Luxury Travel & Tours from Big Five

Welcome to Big Five Tours & Expeditions, and welcome to the adventure of your life! We create life-affirming, sustainable journeys for you and your family. Whether this is your first or 12th journey with us, 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.  Click on the logo for more about the award and our sustainable initiatives.

The Leading Custom Luxury Travel Company

For more than four decades, Big Five has met and exceeded your expectations by providing authentic journeys that explore the essence of a place while honoring what is most important to you. We believe in the power of travel, especially international travel, to change the world for the better. Our sincere goal is that, at the end of your journey, you return home with that sense of knowing; of having really experienced the best of what a destination has to offer.


Family Focused Adventures
Your alternative to family tolerant travel

WPrinte saw that there was a lack of genuine child-oriented tours, programs that put the kids’ interests first. We chose to flip that model on its head by creating exciting journeys specifically crafted with children at the center of each of our ground-breaking Precious Journeys adventures. Indeed, we were featured in The Wall Street Journal in an article about family travel.

These journeys allow our youngest travelers, in an age range of about 5 through 11, to explore a world of incredible animals, fascinating people and amazing landscapes while learning about subjects ranging from archaeology to zoology. They will discover different cultures and meet other children.  These journeys will take them to the front lines of sustainability today to see what is happening in the realms of wildlife conservation, historic preservation and community development – and all with a huge dose of fun!

In line with our commitment to kids and to sustainability, we have formed an alliance with the nonprofit One More Generation (OMG), founded by two remarkable children. In 2009, Carter Ries, who was then 8 and his then 7-year-old sister Olivia Ries, learned about endangered animals when they ‘adopted’ a cheetah in South Africa, and that was the beginning of OMG.

We can only image the effects of a generation of OMG kids…

When you travel with Big Five, you receive an exclusive, complimentary one-year membership to OMG that includes the adoption of an endangered species such as a snow leopard, elephant, bird, or other threatened or endangered species in an area where it is needed most, in partnership with Defenders of Wildlife.FTA member logo

We sincerely believe that travel has the potential to transform our planet and the power to change lives. We have partnered with Family Travel Association, and support its mission: “To inspire families to travel – and to travel more – while advocating for travel as an essential part of every child’s education.”  We couldn’t agree more. 

Visit our Kids section to learn more about both Precious Journeys and One More Generation. And to read more articles, including The Wall Street Journal, go over to our Media Center 


What's New
New Worlds to Explore Check out some of our newest adventures; especially in our new collection – President’s Picks, which are journeys Big Five president, Ashish Sanghrajka, has created aroudn soem of his own travel passions.  Adventure Australia includes glamping on the Great Barrier Reef and climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Morocco includes a mobile tented camp experience in the Agafay Desert with its lunar-like landscapes and hikes in the rugged Atlas Mountains. India encompasses a variety of unique experiences such as visiting the sacred Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat to savor a rare experience – the golden reflection of flowers floating in the sacred Ganges during a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony. For more President’s Picks adventure, click on the link above.   Visit our New Adventures for more adventure ideas.

For more thrilling travel adventures, order your copy of our hardcover Navigator Series© Edition II.  You can also review a digital version through this link:

In more than 44 years, 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 Wins 2014 Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Award

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Tours at a Glance

President’s Picks: Adventure Australia

Explore the desert Outback of the Gawler […]

President’s Pick: India

Venture out to discover Old Delhi on […]

President’s Pick: Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture

Discover the epicenter of the arts scene in […]

President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures

Explore the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO […]

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 […]

The Silken Thread – Tribal Connections

Explore a far off place few travelers […]

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

In private workshops, learn to make two […]

Heritage of a Nation

Special Feature for 2016: In Haridwar, experience an once-in-a-lifetime, […]

Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador & Peru

Take in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, and […]

Legendary China

Explore Beijing in depth, including touring the Hutong […]

China’s Canal Cities

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


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

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

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

India – Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

President’s Pick: Private Conservancies in Tanzania

Discover some of the next generation of […]


In the company of a prominent archaeologist, […]

Peru Adventure

Fly over Peru’s famous and still mysterious Nasca […]


Take a cable car ride up to […]

Ecuador: From Machalilla to Zuleta

Discover Quito’s old neighborhoods such as La […]

South India

Discover Bangalore and its intriguing mix of […]

Northern Peru & Lake Titicaca

Discover the ancient world of Lord of […]


Experience the many faces of Delhi, India’s frenetic […]


Explore one of the most exciting and […]

President’s Pick: Chile & Argentina

Discover colorful Santiago, Chile’s cosmopolitan capital city […]

China’s Captivating Visions & Timeless Horizons

“The sights, sounds, landscapes and people of […]

Egypt & Jordan

Begin your Egypt adventure with an exploration of […]

Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture & Coast

Explore Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city with its […]

Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps

“When I was asked to create an […]


Embark on exciting game drives in Etosha National […]

Peru: Adventure in the Andes

“I am from Chiclayo, Peru so Peru […]

Ecuador: Flavors of Ecuador

Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of […]

Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania

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

President’s Pick: Colombia & Guatemala

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

Egypt: Nubian Treasures and Pharaohic Legacies

“This is an extremely in-depth program covering […]

Namibia & Botswana

Explore the world tallest sand dunes at […]

Morocco: Splendors of the Berber South

“Not many journeys that offer Morocco focus […]

Natural New Zealand

Explore the casual capital city of Auckland […]

Custom New Zealand Tour

About New Zealand Travel Arthur’s Pass: In […]

Custom Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour

About Ecuador & The Galapagos Travel Amazon Rainforest: The […]

Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve & Gobi Desert

MONGOLIA: THE PRIVATE COLLECTION Discover Mongolia’s fascinating […]

Custom Malaysia & Singapore Tour

About Malaysia & Singapore Travel Batu Caves: The limestone Batu […]

Travel Blog

Yes, be careful with this devil

Looking horror-movie fierce, the thorny devil is just one

February 4, 2016

Mobile in Morocco

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January 28, 2016

Pots & Salt Pans

There are few experiences more mesmerizing than

January 21, 2016

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