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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Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive around three great western highlights: from volcanoes to cloud forests to beaches and monkeys. Start with the area near active Arenal Volcano, known for rafting and hot springs, then head to the hills and the unique ecosystem of Monteverde's cloud forests. Finish it all with some beach time in Manuel Antonio Park, blessed with wildlife, fantastic beaches, and the best nightlife on the Pacific coast.

Highlights: San José, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

11 days
From $919
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Travel from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic coast to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at the Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

Highlights: Enjoy the surf and relax with a cocktail on the beach, keep active around Arenal Volcano, kayak the estuaries along the coast at Guanacaste.

11 days
From $869
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at active Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

Highlights: San José, Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste.

11 days
From $919
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Our most comprehensive Costa Rica Pass adventure! Start with the jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around Arenal Volcano before heading into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest region. Soak in the dramatic volcanic scenery of remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time and monkeys in Manuel Antonio.

Highlights: View wildlife at Tortuguero National Park, keep active around Arenal Volcano, zipline through the treetops in the cloud forest reserve.

15 days
From $1709
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Self Drive (TCR6DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Our most comprehensive Costa Rican driving adventure! Start with the mangroves, jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around active Arenal Volcano before driving up into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Soak in dramatic volcanic scenery in remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time--and monkeys--in Manuel Antonio Park, famous for its beaches, bars and wildlife.

Highlights: San José, Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Rincon de la Vieja, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

15 days
From $1429
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

Arctic, Europe Iceland, Arctic, Greenland, Norway

Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, follow the ice’s edge with an eye peeled to the horizon for wildlife. Navigating south, you'll explore this remote landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south, finally ending in the Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice." An Inuit village, unique wildlife and remote destinations are just some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.

Highlights: Explore the edges of an ice floe by Zodiac, walk on the tundra searching for birds, keep an eye out for a variety of whale species and dolphins, learn about the Arctic from lectures and onsite briefings, sail through magnificent fjords and visit a local community in Ittoqqortoormiit

14 days
From $4949
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Wonders of Borneo (AABE)

Asia Malaysia, Borneo

Bored of simply watching wildlife on your TV? Why not take a trip to Borneo to get up close and personal with the animals yourself? This trip is the perfect introduction to Borneo for those who have never been, and even those who have experienced Borneo before will surely spot some new sights. You'll go from exploring rainforest environments and soaking in hot springs to the rush of vibrant Kota Kinabalu, staying in comfortable accommodations along the way. There's a ton to see and do on this trip, and you can look forward to finishing off your adventure with some much deserved relaxation on a tropical beach...perfection.

Highlights: Meet the 'old man of the forest' at an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, head into the rainforest in search of unique wildlife, explore lush jungles by boat and on foot, sample local fare at the vibrant night market

12 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Borneo (AAHB)

Asia Malaysia, Borneo

Still wild and mysterious even after all these years, Borneo is one of those places that’s become synonymous with adventure travel. Come see what all the fuss is about on this 14-day journey through the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. There, you’ll encounter wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and other creatures of the rainforest, visit hot springs and waterfalls, and get a better understanding of the local Dayak people by spending the night in a traditional longhouse. Adventure never goes out of style; it just becomes more classic.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from the top of Mt Kinabalu, spot wildlife on a jungle walk, explore the Mulu caves, overnight in a traditional longhouse, meet an orangutan face-to-face

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Best of China (ACBC)

Asia China

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

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of China (ACHC)

Asia China

Experience the towering achievements of China's rich history as you uncover its past along the Great Wall and reflect on its future among Shanghai’s gleaming towers. Explore the country’s great cities, magnificent architecture, Buddhist heritage and archaeological treasures. Float down the Yangtze River and wander among iconic limestone karsts. Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on experiencing all that China has to offer.

Highlights: Explore the Bund and the famous Shanghai Museum, cycle Yangshuo's dramatic rice fields, relax on a Three Gorges cruise, visit the Terracotta Warriors, walk along the Great Wall

14 days
From $2699
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

Tibet Adventure (ACTA)

Asia Nepal, China, Tibet

Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From modern Beijing, travel back in time across scenic countryside to Tibet on this well-packed overland adventure. Witness the splendour of the Potala Palace and the majesty of remote monasteries and then celebrate the journey to Kathmandu. Wake up to views of Everest and enjoy a window into the heart of this remote land. A local guide and CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've climbed down from the roof of the world.

Highlights: Visit incredible monuments and palaces, explore the bustle of Beijing and hike the Great Wall, ride the rails on the Trans Tibetan railway, experience monk debates in Sera Monastery, set eyes on Everest Base Camp

15 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

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

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

14 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
11 days
From $919

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN)

11 days
From $869

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN)

11 days
From $919

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN)

15 days
From $1709

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN)

15 days
From $1429

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Self Drive (TCR6DN)

14 days
From $4949

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

12 days
From $3499

Wonders of Borneo (AABE)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599

Best of Borneo (AAHB)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2124
$2499

Best of China (ACBC)

14 days
From $2699

Highlights of China (ACHC)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1274
$1499

Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC)

15 days
From $2999

Tibet Adventure (ACTA)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1912
$2249

Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)

14 days
From $2499

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

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)

14 days
From $2499

Nomadic Mongolia (AMNA)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $919
Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $869
Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $919
Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1709
Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Self Drive (TCR6DN) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1429
Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX) 14 days Marine N/A
From $4949
Wonders of Borneo (AABE) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3499
Best of Borneo (AAHB) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2079
$2599
Best of China (ACBC) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2124
$2499
Highlights of China (ACHC) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2699
Hidden China & Inner Mongolia (ACNC) 12 days Classic Basic
From $1274
$1499
Tibet Adventure (ACTA) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2999
Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1912
$2249
Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
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 $2499