Adventure Travel

Luxury, Custom Adventure Tours

Adventure… This simple word conjures up a world of possibilities. Each of us defines it on our own terms. Big Five’s talented team of Destination Specialists has created exceptional opportunities for you to indulge your spirit of adventure. Each element of our adventure tours has been honed and polished to a high sheen to insure that your custom journey surpasses expectations. Don’t see your ultimate tour here? Our specialists have the imagination and resources to help you define your own definition of adventure travel and make it a reality. Challenge us to create and customize your adventure. Let us show you how we don’t tell stories better; we tell better stories.


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Presidents Pick Jordan & Egypt Adventure of the Ancients 18 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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For a long time now, Egypt and Jordan have relied on tried and true itineraries that are long on history and short on innovation. That may be easy but it’s not creative. Of course, history is key to this region, but that doesn’t rule out doing something more. This adventure encompasses experiences that you might likely associate with Martians!


Chile From Easter Island to Valparaiso 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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This journey takes you to Easter Island for an in-depth five-day discovery of the remarkable culture of the island with its mysterious, giant stone-carved moai figures. Explore the ancient port city of Valparaiso and take a walking tour of historic Santiago. Enjoy two days at an unparalleled retreat and vineyard experience with private wine tastings of the world class VIK wine led by international wine experts, guided tours through VIK winery facilities and activities from horseback excursions to tours on mountain bicycles to hiking.


Chile by Nature 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Nature lovers and hikers love this adventure into some of Chile's most spectacular wilderness areas including the Northern Ice Field and Northern Patagonia.


President’s Pick Southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley Tribes 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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"Southern Ethiopia offers an amazing look into a wide range of traditional indigenous communities whose lifestyles remain closely linked to the past. We introduce you to the Dimeka women’s market as well as Key Afer, one of the most outstanding markets of the Lower Omo Valley tribes. You meet the Konso people, known for the carved totems placed on their graves, and the Mursi villagers, with their fierce warrior disposition and women who wear large circular clay labrets in the lower lip. I think you'll find that in this rapidly changing world, this adventure into the past is truly a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience."


Adventure Trio South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Set out on an adventure through Southern Africa's bush for some of the best game viewing -- especially elephant viewing -- in Africa. Experience the Zimbabwe side of legendary Victoria Falls by microlight, canoe, bungee jump or on foot. Discover South Africa's exceptional Cape Winelands vineyards. Sample the extraordinary variety of what Southern Africa has to offer.


The Land, The People of Vietnam & Cambodia 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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This journey explores some of the most fascinating places and cultures of Southeast Asia. From Hanoi to Phnom Penh, discover the cuisine, people, and historic places. Cruise the placid Halong Bay with its towering limestone karst formations shooting out of the sea. Experience the nightlife frenetic nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Explore Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, by foot and tuk tuk as you sample the street foods, explore the colonial French Quarter with Belle Epoque and Art Deco buildings. Take in one of Southeast Asia’s most enduring cultural symbols, the fabled temple complex at Angkor Wat, the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture.


Brazil Life between Sao Paulo & Rio 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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This journey in Brazil serves as a perfect introduction to this massive nation. It encompasses two of Brazil's stunning cities and colonial jewels such as Ouro Preto, a UNESCO declared the city center a World Heritage Site, Brazil's first, Discover Reserva do Ibitipoca, inside the Atlantic Forest, with its more than 200 km/124 miles of hiking trails that lead to stunning landscapes and pristine waterfalls.


President’s Pick Peru Northern Climes & Cultures 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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"I am a big fan of Peru because of its variety of experiences. In this program, I love the opportunities to hike spectacular mountains, and walking into the archeological sites like Kuelap is like walking straight into the past. This is one of the largest ancient stone complexes in the western hemisphere, and Caral-Supe is another – a 5000-year-old site that is oldest center of civilization in all the Americas. Journeys like this offer us the chance to experience a bit of what the early explorers might have felt."


Guatemala Treasures 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Discover a wealth of some of the most impressive ceremonial sites of the ancient Mayan world from Yaxha, to El Mirador, to fabled Tikal,. Learn about the country's artistic traditions from graffiti to murals to canvas. Explore the classic colonial city of Antigua. Travel by vehicle, boar and helicopter is this exciting adventure.


President’s Pick: Vietnam Private Exploration 7 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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"There is beyond the peak, then there is beyond the beyond. This journey is so outrageous in activity and special inclusions that I just had to share it. Never before has Vietnam been seen like this. It will get you out of your comfort zone and really questions what we have all assumed about Vietnam as a travel destination."


China Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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I spent the morning haunting the edges of the long trenches, mesmerized by the most unique army ever assembled – this army of clay. Xian’s soldiers, horses and chariots – more than 8,000 – were buried with the first emperor of China to serve as his protectors. Rows upon rows of figures, some broken and headless, many restored to full form, had returned from the grave after more than 2,200 years beneath the earth. My focus was broken by a giggle. I turned to see a petite girl about four years old looking at me with both glee and trepidation with her parents behind her. Although they spoke no English, their request was clear. Her father held a camera and motioned with a smile that they would like to take my picture with their daughter. I smiled and nodded. I stooped down to be eye level with this bright-faced child. After a moment, we were giggling, and she shyly put her hand in mine. I am used to playing photographer, not subject. The parents bowed their thank you and the girl waved as they walked away. I turned back to the clay wondering what she would tell her children about the foreigner in the photo.


