Fantasizing about a road trip across Patagonia but need an expert to plan your route? Hoping to bike from winery to winery in Napa and want a private tour of a few cellars? New self-guided custom trips — general itineraries that are designed by guide companies, then customized for individuals or families traveling on their own — are making ambitious trips easier and cheaper than ever before.
You get to explore by yourself but have the peace of mind that comes with booking through a company, including emergency assistance. “Busy schedules make travel precious,” says Jennifer Deacon of Quench Trip Design. “A trip curated for you lets you avoid mistakes about where to go, what to do, and how to get there.” Here are five of the best new tours and the companies behind them.
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