A Seasoned Traveler’s Insight On The Advantages Of Group Tours

Eric, a seasoned independent traveler, was the  winner of our Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show giveaway contest. From our collection of exciting itineraries, Eric picked our Golden China 8-day tour as his prize.

Enjoy our below interview to learn about his insights on traveling with Supera Tours and view a sample of the beautiful photos he took while on tour!

Eric at the Great Wall

From start to finish, what was your favorite part of this trip?

It’s difficult to pick a favorite part of the total experience. However, I especially liked that from the moment we landed in China the Supera Tours team took care of all the details, from managing luggage and transportation to checking-in at the hotel. It was like having a personal valet who knew the ins and outs of the destination and was ensuring my comfort and enjoyment was maximized each step of the way.

Eric and wife, Lori, Bicycling on Xi'an City Wall
Eric and wife, Lori, Bicycling on Xi’an City Wall

You usually travel independently, how did your travel experience on this tour differ from your experiences traveling on your own?

My wife and I usually research our destinations, pick activities we want to do, and then book/manage the trip on our own. We’ve had success with this process, but pre-trip planning is time consuming, and even with our best efforts there’s always something we wish we’d done differently. The Supera Tours trip was turn key. Everything was planned for us and each activity was thought out down to the smallest detail. For example, the order of each day’s activities was designed to minimize wait time caused by crowds, and maximize our comfort based on the weather and time of day. An even bigger benefit was discovering experiences we would not have known to book on our own. The trip to Gubei Water Town is a great example. The architecture was stunning, the Simatai section of the Great Wall was breathtaking, and the Hot Pot dinner in town was something I never knew I’d enjoy so much.

Gubei Water Town
Gubei Water Town

What hotel did you like the most? What made it so special?

All of the hotels were 5-star luxury properties. My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary, and each hotel did something special to acknowledge it. One hotel put rose petals on the bed to spell “Happy Anniversary”. Another made a surprise anniversary cake delivery. All in all, our favorite was the Grand Wyndham in Xi’an. The location, views and hotel amenities made this the perfect place for the last days on the tour.

You had been to China, but your wife had not. Do you think this tour was a great introduction to one of the most iconic destinations in the world?

Visiting the Great Wall and the seeing the Terracotta Warriors has been on my wife’s “must do” list for years. This tour allowed us to see these destinations in style. High marks go to Supera Tours for exceeding our travel expectations. I’m now recommending Supera Tours to my friends because of the positive experience we had.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Cissy was your tour guide, can you tell us about your experience with her?

Cissy, our tour guide, brought tremendous energy to the tour. She established rapport right away and made sure everyone on the tour had their needs met. Being from Beijing she was able to provide a local’s view of the places we visited. She provided fun facts about each location which kept us engaged and explained the traditions and culture we were seeing. By the end of the tour, Cissy was like another family member.

From all the meals you had, what was your favorite?

I mentioned that I loved the Hot Pot in Gubei Water Town. I have to add to that the Peking Duck dinner in Beijing. Best ever.

Thank you for joining us Eric!

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Renee’s love of travel is strongly tied to her interest in immersing herself in another country’s art and culture. As Supera’s resident graphic designer, travel has always been one of her main inspirations. From cool font ideas on a destination’s currency to the color combinations used in local textiles, exploring the world is a constant source of creative ideas. Although her travel bucket list is long, she can’t wait to see the rose-colored city of Petra and sample a pasteis de nata in Lisbon…