Best of Panama (CPPQ)
Panama has been a destination on the cusp of the mainstream for ages, but somehow still remains a secret. More greatness for us to enjoy, we say. This 8-day trip opens the lid on the natural splendour of this overlooked gem of a country, giving travellers the chance to hike cloud forests, snorkel the Caribbean and even discover where that delicious morning cup of joe comes from at a coffee plantation. Panama is spectacular, and the best way to promote it is by word-of-mouth. Tell your friends!
Highlights: Snorkel in the crystal-blue Caribbean waters in Bocas del Toro, take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in Boquete, explore the Panama Canal, learn where your morning coffee comes from on a tour of a local plantation.
When you think of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and lush rainforests, Costa Rica should definitely spring to mind first. This compact, 9-Day experience allows you to see the natural beauty of this country for yourself, while staying in hand-picked, upgraded hotels. Choose to either dive right in with optional rafting and ziplining, or take it easy with hot springs and nature walks. Guided visits to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park provide the perfect backdrop for your discovery of Costa Rica’s splendours.
Highlights: Enjoy spectacular volcano and rainforest views, learn how to make tortillas with a local family, hike the trails of cloud forest reserves and national parks, search for wildlife while exploring along the Pacific coast
Long on yearning for the savannahs of Africa but short on time? This should do the trick. This adventure spreads the wonders of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, magnificent Lake Manyara and campouts under the broad midnight skies of the Masai Mara over 11 adventure-filled days. Our all-terrain vehicles cut down the travel time, making sure your every minute in Africa is spent interacting with the locals and tracking the Big Five. Africa in a flash? It can be done.
Highlights: Photograph incredible wildlife on game drives, meet the Masai people, savour a traditional lunch in a local community, search for the Big Five
They're the closest mammal out there to us homo sapiens, and on this trip we aim to bring you as close as possible to these majestic creatures. There'll be gorillas, monkeys and chimps in abundance on this 9-day trip through Rwanda and Uganda (now quite safe and very enticing to visit) as we take part in numerous treks to see primates, take boat and jeep safaris in national parks, and learn about Rwanda's fascinating culture and history along the way. With an expert local CEO throughout and comfortable lodges to stay in, your focus can stay on spotting primates in their natural habitat.
Highlights: Get up-close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, trek through the forest to visit the Golden Monkeys, meet local people and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now, encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda, search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel
If watching nature shows on TV has gotten a little stale, try getting up close with the wildlife of Southern Africa instead. With a maximum group size of 9, you’ll immerse yourself in the best of Africa's wildlife, visiting the top national parks and private reserves of the region. We also explore the many different faces of culture. Have dinner with a local family, visit a local school project and participate in a homestay along the Chobe River. Prepare for amazement.
Highlights: Fall in love with cosmopolitan Cape Town, visit a Planeterra-supported school project, search for the Big Five on safari in Africa's premiere wildlife parks, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls, snap photos of stunning African sunsets, enjoy a sundowner at a homestay and on a houseboat in Botswana
It's never too late to experience an authentic African safari - especially if it's right in the heart of some of Africa's most famous parks and wildlife reserves. This trip covers such storied locales as Kruger National Park, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the Okavango Delta, and our small group size ensures you get the maximum amount of encounters with Africa's "Big Five". Top it off with unique accommodations; including luxury tented camps, a private home stay on the Chobe River and a 2-night houseboat stay in the Delta and you have a trip to satisfy anyone's need for adventure and comfort.
Highlights: Visit a Planeterra-supported school project, snap stunning photos of the Big Five on safari in open vehicle game drives and boat safaris, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls, enjoy African sunsets and a sundowner on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta, travel in a small group and get even closer to the wildlife
Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)
Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for travellers who don’t have a ton of time, this 8-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. One week now, memories forever.
Highlights: Take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool
Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for shutterbugs with more memory cards to fill than time to fill 'em in, this 9-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. Best of all, you’ll get expert guidance in photography and adventuring from our Wanderer-in Resident Gary Arndt, founder of Everything Everywhere, and recipient of the Society of American Travel Writers award for 2014 Photographer of the Year.
