Why Choose Us
1. Choose an established tour operator you can trust
It's our mission to offer you the adventure of a lifetime!
Whether you are a first-time adventure seeker or a seasoned independent traveller, we can help you to discover the world's most amazing people and places, cultures and landscapes. Whether you choose to travel on one of our comfortable overland expedition vehicles or take an adventure on public transport or take to the water on an Expedition Cruise, with Tucan Travel you will always experience the world in an authentic and exciting way. You can choose from offer 450+ adventures to 70 countries so there's bound to be an option to suit you.
When you are booking the adventure tour of a lifetime, you need to know your holiday is safe. We can proudly guarantee the quality of our tours because we operate 95% of them ourselves and very few of our holidays are operated by third parties. We have been independently owned and operated by the same partnership of UK/Australian founders since 1987 and for your financial protection, we are bonded with AITO Trust (UK) and Travel Compensation Fund (Australia). We are the winnner of Best Small Escorted Experience Tours Operator in the British Travel Awards 2012 and Small Tour Operator of the Year in the British Travel 2009 and were highly recommended in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2010. We also own, operate and maintain our own fleet of modern, high quality expedition vehicles.
2. Travel with like-minded people
Meet adventure seekers from all walks of life
Our travellers come in all shapes and sizes, from a wide variety of cultures, nations and backgrounds, and they all share an adventurous spirit, a strong sense of fun and a desire to see the world as it really is. Many Tucan travellers are aged between 25 and 45, but passengers of all ages are welcome on most of our tours as long as they are willing to integrate with the group and are enthusiastic. The fact that you are already reading this page means that you are already a Tucan traveller you just don't know it yet! If you want to know more about people who travel with us, why not check out our online community on Facebook.
3. Travelling solo isn't lonely
Meet like-minded people and make new friends
While many people travel as a couple or with friends, around half of our travellers come on their own as they know they will meet friendly, like minded people along the way. Over the years, many of our passengers have told us that they have made lifelong friends on their Tucan Travel tour. There’s no such thing as a solo traveller when you're on a journey with us because you won't be travelling with strangers, just friends you haven't met yet!
While other companies charge solo travellers an additional compulsory single supplement on group tours, we are proud to say that we don't and never have, although travellers who want to have a private room can pay a single supplement. A single supplement will apply if you are the only person from your tour to trek the Lares Trek and if you are travelling alone on our China tours.
Group travel can seem daunting to solo travellers but don't worry, our tour leaders are adept at helping to integrate newcomers into the group. You'll also have plenty of time to explore on your own if you prefer to go your own way during your free time.
4. See the world your way
We can offer you the adventure of a lifetime in a travel style to suit your needs
Whether you want to travel on local transport with chickens or hightail it across the rugged countryside on a powerful, modern and mighty overland truck, or choose your own personalised itinerary, Tucan Travel has a travel style for you. We also give you the choice of travelling with a group size that suits your travel personality.
Whether you want to meet as many people as possible along the way, or just keep it small intimate to give you that 'friends on tour' feeling, you will be able to see the world your way. We aim to cater to the wide range of wants and needs of ALL the different kinds of adventure travellers out there. We also have the largest selection of departure dates available to fit in with your holidays so you can be sure to find the right tour at a time that suits you.
5. Relax... we'll deal with the logistics
Many choose our tours because it makes travel so much easier
On our tours you are completely free from the hassle of booking your own accommodation, organising your own transport, finding your own excursions with quality guides. We employ only the best staff with the most extensive local knowledge, so you can rely upon them to find the best places to go for dinner and drinks, according to your needs and budget.
We aim to provide you with all the essentials to make your adventure travel trip as relaxing and easygoing as possible - the rest is up to you. Most Tucan Travel tour leaders speak some of the local language so they will be able to navigate through every situation smoothly and comfortably. In many places you'll have the choice to explore with new friends or discover the destination independently if you wish.
The first and last day of each tour are free days for you to arrive or depart. Many clients like to spend extra time exploring the joining cities as there are many sights to see and do which you there may not be time to visit during your tour. Please bear this in mind when reserving your international flights and if you would like to book pre and post tour accommodation or airport transfers (if available), you can book through us.
6. Quality and value
We are proud of the high standards we achieve and the value for money we offer
We take great care to ensure that our tours are the best value for money in the business, and we know that outstanding value means ensuring that all of the ingredients are right, not just the price. Many of the inclusions in our tours are the result of years of careful research to get the right balance of quality and adventure that is best suited to our travellers.
Our friendly and approachable staff have extensive regional knowledge and their expertise will help to lift your experience out of the ordinary. For example, our popular Inca Trail programme utilises carefully selected and educated local guides, cooks, and porters with top equipment, to ensure your trek will be of the highest quality with minimal discomfort. Our attention to detail and high level of service ensures our happy customers come back to us year after year.
