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.
Vancouver’s North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, travellers will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing expeditions and glaciers older than time abound. And since we camp out most nights, you’re guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price. The Great Outdoors—now all yours.
Highlights: Enjoy the scenery of western Canada, create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper, sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver, be awed by the mighty Rockies, get a bird's-eye view of Banff from a gondola, road trip through two Canadian provinces.
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.
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 creation time stories from the Aborigines, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset.
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.
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.
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.
Cities of Europe (EELA)
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.
Imagine a land of lava and geysers, bears and bison, mountains and glaciers—now open your eyes to the possibilities of Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the bubbling, gushing wonder of it all—there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world. Even when you close your eyes, you can sense the immense beauty surrounding you.
Highlights: Be inspired by wilderness in the Rockies, dance at an authentic cowboy bar, watch geysers erupt in Yellowstone, stroll the hilly streets of San Francisco.
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.
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.
Best of the West (NUAA)
Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in the Yosemite Valley before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.
Highlights: Stargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset, get your kicks on Route 66, take a chance in Las Vegas, camp under the stars, hike in Yosemite.
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|New Zealand—South Island Encompassed (ONSE)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound (NCUR)||15 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins (MMC)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Melbourne to the Red Centre (OAMR)||13 days||Yolo||Basic||
|London to Marrakech Express (EEME)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVRL)||12 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure (DKKU)||14 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Cities of Europe (EELA)||14 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)||15 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)||11 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Best of the West (NUAA)||15 days||Yolo||Camping||