OF TOURS AND TOUR PACKAGES
Of Transfers And Tours
SIB or Seat-in-Bus (Also known as SIC Seat-in-Coach, Group Tour
or Servicio Regular)
When purchasing a seat in a bus tour. You will join a different party
for every service. One day your tour group may have fifteen persons; next
day your tour group may have four persons or even just the two of you.
But always with the services of a local host, you will never be on your
own during the operation of a transfer or a tour. Most SIB tours in Latin
America will have six to twenty five persons. Except in Rio or Buenos
Aires, you will not have a 40-passenger bus like in Europe, unless you
are part of a large group traveling together. The disadvantage of a SIB
tour is that buses pick up from several hotels and the guides give the
tour in several languages. The advantage is the price. The hotel pick-up
time may take up to 90 minutes. This type of tour is not recommended for
VIP or impatient travelers; they get annoyed by the time wasted stopping
at several hotels and by the multi language tour guide.
It is based on private transportation and private services of a bilingual
tour guide. The tour guide will guide only in one language. Each transfer
or tour you receive will be in a similar basis. The private transportation
cannot apply if you have to take the train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu
or the boat for the Titikaka Lake Crossing or several other transportation
options where you will need to charter a train or a boat to provide 100%
private services. But the transfers to and from train stations and transfers
to and from piers or bus stations will be provided on a private basis.
The main advantage of a private tour is that you utilize your vacation
time more efficient, you learn more about the country and you have the
undivided attention of your tour guide, definitely a "must" for the demanding
client. The average price of a private tour is double the price of a SIB
tour, $70 for a half-day private tour and $130 for a full day private
tour including lunch.
FIT or Foreign Independent Traveler
For travelers who do not want to be part of a group, but they want to
travel in an organized tour. This is the most popular way to travel to
Latin America. A tour for FIT's can be operated as a Seat-in-Bus tour
(SIB) or as a Private Tour. Foreign Independent Traveler "does not mean"
you will be on your own; you will always have a local host for every service
you have arranged.
When the same group follows the same itinerary from beginning to end.
Variations or modifications of the itinerary are impossible. Optional
Pre and Post Tours are very popular for group tours. A group tour can
be locally hosted or fully escorted.
Every service you receive will be hosted by a local representative or
by a bilingual tour guide.
In addition to your local tour guide, a tour manager travels with you
throughout the complete itinerary, and he is available 24-hours a day.
The Tour Manager main responsibilities are to oversee the complete operation
of the itinerary, organize dinning outing and activities during the free
time in the itinerary. Sort of hold your hand during the whole trip. Fully
Escorted Group Departures were very popular several years ago when Latin
America was less popular than it is today. The price of a fully escorted
tour is higher because all the participants must share the cost of the
airline ticket, meals, hotels and remuneration of the tour manager. Airlines
usually provide one free ticket for groups larger than 25 persons and
hotels will grant one complimentary room for groups using 15 or more rooms.
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