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On game drive in South Africa, guests enjoy snacks and drinks at sunset.
14 May, 20244 minute read

What makes an all-inclusive tour the ideal choice?

Do a quick search online for all-inclusive holidays and you’ll find a staggering number of results (more than 5.5 million at the time of writing). Clearly, all-inclusive holidays are a popular choice – who wouldn’t love the ease and convenience that having everything wrapped into one price brings?

But when it comes to all-inclusive tours, things aren’t quite as clear. Are the excursions included? What about meals when you’re on the road? Will each hotel have different rules about what you can and can’t have?

In this guide, we’ll explain what all-inclusive tours are all about: what the benefits are, what they do (and don’t) include and where in the world you can do them.

And we’ll show you why an all-inclusive escorted tour really is a brilliant holiday choice. Let’s go all in…

Al Fresco Dining with Friends

What is an all-inclusive package tour?

We’ll start with what actually counts as all-inclusive, as it tends to be our most-asked question. It’s hard to nail down a ‘catch-all’ all-inclusive package tour definition, because there are variations. But when it comes to Titan’s all-inclusive tours, we always include:

·       International flights (plus any internal ones on your itinerary)

·       VIP door-to-door transfers from home to the airport

·       Accommodation each night

·       Excursions as detailed on the itinerary

·       All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, either in hotels or local restaurants

·       Drinks with meals, plus free bars in each hotel (opening times and drinks selections may vary)

·       A dedicated tour manager with you throughout the trip

·       All transfers in your destination

On top of this, some tours will offer extras like afternoon tea each day or a special welcome drink on arrival.

Titan's VIP door-to-soor service
VIP door-to-door transfers are included on our tours

Why choose an all-inclusive tour?

When it comes to touring, going all-inclusive has a lot of the same benefits you’d enjoy on an all-inclusive holiday.

It’s great value and makes budgeting for your trip much simpler. It’s convenient – no need to worry about having oodles of local currency (though we’d always recommend having a little for any extras you fancy) or running up huge bills at hotels. And it’s easy! Tours are excellent for seeing, doing and experiencing more on your holiday – going all-inclusive adds a relaxed, no-need-to-worry element to your adventure.

Smiling waiter serving fancy dishes to mature couple sitting at table in restaurant

What isn’t included on all-inclusive tours?

We include a host of fantastic excursions as standard, if you choose to do any extra optional excursions, these will be at an additional cost. Upgrades – whether it’s rooms or flight seats – will be extra, too. And if you’re after pricey drinks (champagne, for example, or premium spirits), these might not be included in your hotel’s free bar.

Is all-inclusive the same as full board?

They're very similar - the main difference is that all-inclusive will include drinks throughout the day, whereas full board will only tend to include drinks at mealtimes.

If you're cost-conscious but aren't fussed about all-day drinks, then full board is a great option - tours like South African Safari Adventure (2025) and Qwabi Private Game Reserve offer this.

Two leopards on tree watching tourists in jeep, back view, South Africa

Where can I go on all-inclusive tours?

There are lots of destinations to choose from for our all-inclusive guided tours. In Europe, you could explore the Greek or Croatian islands, or perhaps the Moorish cities and Roman ruins of southern Spain.

Our safari lodge stay in South Africa’s Mabula Game Reserve is all-inclusive too, with guided bush walks, game drives and daily high tea all included in the price. Or for something a bit more laid-back, how about Mauritius? We stay at two beachfront all-inclusive hotels on our island tour.       

Our current list of all-inclusive tours includes:

Ionian Island Paradise
Greek Island Medley – staying longer in Symi
Greek Island Medley – staying longer in Leros
Jewels of Spain
Croatian Island Explorer
Dalmatian Island Explorer
Adriatic Coastal Explorer

Mabula Game Lodge
Enchanting Mauritius – An Island Discovery

View on Greek sea Symi island
Symi, Greece

What about all-inclusive cruises?

There are lots of options when it comes to all-inclusive cruises. As mentioned above, a few of our small ship cruises in Croatia are all-inclusive, with a free bar on the ship and delicious meals freshly prepped by the onboard chef.

A little further afield is Egypt, where you can enjoy all-inclusive Nile cruises that take in incredible sights like the Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple (bear in mind that these holidays also tend to include a few nights at a hotel, which may not be all-inclusive).

Similar to the Nile cruises, our Victoria Falls, Safari and South African Coastline Cruise holiday combines an all-inclusive cruise with a land tour that isn’t all-inclusive. So while you might need to buy drinks or dinners while you’re on tour, once you board your cruise you’ll have everything included.

Dahabiya on the Nile, Nile river going to Aswan, Egypt.

What’s the difference between an all-inclusive tour and an all-inclusive holiday?

Generally speaking, an all-inclusive holiday will involve staying in one hotel for the duration of your trip. whereas an all-inclusive tour takes you to a variety of locations.

Holidays won’t tend to include excursions or day trips – the ‘all-inclusive’ refers to the board basis at your hotel. Tours will include meals and drinks throughout, but also guided walks, excursions, entry to local sights, etc.

We call our tours ‘effortless adventures’, which is especially apt for all-inclusive tours – they really are hassle-free from beginning to end.

A female tour guide is showing tourists around the Mediterranean coast

Is an all-inclusive tour right for me?

If you’re looking for an amazing, stress-free adventure, with the ease of knowing that you’ve paid for everything up front, then an all-inclusive tour is absolutely for you. If you love to dine out on your own, seeking out local restaurants and doing your own thing, then you won’t get as much value out of an all-inclusive package – we’d probably point you in the direction of some of our other escorted tours.

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Although she loves a lie-in at home, Laura is often up and about before dawn on holiday. She’s watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, Uluru and Angkor Wat, but her favourite was seeing the first light of the New Year sweeping across the yacht-dotted waters of Sydney Harbour.

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