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A l’origine de la création de 45 Tour : un responsable de l’espace musique et de l’action culturelle souhaitant faire partager son expérience des rencontres musicales en médiathèque. Les rencontres organisées doivent répondre aux attentes des structures : qualité des intervenants , coût accessible, dispositifs légers, découvertes musicales, échanges avec le public . C’est pourquoi 45 Tour propose des prestations « clés en main ». Clinton Fearon (musicien des Gladiators, Jamaïque) a déjà animé des rencontres musicales avec 45 Tour.
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Boiler Room Announces 2024 World Tour
The platform will host shows in 25 cities including Chicago, New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
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Boiler Room is going global, again, in 2024.
The dance culture event series and streaming platform announced a world tour on Tuesday (Jan. 23) that will feature rising acts, local artists and scene stars playing across 25 cities.
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Expanding on the platform’s first-ever world tour last year, in 2024 Boiler Room will return to London, Mumbai, Manchester, Milan, New York, Seoul, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. The tour will also touch down in cities including Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Bogota, Buenes Aires, Paris, Tokyo, Glasgow, São Paulo, Shanghai, Delhi, Lagos and U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami.
Artists to be featured on the tour include Avalon Emergson, Chase & Status, Flowdan, Optimo, Rico Nasty, Skream & Benga, Armand van Helden, SHERELLE, Sara Landry and many more. Like the 2023 tour, the 2024 event series will also focus on local artists and rising stars.
Boiler Room’s 2023 tour hosted more than 200,000 attendees across 20 shows. In addition to the live events, streams of the events have aggregated millions of views.
Since launching in 2010, Boiler Room has created an archive of more than 8,000 performances by more than 5,000 artists across 200 cities. This archive now aggregates more than 283 million streams per month. Boiler Room was acquired by ticketing platform Dice in 2021.
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Dave Matthews Band Announces U.S. Summer Tour
Online Ticket Presale For Warehouse Fan Association Underway
General on sale begins on february 16, band unveils “on the road to zero waste” initiative, in partnership with live nation, dmb commits to planting another million trees with the nature conservancy, which will bring total trees planted to five million.
Following a 14-country spring tour of Europe and the U.K., Dave Matthews Band will launch an extensive U.S. summer outing on May 22 in Tampa, FL at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. The headline run will bring the band back to some of fans’ favorite venues, including Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI (June 21 and 22), Broadview Stage at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY (July 5 and 6) and The Gorge in George, WA (August 30-September 1), where the band traditionally celebrates Labor Day weekend and has sold out each of its previous 70 shows. With the summer tour, Dave Matthews Band will be introducing new sustainability measures as part of its “On The Road To Zero Waste” initiative – a partnership with Live Nation .
An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now at https://davematthewsband.com/warehouse . Citi is the official card of the Dave Matthews Band 2024 tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 13 th , at 9 am local time until Thursday, Feb 15 th , at 10 pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com .
General on sale for tickets begins on February 16 th at 10 am local time. For the complete itinerary, see below or visit http://www.davematthewsband.com .
Named as a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador in 2019, Dave Matthews Band has a long history of reducing its environmental footprint. This summer, the band is partnering with Live Nation’s operated venues to minimize the concerts’ footprint even further – with the goal to divert at least 90% of fan-generated waste from landfills. Leveraging its existing leading sustainability resources, Live Nation will support the concerts’ goal by providing zero waste green teams, zero waste stations, food donations, waste sorting, composting and the use of minimal single-use plastic. Fans are encouraged to check venue websites for details closer to the tour dates. This year’s continued partnership with The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign will bring the total to five million trees planted since DMB teamed up with TNC in 2020 to support reforestation. For additional details, visit www.dmbtrees.org . Dave Matthews Band will offset carbon emissions for band/fan travel with the assistance of REVERB, who will also produce the tour’s annual eco-village.
Dave Matthews Band has sold a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs combined and more than 25 million tickets since inception, making them the second largest ticket-seller in history. The band’s new album, Walk Around The Moon , is available HERE . Pitchfork praised the album’s “tight-knit, tender songs.” Associated Press noted, “‘Walk Around the Moon’ is a varied set, with the tracks veering from small and intimate to brassy and political, with a filthy groove propelling ‘Break Free,’ a nostalgia-tinged and brooding ‘Monsters’ and the band absolutely cooking with ‘The Only Thing.’”
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – 2024 U.S. TOUR DATES
Date City/State/Province Venue
5/22 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/24 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
5/25 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
5/28 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Amphitheater
5/29 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Amphitheater
5/31 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
6/1 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
6/12 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
6/14 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park
6/15 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/21 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/22 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/25 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/26 Clarkston, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre
6/28 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
6/29 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
7/5 Saratoga Springs, NY Broadview Stage at SPAC
7/6 Saratoga Springs, NY Broadview Stage at SPAC
7/9 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/10 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/12 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
7/13 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/16 Gilford, NH BankNH Pavilion
7/17 Gilford, NH BankNH Pavilion
7/19 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
7/20 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
8/23 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/24 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/27 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater
8/30 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/31 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/1 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
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The iconic, global lifestyle brand announces multi-year partnership with the PGA TOUR and LPGA, in addition to introducing a new golf collection to TUMI Sports’ line up
NEW YORK; DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – [January 23, 2024] International travel and lifestyle brand TUMI announced multi-year partnerships with the LPGA and PGA TOUR today naming TUMI the “Official Luggage” for both organizations. TUMI’s partnerships with the PGA TOUR and LPGA reinforces the brand’s dedication to major global sports partnerships, such as Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur, McLaren Racing, and the Professional Tennis Players Association. TUMI’s foray into golf coincides with the debut of its first full range golf collection, offering high performance and innovative products that embody both the sport and its accompanying lifestyle.
To kick off these prestigious men’s and women’s partnerships, TUMI is hosting an interactive booth at the PGA Show this week in Orlando, Florida, featuring product previews, influencer appearances and additional on-site programming.
“We’re thrilled to welcome TUMI into our PGA TOUR family alongside our partners at the LPGA,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “This collaboration with the LPGA highlights TUMI’s values and our shared commitment to bettering our game by making it welcoming to all.”
“We are thrilled to welcome this exciting partnership with TUMI as the Official Luggage of the LPGA and the PGA TOUR,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “This partnership not only signifies our shared commitment to excellence but also underscores our collective dedication to empowering women in sports around the world. As a global tour with stops in 10 countries worldwide, TUMI’s innovative golf collection is a perfect match for the LPGA, and our partnership will reflect the spirit of determination, quality and style that defines both the LPGA and TUMI. We look forward to a strong collaboration between the LPGA, PGA TOUR, and TUMI, celebrating the journeys and triumphs of our athletes both on and off the course.”
“The PGA TOUR is excited to welcome TUMI into our family as we introduce this iconic lifestyle brand to our athletes and fans worldwide,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. “All golfers, whether casual or professional, will benefit from having access to TUMI’s unique products and style as it officially enters the golf space.”
“We are honored to begin these partnerships with the PGA TOUR and LPGA and to celebrate the achievements of these globally esteemed athletes,” said Andrew Dawson, President of TUMI. “At TUMI, we are always evolving to meet the needs and interests of our consumers and like-minded audiences. Serving our community of both competitive and leisure athletes was a deliberate yet authentic next step for our brand.”
