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Encounters Travel

Small group & tailormade adventure tour operator

About Encounters Travel

Encounters Travel specialises in small group, private and tailor-made adventure tours to over 30 destinations. Our owners and directors have over 50 years of experience between them of arranging this type of travel, from driving overland expeditions and running travel companies both here in the UK and on the ground. This gives us an unbeatable knowledge of all aspects of running our holidays safely and responsibly, and means we can guarantee excellent and consistent customer service from start to finish.

Our tours are designed to give our travellers the best possible experience in each country, and to be good value without making compromises to save time or money. We also try very hard to keep the overall style and inclusions/exclusions of our tours as consistent as possible from country to country, while taking into account the different highlights and activities available in each country. Our set departure group tour sizes are kept small (the vast majority with no more than twelve to twenty travellers), to ensure that everyone in the group has a good experience and doesn’t feel left out. During peak seasons we may run several groups on the same date, but will never compromise on the service each group receives. Tours in our Shoestring range plus in some countries such as Israel where small group travel is very expensive have higher maximum numbers but still average under 20 per group - details are given on each tour page and in the tour dossiers. The tailor-made tour options displayed on this website are designed to give a taste for the type of private holidays we can arrange for people who don't want to join a group tour. They can be booked as they are, or used as initial ideas and then customised with our help as much as you wish.

Quality is very important to us and we want it to be consistent no matter where you travel with us. You will always have total transparency with us and know exactly what you will get for your money.

We specialise in creating innovative, fun and exciting tours for the open minded traveller and we are always looking for new ways to add value and excitement to your travel experiences with us so that you see and experience more than just the usual tourist spots and have great fun at the same time. Throughout this process we are committed to travelling responsibly, and leaving a positive impression and impact on the countries through which we travel.

As group tour specialists, we are also able to arrange private departures and customise one of our tours if your group needs something a little special. Our tours are all available to school, college and university groups, clubs and associations, or groups of friends who want a private Encounters Travel style holiday.

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Our Activities

  • Archaeological
  • Around the World Tours
  • Ballooning
  • Beach & Watersport
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural
  • Exploring
  • Family
  • Fishing & Fishing Lodges
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Historical
  • Nature
  • Overland
  • Photography
  • Rafting
  • Religious
  • Safari
  • Sailing & Cruise
  • Saltwater
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife

Our Destinations

  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Eastern Africa
  • Eastern Asia
  • Egypt
  • Europe
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • India
  • Israel
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Middle East
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Northern Africa
  • Northern Europe
  • Pacific
  • Peru
  • Polar
  • South Africa
  • South America
  • Southeastern Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • Southern Asia
  • Southern Europe
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam
  • Western Asia
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


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