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Cumbria & The Lake District (EEUL)

Europe United Kingdom

It’s difficult to not be charmed by the pastoral splendour of England’s fabled Lake District, a place that has inspired travellers and scribes alike for centuries. A favourite muse of Wordsworth, Coleridge and other romantic poets, this bucolic slice of paradise in northern England is the perfect place for a good, long, reflective stroll. Here, you’ll walk among the country’s tallest peaks to cozy villages in search of delicious pub fare made from the finest local produce, stay in unique lodgings, and enjoy the best that rural England can offer. Write your own ending.

Highlights: Hike in the Cumbrian Lake District, experience unique bunkhouse accommodation, indulge in delicious local pub food

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $849
$999
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

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

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

Morocco Active Adventure (DCAA)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

With a landscape as diverse as Morocco’s, the transportation must be built to match. The simple pleasures of just getting around are essential to this activity-heavy excursion into the desert kingdom: Mule treks into the Atlas Mountains, bike rides through ruggedly beautiful mountain passes, even a camel caravan to a campsite in the desert. But it’s not all tramping about in the dunes and hills; you’ll also have the chance to explore Essaouira, the fortified city on the Atlantic coast that was once a haven for pirates.

Highlights: Wander through the mountains on the back of a mule, savour coastal views from the back of a camel, enjoy the unique accommodation of a beach camp, cycle through the Atlas Mountains

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)

Europe Switzerland, Italy, France

Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows and recharge at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking routes and uncover the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active 10-day adventure.

Highlights: Hike the soul-stirring Mont Blanc massif, witness alpine meadows and rocky peaks, conquer windswept cols and steep trails, earn that delicious mountain meal, stay in remote mountain refuges.

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1394
$1549
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Brisbane to Cairns Experience (OABC)

Australia / Pacific Australia

You can get a sense of just how huge Australia is by looking at a map, but once you’re there, the vastness really hits home. For travellers long on ambition but short on time, this extensive and compact journey up the East Coast of Queensland is nothing short of ideal. Employing a diverse range of transport—yachts, trains, 4x4s and buses—you’ll visit Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, go snorkelling and camp out under the stars in an authentic Australian 'swag.' Your time here may not last long, but your memories will last forever.

Highlights: Sleep under the stars at a remote cattle station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1329
$1899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

The Red Centre to Melbourne (OARM)

Australia / Pacific Australia

It’s a wide-open space between the aptly named Red Centre and Adelaide, and we intend to make the most of it on this 10-day trek full of good company and good times. From touring national parks to wine tastings in the Clare Valley to hitting up the iconic Great Ocean Road, you’ll get a feel for the Outback that can only come from travelling in a close-knit group. Plus, our expert CEOs will make sure everything goes smoothly, leaving more time for you to enjoy yourself.

Highlights: Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, bed down at a traditional Outback station, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset, explore the Red Centre

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1439
$1799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

South America Brazil, Argentina

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public buses, which not only keeps costs down but give you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Sip caipirinhas on the beach, savour the sophistication and cuisine of Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguassu Falls, wander around colonial Paraty, live it up on the beaches of Rio.

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $1574
$1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)

Asia China

To truly understand China, you’ve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this 12-day trip through the country’s northern reaches delivers. Up here, you’ll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to see: village life in Inner Mongolia, the amazing Yungang Buddhist Caves and the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, to name just a few. North China: No tourists allowed!

Highlights: Envision ancient times at the Great Wall of China, live like a local in an Inner Mongolian ger, marvel at the Hanging Monastery of Datong, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, learn traditional Chinese painting in Pingyao

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1274
$1499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVRL)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang and experience the French colonial influence while sipping coffee at a café. Take 12 days to uncover this laid-back corner of Southeast Asia. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included, and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a slow boat down the Mekong, and admire the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng.

Highlights: Explore vibrant Hanoi, revel in the shadows of limestone karsts, discover the serenity of Luang Prabang, float on the mighty Mekong, experience the beauty of scenic northern Thailand.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $999
$1249
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

Asia Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore

Bliss out on world-class beaches in exotic southern Thailand before cooling off in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. This 2-week tour will introduce you to three diverse nations—and three of the region’s most vibrant cities. Sample street food or hit Bangkok’s clubs with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with those that’ll keep up. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure: pack your trip with everything you want and nothing you don't.

Highlights: Explore the streets of bustling Bangkok, stop by Penang's Chinese shop houses, glimpse beautiful green vistas in the the Cameron Highlands, dive into multicultural Kuala Lumpur, visit three diverse countries in two weeks.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Cities of Europe (EELA)

Europe Netherlands, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany

If you’re looking for a stellar, budget-conscious tour that provides a quick yet comprehensive sampler of Europe, this is a party you’ll want to join. We’ll hit up six countries in 14 days and take the time to drink in all the highlights in famous cities like Paris, Rome, Venice, London and more. Enjoy comfortable train travel between locations and soak up the experience of seeing Europe with a small group. This continent has never felt so small.

