About our Discovery holidays


  • Stay in a yurt in Mongolia or in remote Uzbekistan
  • Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn and see Tigers in India
  • Ride a camel in the Sahara desert in Morocco
  • Track mountain gorillas in Uganda
  • Explore the temples and trails of Burma

Our Discovery collection draws together the best of our holidays that focus on the culture of a destination, as well as on visiting iconic sights and embracing local traditions. Some of these Discovery holidays will also have an element of activity, combining sightseeing with short walks, for example. Others might have a multi-activity holiday format, including biking and/or rafting, for instance, and these holidays are specifically designed for the adrenaline seeker!  Also within our discovery collection are those of our holidays with a wildlife emphasis, photographic workshops, and polar cruise holidays.

Never too physically demanding, these are predominantly touring holidays and their grade (usually towards the lower end of our 1 to 12 scale) reflects, in part, the remoteness of the area visited and the conditions likely to be encountered. Our Discovery holidays allow the discerning traveller to get right to the heart of many of the world's most stimulating destinations.

Using our 3 decades of experience in the business of adventure travel, we have created Discovery holidays that have a lot to offer. These are adventure holidays that have excited our interest - quite simply, they are the best discovery holidays in the world and include everything from Nepal Explorer to the Highlights of Sri Lanka and the Wildlife of Costa Rica.  If you are looking to Walk the Great Wall of China, Explore Madagascar or take an Amazon Riverboat Cruise then this is where your dreams can be realised.

Choose one of our discovery holidays for the chance to escape your day-to-day routine, experience one of the world's exotic regions and learn a little of the way-of life of the local people.

Latest Discovery traveller reviews

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CAMB Backroads of Cambodia
Backroads of Cambodia   John (NORMANTON)

Great biking holiday. The cycling can be a bit more demanding than the grade 2 suggests due to the heat and the possible pace of the group although the back up team always are on hand to provide the option of a
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lift in the support vehicle. A great itinerary providing a variety of experiences of temples, villages and landscapes including some river trips with fascinating floating villages. An excellent local guide worked very hard to look after the group. Some accommodation was a bit unsatisfactory but our guide was anxious to receive our feedback and clearly looking to explore future improvements.
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BOB - Best of Borneo
The Best of Borneo including Mount Kinabalu   Anthony (SOUTHWELL)

My family thoroughly enjoyed their two weeks in Borneo and different experiences we encountered. We saw a large variety of wildlife and the lodge accommodation was extremely good and comfortable. That we
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could not make the summit climb on Kinabalu did not detract from the experience. We thoroughly enjoyed all the trekking and the various boat trips and safaris. It should be noted that the Pinnacles climb is particularly arduous - it is not a trek; but a scramble using hands and feet for the most of the way up and all of the way down. A good supply of high calorie snacks (from the UK) and re-hydration salts are recommended as the energy expended and water loss in the heat & high humidity is considerable on the Pinnacles. We would have welcomed a longer stay at Sepilok and the only real disappointment was the ferry transfer from Limbang to Kota Kinabula which is a long and tedious journey; nothing 'exciting' about it at all. In terms of kit, a small collapsible umbrella would be a good idea the rain showers can be short, sharp and heavy and an umbrella can be put up a lot more quickly than wrestling with waterproofs. All our guides had and used umbrellas. Thank you for putting together a great holiday and experience.
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UBT - Ultimate Bhutan Tour
The Ultimate Bhutan Tour   Michael (MARKHAM)

We were fortunate to have an extremely talented driver, and a wonderful guide. The places we went to, and I mean all of them, were amazing, with breathtaking views on the way. Some of the accommodations were
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actually above our expectations which was nice. The down side of the trip was the ride. While you have no control over the road, which is being redeveloped, you do have some control over the vehicle used. We were not provided with a suitable vehicle for the ride. That is really my only complaint. Everything else was great.
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Rhino at Khama Sanctuary Reserve
Best of Botswana   Roger (BUCKFASTLEIGH)

With regard to the wildlife the holiday exceeded our expectations in every way. We saw several Rhino at the Khama wildlife reserve. Masses of Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo and several Lion and Leopard at close
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range as well as many species of antelope etc and also Wild Dog which are now very rare. The trip was also a paradise for birders. Our South African guides were immensely knowledgeable and Grace in particular was an excellent cook who produced tasty food which most of us preferred to the meals we took in the restaurants in the lodges. The trip into the Okavango by canoe was also a highlight. A slight downside was the lodges mostly produced buffet meals at a fixed price without the option of going a la carte. This is fine if you are a big eater and like whats provided. We would have preferred to be able to choose what and how much to eat from the menu. Where we were able to do this the food was good. The local guides for each national park and the Chobe River trip were very good and helpful in spotting and identifying animals and birds. You have to be prepared to put up with a few long days on the road which is understandable considering the distances involved. Early starts are also essential for game drives avoiding the heat of the day when animals are less active. The dates of our trip corresponded with a time when the bush was less leafy enabling us to observe animal much more easily but despite it being the dry season Victoria Falls was still an amazing sight. All in all a great trip. Roger and Di Simmons.
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