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Relax - you can book with confidence: we are a full service, fully-ATOL bonded tour operator with all the back-up & support you need

Our Story

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 meeting the needs of most busy professionals straight off the page - with all the highlights, exciting activities, special access to events, expert private guides, private transfers & authentic local experiences you want. 

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....

 

 

Our team

Our team has around 100 years' experience of designing spectacular trips, and has journeyed right across the Globe in search of adventure. What really unites us is our passion for discovering new cultures & fascinating corners of the globe:

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

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!)

 

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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!

 

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. 

 

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!

 

What makes an Awesome Experience? - William explains the concept behind the company

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