Self-Guided & Independent Tours & Trips 2020

769 trips to Self-Guided & Independent tours from 183 tour companies. 1,394 reviews. 4.8/5 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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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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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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Best of Japan with Osaka & Hiroshima

11 days
$ 425 / day
$ 4,679
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
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*)
Highlights
  • Visit bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade and Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo
  • Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates
  • Visit Osaka Castle and take a Walking Tour in Dotonbori, the city’s most famous entertainment district
  • Visit Peace Memorial Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, to see the Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall, which memorialize the lives lost in the Wwii atomic bombing
  • Visit Itsukushima Shrine, a Unesco World Heritage Site, known for its floating Torii Gate
Visits:
Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Explore Ireland & Scotland

11 days
$ 1,666
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
  • Blarney Stone and bagpipes, oh my! This vacation gives you equal time in Ireland and Scotland.
  • Stroll through the streets of cosmopolitan Dublin and enjoy a pint of Guinness at a local pub.
  • Dive into a local delicacy of oysters in the seaside city of Galway on Ireland's west coast.
  • Hike up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh for fantastic views over Scotland's historic capital.
  • Feel at one with nature amongst the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye.
Visits:
Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Glasgow, Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, The Isle of Skye, Ireland
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Adare Villa Vacation with Dublin

9 days
$ 1,047
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
  • Discover seaside villages, castle ruins and more as you travel through the beautiful Emerald Isle!
  • Experience the picturesque Irish countryside as you drive from destination to destination.
  • Spend some time perusing the shops in the village of Adare. Admire the colorful storefronts and thatched roofs!
  • Discover Dublin's history rooted in rebellion and viking sieges!
  • See the majestic Cliffs of Moher and family-friendly Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Machu Picchu Experience – Independent

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 235 / day
$ 1,147
From : $ 1,589
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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
  • Explore the beautiful spanish colonial architecture of cusco and the hive of activity at the central san pedro markets. with plenty of time exploring at your leisure, you’ll really get to know this city.
  • Walk through the breathtaking hills of the sacred valley between pisac and ollantaytambo, visiting a local community for lunch.
  • No trip to this region is complete without a guided visit to the iconic machu picchu. explore this inca marvel with a local guide, learning of its engineering feats and intriguing history.
Visits:
Cusco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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European Whirl with Eurostar Extension
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European Whirl with Eurostar Extension

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 226 / day
$ 3,610
From : $ 4,440
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Florence and Paris
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Severin Church in Paris
  • VIEW the canals in Amsterdam, the Town Hall in Munich, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields
  • SCENIC CRUISE along the canals of Amsterdam and the Rhine River
Visits:
Amsterdam, Florence, London, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Venice, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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South America Landscapes

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 341 / day
$ 4,776
From : $ 5,874
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • ORIENTATION of Puerto Varas
  • VISIT the Christ the Redeemer statue, Chile's wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado
  • VIEW Devil's Throat Falls
  • CRUISE in Chile's Lake Region, on Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Puerto Varas, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
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Wonders of Patagonia

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 438 / day
$ 4,869
From : $ 5,927
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • CITY TOUR in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia
  • VISIT Tierra del Fuego National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • VIEW the Balmaceda Glacier, Serrano Glacier
  • CRUISE upon a lake cruise through Patagonia
  • SCENIC DRIVE El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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East Coast USA and Canada End New York

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 264 / day
$ 3,695
From : $ 4,545
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • CITY TOUR in Washington D.C., Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Boston
  • ORIENTATION of New York City, Toronto
  • VISIT Liberty Bell Center, Lancaster County, Corning Museum of Glass, Niagara Falls
  • VIEW the Empire State Building, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Independence Hall
Visits:
Boston, Lake Ontario, New York, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, Washington, York, Canada, United States
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European Traveler

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 268 / day
$ 2,675
From : $ 3,290
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • ORIENTATION of Lucerne and Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the ancient sites of Rome
  • SEE the Somme Battlefields and the vineyards of Burgundy in France
Visits:
Florence, London, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Venice, France, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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South America Revealed with Me to We

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
20 days
$ 419 / day
$ 8,389
From : $ 10,318
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • CITY TOUR in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco
  • SEE the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • VISIT Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru
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Iconic National Parks of the American and Canadia ...

