How to book tours online - Feature Image

Everybody has searched for cool things to do when planning holidays: boat tours, cycling tours, diving, food tours, paragliding, safari, etc. But when it comes to booking those travel activities online, you’re getting a huge headache. Has it happened to you – that your web browser is flooded with tabs of travel websites, most of which are just selling similar tours but at different prices? So, how to book tours online …?

TourScanner is the No 1 meta-search engine for tours & travel activities. Search over 15 bookings websites and find your ideal travel activity at the best price.


We’ve all been there. There are too many travel booking sites and it’s hard to know where to start. The most common scenario is that you simply search on Google and all you get is a messy browser with countless opened tabs and windows. If you’re a little bit more experienced, you might find your tours on TripAdvisor, or book with online travel agencies (OTAs) like Viator. In some cases, you might just contact local tour providers directly.

Whichever method you opt for, the whole process of searching and booking is time consuming and tiring, and you’re not certain to have booked your ideal tour at the cheapest price.

Even though some travelers prefer to book their tours on the spot, more and more are also annoyed to spend their precious vacation time talking to local travel agents and negotiating prices. It’s not like you travel all this far just to spend hours queuing and negotiating in a tour operator office!

You don’t travel 1000 miles to end up in a tour operator office

Thus, you decide to just sit in front of your computer, and start looking online for the coolest activity you can do on your vacation.

Now, imagine that you’re all pumped up for your holiday in Paris. You have your flights and hotel booked and are now casually looking on the Internet for things to do in Paris.

You have long wanted to go to Louvre Museum and see the sought-after “Mona Lisa”. Right now you just can’t believe it’s soon happening. “I should book a guided tour,” you said to yourself, hoping to get the most out of the Louvre.

The first thing you do is putting “Louvre guided tour” on the Google search bar. You plunge into a sea of search results and click all the ones you see fit. Soon you end up having 15+ tabs opened on your browser and feeling tired after looking at only two pages of search results.

But the hassle doesn’t end here.

Next you find yourself looking at different prices, choosing between tour providers, jumping from page to page, closing tabs, opening new tabs… At last, you finally make a choice and immediately pay for it.


Just as you think it’s over, you come across an even better, cheaper option.

“How could I have missed that?”

At this moment, you wish that someone could go through this whole process for you and make all the information readily accessible. You look back on how you booked your flight and hotel. It was easy – you simply went to a search engine and entered your destination, then all the search results were there for you.

It literally took 0.1% effort. How come it’s so difficult to find a tour?

Well, the answer is simple – there’s no search engine for tours and travel activities available on the web. Comparing to flights and hotels, the market for tours and activities has been much more fragmented, resulting in a missing Skyscanner or Trivago for this sector.

However, several new online travel agencies specializing in tours are now emerging on the web. We have listed the main OTAs so that you don’t miss any good stuff.

Probably the biggest online travel agency specialized in Tours & Activities. The American specialist Viator has been bought by Tripadvisor in 2012 and offers a massive worldwide catalog. You can now book Viator products via TripAdvisor website.

Focusing on entrance tickets for museums & attractions, you may find great deals at Tiqets.

The Italian startup Musement has a great choice of local tours and attractions. Check their catalog, you may be surprised.

Adrenaline Hunter has definitely the best catalog in terms of outdoor activities - +3800 differents offers worldwide.

With over 1 million customers, Headout is a great source of things to do all over the world. They also propose a great app to book your tours or activities.

The French startup Ceetiz was launched in 2012 and offers a wide selection of tours & attractions in France and has also expanded their catalog worldwide quickly, a great source of inspiration.

Isango, The UK-based specialist retailer of tours, experiences and attraction tickets, proposes over 10,000 tours in more than 300 major destinations.

Mainly used by travel agents, City-Discovery has over 9000 tours & activities bookable on its platform.

Recently entered in the Tours & Travel activities market in 2015, Expedia catalog is worth having a look.

Airbnb has recently launched Airbnb Experiences - connecting travelers to local hosts to enjoy true local experiences.

Focusing on the US market, Peek offers a wide selection of tours & activities thanks to its network of operators using their booking software.

Thousands of activities all over the globe, Project Expedition is a great source of inspiration for travelers looking for cool things to do.

With +10,000 tours & activities worldwide, Thrillophilia is a great online travel agency to be checked out.

The German-based startup Getyourguide offers the second biggest catalog available on the web with over 30,000 different things to do.

Websites to Book Tours - Focus on Asia

Based in Hong Kong, Klook offers great deals particularly on attractions tickets.

With over 10,000 offers across 500 cities, KKday is expanding its catalog fast.

Based in Japan, Veltra has +7000 tours promoted on its platform with a great selection in Asia.

Singapore-based startup, eOasia offers unique experiences all over Asia. They have a catalog of over 2800 offers.

With over 3000 activities, Voyagin is the best Marketplace for Japan. A must-try if you are visiting Japan.

Websites to Book Tours - Focus on Australia and New Zealand:

With a deep catalog in Australia & New Zealand, Leezair is a must-visit marketplace when planning your next holiday.

Experience Oz is another marketplace focusing on Australia, a great source of information.

This Australian marketplace Adrenaline has been focusing on outdoor activities for adrenaline & adventure seekers.


Websites to Book Tours - With locals

With over 1200 tours, WithLocals offers travelers to enjoy a city like a local.

Similar to WithLocals, Toursbylocals has over 2200 guides you can book on their platform all over the world.

Likealocalguide is a great website to get in touch with locals. Their forum can be also a great source of information.

So, now, you might think you have to look at 20+ websites when you book your tour. How is that easier?

You’re right. It’s still a lot of work to browse each website and go back and forth between pages. That is why we created TourScanner – a solution to your problem.

TourScanner is the first meta-search engine specialized in Tours & Activities. By aggregating all the available offers onto one single platform, TourScanner makes it effortless for travelers to compare and book tours, and discover new things to do.

TourScanner - Book tours online

TourScanner is the first meta-search engine for tours and travel activities. In just a few clicks, travelers can compare prices of tours & travel activities from more than 20 booking sites.

Our goal is to bring you a large catalog of tours, tickets and activities so that you can save time and money from googling or missing out on interesting offers. It’s now easier to book tours online with a meta-search engine like TourScanner, where you can:

    • Search for tours and travel activities from 20+ booking sites (we are adding more partners every week, thank you for your patience)
    • Discover new activities/tours
  • Compare tours and prices
  • Book your favorite tours
  • Save (a lot of) time from googling & money 🙂

We hope you like this concept and that it’ll be of help in finding your ideal travel activities. Click here to try TourScanner and tell us what you think. 🙂 Happy searching!