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Founder William Burton had previously led both large & specialist travel companies. But he found that even for a travel expert like him, booking the awesome trips he wanted took a huge amount of time & effort. Doing it yourself takes lots of time in research & booking. And in reality 'tailor-made' companies start from pre-set itineraries, so it takes hours of negotiation & emails to turn these into what you really want - and the price increases with every change.

He took the challenge of building truly awesome trips to spectacular places, that met 90% of the needs of busy professionals straight off the page, with all the highlights, exciting activities, unique access to special events, expert private guides, private transfers & authentic local experiences. For that final 10% he added options to refine trips with extra activities or extension nights so you could book the whole thing in minutes rather than hours - and Awesome Experiences was born.

Of course if you want to flex your trip a bit more you can always call us - but the idea is that you shouldn't really need to....

 

AND YOU CAN RELAX - YOUR MONEY IS FULLY PROTECTED BY ATOL AND PROTECTED TRUST SERVICES

 

Our team

Led by William, the team has around 100 years' experience of designing spectacular trips, and has journeyed right across the Globe in search of adventure. Together, we know all about flight timetables, seamless transfers, health & safety, and sourcing the best & most cost-effective suppliers – but the one thing that really unites us is our passion for discovering new cultures & fascinating corners of the globe. Here are some of our key members:

 

William - Founder / Chief Executive

Your favourite getaway so far?

I have done so many of these trips myself that I loved- which is why I created this company- but if I was to single out one it would probably be Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda which was incredible. The sheer size of these creatures is amazing and you get staggeringly close to these gentle giants. We do offer this trip in Rwanda, but personally if I had more time I would probably do our Uganda gorilla experience as you get to do a full safari as well - and I might well do just that!

Where’s next?

I’ve actually just booked one of our 3 night Viennese Balls in Austria, but my main holiday plan is to experience our Head to Toe Chile; it is one of the few major Latin American countries I have never experienced and both the Atacama Desert (complete with stargazing) and hiking the glaciers of Patagonia sounds awesome. I also like wine so the time around Santiago will be welcome - and I may tag on our trip to see the incredible stone heads of Easter Island. Maybe I will see Suzanne there as I see she plans to go there too!

 

Iona - Head of Supplier Relations

Your favourite getaway so far?

There are so many places that I’ve loved visiting for different reasons, but Cambodia and Vietnam top my favourites. There’s just so much to see and do in these countries that I have a huge list of high points, including my interactions with the local people, the delicious food, the diverse scenery (such as the limestone islands of Halong Bay), and the life and vibrancy of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, found in its hectic labyrinth of alleys and streets. Angkor’s temples are rightly legendary too – the architecture and setting is astounding.

Where’s next?

I’m going to challenge myself to climb Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Experiencing the transcendent view from the summit at sunrise, along with an incredible sense of achievement on reaching the top, would be really awesome. I gain peace, wellbeing and gratitude from hiking in incredible scenery and you can’t over-value those things.

Amanda - Chief Web Editor

Your favourite getaway so far?

I love everything about Mexico – the culture, the food, the Mayan monuments, and the incredible beaches. I would urge anyone who visits to spend some time in Mexico City. The contrasts are incredible. You can cover ancient ruins, Diego Rivera murals, and incredible contemporary restaurants in a day. Arriving into its seething heart from the airport is something I’ll never forget.

Where’s next?

I’ve been to Brazil and really fell for the atmosphere and friendliness of the people (no exaggeration; expect to be invited to parties and encouraged to abandon all British reserve when you dance!). Now I’d like to visit the Pantanal wetlands to see a different side to the country. Spotting giant anteaters, jaguar and giant otters in the wild sound like a truly winning combination for someone who already adores more traditional safaris, and I’d like to visit the area before many tourists cotton on.

Suzanne - Travel Sales Expert

Your favourite getaway so far?

