Travel Tuesday Looks at Guided Tours


Do you have places on your bucket list that you would love to visit but are not sure about how to get there? If this is the case then a guided tour might be just the adventure that will tick the box for you. I’ve gathered a selection from a variety of operators and include some insights from my own recent trip to China!

Last few seats Available for Krakow Christmas Markets

Experience the fable-like and charming atmosphere of Krakow’s Christmas Markets on GTI’s 5-day trip travelling 28 November – 02 December 2017 from €429 pps

Stay at the 3* Hotel Wyspianski, located just 600 metres from the Main Square of Krakow where the Christmas Markets take place! Also enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Old Town to discover the beauty of magical Kraków plus a visit to the world-famous Wieliczka Salt Mines where you will explore 20 underground chambers and see lakes, salt figurines and chandeliers.

Price include flights, professional English speaking guide, executive coach transfers, great hotel accommodation plus tour of Krakow & visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines.

GTI sell their holidays exclusively to the Irish Market and are fully licensed and bonded (T.A. 0533).

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Something for the solo traveller from GTI Tours including a cookery course from €699 pp March 2018

  • Return flights from Dublin to Rome including taxes & charges
  • Executive coach transfers
  • 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca with breakfast & dinner each day (NO SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT)
  • Guided tour of the classic hilltop town of Trevi
  • Walk to a local olive mill to taste the world famous Trevi olive oil
  • Excursion to the saintly town of Assisi
  • Authentic Italian cookery class
  • Free time to relax and explore this beautiful region

Booking Remarks
  1. Price including all airport taxes & charges
  3. Price includes 1 standard piece of hand luggage. Checked-in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel – prices may vary
  4. Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
  5. Balance due 10 weeks before departure (2% charge on balance payments made by credit card)
  6. Optional insurance available from €19pp (terms & conditions apply)
  7. City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
  8. Flights, hotel, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
  9. Booking terms & conditions apply


Day 1 – Trevi

Depart Dublin for Rome. On arrival you will have a coach transfer to your hotel in Trevi. Enjoy a welcome drink at hotel, a beautiful 17th century building. Enjoy a guided tour of the classic hilltop town of Trevi before your evening meal at the hotel & overnight.

Day 2 – Olive Mill & Cooking Class

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a walk along the nearby medieval aqueduct, through an olive grove to a local olive mill. Here you will get the chance to try some of the famous olive with scrumptious Bruschetta. Then learn how to prepare an authentic Italian dish in a hands-on cookery class. Special St. Patrick Gala Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 3 – Assisi

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to beautiful Assisi discovering the wonders of Saint Francis and Saint Claire. Evening meal & overnight at hotel.

Day 4 –  Departure

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin.



Basque, Bilbao & La Rioja – Explore the culture & cuisine of the Basque Country

15 – 22 May & 19 – 26 Jun 2018 from €1,149

The Basque Country is home to some of the world’s finest food, beaches & avant-garde architecture. Enjoy fascinating escorted tours including Bilbao & the Guggenheim Museum, San Sebastian, the historic River Nervión area and medieval Burgos to see its magnificent cathedral. Visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada & take an optional 6km walk along the Camino de Santiago. Also enjoy a Rioja Winery Tour with wine-tasting & plenty of time to relax and explore this beautiful region & sample the cuisine it’s so famous for!

If you’d like to know more about Bilbao read my review on this site here

Price include flights, professional English speaking guides, executive coach transfers, great hotel accommodation and fascinating cultural excursions.



Take a trip to China made easy and take in the best sites with GTI Tours

Wonders of Beijing & Xi’an

Experience Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall & the Terra Cotta Warriors

Ancient terracotta warriors, mighty palaces and fascinating Buddhist Temples are just some of the amazing sights you will see on this wonderful 9-day escorted holiday to China

From € 1599 pps for more information go to

travelling 28th March – 5th April 2018

  • Finnair Flights from Dublin to Beijing and X’ian to Dublin via Helsinki including taxes & charges
  • Bullet Train from Beijing to Xi’an
  • Professional English speaking tour manager and executive coach transfers
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in 4* Landmark Towers Hotel in Beijing with breakfast included
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in 4* Bell Tower Hotel in Xi’an with breakfast included (or similar)
  • Dinner each day plus 5 lunches
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven,
  • Beijing Olympics venue area & the Summer Palace in Beijing
  • Excursion to the Great Wall of China & to the Sacred Way in the Ming Tomb
  • Rickshaw ride through the maze of old town lanes in Beijing
  • Kungfu show in a local theatre
  • Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the local city wall of Xi’an
  • Visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Evening at the famous Tang Dynasty show
  • Free time for shopping & sightseeing at your leisure

China truly is a feast for the senses with so much to see do and experience. The shopping is an added bonus with many of the big brands reproduced at top quality for a fraction of the price. Bring an empty suitcase and make sure you have plenty of camera space because you will have so much that you’ll want to capture and take home.


