based: Lancashire, UK
Sightseeing tours by coach with destinations throughout the UK and Europe at value for money prices. Alfa specialise in holidays and short breaks for the over 50's and offer convenient local UK pick up points. Holiday packages include half board accommodation in quality hotels, sightseeing excursions and entertainment.
| bus/coach holidays | sightseeing | city breaks | seniors/silver surfers | England | Scotland | Wales | Ireland | Western Europe |
based: London, UK
Luxury tailor-made travel and holidays to the Indian sub-continent, the Himalayas and South-East Asia. Destinations include, North and South India, Bhutan, Bali, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, the Maldives, Laos and Indonesia. Styles include mountains and hiking, beach holidays, Christmas breaks, wildlife safaris, boats and trains trips, family tours and luxury honeymoons.
| tailor made | sightseeing | Asia |
based: Surrey, UK
Luxury bespoke holidays and private tours to Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Tunisia. Corinthian Travel's insider knowledge means they can offer expertly planned and competitively priced holidays with dedicated expert guides, the finest hotels, and private sightseeing.
| tailor made | sightseeing | Jordan | Egypt | Oman | Syria | Lebanon | Iran | Tunisia |
Do Something Different Featured Site
based: London, UK
A one-stop-shop for booking sighteeing, attractions, experiences and excursions all over the world, with the emphasis very much on the 'doing'. Their global activitiies list includes anything from city sightseeing and sightseeing cruises, to some amazing 'Once in a lifetime' experiences.
| sightseeing | UK | Europe | Worldwide |
based: London, UK
Specialist tour company offering bespoke holidays to Russia and Eastern Europe. Their intimate knowledge of the region and with their own offices in Moscow and St Petersburg mean they can create unique tours, tailor-made to provide the right experiences, hotels and guides for the ultimate travel experience.
| tailor made | sightseeing | Russia | Eastern Europe |
Great British Trips
based: West Sussex, UK
Inbound operator providing tailor-made travel and sightseeing tours across the UK, from the Scottish highlands to London city breaks. Suitable for all group sizes, offering a professional and complete service for all travel requirements and catering for every taste, itinerary and budget. Transport options include self-drive, train, coach and chauffer-driven tours.
| tailor made | sightseeing | bus/coach holidays | self drive | railway tours | UK |
based: Leicestershire, UK
Sightseeing holidays exclusively for single travellers, with no single supplement and lots of included meals and excursions. A wide range, from themed weekend breaks, to exclusive singles Nile cruises, or trips to far flung places like China or New Zealand.
| singles holidays | walk/trek/hike | river cruises | sightseeing | UK | Europe | North America | Worldwide |
Lawrence of Morocco
based: London, UK
Tailor-made Morocco holidays, created with over 40 years of experience. Offering bespoke luxury tours that might include the cities of Marrakech and Fes, Atlantic fishing villages, mountain retreats, trekking or drives across the high Atlas mountains, a surf camp in Oualidia or a helicopter tour.
| tailor made | walk/trek/hike | sightseeing | surfing | helicopter | Morocco |
One Traveller Ltd
based: Norfolk, UK
Escorted holidays for mature single travellers to Europe, Russia, the USA and Asia. Christmas, New Year and Opera holidays. A double room to yourself, most meals and excursions included, quality hotels with caring, knowledgeable Tour Managers and never left on your own (unless you so choose); travelling alone has never been more sociable!
| singles holidays | seniors/silver surfers | city breaks | sightseeing | escorted tours | ballet/opera | Christmas & New Year | art appreciation | architectural | theatre/shows | music tours | tailor made | Worldwide |
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
based: Hertfordshire, UK
Combined 'Sightseeing and Walking' holidays, easier walking holidays, often city/town based, with itineraries full of interesting sights. Offering trips such as 'Wine Villages in Alsace', 'Siena and Florence', 'Moscow and St Petersburg' and 'Cultural Istanbul'.
| sightseeing | walk/trek/hike | Worldwide |
Saga Featured Site
based: Kent, UK
Offering a huge range of holidays and tours created for mature travellers aged 50 plus. Includes many escorted sightseeing breaks in Europe and Worldwide. Popular destinations include England; Scotland; Wales; Croatia; Malta; Slovenia; Andalusia, Spain; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; and Greece.
