Encounters Travel is a UK based adventure tour operator with a wide selection of cultural and adventurous tours around the world, all designed to help you get the most out of the country you're visiting. They range from small group tours to shoestring, overland, family, private and tailor-made holidays.
Our tours are designed to be experiential and to give you the best possible 'Encounter' with each country, and to be great value without making compromises to save time or money. We are committed to travelling responsibly, and leaving a positive impression and impact on the countries through which we travel.
Did you know that the best time to visit Egypt is between October and April? During the ‘winter’ season the weather is cooler, making it much more pleasant to explore all the outdoor sites without baking too much in the sun. There is also the added bonus that the new Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in November. Plus, the Abu Simbel Sun Festival takes place in October & February, making these departure dates the best time to visit this fascinating site.
We love overlanding. It’s how we started out in the travel industry in the first place, over 20 years ago now. We love the slower pace of travel it allows, and all the extra local highlights and experiences you get to enjoy as you pass through a country. We also feel that multi-country overland trips in particular are one of the more climate friendly ways of travelling, avoiding multiple flights and combining several destinations into one holiday. That applies more than ever to our sister company, Oasis Overland and their trips featured below. Most of our African overland trips are available either staying in hotels, lodges and tented camps, or at a lower budget camping level.
We offer cultural and adventure tours all around the world. Check all our destinations.
We split our tours into several different categories to help make it easier for you to navigate our site and find the holiday you're looking for.
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As a small company we don't have big overheads to cover on large offices or printed brochures. We aim to pass those savings on to you, making our trips great value for money. We also reward our loyal repeat customers with extra discounts and run regular feature promotions in different destinations.
We believe that our holidays should provide an adventure and an escape from everyday life, while also providing comfort and relaxation as well. We will explore back streets and little visited attractions, taste local delicacies and mingle with the locals, while not neglecting the most famous highlights either.
We are very aware of our responsibilities to the places we visit, and use local guides and leaders in all our destinations, as well as trying to ensure our operations support the communities we visit. We avoid internal flights where possible and home-working helps us stay green too.
We are a small company, with a dedicated and long-standing team working to provide the best possible personal service to our travellers. We also believe passionately in small-group travel, and the enhanced experiences that travelling with a limited number of like-minded travellers can bring.
Our Safer Encounters scheme has been carefully worked on in each destination before we have re-opened to travellers following the Covid-19 pandemic, making sure that you stay as safe as possible during your time away. Our Flexible booking conditions also let you book with confidence.
Nearly all our tours include your airport transfers, so you're met with a smile and friendly face when you arrive. We also offer extra nights, longer extensions, and various optional extras throughout the tour so you can make your trip your own. All our tours are also available to customise and run privately.