Tours of Exploration is a licensed Travel Operator with 30 years of industry experience offering nature and culture adventure travel and tours! We pride ourselves in fulfilling our customers’ travel desires through co-creating and delivering unique travel to all 7 continents!
Our passion for connecting people to nature and local cultures around the world is what fuels us! We are the Ecotourism experts – specializing in cultural heritage, nature and wildlife, and adventure - trekking, hiking, cycling, and paddling. We believe in low-impact travel with meaningful exchanges with the land and cultures we encounter. Our love and respect of the natural and cultural world is boundless and reaches into our psyche and soul. Most importantly, we are committed to sharing this passion with you!
Our network of travel partners around the globe are devoted to delivering memorable and enriching experiences for each of our customers personally. We can guarantee you will return with a travel diary full of unique adventure stories.
If the idea of paddling alongside whales in Canadian waterways, or soaking up a sunrise atop an ancient temple, learning about ethno-botany from an indigenous elder, or rising before dawn to listen to a wildlife symphony in the rainforest excites you – we can connect you to what you are looking for. Let us create an unforgettable travel experience for you!
Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands
Tours of Exploration acknowledges that we live, learn and work on the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and shíshálh (Sechelt) ancestors and families, who have lived, hunted, fished and gathered here since time immemorial, and who shared these traditional land resources with neighbouring Nations. It is with gratitude that we now work on these lands, where the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents come together. We will endeavour to honour the traditional lands of the peoples we encounter during travel.
FULL SERVICED TRAVEL OPERATOR: As a licensed and insured travel operator (BC Reg #3401), we can assist you with your personal travel through our in-house Tours of Exploration programs, or with other licensed Canadian and International travel providers including accommodation, tour packages, air-only, travel insurance, and expedition cruising.
CUSTOMIZED AND INNOVATIVE TRAVEL PLANNING: Custom Travel Planning is our specialty and the majority of our work, as well as why we love what we do. We are passionate about co-creating your travel experience. Our sample itineraries serve as a starting point, from where we can happily accommodate your specific travel desires on all seven continents. We take the time to listen before matching you with destination offerings. We offer individual, family, and join-in groups – limiting numbers to ensure the most personal and intimate experiences. We work with natural history clubs, with professional associations, photography groups, special interest organizations, and academic institutions to provide Authentic, Educational, and Transformational travel. Some trips have fixed departure dates, while others can depart at any time. Our efforts are focused on maximizing enjoyment while limiting our environmental impact on the cultural areas we visit. We proudly work within the guidelines of the International Ecotourism Society and the United Nations Global Sustainability Goals.
LOCAL GUIDES & TRAVEL PARTNERS: At their core, our travel offerings are arranged by trusted experts, handled by reliable local suppliers, prioritize small and medium sized social enterprises (keeping profits inside communities), and are escorted by trained local guides. Our travel partners are selected based on their knowledge, service, reliability, and core values. We work with long-term destination specialists in each country. They employ experienced escorts and guides, local to the communities we work in, who enhance the experience for even the smallest of groups.
ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is selected based on the desired level of comfort, with attention to ambience and setting.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS: Single travellers can be matched with travel mates as requested. A single supplement will be applied to single accommodation. We do our best to provide nominal supplements for single travellers.
MEALS: Meals provided as indicated by the codes (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner on each sample itinerary.
TRANSFERS: Transfers are provided between airports, hotels, bus, boat and train terminals once at the destination.
FLIGHTS: We are able to assist with international and domestic flights, as well as domestic flights. Domestic flights are typically included in the itinerary.
PRICES: We price in Canadian dollars (CDN) and/or US dollars (USD) unless otherwise indicated. Prices are based on tariffs and currency exchange rates as on January 1, 2021 and may change with fluctuations in currency until time of final payment.
TERMS & CONDITIONS: In the wake of COVID-19, booking, change and cancellation policies are being re-written for greater flexibility and reduced financial risk. This includes zero risk refundable or transferable deposits on most destinations. We can provide current terms and conditions, entry options, and local conditions at time of inquiry for each of the destinations we work with.
INFORMATION KITS: Customized documents are available for each Tours of Exploration program and will be provided upon receipt of deposit.