Adventure… This simple word conjures up a world of possibilities. Each of us defines it on our own terms. Big Five’s talented team of Destination Specialists has created exceptional opportunities for you to indulge your spirit of adventure. Each element of our adventure tours has been honed and polished to a high sheen to insure that your custom journey surpasses expectations. Don’t see your ultimate tour here? Our specialists have the imagination and resources to help you define your own definition of adventure travel and make it a reality. Challenge us to create and customize your adventure. Let us show you how we don’t tell stories better; we tell better stories.
President’s Picks: Australia & New Zealand 29 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
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“There are so many choices across so many spectrums to see Australia and New Zealand. In 2003, our CEO and founder, Mahen, asked me to launch Australia and New Zealand. My first visit to the region left me, well, disappointing, and feeling that the journey was contrived. What I saw in the luxury realm was simply the same bus tour routes adapted with luxury hotels. Like you, I crave authenticity, and that sense of personal discovery. Over the next 13 years, my team and I worked to develop a sustainable product for the region. It was really a lot of fun doing the research and the countless visits led to epiphany after epiphany. We redefined the idea of luxury travel in Australia and New Zealand. What resulted is an authentic journey that fits our model of sustainability as well as provides you with an exceptional experience.” Ashish Sanghrajka
Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $12,825
“When a country struggles for tourism the way many in Africa have in the last 18 months, there is something special that comes out of that journey – innovation. Over the last decade, the resistance to poaching and the need to preserve indigenous cultures became so strong that the notion of community-based conservancies was born. It was pioneered in countries like Namibia and Kenya. That same idea spread like wildfire into Tanzania, where the commitment to the conservancy model of safaris is now thriving. We hope that the cliché of the mass of tourist buses surrounding animals and Maasai villages that are more like gift shops become a thing of the past. This safari is an example of what the future of safaris in Tanzania will look like in the years to come. Why wait for the future when it can be your present.” -- Ashish Sanghrajka, president
President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures 16 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,480
“I have always had that fire burning in me to search out the most authentic of places. One of the areas that frustrated me the most was Argentina. No matter how hard I looked, all I could find were the same areas in every itinerary. Where had our imagination gone? Was this all Argentina had? We kept pushing for more until we finally uncovered a whole new layer. This program is the first part of that culmination that finally connects Argentina to the ancient cultures of South America through Salta.” Ashish Sanghrajka
Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers 20 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $19,820
Hikers explore the Andean landscapes of Peru during a dramatic lodge-to-lodge adventure that encompasses treks in altitudes of 3,868m/12,690 ft to 4,636m/15,213 ft. As you end your mountain trek, you will savor a distant but spectacular view of the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu from the southeast. Then experience this ancient Incan fortress. You also explore the classic colonial cities of Lima and Cusco and enjoy a scenic flight over the famous Nasca and Palpa Lines. This is a luxury hiking journey for active adventurers seeking an unrivaled, high altitude experience of the Peruvian Andes.
Australia’s Ancient Landscapes 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
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Australia’s adventurous personality shines in this journey that takes in breathtaking lands, unique flora and fauna, and adventure activities from diving the Great Barrier Reef to climbing Sydney’s Harbor Bridge. Explore Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast, with its white sand beaches, dramatic wilderness and breathtaking vistas. Enjoy the cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and so much more. Experience Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake, from Pumphouse Point, where explore by canoe or hike the internationally known Overland Track hiking trail in the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness.
The Silken Thread – Tribal Connections 18 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Step off the well known trails to carve out a one-of-a-kind travel experience that is uniquely yours, 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. Most of these people can trace their history directly back to Southern China, which you will see in their faces and in their handed-down traditions.
Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter 8 Days Precious Journeys Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $4,370
From making chocolate and peanut butter, to climbing a volcano, to ziplining in the rainforest, this amazing family adventure encompasses some of the best experiences Guatemala has to offer. Go on a jaguar footprint scavenger hunt, and wander the stone monuments of the Mayan city of Tikal. This is a journey your family will long remember.
Heritage of a Nation 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,530
This adventure is unlike a typical India tour. On this journey, you have the rare opportunity to experience an ancient Hindu festival in Haridwar - the wildly colorful spectacle of Ardh Kumbh Mela, a festival that rotates to one of four destinations in India, Your journey will be tailored around one of the seven sacred bathing dates (see Day 4). You will discover the rich heritage of a nation, and savor the spiritual ambience found in Haridwar and its Hindu temples and ashrams. Witness the sacred Ganges River during a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony. Enjoy ride on a local train. Explore the great global cities of Delhi and Mumbai. You will leave India with a greater understanding of this vast, ancient and complex land.
South Africa’s Unique Lodges 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $11,350
South Africa is home to a variety of outstanding and unique lodges and tented camps. This adventure offers three very distinctive properties that give travelers experiences ranging from the classic African safari in search of the 'big five' in Sabi Sands, to the rare and unique fynbos plant kingdom of Grootbos, with its remarkable whale watching opportunities, to grass lands of the Kalahari, home to the traditional San people.
Australia’s Primeval Landscapes 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Discover the wonderfully varied landscapes of Australia - from Cape Range National Park, home to the magnificent corals of Ningaloo Reef to the Flinders Rangers, which offer some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery. Savor a range of activities that includes hiking, sea kayaking, 4WD excursion, wildlife viewing and mountain biking. And don't forget sophisticated Sydney - the perfect end to your Australian adventure.
Legendary China 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $14,350
Explore the depth of China, its vast history and amazing cities and towns. See the inspiration for the mountain in the movie "Avatar." Enjoy unique excursions such as traveling in a sidecar of a replica of a 1930’s BMW M71 motorcycle in Shanghai; touring Guilin by bicycle; and taking a bamboo raft along the Yulong River through amazing landscapes.
Tanzania: Into the Wild 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $16,290
Explore Tanzania's unique ecosystems and abundant wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Plains. Travel into Mahale Mountains to discover the world of chimpanzees.
Peru – Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,670
Explore Peru's most remarkable gems - from one of the most important ecosystems in the world - the Amazon Rainforest basin to the ancient Andes Mountains to the Pacific Coast. Discover cultural icons such as Machu Picchu and the mythic Nazca Lines.
Discovering Northern Chile 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $3,900
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 7 Days Precious Journeys Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $3,450
The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen 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.
Ecuador: From Machalilla to Zuleta 10 Days Precious Journeys Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $2,880
This Precious Journeys adventure takes your family into the heart of Ecuador's mainland to experience its landscapes, wildlife and people. Discover the thrill of working with an archeologist on a dig; snorkel and swim in clear waters of Drake’s Bay; and explore Zuleta's culture and search for the endangered Ecuadorian condor.
South Africa – Cape Town & Eastern Cape 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $4,395
This South African adventure features a safari in the private, malaria-free game reserve of Kariega; an exploration of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the lovely Cape Peninsula; and visits to some of the vineyards in the country's famous Winelands.
Chile & Argentina – Nature’s Wonders 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $10,550
Chile & Argentina... 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 12 Days Precious Journeys Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $5,350
Explore India's natural wonders on this 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.
Rural Landscapes of Laos & Cambodia 12 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $4,860
This journey takes you into the traditional villages and through rural landscapes of Laos and Cambodia. Go on an elephant back ride into the teak forest; hike a trail that crosses bamboo bridges, past waterfalls, fantastic limestone formations and pools in the dense jungle. Raft down Nam Khan River. Visit fascinating temples and colorful markets. Marvel at the mythic, 12th century site of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's jewel of Khmer architecture. Ride a quad bike into the forest to reach a temple that few travelers visit.