What’s better a group tour or a private or tailor-made holiday?Jim Ashworth - Product & Marketing
Group travel does tend to bring costs down as you are sharing the cost of transfers, guides etc between more people. The price difference however is often not as big as you think.
Choosing between a group tour, a Private Journey or a tailor-made holiday is more a case of how you want to travel. If you want the added security and the expertise of a tour leader and you like travelling with a group of like-minded people, then a group tour is perfect. They can also be great if you are travelling alone or visiting the continent for the first time.
Private Journeys and tailor-made holidays are far more intimate and private experiences. Private Journeys are designed for you to take independently at a date which suits you, and have been conceived using all our experience in a variety of holiday styles from Luxury to Family, via Active, Wildlife etc.
Tailor-made holidays have added bonus that they are tailored to your specific dates and preferences, so if, for example, you are not so keen on handicraft markets or there is a place you have already been, then this can simply be removed from your holiday. You can also decide on the standard of accommodation you want for the trip, or choose to mix and match – so for instance you might have tourist-class hotels throughout your trip and then somewhere really flash to end the holiday in style.
There is no hard and fast rule about cost for group holidays, Private Journeys and tailor-made travel. A Classic Journey to Peru for example can cost about the same as a Private Journey or tailor-made version of a similar itinerary, as it is possible to do some of the transfers and excursions on a shared basis. For more remote countries like Guyana or Venezuela you may find that differences are more significant.
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Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
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A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.