I used to be in the camp that tour groups weren’t worth it–after all, I was a “seasoned traveler”. I’ve changed my tune more recently, especially when I had a great experience on some tours in France. I’m considering using Viator to book some tours in New Zealand.
Travel Update’s Travel Gadget Reviews has a series on whether or not tour groups are worth it, when to use them, and who to book. I’ve linked to the last post in the series (so far) because it has the links for all the previous posts on the subject. Check out the posts, they are great!
I personally am a fan of Dark Rome (who has a different name for its company in each city). I did a wine tour with them in France which wasn’t cheesy. And I was expecting it to be. (Though actual cheese is welcome).
These tours also allowed us to skip the line at the Louvre, and helped us find the highlights of the museum (making our time there more efficient). You could also book a tour to skip the line at the Eiffel Tower, but we didn’t opt to do that. We decided to spend the money we would have spent on a tour at the restaurant there to skip the line and get drinks.
They can be expensive, so I’d weigh your options and prioritize. For example, do I want to take a bus around to the different wineries in New Zealand, or do a tour for $100/per person? The second is an easier experience, but is it necessary? No. But a tour may be handier for trekking all over to different sights I would have to rent a car for. It’s all relative!
What are your thoughts on tour groups?