Homestays & Local Immersion Tours & Trips 2020

1,249 trips to Homestays & Local Immersion tours from 278 tour companies. 11,942 reviews. 4.4/5 avg rating.

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Style Style 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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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.

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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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule 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.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Stride Gives Back Stride Gives Back This trip visits a destination impacted by climate change. When you opt in to the Travelstride Gives Back program, we will donate 10% of our net revenue to organizations that help mitigate climate change in these destinations and across the globe. Learn more

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WWII D-Day, Landing Beaches & Battle of Normandy

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5 days
$ 519 / day
$ 2,595
From : $ 3,565
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • While in Paris, a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a must; pay a visit to this monument in the evening to see it illuminated!
  • See the remains of Mulberry Harbor, an artificial harbor built by Allies during the invasion of Normandy.
  • Your text book stories come to life as you visit memorials and museums dedicated to the Allied invasion.
  • Experience firsthand the German artillery bunker during your visit to Longues-sur-Mer.
  • Indulge in the culinary specialties of France - from pastries to cheeses.
Visits:
Paris, France
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Paris & the French Riviera by Rail

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7 days
$ 228 / day
$ 1,596
From : $ 2,277
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 9 days!
  • The Tootbus Must-See Paris Hop-on/Hop-off Tour + River Cruise (48 hours)
Visits:
Nice, Paris, France
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Edinburgh Explorer

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4 days
$ 316 / day
$ 1,264
From : $ 2,692
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 6 days!
  • Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24 hours)
Visits:
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Playa del Carmen: All-Inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Mexico

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5 days
$ 306 / day
$ 1,529
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 8 days!
Visits:
Cancún, Mexico
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Dublin City Getaway

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5 days
$ 262 / day
$ 1,308
From : $ 1,794
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 7 days!
Visits:
Dublin, Ireland
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Prague Explorer

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4 days
$ 334 / day
$ 1,335
From : $ 2,639
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 6 days!
  • Grand City Tour of Prague (3 hours)
Visits:
Prague, Czech Republic
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Costa Rica 360

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8 days
$ 207 / day
$ 1,659
From : $ 2,874
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Sea turtles, monkeys, tree frogs, toucans - you name it, you'll see it. Keep your eyes peeled for amazing wildlife!
  • Check out some local markets! Try some sweet, hand-picked fruits while you mingle with natives.
  • For a bit of adrenaline, take a walk across Moteverde's famous hanging bridges.
  • Try casado, plantains, arroz con leche, and tons of other local favorite foods.
  • Enjoy the comfort and convenience of included transfers between all destinations and airports.
Visits:
Arenal Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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Highlights of Croatia

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9 days
$ 314 / day
$ 2,825
From : $ 6,473
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Zagreb City Walking Tour
  • Split City Walking Tour
  • Dubrovnik City Walking Tour
Visits:
Croatia, Dubrovnik, Hvar Island, Plitvice Lakes National park, Split, Zagreb
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Paris, London & Amsterdam by Rail

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10 days
$ 244 / day
$ 2,436
From : $ 3,695
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Paris 2 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off - Big Bus Tour Paris (Premium)
  • Tootbus London Must See Hop-on/Hop-off Tour + River Cruise (48 hours) - formerly Original London Sightseeing Tour
  • Walking Tour of Amsterdam
  • Highlights of Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Visits:
London, Paris, England, France, United Kingdom
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Athens & Mykonos (off-season travel)

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7 days
$ 215 / day
$ 1,506
From : $ 2,178
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)
Visits:
Athens, Mykonos, Greece
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Devon & Cornwall: A Magical Land of Legends

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7 days
$ 267 / day
$ 1,868
From : $ 2,703
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy all the perks of a guided vacation but in a small group with added freedom.
  • During your free time in London, treat yourself to a ride on the London Eye, the world's largest Ferris wheel!
  • Visit the beautiful 7th century Abbey in historic Glastonbury.
  • Explore the romantic clifftop ruins of Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur.
  • Pick up the perfect souvenir at one of England's iconic markets, from the famous Portobello Road to Camden Stables.
Visits:
London, England, United Kingdom
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Costa Rica Family Vacation

