Luxury Travel

The gap-year has undergone a renaissance over recent years, with increasing numbers of older and professional people taking time out to see the world or do that thing they've always wanted to do, but life got in the way.

You can read more about this in our Career Breaks section, of course. The upshot is this trend is that luxury gap-years have become increasingly popular.

Luxury gappers are most likely to be those taking a year (or more, or less) out of work to recharge their batteries. We're talking about professional people, (mostly) over 50, with a burning desire to see the world and experience new countries and cultures - and with the finances to match.

That's not to say these more mature travellers are going to different destinations than the younger crowd, it's just they are looking to do it in more comfort: luxury hotels, first-class travel and bespoke activities. It's a gentler pace to a year out, less adrenalin-fueled, but with plenty of style.

Experts say that the demand for business and first class itineraries is growing at pace. And there is now a fantastic range of companies aiming to cater for luxury gappers, you can read about many of them in the listings below.

Acacia Adventure Holidays

UK

info@acacia-africa.com

+44 (0) 20 7706 4700

www.acacia-africa.com

Welcome to Africa! a continent of diverse cultures, big game and thrilling activities. Of natural wonders, vast wilderness areas and big open skies. And everywhere you go, warm welcoming smiles. From the plains… read more.

Adventure Tours Australia

Australia

admin@adventuretours.com.au

+61 (0)3 8102 7800

www.adventuretours.travel

Adventure Tours is the leading small group tour operator in Australia. We're a bunch of Aussies that have been leading travellers through this big ol’ continent for the past… read more.

Pure Exploration New Zealand

New Zealand

explore@pureexploration.nz

+64 3 442 0735

www.pureexploration.nz

Adventure Guide Internships in New Zealand Pure Exploration offer exciting 12 week outdoor adventure guiding internships in Queenstown. Featuring climbing, hiking, kayaking & much more, interns will graduate with world-recognised… read more.

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd

Uganda

info@gorillas-safaris.com

+256 392883831

www.gorillas-safaris.com

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd is a safaris company that organizes affordable safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. All our members provide advice from first-hand experience.

Adagio

UK

info@adagio.co.uk

01707 386700

www.adagio.co.uk

Adagio offers holidays with character. Whether your interest is in culture, cuisine, history or sightseeing, Adagio will help you have a calm, stress-free holiday where you can move at your own pace.

Adventure Tours NZ

New Zealand

reservations@adventuretoursnz.co.nz

+64 9 526 2149

www.adventuretours.com.au

Adventure Tours NZ offer specialised small group nature-based tours for the active traveller on a budget. Go off the beaten track, see unique scenery and wildlife.

Adventure Travellers Club P Ltd

Nepal

info@nepaltravellers.com

www.nepaltravellers.com

Offers trekking and adventure tours in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Indian regions. Includes peak climbing, jungle safaris, river rafting and much more.

Afreco Tours Ltd

UK

info@afrecotours.com

+44 (0) 845 812 8222

www.afrecotours.com

Afreco Tours specialises in African safari ranger training and wildlife adventures - from seven days to one year.

Africa Odyssey

UK

info@africaodyssey.com

UK: +44 (0)20 8704 1216; USA

www.africaodyssey.com

We are experts in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean. We arrange memorable experiences and adventures for our clients whilst supporting eco-tourism and travel.

Africa Travel Centre

UK

info@africatravel.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7843 3500

www.africatravel.co.uk

Africa Travel is a specialist dealing with travel to Africa, a boutique, owner-run company with personal connections.

Africa Travel Co

South Africa

cpt@africatravelco.com

+27 21 3851530

www.africatravelco.com

Specialists in trips around Africa ranging from three to 56 days.

African Horizons

Zambia

safariplans@gmail.com

+877 256 1074

www.africanhorizons.com

Provides quality African travel not only to the savvy globetrotters among us but also to those who have never experienced the thrill of an African safari or wildlife tour.

AITO – Association of Independent Tour operators

UK

info@aito.com

+44 (0) 208 744 9280

www.aito.com

Expert, independent tour operator specialising in offering an unrivalled collection of affordable holidays to every corner of the globe.

Alaska Heritage Tours

USA

info@AlaskaHeritageTours.com

+1 907 777 2805

www.alaskaheritagetours.com

At Alaska Heritage Tours we strive to give you the best of Alaska, the way you want it - with pre-packaged Alaska vacations and itineraries. Explore Alaska's top destinations.

Alpine Exploratory

UK

info@alpineexploratory.com

+44 (0) 1729 823197

www.alpineexploratory.com

Alpine Exploratory specialises in self-guided walking and trekking tours in Europe. Full programme of guided tours also offered, as well as bespoke holidays.

Amtrak

USA

+1 800 872 7245

www.amtrak.com

Operating in North America, Amtrak operates with 300+ trains a day across 21,000 miles of track. They also offers over 350 unique rail travel packages to choose from.

Andean Trails

UK

info@andeantrails.co.uk

+44 (0) 131 467 7086

www.andeantrails.co.uk

Andean Trails is an owner run specialist adventure travel company organising small group tours to Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, Guyana and Patagonia.

Artstur Ltd

UK

artstur@gmail.com

+44 (0)207 591 0312

www.artstur.com

Specialist in Italian Art and Culture through lectures, tours to Italy and short courses for students between Sixth Form and University.

ATG Oxford

UK

trip-enquiry@atg-oxford.com

+44 (0)1865 315678

www.atg-oxford.co.uk

ATG organises escorted and independent walking trips for trekkers of all abilities. Keep fit whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of Europe. Relax in comfortable accommodation, enjoy tasty food and good company.

Aurora Expeditions

Australia

+61 2 9252 1033

www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

Aurora Expeditions offer cruise expeditions to all corners of the globe. From the frozen Arctic and Antarctica to the hot savannahs of Africa, explore new landscapes and participate in exciting activities that will make your trip one to remember.

