Major Tour Companies & Trip Packagers

Using a tour company or vacation packager can save you time, money and hassles. The organizations below, members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), arrange both group and independent tours, and put together trip packages that may include air fare, hotels and other services for one price.

Some advantages of using a tour operator/packager:

* You can often save substantially on what you would pay if you arranged the same trip yourself.

* You know exactly what your vacation will cost before you leave.

* You have security. USTOA member companies listed here must have been under the same management for at least three years, must serve a minimum 3,000 passengers per year and must prove financial responsibility (bank references plus $1 million in posted security, such as a certificate of deposit, to reimburse customers in case their businesses fail).

* An escorted tour can be a less intimidating way to see countries where you don't know the language or the customs.

The organizations below are listed alphabetically and by destination specialties. Airline and hotel companies listed sell vacation packages, often at reduced rates. The list was provided by USTOA, 342 Madison Ave., Suite 1522, New York, NY 10173; tel. (212) 599-6599, fax (212) 599-6744. The USTOA will provide consumers with a Smart Traveler's Planning Kit, which includes advice on how to select travel companies, what questions to ask and how the USTOA's consumer protection plan works.

Note: An asterisk signifies that the company books tours through travel agents only, though the public can call for brochures or information.

AAT King's Australian Tours, 9430 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 207, Chatsworth, CA 91311; telephone (800) 353-4525, fax (818) 700-2647, Internet http://www.world.net/travel/australia/austtour

Destinations/Specialties: Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

Abercrombie & Kent International, 1520 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523-2141; tel. (800) 323-7308, fax (630) 954-3324, Internet http://www.abercrombiekent.com

Destinations/Specialties: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Costa Rica, Alaska, Antarctica

*African Travel, The Safari Building, 1100 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; tel. (800) 421-8907, fax (818) 507-5802, e-mail atilax@aol.com

Destinations: Africa, Egypt

*All About Tours, 12168 S.W. Garden Place, Tigard, OR 97223; tel. (800) 274-8687, fax (503) 598-9411, Internet http://www.allabouthawaii.com

Destinations: Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Nevada

American Express Vacations, 110 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; tel. (800) 241-1700, fax (954) 357-4682, e-mail gfeliciano@certifiedvacations.com

Destinations: Europe, Florida, Walt Disney World, ski destinations (Colorado, Utah, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Eastern Mediterranean)

ATA Vacations, Attn.: Shirley Larkin, P.O. Box 51405, Indianapolis, IN 46251; tel. (800) 442-8952, fax (317) 243-4824, Internet http://www.ata.com

Destinations: Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Florida

*ATS Tours, 2381 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 325, El Segundo, CA 90245; tel. (800) 423-2880, fax (310) 643-0032, e-mail sales@atstours.com

Destinations: Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

Australian Pacific Tours, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 620, North Hollywood, CA 91602; tel. (800) 290-8687, fax (818) 755-6396, Internet http://www.atie.com.au/tours/auspac.html

Destinations: Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Alaska, Canada, New York, New England, Northwest, Arizona, California, Nevada

*Brendan Tours, 15137 Califa St., Van Nuys, CA 91411; tel. (800) 421-8446, fax (818) 902-9876

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Central America, Canada, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southwest, West

*Brian Moore International Tours, 1208 VFW Parkway, Suite 202, Boston, MA 02132; tel. (800) 982-2299, fax (617) 469-8282, Internet http://www.bmit.com

Destinations: Britain, Ireland

Celtic International Tours, 1860 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; tel. (800) 833-4373, fax (518) 862-0152, Internet http://www.travelfile.com/get/celtictours.html

Destinations: Britain, Ireland

Central Holidays, 206 Central Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07307, tel. (800) 935-5000, fax (201) 963-0966, Internet http://www.centralh.com

Destinations: Africa, Caribbean, Europe, Israel, Canada, Colorado

China Travel Service, 119 S. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 303, Monterey Park, CA 91754; tel. (800) 890-8818, fax (626) 457-8955, Internet http://www.siusa.com/cts

Destinations: China, Hong Kong

CIE Tours International, P.O. Box 501, 100 Hanover Ave., Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-0501; tel. (800) 243-8687, fax (201) 292-0463, Internet http://www.cietours.com

Destinations: Ireland, Britain

CIT Tours, 15 W. 44th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10036; tel.(800) CIT-TOUR, fax (212) 730-4544

