USTOA Tour Operators

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USTOA Tour Operator Members Make Travel Easy, Authentic, and Meaningful

Book a trip with a USTOA tour operator member, and you're on the easy road to maximizing your travel experience while minimizing your travel footprint, wherever in the world you choose to explore. These in-the-know experts plan memorable journeys including all of the necessities—transportation, lodging, dining, sightseeing, and flexible free time—plus authentic, local, unforgettable experiences you might very well miss if you traveled on your own.

Now's the time… to embrace the utter uniqueness of destinations like the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, where Club Adventures will take you to the Xwejni Salt Pans to meet a family that has harvested salt here using Roman-era techniques for more than 160 years. To immerse yourself in the rhythms of Croatia's antique yet cosmopolitan capital city, Zagreb, where Intrepid Travel takes its small groups on local specialty tasting tours and on hill-climbing rail rides aboard the world's shortest funicular. Or to discover the wonders of Türkiye, where Collette's expertise not only brings you to the UNESCO World Heritage site Ephesus but invites you to interact with archaeologists who have made uncovering these ancient ruins their life's work.

USTOA tour operators will help you select a destination that sets your imagination on fire, then bring your travel dreams to vivid life.

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Knowing that a vacation was planned by trusted industry professionals brings peace of mind while traveling domestically and abroad. Should an unforeseen problem arise, a tour escort, local host or representative of the USTOA tour operator is available to assist travelers. Pre-paying for a trip also allows travelers to budget for the vacation with greater certainty since all costs and inclusions are known upfront. And, many USTOA tour operator members offer flexible booking and payment terms.

Tour operators buy in bulk and negotiate special rates for guaranteed hotel accommodations, ground transportation, sightseeing tours, and meals and other services. By doing all of this, USTOA tour operators achieve savings that are passed on to the consumer. Many tours also include select meals, hotel tips and sightseeing, which add up to additional savings for travelers.

As part of a tour group, travelers generally avoid the wait and go right in. Because USTOA tour operators negotiate with local sightseeing companies, they can often provide accessibility to otherwise hard-to-wait attractions, such as the Colosseum in Rome or after-hours visits to King Tut's Tomb in Egypt.

Today’s traveler wants to go beyond the tourist hotspots and experience the colorful history, unique culture, and distinct tastes of a destination. USTOA tour operator members offer a variety of programs that focus on special interests including art, cuisine, and adventure. Such programs also provide travelers with non-traditional experiences such as enjoying a home-cooked Scottish meal at a local family’s farmhouse, learning how to cook authentic Vietnamese dishes in Hoi An, or volunteering at a game reserve in Africa, singular experiences that would be hard to arrange on one’s own.

Tours do not always mean “group travel.” Many USTOA tour operator members offer packaged travel options with same benefits and protections to explore the world on your own. And, tour itineraries can be created with more flexibility that allows ample time to explore points of interest on one’s own. With the help of a local tour guide, guests gain suggestions on what to see and do, and tips on how to maximize the time spent away from the group.

Travelers who book a tour with a USTOA tour operator member are protected by the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Among other requirements, the program stipulates that in case of a USTOA tour operator member bankruptcy or insolvency or cessation of business, tour deposits and payments are protected up to an aggregate of $1 million. In addition to protecting consumer’s vacation dollars, these operators must meet strict requirements of ethics and integrity in their tour offerings and advertising.

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