Luxury Tours from Big Five

Welcome to Big Five Tours & Expeditions and welcome to the adventure of your life!  Our goal is simple… to make your travel dreams a reality.  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 well over four decades, Big Five has met and exceeded our guests expectations by providing authentic journeys that explore the essence of a place while honoring what is most important to them. 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

For some time, we noticed a lack of genuine child-oriented tours; programs where the kids are more than just add-ons. We decided to change that model completely. Some of our most exciting adventures are crafted with kids at the center of our ground-breaking Precious Journeys. 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 two remarkable children, who, in 2009 launched the nonprofit One More Generation (OMG). 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. We strongly believe in the youth empowerment that OMG represents. They are motivating their peers and those families to make a difference. We have seen it in action in our own family. Big Five president, Ashish, took his 8-year-old son, Shiv, to meet Carter and Olivia. Shiv learned about OMG and his entire focus changed, evolving from athletes and celebrities to conservation and his own future plans to become a scientist.  We can only image the effects of a generation of OMG kids…

As part of that commitment, 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.

Visit our Kids section to learn more about both Precious Journeys and One More Generation. And to read the most articles, including The Wall Street Journal, go over to our Media Center. Please check out our Blog while you’re here.


What's New


Discovery Northern Chile
Discover Northern Chile and travel through the unique landscapes and small villages of the Andes in Chile’s northern reaches; encounter ancient indigenous cultures; and take in fascinating ecosystems, from the Salar de Surire Natural Monument salt flat to Lauca National Park with its rich biodiversity.

The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen
This is the newest Precious Journeys adventure and it is geared towards families with young children, and is full of engaging and fun educational experiences for both parents and children. Hand-picked naturalist guides understand the need for flexibility, patience and down time. Experiences include going out with local fishermen to learn about sustainable fishing, snorkeling with some of the marine creatures and spotting wildlife including tortoises, iguanas and blue-footed boobies.  Visit Precious Journeys for more kid-centric journeys.

Chile & Argentina -Nature’s Wonders
This dynamic pair offers a variety of adventures from horseback riding in the Atacama Desert to exploring the magnificent Marble Caves. Discover the bodegas of Cafayate, and sample their wines. Find a wide array of activities to suit every interest.

India – Saving Tigers
Explore India’s natural wonders on this Precious Journeys dynamic family adventure that includes learning to be a junior naturalist with stays in luxury tented camps. Track tigers and sloth bears and so much more.

Visit our What’s New section for more New Adventures.


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In more than 42 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

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Tours at a Glance

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 […]

Chile & Argentina – Nature’s Wonders

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

India – Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

Private Sanctuaries of Ecuador

Discover the private sanctuaries of Ecuador found […]

Legendary China

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

China’s Canal Cities

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


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

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

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

Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania

Explore East Africa conservancies on guided bush […]

India – Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]


Take a cable car ride up to […]


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

Ecuador & Luxury Amazon

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

Custom New Zealand Tour

About New Zealand Travel Arthur’s Pass: In […]

Volcanos of Latin America

Board a helicopter for an overflight of six […]

Ecuador & Peru Culinary Treasures

In Quito, go shopping in the colorful market […]

Thailand & Cambodia

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


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


Experience the many faces of China from […]

Custom Peru Tour

About Peru Travel Amazon Jungle: This is […]


In the company of a prominent archaeologist, […]

Custom Kenya Tour

About Kenya Travel Amboseli Wildlife Conservancies: Amboseli’s fragile […]

Luxury Ecuador with Silversea Silver Galapagos

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

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

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

Speed Collection Jordan & Oman

Adrenaline Factor:  3 Experience the unique check-in […]


Trek into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the […]

Namibia & Botswana

Explore the world tallest sand dunes at […]

Southern Australia & Tasmania

Discover Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s wildly beautiful coast […]

Deserts of North India

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

Costa Rica

Journey to Arenal Volcano, along with Fortuna, […]

Custom Myanmar Tour

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

Ecuador & Peru Culinary Treasures

In Quito, go shopping in the colorful market […]

Patagonia, Atacama & Easter Island

Discover the staggering beauty of Torres del […]

Custom Australia Tour

About Australia Travel Alice Springs, Uluru & […]

Indonesia In Depth

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

Classic Kenya Flying Safari

This flying safari makes the most of […]

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