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ANZAC Day Memorial Tour (ETAD)

Europe Turkey

With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, stand in the morning breeze and pay respect to the fallen on ANZAC Day at a dawn vigil. This special 3-day trip takes you by private bus along the Dardanelles, from Istanbul to the memorial site commemorating the common sacrifice for all of the nations involved. This moving tour will also include visits to other important sites such as Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair and the war cemeteries, making your visit to Turkey a unique and beautiful experience.

Highlights: Witness the moving dawn service and accompanying memorials, explore the ancient city of Troy

3 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)

Europe United Kingdom, Scotland

Looking for a very different New Year’s Eve experience? Try out Hogmanay in Scotland—a street-party celebration in and around Edinburgh that involves tens of thousands of fellow revelers, a cracking rendition of Auld Lang Syne, deep fried Mars bars, hot toddies, sausage and more. This is a unique three-day trip that will immerse you in Scottish culture as you ring in the new year, highlander-style.

Highlights: Party with the Scottish at one of the world's largest New Year's Eve street parties, learn a new dance at a traditional céilidh, wander the beautiful streets of Edinburgh, sample deep fried Mars bars, participate in the torchlight procession with thousands of people.

4 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL)

Asia Thailand

When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.

Highlights: Connect with local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.

6 days
From $399
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

Europe Sweden

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic Circle, to the snowy wilderness of Lapland. Slide across the ice in complete silence, listening to the sound of your team of dogs pulling your sled and enjoy the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL® . Sleeping out in a teepee in the snow and looking out for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are unforgettable experiences.

Highlights: Dog-sled through icy wilderness, see the Northern Lights in all their glory, sleep a night in the renowned ICEHOTEL®

6 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

Europe Croatia

Dotted with unspoiled islands, secluded beaches, and miles of coastal paths, the Dalmatian Coast remains one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Ideal for travellers looking to try a variety of things in an out-of-the-way place, this idyllic slice of Croatia along the surprisingly balmy Adriatic is practically bursting with outdoorsy potential. Hike and bike the ruggedly beautiful rocky coastlines, paddle a sea kayak to an uninhabited island, or just laze about on the beach and let the time pass. The choice is yours, and the choices are infinite.

Highlights: Enjoy a guided sea-kayaking excursion around Dubrovnik's city walls, cycle in the Konavle Valley, hike along Dalmatian cliffs, visit the island of Kolocep, wander in Dubrovnik's old town.

7 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Croatia Adventure - Zagreb to Dubrovnik (ECZD)

Europe Croatia

A trip from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is not your backpacker’s typical European tour—it’s way better. In one week, scramble from historic Zagreb along the Adriatic Coast to stunning Dubrovnik. Along the way you’ll hit the highlights—did we mention the beautiful lakes of Plitvice or Hvar on the coast? But you’ll also discover a Europe too often ignored by travellers. Party in exclusive clubs and wander historic and picture-perfect old lanes. Come away from Europe with more than just great photographs—travel with young and fun travellers and you’ve got friends for life.

Highlights: Make new friends over drinks along the Adriatic, scramble around medieval fortresses, connect with the culture in charming old villages, discover the rich and varied countryside of the Balkans, explore Diocletian's Palace on a guided tour.

7 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.

7 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI)

Asia China

China can be intimidating, what with its Great Wall, Forbidden City and army of Terracotta Warriors. This 8-day trip will wipe away any worries—you'll have an expert CEO leading the way and you'll hit the highlights in the company of other young travellers. Get a mix of modern and historic with plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife. Best of all, you're in control—see the sights you like and skip the ones you don't—so it's an adventure you'll never forget.

Highlights: Trek along the Great Wall, take in ancient and modern China, stroll the historic canals of Suzhou, enjoy a night out at karaoke in modern Shanghai.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $892
$1049
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life (AMNL)

Asia Mongolia

It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and travel by horseback or oxcart to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for life with nomadic families. You'll live in a ger, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's eight days like you never imagined. Participants should be comfortable around and on horses.

Highlights: Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger, ride a horse across the Mongolian countryside, learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts, compete with Mongolian nomads in archery.

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

Asia Thailand

From the luxury of Bangkok's malls and gleaming highrises, head north to Thailand's hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes will bring you face to face with these colourful cultures. We’ll leave plenty of time for fun in historic Chiang Mai with its night market and delicious cuisine. Our CEOs will help you get off the beaten path—but you'll stay flexible by being able to choose the activities you really want.

Highlights: Experience the bustle of Bangkok, explore the vibrancy of Chiang Mai, trek through northern hilltribes and meet the locals, float downstream on a bamboo raft.

8 days
From $699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)

Central America Cuba

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise—get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!

Highlights: Mingle with the locals at homestays, sample the local rum and cigars, connect to the salsa culture on the dance floor, explore colonial Havana's alleyways, laze under the Caribbean sun.

8 days
From $699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features—volcanoes and beaches—on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then soak up the hippie spirit of Montezuma and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure and optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, your accommodation and transportation are included and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.

Highlights: Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling, take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna, chill out on the Pacific Ocean.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $552
$649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Moroccan Desert Adventure (DCMD)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

Marrakech—whisper it and instantly your mind goes to a place of seduction and spices. Experience it for yourself. This intense 1-week journey reveals the secrets of Morocco and is crammed with all the activities and energy you crave. In the company of other young travellers, dance beside a campfire in the Sahara, go rock climbing in Todra and hang with the hippies in Essaouira. Explore the kasbahs, coast and desert and lose the herd on a trip you’ll never forget.

Highlights: Get lost in ancient medinas, dodge snake charmers, ride a camel to a desert camp, bargain in exotic souks, hang with the hippies of Essaouira, experience this land of mystery for yourself.

