Established in 1981, explore is the world’s leading small group adventure specialist. Its six brochures – worldwide, beyond, cycle, family adventures, shorts breaks and school adventures – offer more than 300 trips to 130 countries around the world. explore’s responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company’s approach to tour operating.
What do we do?
We painstakingly create small-group exploratory tours through some 130 countries around the world.
we have something for everyone, so whether you are looking for a month-long overland trip around africa, or a short break dog-sledding in finland, we've got just the tour for you.
And as a leader in adventure travel, you can be sure you're in good hands.
Who can go?
We welcome all kinds of people.
plenty of single travellers come on our trips (a good 50% of our travellers, in fact), as well as many couples and friends. and we also have a special programme of holidays designed exclusively for families.
What's it like on tour?
With the Explore formula, you can be assured that for starters you'll find yourself with a group of like-minded, adventurous and sociable people - right from day one. The social aspect of sharing an adventure has been one of the great incentives to 'go explore' right from the start. and having a trained tour leader with you throughout the tour just adds to the feeling of being on a chilled, no-worries and fun holiday.
Travel can bring many benefits to the traveller and the countries visited – learning about different cultures, creating jobs and bringing economic development. Sometimes though the impact can be negative – overdevelopment can damage the natural environment, local people may be exploited and their culture eroded.
Explore promotes responsible travel. We believe that:
- people who work for explore should be treated fairly and paid a fair wage
- we should learn about and respect the customs and culture of the country we are visiting so that we do not offend local people
- we should try to ensure that local people benefit economically from tourism by employing them as leaders and guides, eating out in local restaurants and using family-run hotels where possible
- we must minimise our impact on the environment by travelling in small groups, offsetting our carbon emissions and reducing waste
We are not perfect, but we are working hard to achieve these aims. In 2005 we were delighted to be awarded highly commended in the responsible tourism awards
We can’t change the world but if we all do our bit it is amazing what a difference we can make. check out our trip dossiers and visit our website to see our full policy and for ideas of what you can do http://www.explore.co.uk/worldwide/responsibletourism.jsp