Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dehli, India
The Oberoi, New Delhi None

Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi today. You are met by your representative and escorted to your hotel in New Delhi. where the remainder of the day is at leisure with time to relax and rest. Your hotel is in the city center near shopping, financial and business districts. It reflects the capital city's spirit and sense of history in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication.

Day 2
Delhi, India
The Oberoi, New Delhi Breakfast

Delhi

Today begins after breakfast with a fun, exciting and different way to see the city. This morning you are in for a treat – a tour by Segway of Lutyen's New Delhi. Edwin Lutyens was a renowned British architect who designed many of Delhi buildings under British rule. You glide your Segway through the most spectacular places in the national capital. Ride through The Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and the scenic beauty surrounding the Ministry Buildings. Pause at the immortal flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti, an Indian memorial built to commemorate martyred soldiers. Visit the famous India Gate. This is a thoroughly delightful way to see the city that is alive with brilliant colors, exotic smells and shops selling everything from false teeth to colorful silks.

This afternoon offers a visit to a most unusual museum – Sulabh International Museum of Toilets. That’s right! Not something we would normally think about. This slightly bizarre yet unique museum summarizes the global history of toilets related social stigmas, toilet etiquettes, predominant sanitary settings and more. Segmented in three parts - Ancient, Medieval and Modern, it has an extensive display of outhouses, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets and water closets. It showcases the evolution of something we take for granted in our society every day. The museum covers the time from 1145 CE to present day. While creating awareness about the importance of hygiene and sanitation, it also looks at solid waste management, waste water treatment systems, the biogas technology that can be used for cooking and lighting as well as electricity generation. It offers remarkable examples of efforts required to make our world a sustainable place to live.

Day 3
Khajuraho, India
The Sarai at Toria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Delhi / Khajuraho / Panna

After breakfast, you are transferred to Delhi Airport to board your flight for Khajuraho. When you arrive, you are taken for lunch at Lalit Khajuraho, which features choice selections of scrumptious croissants, puffs, rolls, sandwiches, salads, pastries and cakes.

After lunch, drive on to Panna, a city of tribes and sages, of rajahs and colonial loyalties, meadows and evergreen forests, of diamonds and tigers. Ah, tigers! The lesser known Panna National Park has had some success with their tiger reintroduction program. With a good mammal population and a rich raptor activity, this park presents a healthy ecosystem. Check into your eco-friendly hotel, The Sarai at Toria. With sweeping views of the wide Ken River, the hotel features just eight cottages with thatched roofs and mud-caked exterior walls in the traditional village style. The Sarai at Toria is a simple but tastefully done-up property that blends into the rustic landscape at the edge of the Panna National Park. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the comforts of a stay that has little impact on the wildlife, offers rich pickings for fishermen, and is dominated by the incredible diversity of insects and birds on the riverside.

Day 4
Khajuraho, India
The Sarai at Toria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Panna

Today you explore conservation in India with Dr. Raghu Chundawat, a conservation biologist, whose work reaches beyond India's borders and into Central Asian countries such as Mongolia, China, Kirgyzstan and Pakistan. He has researched extensively on the ecology of snow leopards and its prey species in the region of Ladakh Himalayas in India. Learn from Dr. Raghu and his wife Mrs. Joanna Van Gruisen as they offer you fascinating insights into the complex field of conservation, which includes census of tigers and other endangered species in the park. You see how to identify birds and understand the park’s habitats and different eco systems. You discover how to lay camera traps and other methods used to save and protect the wildlife from poachers. This is the perfect opportunity to see firsthand what it’s like to be a conservationist and see India's forests, its wildlife and the challenges faced in conservation.

Day 5
Khajuraho, India
The Sarai at Toria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Panna

This morning, you have your first jeep safari into Panna National Park. This beautiful jungles in Central India is known for a revival of the tigers in the recent years with about 17 tigers at present. The animals had been previously wiped out of this area, so their return is remarkable. The park is also home to leopard, chital, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar and sloth bear and includes more than 200 species of birds including the bar-headed goose, honey buzzard, king vulture, blossom-headed parakeet, changeable hawk-eagle and Indian vulture. Later, you have the opportunity to ride a bike to a nearby village to meet local residents, including children, and spend time with them sharing your stories and trading ideas. This is the essence of traveling, engaging encounters that have impact for both the travelers and the people they meet.

