• An itinerary is a written plan describing the plan of the
trip day wise or on an hourly basis. It is designed to identify
the origin, destination and all the en-route stopping points
along with the transportation, accommodation and other
services on the trip.
Helping a client select a tour with an appropriate
itinerary is an essential function for a professional
travel-agent & is an effective way to gain client
1. Tourist Itinerary
A tourist’s itinerary
is a basic outline of
the trip that a
tourist is planning.
It is the starting
point of the
• This is the most important type of
Itinerary because this acquaints the
customer, the traveling passenger as
to what all will be his schedule as
long as he is on the tour.
2.Tour Manager’s Itinerary
The tour manager is responsible for the
designing of the itinerary and in some
cases even conducting it.
He has a comprehensive itinerary
having the minutest details
relating to the tour like the tour
arrangements, tour formalities and
contact persons at the
destinations and attractions.
3. Tour Escort’s Itinerary
A tour escort has a detailed itinerary
showing the step-by-step progress of the
tour, which includes time, location,
accommodation, sightseeing at the
• Other than these itineraries, a copy of
the itinerary may be given to specific
service providers e.g. the coach
providing transport, hotels organizing
Factors to be kept in mind while Planning an
An itinerary has to be designed based on
the kind of trip one undertakes. Itinerary
planning is a creative exercise and is
tailored entirely to meet the needs of
groups of individuals. Each set of travelers
have their own specific requirements.
Adequate time should be allowed for
sightseeing / excursions at each
attraction and destination. Always
ensure that the time taken while traveling
does not exceed the time spent at a
₪Reducing the number of destinations
to be visited if the time available is
less or an optional mode of transport
can be chosen which saves upon time.
Other than the
time allocated to
the attractions at
should also be
given to the
client for his own
services of the
requested at all
The choice of hotels, meal plan and
transport would depend on the paying
capacity, interests and the number of
clients in the group.
Back tracking should be avoided. Therefore, the
routings should be given a special consideration
while planning an itinerary.
The itinerary program should also not be over
ᾳ Optional excursions should be offered
during the period of the tour programme
as well as pre and post tour to increase
the earnings and enhance the value of
the tour for the group members.
‡ Since check-in and check-out timings in all hotels
in India is generally 12:00 noon, hotel
accommodation should be booked keeping in mind
the arrival and departure timings of the clients
especially in those cases where the timing of the
transport means is fixed and cannot be altered.
While planning a tour programme,
include any festivals or cultural
events taking place during this
period. These attractions would add
to the attraction of the tour package.
Meal plan may or may not be included
in the room tariff. This would depend on
the schedule of the client.
In case of a group traveling together i.e GIT,
obtain a complete list of group members and
the preference for room allocation e.g. single,
twin sharing or double room accommodation
Specify clearly the services included in the
final cost of the tour and those which are
In case of requirement of foreign language
speaking local guides, advance notice
should be taken to ensure their services on
Along with the itinerary, communication on the
climate, rate of exchange of currency, suitable
clothing, cultural and ritual expectations of the
destination, necessities and required items to
carry, health and environmental warnings should
be given to the tourists specifically in case of
Factors to be Considered
while Planning an Itinerary:
Where to go-Destination/Cities
to be Included in the Itinerary
When to go-Period of travel,
total tour duration, Minimum
Time for visiting each City.
• Why to go-Purpose of Travel-leisure,
business, relaxation or VFR(visiting friends
• How to go-Mode of main/inter-City Travel
• With whom to go -No. of paxs- FIT/GIT