Highlights: Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, hit six countries in 14 days, sample some pilsner on a German pub crawl.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

London to Marrakech Express (EEME)

Europe, North Africa / Middle East United Kingdom, Morocco, England, Spain, France

There’s so much to see in Europe; don’t settle for a cramped bus tour. Head south for an adventure as unique as you are. Beginning in London—traveller central—you’ll cross the channel for some French culture before hitting Spain for Moorish history, architecture in Barcelona and a tapas culture that will set you up for the endless nightlife. Best of all, this trip doesn’t fade out—you’ll finish up in Morocco with its mosques, medinas and kasbahs. It’s a European tour with a southern kiss of the exotic.

Highlights: Meet the ghost of Moorish Spain at the Alhambra, sample small plates on a tapas bar crawl, dine on a picnic lunch at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, explore the medinas and kasbahs of Morocco, dodge snake charmers, keep it real with a small group of like-minded travellers.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1879
$2349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins (MMC)

Central America Mexico

From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in the cultural and historical highlights. It’s perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.

Highlights: Visit Mayan ruins, dance the night away in Mexican clubs, bargain for beautiful textiles and handmade goods at colourful markets, savour the tasty Mexican food and drink, chill on the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need and then some. Action is the common thread throughout this trip that incorporates hiking, kayaking, cycling and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes, including rainforests, glaciers and some of the most gorgeous coastline you’ll ever see. This trip is exciting even when you’re not moving; accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself. Unique? You bet.

Highlights: Explore the trails of Abel Tasman National Park by foot, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, cycle the Otago Rail Trail.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1599
$1999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the mountain air of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on a 2-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, sip fine wines in Argentina, witness the stunning scenery and unique cultures of Northern Argentina.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1359
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Trek though jungle backdrops to Mayan ruins and chill out on white-sand beaches under the Caribbean sun. Check out Mexico, Belize and Guatemala and experience the region’s diversity. Wander colonial Antigua’s cobblestone streets and shop for treasures before experiencing the natural beauty of Lake Atitlán, its indigenous Mayan villages and striking volcanoes. Snap a picture and impress the folks. One of our most popular trips, this adventure offers natural wonders, excitement and culture with enough time to socialize and do your own thing.

Highlights: Walk along cobblestones in gorgeous colonial Antigua, overnight in a local homestay, experience the vibrant colours of markets, relax to Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, bliss out on white-sand beaches, explore ancient Mayan sites.

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns (OASC)

Australia / Pacific Australia

The route up Australia’s East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia—the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the Outback. You’ll get to try your hand at dozens of atypical activities—everything from wine-tasting to sailing and snorkelling. And when you travel in small groups like we do, you really get out there into the wild to meet the locals and experience the land like they do. That amazing new frontier you’ve been looking for? Here it is.

Highlights: Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $2324
$3099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Rome to London Adventure (EIRL)

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

With just 17 days to play with, time is tight on this tour, but the possibilities (and options) are wide open. It begins in Rome, home to more ancient landmarks than you could shake a centurion’s spear at. From there, you’ll explore elegant Prague, cut loose in the clubs of Amsterdam and Berlin, and savour the historical charms of romantic Bruges before the whirlwind drops us off in England. Hang on tight.

Highlights: Discover medieval towns and frenetic capital cities, party across Europe, set eyes on world-famous monuments and museums, embrace a variety of cultures, sample local food and drink everywhere you go.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2609
$2899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast—no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally located Copacabana hotel.

Highlights: Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch, marvel at Iguassu Falls, skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo, sip caipirinhas on the beach, revel in the energy of Rio de Janiero.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3
Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1189
$1399

Morocco Active Adventure (DCAA)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1394
$1549

Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1329
$1899

Brisbane to Cairns Experience (OABC)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1439
$1799

The Red Centre to Melbourne (OARM)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1274
$1499

Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599

Cities of Europe (EELA)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1879
$2349

London to Marrakech Express (EEME)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1169
$1299

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2609
$2899

Rome to London Adventure (EIRL)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Cumbria & The Lake District (EEUL) 7 days Active Basic
From $849
$999
Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $552
$649
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC) 8 days Active Basic
From $879
$1099
Morocco Active Adventure (DCAA) 10 days Active Basic
From $1189
$1399
Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB) 10 days Active Basic
From $1394
$1549
Brisbane to Cairns Experience (OABC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $1329
$1899
The Red Centre to Melbourne (OARM) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $1439
$1799
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1574
$1749
Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC) 12 days Classic Basic
From $1274
$1499
Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVRL) 12 days Yolo Basic
From $999
$1249
Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1189
$1399
Cities of Europe (EELA) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $2079
$2599
London to Marrakech Express (EEME) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1879
$2349
Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins (MMC) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1169
$1299
New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1599
$1999
Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1359
$1699
Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1169
$1299
Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns (OASC) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $2324
$3099
Rome to London Adventure (EIRL) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2609
$2899
In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2124
$2499