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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BVC - Buena Vista Cuba
Buena Vista Cuba   Susan (SLOUGH)

A fascinating place living in something of a time warp. The poor economy of Cuba means that many of the beautiful colonial buildings and the monstrous concrete blocks of the soviet era are left derelict and
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this is the same for the hotels offered to tourists. The general population are very poor but have a happy go lucky attitude to life and offer the best service they know how which is somewhat lacking to our Western standards. Take a sense of humour and a broad mind with you and you'll have an amazing experience.
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NEH - From Pacific to the Caribbean
From the Pacific to the Caribbean   Ruth (Bristol)

There are few holidays which enable you to swim in two great oceans in one holiday. This is a verdant and beautiful part of the world where the warm weather was reflected in the warmth of local people. The
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itinerary was packed with some amazing experiences but perhaps too much time in the minibus...particularly for a multi-activity based holiday. The kayaking experiences were great and the visit to the Mayan site in Copan, Honduras was magical although rushed. We had a spectacular transit from Nicaragua into El Salvador, by boat, with a fantastic seafood lunch, en route - this was a highlight. The accommodation did not always reflect what was advertised. A beach front hotel did not always transpire as such. The guide's level of English resulted in poor communication and was often incomprehensible so we missed out or could not comprehend important and interesting information about the locations and places of interest on our itinerary. I think this holiday could be improved and I would like to see more activity, more walking to explore the stunning subtropical forests, with more opportunity to view wildlife.
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VCA - Vesuvius, Pompei and the Almalfi Coast
Vesuvius, Pompei & the Amalfi Coast   Nigel (SWINDON)

We arrived in a village near Amalfi and we were treated to a wonderfully authentic time. Great food and friendly atmosphere and a lovely location. Amalfi itself was quite touristy and busy so we were pleased
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to be just outside. The guide (Rosa) was excellent. We walked most days except for the day when we went around Vesuvius and Pompeii. The walking was not difficult and the days were relatively short. This is a trip for almost all abilities. We has a lovely walk in the morning, then a fresh picnic and then finished off in a touristy location such as Ravello, Positano or Amalfi. The day trip was well organised and allowed us plenty of time to explore. We actually tagged on a couple of days in Naples which is worthwhile because its a pretty city and allows you time to see their old town, port area and Herculaneum. All in all, a great holiday and excellent value.
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HKD - Thailand - Hell of the North
Hill Stations & Houseboats of Kashmir   Helen (RATHO)

Was very well taken care of by the ground agents whilst travelling as an independent after group booking was cancelled. Left feedback with them as requested before leaving Delhi regarding specific hotels/guides
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etc. Couple of glitches during the trip down to outside forces and totally out of control of KE/agents but taken care of wonderfully by the Indian personnel over there looking after me, both by the people 'one the spot' at the time and the team in Delhi which was constantly in touch with the local guides etc. throughout. Actually made the trip even more enjoyable and a real adventure! In most locations not was I the only western woman but the only westerner full stop. Felt very safe. Everyone locally was so friendly, treated me so nicely and I made memorable contacts and experiences. And to top it all was very healthy throughout - I only eat Indian food when there/which was great! I can't wait to visit India again. go back to India.
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