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: Peru 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $7,800
“When I look at Peru, I see more than Machu Picchu. I see a country that is only showing 10% of its true character. There is so more to Peru then one empire, more than three or four stops. It’s time to reinvent the way we think about Peru, change our view. This journey is about blending history with nature, about bringing out the active historian in you.”
President’s Picks: Botswana & South Africa 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $11,975
"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 28 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $12,050
“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.”
Adventure Botswana 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
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Explore the varied landscapes and environments of Botswana that encompasses Savuti Channel, the Okavango Delta and the dramatic Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Encounter large herds of zebra, wildebeest, elephant and other wildlife. Enjoy outstanding bird watching. Take in the iconic Victoria Falls and explore the range of adventure activities available.
Panama’s Remote Province 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $4,700
Explore the colonial Old Quarter of Panama City and a scenic flight that takes in the city, port and famous canal. Spend four nights glamping in the most remote and least visited province in Panama, hiking in the Darien National Forest and visiting local villages of the indigenous Embera people. Savor this enriching natural adventure.
President’s Pick: Mainland Ecuador 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,150
1 in 4 - That is the ratio of people in Ecuador that still have indigenous blood lines, very few of whom live in the Galapagos Islands. This program highlights the rich heritage, the amazing nature and the tremendous beauty of mainland Ecuador. This adventure focuses on the lesser known areas and people such as the Huaorani community deep in the Amazon jungle. Big Five launched its South American division several years ago, beginning with Ecuador, and I believe the future goes through the past.
Zambia & Malawi 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $9,995
Discover the wealth of natural adventures in this journey into Zambia and Malawi. Enjoy a cruise on the fabled Zambezi River, Go on safari in Zambia for elephant, antelope, buffalo, kudu, zebra, Thornycroft's giraffe and wildebeest as well as lion, wild dog, hyena and leopard. Experience Malawi's Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, the country's oldest and least-developed protected and home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including more than 280 species of birds.
South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $6,550
Take in the famous Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the Zambezi River to bungee jumping. Explore Botswana's remarkable national parks and private game reserves teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Discover the Okavango Delta's rich waterways by canoe and boat and travel into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist. Savor the experience of staying in small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that recall another, slower time.
India: A Northern Adventure 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,150
Experience India’s first luxury mobile tented camp in stunning high latitude settings while exploring the towns and villages of the northern province of Ladakh. On this journey, you can participate in a traditional sunrise prayer ceremony at a monastery and explore Nubra Valley and the village of Turtuk, the only place in India where you can witness the centuries-old Balti culture. Experience the Ganges at sunset and witness the Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Niketan. Explore the striking spiritual ambience found in Haridwar.
President’s Picks: Colombia’s Gems 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $20,000
“A sleeping giant… that was the nickname Colombia earned 10 years ago as it took the first step towards opening up to international tourism. That was the first time I visited that amazing country and I am proud to say that we were among the first to recognize its potential. Fast forward a decade and that giant is clearly no longer sleeping. Colombia has blossomed and has so much to offer. It still has its doubters, even among its own population, but that leaves Colombia for the rest of us to enjoy.”
Classic Egypt Exploration 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $8,999
Discover ancient Egypt's fabled pyramids from the great Pyramids of Giza to the Valleys of the Kings and the Queens, to Dendera Temple Complex, one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt. Explore the monument sights during a four-night cruise on the magical Nile River. Spend an enchanting evening visiting Cairo's cafes and shops and met local residents to learn about their lives today. Discover fascinating desert oasis of Fayoum, the oldest city in Egypt, founded 4000 years BCE, making it also one of the most ancient cities in all of Africa. This journey is an excellent introduction to both ancient and modern Egypt.
President’s Picks: South Africa 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,000
“Change is the name of the game in Africa and this is especially true in South Africa. As a second generation native, I have witnessed everything from government changes to the rise of leaders such as Nelson Mandela. Through it all, South Africa has always carried a special place for me because of its dynamic blend of the modern metropolis of Jo’burg and small cosmopolitan Cape Town with the quintessential safari experience. And, it serves as a gateway to the entire continent. Some things never get old.”
