Our head office
Encounters Travel
Leigh House
Varley Street
Leeds, LS28 6AN
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
+44 203 725 8921
tours@utwtravel.com
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ABOUT ENCOUNTERS TRAVEL


Encounters Travel is a trading name of Uncover the World Travel Ltd. which is a company registered in England & Wales, registration number: 07560987, registered office: Leigh House, Varley Street, Leeds, LS28 6AN, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Uncover the World Ltd. has full bonding and financial protection through ATOL, IPP and ABTA. Our owners and directors have over 50 years of experience between them of arranging this type of travel, from driving overland expeditions and running travel companies both here in the UK and on the ground. This gives us an unbeatable knowledge of all aspects of running our holidays safely and responsibly, and means we can guarantee excellent and consistent customer service from start to finish.

Our tours are designed to give our travellers the best possible experience in each country, and to be good value without making compromises to save time or money. We also try very hard to keep the overall style and inclusions/exclusions of our tours as consistent as possible from country to country, while taking into account the different highlights and activities availale in each country. Our set departure group tour sizes are kept small (the vast majority with no more than twelve to twenty travellers), to ensure that everyone in the group has a good experience and doesn’t feel left out. During peak seasons we may run several groups on the same date, but will never compromise on the service each group receives. Tours in our Shoestring range plus in some countries such as Israel where small group travel is very expensive have higher maximum numbers but still average under 20 per group - details are given on each tour page and in the tour dossiers. The tailor-made tour options displayed on this website are designed to give a taste for the type of private holidays we can arrange for people who don't want to join a group tour. They can be booked as they are, or used as initial ideas and then customised with our help as much as you wish.

Quality is very important to us and we want it to be consistent no matter where you travel with us. You will always have total transparency with us and know exactly what you will get for your money.

We specialise in creating innovative, fun and exciting tours for the open minded traveller and we are always looking for new ways to add value and excitement to your travel experiences with us so that you see and experience more than just the usual tourist spots and have great fun at the same time. Throughout this process we are committed to travelling responsibly, and leaving a positive impression and impact on the countries through which we travel. 

As group tour specialists, we are also able to arrange private departures and customise one of our tours if your group needs something a little special. Our tours are all available to school, college and university groups, clubs and associations, or groups of friends who want a private Encounters Travel style holiday.

Our Team

At Encounters Travel, you couldn't meet a better company of travel experts. Our sales consultants, operations managers, agent manager, and directors have all been working in the cultural and adventure travel industry for years, and know our tours back to front.

Added to this are our local teams of reps and guides, who we are very proud of. At Encounters Travel we know how important a great guide is to our travellers' enjoyment of their tour, and we select and train the very best. Our guides have real in depth local knowledge and will be able to open your mind to really experiencing the culture of the places you will visit.

Why choose us?

  • Financial security for your peace of mind through ATOL & IPP
  • Members of ABTA (Y4447)
  • Airport transfers included
  • Encounters with local cultures and like-minded travellers
  • No local payment as part of tour price
  • Tours designed by experts
  • Itineraries that don’t cut corners or costs at your expense
  • Clear info provided on entrance fees & local costs
  • The best industry renowned guides
  • Every booking contributes to local projects
  • Great value for money!