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Anonymous“MY FIRST TIME IN PUGLIA. I was looking forward and was not disappointed. Not everything was perfect, but it is OK. We were lucky to have really good people on board so the joy seeing all the beauties, enjoying all the goodies (great wine and fantastic Puli...“

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Explore!

4.0/5 - Good
Headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire, England
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TOURS
1091
AGE RANGE
16-79
RESPONSE RATE
100%
RESPONSE TIME
1h
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  • Over 36 years' experience planning adventure
  • Small group tours to 120 countries
  • Committed to responsible travel around the world
  • Adventure travel is our way of life - not a job

Explore have been creating award-winning adventures for over 35 years and are experts when it comes to unique travel experiences. Our small group adventures have been running since 1981 and today, Explore is one of the world's most trusted adventure travel companies ...

Explore have been creating award-winning adventures for over 35 years and are experts when it comes to unique travel experiences. Our small group adventures have been running since 1981 and today, Explore is one of the world's most trusted adventure travel companies with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries. At Explore, we are passionate about travel and have developed a wide range of unique activities and adventures which give our customers an unforgettable experience with a team of award-winning Explore leaders . With Explore, you'll get to see your destination from a whole new perspective that takes you away from the typical well-trodden tourist track. You'll have the chance to meet, dine and stay with local people, rest in authentic accommodation with other like-minded explorers and travel to must-see destinations with a unique Explore twist. From family holidays to trips for solo travellers; cycling tours to wildlife safaris; trekking on mountains or exploring miles of scenic coastline; self-guided journeys or small group trips; there is something for every kind of traveller with Explore. We will provide our expert knowledge, exciting itineraries and outstanding service as part of our sustainable travel experiences which take you under the skin of the country you're visiting for the adventure of a lifetime.

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12 Explore! Reviews

Excellent
33%
Good
58%
Average
8%
Rather Poor
0%
Bad
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Accommodation
3.5 / 5
Transportation
4 / 5
Meals
4 / 5
Value for money
3.5 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  •  reviewer 1
    Historic Baltic Republics (2018)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 5, 2018
    A well organised, well paced and very informative tour with an excellent tour leader and local guides.
  • PR
    Simply Peru + Amazon Extension (2018)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 5, 2018
    The fly in Nasca should be included. It‘ s very important that you buy the tickets for Machu Picchu very early. It was not possible to get tickets for hicking o…
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  • WS
    Discover Chernobyl (2018)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on August 28, 2018
    Overall it was a good tour. A couple of general thoughts: Way to much walking on a couple of the days - just shy of 10 miles, which I was OK, but several other…
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  • LB
    Krakow to Budapest Adventure (2018)
    3.0 - Average
    Written on August 15, 2018
    Tour van was cramped and uncomfortable. We had to spend a lot of time there because of long distances between itinerary points. Hotels were basic, no window sc…
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    Explore! commented on this review
    Dear Linda, Many thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback on the trip that you undertook recently as it is valuable for us to be able to improve the experience. The technical points regarding the van have been passed to our product team to investigate. The weather conditions have been almost unheard of this summer in Europe and hotels are not always able to cope with such extremes in temperature. Hotels do not generally need air conditioning in a normal European summer but have been caught out this year. The provision of fans is however something that we will talk to our local representatives about. Often this summer hotels did not have enough fans for all customers, which may have been the issue you experienced. Explore is a British based company but we normally have a good mix of North American, Australasian and European customers on our trips as we do market globally. Your trip was quite unusual in that you were the only non-British customers. Thank you for your praise for the Tour Leader which has also been passed on. Overall I am sorry that you felt that this type of trip was not for you and can only hope that we can perhaps assist you in the future, potentially on a tailor made trip just for yourselves as we have some fantastic destinations to visit. Many thanks again for your valuable feedback. Ciaran Explore
  • PM
    Simply Peru (2018)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on August 12, 2018
    The tour was exceptional, especially because of Helmut. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He took care of every need of everyone which is a …
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    Explore! commented on this review
    Dear Parijat, That's great news that you enjoyed the trip and your praise for the Tour Leader is absolutely fantastic for us to hear. Many thanks, Ciaran Explore
  •  reviewer 6
    Baltic Capital Cities (2018)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on August 8, 2018
    As indicated in my ratings, overall, I enjoyed the tour and I'm glad that I went. For the short version, I'd recommend the tour if you're going outside of the …
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  •  reviewer 7
    Baltic Capital Cities (2018)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on July 29, 2018
    I'll start with what met expectation, then pros, then cons. The trip notes clearly list "orientation tours" and several free time periods, with no optional exc…
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  •  reviewer 8
    Peloponnese Explorer (2018)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on July 22, 2018
    Tour guide was absolutely fantastic, this tour is an absolute must, and definitely recommend doing all the optionals. Messini should not be missed.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thank you so much for your positive comments and we will advise the Tour Leader on your behalf. I am glad you enjoyed the trip. Ciaran Whelan Explore
  •  reviewer 9
    A Taste of Puglia (2018)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on June 15, 2018
    This was my first time in Puglia. The weather was great, the company was perfect, wine and dishes excellent. Thanks. I want more Puglian experiences.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Hi Lenka, It was great that you enjoyed the trip - it is a beautiful part of Italy. Keep an eye open for some more Puglia experiences from Explore that you will probably love. Ciaran - Explore
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    A Taste of Puglia (2018)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on June 13, 2018
    MY FIRST TIME IN PUGLIA. I was looking forward and was not disappointed. Not everything was perfect, but it is OK. We were lucky to have really good people on b…
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About Explore!

