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

Explore!

4.6 | Excellent
  • 95% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1981
Headquarters
  • Hampshire, UK
Trips
  • 478

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Explore! Reviews & Ratings 95% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 49 Great 9 Average 3 Disappointing 3 Terrible 1
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Tour Reviews

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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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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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Great guide for out trip! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thanks to the brilliant organization, humuor and kindness of our wonderful guide, Haymar Aung, Explore should give her the highest award. None of us were disappointed with our 'Burma Highlights' holiday.
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Trip of a lifetime seeing the Arctic in a week January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I travelled as a solo traveller and was relieved to find that about half the boat was also solo travellers. It was a great adventure - on a ferry board for a week with the most amazing panoramic views around us every day. We were regularly out on smaller boats to see the bird cliffs up close, or to go onto land to walk around. We saw lots of amazing wildlife including walrus, blue whales, beluga whales, endless species of birds, and of course Polar Bears! The week went by too quickly. It was a great mix of wildlife and landscapes. Each day there was a different guide giving a presentation of everything from the biology of a polar bear, to the fauna found in the arctic circle. You could join in for as little or as much as you wanted. Definitely recommended.
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Stride Review

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
Physical :
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
Physical :
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
Physical :
From: $ 1,210

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
Physical :
From: $ 1,408

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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