The most misunderstood sector of the travel industry must surely be the escorted tour. It often conjures images of camera-toting, fanny pack-wearing, gray-haired tourists being herded on and off buses to the shrill instructions of a tour guide waving a flag. “It isn’t authentic travel!” scream the naysayers. But there has been a distinct shift in the landscape of late, and tour-group travel is undergoing a major transformation.
In response to a growing preference for tailored itineraries, local insider access and sustainable travel, boutique operators now offer seasonal itineraries – catering to smaller group sizes – with exclusive access to unique sites for the discerning traveler. Among them is Prior Knowledge, which is gearing up to lead “dreamlike” expeditions to India in early 2018. Highlights include an after-hours, private tour of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, as well as the opportunity to view collections usually off-limits to the public.