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Backpacking Travel Agencies

Searching for a tour operator that specialises in backpacking trips? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up a convenient list below so you can start planning your dream holiday, whether it involves travelling across India or hiking and camping in Europe.

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Backpacking groups & operators

Looking for tour operators that specialise in backpacking trips in destinations like Europe, India, and beyond? We're proud to offer an incredible selection of tour operators who have designed trips that cater specifically to the interests of backpackers. Begin your search below:

  • Absolute Africa, 46 tours with 153 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Acacia Adventure Holidays, 112 tours with 233 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Across South America, 11 tours with 2 reviews and average rating to 4.3 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure Journeys, 14 tours with 34 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Aegean Party Life, 1 tour
  • Arctic Adventures, 31 tours with 469 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Backpackers Safaris, 13 tours with 3 reviews and average rating to 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bamba Experience, +250 tours with 629 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bamboo, 16 tours with 1,292 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Best Single Travel, 44 tours
  • Big Dream Boat Man, 4 tours with 22 reviews and average rating to 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bus2Alps, 25 tours with 405 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Busabout, 124 tours with 6,347 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Collette,+250 tours with 37 reviews and average rating to 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Contiki, +250 tours with 4,727 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Costsaver, 115 tours with 300 reviews and average rating to 4.3 out of 5 stars
  • Discovi Travel, 2 tours with 15 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Dragoman Overland, +250 tours with 117 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Encounters Travel, 93 tours with 269 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • EuroAdventures, 12 tours with 15 reviews and average rating to 3.9 out of 5 stars
  • Europamundo, +250 tours with 580 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Explore!, +250 tours with 1,723 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Free & Easy Traveler, 22 tours with 3,350 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Go Croatia Sail, 5 tours with 15 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Haggis Adventures, 11 tours with 1,571 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Haka Tours, 26 tours with 251 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Highland Experience Tours, 18 tours with 90 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 4 tours with 196 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Inkayni Peru Travel, 13 tours with 117 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirit Travel, 15 tours with 12 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars International
  • International Alpine Guides, 5 tours
  • Intrepid Travel, +250 tours with 7,260 reviews and an average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Intro Travel, 19 tours with 12,047 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Italy on a Budget Tours, 15 tours with 151 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Kiwi Experience, 12 tours with 5 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Kiwi Vibes, 3 tours with 105 reviews and average rating to 4.9 out of 5 stars
  • Life Before Work Travel, 15 tours with 767 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • MacBackpackers, 6 tours with 1,974 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • MedSailors, 24 tours with 10 reviews and average rating to 4.9 out of 5 stars
  • Moose Western Canada, 12 tours with 63 reviews and average rating to 4.3 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better Adventures, 70 tours with 15 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • National Geographic Journeys, 85 tours with 103 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • One Life Adventures, 5 tours with 2,772 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Rabbie's Tours, 35 tours with 190 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Shamrocker, 10 tours with 148 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart Trip, 16 tours with 2 reviews and average rating to 3.8 out of 5 stars
  • Solo Travellers Group Holidays, 38 tours with 129 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Stoke Travel, 66 tours with 308 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Stray Travel, 39 tours with 423 reviews and average rating to 4.3 out of 5 stars
  • Stray Asia, 21 tours with 222 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Stray Australia, 14 tours with 18 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Super Value Tours, 18 tours with 92 reviews and average rating to 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Surf Yoga Beer, 1 tour
  • Backpackers Safari Tours, 13 tours with 3 reviews and average rating to 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tuk Tuk Club, 3 tours with 14 reviews and average rating to 4.9 out of 5 stars
  • Thrifty Tours, 23 tours with 7 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Trek America, 78 tours with 436 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Topdeck, +250 tours with 3,820 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Travel Talk, 151 tours with 1,249 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • TreXeperience, 29 tours with 57 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • TruTravels, 23 tours with 6,070 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Tucan Travel, 136 tours with 802 reviews and average rating to 4.1 out of 5 stars
  • Ultimate Travel, 9 tours with 676 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Under30Experiences, 11 tours with 25 reviews and average rating to 4.9 out of 5 stars
  • UTracks, +250 tours with 100 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Wanderlands Travel, 5 tours with 3,137 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Wild N' Happy, 11 tours with 113 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • World Expeditions, +250 tours with 220 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars

Backpacking groups in India

Flying solo and trying to find travel companions for a backpacking trip to India? The easiest way to make fast friends is to join a group tour! The companies below offer a range of itineraries around India for every taste and budget, so all you have to do is find the one that suits you best and get ready to experience this colourful and wonderfully chaotic country with a group of like-minded travellers.
 

Backpacking in India will set you up for some truly unique experiences
Backpacking in India will set you up for some truly unique experiences

Backpacking tours in India

Below you'll find a short selection of our favourites tours for backpackers exploring India. These particular backpacking tours will take you to some of the country’s top cities, where you'll find yourself treated to one-of-a-kind cultural sights, and natural wonders. All you have to do is pack your bags and enjoy the ride.
 