Day 6
Khajuraho, India
The Sarai at Toria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Panna

Today is an easy day with time to relax. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on the wide Ken River, which flows right through the Panna Reserve. You may glimpse wildlife along the way that come to the river for water and food. Hear some of the birds as you float past a forest teeming with life. Your river journey ends with sunset on the Ken River at sunset.

Day 7
Agra, India
The Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast, Lunch

Panna / Khajuraho / Jhansi / Agra

Today is a travel day that includes a journey by local train from Jhansi to Agra. Local trains in India offer an intriguing encounter with the bustling and energetic pace of this country, which is ancient and ultra-modern at the same time. Trains are usually crowded, colorful, noisy, and a great experience unlike anything you have at home. You are welcomed on arrival in Agra and transferred to your resort hotel.

The Oberoi Amarvilas resort is quite close to the world-famous Taj Mahal. You enjoy brilliant views of the monument from the lobby, pool, spa, restaurants and from every room in the hotel. Elaborate gardens, terraced lawns, fountains and pavilions complement the classic architecture of the hotel.

Day 8
Agra, India
The Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast

Panna / Khajuraho / Jhansi / Agra

Today is a travel day that includes a journey by local train from Jhansi to Agra. Local trains in India offer an intriguing encounter with the bustling and energetic pace of this country, which is ancient and ultra-modern at the same time. Trains are usually crowded, colorful, noisy, and a great experience unlike anything you have at home. You are welcomed on arrival in Agra and transferred to your resort hotel.

The Oberoi Amarvilas resort is quite close to the world-famous Taj Mahal. You enjoy brilliant views of the monument from the lobby, pool, spa, restaurants and from every room in the hotel. Elaborate gardens, terraced lawns, fountains and pavilions complement the classic architecture of the hotel.

Day 9
Agra, India
The Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast

Agra

After breakfast, you set out today to see and learn about elephants and sloth bears. First is the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, a safe haven and rehabilitation center for India’s elephants. You begin your visit with a very sort documentary on captive elephants. Later you walk with an education officer, who can tell you the story of each of the elephants here and how they were rescued. You help with the feeding of these gentle giants. From here, you drive to Agra Bear Rescue Facility. This is the largest Sloth Bear Rescue Facility in the world. It currently houses some 200 sloth bears as well as many other species of wildlife in large forested enclosures with ponds and shady trees. One of the orphaned animals at one of these orphanages will be fostered in your family’s name for one year.

Day 10
Jaipur, India
Sujan Rajmahal Palace Breakfast, Lunch

Agra / Jaipur

After breakfast, your drive to Jaipur, stopping along the way at Abhaneri step wells. Step-wells are unique to India and were used as royal baths and reservoirs, providing escape from the summer heat. A Rajput king is believed to have built Chanda Baoli, which has separate his and hers royal bathrooms. You enter sun-shaded verandahs that overlook what must be thousands of crisscrossing steep patterned-like upside down ‘Vs’ descending deep into the abyss of the well. Here, you will have a chance for to take sort ride on ‘Jugaad’, which runs on a generator and also is used to pump water. This is a popular means of transportation for the villagers in rural communities. A genuinely eccentric and popular vehicle that comes is a variety of shapes, and can be anything from an old-style, wood-panel truck to a wagon attached to a motorcycle. It is an off-beat but fun way to get around. Continue to Jaipur after lunch at Abhaneri. On arrival at Jaipur you check into your hotel. Rajmahal Palace is one of the oldest and most treasured palaces in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Only the City Palace and the royal family’s private forts hold this distinction. Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. Tall bay windows, mirrored doors and meticulously appointed interiors allow you to imagine you as royal guests. This magical palace, a garden retreat, has stood witness to over 250 years of history.

Day 11
Jaipur, India
Sujan Rajmahal Palace Breakfast, Lunch

Jaipur

Start your day in Jaipur with a visit to one of its most famous landmarks, the Amer Fort, the citadel of the clan who later became the rulers of Jaipur. This nearly 400-year-old city has a wealth of historic sites such as the palace quarter, which encloses the Hawa Mahal palace complex, formal gardens, and a small lake. Nahargarh Fort, which was the residence of the King Sawai Jai Singh II, crowns the hill in the northwest corner of the old city.

This afternoon take in a puppet-making workshop and meet the artisans who create these delightful puppets. The puppet making involves a lot of patience and skill. They are done in several steps including making the faces, coloring and stitching cloth, deciding on decoration for each doll, and finally attaching to the strings. You’ll have fun have creating a puppet of your own.

Day 12
Jaipur, India
Sujan Rajmahal Palace Breakfast

Jaipur

Today you visit a shop specializing in remodeling classic Enfield motorcycle and Willys Jeeps. You meet the young, energetic Vijay, at Rajputana Customs. Vijay, a graduate in Mass Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, came home to Jaipur and decided to follow his dream of creating custom motorcycles and set up a garage here. Visit his workshop for remodeling these classic vehicles.

Day 13
Dehli, India
JW Marriot Hotel New Delhi Aerocity - Day Room Breakfast

Jaipur / Delhi / Depart

Today, you transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. You will make your own way to your hotel, JW Marriot Hotel New Delhi Aerocity within the airport complex, where a day room has been reserved for your use.

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Description

India Kids Kouncil™ Approved - 13 Days Family Travel Safari Tours

This highly original India family adventure is the first of our Kids Kouncil ™ Approved journeys. It has been reviewed by the junior board members of the Kids Kouncil, and encompasses a variety of experiences from tracking tigers in Panna National Park, to a visit to a one-of-a-kind museum, to a family Segway tour through New Delhi.

Day 1 / 2: Delhi, India

Day 3: Delhi / Khajuraho / Panna

Day 4 / 5/ 6: Panna

Day 7: Panna / Khajuraho / Jhansi / Agra

Day 8 / 9: Agra

Day 10: Agra / Jaipur

Day 11 / 12: Jaipur

Day 13: Jaipur / Delhi / Depart

Tour Highlights

*Explore a special area of New Delhi on a Segway, gliding your Segway through the most spectacular places in India’s capital city

*Visit a most unusual museum – Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, showcasing the evolution of something we take for granted in our society every day

*Learn firsthand about conservation with Dr. Raghu Chundawat, a conservation biologist, who teaches you how to how to understand the park’s ecosystem, lay camera traps and track tigers

*Encounter Indian elephants at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, a safe haven and rehabilitation center, and sloth bears at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility

*Make your own puppet at a puppet-making workshop and meet the artisans who create these delightful puppets and visit a shop specializing in remodeling classic Enfield motorcycle and Willys Jeeps

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as stated inclusive of hotel taxes

    Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)

    Private airport transfers as indicated

  • Ground transportation, by vehicle and/or boat, as indicated in the itinerary

    Internal flights as indicated in the itinerary

    Guided tours as indicated, inclusive of entrance fees

  • Baggage handling and tips to porters at airports

    Comprehensive assortment of pre-tour planning materials and amenities

    Big Five’s 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance

Not Included

  • Any airfares unless specified under inclusions. Passport and visa fees, travel insurance, excess baggage charges.

  • And other items of a personal nature such as gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel porters, telephone/telex/fax charges, laundry, beverages, meals and other services not specified in the itinerary.

About Us

Since 1973, Big Five has created life-affirming journeys to some 44 destinations worldwide. Our Destination Specialists, award-winning adventures and premier 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance combine to present the journey of a lifetime to individuals, families and small groups. Sustainable travel is at the heart of Big Five. We have seen how the power of travel can change the world for the better. Sustainability benefits both the traveler and the places visited. Whether the focus is cultural, wildlife or adventure, we tailor each journey to the interests of guests traveling in Africa, Asia, Latin America and South Pacific.

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Big Five Tours & Expeditions Certified by World Travel & Tourism Council under its #SAFETRAVELS certification program for not only employing safety and hygiene protocols at its corporate headquarters but also for encouraging ground teams to follow the guidelines. The “Safe Travels” stamp is WTTC’s global initiative that assists travelers in the identifying the highest standards of safety in line with international protocols and the best practices to safeguard travelers. The “Safe Travels” emblem acknowledges a company’s hygiene and safety protocols, as the world begins to re-open.

50% of Big Five North America team works remotely from different parts of North America touching 6 different locations in 2 different time zones. Those in our corporate office are seated more than 6 feet apart as social distancing has always been part of our floor-plan .

All our air conditioning units have built in UV lights to disinfect air prior to reaching the vents inside the building. All units are treated and maintained twice a year with a through cleaning. Disinfectant cleaners are available near the kitchen for team members to use as needed. Team members are able to wear mask or gloves as required. Every desk and surface is cleaned and disinfected regularly, no more than 5 days between cleanings.

