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 21st 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.

 

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.

 

Travel Blog
For a glimpse at what we do all day

Learn about interesting ideas, people and adventures. Discover 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.

 

President’s Picks

We challenged our ever-on-the-road president, Ashish Sanghrajka, to come up with some of his favorite journeys and destinations. The result is the President’s Picks collection. We told him that he had to reach outside the box and consider places, experiences and adventures that we didn’t already have in our itineraries. So far, he had taken us way off the beaten trails to Haridwar, India to witness a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony; to a mobile tented camp experience in the Agafay Desert in southern Morocco; and digging for emeralds in Colombia.

Now he presents Mainland Ecuador. As a result of the recent earthquakes, we present this journey in support of Ecuador and understanding fully that some areas of the itinerary may have been affected by the recent quakes and aftershocks.

“We launch this program knowing that Ecuador will rebuild and that these areas will emerge better than before,” Ashish states.

Visit President’s Picks to see where he takes us next.

 

Family Focused Adventures
Your alternative to family tolerant travel

PrintWe developed journeys specifically crafted with children at the center of each of our ground-breaking Precious Journeys adventures. These journeys allow our youngest travelers, in an age range of about 5 through 11, to explore the world and learn about subjects ranging from archaeology to zoology. They discover varied cultures and meet other children. They learn about sustainability in 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. FTA member logo

We have also 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.

To read articles and information, including The Wall Street Journal article featuring Precious Journeys, go over to our Media Center 

 

What's New
New Worlds to Explore Check out some of our newest adventures, including a new Zambia & Malawi in our Enrichment Series that takes you to discover the wealth of natural adventures such as a cruise on the fabled Zambezi River, safari in Zambia and an exploration of Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, the country’s oldest and least-developed protected and home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Fro more of Southern Africa, we offer a 10-day South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana that takes in stunning safari locations as well as legendary Victoria Falls.  Or consider a luxury mobile tented camp experience in India on our India: A Northern Adventure.  Whatever destination calls to your soul, Big Five can take you there.

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 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.

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

Big Five Wins 2014 Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Award

Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 World

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

Tours at a Glance

President’s Pick: Mainland Ecuador

Explore two of Ecuador’s amazing ecosystems — the […]

India: A Northern Adventure

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

Classic Egypt Exploration

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

President’s Picks: South Africa

Begin your South Africa adventure with a zip […]

President’s Picks: Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar

 Explore fascinating Hanoi, Vietnam the way few […]

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: Namibia & Botswana

Namib-Naukluft National Park, and its diversity of different desert […]

President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures

Explore the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO […]

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 […]

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

In private workshops, learn to make two […]

President’s Picks: Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar

 Explore fascinating Hanoi, Vietnam the way few […]

Thailand & Cambodia

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

President’s Picks: Morocco

Explore exotic and ancient Marrakech, its colorful […]

Australia’s Abundant Adventures

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

South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana

Experience magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and enjoy […]

The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen

Explore an organic coffee plantation to learn […]

New Zealand

Discover New Zealand’s welcoming capital city, Auckland, […]

Custom Belize Tour

About Belize Travel Ambergris Caye: This is […]

India – Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

Ecuador: From Machalilla to Zuleta

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

Morocco: Splendors of the Berber South

“Not many journeys that offer Morocco focus […]

Guatemala

Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend the […]

Botswana & Zambia – Three Rivers

Experience a luxury safari in Botswana 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 […]

Custom Botswana Tour

About Botswana Travel Chobe National Park/Linyanti Wildlife […]

Chile & the Culture of the Mapuche

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

Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House

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

Myanmar

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

Ancestor Volcanoes of Guatemala & Galapagos Islands

“I and my family love to participate […]

Chile & Ecuador

Explore sophisticated Santiago, its history, art, culture and  […]

South Africa, Botswana & Zambia

Experience one of Africa’s icons, Victoria Falls, […]

Ecuador: From Machalilla to Zuleta

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

Guatemala & Colombia

Savor the unique opportunity to watch the […]

Patagonia, Southern Ice Fields & Northern Chile

Get to know Chile’s charming capital from […]

Egypt & Jordan

Begin your Egypt adventure with an exploration of […]

Gems of Nicaragua

Explore the charming and historic city of Granada […]


Travel Blog

Introducing Malawi…

Surprising, startling, amazing, magnificent… This is the

April 27, 2016

Ecuador on Earth Day 46

Friday, April 22nd, will mark the 46th

April 21, 2016

400 times hotter than Tabasco

The ghost pepper! In 2007, Guinness World

April 14, 2016

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