From wine routes to walking holidays, escorted tours are everywhere. Devotees will tell you of how stress-free they are to organise, of the packed itineraries and of the exclusive chance to get up close to people, places and experiences you might miss going solo. But what are the advantages of joining a group to discover a destination rather than doing it alone? How do you choose the right one for you? Join us at the Destinations Show London where our expert panel will be on hand to tackle all your burning questions, from where to go to how to do it.
Emma is a regular contributor toNational Geographic Traveller (UK) and regularly joins escorted tours to cover them in national press, including a recent trip to the ancient Iranian cities of Persepolis, Shiraz, Esfahan and Yazd. She’s keen to debunk the myth that group tours mean being herded like sheep — times have changed and so have escorted tours. @emmathomson
Giles has over 25 years’ experience in the UK tour operation sector, now the CEO of Cosmos, the UK experts in escorted tours. He is also chairman of the Assocation of Tourism and Adventure Suppliers, runs his own small tour operators, South Downs Way Tours, and is deputy chair of Cruise Lines Association International (CLIA) UK.
Daniel is the business development manager at One Traveller and leads the team developing new holidays and tours, drawing on his wealth of experience in the industry. Having previously worked for companies including Travelsphere and American Express, his main areas of interest include the Deep South and Central Europe.
Peter is behind the multi-award-winning archaeological and cultural tour company, Peter Sommer Travels. In 2016 they were named Tour Operator of the Year by AITO based on exceptional independent customer feedback. An archaeologist, award-winning documentary filmmaker and tour guide, Peter now offers a wide range of expert-led gulet cruises and land-based tours in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK.
Jo is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveller (UK) and will be keeping an eye on our panel, adding her own tips, tales and advice along the way.
Come at see us at the Destinations Show! We’ll be at Stand AA10 where there’ll be free giveaways, subscription offers and an Instagram competition with the chance to win great prizes.
When: Friday 2 February 2018 from 12.30
Where: Meet the Experts theatre, Olympia London, London W14 8UX
Tickets: Entry is free with Destinations Show ticket. Head to the Destinations Show website and quote ‘NGT1‘ for free entry to the Show.