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After having organized group trips for close to 40 years both for high school students and adults, we are pleased to announce that we are moving in a new direction. We are now concentrating on arranging individual, family, and small group trips rather than accompanied group tours.

About two years ago, someone from our Northern California community of Ukiah asked Kent for some advice about traveling to Europe with her family. After some discussion, that person wondered whether Kent would be interested in making their trip arrangements for them. That initial contact has led to a number of private travel arrangements for those who didn't want the hassle of finding hotels, cheaper airfares, car rentals, train tickets, etc. on their own.

Independent Tours now offers that service to others. We charge 10% for domestic private travel arrangements, and 15% for international trips. Our clients will get to select what travel plans, itineraries, tickets, hotel reservations, etc. to include in our planning with them. You can include them all, or pick and choose the services that require our help.

Group trips can also be organized by special arrangement and fee structure with Kent. However, as mentioned above, Independent Tours will no longer provide the service of accompanying such groups. We can help you put together your own tour (family, group of friends, club, church group) collect the funds for you, pay vendors, arrange bus transportation or car rentals, buy airline, train, and ferry tickets, etc. Note that in order to collect funds legally from others to pay travel vendors, you must be a Registered California Seller of Travel and you must be a paying member of the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation. Independent Tours is both a registered California Seller of Travel (CST #2093529-40) and is a paying member of the TCRC.

For more information, download our private individual agreement here. In it, you will find the details about how our new service works. Call or send us an email for more information. Our contact information page can be found here.

Canadian Rockies Rail Journey

Manhattan Skyline, New York

Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C.


Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Ahwahnee Hotel with Half Dome in background, Yosemite National Park

Machu Picchu, Peru

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany


Kent Porter and Cyndi Smith-Porter, Independent Tours Owners, in Florence, April, 2015

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad