’ve yet to experience Europe’s great waterways, this is a great introduction, sailing from beautiful Budapest. Coast down the Danube past quaint villages, rolling countrysides and charming towns in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. En route, enjoy guided sightseeing in Bratislava, a scenic hike in Dürnstein, and Austria’s gorgeous Wachau Valley.
Suite Ship! Not only is the Avalon Visionary a sweet ship, but it’s also one of Avalon’s brightest, offering two full decks of suites featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows and exquisite amenities like Egyptian super-combed cotton linens. Onboard meals spotlight the region with locally-inspired dishes and complimentary beer and wine. Or, eat well with healthy options from the ‘Avalon Fresh’ menu.
For the full experience, upgrade to a Panorama Suite for endless vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows. The best part? This intimate ship sails with just over a hundred guests.
If you’ve yet to experience the brilliance of a guided tour, make 2020 the year that you do. It might just change the way you travel forever.