Luxury 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

Visit our New Adventures section to check out some of our newest adventures such as our newest Precious Journeys Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter that includes a climbing a volcano and going a jaguar footprint scavenger hunt. Or explore the mythic Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador & Peru, where you engage with traditional communities to understand how they live in today’s world. Further afield, you can explore The Silken Thread – Tribal Connections of Northeast India is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own tribal language. This journey takes you into villages rarely visited and offers a wealth of cultural encounters with traditional people who still operate under the tribal system.

Visit our New Adventures for more adventure ideas.


Navigator

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: www.bigfivenavigator.com


Awards

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

Two Big Five Destination Specialists on Travel + Leisure’s 2014 A List of top Travel Agents

Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 World


Our Mission – We Don’t Tell Stories Better, We Tell Better Stories®

Tours at a Glance

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

Explore two of India’s global cities – […]

Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador & Peru

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

South Africa’s Unique Lodges

Stay in three very distinctive properties that give […]

Australia’s Primeval Landscapes

Discover Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel in […]

Tanzania: Into the Wild

Explore Lake Manyara National Park alive with monkeys, […]

Discovering Northern Chile

Explore ruins of former mining towns, Santa Laura […]

The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen

Explore an organic coffee plantation to learn […]

Ecuador: From Machalilla to Zuleta

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

Legendary China

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

China’s Canal Cities

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

Peru

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

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

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

Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House

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

Custom Belize Tour

About Belize Travel Ambergris Caye: This is […]

New Zealand’s Spectacular South Island

Explore pristine lakes and landscapes of New […]

Costa Rica Adventure for All

Thrill to whitewater rafting on one of the […]

Tanzania

Discover  Tarangire National Park,  known for its wildlife […]

Peru: Adventure in the Andes

“I am from Chiclayo, Peru so Peru […]

Custom South Africa Tour

About South Africa Travel Blyde River Canyon: The […]

Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Explore Panama City, the oldest Spanish settlement […]

Peru Adventure

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

Luxury Ecuador with Silversea Silver Galapagos

Encounter the world-famous Galapagos Islands on a seven-night […]

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

In private workshops, learn to make two […]

Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Explore Panama City, the oldest Spanish settlement […]

Kenya

Savor one of the most thrilling wildlife […]

Peru: Adventure in the Andes

“I am from Chiclayo, Peru so Peru […]

South Africa’s Unique Lodges

Stay in three very distinctive properties that give […]

Ecuador’s Classic Cuisine

Explore local markets, including Sangolqui food market and the famous Otavalo […]

Belize

In the company of a prominent archaeologist, […]

Namibia – Desert & Beyond

Explore one of southern Africa’s largest private nature […]

Peru – Culinary Roots of the Inca

Explore the  culinary roots of Peru with a […]

South India

Discover Bangalore and its intriguing mix of […]

Brazil

Take a cable car ride up to […]

Deserts of North India

Learn about the lifestyles of North India’s […]

Heritage of a Nation

Explore two of India’s global cities – […]

Myanmar

Discover Yangon’s 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, one of the highlights […]

Chile & the Culture of the Mapuche

Explore the history of Santiago and the indigenous cultures […]

South Africa – Cape Town & Eastern Cape

Explore Cape Town & its famous Table […]

Discovering Northern Chile

Explore ruins of former mining towns, Santa Laura […]

Custom Myanmar Tour

About Myanmar Travel Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River: One […]


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