Ruins & Archaeology Tours & Trips 2020

72 trips to Ruins & Archaeology tours from 101 tour companies. 807 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Lakes & mountains of Switzerland

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 428 / day
$ 3,420
From : $ 4,617
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Sample Swiss wine on the shores of Lake Geneva.
  • Watch as the setting sun paints the familiar Matterhorn shades of pink and gold.
  • Visit the longest glacier in Europe.
  • Marvel at the power of Geneva’s Jet d’Eau.
  • Spend time in Switzerland’s most indulgent mountain resorts.
Visits:
Alps, Geneva, Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
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Family tour of Croatia

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 552 / day
$ 5,515
From : $ 7,445
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Kayak under the shadow's of Dubrovnik's city walls.
  • Enjoy a meal in an abandoned medieval town.
  • Swim and snorkel in the Pakleni Islands.
  • Wonder at the power of Krka National Park's waterfalls.
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Hvar Island, Split, Croatia
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Classic Myanmar tour

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 474 / day
$ 7,110
From : $ 9,599
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Admire the splendour of the Shwedagon in Yangon.
  • Explore the incredible temples of Bagan.
  • Enjoy a two-night cruise on the Ayeyarwady River.
  • Visit the famous five-day market on the shores of Inle Lake.
Visits:
Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Tuscan towns & countryside

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 688 / day
$ 4,815
From : $ 6,500
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Taste rich Chianti wines on visits to two traditional Tuscany vineyards.
  • Uncover the charming cobbled streets of Lucca on a private walking tour.
  • Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside.
  • Admire the most famous works of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Visits:
Florence, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
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Self-drive tour: West Coast Adventure

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 527 / day
$ 3,690
From : $ 4,982
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the Aran Island Inis Oírr for a tour and lobster lunch.
  • Boat through Killary Fjord and hike back along the Famine Trail.
  • Horse ride on the beaches of Sligo while learning about the local history.
  • Sleep under the stars in a bubble dome.
Visits:
Connemara, Dublin, Germany, Ireland
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Community and conservation in Myanmar

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 331 / day
$ 4,970
From : $ 6,710
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Experience traditional river life on the banks of the Ayeyarwady
  • Get an authentic insight into the diverse tribal communities in Kayah state
  • Learn how to cast a fishing net and help in the conservation of the wonderful Irrawaddy dolphin
  • Cycle through Bagan's many pagodas, exploring them from a unique perspective
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Italy's art cities: Venice, Florence & Rome

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 1 / day
$ 5
From : $ 7
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Uncover Venice's hidden past by visiting secret chambers within the Doge's Palace.
  • Discover the secrets of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum.
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with a private guide.
  • Experience Baroque art through Caravaggio's most famous works in the Borghese Gallery and Santa Maria del Popolo Church.
  • Travel Venice's Grand Canal in style by arriving at your hotel via a private boat.
Visits:
Borghese Gallery, Colosseum, Doge’s Palace, Florence, Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Venice, Italy
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Exploring Myanmar by boat & on foot

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 444 / day
$ 9,315
From : $ 12,575
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Walk through the Shan hills and stay in a local monastery.
  • Explore the Ayeyarwady River by boat with a stay at a local village en route.
  • Take an iconic rail journey across the Goteik Viaduct.
  • Visit the sandstone caves of Monywa.
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Naples & the island of Ischia

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 428 / day
$ 2,995
From : $ 4,043
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.
  • Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agritourismo.
  • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
  • Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Visits:
Naples, Italy
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Panoramic Switzerland & Italy

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 626 / day
$ 6,890
From : $ 9,302
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Combine mountains and lakes.
  • Ride the Glacier Express between Zermatt and St. Moritz.
  • Learn to cook risotto on the shores of Lake Lugano.
  • Relax on Lake Como.
Visits:
Lake Como, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Switzerland
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Lisbon & the Algarve: Portugal Self-Drive tour

