Australia Highlights (OASD)
Let’s be honest: All of Australia is a highlight. However, if you’re looking for a trip that’ll give you a little bit of everything, then this 27-day tour is right up your alley. There’ll be no lack of culture and tradition – everything from sheep-shearing to 3 days of sailing in the Whitsundays to 4x4 off-roading on Fraser Island – as well as immersing yourself in Aborigine culture in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. With a variety of both accommodations and transport at a stellar price, our Australia Highlights trip will guarantee one great “g’day” to the Outback.
Highlights: Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky, witness the majesty of Uluru at sunset, Ride the route of Afghan cameleers on The Ghan Train.
Australia Encompassed (OAAE)
Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 24 days’ time, you’ll head up the east coast (and participate in wine tastings, gem mining and sheep shearing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south for Kings Canyon, Uluru and Adelaide just to name a few destinations. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne, and a wide variety of accommodations and transport along the way will keep things exciting. With a competitive price and small tour group, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.
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, marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)
Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day--Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...
Highlights: Meet the orangutans in Sumatra, visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, climb volcanoes, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, live with the locals in a traditional village
Highlights of New Zealand (ONAC)
Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-dos of both islands with a nice little bow. Dig your own Jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the black sand beaches of Kaikoura, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand Starter’s Kit.
Highlights: Dig your own hot tub in the sand, attend a Hangi in Rotorua, eat fish and chips on a black sand beach at sunset, let loose in Queenstown, cruise around the fjords of Milford Sound, travel famous scenic rail routes
Rugged landscapes, crashing surf and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond—Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you’ll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, spend the night in a teepee, snorkel the Whitsundays, catch a few wave and spearfish with local Aborigines. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: “Everything.”
Highlights: Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky
Best of New Zealand (ONNS)
Compared with their enormous western neighbour, the islands of New Zealand don’t look especially big on the map, but don’t let their small stature deceive you. There is much, much, much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, kayaking remote coves and hiking some of the most breathtaking routes in the whole world. But if you’re short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.
Highlights: Learn about the Maori culture, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot
Yeah, we’ve seen you perusing the Bali, Lombok and Java trips and thinking, “Why don’t they just put all three of them together?” Here you go: All the natural splendour, bustling cities, remote villages and exotic wildlife of Indonesia’s most popular territories in one convenient, 22-day bundle. Explore the volcanoes of Yogyakarta, endless rainforests, the rugged and untouched beauty of Lombok, bustling Jakarta and blissful Sanur’s white sand beaches. The adventure of a lifetime is out there. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.
Highlights: Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, lay eyes on active volcanoes
Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.
Highlights: Explore bustling cities, take in the beautiful scenery, watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia
New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)
It dosen’t look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you’re there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip—our longest in this part of the world—delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring volcanoes, national parks, sustainable farms, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, you’ll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world’s top fishing. 24 days? You’ll wish it was longer.
Highlights: Learn about the Maori culture, explore the Bay of Islands, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot.
The perfect mix of culture and beach, activities and relaxation, this 15-day adventure hits all the highlights. In the north, ponder the River Kwai, attend a cooking class for the secret to great curry, and marvel at the ruins of Ayutthaya. Then hit the beach and unwind—Koh Samui and Krabi await with tropical weather, beach barbeques and thrilling nightlife. Through a combination of flights, boats and overnight trains, you can see a lot and still come away feeling rejuvenated.
Highlights: Step back into history at the 'Bridge on the River Kwai', enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner in a local village, watch the sunset at the Temple of Doi Suthep, kayak along the stunning coastline of Koh Mae Ko, discover 'The Beach' at beautiful Maya Bay
From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western US. It’s perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly ‘hoodoos’ in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley—the lowest spot on the continent—before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You won’t just visit the West Coast—you’ll live it.
Highlights: Search for stars in Los Angeles, meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley, marvel at the Grand Canyon, hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, roll the dice in Las Vegas.
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
You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve turned to trains, 4x4s, buses and boat for this itinerary. Starting in charming Adelaide, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 14 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.
