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.
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.
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: 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.
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
Starting Price: $7,700
Australia offers unique natural wonders including Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel, where you can, depending on season, swim with the giant whale shark, the world’s largest fish, and witness turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in summer. Discover Flinders Ranges, a timeless terrain molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity resulting in some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery during guided excursions highlighting the geology, history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region. Experience sophisticated Sydney with its eccentric history, beautiful harbor, fine dining, galleries and Adelaide's elegant tree-lined streets, stone churches, Central Market. Sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Center.
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.
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.