Shipping and printing labels are all prepared by computer in house with no cross use. External shipping packages are passed through a UV disinfectant light prior to pick up. Shipping and printing labels are all prepared by computer in house with no cross use. All documents and brochures and shipping contents are disinfected with UV light prior to completion. Since all our fulfillment is in house with our own warehouse., There is a clean, designated pick up location for all shipping documents on an isolated desk. Big Five’s travel documents are available on request on Axus Travel App for those guests preferring in app delivery only

Once on ground, all Big Five ground teams worldwide are trained and dedicated to the health and safety of our guests. We ensure all safety and hygiene standards meet or exceed regulations of the new normal. This includes vehicle cleanliness, driver and guide hygiene and the availability of disinfectant wipes and sanitizers at all times.

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How far can sustainable tourism practices go in creating amazing vacation experiences while also helping to protect our fragile planet? The Big Five sustainable journey was born on the back of a pub napkin listing innovative ideas that connect travelers with local people, traditions and cultures. This led to the creation of travel programs in partnership with indigenous communities, a vision realized when Big Five became one of the first travel companies in the world to create entire itineraries only using community-owned and managed conservancies. That sustainable path of Big Five honors the legacy of a father and son who continue to build on making the world a better place through meaningful, enjoyable travel experiences based on their company values of caring for local people, supporting the protection of nature, and promoting cultural diversity and international understanding. Big Five has twice won the prestigious Virtuoso Travel Network Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award.

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Highly recommend

By: Jsquared


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2013

In Chengdu our guide, Amanda, went above and beyond her responsibilities and made our stay there the highlight of the tour. We did not go through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam. Apparently the locks were shut down because of wind. However, when we reached the locks there was not even a breath of wind. We will be obliged if you could confirm the reason for the locks being closed,and in future pick a cruise ship that goes through the locks in daylight.
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Fox
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highly recommend

By: Sandy Z


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2013

We used them for our most recent trip. The arrangements they made were very good. We had a few problems with flight time changes, but each time I emailed them and they were able to confirm the changes and reassure me that we would be picked up at the appropriate time at the other end. THey made good choices for hotels, and the cruise boat down the Amazon was fabulous!!
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Hardworking and experienced tour group

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

We've used Big Five Tours twice. The first experience had one or two bumps in the outcome but they corrected what could be done at the time and were attentive. We had doubts about their competency and experience but spent time going over the issues with them after the trip. After detailed discussions, we found them to be truly interested and they took our comments seriously. We decided to give them a 2nd chance with another large trip and they did a fabulous job!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Cooper
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Very Accommodating

By: TGC and MJC


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Our trip to the the Galapagos Islands and Machi Picchu was fine tuned to our personal needs and time restrictions. The local tour companies in Ecuador (Klein Tours) and Peru (Fiesta Tours) were outstanding. Their staff and guides could not have been better. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Recommend

By: jpriest


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Patty Calvert

Professional and timely

By: pelisons3


Reviewed on: 12 May 2015

Big Five provided a professional and individualized travel experience for us. Our guides were timely and informative and really seemed to want us to have a hassle free vacation while enjoying the beauty and culture of their country.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Vogel

Ditto previous comments

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2015

See my other review that contains the same information -- altogether excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Thailand Myanmar

By: Been There


Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2016

Had a thoroughly enjoyable 17 day excursion to Bangkok, Amphawa, Chiang Mai, Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake areas. Travel connections were made without complication. Transportation (buses, vans) were comfortable, drivers and assistants were up to the task, Guides were knowledgeable, helpful, flexible, personable and communicated effectively. Accommodations for the most part were in keeping with what we expected. The restaurant in the Baan Amphawa Resort accommodation should not have served us supper as their kitchen was closing. The breakfast meals were good and set one up for the day. The accommodation in the Inle Lake accommodation (Inle Princess Hotel) has very weak internet connection for those needing to receive email. A travel companion had her US dollar cash reserve eliminated as the internet failed and she could not pay by credit card. Their water system pulses and surges giving uneven pressure when washing/showering. Had restful sleep in all hotels.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Ferragine
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Comprehensive trip planners

By: Pamela


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2016

This was our second trip with Big Five. We also travelled with them in Peru, where we had one guide for 10 days who was one of the most remarkable people we've ever met. This trip included safari, Victoria Falls, and a few days in Cape Town. Our trip had many logistical elements (we are a family of 5) and it went off pretty much without a hitch. We had multiple guides and drivers, all competent and timely, some more expert or personable than others. The safari camps chosen exceeded our needs and expectations. We would do the trip again in a heartbeat.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Great tours

By: Jax


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2016

Our vacation to Tanzania, Africa was fantastic. Big Five Tours did not disappoint. We did not know what to expect and they did a great job in every way. The tented camps were more than anyone could have imagined. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
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Amazing Company

By: Monica B


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2016

Working with Ashish and Big Five Tours was a great experience. Every aspect our our tour was outstanding and we would not have changed anything with our itinerary. Ashish took the time to get to know what we wanted and expected and was bang on with everything on our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel
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Great Tour Company!

