Our Essentials Range

Value and freedom

A group tour experience for keen backpackers

Our Essentials range is the perfect choice for those travelling on a shoestring. From overland camping safaris in Africa to off the beaten track adventures in South America and Central Asia, we bring you the best experiences the world has to offer – and at great value prices. As well as guided sightseeing of the star attractions, there’s plenty of free time to explore independently or enjoy optional excursions. Accompanied by passionate tour leaders and like-minded travellers, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime with our Essentials range.

Why Choose Our Essentials Range?

With over 20 years’ experience running group tours across the world, we know how to put together the perfect holiday. If you’re considering a tour in our Essentials range, here’s a few reasons why it might suit you.

Group jumping at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Great value

Many tours in our Essentials range include a local payment and this pricing system helps keep the costs of your trip down. Your money is also instantly put back into the local economy and supports the people you'll interact with.

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Free time

While our Essentials tours offer guided sightseeing of the key highlights in each destination, there’s plenty of free time to explore at your own pace too. We also offer a variety of optional activities that you are able to pay for locally.

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Group sizes

With an average group size of 24, our Essentials tours create a social and fun travel experience. Over half of the travellers on our Essentials tours are aged 21-40, so you’ll likely be travelling with people of a similar age.

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Authentic Experiences

From cycling through the landscapes of Yangshou in China to floating on the Dead Sea in Jordan, our Essentials tours are packed with authentic experiences. So you'll be returning home with some incredible memories.

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Tour leaders

Your group will be led by passionate tour leaders that are incredibly knowledgeable about each of the destinations you are travelling. They'll ensure that the trip runs smoothly and be able to provide you with support if needed.

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Transport

Depending on the destination, you’ll be travelling by private and public transport on our Essentials tours. Think beyond buses to traditional feluccas in Egypt, junk boat cruises in Vietnam and the famous bullet train in Japan.

Desert Camp in the Wadi Rum, Jordan

Accommodation

Accommodation is a big part of our Essentials tours, ranging from camping to surprise 4* accommodation. Traditional ryokans in Japan, desert camps in Jordan and sailboats in Croatia are just some examples of what we have to offer.

Vietnamese pho

Meals

On our Essentials itineraries we include only a few meals, allowing you the freedom to choose exactly where you eat and how you spend your evenings. There’s also the bonus of helping you stay in control your spending (as well as try some tasty street food).

Our Essentials Tour Destinations

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Africa

Travel across the incredible landscapes of Africa on an overland camping safari, spending the days searching for the Big Five and nights camping in national parks.

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Egypt

Cover the highlights of ancient Egypt and enjoy a two-night felucca adventure down the Nile River with a choice of popular itineraries and fun tours.

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Jordan

Take in the star attractions of Jordan from the Rose City of Petra to the desert of Wadi Rum and the remarkable Dead Sea with an overnight Bedouin camping experience.

The beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Morocco

Discover the highlights of Morocco from the vibrant capital of Marrakech to the Blue City of Chefchaouen with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.

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Croatia

Join a lively cruise from Split to Dubrovnik and back again aboard a traditional wooden motorboat, stopping at beautiful Adriatic islands with travellers aged 18 to 30.

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South America

Get off the beaten track on an overland adventures in South America and discover the real heart of each country as well as key highlights such as Machu Picchu.

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China

Discover China with our semi-independent itineraries covering the highlights from the Great Wall to Hong Kong with hostel accommodation and local transport.

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Japan

Experience modern and ancient Japan on an Essentials tour from Tokyo to Kyoto, staying in dorms with other travellers aged anywhere between 18 and 50.

Woman at Angkor Temple Complex, Cambodia

Southeast Asia

Journey through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, visiting key highlights such as Angkor Wat and Halong Bay, with plenty of optional activities along the way.

Overlanding in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

Central Asia

Uncover incredible landscapes, diverse cultures and the ancient Silk Road on an Overland Adventure through Central Asia covering from Turkey to China.

Our Other Holiday Ranges

If you're looking for something a little different to our Essentials tours, why not check out our other holiday ranges to find the right trip for you?