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TOURTYPES

A RANGE OF TOURS TO SUIT EVERYONE

At Encounters Travel we offer a range of different types of tours...

Our small group adventure tours give you the chance to travel, have fun as well and take in the culture and sights of some of the world's most exotic and exciting destinations with fellow like-minded travellers. Group sizes on most trips range from 12-20 to ensure you can hear and get to know your guide well, and make friends with your fellow travellers.

Similar in style, our shoestring tours are set at a lower budget and may use slightly lower levels and accommodation and have larger maximum group sizes. Many are 'point to point' tours, making them work especially well for independent travellers who want to continue exploring a destination after an initial tour with us, rather than flying straight home.

In Africa we offer a selection of overland adventures which cover larger distances and multiple countries while travelling in comfortable expedition vehicles. You can choose between lower budget camping trips, and 'accommodated' tours which stay in hotels and lodges.

Families who want to take their children on an exciting and rewarding holiday can consider our specially designed family tours. Available both on set dates on which you can join other families, or as private departures just for you, these give both adult and children alike a great taste of some of the world's best destinations.

Our escorted group tours are hosted by specially selected experts who bring their knowledge and skills to add an extra dimension to the tour., whether it be a photography workshop or more standard sightseeing tour.

Finally, we also offer a wide range of tailor-made tours for people who would like our help in designing their own holiday. This website shows a selection of sample itineraries that can be booked as they are, or used as a base that our experienced travel consultants can then customise to fit your personal requirements, interests and budgets.

COUNTRIES

TOP TRAVEL DEALS & UPCOMING TOURS

Tour name Tour type Days Start Date Offer Price

Small Group TOURS

Pharaonic Encounters

This short 6-day Egypt tour covers the Giza Plateau in Cairo including the famous Great Pyramid and Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and sites on both the east and west banks of the Nile in Luxor.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

6

From

£499


Nubian Adventure

Discover the secrets of Egypt with this 9-day adventure tour which includes the Pyramids in Cairo, and takes you on a felucca cruise along the Nile to enjoy the Pharaonic wonders of Upper Egypt.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

9

From

£729


Sands & Seas

This 10-day tour takes in so much of what Egypt has to offer, covering many of the main historical sites in Cairo and Luxor before finishing with a relaxing beach break on the shores of the Red Sea at Hurghada.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

10

From

£895


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Shoestring TOURS

Great British Encounters

This short but comprehensive tour of Great Britain packs in all the major sites and includes Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Liverpool, Cardiff, Stonehenge, Bath and so much more.

Type

Days

Price

Shoestring

7

From

£879


Biblical Israel

This 8-day Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories group tour is the ideal Holy Land trip for faithful travellers and also an incredible adventure for travellers who are here to explore this fascinating region.

Type

Days

Price

Shoestring

8

From

£1379


Highlights of China

This great budget tour of China winds its way through the west of the country from the sky scrapers of Hong Kong, through stunning rural China, to the bustling capital of Beijing.

Type

Days

Price

Shoestring

15

From

£999


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Escorted TOURS

A Portrait of Thailand

Experience Thailand through the lens with celebrity photographer, Me Ra Koh, and her husband, Brian Tausend (award winning photographer and cinematographer). They will bring hands-on instruction and teach you how to see the light.

Type

Days

Price

Escorted

9

From

On Request


A Portrait of Greece

Me Ra Koh, 'the Photo Mom' and her husband Brian Tausend escort this photography workshop tour exploring the ancient history & streets of Athens and the beautiful and colourful volcanic Greek islands of Milos and Santorini.

Type

Days

Price

Escorted

9

From

On Request


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Tailor-made TOURS

Thai Spice

This 7-day tour exploring the major sights of Bangkok and the surrounding area is the perfect introduction to beautiful Thailand. Visit the Grand Palace, floating markets and the historical sites of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

7

From

On Request


Jungles & Beaches

The perfect introduction to Thailand, this 11-day tour starts in bustling Bangkok, heads south to explore the rainforests of Khao Sok National Park staying in tree & rafthouses, before ending on the party island of Ko Samui.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

11

From

On Request


Thailand Encounters

This 12-day tour through Thailand as we explore the capital Bangkok, discover the historical sites of Kanchanaburi & Ayutthaya before heading north to enjoy a jungle trek & bamboo raft through hill tribe villages.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

12

From

On Request


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Family TOURS

Egyptian Family Adventure

This fun family adventure tour of Egypt includes the famous Pyramids & Sphinx in Cairo, the spectacular temples & tombs in Luxor, a short camel ride, beach time by the Red Sea, and a traditional felucca cruise along the Nile.

Type

Days

Price

Family

12

From

£1199


Vietnam Family Adventure

This two week family adventure takes you from Hanoi in the North to Saigon in the south, visiting Hoi An en route. Paced to suit families with children this tour is packed with adventure to keep the children occupied throughout.

