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redspokesredspokes

redspokes is a specialist adventure cycling company. Our high-altitude tours to Tibet and the Indian Himalayas offer extreme challenges and we rate them as expeditions rather than holidays. Cross five major passes over 5,000 metres in Tibet and cycle the highest road pass in the world in India.

If you prefer a more moderate cycling experience or a relaxed touring holiday through warm climes, redspokes has a wide a range of destinations to choose from in South and Central Asia, South America and, closer to home, we have three exciting Scottish Itineraries, and two Albanian tours.

redspokes is committed to supporting local economies and respecting local cultures. We employ local guides and drivers, staying mostly in family-run accommodation and where possible build relationships with the local communities.

redspokes groups are on average 12 people (never more than 16). We feel this minimises environmental damage and disturbance, whilst facilitating genuine contact with local people. In smaller groups it can be easier to develop a sense of camaraderie and friendship with your fellow travellers.

We welcome travellers who, like us, wish to promote better understanding and awareness among people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Find out more about redspokes here

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Large MinorityLarge Minority

Impossible adventures, made possible.

Large Minority exists to provide you with the best gosh-darned adventures in the world. From tuk-tuk challenges across Sri Lanka and Cambodia to navigating Colombia’s Amazon River in a canoe, we make the surreal, real. We’ve put in the hard graft and organised everything for you. All you have to do is turn up, get in and drive. Checking a map every now and then is encouraged, but ultimately optional.

During the evenings, whether you’re camping next to a remote lake or nestling in to a boutique hotel, you’ll be toasting your success and swapping the day’s stories with your fellow adventurers. And yes, there will be stories. Our trips are challenges. They’ll challenge you mentally and physically, but there’ll be enough help and support along the way to get you over the line.

And the best part? Our challenges are designed to benefit the countries we visit. We make sure our trips give more to the locals than they take, so you can rest assured that your kickass adventure is having a direct, positive impact on the communities you’ll pass through.

Large Minority: purveyors of rebellious, forward-thinking, creative and novel travel experiences. That’s it.

Find out more about Large Minority here

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Wildlife WorldwideWildlife Worldwide

With over 25 years experience Wildlife Worldwide specialises in creating expertly crafted tailor-made and small group wildlife-watching holidays. Its team of wildlife experts explore destinations around the world in search of the finest wildlife encounters. Holidays range from watching otters in the Shetland Islands or going in search of Iberian lynx in Spain to a walking safari in Zambia or joining an expedition cruise to Antarctica. Take a tailor-made itinerary to suit your own personal requirements or travel on a small-group holiday with like-minded wildlife enthusiasts. It also has a brochure dedicated to polar wildlife voyages and one for a growing collection of wildlife photography tours and workshops, led by expert wildlife photographers including Nick Garbutt, Mark Carwardine and Ashley Grove, which will be of interest to any keen photographers, from basic to advanced level photography skills.

Find out more about Wildlife Worldwide here

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Kraken Travel BlackKraken Travel

Since launching just over two years ago, Kraken Travel has made its mark in both the sailing and adventure travel worlds by offering adventure seeking travellers the chance to join previously difficult to find sailing trips through its innovative digital marketplace. Kraken Travel’s unique offering lets both experienced seafarers and first-timer sailors’ book anything from just one berth to a whole boat for mesmerising adventures. Its trips can include anything from walking with Komodo dragons in the Lesser Sunda Islands, to Ski, Sail and Surf trips up in the Arctic, to racing a Tall Ship across the Atlantic. 2019 will see Kraken Travel increase its portfolio once more to include even more authentic sailing adventures in all 7 continents. We look forward to welcoming you on board very soon.

Find out more about Kraken Travel here

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Peter Sommer Travels

Peter Sommer Travels is a multi-award-winning family run travel company specialising in expert-led archaeological and cultural gulet cruises and land-based tours for small groups. They have twice won the ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ Gold Award as well as the Silver Award from AITO, the UK’s most prestigious and leading organisation for specialist tour operators. The company was founded by archaeologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Peter Sommer. Back in 1994, he walked 2,000 miles across Turkey, starting from Troy, retracing the route of Alexander the Great. He fell in love with travel and began organising and leading cultural tours in 1995. Peter Sommer Travels offer a wide range of archaeological tours, food tours, family tours and walking holidays. On land, staying in small and characterful hotels, you can discover regions like Crete, the Peloponnese, Sicily, Wales, Ireland, Hadrian’s Wall or discover cities including Athens, Istanbul and Rome. Aboard a traditional gulet you can explore the Amalfi Coast or the Aeolian Islands in Italy, the Dodecanese or the Cyclades islands in Greece, the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia or the turquoise coast of Turkey.