Backpacker Travel Auctions

Australia

info@safaripete.com

www.safaripete.com

Safari Pete can offer you directions to the best deals on tours around Australia and New Zealand.

Back-Roads Touring Company Ltd

UK

info@backroadstouring.com

+44 (0)208 987 0990

www.backroadstouring.com

With over 25 years' experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK and Europe, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original small group touring company.

Bamboo Travel

UK

info@bambootravel.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7720 9285

www.bambootravel.co.uk

Discover Asia with Bamboo Travel. Explore the local culture and see the sights with a classic holiday, or enjoy a more action-packed trip with an active and adventure holiday. Special interest trips are available for those with a particular passion, and bespoke trips can be arranged to personalise your experience. Whether you're an individual adventurer seeking new experiences, a couple looking for a romantic honeymoon or a family wanting a trip which everyone can enjoy, Bamboo has you covered.

Best Gap Year

UK

01743 277150

www.bestgapyear.co.uk

Search a huge range of gap year courses, paid working holiday, paid jobs and volunteer placements from around the world. Travel abroad with leading providers of paid and volunteer gap year projects.

Best Served Scandinavia

UK

enquire@best-served.co.uk

020 7838 5956

www.best-served.co.uk

Best Served Scandinavia is an independent, tailor-made tour operator specialising in adventure holidays to Scandinavia, Canada and the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Beyond BA LATAM

Argentina

latamtravel@beyondba.com

+54 11 4766 8255

latam.beyondba.com

We provide tailor-made trips to Argentina, Chile and the Antarctic region. Our Team will design a trip around you and our guides will show you the highlights in a different light.

Bicycling Empowerment Network

South Africa

andrew@benbikes.org.za

+27 21 788 4174

www.benbikes.org.za

BEN, a non-profit organisation, promotes the use and sale of refurbished bicycles. They conduct Bicycle Township Tours empowering local people and winning International Responsible Tourism Awards.

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company

Canada

info@blackfeather.com

+1 705 746 1372

www.blackfeather.com

Company offering canoeing and kayaking trips and expeditions to remote arctic locations. Offer women only trips and will do a customized trip for groups of four or more.

Bookme Australia

Australia

info@bookme.com.au

+61 450 458 730

www.bookme.com.au

50% Off fun things to do in Australia? Bookme offers easy online booking, amazing last-minute and pre-booking deals, as well as latest traveller reviews & photos.

Bookme Fiji

Fiji

info@bookme.co.nz

+64 21 565 577

www.bookme.com.fj

The largest online resource for fun things to do in Fiji. Offering amazing last-minute, and pre-booking deals as well as latest traveller photos & reviews.

Bookme New Zealand

New Zealand

info@bookme.co.nz

+64 21 565 577

www.bookme.co.nz

The largest online resource for fun things to do in NZ. Offering amazing last-minute, and pre-booking deals (50% Off +) as well as latest traveller photos & reviews.

Borderlands Travel

UK

info@borderlandstravel.com

+44 (0)1913 082201

www.borderlandstravel.com

Borderlands offer escorted group tours in beautiful destinations in Europe and tailor-made itineraries for individuals and small groups. Take a cultural journey through cities steeped in history, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and travel through some dramatic scenery, all whilst under the guidance of an expert escort.

Borneo Anchor Travel & Tours/Sabah Divers

Malaysia

sabahdivers2u@yahoo.com

+60 88 256 483

www.borneoanchortours.com

They offer various wildlife, nature and adventure packages all over Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

BridgeClimb Sydney

Australia

admin@bridgeclimb.com

+61 (0) 2 8274 7777

www.bridgeclimb.com

BridgeClimb provides the ultimate experience of Sydney, with guided climbs to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climbers can choose between The Express Climb, The Bridge Climb or The Discovery Climb.

Buffalo Tours

Vietnam

info@buffalotours.com

+84 4 3828 0702

www.buffalotours.com

Choose from a range of holidays, focusing on local culture, adventure or luxury trips, or opt for something different with a variety of day trips and short breaks, or even a cruise holiday.

Cape York Motorcycle Adventures

Australia

adventures@capeyorkmotorcycles.com.au

+61 (07) 4059 0220

www.capeyorkmotorcycles.com.au

Motorcycle tours in north Queensland from one to eight days duration. Private charter also available. They have their own motorbikes and a support vehicle that accompanies the longer excursions.

Cheap Flights

UK

www.cheapflights.co.uk

This useful website does not sell tickets but can point you in the right direction to get the best deal.

Classic Journeys

UK

info@classicjourneys.co.uk

+44 (0)1773 873497

www.classicjourneys.co.uk

Classic Journeys operates tailor-made, quality adventure holidays. Specialising in the area of Asia, a friendly, informal and relaxed trip will provide travellers with memorable and meaningful travel experiences, in addition to supporting educational, healthcare and environmental projects in local communities.

Connoisseur Travel

UK

info@connoisseurtravel.co.uk

01403 272143

www.connoisseurtravel.co.uk

We offer each and every one of our clients their own unique tailor made experience. We provide the finest in location and accommodation. Our personalised service takes care of all your arrangements right down to the most tedious of details.

Cordillera Blanca Trek

Peru

info@cordillerablancatrek.com

+51 (0) 43 427 635

www.cordillerablancatrek.com

Offers treks in Machu Picchu, a volcanco tour and more.

Country Walks

UK

info@country-walks.com

+44 (0)207 233 6563

www.country-walks.com

Country Walks offers high-quality walking experiences through both guided and self-guided walking holidays. Trips provide beautiful landscapes and natural environments, cultural interest, accommodation, food and will give you an enhanced sense of wellbeing, leaving you re-energised and rejuvenated.

