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.


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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®

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Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

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Heritage of a Nation

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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, […]

Legendary China

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

China’s Canal Cities

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


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Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

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

President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures

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Ecuador: From Machalilla to Zuleta

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

Costa Rica Adventure for All

Thrill to whitewater rafting on one of the […]

Namibia & Botswana

Explore the world tallest sand dunes at […]

Private Conservancies in Tanzania

Discover some of the next generation of […]

Natural New Zealand

Explore the casual capital city of Auckland […]

South Africa & Zimbabwe

Enjoy a scenic ride around the cape […]

South Africa

Discover charming Cape Town, Cape Point and […]

Custom Panama Tour

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Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Explore Panama City, the oldest Spanish settlement […]

South Africa’s Unique Lodges

Stay in three very distinctive properties that give […]

South Africa, Botswana & Zambia

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

Custom Tanzania Tour

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Chile & Ecuador

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

Custom Argentina Tour

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Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House

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

Cambodia & Laos

Explore Cambodia’s crown jewel of Khmer art […]


Explore Panama City’s 17th-century Casco Viejo and […]

Northeast India, Sikkim & Bhutan

Begin your India adventure with an exploration […]

Indonesia In Depth

Explore Indonesia’s lush jungle trails searching for […]

Heritage of a Nation

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

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

In private workshops, learn to make two […]

Panama’s Cultural Treasures

Explore and interact with Panama’s traditional community of Ella […]

Jordan: A Journey Back in Time

“I am fascinated by Jordan.  It has […]

Peru – Amazon, Andes & the Coast

Explore the Amazon Rainforest while you stay […]

Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos: Minority Tribes of Indochina

“I created this tour for the true […]

Custom Israel Tour

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