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Pros and Cons of Group vs Private Tours

Just like any foreign, exotic location, it can be intimidating to make the most out of your vacation. Where do I go? What should I do? Where can I get answers to all my questions?

The majority of tourists book a tour to get an overview of the area and see the top local spots. When booking your tour in Malta or Gozo, you have two main options. Should I book a group tour or a private tour?

In this article by us at GoGozoTours, we will help you make a comparison of the pros and cons of booking a group vs a private tour.

Private Tours

The itinerary and schedule of a private tour are entirely tailored around you. Everything is tailored around your tastes, from places to visit, activities you would  like to do and even the menu.

Benefits of a Private Tour

Our personal tours at GoGozoTours, do not require rigid pre-planned itineraries, and we offer a suggested course to help you get started.

Explore all at your own pace

A private tour offers the benefit of going at your own pace. Have you ever been on a group tour, enjoyed a particular spot, and then time expired and you had to move on?

In a group tour, if you are thoroughly enjoying a particular place or experience, you do not have to worry about time limits or getting back to the bus if you are not enjoying it and want to leave that spot.

If you value your time, a private tour is probably what you need.

Exclusivity

Unlike group tours, which rely on buses filled with other travellers, private tours allow you to choose who will accompany you.

Also, private tours are ideal for special occasions like honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, or just traveling with friends and family.

Assistance and special care

When you travel with your own personal guide and transportation, you are provided with extra care and attention. This is especially helpful if you are traveling with young children, elderly relatives, those with medical conditions, special needs or mobility issues.

As a result, your guide will be able to accommodate your dietary and health needs better and plan around you, and your driver will do everything he can to ensure that you are comfortable.

In a private group tour, your guide will be able to focus solely on you and your traveling companions.

Local knowledge at your fingertips

The benefit of having your own guide is that you won’t have to compete with other travellers to get their attention or to get your questions answered. Instead, you will experience local culture and knowledge through your guide.

Get recommendations on foods to try, things to do, and places to visit from a real local who can introduce you to places off the beaten path.

Cons of a Private Tour

Although private tours are a great way to explore spots at your own pace, there are still some cons which you should consider.

Cost

It is true that private tours can be more expensive than group tours due to their luxury, convenience, and personal attention. However, this isn’t always the case.

In the case of a family or group of friends traveling together, a private tour can be more economical than booking everyone on a group tour individually.

Therefore, it makes sense to compare the overall cost of a group tour or a private tour over the cost per seat or per person.

There is also some cases where you would get more value from a private tour since you get the added exclusivity and the added benefit of exploring at your own pace, which is well worth the extra upfront cost.

Meeting New People

Although private tours are a great way to explore and get to know the guide well, it is probably not a good idea to use this option if you are travelling alone and looking for companionship as you can meet more people while exploring Gozo or Malta on a group tour.

Group Tours

If you’re visiting on a budget, group tours can be a great way to meet new people on a budget.

Benefits of a Group Tour

At GoGozoTours, we are transparent with what we believe are the benefits of group tours.

Budget Friendly

Economies of scale are at play here, where travellers can benefit from the savings associated with sharing resources. Group tours offer the cheapest options for those on a tight budget.

You need to be aware that this will depend on the number of people in your party. For example, those travelling in a group of friends or family may find that the cost of a private tour works out the same or even cheaper when compared with the per-person cost of a group tour.

Meeting New People

Travelling alone can be challenging. For this reason, group tours are a great way to connect with other travelers.

Since group tours are not restricted to a particular group of people, they usually consist of a mix of travellers from all over the world who are able to converse in a similar language.

Cons of group tours

Although a group tour may be cheaper, it still has a range of cons you will have to consider in group tours.

Rigid Schedule

In spite of the fact that group tours operated by quality travel agencies are usually well designed and encompass the kind of experience international visitors seek, they still follow a rigid itinerary.

Therefore, group tours include fixed dates, times, itineraries, and stop durations to ensure every activity advertised is completed.

Activities are Forced upon you

Group tours, unlike our group GoGozoTours that do not require forced shopping, often include a mandatory shopping stop in order to offset the cost of the tour.

For most people, this doesn’t present a problem since it usually involves just a quick stop while on the route to or from an experience, but bargain tour companies can take this to another level.

As a result, you should avoid group tours that offer significantly lower prices than their competition, since you may spend more time shopping.

You will share Transportation

Prior to the tour starting, group tours usually pick up other travellers and include numerous stops along the way. In addition, waiting for other passengers to return to the bus at the agreed upon meeting time can be frustrating for some when you are ready to move on.

This is one of the significant benefits of booking a private tour if you are frustrated by these small inefficiencies.

Summary of the Pros and Cons

Choose a Private Tour ifChoose a Group Tour if
You do not want to be part of a big fleet of quads or jeepsYour budget is tight
You would like more flexibility or a custom itineraryInterested in meeting new people
Special care and attention are neededYou travel alone or with a friend
Traveling with an infant or the elderlyRequire few or no special requirements
Families or friends traveling togetherA fixed itinerary is included
Comfort/luxury is what you’re looking forStopping for forced shopping is included
Transport and resources need to be shared

FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions about group tours vs. private tours. If you still have any questions, please get in touch.

How does a private tour work?

A private tour involves a personalized itinerary, a private vehicle, and a chauffeur driver.

How does a group tour work?

These tours usually consist of travellers from different countries who speak the same language, sharing resources lowers the cost of participation by taking advantage of economies of scale, and it is a great way to meet new people while traveling.

What are the costs of group tours?

In general, group tours are cheaper than private tours, but they can sometimes still be less expensive than independent travel when considering that tours save you a lot of time when it comes to researching, organizing and booking your trip.

What is the process of a private tour?

A private tour is tailored to your interests, tastes, and schedule. Alternatively, tour agencies can provide you with a pre-designed itinerary as a starting point, which can then be revised based on your feedback. If you have a list of things you want to do already, they can arrange an itinerary and manage the details for you, like we at GoGozotours specialize in.

Is it better to travel solo or with a group?

Among the many benefits of group travel are saving time, meeting other travelers, learning about the culture, and visiting local attractions. In addition, while group tours may initially appear less expensive, adding up all of the individual expenses of travelling solo, including transportation and entry fees, can make them actually cheaper.

What are the benefits of private tours?

Most people choose private tours such as the ones we offer at GoGozoTours over group tours because they offer flexibility and freedom.

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