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Tailor-made trips by local tour operators

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Personalised trips with local experts

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Why choose tailor-made travel

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Time efficiency

Save time you would spend on research. Your personalised itinerary is usually ready within 24-48h.

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Competitive pricing

By cutting out the middleman, your local expert is able to offer competitive prices. Plus, we provide you with guaranteed financial security - no overseas bank accounts and fully protected payments.

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Local knowledge

With their on-the-ground knowledge, your local expert creates unique, authentic and engaging itineraries specifically for you.

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What is tailor-made travel?

At Rough Guides we’ve been inspiring travellers for over 38 years and we believe that trips should be as individual as you are.

That's why we’ll match you with a local expert, with longstanding insider knowledge of their destination and a wealth of experience in the travel industry. Your local expert will plan and book a bespoke trip just the way you want it.

Save yourself the time researching and booking your holiday and instead rely on expert advice.

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Is tailor-made travel for me?

  1. 01.
    Do you enjoy travelling on your own terms but find yourself lacking time or patience to book your trips?
  2. 02.
    Do you want your holiday to reflect who you are as a traveller: unique and unforgettable?
  3. 03.
    Do you and your travel companions want to be looked after with a personalised service before, during and after the trip?
  4. 04.
    Do you want to have all trip aspects - from hotels to transport - pre-booked to guarantee a stress-free holiday?

If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, send in your request today
to be matched with your personal local expert. Based on your notes, they will craft a trip
tailored to your needs and dreams, so you don’t have to spend hours researching and booking it.

I want to save time

Do you consider yourself more of a backpacker or travelling on a budget?
Our guidebooks are an ideal companion for your budget trips - check out our guidebooks for help planning budget trips.

Curious?
Check out sample itineraries

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Meet your local expert

We have partnered with local experts from around the globe to deliver your perfect holiday.
They live in your dream destination, working for a local tour operator and have the on-the-ground and travel-specific knowledge to make your trip truly special.

Meet some of them below.

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Guadalupe

Cordoba, Argentina

Guadalupe is your expert for Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil. She works for a multiregional tour operator with over 10 years experience of creating unique tour packages. She loves introducing travellers to the gems of South America, from hiking Machu Picchu to tasting wines in Chile.

Florian

Florian

Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam

Florian is your expert for Southeast Asia. He is a multilingual globetrotter coordinating the communication between their local offices to make sure your trip is curated with the most up-to-date information from on the ground.

Julia

Julia

Athens, Greece

Julia is the co-owner of a local boutique tour operator in Athens. She specialises in cultural trips, aimed at exploring the real Greece. With her help, you'll stay in villas instead of hotels, enjoy private food and wine discovery trips, discover Greece’s smaller islands and much more.

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Guadalupe

Cordoba, Argentina

Guadalupe is your expert for Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil. She works for a multiregional tour operator with over 10 years experience of creating unique tour packages. She loves introducing travellers to the gems of South America, from hiking Machu Picchu to tasting wines in Chile.

Florian

Florian

Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam

Florian is your expert for Southeast Asia. He is a multilingual globetrotter coordinating the communication between their local offices to make sure your trip is curated with the most up-to-date information from on the ground.

Julia

Julia

Athens, Greece

Julia is the co-owner of a local boutique tour operator in Athens. She specialises in cultural trips, aimed at exploring the real Greece. With her help, you'll stay in villas instead of hotels, enjoy private food and wine discovery trips, discover Greece’s smaller islands and much more.

Where can you go with a local expert?

EUROPE


Bosnia & Herzegovina
Croatia
England
Finland
France
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Montenegro
Portugal
Spain
Scotland
Serbia
Wales

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST


Ethiopia
Jordan
Kenya
Madagascar
Morocco
Oman
Rwanda
South Africa
Tanzania
United Arab Emirates
Uganda

ASIA & PACIFIC


Australia
Cambodia
China
India
Indonesia
Japan
Laos
Maldives
Malaysia
Myanmar
New Zealand
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Thailand
Vietnam

LATIN AMERICA


Argentina
Belize
Brazil
Costa Rica
Chile
Colombia
Cuba
Ecuador
Guatemala
Mexico
Panama
Peru
Uruguay

EUROPE


Bosnia & Herzegovina
Croatia
England
Finland
France
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Montenegro
Portugal
Spain
Scotland
Serbia
Wales