8 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Budget Egypt (DPGE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

This compact adventure offers maximum Egypt at minimum cost. Stare in amazement at the pyramids and float down the Nile on a felucca. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you dine on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village. You'll enjoy basic accommodation and transport to the best sights. Walk through the Valley of the Kings or explore Karnak—it's your call. Don't just dream of Egypt, wake up in the 'Land of the Pharaohs' and open your eyes to adventure.

Highlights: Enjoy a traditional family meal, Explore ancient temples and monuments, Barter in bazaars, Sleep beneath the stars on a felucca, Visit a Nubian village, Explore the famous Khan el-Khalili souk.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $479
$599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

Europe Romania

Enter the world of legend and embrace the myth of Count Dracula as you trek through the rugged wilderness of Romania. Ancient border roads and shepherds’ trails will reward active adventurers willing to break a sweat with stunning mountain scenery populated with bears, wolves and lynx. You'll stay in simple guesthouses and travel in small groups with local guides for a truly authentic insight into this wild corner of Europe. From steep dramatic slopes to small one-school, one-pub villages, experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.

Highlights: Visit Dracula's castle in Bran, hike the undiscovered Romanian countryside, marvel at magnificent Carpathian views, savour Romanian culture and history.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

Europe Croatia

The jagged and dramatic Dalmatian Coast is dotted with over a thousand islands, which form an impressive backdrop to a week cycling around this delightful country. Follow coastal paths, climb over green hillsides and explore the remote corners of some of the islands following the coast. Along the way, sample delicious local wines and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Participants should be experienced cyclists prepared for some challenging cycling.

Highlights: Cycle in between the beaches and over the hills of Hvar, explore the green hillsides of Korcula on two wheels, marvel at the great wall of Croatia in Ston, sample delicious local wines in the Konavle Valley

8 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

London to Rome Adventure (EELR)

Europe Switzerland, England, Italy, United Kingdom, France

Crisscrossing four countries, this whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals squeezes unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery, wild nightlife and centuries of thrilling history into eight days without ever feeling rushed. Browse the galleries and museums of Paris and gape at the Swiss Alps' natural beauty, all for less than you’d ever dreamed possible.

Highlights: Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, visit four countries in eight days.

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)

Europe Ireland

Leave the green beer and tacky hats behind and have an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience in Ireland. Of course, there’ll be the requisite Paddy’s Day partying in Dublin, but there will also be pub crawls in locales like Galway, Killarney and Cork, as well as storytelling tours and orientation walks to get you up to speed on Ireland’s culture. A small group size means that you’ll get more attention from the trip’s CEO—and more seats at the pub!

Highlights: Blend into the green masses on a Paddy's Day pub crawl in Templebar (Dublin), kiss the Blarney Stone, dance an Irish jig to traditional music at the local pub, experience the best craic Ireland has to offer.

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Prague to London Adventure (EYPL)

Europe Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic

Ah, a relaxing week’s vacation in Old Europa. What could be finer? Don’t ask anyone who’s taken this trip! Our 8-day odyssey across five countries is a blur of beauty, culture and adventure from start to finish, with loads of optional activities to pick and choose from. From the varied architectural wonders of Prague to the nightclubs of Amsterdam and Berlin to romantic Bruges and classic London, this trip contains more European awesomeness per minute than should be permissible by law. (We won’t tell if you won’t.)

Highlights: Party across Europe, explore historic cities and museums, discover medieval towns straight from a fairytale, embrace a variety of cultures, sample regional wines and delicacies.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $959
$1199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Southern Thailand Sojourn (ATSS)

Asia Thailand

From Bangkok nightclubs that never close to laid-back beachside drinks on Koh Tao, experience the energy of southern Thailand. Hike through the magnificent lowland rainforest of Khao Sok National Park, where tigers still roam, or laze in a riverside hammock. This is your trip—so tread your own path. With an expert CEO leading the way, you're free to snorkel beautiful coral reefs or work on your tan. Enjoy the best of the beachside sun and backpacker nightlife in nine amazing days.

Highlights: Explore bustling Bangkok, enjoy nature at Khao Sok National Park, relax on the white-sand beaches of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.

9 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
3 days
From $299

ANZAC Day Memorial Tour (ETAD)

4 days
From $799

Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)

6 days
From $3499

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

7 days
From $1499

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

8 days
From $999

Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life (AMNL)

8 days
From $699

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

8 days
From $699

Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)

8 days
From $799

Moroccan Desert Adventure (DCMD)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $479
$599

Budget Egypt (DPGE)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

8 days
From $2099

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

8 days
From $1299

London to Rome Adventure (EELR)

8 days
From $999

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $959
$1199

Prague to London Adventure (EYPL)

9 days
From $849

Southern Thailand Sojourn (ATSS)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
ANZAC Day Memorial Tour (ETAD) 3 days Classic Basic
From $299
Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS) 4 days Yolo Basic
From $799
Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL) 6 days Local Living Basic
From $399
Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA) 6 days Active Basic
From $3499
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA) 7 days Active Basic
From $1499
Croatia Adventure - Zagreb to Dubrovnik (ECZD) 7 days Yolo Basic
From $799
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $892
$1049
Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life (AMNL) 8 days Local Living Basic
From $999
Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Cuban Rhythms (CCCR) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $552
$649
Moroccan Desert Adventure (DCMD) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $799
Budget Egypt (DPGE) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $479
$599
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC) 8 days Active Basic
From $879
$1099
Cycle Croatia (ECCA) 8 days Active Basic
From $2099
London to Rome Adventure (EELR) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $1299
St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $999
Prague to London Adventure (EYPL) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $959
$1199
Southern Thailand Sojourn (ATSS) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $849