Young lady paddling the kayak near the cliff at sunset from Explore! tour
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Explore!

4.6 | Excellent
  • 96% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1981
Headquarters
  • Hampshire, UK
Trips
  • 470

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Explore! Reviews & Ratings 96% Recommend

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Exploring these Hidden Kingdoms was delightful! November 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Stride Travel site helped me find the exact trip of my dreams. I put in the places I wanted to visit and many tours came up. I could easily research each tour - the difficulty, pace and most importantly price. The site was easy to use and great benefit as it shows proven and reliable operators and I felt confident in their choice as all the reviews and information was right there.
I would definitely use Stride as my search engine as they simplified the process and gave access to all the necessary information I needed.

From there I compared and chose Inside Hidden Kingdoms offered by EXPLORE. The tour company was great…I actually talked to a person in North America re the trip. Questions were answered promptly by phone or email. Prices were as stated.
The tour itself was amazing. Our guide Udaya was affable and responsive to requests and needs of the group. …he was one of us - a guiding light with a great sense of humour. On the tough climbs he stayed with the slowest and encouraged us all. The tour was everything I could hope for from 2 relaxing days touring the Sunderbans by boat something I wanted to experience close up. Our travels to North Bengal including train and bus were amazing and informative. The local guides chosen by EXPLORE were flexible and receptive to questions, queries and planning. Every guide from the Sunderbans to Darjeeling to Bhutan was excellent, local and well chosen
We had some tough drives through construction in Sikkim and our drivers couldn’t have been better…we always felt safe on all our mountain drives with our competent drivers chosen.
The variety and pace was also fun - We camped, stayed in cabins and hotels - some were especially beautiful. The information noted it would be full on and it was but not so much to exhaust. We were up at dawn to see the sun rise over the mountain…relaxed in a boat in the Sunderbans, experienced Kolkata and Katmandu, were in traffic jams in hectic Gangtok and experienced tea estates and rice fields, highlands and valleys, jungles on our many travel days. We enjoyed Darjeeling and the toy train, Sikkim’s many faces but I think we really enjoyed the Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan…a small interesting newly opening country. Our guides here were full of stories, history, and characters. We walked through rice fields freshly harvested, climbed Tigers Nest with very patient guides and camped by the Mochu River.
The food throughout the trip was tasty and filling. The breakfasts provided were very substantial for our busy days.
There were no surprises as from the beginning we knew we had many long travel days up and down the valleys and mountains which I loved to see. Throughout we had the steady guidance of Uddaya as plans progressed or changed according to the weather, season, traffic or festival in progress.
Food, lodging, pace were exactly as stated but what is impossible to write is the experience itself full of wonderful people, fun things to try or taste, challenges met and experiences galore.
Stride brought me to Explore and Explore fulfilled its promise…..
Thank you for a trip of a life through West Bengal and these Hidden Kingdoms
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A fabulous experience October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My daughter and I have just completed this tour. We had a brilliant guide, an entertaining driver and a great group of fellow travellers. We did the camping option. The tents were easy to set up and disassemble. The mattresses provided were very comfortable. The food was excellent in quality and quantity. We saw many animals and travelled through some amazing National Parks viewing incredible wildlife. I strongly recommend this tour.
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Very memorable holiday for adults and children. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just arrived home from a week in Morocco on the family "Rock the Kasbah" adventure. I would like to say not only how great the activities were but also how good the the tour guide Fouad, the two drivers and cook were.
Engaged with the kids well, informative, fun and interested in the groups wellbeing and enjoyment.
As a benchmark it doesn't get much better when sleeping in the Sahara.
And as a pointer, if in Marrakech the attached images show information for an Explore owned Restaurant that is a must for food, hospitality and setting.
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Great tour guide and very helpful. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from the indochina encounter tour and had an amazing time. Tour guides in Cambodia and Vietnam were great and explore were very helpful when I missed my connecting flight! Thank you I'm already looking for my next one.
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Tour Explore Company Reviews

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Fantastic holiday in Turkey Lycian Way January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Very hot during the time I traveled even if it was October. Great tour guide, superb scenery , varied accommodation and lovely crowd of fellow trekkers. Traveled with friends but there were quite a few single people too and everyone mixed in well.
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Tour Explore Company Reviews

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Founded in 1981, Explore is a global adventure outfitter with a wide range of active trips across various styles. They are headquartered in the U.K. but have recently opened an office in the United States to service American customers.

What Makes Explore Stand Out?

Explore has 30+ years of experience delivering high-quality active adventure trips. They keep groups to a manageable size of 14-16 travelers to encourage a more authentic, memorable experience for all.

Explore also uses local leaders and local accommodation whenever possible, so you can be sure to get the local perspective on everything from the history and culture to the best restaurants and bazaars.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Explore?

Active travelers seeking a fun, interesting travel experience. They offer 450 trips in over 120 countries with trips trending towards the more active side. Think cycling, trekking, and walking. If you are the kind of traveler whose suitcase is more active wear than formal wear, Explore is your kind of travel company.

While it is possible to find Explore trips where culture and urban exploration are more the focus, where just a minimum level of fitness is required, their speciality is definitely in breaking a (small) sweat while traveling.

Tours with Explore are open to all ages, and they even have a whole group of Family Friendly tours available. Because you will be active, being relatively physically fit is going to help your enjoyment level exponentially - and some tours are more difficult than others. Be sure to check the Tour Pace and physical requirements.

Top Destinations

Explore travels to all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica!) and offers trips in over 120 countries.

Explore Travel Style

Besides Small Group Tours, which is what they are known for, you can also book Private tours, which are great for large families or corporate trips, Tailormade - for those who want something ultra-personalized, and Self Guided trips when you don’t need a guide with you every step of the way.

Explore offers three classes of travel: Simple, Classic, and Premium, with the majority of trips categorized as 'Classic.' Expect to pay a bit more for 'Premium' tours as they usually offer more included meals and a higher class of accommodation. As always, accommodations with Explore are chosen for their character and the more they provide a uniquely immersive experience, the better.

Another nice feature is Explores 'Tour Pace' designation, which is on a scale from 'Relaxed' to 'Full On,' with most trips falling in between as 'Moderate' or 'Busy.'

Explore travel themes are all active focused. They weave cultural travel highlights into their activities, so while you will be on a “cycling tour” or “hiking tour” Explore recognizes that you are also a traveler.

Why Choose a tour with Explore?

Choose Explore if you are looking for a more active trip without a lot of creature comforts. Explores trips are very well priced, and leave some flexibility in terms of meals.

Expect mixed-aged groups with the average traveler in their 30s as well as a mix of nationalities, but trending towards mostly Brits. Additionally, Explore is very active in practicing responsible tourism and supports a number of different local charities in various destination countries.

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From Explore!

At Explore we've run small group adventure holidays since 1981. We are passionate about what we do and we love to travel. Our experience and knowledge make us one of the most trusted tour operators in the UK.

We currently have over 500 tours available in over 120 countries, offering a choice that is second to none. Our wide range of activities and experiences, award winning tour leaders, commitment to responsible travel and a pinch of Explore spirit, keeps our customers coming back year after year.

We’ve been running small group adventure holidays throughout the world since 1981. Our experience, knowledge and well established close personal contacts in all the countries in which we operate, make us one of the most trusted adventure tour operators in the UK.

We are passionate about what we do – and love to travel. The founder directors ran overland trips through Asia, Africa and the Americas in the 1960s and 70s prior to setting up the company, and were always determined that the spirit of adventure that was such an important part of those early pioneering days, should continue to play key role as part of the driving ethos of Explore.

Associations:

International Air Transport Association, Association Of Independent Tour Operators

Awards:

50 Tours of a Lifetime

8 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,220

Highlights

  • Orange - Discover the 1st century AD Roman treasures, from the Arc de Triomphe to the superb Roman theatre
  • Dentelles de Montmirail - Cycle beneath the towering rock formations; Alpine foothills rising up from the edge of the Rhône valley
  • Food and wine - Visit Châteauneuf du Pape, sample the wines and some of the region's gastronomic highlights along the way
  • St-Rémy-de-Provence - Wander the streets of this delightful market town at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range and one time home to Vincent Van Gogh
  • Cycle the Luberon - Visit the beautiful 8th century village of Gordes
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15 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,840

Highlights

  • Lake Ohrid - Enjoy a truly stunning lake and mountain setting; tour the historical buildings situated around the lake
  • Rila Monastery - Spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site with its brightly coloured frescoes
  • Matka Gorge - Experience the natural wonder of Matka Gorge; chance for a boat trip
  • Sofia - Old town sightseeing
  • Vergina - Visit the ancient capital of Macedonian Kings
  • Mt. Athos - Boat excursion along the coast of Athos to reach 'the holy mountain'
  • Thassos Island - Day trip by ferry to visit its Roman remains and Medieval fortress
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,260

Highlights

  • Split - Tour through the historic heart of one of the region's oldest cities
  • Hvar Island - Cycle through the beautiful countryside of one of Croatia's scenic gems
  • Korcula Island - Explore the villages and vineyards of historic Korcula
  • The Dalmatian Coast - Explore the coastal plains and breath-taking valleys of Dalmatia by bike
  • Dubrovnik - A chance to explore the stunning 'Pearl of the Adriatic'
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,550

Highlights

  • Marseille and Barcelona - travel by bike, train, bus and ferry between two major cities
  • Mediterranean culture - compare and contrast the French and Catalan (Spanish) Mediterranean coasts
  • Camargue wetlands - Cycle on dirt roads through the Rhone delta wetland
  • Canal du Midi - Cycle along a section of the waterway
  • Emporda - Cycle through the lovely landscape of Catalonia
  • Salvador Dali - Chance to visit Dali's Theatre-Museum in Figueres
  • Greek ruins - Chance to visit Spain's most important Greek archaeological site at Ampurias
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