Highlights: Bed down outside under the Outback sky, experience a night underground in Coober Pedy, catch the sunset at Uluru, hike the Red Centre, ride the route of Afghan cameleers on the Ghan Train, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakadu National Park
This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. We’ve got an exclusive beachside permanent tented camp to stay at on sandy Fraser Island, and once we’re north of Cairns, we’ll spend 3 days with Aborigines learning spearfishing in mangroves, amongst other things. While “dreamtime” is a mythology central to indigenous Australian society, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be wide awake for this trip.
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, spearfish and cook what you catch with Aboriginals, make your own Aboriginal artwork, learn about life in remote communities with a local host.
Colombia Experience (SMCE)
Discover a corner of South America that's been off the tourist map for years without sacrificing your comfort on this fascinating Colombian adventure. You'll visit famous coffee plantations around Armenia and Salento and hit Medellín for museums and big-city bustle. Indulge in the beauty of Santa Rosa del Cabal with a hot springs soak, and immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Cartagena and the sophistication of Bogotá. This 12-day journey is an intriguing mixture of rural and urban—and culture and coffee.
Highlights: Sip coffee at its source amidst lush plantations, soak in natural hot springs, explore Medellín and Bogotá, wander the cobblestone streets in historic Cartagena
Highlights of India (AHNS)
North India or South? Do both! This 2-week tour combines the riot of Rajasthan’s colours with the calming greens of Kerala. You'll have time to immerse yourself in regional traditions in the North and spend a night at a heritage village hotel, and time to unwind in the south—just imagine cruising the backwaters on a houseboat. Throw in the Taj Mahal, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Delhi’s rich architecture and you're left with one spicy curry of an adventure—many flavours with big impact.
Highlights: Spend a night in a heritage village home, delve into ancient history and thriving modern culture, explore grand forts and palaces in Rajasthan, marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise, learn the true meaning of relaxation aboard a houseboat on Kerala's backwaters, discover a newfound obsession with South Indian cuisine
You can’t get Down Under through a bus window. If you’re going to get off the tourist track, you’ll have to shake things up a bit—that’s why we’ve turned to trains, 4x4s, buses and boats for this itinerary. From the cobblestones of charming Melbourne, cut through the Outback and explore the mysteries of Uluru. Follow your curiosity down the deserted tracks that make Australia so remote and spend 18 days discovering the natural beauty of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.
Highlights: Bed down at a traditional sheep station and outside under the Outback sky, learn about dreamtime stories from the Aborigines, experience a night underground in Coober Pedy, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru, hike through gorgeous natural rock formations in the Red Centre, ride the route of Afghan cameleers on the Ghan Train, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kakadu National Park
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)
This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.
Highlights: Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.
Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)
If you really want to get Down Under and experience Australia’s highlights without feeling rushed, you’ll have to get off the big coaches. Explore Melbourne before hitting the Great Ocean Road and cutting through the outback to the Red Centre. Here you’ll experience the mysteries of Uluru and gain insight into Aboriginal culture. When it comes time to bed down, shake things up with a variety of unique accommodation—swags to underground hostels and even a traditional sheep station.
Highlights: Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, bed down at a traditional outback station, learn about dreamtime stories from the Aborigines, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset, explore the Red Centre
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 fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, cycle the Otago Rail Trail.
Australia Highlights (OASD)
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)
Best of New Zealand (ONNS)
Highlights of India (AHNS)
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)
Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Australia Highlights (OASD)||27 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Australia Encompassed (OAAE)||25 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)||29 days||Classic||Standard||
|Highlights of New Zealand (ONAC)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|East Coast Encompassed—Sydney to Cairns (OAEC)||18 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Best of New Zealand (ONNS)||21 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)||28 days||Yolo||Basic||
|New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)||24 days||Yolo||Basic||
|North & South Thailand Highlights (ATTH)||15 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|National Parks & Bright Lights (NUNP)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns (OASC)||16 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Outback to the Top End - Adelaide to Darwin (OAAD)||14 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (OAQE)||12 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Colombia Experience (SMCE)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights of India (AHNS)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Australia South to North - Melbourne to Darwin (OAMD)||18 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)||9 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)||13 days||Yolo||Basic||
|New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||