Best Tours & Tour Companies

After many years of independent travel, as well as taking many tours, we came to realise that both styles have value.

Being independent can mean you make unlikely discoveries on your own and you save a few dollars. But it can also mean you miss out on the best experiences, simply because you didn’t know about them, or have a guide to help you communicate (And trust me, rewarding communication is about more than google translate. It’s about having a fluent translator that can engage the locals, rather than annoy them with the back and forth on your phone)

But, the number one reason we’ve actively sought out tours and guides more and more over the years, is simply the ability to ask questions, hear stories and learn about a culture from a local, rather than from a book. It’s a much more personal experience. Tours are also a great way to make new friends.

But not all tours, companies and guides were born equal. Below you’ll find general recommendations of good companies to search. Plus, links to our reviews of some specific tours.

Multi Day Tours

Vacation sorted. Skip huge amounts of planning. Just book and go and let someone else take care of the logistics.

Or, find an independent guide and coordinate with them to build the perfect custom tour.

Below, articles reviewing some of our favourite multi day tours, plus our top suggestions for online booking of tour companies and guides.

Multi Day Tour Companies:

TourRadarEasy to use booking platform. Search 40,000 multi-day tours in one place.
Intrepid. Small group, authentic travel experiences worldwide.
G Adventures. Small group adventure travel.
Contiki18-30s focused multi destination, social tours.

Guide Services:

Get Your Guide. Single and multi day tours, worldwide, with independent vendors.
With Locals. All private tours, all local guides. Match yourself with a local.
TourHQBook guides directly and request custom tours. 30k guides worldwide.

Day & Half Day Tours

From city walking tours to private driver tours. Some of our choice articles on great tours we’ve taken, plus a list of the best companies for finding day tours, or personal guides.

Day Tour Companies:

Get Your Guide. Single and multi day tours, worldwide, with independent vendors. My Top Pick.
Urban Adventures. Small group, authentic day tours worldwide.
Viator. Tour comparison search engine, listing multiple companies.

Personal Guided Experiences:

With Locals. All private tours, all local guides. Match yourself with a local.
TourHQBook guides directly and request custom tours. 30k guides worldwide.
EatWith. Unforgettable dining experiences eating in the homes of locals.

Food & Drink Tours

Below, some of our articles about amazing food & drink tours we’ve taken around the world.

Recommended: Intrepid Real Food Adventures. Take an authentic multi day food tour. Options worldwide to some of the most exciting foodie destinations.