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Uncover the World Travel Ltd
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Our shoestring group tours provide the opportunity to explore exciting destinations at an accessible price. Accommodation levels are often a step lower than our 'small-group' tours, though we can offer upgrades on many tours as well. Maximum group sizes are normally higher too, and there may be a few less inclusions in the itinerary. More public transport options may also be used and on some tours we may share the trip with other operators.

In countries where independent travel is popular, such as India, Nepal or Thailand, we may offer point to point itineraries rather than circuits. These can finish in locations that work well as a base for further exploration, and our local representatives are on hand to help with any onward arrangements if required. Alternatively we can arrange a return back to the starting point to make the tour a standalone trip.

Why choose Encounters Shoestring tours?

  • Great accessible prices
  • No compulsory single supplements
  • Good quality hotels, most minimum 3-star
  • Designed to combine with onward independent travel
  • Also bookable as standalone tours
  • Discover country highlights plus more unique experiences
  • Great local guides and tour leaders
  • Interesting mix of public and private transport
  • Fun guaranteed!

Shoestring COUNTRIES


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

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