Destinations: France, Italy

*Classic Custom Vacations, 1 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113-1215; tel. (800) 221-3949, fax (408) 287-9272

Destinations: Greece, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Hawaii, New York, Northwest, Southeast, Arizona, California, Nevada

Collette Tours, 162 Middle St., Pawtucket, RI 02860; tel. (800) 832-4656, fax (401) 727-1000, Internet http://www.collettetours.com

Destinations: Africa, China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Europe, Egypt, Israel, Australia/New Zealand, South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southwest, West

Contiki Holidays, Suite 900, 300 Plaza Alicante, Garden Grove, CA 92840; tel. (800) CONTIKI, fax (714) 740-0818, Internet http://www.contiki.com

Destinations: Africa, Europe, Egypt, Israel, Australia/New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Florida, Southwest, West

Continental Airlines Vacations, 110 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; (800) 634-5555, fax (954) 357-4661, Internet http://www.coolvacations.com

Destinations: Europe; U.S., including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Florida, Walt Disney World; Canada; Caribbean; Mexico; Central America; South America

*Cosmos, 5301 S. Federal Circle, Littleton, CO 80123-2980; (800) 221-0090, fax (303) 347-0665, Internet http://www.cosmostours.com

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southwest, West

Delta Vacations, 110 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; tel. (800) 872-7786, fax (954) 468-4765, Internet www.deltavacations.com

Destinations: Europe; Caribbean; Brazil; Mexico; Canada; Alaska; Hawaii; Florida; New York; New Orleans; Branson, Mo.; Southwest; West

DER Travel Services, 9501 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018; tel. (800) 782-2424, fax (800) 282-7474, Internet http://www.dertravel.com

Destinations: Hong Kong, Thailand, France, Germany, Britain, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain/Portugal

Educational Field Studies, 14325 Willard Road, Suite 102, Chantilly, VA 20151; tel. (800) 654-4750, fax (703) 631-6904, Internet http://www.efsworld.com

Destinations: Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania, New England, Florida, California

*Educational Travel Services, 5725 Imperial Lakes Blvd., Mulberry, FL 33860; tel. (800) 929-4387, fax (941) 647-3206

Destinations: Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain/Portugal, Turkey, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand

FreeGate Tourism, 585 Stewart Ave., Suite 310, Garden City, NY 11530; tel. (800) 223-0304, fax (516) 222-0848, Internet http://www.freegatetours.com

Destinations: Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, South America, Central America

*Friendly Holidays, 1983 Marcus Ave., Suite C130, Lake Success, NY 11042; tel. (800) 221-9748, fax (516) 358-1350, Internet http://www.ten-io.com/friendly

Destinations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, South America, Central America, Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, New York, Florida, California, Colorado, Nevada

*Funjet Vacations, 8907 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53201; tel. (800) 558-3060, fax (414) 351-1453, Internet http://www.funjet.com

Destinations: Bahamas, Caribbean, France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain/Portugal, Costa Rica, Mexico, Florida, Nevada

*Gate 1, 101 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA 19038; tel. (800) 682-3333, fax (215) 886-2228, Internet http://www.gate1travel.com/gate1

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East

*Globus, 5301 S. Federal Circle, Littleton, CO 80123-2980; tel. (800) 221-0090, fax (303) 347-0665, Internet http://www.globustours.com

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southeast, West

*GoGo Worldwide Vacations, 5933 W. Century Blvd., Suite 1218, Los Angeles, CA 90045; tel. (310) 338-0027, fax (310) 338-0623

Destinations: Morocco; Bahamas; Bermuda; Caribbean; Europe; Costa Rica; Mexico; Canada; Hawaii; New England; Mid-Atlantic; Branson, Mo.; Southeast; Southwest; West

Haddon Holidays, Executive Plaza, Suite 400, 1120 Route 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054; tel. (800) 257-7488, fax (609) 273-0031, Internet http://www.haddon.com

Destinations: Hawaii

Holland America Line Westours, 300 Elliott Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119; tel. (800) 426-0327, fax (800) 628-4855, Internet http://www.hollandamerica.com

Destinations: Canada, Alaska

Homeric Tours, 55 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022; tel. (800) 223-5570, fax (212) 753-0319, Internet http://www.homerictours.com

Destinations: Morocco, Greece, Italy, Spain/Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus

*Insight International Tours, 745 Atlantic Ave., Suite 720, Boston, MA 02111; tel. (800) 582-8380, fax (800) 622-5015

