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Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.

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Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival (EIIC)

Europe Italy

Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark's Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses. Feel the pull of mystery at the Bridge of Sighs and visit the tiny fishermen's island of Burano, known for its lace-making and painted houses. Explore Byzantine basilicas and the famous traditional glass-blowing studios of Murano. And of course, immerse yourself in the sounds and energy of the crowds on festival night. Add in the highlight cities of Rome and Florence and you have a trip you'll never forget.

Highlights: Revel with the Venetians through the lively streets of Venice Carnival, explore Florence's museums and markets, set eyes on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, savour a local meal in Rome.

9 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Western Express Loop (NUWL)

North America United States

You’ve got two weeks and the entire West Coast of the United States at your disposal. Where do you go? Start in Los Angeles and cruise the fabled Pacific Coast Highway, cross the Golden Gate into San Francisco and then work your way swiftly through a handful of national parks (Bryce, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon), sow some wild oats in Vegas, and finally work your way back to Hollywood before heading home. (Hey, we don’t call it the ‘Express’ for nothing.)

Highlights: Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey, bask in big city lights in Los Angeles and San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, try your luck on the Las Vegas strip

15 days
From $3249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)

Europe Portugal, Spain

As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 22 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastián and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!

Highlights: Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, relax on the Algarve coast, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

22 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Transylvania Unearthed – Halloween Edition (EQHR)

Europe Romania

Is there a better time to explore Romania's most (in)famous region than during Halloween? We don't think so. Yeah, this is indeed the place that popularized the vampire myth, but there's so much more to this charming swath of Europe beyond the spooky stuff. Incredible Gothic architecture, lush forests, captivating little villages filled with friendly people, and gorgeous cities like Sighisoara and Brasov. And on Halloween itself we'll even treat you to a costume party inside a genuine Transylvanian castle. Scared yet? Don't be. Your CEO is always there to hold your hand.

Highlights: Attend a special Halloween costume party in an authentic Gothic castle, take a peek into the ruins of Dracula’s castle, explore medieval towns like Brasov and Sighisoara with a little extra time, learn the true story of the infamous 'Vlad the Impaler'

9 days
From $1649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

Asia China

Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from “traditional China” as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road—the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world—is unlike anything you’ll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 17-day adventure takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There’s more, of course, but we’ve got to keep a few secrets, right?

Highlights: Walk along two sections of the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, ride a camel through sand dunes, learn about the Uyghur culture, stay in a traditional Kazakh yurt, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar

17 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Taste of Mexico (CMEX)

Central America Mexico

Somehow, Mexico has become synonymous with boring resorts and crowded beaches. That’s not the Mexico we know. Come and experience ours on this 9-day journey into the country’s colonial past. Beginning in Mexico City, you’ll move on to Puebla and indulge in their famous spicy and chocolate-y mole sauce then explore Oaxaca’s pre-Spanish ruins and Baroque churches. Moving slowly, you'll have plenty of time to let this destination get under your skin.

Highlights: Indulge in the regional cuisines of Mexico, explore breathtaking colonial Puebla and Oaxaca, try out your salsa skills on the dance floor, get more from Mexico with a slow-paced trip.

9 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

North America United States

Time for a pop quiz: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, or Death Valley, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon? Correct answer: both! This incredible 22-day adventure starts fast and never lets up for a second, introducing you to the very best of the American West and much, much more. This trip offers an unbeatable blend of outdoors and big cities; encounter the unusual ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon National Park, take an optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, sample the local vintages in Santa Barbara and explore some of the West’s biggest and brightest cities. You’ll never want to go home.

Highlights: 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, drive the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to SF

22 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Pacific Coast California Express (NUPC)

North America United States

We haven’t seen the original blueprints, but the Pacific Coast of California seems to have been custom built for road trips. Climb in and prepare for eight days spent cruising around Los Angeles and up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, stopping in Santa Barbara, checking out San Simeon and Monterey, exploring San Francisco on foot, playing in the surf and generally having the time of your life, Cali-style. The best part? On this road trip, we do all the driving.

Highlights: Drive the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey and eat on Cannery Row, lounge on the beach in Santa Barbara, walk the hilly streets of iconic San Francisco, search for stars in Hollywood

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

Asia Thailand

Trek through the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and meet the local people, known collectively as hilltribes, who have made their homes on these slopes. They have lived in peace and without modern conveniences for many years; a visit to these traditional communities is like travelling back to a simpler time. Learn about jungle food and the local way of life. After all that exertion, recline on a bamboo raft and float downriver, giving the friendly locals a wave as you drift past them going about their daily lives.

Highlights: Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving

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

Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer (DSMZ)

Africa Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa

Want to tell a better travel story at your next dinner party? Tell ‘em about the time you went to southeast Africa. Nature is front-and-centre on this 14-day trip across three countries—South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique—with plenty of time devoted to the region’s amazing national parks and spotless beaches. Wander around the Portuguese-influenced cities of Mozambique, take a traditional dhow safari boat around Bazaruto National Park, track the Big Five in Kruger National Park, drive the legendary Panorama Route to Johannesburg and even stop in at a Planeterra project along the way. Your stories are improving already.

Highlights: Search for the Big Five on breathtaking game drives, enjoy a dhow safari in Bazaruto National Park, indulge in mouth-watering seafood, snorkel in the turquoise waters off Mozambique, visit a local Planeterra-supported preschool, experience the Portuguese flavour of the port towns.

