Romantic Getaways

Romantic Travel Tours

Can you imagine a more spectacular or dreamy start beginning to your new life together than beginning your honeymoon under the brilliant Kenyan skies on your very own private star bed? Awaken to witness the glow in the east as the sun rises up to greet you. You may hear an elephant swimming in the pool below you, or watch the gruff wart-hog and fragile gazelle drinking along the edge. The landscapes in northern Kenya spread out before you – a gem in the wilderness, abundant with wildlife in the heart of dramatic escarpments and wildlife plains.

Or perhaps, your idea of a honeymoon of a lifetime begins at atop an ancient, fourth-century Mayan temple looking out over a vast landscape of lush jungle interrupted only by the occasional village.  You are in the heart of the jungle of Belize, where you will spend the night in a specially prepared tent at the foot of the temple, just the two of you!  Belize is a wonderfully romantic place, where you can enjoy secluded private picnic lunches and candle-lit dinners as well as adventure.

In India, you can savor incredibly luxurious heritage properties – former palaces, and enjoy lavish spa treatments together.  South Africa, Chile or Australia…. Whatever the occasion – honeymoon, anniversary or simply a romantic getaway, Big Five can arrange an extraordinary adventure to suit your passions.   At Big Five, we don’t tell stories better; we help your family tell better stories.


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President’s Picks: Adventure Australia 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

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“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

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“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.” Ashish Sanghrajka


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

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“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.” Ashish Sanghrajka


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

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“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.” Ashish Sanghrajka


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

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“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.” Ashish Sanghrajka


President’s Pick: 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


President’s Pick: Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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“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

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“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


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.


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.


President’s Pick: Australia’s Primeval Landscapes 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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“When I first visited Australia years ago, I admit I came away disappointed. What I saw was the same problem I had seen elsewhere – there was no separation between private tours and rings of buses all headed to exactly the same places. There was no distinctiveness. Australia is currently enjoying one of the biggest tourism booms in its history but its tourism industry has focused all their marketing efforts on the same handful of places. Indeed 95% of the travelers are still being funneled into the same molds, whether they were private clients or mass market. I have never been one to follow others. I want to find a way to make a difference, even in a first world country. This is ingrained our entire Big Five team, so we serve the five percent of travelers who share our vision. And we look deeper and farther afield to give our guests something more and at the same time give back to the people who live there.” Ashish Sanghrajka


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.


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.


Thailand – A Natural Adventure 20 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

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Thailand offers adventures from the newest craze - wine tasting at a boutique vineyard, to canoeing mangrove swamps. Explore rainforest canopies by zipline and encounter the some of Asia's traditional Hill Tribe villages.


Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $8,865

This Kenya & Tanzania Safari Classic is a perfect adventure for the first-time safari traveler. Explore game-rich private conservancies and national parks in search of the famous big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Experience the open plains of the Serengeti and the fabled lands of the Mara. Learn about the traditional Maasai culture.


Chile & the Culture of the Mapuche 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $8,760

Discover Chile's ancient indigenous culture, the Mapuche, explore untouched natural parks by horse or on foot, climb a volcano, go river rafting, and take in the dramatic Atacama Desert.


Namibia Flying Safari 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $15,450

Go on safari in the remarkable landscapes of Namibia, from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Visit a traditional community of one of the last nomadic people in Africa. Discover the 2,500-year-old prehistoric rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.


Thailand & Cambodia 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $11,350

This extraordinary Southeast Asia adventure explores new territory from a cutting-edge winery, to quad biking in the rainforest, to exploring ancient Khmer temples, to a luxurious private island stay. Explore Asia with us.


Volcanoes of Latin America 19 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $14,790

Born of volcanoes, Guatemala, Ecuador and Colombia feature fascinating landscapes and flourishing cultures to discover. Board a helicopter for an overflight of six different volcanoes en route to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Savor a rare experience… glamping at Uaxactun Mayan ruins - an overnight stay in the ruins in the comfort of your own private camp with candle-lit dinner. Explore Colombia's Popayan, known for its beautiful colonial architecture and nearby Purace National Park. Visit the Totumo Mud Volcano, northeast of Cartagena, for a thermal mud bath, both restoring and fun. Take in Ecuador's fabled volcanoes, escorted by a volcanologist, who will help you explore the geology, history and legends of these ancient landscapes


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