Enrichment Series

Enrichment Series – Travel feeds the soul, nurtures the spirit and invigorates the mind.  As travelers ourselves, we at Big Five Tours & Expeditions understand the powerful urge to explore and experience worlds outside our own.  From the earliest explorers to the first lunar landing, we humans seem called by our very nature to discover new horizons.   The Enrichment Series reaches beyond the premier, luxury journeys our guests have come to expect from us.  We have carefully considered every component, and constructed each itinerary to give you the opportunity to make your own personal discoveries.

We have sought to provide you with well-paced day-to-day activities, classic accommodations, distinctive cuisine, and that something extra that crosses the bridge from good to extraordinary.  For example, during out Cleopatra’s Palaces program, you savor an experience the pharaohs could not dreamed of – watching the sun rise over ancient Luxor as your hot air balloon floats peacefully above the majestic city.  Our Land of Kings program in India includes dining at the home of our Country Manager and his family for a taste of traditional Indian hospitality and a sampling of regional foods.

We believe passionately in the power of authentic human interconnections to enrich lives and to bring new understandings.


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Galapagos Islands Land Adventure 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Enjoy this land-based exploration of the Galapagos Islands. Stay in luxury tented camp and a delightful island lodge. Swim, snorkel, and spend time on stunning beaches with a host of wildlife that are nearby and unafraid of your presence. Savor this extraordinary wildlife experience.


Andean Adventure by Train 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Combine three distinctive train journeys with classic Peruvian sights such as stunning Incan sites from Machu Picchu to Puno, and you have the adventure of a lifetime. Explore the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu and discover the Sumbay Caves, with its paintings dating back 6,000 to 8,000 years. Go paddle boarding on Lake Huaypo, and hike to Inti Punku, the “Sun Gate” at Machu Picchu. This is an unforgettable adventure as you travel aboard three distinctive trains through the Andes.


Peru Sky High & River Deep 18 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This Peru journey takes you beyond the conventional to explore new territories. Set sail with Jean Michael Cousteau and his team to experience the Amazon from the perspective of a conservationist: discover this fascinating destination as you learn about the challenges we face to preserve wildlife habitats, delicate ecosystems and evolving cultural traditions and economic pressures which threaten the environment.


Tanzania & Kenya Safari Adventure 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Community-based conservancies were born in response to the need to resist poaching and to preserve indigenous cultures. Explore these locally run conservancies to experience the forefront of conservation for both wildlife and traditional cultures in East Africa, and at the same time savor a once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure.


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.


Sri Lanka Of Teas & Temples 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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The northern part of Sri Lanka has been off limits for decades and the infrastructure hasn’t been ready for tourism. Recently, however, much has changed. This program takes you to the known areas such as the Cultural Triangle and blends that 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.


Costa Rica Authentic 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Costa Rica offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, ziplining through the rainforest and river rafting adventures over Class II, III and IV rapids. Encounter the Cabecar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, and spend time learning about their traditions, customs and beliefs. Savor an ultra light flight above breath-taking landscapes and waterfalls.


Southern India’s Vijaynagar Empire 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Southern India offers a wealth of cultural and religious heritage that dates back to the 6th and 7th centuries and represents India beyond the Maharajas. This region of India also represents the best example of sustainable tourism. From Bangalore's 16th-cnetury Tipu’s Palace, to Hampi, seat of the fabled 14th-century Vijaynagar Empire, to the fascinating Cave Temples of Badami, you explore the richness of Southern India.


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.


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.


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.


Incredible Indochina 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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This itinerary features noted chef and author Daniel Hoyer, who introduces you to Hanoi's street foods, and you 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 in-depth journey explores Southeast Asia of today.


Adventure Botswana & Victoria Falls 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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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

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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.


Zambia & Malawi 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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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

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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

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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.


Colombia’s Gems 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Colombia offers the traveler unique adventures from its well-preserved, classic colonial cities of Bogota and Cartagena, to Medellin's barrios that were once the haunt of Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug cartel leader, to Chivor and its active emerald mind where you can try to crave out your own gemstone. Enjoy a flight over the coffee plantations in the heart Colombia's coffee growing zone. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Basilio de Palenque, which became refuge for the original fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the 17th century. Colombia is a multi-faceted destination.


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