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 350 / day
$ 3,495
From : $ 4,299
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Going-the-Sun Road, South Road, Bow Valley Parkway
  • VIEW the epic mountains of Grand Teton National Park
  • VISIT the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Mormon Row Historic District, Yellowstone National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise
Visits:
Banff National Park, Calgary, Yellowstone National Park, Canada, United States
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European Traveler

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 273 / day
$ 2,750
From : $ 3,352
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • ORIENTATION of Lucerne and Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • VIEW the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the ancient sites of Rome
  • SEE the Somme Battlefields and the vineyards of Burgundy in France
Visits:
Florence, London, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Venice, France, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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Five Epic National Parks

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 294 / day
$ 2,650
From : $ 3,260
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • CRUISE down the Snake River on a float trip
  • ICONIC TRAIN ride to the heart of stunning Grand Canyon National Park
  • VISIT Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Williams, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City Temple Square Discovery Experience, Cameron Trading Post
Visits:
Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Zion National Park, United States
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Icons of South America

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 347 / day
$ 7,289
From : $ 8,965
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • ORIENTATION of Puerto Varas
  • VISIT the Christ the Redeemer statue, Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, two visits to Machu Picchu, Chile's wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado
  • CRUISE in Chile's Lake Region
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Sacred Valley, in Peru's Andean highlands
  • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard the Vistadome train
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puerto Varas, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru
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South America Revealed

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 350 / day
$ 5,594
From : $ 6,881
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
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
  • CITY TOUR in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Sacred Valley
  • SEE the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • VISIT Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
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Sampling culinary delicacies in Tuscany

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Strolling through the cobblestone streets of Trinidad and enjoying the sight of colorful houses

Enjoying a self guided walking tour at your own pace

Enjoying the hospitality of a local host

Having a local guide that shows you around town

Volunteering at a rehabilitation and conservation center of wild animals

Exploring the Amazon jungles with local guides 

Hitching a lift on a cargo boat to Timbuktu 

Taking a train journey through Europe with suggested stops planned out by a travel expert

Learning some of the local language when staying with a family in Nepal

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Self-Guided & Independent Trip Reviews

1,394 Self-Guided & Independent Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 1,174
Great 140
Average 50
Disappointing 16
Terrible 14
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.7

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Booked a 5 day self drive with…

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0

Booked a 5 day self drive with Authentic Vacations (A.V.) last year. Agent pushed the insurance saying it would cover us if anything arose forcing us to cancel. Fast forward to this year and Covid-19, First agent laid off and we were assigned another agent that we had no relationship with. The EU is closing their boarders to travelers from the US. We called to cancel our trip and found out that A.V. will hold back 20% of the land cost and we also lose out on the $509 travel insurance. What is the purpose of paying for insurance if they don't provide any service. Recommend you find a local travel agent who will better serve their customers.

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Operator Authentic Vacations

We had the best time ever!

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

We had the best time ever! It was truly the best vacation we've ever taken. The people were fabulous, service oriented, friendly, accommodating...a pleasure to be around! Everything was just perfect!

The accommodations, fabulous, the food was way too delicious. We highly recommend this trip to anybody and kept toasting Costco along with three other couples for the way they put this trip together it was really brilliant thank you so much for your help with all our questions and how quickly you got back to us for each inquiry you are very efficient at your job. Thank you so much!

On another note, on the safari, Francois put together a surprise celebration luncheon at their treehouse to celebrate our daughter Kate's medical school graduation. It was truly amazing and we couldn't have been happier or more appreciative of all they did. It was so special and they put so much effort into it—leaving champagne, a beautiful lunch, and also baking a cake just for this occasion! It was such a nice, wonderful touch and made for a fabulous memory!

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Operator Lion World Travel

Covid19 changed EVERYTHING, CAREFUL.

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0

I chose Authentic Vacations because of their great reputation, and "peace of mind" guarantee. COVID19 HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING, CAREFUL! We were booked for 9/2020 13 night trip to the UK, Uh Oh. 3/2020 we contacted our first agent to find she was furloughed 2/2020. Uh Oh. Having already paid Authentic $10K+ we tried rescheduling, NO GO. We then asked for a refund. Our 2nd agent, though cordial, had his hours CUT BACK early 3/2020. After 2 months of many contacts with Authentic and NONE of our $10K back, we have hired an attorney. Because Authentic has dragged their feet on getting our money back, we are panicked that any of the tour providers involved could be, if not already insolvent. Will update this review if possible.

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Operator Authentic Vacations

A fradualent company to do business with, customer service is non-existenent

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

Booked summer travel and then they cancelled the trip. They gave me a travel voucher to use by end of December, no bookings available and any comparable travel is $1000.00 more, with no guarantee when they will accept the voucher. The right thing for them to do is refund the money now. Anyone who books travel with them now will lose their money.

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Operator Great Value Vacations

It was absolutely fabulous.

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

It was absolutely fabulous. Marataba is an experience beyond words. The animals speak for themselves but the lodge is extraordinary. Capetown was lovely but Marataba is an impossible act to precede. We will be recommending you and your colleagues without reservation and with the greatest enthusiasm.

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Operator Lion World Travel

I worked with Tim on a 10 day trip…

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

I worked with Tim on a 10 day trip chauffeur driver for my 84 yr. old clients. They said it was the best trip they have ever taken. Tim was great to work with and so knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to work with him.

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Operator Authentic Vacations

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