India’s Golden Triangle – 8 days
Covering three of the country’s most iconic destinations, this itinerary is the perfect introduction to India.
 
Indian Getaway - 11 days
Start in Delhi and then head to Varanasi — one of India’s holiest cities — before making your way to Agra and Jaipur. 
 
Eternal India – 12 days
Offering a mix of frenetic cities, wildlife-filled national parks, and tropical beaches, this diverse itinerary starts in Delhi and ends in Goa.
 
Discover our full range of India backpacking trips available on TourRadar.
 

Backpacking groups in Europe

Backpacking in Europe is a transformative experience many travellers elect to enjoy at some point in their lives. Why? It's affordable, exciting and the diversity of sights and experiences to be enjoyed is nothing short of expansive. But if you're intimidated by the idea of travelling on your own through an incredibly diverse cultural landscape, you're not alone. Join a tour and go backpacking with a group of like-minded people while still crossing everything essential off your own bucket list. 

  • Aegean Party Life, 1 tour
  • Arctic Adventures, 32 tours with 442 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bamba Experience, 68 tours with 14 reviews and average rating to 3.4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Single Travel, 20 tours with 1 reviews and average rating to 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bus2Alps, 37 tours with 133 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Busabout, 71 tours with 4,555 reviews and average rating to 3.6 out of 5 stars
  • Collette, 170 tours wih 27 reviews and average rating to 4.1 out of 5 stars
  • Contiki, +250 tours wih 56,712 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Costsaver, 62 tours wih 613 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Encounters Travel, 13 tours wih 8 reviews and average rating to 3 out of 5 stars
  • EuroAdventures, 12 tours with 15 reviews and average rating to 3.9 out of 5 stars
  • Europamundo, +250 tours with 580 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Explore!, 137 tours with 394 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Free & Easy Traveler, 3 tours with 85 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Go Croatia Sail, 5 tours with 15 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Haggis Adventures, 12 tours with 1,613 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Highland Experience Tours, 18 tours with 90 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 4 tours with 196 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • International Alpine Guides, 5 tours
  • Intrepid Travel, 204 tours with 2,150 reviews and an average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Italy on a Budget Tours, 15 tours with 151 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Life Before Work Travel, 1 tour with 69 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • MacBackpackers, 6 tours with 1,974 reviews and average rating to 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • MedSailors, 24 tours with 10 reviews and average rating to 4.9 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better Adventures, 40 tours with 10 reviews and average rating to 5 out of 5 stars
  • National Geographic Journeys, 10 tours with 8 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Rabbie's Tours, 35 tours with 190 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Shamrocker, 10 tours with 148 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart Trip, 16 tours with 2 reviews and average rating to 3.8 out of 5 stars
  • Solo Travellers Group Holidays, 8 tours with 11 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Stoke Travel, 66 tours with 308 reviews and average rating to 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • Surf Yoga Beer, 1 tour
  • Topdeck, 169 tours with 2,010 reviews and average rating to 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Travel Talk, 85 tours with 283 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tucan Travels, 28 tours with 73 reviews and average rating to 4 out of 5 stars
  • Under30Experiences, 6 tours with 6 reviews and average rating to 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTracks, +250 tours with 100 reviews and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild N' Happy, 11 tours with 113 reviews and average rating to 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • World Expeditions, 6 tours

European backpacking trips for college students

Offering the perfect balance of sightseeing, cultural immersion, and plenty of bucket-list-worthy adventures, these affordable backpacking tours were made for college students.
 
European Magic – 10 days
If your dream Eurotrip includes London, Amsterdam, Venice, and Paris, you’ll love this itinerary.
 
Greek Island Hopping – 13 days
On this sailing tour, you’ll spend your days sunbathing and exploring postcard-perfect villages, and your nights getting to know Greece’s best nightlife hotspots. 
 
European Getaway – 20 days
Encompassing must-see cities like Paris and Rome, along with swoon-worthy destinations like the French Riviera and the Austrian Alps, this itinerary has something for everyone.
 
Compare our full range of European backpacking trips for college students available on TourRadar.

Pro tip: create a backpackers' WhatsApp group

While there aren’t any general WhatsApp groups for backpackers, there are several Facebook groups dedicated to specific destinations and the topic of backpacking. Consider joining a few groups if you’re planning a backpacking holiday; they act as a great resource for sharing travel tips, asking questions, and connecting with other travellers.

Once you join your tour consider exchanging phone numbers with your guide and group to stay in touch during all the free moments you'll have for independent exploring. With a WhatsApp group, you'll never be out of touch should you need help or get lost. 

Backpacking is a rewarding style of travel that encourages confidence and independence
Backpacking is a rewarding style of travel that encourages confidence and independence

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