If you’re the type of traveler to prefer a guided experience or tour, you may want to opt for booking your trip or adventure experience strictly through one of these providers (versus trying to plan out everything yourself). Doing so can be especially helpful if you’re not much of a planner anyway, and you don’t want the headache of coordinating all of your vacation activities. You may also prefer this option if you don’t necessarily want a full adventure-themed vacation, and would rather have a single adventure experience as part of a larger family, romantic or other trip that’s already well-planned.
However, these expedition and tour providers heavily differ in terms of what they offer. Here’s what you need to know.
GetYourGuide is best suited for those who want a one-off adventure or active experience during a larger vacation. The booking platform offers a range of experiences, far beyond just adventure and active options. You can search for available experiences based on your destination and travel dates. For example, if you’re traveling to Miami on the first weekend in March, you’ll find a huge swathe of options pop up, but they’re not all geared around adventure travel. For that, you’ll need to narrow down the options based on interest categories, such as “adrenaline” or “water activities.” From there, you can find more adventure and active travel-specific options, like a one-hour parasailing excursion over Biscayne Bay or a flyboarding experience.
We really like GetYourGuide’s search functionality. In addition to searching for adrenaline-pumping activities based on your destination and trip dates, you can also search according to your budget, duration, native language and more.
If you travel even a little, you likely know Viator. This Tripadvisor-owned company similarly offers one-off adventure and active experiences that you can easily pop into the itinerary of a larger vacation or trip. It also allows you to search by destination and date and, then from there, you can search by other categories, such as “outdoor activities” and price. Viator also allows you to search for full day trips, in case you want something a little longer and more immersive.
Other unique search features allow you to look at tours only taking place at certain times of day, as well as experiences that include Covid-related safety precautions.
But what if you want a full experience that lasts the entire duration of your vacation? That’s where GAdventures can help. This all-adventure, all-the-time tour provider offers a range of all-inclusive active and adventure travel vacations, so really all you have to do is show up and enjoy the ride.
And the coolest part? You won’t believe how affordable some of these trips are! Think a 15-day Everest Base Camp Trek for less than $1,400 per person, or a Peru hiking adventure for less than $1,200 per person.
Okay, so you don’t want a brief, one-hour experience like what you might book on Viator, but you don’t want a full five-day excursion like what you might get with GAdventures, either. But you do want to have a local guide and a small group experience — or, even better, a private experience. For a tour provider that ticks all of these boxes and more, look to Urban Adventures.
This provider offers a range of full-day experiences, always led by locals, and always immersive. You can search for active tours based on location and style (small group or private). You won't find your “extreme” adventure tours here — most are focused on low-key activities like hiking or cycling — but if you want a private, immersive experience, Urban Adventures will deliver.
Let’s say you take a look at all of the above, and all you really want is just a great deal on your adventure tour. If that sounds like you, Tourradar could be your best booking bet. This provider specializes in multi-day tours, but all at a discount. Think of it as your Hotwire for booking tours. You get your travel experience at a steal, from varying tour providers, but you only need to go to one website to find tours at up to 50% off.