Enrichment Series

Enrichment Series – Travel feeds the soul, nurtures the spirit and invigorates the mind.  As travelers ourselves, we at Big Five Tours & Expeditions understand the powerful urge to explore and experience worlds outside our own.  From the earliest explorers to the first lunar landing, we humans seem called by our very nature to discover new horizons.   The Enrichment Series reaches beyond the premier, luxury journeys our guests have come to expect from us.  We have carefully considered every component, and constructed each itinerary to give you the opportunity to make your own personal discoveries.

We have sought to provide you with well-paced day-to-day activities, classic accommodations, distinctive cuisine, and that something extra that crosses the bridge from good to extraordinary.  For example, during out Cleopatra’s Palaces program, you savor an experience the pharaohs could not dreamed of – watching the sun rise over ancient Luxor as your hot air balloon floats peacefully above the majestic city.  Our Land of Kings program in India includes dining at the home of our Country Manager and his family for a taste of traditional Indian hospitality and a sampling of regional foods.

We believe passionately in the power of authentic human interconnections to enrich lives and to bring new understandings.


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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.


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.


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.


Vietnam Private Exploration 7 Days Enrichment Series 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."


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.


Namibia Desert Quest 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Namibia's dramatic dunes, the remoteness and remarkable desert animals work together to cast a spell on all who come here. The community-based conservancies welcome you to explore their traditional lands and learn more about them. Namibia was the first country in the world to have a sustainability amendment in their constitution. The country offers more than the famous giant red dunes of Sossusvlei.


Colombia A Natural 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s):

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“Colombia has always felt like home to me and the quest to rediscover always starts at home. This journey is our latest step to introduce you to new activities and new regions to further prove, this sleeping giant of Latin America is fully awake.”


Colorful Japan 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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This journey represents that potential beginning to be realized in Japan. With new areas and exciting activities, we are challenging the norms that take even some local guides out of their comfort zones to find the Japan most people never see. This is a a fascinating adventure into the less traveled Orient.


A Grand Safari in Africa 24 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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"A few years ago, the question used to be which part of Africa do you choose, East or Southern? Combining the two not was an option. Thanks to new flight routes and the exploration of new adventures, the question now is where do you want to start, Nairobi or Cape Town. It’s the perfect safari for someone that has the time and wants to see as much as possible. Imagine, seeing Cape Town from a WWII motorcycle sidecar, engaging with the San people of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi before exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro. Take in the awesome power of Victoria Falls, connect with an orphaned elephant at the Sheldrick Orphanage in Nairobi, and cap of the greatest safari with the greatest wildebeest migration in the Serengeti!"


Peru Adventure Trek 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Take the road less traveled - hike the less known route to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay Trail, spending nights glamping in luxury dome tents. Discover the legendary Machu Picchu. Go on a walking tour of colonial Cusco and savor a culinary adventure in Lima.


Australia Down Under Canvas 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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“When one thinks of Australia, the first image that comes to mind is usually the iconic opera house or sacred Uluru (Ayers) Rock. But I see so much more. I see undiscovered roads and overlooked sites. For me, this journey is about canvas… luxury canvas to be sure. This tented camp adventure represents the tangible spirit of the Outback. This is the Australia the masses will miss, yet everyone should experience.”


Tanzania Safari in the Sun 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s):

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Conservancies and private concessions offer secluded game-viewing, where you see the animals and not vehicles. This safari combines the newest camp in the central Serengeti that defines opulence, with a private concession in the Grumeti Corridor. This allows two vantage points to see the herds before they head to the more crowded areas of the northern Serengeti. Combine that with the most exclusive address on the Ngorongoro Crater and a private island stay north of the Mnemba Atoll in Zanzibar and you have an excellent adventure.


Naturally India 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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This adventure takes you off the tourist routes of India and into the woods and jungles to explore the rich wildlife and landscapes that are the home of endangered species such as royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant and sloth bear. It takes you into rural villages and communities for rewarding encounters. You will long remember this journey into India's wild places.


Ecuador & Colombia Exploration 22 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Travel by dugout canoe into Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park to encounter extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture. Explore Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world due to its location and its continuous activity. Visit an Inca archeological site that represents the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. Take in Bogota the capital city and home to exciting graffiti artists, and Cartagena, where you take an unusual food tour based on the life and work of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Learn about coffee from the experts in the coffee country around Armenia, traditional. Enjoy Medellin and the lovely coastal area of Nuqui, perfect for walks, relaxing on the beaches or soaking in the warm thermal springs as well as whale watching, surfing and kayaking.


New Zealand & Australia Land, Sea, Sky 21 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This journey features Australia's Whitsundays along with some of the prettiest parts of New Zealand including the top golf courses on both islands. This is the Australia and New Zealand that reaches past the rock, the reef and commercialism.


Sri Lanka A Natural Adventure 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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On this adventure, you explore Sri Lanka's natural and cultural history that rediscovers areas of the islands such as Jaffna that have been seldom visited for decades. Savor home-cooked meals in private homes, tour Jaffna by bicycle, look for leopards in Wilpattu National Park, and climb the fabled rock fortress of Sigiriya, Discover the culture, religious traditions, history, nature and the welcoming people of Sri Lanka.


Historic Routes of Ethiopia 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Travel to the magnificent Simien Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for distinctive wildlife including Gelada or bleeding-heart baboon, the lion monkey, the Walia ibex, rock hyrax, and the rarest wolf in the world - Semein wolf, as well as endemic birds such as the thick billed raven, black headed siskin, and white collared pigeon. Visit Axum, renowned for its cathedral of St. Mary Zion, where legend has it the original Ark of Covenant is housed; several standing monolithic stelae; and the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace. Explore Lalibela, famous for its rock-hewn churches dating from the seventh to 13th centuries; and known as the "New Jerusalem.” Ethiopia is a rare gem on the international stage with enduring culture and singular wildlife and historic sites.


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