Our Top 5 Best-Value Destinations for Group Travel

Guided Stops on the Inca Trail, PeruIt’s time to start planning your group travel for 2017 and 2018! Our top 5 “best-valued” group destinations will certainly not only provide the best bang for the group dollar for the necessary basics of accommodation, meals and transport, but also delivers for any group traveller wanting a good mix of culture, history, fascinating natural landscapes, culinary delights, and of course, unique activities to satisfy everyone’s interests.

From soaking up the sun on a tropical beach to savouring local delicacies, to standing in awe on the site of ancient archeological wonders, the world awaits the value-conscious “Globetrotting Groupie.”

Cambodia

Cambodia is certainly one of the best-valued countries for anyone travelling with a group, and the best part is that there is so much to see and experience in any well planned group itinerary. Cambodia promises a rollercoaster of emotions – from the intense feelings brought forth with visits to the stark leftovers of the Khmer Rouge regime at the Killings Fields and the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, to the feelings of awe and amazement when viewing the peaceful Buddhist temples of the Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Essential Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap
Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand, known for decades as Siam, offers a wide variety of unique activities and experiences for group travel. In Bangkok, the famous Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, and floating markets are must-see visits amongst the cheerful chaos of this vibrant capital. In Phuket, take time to relax with fellow travellers at a beachfront resort, and in Chiang Mai, make sure to visit the fascinating Hill Tribes and the Elephant Conservation Centre – all while exploring local village life. Unique activities offered in Thaland abound. Play a round of golf on one of Bangkok’s elite courses, take a cooking class with a local chef, ride an elephant, have dinner with a local family, ride bikes between gold-gilded temples, and go find your treasured souvenirs at a night market.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Extraordinary Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
The Grand Palace in Bangkok
India

A trip to India is like no other. It is a land where all your senses will come alive the day you arrive! In Delhi, explore the sights, sounds, and spicy scents of Old Delhi. In Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort and envision how the Maharajahs once lived. In Agra, the Taj Mahal dominates, and a peaceful sunrise visit is always a highlight. You will be in awe in Varanasi, as you head down to the ghats that line the sacred Ganges for the nightly Aarti ritual.

In the bustling city of Mumbai there is time to visit the Jain Temples and the famous Gateway to India. Further south, you can relax on a house boat in the tropical paradise region of Kerala. Unique activities include guided walking tours, cooking classes, yoga lessons at a mountain retreat, tiger safaris in a national park, visits to wondrous religious sites of all faiths, wellness retreats, beachside resorts, and, of course, shopping in all the markets and roadside stalls that abound throughout the country.

Sample Group Itinerary:
The Essential India

Cruising the backwaters of Kerala, India
Cruising the backwaters of Kerala
Peru

Peru has everything a Globetrotting Groupie could want at prices that won’t “break the bank.” This diverse country is full of surprises, from panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, and beautiful beaches, to tropical jungles, not to mention a fascinating rich history, a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, a variety of wildlife, and enduring indigenous cultures.

There are a few popular experiences that no group should miss out on, including a flight seeing over the ancient Nazca Lines, guided walking tours of colonial Lima, cruising Lake Titicaca with a local guide, scanning the skies for condors in Colca Canyon, walking amongst the ancient Incan ruins of Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, and Pisac, and bartering to your heart’s delight in all the local markets. Those with a sense of adventure can join a group and trek the Inca Trail or climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu that towers above the ruins of Machu Picchu, or even take a hike through the Amazon jungle!

Sample Group Itinerary:
Essential Peru

Machu PIcchu, Peru
Machu PIcchu, Peru
Bulgaria

Once thought of as an “off-the-beaten-path” Eastern European country, Bulgaria is now on the radar for group travel, with tour itineraries that are filled with unique activities, sights, sounds, and tastes – all combining to make a fascinating and compelling travel experience. Tucked away in the south east corner of Europe, the country is full of contrasts with a long coastline along the Black Sea with the seaside resort of Varna as its hub. It also features a ring of steep mountains and a core of deep, thick forests that are home to 3 national parks and 17 biosphere reserves. Bulgaria also has a rich history and culture that ranges from Roman, Medieval, and Ottoman times to more recent Soviet and European Union influences. This fascinating mixture of old and new can all be seen in the cosmopolitan capital of Sofia and the old cities of Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo. These cities are filled with museums, monuments, Baroque-style houses, and even a 2nd Century BC Roman amphitheatre. Plus, in a country known for its wine production and hearty cuisine fused with Soviet, Turkish, and Greek flavours, all the ingredients come together to design a unique and affordable group travel itinerary.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Discover Europe’s Hidden Gem – Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia

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