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About Explore - Over 36 Years' Experience

  • About Explore - Over 36 Years' Experience

Since launching in 1981 with just six tours in a four-page brochure, we now offer over 500 trips in more than 120 countries. Our experience, knowledge and well established close personal contacts in all the countries in which we operate, make us one of the most trusted adventure tour operators in the UK.

We are passionate about what we do – and love to travel. The founder directors ran overland trips through Asia, Africa and the Americas in the 1960s and 70s prior to setting up the company, and were always determined that the spirit of adventure that was such an important part of those early pioneering days, should continue to play key role as part of the driving ethos of Explore.

That passion for travel still runs through the heart of Explore. Our Managing Director, Ashley Toft was a Tour Leader for many years and has travelled extensively. He travels regularly on Explore tours – often with his family now. We are proud of the fact that so many staff travel on the company’s tours both as training trips and personal holidays each year.

With over 500 trips available in over 120 countries, the choice that we offer is second to none. As well as a diverse range of adult discovery tours we now offer Walking and Trekking holidays, Family Adventures, Cycling tours, Wildlife holidays, Tailormade holidays, Polar Adventures and an ever increasing number of Special Interest Discovery tours.

As market leader, we are also the most popular adventure company. Again this is probably because our customers feel safe in the knowledge that they are travelling with a company that has operated over 40,000 tour departures over the years.

We are proud that over 60% of all customers who travel each year have travelled with us previously, and we even have a growing number who have done over 50 tours!