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.


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Where to next?

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 new 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 to spend a night stargazing from a hammock on a pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Visit President’s Picks to see where he takes us next.

If you’d like to read more about our president, check out the recent profile in Travel Pulse by David Cogswell: “Ashish Sanghrajka: Sharing a Life of Travel”


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; especially in our new collection – President’s Picks, which are journeys Big Five president, Ashish Sanghrajka, has created aroudn soem of his own travel passions.  Adventure Australia includes glamping on the Great Barrier Reef and climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Morocco includes a mobile tented camp experience in the Agafay Desert with its lunar-like landscapes and hikes in the rugged Atlas Mountains. India encompasses a variety of unique experiences such as visiting the sacred Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat to savor a rare experience – the golden reflection of flowers floating in the sacred Ganges during a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony. For more President’s Picks adventure, click on the link above.   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:

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 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: Argentina Adventures

Explore the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO […]

Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers

For serious hikers, this high-altitude adventure takes you trekking on […]

Australia’s Abundant Adventures

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

The Silken Thread – Tribal Connections

Explore a far off place few travelers […]

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter

In private workshops, learn to make two […]

Heritage of a Nation

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

Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador & Peru

Take in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, and […]

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 […]

Ecuador & Luxury Amazon

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

Custom Costa Rica Tour

About Costa Rica Travel Arenal: The rainforest […]

Thailand – A Natural Adventure

Explore exotic Bangkok, once known as ‘Venice of the […]

President’s Pick: Australia & New Zealand

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

Private Sanctuaries of Ecuador

Discover the private sanctuaries of Ecuador found […]

Kenya Highlands

During this rich cultural journey, gain insight […]

Peru: Adventure in the Andes

“I am from Chiclayo, Peru so Peru […]

Custom South Africa Tour

About South Africa Travel Blyde River Canyon: The […]

Australia’s Abundant Adventures

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

Northern Kenya & The Masai Mara

Explore Kenya’s  Nairobi National Park, which holds […]

Egypt & Jordan

Begin your Egypt adventure with an exploration of […]

Namibia – Desert & Beyond

Explore one of southern Africa’s largest private nature […]

Oman: Caravans of the Bedu

Enjoy a unique experience of Oman on […]

President’s Pick: Colombia & Guatemala

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

Custom Peru Tour

About Peru Travel Amazon Jungle: This is […]

New Zealand’s Spectacular South Island

Explore pristine lakes and landscapes of New […]

Custom Cambodia & Laos Tour

About Cambodia & Laos Travel Battambang: Founded in […]

Kenya Highlands

During this rich cultural journey, gain insight […]

South Africa & Zambia

Discover Cape Town, one of the most […]

Kenya & Tanzania

Experience this grand safari adventure, beginning with […]

Southern Tanzania

Explore the ecosystems and animals of Tanzania’s largest park, Ruaha National […]

Custom Tanzania Tour

About Tanzania Travel Mt. Kilimanjaro: The “rooftop […]

Southern Africa: A Connoisseur’s Ultimate Journey

“This trip to Southern Africa is sophisticated […]

Custom Botswana Tour

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

Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos: Minority Tribes of Indochina

“I created this tour for the true […]

Ecuador Highlands

Join renowned chef, Esteban Tapia, who is part […]

Thailand & Cambodia

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

Northern Kenya & The Masai Mara

Explore Kenya’s  Nairobi National Park, which holds […]

Travel Blog

Yes, be careful with this devil

Looking horror-movie fierce, the thorny devil is just one

February 4, 2016

Mobile in Morocco

    Camping has certainly evolved since

January 28, 2016

Pots & Salt Pans

There are few experiences more mesmerizing than

January 21, 2016

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