The demand for foreign tours is picking up in India. In many cases foreign tours are cheaper than domestic tours. So people prefer foreign tours. A number of tour operators have come up with very attractive domestic & international tour packages. Most popular international tours are to destinations like Singapore Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Dubai and Sri Lanka.
I undertook a tour of Singapore and Malaysia in 2008. This is the most favorite destination these days. My experience may help those of you who wish to plan an international tour from India. The first step in planning is to decide on undertaking a ‘group tour’ or ‘individual tour’. For senior citizens group tours are safer and cheaper too. Next step involves choice of tour operator. This is very critical from the point of cost, safety, food & local sightseeing. While deciding on a tour operator following points need careful consideration:
1. Reputation and reliability of tour operator.
2. Payment terms. Stage wise payment option preferred.
3. Cost of tour.
4. To & Fro Air ticket.
5. Airport taxes.
8. Oversees Med claim Insurance.
9. Guided sight seeing.
10. Airport transfers.
11. Documentation required.
12. Visa assistance.
13. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
14. Local site entry fees and tips.
15. Tourist points covered by the operator during tour.
While considering cost of tour you must thoroughly look in to the inclusions and exclusions mentioned by the tour operator. It is preferable to insist on inclusion of services such as Air ticket, airport taxes, airport transfers, tour guide, health insurance, visa assistance, visa fee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sightseeing entry fees, tips in hotels and local transport.
Inclusion of above will make tour plan hassle free. If not included, you may have to pay in foreign currency abroad. Meals particularly for vegetarians is a big problem abroad, if your itinerary does not include meals you will go almost hungry. Hotel you stay may not offer vegetarian items, you may not be able to find suitable hotel nearby. Hotels may be not be affordable. You will not know where to find a suitable eating place in a new city. Hiring transport for food may be costly. You will not get enough time to hunt for meals on your own.
If services such as sight entry fees, tips, guide fees etc. are excluded by the tour operator you must obtain the exact amounts you may have to pay in foreign currency on these incidentals before proceeding on tour.
Thus keeping all these aspects in view I selected Sachin Travels (http://www.sachintravels.in) located at Mumbai to book my tour. The agency is reliable and takes good care of tourists. Their tour guide accompanies the group from Mumbai airport. He assists first timers and old people in completing emigration & boarding formalities at entry and exit point airports. Thus, if you are sponsoring a trip for old parents you need not worry about them when they are under the care of Sachin Travels. Since all items listed above, were included in tour cost opted by us, we had no problem in finding hotels, meals, transport, guides in Singapore & Malaysia. Everything was arranged by tour operator. While on sightseeing tour they take you to best Indian hotels for lunch/dinner. Sachin Travels are favored tour operators for maharastrians. The guide accompanying tourist from Mumbai speaks in local dialect as well as in hindi & English.
Jurong Bird Park
Singapore is a tropical island of 252 Sq miles in South East Asia. It was a part of Federation of Malaysia since the time of British rule. It became republic in Dec 1965. Singapore is very beautiful and lush green city. It has developed as the best tourist destination in this region. It is also the safest city in the world. Unlike India, city and the tourist places are very neat & well organized. Public transport is very convenient. City boasts of large number of tourist attractions.
To mention a few:
1 Sentosa Island
2 Jurong Bird park
5 Night Safari
6 River Cruise
7 Under Water World
8 Museums & Parks
Are must see places.