Highlights: Learn travel photography tips from host Gary Arndt, take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool
Want to tell a better travel story at your next dinner party? Tell ‘em about the time you went to southeast Africa. Nature is front-and-centre on this 14-day trip across three countries—South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique—with plenty of time devoted to the region’s amazing national parks and spotless beaches. Wander around the Portuguese-influenced cities of Mozambique, take a traditional dhow safari boat around Bazaruto National Park, track the Big Five in Kruger National Park, drive the legendary Panorama Route to Johannesburg and even stop in at a Planeterra project along the way. Your stories are improving already.
Highlights: Search for the Big Five on breathtaking game drives, enjoy a dhow safari in Bazaruto National Park, indulge in mouth-watering seafood, snorkel in the turqouise waters off Mozambique, visit a local Planeterra-supported preschool, experience the Portuguese flavour of the port towns.
Botswana Safari (DZBT)
It’s one thing to watch nature documentaries from the comfort of your couch–it’s definitely another thing to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Botswana. During this unparalleled safari experience, you’ll travel in open jeeps and boats in search of elephants, giraffes, lions and exotic birds before resting up in our comfortable tented camps, house boat and even a home stay. Be sure to pack your camera—it might just be the most important piece of gear you bring with you.
Highlights: Enjoy the safari experience in open jeeps and boats-searching out the Big Five, photograph African sunsets and enjoy a sundowner with our local host at a homestay, cruise a more secluded section of the Okavango Delta by houseboat in search of wildlife, travel in a small group of 9 for more up-close and personal views
From the unique wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure – explore the Galápagos aboard the Daphne (G3) before flying into the Andean highlands. As one of the larger tour operators in the Galápagos, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value – and because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Experience the intense variety and striking beauty of two of South America's most dramatic regions.
Highlights: Onboard the Daphne (G3): 4 nights cruising and snorkelling the Galapagos, cruise the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne (G3), snorkel in the caldera of a collapsed volcano and searching for marine life, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Get ready to live like a local on this off-season trip to the hilltop towns and vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, where you'll explore the small towns and trails of this beautiful countryside while experiencing local customs and once-in-a-lifetime moments. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Med by afternoon, and tuck into bed at your converted 17th-century monastery homebase at sundown. Since this trip takes place in the off season when it's just a bit cooler out, there are fewer people around the Amalfi Coast—meaning you'll have that much more paradise all to yourself.
Highlights: Get cozy at an agriturismo on the Amalfi Coast, hike the famous "Walk of the Gods", learn about the fate of Pompeii from your expert local guide, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients, enjoy having the Amalfi Coast to yourself during the off-season.
Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)
Get a taste for Italian life on this one-week Local Living trip to Sorrento, located just around the corner from the Amalfi Coast. Replete with gorgeous scenery and all the fantastic food and drink you’d expect, you’ll unwind on a lemon farm where a local family will be your hosts, giving you an in-depth look at what life at an Italian agriturismo is like. And of course, there will be food demonstrations including limoncello- and pizza-making as well as a walk along the stunning coastline, a visit to the elite island of Capri and a stop at Pompeii. Don’t be a tourist in Italy—live the dream.
Highlights: Call an Italian agriturismo outside of Sorrento home for the week, hike the famous "Walk of the Gods", learn about the fate of Pompeii from your expert local guide, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients, stroll the streets of picturesque Capri.
Iceland Explorer (ELIE)
When it comes to environmental wonders, there’s simply nowhere in the world like the top of the world. This trip brings you right up close to lava fields, volcanos and glaciers, set against the magnificent backdrop of Iceland’s natural beauty. Even with all this fire and ice, you’ll still stay comfortable via boat excursions and soaks in hot springs. Elemental elegance and epic memories guaranteed.