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST


Ethiopia
Jordan
Kenya
Madagascar
Morocco
Oman
Rwanda
South Africa
Tanzania
United Arab Emirates
Uganda

ASIA & PACIFIC


Australia
Cambodia
China
India
Indonesia
Japan
Laos
Maldives
Malaysia
Myanmar
New Zealand
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Thailand
Vietnam

LATIN AMERICA


Argentina
Belize
Brazil
Costa Rica
Chile
Colombia
Cuba
Ecuador
Guatemala
Mexico
Panama
Peru
Uruguay
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How it works

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STEP 01

Submit your request by selecting your dream destination, dates, preferences and any other requests for your dream trip.

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STEP 02

We match you with your personal local expert who will craft a bespoke itinerary for you. Our Rough Guides Travel Team will be by your side every step of the way.

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STEP 03

Communicate with your local expert through emails or calls to tweak and refine the itinerary until you’re completely satisfied.

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STEP 04

Book your trip online with ease. Pay by either Visa or MasterCard and be assured your money is safe with us. Enjoy your trip knowing you have a 24/7 emergency hotline to count on.

Help me plan my trip

Don’t take our word for it,
see what our travellers say

Karina

exploring Costa Rica, February 2021

Perfectly organised, we had an amazing time throughout! Flawlessly managed, all the activities were perfectly organised and on time. Roberto took care of every detail in our 15 days adventure in Costa Rica. It is hard to choose a favourite moment. We had an amazing time throughout. The rafting and the scuba diving are highly recommended. The most unique place was El Zota. It is a hidden jewel in the rainforest. I will recommend it to anyone who likes nature.

Ann

exploring India, March 2020

We are used to travelling independently and this was the first time we have had a driver and guides. The local agent suggested an itinerary based on our initial thoughts, some of which were a little unusual. They worked hard to tweak things as we firmed our plan up. We could not fault the organisation on the ground from the moment we arrived in Delhi to leaving (and to be honest, I usually find something to complain about!). [...] Price and service were impressive.

Donna

exploring Vietnam, January 2020

Our family thanks you so much for organizing such an amazing trip for my son and I, in a short couple of weeks before the holidays. The entire trip was meticulously planned, all with only a few tidbits of information in interests and needs. We had continuous contact and people checking in on our well being and satisfaction with itinerary. Each and every guide and driver along the way were friendly, gracious, knowledgable, kind, well organized and had a great sense of humor! We could not have asked for a better adventure!

Karina

exploring Costa Rica, February 2021

Perfectly organised, we had an amazing time throughout! Flawlessly managed, all the activities were perfectly organised and on time. Roberto took care of every detail in our 15 days adventure in Costa Rica. It is hard to choose a favourite moment. We had an amazing time throughout. The rafting and the scuba diving are highly recommended. The most unique place was El Zota. It is a hidden jewel in the rainforest. I will recommend it to anyone who likes nature.

Ann

exploring India, March 2020

We are used to travelling independently and this was the first time we have had a driver and guides. The local agent suggested an itinerary based on our initial thoughts, some of which were a little unusual. They worked hard to tweak things as we firmed our plan up. We could not fault the organisation on the ground from the moment we arrived in Delhi to leaving (and to be honest, I usually find something to complain about!). [...] Price and service were impressive.

Donna

exploring Vietnam, January 2020

Our family thanks you so much for organizing such an amazing trip for my son and I, in a short couple of weeks before the holidays. The entire trip was meticulously planned, all with only a few tidbits of information in interests and needs. We had continuous contact and people checking in on our well being and satisfaction with itinerary. Each and every guide and driver along the way were friendly, gracious, knowledgable, kind, well organized and had a great sense of humor! We could not have asked for a better adventure!

Help me plan my trip

Answers to frequently asked questions

We don't book international flights to allow you the freedom to book with any carrier.

The local experts we partner with work for carefully selected local tour operators - they make a living by providing you with the best itinerary and get a commission on every trip sold. There are no upfront or hidden costs.

Each tailor-made trip is unique. You will receive sample trips in the beginning and can then tweak them until you're 100% satisfied - different routes, activities or hotels - your trip, your choice.

Your local expert is usually able to quote up to 12 months in advance.

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