Once you’ve decided a Great Wall hiking & camping trip you’re interested in, you will find dozens of companies offering Great Wall tours. The list of tour companies is really big and seems difficult to choose from. To save your time checking many websites, and send separate inquiry to each company, follow the five tips then you will make the right decision on who to go with.
Here are 5 things to look for in a good tour company:
Look on travel message boards to see what others are saying about the business. Big, expensive tour companies might not always have the best reputations. Some little ones are just as good. After you find tour companies you’re interested in, find out what people thought of them and use what you find to further refine your search. Some companies might display comments online—like our Pinterest board devoted to handwritten reviews. Other sources includes feedback from customer comment forms. Link: Read real customer reviews of WildGreatWall Adventure Tours on TripAdvisor.
2: Cost Transparency
It’s not always true that you get what you pay for. Different tour companies run similar looking tours that seem to include the same activities but differ in price. The cheapest choice doesn’t mean the best value. There will be differences reflected in the price.
Does your tour include lunch? Does your tour include admissions to the section of the Great Wall you’ll visit? Or does the tour operator pick up and drop you off at your hotel? These are important questions to ask as you do your research. Some companies require you to pay additional money when the tour starts. Make sure you know whether there are any hidden fees to consider—before making a final purchase. Remember that cheapest on paper isn’t always best on the road.
3: Locally Owned and Operated
Did you know there are Great Wall tour websites that are based in other parts of the world? It’s true. In the age of the Internet, it’s easy for anyone anywhere in the world to operate a website that sells tours. Find out where the tour operator is located and ask “Is this a local company?” Companies that don’t provide an address are probably not local.
4: Group Size
Larger groups require larger buses, bigger ships, and more resources. Tour companies that have smaller groups tend to be much more mindful of the environment and the impact they are leaving. Plus, it’s a lot easier to meet people in a group of 9 than it is in a group of 40.
Our small groups mean you will get away from crowds, your guide will always be available and you can receive the personal attention you deserve. On each of our active Great Wall hiking tours, we focus on a different section of Great Wall, getting you out of the vehicle, and into the scenery, giving travelers a SHORT, SHARP adventure travel experience.
5: Local guides
Using local guides means your guides will know the land, its history, its people, and its unique culture. The guides should be a local or at least a long-term resident, know the local language, have travel experience.
At wildgreatwall.com, Your guides will lead your hike with their stories; answer questions regarding the particular hike and much more, help you explore wild Great Wall, find a suitable stopping place for lunch, and ensure that no hiker is left behind. You have your own local contact to ask for suggestions, ideas and opinions about restaurants, other activities and more.
If we are fortunate to have you pick us as your host for your Great Wall adventure, you can count on us to live up to all of the promises that we made. It’s not just a holiday, you’ll learn more about the world and yourself!
Have fun and we hope to see you on the Wall!