Peru. I love its amazingly diverse landscapes and experiences – dune buggying in the desert at sunset; walking in the Colca Canyon with the late afternoon sun bathing the walls in a golden glow; Rainbow Mountain’s amazing colours; seeing the mist lift over Machu Picchu… the list goes on. I really liked the people too, and felt privileged to learn about Pachamama and their culture and beliefs.

Where’s next?

Chile – it’s always appealed to me for its epic, vast and contrasting landscapes and because I would get to use my Spanish. I’d love to go walking in Patagonia with its mountain vistas and glaciers and stargazing in the Atacama desert would be a pinch-me magical moment for me.

Ritwik - Technical Operations Manager

Your favourite getaway so far?

I absolutely loved my time in China. The fact that the big cities seemed familiar to cities back in India while distinctly maintaining their own identity filled me with wonder. In terms of touristy stuff, the trek on the Great Wall was challenging at times but lead to spots with breathtaking views over the hills while the Forbidden City across Tiananmen Square leaves you in awe with its splendour. The variety of food on offer is paradise for a food junkie like myself who loves to experiment, though sometimes the pungent smells can be an attack on the senses. What was most fascinating was the nightlife in China, which was full of colours and sounds, going through to the early hours of the morning. To top it all off, the serene walks around the idyllic countryside through the paddy fields makes for the ideal beginning for a day full of adventure.

Where’s next?

I wish to explore the many facets of Brazil, starting with a trek up Corcovado to meet Christ the Redeemer, idling around on the Rio beaches and exploring the safaris along the Paraguay river for a view of wildcats and otters. The tour through Pantanal seems like an amazing opportunity for adventure with splashes of exotic cuisine, luxurious outback locations and comes bundled in with the phenomenal nightlife on offer by Rio.

Shivani - Sales Executive

Your favourite getaway so far?

Coming from an Indian Family, I was always curious to explore the vast diversity of India. Traveling alone for basketball tournaments since I was 12 years of age, I had the opportunity to experience various glimpses of India; the gorgeous Taj Mahal, the historical forts of Rajasthan, the majestic Charminar, the great spiritual Golden Temple and other adrenaline-pumping adventures such as river rafting in Ludhiana and paragliding in Pragpur. My favourite part about travelling in and around the various states of India is having the opportunity to sample the diverse cuisines the country offers. Being a foodie, the extensive spread of sweets and savouries always wins my heart.

Where’s next?

Now that I have moved from India to the United Kingdom, I am looking forward to travelling around Europe in the upcoming months. It would be awesome to go to Iceland and enjoy whizzing through the snow in an Arctic truck during winter, along with visiting the IceHotel and Northern Lights in Sweden. With the summer springing upon us, I would love to stroll down the Turkish beaches with its crystal clear waters and explore the Patara National park famous for its incredible wildlife. To put the cherry on the top, the idea that fills my heart with excitement is to conclude the tour with a romantic hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia

Inigo - Marketing and Product Executive

Your favourite getaway so far?

For me, nothing has quite beaten my experiences in Tuscany. Basking in Italian sunshine whilst sipping ice cold beer in amongst the leafy vineyards is hard to beat. Last year I was lucky enough to explore the tiny hilltop village of Vinci - the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci. There I met some other travellers and we’ve been friends since!

Where’s next?

During my time in Tuscany I visited the stunning town called Otranto, but I never knew you could get a private tour with the towns’ mayor. Sadly I also missed out on some of the great food the area has to offer. The place I’d really love to visit is Sweden, the idea of wandering through vast pine forests and sleeping up in the trees absolutely ignites my imagination. Awesome Experiences even offers a private foraging guide who will show you all kinds of hidden woodland nibbles.

 

Jon-Paul - Product Manager

Your favourite getaway so far?