Highlights: Watch the living earth in action at lava fields and volcanoes, get up close and personal with fire and ice, relax in natural hot springs and rivers, take an ice trek on an active glacier, spot whales and unique northern wildlife
Southwest Highlights (NUNL)
Time for a pop quiz: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, or Death Valley, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon? Correct answer: both! This incredible 22-day adventure starts fast and never lets up for a second, introducing you to the very best of the American West and much, much more. This trip offers an unbeatable blend of outdoors and big cities; encounter the unusual ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon National Park, take an optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, sample the local vintages in Santa Barbara and explore some of the West’s biggest and brightest cities. You’ll never want to go home.
Highlights: 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, drive the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to SF
We haven’t seen the original blueprints, but the Pacific Coast of California seems to have been custom built for road trips. Climb in and prepare for eight days spent cruising around Los Angeles and up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, stopping in Santa Barbara, checking out San Simeon and Monterey, exploring San Francisco on foot, playing in the surf and generally having the time of your life, Cali-style. The best part? On this road trip, we do all the driving.
Highlights: Drive the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey and eat on Cannery Row, lounge on the beach in Santa Barbara, walk the hilly streets of iconic San Francisco, search for stars in Hollywood
Western Express Loop (NUWL)
You’ve got two weeks and the entire West Coast of the United States at your disposal. Where do you go? Start in Los Angeles and cruise the fabled Pacific Coast Highway, cross the Golden Gate into San Francisco and then work your way swiftly through a handful of national parks (Bryce, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon), sow some wild oats in Vegas, and finally work your way back to Hollywood before heading home. (Hey, we don’t call it the ‘Express’ for nothing.)
Highlights: Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey, bask in big city lights in Los Angeles and San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, try your luck on the Las Vegas strip
Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and participate in wine tastings in the Barossa Valley. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.
Highlights: Learn about Aboriginal and Maori myths and traditions with local experts, ride the rails on 3 historic trains, explore the rainforest by foot and canopy cable car, learn how your favourite wines get from vine to glass, revitalize yourself in geothermal pools, enjoy an overnight cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound in search of wildlife, cover more ground with included internal flights
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)
When Magellan landed in Patagonia, he believed its inhabitants to be giants. While you won't find any mythical creatures on this trip, you will encounter magical scenery, mighty glaciers and towering peaks at Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier. And prepare yourself for stunning views on an expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas—including a landing at Cape Horn. With a mountain lodge stay, relaxed trekking and an expert guide to lead the way, you'll be creating legends of your own to share back home.
Highlights: Embark on an expedition cruise through Patagonia's fjords and glaciers, set foot on the 'end of the earth' at Cape Horn, walk amongst thousands of Magellanic penguins, hike the scenic trails of Torres del Paine National Park, gaze in awe at the stunning Perito Moreno glacier
If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no further than this trip packed with Ecuadorian highlights. Among these are a jaunt through the Amazon jungle, a trip to the Papallacta hot springs, and a visit to the Otavalo handicraft market for souvenirs (because lava is kind of hard to pack in your suitcase). Throw in 2 nights in a luxury Amazon lodge and an overnight in a historic hacienda, and you'll have made a month's worth of memories in only nine days.
Highlights: Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide, be surrounded by towering volcanoes, explore an Andean community and have lunch with locals, learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans, straddle both hemispheres at the 'middle of the earth'
Botswana Safari (DZBT)
Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)
Iceland Explorer (ELIE)
Southwest Highlights (NUNL)
Western Express Loop (NUWL)
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Best of Panama (CPPQ)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKMT)||11 days||Classic||Camping||
|Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure (DRGR)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana (DSHO)||22 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB)||19 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer (DSMZ)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Botswana Safari (DZBT)||10 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Galapagos North and Central Islands & Inca Discovery (ED07HB)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Local Living Italy—Amalfi Coast Winter (EIAW)||7 days||Local Living||Upgraded||
|Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)||7 days||Local Living||Upgraded||
|Iceland Explorer (ELIE)||10 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Southwest Highlights (NUNL)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|Pacific Coast California Express (NUPC)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Western Express Loop (NUWL)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)||22 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||