Trip Styles

Cultural Journeys

Three- and four-star hotel based, "soft adventure" trips that concentrate on the culture, history and natural attributes of our destination. Though these are not "active" trips as such, you should be prepared for full days with some early starts and some walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites.

Active Adventures

Trips that are more physical than our Cultural Journeys. All walking and hiking trips are included in the category, as well as programs that involve camping, riding, or sailing. Accessing more remote areas means that our accommodation may be of a simpler standard, or may involve camping in some locales.

Family Friendly Tours

These trips are timed to coincide with major school holiday periods and are specially tailored to adventurous families—parents and/or grandparents and their friends—travelling with children aged 6-15 who want to learn about the world and do more than just sit on a beach.

Trip Ratings

No particular physical activity is involved other than town/city walks and short walks to dinners and sites of interest, some of which are large.

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.

Most weekend hikers should have no trouble with our moderate hikes. Some walking at moderate-to-high elevations and an occasional long day with a pass-crossing may be involved. Although no previous experience is required, being physically fit and active are important.

These treks can occur at moderate-to-high elevations with some walking on steep and difficult trails. Previous mountain-walking experience is desirable and physical fitness is important. A few walking days may be long, particularly if a pass crossing is involved.

Customized Itineraries

A customized trip is an excellent way to reconnect with friends and family, or to celebrate special occasions. We love working with special affinity groups, clubs, schools, associations and societies to create unique small-group experiences, educational trips and corporate training programs. Choose from one of our existing itineraries, or work with us to design with a tour that is guaranteed to fit your needs to a T. We've toured Italy with high school students, climbed Kilimanjaro with a Toronto medical group and spotted lemurs in Madagascar with the Geographic Society of Chicago. You supply the travellers, the what, and the when, and we do the rest!

Module System

Though it may sound complicated at first, the concept is really very simple. 'Modules' are segments, usually about a week in duration, into which our tours can be broken. It works particularly well in Central America, where each country represents a one-week module—take them one at a time, string them together, hop on, hop off—the combinations are virtually endless! This system affords a tremendous flexibility for travellers who want an element of customization in their trip planning. It also allows us to offer a wider range of tour lengths and content, along with the ability for us to guarantee trips earlier.