Adventure Travel

Luxury, Custom Adventure Tours

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.


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Trekking Tasmania & Maria Island 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This Tasmania-focused adventure offers a variety of settings from a four-day trek through the unspoiled natural beauty of Maria Island, off the coast of Tasmania, to a thrilling climb up Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge for unparalleled views of the surroundings. This journey also explores the beautiful coast along the Great Ocean Road and stunning Freycinet Peninsula. It is a hallmark exploration of Tasmania.


President’s Pick: Crystal Canyons of Colombia 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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“Being one of the first companies to operate in Colombia has its challenges. It also has its benefits – chiefly, you are able to get the unique, quality experience down to a science, and your journeys are at the cutting edge. This latest adventure is one of my favorites. It exposes you to areas that just a decade ago were thought to be inaccessible. This journey will bring out your inner Indiana Jones. Explore, and get drawn in the way I have been for the last ten years.”


President’s Pick: Sri Lanka Of Teas & Temples 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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“From Jaffna to Galle, Sri Lanka has always been that gem that seems just within reach, but that you can’t quite hold onto. Until now! For years, the northern part of Sri Lanka has been off limits and the infrastructure hasn’t been ready for tourism, however this program takes the adventurer in you to the known areas such as the Cultural Triangle and blends it with the untouched north and adds in special inclusions along the way that really show you why this is a trending destination for the future."


Southern Africa: Teeth of the Crocodile 10 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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In this Precious Journeys College Edition adventure, you travel with guides who have extensive knowledge of the bush, the animals and the cultures. You walk with the fabled Bushmen of the Kalahari, who share their knowledge and understanding of man's relationship to the environment. There are opportunities throughout this journey to explore what Africa has to teach all of us. Witness a little known zebra migration; and meet rescued, orphaned elephants plus take time to savor a range of activities at dramatic Victoria Falls.


President’s Pick: Australia Unbound 32 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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"I am always amazed at how much of Australia is still undiscovered. When you look at where the largest cluster of hotels are, it represents less than half the territory. This itinerary is designed to remove you from those clusters, taking you to the frontiers where mass settlement has not yet happened. This is the real outback. Don’t go down under, go walk about."


President’s Pick: Zimbabwe’s Wild Landscapes 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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“Like the rising sun, Zimbabwe is re-emerging as the safari destination for the ultimate bucket list. Its rich wildlife areas and incredible landscapes are irresistible. Like many other African countries, Zimbabwe has its share of economic problems, yet tourism married with conservation is proving to be the central solution that will help this country continue to emerge."


President’s Pick: Costa Rica Authentic 9 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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"Costa Rica pretty much invented the phrase “eco-tourism” but we noticed that the destination has lost some of its luster in regards to the principles of innovative sustainable travel. I was very disappointed in a recent visit when I saw little of the Costa Rica I once knew. That motivated me to go back to the drawing board. We created this new Costa Rica journey to take you back in time to the place where the sustainable principles we use today were forged."


Custom Sri Lanka Luxury Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Sri Lanka offers the traveler so much more than just a day at the beach with its rich cultural history, wealth of temples, tea plantations, rubber tree forests and rice paddy fields as well as unique endemic wildlife.


President’s Pick: Southern India’s Vijaynagar Empire 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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"I have always been fascinated with the southern part of India, especially the heritage that dates back to the 6th and 7th century. When I use the phrase ‘the space between’, I am often talking about India and about the locations in this itinerary. They represent India beyond the Maharajas, they represent a different segment of Hinduism and Buddhism. This region of India also represents the best example of sustainable tourism, offering you a window into what India could become."


Indonesia’s Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Indonesia's Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures explores the world of orangutans and allows you to spend some time in the company of these extraordinary animals. Discover the rich cultural tapestry and important historic Hindu temples of Bali and Ubud. Venture out on a thrilling helicopter exploration over villages, deep river valleys, beautiful picturesque rice fields and the volcanic Kintamani Caldera. This is a spectacular Indonesian experience.