Cox & Kings

UK

cox.kings@coxandkings.co.uk

020 7873 5000

www.coxandkings.co.uk

Cox & Kings offer a variety of holidays to a number of destinations all around the world, whilst also promoting responsible tourism.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign

UK

tours@cuba-solidarity.org.uk

020 7490 5715

www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/tours

Cuba Solidarity Campaign offers brigades to Cuba to meet local people involved in healthcare, community projects, education and culture, and work alongside Cuban farmers.

Discover the World Education

UK

travel@discover-education.co.uk

01737 218 807

www.discover-the-world.co.uk

From Iceland to New Zealand, Scandinavia to Antarctica then back to the High Arctic, as well as Alaska and Canada, our complete collection of holidays features imaginative itineraries that will ensure your time away exceeds expectations.

Do Something Different

UK

contact-us@dosomethingdifferent.com

+44 (0)208 090 3890

www.dosomethingdifferent.com

Want to dog sled in the Rockies? Take a Hong Kong Island or helicopter tour? Or climb Auckland Harbour Bridge?

Dolphin Encounter

New Zealand

info@dolphin.co.nz

+64 3 319 6777

www.dolphinencounter.co.nz

Swim or watch dolphins in Kaikoura. You do need to book in advance as there is a limit to how many swimmers are allowed per trip.

Dorset Expeditionary Society/Leading Edge Expeditions

UK

dorsetexp@gmail.com

www.dorsetexp.org.uk

Dorset Expeditionary Society promotes adventurous expeditions to remote parts of the world. Open to all. May qualify for two sections of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.

Dragoman

UK

info@dragoman.co.uk

+44 (0)1728 861133

www.dragoman.com

Overlanding is stil the most authentic and accessible way of discovering new countries, their people and culture. Join us in Africa, America and Asia.

EasyJet Plc

UK

www.easyjet.com

Offers cheap flights to European destinations with further reductions if you book over the internet.

ebookers.com

UK

www.ebookers.com

Cheap flights can be booked through their website.

Eco Trails Kerala

India

mail@ecotourskerala.com

+91 48125 24447

www.ecotourskerala.com

This tour company provides budget holiday tour packages in the Kumarakom and Alleppey Backwater areas.

Equitours - Worldwide Horseback Riding Adventures

USA

+1 307 455 3363

www.ridingtours.com

With over 30 years experience, Equitours offer tested and tried horseback tours on six continents. Rides from three to eight days (or longer) for riders of all experience.

Eurail.com

Netherlands

customerservice@eurail.com

www.eurail.com

Get around Europe with the most hassle-free and comfortable travel option: the European rail pass. No airport check-in lines or being confined to your seat. Your Eurail Pass is an all-in-one train ticket for Europe, so you can enjoy every moment of your journey

Expert Africa

UK

+44 (0)20 8232 9777

www.expertafrica.com

Expert Africa is a travel company which organises safaris and holidays for all types of travellers. Team members have travelled extensively in Africa, providing advice and guidance from first-hand experience to offer you the best possible trip.

Explore Worldwide Ltd

UK

res@explore.co.uk

01252 884223

www.explore.co.uk

Company organising special tours in small groups. Types of worldwide tours available are walking holidays, dog-sledding, wildlife and railway tours amongst others.

Fair Dinkum Bike Tours

Australia

dave@fairdinkumbiketours.com.au

+61 0()7 4053 6999

www.fairdinkumbiketours.com.au

Offer a range of tours using local guides to cater for all levels.

Florence by Bike

Italy

info@florencebybike.it

+39 055 488992

www.florencebybike.it

Scooter, motorbike and bike rental company in Florence. Also sells clothing and accessories as well as bike parts.

Flying Kiwi

New Zealand

info@flyingkiwi.com

+64 3 547 0171

www.flyingkiwi.com

Flying Kiwi bus tours around New Zealand offer a unique and fun experience. Camping or cabin options are available in exciting locations and usually meals are included.

Fräulein Maria's Bicycle Tours

Austria

biketour@aon.at

+43 650 3426297

www.mariasbicycletours.com

Maria's Bicycle tours take you to the main attractions from the film The Sound Of Music! The tour lasts three hours with stop points along the way and operates between May and September.

G Adventures

Canada

travel@gadventures.com

+1 416 260 0999

www.gadventures.com

G Adventures offers one of the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions across the world.

Gapwork.com

UK

info@gapwork.com

+44 (0)1133 230759

www.gapwork.com

Gapwork is an independent information provider specialising in gap years, gap year jobs, gap year vacancies, activities and voluntary work either in the UK or abroad.

Go Differently Ltd

UK

info@godifferently.com

+44 (0) 1273 732236

www.godifferently.com

Company offering small-group, short-term volunteering and tailor-made holidays based on the appreciation and respect of the local environment and people.

Goa Way

UK

sales@goaway.co.uk

0207 258 7800

www.goaway.co.uk

Goaway specialises in organising travel to Goa and Kerala. You can book flights, hostels or even package tours.

Goolets Ltd - Croatia Luxury Gulet

Slovenia

info@goolets.net

+44 (0)20 3318 1079

www.croatialuxurygulet.com

Selection of the top luxury gulet yachts in Croatia. Let the world's number 1 gulet expert organize for you the best cruise of your life in Croatia.

Goolets Ltd, Gulet expert

Slovenia

info@goolets.net

+44 (0)20 3318 1079

www.guletexpert.com

Find your perfect gulet for your dream vacation in Croatia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia... With our free assistance, we will help you organize your cruising itinerary, food preferences, activities, and excursions.

Goyo Travel

UK

info@goyotravel.com

+44 (0)1869 866520

www.goyotravel.com

Goyo Travel provides a variety of group and private trips to beautiful Mongolia. Whether you are looking for adventure or a more cultural experience, there is plenty on offer.

