What exactly are Expert-Led Journeys? Original Travel founder Tom explains that they're all about small groups, big experiences.
What...' I hear you cry '...are Expert-Led Journeys?'
Well, in short they are small groups, big experiences. Expert-Led Journeys are a range of trips to diverse destinations around our extraordinary planet, each of which is an opportunity to experience a place, a people or a natural phenomenon in the company of expert travel guides who can bring it vividly to life. The whole idea for which was born of mind-blowing experiences that simply won't fit into the mould of our multi-award winning tailor-made trips.
Rather excitingly, some of the Expert-Led Journeys run as soon as November this year. Some of these include so-called Pioneer trips, where the trip is effectively a dress rehearsal and you benefit from a reduced rate. All of the trips have two common themes: the experts and, of course, Originality. Just as the experts are a diverse and distinctly different bunch, so are the Expert-Led Journeys themselves. Some broaden the mind, some push the body to its physical limits and some are all about immersion in unfamiliar cultures... sometimes all at the same time.
For a full list of the trips on offer, please check out the Expert-Led Journeys page on our website. To give you an idea of the diversity of these sensational trips, here's a taster of a few; Expert-Led Journey: Khartoum to Cairo with Anthony Sattin Renowned travel writer Anthony Sattin takes you on a journey along the Nile to explore the antiquities of Sudan and the treasures of Egypt. A pioneering adventure to visit two of the most historically rich and culturally fascinating countries on earth. Expert-Led Journey: Explore South Africa's Winelands with Nancy Gilchrist MW Visit the Cape's finest vineyards, sample the wines and meet the winemakers behind them, all in the charming company of Master of Wine Nancy Gilchrist. This tour of discovery, also includes a visit to the Cap Classique & Champagne Festival in South Africa's gourmet capital, the charming town of Franschhoek. Expert-Led Journey: Alta Via Dolomites Ski Safari with Marcello Cominetti Mountain guide Marcello Cominetti leads a group into unexplored corners of the Dolomites, staying in remote and charming rifugios en route, and taking in some of the best descents in the whole beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed region. Each night refuel on the delicious Tyrolean cuisine and wines. Expert-Led Journey: Boxing in Havana with Sean Hayden Train with world class amateurs in Havana's most famous boxing gym under the expert tutelage of Sean Hayden, and explore the charismatic Cuban capital. Whether you're an aspiring boxer or a professional pugilist, a few days at the legendary Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym will improve anyone's technique and get you clued up on the 'noble art'.