As avid travelers, we understand the difference between the usual trips of large travel agencies and our own personally crafted group adventures.
We offer travel with real ingredients— something to cherish and fill your heart long after you return home.
It’s sure to be nothing less of ineffable, as words cannot describe how it will shape you. You’ll simply need to experience it for yourself.
Group Tours & Travel has been led by Phil and Donna Azzolino for 36 years, and Phil has personally led thousands of tours around the United States and around the globe. Together their experience and knowledge of the travel industry and the destinations themselves is difficult to match. Under their careful guidance, Group Tours has thrilled and satisfied travelers for more than three decades! All Group Tours trips are led by the owners, you get the comfort of an fully escorted trip and the hassle-free experience of having the owners themselves with you every step of the way.
The Educated Wanderer was born out a long experience of designing and leading study abroad trips for college students. The experience of thinking deeply about the reciprocity between book learning and experiential learning led to a vision of travel that is slow, immersive, fun and educational. After the exclusivity of only designing trips for students who could enroll in a college class, it seemed right to open our vision of travel to everyone. Over the years we have run tours all over the world offering so many people a different way to travel in which understanding and immersion in the culture is far more important than the number of stops on a given itinerary. Every tour is fully escorted by the owners, who are pretty well educated in the social and natural worlds so as to be able to offer unique insights into the places we go.
It’s a natural fit between the two companies and consequently we have decided to work together so that you will have a greater variety of travel experiences to choose amongst and yet still have a family-run business that will make you feel personally cared for, and able to enjoy care-free fun so that you may experience the deepest and most important thing about travel: learning something about the world and about yourself at the same time.