Destinations: Europe, Egypt, Israel, Jordan

INTRAV, 7711 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis, MO 60315; tel. (800) 825-2900, fax (314) 727-0908, Internet http://www.clippercruise.com

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, New York, Great Lakes, New England, Northwest, Florida, California

*Islands in the Sun, 2381 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 325, El Segundo, CA 90245; (800) 828-6877, fax (310) 536-6266 e-mail sales@islandsinthesun.com

Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

*Isram World of Travel, 630 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017; tel. (800) 223-7460, fax (212) 370-1477, Internet http://www.isram.com

Destinations: Asia, India, South Pacific, Eastern Europe, Russia, Spain/Portugal, Middle East, Morocco

IST Cultural Tours, 225 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10122; tel. (800) 833-2111, fax (212) 594-6953, Internet http://www.ist-tours.com

Destinations: Antarctica, China, Eastern Europe, Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Argentina, Brazil and the Amazon, New York

Japan & Orient Tours, Suite 1080, 3131 Camino del Rio N., San Diego, CA 92108-1719; tel. (800) 377-1080, fax (619) 283-3131, Internet http://www.jot.com

Destinations: Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

Japan Travel Bureau USA/Look American Tours, 810 7th Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10019; tel. (800) 566-5582, fax (212) 246-4065, Internet http://www.jtbusa.com

Destinations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain/Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, South America, Mexico, Canada, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Southeast, West

*Jetset Tours, 5120 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90056-1268; tel. (800) NET-FARE , fax (213) 294-0434, Internet http://www.jetsettours.com

Destinations: Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

*Kingdom Vacations, 22 S. River St., Plains, PA 18705; tel. (800) 626-8747, fax (717) 824-5900, Internet http://www.kingdomvacations.com

Destinations: Bahamas; Bermuda; Cancun; Caribbean; Southeast; Southwest; Branson, Mo.; Nashville; Arizona; California; Nevada

Lakeland Tours, 2000 Holiday Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901; tel. (800) 999-7676, fax (804) 982-8690, Internet http://www.lakelandtours.com

Destinations: Washington, D.C., and other U.S. historic sites; Europe

*Maupintour, P.O. Box 807, Lawrence, KS 66044; tel. (800) 255-4266, fax (785) 843-8351, Internet http://www.maupintour.com

Destinations: Asia, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Egypt, Morocco, U.S., Canada

Mayflower Tours, 1225 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515; tel. (800) 323-7604, fax (630) 960-3575, Internet http://www.travelfile.com/get?mayflowertrs

Destinations: Caribbean, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Central America, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, West

Midwest Express Vacations, 8907 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217; tel. (800) 444-4479, fax (414) 351-5256, Internet http://www.midwestexpressvac.com

Destinations: Canada; Northeast; Branson, Mo.; Florida; Arizona; California; Nevada; Colorado ski destinations

Mirage Resorts Vacations, 8907 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53201; tel. (800) 360-7111, fax (414) 934-1456, Internet http://www.mirageresortsvacations.com

Destinations: Las Vegas, Laughlin

*MLT Vacations, 5130 County Road 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345-4172; tel. (888) 267-8349, fax (612) 474-0725

Destinations: Mexico, Caribbean, U.S.

Mountain Vacations, tel. (800) 775-7995, fax (303) 375-7995, Internet http://www.mountainvacations.com

Destinations: Ski resorts: Colorado; Heavenly (Calif.); Sun Valley (Idaho); Bozeman and Big Sky (Mont.); Angel Fire and Taos (N.M.); Park City (Utah); Jackson Hole (Wyo.); Banff and Whistler, Canada

MTI Vacations/Trase Miller Vacations, 2211 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515; tel. (800) 635-1333, fax (630) 271-6024

Destinations: Hawaii

Northwest WorldVacations, 5130 County Road 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345-4172; tel. (800) 800-1504, Internet http://www.nwa.com

Destinations: Asia, Canada, Europe, Caribbean, India, Mexico, U.S. (including ski destinations)

Orient Flexi-pax Tours, 630 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017-6780; tel. (800) 545-5540, fax (212) 661-1618, Internet http://www.isram.com

Destinations: Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

*Pacific Bestour, 228 Rivervale Road, Rivervale, NJ 07675; tel. (800) 688-3288, fax (201) 664-1497, Internet http://www.bestour.com