Inspired by the passion of the sport and staying true to TUMI’s DNA, the golf assortment delivers the brand’s signature durability, high-performance materials, and innovative design. Headlining the collection are the golf bags, which offer game-enhancing features including soft-touch padding, USB-C charging ports and cooler pockets, along with monogrammable patches for an added element of personalization that is uniquely TUMI. Additional lifestyle bags and accessories spanning duffels, divot tools, tee and ball pouches, club covers and more were designed to work seamlessly together with the bag offerings.
Engineered with the rigors of professional golf in mind, each piece in the collection is constructed with the highest technical detail designed to help you perform both on and off the course. The collection’s golf and travel bags range from $795-$1,595 USD, with additional bags and accessories ranging from $125-$650 USD.
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New USTOA Tour Operator Member Survey Reveals 2022 Travel Forecast
Published Dec 16, 2021 12:00AM
NEW YORK (December 8, 2021) – The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) released the findings from an annual survey of its tour operator Active Members at the 2022 USTOA Annual Conference and Marketplace in San Diego, December 7-10. The survey focused on current trends, key issues, and factors impacting the tour operator industry today including COVID-19 pandemic business recovery.
According to the survey, which was conducted in early November with an 86% response rate of USTOA Active Members, nine out of ten members (93%) anticipate growth in sales in 2022. Two thirds (65%) of those respondents are “optimistic” and forecasting a “boom year” with growth anywhere from 7% to 10% and higher.
When asked about their company’s outlook on when the travel industry will see a full recovery of business, half (53%) said by end of 2023, while 20% responded end of 2022. Another 20% of members foresee a full recovery of business by end of 2024. The remaining 7% reported recovery by 2025 and beyond.
Terry Dale, president and CEO of USTOA said, “While this year’s survey reveals more confidence moving into 2022, our members are not blind to the challenges that lay ahead on the road to recovery.”
He continued, “We asked members to name the biggest challenge or obstacle to operating in 2022 and border closing confusion across countries/states topped the list, followed by customer confidence to travel.” Coordination of protocols across states/borders/suppliers ranked third, followed by threat of quarantine, news media cycle, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, flight connectivity, insecurity about suppliers (closure of hotels and others, inconsistent pricing, etc.), staffing/hiring, and COVID-19 travel insurance.
Passenger Booking Patterns
USTOA Active Members report that 59% of existing bookings for 2022 are new bookings and 41% are rebooked passengers from cancelled trips in 2020/2021. Three fourths (75%) of 2022 Active Member existing bookings are to international destinations, the remaining quarter are to North America destinations (US, Canada, and Mexico).
Roughly a third (36%) of responding tour operators reported that consumers are booking within four to six months of departure. A quarter (24%) report bookings being made within seven to 12 months of departure, while another quarter (27%) report no discernible pattern. Roughly 11% say travelers are booking with up to three months of departure, while the remaining 2% report mostly seeing customers booking more than a year in advance.
The majority (91%) of tour operator members report being confident or highly confident that guest bookings will increase in 2022.
Reinforcing the significant contribution travel advisors make overall to USTOA members’ businesses:
- 87% of responding members plan to utilize travel advisors to generate sales as they continue to resume business in 2022.
- Three fourths (76%) of members report that travel advisors will play very important or important role in their business in 2022.
- Nearly nine out of ten (89%) of members expect business booked by travel advisors to increase or maintain the same in 2022.
Trends and Forecasts
When asked about the top three international destinations travelers are booking for 2022, Europe continued to have a strong presence. Italy topped the list, followed by France and Greece tied in second, and Ireland ranked third. Dale added, “Italy continues to top the list, year after year, despite any current challenges the industry is facing.”
On the home front, Active Members report that travelers are gravitating towards locations with wide-open spaces. National Parks were named the top domestic destination for 2022. “This question is traditionally asked as a write in response, and there was an overwhelming number of members who named National Parks as the top choice, across multiple states,” Dale continued. Alaska followed in second, with Hawaii in third.
Based on existing customer bookings, Active Members chose small group tours as the most popular travel product for 2022. FIT ranked second, followed by private groups, classic group tours (25+ passengers), river cruising, and small ship cruising. Ocean cruising (medium to large ship) rounded out the list.
Similar to last year’s annual survey, tour operator members believe safety and wellness will have the strongest influence on consumers when choosing a travel destination in 2022. Border reopening/government travel restrictions will have the second strongest influence on travel destination decisions, followed by value, distance/ease of travel to and from destination, state department travel alerts, and outdoor components. Sustainable tourism practices were named as having the least influence.
“It is not surprising that pandemics or other health crises were named as the number one potential threat to consumer confidence for the second year in a row,” said Dale. Global financial instability was named the second global risk that could impact consumer confidence in 2022, followed by recession.
When USTOA asked Active Members about trends that will have the most impact on travel over the next ten years, sustainable or responsible travel topped the list. “Sustainability is a critical, global issue, and our members recognize how important responsible travel practices are to building a viable, long-lasting future for tourism. In 2022, USTOA celebrates its 50 th anniversary and this milestone represents an opportunity for our industry to look at everything we do through a sustainable tourism lens, especially as we look towards the next 50 years.”
More than half (56%) of responding Active Members have formal policies, procedures, and metrics to measure social and/or environmental impacts of services. Roughly a quarter (22%) of our tour operator membership say sustainability is “important” to their customers while another two thirds (62%) report it is “somewhat important.”
Identifying opportunities was named the biggest concern or challenge faced by USTOA tour operator companies when evolving current or creating sustainable or responsible travel practices. Implementation of practices ranked second, followed by customer willingness to accept cost or impact on itinerary, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, measurement of effectiveness, education/training to ensure compliance, senior staff acceptance, and employee acceptance.
This survey was completed on November 10, 2021. Tour operators responding represent the following travel services: escorted/guided tours 73%; FIT packages 60%; custom packages 56%; student travel 13%; and cruises 40%. For more information on USTOA, visit www.ustoa.com .
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45th Heritage Homes Association's Homes for the Holidays Tour
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
From homes with connections to C.L. Brown, C.H. Lebold, bank presidents, WWII Veterans and immigrants to a special farmhouse and growing church, you won’t want to miss the Heritage Homes Association’s 45th Homes for the Holidays Tour! Tickets are $10 and are available in advance starting November 15 at West’s Plaza Country Mart, SK Designs and Abilene Downtown Antique/Mud Creek Malls, and during the tours at Community Bible Church.
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Group tour companies are accommodating more and more solo travelers, who are looking for company — and someone else to handle the complexities of traveling during the pandemic.
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By Debra Kamin
After Sheila Katz’s husband died of a degenerative nervous system disorder in April, she knew she had to get away. But her husband had been her travel partner, and without him, she was hesitant to travel alone. The pandemic’s ever-shifting travel regulations were intimidating as well. So Ms. Katz, 45, did something she’d never done before: She joined a group tour.
“I wanted to not be totally alone, but also to be able to do my own thing when I wanted,” she said. So in July, she joined a group of 17 fully vaccinated travelers heading to Belize with EF Go Ahead Tours , making friends as she snorkeled, visited Mayan ruins and took chocolate- and tortilla-making classes.
Solo travelers like Ms. Katz are joining guided tours at unprecedented rates, say tour organizers, with some companies reporting single bookings up 300 percent over those from couples, families or clusters of friends. The majority of these lone travelers have never taken a group trip before. After years of planning their own trips and traveling solo or with a partner, the pandemic — with its months of isolation and its Byzantine travel rules for testing, masks and vaccination — has pushed them to change their ways.