President’s Picks: Adventure Australia 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $13,000
“I have been traveling to Australia for more than a decade now, and it keeps drawing me back again and again because I discover more to enjoy single every time. The country is vast and has so many facets, so many nooks and crannies as yet unexplored by travelers that the opportunities to find something unique, something off the beaten track are almost endless. This journey fits in well with our other adventures in this country in terms of Big Five being fully sustainable in Australia.”
President’s Picks: Morocco 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $7,700
“The long drives that are involved in traveling in Morocco have always bothered me; especially when they yielded disappointment. Over last 10 years of travel to Morocco, repeatedly searching for new places and exciting opportunities, I can say “success.” Finally, I have found the Morocco no one else knows – even the carpet salesmen. And it begins with original Van Gogh art in Marrakech and culminates in the Agafay Desert. I invite to discover unexplored Morocco.”
President’s Pick: India 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $12,600
“I’ve traveled to the furthest corners of India ever since I was a child, and have always been in love with the country, its history, and its politics. For a long time now, I have felt that India had all the tools to be truly great, if it would just get out of its own way. That applies especially to tourism. For years, every commercial and magazine article talked about palaces and grand monuments. All integral parts of India, however, hardly the complete story. I began to look for community involvement – an integral component to the equation of authenticity. I was disappointed with the answers I received. Where was the value, where was the authenticity? Many seemed reluctant to explore new ideas. I want to introduce you to the India I know such as in this itinerary where we take you to Haridwar, closer to the source of the sacred Ganges River, where the water flows clean. You witness an aarti ceremony in the evening along the river, where prayer ceremonies are performed with passion, not for tourism’s sake. Indeed, you’ll find few tourists here. This is the authentic North India I want to share with you.”
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $11,200
On this adventure, you will explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve and travel into the highlands of Ecuador to the historic Hacienda Zuleta. Explore the Tulipe Archaeological Site, originally built by the Yumbo people between 800 and 1660 CE. Enjoy a five-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Athala II, and encounters the endemic wildlife from iguanas to seals both on the volcanic islands and in surrounding waters. Savor an island stay at a safari camp and see one of the few Scalesia forests that remain almost intact. This is a spectacular journey for nature lovers.
Colombia & Guatemala: City, Country & a Volcano 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $6,600
Colombia and Guatemala make a natural pair with their satisfying blend of culture, history and adventure. Go hiking or horseback riding in Colombia's Cocora Valley in Los Nevados National Park and hike up an active volcano with your volcanologist guide. Enjoy a walking tour of Antigua, Guatemala's charming colonial city, and take a helicopter flight over six different volcanoes to Lake Atitlan for a kayaking adventure. Discover Cartagena's old walled city, with its local markets. Experience Colombia's noted coffee culture. Walk the main plaza, pyramids, and temples of the ancient Mayan cities of Uaxactun and Tikal with your guide; and savor a rare experience - Glamping at Uaxactun, an overnight stay in the ruins that offers a unique way to experience this ancient Maya site in the comfort of your own private camp.
Namibia & Botswana 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $18,200
Conservancies are the future of Africa and Botswana and Namibia are on the leading edge of this movement. From the intentional cap on the number of visitors through pricing in Botswana, to the constitutional amendment for sustainability in Namibia, southern Africa is facing a new frontier for remote safaris. The open ranges of northern Namibia, where the real Namibia can be found, to northern Botswana’s Selinda Spillway, where you witness the lesser-known zebra migration, this safari offers you a different view, an authentic experience.
Classic Australia & New Zealand 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $29,000
This distinctive Australia and New Zealand exploration takes you into Australia's cities from iconic, sophisticated Sydney to Melbourne with its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, trams and boutique shops. Enjoy a jaunt to Kangaroo Island to discover the vast wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park. New Zealand's stunning islands encompass the South Island's beautiful Christchurch and continue to Queenstown, where you savor a hot air balloon with views of the Southern Alps. North Island's Rotorua is a thermal wonderland is one of New Zealand's most colorful volcanic areas. Stay in some of the most exclusive and luxurious lodges in the South Pacific that offer adventures ranging from star gazing, to jet boat journeys, to trekking and wildlife viewing.
President’s Pick: Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $14,850
“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.”