Luxury Travel & Tours from Big Five

Favorite Five vert3r copyWelcome 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

Panama’s Remote Province

Enjoy a scenic flight over Panama City, […]

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 […]

Colombia & Guatemala: City, Country & a Volcano

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

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

Discover the epicenter of the arts scene in […]

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 Costa Rica Tour

About Costa Rica Travel Arenal: The rainforest […]

President’s Pick: Ecuador & Galapagos

Explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi […]

Chile & Argentina

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

South Africa & Zimbabwe

Enjoy a scenic ride around the cape […]

South India

Discover Bangalore and its intriguing mix of […]

Kao Gu China

Explore one of the most fascinating cities […]

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

In private workshops, learn to make two […]

India – Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

India

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

President’s Picks: Morocco

Explore exotic and ancient Marrakech, its colorful […]

Chile & Bolivia

Explore Chile’s remarkable Torres Del Paine National Park […]

Classic Australia & New Zealand

Discovery Australia’s distinctive cities:  iconic Sydney, with its historic waterfront, famous beaches, […]

Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast

Explore the Amazon Rainforest while you stay […]

Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture & Coast

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

Cambodia & Laos

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

Madagascar

Explore Madagascar’s world of lemurs,  from tiny mouse lemurs […]

New Zealand’s Spectacular South Island

Explore pristine lakes and landscapes of New […]

Custom Botswana Tour

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

Ecuador & Luxury Amazon

Enjoy a wonderful evening tour of Quito, founded in […]

Custom Madagascar Tour

About Madagascar Travel Anakao: The coastal village […]

Cambodia & Laos

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

Custom India, Nepal & Sri Lanka Tour

About India, Nepal & Sri Lanka Travel […]

Indochina

Spend two days and nights cruising Halong […]

South Africa, Botswana & Zambia

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

Tanzania: Into the Wild

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

Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast

Explore the Amazon Rainforest while you stay […]

Custom Argentina Tour

About Argentina Travel Buenos Aires: Like most […]


Travel Blog

Pretty Perfect

“It’s like coming home,” said Ashish Sanghrajka,

May 19, 2016

Sling a Sling

For many of us, an iconic image

May 12, 2016

Kandy and the Tooth

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic,

May 5, 2016

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