We set out to get under the skin of the 130 destinations that we visit, from Egypt to Jamaica and from Bolivia to Japan. Combining the must-sees with the who-knews, we provide authentic travel experiences across the globe.
Discover the vast, diverse continent that is Africa. Navigate through aromatic medinas, drive across stretching golden plains in search of the Big Five and discover tribal cultures. We challenge you not to fall in love.
Asia offers a heady mix of diverse traditions, religions, cuisine and architecture. Iconic monuments from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal, and scenery from Indonesian rice paddies to the staggering Himalaya, give a flavour of its variety.
Australasia is a region of vibrant colour, staggering landscapes and contrasting cultures. Compact yet varied, New Zealand is all about the great outdoors. It's best explored on foot, where you'll cover lakes and mountains, coasts and glaciers.
From the windswept Atlantic coast to the vast taiga forests in the east, and from the polar tundra to the sun-kissed Mediterranean, Europe's variety is second to none. The diversity of its cuisine, culture and climate mirrors that of its landscape.
The Middle East is a heady concoction of welcoming people, ancient sites, stunning desert scenery and delicious food. Uncover history that spans millenia in colossal archaeological sites and sleep under starlit skies in the Arabian desert.
North America is home to dynamic cities, rich cultural diversity and inspiring National Parks. From the canyons and deserts of the USA to Canada's Rocky Mountains and Alaska's wildlife, North America's charms are hard to resist.
The thin strip of land connecting North and South America contains eight countries packed with fascinating Mayan history, colourful modern cultures and pristine beaches. Here the rainforests, cloud forests and barrier reef bustle with biodiversity.
Fields of sugar cane, rum distilleries, freshly-cooked fish and jerk chicken and a laid-back attitude to life - there's lots to love about Caribbean holidays. And that's without even mentioning the glittering azure waters and miles of sandy beaches.
South America is a continent of superlatives. Explore the world's largest rainforest and marvel at its highest waterfall. Walk its longest mountain range and discover its highest capital city. All washed down with hearty food and world-class wines.
Our polar expeditions are among the most awe-inspiring journeys you'll ever make. Choose from the Arctic, home to polar bear and walrus, or the towering icebergs and penguin rookeries of Antarctica.
Adventure doesn't have to take you out of your comfort zone; from activities like zip-wiring in Costa Rica, to tasting local dishes in Italy and staying with local families in Peru, there's a little adventure to be found on all our travels.
Explore beyond the usual tourist landmarkets on our limited edition holidays. From photography trips with professional photographers to festival tours with local experts, our Beyond trips offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 600 trips to more than 130 countries.
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The Caribbean island of St Lucia is a real world paradise, a mountainous landscape covered with thick rainforest and fringed by golden and silver sandy beaches. At the south end of the island is one of the Caribbean’s most incredible sights – the volcanic cones of Petit Piton and Gros Piton rising out of the azure ocean.
The island is incredibly romantic, with secluded nooks and eco lodges tucked away in coves and bays. But the big question is whether to explore the north or south of the island first. The north is the busier and more developed with a big choice of bars and restaurants. The southern end of St Lucia is more tranquil, with spectacular scenery and dark volcanic sand on the beaches. Although it is easy to cross between the two by either road or boat, it might be a good idea to explore accommodation options in both during your stay.
You also need to think about when to visit. The Caribbean might be blessed with all year round good weather, but depending on your preference, you may need to think about which season is best for you as it can get busy in high season.
Although there are some resorts on the island, including Rodney Bay Village, it remains more unspoiled than many other of the Caribbean islands. Those that are there have been done tastefully and in keeping with the character of the island.
In the south, visit Soufriere at the heart of the old plantations. It’s blessed with hidden beaches and views out over the natural wonder that is the Pitons.
One of the best ways to get around the island is on foot. Large enough to find places to discover every day but small enough to cover the ground and get a good taste for all it has to offer, trekking holidays are popular in St Lucia.
Discover all the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, as well as the laid back lifestyle that is so famous in the region. St Lucia’s well earned reputation as a tropical paradise does not disappoint, and what better way to enjoy it than after an exhilarating day on the trail?
Join Explore on a St Lucia trekking and hiking adventure for an unforgettable Caribbean holiday experience.