Ecuador’s Interiors: Volcano to Rainforest 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore some of the fascinating variety Ecuador has to offer, including its distinctive cuisine - from the food markets in Quito and Otavalo to a culinary lesson in Quito, to sampling gourmet Ecuadorean fusion cuisine with a chef, who shares his secrets and famous recipes. Encounter some of Ecuador's amazing wildlife such as the high-flying condor of the Andes and the fabled pink dolphins of the Amazon. Delve into the Amazon rainforest during a three-night river cruise, and meet with Kichwa women as they share their customs, cuisine and everyday life in the jungles. Go horseback riding in the Andes past Caranqui pyramids, the largest and best-preserved archeological sites of the ancient Caranqui culture with 132 small earth mounds dating as far back as 700 CE.


President’s Pick: Natural Nicaragua 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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“Nicaragua has only recently come on the radar as an emerging destination for its wealth of nature-based activities. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast so hiking forests, swimming, kayaking, ash boarding and paragliding are all activities that I and my family enjoy. Add to this culturally and historically vibrant cities such as Leon and Granada, and the thriving coffee plantations, and Nicaragua is a fun and rewarding destination.”


Brazil’s Amazing Amazon & Cultured Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Take this journey into the Amazon Rainforest to discover the ecosystems, wildlife and people that make this one of the most unique and important pristine regions on the globe. Learn about the colonial history of Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site having the largest complex of colonial architecture in South America. Enjoy coastal Praia do Forte with activities from scuba diving to hiking. Experience the dynamic city of Rio de Janeiro.


Trekking Adventure in Ecuador’s Andes 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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In this high-altitude adventure, discover the traditional Indian village of Peguche and the family of artists there who specialize in crafting traditional musical instruments. Enjoy Otavalo’s indigenous food market to sample some exotic fruits in a market atmosphere. Walk the rim of the volcanic caldera. Take a photography lesson with a recognized photographer. Explore the Andes on foot during a three-day trek between mountain lodges for an amazing hiking adventure.


Custom Chile & Bolivia Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Chile has a vast repertoire of adventure settings from icy Patagonia to far off Easter Island to dramatic Atacama Desert. Bolivia shares Lake Titicaca with Peru, and one-third of Bolivia’s terrain is spread across the Andean mountains. Bolivia became one of the furthest points of the Inca Empire. Both countries offer a wealth of culture and cosmopolitan cities, and both should be on your must-see list.


Custom Argentina & Uruguay Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Argentina and Uruguay offer worlds of adventures that encompass natural wonders, colonial towns, classic working haciendas, historic vineyards and sophisticated cities. This dynamic duo may be the perfect combo for a South American adventure.


Australia Active 16 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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Explore Australia’s remarkable landscapes during trekking adventures in both the ancient Flinders Range and in the Scenic Rim region outside Brisbane. Join in active conservation projects to help conserve to valuable species - the koala and the Tiger Quoll. Experience sophisticated Sydney and take the Sydney Bridge climb challenge and scale stairs and catwalks never previously opened to the public for stunning panoramic views of the city and harbor. This journey is just the right mix of adventure for the outdoor enthusiast.


History, Nature & Adventure in Peru 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Peru is more than the phenomenal Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. Most travelers typically see a small percentage of what Peru has to offer. There is so more to discover in addition to the Incan Empire and three or four major sites. This journey is about blending history with nature and adventure. It’s about bringing out the active historian in you.


President’s Pick: Botswana & South Africa 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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"Botswana is truly the last frontier, a pristine safari destination, with a mission to protect the pinnacle of sustainable tourism. This adventure goes beyond conventional safaris, introducing state-of-the-art facial recognition software as the means of identifying and tracking animals. This extraordinary Botswana safari takes place in and around the filming locations used by National Geographic’s Dereck and Beverly Joubert. You end your journey in South Africa's Winelands and with a photographic workshop in Cape Town."


President’s Pick: Incredible Indochina 29 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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“I first visited Indochina with my family in 1998, and remembered thinking how much potential this region had if the infrastructure could just be improved. Fast forward to today and the conversation has changed completely to ‘how do we keep these areas authentic?’ This itinerary answers that question. Noted chef and author Daniel Hoyer introduces you to Hanoi's street foods, and you will visit the studio of celebrated artist Helene Kling in Ho Chi Minh City, who has lived in Vietnam since 1996. You even spend a night on a floating luxury hotel on the famous River Kwai. From world-class accommodations to sailing the Mekong River, this exceptional journey takes you to the cutting edge.”


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