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 357 / day
$ 3,570
From : $ 4,820
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Tour Lisbon’s historical heart and sample some local delicacies.
  • Explore the eccentric palaces and gardens of Sintra.
  • Visit Roman ruins in the historic city of Évora in the heart of the Alentejo countryside.
  • Learn how to cook traditional Algarvian Cataplana.
  • Hike the Algarve coastline near Lagos.
Visits:
Algarve, Lisbon, Portugal
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The Rhône-Alpes in depth

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 624 / day
$ 6,865
From : $ 9,268
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Experience the gastronomic hub of Lyon.
  • Discover Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions.
  • Visit the serene Lac d'Annecy.
  • Hike the French Alps.
  • Walk inside an ancient glacier.
Visits:
Chamonix , Geneva, Lyon, France, Switzerland
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Grand tour of Switzerland

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 420 / day
$ 5,465
From : $ 7,378
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Take in the endless vistas at Glacier 3000.
  • Sample traditional Swiss chocolates and cheese.
  • Explore Zermatt's scenic trails with the backdrop of the Matterhorn.
  • Cruise Lake Geneva's smooth waters in style.
Visits:
Geneva, Lucerne, Milan, Zermatt, Zurich, Switzerland
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Highlights of Lisbon & Porto

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 669 / day
$ 4,685
From : $ 6,325
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Listen to melancholy fado music over a traditional dinner in Lisbon.
  • Learn about Lisbon’s history on a walking tour with stops to sample local delicacies.
  • Witness the whimsical architecture in Sintra.
  • Take a panoramic tour of Porto ending with a port wine tasting.
  • Discover the wines and landscapes of the Douro Valley on a full-day excursion.
Visits:
Lisbon, Porto, Portugal
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Lisbon & the Azores

Audley Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 472 / day
$ 3,305
From : $ 4,462
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore the largest city in the Azores, Ponta Delgada, on a private walking tour.
  • Visit the twin lakes of Sete Cidades by bicycle and 4x4.
  • Embark on a whale- and dolphin-watching tour outside Ponta Delgada.
  • Hear traditional Portuguese fado music at a special dinner in Lisbon.
  • Discover the history of Lisbon on a private walking tour.
  • Tour the vibrant and eclectic palaces of Sintra.
Visits:
Lisbon, Portugal
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807 Ruins & Archaeology Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 703
Great 75
Average 19
Disappointing 2
Terrible 8
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

They canceled both of my trips from 2020 and now the one I rescheduled with their voucher for 2021 due to the pandemic which is fine. What is not fine is that they refuse to give full refunds back. The crazy part is that I even purchased travel protection and they could truly care less. THIS COMPANY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU, THEY ARE MONEY HUNGRY AND YOU WOULD BE SAFER PLANNING A NICE TRIP ON YOUR OWN. I trusted them to plan my first vacation out of the country, do not make the same mistake I did.

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Payed for the trip in advance. OAT cancelled the trip due to the Corona virus and agereed to refund my money - No refund to date

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I booked the Real Affordable Peru Trip with OAT and payed in advance. OAT had to cancel the trip due to the Corona Virus. When I called them, they offered to reschedule the trip or give me a full refund - since they cancelled - not me. I elected to receive the full refund. Three weeks late they sent me an email stating "upper management" had decided not to give any refunds - all the cancelled trips were being rescheduled instead. I called stating I had already been promised a refund and they said that was no longer an option. I filled complaints with the better business bureau, VISA, and the Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office. OAT called me back and said they would now refund my money in 4-6 days. Called back 10 days later and they said they would refund the money as soon as I dropped my complaint with VISA. Since they have lied to me over the past several months, I am sticking with my claims and still fighting for my refund. I would recommend you check out other online reviews, including the BBB.

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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

amazing itinerary

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Enchanting Peru - Originally, we had planned on putting our own Peru adventure together, however, it became quite daunting not knowing which transportation companies to use, which hotels were conveniently located and how to reliably book all of our activities and related tickets. We were "swirling" and not making progress with our planning. We were actually considering a different destination and basically giving up on visiting Peru. Then, a very good friend (who has been on over 20 SmarTours) forwarded an e-mail to us on the "Enchanting Peru" trip through SmarTours. Our prayers were answered! For a very reasonable price, with an amazing itinerary, all we had to do was to make a telephone call...book it...and pack! There ended up being 14 total people on the trip..., which was perfect. All hotels we stayed in were top notch, each day well planned and the transportation comfortable and reliable. The best thing that happened to us on this trip was that our tour guide was Dagmar Becerra, a resident of Cusco. Dagmar became our teacher, our trusted advisor, a comedian, a kind disciplinarian (when some of us deserved it) and most of all, a friend. We learned more from her in 11 days, than we have in years. Based on this first experience with SmarTours, I plan on booking with them next year...but the next tour guide has big shoes to fill. (Thank you Dagmar - you ARE the BEST!!!)

