Expedition cruising gets you up close to your destination, its people and wildlife. The ships used by expedition companies are much smaller than mainstream ocean cruise liners, so they can sail into small spaces and often right up to share. This makes getting on and off the ship quicker, to maximize your time for seeing the sites and wildlife. Expedition cruises focus on learning about the area you are exploring and, although generally not luxurious, you'll definitely be well taken care of and will travel with a small group of like-minded people.
On an escorted tour you'll travel independently from your home city to join the group at the starting point of the tour. You will meet your guide and fellow travellers there and be accompanied by a guide for all or most of your land program. If you've booked on a designated Escorted Group Tour you will have a guide with you from the group departure point and return, as well being guided throughout the tour. Whether you're on an Escorted Tour or an Escorted Group Tour your tour guide will provide lots of information during the tour and peace of mind, so you don't have to think about all the little details of your travels.
Travelling on an independent program gives you the flexibility to totally "do your own thing" on an entirely unguided basis, like a self-drive or city stay. There is always the option to add in some locally guided tours and activities on some days of your trip, leaving others free to explore. We can custom design programs to give you exactly the right level of independence you are looking for.