Tasmania and The Great Ocean Road holiday, Australia

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13 Sep 2018
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11 Oct 2018
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15 Nov 2018
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28 Mar 2019
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12 Sep 2019
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14 Nov 2019
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tasmania and The Great Ocean Road holiday, Australia

Community, Accommodation and Meals:
This trip uses mostly independent, locally owned hotels and lodges with the exception of Maria Island where we will spend one night in a comfortable wilderness camp and one night in a heritage house. All the accommodation we use is of benefit to local people by providing employment opportunities in the region. We also frequently use local specialist guides, local shops and family run restaurants and in doing so contribute economically to the communities we visit. The not included lunches and dinners are a good chance to support small businesses along the route.

Water/Plastic:
Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. The vehicle on this tour will be equipped with a large drinking water container, enabling you to refill as needed. Not only a necessity in the tropical climate of Northern Queensland, it also reduces the amount of single-use plastic bottles that are still the standard.

Activity:
Being a wildlife based tour, we are very conscious of our effects on the environment and how we can reduce negative impact and aid conservation. Many of the organizations we partner with in providing you with this unique travel experience, both accommodations and activity operators, are (Advanced) Eco Certified or have ingrained sustainable and responsible travel practices. They are part of Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to education and conservation and helping the local community.
We also leave a positive impression by visiting important national parks such as Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair and Freycinet National Parks in Tasmania, where our entrance fees contribute to the protection of these parks and the myriad of unique (and sometimes endangered) species which can be found there

Group size:
This is a small group tour and so numbers do not exceed 12, meaning that local environments and the communities and variety of species (endangered and otherwise) that we encounter are not seriously impacted by our stay.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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