It’s not too late: Here are 26 tours you can still book for summer 2024

Last-minute travelers can still find tours this summer all over the world.

Jordan Petra by Night Candle Ceremony on a G Adventures tour of Petra
(Photo: G Adventures, Inc.)

It happens to the best of us: The calendar hits June, and that summer vacation you kept meaning to plan never quite came together. But fear not: There are plenty of multi-day guided tours still available this summer. By opting for a tour, most of the planning has already been taken care of by someone else—a real plus if you’re scheduling at the last minute.

I’ve rounded up the best guided tour options that still have spaces available right now for travel during the summer months. Some of these departures are even on sale. Just don’t wait too long to secure your spot. The time for finally booking that summer trip is definitely now.

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Last-minute summer vacations in the United States

Smithsonian summer tour to Alaska humpback whale breaching
(Photo: Smithsonian Journeys/iStock)

Act fast and you can still snag a space on a July sailing of Smithsonian JourneysCruising Alaska’s Inside Passage trip. The nine-day, small-ship cruise travels from Vancouver to Sitka, taking in fjords, icebergs, glaciers, and other dramatic scenery along the way.

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The Outdoor Adventures in the Grand Tetons tour from Road Scholar still has availability for August dates. The six-day trip is based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and explores the Grand Tetons by raft, canoe, aerial tram, and hiking trails.

Take an active August excursion with VBT Bicycling VacationsMaine: Acadia National Park guided bike tour. The five-day trip includes rides along Mount Desert Island’s network of carriage roads plus a Maine lobster bake.

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Redwoods, gold mines, the Golden Gate Bridge: Those are just some of the sights you’ll see on the Golden State of Mind: Northern California by Design tour offered by Globus. The nine-day trip still has availability on its August departure. (Read our review of this tour itinerary.)

Last-minute summer vacations in Canada

Hiking on a Backroads tour in Canada with beautiful Rockies in background
Backroads Banff to Yoho walking and hiking tour offers some incredible views (Photo: Courtesy of BACKROADS)

Dates in July and August are still available for the Banff to Yoho Walking & Hiking Tour offered by Backroads. The six-day trip takes participants to three national parks in the Canadian Rockies, taking in views of spots like Lake Lousie and the Plain of Six Glaciers.

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Experts share insight on regional geology, flora, fauna, and history during Road Scholar’s Hike the Discovery Trail: Five Centuries of Newfoundland Coastal Life tour. The eight-day trip travels the island’s coastline and still has space on July and August departures.

Hike, e-bike, and raft through some spectacular scenery with an all-female group on the Canadian Rockies: The Ultimate Active Outdoor Adventure tour from the women-only tour operator AdventureWomen. The seven-day trip that explores spots like Lake Louise and Banff still has space on its July 21-27, 2024, tour.

Last-minute summer vacations in Europe

group of people on an Insight tour in Budapest Hungary
Costsaver guests on a walking tour of Budapest, Hungary on the Highlights of Bohemia Tour (Photo: Costsaver)

Travel from Dublin to Northern Ireland on the Shades of Ireland tour from Collette, which still has lots of summer availability. The 13-day trip includes visits to many well-known sights like Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park, the Cliffs of Moher, and the walled city of Derry.

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There are still spots on June and August departures for the Best of Spain tour offered by Trafalgar. The 15-day excursion takes travelers to scenic cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, and Cordoba.

Spend 15 days winding through Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic on the Highlights of Bohemia tour from Costsaver. You’ll explore the area’s arts, architecture, and history, and departures in June, July, and August still have space.

Book the Irish Highlights tour from Brendan Vacations to see sights like the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, and House of Waterford Crystal. The seven-day trip visits cities like Dublin, Galway, and Limerick and still has availability in June, July, and August.

There’s still room on June, July, and August departures of Globus Italian Vista trip. The eight-day tour travels from Rome to Milan with lots of sightseeing and good food along the way. 

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If pedaling your way around Europe sounds like a perfect summer vacation, Butterfield & Robinson still has some July availability for its Burgundy Wine Country Biking tour and space in August on its Alsace e-Biking trip.

Hike and bike your way through scenic Swiss landscapes on Backroads’ Switzerland Multi-Adventure Tour, which still has good summer availability for adults, families with teens and older kids, and families with older teens and 20s

Does an amble around a Scottish loch followed by a smoky single-malt whiskey sound like your idea of heaven? Grab a spot on Country WalkersScotland: The Highlands tour, which still has availability in July and August.

There are still spots available for July and August departures of the Croatia Family Holiday offered by Intrepid Travel. On this eight-day trip, families will experience everything from local cuisine to the walled city of Dubrovnik that should look familiar to Game of Thrones fans.

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Exodus still has July and August availability for its Walking the Amalfi Coast tour. The eight-day trip includes a trek through a section of the Path of the Gods, beach time in Conca dei Marini, and a day trip to Pompeii. And if August in the Alps sounds appealing, the company’s Mont Blanc Highlights tour also has space that month.

There’s still space on the August sailing of Smithsonian Journey’s Danube River Cruise. The 16-day sailing visits eight countries and multiple World Heritage sites as it travels the Danube River between Bulgaria and Bavaria.

Last-minute summer vacations in Latin America

Road Scholar's Costa Rica tour (Photo: Road Scholar)
Road Scholar’s Costa Rica tour (Photo: Road Scholar)

July and August dates are still available for Road Scholar’s 11-day Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure and the nine-day Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise tour. Both trips include rafting experiences and opportunities for cultural interactions.

Last-minute summer vacations in Africa

Morocco Merzouga Desert Sand Boarding on a G Adventures tour
(Photo: G Adventures, Inc.)

Always dreared of taking a safari? There are still spots left for late June and August departures for Collette’s African Safari: Kenoya and Tanzania tour. The 15-day trip includes safari excursions in search of Africa’s “Big 5” plus opportunities to connect with local communities and artisans.

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G AdventuresMorocco Kasbahs & Desert tour offers both visits to must-see spots and free time for exploring on your own. The eight-day trip, which includes experiences like a desert camel ride and a guided tour of the Fès medina, still has availability in June, July, and August.

Last-minute summer vacations in Asia

Intrepid tour of South Korea; guests and leader in a night market
Guests on an Intrepid South Korea tour visit a night market (Photo: Intrepid Travel)

Intrepid’s South Korea Family Holiday explores everything from Korean BBQ and K-pop culture to mediation, martial arts, and other Korean cultural traditions. The eight-day tour still has space on departures in late June, July, and August.

Last-minute summer vacations in Middle East

Woman floating in the Dead Sea on a G Adventures tour of Jordan
On G Adventures’ Highlights of Jordan tour, swimming in the Dead Sea is part of the fun (Photo: G Adventures, Inc.)

Float in the Dead Sea, overnight in a Bedouin tent, and explore the ancient city of Petra on G AdventuresHighlights of Jordan tour. The eight-day trip still has good availability in June, July, and August.

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Beth Luberecki writes about travel, business, and lifestyle topics. Her work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, USA TODAY,, and The Indianapolis Star. The Florida-based writer shares her travels on her website and on Instagram at @bethluberecki and @findingfloridafun.