Tours for people who don't like tours

Many of our clients swore they would NEVER take a tour…and then they found Hand Crafted Travel.

Hand Crafted Travel specializes in connecting travelers with the people and places they are visiting. We do this by focusing on independent travel, and on small group guided tours — many of the guided tours we feature have 8 people or less, and none have more than 24.

For questions about any of the tours featured on this page, or for information about small group tours to other destinations, please contact us directly.

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  • EXPLORE EASTERN EUROPE – 2018
    Prague Old Town

    A land of ancient cities, time-honored culinary customs, and ever-changing landscapes, Eastern Europe rewards those ready to explore. Discover the highlights of the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland on a diverse tour of this beautifully varied region. Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, make authentic Polish pierogi dumplings at a cookery class in historic Krakow, and enjoy an evening filled with a traditional Baroque performance.

    • From $4329 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures still available in May, June, July, August, and September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-EE18
    Czech Czechia Prague Poland Krakow Hungary Budapest Slovakia
  • ENCHANTING SOUTHERN ITALY – 2018
    Poistano, Italy

    Southern Italy beguiles every sense. Step back in time to the Roman Empire in the beautiful Bay of Naples. Tour ancient cities and marble temples, and explore pastel-hued villages on the Amalfi Coast. All while savoring exquisite regional delicacies. Take part in a traditional Campania cooking lesson on a working country estate, using fresh farm produce. Tour the age-old marble temples in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Paestum. Limoncello tasting in a lemon grove near sleepy Minori, a hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast.

    • From $2999 per person
    • 7 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from April to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-RAM18
    Italy Amalfi Naples
  • LA BELLE FRANCE – 2018
    Honfleur Harbor

    Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries, and valley castles. This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to châteaux-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages, and sample home-grown delicacies. Walk down the medieval Rue du Jerzual in Dinan, visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in the country, and sleep in the storybook surrounds of a grand French château.

    • From $3449 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures available May through October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-FRA18
    France Brittany Normandy Loire Paris
  • IBERIAN INSPIRATION – 2018
    View of Toledo, Spain

    East meets west, and past meets present. Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals. We take it all in on a rural road trip, in search of hidden Iberia. Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Baeza, Estremoz, and Ronda from old-town boutique hotels. Watch black Iberian pigs roam in the Sierra de Aracena, and taste famous Jamón ibérico. Spend the night in Seville and enjoy a traditional Flamenco show.

    • From $3899 per person
    • 11 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from February to November
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-SPA18
    Spain Portugal
  • SLOW FOOD PUGLIA – 2018
    Tuscan Countryside

    Savor creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away villages and breath-taking architecture in this sublime corner of Italy. Taste artisan cheeses at Caseificio Famiglia Olanda. Stop for lunch amid 18th century tenuta in a hilltop masseria. Step inside the cellar of Castel di Salve to discover wines crafted from Puglia’s indigenous grapes.

    • From $2799 per person
    • 6 Days
    • Departures available May, June, and September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-PUG18
    Italy Puglia Apulia
  • ITALIAN INDULGENCE – 2018
    Tuscan Countryside

    Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa. Hunt for truffles in Piedmont. Relax in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems. Enjoy regional flavors and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. Take in picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savored.

    • From $4399 per person
    • 12 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from February to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-ITA18
    Italy, Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Florence
  • MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS OF SWITZERLAND – 2018
    Swiss Alps View

    Explore remote Alpine valleys and scale mountain slopes by railway on this unforgettable tour of Switzerland. Here you’ll gain an insight into local life and time-honored traditions, while enjoying some of Europe’s most sublime scenery and peaceful towns and cities. Uncover Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, including Chur. Discover the art of crafting Swiss chocolate. Learn the art of alphorn making in Eggiwil.

    • From $4329 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures available from May to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-SMV18
    Switzerland Alps
  • HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN – 2018
    British Lake with Ship

    This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, and William Wordsworth home. Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world famous Pudding Club. Explore the scenic back roads of some of Britain’s most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, and the Lake District.