Grand American Adventures

UK

03339 997965; +44 208 682 89

www.grandamericanadventures.com

Grand American Adventures specialises in tours to the Americas, with unrivalled knowledge and experience we are committed to bringing you the finest small group adventures available. Enjoy spectacular natural sights, challenging and rewarding activities and encounters with some of the world's most colourful cultures and wildlife.

Grayline Tours of Hong Kong

China

sales@grayline.com.hk

+852 2368 7111

www.grayline.com.hk

Special sightseeing day tours around Hong Kong and Macau.

Greyhound Lines Inc

USA

ifsr@greyhound.com

+1 214 849 8966

www.greyhound.com

The most famous and largest bus company in America. Book online and join the millions of others who travel across America on the 'old grey dog'.

Haka Tours

New Zealand

info@hakatours.com

+64 3 980 4252

www.hakatours.com

Haka Tours represents the ultimate in New Zealand adventure holidays, from small group adventures to New Zealand snow tours exploring the impressive Southern Alps and the active volcanoes of the North.

High Places Ltd

UK

holidays@highplaces.co.uk

+44 (0)845 257 75

www.highplaces.co.uk

Independent specialist trekking company organising tours to 22 countries.

Highland Experience Tours

UK

info@highlandexperience.com

+44 (0)131 226 1414

www.highlandexperience.com

Travel company offering one day and private tours around Scotland, such as a two day highland tour, a whisky tasting tour, or a tour of Scotland personalised to your own requirements.

HighLives Travel

UK

info@highlives.co.uk

+44 (0)20 8835 7034

www.highlives.co.uk

HighLives is a specialist in travel to the Andes and wider Latin America and the Caribeean, working in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, Costa Rica, Cuba and more.

Holiday Architects

UK

mail@holidayarchitects.co.uk

01242 253073

holidayarchitects.co.uk

Holiday Architects specialises in organising awe-inspiring trips to South Africa, Jordan, Oman, Burma, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Namibia, Laos, Zambia and Sri Lanka.

In the Saddle Ltd

UK

rides@inthesaddle.com

+44 01299 272 997

www.inthesaddle.com

Specializes in horse riding holidays all over the world, catering for all levels of experience. From ranches in the Rocky Mountain states of Montana and Wyoming, to expeditions in remote and unexplored parts of the world.

Inside Japan Tours

UK

info@insidejapantours.com

+44 (0)117 370 9751

www.insidejapantours.com

Specialist company offering tours of Japan, including small group tours and individual, self-guiding tours. You can also book a Japan Rail Pass online here.

International Rail

UK

sales@internationalrail.com

+44 (0)871 231 0790

www.internationalrail.com

InterRail Pass provides unlimited travel on the sophisticated European Rail network. The pass is very flexible allowing you to choose either one country or all 30 countries.

International Wilderness Leadership School

USA

info@iwls.com

+1 800 985 (4957)/ +1 907 76

iwls.com

An outdoor school specialising in the highest quality guide training, outdoor leadership training, wilderness education and technical instruction.

Intrepid Travel

UK

islington@intrepidtravel.com

0800 781 1660

www.intrepidtravel.com

For travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track, Intrepid opens up a whole new world of adventure travel.

Intro Travel

UK

enquiries@introtravel.com

0800 133 7007

www.introtravel.com

With epic adventures in Australia, Thailand, Bali & Vietnam, an Intro Travel trip includes advice and support before you go, an awesome Group Leader from the moment you arrive, an instant group of friends, an amazing itinerary and all the important stuff sorted so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Irish Gap Year

Ireland

info@Irishgapyear.com

+00 353 83-198-4288

www.irishgapyear.com

Why not travel to Europe and experience the magic of Ireland! On the western edge of Europe, along the wild Atlantic you'll meet the friendliest people, explore untouched nature and immerse yourself in the Irish culture. Develop leadership and communication skills, volunteer with the local community and immerse yourself in nature.

Journey Latin America

UK

sales@journeylatinamerica.co.uk

0208 747 3108

www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk

Journey Latin America is the UK's major specialist in travel to Central and South America. Learn a new skill with their 'Learn to ... ' holidays.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Australia

info@junglesurfing.com.au

+61 7 4098 0043

www.junglesurfing.com.au

Night walks in a tropical rainforest or jungle surf through the Daintree Rainforest.

Kande Horse Trails

Malawi

info@kandehorse.com

+265 (0) 8500416

www.kandehorse.com

Experience the Malawi bush on horseback. All ages and riding abilities catered for.

KE Adventure Travel

UK

info@keadventure.com

+44 (0)17687 73966

www.keadventure.com

KE Adventure Travel is one of the world's leading independent adventure travel specialists. Whether you seek to walk amongst the world's highest peaks, explore untamed wilderness areas, or witness first hand the wildlife or culture of far-off lands, we have the perfect adventure for you.

Killary Adventure Company

Ireland

adventure@killary.com

00 353 (0) 95 43411

www.killaryadventure.com

We specialise in adventure activities that range from bungee jumping to kayaking on Irelands only fjord and much more in between. Whether you are a soft adventurer or after the extreme adrenaline thrill we have something for you.

Kivu Gap Year

USA

andy@kivugapyear.com

970-403-6016

www.kivugapyear.com

The KIVU Gap Year is designed to guide you into a year of travel, internship, and home stay experiences around the world. A purposeful program designed to guide you on the journey into young adulthood.

Kiwi Experience

New Zealand

+64 9 336 4286

www.kiwiexperience.com

Extensive bus network covering the whole of New Zealand. Passes valid for 12 months.

KT Adventure

Vietnam

info@vivutravel.com

+84 4 36740486

www.vivutravel.com

KT Adventure, part of Vivu Travel, offer specialised tours in Vietnam, from adventure tours to motorbiking.

laterallife

UK

info@laterallife.com

+44 (0)207 607 1943

www.laterallife.com

Whether you are looking for remote beaches, an Arctic adventure, a gorilla safari or a sailing trip through the Galapagos Islands, laterallife has plenty to offer to ensure your trip is truly unforgettable.

