Understanding what’s ACTUALLY included in your travel package can mean the difference between a good holiday and some unpleasant surprises. With thousands of package options out there and each claiming to be the best, travelers are bound to get confused. A traveler who wanted to be guided through this maze of offers asked us for professional advice. Find out how our experts helped him..here.

How are the nights and days calculated while creating a package?
A) To know how many FULL days you will have in your destination you usually have to reduce two days from the total number of days shown in the promotional information. Pay attention to the detailed itinerary. Day 1 is when you reach the destination and the last day is when you leave. For instance, in a typical 10 night and 11 day package, “Day One” is when you reach the destination and check-in  - and Day 11 is when you check-out and head back to India. So no matter what time you check-in or check-out, it will be counted as a day. Even if you were to arrive at 11.45 pm, it will be counted as Day 1. And if you arrive at 11:45 am you may not be able to check in until 3 or 4 in the afternoon – and it’s still counted as Day 1.  

Q) I would also like to visit some of the local sights but some packages inclusions say, “view” and other say “see” your places of interest. Is the meaning of both words same? If not, then what’s the difference?
A) Most people would assume that the words “see” and “view” mean the same. Not in tour package lingo. “See” usually means that the tour bus will drive by so that you can see the place of interest, and “view” means a short stop. When the itinerary specifies that there is a guided tour, then only will you get a proper tour.   

Q) What is the difference between a guided tour and orientation tour?
A) Guided tour includes services of a guide and has stops. In an orientation tour, places of interest are shown to you briefly (usually as a drive by) so that you can later explore them yourself. For instance, if in a Europe tour package, the itinerary includes guided tours in Paris and Rome, and orientation tours in Lucerne, Switzerland. You can expect a short tour to Paris and Rome and Lucerne can be explored on your own the rest of the day.  

Q) I want to explore as many places as possible but at the same time don't want to make my trip too hectic for my family. What considerations should I keep in mind while looking for a multi-city package?
A) To show “bigger” value in a package many package providers will try and cram in as much as they can into every day of a tour package. In a recent review of an online packages there were days when you would be in two countries in one day. Day 3, you would have a guided tour of various parts of the Netherlands and then on the same day, you have an orientation tour of Brussels in Belgium. On Day 11, in Italy,  you would travel from Venice to Maranello, Pisa and Florence all in one day.  These places are not a short distance apart. In the morning, you travel from Venice to Maranello, which takes a little more than two hours. Then you go from Maranello to Pisa, which takes another two-plus hours. And Pisa to Florence, which is another one hour. In all, that’s about five-and-a-half hours on a tour bus which may or may not suit all travellers.  

That’s why you should take a careful look at the itinerary. If you want a relaxed holiday, make sure you opt for a package that lets you do so.

Consult a UNIGLOBE expert today to craft an extra ordinary vacation experience that is customized to your choice, desires, passions and interests and is still easy on your pocket. And no surprises!


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