This 8-day Lebanon tour packs in a huge amount of what this fascinating small country has to offer. Amazing historical sites and ruins, beautiful mountain and forest scenery, busy markets and souks and delicious food and wine.
We’ve got some big news: Encounters Travel is relaunching the Oasis Overland brand!
After going into administration on 17 February 2021, Oasis Overland Ltd. became one of many travel companies around the globe to have been critically affected by the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the global travel industry.
Oasis Overland was like us, an adventure travel company based in the United Kingdom. They successfully operated adventure tours and expeditions for over 21 years until COVID-19 hit.
They specialised in Overland expeditions up to 42 weeks long, taking adventurous travellers through Africa, South America and Central Asia in their famous yellow trucks, as well as running small group adventure tours.
Chris Wrede, Founder of Oasis Overland is looking forward to seeing their vehicles on the road again.
“I've known the guys at Encounters for nearly 20 years and feel confident that Oasis is in safe hands. Jackie and I will continue to be involved with the overland side of things, and to help with continuity. I'm sure that the high level of personal customer service we always focussed on will continue, and I'm excited to be able to look forward with some positivity now to getting our trucks back on the road again, as soon as Covid will allow anyway!”
“We did our best to handle the closure of Oasis Overland as professionally as possible, ensuring that our ground suppliers were paid, and our customers refunded. For anyone that this was not straightforward for, I am genuinely sorry. I'm doubly sorry that we weren't able to retain our great team in the UK office or contact our customers personally after the administration was announced.”
“But, now to the future and I look forward to seeing our Oasis Overland vehicles and clients once again travelling to some of those far-flung places as well as the iconic sites, engaging with different people and experiences that our groups so much enjoy.”
Ralph Foulds, Managing Director at Encounters Travel says he is looking forward to relaunching one of the UK’s most respected travel brands.
“We are delighted to be able to bring the Oasis Overland name, tours and operations back online and make their great selection of overland expeditions and adventures available again. The situation is far from ideal, and we feel for everyone at Oasis, their great crews and UK team, and their customers who had their future travel plans disrupted. It's our strong feeling that Oasis and their multi-country tours were hit especially hard by the Coronavirus pandemic and without it would still be going strong.”
“We have known Chris and his team for many years, since we first met on the road in the early 2000s when we ran our own overland expeditions through the Middle East and Asia. Over the years we've partnered on several small-group tours in both South America and the Middle East, so the style of tours and the way they run is very familiar.”
“We're committed to offering as many of Oasis's previous tours as we can, using the same ground suppliers, trucks, crew, and tour leaders wherever possible, and providing the same great experiences out on the road. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the gradual way that international travel will recover, particularly for multi-country tours, it's going to be some time until everything will be up and running again. We'll post regular updates on the website and on the Oasis social media channels as things develop. We also hope to bring some exciting new experiences to Oasis travellers, so look out for news on those too.”
If you’d like to know more about our relaunch, feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! In the meantime, keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.