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grand tour

1. An extended tour or sightseeing trip in, through, or across any country or region. Originally used in specific reference to the major cities of Europe, the trip was considered a necessary part of well-bred gentlemen's upbringing. It was later extended to travel in general. I've been saving up all year long for my grand tour through France.
2. By extension, a comprehensive, guided tour, inspection, or survey. This is your first time seeing our new house, right? Let me give you the grand tour! The general insisted on a grand tour of all the sites that are still operational.
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what happens on tour stays on tour

Any scandalous activities that happen when one travels in a group are not to be discussed with other people afterward. The phrase alludes to the stereotypical partying of musicians on tour. A: "Guys, please don't tell my wife about all the girls I've been with on the road." B: "Sure, man—what happens on tour stays on tour!"
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tour de force

An exceptionally masterful performance or achievement, especially in the arts. The director's latest movie is a tour de force of filmmaking. The Olympic gymnast's final routine was a tour de force that earned her a gold medal.
See also: DE, force, tour

whistle-stop tour

A brief trip to several locations. My travel agent offered me such a great deal on a whistle-stop tour of Italy that I couldn't resist.
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on tour

Travelling to many different locations to give a specific performance. The band announced that they would be going on tour this spring across Europe to promote their latest album. We're taking the play on tour to the west coast for six weeks this fall.
See also: on, tour

go on tour

[for a performing group] to go from place to place, performing. Our play went on tour across the state. If we make the play a success, we will go on tour.
See also: on, tour

grand tour

A comprehensive tour, survey, or inspection. For example, They took me on a grand tour of their new house, or The new chairman will want to make a grand tour of all the branches. Starting in the late 1600s this term was used for a tour of the major European cities, considered essential to a well-bred man's education. In the mid-1800s it was extended to more general use.
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a tour de ˈforce

(from French) an extremely skilful performance or achievement: a literary/cinematic tour de force
This is a French phrase that means ‘an act of strength’.
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a ˌwhistle-stop ˈtour

short visits to different places made, for example, by a politician during an election campaign: The Prime Minister left on a whistle-stop tour of the north of England today.The new manager’s gone on a whistle-stop tour of all the offices.In the US, a whistle stop is a small town or station that trains only stop at if somebody gives a signal.
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This deeply appreciated grant will also enable MAS tour leaders to research Staten Island's history as well as scout locations and routes," said Kent Barwick.
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He said tours have been given in the past to 5-year-old children who became fascinated with dump trucks and asked their parents to bring them.
Tours may be growing, but the facilities exist largely to welcome journalists and buyers.
Basic tours consist of photographs linked to a building map or a list of locations, but may also be sequential slide shows.
IRS position: Due to the lack of scheduled instruction or curriculum related to the destinations being visited, the conduct of these tours does not contribute importantly to the association's educational purpose.
Plan your promotional video so it has a brief section you can play during open houses and off-season tours to show camp in operation.
According to Steve Conlon of Above the Clouds Trekking, walking tours and trekking are different entities: "We consider a trek to be a hiking trip of multiple days which goes out fully supported [food, equipment, bedding] and is usually accommodated in tents.
Tours run from 10 to 14 days; prices begin at $3,500.
A marketing vice president stressed the importance of brevity in foundry tours.
The Algoma Central Railway is facing trouble ahead with its Agawa Canyon train tour, the biggest tourist attraction in Northern Ontario.
In fact, the three Tours have surpassed the $1 billion mark in overall charitable contributions.
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The calm blue waters and palm tree-lined white sands of Isla Tortuga is accessible through tour operator Calypso Tours, which provides bus transportation from San Jose to Puntarenas and boat transportation to the island on a luxury catamaran, complete with music and cocktails.