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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: France to Spain overland vacation

As a global tour operator, we are committed to operating every one of our trips in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and economy, while minimising our impact on the natural environment.

We travel in small groups – on this trip the maximum group size is 12 passengers – which means we can support small, locally-owned and family-run hotels. Whenever possible we use public transport to minimise our carbon footprint, and on this journey you will travel primarily by train but on occasion by public buses. We explore the countryside of the Loire by bicycle, we sightsee by kayak on the Dordogne River and there’s an optional day trip to Tangier in Morocco, for which we travel by ferry. If you choose to take a day trip from San Sebastian to nearby Bilbao, we recommend taking the local bus. There is just one journey which involves a private transfer, from Luchon in the French Pyrenees to San Sebastian.

Your tour leader will recommend authentic local bistros, taverns, markets and other eating places where you can sample locally-sourced produce and regional specialities and eat alongside locals. For example, you’ll be able to try an authentic paella in the Las Arenas area of Valencia and when we visit Southern Spain, which is famed for its tapas, you can eat a number of small dishes in a series of different bars which is a good way to support a number of small businesses. This same principle applies in San Sebastian, where the small plates are known as pinxtos. We also enjoy a tasting of locally-grown wines in Bordeaux.

On this trip, we visit Ronda which is home to Spain’s oldest bullring. Although bullfighting is a significant part of Spanish culture and history, its practice is contrary to our responsible travel philosophy and we do not support or attend bullfights, or encourage passengers to do so. However, there is a museum which explains some of the sport’s history and customs and people are free to visit it if they wish to gain some cultural understanding of the practice.

There are a number of churches and cathedrals that we can visit on this trip, for example the cathedral in Valencia which is claimed to be the home of the Holy Grail, the chalice that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. We will ask passengers to dress respectfully if they wish to enter, covering their knees and shoulders and avoiding skimpy tops. This is just one of the responsible travel guidelines that we provide to passengers on our website and while traveling with us, to ensure that they respect local customs and cultural differences.
This tour is operated on a carbon neutral basis. We have managed to reduce the emissions to just 351kg of CO2 per passenger, and we offset these by making contributions to a range of internationally accredited renewable energy projects in destinations where we travel. After a three-year process, we were proud to become a carbon neutral company in 2010 and we have an ongoing programme to measure, reduce and offset the carbon emissions from our offices, stores and trips. We also offer passengers who book their flight through us the option to offset those emissions. To date, we have offset more than 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

As a tour company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. In 2002, we established a charitable foundation so that our passengers and staff could support grassroots community projects around the world. To date, it has raised over £2million for over 75 projects involved with health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and environmental and wildlife protection. We match every donation made by passengers and pay the administration costs, so every penny that is donated goes to a good cause.

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