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Explore Tour Leader Awards

Each year we honour our top tour leaders, nominated by our customers and chosen by an expert panel.


Recognising dedication and passion

Explore Tour Leaders are the best in the business. We like to show our amazing tour leaders that we know they're crucial to the success of each individual trip we run and we simply couldn't function without them. The Explore Tour Leader Awards recognise those tour leaders who have made your adventure extra special.


The Prize

First prize is £1500 and 3 Runners-up prizes of £750 each – with 50% going to a charity of the Tour Leader's own choice – either a registered charity or a local project in the area they work in. This year we hope to bring all four to the UK and they will visit us here at the office!

Although there are no individual categories, there are four main criteria the judges use when making their decisions:

1. Local knowledge 
2. People skills 
3. Organisational skills 
4. Respect for local people, culture and the environment

Have you had an outstanding Explore tour leader that you feel has displayed all of these qualities? Nominate them for the Explore Tour Leader Awards to help us reward their talent and dedication.


2019 Explore Leader Awards results

Overall Winner–
Zeynep Balzar (Turkey) - pictured 

Zeynep received over 100 votes from customers, who praised her for her enthusiasm, energy and how she always went above and beyond.

Customer comments:
‘This was our first trip with Explore and we could not have asked for a better leader.’
‘Zep was the perfect combination of professional, knowledgeable, confident, capable, caring and great fun.’
'She was fantastically interesting, friendly and passionate during the two weeks we were with her.'

Runners up – 
Susan Guthrie (UK) 
Diego Torres (Ecuador) 
Rejanish VS (India)

Previous winners