Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site: Announcing My 2014 Group Tours

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site: Announcing My 2014 Group Tours

Announcing My 2014 Group Tours

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 01:12 PM PDT

nomadic matt the tour guide 2014My first tour takes place less than a month from now in Europe. I'm super excited to lead ten readers across the continent and visit my favorite cities for two weeks.

I'm excited and nervous all at once but I know it is going to be a blast.

Lately, I've had a lot of requests for more information about the tours I'm going to run next year.

As you may know, I'm currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new travel app called TripSaver. This app will help you manage, track, and budget your expenses on the road and will be available for iOS and Android phones.

One of the backing levels for this campaign is first access to the FOUR tours I'm running in 2014. I've spent the last week putting together itineraries for each tour to further expand on the information already in the Kickstarter.

So here are the general details for next year's Nomadic Matt’s group tours:

Tour 1: Thailand (February 2014)

nomadic matt thailand 2014 tour
Length: 18 days

  • Day 1 – 3 (Bangkok) – We'll explore my favorite city in the world (and former home), taking in temples, eating at the best street food stalls, visiting my top restaurants and bars, and proving that Bangkok is more than traffic and pollution.
  • Day 4 (Ayutthaya) – A short distance from Bangkok, we will spend the day exploring the ruins of one of Thailand's ancient capitals.
  • Day 5 – 6 (Khao Yai National Park) – One of the lesser known national parks in Thailand, we'll try to find some wild elephants as well as learn about the flora and fauna of the area.
  • Day 7 – 10 (Chiang Mai) – Heading up north, we'll spend a few days in this vibrant city, exploring the nearby jungles and an elephant sanctuary, as well as eat our way through the markets and do some shopping at the famous night bazaar.
  • Day 11 – 14 (Ko Lanta) – It's time to head to my favorite island in Thailand, where we will sit by the beach, soak up some sun, eat seafood, swim, dive, snorkel, and watch some intense pink and purple sunsets (see above).
  • Day 15 – 16 (Krabi) – An overnight pit stop at this other beach destination before we head back to Bangkok.
  • Day 17 – 18 (Bangkok) – We return to Bangkok for some final street food (and shopping) before we all say good-bye!

Tour 2: Western Europe (July 2014)

nomadic matt 2014 western europe tour paris
Length: 14 days

  • Day 1 – 4 (Paris) – We’ll explore the city of lights, visit the famed palace of Versailles, gorge on French food and wine, and learn about the history of this mesmerizing city. I can never get enough of Paris. After I take you there, neither will you.
  • Day 5 – 6 (Brussels) – The capital of the E.U. is also home to chocolate, beer, and frites. A delicious couple of days.
  • Day 7 – 9 (Amsterdam) – Another former home of mine, where I’ll prove to you that Amsterdam is more than red lights and coffee shops. We’ll head out to the main tourist areas, exploring lesser known local neighborhoods, eating at great cafes and restaurants, visiting museums, and much more.
  • Day 10 – 14 (Berlin) – Sprawling Berlin took me a while to love, but this city is filled with cheap and delicious ethnic food, a lot of history, some of the best museums in Europe, wild nightlife, and wonderful parks.

Tour 3: Central Europe (August 2014)

nomadic matt 2014 central europe tour budapest
Length: 14 days

  • Day 1 – 4 (Prague) – We will spend a few days in one of the most historic cities in Europe as well as take a day trip to the famous Kutna Hora Bone Church.
  • Day 5 – 7 (Vienna) – After a scenic train ride through the countryside, we'll visit the city of Freud, drink coffee, marvel at art, and learn about the history of the former capital of Austro-Hungarian empire.
  • Day 8 – 10 (Bratislava) – Not the city depicted in the movie Hostel, this historic medieval city features a beautiful castle, tasty and strong beer, and one of my favorite restaurants in Europe.
  • Day 11 – 14 (Budapest) – I love Budapest. I can’t get enough of it. We'll explore this historic city, try some traditional folk dancing, take in the culture, relax in the famous bath houses, and enjoy the Ruin bars, one of the most unique bar scenes in the world.

Tour 4:  Australia (November 2014)

australia 2014 tour sydney harbor bridge
Length: 14 days

  • Day 1 – 4 (Sydney) – We will spend four days in Sydney learning to surf, enjoying the beaches, hiking the famous Blue Mountains, and visiting the Hunter Valley for wine.
  • Day 5 – 10 (Cairns) –  We’ll fly up to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef and the famous Atherton tablelands before escaping up to Cape Tribulation for a little quiet away from the crowds.
  • Day 11 – 14 (Melbourne) – Our last stop on the tour, we'll spend a few days in Melbourne, visit the penguins on Phillip's Island and drive the Great Ocean Road.

On these tours, I'll be taking you to all the hidden, off-the-beaten-track sights, restaurants, and bars that made me fall in love with each destination over and over again.  I'll show you the known and unknown of each location all while giving you budget travel tips that can be used on any future trips you take!

All tours include ground transportation (bus, intracity flights, and trains), accommodation (a mix of guesthouses, private rooms, and dorms), walking tours, group meals, and activities.

What's not included: international flights, travel insurance, visa fees, and meals not specified.

Cost: Each tour will cost $2,000 USD.

If you are interested in signing up now, I have opened two spots for each tour on my Kickstarter campaign. All tours are limited to ten people on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want to explore the world with me, this your chance to join the tours now.

You can head over to the Kickstarter page and sign up there.

If you want to take a chance and wait, I'll be opening all the other spots in the coming months.

Additionally, as part of the Kickstarter campaign, I am also offering two other cool backing gifts:

  1. I'll fly you and a guest out to New York City and give you a personal guided tour of my new home, showing you my favorite tourist sites, restaurants, and bars. You are responsible for your own accommodations but I will be happy to make affordable suggestions. The personal tour is only one day but stay in the city as long as you want!
  2. I will come to your city, hand deliver my book, take you to your favorite restaurant, and talk with you about travel, life, and answer any questions you want.

We're halfway through the Kickstarter and these three options are a great way to join 1,000 other people in supporting this important project while getting great deals and trips at a great price.

Thank you again for all your support – not only during this project but throughout the years.

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