By: Holly


Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2017

Everyone was on time and where they said they would be in our itinerary. We had amazing guides and drivers who took such great care of us. I would highly recommend Big Five to my friends and family!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan
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Five

By: Jimbo


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Very good. Almost everything went off as planned. When there was a problem, a call took care of it. The guide was great: pleasant, knowledgeable and punctual. I would definitely recommend Big Five Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Steve Kuriga
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Uruguay

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

This is our second time using Big Five. We were faced with an emergency situation of coming up with a 10 day itinerary for Uruguay with 2 weeks notice. They came through with a great program at a price point we were comfortable with. The planning and fine tuning was done quickly and efficiently. A great company for a good travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes
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A boundary pushing vacation

By: Jann DH


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

Having never been to Central America, it was important for our family to work with an experienced operator with trusted connections. Our amazing travel advisor Sheila Gallant-Halloran recommended Big Five, and together, we experienced our best vacation ever. Our accommodations were fantastic. While living in the jungle without electricity, waking up to the sound of howler monkeys and rappelling down 100ft waterfalls definitely pushed our personal comfort zones, it was always done within the parameters of safety, fun and new experiences (in addition to push comfort!). Having Gisele and Asheesh thoroughly explain the uniqueness of our vacation choices only added to the excitement upon arriving. The finely-detailed itinerary made for no surprises. Logistically, it was great to have people waiting for to take us to our next destination. Their local contacts Jose and Jannie checked in with us throughout our vacation, making sure all was well. Top marks for another great family vacation.
Travel Advisor:  Sheila Gallant-Halloran
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Good

By: Jimbo


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Most of our experience with Big Five was good. A couple of times drivers were not there but they recovered quickly. Guide was great. Trip through the canal went very well. Hi light of the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Steve Kuriga

Peru 2017

By: Mark B


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Another great trip with Big Five - every detail attended to, wonderful guides and destinantions.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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South America

By: Jay


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

We could not fault the Big Five. We travelled to amazing places in Peru and Ecuador over 3 1/2 weeks and were looked after very well all the way. we had good accommodation, excellant guides and very good drivers with comfortable cars which all made for a good holiday.
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Extremely professional and knowledgeable

By: ConstantlyCurious


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2017

While I still get a bit confused about the role of Big Five vs. the local agencies in Peru (not to mention my personal agent), our overall trip was extremely well managed. The guides were all incredibly knowledgeable, to the point where they could have been professors! Everything was extremely efficient. We always felt like someone was watching out for us - which was important to us in a country where we don't speak the language. And most importantly, we were able to experience some truly amazing things. Thanks for a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Tisha Neufville

Big Five Tours

By: Neal


Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2017

Excellent.....most impressive was the Tour Guides we experienced throughout the five different Camps we visited. The Camps were well managed and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Toni Lanfrank
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Great tour provider

By: Neets


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2017

Big Five made sure our experience was exceptional. Our first experience in Africa was made memorable by Big Five. We were met at the bush plane by Michael our guide and from the minute we left the airstrip we felt safe and secure in his presence. Over the next several days he demonstrated his knowledge of the wildlife and their habits and made our experience a true adventure. He is more than a guide, he is an ambassador for Tanzania and a dedicated conservator of the wildlife resource. We saw and photographed so many different animals and had so much fun with Michael as he has a very developed sense of humour. The rest of our tour with Big Five was to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and was also memorable. Words cannot truly express the experiences provided us by Big Five you have to go there yourself. Big Five live up to their name and reputation and are the professionals they say they are.
Travel Advisor:  Geordie McDonald
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A Little Bit of Heaven

By: bus driver


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

We couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were looked after right off from the start. During the whole trip we felt safe. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating,friendly caring people. The bus driver and myself highly recommend the Big Five to all who want a trip of a lifetime. try them you will never go to another.
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Asia

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Very good. Have used Big Five on three different occasions and they provide an excellent service and itinerary leading to a very satisfying experience.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes
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South America

By: big blue


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Wonderful experience with Big Five. The guides were uniformly excellent, both knowledgeable and very friendly. I would recommend them to anyone thinking of going to South America.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins Washington
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Patagonia

