About our Discovery holidays

Highlights

  • 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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Rhino at Khama Sanctuary Reserve
Best of Botswana, Lodge Safari   Helen (Edinburgh)

Fantastic holiday. the guides were great, the safaris excellent (we saw a leopard each day for four days and a litter of hunting dogs amongst other things). Victoria falls is amazing. Botswana is beautiful
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and the people are so friendly. we went in July and it was very cold some mornings so take fleeces/jacket/hat and gloves. The schedule is non stop so if you don't like getting up early each morning then think again- the latest start we had was 7.30 except for the last day when we opted for an optional start of 7 am for the white water rafting. White water rafting was superb but there is a fairly punishing walk down to and from the gorge. The guides Chris and Valentine were superb and really added to the trip. generally an excellent trip- we will be back!


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BOB - Best of Borneo
The Best of Borneo including Mount Kinabalu   Matthew (Horsham)

The holiday was extremely enjoyable. The cave viewing and river safaris being exceptional. I anticipated the cave viewing would be enjoyable but has a definite "Wow" factor. The Pinnacles climb is only for
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the fit as not only is it very steep, it has to be climbed at a reasonably quick pace to reach the viewpoint before the clouds roll in. I underestimated it and had to turn round. The Mt Kinabula climb was a strenuous but not a exceptionally hard climb at a steady rate. I found the descent on steep broken ground and interminable steps, which seemed to go on and on, exterely hard on the thighs. Overall a very enjoyable holiday, which I would thoroughly recommend.
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BVC - Buena Vista Cuba
Buena Vista Cuba   Matthew (Bradford-on-Avon)

BVC is an excellent trip introducing visitors to Cuba. This is a Caribbean island which is set to change in quite a major way in the coming years. Go now, while it's still very authentic. The accommodation
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on this trip surpassed our expectations - particularly the time spent in Vinales and the Playa Ancon hotel (with all-inclusive being a bonus!). Also, the food is much better than the trip notes suggests: there is quite a lot of choice (difficult, though, if you are not a meat-eater) and the service is friendly. Some people may be a little put off by the cuts of meat provided, or with the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables. What has to be remembered is that what you often eat in Cuba is what is in season - so we got a lot of pineapple but no coconut, for example! Go at a different time of year and you'll likely get beautiful mangoes and avocados. This trip involves quite a lot of moving around but the roads are pretty good and the transport was fine (but there were only 4 of us so there was plenty of room to spread out). Our guide, Amauris, was friendly and the driver, Alfredo, very sweet. It's worth noting that not all activities in the trip notes are definite. For example, we didn't get to go on a Russian lorry drive and the optional salsa lesson was never offered. Cuba works quite differently to other countries and things do change at last minute. As long as you're prepared to accept this and go with the flow, you'll have a super time! All in all, this was a great trip. Go with an open mind and soak up everything this country has to offer you. Don't be put off by some standards you might not get in the developed world - having said this, many places we visited were as good as, if not better than, what we would find in the UK. And make sure you enjoy the mojitos: they're good!
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SHMB - Cycle Saigon to Hanoi
Cycle Saigon to Hanoi - Vietnam South to North   Sophie (London)

Before I left, I knew that I was going to like it .... I actually loved it ! This was my first cycling holiday, and I will no doubts have many more holidays similar to this (although I think it is going to be
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difficult to ever be as good as that one !). Cycling is a great way to discover a country, and has been really good to cover the full length of Vietnam from south to north, on back roads, enabling us to have an insight of the authentic life of the Vietnamese people. I will always remember the little kids voices screaming "hello" from the back of their houses as we were passing by, or the smiles on the people faces when we were going through countryside villages. This trip is quite challenging and you should come prepared to some serious cycling in very hot temperatures - or you always have the option of the air conditioned van ;-) ! The trip is very well balanced, with the longer and more challenging rides at the beginning, easing up as the time goes when you become a little bit tired. The days off the bike are welcomed and ideally located too. Everything is done for you to enjoy the experience and well thought - from the choice of the hotels, the transports (like taking a plane from Hanoi to Dalat to avoid wasting too much time in the van) and the food your eating, the days were you are free for your dinner so you can have western food for example. There is a good balance between time on the bike and time to rest and the itinerary is great to be challenging but yet achievable to enjoy like a holiday. Last but not least, our guide Tuan was absolutely top star. He is a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer all our questions with humour and authenticity. He has been able to adapt to our small number and our expectations. He proposed us slight changes to the programme to be able to squeeze more fun in - which was greatly appreciated. He seemed truly and honestly pleased to show us his country and opened up on every subject. The driver in the south - Djun was great too, always waiting for us at the next stop with our favourite drink or fruit (which was different for all of us !). In summary, I greatly appreciated : - the format of a cycling holiday that was perfectly planned - the way it was organised : not too much, but not too few, with enough rest but also action, and the possibility to see the main cultural highlights - the tour guide - the comfort of the hotels - the great food : very varied from street food to high end restaurants I can only recommend it to anyone willing to see Vietnam for the first time off the beaten tracks, associating sport with cultural discovery :-)
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