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Operator SmarTours

Everything else was all but flawless

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was my first tour with a large company of any kind, and I wasn't sure what to expect. But I've always wanted to go to Macchu Piccu and wasn't familiar enough with S. America to organize a trip on my own. My choice of Smartours was quite serendipitous. My experience with Smartour was on the whole exemplary. First and foremost, I truly don't know how you keep the prices so low, considering the level of services, accomodation, food and experiences we were given. Our two guides, Lucho and Celestino, were almost frighteningly capable and universally knowledgeable about their country, its history, customs, sites and general info, and worked flawlessly with the other players in the tour, from hotel staffs to bus drivers to security. When we almost ran afoul of a nationwide strike that shut down roads in and around Puno, our schedule was changed and our transporation to the airport for our flight to Lima managed half an hour before the roads closed. Then we had the choice of staying on the comfortable, heated bus or the unheated airport til our check-in time. no drama, no trauma. The hotels were excellent, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay being a favorite, considering it was originally a 16th century monastery that had been updated flawlessly. Meals offered were universally excellent, with optional meal recommendations excellent. I especially appreciated getting to see so much in our ten days, not just Macchu Piccu, but Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and all of the small villages and Incan historic sites there in, Macchu Piccu--of course, and the area around Lake Titicaca. Even the time spent in Lima was delightful and instructive. Thank you for the help of every person involved in making this a real trip of a lifetime. I do have one small suggestion. We arrived in Lima and immediately flew to Cuzco at 12,000 ft.. I was mistaken in that I thought we would be heading to a lower altitude before participating in any activities. But we ate a meal at the top of Cuzco before any of us could acclimate to the altitude. As you know, no matter what kind of shape a person is in, he or she can still have trouble with altitude and not know it til we get there. And so it was for some of us. If possible, it might help to have that first meal down the hill a ways. Yeah, that's it. That's my only suggestion. Everything else was all but flawless. I have been and will continue to recommend Smartour to anyone who asks.

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Operator SmarTours

Fabulous Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Trip was fabulous, Enrique Virto was a superior host and tour guide. The altitude was a problem for both my husband and I as was the inability to brush our teeth with the water, but the hotels helped with Oxygen and Coca Tea to ease the altitude sickness and Enrique was encouraging and very helpful during the entire trip. He was very considerate of our abilities or inabilities and always considered our group as a whole. He was incredibly informative and knowledgeable about all of the places we visited and his English was excellent. The accommodations were excellent, clean rooms, comfortable beds and very kind and helpful staff. This is my 3rd trip with SmarTours and I will travel with them in the future.

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Operator SmarTours

Great Tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Enrique our tour guide was fantastic . He has a passion for educating his clients about Peru . Our tour of 6 adults were delighted with his care . Smart Tours got us to see all the important places in Peru . Food and accommodation were great too

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Operator SmarTours

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Now you can find, compare, and share trips from 1,000+ operators and expert trip planners. Unlike most travel agencies and websites that only show options from large companies that pay big commissions, we show you all the options we can gather, and we’re adding more all the time. We want you to have all the available information to find your perfect trip, no matter who it’s with. Whether you’re looking for a short weekend getaway or a multi-country expedition, you can find it on Travelstride. About us.

Use Travelstride to:
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Search thousands of itineraries and match your style and budget.
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Compare local experts with renowned tour operators side by side.
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Read reviews by travelers and experts.
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Save money as a Travelstride member (it's free), with exclusive deals & rebates.
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...to foster a community connecting travelers to wonderful places, people, & experiences. Learn more.

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