By: OMM


Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

The guides provided by the tour operator were amicable, yet professional. They were there for us all of the time from arrival to departure. Alvin was the best in Santiago. Joaquin was the best en El Cajon del Maipo. Remota Hotel provided great facilities with great guides. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones
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Thank you Big Five

By: Frequent Travelers


Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

Big Five was awesome! They kept our family busy in Costa Rica with hiking, fishing, zip lining, horseback riding and more. Big Five seemed to have the insight on where to go with the time we had. The tour services booked were wonderful with very kind and knowledgable guides. The accommodations chosen were top notch and our family would love to return one day with Big Five as our event coordinator once again! Thanks Big Five
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Sauleau
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Happy Traveler

By: ELL


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

We enjoyed the things we saw and places we visited. They did an excellent job preparing a trip that suited the needs and desires of our group.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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Family trip to Patagonia

By: Family trip to Patagonia


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Working with Big Five through Carissa Guylas was a great experience. They were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Carissa Gulyas

Excellent Tour Operator

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018

Big Five Tours is a great agency to work with in providing on the ground travel experiences. As part of our cruise, we did a pre-cruise to Hong Kong and India and post cruise to Egypt. Via our travel advisor, Clare Isquist, Big Five made it happen. The hotels and guides and the itinerary in country were excellent. No complaints. Their in country representatives were always available to assist if needed and were a great help with plane reservations and airport formalities. Without Big Five we do not think our trip would have been the experience of a lifetime that it was.
Travel Advisor:  Clare Isquith
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Great tour guides and drivers

By: Trendy Traveler


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

We used Big Five for our trip to Peru the end of May 2018. Each of the drivers and guides were so accommodating and knowledgable. Freddie and Erika, our guides in the Urubamba Sacred Valley really bent over backwards for us. Freddie even came all the way back to the train station to deliver my husband's reading glasses that he had left in the car. We had so much fun with them that we got a group picture with them at the end to put in our photo book. I would use Big Five again, but my only complaint is that we had a small issue come up and when we tried to use the "White Glove Service", they did not respond to us. The problem resolved itself, but if it had been a big deal, this would have been very upsetting because we were paying for the service. Otherwise, all was taken care of and we had a great time.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant
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Very good... in line with expectations

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2018

we didn't really have much contact with them... they seemed to help on the itinerary... had a problem with a bag in Arusha and their ground operator Tandela helped with that
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Wow!

By: Happy Hamster


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

I was nervous about going on a photo safari, but we were in very good hands with Big Five. We were met at each stop along the way by courteous and professional representatives even when our flight was 5 hours late on arrival. Our lodging at Kings Camp was the absolute lap of luxury and the guides, trackers and hotel staff were wonderful. We were also pleased with other arrangements at Victoria Falls and Chobe. We saw all of the 'big five' and so much more - birds of every color, animals small and large. I would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Smith
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Flawless

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

We have done two trips to South/Central America planned by Big Five. Both have been filled with activities and multiple destinations. Big Five provides a detailed itinerary which is flawlessly executed. Representatives are on hand and on time when promised. Reservations are in place and we are welcomed upon arrival. Transportation from jeeps, to rafts, to small planes are in place and on time. Everything comes together perfectly. I'm confident there is a lot of behind the scenes calling and confirming going on during the trip but we just experience the wonder of the locations with no logistical responsibilities or problems. Oh, and the trips themselves have been amazing, activity-filled vacations delivering what we requested and more than we expected!
Travel Advisor:  Mary Jean Thompson
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Great trip

By: sai


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

This was our first time traveling with Big Five. They were very responsive from the planning stage to during the trip. Could not have been better!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Rosenkrantz
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Africa

By: Sunny


Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2018

Very good-all experiences were favorable-tour guides were good and on time and very pleasent
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Big Five gets a high five

By: Dee


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Very impressive travel documents to prepare us for our South Africa adventure. Greatly appreciated the hotel upgrade to the Royal Livingstone. I’m sure they can’t guarantee upgrades but it was a very nice surprise.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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South Africa

By: Lindale


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2018

Excellent guide
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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Recent Africa trip

By: Tls


Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2018

Big five arranged an absolutely fantastic trip for us. All the arrangements worked very well, the pickups and local information were great, the camps were wonderful and perfectly chosen, and also all had their unique qualities. We had a fantastic wildlife viewing and got to see animal wildlife and desert adaptations. It was exactly the trip we had hoped for. Thank you Big Five!
Travel Advisor:  Lynn Klinger
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Definitely

