Custom Tours & Trips 2020

9 trips to Custom tours from 340 tour companies. 1,933 reviews. 4.0/5 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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Top Custom Experiences

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

1,933 Custom Tour Reviews - Summary 77% Recommend

4.0 out of 5
Excellent 1,399
Great 79
Average 24
Disappointing 6
Terrible 425
Value
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4.0
Activities
4.0
Lodging
4.0
Transportation
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Meals
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Well ef tours once again responded with…

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Well ef tours once again responded with a nonsense reply about why they cant lower the amount of money they will keep if i want a full refund which would be 38.9% of my money apparently the owner who is a billionaire did not do well when covid19 hit his stocks plummeted so he needs a little help recovery his losses so now i understand

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Canceled my son's trip for next year…

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Canceled my son's trip for next year dure to me losing my job (covid) and I can't afford the over 300 a month payment right now. I was furious to find out the are only refunding 1/3 of the money I've paid so far and I have to apply to get another third back to me. Who knows if I will, these other reviews aren't comforting. I can't belive during a global pandemic a company could be so greedy and heartless. They are putting their company before others (read the other reviews) I used to think my son would travel another year of high-school with them but he certainly will not. What a scam.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Choose EF and have no regrets!

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

Partnering with EF to take my students on a once in a lifetime trip was the best decision I could have made! I was assigned an amazing tour consultant, Rachel Lewis, who consistently goes above and beyond to make this entire process and experience enjoyable! She is quick to answer any questions I have and has helped me with every single step of the process!

Both her input and the experience of the teacher training tour left me feeling confident and even more excited for our trip to launch in the Dominican Republic! Every encounter I have had with EF has been positive. I am also very appreciative of their flexibility, especially during Covid-19. I am looking forward to using EF again for future travel!

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Operator EF Educational Tours

EF has been a great company to work…

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

EF has been a great company to work with as we have all faced numerous challenges due to the pandemic. The company put all travelers first, prioritizing safety and well-being and took great care to consider the needs of everyone booked for travel through the spring and summer, as well. Though our group didn't get to travel this summer, we were all on board for transferring our travel dates to next summer, and I am excited about the possibilities for future travel!

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Clarity, Ease, and Safety. EF is the BEST!

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

I have been working and traveling with EF Tours since 2013. They have consistently provided a sense of ease and clarity to me and my travelers right from the start. My first tour had me extremely nervous... taking other people's kids to Europe for ten days? So much could go wrong, right? EF made the experience seamless and safe. I was amazed and delighted at how easy our tour director made everything. We felt safe and happy, and I was able to just enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience without worry. Before coming home from that tour, I had already planned my next destination. Since then, I've traveled several times with EF, and continue to have the same excellent experience. Their customer service is exceptional. Any questions I have had have always been answered quickly and clearly. Other educational travel companies contact me frequently, and I always give the same answer, "EF literally does everything right. I am so satisfied, there is nothing you can offer that would make me switch. Sorry!"

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Zero stars should be a rating

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Zero stars should be a rating. Total scam. Refused to refund our deposit because they “provided a service”. If this company lacks the integrity to treat people fairly during a global pandemic, why should anyone think they would take care of you or your kids In an emergency.

They are basically abandoning people to save their business. Shameful. They should be banned from business in all public schools. What a garbage company.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

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