Live Travel

UK

phil.haines@live-travel.com

+44 (0) 208 894 6104

www.live-travel.com

Personalised travel plans offered as well as group tours.

Llama Travel

UK

mail@llamatravel.com

020 7263 3000

www.llamatravel.com

One of the UK's leading tour operators to Latin America, Llama Travel provides high quality holidays at the lowest possible prices. All of our staff have either lived in Latin America or know the countries well. Choose from 63 itineraries or design your own holiday by choosing where you would like to visit.

M. Trek and Tour

Morocco

info@moroccotrek.co.uk

00212 524330597

www.mtrekandtour.com

Trekking trips, tailormade tours, group holidays and specialised activity weeks in Morocco.

megabus.com/megatrain.com

UK

enquiries@megabus.com

+44 (0)141 352 4444

uk.megabus.com

megabus.com offers services from as little as $1 between 120 city centres across North America through their fleet of luxury single and double decker buses.

Melbourne Street Art Tour

Australia

booking@melbournestreettours.com

+61 (03) 9328 5556

www.melbournestreettours.com

Melbourne Street Art Tours, led by one of Melbourne's elite street art stars, gives you an overview of the Melbourne underground street art scene.

Mirya Yachting

Canada

+1 604 547 3220

www.miryayachting.com

Mirya Yachting is a global yacht charter and brokerage firm specializing in private gulet charter and gulet sales in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mountain Kingdoms Ltd

UK

info@mountainkingdoms.com

+44 (0)1453 844400

www.mountainkingdoms.com

Himalayan Kingdoms is the UK's foremost quality trekking company, running treks and tours to the great mountain ranges of the world.

My Odyssey Tours

China

inquiry@myodysseytours.com

+86 156 9773 0073

www.myodysseytours.com

Focusing on Asia and Middle East, our expertise in private & custom travel can make your gap-year a lifetime experience at your most comfortable pace.

Natural World Safaris

UK

sales@naturalworldsafaris.com

+44 (0)1273 691 642

www.naturalworldsafaris.com

Natural World Safaris is a small specialist company offering the best safari holidays with a focus on viewing some of the worlds greatest animals.

NOLS

UK

admissions@nols.edu

800-710-6657 / 307-332-5300

www.nols.edu/en

NOLS is a nonprofit school that seeks to help you step forward boldly as a leader. It’s our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world.

Oasis Overland

UK

info@oasisoverland.co.uk

+44 (0) 1963 363400

www.oasisoverland.co.uk

Oasis Overland provide exciting and adventurous tours and expeditions in Africa, South America and Central Asia. You'll take an active involvement in the day to day running of the trip with like-minded travellers as you explore different cultures and regions.

Odyssey Overland Ltd

UK

info@odysseyoverland.co.uk

+44 (0)20 8123 3544

www.odysseyoverland.co.uk

Odyssey Overland is an overland tour travel agency specialising in the big overland tours available around the world from 1 to 6+ months. With 25 years experience, Odyssey can help you find your perfect gap year overland tour!

Olympic Bike Travel

Greece

info@olympicbike.com

+30 283 1072 383

www.olympicbike.com

A variety of bike tours available for all ages. From a ride down the highest mountain in Greece, to bike and hiking tours.

On The Go Tours

UK

info@onthegotours.com

0207 371 1113

www.onthegotours.com

Special tours such as solar eclipse tours and railways of the Raj can be arranged.

One World 365

UK

+44 (20) 8123 8284

www.oneworld365.org

Interested in travelling, working, volunteering, teaching, interning or studying abroad? Search thousands of trips, programs, jobs & courses worldwide.

OneLife Institute

USA

info@onelifepath.org

+1 717 560 8290

onelifepath.org

OneLife is a nine-month gap year program for students who want to grow in their faith, experience community, serve, travel, all while earning college credits.

Outward Bound Costa Rica

Costa Rica

info@outwardboundcr.org

+506 2278 6058

www.outwardboundcostarica.org

Outward Bound Costa Rica challenges participants to live bigger, bolder lives. Embark on a life-changing journey through our rigorous programs in Costa Rica and Panama, expanding capacity in leadership, intercultural competence, Spanish language, self-awareness, and life skills.

Oyster Trekking

UK

trek@oystertrekking.com

www.oystertrekking.com

Take the trek of a lifetime in the stunning Himalayas, with full Oyster support and a fair price. Adventurous treks include Everest Base Camp. The Langtang, Ghale Guan and Annapurna Base Camp.

Oyster Worldwide Limited

UK

anne@oysterworldwide.com

+44 (0) 1892 770 771

www.oysterworldwide.com

Take the trek of a lifetime in the stunning Himalayas, with full Oyster support and a fair price. Adventurous treks include Everest Base Camp. The Langtang, Ghale Guan and Annapurna Base Camp.

OzIntro

Australia

office@introtravel.com

+61 2 9664 7000

www.ozintro.com

OzIntro help 18-35's travel and work in Australia, starting with pickup at the airport and a week of group activities in Sydney.

Palmar Voyages

Ecuador

gerencia@palmarvoyages.com

+593(9) 9 480 2268

www.palmarvoyages.com

Tailor-made programmes for tours in Ecuador, Peru, South America, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands.

Pathfinders Africa

Zimbabwe

info@pathfindersafrica.com

+263 4 870 573

www.pathfindersafrica.com

Pathfinders Africa is an African-based expedition company that operates from Zimbabwe. Developed to meet the needs of the adventurous traveller, Pathfinders' over-riding philosophy is of friendliness and individuality.

Peregrine Adventures Ltd

UK

travel@peregrineadventures.co.uk

+44 0844 736 0170

www.peregrineadventures.com

Peregrine offer small group adventure tours worldwide. They offer a vast range of tours from polar expeditions to trekking the Himalayas.

