Custom Tours & Trips 2020

9 trips to Custom tours from 378 tour companies. 2,694 reviews. 4.3/5 avg rating.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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$ 642 $ 9,995

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Danube Waltz

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,699
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy the fascinating river cruises across Danube.
  • Opportunity to visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Explore Hungary
  • Experience a tour to Bratislava and See attractions like the medieval Town Hall
  • Visit to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover Passau
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Český Krumlov, Vienna, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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Scottish B&B Vacation with Edinburgh

7 days
$ 1,274
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit Edinburgh's famous castle which is built atop a volcano.
  • Treat yourself to a pint in Scotland's oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn at Edinburgh.
  • Go on a hunt for "Nessie," Loch Ness' most famous inhabitant.
  • Consider making a stop in Glasgow, where you'll find an overabundance of museums, art galleries, theaters, and more!
  • There are over 2,000 castles in Scotland, see how many you can visit!
Visits:
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Ness, National Museum of Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Stirling Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom
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8 Day Independent Irish Spirit

7 days
$ 92 / day
$ 642
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore Connemara, a region of unspoiled open scenery with misty mountains and sparkling lakes
  • Pleasant two-hight Stays in Killarney & Galway
  • Enjoy Independent Dublin tour
  • You have opportunity to create your own daily Itinerary
  • Visits Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience and Blarney Castle
Visits:
Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Italy By Rail
Self-guided / Independent Tour
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Italy By Rail

7 days
$ 243 / day
$ 1,699
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Sit back and enjoy the beauty of Tuscany… State-of-the-art, high-speed Italo trains promise stress-free travel and more time to enjoy these cities.
  • Our expert guide will whisk you past the ticket lines for faster priority access at select sites and museums including the Roman Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
  • Our friendly resident staff will enhance your holiday with their attentive, expert service whenever you need it.
  • With our signature flexibility, you can add extra nights in any city... or even do this trip in reverse!
Visits:
Colosseum, Florence, Forum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rome, Siena, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, Venice, Italy
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Royal Edinburgh

5 days
$ 1,384
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Skip-the-line access to some of Edinburgh's most popular attractions will make you feel like royalty!
  • Take a swing while vising St Andrews, the home of golf.
  • Explore the picturesque fishing villages of Fife on your guided tour.
  • Visit Edinburgh's famous castle which is built atop a volcano.
  • Experience true opulence with a visit to the royal highlights of Edinburgh.
Visits:
Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Seascape Discovery - Havana & Varadero

6 days
$ 850 / day
$ 5,100
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Panoramic overview of Havana
  • Montalván Art Gallery and Studio
  • Old Havana historic center
  • Santo Angel Neighborhood
  • Arte Corte & Jose Fuster Community Projects (artists)
  • Las Tres Monedas
  • Panoramic tour of Havana by antique car
  • University of Havana
  • Habana Compas Dance Group rehearsal in Marianao
  • Kamil Bullaudey Art Studio
  • Angeles del Futuro Community Project
  • (teaches children acrobatics for Cuban circus)
  • Matanzas - Music and Art school
  • Plaza de la Libertad- Matanzas Main Square
  • AfroAtenas Community Project
  • Panoramic tour of Varadero
  • Varadero-cultural exchange with the Danzon Club
  • Local craft market
  • Casa Dupont (rum and cigar tasting)
Visits:
Havana, Miami, Cuba
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Antarctic Explorer: Argentina & the Antarctic tour
Group Tour
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Antarctic Explorer: Argentina & the Antarctic

12 days
$ 833 / day
$ 9,995
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
Highlights
  • Set foot on the Seventh Continent with this perfect introductory voyage for first-time visitors to Antarctica
  • Conquer the infamous Drake Passage
  • Venture aboard our specially designed, ice-strengthened and all-suites ship, the Sea Spirit
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Witness the abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Adventure options include kayaking, camping and snowshoeing
  • Daily Zodiac cruises and shore landings reveal Antarctica's beauty
Visits:
Galapagos, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Argentina
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WorldStrides Oxbridge Academic Company Reviews

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Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
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WorldStrides Explorica Company Reviews

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Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
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Spending your honeymoon on an African safari with just the two of you, your guide, and a parade of elephants and giraffes

Watching your children with pride as they tackle a hiking trail in New Zealand that your tour agency suggested was family-friendly

Sipping a cappuccino in a small Italian village that you would never have known about without your tour agency’s regional expertise

Relaxing in Thailand in the knowledge that if you need assistance, your tour agency has representatives in Bangkok

The fun of helping to plan your trip without having to sweat the details

Touring the Sapa region in Northeast Vietnam that offers a traditional view into many of Vietnam’s ethnic tribes, such as the Hmong, as well as touring the meticulously maintained rice terraces

Riding horseback alongside local gauchos through ancient Lenga forests

 

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Custom Trip Reviews

2,694 Custom Tour Reviews - Summary 82% Recommend

4.3 out of 5
Excellent 2,104
Great 97
Average 27
Disappointing 7
Terrible 459
Value
4.3
Guide
4.3
Activities
4.3
Lodging
4.3
Transportation
4.3
Meals
4.3

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For the past 6 years and nearly a dozen…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

For the past 6 years and nearly a dozen tours, EF has been absolutely amazing in providing top-notch educational travel at an affordable price with a firm emphasis on student safety. I couldn't ask for a better partner in helping my students experience the cultures of the world in an authentic and meaningful way. EF uses only the best Tour Directors who are both experts in the area they guide AND today's teenagers. Try EF for one tour, and you'll be travelling with them for years. Simply the best.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

"Student First" driven company

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have been traveling with EF for 6 years now, and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to share the world with students! All of the EF employees I have been in contact with have always been knowledgeable, passionate about what they do, and invested in my students. That continues to be true this year even with the tough times we are going through globally. Our trip this summer had to be postponed due to COVID, and the options that EF offered to my students were more than fair! I look forward to traveling again soon!

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Experiences as a Group Leader

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

As a group leader, I have always felt supported by EF. From the beginning stages of picking a tour, to recruiting travelers, to pre-tour planning, to on-tour problem solving, EF is always there for me. In addition, they put together amazing tours with every detailed accounted for. We have done 8 trips with them and each one was unique and perfectly tailored to fit the region. I cannot wait for our next trip this summer because I know that we will be well taken care of and that we will have a great time.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

EF is the ONLY option.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have been involved on 10 EF trips ranging from majority of them as a group leader to traveler and the product they produce has always exceeded my expectations. As a world history teacher EF is a wonderful partner to work alongside to make the text book come alive and show kids the world! They are the industry giant, therefore can command the best prices, and without question have the best tour guides who play a major part in making your trip successful and fun. Their extensive training programs for teachers/group leaders and tour guides help create a culture for leading successful trips. EF tours is the only option in my opinion for student travel.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

EF for me!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

EF is the BEST! I was on a 9 day tour of Greece when we were all called home due to the Corona Virus. EF got us home safely, before the deadline with NO added fees AND gave my students a future travel foucher due to the trip being cut so short. I wouldn't trust anyone else but EF for my student and adult travle programs.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Literally the best thing I do is travel…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Literally the best thing I do is travel with EF. As a World History teacher I've been able to show kids the world... not just tell them about it. I am also incredibly impressed with the way they have handled the pandemic response. No other student travel company has come close to their compassionate approach.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

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