Self-supported touring is essentially a self-contained tours with a leader/s.  Riders carry everything from camping gear to food supplies, basically everything needed throughout the trip. Leaders will plan a daily itinerary or ending location. You can ride with a group or wonder off on your own if you like. Longer tours are a bit more relaxed. Most companies will have a start and end dates but the in between will be left up to riders. This type of touring may be good for you if are skeptical of touring solo, just want some company, or don’t have the funds for a Fully Supported tour.