Explore have been creating award-winning adventures for over 35 years and are experts when it comes to unique travel experiences. Our small group adventures have been running since 1981 and today, Explore is one of the world's most trusted adventure travel companies with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries. At Explore, we are passionate about travel and have developed a wide range of unique activities and adventures which give our customers an unforgettable experience with a team of award-winning Explore leaders . With Explore, you'll get to see your destination from a whole new perspective that takes you away from the typical well-trodden tourist track. You'll have the chance to meet, dine and stay with local people, rest in authentic accommodation with other like-minded explorers and travel to must-see destinations with a unique Explore twist. From family holidays to trips for solo travellers; cycling tours to wildlife safaris; trekking on mountains or exploring miles of scenic coastline; self-guided journeys or small group trips; there is something for every kind of traveller with Explore. We will provide our expert knowledge, exciting itineraries and outstanding service as part of our sustainable travel experiences which take you under the skin of the country you're visiting for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Our Experience

Since launching in 1981 with only six tours in a four-page brochure, Explore have grown to establish over 600 trips in more than 120 countries; offering an array of exciting experiences and activities for the adventure of a lifetime. Our experience, knowledge and connections with local guides and hosts in all of our countries of operation means that all we're one of the most trusted travel operators; which is why many of our customers choose to travel with us time and time again.

Explore Leaders

Our Tour Leaders are quite simply the glue that holds our tours together. They are chosen for their travel experience and people skills and are thoroughly trained by Explore, widely acknowledged as some of the best training in the industry. A Tour Leader's ultimate aim is to ensure everyone is well looked after and have a fantastic trip. They are there to ensure that the tour logistics run smoothly, that health and safety is adhered to and provide comprehensive briefings at the beginning and throughout the tour.

Variety of Choices

The variety on offer when it comes to destinations and activities is second to none with Explore as we provide the opportunity to see a country in a whole new light. We cover every interest at every corner of the globe; from walking and trekking holidays to family adventures, cycling tours, and wildlife holidays. Our adventure trips are completely unique and our passion for travel lies at the heart of every tour we operate. Explore's founding directors were inspired by their own trips through Asia, Africa and the Americas during the 1960s and '70s and were always determined to make the spirit of adventure a key aspect of the Explore ethos.

Responsible Travel

We care deeply about travelling in a way that positively impacts the people and places we visit. To us responsible travel means that: - We ensure people who work for Explore are treated fairly and paid a fair wage - We learn about and respect the customs and culture of the country we are visiting so that we do not offend local people - We ensure that local people benefit economically by employing them as leaders, guides and drivers - and by eating in local restaurants and using locally owned hotels where possible - We minimise our impact on the environment by travelling in small groups, offsetting our carbon emissions, reducing waste and supporting conservation projects

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • Do we need to give parental consent for Family Adventures?

    Any child under the age of 16 wishing to participate in the advertised activities can do so only with full consent of their parent or guardian.

  • What are the age limits for Family Adventures?

