These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.
This series of itineraries are more physical than our Cultural Journeys, as they all feature walking/hiking excursions that are an integral part of the overall experience. As with our cultural tours, all of these tours feature three- and four-star hotels (no camping), and all hikes are designed such that you need only carry your day back—your luggage either stays at our hotel base or is transported ahead for us. Our active days are well-spaced time set aside for either travel or more leisurely cultural activities and sightseeing. This collection is subdivided into two difficulty rating categories; see also “Trip Ratings” section below, specifically categories 3 & 4 for more details.
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Ever wanted to embark on a dream family vacation with your children and/or grandchildren? Our custom tour department can work with you and you party to custom tailor your once-in-a-lifetime experience, whether it be a sailing trip down the Nile, a Galapagos cruise, zip trekking in Peru, or sloth viewing in Costa Rica -- the possibilities are endless! To get started, please email us.
No particular physical activity is involved other than leisurely town/city walks and short walks to dinners. Though these tours are not strenuous per se, they still feature on-foot visits to sites, some of which are large, and busy programs with lots move moving around (ie 1-3 one-night stays). While our activities may be relatively non-demanding, you may still experience some discomfort owing to poor roads, long road journeys, and the possibility of heat/cold at some locations. Please refer to each individual tours’ web page descriptions and itineraries for full details on the nature of our activities throughout.
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These are particularly busy tours that feature full days and 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. We will also have short walks to dinner and visit of sites, some of which are large and/or feature uneven surfaces and steps. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude (activities/overnights above 3000m/10,000 ft), and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category. Please refer to each individual tours’ web page descriptions and itineraries for full details on the nature of our activities throughout.
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These tours fall into the easiest category within our series of “Active Adventures,” which are more strenuous than our Level 1 & 2 "Cultural Journeys." These itineraries feature more/longer walking tours in towns and cities than levels 1 & 2, along with leisurely walks on pathways in rural/natural areas well-spaced throughout our program. We don't feature such walks every day, but participants should be fit and active, accustomed to trail walking, and prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. These are hotel-based tours with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day. Please refer to each individual tours’ web page descriptions and itineraries for full details on the nature of our daily activities throughout.
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These tours are a step up from Category 3, which also feature walks/hikes on uneven/gravel pathways for 3-7 hours at a leisurely pace. These hikes can also occur on mountainous/hilly terrain and involve significant elevation gain/loss, and altitude may also be a factor on some tours. We don't hike every day, but participants should be fit and active and accustomed to undulating trail walking, possibly in remote
locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. These are hotel-based tours with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day. Please refer to each individual tours’ web page descriptions and itineraries for full details on the nature of our daily activities.
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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!
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.