Wildlife/Nature

It's often said we don't truly appreciate something until we lose it. As the fragility of our natural world becomes more evident, we find ourselves increasingly drawn to places where we can reconnect with the earth, no longer just spectators, but a part of the planet. With little control over the experience, contact with untamed wildlife is a gift, a blessing, and a humbling reminder of how removed from nature our lives have become.

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Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)

Asia China

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.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1912
$2249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

Asia Indonesia

If you’re looking to free your spiritual side–with a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles–Bali and Java are waiting. Travel by bicycle rickshaw to local markets and workshops, and get your “om” on at the Borobudur temple. Participate in a traditional cooking class with an expert chef. And of course, it wouldn’t be the full Balinese experience if you didn’t take some leisure time to relax on the picturesque beaches. It’s the perfect mix of beauty and Buddhist zen.

Highlights: Explore bustling Yogyakarta by bicycle rickshaw, delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, learn to prepare Indonesian specialties under the guidance of a local chef, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces and lush green jungles, stand in awe of soaring active volcanoes

14 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)

Asia Indonesia

Home to 136 million people, the Indonesian island of Java is the most densely populated region on Earth. But while the teeming rivers of humanity that flow through Jakarta’s streets at rush hour can feel overpowering, there’s still a surprising amount of room to stretch out and explore. Travelling with other young travellers eager to experience this unique place, you’ll make your way from big cities to the calming beaches of Bali, soaking up culture and excitement along the way. And as your expert CEOs will be only too happy to show you, there’s plenty more to taste here than just stellar coffee.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, relax on sandy beaches.

15 days
From $1449
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Classic Bali & Lombok (AESS)

Asia Indonesia

Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Our CEOs will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands' locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life.

Highlights: Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu, savour Balinese cuisine, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples, lay eyes on active volcanoes

14 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Southern India (AHBS)

Asia India

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

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

Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure (AHDK)

Asia Nepal, India

If you’re looking to experience the diversity of India and Nepal, this 15-day trip contrasts the colourful culture of India with the pristine serenity of Nepal's Himalayan mountains. From the ghats that line the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi to a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, our expert CEOs will take you through a region of unsurpassed natural beauty and spirituality before revealing to you the rugged Himalayan landscape of Nepal’s magical capital, Kathmandu.

Highlights: Explore the vibrant streets of Agra, uncover bustling Delhi and beautiful Jaipur, enjoy a sunset cruise on the River Ganges, travel by jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, experience Nepal's mountain views

15 days
From $1339
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU)

Asia Nepal, India

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.

15 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Rajasthan Adventure (AHRA)

Asia India

Travelling through Rajasthan is like walking through a kaleidoscope. Everywhere you look, colours dance before your eyes—from saris drying on riverbeds to the sunsets of Udaipur, from the spice market in Jodhpur to the white marble of the Taj Mahal. Uncover the secrets of romantic Rajasthan on this 15-day tour of the colourful Indian state. Marvel at the rampart views from Jodphur's Meherangarh Fort and then soak in the relaxed atmosphere of Udaipur. Your expert CEO will take care of the hassles—and travel days are well-paced and include private transport, so you'll hit the sights refreshed. Be prepared to fall in love with India!

Highlights: Explore the colourful cities of Rajasthan, uncover ancient forts, discover a traditional way of life, revel in the stunning beauty of the Taj Mahal, wander the serene canals of Udaipur

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $999
$1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Spiritual India (AHSH)

Asia India

Religion and spiritual thought have ranked among India’s greatest exports since the dawn of recorded history: Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism all originated here, and the country boasts significant populations of Muslims and Christians, too. On this trip, you’ll explore the roots of some of the world’s major religions, visiting temples, shrines and tombs—including the legendary Taj Mahal—sacred to millions while absorbing the rich culture and vibrant daily life of this exciting country. Load up on memory cards; you’re going to need them.

Highlights: Experience a spiritual journey to the soul of India's religious culture, visit the Golden Temple and Taj Mahal, explore the nuances of yoga and Hindu beliefs at Rishikesh, witness the famous India/Pakistan border ceremony

14 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

India Explorer (AHSS)

Asia India

Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. Explore the hidden side of Delhi guided by a former streetkid taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. With this new perspective, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.

Highlights: Walk Delhi's backstreets with a local youth guide on a Planeterra-supported street kids rehabilitation project, uncover spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, observe ancient local ceremonies on the holy Ganges River, go on safari in Ranthambore with local park rangers/naturalists, Enjoy a village stay in a historic heritage hotel.

15 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Asia India

Have your camera at the ready as you hit three parks in 14 days for the best chance to see the elusive tiger in its natural habitat. From the scrublands of Ranthambore to the beauty of Bandhavgarh, your expert CEO and handpicked local guides will lead you through a wilderness home to the most exotic of wildlife. The world famous Taj Mahal and the rugged forts and palaces of Jaipur provide an intriguing blend of culture so that you come away with the essence of India. Along the way, our certified CEO will share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime.

Highlights: Search for tigers in their natural habitats, discover forts and palaces, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal

14 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Discover Japan (AJDJ)

Asia Japan

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

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $3824
$4499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Backroads of Japan (AJMS)

Asia Japan

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.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $3059
$3599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Nomadic Mongolia (AMNA)

Asia Mongolia

Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.

