Our Explore Tailormade regional specialists have travelled extensively and are here to help to create your perfect holiday, find out more about them:
Sarah Slocomb, Regional Specialist for Latin America the Middle East - "I have had the opportunity to travel to some fantastic places, my adventures in the Middle East and Americas being some of my favourites. A few of my most memorable experiences would be floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan, sailing at the foot of the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina and taking the world renowned Andean Explorer train across the Andes in Peru."
Sarah Phelps, Regional Specialist for Africa - "Nothing surpasses Africa for me. Seeing such majestic animals in their natural surroundings topped all my travel experiences. Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti has stunning scenery of endless plains and acacia trees, it has one of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent and the Big 5. However, Botswana for me offers the ultimate safari experience - exclusive, luxurious, low volume tourism. The Okavango Delta, with its numerous waterways is magnificent, I loved gliding through this beautiful region by mokoro".
Sophie Newbold, Regional Specialist for Asia - "My strong passion for travel took me on a four year trip from Austria, through Europe on to Australia, New Zealand and ending in Canada. I have had the opportunity to travel to many new destinations since working in the travel industry, yet I have been drawn back to Asia time and time again, mainly for the food, but also for the diverse cultures and stunning landscapes".
Claire McCrum, Regional Specialist for Latin America - "I have been lucky enough to travel to some incredible places in Africa, south-east Asia, Yemen, Egypt and Peru to name a few. One of my most memorable experiences was arriving in Cairo, where I met my husband, several years later we spent a five week honeymoon in Peru which included the Amazon jungle and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Nothing beats arriving at the Sun Gate at sunrise to see the Lost City for the first time. The sheer magnitude of what the Inca’s had gone through to create such an incredible place was overwhelming and reduced me to tears, something that I will never forget".
Hannah Cuss, Tailormade Product Executive - "My first 'exotic' holiday was to Cuba, followed closely by a seven-month backpacking stint in south-east Asia. I loved Asia so much that after a short return home, I set off again for India. Since joining Explore I've been lucky enough to travel to China, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Jordan and Egypt, as well as personal holidays to Malawi, Zambia, Greece and Morocco. My favourite memory was watching green and leatherback turtles nesting on the beaches in Costa Rica – unforgettable.”
At Explore Tailormade, our regional specialists have travelled far and wide in search of their favourite hidden treasures, with new ideas and properties popping up all the time. Here's a few of our new favourite hidden treasures that can easily be added to a tailor-made holiday:
In May 2017, luxury brand Belmond will be operating Peru's Andean Explorer train, giving travellers South America’s first indulgent overnight train journey. One of the highest train routes in the world the new Andean Explorer will cross the Altiplano from Cusco to Puno to visit Lake Titicaca, before heading to the White City of Arequipa.
Hue Ecolodge, sister property to Mai Chau Ecolodge in the north, is located on Vietnam’s Perfume River. Just over four miles from the city centre, the property offers a relaxing stay within manicured tropical gardens. The spacious bungalows are built from natural materials and the restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine using ingredients from the lodge’s gardens. Speak to our Tailormade Regional Specialists today to add the ecolodge to your tailor-made Vietnam itinerary.
Wadi Rum is a perfect place to watch the night sky, with virtually no light pollution it is possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye. So what happens if you want to sleep under the stars but also like the comfort of a kingsize bed and private bathroom? You book the ‘Full of Stars’ tent! Located within a private camp this special tent offers a comfortable bubble room with uninterrupted views of the Wadi Rum desert and sky.
Located in Peru’s Sacred Valley and surrounded by lush green mountains, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a lovely hotel with stand-alone casitas or rooms in the main hacienda. With friendly and welcoming staff, its own organic farm, locally sourced furniture and soft furnishings, it’s no surprise Hacienda Urubamba was awarded Condé Nast’s Traveler HOT LIST Award 2016.
For more information call us today on 01252 883 184 or complete our online enquiry form
We often get asked "why should I travel on a tailor-made holiday, rather than a group trip?". The answer - for flexibility. A tailor-made itinerary is designed around you and your travelling companions as well as dates instead of being restricted to a group itinerary and set departure dates.
Here are some more frequently asked questions about our tailor-made trips:
What makes Explore Tailormade different from other bespoke holiday companies? When Explore was founded, the ethos was to provide holidays that travelled in a responsible manner and got beneath the surface of the destination, proving that holidays could be thought provoking and good fun. The aim to deliver authentic, enriching journeys remains at the heart of every tailor-made holiday we sell.
How impartial is the advice given by your specialists? Explore Tailormade do not own any hotels or overseas ground suppliers. So the advice you’ll receive when designing an itinerary is 100% impartial. Any properties or services that we suggest are being recommended purely on merit.
Will I be travelling on my own? Depending on your style of tailor-made trip, you will either be accompanied by a local guide and/or driver for all or part of your journey, or have all relevant support for a self-drive itinerary – the choice is yours. Either way you'll be fully supported by our 24-hour operations team and local suppliers.
What style of accommodation can I expect? We aim to take you beyond the normal tourist trail and know that, for many, the actual destination is more important than the accommodation itself. However, we also appreciate that in some places you may prefer comfortable, stylish or luxurious accommodation. When putting together a tailored itinerary, we will ensure that we listen to your requirements for accommodation and mix and match until we’ve got the right hotels, lodges or camps at the right price just for you.
How will I travel around? We will always tell you which are the most appropriate modes of transport for that area and also give you the chance to travel in a variety of ways. Whether you choose to travel by road, train, boat, aeroplane or even on foot or bike, our aim is to ensure that you get the most from your travel experience, after all, getting there is part of the fun!
What is the booking process? Simple. Take a look at our suggested itineraries online, contact us on 01252 883 184 or the enquiry form, we'll then contact you to discuss options. After the holiday has been tweaked to match your requirements, we'll ask for a deposit to confirm the arrangements.