Affordable grand tours of the world
The Amber Fort near Jaipur, India. (Photo: Stunnedmullett / Dreamstime.com)
Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet—it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.
Luckily, there are longer grand tours that provide you with enough time to fully explore a new place, whether it's a month-long journey through Southeast Asia or an in-depth two-week Peruvian adventure.
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India: basics on a budget
Highlights: Visit ancient forts and colorful modern cities throughout Northern India.
This three-week tour of Northern India and Rajasthan is full of unique experiences—an overnight camel safari in the desert, anyone?—and gives you just enough free time to explore the cities on your own. You'll also get guided tours of New Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Udaipur, and Jaipur, plus the chance to experience sunrise at the Savitri temple in Pushkar and wrap things up with a scenic boat trip down the River Ganges during a candle flower ceremony.
The breakdown: This three-week tour of Northern India and Rajasthan will cost you about $65 per day including 19 nights' accommodations, all ground transportation within the country, and several guided tours. G Adventures, from $1,299 per person for a 20-day trip.
Central America for the trail-blazing history buff
Highlights: Tour ancient ruins and jungles in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
(Photo: Martin Rockstrom / Dreamstime.com)