Type

Days

Price

Family

13

From

On Request


Nepal Family Adventure

This tour is ideal for families with children aged 6-16 and includes cultural sightseeing, a camping trek with amazing views, some gentle rafting, and time in Chitwan National Park, with the chance to bathe with elephants.

Type

Days

Price

Family

14

From

£1599


View all tours

Overland TOURS

The Grand Southern Safari
Botswana , Namibia
... 2 more
Countries Visited

ACCOMMODATED. This comprehensive 20-day tour covers the well worn route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, crossing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, and ending in Zimbabwe. It's a truly grand African safari.

Type

Days

Price

Overland

20

From

£2549


East African Odyssey
Kenya , Malawi
... 3 more
Countries Visited

ACCOMMODATED. This 3-week East African wildlife odyssey takes you from Victoria Falls to Nairobi taking n all the major sites en route, including South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and the Serengeti

Type

Days

Price

Overland

21

From

£2079


Namibia & Botswana Uncovered
Botswana , Namibia
... 1 more
Countries Visited

ACCOMMODATED. This tour gives a great introduction to these fascinating, beautiful and wildlife rich countries. We visit several national parks, meet local tribes, fly to a lodge in the Okavango Delta and finish at Victoria Falls.

Type

Days

Price

Overland

12

From

£1549


View all tours

TOUR REVIEWS

Excellent, prompt responses to any e mail enquiries, as well as efficient service over the phone when I was considering making the booking. Documents e mailed out as required.
A fabulous trip. Wonderful experience being part of a small group touring a truly amazing country. Sami, our guide, was fantastic - superb knowledge, delivered in a fun and relaxed style. A really outstanding, memorable trip.

Everything was very well organized and our guide Magz was incredible! He genuinely looked out for us the entire trip, especially in the markets and busy areas, as well as taught us about all of the history of the places we were at. Transportation was always ready and waiting for us and the accommodations were way nicer than we expected. Well done Encounters!
We really got to see a lot for the time we spent in Egypt and Encounters made sure no time was wasted in waiting for transportation and rooms and things like that. We had a great group, a great guide, and really learned a lot. All accommodations were exceptional and we couldn't believe how we did everything for such a good price

I thought it was very good we didn't have to worry about anything everything was in order and kept with the schedule as planned, unless we wanted to deviated from it to do somethingelse. The trip really a trip of a life time.
There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.

Customer service was excellent. Every time I sent an email, I received a response very quickly. I took a trip last year and had to continually contact the company for responses, so getting detailed answers quickly was great and appreciated. In all honesty, not getting ignored after paying is a sign of a great company that cares about their client.
I enjoyed the trip. Only issue is that the tour guide changed a part of the trip because he didn't want us to do something. Not the fault of encounters. But otherwise the trip was great. I would like to say that travelling from Fez to Marrakech should be on a plane or train. Driving was too long and wasted a day.

We had an amazing trip! Mariska was super helpful in accommodating our requests to upgrade our itinerary and providing all our pre-tour information and details. Hani, our tour guide, was spectacular, and every detail was carefully attended to by the Encounters team in Egypt. We felt safe and relaxed as tours and transportation took place flawlessly and enjoyed every minute we were there.
This tour is incredible - we saw all the major sights in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, and enjoyed several days at the Jaz Makadi Resort in Hurghada. The tour is arranged more or less chronologically and you have the same guide the entire time, so you really get a great experience following the cultural/religious/political development of ancient Egypt over several thousand years.

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Encounters Travel Logo vertical line break
Your passport to adventure
For help and expert advice:
0800 088 6002

TOURTYPES

A RANGE OF TOURS TO SUIT EVERYONE

At Encounters Travel we offer a range of different types of tours...

Our small group adventure tours give you the chance to travel, have fun as well and take in the culture and sights of some of the world's most exotic and exciting destinations with fellow like-minded travellers. Group sizes on most trips range from 12-20 to ensure you can hear and get to know your guide well, and make friends with your fellow travellers.

Similar in style, our shoestring tours are set at a lower budget and may use slightly lower levels and accommodation and have larger maximum group sizes. Many are 'point to point' tours, making them work especially well for independent travellers who want to continue exploring a destination after an initial tour with us, rather than flying straight home.

In Africa we offer a selection of overland adventures which cover larger distances and multiple countries while travelling in comfortable expedition vehicles. You can choose between lower budget camping trips, and 'accommodated' tours which stay in hotels and lodges.

Families who want to take their children on an exciting and rewarding holiday can consider our specially designed family tours. Available both on set dates on which you can join other families, or as private departures just for you, these give both adult and children alike a great taste of some of the world's best destinations.

Our escorted group tours are hosted by specially selected experts who bring their knowledge and skills to add an extra dimension to the tour., whether it be a photography workshop or more standard sightseeing tour.