| seniors/silver surfers | sightseeing | city breaks | UK | Europe | Worldwide |
Shearings Holidays Featured Site
based: Greater Manchester, UK
Wide range of escorted sightseeing tours by coach, rail, sea and river cruises and self drive hotel breaks in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and throughout Europe. Shearings have the largest, most luxurious holiday coach fleet in the country, with free local pick-ups and luggage handling service.
| bus/coach holidays | sightseeing | city breaks | shopping | railway tours | seniors/silver surfers | UK | Europe | Worldwide |
Sheila's Spanish Sightseeing Holidays
Unique bespoke sightseeing holidays designed for small groups of 2–4 people. The holiday includesairport transfer from Malaga, a selection of days out to the sights of your choice (e.g. Marbella, Competa, Granada, Gibraltar, Cordoba, Ronda), National Park tours and time for relaxation.
| sightseeing | Spain |
Silk Road Tours
based: London, UK
Private tailor-made holidays to off-the-beaten-path destinations in Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Silk Road Tours have many years experience of arranging travel to these less visited regions, their meticulous planning combined with their expert local guides ensure guests have the best possible touring experience.
| tailor made | sacred sites | historical tours | sightseeing | Central Asia | The Caucasus | Middle East | North Africa |
Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tours
based: Ontario, Canada
Offering a range of Niagara tours including a hotels package if required, promising less walking and waiting and more sightseeing!
| sightseeing | Canada |
based: New Delhi, India
A 6-night/7-day Rajasthan sightseeing vacation visiting: Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Osian , Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Gajner, Jaipur and Delhi.
| sightseeing | India |
Travel Joy for Life
based: Sifnos Island, Greece
Greece multi-day sightseeing tours with professional, English-speaking guides, that include destinations such as Delphi, Olympia, Meteora, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Corinth Canal.
| sightseeing | Greece |
City sightseeing passes
The London Pass city card that will save you both time and money. It offers entry to over 60 of London's most popular attractions, museums, galleries and sightseeing tours including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge Experience, Thames River cruises and so much more.
The New York Pass is a city smart card allowing cheaper and easy sightseeing in the Big Apple, with free entry into over 80 attractions, line skipping privileges, hop-on hop-off bus packages, offers on Broadway shows, travel guide app for your trip, and easy advance reservations for New York sightseeing tours.
Some general tips to help you get the best from a sightseeing holiday.
What to wear or carry with you:
• You'll need a bag to carry things in, make sure it's both lightweight and secure, with proper closures and zips. A backpack or rucksack works well and gives you freedom to move, but remember that pickpockets love tourist hot spots, so also use a money belt or neck wallet to keep your money as close to you as possible.
• And while we're talking about theives, don't advertise your expensive watches or jewellry, in fact leave them at home and wear cheaper stand-ins on your tour.
• Women: take a light scarf, as well a being useful if it gets cold, it can also come in handy to cover your head and/or shoulders on visits to churches.
• Comfortable shoes or sandals are a must, sightseeing often involves being on your feet for longer than you'd normally be, and if you're prone to blisters some blister plasters are also worth packing.
• Do pack the sun protection too, it's easy to forget this on a city sightseeing trip.
On visting museums, art galleries and other attractions:
• One tactic is to go early to get ahead of the queues, another is to visit towards the end of the day, perhaps within a couple of hours of closing time.
• Also check for evening openings, many stay open late once a week (often on Thursdays).
• If you're in a hot climate then visting a nicely air conditioned gallery in the middle of the day can be a great way get out of the heat.
• To avoid the crowds start at the top and work down the building towards the entrance.
• Where you might get reductons on entrance fees, remember to take proof of age for older people and children.
• A few museums in Europe waive entry fees on certain days, but bear in mind they are often busiest on those days too!
• Look out for museums that sell timed tickets which mean you can avoid the queues.
• Be aware that in Europe many museums close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
On sightseeing outside:
• In hot climates the middle of the day can be the quietest time at outside sights, so if you're prepared to put up with the heat you can avoid the worst of the crowds.
• If there is one, take a walk along a river or canal; waterways are great for casual sightseeing and for getting the 'feel' of a city.
• If you're there for some shopping, be aware that in parts of Europe shops often close for an hour or so around midday, and in the more southerly countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece) the 'siesta' period can be longer – goes for most museums, churches and general businesses too.