Ms. Katz, a sociology professor at the University of Houston, had just endured the tenure-review process while also navigating her grief. She was exhausted, and had no interest in parsing border regulations or stressing out about potential exposure to the coronavirus. For her trip to Belize, everyone in the group had to be vaccinated, which lifted a proverbial weight from her shoulders.
“Had it not been a pandemic, I probably would have just gone to lie on a Caribbean beach for seven days,” she said.
‘Even solo travelers want to travel with people sometimes’
The National Tour Association, a professional organization for tour operators, said the group travel industry as a whole has yet to recover from the pandemic’s blow to its business. “Half of our tour operators don’t expect their company to outperform 2019 metrics until 2023,” said Bob Rouse, N.T.A.’s vice president of communication.
But even before the pandemic, group travel was gaining a foothold among two key demographics: women and millennials. Travel companies catering specifically to women have increased by 230 percent over the past six years, while a flurry of new travel start-ups, including AvantStay and TRIPS by the Culture Trip , have grown by marketing toward those born after 1980.
Women’s interest in group travel is perhaps most notable. Katalina Mayorga, the chief executive of El Camino Travel , which offers small group tours for women, says that sales for the fourth quarter of 2021 are 200 percent higher than the same period in 2019, and 65 percent of those booking are doing so as solo travelers. Contiki ’s customers skew 60 percent female. Allison Scola, founder of Experience Sicily , says solo women on her tours now make up 66 percent of guests, while at Indus Travels , 80 percent of customers booking spots on tours for solo travelers are now women. Ninety percent of Indus’s customers this year are booking for the first time.
“Even solo travelers want to travel with people sometimes, especially people who they have something in common with,” said Amanda Black, the founder of The Solo Female Traveler Network , where women can book individual tickets for group trips across the globe. Ms. Black, 35, restarted her tours in May after shutting down at the start of the pandemic, and said bookings have been steadily climbing.
After months of isolation, it seems, many women miss socializing.
“I live alone, so, it’s been a lot of alone time,” said Jes Maxfield, 34, a client service manager in Boston who booked a trip to Greece with FTLO Travel in August. The group included eight women and one man, and the man broke his foot on the second day and had to fly home. By the end of the trip, a sisterhood had emerged. “It was really nice to meet so many similar, like-minded women, and to share a beautiful place with them,” she said.
The idea of safety in numbers also plays a part. “To hike through the woods by myself isn’t exactly the safest thing to do,” said Emily Cardona, 36, a New Yorker who took outdoor group trips over the past 18 months with Outer There , a New York City-based tour company. The trips were a refuge, she said, from the stress of her two jobs as a senior care manager and mental health therapist.
The millennial connection
“It’s almost as if the difficulties of traveling during the pandemic have helped millennials get over the idea that group tours aren’t cool,” said Tara Cappel, the founder and chief executive of FTLO Travel , where bookings for 2022 are up 225 percent over 2019. FTLO caters to 20- and 30-somethings, and first-time customers — many of them joining solo — now comprise 82 percent of those bookings; 75 percent of travelers booking for 2022 are women.
In many cases, the shift to millennial-focused marketing is redefining the idea of what it means to travel on an organized tour in the first place.
“It was really intimate, and we kind of just looked like some friends who were traveling,” said Autumn Lewis, an attorney in Los Angeles who took her first-ever group tour, a trip to Greece run by Tripsha , in July. “It’s not like you’re having an experience where you just follow the guy with the umbrella.”
The pandemic’s solo travel trend is not limited to tour groups. Solo air bookings are up overall, with Orbitz reporting that single round-trip tickets climbed 200 percent over last year this past Labor Day weekend. In years past, it was difficult to parse whether those tickets indicated single leisure travelers or those flying alone on business, but with business travel still sluggish, 2021 is an exception, said Mel Dohmen, senior brand manager for Orbitz.
And while there’s no definitive way to track how many of those solo travelers join up with groups at their destinations, tour operators are reporting major growth in their overseas destinations.
At Devour Tours , which runs culinary walking tours across Europe, 22 percent of bookings this summer were for just one person, which is more than double what it was during the same period in 2019.
Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) , which offers small group tours for travelers age 50 and above, has seen an uptick of 7 percent in the percentage of solo bookings since the beginning of the pandemic. Eighty-five percent of their solo travelers are women.
The new allure of organized travel
“If there’s one thing the pandemic has shown us, it’s that the value of tour operators has increased tenfold,” said Terry Dale, president and chief executive of the United States Tour Operators Association .
Like travel agents, who are also enjoying a resurgence in popularity , much of that value comes when a traveler can delegate the pandemic mental load: Which vaccine card is valid? On which day do I need to take my P.C.R. test?
But after months of isolation, the group tour’s strongest draw may be its most obvious: It comes with a built-in community.
“Women who have been booking tours with us have definitely been doing so because they want someone who can navigate the Covid restrictions. But there are a number of other motivations,” said Meg Jerrard, co-founder of Solo Female Travelers , which runs small group tours for women. Safety is a major concern, she said, and “the stigma of being alone is another key motivator.”
Ms. Katz, the widow in Texas, had expected that for some meals on her tour, people would go off and do their own thing. She was wrong.
“Our tour guides had to go out of their way because we all wanted to have all of our meals together,” she said. “I think we were all just so thankful to not be in our living rooms, staring at the wall.”
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What is the best travel company for seniors? These 9 tour companies are perfect for you.
For many travelers, turning 50 is a sign you’re in your travel prime. By your sixth decade, you’ve learned a lot about how to make the best use of vacation time, so it’s no accident that older and wiser travelers tend toward senior travel tours. Tours for seniors offer the chance to leave the driving to someone else, not sweat the details, and be freed up to really enjoy a destination.
It’s a tour industry truth that most guests skew older, and most tour companies do a good job meeting the needs of travelers in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. But there are a few tour companies for seniors that truly go above and beyond. And while age is just one of the many factors that define your travel style, it’s still nice to know you’re traveling with a company that puts in the extra effort to make its trips for seniors work for everyone on the tour.
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Here are the travel tour companies for seniors that shine especially bright when it comes to the offerings, amenities and details that serve older travelers.
1. Road Scholar
The tour company Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) is a great fit for curiosity-driven lifelong learners over 50. Its strong educational focus (it attracts a lot of retired educators) fuels its tours to more than 100 countries. Most Road Scholar guests fall in the 50s to 90s range, with an average traveler age of 72.
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As you’re browsing tours, you’ll see a big “activity level” bar that shows how physically demanding an itinerary is. On the least physically demanding side are “Easy Going” trips that maximize learning but minimize walking and stairs. The most physically active trips can include public transit, lots of walking, and uneven surfaces. There are also some “Choose Your Pace” trips where you can opt in or out of the more physically rigorous activities.
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Road Scholar is a great choice for grandparents looking to travel with grandkids on a “ skip-gen vacation ” (grandparent-grandchild vacations that "skip" the generation in-between). Its Grandparent Programs are designed for grandparents traveling with grandchildren and include tours of Yellowstone, Paris and the Galapagos. And if your adult kids don’t want to be left out of the fun, include them too on a “ three-generation ” tour.
More details about Road Scholar:
- Average group size: Regular tour groups range from 13 to 24 guests; micro group trips are 12 people or fewer.
