Tour customization

At Explorica, we recognize that every trip we run is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your students. That’s why we give you the freedom to choose what’s important to you, then guide you through the customization process. We can help you:

To get started, give us a call at 1.888.310.7120. At Explorica, anything is possible!

Customizing a standard tour

Every Explorica tour can be customized with add-ons, extensions, or extended stays. Add-ons and extensions can even be selected on your own, right on our website.


Add-ons are optional activities (commonly called “excursions”), that generally last a half day and include an additional cost. Examples include a guided excursion to Versailles and a Broadway show in New York City. All optional add-ons will be clearly listed on the tour pricing page; simply select the ones you’d like to include.


Typically two or more days in length, extensions give you the opportunity to explore a nearby destination, or to go more in-depth at your tour’s final stop. Examples include an extension to Sorrento for tours ending in Rome, or a river-rafting extension for tours to Costa Rica. If an extension is available, it will be clearly listed as an option on the tour pricing page.

Example (add-ons and extension for a tour to Costa Rica):

Customize your tour

Stay-aheads and stay-behinds

Many groups opt to extend their tour by adding days to the beginning or end of their regularly-scheduled itinerary. This is a great option to further explore your arrival or departure city.

For these added days, we can arrange your activities and accommodations for you (just like any other day on tour), or you can opt to do it on your own with us just setting new flight arrangements. Talk to your program consultant directly if you’d like to add days to your tour.

Customizing a private tour

For groups with 15 or more paying participants, we offer an exciting array of additional customization options. These customizations can be made on your own through our website, or with the assistance of your program consultant. To access these options when pricing a tour online, simply enter a group size of 15 or more and select the “Turn this into a Private Tour” checkbox.

Meal and accommodation upgrades

We give you the option to upgrade your meals and/or accommodations, for your entire tour or for individual days. Prefer hotels closer to city centers? No problem. Want to give your students a truly special dining experience one night of your tour? Done.

Activity changes

You can add, swap, or remove itinerary activities simply by dragging and dropping them into or out of your itinerary. Remaining free time will be calculated instantly as you make your edits.

Example (activity options for a day in Monteverde, Costa Rica):

How to customize your tour

Creating a Full Custom Tour

If you have an idea for completely new tour itinerary, a full custom tour is the right option for you. Our expert program consultants will work with you to create a tour from scratch, providing ultimate flexibility to meet your exact specifications.

The ultimate in total tour flexibility, our Custom Tours department can create a Full Custom tour that perfectly fits your group’s needs.

To get started, tell us what you have in mind using our Custom Tour form. We'll get started on your group's experience of a lifetime.

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