Our travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours so it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.
Our adventures do not include airport transfers but before your trip we’ll send out thorough details of how to join us at the accommodation point after you land, with details on how to get there. If you would however prefer a pre-arranged transfer these are usually available at an additional cost – please contact us for more information.
It’s important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a travel health specialist. We can help you with links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. However these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.
Yes! Each participant must purchase travel insurance coverage, both to protect your own travel investment as well as personal luggage and medical coverage. We recommend World Nomads.
Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. If you do require a visa please arrange them yourself or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.
We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our ‘What to bring’ section includes a suggested packing list: the checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.
We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses and under seats. Keep in mind that you will usually have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains, and up and down hotel staircases. Suitcases with wheels may not work well on dirt or cobblestone roads.
Trip specific information on transportation can be found on the trip summary page however in most cases we use public transportation. We’ve found that how you get there significantly influences the tone of your journey and public transportation allows face-to-face interaction with the local people. Some of our adventures do use private transportation, when no other alternative is possible to make the itinerary work.
It’s extremely difficult to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early, however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult us before you book your adventure.
Starting and ending hotels will be listed in your itinerary document. We use a variety of hotels en-route and so a complete list of hotels won’t be provided until day 1 of your tour.
Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and if you are travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement or rarely a mandatory single supplement. An optional service allows solo travelers to request their own private room while on tour. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please inquire for details.
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. There are no upper age limits for most of our tours. However some of our adventures are open to families with children between 6 and 17 years of age.
We keep our group sizes small so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect up to 10 travelers on a trip but the average is 7. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.
For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they usually attract folks from North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Before every trip we make a Facebook group with all our future travelers to share some info about cool things waiting for us and some other practical stuff, and there you will also see who your future travel companions are.
Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. We do this without taking out of the tour – our trips include things that many other companies charge locally for. Another reason we can do this is our relationship with our local hosts – we like to say we have friends instead of suppliers: we don’t to hundreds of tours but where we do venture we make sure that we’re hosted like family.
Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact us before for price information. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly.
Tips for tour leaders, drivers, local guides are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. If you choose to tip, $5-10 per day is customary.