Escorted tour

Escorted tours are a form of tourism in which travelers are escorted in a group to various destinations, versus a self-guided tour where the tourist is on their own.[1] [2]

Large motor coach with tourists

Escorted tours are also known as Guided tours or Package Tours.

Escorted tours are normally conducted by a tour director who takes care of all services from the beginning to end of the tour. Escorted tours also normally include the flights, hotels, transportation, transfers to the airport/hotel, most meals and some sightseeing. Escorted tours are often conducted by motor coach and usually no more than three nights are spent in each location visited. They are usually fast-paced and prices include most everything.

See also


  1. Motorcoach Tour Mart (1979), The best in escorted tours, USA and Canada via motorcoach and air, Grace J. Talmadge and Associates, retrieved 19 April 2013
  2. "Tours: a selection of escorted tours", International Travel News, Martin Publications, Inc, 29 (8): 94(1), 2004-10-01, ISSN 0191-8761

Further reading

  • Pond, Kathleen Lingle. The Professional Guide: Dynamics of Tour Guiding. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993.
  • Wynn, Jonathan R. The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • Wynn, Jonathan R. "City Tour Guides: Urban Alchemists at Work." City & Community 9, no. 2 (June 2010).