- Popular with: Lifelong learners over 50.
With nearly a century of experience under its belt, Globus has the wisdom of age. It’s a trusted guided tour specialist that ranks among the best travel tour companies for seniors by understanding that a one-size-fits-all tour doesn't work for everyone. And by offering both a wide range of tours and the ability to customize your experiences, Globus makes it easier for travelers to find the tour that’s a just-right fit.
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Globus does this by offering a range of tour types, many of them ideal for senior travel groups. There are itineraries that focus on those can’t-miss tourist attractions for first-time visitors, Undiscovered tours with more off-the-beaten-path attractions and experiences, and Choice Touring itineraries that provide guests with a selection of activity choices at destinations. Globus' sister brand, Avalon Waterways , is another option to consider: Its small ship river cruises feel a bit like a tour where you have to unpack only once.
More details about Globus:
- Average group size: Coach tours average 36 people; small-group tours consist of about 24 people.
- Popular with: Older adults who seek a wide variety of experience options.
3. Intrepid Travel
With its active-tour focus, it would be easy to mistake Intrepid Travel for a tour company geared toward only younger people. But North America managing director Matt Berna says the company is committed to being age-inclusive: "Life is an adventure at any age and it’s highly likely you’ll find people of similar age and interest sharing – and enjoying – the trip right alongside you."
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In fact, Intrepid reports that its senior travelers (people who fall into the 50-plus age category) are among the most interested in travel experiences like walking and trekking tours, cycling trips , and multi-activity adventures in national parks and other areas of great natural beauty.
And while these are definitely trips where you need to be in pretty good shape (Berna recommends “a general level of health and fitness”), Intrepid works hard to create itineraries that are about enjoyment over endurance.
More details about Intrepid Travel:
- Average group size: Most trips average about 10 people.
- Popular with: Active travelers of any age looking for interesting trips.
Trafalgar isn’t just one of the tour industry’s largest and most trusted brands , but it’s also an expert in travel tours for seniors, with well over half of its guests falling in that 50-to-71 sweet spot for travel.
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Trafalgar works with its travel directors and local specialists to create tours with a mix of novelty and comfort. You’re likely to see famous sights and have unique experiences on a Trafalgar tour you couldn’t re-create on your own.
And while it’s not only senior travelers who want to stay well on vacation, travel health is a big concern for older adventurers. Recognizing that, Trafalgar has the tour industry’s first "well-being directors," who focus on making sure all Trafalgar’s partners are following proper health protocols and overseeing all health-related questions from guests.
More details about Trafalgar:
- Average group size: Classic coach tours average 40 to 50 guests; small-group tours are generally in the 22-29 range.
- Popular with: Senior travelers looking for a mix of familiarity and novelty.
5. Smithsonian Journeys
Tour operator Smithsonian Journeys gives seniors the perfect way to go deep on a destination. Travelers of all ages like the company’s Classic Land Journeys , which mix iconic and less-known attractions, and its Active Journeys , which focus on adventurous itineraries in nature. But for seniors who have the time to slow down and settle in to soak up local life, there’s no beating Smithsonian Journeys' Living In programs.
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These three-week stays in Europe (Florence, Italy; France’s Provence region, and Andalusia in Spain) give travelers the chance to live like locals, but they also build in tour perks like planning experts, tour directors and organized learning opportunities. And in keeping with the mission of the company, education is at the heart of everything − it allows travelers to not just experience the world but also to understand it more deeply.
More details about Smithsonian Journeys:
- Average group size: Most land-based tours with Smithsonian Journeys have 12 to 24 guests.
- Popular with: Curious travelers (most of them ages 45 to 80) who want to learn more about the world.
6. Adventures by Disney
Though it has adult-only departures that welcome seniors, the real magic of Adventures by Disney is how perfect it is for multigenerational vacations. These upscale-leaning tours to destinations around the world create experiences that hit on different levels simultaneously, which means that kids, parents, and grandparents can all share special vacation moments without one generation feeling as if they’re just playing along.
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Before my first Adventures by Disney tour, I was worried that the Disney part would eclipse the destination focus. But it turns out that the main Disney element on the tours is the incredible storytelling, the true stories of a place’s history and culture.
Older travelers will appreciate the luxury hotels, the comfortable transportation options and the tour leaders, who work hard to meet the needs of each traveler. Built into each tour is the chance for the adults and the kids to enjoy different activities. For instance, on a Peru tour I was on, adults had dinner on their own while kids enjoyed dinner and a movie with the tour leaders.
More details about Adventures by Disney:
- Average guided tour group size: 35 to 44 guests.
- Popular with: Multigenerational groups.
Building and maintaining muscle is an important part of aging well, and there are plenty of travelers who are stronger than ever (even if there are a few more aches and pains) in their 50s and 60s. So it makes perfect sense that guided tour specialist Backroads – which specializes in cycling , hiking and multi-sport vacations – knows that a love of athletic pursuits is a lifelong passion for many. The active tour company has trips that range from active to easygoing, with a lot of flexibility built in to make them especially appropriate as senior travel tours.
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Backroads even has options for couples or traveling companions in which one partner is sportier than the other. On many of its cycling tours, the company includes an e-bike option so groups with mixed abilities can ride together. Most departures include two support vehicles, so guests can bike as much or as little as they want each day. Backroads' Dolce Tempo trips are also geared to be more easygoing tours for seniors but still offer plenty of fun and adventure along the way.
More details about Backroads:
- Average group size: Hiking and walking trips tend to average 16 guests.
- Popular with: Active travelers looking to see the world beyond the confines of a coach.
8. Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.)
True to its name, Overseas Adventure Travel (often just called O.A.T.), supports older adventurers. Focused mostly on travelers 50 and older, the company has a variety of trip types, but two things in particular make it particularly great for senior travelers. The first is that it recognizes that retired travelers tend to have the flexibility for longer trips, so many of O.A.T.'s adventures are two weeks or longer. A number of them also include optional pre-trip and post-trip extensions to extend trips even longer.
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The second standout feature is the way O.A.T. caters to solo travelers, who can take advantage of the company's free and heavily discounted single supplements on trips. Most spots for solo travelers on O.A.T.'s tours are offered without a single supplement fee. Bonus: O.A.T.’s Activity Level rating system makes it easier to understand the demands of a trip and match energy level and accessibility needs with specific itineraries.
More details about Overseas Adventure Travel:
- Average group size: Small-group tours average about 13 people.
- Popular with: Curious lifelong learners, many of whom are 50 or older.
9. Odysseys Unlimited
Odysseys Unlimited has a great reputation for tours that cater to the needs of senior travelers, but that’s only part of the reason it's on this list. I like this small-group tour operator because it’s the go-to partner for more than 100 alumni associations and other organizations that offer tours to members. If you get alumni association tour brochures from your alma mater, you may already know the brand. But what you may not know is that you don’t have to go through an alumni group; you can also book with the company directly.
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The company’s small-group focus keeps tour group sizes down to 12 to 24 guests, which the company says allows groups to be flexible, efficient, and spontaneous. It builds in time for independent exploration, which can be particularly appealing to tour guests who are used to traveling independently.
Most Odysseys Unlimited tour travelers are 50 to 80, and guests must be able to get on and off buses and be up for a fair amount of walking (including uphill or on uneven terrain).
More details about Odysseys Unlimited:
- Average guided tour group size: 12 to 24 people.
