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At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 600 trips to more than 130 countries.

Company Name
Nelson House,
55 Victoria Road
GU14 7PA

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About us

Over 36 Years of 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 130 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 in the UK; which is why many of our customers choose to travel with us time and time again.

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. Today, that passion still shines through our entire team; indeed our Managing Director, John Telfer first started as a Tour-Leader and has since been in the office for over 25 years, building trips and sending people around the world.

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, tailormade trips, polar adventures and wildlife holidays.

We are most proud of the fact that our Explore customers choose to travel with us again and again. Over 60% of all of our customers each year have travelled with us previously and 98% of them say they would travel with us again.

Our Tours

We’ve been running small group adventure holidays throughout the world since 1981. Our experience, knowledge and well established close personal contacts in all the countries in which we operate, make us one of the most trusted adventure tour operators in the UK.

We are passionate about what we do – and love to travel. The founder directors ran overland trips through Asia, Africa and the Americas in the 1960s and 70s prior to setting up the company, and were always determined that the spirit of adventure that was such an important part of those early pioneering days, should continue to play key role as part of the driving ethos of Explore.

We travel in small groups of around 14-16 people, not only does this minimise our impact on the environment but also makes for a better experience for you. All of our tours are led by an Explore Tour Leader who knows the country they are leading in like the back of their hand. They’ll be able to show you the best parts and get right off-the-beaten-track, allowing you to really get under the skin of the country you’re visiting.

Visited Countries (101)

Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South-Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Duration Itineraries Departures Average Rate Average rate per day
1 Week 43 290 USD 1,394.88 USD 239.95
2 Weeks 574 3,203 USD 2,227.44 USD 203.24
3 Weeks 237 1,263 USD 3,174.14 USD 192.14
4 Weeks 30 146 USD 4,500.33 USD 192.02
More than 4 weeks 2 14 USD 3,065.00 USD 95.78

Total 886 4,916 USD 2,519.12 USD 201.43

Explore! may have more tours on its own web site. Our list may not be complete.
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Branches & Representatives

Branch, additional Office:
72 Market Street
South Melbourne