We set out to get under the skin of the 130 destinations that we visit, from Egypt to Jamaica and from Bolivia to Japan. Combining the must-sees with the who-knews, we provide authentic travel experiences across the globe.
Discover the vast, diverse continent that is Africa. Navigate through aromatic medinas, drive across stretching golden plains in search of the Big Five and discover tribal cultures. We challenge you not to fall in love.
Asia offers a heady mix of diverse traditions, religions, cuisine and architecture. Iconic monuments from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal, and scenery from Indonesian rice paddies to the staggering Himalaya, give a flavour of its variety.
Australasia is a region of vibrant colour, staggering landscapes and contrasting cultures. Compact yet varied, New Zealand is all about the great outdoors. It's best explored on foot, where you'll cover lakes and mountains, coasts and glaciers.
From the windswept Atlantic coast to the vast taiga forests in the east, and from the polar tundra to the sun-kissed Mediterranean, Europe's variety is second to none. The diversity of its cuisine, culture and climate mirrors that of its landscape.
The Middle East is a heady concoction of welcoming people, ancient sites, stunning desert scenery and delicious food. Uncover history that spans millenia in colossal archaeological sites and sleep under starlit skies in the Arabian desert.
North America is home to dynamic cities, rich cultural diversity and inspiring National Parks. From the canyons and deserts of the USA to Canada's Rocky Mountains and Alaska's wildlife, North America's charms are hard to resist.
The thin strip of land connecting North and South America contains eight countries packed with fascinating Mayan history, colourful modern cultures and pristine beaches. Here the rainforests, cloud forests and barrier reef bustle with biodiversity.
Fields of sugar cane, rum distilleries, freshly-cooked fish and jerk chicken and a laid-back attitude to life - there's lots to love about Caribbean holidays. And that's without even mentioning the glittering azure waters and miles of sandy beaches.
South America is a continent of superlatives. Explore the world's largest rainforest and marvel at its highest waterfall. Walk its longest mountain range and discover its highest capital city. All washed down with hearty food and world-class wines.
Our polar expeditions are among the most awe-inspiring journeys you'll ever make. Choose from the Arctic, home to polar bear and walrus, or the towering icebergs and penguin rookeries of Antarctica.
Adventure doesn't have to take you out of your comfort zone; from activities like zip-wiring in Costa Rica, to tasting local dishes in Italy and staying with local families in Peru, there's a little adventure to be found on all our travels.
Explore beyond the usual tourist landmarkets on our limited edition holidays. From photography trips with professional photographers to festival tours with local experts, our Beyond trips offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 600 trips to more than 130 countries.
From time to time we publish discounts and special offers. We’ll signpost those here, along with any last-minute trip availability. Stay tuned to find your perfect trip at a great price.
Not to be confused with the much larger Dominican Republic, the island of Dominica lies in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean, close to Martinique and Guadeloupe. Discovered by Christopher Columbus on Sunday 3rd November 1493, he named the island after the day of the week - Sunday being ‘Dominica’ in Latin.
Unlike much of the Caribbean, Dominica is relatively undeveloped for tourism.
Nicknamed the ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’, it has grown a reputation for its pristine nature and rich wildlife. At just 750 square kilometres and with a population of only 71,293, Dominica is tiny. However its mountain rainforests are home to a wide array of rare plant, bird and animal species, including the endemic Sisserou parrot, a national emblem which features on the Dominican flag.
Around the island you can enjoy tropical beaches, mainly with black rather than white sand, due to the island’s volcanic origins. Offshore the coastal waters are calm, enclosed and protected by coral reefs that form one of the best-preserved marine parks in the Caribbean. Visibility for divers and snorkelers is exceptional, up to 30 metres or more, and the corals are some of the finest in the world. In season you can witness up to 22 species of whale and dolphin in these waters.
Inland the landscapes are astonishing: a combination of fast-flowing rivers, thundering waterfalls, seething geothermal activity including a boiling lake, along with the deep, green rainforest vegetation. It’s an exciting place to explore on foot: hikers can trek into the mountains, visit and bathe in the waterfalls, enjoy the prolific birdlife and enjoy spectacular views out over the Caribbean Sea. Other activities include horse riding, mountain biking, jeep safaris and river tubing.