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No Two Journeys Have Ever Been The Same

We are experts in organising bespoke holidays to Asia. We have in-depth knowledge and experience of this stunning continent, so you can trust us to plan a unique and memorable holiday for you. We recognise how the changing seasons can influence the scenery and wildlife, meaning we can expertly create your holiday to make sure your journey is the best it can be. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, a family or with friends, our unrivalled attention to detail will ensure that your tailor made, luxury holiday to Asia is one you never forget.

What makes us different?

From the outset we have always been involved in philanthropy and in particular Philanthropic Travel, supporting deserving, usually small, “sharp-end” conservation and community projects since our inception in 1989. In an age of increasing awareness about world issues and global needs there has been a growing trend towards “travel philanthropy” or, more simply put, using travel as a means to give back. The problem, however, is the overwhelming potential scope and, at the same time, making sure that promises are turned into reality. Our inchoate new offshoot, Philanthropy Plus, gives individuals who are eager to reconnect and help those less fortunate than themselves the opportunity to do just that as a core feature of their travel plans: thus travelling to - and directly experiencing as part of their holiday, safari or vacation – places and projects where they may be directly able to help.

Nicola Shepherd CEO of The Explorations Company is interviewed by Marcela Kunova

Nicola Shepherd, founder and CEO of The Exploration Company, organises unusual trips for HNW and UHNW clients ranging from birthday parties at an Indian Maharajah's palace to reliving Sir Vivian Fuchs's 1950s expedition to the South Pole. Citywealth caught up with her to talk about trends in the luxury travel industry.

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The Explorations Company CEO, Nicola Shepherd is Safari Awards Judge 2018 

All The Safari Awards Judges have been nominated by the previous years awards winners and finalists and are unquestionably the most highly-respected, knowledgeable independent tour operators selling safaris.

The judges sit at the head of the Good Safari Guide, ensuring that the lodges, camps and operations presented both in the guides and in the Awards really are the best in Africa.

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The Explorations Company are supporting Excellent Development in building Sand Dams in Dry-lands

The Explorations Company are supporting Excellent Development in transforming lives and habitats for local communities and wildlife. Here is how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's dry-lands.

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Inspirational Safari and Asia Holiday Ideas

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Extraordinary Occasions

When we reach certain milestones or have special occasions to celebrate, we occasionally search for places that we have yearned to visit in which to mark such a momentous event. We have arranged parties, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions for many of our clients in Africa, Asia, Latin America and The Polar Regions

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10 steps to the perfect holiday

We want you to have the perfect holiday and whilst we will ask you all the right questions to ensure that we understand exactly what you are looking for, the list of questions below might assist you in your decisions for the ultimate tailor made holiday to Asia.

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When to Go

The following is simply a guide and we would urge you to contact us to discuss in detail the months in which you intend to travel to Asia, as well as where to, because each country, and in turn, each area, comes into its own at certain times of year.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.

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Private Travel

We have so many requests these days for a family or group of friends to have exclusivity and privacy. This can mean private villas, private houses, a luxury, private, yacht or boat in the Maldives or India, or taking over a havelli, a luxury tented camp in the jungle, a basic, rustic camp in the Himalayas in the mountains or in the jungle, or commandeering a boutique lodge in Sri Lanka.

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Premium Service

In addition to our Private Travel, we also offer a Premium Service for all of our clients. We have introduced this in response to our client’s demands. The service is multi-faceted, completely flexible and designed to run as an additional layer to our highly bespoke safaris and holidays.

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