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.
Natural Nicaragua 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Nicaragua has only recently come on the radar as an emerging destination for a wealth of nature-based activities that range from forest hikes to encounter a variety of wildlife, to swimming and scuba diving, to kayaking, ash boarding and paragliding. Add to this the culturally and historically vibrant cities such as Leon and Granada, and the thriving coffee plantations, and Nicaragua offers a great place for a getaway.
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.
Adventure Botswana 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
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.
Zambia & Malawi 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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
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
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.
Colombia’s Gems 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $13,990
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.
Classic Egypt Exploration 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
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.
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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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.
Namibia & Botswana 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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
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.
Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers 20 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $19,990
Hikers explore the Andean landscapes of Peru during a dramatic lodge-to-lodge adventure that encompasses treks in altitudes of 3,868m/12,690 ft to 4,636m/15,213 ft. As you end your mountain trek, you will savor a distant but spectacular view of the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu from the southeast. Then experience this ancient Incan fortress. You also explore the classic colonial cities of Lima and Cusco and enjoy a scenic flight over the famous Nasca and Palpa Lines. This is a luxury hiking journey for active adventurers seeking an unrivaled, high altitude experience of the Peruvian Andes.
Australia’s Abundant Adventures 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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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.
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.
Legendary China 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $14,350
Explore the depth of China, its vast history and amazing cities and towns. See the inspiration for the mountain in the movie "Avatar." Enjoy unique excursions such as traveling in a sidecar of a replica of a 1930’s BMW M71 motorcycle in Shanghai; touring Guilin by bicycle; and taking a bamboo raft along the Yulong River through amazing landscapes.
Tanzania: Into the Wild 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $16,290
Explore Tanzania's unique ecosystems and abundant wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Plains. Travel into Mahale Mountains to discover the world of chimpanzees.
Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure 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.