Highlights: Contemplate the Soviet architecture and influence in Ulaanbaatar, explore the ruins of remote monasteries, share a ger with a nomadic family, soak in the Tsenger Hot Springs, visit Mongolia's ancient capital, see the wild horses in Khustai National Park

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Naadam Festival Mongolia (AMNF)

Asia Mongolia

Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the region’s steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.

Highlights: Watch the opening ceremony of Naadam Festival, cheer on wrestlers and archers, listen to famous throat singing, sleep in traditional gers, devour Mongolian barbecue in the grasslands

15 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

High Road to Tibet (ANRT)

Asia Nepal, Tibet

From the sacred peaks of Tibet to lush green Nepalese valleys, explore the best of the Himalaya on this 2-week tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our expert CEOs will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know—and leave you with time to explore. In the thin mountain air of Rombuk, the highest monastery in the world, you'll enjoy unparalleled views of Mt Everest. So make sure your camera is charged—you're going to need it.

Highlights: Experience the Tibetan cultural capital of Lhasa, witness monks in debate and prayer, explore rural villages and lunar landscapes, hike to Everest Base Camp

14 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this trip is a study in contrasts. Visit temples in Chiang Mai then spend the evening exploring the night market. Sail the Mekong into the heart and soul of Laos. An experienced CEO will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing. We utilize many forms of transport—both public and private—to keep travel time short, maximizing time spent exploring the history and culture of this unforgettable region.

Highlights: Explore Bangkok's canals, discover Buddhist temples, float down the mighty Mekong, get wet in the spray of waterfalls

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1119
$1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

From Angkor Wat to remote river towns, journey down the Mekong and into the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. Our CEOs will share with you the region’s cultural treasures and natural splendours. Explore the region’s many temples and, if you’re lucky, spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Experience the highlights with a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the remote islands of Don Khong. With local transportation and authentic accommodation—like a rural homestay—this adventure offers an intriguing blend of included activities and free time for personal discovery.

Highlights: Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, confront history in Phnom Penh, catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin, experience a Mekong homestay, bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang

15 days
From $1749
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand Family Adventure (ATFF)

Asia Thailand

Why do some families go all the way to Thailand just to lie on the beach? We don’t know either. Our family adventure mixes a whole lot of bona fide Thai experiences – everything from a longboat tour of Bangkok, a meeting with a hill tribe community, a cooking class in Chiang Mai and a somber visit to the infamous bridge over the River Kwai – with a little bit of sand and surf, too. Hey, even the Buddha reclined and relaxed once in a while, right?

Highlights: Get caught up in the bustle of Bangkok, take in the scenery at ancient Ayutthaya, wander through colourful Chiang Mai, relax on the beach in Koh Chang.

12 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak (ATHB)

Asia Thailand

Perfect for those who believe the best way to appreciate paradise is to jump right into it, this adventure will have you hiking through forests and rice paddies, experiencing Thailand's intriguing combination of culture and the great outdoors. Kayak the turquoise waters of the Andaman and discover coral coves and white sand beaches. With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the main sights of Thailand, offering up plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget.

Highlights: Cycle through busy Bangkok, experience colourful Chiang Mai, trek into remote hilltribe villages, discover ancient Ayutthaya by bike, learn the sombre history of Kanchanaburi, kayak the Andaman Sea from Krabi

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1399
$1749
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1912
$2249

Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)

14 days
From $2499

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

15 days
From $1449

Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)

14 days
From $1799

Classic Bali & Lombok (AESS)

14 days
From $1249

Best of Southern India (AHBS)

15 days
From $1339

Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure (AHDK)

15 days
From $1149

Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $999
$1249

Rajasthan Adventure (AHRA)

14 days
From $1099

Spiritual India (AHSH)

15 days
From $2499

India Explorer (AHSS)

14 days
From $1349

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $3824
$4499

Discover Japan (AJDJ)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $3059
$3599

Backroads of Japan (AJMS)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2124
$2499

Nomadic Mongolia (AMNA)

15 days
From $2799

Naadam Festival Mongolia (AMNF)

14 days
From $2799

High Road to Tibet (ANRT)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1119
$1599

Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH)

15 days
From $1749

Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM)

12 days
From $1599

Thailand Family Adventure (ATFF)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1399
$1749

Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak (ATHB)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1912
$2249
Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1449
Classic Bali & Lombok (AESS) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Best of Southern India (AHBS) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1249
Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure (AHDK) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1339
Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1149
Rajasthan Adventure (AHRA) 15 days Classic Standard
From $999
$1249
Spiritual India (AHSH) 14 days Classic Basic
From $1099
India Explorer (AHSS) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Discover Japan (AJDJ) 14 days Classic Standard
From $3824
$4499
Backroads of Japan (AJMS) 12 days Classic Standard
From $3059
$3599
Nomadic Mongolia (AMNA) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2124
$2499
Naadam Festival Mongolia (AMNF) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2799
High Road to Tibet (ANRT) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2799
Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1119
$1599
Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1749
Thailand Family Adventure (ATFF) 12 days Family Standard
From $1599
Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak (ATHB) 14 days Active Standard
From $1399
$1749