Western Canada is by far one of the most beautiful places I have visited. So good in fact that I have returned every year for the last 5 years. I really should give somewhere else a chance too! My favourite trip was heading over to Vancouver for a few nights stay, there is so much to see and do in this city – it’s unbelievable. Whether you are down at Granville Island trying out the food and beer by the sea, to going up to see the Grizzly bears up at Grouse mountain, some 4000 feet above – this city does have it all. A bike ride around Stanley Park is certainly something to tick off the list too. After Vancouver boarding a luxury cruise ship for 7 nights, visiting all the highlights of Alaska. Alaska certainly is one of those destinations where a cruise really works well. Witnessing the glaciers crumble and tumble in the early morning from my private balcony was a spectacular experience. My experience was topped off by a trip from Vancouver to Banff, aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train. Travelling through the heart of the Rockies in such a way is a truly magnificent experience.

Where’s next?

It has to be the Caribbean over Christmas. I absolutely loved it when I was last there in 2017 and I feel a return trip is long overdue. Sun, sea, sand, friendly people, great music & atmosphere - plus of course a tasty rum punch or two, to kick start the relaxation!

 

Stephanie - Travel Sales Expert

Your favourite getaway so far?

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Seychelles numerous times over the past 20 years, and this destination will always hold a very special place in my heart. I also enjoyed the adrenaline rush of paragliding in Reunion and spent 10 days wandering around New York with my eye on the skyline, and walked enough not to put on a single kilogram (despite the countless pizza slices I consumed!)

Where’s next?

Since joining Awesome Experiences I have already expanded my horizons, and my list of Where's next is even longer than it used to be!!! Top of that list would be India (which has always been on my bucket list) and I would therefore have to say that our Classical India, Private Tiger and Rishikesh Tour would be my ultimate awesome experience.

 

William - Founder / Chief Executive

Your favourite getaway so far?

If I was to single out one it would probably be Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda which was incredible. The sheer size of these creatures is amazing and you get staggeringly close to these gentle giants. We do offer this trip in Rwanda, but personally if I had more time I would probably do our Uganda gorilla experience as you get to do a full safari as well - and I might well do just that!

Where’s next?

I’ve just booked one of our 3 night Viennese Balls in Austria, but my main holiday plan is to experience our Head to Toe Chile; it is one of the few major Latin American countries I have never experienced and both the Atacama Desert (complete with stargazing) and hiking the glaciers of Patagonia sounds awesome.

 

Iona - Head of Supplier Relations

Your favourite getaway so far?

There are so many places that I’ve loved visiting for different reasons, but Cambodia and Vietnam top my favourites. There’s just so much to see and do in these countries: interacting with the locals, delicious food, diverse scenery and the life and vibrancy of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Angkor’s temples are rightly legendary too – the architecture and setting is astounding.

Where’s next?

I’m going to challenge myself to climb Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Experiencing the transcendent view from the summit at sunrise, along with an incredible sense of achievement on reaching the top, would be really awesome.

 

Amanda - Chief Web Editor

Your favourite getaway so far?

I love everything about Mexico – the culture, the food, the Mayan monuments, and the incredible beaches. I would urge anyone who visits to spend some time in Mexico City. The contrasts are incredible. You can cover ancient ruins, Diego Rivera murals, and incredible contemporary restaurants in a day. Arriving into its seething heart from the airport is something I’ll never forget.

Where’s next?

I’ve been to Brazil and really fell for the atmosphere and friendliness of the people; expect to be invited to parties and encouraged to abandon all British reserve when you dance!. I’d like to visit the Pantanal wetlands to see a different side to the country. Spotting giant anteaters, jaguar and giant otters in the wild sound like a truly winning combination for someone who adores safaris.

 

Suzanne - Travel Sales Expert

Your favourite getaway so far?

Peru. I love its amazingly diverse landscapes and experiences – dune buggying in the desert at sunset; walking in the Colca Canyon with the late afternoon sun bathing the walls in a golden glow; Rainbow Mountain’s amazing colours; seeing the mist lift over Machu Picchu… the list goes on. I really liked the people too, and felt privileged to learn about Pachamama and their culture & beliefs.

