Luxury Travel & Tours from Big Five

Welcome to Big Five Tours & Expeditions, and to the adventure of your life! Visit this link – Explore The Big Five Edge – to learn why Big Five is the right choice for you. Since 1973, we have been creating life-affirming, sustainable journeys for you and your family. You can depend on our knowledgeable Destination Specialists, award-winning adventures and industry-leading 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance to create the journey of a lifetime… every time. We believe in the power of travel to change the world for the better, and our goal is that you experience the best a destination has to offer.


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Navigator Series® Edition III 

Front cover arrivedFocus – what we focus on expands, and that applies to everything from politics to adventure travel. At Big Five, we focus on the space between – between what is expected and what is unknown; between where tourism is and where we want to travel. Each of us needs to explore the space in between all the noise in the world today to find what is most important to us while we also strive to meet the challenge to use travel to better the world, to change others’ lives and redefine preservation and conservation in ways philanthropy alone simply cannot. To begin your personal exploration of the space between, order your copy today. You can use the Contact Big Five links on this page, call us 800 244 3483, or click Brochure Order Form.


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Your Travel DNA

Discover Your Travel DNA! Our Distinctive Navigator Analyzer or DNA offers a unique twist on the usual vacation planning. We have reversed the process currently accepted in planning a vacation. Instead of fitting the guest into a destination, with DNA you can discover the best destinations for you that speak to your particular interests and passions whether you are an Adrenalin Seeker, a Culture Junky, a Star Gazer or something more. With this simple tool, you open up a world of possible destinations that genuinely excite you with places you may never have considered before. Visit to get your Travel DNA profile.


Join us in 2017 to celebrate The United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism

Each year more than one billion people travel abroad. Global tourism is one of the world’s largest industries. We know that the power of travel can serve as a positive force unlike any other to bring people together and help save the planet. The United Nations has declared 2017 The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. At the end of every month this year, we will show you via our Travel Blog or our Sustainable Tourism page how just by traveling with Big Five you can help to support cultural heritage, protect endangered species and places, deliver local economic benefits, and further cross-cultural understanding and peace in the world.


Family Focused Adventures 

We developed adventures crafted with children at the center of each of our premier Precious Journeys® explorations.  And, now we have just launched our newest family-friendly initiative – Precious Journeys® College Edition, which challenges tomorrow’s leaders to make a difference as they prepare for college, careers and future lives.  Visit our Kids section to learn more about the Precious Journeys  series and OMG. To read articles and information, including The Wall Street Journal article featuring Precious Journeys®, visit our Media Center.    

And the growing interest in family travel shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.  Big Five was featured in TheStreet in the article What’s Hot in Family Travel for 2017: Education, Cultural Immersion And Service, (click here).

What's New
Big Five is pleased to announce that three of our talented Destination Specialists are on Travel+Leisure’s  The A List 2017.  Big Five’s president Ashish Sanghrajka for India, and Volker Altvater for Kenya, Namibia and South Africa; both of whom have repeatedly been listed. Gisela Polo, for Central and South America, is making her well-earned debut on the A List. Congratulations to you and our entire team. (Click here for more)

Big Five was also noted in Bloomberg Pursuits’ article Where to Go in 2017: The 20 destinations that will be especially hot this year—and the data you need to plan your trip (Click here).

New Worlds to Explore:  Explore our  President’s Picks, 12 new original and creative adventures in wide ranging regions from Africa to Latin America, to the South Pacific and Asia, that have been selected by Big Five’s president, Ashish Sanghrajka.  Our newest journeys are President’s Picks: Peru Sky High & River Deep that includes two special sailing with Jean Michael Cousteau in 2018; Presidents Pick: Bolivia & Argentina Highland Adventure that encompasses the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats with vast, flat expanses of glistening white salt; and a new East African safari adventure, President’s Pick: Tanzania & Kenya that offers an in-depth exploration of the wildlife-rich Serengeti Plains.

Navigator Series® Edition III - It's Here!
For more thrilling travel adventures, order your copy of our hardcover Navigator Series® Edition III.  Be among the first to order your copy. Click Brochure Order Form, or call 800 BIG FIVE (244 3483), or use the Contact Big Five links on this page.

Travel Blog
luxury-travel-100-transparent_medExplore our blog to learn about interesting new places, some offbeat like a graffiti tour of Buenos Aires; others unusual like an underground cathedral in Colombia; and still others that introduce you to great finds like an off-the-grid restaurant in Bangkok. We post new blog entries weekly, so please stop by. You can select Blog on the menu item at the top of the page, or click here.  We are pleased to have been selected as one of the Top 100 Luxury Travel Blogs by Feedspot.

