Backroads of Japan (AJMS)
Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo’s Shibuya district and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you’ll meet and never forget.
Highlights: Experience the bustle of modern Tokyo, visit the Zenkoji temple in the Japanese Alps, discover the snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs, cycle the Kibi Plains, explore Kyoto's temples.
Best of China (ACBC)
From cosmopolitan cities to ancient capitals and surreal rural scenery, China’s stunning diversity offers adventurous visitors to the Middle Kingdom a chance to explore both its modern allure and ancient past. A rapidly changing country, now is the time to discover its cultural and historical diversity—and do it with a bit of style! Our experienced CEO will lead the way and eliminate the hassle so you're free to explore China's urban and rural highlights.
Highlights: Walk the Great Wall and Forbidden City, explore the back-alley streets in Beijing's traditional hutongs, face the Terracotta Warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered, cycle the countryside and learn to cook in a local village, walk the Bund in vibrant Shanghai
Best of Southern India (AHBS)
From steamy Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This 2-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, bicycle and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.
Highlights: Relax in peaceful backwaters, spot wildlife in beautiful parks, uncover ancient temples, explore tea and spice plantations, take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Madurai
Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)
Experience incredible desert scenery and cosmopolitan city streets as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia on this two-week adventure. Beginning in Namibia, and continuing down the western edge of South Africa, this tour is a nature and adventure lover's dream. Explore the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon and explore Etosha National Park in search if the 'Big 5'. Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.
Highlights: See the Big Five in Etosha National Park, try adrenaline activities, tackle the world's largest sand dunes, appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon, get cultured in Cape Town.
Central America Explorer (CGCA)
The ultimate exploration of Mayan culture for those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option. Explore the ruins at Copán and Tikal, walk the cobblestones in the colonial cities of Suchitoto and Antigua, and take part in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony after a local lunch on breathtaking Lake Atitlán. From the Caribbean flavour of Livingston to lesser-visited El Salvador, your local CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Mayan culture.
Highlights: Explore ancient Mayan ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, meet local artisans and watch demonstrations of their traditional techniques, visit modern day Mayan communities and participate in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch
Colourful capitals, traditional culture and tropical natural wonders—this adventure is seasoned with all the spice you would expect from these exotic regions. Savour the jumble of Melaka's colonial past by digging into local delicacies, cool off at a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or hike through peaceful rainforest. With hotels, transport and a number of included activities arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
Highlights: Explore modern Singapore, bargain hunt in bustling Kuala Lumpur, relax at the cool tea stations of the Cameron Highlands, experience multi-cultural Penang, lounge on white-sand beaches
Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)
Costa Rica has as many microclimates as it does opportunities for active adventures, and this 2-week journey will bring you the best of both. There's a visit to a cloud forest, but for a bigger jolt, try rappelling down waterfalls or flying across ziplines above the treetops. For the caffeine connoisseur, we visit a coffee co-op and learn how it gets from bean to your cup. For a different pace, float through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. From the Caribbean beaches to the Pacific, this stunning tour embodies some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.
Highlights: Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra and IDB-supported coffee plantation, enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs, hike the trails of reserves and national parks, learn to make tortillas with a local family, relax on the scenic Pacific coast
Cuba Family Adventure (CCFA)
Cuba’s past is well-known, but what of its present? Take the family and find out for yourself on this jam-packed 12-day adventure that celebrates the island’s colonial past and vibrant modern-day culture. Here, you’ll learn to salsa in Havana, go swimming in Cueva de los Peces, explore colonial Trinidad and learn about the revolution in historic Santa Clara. Blessed with history, culture, and unspoiled natural splendour, Cuba is captivating, indoors and out.
Highlights: Cruise through Havana in a vintage automobile, bliss out on a beautiful beach overlooking the Caribbean, explore Cueva del Indio by boat, walk among limestone peaks, visit a crocodile farm, learn about fascinating Cuban history.
India is less a place to see than a place to do and this fast-paced 15-day tour ensures you live every moment to the fullest. With other youthful travellers, you'll sail the Ganges, have the opportunity to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park and breathe deeply in the Himalayas of Nepal. It's a mix of classics like the Taj Majal, and backpacker faves like Pushkar wrapped up in a riot of colour. And we do the planning but leave the choice of excursions up to you. Don't explore South Asia—live it.
Highlights: Explore the vibrant streets of urban India, sail down the Ganges, get a glimpse of a traditional life in tiny villages, experience a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, marvel at Nepal's mountain views.
Discover Japan (AJDJ)
From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.
