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    Small Group Shore Excursions generally range in size from 2-20 people, providing a more personalized experience than the large excursions offered by the cruise lines.
    Standard Shore Excursions typically range from 20-50 people. These tours are similar in size to those of the cruise lines. While these shore excursions are larger in size, our focus on quality remains extremely high.





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    Virtuoso® asked travelers to respond, and some of the most up-to-the-minute details of travel trends and preferences emerge. Virtuoso, an international network of luxury travel agencies, conducts an annual survey that asks forward-looking questions and sizes up the answers.
    The Facts: More than 5,800 travelers completed this year's survey, weighing in on their Top 10 Trips of a Lifetime. And travel they will: 59% will take 1-3 trips this year, 29% will take 4-6 trips and 12% will take 7 or more. That's a lot of miles as they follow their Top Travel Pursuits, covering just about every experience: Cultural/Historical (42%), Cruising (40%), Adventure/Nature (37%), Beach (31%), Family (25%), Food & Wine (24%), River Cruising (22%), City Getaways (19%), Relaxation/Spa (16%), and Romantic (15%). Source: Virtuoso

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    8. A month in Provence
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