From a couple, to a family, to a larger group of friends, students, or customers with you as their leader, organize and lead your own private tour. We work with you to define an itinerary and inclusions, make land reservations (in the case of groups), and provide you with tools to guide your group and navigate your itinerary.   See more details on leading your own group, at the bottom of this page.


Below are sample itineraries in the form of simple frameworks to spark ideas. More samples available. They can be shortened, lengthened, combined, tweaked. Prices are not posted as they depend on many variables; every self-guided tour is unique.. Contact us for more information.

A few samples:

11-day France: Paris, Loire Valley, Provence

Day 1: Flight (own arrangements)

Day 2-5: Paris visits (museums, neighborhoods, churches, etc.); cruise on the Seine river; excursion to Versailles.

Day 6-7: Tours (Loire Valley): Train to Tours; visit historic city center; excursion to royal Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, and/or Chambord.

Day 8-10: Avignon: Train to Avignon; visit historic center and bridge; wine tasting excursion to Beaumes-de-Venise, Gigondas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape; excursion to Arles by train.

Day 11: Transfer to Marseille airport for return flight to the U.S. (own arrangements).

15-Day Italy: Cinque Terre, Tuscany region, Rome, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast

Day 1: Flight (own arrangements)

Day 2-4: Cinque Terre: Transfer to Monterosso-al-Mare or other village; begin area explorations; train excursion to other 4 villages; free time on day 4 for hiking or beach time.

Day 5-8: Tuscany region: Travel to Florence; walking guided visit of historic city center; museum visits; free afternoon on day 6; excursion to Montalcino for an exclusive wine tasting; visit San Gimignano; train to Siena for walking guided visit.

Day 9-11: Amalfi Coast: Train to Naples; excursion to Pompei for guided visit; continue to Sorrento (overnights); hydrofoil to the island of Capri for a day visit; excursion to Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi with optional beach time.

Day 12-14: Rome: Train to Rome; guided visits of Colosseum, Forum; visit Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps; St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square; optional visit of Vatican Museums; free afternoon on day 14.

Day 15: Flight to the U.S. (own arrangements)

9-Day Spain: Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Granada or Sevilla

Day 1: Flight (own arrangements)

Day 2-5: Madrid: Site and museum visits; excursion to Segovia

Day 6: Toledo

Day 7-8: Granada or Sevilla

Day 9: Return flight to the U.S. (own arrangements)

More details on Leading your own group: 

Arles, France

Arles, France

If you are considering organizing and leading your own private small group tour with students or people from your social circles, please read on.

Contact family at large, friends, neighbors, colleagues, club members, adult students, customers, etc. once we have discussed ideas and prepared a general itinerary to share. GWF works with you to build a brochure and calculates the estimated price for your tour. Many variables go into pricing, such as number of participants, accommodation & transportation types, inclusions, currency exchange rates, etc. Once you introduce your tour and your travelers enroll, GWF takes care of the land portion of the tour. Airfare is not included. Many travelers like to extend their stay abroad or use free miles; being able to make their own flight arrangements gives travelers greater flexibility.

GWF stays in contact with you while you stay in contact with your travelers. Payments are sent directly to GWF. Close to departure, the group's detailed itinerary containing reservations and contact information, as well as other tools necessary to the success of your tour, are sent to you. During the travel portion, GWF is available by phone or Internet to help you through emergencies if any arise.