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About our small group Classic Discovery tours

We offer hundreds of Classic Discovery holidays to extraordinary destinations all over the world; from bucketlist favourites like India and Italy to more unusual, less-visited destinations like Kazakhstan and Lebanon. They're designed to fully immerse you in the culture of your destination, as well as include the must-dos, like visits to key landmarks, walks and wildlife spotting. And alongside the essential things to see, we work hard to add in extraordinary experiences you wouldn't otherwise get, like meals with locals and unique accommodation like home stays.  


Our Classic Discovery holidays allow you to get under the skin of your destination and fully explore. The average group size on these small-group tours is just 11, meaning you'll have like-minded travellers with you, but not too many to disrupt your trip.

On a Classic Discovery tour you'll be led by a local tour guide. These tour leaders have expert knowledge about the areas you'll travel and will make sure your trip is not only safe and comfortable but unforgettable in all the right ways. 

First time travelling with Explore? We've answered some of the most-asked questions about our small group Classic Discovery trips

Our most popular Classic Discovery tours

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What to expect on a Classic Discovery tour


Types of Classic Discovery tours

Included in our cultural discovery tours are our festival departures. Visiting a festival is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a destination. We run trips to unusual and less-known festivals like the festivals in Bhutan or festivals in Tibet.

Many of our destinations are home to fascinating wildlife species, and so we include wildlife-spotting activities like game drives and visits to nature reserves in our itineraries. We also offer dedicated wildlife tours, which have a focus of seeing the animals and birdlife of a destination. From Africa safaris to Galapagos tours, bear watching in Europe to Amazon rainforest stays, our wildlife tours offer you the best opportunity to spot the stars of the animal kingdom. 

Food and drink is also a big part of our Classic Discovery holidays. We aim to include the opportunity to try local food and drink on all our discovery tours, but if this is a particular focus for you we've got some trips specifically designed to include food and drink experiences. From sampling cheeses and wines in Italy to making tamales in Mexico, you'll get to sample all the best cuisine from your destination.  

Frequently asked questions about our Classic Discovery holidays

Learn more about our Classic Discovery holidays in our 7 questions answered about your first Discovery holiday blog.

An adventure travel company you can trust

There's a reason why 98% of customers say they'd book an adventure with us again.

Unforgettable experiences

From big wows to hidden gems, our tours leave you feeling that you've really explored.

Expert tour leaders

Chosen for their great knowledge of your destination and a passion to make your trip extraordinary.

Small groups

Average groups of 11; solos, couples and friends, united by a desire for authentic experiences.

Responsible at heart

How we operate sets us apart; our flexible booking policy, our loyalty scheme & sustainable approach.

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