Mayan Encounter (CGME)
Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with an adventure that combines the mystery of the ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestoned streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the lost ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays and finish up in the colourful beach town of Playa del Carmen. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers great value and is the perfect way to discover this region’s unique vibe.
Highlights: Listen to the howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal, revel in Caye Caulker sunsets, sway to reggae beats wafting through the Belizean air, relax on world-class Mayan Riviera beaches
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, Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua, Glide along the TranzAlpine railway, Cruise through Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife
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.
If you're the epicurean sort who's looking to experience some gourmet living, try this culinary trip on for size. You'll spend 11 days travelling Chile and Argentina, immersing yourself in the Mendoza and Maipo Valley wine regions and taking a taste (or three) along the way. Add to that an estancia (ranch) stay in Uruguay for some tasty BBQ and a visit to a culinary school for a demonstration and more tastings, we can guarantee you won't find South American cuisine food fresher than this.
Highlights: Taste your way through the Maipo Valley and Mendoza vineyards, learn to prepare local specialties at a cooking class in Mendoza, live the cowboy life at a stylish 'estancia' ranch in Uruguay, visit a culinary youth training project for cooking demonstration and lunch, explore Buenos Aires's trendy neighbourhoods
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 cycle along the Xi'an city walls, 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 visit quaint villages, Learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school
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
Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)
From the remarkable mosques and Soviet architecture of Tashkent to the ancient capital of Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road through the exotic best of Uzbekistan. Indulge in steamy marble hammams, roam the twisting lanes of ancient bazaars and explore the monuments and minarets of Samarkand. Your CEO will lead the way, taking care of the hassles and leaving you free to explore a land rich in culture and history. For a great taste of enigmatic Uzbekistan, this 12-day adventure serves up only the best.
Highlights: Discover ancient cities of the Silk Road, sip hot drinks in tiny Khiva teahouses, bargain at colourful bazaars, admire the fountains and madrassas of the Registan, stay in a traditional yurt.
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.
Turkey Active Adventure (ETAI)
A bridge between continents and cultures, Turkey has always been a meeting place for travellers eager to exchange just about everything. That trend continues with this activity-heavy romp through southern Turkey. Swap your trusty walking stick for a bike and a kayak as you hike, pedal, paddle and ride your way through the steep canyons of the Lycian Way, past ancient ruins, around peaceful olive groves, and into small villages untouched by time in the valley's of Cappadocia. Exercise should always be this inspiring.
Highlights: Ride the valleys of Cappadocia on horseback, enjoy local hospitality in remote villages, go sea kayaking in spectacular coves, cycle from the mountains to the coast, trek the Lycian Way, hike through ruins and Turkish villages.
Classic Peru (PPC)
This compact tour of the archaeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands has it all. Cruise Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural life with a homestay in a small village. Wander the cobblestoned streets of Cusco before breaking a sweat hiking mountain passes along the Inca Trail on your way to Machu Picchu. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.
Highlights: Feel like a local at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sample the seafood in Lima, explore ancient ruins and villages
Timeless Vietnam (AVHC)
For those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option, this adventure explores the best of Vietnam’s history, culture and cuisine. From the breathless beauty of Halong Bay to the former imperial capital of Hue, the ancient port town of Hoi An and the hilltribe villages, Vietnam offers adventurous visitors a chance to explore its ancient past, recent history and promising future. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van and flights arranged by your CEO, you'll have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible beauty and remarkable people of Vietnam.
Highlights: Travel like a local on a cyclo ride in Hanoi, meet locals in remote hilltribe villages, cruise along Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat, learn to cook your favourite Vietnamese dishes, step back into history at the Cu Chi Tunnels
Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM)
Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining… Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the Americas." Thrill-seekers will find more than enough to keep themselves busy over this trip’s 13 action-packed days. After landing in San José, raft down the mighty Pacuare river before crossing over to our remote rainforest lodge, surrounded on all sides by the thick, enveloping jungle. From there, embark on four days of cycling and hiking around Monteverde and Arenal Volcano before heading down to the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. Phew! Tired yet? No? Time to book!
Highlights: Traverse streams and jungle hike in Sarapiquí Rainforest, paddle through world-class rapids, mountain-bike along breathtaking Arenal Lake, chill out to the sounds of crashing Pacific waves.
Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)
From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. Experience Iguassu Falls—so massive they straddle two countries and so intriguing you'll need two days to fully appreciate them. Not to be outdone, the Pantanal wetlands are teeming with wildlife like caiman, jaguar and exotic birds. Finally, trade early morning songbirds for samba nights in Rio and the rhythm of the beach. This adventure provides natural and cultural highlights and the best Brazil has to offer.
Highlights: Wander the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty, live it up in Rio de Janiero, marvel at the thundering Iguassu Falls, encounter wildlife and sleep in hammocks in the Brazilian Pantanal, sip caipirinhas on the beach
Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)
This unique itinerary introduces the highlights of the Middle Kingdom — from the historic gems of modern Beijing to the ancient walls of Xi'an and cosmopolitan glitter of contemporary Shanghai — while allowing you to give back to the community at the same time. From the palaces and temples of Beijing, venture to the countryside to experience the grandeur of the Great Wall and offer vocational training at a school with people who have developmental disabilities. In Xi'an, witness the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. In Chengdu, indulge in the culinary spice that is Sichuan cuisine, and volunteer at the largest panda reserve in the world to help ensure these distinctly Chinese icons are around for future generations to admire.
Highlights: Volunteer at a school for people with developmental disabilities offering vocational training, come face-to-face with pandas in Chengdu, explore the bustling streets of China's biggest cities, hike along the Great Wall, meet the Terracotta Warriors.
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
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.
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 city of 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 soaring volcano views, your 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, visit modern day Mayan communities and participate in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, visit local artisan co-ops for hands-on demonstrations, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch
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, opt to rappel down waterfalls or fly 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-supported coffee co-op, 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
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.
Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)
From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and magnificent mountain ranges, experience the romance of the east on your way from Budapest to Istanbul. In two well-paced weeks, explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces and mosques in Istanbul for an introduction to the artistic and cultural heights of two very different empires. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and outdoor activities, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
Highlights: Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe, visit 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages, explore the spectacular capitals of Budapest and Istanbul
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Mayan Encounter (CGME)||11 days||Classic||Standard||
|New Zealand in Style (ONIS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)||11 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (SCTS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Best of China (ACBC)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)||12 days||Classic||Basic||
|Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)||12 days||Classic||Standard||
|Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVRL)||12 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Turkey Active Adventure (ETAI)||12 days||Active||Standard||
|Classic Peru (PPC)||12 days||Classic||Standard||
|Timeless Vietnam (AVHC)||13 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM)||13 days||Active||Standard||
|Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)||13 days||Classic||Standard||
|Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Highlights of India (AHNS)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)||14 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Central America Explorer (CGCA)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure (DKKU)||14 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)||14 days||Classic||Standard||