Destinations: Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

*Pacific Delight Tours, 132 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; tel. (800) 221-7179, fax (212) 532-3405

Destinations: Asia

Pleasant Holidays, 2404 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361; tel. (800) 2-HAWAII (Hawaii), (800) 448-3333 (Mexico), (800) 644-3515 (Tahiti), fax (805) 495-4972, Internet http://www.pleasant.net

Destinations: Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti

Pleasure Break Vacations, 8969 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217; tel. (800) 777-1566 (air), (800) 777-1885 (tours), fax (847) 670-7682, Internet http://www.pleasurebreak.com

Destinations: Europe, Belize, Costa Rica

Rail Europe, 500 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 314, Harrison, NY 10528; tel. (800) 4-EURAIL, fax (914) 682-2821, Internet http://www.raileurope.com

Destinations: Europe

Runaway Tours, 120 Montgomery St., Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94104; tel. (800) 622-0723, fax (415) 391-6643

Destinations: Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti

Southwest Airlines Vacations, 7200 Lake Ellenor Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32809; tel. (800) 423-5683, fax (407) 857-0232, Internet http://www.swavacations.com

Destinations: Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah

Special Expeditions, 720 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10019; tel. (800) EXPEDITION, fax (212) 265-7740, Internet http://www.specialexpeditions.com

Destinations: Africa, Europe, Egypt, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Florida, Southwest, Nevada

Sunburst Holidays, 4779 Broadway, New York, NY 10034; tel. (800) 666-8346, fax (212) 942-9501, Internet http://www.jamaica.net

Destinations: Jamaica

*Sunmakers Travel, 100 W. Harrison, South Tower, Suite 350, Seattle, WA 98109-9170; tel. (800) 841-43210, fax (206) 216-2906

Destinations: Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Australia/New Zealand, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, Central America, Las Vegas, Reno, Hawaii, Alaska

Sunny Land Tours, 166 Main St., Hackensack, NJ 07601; tel. (800) 783-7839, fax (201) 487-2156, Internet http://www.sunny-land-tours.com

Destinations: Africa, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Europe, Middle East, South America, Central America, Mexico

Tauck Tours, 276 Post Road W., Westport, CT 06880; tel. (800) 468-2825, fax (203) 221-6828

China, Hong Kong, Eastern Europe, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Australia/New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Great Lakes, New England, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, West

*TNT Vacations, 2 Charlesgate W., Boston, MA 02215; tel. (800) 262-0123, fax (617) 638-3445, Internet http://www.tntvacations.com

Destinations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico, Las Vegas, England, France, Greece, Italy

*Trafalgar Tours, Suite 1300, 11 E. 26th St., New York, NY 10010; tel. (800) 854-0103, fax (212) 725-7776, Internet http://www.trafalgartours.com

Destinations: Europe, Middle East, Central America, Canada, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, West

*Travcoa, 2350 S.E. Bristol St., Newport Beach, CA 92660; tel. (800) 992-2003, fax (714) 476-2538

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Central America

*Travel Bound, 599 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; tel. (800) 456-8656, fax (212) 334-1357, e-mail cit@tbound.com

Destinations: Europe, Middle East, North Africa

*Travel Impressions, 465 Smith St., Farmingdale, NY 11735; tel. (800) 284-0044, fax (516) 845-8095, Internet http://www.travelimpressions.com

Destinations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, France, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Nevada

United Vacations, 8907 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217; tel. (800) 328-6877, fax (414) 351-5826, Internet http://www.unitedvacations.com

Destinations: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain/Portugal, South Pacific, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, California, Nevada

US Airways Vacations, 7200 Lake Ellenor Drive, Suite 241, Orlando, FL 32809; tel. (800) 455-0123, fax (407) 857-9764

Destinations: U.S. (including Walt Disney World resort area), Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe

*Vacationland, 150 Post St., Suite 680, San Francisco, CA 94108; tel. (800) 245-0050, fax (415) 788-0103, e-mail sales@vacationland.com

Destinations: Asia/Pacific

Vacations by Sheraton, 8907 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217; tel. (800) 555-4540, fax (414) 351-5256, Internet http://www.vacationsbysheraton.com

Destinations: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico, Europe, Fiji

Your Man Tours, 8831 Aviation Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301; tel. (800) 922-9000, fax (310) 649-2118, Internet http://www.ymtvacations.com

Destinations: Canada, Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwest, Southeast, West

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