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Leeds, LS28 6AN
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
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Encounters Travel - Your Passport to Adventure

Encounters Travel is an adventure tour operator, based in the UK but with representatives in Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. We run a wide selection of cultural and adventurous tours around the world, each carefully designed to help you get the most out of the country you're visiting.

Our tours range from historical sightseeing and Nile cruises in Egypt, through to long strenuous treks and white water rafting in Nepal or swimming with whales in Tonga. You can join other travellers on a small group departure, or personalise and tailor-make an itinerary for you to enjoy privately.

Whatever your preference, we have a team of experienced travel consultants ready to advise you and help arrange your next great adventure tour!

Our travellers have a passion to experience the vast diversity of our planet's scenery, wildlife, history and culture.

Those joining our group tours love the experience and peace of mind that comes with travelling with other like minded people. Our groups are made up of people of different nationalities and from different countries, aged from their early 20s to 70+ and provide a fun opportunity to meet new people while exploring a new destination. They are ideal for solo travellers, and are a cost effective way to explore some of the world's most exciting and interesting destinations.

Those booking tailor-made tours are looking for a more private and personalised experience, perhaps focusing on a particular interest. These tours can be customised to suit any budget, style of travel and duration.

Our Small Group adventure tours give you the chance to explore the world with fellow like-minded travellers. Similar in style, our lower budget Shoestring tours use slightly lower accommodation levels and larger maximum group sizes.

In Africa our Overland camping and accommodated adventures cover larger distances and multiple countries in comfortable expedition vehicles. We've also designed special family tours that you can enjoy with other families or just take your own family on an exciting and rewarding holiday.

Our Escorted group tours are hosted by specially selected experts who bring their knowledge and skills to add an extra dimension to the tour. Finally, we run a wide range of Tailor-made tours for people who would like our help in designing their own holiday. These include a popular range of Day Tours in Egypt.

We know that choosing and booking a holiday is an exciting time - we all love travelling ourselves after all. We want you to feel confident when booking your tour with us so you can look forward to your upcoming adventure in a relaxed frame of mind.

You can be reassured that your money is safe as we provide all our travellers with comprehensive financial protection either through ATOL (covers flight inclusive packages for UK bookers) or through International Passenger Protection (IPP). We are also members of ABTA, the UK's largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators.

While you are on holiday, we will provide you with a local contact number as well as a 24 hour emergency number here in the UK that you can call anytime should you need to.

The growth in global tourism inevitably impacts upon the fragile environments and cultures that travellers seek to experience. We understand the impacts of our operations, and pro-actively seek to ensure that they are as locally sustainable as possible.

Many of our tours, by definition, travel through a variety of different environments and cultures. We try to cause as little negative impact as possible during our tours and where possible to act in such a way to benefit the local communities and environment.

We use local guides on the vast majority of our tours, as we feel that a resident of the destination you're visiting can give you a better insight into their country, and many of our travellers find our guides a real highlight of their tour.

Africa | Botswana | Kenya | Malawi | Morocco | Namibia | South Africa | Sudan | Tanzania | Uganda, Zambia | Zimbabwe

Asia | Bhutan

Egypt & Middle East | Egypt | Israel | Jordan

Europe | Great Britain | Italy | Turkey

Indian Subcontinent | India | Maldives | Nepal

Oceania | Tonga

South America | Bolivia | Peru

Southeast Asia | Thailand | Vietnam

VIDEO FEATURE

Our video features aim to bring our adventure tours to life in a way that no photo can, giving you a great taste of the destination.

POSTS FROM OUR BLOG

From travel tips and tour updates to country guides, packing lists to little known things to do, you'll find it all in our travel blog.

The sun dipped down below the horizon and the beautiful white sand turned a golden yellow. This was the picture postcard start to my trip to the Ma...

Author: Martin Hosie, May 6, 2014

Nepal offers some of the best trekking to be found anywhere in the world. It is home to 8 of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Mount...

Author: Dan Saunders, March 13, 2014