14 days
From $2399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)

Asia Indonesia

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

22 days
From $2949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

Asia Indonesia

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

29 days
From $3949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of the Deep South (NUSH)

North America United States

There aren’t many places in the US—or the world, frankly—that can match the Deep South for charm, character and quirkiness. This 9-day trip pulls back the curtain on this unique part of the country by way of groovy Charleston, cosmopolitan Atlanta, sultry Savannah, the Elvis mecca of Memphis and other hotspots while serving up heaping helpings of colonial estates, Cajun cuisine, country music, whiskey and fun. It’s different down here. Way different. Come on down and git yer drawl on, y’all.

Highlights: View the historic houses in Charleston, explore the dark and mysterious side of Savannah, get into the country groove in Nashville, learn about the Blues in Memphis, eat Cajun and party on Bourbon Street

9 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Ireland (EQHI)

Europe Ireland

We’re all a little bit Irish come March 17th, but if you’re in the market for something more meaningful than a pint of green beer, hop aboard this delightful 9-day adventure to the Emerald Isle. Yeats’ grave, Cork, Blarney Castle, the karsts of the Burren, traditional music in a local pub... seriously, it doesn’t get much more quintessentially Irish than this. We mix the essential sites and time in the villages and country to really round out the experience. Even if Ireland isn’t the Old Country for you, this trip will make you feel as though you’re back home.

Highlights: Drink a pint and listen to traditional music in a local pub, visit the famous sites of Newgrange and Drumcliffe, learn how to bake traditional goodies, sail to the Aran Islands, kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab

9 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
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

Hanoi to Hong Kong (AVHK)

Asia Hong Kong, Vietnam, China

Looking to mix a little rural living with your adventures in Asia’s big cities? This 15-day trip across China and Vietnam fits the bill and then some, getting you to the metropolises and out into the gorgeous countryside of both countries. Between Hanoi and Hong Kong, you’ll experience the stunning cliffs of Halong Bay and Guilin’s limestone karsts, and get a hands-on feel for the landscape by hiking, rock-climbing and rafting in Yangshuo. Toss in personal encounters with some of the region’s friendliest people and you’ve got yourself the perfect balance of rural and urban life.

Highlights: Cruise through the limestone karsts in serene Halong Bay, hang with the locals at a karaoke bar in Liuzhou, stroll over the 'wind and rain' bridges of Chengyang, walk between villages of the Longji Rice Terraces, enjoy a night out in glitzy Hong Kong

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This 8-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. (Trust us. It’s worth the time.)

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, witness Andean scenery, soak in the hot springs of Baños, shop the Otavalo Market

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

Asia Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China

Since opening up to travellers, China and its northwestern neighbours don’t seem quite as out-there a destination to some people – but they’re clearly not looking in the right places. This comprehensive 26-day journey from Beijing to Tashkent is one of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Picking up in the Chinese capital, you’ll visit the Uyghur province of Xinjiang, learning about the food, culture and history of this minority group. Then, we’ll leave China behind and venture into Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to retrace part of the route that helped build empires: The Silk Road. From stunning snow-capped mountains to arid deserts, experience a side of Asia in a way that you’ll barely believe is real.

Highlights: Wander along the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar, stay in a yurt with a Kyrgyz family, marvel at the sights in Bukhara and Samarkand.

26 days
From $4399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)

Africa South Africa

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for travellers who don’t have a ton of time, this 8-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. One week now, memories forever.

Highlights: Take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool

8 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

Asia China

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can’t help but wonder, “What’s the rush?” This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won’t find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.

Highlights: Explore the old town of Lijiang, hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, wander cobblestoned streets in Shaxi, indulge in the spicy cuisine of Yunnan

10 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
9 days
From $1699

Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival (EIIC)

15 days
From $3249

Western Express Loop (NUWL)

22 days
From $3699

Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)

17 days
From $3499

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

9 days
From $1249

Taste of Mexico (CMEX)

22 days
From $4999

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

5 days
From $299

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

14 days
From $2399

Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer (DSMZ)

22 days
From $2949

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)

29 days
From $3949

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

9 days
From $1999

Highlights of the Deep South (NUSH)

9 days
From $1799

Highlights of Ireland (EQHI)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1274
$1499

Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1699
$1999

Hanoi to Hong Kong (AVHK)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

26 days
From $4399

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

8 days
From $1499

Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)

10 days
From $1299

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival (EIIC) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Western Express Loop (NUWL) 15 days Classic Standard
From $3249
Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM) 22 days Classic Standard
From $3699
Transylvania Unearthed – Halloween Edition (EQHR) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1649
The Silk Road of China (ACSR) 17 days Classic Standard
From $3499
Taste of Mexico (CMEX) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1249
Southwest Highlights (NUNL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Pacific Coast California Express (NUPC) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1444
$1699
Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH) 5 days Classic Standard
From $299
Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer (DSMZ) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2399
Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2949
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3949
Highlights of the Deep South (NUSH) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Highlights of Ireland (EQHI) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC) 12 days Classic Basic
From $1274
$1499
Hanoi to Hong Kong (AVHK) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU) 26 days Classic Standard
From $4399
Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1499
Best of Yunnan (ACBY) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1299