Peru Trip Advisors

Peru

info@peru-tripadvisors.com

+51 1 241 7429

www.peru-tripadvisors.com

Explore Peru, from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an inclusive and personalised tour.

Peter Sommer Travels

UK

info@petersommer.com

+44 (0)1600 888220

www.petersommer.com

Peter Sommer Travels provide inspirational trips, stimulating & enlightening expert-led tours and relaxing & beautiful gulet cruises. On offer are a range of archaeology tours, food tours and walking holidays by land and sea. Our escorted tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy will take you to some of the world's best preserved ancient and historic sites.

Pettitts Tailor Made Tours

UK

info@pettitts.co.uk

+44 (0)1892 250500

www.pettitts.co.uk

Pettitts is an independent travel company that for over 27 years has specialised in arranging private and unique tours, journeys and itineraries for travellers' worldwide. We are one of the UK's leading tailor-made holiday experts and our central aim is to create the perfect holiday by combining our vast knowledge and experience

Pioneer Expeditions Worldwide

UK

info@pioneerexpeditions.com

01202 798922

www.pioneerexpeditions.com

High and Wild plan some of the most unusual and exciting adventures to destinations worldwide.

Pura Aventura

UK

info@pura-aventura.com

01273 961928 / +44 1273 961

www.pura-aventura.com

Various beautiful tailor-made tours in exotic locations. Career break to fulfil a long held dream or a special diversion on your gap-year perhaps?

Quark Expeditions

USA

+1 802 227 7303

www.quarkexpeditions.com

Explore the mysteries of the Artic and Antartic with Quark Expeditions. Discovery trips offer the opportunity to visit some of the most secluded locales, experience genuine Inuit cultures and see a vast array of native wildlife. Alternatively, adventurous trips will let you try your hand at camping, mountaineering, skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Rainforest Expeditions

Peru

sales@rainforest.com.pe

+51 9935 12265

www.perunature.com

Rainforest Expedition is a Peruvian Ecotourism company. Since 1989 our guests and lodges, have added value to standing tropical rain forest turning it into a competitive alternative to unsustainable economic uses.

Regent Holidays

UK

regent@regentholidays.co.uk

0203 553 3240

www.regent-holidays.co.uk

Regent Holidays has been pioneering travel experiences to a wide range of unique and off-the-beaten-track destinations since 1970. Our travel experts are passionate about creating the perfect tailor made holiday or group tour for you, whether you want to visit the northern lights in Iceland, enjoy a city break in Poland, take a fly drive through Croatia or embark on the journey of a lifetime on the Trans Siberian Railway.

Responsible Travel

UK

rosy@responsibletravel.com

+44 (0)1273 823700

www.responsibletravel.com

Responsible Travel offers a wide range of destinations, from picturesque villas in Italy to cultural experiences in japan, all whilst promoting respectful and considerate tourism.

Rickshaw Travel

UK

info@rickshawtravel.co.uk

+44 (0) 1273 322 399

www.rickshawtravel.co.uk

Rickshaw Travel is a UK based ABTA/ATOL bonded travel operator, that uses locally owned accommodation with an authentic feel that is a cut above the usual backpacker haunts.

Ride With Us

UK

sales@ridewithustours.co.uk

+44 (0)1582 840 621

www.ridewithustours.co.uk

Organised motorcycle holidays around western and eastern Europe that offer something for everyone regardless of their touring experience.

Round The World Experts

UK

+44 (0)203 056 7993

www.roundtheworldexperts.co.uk

Round the World Experts are the tailor-made specialists of the Flight Centre Travel Group. Our experienced team are experts at creating amazing and authentic travel experiences all around the globe.

Rug&Rock Adventures Ltd

UK

info@rugandrock.com

+44 (0)8 4444 123 12

www.rugandrock.com

Rug&Rock is an exciting company founded by and for enthusiastic travellers from a variety of different backgrounds. We have many years experience of adventure travel, mountaineering and sport and most of us have also taken part in social projects overseas, especially in Morocco.

Ryanair

UK

www.ryanair.com

Low cost airline to European destinations.

Saddle Skedaddle

UK

info@skedaddle.co.uk

+44 (0)191 265 1110

www.skedaddle.co.uk

Some say there is no better way to see a country, its culture, its wildlife and its people, than by bike! This company offers off-road, road or leisure cycling.

Safari Par Excellence

UK

+44 (0) 1548 830 059

www.zambezi.co.uk

Safari company with a 'no fuss or frills' ethos. They cover Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and other countries in Africa.

Sail in Greece

UK

info@sail-ingreece.com

+44 (0)203 239 9253

www.sail-ingreece.com

Sail in Greece specializes in cruises and adventures around Greece and as we are specialized in one country we are good at it! We have the same passion as if we join every cruise we make and our fellow travelers are our close friends. Our experiences are enormous and our desire is to pass them on to the world!

SAS Travel Peru

Peru

info@sastravelperu.com

+51 984 652 232

www.sastravelperu.com

SAS organize a huge variety of tours in Cusco and Peru, from Adventures trips, Treks, Amazon Jungle Trips and Packages in Peru to MachuPicchu tours, Inca Trail hikes and many more.

Scenic Air

Namibia

windhoek@scenic-air.com

+264 61 249 268

www.scenic-air.com

Scenic Air caters for individual travellers, families as well as groups. They offer flights to all of the popular tourist destinations in Namibia.

School Of All Relations (SOAR)

Greece

school.of.all.relations@gmail.com

+30 2297 026885

www.schoolofallrelations.com

School Of All Relations (SOAR) offers a residential educational program for international youth aged 18-26, based on the Greek Island of Aegina.