    • From $2899 per person
    • 10 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from March to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-LED18
    Britain England Wales Scotland
  • DISCOVER PORTUGAL – 2018
    Monument of the Discoveries, Belem, Portugal

    From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets, Portugal is a country of glittering contrasts. The remote natural gem of the Douro Valley, Roman ruins, and world-famous pilgrimage sites are guaranteed to impress on this tour, which gives us a taste of the real Portugal, still basking in the glow of ancient customs. Cruise the Douro River in a traditional-styled, but electric powered rabelo boat. Explore the magnificent Coimbra University Library. Visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, and the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima in Batalha.

    • From $3099 per person
    • 7 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from February to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-PORT18
    Portugal
  • A TASTE OF BORDEAUX – 2018
    Bordeaux Vineyard

    Earthy truffles. Exquisite wines. Take time to savor the finer things in life in South West France. As we seek out Bordeaux’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, we’ll travel over soaring mountains and along the Atlantic coast, into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves. Taste fresh oysters, local sparkling wine, and world-famous Bordeaux reds. Sleep beneath turrets and towers with two nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne. Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm.

    • From $3445 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures available from April to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-BORD18
    France Bordeaux
  • HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN SPAIN – 2018
    Girona, Spain

    With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards, and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is as unforgettable as it is eclectic. Experience the finest sights and tastes often missed by other travelers on a journey to the heart of this diverse region. Enjoy free time in Cadaques, a fishing town where Salvador Dali formed his surrealist vision, and discover the artist’s workshop, library and gardens. Visit the salt mines in Cardona. Experience Michelin-starred cuisine with a farewell dinner at an inventive restaurant in the Basque Country.

    • From $3595 per person
    • 8 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from March to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-BAR18
    Spain
  • A SCOTTISH JOURNEY – 2018
    Robert the Bruce Statue

    Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and inexplicable legends. We journey up and down Scotland, from coastal cities to Hebridean Islands, seeking out one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerizing history and undeniable charm. Enjoy a private tour Scotland’s most enigmatic castles, an insightful whisky talk and tasting, and become an islander with two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye and the striking Isle of Mull.

    • From $3199 per person
    • 8 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from May to September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-SHF18
    Britain Scotland
  • CORNERS OF CORNWALL – 2018
    Cornish Harbor

    From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is sure to impress. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of western England. Savor lunch at Rick Stein’s signature ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow. Get the inside story on Cornwall’s largest private estate on a private guided tour. Enjoy a two-night stay in Falmouth, a historic port town set on one of the world’s largest natural harbors.

    • From $2549 per person
    • 7 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from April to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-CC18
    Britain England Cornwall
  • CROATIA AND THE DALMATIAN COAST – 2018
    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Golden-roofed towns and pristine national parks. Tranquil islands lapped by turquoise waters. Ancient sites and time-honored traditions. Our South Croatia tour takes in all this and more, inviting you to discover one of Europe’s most enticing destinations. Stay two nights in the enchanting, UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trogir. Explore historic Kotor in Montenegro, during a one-night stay. Stop off at the renowned Bibich Winery for a wine tasting accompanied by exceptional tapas. Feast on a delicious meal at a local agritourism farm in Dubrovnik.

    • From $3049 per person
    • 8 Days
    • Departures available from May to October
    • No more than 15 people
    • Tour BRT-CRO18
    Croatia Dubrovnik Split
  • WONDERS OF WALES – 2018
    Welsh Castle

    Snow-dusted mountains, deep green valleys, and an unforgettable coastline – we’ll go high and low on our journey in search of Wales’ most captivating sights. Walk the ancient lands of Celts and Romans and become immersed in this beguiling country’s contemporary culture. Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in glorious surrounds. Enjoy a private tour of the first Welsh book shop with the shop’s owner.

    • From $2819 per person
    • 8 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from April to September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-RDW18
    Britain Wales
  • TUSCAN TREATS – 2018
    Olives at Sant'Antino

    A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscany tour you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites – from the Cinque Terre to Siena. Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with wine tastings and an exclusive cookery class. Stay in a country house in the Tuscan Hills.

    • From $2299 per person
    • 7 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from February to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-TT18
    Italy Tuscany Florence
  • PARIS TO NICE THROUGH VINEYARDS AND MOUNTAINS – 2018
    Puligny Montrachet Vineyard

    Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quintessential France. Taste your way through famed wine-growing regions such as Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy. Soak up the peace of Grande Chartreuse Monastery, set in a remote valley of the French Alps – and sip the monks’ famous green liquor. Explore grand Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the inspiration for the Palace of Versailles.