Highlights: Experience the past at Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre, explore Kanazawa Castle, lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden and the 'Ninja' Temple, marvel at iconic Mt Fuji and Miyajima's floating Torii Gate
Egypt Explorer (DPEE)
Encompassing Egypt’s greatest highlights and a 3-day luxury Nile cruise, this itinerary enhances a wide variety of included activities with the expertise of our CEOs, through whom you’ll gain a greater appreciation of the region’s history and archaeological finds. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids and explore the Valley of the Kings, then meet local people and share a traditional meal. A combination of sleeper trains, air-conditioned transport and domestic flights will get you to the sights—and your comfortable accommodations—quickly and conveniently. From ancient history to bustling modern Cairo, embark on an incredible journey to the very heart of Egypt.
Highlights: Visit some of the most revered wonders of the ancient world with a certified egyptologist, marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Abu Simbel, savour a traditional Nubian dinner in a local village, visit a Planeterra-supported library and community project, bargain with the locals in bazaars and markets
This grand tour of the eastern US and Canada is a sensory overload of everything that makes North America great—skyscrapers, monuments, Niagara Falls, ice cream, canoeing, poutine, subways, whales, sunshine, designer boutiques and nature hikes. On this adventure, we’ll ditch the big, clunky buses and pile small groups into private vans, clocking miles of smiles all over New York, Washington, Toronto, Montreal, Vermont and all points in between. Your friends are already jealous.
Highlights: Take a bite out of the Big Apple, embrace the diversity of Toronto and Montreal, hike through paradise in Algonquin Provincial Park, follow the Freedom Trail in Boston and the path to independence in Philadelphia, get wet on the Maid of the Mist.
Indochina Cycle (AVIC)
Many visitors to Southeast Asia spend much of their time rushing around clogged city streets. Break free and see the region from a bicycle seat on this 12-day trip. You'll roll past the temples of stunning Angkor Wat, cruise around Phnom Penh, and ride between the jungle, mangrove forests, and beaches of Ream National Park. It's perfect for pedal-pushers of all levels looking to explore less well-known regions at a leisurely pace. Consider this an introduction to the joys of Southeast Asia and cycling.
Highlights: Cycle around the ruins of the Khmer Empire at Angkor Wat, keep an eye out for rare bird life in Ream National Park, bike out along the Mekong River to a village homestay.
Led by a certified safari guide, this 15-day tour will bring you to the famous wildlife habitats of both Tanzania and Kenya. Descend into the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater for stunning wilderness and let your spirit soar as you race across the plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti tracking Africa’s elusive Big Five. Our safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of getting ‘the’ shot—and full-service camping will bring you even closer to the region’s wildlife.
Highlights: Travel across the Serengeti, search for the Big Five in incredible game parks, savour traditional cuisine, visit a Samburu village, meet the Masai and discover their culture
Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this 2-week overland adventure. Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colourful cultures and wild landscapes of Kenya and Uganda.
Highlights: See a mountain gorilla up close and personal, search for chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, photograph diverse wildlife, raft down the White Nile River in Jinja.
London to Marrakech Express (EEME)
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.
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.
New Zealand in Style (ONIS)
An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare. Utilizing a diverse range of transport—trains, gondolas, boats—you’ll explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want...and then some.
Highlights: Learn about Maori myths and traditions, Trek an active volcano for spectacular views, Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua, Glide along the TranzAlpine railway, Take in the views of Queenstown from a gondola, Cruise through Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife
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.
Peru Panorama (PPP)
Spot macaws in the jungle and caimans on the riverbanks, sail the waters of Lake Titicaca, delight in the smells of markets and explore ancient ruins—including a trek along the Inca Trail. As we operate our own treks, our quality equipment and the expertise of our porters and CEOs will ensure that your first glimpse of Machu Picchu will leave you in awe. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or following in the footsteps of the Incas, this fast-paced adventure provides a sweeping view of this diverse country.
Highlights: Meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, devour seafood in Lima
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Backroads of Japan (AJMS)||12 days||Classic||Standard||
|Best of China (ACBC)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Best of Southern India (AHBS)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)||14 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Central America Explorer (CGCA)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Colours of Asia – Singapore to Bangkok (AGCA)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Cuba Family Adventure (CCFA)||12 days||Family||Upgraded||
|Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Discover Japan (AJDJ)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Egypt Explorer (DPEE)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada (NUYH)||15 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Indochina Cycle (AVIC)||12 days||Active||Standard||
|Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW)||15 days||Classic||Camping||
|Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure (DKKU)||14 days||Yolo||Camping||
|London to Marrakech Express (EEME)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|National Parks & Bright Lights (NUNP)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|New Zealand in Style (ONIS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Peru Panorama (PPP)||15 days||Classic||Standard||