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Shoestring Budget Adventure Tours

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.

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15 Tours | From R11519 p/p

Duration:

12 Days

Country(ies):

South Korea

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 18

Meals:

B- 5, L - 1, D - 3

Highlights:

Golgulsa Temple, Namsan Mountain, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the historic Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong street art, Visit Seoroksan National...


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R26229(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Israel

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 7, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Tel Aviv, Roman ruins at Caesarea, Druze villages, Golan Heights wine tasting, Haifa, Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Nazareth, Masada fortress...


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R25809(p/p)

Duration:

7 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 40

Meals:

B- 6, L - 1, D - 5

Highlights:

Marrakech medina, Djemaa El Fna square, Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou World Heritage Site, Zagora, Pre-Saharan villages, Erg Chebbi sand...


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R11519(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Israel

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 7, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Galilee, Tiberias, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, Masada, Megiddo, Beith Shean, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, o...


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R27099(p/p)

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Duration:

11 Days

Country(ies):

Israel, Jordan

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 10, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, Masada fortress, Megiddo, Bethlehem, Dead Sea...


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R38719(p/p)

R40779

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 7, L - 1, D - 6

Highlights:

Views of the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Old city of Rabat, Historic Ismalian capital of Meknes, Roman ruins at Volubolis,...


   From

R14139(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 7, L - 1, D - 6

Highlights:

Marrakech medina, Djemaa El Fna square & city tour; Essaouira harbour; El Jadida; Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca; Rabat old town, royal p...


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R14789(p/p)

Duration:

9 Days

Country(ies):

South Africa

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 7, L - 0, D - 4

Highlights:

Cape Town, Cape Agulhas, Route 62 wine tasting, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, easy canoeing in Wilderness NP, Knysna Heads viewpoint, Sedgefie...


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R18039(p/p)

Duration:

7 Days

Country(ies):

South Africa

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 5, L - 0, D - 4

Highlights:

Cape Town, Cape Agulhas, Route 62 wine tasting, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, easy canoeing in Wilderness NP, Knysna Heads viewpoint, Sedgefie...


   From

R15729(p/p)

TOUR REVIEWS

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.

The driver and guide on our tour were both excellent and my whole party very much enjoy the tour. The hotels are not very central which particularly in Marrakesh made free time sightseeing especially at night less appealing. That would be my suggestion to make it perfect but it was excellent overall.

I wish we could have done this years ago! The small group concept works so much better than a big coach tour, providing both flexibility, good use of time and more personal attention from a first rate guide.

Hotels were all very nice with friendly helpful staff, our guide communicated well with us informing us of pick up and drop off times etc, The tour was well planned out, The tour guide was very knowlegable, and did well at communicating in 3 different languages to our group. It was a good way of seeing many different places in Morocco that we would not have seen had we not done the tour

This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.

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