Explore are a UK based tour operator and they have a whole range of world wide tours for the more adventurous, including Family friendly tours. This one caught my eye because of the unique opportunity to see bears in the wild.


Brown bear, Slovakia

Slovakia: In Search of Bears – 3 nights
This is a short break with a difference, combining some great mountain trekking with a search for European ‘big game’ as we go looking for bears. Working with a local partner dedicated to conservation, we are given unique access into areas of the national park which are normally off-limits to tourists. Trekking with an expert ranger, in a group size limited to six, we maximise the amount of time on foot to increase the chances of observing bears in their natural habitat, while keeping an eye out for the wide variety of birds and mammals that populate the park.
This four-day trip starts from €999 per person on a twin share basis and includes return flights from London, three nights’ hotel accommodation, all meals and an Explore tour leader.

For more information see code WWB and click link on this website explore tours  for a selection of dates next June 2018


India – Splendours of Delhi, The Taj Mahal & Rajasthan with The Travel Department

  • 11 Night Holiday
  • Half Board

The regions of Delhi and Rajasthan in the north of India are home to some of the most impressive sights in Asia. With visits to the Taj Mahal* and the magical city of Udaipur included, you will experience the very best of this fascinating country on this 11-night break.

Along your journey you will visit ancient palaces and monuments, proud fortresses, mosques and bustling cities. Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi’s busy streets, and awaken your senses on a spicy kaleidoscope of colour and sound in its buzzing markets. In Agra, you will gaze in wonder at the most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal*. You will visit the Amber Fort in the Pink City of Jaipur and, of course, have plenty of time at leisure to discover India at your own pace. Come with us on this holiday of a lifetime and discover the Splendours of India for yourself.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic monument, the Taj Mahal, cleaning and restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding and mud treatment,  thus a clear view of the entire monument may not be possible.

Trip Itinerary – Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to India


Travel to India

Depart on your flight to Delhi.

Day 2 – Delhi & New Delhi

Day 3 – Guided Tour of Old Delhi

Day 4 – Transfer to Agra

Day 5 – Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri

Taj Mahal

In the morning you will visit the Taj Mahal where you will enjoy sunrise at the one of the world’s biggest monuments to love. The morning is an ideal time to photograph this spectacular building when the lighting is at its most dramatic. This famous mausoleum, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, is a highlight for many visitors to India and it is easy to see why.


Travel to Jaipur & Fatehpur Sikri

In the evening you will travel to Jaipur and visit the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.

Day 6 – Jaipur

Day 7 – Jodhpur

Day 8 – Guided Tour of Jodhpur

Day 9 – Travel to Udaipur

Day 10 – Udaipur


Today you will have a guided morning excursion to the City Palace Museum and the spectacular garden of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, which is brimming with lotus ponds, marble elephants and gushing fountains. Later on, you will enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola.

Day 11 – Transfer to Delhi

Day 12 – Return Home

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change


Seville City Break with The Travel Department

  • 3 Night Holiday
  • B&B

Famous for flamenco, tapas and its rich cultural and architectural heritage, Seville is Andalucía’s most lively and colourful city, located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. With direct flights, accommodation, transfers and an expertly guided tour with our local guides, there has never been a better time to visit this fascinating city.

On your guided walking tour, you will view highlights such as Murillo Garden, the Jewish Quarter, Giralda Bell Tower and the beautiful Alcázar.

There will also be plenty of free time to explore and discover Seville at your own pace before your guided transfer home.

Trip Itinerary – Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Spain


Travel to Spain

Upon arrival in Seville, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Seville City Tour


Seville City Tour

Start your holiday with a walking tour of Seville, which will include the Murillo Garden (Jardin de Murillo) with its several Moorish tiled benches, flowers, trees and ancient city walls, all of which make this space peaceful and interesting. You will also visit the Jewish Quarter. Orange trees will frame your journey as you explore the many hidden cobbled streets, gardens, and monuments within this area, such as the Cathedral, the Giralda Bell Tower, and the Alcázar. There will be time to walk around and admire the architecture of the historic district, as well as the many great tapas bars and charming courtyards that are nestled among these streets.


At Leisure

The evening will be free to spend at your own pace exploring this fantastic city. Why not try one of the hundreds of great tapas restaurants dotted around Seville?

Day 3 – At Leisure

 Full Day

Explore Seville

Today is free to enjoy at your own pace. We recommend a visit to Plaza de España, located at the edge of Maria Luisa Park. Originally was built to host exhibitions, it has been also used as a filming location for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Nowadays the building mainly consists of government offices. A visit to the Maria Luisa Park is another great way to spend an afternoon in Seville. Your guide will be happy to suggest places of interest to see and visit depending on your own tastes.

Day 4 – Return Home


Return Home

After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to say goodbye to this charming city. You will be transferred to Seville airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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