By: Maddy


Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2018

Have used this company before and would again
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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South Africa and Beyond

By: Leslie


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2018

We have been on many trips but this was one of the best.it was very well organized and there were no problems. The guides and drivers were excellent. We were always met when we were supposed to be and felt well looked after. The accommodations were all lovely and the various activities and excursions were incredible. Would love to do it all over again.
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Sutherland - Rigby
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big five

By: Me


Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2018

I would recommend Big Five - there were a couple of issues related to travel within Chile since the airport in Santiago is so messed up with the construction. however, the 2 lodges I was set up with in Pucon and San Pedro de Atacama were excellent and the excursions were fantastic. Almost everything was thought of and anticipated.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King
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A great guide makes a trip

By: CT Traveler


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2019

Big Five helped our travel agent plan our trip to Peru. They matched us with Chris and Lalo - our amazing guide and driver. Chris is fun, knowledgeable, easy to spend time with and knows people everywhere. Lalo is a great driver (and the roads in the Cusco area are not easy!) and super nice. This team helped make our trip one we will never forget. Additionally, Big Five made some great suggestions for family activities - like rafting and horseback riding - that everyone enjoyed!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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Egypt- Big 5

By: fjr


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

The best thing about Big 5 is I don't have to think about anything- it's already done from the minute I land (For example entrance visa and hotel keys handed to me literally right off the flight). The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and the drivers great. Nothing is left to chance, or for me to figure out.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Bouche
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Excellent Tour & Accommodations

By: The Great One


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2019

Big Five was great and ensured our trip went smoothly. At no time, were we concerned about any phase of our trip. Their concierge service stayed in contact with us the entire trip and made sure we were aware of each step of the itinerary as the trip progressed. They have a reputation as being the best and we were never disappointed.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Gauthier
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We LOVED our trip!

By: Kate


Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2019

We had such an amazing experience in Morocco with Big Five. Our guide Jamal was absolutely amazing. We cried when we left him at the airport. He was so wonderful and knowledgeable. He made the trip unforgettable. And our driver Mohammed was also incredibly warm, professional and helpful. Big Five hit this trip out of the park. Huge thank you from our family..we will not forget this trip ever!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Orr
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Peru & Ecuador Spring Break

By: Chris Mansfield


Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2019

Our experience in Peru and Ecuador was excellent. Big Five Tours really made our trip special -- guides were highly informative and personable, and we were met on time each and every day of our trip. Loved it!
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Rapp
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Great On Details

By: Ron


Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2019

We were extremely please with Big Five Tours for their assistance in planning and completing a tour of Morocco. Greetings and departures at airport was best we have experienced. Our itinerary was followed exactly and all details handled nicely. Great guide and driver, We would recommend using Big Five Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Staples
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Absolute Perfection!

By: Jen


Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2019

From the moment we arrived in Casablanca, we experienced pure perfection. Global Concierge services at all airports, 24/7 guide, Jamal, that was incredible and went above and beyond his job to make our trip memorable, perfect agenda and timing, superb accommodation suggestions including Richard Branson’s Kasbah, Agafay desert camp, and roads in Marrakech and Fes! Our camel riding, mule trekking, sidecar excursion thru Marrakech, cooking with Berbers in the Atlas Mountains, reservations at grand venues and contact throw out our trip! Everyone at Big Five deserves a high five for their work on our great trip! Thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Clare Isquith
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Loved Big 5....what a first class outfit

By: travelgirl53


Reviewed on: 30 May 2019

Big 5 was amazing. They met us at the airport, knew who we were through passport photos. They had an excellent guides, loads of fun, and absolute perfect tours during the whole trip. Every single guide we had was fun, very knowledgeable, and took excellent care of us
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Great Tour Operator

By: NF


Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2019

Big Five arranged a wonderful sightseeing trip to India. They provided excellent service from start to finish: planning, modifications to itinerary, support, followup. The trip was fantastic because they paid attention to every detail. The communication and support was great. I highly recommend Big Five for tour planning and will definitely use them again in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Sylvia Porter
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Another excellent trip

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

We didn’t need to have any contact with Big 5 during the trip because everything went as planned... another great job
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Always a wonderful trip

By: Mark


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2019

We have planned several trips through Big Five, and our experience is always amazing. Highly recommended.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Peru trip 2019

By: Tina and Bryant


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2019

Our trip to Peru could not have gone more smoothly. Big Five's ground game was exceptional...hotel selections were perfect, local hosts and guides were super-friendly and knowledgeable and all the moving parts of our trip came together perfectly. From the moment we arrived in country, the only thing we had to worry about was having a good time!
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Rapp
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Big Five Tanzania and Kenya

