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SmarTours’ bargain prices help customers travel the world without breaking the bank. With a goal of offering the best prices in the business, smarTours gives discounts for early booking and has a price protection policy in the event that the tour price changes after you reserve your tour. smarTours will honor discounted prices as well as not charging additional should the tour price go up. Many smarTours trips also offer optional extensions priced to include round-trip airfare, meals, guides, and accommodations for travelers who don’t quite feel ready to go back home.

Who Will Go

Vacationers of all ages are represented in smarTours’ large groups. And if you are able to gather between twenty-five and thirty other travelers, be they family, friends, or coworkers, smarTours will create a private tour group for you with a custom itinerary based on your group's traveling needs.

Solo travelers benefit from low single supplements, and the smarTours website includes a Find a Roommate forum for booked travelers to help singles find a match to share accommodations while traveling.

Where You'll Go

Combination cruise and land tours cover the very best of Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Explore the Alps and the Danube River on the Sound of Music Cruise, or visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau and Munich’s famous Olympiaturm. The Incredible Patagonia tour visits multiple historic sites along the Strait of Magellan, sails the Ultima Esperanza Sound, and takes travelers through the Andean rainforest to the Serrano Glacier.

When You'll Go

With 40 tours that go many areas of the globe, smarTours offers departures throughout the year.

Why You'll Go

Not only is round-trip international airfare included when you book with smarTours, but, if the price of your tour is lowered after you book it, smarTours will also refund you the difference. Maybe that’s why so many smarTours guests are repeat customers!

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Cathy

3/29/2015

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Highlights: The Safari at Kruger National Park was the highlight of my tour. We saw The Big 5 and from what we were told, we were extremely fortunate to see all of them. I went on the South Africa Safari Express tour in February 2015; it was SPECTACULAR! The hotels were so nice, I especially loved The Protea The Winkler because the landscape is superb, the food was great and it was so relaxing. The tour guides were knowledgeable and very nice; I had a ball!

Advice: Go! Go on a Smartours tour! I went alone and met wonderful people. The ages ranged from 20-70 (the average age was in the 30's in my tour group). Go with an open mind, be smart about your surroundings and have fun.




Brian

3/8/2015

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Highlights: Believe it or not, I've actually done the smarTours Thailand tour three (yes, that's right, three) times! And each time we've had the amazing Ketsara as our tour director, who is such an incredible person and embassador for smarTours. I just love her...and what you get in terms of flights, hotels, activities for your money is unbeatable.

Advice: Don't hesitate...just book! But see if you can get on a Thailand departure with Ketsara. She is amazing!!!




Katherine

3/8/2015

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Highlights: Magical Ireland was truly magical. Not only did I get way more than what I paid for, I had the trip of a lifetime and cannot wait to travel with smarTours again. Paul, our driver/guide, is a true Irish national treasure -- his jokes, his warmth, and his knowledge really made the trip. The hotels were great and centrally located, and the other travelers were interested and all seasoned international travelers.

Advice: I was admittedly nervous before I traveled because the price was so affordable that I didn't know quite what to expect. But with smarTours' Ireland tour, their affordable pricing did not come at the expense of quality and those extras that make a tour special. We stayed at great hotels, and the whole tour was topped off with a majestic medieval banquet that I absolutely loved!






Maribeth

11/19/2014

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Highlights: We had a great experience on our China Sampler tour. The hotels and activities were very good. The most important aspect of our trip was the leadership and support provided by our tour leader, Mr. Hou. From the moment that we met him at the airport, he was constantly working to give us the very best experience in China. When he wasn't giving us information on a local site, he was on the phone setting up connections for our next event. After we spent the day at the Great Wall, he stayed up most of the night with a traveler who became ill. He took her to the hospital and finally arranged for her flight home. After being up most of the night, Mr. Hou was there bright and early the next morning to provide us a with a great day of sightseeing in Beijing. He had great local guides in Xian (Neal) and Shanghai (Lilly) to give us a more in-depth experience in each of those places. Mr. Hou was an exceptional tour leader and made our China Sampler trip truly memorable!

Advice: SmarTours does not pay the local guides in each of our stops. They rely on the "tips" that we provide for them. None of our tour passengers knew this and many had spent their money by the time they got to Shanghai - so they did not give Mr. Hou anything. It would be helpful to notify customers in advance that they should save money to provide remuneration to these excellent, hard-working tour guides.




Ron

11/5/2014

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Highlights: Knowledgeable guide.

Advice: Don't ask SmarTours for any extra help when needed. Had to get re-ticketed on my own at a higher price than SmarTours offered for a new connection to Turkey. Also, was told to get myself a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Also, they did not respond to a call to their "emergency" number for eight hours, and then took three hours to determine that they would be of no assistance. Will not travel with them again, event though the tour itself was fine. Other tour operators offer fine tours, also.




Linda Lou

4/3/2014

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Highlights: Visiting the southern most point of Africa, watching an old female elephant walk up the road very close to us., enjoying the shopping at Capetown, the trip to Robbin island where Nelson Mandela was in prison...seeing his cell,

Advice: Take the time to go to Robbin Island. Take binoculars on your safari!!!




Ron

11/5/2014

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Highlights: Knowledgeable guide.

Advice: Don't ask SmarTours for any extra help when needed. Had to get re-ticketed on my own at a higher price than SmarTours offered for a new connection to Turkey. Also, was told to get myself a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Also, they did not respond to a call to their "emergency" number for eight hours, and then took three hours to determine that they would be of no assistance. Will not travel with them again, event though the tour itself was fine. Other tour operators offer fine tours, also.




Linda Lou

4/3/2014

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Highlights: Visiting the southern most point of Africa, watching an old female elephant walk up the road very close to us., enjoying the shopping at Capetown, the trip to Robbin island where Nelson Mandela was in prison...seeing his cell,

Advice: Take the time to go to Robbin Island. Take binoculars on your safari!!!




Linda Lou

4/3/2014

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Highlights: Visiting the southern most point of Africa, watching an old female elephant walk up the road very close to us., enjoying the shopping at Capetown, the trip to Robbin island where Nelson Mandela was in prison...seeing his cell,

Advice: Take the time to go to Robbin Island. Take binoculars on your safari!!!

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