Family Travel

Luxury, Adventure Family Tours

More families are traveling together these days. In fact, family travel has increased dramatically over the last several years. Big Five is a family-owned company that applauds this trend. We recognize the importance of family connections; and how those connections deepen when families explore the world together. We have established family tour itineraries and sought out accommodations and activities that truly welcome and embrace families. Far beyond being merely family tolerant, these programs feature elements that allow all ages to participate, and to learn and experience other cultures together. At Big Five, we don’t tell stories better; we help your family tell better stories.


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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.


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: Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar 22 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $11,000

“My first trip to Indochina was in 1997 as a teenager, and I have returned many times. The region has come a long way and so have the experiences our guests can enjoy. Myanmar in particular is at a crossroads and anyone visiting now has a front row seat to change that will rewrite the history books. The one thing that has stayed true since my first visit is the innocence and warmth of the people. They may not be the most polished, however, their hearts and intentions are the best I have ever seen.”


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: Ecuador & Galapagos 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $11,200

“Remember 25… That represents roughly the percentage of Ecuador’s population on the mainland who are indigenous. For years, I have been concerned that Ecuador was seen only through the lens of the Galapagos Islands. Virtually all travelers were being funneled into the islands, putting pressure on the island’s resource while bypassing the rest of the nation. Yes, the islands are genuinely amazing and worth exploring, but there is more to the country. The pre-Incan cultures of Ecuador, which were later unified in the interior, all exist in areas outside the few gateway cities. These cultures still exist today, but for how much longer? Many are leaving their communities and often their traditions behind to find work in the cities. This has the effect of disrupting, sometimes permanently, their heritage for future generations. By including these traditional communities in the tourism equation, we create a win-win for all, and help us fulfill our sustainable promise. In the Galapagos, we bring the African experience to the islands using a family-owned luxury tented camp deep inside Santa Cruz National Park combined with a small vessel cruise through the outer islands. What results is a perfect marriage.”


President’s Pick: Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $6,600

“Everywhere I look when I see itineraries for Chile, I keep seeing the same four or five locations over and over. For quite some time, I felt that something more existed, an experience or interaction that not only showed me something new about Chile, it also met a personal requirement of mine regarding sustainability. Enter the Mapuche communities, one of the oldest indigenous cultures in a country. There is tremendous history in Chile dating back to the Incas and beyond that reaches beyond Chile’s tourist locations that everyone already visits. I am delighted to be able to take our guests off the track to see the real Chile.”


President’s Pick: Namibia & Botswana 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $18,200

“Conservancies are the future of Africa. There is no stronger example of the conservation model put to use in southern Africa than in Botswana and Namibia. 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 offer a different view to than the crowds of Chobe 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.”


President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures 16 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $8,000

“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.”


Australia’s Abundant Adventures 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.


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.


Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $7,800

Explore some of Peru's extraordinary landscapes from the amazing Amazon Rainforest, where you stay in a treehouse and take an unforgettable journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast on the brand new Interoceanic Highway. Encounter with river communities to learn how they coexist with the remarkable environment. Travel by train through simply spectacular mountain scenery as your train winds through dramatic scenery to reach the monumental mountain fortress of Machu Picchu... the Lost City of the Incas. Get an aerial look at the mythic Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines, ancient geoglyphs in the desert as well the oldest Chakana (Andean Southern Cross) that can be seen from the air.


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.


President’s Pick: Chile & Argentina 17 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

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“When we think of Argentina or Chile, we think of three things – Patagonia, Iguassu Falls, and Buenos Aires. This itinerary breaks all those molds, showing you what few others see. Heading into Chile, we embrace the Mapuche community, integrating their culture and preserved land into your visit. While in Atacama, we feature an experience that goes beyond the desert, showcasing the history of the ancient cultures including the Incas, reaching back in time like no other location in Chile. End your journey at the cultural epicenter of the Aymara culture Argentina, a location where everything can be found in place – Salta.” Ashish Sanghrajka


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.


Laos & Cambodia Rural Landscapes 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $4,200

Journey through the traditional towns and villages and rural landscapes of Laos and Cambodia. Experience a personal encounter with Asia elephants at elephant camp, where you interact with these gentle animals as you help feed and bathe them, learn how to handle them, and take an elephant- back excursion into the teak forest. Hike across bamboo bridges, past waterfalls, and fantastic limestone formations; raft down Nam Khan River; and take a quad bike into the forest to reach a nearly forgotten temple. Visit organic farms and rice fields in the heart of Cambodia and learn from local farmers. Discover Laos' relaxed capital of Vientiane and the temple-rich city of Luang Prabang. Experience Cambodia's staggering 12th century site of Angkor Wat, the crown jewel of Khmer architecture.


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