Find out more about Peter Sommer Travels here

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Big Cat Travel Insurance

Big Cat specialises in affordable worldwide travel insurance for the active and adventurous traveller. As an independently-owned business with 25 years experience in the travel industry, we understand why choosing the right insurance is vital for your peace of mind and security. We’ve tailored our policies to cover not just the essentials but also more than 120 sports and activities. Whether you’ll be scuba diving, jet skiing, bungee jumping, sky diving, trekking above 2,500m or kayaking, our Activity Packs can cover all levels of adventurous sports. What’s more, we allow you to get cover if you forgot to take out insurance and are already travelling: you can buy a policy online from us anywhere in the world, as long as you’re residential status is still in the UK or EU. Plus, you can extend your cover from overseas, if you want your trip to last longer, even if you don’t have a policy with us.

Find out more about Big Cat Travel Insurance here

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Blue Poppy Tours and TreksBlue Poppy Tours and Treks

Blue Poppy Tours and Treks is a local Bhutanese tour operator with offices in London and Bhutan. We specialise in tailor made tours of Bhutan for individuals and small groups and we enjoy designing itineraries to suit our clients’ needs and interests. We can arrange culture tours, festival tours, treks from 3 to 30 days, and other activities such as biking, rafting, archery and farmhouse stays. We can give advice on hotel options for those who want to upgrade. We will arrange flights in and out of Bhutan, visa applications and all the other arrangements to make your trip a success. We are particularly proud of our guides who are all hand selected and nurtured to ensure we can fulfil our promise of offering an experience to remember. Their personal touch, knowledge of Bhutan and pleasure at showing their country to visitors will help to make your trip a success. We also work closely with a partner agent in India who specialises in tours of Sikkim and Darjeeling, so we can offer a combined tour for those who want to include a visit to one or both of these regions before or after their time in Bhutan.

Find out more about Blue Poppy Tours and Treks here

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Contours HolidaysContours Holidays

Contours Holidays organise self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We arrange everything to enable you to walk your chosen route at your own pace and with the people you choose to walk with. Contours have been organising walking breaks in Britain since 1996. We have built up an enviable reputation for the quality of our holidays and our outstanding customer service. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the holiday that is right for you and answer any questions you may have. Our walking breaks are designed to suit walkers of all ages and abilities. Our holidays are very flexible, starting on any date you want (subject to availability), lasting for as many days as you want and are customisable as required. We cater for solo walkers, groups, families and even walkers with dogs, thanks to our extensive selection of itineraries. We strive to be the best value self-guided walking holiday company in the UK and Ireland. We do this by offering a broad variety of customisable holidays, along with competitive pricing, hand-picked service providers and excellent customer service.

Find out more about Contours Holidays here

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Hapag-Lloyd CruisesHapag-Lloyd Cruises

Explore far-away countries and continents in depth. Come eye to eye with exotic species. Get to know and understand fascinating cultures. Thrilling adventures against breathtaking natural backdrops. Relaxed days filled with exclusive taste experiences. Whether on one of our ships or on board our private jet, with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, you will experience the wonders of this world from completely new, spectacular perspectives. Whichever cruise you choose, as our guest you can look forward to fabulous thrilling moments at sea, ashore and in the air.

Find out more about Hapag-Lloyd Cruises here

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Adventure CanadaAdventure Canada

Founded in 1987, Adventure Canada was created to bring travellers to Canada’s ‘blank spaces’, those areas whose remoteness alone made them special. Over the last 30 years we have discovered that there is so much that is extraordinary about the places we travel, from the landscape, wildlife and culture to the history, art and archeology that is unique to every destination. It is our belief that there is so much to see beyond the binoculars that drives us to delve deeper into our favourite places with every expedition and continually seek out new destinations.

Find out more about Adventure Canada here

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Science CouncilThe Science Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. We set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians, across all scientific disciplines. Scientists that meet our standards may use the designation CSci, CSciTeach, RSci or RSciTech after their name.

The Science Council is also a membership organisation made up of professional bodies and learned societies from across the full range of science based disciplines.

Find out more about The Science Council here

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Travel The UnknownTravel The Unknown

Travel The Unknown was founded in 2008 to offer exciting small group and tailor-made tours to destinations less readily available by mainstream tour operators. Small group tours (maximum of 12 people), Extensive range of tailormade tour options; Intimate personal knowledge of destinations; Passionate guides with local knowledge & expertise; Personalised service and excellent customer satisfaction.

Find out more about Travel the Unknown here

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Ffestiniog TravelFfestiniog Travel – Rail Holidays of the World

Ffestiniog Travel create rail holidays for people who have a passion for travel AND railways. Interesting destinations, scenery and culture delivering some of the most scenic views in the world. Escorted tours to Canada, Romania, the Andes and the Swiss Alps. as well as smaller tours to Romania, Albania, Uzbekistan, Moldova and Bulgaria.

Find out more about Ffestiniog Travel here

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Hinterland TravelWelcome to the Hinterland World of Adventure

Hinterland Travel is a specialist adventure holiday and travel company, founded on over 40 years of overland adventure travel experience by Geoff Hann, its owner and managing director. We provide tours mostly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (notably Kashmir). On our adventures we want our groups to get the cultural feel for the areas that we visit and also see the ancient ruins and sites along with the mountains and deserts. Also in such areas in Afghanistan and Iraq these days, safety on our adventures has become a major priority.

Find out more about Hinterland Travel here

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