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Unforgettable small group adventures.

From hold-your-breath experiences, to small and unscripted moments of joy; our small group adventures create stories to tell for a lifetime.
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The adventure travel experts

Since launching in 1981 with only six tours in a four-page brochure, Explore has grown to offer over 500 trips; from classic ‘discovery’ group tours, solo traveller trips and active family adventures, to walking holidays, cycling trips and even self-guided options. Choose from over 120 countries and explore cultures, landscapes, wildlife and communities from Asia to Africa, the Arctic to the Americas. 

Read on to find out why people travel with us again and again. 

1. Unforgettable experiences

On our trips you'll see a mix of famous sights and hidden gems that others miss, or don't even know about. As travellers, we want to experience a country, not merely observe it. We'll take you closer to the country, its culture and people, often in unscripted, spontaneous, impossible-to-replicate ways. You'll come home having seen and experienced the country in a way that other travellers might never have.

2. Expert local guides

As your resident expert, your guide (or tour leader) will use their insider knowledge and local connections to make the most of unexpected opportunities. You might be invited to watch the sunrise from a lighthouse or to join family Diwali celebrations. They'll be on hand to make sure your trip goes smoothly, taking care of logstics. Our tour leaders are all hand-picked and trained by our experienced team to ensure consistently high standards. 

3. Small groups

Our average group size is just 12; big enough to meet like-minded people but small enough to get to the heart of a destination.  All sorts of people travel on our trips; groups are usually a mix of solos, couples and friends. What unites everyone is an adventurous spirit, sense of fun and a desire for real travel experiences. Call us to learn more about the group already booked on a particular trip (age range, solos vs couples etc). 

4. We do the right thing

How a company treats customers during difficult times can set them apart. Unlike some other travel companies, we not only offered booking transfers and future credit vouchers for suspended trips during the coronavirus crisis, we also continued to offer refunds for suspended trips when requested. Our flexible booking policy means customers can book with confidence just as they always have.

We also continue to value repeat custom with a loyalty scheme and have no plans to take that away.

Finally, our commitment to sustainable travel means that trips are Gold Standard carbon offset and we work hard to ensure we have a positive impact on the communities we visit.
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