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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Tour Styles

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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$ 2,295 $ 4,095

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7 Days 13+ Days

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Sierra Club Outings

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Sierra Club Outings

4 trips with reviews

All Sierra Club Outings tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 0.0 for all Sierra Club Outings trips.

 
Natural Highlights of Costa Rica tour
13 days

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Basic - 2 star
Basic - 2 star Lodging Level You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Physical:
Strenuous
Strenuous Physical Level Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.
Theme:
Hiking & Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Birding
Visits:
Costa Rica, Arenal Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano
$ 3,545
$ 273per day
Highlights
  • Search for quetzals, scarlet macaws, four kinds of monkeys, and sloths
  • Hike, explore, swim, snorkel, and relax in a tropical paradise
  • Explore jungle waterways by riverboat and raft
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Side Canyons of the Escalante River, Utah tour
7 days

Side Canyons of the Escalante River, Utah

Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Basic - 2 star
Basic - 2 star Lodging Level You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Physical:
Strenuous
Strenuous Physical Level Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.
Theme:
Hiking & Walking
Visits:
United States
$ 2,295
$ 328per day
Highlights
  • Hike in the wilderness of a newer national monument
  • Enjoy the rewards of a llama-supported hike: camp comforts without having to carry 50 pounds on your back
  • Help care for the llamas; don’t be surprised if you get attached to your favorite!
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Wildlife and Photography Cruise, Prince William Sound, Alaska tour
8 days

Wildlife and Photography Cruise, Prince William Sound, Alaska

Type:
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Small Ship Cruise, Photography
Visits:
United States, Alaska, Anchorage
$ 4,095
$ 512per day
Highlights
  • Experience the beauty of Prince William Sound from a working 65-foot yacht
  • Enjoy photo opportunities while watching for migrating birds, whales, otters, dolphins, and mountain goats
  • Kayak or hike everyday -- the best weather of the year usually happens in May in South Central Alaska
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Hidden Trails of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera, France and Italy tour
12 days

Hidden Trails of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera, France and Italy

Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Basic - 2 star
Basic - 2 star Lodging Level You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Physical:
Strenuous
Strenuous Physical Level Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.
Theme:
Hiking & Walking, Cultural
Visits:
France, Italy, Cinque Terre, Pisa
$ 3,775
$ 315per day
Highlights
  • Hike the Mediterranean coastline, enjoying stunning vistas of crystal blue sea
  • Explore Italian villages of historic and cultural distinction
  • Enjoy local Mediterranean cuisine in intimate restaurants
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