As you might imagine, I log a lot miles on the road and in the air every year. People always ask me about my favorite places. Here is the answer. In my travels, I am always on the lookout for what’s new, innovative, and cutting-edge. Yet, I am consistently surprised when I run up against the ordinary in the travel industry.  And, that is too often the case… the same old stuff – the same sights, the same activities and the same routings.  I found this in Australia, China and Chile, just to name a few.  At times, there seems to be little difference between private tours and the masses of buses in that they are all headed to exactly the same places.

Indeed, probably 95% of travelers are still being funneled into the same molds, whether they are private clients or mass market. At Big Five, we have deliberately chosen to look after the 5% who share our philosophy, where the most valued asset has nothing to do with price.  Of course, there are classic sights that will nearly always be included. After all, who would go to Egypt the first time and not visit the great pyramids of Giza? But there can still be distinctiveness and originality in how they are seen. That is our intellectual property, where creativity, originality and outside-the-box thinking are the rule and not the exception. This is ingrained in our entire Big Five team, which means that we look deeper and farther afield to give you something more.  Our aim is to present you with journeys that are worth taking!

With President’s Pick, I wanted to take that a step further, to share adventures that I am personally passionate about, tours that have touched me in some way and where I have seen a serious need to not merely think outside the box, but to destroy the box. I have never been one to follow, and I always aim to make a positive difference in every one of our destinations.  Please enjoy my personal picks, and let us help you plan yours.

Sincerely,

Ashish Sanghrajka

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President’s Pick Africa South

Call for price | 14 Days

Explore lovely Cape Town with compelling mix of modern energy and old-world elegance. Travel up the famous Table Mountain and visit Bo Kaap...

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President’s Pick Brazil Discovery In Depth

Call for price | 25 Days

Discover the sophisticated cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro with their vibrant markets, rich cultural institutions and artistic traditions, and 16th century colonial cities....

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President’s Pick Heritage Journey in Time & Place

Call for price | 30 Days

“When we talk about the cradle of civilization, we normally talk about countries, what if we talked about two rivers...

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President’s Pick Namibia Damaraland to the Dunes

Call for price | 13 Days

“This adventure delves into Namibia’s exciting emerging art scene and you meet artists who will show you the country through their...

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President’s Pick India Ghats, the Ganges & Leopards

From $950 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 18 Days

“When you see a regular India itinerary, it usually encompasses the same cities and sites repeatedly. You only get to...

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President’s Pick Tanzania & Kenya The Wild Walk

From $3,000 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 10 Days

“There are plenty of safaris, then there are world-class, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When your stay is so singularly focused on the...

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President’s Pick Japan Cityscapes & Sacred Trails

From $950 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 14 Days

“When most people think of Japan, what comes to mind the most are images of shrines and the Geisha. Yet,...

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President’s Pick Colombia In the Heart of It

From $700 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 10 Days

“You know that feeling you have after doing something so amazing that you want to tell the world about It,...

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President’s Pick Uganda & Kenya The views from my bed

From Call for Price per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 12 Days

“On this very special journey, you encounter the indigenous pygmy tribe of the Batwa, the ancient keepers of the forest, the original...

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President’s Pick On the Trail of Primates

From $1,100 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 18 Days

“Imagine two incredible days trekking the wild jungle heart of Uganda in search of the rare and endangered mountain gorilla....

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President’s Pick Morocco Mazes & Mysteries

From $800 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 12 Days

Discover the mysteries of Marrakech, which includes a ride in a vintage Russian made motorcycle and sidecar, from 16th-century Djemâa...

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President’s Pick An Adventurer’s Chile

From $700 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 13 Days

“Chile Is a fascinating country. Its sheer size runs like a long finger down the west coast of South America....

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