    Because of the active nature of Family Adventures, we provide guidelines regarding the minimum age for each trip. This ranges from 7 years, depending on the level of activity involved and overall suitability for younger children. Please check individual trip pages for specific information about this. Our dedicated Teenage Trips and Teen Departures are generally for families with children aged 11 to 17. On certain trips the minimum age limits are strictly applied, on others there may be some flexibility. Please contact us if your requirements are not straightforward; if for example, you have one child who is below the age threshold but another who is not.

  • What is the average party size for Family Adventures?

    Group size usually ranges from between 10 to 18 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than six or seven people and the average group size is 12 people. You will typically be travelling with between three and five other families. We very occasionally have groups that are smaller than six or seven people. On rare occasions you may be the only family on the trip.

  • What rooming do you use for Family Adventures?

    We will room your family in the most appropriate way using a mixture of twin, triple, double and single rooms as necessary. Please note that sometimes a triple room may be a twin room with an additional bed added. We will leave it to you to decide who shares with whom in your family group. We will do our very best to give you rooms next to each other but we can't promise this. In exceptional cases, where accommodation is limited, for example on boat-based trips, one or more of you may need to share with members of another family. On some trips a night or two may be spent in communal sleeping areas, for example a village house, hacienda or overnight trains.

  • What about responsible tourism?

    Responsible tourism is - and always has been - one of the driving principles of Explore. We care deeply about travelling in a way that positively impacts the people and places we visit. To us responsible travel means that:

    We ensure people who work for Explore are treated fairly and paid a fair wage.

    We learn about and respect the customs and culture of the country we are visiting so that we do not offend local people
    We ensure that local people benefit economically by employing them as leaders, guides and drivers - and by eating in local restaurants and using locally owned hotels where possible
    We minimise our impact on the environment by travelling in small groups, offsetting our carbon emissions, reducing waste and supporting conservation projects

    We’ve worked hard at these things to ensure we are welcomed in the places we all love to visit, meaning local people benefit and our groups enjoy a better trip. It could be through some of our great community based tourism experiences, meeting local people or experiencing the pristine wilderness and leaving it untouched. Want to see how your tour makes a difference? Have a look at the Earth matters box on every tour.

  • Is adventure travel safe?

    Travelling to far-flung corners of the earth involves adapting to living conditions that are often very different from your own. Please be prepared for unusual situations, local differences and unpredictable events. Adventure holidays are not necessarily suitable for people who expect to be pampered or who like everything to go exactly as planned. You should also be aware that some countries around the world have security problems. Thieves, muggers and drug pushers are likely to be active in big cities and street markets; and certain areas may be considered ‘out-of-bounds’ for tourists. However, most crime is opportunistic. Using your common sense will reduce the risks. Unfortunately, no destination can be guaranteed to be safe from terrorism. We constantly monitor the political situation in the regions we visit and will re-route or cancel a trip if we feel it is necessary. If you are concerned about your safety when visiting a particular destination, please contact the Foreign Office or the appropriate embassy.

  • Do I need to worry about high altitude?

    Several trips reach elevations of 2500 metres or more. We allow time for acclimatisation and usually the body acclimatises well to spending extended periods of time above this altitude. It is difficult to predict who is at risk from altitude sickness but if you have a heart or respiratory problem we advise you not to risk extended travel or trekking at high altitudes and to check with your doctor.

  • How fit do I need to be to participate in the trip?

    All Explore trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Tour Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking.

  • What if I have any pre-existing medical conditions?

    If you, your travelling companions, or anyone upon whom your travel depends (such as a friend or family member whose illness or death would result in you wishing to cancel or curtail your trip) have a pre-existing medical condition you must inform your travel insurance company of this when you purchase your policy. Please ensure that you receive written confirmation from them that the condition is covered. You must take this written confirmation with you on trip, in addition to the insurance policy itself. If you don't, you may not have appropriate cover.

  • Do I need to have Travel insurance?

    You must have valid travel insurance. You will need to confirm to your Tour Leader that you are covered by a travel insurance policy at the start of the trip. For this reason your original insurance policy must be carried with you on trip. If you have arranged your own insurance please ensure that your documentation shows you as the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for the entire period of travel. It must also indicate that you have cover for (at least) Medical Expenses and Emergency Repatriation in the event of illness or injury. Please ensure that a 24 hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company is written on your documentation in case of an emergency. If you are unable to provide this information at the start of the trip you will not be able to continue with us-unless you purchase a suitable Insurance Policy.