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Experiences Discovery holidays

Discovery tours

Achieve your travel dreams with an Explore small group tour. On one of our cultural holidays you'll get to see the highlights, and get off the beaten track to discover more than the average tourist. Our trips are designed to make sure you experience the culture, history and sights of every destination.

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Discovery holidays

About our small group Discovery tours


We offer hundreds of Discovery holidays to extraordinary destinations all over the world; from bucketlist favourites like India and Italy to more unusual, less-visited destinations like Kazakhstan and Lebanon. They're designed to fully immerse you in the culture of your destination, as well as include the must-dos, like visits to key landmarks, walks and wildlife spotting. And alongside the essential things to see, we work hard to add in extraordinary experiences you wouldn't otherwise get, like meals with locals and unique accommodation like home stays.  

Our Discovery holidays allow you to get under the skin of your destination and fully explore. The average group size on these small-group tours is just 12, meaning you'll have like-minded travellers with you, but not too many to disrupt your trip.

On a Discovery tour you'll be led by a local tour guide. These tour leaders have expert knowledge about the areas you'll travel and will make sure your trip is not only safe and comfortable but unforgettable in all the right ways. 

First time travelling with Explore? We've answered some of the most-asked questions about our small group Discovery trips. 

Our most popular Discovery tours

Jordan Discovery

Jordan Discovery Trip code JD
Best seller
9 Days From €1229 without flights

The Blue Nile and Lalibela

Ethiopia Festival Trip code ET
Best seller
14 Days From €2639 without flights

Discover Chernobyl

Ukraine Short Breaks Trip code KCY
Best seller
5 Days From €854 without flights

Botswana Wildlife Safari

Botswana, Namibia, Zambia Wildlife Trip code BW
Best seller
15 Days From €2733 without flights

Explore Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wildlife Trip code CC
Best seller
Discounted
15 Days From €2393 without flights

The Golden Triangle

India Discovery Trip code GTI
Best seller
8 Days From €667 without flights

 

Why take a Discovery tour with Explore?

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Unforgettable experiences

From big wows to hidden gems, our tours immerse you in the culture of your destination. 
 

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Expert local guides

Chosen for great knowledge of their country, and a passion to make your trip extraordinary.
 

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Small groups

Average groups of 12; solos, couples and friends, united by a desire for authentic experiences.

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Peace of mind

Choose a trip with the pace and accommodation that's right for you, we'll take care of the rest. 

What to expect on a Discovery tour

 

Types of Discovery tours

Included in our cultural discovery tours are our festival departures. Visiting a festival is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a destination. We run trips to well-known festivals like the Pushkar camel festival in India, as well as more unusual and less-known festivals like the eagle hunting festival in Mongolia.

Many of our destinations are home to fascinating wildlife species, and so we include wildlife-spotting activities like game drives and visits to nature reserves in our itineraries. We also offer dedicated wildlife tours, which have a focus of seeing the animals and birdlife of a destination. From Africa safaris to Galapagos tours, bear watching in Europe to Amazon rainforest stays, our wildlife tours offer you the best opportunity to spot the stars of the animal kingdom. 

Food and drink is also a big part of our Discovery holidays. We aim to include the opportunity to try local food and drink on all our discovery tours, but if this is a particular focus for you we've got some trips specifically designed to include food and drink experiences. From sampling cheeses and wines in Italy to making tamales in Mexico, you'll get to sample all the best cuisine from your destination.  
 

Frequently asked questions about our Discovery holidays

Learn more about our Discovery holidays in our 7 questions answered about your first Discovery holiday blog.

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