General Tours, founded in 1947, is one of America’s oldest tour companies. The company’s guiding philosophy originated at the Geneva Peace Conference following the Second World War with a mission to build bridges of understanding between North America and Eastern Europe. Since that time, more than one million travelers have enjoyed General Tours' programs and small ship cruises to destinations including Asia, Japan, China, South America, Costa Rica, India, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Morocco, South Africa, Turkey and Egypt.

By blending thoughtful and unique experiences with exceptional value, General Tours is able to offer terrific travel at great prices. Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine has named General Tours as “One of America’s Top Travel packagers.” The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and the Los Angeles Times have all mentioned General Tours as a tour company that offers great travel values. And on NBC’s Today show, Mark Orwoll, managing editor of Travel + Leisure magazine, called General Tours “one of the most respected tour operators in the business.” General Tours was named one of Top 20 Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters in Travel + Leisure’s 2004 World’s Best Awards.

General Tours is a founding member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and a staunch defender of consumers’ rights in travel. As a USTOA member, General Tours has posted a one million dollar bond to protect travelers’ payments.

Alex Harris, who has been internationally recognized as one of the deans of travel and tourism, and a pioneer in developing overseas destinations for Americans, founded the company in 1947. As Chairman of General Tours, Mr. Harris remains active in the company. General Tours' current president, Robert Drumm, is a lifelong travel professional.