- Popular with: Alumni association members and active older travelers.
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Elon Musk tells audience he is 'Jewish by association' following Auschwitz tour
- Elon Musk attended a conference held by the European Jewish Association on Monday.
- Musk has been accused of posting antisemitic content but said he was "naive" about antisemitism.
- "I have twice as many Jewish friends as non-Jewish friends," he told Ben Shapiro.
Elon Musk , the tech billionaire who has been accused of airing antisemitic sentiments and conspiracy theories on his social media platform, X, said he had so many Jewish friends he was "Jewish by association" but added that he was "naive" about antisemitism.
On Monday, Musk, accompanied by right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro , visited Auschwitz , a former Nazi death camp in Poland where millions of Jewish people were systematically killed during the Holocaust.
The European Jewish Association organized the trip and held a conference later on Monday in the nearby Polish city of Krakow. In a conversation between Musk and Shapiro , the Tesla CEO was asked by Shapiro about a "radical upsurge in antisemitic activity."
The billionaire said he was "naive" about it because "two-thirds" of his friends are Jewish, he said.
"I have twice as many Jewish friends as non-Jewish friends," Musk said as Shapiro laughed in the background. "I'm like Jewish by association. I'm aspirationally Jewish. So I was like, 'What are people talking about with this antisemitism?' Because I never hear it at dinner conversations. It's like an absurdity — at least in my friend circles."
Musk then discussed what he called "pro-Hamas rallies" on "elite college campuses," saying that university students should not be "fostering hate."
Since Musk acquired X and turned it into his version of a free speech platform, he has fielded near-constant criticism that the platform fosters hate speech.
In September, the Anti-Defamation League put out a report tracking what it called "virulent antisemitism" on X. Musk threatened to sue the ADL and said the organization was "falsely accusing" him of "being antisemitic."
Following the row with the ADL, Musk described himself as "aspirationally Jewish" to Shapiro in a September X space . The ADL briefly removed ads on X but later returned, saying it would work with Musk to monitor hate speech.
Musk was widely condemned in November after he endorsed a post on X that accused Jewish communities of pushing hate against white people while using racist language against "minorities."
The post, which blamed Jewish people for ushering in immigrants of color en masse, seemed to reference the "great replacement" theory embraced by white nationalists, which says that nonwhite people will replace white populations.
Following the post, Apple, Disney, and IBM opted out of advertising on X.
Musk later apologized for the posts at the New York Times DealBook Summit in November but told advertisers to "go fuck yourself."
The visit to Auschwitz over the weekend follows his visit to Israel in November .
Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Opinion We did not help build women’s tennis for it to be exploited by Saudi Arabia
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Between 1974 and 1991, each won 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
Lately, we seem to be so inseparable that you might as well call us Evertilova. We have not always been so in step with each other; one of us is quiet, the other unquiet. But there is a matter on which we have always been perfectly united. Over many years we were opponents, sometimes in matches with an intensity that felt personal. Then we became friends, and then we met cancer together. Over the years, 50 of them now, no matter what occurred on the court or in our lives, we shared an understanding that we were engaged in a common cause, one that connected our hearts and amounted to our life’s work: the building of a Women’s Tennis Association tour founded on equality, to empower women in a male-dominated world.
That work is now imperiled. WTA Tour officials, without adequate consultation with the players who are the very foundation of the sport, are on the verge of agreeing to stage the WTA Finals in Saudi Arabia. This is entirely incompatible with the spirit and purpose of women’s tennis, and the WTA itself.
We fully appreciate the importance of respecting diverse cultures and religions. It is because of this, and not despite it, that we oppose the awarding of the tour’s crown jewel tournament to Riyadh. The WTA’s values sit in stark contrast to those of the proposed host. Not only is this a country where women are not seen as equal, it is a country where the current landscape includes a male guardianship law that essentially makes women the property of men. A country which criminalizes the LGBTQ community to the point of possible death sentences. A country whose long-term record on human rights and basic freedoms has been a matter of international concern for decades.
Staging the WTA final there would represent not progress, but significant regression.
Under Saudi law , a woman must have a male guardian to marry, and when she does, the guardianship passes to her husband. Wives are required to “obey” their husbands in such matters as whether to travel together, where to live, and the frequency of sexual relations. The unequal status of women remains deeply embedded in Saudi law, and women who actively protest this injustice risk indefinite imprisonment — for they need a male guardian’s permission to leave prison even after they have served their sentences.
We can’t sit back and allow something as significant as awarding a tournament to Saudi Arabia to happen without an open, honest discussion. To clarify and ensure transparency on these issues, we make the following common-sense recommendations.
First, the WTA Board, the WTA Ventures board, tournament and players’ council should conduct an open session that includes presentations to players from human rights experts. There should be a healthy debate over whether “progress” and “engagement” is really possible, or whether staging a Saudi crown-jewel tournament would involve players in an act of sportswashing merely for the sake of a cash influx.
Progress on women’s and human rights has been promised by the kingdom before, and token measures have been adopted — yet the principle of male guardianship was made even stronger when it was codified into law in 2022.
Second, the WTA should write a human rights framework and put it in place to protect players, fans, sponsors, workers, etc. Without this clearly stated framework that all tournament hosts must abide by, the WTA puts its people at risk. In Saudi Arabia, women’s rights activists have faced arrest, detention, travel bans and even torture. As recently as 2020, an activist who campaigned simply for a woman’s right to drive was sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
The WTA should revisit the values upon which it was established. We believe that those values cannot even be expressed, much less achieved, in Saudi Arabia. Taking a tournament there would represent a significant step backward, to the detriment not just of women’s sport, but women. We hope this changes someday, hopefully within the next five years. If so, we would endorse engagement there.
A final point: Tennis as we have played it is not just a sport, but an ethic. It embodies a code of decency and respect among athletes, and among people generally. We competed in an era of critical social causes, from women’s rights to civil rights to apartheid to LGBTQ+ rights, that demanded the ethical consideration of others. We did not and do not get every issue right — but we valued the education it gave us.
Along the way, we learned the importance of our personal acts on these issues, because like it or not, the fame and influence granted to top athletes inevitably makes us political. And we took pride in that leadership responsibility.
The WTA must stand for human rights so long as inequality for women exists in the world. We offer this from our experiences: A champion is carved not just from trophies, or earnings, but from the decision to surrender comfort and luxury to make hard choices and take principled stands.
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17 Best Moscow Tours
Are you planning a visit to the capital of Russia and looking for the best Moscow tours? From Red Square to the Kremlin and from world-class art to fairytale buildings, Moscow is an enchanting city that offers plenty of excitement and elegance. Its history dates back more than 800 years, and there is culture in abundance for visitors to immerse themselves in.
Make the most of your visit with 17 of the best Moscow tours that let you see everything the city and its surroundings have to offer.
1 – Guided Tour of the Moscow Metro
Moscow’s metro is world-famous, thanks to the architectural delights on offer underground stations around the capital. This guided tour of the Moscow stations, otherwise known as “the palace of the people” lasts for 1.5 hours and includes an English-speaking guide who will tell you how the Russian metro became one of the most beautiful in the world. Highlights include Mayakovskaya station with its aviation-themed mosaics.
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2 – Cosmonautics Museum Space Tour
Discover Cosmonautics Museum with this space tour. Dive into one of the greatest battles between the Soviet Union and the United States – the space race. Hear about the space programs of the USSR and learn about how the USSR shaped space travel and technology.
