Our Essentials Range

Value and Adventure

Introducing our Essentials Range


Our Essentials trips offer incredible experiences at a great price. You can squeeze the most out of your destination, without worrying about your wallet. As well as guided sightseeing of the key sites, there’s free time to explore independently or take part in optional excursions so you can focus on doing just the things that suit you. We’ve given you the flexibility to eat where you want too, with few meals included so you can save your pennies and eat cheaply all trip or splurge the money you saved on your tour at a fancy restaurant; we won’t judge!

The accommodation on these trips varies by destination. In Egypt, you will stay in comfortable 3-4 star accommodation, whilst in Japan, China and South Korea, we make use of budget-friendly hostels. Transport is by private air-conditioned vehicles, and we also make use of Asia's comprehensive public transport network. Our Essentials Range brings like-minded travellers together for a once in a lifetime holiday.

Upcoming Essentials Adventures

Trip NameStartsDepartingPriceMap
Essential Turkey - 7 days Istanbul, Turkey 26 Oct 2024 R21,778 was R43,555 2-for-1 Essential Turkey - 7 days Map
Essential Morocco - 8 days Casablanca, Morocco 05 Oct 2024 R16,673 R30,315 save 45% Essential Morocco - 8 days Map
Rome, Florence & Venice - 8 days Rome, Italy 02 Aug 2024 R24,435 R40,725 save 40% Rome, Florence & Venice - 8 days Map
La Dolce Vita - 11 days Rome, Italy 02 Aug 2024 R39,411 R65,685 save 40% La Dolce Vita - 11 days Map

Our Essentials Destinations

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Egypt

From the Pyramids to the beaches of Hurghada, take in the best of Egypt for less with our Essentials tours in the country.

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Japan

Japan can be an expensive destination, so our Essentials offering is a good option for budget-conscious travellers.

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China

It's great to be exploring China again, and our range of Essentials tours cover everything from Beijing to Shanghai and the Great Wall.

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South Korea

From modern Seoul to the DMZ and the remote island of Jeju, our Essentials tour in Korea ticks all the right boxes.

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Australia

Keep the costs down in Aus by trading the 4-star hotels for hostels, dorms and eco-cabins!

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Morocco

Uncover Morocco's best kept secrets without breaking the bank on our Essential Morocco tour!

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Why Choose Our Essentials Range?

Our Essentials Range offers different experiences to the rest of our tours, here is a little more info about what to expect from tours in this range.

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Great value

Our Essentials tours are a lot cheaper than our Handpicked and Signature product. There are fewer inclusions and more budget-friendly transport and accommodation, but these back-packer type tours are perfect for budget-conscious travellers.
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Optional activities & free time

On our Essentials tours many of the activities are optional, giving you flexibility to explore destinations your way. And there is plenty of free time too, so you can do as much or as little as you want under your own steam.
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Great groups

Group sizes range on our Essentials tours from around 16 in the Far East to 40 in Egypt. The demographic on these tours is generally younger than our other product too, with an average age of around 35.
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Accommodation

To keep costs down, we use a mixture of 3-star hotels, hostels, overnight trains and guesthouses on our Essentials tours. In Japan you will also get to stay in a ryokan and on many China tours we include a night of camping beside the Great Wall!