Selective Asia

UK

contact@selectiveasia.com

+44 (0) 1273 670001

www.selectiveasia.com

Selective Asia offers a range of unique, privately guided tours and adventure holidays in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

Smaller Earth UK

UK

uk@smallerearth.com

+(44) 0151 702 6808

www.smallerearth.com

Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading gap year travel providers, sending thousands of travellers abroad every year. Whether you're looking to volunteer in Africa, earn money in Australia or party in Bangkok, we've got the perfect collection of travel programmes for you.

Specialtours Ltd

UK

info@specialtours.co.uk

+44 (0) 20 7386 4690

www.specialtours.co.uk

International art and cultural tours. Access wonderful private houses, art collections and gardens. Most tours are accompanied by an expert lecturer.

STA Travel

UK

0333 321 0099

www.statravel.co.uk

This company has branches or agents worldwide and a Help Desk telephone service, which provides essential backup for travellers on the move.

Stray Ltd

New Zealand

enquiries@straytravel.co.nz

www.straytravel.com

Stray is New Zealand's fastest growing backpacker bus network - designed for travellers who want to get off the beaten track.

Student Universe

UK

marketing@studentuniverse.co.uk

0808 234 4107

Whether you’re looking for a great deal on round the world flights, arranging a work abroad placement in Australia or a volunteering trip to Africa, StudentUniverse can handle every aspect of your gap year travel.

Suntrek

UK

0800 781 1660

www.intrepidsuntrek.com

Adventure tours arranged in the USA, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Central and South America and Australia.

Sunvil

UK

+44 (0) 20 8568 4499

www.sunvil.co.uk

A range of active holidays/trips available including sailing holidays around the world.

ThaIntro

UK

enquiries@thaintro.com

+44 (0)845 3700 499

www.thaintro.com

Travel to Thailand and meet like-minded travellers. Explore wondrous Thai temples and beautiful national parks, relax on the warm beaches or try your hand at snorkelling in the sparkling clear waters, and enjoy an up-close experience with elephants in the jungle. Thaintro offers a great stepping stone into Thailand.

The adventure company

UK

0845 287 6541

www.adventurecompany.co.uk

Offers inspirational holidays and trips worldwide that venture off the well trodden tourist trails.

The Bundu Safari Company

UK

0800 781 1660

www.intrepidbundu.com

The Bundu Safari Company has teamed up with Intrepid Travel to offer exciting safari adventures.

The Dragon Trip Pte Ltd

UK

info@thedragontrip.com

0203 817 5974

thedragontrip.com

The Dragon Trip is a provider of affordable holidays in China in the form of backpacking trips.

The Imaginative Traveller

UK

online@imtrav.net

0845 287 2908

www.imaginative-traveller.com

Individual, escape and volunteering tours available.

The Luxury Cruise Company

UK

enquire@theluxurycruisecompany.com

020 7838 5991

www.theluxurycruisecompany.com

The Luxury Cruise Company offers ocean, river and exploration-style cruises worldwide and specialises in organising personalised cruise itineraries aboard the world's finest vessels.

The Luxury Holiday Company

UK

enquire@theluxuryholidaycompany.com

020 7590 0770

www.theluxuryholidaycompany.com

With over 210 years of collective travel specialist experience, The Luxury Holiday Company team are passionate about creating tailor-made holidays that live long in the memory.

The Oriental Caravan

UK

info@theorientalcaravan.com

+44 (0)1424 883 570

www.theorientalcaravan.com

The Oriental Caravan is a truly independent adventure tour operator specialising in escorted small group travel in the Far East.

The Russia Experience

UK

expert@trans-siberian.co.uk

0345 521 2910

www.trans-siberian.co.uk

The Trans-Siberian is a working train covering 9,000 km, 10 time zones, 16 rivers and some 80 towns and cities. A once in a lifetime experience.

The Unique Travel Company

UK

info@theuniquetravel.co.uk

01264 889 644

www.theuniquetravel.co.uk

We provide a personal, affordable Sri Lankan experience that gives you a truly unique experience knowing that you are also putting money back into the island to help it grow and prosper - we feel this is what responsible tourism is about.

Thomas Cook

UK

www.thomascook.com

General travel agent with high street branches offering flights and late deals.

Timberline Adventures

USA

timber@earthnet.net

+1 800 417 2453

www.timbertours.com

Hiking and cycling tours in the USA.

Topdeck

UK

info@topdecktravel.co.uk

0845 257 5212; +44 (0)20 898

www.topdeck.travel

Providing unforgettable travel experiences for 18 to 30 somethings. Extended trips, festivals, ski and sailing in Europe, holidays in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Israel, safaris in Africa, adventures in Australia and New Zealand.

Tour Bus

Australia

questions@tourbus.com.au

www.tourbus.com.au

If you are looking for Tour Bus options within Australia or around the world you will likely find some great resources here.

Tourdust Ltd

UK

help@tourdust.com

+44 (0)203 291 2907

www.tourdust.com

Tourdust specialises in adventurous holidays for independent minded travellers, combining down-to-earth adventures with carefully selected boutique hotels. They partner closely with local guides and hotels to offer high quality & great value holidays.

Tourism Queensland

UK

44 20 7367 0981

www.experiencequeensland.com

Explore the many beautiful destinations Queensland has to offer.

Tracks Safaris

UK

sue@trackssafaris.co.uk

+44 (0)1386 830264

www.trackssafaris.co.uk

Whether you are looking for a lodge safari, a tented safari, a self drive safari, a mobile safari, a walking safari, a flying safari, or a safari for the whole family, let Tracks Safaris give you some ideas and inspiration.

TransIndus

UK

enquiries@transindus.com

0844 879 3960

www.transindus.co.uk

TransIndus provides opportunities to discover both the must-see sights and off-track gems where you can gain an authentic taste of rural as well as urban India, beyond the reach of more conventional tourist trails with holidays which are both comfortable and relaxing, and culturally stimulating.

Travel Nation

UK

+44 (0)1273 320580

www.travelnation.co.uk

Independent specialist travel company providing expert advice and the best deals on round-the-world trips, multi-stop itineraries, overland/adventure tours and Trans-Siberian rail journeys.

