It's said that “the couple that travels together, stays together." Well, there's no better way to see if this statement is true than by hopping on a couples tour.
While solo travel can be rewarding and challenging in its own right, traveling as a couple provides you a special way to connect with your significant other. New experiences allow you to grow both as individuals and as a couple. Hopping on a couples tour is a great way to adventure together the way that you want without having to plan a whole trip from scratch -- and without fighting over the details! You just have to pack your bags and enjoy.
Understanding this mindset, the tour industries in many countries have begun to offer experiences catered specifically towards couples. Whether you’re looking for adventure, a cultural experience, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing vacation, you’re sure to find a tour that suits your needs.
The “Land Down Under” is certainly a great destination for couples looking for a healthy mix of rural adventure and urban exploration. Australia's east coast provides couples with some of the most popular cities and natural attractions, like the Great Barrier Reef and famous the Sydney Harbour. Australia's hot summer months are a popular time to focus on the ocean while the mild winter months can be pleasant for city-based adventures.
Iceland is a destination that has it all for couples: stunning landscapes, rich Nordic culture, interesting food, and romantic geothermal baths perfect for relaxation. In recent years, it has become very easy to get to Iceland and the tourism industry is now centered around multi-day tours that allow couples to sample a little bit of everything. You can travel to Iceland on a tour all year round: the winter months from September to April are great for enjoying the northern lights, while camping and whale watching season peaks around June.
Whether you want to explore nature or you’re looking to adventure in the big cities, Canada provides the perfect backdrop for traveling couples. Canada’s western provinces offer couples a dynamic landscape of ocean and mountains while the eastern provinces have metropolitan cultural centers like Toronto and Montreal. Atlantic Canada is full of quaint seaside villages to explore. Couples can tour the country year-round -- Canadian winters allow for ice skating and other winter sports, while the warm summers are perfect for relaxing at the beach or hiking the vast trail systems.
Costa Rica is great if you are a couple looking to satisfy the best of two worlds: relaxation and adrenaline. The country is a popular destination for adventure activities like zip-lining and treetop trekking as well as low key activities like nature tours or just laying on the beach under the hot sunshine. The best time to visit Costa Rica is Mid-December to April.
Experiencing a destination through its local cuisine is one of the best ways to discover a new place. Whether you’re in small towns or exploring metropolitan cities, there will always be food tours and eager guides ready to take you on foodie adventures to indulge and enjoy. Often food tours include more hands-on experiences, like cooking classes that incorporate the use of local ingredients.
You'll find whole tours dedicated to adventure seekers if that's what you're looking for. If you are on a tour in a place with a warmer climate and unique natural landscapes, your itinerary might include popular activities such as hiking, climbing, zip-lining, canyoning, and even white water rafting. If you end up on tour somewhere cold, you can go glacier hiking, dog sledding, ice climbing, and more! Going as a couple may give you the courage to try something you wouldn't normally try on your own.
City & History Tours
Exploring different cities on foot with your tour guide is a great way to learn about a place and really immerse yourself in the local history and culture. Multi-day city tours allow you to gain a much deeper understanding of a year-round than a simple day trip would. In addition to learning about history, these tours might even provide you the chance to try the local style of dance, visit galleries, or attend a music or theater performance -- all exciting experiences to share as a couple.
If you are looking to de-stress from your daily routine, a couples spa tour might be perfect for you. Some couples tours are dedicated exclusively to showing you the most authentic ways to relax that are unique to the region you're discovering. From Turkish baths to aromatherapy and geothermal baths in Iceland, there are lots of different ways to have a relaxing vacation.
Planning Your Trip
What to Look for in a Couples Tour
Before embarking on a couples tour, consider details such as both of your interests, the tour length, and the destination. This will help you narrow down your search for tours that work for the both of you. Be sure to understand the breakdown of the price of the tour and account for any extras you may need to cover that are not included in the original price tag.
Look for reputable tour operators with lots of reviews and experience running the itinerary you are interested in joining. Make sure there's a balance between scheduled activity time and free time so you won't risk getting run-down -- or tired of each other!
Common Types of Couples Tours
There are many different types of couples tours. A bus tour is a great way to see an entire country or region with very few logistics to figure out on your own. Alternatively, you can also choose a cruise. By taking your tour to the waterways, you’ll get a different perspective than traveling by land and perhaps get to see some more off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Typical Tour Cost
The typical tour cost will vary based on the time of year you are traveling in, the tour length, the quality of accommodation, and the number of activities that are included.
That said, an 8-day tour around Iceland beginning in Reykjavik can start at $2,000 per person and increases depending on the season. By contrast, a 16-day multi-city tour around Costa Rica can be as cheap as $1,600 per person. Keep in mind that reaching the starting point for the tour might not be included in the initial tour cost. Other potential additional expenses include travel vaccinations and visas.
Packing Tips & Gear Rental
Packing for a couples tour will very much depend on the country you are traveling to and the time of year you are traveling. Tours should outline the itinerary and activities you'll be doing in advance and provide you with a list of suggested clothing items.
In general, the lighter you pack the less weight you will have to lug around between destinations on tour. Depending on the tour, you might even have packing limitations. For example, a tour into the more remote areas of Iceland might limit the size of baggage you can bring as space in the transportation offered might be reduced.
Other Tips for Couples Tours
Traveling as a couple comes with many advantages. Most importantly, having someone special to share the experience with is always a bonus -- and it doesn't hurt to have a photographer on hand either!
However, it is important to schedule time for yourself if you are the kind of person that requires personal time and space, especially while traveling. Look for tours that offer plenty of downtime so you can rejuvenate on your own when needed.