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7 days
$ 276 / day
$ 1,931
From : $ 2,595
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit to Irazu Volcano & the Sarapiqui River
  • Evening visit to Baldi Hot Springs, with dinner
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, San José, Costa Rica
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Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country

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9 days
$ 459 / day
$ 4,131
From : $ 5,219
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit two of France's most eye-widening castles, Chateau Chambord and Chenonceau in Chateau Country!
  • Indulge in delicious dinners and taste local wine and cider throughout the countryside.
  • On your very first night, you'll see an unforgettable view of Paris from the second floor of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.
  • Immerse yourself in history as you visit the world-famous Normandy Beaches.
  • Enjoy coastal views during your stay in majestic Mont St. Michel.
Visits:
Paris, France
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Essential Britain & Ireland

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10 days
$ 336 / day
$ 3,356
From : $ 4,518
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Experience the highlights of all of the countries that make up the British Isles.
  • Enjoy guided tours, ferry rides, and the convenience of being driven to and from each destination in a luxurious motorcoach.
  • Immerse yourself in history at the Roman Baths, Edinburgh Castle, and York Minster.
  • See breathtaking natural beauty at Northumberland National Park and the Mountains of Mourne.
  • Stop in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan hometown of William Shakespeare.
Visits:
Dublin, Edinburgh, London, York, England, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Paris & Chateau Experience

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7 days
$ 329 / day
$ 2,303
From : $ 2,778
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • The Tootbus Must-See Paris Hop-on/Hop-off Tour + River Cruise (48 hours)
Visits:
Paris, France
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11,942 Homestays & Local Immersion Tour Reviews - Summary 90% Recommend

4.4 out of 5
Excellent 8,442
Great 2,098
Average 473
Disappointing 178
Terrible 751
Value
4.4
Guide
4.4
Activities
4.4
Lodging
4.4
Transportation
4.4
Meals
4.4

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Knowledgeable

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

Knowledgeable, friendly staff.
Great new group leaders
Fantastic tour director
Wonderful itinerary

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Fulfilling and rewarding

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

Fun, exciting, educational tour, led by the most responsible, knowledgeable, and experienced tour directors.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

You always come back back with your eyes wide open

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

Our enthusiastic guide Kaitlin explained it best, “EF Tour participants always come back with their eyes wide open.” All of EF’s Itineraries are designed to inspire people of all ages. Sponsoring an EF experience for your community is the best investment you could ever make for the Students and us chaperones as well.

John (2023)

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Completed a ten day tour of Spain with…

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

Completed a ten day tour of Spain with 50+ travelers at Easter.
Terrific in every way!
The airlines were fine, the food was delicious and local, and the Tour Directors were super kind and professional.
Additionally, the two hotels were very adequate--especially for a student tour.
The one in Barcelona was a dream.
I am planning another EF Tour for Greece and many of my participants are repeat travelers.
EF is an excellent company. Sometimes people don't read the fine print and then are disappointed, but NO ONE was disappointed on our Spanish Tour. OLE!

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Operator EF Educational Tours

My tour consultant has been wonderful

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

My tour consultant has been wonderful! Sydney has been prompt at replying to emails and very helpful during Zoom meetings giving heads up of what to expect and how to build support for the upcoming trip.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

Expert care every step of the way

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

What has made this experience a 5 star one is how quickly the EF tour specialist helped me get my program started and then guided me every step of the way. I'm a very busy person, as we all are, and would not have the time to get a tour like this set up from start to finish. I have full confidence that this tour team is going to make this an amazing trip for me and for all those who have signed up to travel with me.

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Operator EF Educational Tours

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