In more than four decades, Big Five has garnered many accolades.  They serve to encourage us to continue doing our very best for you and for the destinations we explore.

Big Five was honored by Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel with the Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award. This is the second time that Big Five has received this award, and is the only company to have won this valued award twice.  You can also see Ashish and Mahen Sanghrajka’s acceptance speeches here.


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Big Five is honored to have been recognized as one of the Best Places To Work in our community for the second time. Click on logo below for more information.

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T+L ranks two Big Five specialists as top travel agents for 2015

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Tours at a Glance

President’s Pick: Northern Peru Warriors of the Clouds

Explore the Sacred Valley in depth, with […]

President’s Pick: Adventure Guatemala & Panama

Savor this outdoor enthusiast’s dream adventure, offering a […]

Andean Adventure by Train

Train lovers enjoy three different train experiences: […]

Peru Sky High & River Deep

Two Special Amazon River Sailings with Jean […]

President’s Pick: Tanzania & Kenya

Explore the characteristic landscapes of the Tarangire River […]

President’s Pick: Crystal Canyons of Colombia

Explore two of Colombia’s dynamic and historic cities – Bogota […]

Southern Africa: Teeth of the Crocodile

Walking with local Bushmen, you gain amazing insights into […]

President’s Pick: Australia Unbound

Discover Australia on this in-depth exploration that ranges […]

President’s Pick: Zimbabwe’s Wild Landscapes

Travel to the Zimbabwe side of Victoria […]

Costa Rica Authentic

Explore the world of coffee on an exclusive […]

Indonesia’s Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures

Travel to two orangutan wildlife centers to spend […]

Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience

Explore the fascinating world of graffiti art […]

South Africa Exploration

Begin your South Africa adventure with a zip […]

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi […]

Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers

For serious hikers, this high-altitude adventure takes you trekking on […]

Australia’s Abundant Adventures

Explore Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s stunning east […]

Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania

Go on safari in Kenya’s game-rich Amboseli National […]

Northern Kenya & The Masai Mara

Explore Kenya’s  Nairobi National Park, which holds […]


Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating cities […]

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

Begin your journey in Cambodia at Angkor Wat, one of […]

Australia Active

Explore Adelaide’s elegant tree-lined streets, parks and historic stone […]

Sri Lanka Adventure

Explore the ancient culture of this island  nation as witnessed […]

The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen

Explore an organic coffee plantation to learn […]

Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House

Savor the thrill of camping under stars in Kenya with […]

India: Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

Southern Africa: Teeth of the Crocodile

Walking with local Bushmen, you gain amazing insights into […]

Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience

Explore the fascinating world of graffiti art […]


Discover Zambia’s best kept secrets – the […]


Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating cities […]

Colombia & Guatemala

Go hiking or horseback riding in Colombia’s Cocora Valley in […]

Colombia, Ecuador & Peru

On this unique journey, you venture into […]

Custom Colombia Tour

About Colombia Travel Bogota: Colombia’s capital city […]

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

Begin your journey in Cambodia at Angkor Wat, one of […]

Southern Australia & Tasmania

Discover Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s wildly beautiful coast […]

Thailand & Cambodia

Thailand & Cambodia today offer the unexpected such as a […]

India: A Northern Adventure

Experience India’s first luxury mobile tented camps […]

Peru Sky High & River Deep

Two Special Amazon River Sailings with Jean […]

Custom Namibia Tour

About Namibia Travel Damaraland: This UNESCO World […]

Speed Collection Peru

Adrenaline Factor:  4 Fly over the ancient […]

South India

Discover Bangalore and its intriguing mix of […]

Southern Africa: A Connoisseur’s Ultimate Journey

“This trip to Southern Africa is sophisticated […]

India: Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

China’s Great Canal Cities

Discover China’s Grand Canal, which originates in […]

Colombia & Guatemala

Go hiking or horseback riding in Colombia’s Cocora Valley in […]

Classic Egypt Exploration

With your specialist Egyptologist guide, explore the desert antiquities […]

Travel Blog

Frances, Jean, Wilma, Matthew… Irma

I was supposed to be in Morocco

September 14, 2017


As Irma churns its way toward us in Florida,

September 6, 2017

Better together

Normally in this blog, you would have

August 31, 2017

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