Self-Guided & Independent Tours & Trip Packages

Self-Guided & Independent Tours & Trips

439 Self-Guided & Independent trips. Tours from 17 tour companies. 1,614 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.

439 Trips match your criteria (1 - 20 shown)

European Whirl (Paris, Base)
By Trafalgar
preferred
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
Their travelers enjoy 24/7 travel expertise and dedicated service throughout the trips - everything is taken care of.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

  • Florence: Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.
  • Amsterdam: Led by your Travel Director, wander the city to see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace.
  • Rhineland: Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.
  • Heidelberg: Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Education / Learning

What travelers are saying

"It is a well thought out tour and be prepared to walk a lot but that is not because of Trafalgar, but because of the cities in ITALY. Roads are cobblestone and narrow and cars and buses can't be accommodated."

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European Traveller
By Trafalgar
preferred
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
Their travelers enjoy 24/7 travel expertise and dedicated service throughout the trips - everything is taken care of.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • Rome: Travel to Isola Tiberina for an evening with Fabio and his family. Enjoy a drinks reception at their apartment before our Be My Guest dinner in a unique setting amongst Roman excavations.
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Education / Learning

What travelers are saying

"It is a well thought out tour and be prepared to walk a lot but that is not because of Trafalgar, but because of the cities in ITALY. Roads are cobblestone and narrow and cars and buses can't be accommodated."

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Hawaii with Oahu & Maui (Classic)
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
They really care about everyone's individual needs on each tour and they have an incredible attention to detail.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

  • Honolulu: Visit Pearl Harbor and step aboard the USS Arizona Memorial and recount the events that led the US to join World War II.
  • Honolulu: See the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, honoring all those who served in the US Armed Forces and lost their lives during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
  • Oahu: On your journey around Oahu take in epic views from Pali Lookout. Travel beneath the towering Ko’olau Mountains and along the rugged Windward Coast. Reach the North Shore and visit Haleiwa, the social and artistic hub of the North Shore.
  • Maui: Visit the awe-inspiring Iao Valley State Park and see the 1,200-foot landmark Iao Needle, overlooking the final resting place of Hawaii’s native chiefs.
  • Maui: Visit one of the last working pineapple farms with a fun and knowledgeable Local Expert. Discover the impact these plantations had on the islands and sample some of the extra sweet Maui Gold variant.
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Education / Learning

What travelers are saying

"Top notch"

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Spain: Barcelona & Costa Brava
4.9/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Why we love them
Their unique emphasis on immersive cultural experiences combined with active exploration with personalized cycling experiences.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Extreme
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Barcelona

Highlights

  • Explore Girona’s cultural treasures, including the old Jewish quarter, medieval walls, Gothic churches, and Romanesque architecture.
  • Savor superb Catalan seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, complemented by excellent local wines including sparkling cava.
  • Cycle through history, stopping to view Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries, Gothic gems in Girona, and charming medieval villages.
  • Discover the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula at the coastal archeological site at Empúries.
  • Immerse yourself in authentic Catalonian village life in historic Pals.

Themes

Culinary & Wine, Cultural, Cycling & Biking, Photography

What travelers are saying

"This was the first organized tour my husband and I have ever joined, so we were not sure what to expect , but it turned out to be the best vacation we've ever had. The scenery and food were amazing. We stayed in beautiful hotels. Most of the riding was on paved bike paths so we hardly ever had to deal with car traffic. Our leaders, Andrea and Martin, were funny, informative , and so helpful. We are already planning to go back to Italy with VBT this summer."

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Walking the Camino de Santiago
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Why we love them
With a huge range of trip styles and themes, they cater to basically every type of traveler out there- even those with super specific interests.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Camino de Santiago, Leon, Santiago

Highlights

  • Follow one of the most ancient pilgrimage routes in the world!
  • Stay in converted water mills, hilltop monasteries and stylish farmhouses
  • Soaring cathedrals, Roman bridges, country chapels and thatched Galician villages
  • Poppy-sprinkled wheat fields, orchid-rich water meadows, pine-scented woodland

Themes

Hiking & Walking

What travelers are saying

"Friendly and helpful staff were happy to help with all our questions."

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European Highlights (London, Summer, Eurostar)
By Trafalgar
preferred
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
Their travelers enjoy 24/7 travel expertise and dedicated service throughout the trips - everything is taken care of.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

  • Rhineland: On this Be My Guest experience you’ll Connect With Locals over dinner at the family-owned Weingut Wehweck vineyard. Currently headed up by the third generation of the family, Herr Philipp Wehweck.
  • Black Forest: Watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest.
  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Discover the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
  • Rhineland: Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.
  • Heidelberg: See the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town.
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Education / Learning

What travelers are saying

"It is a well thought out tour and be prepared to walk a lot but that is not because of Trafalgar, but because of the cities in ITALY. Roads are cobblestone and narrow and cars and buses can't be accommodated."

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Secrets of Sicily Walk
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Why we love them
With a huge range of trip styles and themes, they cater to basically every type of traveler out there- even those with super specific interests.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Sicily

Highlights

  • Turquoise seas, coral-lined grottoes and unspoilt sandy beaches
  • Exotic Mediterranean flora; orange groves, dwarf palms and olive trees
  • Medieval churches, ancient villages and pre-historic caves
  • Stay in a traditional Sicilian farmhouse and cosy bed and breakfast
  • Fantastic bird spotting opportunities

Themes

Hiking & Walking

What travelers are saying

"Friendly and helpful staff were happy to help with all our questions."

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Highlights of Europe (Summer, London, Paris, Small Groups)
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
They really care about everyone's individual needs on each tour and they have an incredible attention to detail.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

  • London: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train as you journey from London to Europe via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel.
  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
  • Heidelberg: Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. See the massive Heideleberg Tun built into the cellar in 1591, visit the Apothecary Museum and enjoy panoramic views of Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley.
  • Heidelberg: Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Innsbruck: Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets of the picturesque Old Town, with your Travel Director, learn about its history and admire the Baroque and Gothic architecture.
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Education / Learning

What travelers are saying

"Top notch"

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Self-Guided & Independent Reviews & Ratings

4.6/5  Excellent
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Jayne & patricia

Jan 2023

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Everything was so beautiful yet varied. It’s hard to single out a highlight : so many !!

Everything was so beautiful yet varied. It’s hard to single out a highlight : so many !! We are planning to do our next walking tour in Portugal with Intura Travel, ...

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Gordon & laurel

Jan 2023

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Thank you again for your good work making our trip so wonderful !

The roadbook notes were generally excellent! The Fort De Buoux was fascinating. Should not be missed but needs at least 1 hour for planning purposes. The recommende...

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Claudia & Dany

Jan 2023

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The trip was all really well prepared, very detailed and thorough.

The trip was all really well prepared, very detailed and thorough. Good of you to include history and other information as well as restaurant suggestions etc. The in...

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Beth & Frederick

Jan 2023

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We enjoyed the scenery, all hotels except in Avignon, the food, and the people we met

We enjoyed the scenery, all hotels except in Avignon, the food, and the people we met. Yes, I would travel again with your company and would recommend to friends. Th...

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Cheryl & Michael

Jan 2023

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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The hikes were fantastic, the route notes very accurate

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The hikes were fantastic, the route notes very accurate (we only were confused one time and missed a turn but it didn't take long to ...

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