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.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Big Five Destination Specialists on Travel + Leisure’s 2014 A List of top Travel Agents
Our Mission – We Don’t Tell Stories Better, We Tell Better Stories®
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