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3 – Guided Tour of the Kremlin
A Kremlin is actually a citadel in Russian towns, and Moscow’s version is, without doubt, the most famous. The Kremlin is the heartbeat of the city, and this guided tour takes you to the most important points of interest. See Cathedral Square with its orthodox temples; Tzar Cannon with its 890mm calibre, which is the largest in the world; and the exterior of the all-important government buildings that are located within the Kremlin’s walls.
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4 – Moscow City Walking Tour
One of the best Moscow tours for seeing everything the city has to offer, this small-group walking tour lasts for 2 hours and includes an expert guide. Make the most of the capital and see the cobbled spaces of Red Square, take pictures of St Basil’s Cathedral, visit the elegant Bolshoi Theatre, and enjoy the ornamental Alexandrovsky Garden.
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5 – Night Tour of Moscow
When the sun sets, the fun begins – and it all starts with a night tour of Russia’s most famous city. The beauty of Moscow comes into full effect after hours, as iconic buildings like St Basil’s Cathedral illuminate against the night sky. Other locations on this tour include the Moscow River and the Ukraine Hotel, which is a landmark skyscraper that was constructed during the era of Stalin.
6 – Sergiev Posad Day Trip
One of the best Moscow tours that take you outside of the city, the Sergiev Posad day trip provides the opportunity to see The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. It’s made up of a number of different buildings that include the blue domes of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Church of St. Sergius and the Bell Tower.
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7 – City Sightseeing Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise
If your time in Moscow is limited, this hop-on, hop-off bus tour is ideal – and it even features an optional cruise on the river. Choose between a 2 and 3-day ticket and see famous landmarks like Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre from an open-top panoramic bus with informative audio commentary. Take your experience to the next level by upgrading to a boat tour.
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8 – Guided Tour of the Tretyakov Gallery
As one of the world’s most important galleries, the Tretyakov Gallery is a must-see for any art lovers and is one of the best Moscow tours for culture vultures. Learn about the masterworks of Pablo Tretyakov with a guided tour and discover the secrets behind the paintings. Other noticeable artists on view include Fedotov, Vasnetsov, Rokotov and Kiprenski, who is the author of the famous “Portrait of Alexander Pushkin”.
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9 – Alternative Moscow: 2-Hour Walking Tour
See a different side of Moscow with this 2-hour alternative tour. An expert guide will take you around quirky streets, suburbs and squares while as your veer away from the traditional tourist hotspots. Highlights include a ride on the famous “Annushka” tram and a visit to the neighbourhood of Khitrovka, which was once known as the criminal district of the city.
10 – St.Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square: Private Tour and Ticket
Combine two of Moscow’s biggest attractions with a visit to Red Square and St.Basil’s Cathedral. Admire the beautiful architecture of St.Basil’s Cathedral from inside and out, before wandering Red Square and learn about the soldiers, farmers and revolutionaries that all called this famous square their home. Round things off with the changing of the guard at Alexander Garden.
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11 – Bunker-42 Cold War Museum Guided Tour
Moscow is notorious for the Cold War, which lasted for about 45 years between 1945 and 1990. Head to the world-famous Bunker-42, located 65 meters below ground level, and learn about the storied past. Visit rooms and passages that were set up to shelter 3,000 people in case of nuclear attack and discover other sections, such as the equipment room and the war-proof telecommunications system.
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12 – Architecture Tour of Moscow’s Metro and Kolomenskoye Estate
Combine the beauty of the metro stations with the Kolomenskoye Estate and see some of Moscow’s grandest sights. After visiting the elegant metro stations, it’s time to go to the Kolomenskoye Estate, which is filled with UNESCO-listed sites that are dedicated to Tsar Peter the Great.
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13 – Tour of Soviet Moscow
Unpick the history of the USSR with one of the best Moscow tours for discovering Soviet Moscow. Starting at Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a tribute to the success of the Soviet space programme, the tour includes historical landmarks and interesting tidbits about Soviet Russia. There is also a visit to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh), a site that was constructed under the aegis of the USSR in tribute to state achievements.
14 – Moscow: 2.5-Hour Luxury River Cruise with Dining Option
Sail down the Moscow River on this 2.5 hour tour that provides a different perspective of the city and includes landmark sights. The boat features two decks and has panoramic views as well as free Wi-Fi access. Attractions along the route include Ukraine hotel, Sparrow Hills, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Crimean Bridge, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Zaryadye Park and more.
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15 – Izmailovo Market and Vodka Museum Tour
Visit the museum of Vodka and gain insight into one of Russia’s most famous exports and head to the Izmailovo antique and handicraft market to find a gem or two. The tour starts with Izmailovo market, which features the iconic matryoshka dolls, fur hats and amber jewellery. Next up is a trip to the Museum of Vodka, where you will discover a distillery that dates back to the 15th century.
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16 – Súzdal and Vladímir Day Tour
Discover Russia’s famous “Golden Ring” on this tour of two medieval cities outside of Moscow. The historic city of Vladimir is first up with its Golden Gate, which is an ancient city-fortress that dates back to the 13th century. Next up is the neighbouring town of Suzdal, which features historic architecture and the Kremlin, where you can see its striking white walls topped with blue domes.
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17- Moscow Food Tasting & Walking Tour
Sample the unique flavours of Moscow with this food tour that lasts for 3 hours and features more than 15 different food and drink tastings. Weave in and out of small alleys in the city centre while enjoying the best food spots in town. See Moscow like a local while trying classic dishes from local breakfast haunts, bustling markets, the oldest monastery in Moscow, and dumpling cafes where you can taste authentic dumplings and enjoy local coffee.
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Moscow’s best free city tour
I love Moscow – this charming metropolis, its people, its history and its unique cityscape. I would like to share my passion for this city with you. It is my job to show you the most exciting corners of this fascinating metropolis. That’s why, as a travel specialist and your private tour guide Moscow in Russia, I organize a guided free city tour Moscow – so that everyone, regardless of their budget, would be able to enjoy the insider’s view of Moscow.
You get to see what only Moscow residents know and what other tourist guides keep from you. I am a licensed travel specialist in Russia and would like you to enjoy all facets of the capital of the largest country in the world, without demanding any money from you. I’ll show you the city on my free Moscow walking tour for 1.5-hours on foot.
Everything you need to know:
- My tours take place daily by arrangement, I am the only English-speaking licensed tourist guide Moscow, who offers a free city tour.
- My 1.5-hour free tours Moscow do not cost you a cent, I also offer other great paid tours as well.
- I am an experienced local, I make the tours informative, but at the same time relaxed and not off the plane.
Free Tours Moscow – Daily
My free tours Moscow city starts on Slavonic Square (Kitay-Gorod Metro Station), passes the world-famous St. Basil’s Cathedral, which was built by Ivan the Terrible on the south side of Red Square in the 16th century and where the tsars were once crowned. Then it goes across the Red Square at the Lenin Mausoleum, the luxury department store GUM and with a view of the Kremlin towards the historical museum. Of course, you will also learn more about the stories that once happened behind the thick walls of the Kremlin – from the Tsars and Napoleon to Stalin. Then we continue through the idyllic Alexander Garden.
An advance booking is required!