Finally, we also offer a wide range of tailor-made tours for people who would like our help in designing their own holiday. This website shows a selection of sample itineraries that can be booked as they are, or used as a base that our experienced travel consultants can then customise to fit your personal requirements, interests and budgets.

COUNTRIES

TOP TRAVEL DEALS & UPCOMING TOURS

Tour name Tour type Days Start Date Offer Price

Small Group TOURS

Pharaonic Encounters

This short 6-day Egypt tour covers the Giza Plateau in Cairo including the famous Great Pyramid and Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and sites on both the east and west banks of the Nile in Luxor.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

6

From

£499


Nubian Adventure

Discover the secrets of Egypt with this 9-day adventure tour which includes the Pyramids in Cairo, and takes you on a felucca cruise along the Nile to enjoy the Pharaonic wonders of Upper Egypt.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

9

From

£729


Sands & Seas

This 10-day tour takes in so much of what Egypt has to offer, covering many of the main historical sites in Cairo and Luxor before finishing with a relaxing beach break on the shores of the Red Sea at Hurghada.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

10

From

£895


View all tours

Shoestring TOURS

Great British Encounters

This short but comprehensive tour of Great Britain packs in all the major sites and includes Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Liverpool, Cardiff, Stonehenge, Bath and so much more.

Type

Days

Price

Shoestring

7

From

£879


Biblical Israel

This 8-day Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories group tour is the ideal Holy Land trip for faithful travellers and also an incredible adventure for travellers who are here to explore this fascinating region.

Type

Days

Price

Shoestring

8

From

£1379


Highlights of China

This great budget tour of China winds its way through the west of the country from the sky scrapers of Hong Kong, through stunning rural China, to the bustling capital of Beijing.

Type

Days

Price

Shoestring

15

From

£999


View all tours

Escorted TOURS

A Portrait of Thailand

Experience Thailand through the lens with celebrity photographer, Me Ra Koh, and her husband, Brian Tausend (award winning photographer and cinematographer). They will bring hands-on instruction and teach you how to see the light.

Type

Days

Price

Escorted

9

From

On Request


A Portrait of Greece

Me Ra Koh, 'the Photo Mom' and her husband Brian Tausend escort this photography workshop tour exploring the ancient history & streets of Athens and the beautiful and colourful volcanic Greek islands of Milos and Santorini.

Type

Days

Price

Escorted

9

From

On Request


View all tours

Tailor-made TOURS

Thai Spice

This 7-day tour exploring the major sights of Bangkok and the surrounding area is the perfect introduction to beautiful Thailand. Visit the Grand Palace, floating markets and the historical sites of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

7

From

On Request


Jungles & Beaches

The perfect introduction to Thailand, this 11-day tour starts in bustling Bangkok, heads south to explore the rainforests of Khao Sok National Park staying in tree & rafthouses, before ending on the party island of Ko Samui.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

11

From

On Request


Thailand Encounters

This 12-day tour through Thailand as we explore the capital Bangkok, discover the historical sites of Kanchanaburi & Ayutthaya before heading north to enjoy a jungle trek & bamboo raft through hill tribe villages.

Type

Days

Price

Tailor-made

12

From

On Request


View all tours

Family TOURS

Egyptian Family Adventure

This fun family adventure tour of Egypt includes the famous Pyramids & Sphinx in Cairo, the spectacular temples & tombs in Luxor, a short camel ride, beach time by the Red Sea, and a traditional felucca cruise along the Nile.

Type

Days

Price

Family

12

From

£1199


Vietnam Family Adventure

This two week family adventure takes you from Hanoi in the North to Saigon in the south, visiting Hoi An en route. Paced to suit families with children this tour is packed with adventure to keep the children occupied throughout.

Type

Days

Price

Family

13

From

On Request


Nepal Family Adventure

This tour is ideal for families with children aged 6-16 and includes cultural sightseeing, a camping trek with amazing views, some gentle rafting, and time in Chitwan National Park, with the chance to bathe with elephants.

Type

Days

Price

Family

14

From

£1599


View all tours

Overland TOURS

The Grand Southern Safari
Botswana , Namibia
... 2 more
Countries Visited

ACCOMMODATED. This comprehensive 20-day tour covers the well worn route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, crossing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, and ending in Zimbabwe. It's a truly grand African safari.

Type

Days

Price

Overland

20

From

£2549


East African Odyssey
Kenya , Malawi
... 3 more
Countries Visited

ACCOMMODATED. This 3-week East African wildlife odyssey takes you from Victoria Falls to Nairobi taking n all the major sites en route, including South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and the Serengeti

Type

Days

Price

Overland

21

From

£2079


Namibia & Botswana Uncovered
Botswana , Namibia
... 1 more
Countries Visited

ACCOMMODATED. This tour gives a great introduction to these fascinating, beautiful and wildlife rich countries. We visit several national parks, meet local tribes, fly to a lodge in the Okavango Delta and finish at Victoria Falls.

Type

Days

Price

Overland

12

From

£1549