    • From $3449 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures available from May to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-CBA18
    France Paris Burgundy
  • ROYAL BRITAIN – 2018
    Queen's Horseguard

    To travel Britain is to travel through a land with rich history and tradition, metropolitan cities and quaint villages, rolling green hills and jagged coastlines, just to name a few. Explore this diverse land on this tour which has been specially designed to include Royal connections from the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time. See Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Queen. Visit Kensington Palace, the home of Queen Victoria, and Princess Diana. Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarch.

    • From $3699 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures available from May to September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-RTB18
    Britain England Scotland
  • THE EMERALD ISLE – 2018
    Cliffs of Moher

    From north to south – step into Ireland’s colorful past, starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history. Rugged peninsulas, village gems, and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains create a dramatic setting for your Emerald Isle adventure. Discover Northern Ireland's dramatic history in an escorted Black Cab tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals. Drive along Ireland’s back roads through extraordinary natural scenery, including the lunar-like landscape of the Burren, Marvel at the mysterious Giant’s Causeway.

    • From $3659 per person
    • 12 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from March to October
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-IRL18
    Ireland
  • PROVENCE AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA – 2018
    Gordes, France

    Explore the south of France, from the sun-splashed Riviera to ancient hill-top villages. Take the back roads from the elegant resort of Cannes to quaint towns such as Saint-Rémy-de Provence. Have a Provençal lunch and accompanying wines in a private vineyard. Visit the Roman theatre of Orange.

    • From $3559 per person
    • 9 Days
    • Departures available from May to October
    • No more than 15 people
    • Tour BRT-PFR18
    France Provence Riviera
  • NORTHERN ITALY, SLOVENIA AND CROATIA – 2018
    The Grand Canal, Venice

    Travel from plunging gorges to soaring mountains. Discover cliff-top fortresses and Riviera-style villages. Taste wines and fresh-pressed olive oils, among countless local specialities. This journey through Italy, Slovenia, and Northern Croatia captures the beautiful diversity of these unforgettable countries. Sample specialities of Croatia’s Peninsula, like the Buzut truffle. Explore the beauty of Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed park. Enjoy a traditional mask decorating experience in Venice.

    • From $3299 per person
    • 7 Days
    • Departures available from May to September
    • No more than 15 people
    • Tour BRT-ZAG18
    Croatia Italy Slovenia
  • SPLENDORS OF SICILY – 2018
    Greek Temple, Agrigento

    Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum, wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano – and our tour lets you see it all. Experience a local cheese tasting in Sant’Angelo Muraxo with panoramic views. Hear about the rise of the mafia in Corleone, the town made famous from The Godfather film.

    • From $2999 per person
    • 7 Days
    • Departures available almost every week from February to October (no tours in July or August)
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-SIC18
    Italy Sicily Palermo
  • LAKES AND MOUNTAINS OF ITALY AND SWITZERLAND – 2018
    Swiss Alps View

    From historic Venice to soul-stirring alpine villages in Switzerland, join us on a memory-making adventure that takes in time honored traditions, local culture and even some remarkable railway journeys – all among some of the world’s most enchanting scenery. Learn the traditions of Italian regional cuisine with a cooking class. Experience two of the great alpine railway journeys: The Bernina Express and the Glacier Express. Participate in a traditional mask decorating class in Venice.

    • From $4629 per person
    • 8 Days
    • Departures available from May to September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-TUZ18
    Switzerland Italy Alps Venice
  • GERMANY AND AUSTRIA HIGHLIGHTS – 2018
    Swiss Alps View

    Follow the course of true love along Germany’s Romantic Road, where the snow-capped Bavarian Alps provide a dramatic backdrop to half-timbered chalets and fairytale castles. Or fall head over heels for Austria’s deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes – either way, you’re in for a treat. Visit a traditional ecological farm in Munich and taste local products. Take the road less travelled along the German Alpine Road. Raise a glass and enjoy a wine and local produce tasting in Wachau.

    • From $4699 per person
    • 13 Days
    • Departures available from May to September
    • No more than 18 people
    • Tour BRT-GRV18
    Germany Austria

Contact

Hand Crafted Travel LLC
5730 N 1st Street
Ste 105 PMB 145
Fresno CA 93710
Tel: +1 559 447 8441
E-mail
CST #2094789-40

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