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 1.5 hours Price: Free Language: English
«First acquaintance with Moscow» – a 2.5-hour city tour in the center of Moscow
This Moscow city tour starts on the Theater Square, past Lubyanka Square and the KGB-building, then through Kitay Gorod district and Varvarka Street, past the world-famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. Then it goes across Zarjadje Park, over Red Square at the Lenin Mausoleum, the GUM-department store and towards the Historical Museum. We walk through the Alexander Garden.
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 2.5 hours Price: 17 $ Students and children: 6 $ Language: English
A 3.5-hour car/bus tour of Moscow.
This is the best tour of Moscow city as all the important sights are visited. I am your Moscow city guide who will walk you through the city explaining the charming history of the city. This tour begins with picking you up from the hotel. 3 breaks are offered for photographing.
First, we will visit the most famous riverside streets and bridges in the center of the city with the most beautiful views of the Kremlin and the Moskva River (e.g. the Kremlin embankment and the Great Stone Bridge).
The first photo break is made at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. We then pass by the district with numerous museums, Prechistinka Street and the district with numerous medical areas.
We again stop at the Novodevichy Convent, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the other bank of the Moskva River to click pictures.
Then we visit “Sparrow Hills” where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city of Moscow from the observation deck. Then there are the skyscrapers of Moscow-City, the Kutuzov avenue, the New Arbat, Tverskaya Street, the world-famous Bolshoi Theater, the KGB building and Varvarka Street. Here there are ample spots to click pictures.
We then drive past the Kremlin again and finally reach Red Square. We take a short tour of Red Square and say goodbye in the Alexander Garden.
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 3.5 hours Price for a group: 170-200 $ (depending on the number of travelers) Language: English
Metro tour – daily
Palaces for ordinary people – that was what Stalin promised to the people when the construction of the Moscow Metro began between the World Wars. The communist dictator hadn’t promised too much. No other underground system in the world can boast such spectacular architecture – chandeliers, decorations, stucco, paintings on the walls – each station is individually designed. No wonder that Moscow residents love their metro. I will guide you through the bustle of one of the busiest subways in the world and show you the most beautiful stations Moscow city has.
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 2 hours Price: 21 $ Students and children: 17 $ Language: English Included in the price: Metro tickets / the guided tour
Tour of Communist Moscow – every day
After the Communist October Revolution in 1918, Moscow became the capital of the Soviet Empire and was the center of socialist orbit for more than 70 years. This left its mark on Moscow, even if the USSR disintegrated more than a quarter of a century ago. The city streets are full of remnants of the communist regime and the Cold War. This is a walking tour where I will show you the most exciting places in Soviet Moscow: from the notorious KGB headquarters, also known as Lubyanka to the Karl Marx Monument to small hidden remains from the time of hammer and sickle. You will also learn about Stalin’s Great Terror political campaign and the system of the GULAG and how the USSR, the communist Russian republic, became modern Russia.
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 2 hours Price: 21 $ Students and children: 17 $ Language: English Included in the price: the guided tour
Alternative Moscow Tour – daily
Explore the unseen Moscow with your Moscow private guide and discover a range of sights during this alternative walking tour. Away from the main tourist spots (in the central district of Kitay-Gorod), just a short walk from Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, you suddenly find yourself in one of the trendiest districts of Moscow. This place not only has trendy cafes and green squares, but here you can see the most beautiful spray works (according to Albrecht Dürer), hangout-places of the youth and hipsters, as well as learn what Moscow looked like in the 19th century. Here you will also learn exciting and even bloody stories about famous gangsters, eccentric business people and legends like the wandering preacher Rasputin, who is known in Russia either as the “holy devil” or the mad monk. To learn a little more about Moscow’s culture, this is the tour for you. On my alternative tour, you will get to know Moscow away from the tourist hotspots. This tour is of 2 hours duration and you will experience the following on the tour:
- St. John’s Hill, a quiet oasis right in the center, where time has stopped as it did in pre-Communist times
- Khokhlovka Art Center, where Russian hipsters and street artists hang out
- Samoskvorechye District where you can see beautiful streets and hear stories from old Moscow
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 2 hours Price: 21 $ Students and children: 17 $ Language: English Included in the price: the guided tour / tram ticket
Kremlin tour – daily (closed on Thursday)
With its 20 towers and high walls, the Kremlin rises imposingly over Red Square. This world-famous fortress with its area of 28 hectares is home to over 800 years of Russian history. Described as the eighth wonder of the world, this historic fortress complex is the principal symbol of Russia that sits on the banks of the Moscow River. Today the Kremlin still harbors numerous secrets and has palaces and cathedrals, surrounded by Kremlin Wall. The current wall was constructed between the 15 th and 16 th centuries, but the original wall was made of wood around the year 1147. The Kremlin Wall became an important symbol of Moscow’s importance in the Russian Empire. This top tourist destination attracts millions of people every year and there are various sights to see. With my Kremlin tour, you will see the oldest square in the city in the heart of the Kremlin, the once largest cannon in the world and the scene of numerous dramas – from Ivan the Terrible and Napoleon to Stalin. You cannot miss this unique experience.
An advance booking and prepayment for tickets are required.
Time: by arrangement, daily (closed on Thursday) Duration: 2 hours Price on request Students and children: on request Language: English Included in the price: Kremlin tickets / the guided tour
Moscow pub crawl – Friday / Saturday
Experience the real nightlife of Moscow with my Moscow Pub Crawl and enjoy 4 pubs/bars plus 4 welcome shot drinks. Move from one bar to another and get to know travelers from around the world as well as the locals. Play fun adventure games and contests in addition to getting perks in the bars. Between the bars, move from one place to another on foot. The routes are organized as such that you will walk no more than 10 minutes between the bars. Visit the most exciting events, parties, concerts, and dance in the bars. Moscow Pub Crawl is a tour that you will never forget.
This tour runs every Friday and Saturday evening at 8 PM and you need to bring along your passport or an ID card, comfortable shoes, and wear smart casual clothes.
An advance booking and a small prepayment are required!
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 4 hours Price on request Language: English Included in the price: the guided tour, 4 shot drinks
1.5-hour boat trip on the Moskva River.
Taking a boat tour in Moscow on the Moskva River is a very pleasant experience. It allows you to know the city from a totally different perspective and admire the beautiful bridges. In this 1.5-hour river trip, you will sail past many beautiful sites in Moscow, so you can take the best photos to commemorate this day. The ship makes several stops on the way. The trip starts from the Ustinskiy Bridge near Sarjadje Park and ends at the Kiev train station.
On this Boat Trip, you can see sights such as: the former Imperial Education House, Sarjadje Park, the “flowing”, “floating” bridge, the most beautiful view of the Kremlin, the Great Stone Bridge, the legendary House on the Quay, the Christ the Savior Cathedral , the monument to Peter the Great on the ship, the central sports arena Luzhniki, the Sparrow Hills, 240 meters high Lomonosov University, the numerous architecturally spectacular skyscrapers of Moscow-City, the Novodevichy Convent, the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc.
Time: by arrangement, daily Duration: 1.5 hours Price on request Language: English
A military tour – riding on tanks in Stupino (Moscow region)
Russian Military is one of the largest military forces in the world formed in 1992. With my Military Tour experience what it likes to be in the Russian military, shooting guns, ride the Tank T-34 and various models of German tanks from the Second World War, as well as armored personnel carriers and vehicles. You will also shoot from the AK-47 and another combat weapon.