Where’s next?

Chile – it’s always appealed to me for its epic, vast and contrasting landscapes and because I would get to use my Spanish. I’d love to go walking in Patagonia with its mountain vistas and glaciers and stargazing in the Atacama desert would be a magical moment for me.

 

Ritwik - Technical Operations Manager

Your favourite getaway so far?

I loved my time in China. The trek on the Great Wall was challenging at times but led to breathtaking views over the hills while the Forbidden City leaves you in awe. The variety of food on offer is paradise for a food junkie like me, though sometimes the pungent smells can be an attack on the senses. Most fascinating was the nightlife in China - full of colours and sounds, going through to the early hours. 

Where’s next?

I wish to explore the many facets of Brazil, starting with a trek up Corcovado to meet Christ the Redeemer, idling around the Rio beaches and a safari along the Paraguay river tp view wildcats & otters. The journey through Pantanal seems like an amazing adventure with splashes of exotic cuisine, luxurious outback locations and comes bundled in with the phenomenal nightlife of Rio.

 

Shivani - Sales Executive

Your favourite getaway so far?

Coming from an Indian Family, I was always curious to explore the vast diversity of India:.the gorgeous Taj Mahal, the historical forts of Rajasthan, the majestic Charminar, the great spiritual Golden Temple and adrenaline-pumping adventures such as river rafting in Ludhiana and paragliding in Pragpur. My favourite part is sampling the diverse cuisines the country offers: the extensive spread of sweets & savouries always wins my heart.

Where’s next?

I will be travelling around Europe in the coming months. It would be awesome to go to Iceland and enjoy whizzing through the snow in an Arctic truck  along with the IceHotel and Northern Lights in Sweden. In the summer I would love to stroll down the Turkish beaches with its crystal clear waters and explore the Patara National park famous for its incredible wildlife. To put the cherry on the top, I would conclude with a romantic hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia.

 

Inigo - Marketing and Product Executive

Your favourite getaway so far?

For me, nothing has quite beaten my experiences in Tuscany. Basking in Italian sunshine whilst sipping ice cold beer in amongst the leafy vineyards is hard to beat. Last year I was lucky enough to explore the tiny hilltop village of Vinci - the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci. There I met some other travellers and we’ve been friends since!

Where’s next?

In Tuscany I visited the stunning town of Otranto, but never knew you could get a private tour with the towns’ mayor. Sadly I also missed out on some of the great food the area has to offer. The place I’d really love to visit is Sweden, the idea of wandering through vast pine forests and sleeping up in the trees absolutely ignites my imagination. Awesome Experiences even offers a private foraging guide who will show you all kinds of hidden woodland nibbles.

 

Jon-Paul - Product Manager

Your favourite getaway so far?

Western Canada is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. My favourite part was Vancouver - there is so much to see and do. Whether you are down at Granville Island tasting the food & beer by the sea, or seeing the Grizzly bears up at Grouse mountain – this city has it all. Then visiting Alaska: witnessing the glaciers crumble & tumble in the early morning was spectacular. My experience was topped off by a rail trip from Vancouver to Banff aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer.

Where’s next?

It has to be the Caribbean over Christmas. I absolutely loved it when I was last there and I feel a return trip is long overdue. Sun, sea, sand, friendly people, great music & atmosphere - plus of course a tasty rum punch or two!

 

Stephanie - Travel Sales Expert

Your favourite getaway so far?

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Seychelles many times over the past 20 years, and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. I especially enjoyed the adrenaline rush of paragliding in Reunion. I also spent 10 days wandering around New York with my eye on the skyline, and walked enough not to put on a single kilogram - despite the countless pizza slices I consumed!

Where’s next?

Since joining Awesome Experiences I have already expanded my horizons, and my bucket list is even longer than it used to be!!! Top of that list would be India and I would have to say that our Classical India, Private Tiger and Rishikesh Tour would be my ultimate awesome experience.

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