By: Tilley


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2019

Big Five organized a fabulous trip. The three camp locations they suggested were perfect as was the accommodation and food. We spent three days each of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the Masai Mara near the location of the Great Migration and at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The four of us had our own driver/guide for the duration of the stay at each location. Transfers by vehicle and airplane were well handled with someone to meet and guide us at each step on our journey. Their prices were competitive or even better than some other tour operators. The only thing that was a downer was the inordinate amount of time we spent figuring out who and how much to tip various service providers. An all-inclusive including tips would have been preferred.
Travel Advisor:  Sheila Gallant-Halloran
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South Africa

By: Lagoon


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2019

Our tour operator (Big G) did a great job. He took good care of us and made sure every day was interesting. His goal was to make us happy and we also learned a lot about the history of south Africa. We do recommand Big G .
Travel Advisor:  Dianne Titlestad

Peru Big Five

By: AJB


Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2019

The guides were top notch. They were friendly, knowledgeable, professional and fun. Smooth transitions throughout the trip. Food was amazing on the trek and rafting trip. Special and surprise events were arranged. Our trip was amazing. There was one glitch. We were told not to worry about precipitation during our hike because it is the dry season. We ended up trekking in snow, rain, sleet and hail without waterproof gear. Maybe the guide and clients can speak directly in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Rapp

Trip to Chile and Argentina

By: Dickm


Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2019

Overall, a wonderful trip. The guides were all great. With one exception, all resorts and hotels were first class. My only criticism is that Big Five should have alerted us to some local conditions which might or might not have caused us to alter our plans. They did not tell us that on two of the long drives (approximately 6 hours each) more than 1/2 of the drives were on dirt roads, that our room at one lodge was heated by a wood burning stove which we had to refill every two hours, and that one lodge where we stayed for four days was a 2 hour drive from the National Park.
Travel Advisor:  Judi Walker

Colombia Trip

By: Josette


Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2019

We worked with Big Five through Misty Jones at Largay Travel, the joined planning and booking between the two tour operators worked very well. We look back on a very well organized family trip. Would like to also say that both our guides in Bogota and Medellin were very good guides!
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Borzino
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Tour Operator

By: Lee


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2020

Excellent organization. Always on time, reliable and helpful and the guides were well informed and experienced
Travel Advisor:  Catherine Dagenais
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Colombia

By: Jeanine


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2020

From the moment we landed we were in great hands. Two intriguing cities, Medellin and Bogota, three great guides: Juan, Joseph and Maria and meaningful tours. We loved the slide in Comuna 13 and were humbled by the art and community. Bogotá’s rich history of markets and cultures and learning in depth of the history and struggles. The graffiti tour was fantastic, making our own graffiti was fun.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod
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Great communication

By: Traveller


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2020

There was continual communication throughout our trip which was very nice.
Travel Advisor:  David Andersen
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Hollis Panama Trip

By: Myrtle


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2020

Big Five did a great job. All of the locations and accommodations and excursions and guides and drivers and everyone we met exceeded expectations! We never lacked for attention and the plans were well laid out. We never had to wait on anyone. We would love to take another trip with Big 5 in the future!
Travel Advisor:  Charlotte French
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Excellent

By: Alejandro


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2020

Itinerary was very well planned to maximize interest and enjoyment. Guides were all very professional and interesting, and spoke good English; several were exceptional . Accommodations were excellent, special mention going to Cavas Wine Lodge.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa MacIver
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South America

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2020

Generally good; itinerary information needs better editing. Failure to communicate about VIP lounge at Rio airport.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Lamb
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South America Adventure

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2020

Our experience with Big Five was positive The local guides were friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Tim Wittstock

Wonderful Company

By: Susan Marshall


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2020

We loved the La Pinta, including the staff, guides and excursions. The boat was our home away from home. This was an adventure of a lifetime for my sister and me. Great job! Please give our thanks to our Quito guide, Henry Espinoza and our 2 drivers. So knowledgable and enthusiastic.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins Washington
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Top of the heap

By: LJ


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2020

This is an amazing company, thank you Sandra for connecting us. Every thing was perfect, never did we have to question what or who was working with us. From the many stops to the flights and lodges it was all five star. The only difficulty is the lag time in answers before departure as this is an American based company. We were so impressed that they called us while on tour to check all was good. We will book with them again.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Keeso-Hall