The tour will begin with your private tour guide Moscow in a Soviet army van accompanied with some tasty snacks and tea for a tasty start. Upon arriving, you will have to put on the army safety clothing and climb the Russian armored vehicles. The tour will take you on the noisy, smoky tank, driving through mud roads. All participants will get the chance to drive the tank which is coordinated by the Russian military.
Time: by arrangement, daily Price on request Language: English
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Local & National Associations: A Tour Operators’ Guide
What is a tour/guide association.
It can sometimes seem like the tourism market is saturated and that there is no place for your business (opens in a new tab) . Other times it can be difficult to know who to reach out to for support (opens in a new tab) . That’s where associations come into play. Designed with tour guides and operators in mind, associations provide a networking space where tourism professionals can access educational materials, new market segments, and development opportunities.
Whether you’re an independent guide or a tour operator (of any size), there is bound to be an association to get into. GANYC (opens in a new tab) (Guide Association of New York City), for example, is focused on training professional guides and offering a database of talent for tour operators. NTA (opens in a new tab) (National Tour Association), on the other hand, provides networking and support services to operators working in any segment of the North American travel market. Whether it’s advertising your tour guide services or connecting with other businesses in the industry, associations can be invaluable resources.
Who can join?
Depending on the focus of the association, each organisation will have different requirements, — but you’re guaranteed to need licensing and certification before gaining access to the group. To become a GANYC member, for example, you must have a valid New York City Guide’s License, and according to Bob Rouse, Editor and VP of NTA, “members are typical only in that they fit into one of five membership categories: tour operator, travel agent, tour supplier (hotel, attractions, tour activities, etc.), destination management organization, and associate (offering a product or service)”.
Benefits for tour operators
Associations offer numerous benefits for tour guides and operators. Below we’ve listed the top four:
1. Access industry discounts
Making industry connections has never been easier. Tour associations bridge the gap between tour businesses and big companies, meaning you can cut costs on expenses such as shipping, insurance, and office supplies. Rouse says: “membership makes sense economically. Besides getting access to the people and information they use to build their business, NTA tour operators get significant discounts on liability insurance and other business expenses”. If you’re sitting by and watching a big chunk of your budget go to third party services, then an association membership could be a good idea.
2. Get even more certified
A given for most associations is that they can help tour operators improve their trade. Most associations hold events and seminars throughout the year so that their members have constant access to development opportunities. These events are a fantastic chance for industry professionals to network, share ideas, and learn from each other. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon a new business partner/idea. In addition to events, tour associations also offer ongoing training throughout the year and can even help you get more tour credentials.
3. Be part of a tourism network
As a tour operator, you know that the industry is all about relationships. Most associations are part of committees that represent the tourism industry, and they are active in helping implement new legislation. Having a dedicated advocate with ties to policymakers can help you, as a tour operator, feel more in control of the industry and keep you up-to-date with the latest news.
4. Be part of an online community
Access to an online database and community platform means tour operators get 24/7 access to colleagues that can help put together a memorable tour. And as an additional bonus, most associations have a directory of their members and services, effectively giving you another platform on which to advertise. Free marketing never hurt!
Where to start
Feeling overwhelmed? Take it one step at a time. The first step, according to NTA, is “to connect with travel and tourism professionals in the community”. While you might know your tours like the back of your hand, there is a lot more to being a successful tour operator. Meet with managers at hotels, restaurants, bus companies, and attractions to discuss potential partnerships and discounts (opens in a new tab) . And at some point you should “connect with a larger community of tour professionals—like NTA—who can offer ideas for growing your business and your knowledge.”
So, if you’re a licenced tour guide or tour operator, then a membership to an association may be exactly the boost you need. Check out what support you have on both a local and national level, and reach out to other business in your region. Becoming part of the wider community could help you take your business to the next level. And, if you’d like a new website to link to on those association databases, then feel free to reach out to Tourism Tiger (opens in a new tab) .
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Below is a comprehensive list of all the Tour Guide Associations that we know about at present. There are sometimes tour guide associations at the city, state and national level, or sometimes none at all.
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Tourism Trade Associations
Tourism and travel is a challenging and unique business. Within the course of a single hour you may help one client plan a road trip to the California Central coast , and then book a couple for a romantic escape to the archaeological sites of the Mundo Maya and end up creating a family adventure on New Zealand's North Island . No other business demands more accurate information about geography, culture, and current events in distant places than the travel industry. Clients count on tourism professionals for up-to-date information that can make or break a vacation.
Most travel and tourism industry professionals recognize that trade associations and organizations can provide valuable contacts, networking opportunities, and information. The following list identifies some of the organizations dedicated to helping tourism and leisure travel specialists excel.
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
ATTA is an international association of travel agents, tour operators, destination managers, service providers, and other travel professionals dedicated to creating sustainable adventure tourism opportunities for the hiking, biking, climbing, jumping, and exploring subsets of travelers.
American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)
ASTA is the world's largest association of travel professionals. It is very active in lobbying, education, and networking. Each year, it hosts the Travel Global Convention.
Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
ABTA is the premier trade association for travel agents, tour operators, and travel service providers who work with clients from or traveling to the nation that invented tourism.
Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)
AITO is an association of more than a hundred independent tour operators serving the British market with a wide variety of tours and holidays throughout the world.
Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives (ANTOR)
ANTOR is a London-based association of the tourism offices of some 60 different nations. Its website contains contact information, including telephone numbers, for each member's tourism office, as well as useful links and information concerning tourism opportunities.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
CLIA is the largest cruise industry trade organization in North America. Representing the interests of member cruise lines, 100 Executive Partners, and more than 14,000 travel agencies, CLIA participates in the regulatory and policy development process affecting the cruise industry. The annual CLIA-sponsored Cruise3Sixty trade show is one of the most popular cruise industry events in the country.
National Tour Association (NTA)
NTA describes itself as "the leading association for professionals serving travelers to, from and within North America." NTA members include more than 1,500 tour operators offering more than 600 destinations in 40 countries.
Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research
Founded in 2004, ATLAS is an association of educational institutions, research groups and individuals studying tourism and leisure travel. Operating through regional subsidiaries in Europe, Africa, the Asian-Pacific region and the Americas, ATLAS conducts research and presents seminars on a wide variety of subjects including backpacking tourism, cultural tourism, gastronomy tourism, religious tourism and pilgrimage, spa and wellness tourism and volunteer tourism.
European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA)
ETTSA represents and promotes global distribution systems (GDSs) and travel distributors before relevant stakeholders in Europe. The organization is based in Brussels and supports the goals of transparency, fair competition, and consumer choice in the travel distribution chain.
The Tourism Society
The Tourism Society is a UK-based society of tourism industry professionals focused on issues concerning career development, education, and networking.
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
UNWTO is the United Nations organization charged with promoting sustainable, profitable international tourism. It offers sophisticated business analysis and trend prediction tools, as well as a forum for lobbying to influence international tour and travel policy. UNWTO members include 155 countries and more than 400 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations, and local tourism authorities. Its website and downloadable reports offer a wealth of information. Sign up for its mailing list to keep on top of international news affecting the tourism and travel industry.
United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)
USTOA is a professional trade association founded in 1972 by 10 wholesalers. Today, its members include some of the most distinguished tour operators and brands in the United States. The primary goal of the USTOA, which is based in New York, is to promote tour operator integrity.
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
The WTTC is a global authority on the economic and social contribution of travel and tourism. Its members include industry leaders representing 100 of the world's foremost travel and tourism companies.
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