# of trips

10

Type

None operator

Service level

budget

Travelers age

5 — 65

Trip prices

$1,199 — 8,798

Tour languages

Unknown

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Editoral Review of YMT Vacations

Standing for “Your Man Tours” YMT Vacations, or just YMT, was founded in the late 1960s - as a pioneer guided tour company, responding to a rapidly emerging travel industry.

What Makes YMT Vacations Stand Out?

One of the main things to note about YMT is their breadth of experience in conducting guided tours. Starting in 1967, as a small local operator in the US - they have grown practically right along with the guided tour industry. This gives them the knowledge and expertise necessary for the kinds of tours they operate.

Today they offer three styles of travel: guided tours, river cruises, and ocean cruises (which include a land portion).

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With YMT?

Mature travelers in the 50+ range seeking a comfortable and easy all-inclusive travel experience will love the YMT approach. You’ll find a good balance of cultural activities, an easy going pace, and frequent breaks for photo stops and leg-stretching.

YMT tours are geared toward the budget conscious traveler.

These tours are fully escorted, and involve transportation in large coaches, or via cruise. You will be around the same people and guides for the tour’s duration. Older travelers who are concerned about the opportunities to stretch their legs needn’t worry. Coaches stop every two hours, and cruises are large with plenty of room to walk around comfortably.

YMT is about classic packaged travel - don’t expect to get too far off the beaten path during the itinerary. Additionally if having some free time to yourself to explore is important, you may want to look into other options first. The appeal of YMT is in their low prices and package deals; nearly everything is included other than meals.

If you are the kind of traveler who likes culturally immersive small group, thematic tours, you may find the YMT approach a bit underwhelming. YMT Vacations are ideal for first time travelers, or travelers for whom relaxing on a large cruise ship sailing through Europe on a sundeck with a pool is the perfect travel experience.  

Top Destinations

Currently YMT offers tours around the globe. They are especially popular for Europe travel, including large cruises plus land tour portions. Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Asia, and The Americas are also offered.

They have their roots in the US however, and are well known for their Hawaii, Alaska, and California tours (some specifically dedicated to the Rose Parade).

YMT Travel Style

Tours are designed to fall into 5 broad activity levels, the lowest being “Relaxed” and the highest being “Active.” In their case “Active” refers to longer itineraries and less leisure or free time. Groups are small to large. Trips are affordable and certain customizations are available.

1. Relaxed - You’ll travel at a leisurely pace, with very little walking. You should be able to navigate stairs or gangways to board cruise ships.

2. Easy Going - These tours usually include walking tours. Be prepared for very slight gradations and some stairs. You’ll also encounter uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones, on some tours.

3. Moderate - More activities are included on these tours, and you may be standing a lot as well as walking for longer distances.

4. Active - These trips may visit more exotic destinations where you could experience dramatic changes in temperature and altitude. You’ll also be expected to be able to climb several stairs and walk long distances.Travel days may also be longer, with a lot of climbing up and down from the bus.

5. Very Active - Expect limited free time and a very busy, jam packed tour schedule.

Why Choose a Tour with YMT?

YMT has a long history in the travel industry - their guides and planners have everything down to a science. You know you’re in incredibly good hands when traveling with them. They are attractive to older travelers so you’re sure to meet good friends in the same age range. Trips are fun, easy, and all about seeing wonderful sights in comfort and ease.

If you are new to international travel and don’t want to miss the classics, this could be a great place to start. You don’t have to do any of the planning, and can enjoy many amenities available aboard large cruise ships, river cruises, and wonderful hotels. It’s a great combination of cultural and historical travel with all the best that comes from a vacation package.

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Solo friendly

  • No single supplement

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About the company

Our Story

We started in 1967 in Michigan as “Your Man Tours” arranging tours to Hawaii for Veterans of Foreign Wars. The “Your Man” was reference to our Polynesian guides who greeted guests at the Honolulu airport with beautiful and fragrant flower leis. Our guides created a warm and engaging atmosphere as they introduced YMT guests to their beautiful island paradise.

Today we are known as YMT Vacations to reflect worldwide expertise in Alaska, Europe, and the domestic United States. Our staff have decades of experience as tour operators and take pride in making your vacation memorable and rewarding.

YMT Vacations is a member of TUI Group, which is the world's largest collection of specialist travel brands. Each brand is individually operated, creating unique experiences that are centered around specific destinations, passions or interests.

Lowest Prices and Unmatched Value — Guaranteed!

YMT’s Low Price Guarantee allows you to make plans as far in advance as you like with complete confidence. Our guarantee promises that should you find the same tour and itinerary advertised at a lower price, anywhere, we will pay you the difference plus 10% of the difference! Book your next travel adventure with YMT knowing you’ll get unmatched value for your travel dollar — we guarantee it.

Reliable, Carefree, Expertly Run Travel

With over 1.5 million satisfied guests since 1967, we have perfected our vacations — every itinerary, accommodation, and sightseeing attraction. YMT trips are paced “just right” for the mature traveler. We cover a lot of ground, but not at the expense of your comfort and enjoyment.

The Highest Compliment

Most of our travelers are either repeat guests looking for another vacation adventure, or first-time YMT travelers referred by a satisfied YMT guest. We’ll do our very best to ensure that your first vacation with YMT will be one of many more to come!

Travel Choices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Beyond

We offer a wide selection of tours, ocean cruises and river cruises throughout the US, Canada, and Europe to best suit you and fulfill your desire to embark on a “trip of a lifetime!”

The Best in Consumer Confidence

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United States Tour Operators Association

USTOA is a nonprofit professional association representing the tour operator industry.Its members are made up of companies who provide services worldwide but who conduct business in the U.S.

FAQ

Are flights included?

Flights are available at heavily discounted rates, and can be booked directly by YMT's representatives. However you are responsible for arranging transfers between your home airport and home.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Yes. YMT Vacations makes travel insurance available through Allianz Travel Insurance. Purchasing travel insurance is not required in order to purchase any other product or services offered. Allianz provides insurance coverage that only applies during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home, and automobile insurance policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer or insurance agent or broker.

Pre or post trip accommodation available?

If you decide to arrive a day or more early, feel free to contact the hotel directly to make arrangements to (depending on room availability).

Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?

Yes. Because all tour costs we incur are based on double occupancy, each single traveler’s cost needs to reflect a portion of the difference. Where each passenger pays one half of the cost of a room and/or cabin, the single room supplement charge (SRS) needs to reflect the entire cost of a private room and/or cabin.

What kind of luggage should I bring?

The YMT luggage allowance is one suitcase and one small bag per guest. Due to capacity limits on vehicles the maximum weight per suitcase is 50 lbs in general and 44 lbs for itineraries that include charter flights. The dimensions of each suitcase may not exceed 30 inches by 18 inches by 10 inches. Carry-ons cannot be larger than 12 inches by 11 inches by 6 inches and must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. Luggage that is larger or heavier may attract extra fees or might not fit on the bus at all. Shipping of extra luggage is not always possible and cost can be substantial. To comply with safety regulations for motor coaches, mid-size buses and vans, wheeled carry-on bags are not accepted as hand luggage.