Travel Talk

UK

info@traveltalktours.com

+44 (0)20 8099 9596

www.traveltalktours.com

UK adventure and cultural tour operator, whom design tours especially for fun-loving and motivated people aged between 18 and 39.

Travel The Unknown

UK

+44 (0)20 7183 6371

www.traveltheunknown.com

Travel The Unknown offers small group (up to 12 travellers) and tailormade tours to various locales throughout Afica, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Travelbag Ltd

UK

0871 703 4698

www.travelbag.co.uk

Book flights, hotel, holidays and even find insurance on their website.

Travellers Connected.com

UK

info@travellersconnected.com

www.travellersconnected.com

A totally free community site for gap-year travellers. Register and contact travellers around the world for to-the-minute advice on the best places to go and best things to do.

Travellers Contact Point

Australia

+61 2 9211 7900

www.travellers.com.au

A specialist travel agency for independent and working holiday travellers. We have shops in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

TrekAmerica

UK

0208 682 8920

www.trekamerica.co.uk

With year round departures and over 50 unique itineraries from 3 to 64 days in length TrekAmerica tours are the ideal way to explore North America.

Tribes Travel

UK

enquiries@tribes.co.uk

+44 (0)1473 890499

www.tribes.co.uk

A Fair Trade Travel company with lots of exciting tours for you to choose from, such as budget priced walking safaris to the more expensive once in a lifetime trips.

Tru Experience Travel

UK

travel@truexperiencetravel.co.uk

01494 526163

truexperiencetravel.co.uk

Tru Experience Travel provides the opportunity to get involved through volunteer programs and internships from 2 weeks up to one year.

Tucan Travel

UK

+44 (0)800 804 8435

www.tucantravel.com

Tucan Travel are an adventure tour operator, specialising in group tours in South and Central America, Asia, Europe and Africa

USIT

Ireland

info@usit.ie

+353 (0)1602 1906

www.usit.ie

Irish travel agents offering cheap flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon specifically aimed at students.

Veloso Tours

UK

travel@veloso.com

020 8762 0616

www.veloso.com

Veloso Tours specialise in trip to various countries in South America. Experience an authentic approach to travel, personalised around you from inspiration to implementation with our specialists advisors, high-quality service, expert local guides and professional organisation.

Venture Uganda

Uganda

info@ventureuganda.org

+256 (0)393 20 20 33

www.ventureuganda.org

Venture Uganda is an independent, Ugandan tour operator offering specialist holidays and educational visits to Uganda.

Vietnam Tour Pedia

Vietnam

hamid@vietcenter.vn

+84 4 6281 6212

www.vietnamtourpedia.com

Vietnam Tour Pedia is a Hanoi based travel agency offering tailor-made tours within Vietnam and Indochina with attention to gap year offers.

Vietnamese Private Tours

Vietnam

inspire@vietnameseprivatetours.com

+84 917 951100

www.vietnameseprivatetours.com

Vietnamese Private Tours specializing in tailor made private tours within Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Our services start from Vietnam visa, to hotel, cruises and more.

Vodkatrain

UK

+44 (0) 20 8877 7650

www.vodkatrain.com

Experience the Trans-Mongolian railway and the Silk Road, travelling with local people, sampling local food and travel at local prices.

Voyages-sncf.com

UK

0844 848 5848

www.voyages-sncf.com

Specializes in selling tickets and passes for travel throughout Europe by train. Available to buy online, at our London Travel Centre or via our call centre.

Walks Worldwide

UK

sales@walksworldwide.com

0845 301 4737

www.walksworldwide.com

Walks Worldwide is a leading independent specialist for trekking and walking holidays, offering a wide choice of walking holidays to all the world's great trekking and walking destinations, many of which are unique to Walks Worldwide.

Warriors

South Africa

marketing@warriors.co.za

+27 83 737 2892

www.warriors.co.za

Warriors offers a variety of programs to participate in a range of experiences that are designed around the 5 core values of emotional fitness, social skills development, adventure & eco-tourism, entrepreneurship and work readiness and health & fitness to support the transition of entering adulthood.

Wendy Wu Tours

UK

info@wendywutours.co.uk

0800 9888 209

www.wendywutours.co.uk

Visit some of Asia's most beautiful locations with tailormade trips and tours from Wendy Wu Tours. From the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal in India, indulge yourself in a new culture and discover the wonders Asia has to offer.

Wexas Travel

UK

travel@wexas.com

020 7590 0610

www.wexas.com

Established for over 45 years, Wexas is one of the UK's most respected travel companies, specialising in luxury tailor-made travel to destinations across all seven continents.

Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd

UK

+44 (0)20 3930 4296

www.wildfrontierstravel.com

Wild Frontiers is committed to producing the most innovative and ground-breaking holidays on the market. Whether you are looking for serious adventure, or a more relaxing and luxurious experience, we have always strived to offer something different and memorable.

Wildlife Worldwide

UK

sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

01962 302 088

www.wildlifeworldwide.com

Wildlife Worldwide has been organising tailor-made wildlife tours since 1992. We provide tailor-made Indian & African safari holidays, whale watching holidays, wildlife cruising and Antarctic & Arctic voyages.

Winterline Global Education

UK

1-888-737-4226

www.winterline.com

Whether you spend a year or a week on a Winterline program, you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures, learn new skills and find out something important about yourself.

World Expeditions

UK

enquiries@worldexpeditions.co.uk

+44 (0)20 8545 9030

www.worldexpeditions.com

Adventure travel company offering ground breaking itineraries on every continent. They offer exciting all inclusive adventures and challenges worldwide.

Younique Travel Adventures

UK

fiona.simpson@yoproject.co.uk

01793 680545

ytauk.co.uk

Younique Travel Adventures are experts in group travel and work specifically in Kenya & India.