Lemurs, Baobabs and Octopus Trees 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore in depth the fascinating world of lemurs, native only to Madagascar. Journey to a traditional community of Andasibe to discover the rural life with rice fields, red brick houses and roadside fruit stalls. Travel to Morondava in the west of the country, the center of the historic Sakalava Kingdom, to visit elaborately sculpted wooden royal tombs, frequently decorated with well-executed, often erotic, funerary carvings representing life and fertility. Visit the stunning Avenue of the Baobabs, where the elegant tall giants and the setting sun are among island's most iconic images.


President’s Pick On the Trail of Primates 18 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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"The dynamics of Africa are always changing, evolving, and never more than in 2019. The concept of the safari is expanding far beyond classic routes and activities to more authentic, personal and closer encounters. This program was designed with one of our best travel advisor partners and represents the exciting new frontiers to be experienced in Africa."


Chile Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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I was surprised to see that the ice in Patagonia is blue. Patagonia’s Southern Ice Fields reveal themselves in lakes, canals and fjords. The scenery is a canvas of continually contrasting lights and shadows, where the mountains run into a sea that is dotted with islands. The land is furrowed yet nearly smooth as the winds and glaciers continue their slow work of pulverizing rocks, plowing out valleys and immense canals. Legendary navigators such as Ladrillero, Darwin and Fitz Roy came here long ago. I wonder if they saw the same blue ice chunks floating in the waters, glowing like a child’s nightlight?


Argentina & Paraguay Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Palatial, luxe, historic… One of the genuine joys of travel is discovering the delightfully eccentric and unexpected. Be prepared to be transported to another era as you step inside this bookstore. Yes, a place of books, but wait. You will be awed by this unique and delicious bookstore. This incredible edifice in Buenos Aires began life in 1919 as a beautiful theater designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol. The astonishing interior is everything you’d expect in a once-lavish theater – gold gilt, red velvet curtains draped across a stage, architectural details including lovely murals on the domed ceiling. It simply must be one of the most glam settings for the thousands of books that crowd the shelves from the mezzanine to the upper balconies.


South Africa Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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The South Africa I first met had no single face or form, no one posture or personality. I found it in the sweetness of a grape, in the voice of the wind off the cape, in the smile of a young Xhosa girl, and in the deep-throated growl of the leopard. She is big city jazz and tinny tunes from village huts. She was fashioned from the Kalahari’s great, rolling mounds of sand, the random coasts awash with shipwrecks, the lushness of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and, of course, her wild heart.


Namibia Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Few sights stir my spirit more than a star-filled, open sky at night. In places like the Namib Desert, you can slip away from lights and find a spot with unrestricted views and settle in. To me, it’s a magic show. I had a slim cot that sat about a foot above the ground that I would take to the end of my dirt driveway with nothing but wild desert across the street. I’d stretch out and watch the night tell her story. Her mood was reflected in the colors – from light purple and mauve to dark blue and then midnight blue-black. I thought the Milky Way was a seam in the universe, stuffed with leftover light, maybe to be used later to create more stars. Often, I fell asleep. My dad came out to check on me, and would carry me back inside. Namibia’s sky is comfortably familiar, different but familiar with altered constellations. But the Milky Way is still there with its overstuffed seam. I half expect to see my dad come to check on me.


Morocco Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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I slip away from camp and walk toward the night. The stars grow bold out of the horizon as the evening sands soft as rabbit’s fur flow around my ankles with each step, cool as silk. The Sahara moon splashes over the dunes, casting traceable shadows beneath the sparse bushes as stars form a dome edge to edge. Nature’s night lights hang close enough for me to pluck out of the sky and tuck into my pocket.


Australia Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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The walk at night is pure magic. A mist is settling in as I listen to a chorus of voices – the insistent buzzing, a random owl’s screech, water drops hitting fat leaves and the sound of my own feet stepping over a tangle of roots. I give a small yelp as I stumble over something my flashlight failed to warn me about. This forest has a tale to tell as old as the Earth itself, and still makes a home for the descendants of primitive plants. Thick vines twist like rope as they climb trees. Large ferns brush against my pant leg as I pass. A bright round eye is captured by my guide’s flashlight. A Boyd’s forest dragon, he tells me, as it disappears around the back of the tree trunk. I love the idea that there are still dragons in the world.


Indonesia Including Borneo & Malaysia Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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As we drive out of Penang, we stop at the Snake Temple, constructed in 1875. It honors a Buddhist monk, Chor Soo Kong, who was said to have great healing powers and he sheltered snakes. Legends claim that when the temple was completed, snakes entered and never left. We walked passed a large, gold-colored incense burner, thin smoke from newly lit incense sticks carried the familiar heavy scent on the air. We removed our shoes before entering. Branches fashioned into the shape of trees and planted in tall vases that look like umbrella stands, are festooned with snakes coiled around and on top of each other. All alive but languid. The green, black and yellow snakes, we’re told, are pit vipers. Very poisonous, they warn. In the Main Prayer Hall, smoke from the incense fills the space that some people claim paralyzes the snakes. In a bowl are eggs – food for them. It’s said that the snakes eat at night and have never once bitten a person. Worshipers call the snakes officers of the deity and regard them as both holy and harmless. As we leave the temple, I think about my own concept of holy.


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