Choosing a tour operator can be daunting for the inexperienced traveler. Many of them have beautiful TV spots and eye-catching booklets. But standard advertising gimmicks don't give a complete picture of how companies work. Only tourists who have bought a ticket from one or another tour operator can objectively talk about the quality of services.
Choosing a tour operator - what to look for
Price is not the first and not the main indicator by which you should choose a tour operator. One-day offices very often knock down the cost of a voucher in order to attract more clients. Or, on the contrary, they are betting allegedly on an elite vacation, greatly inflating the price. Therefore, this indicator is secondary when choosing a tour operator. First of all, it is worth paying attention to how long the company has been in existence. If it has been providing services for five years or more, it means that it is a reliable organization that will not disappear with the money for the ticket.
The next indicator by which you should choose a tour operator is the size of the organization. The larger the company, the better. This can affect not only the quality of services - everything will be done clearly and on time, but also the price of the voucher. The fact is that large tour operators very often buy blocks of seats on charter flights, or even entire planes. This allows you to significantly reduce the cost of the flight. The situation is similar with hotels. Major tour operators book rooms in advance, at low prices, and can give a decent discount on accommodation.
In addition, you should pay attention to the reviews of travelers who have already used the services of tour operators. From them, you can get a complete picture and choose a truly reliable organization.
Top three tour operators - reviews
Three companies, Tez Tour, Pegas Touristik and Coral Travel, have been leading in the rating of tour operators for several years in a row. Travelers who have used the services of each of them note the quality of the work of the employees both in Russia and in the host country. Meetings at the airport take place in an orderly manner, questions upon check-in - filling out a questionnaire, choosing a room, are resolved very quickly with the help of guides.
Also, tourists note the quality of excursions organized by tour operators. Large comfortable buses are provided, dry rations are provided, there are always Russian-speaking guides. That is, when choosing a tour operator, you can give preference to any of the top three, and be confident in the quality of the services provided.
When going on vacation, you need to remember that even the largest and most reliable tour operators sometimes experience interruptions in their work. No one is safe from flight delays, sightseeing bus breakdowns, etc. These circumstances should be taken calmly, as adventures that can be remembered with a smile after the end of the trip. And do not get hung up on the negative, try not to let accidents ruin your long-awaited vacation.