Inclusive prices and included excursions
If you are travelling to distant destinations, you certainly don't want any expensive surprises or extra costs that you weren't told about before you booked your tour. Tucan Travel is one of few up-front travel companies that tell you what is included and excluded in our brochure and on our website, rather than after you have booked your tour.
You will find that many included excursions on our tours are chosen for their quality, not their price. On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from and we want you to have the choice. There is generally enough time allowed for you to do the options offered, but if you prefer you can always spend some time exploring, sight-seeing or simply relaxing.
7. Make friends with local people
Get out there, meet local people and have fun!
Our itineraries are designed to allow you to become as involved as possible with the local communities we travel to. Whether you're browsing in Bolivia's Witches Market, playing football with your host family on an island in Lake Titicaca, chatting with the locals in the Masai Mara, drinking mint tea with your Bedouin hosts in Morocco, bargaining in the markets of India, taking your first Tai Chi lesson from a local expert in Thailand or discussing weaving and dying methods with a craftswoman in a market in Guatemala, you will have plenty of opportunity to learn about the real lives of local people.
Apart from hitting the major highlights of a destination, we also take you to those out-of-the-way local sights that guidebooks don’t know of and many tourists never have the chance to see. We like to encourage our travellers to have a fully interactive experience, all the while respecting local cultures and customs. See our responsible travel policy for more information about how we care for the people we visit and work with.
There is no better way to experience a culture than to learn its language. Buy a phrase book and try out your conversational skills along the way.
When you embark on your tour or expedition cruise you'll have new language skills, new friends, more confidence, a deeper understanding of the people and fantastic new insights into the culture of the destinations you'll be visiting.
On many of our tours you will have opportunities to learn to cook authentic local cuisine in optional classes. There are also optional dance classes such as salsa and tango, and other activities like tai chi on offer, depending on the destination.
8. Activities and excursions
You can enjoy a range of outdoor activities and you don't have to be super-fit
All you need to join in most of our activities is an adventurous spirit and the willingness to participate and have fun! Few other companies can boast as many included excursions as Tucan Travel - we visit national parks all over the world, from the Pantanal to Patagonia, Costa Rica to Kenya. There are also many extra options available on our tours – for example you can take a zip line through a jungle canopy in Costa Rica, or go scuba diving in Egypt, ride the tallest indoor roller coaster in the world in Kuala Lumpur or take a camel ride in Morocco. You can also try white water rafting, bungy jumping, snorkelling, active volcano climbing, horse riding and trekking among many other optional activities available.
Take your time and see the best a country has to offer
The modular nature of our tours means you choose can see as much or as little of a particular destination as you like, based on the time you have available. We have carefully chosen departure dates that compliment a wide range of our tours to allow you to combine itineraries in various parts of the continent if you want to see as much as possible while you're there. Once you're underway, if you decide that you'd like to stay an extra day in a particularly interesting place, or skip a section of the tour, it is possible to do that and then join your group later on.
Something to bear in mind - Tucan Travel overland adventure tours are designed to let you enjoy the very best that each country has to offer. As such, they cannot always be rigidly adhered to and will occasionally be improved and amended according to local conditions such as climatic reasons and political changes. In general, we try to keep to the published route, but occasionally we may have to replace one sight with another, according to local conditions. We will always do our best to make sure the sight is equal to or better than the one published on the itinerary. So try to keep a smile on your face and go with the flow and it all just adds to the adventure!
10. Expert road crew
The key to a successful adventure is the right kind of leadership
The support of expert road crew is especially important in countries where the language and culture is very different from our own. Tucan Travel tour leaders know our destinations very well, and are adept at getting the very best out of the destinations we visit. This means everything from back street restaurants serving delicious, cheap local food, to pointing out interesting sites to see and places to visit along the way.
All of our staff are carefully selected and trained to ensure that you are in the best hands, leaving you free to sit back, relax and enjoy your adventure travel holiday. They are friendly people chosen for their great personalities, passion for adventure travel, invaluable local knowledge and resourcefulness to overcome the occasional setback - probably without you noticing there even was one. Our adventures use a combination of different styles of leadership in order to maximise your enjoyment and experiences.
Tucan Travel tour leaders are adventure travel addicts from all over the world. Tour leaders are full-time employees of Tucan Travel and will accompany you on your tour. Tour leaders are responsible for the day-to-day running of the tour, leaving you free to sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday.
Tucan Travel local representatives will assist you at times when your tour leader may not be available. These local representatives are full-time employees of Tucan Travel and operate in Lima and Cuzco.
Tucan Travel drivers are an integral part of the road crew and are of varied nationalities. Our drivers are full-time employees of Tucan Travel and hold international licenses. They are confident dealing with the traffic and rugged roads of Latin America and Africa. Safe driving is their priority and they are experienced in vehicle maintenance.
Local reps own and operate their own local businesses, and on occasion they are responsible for meet and greet and transfers.
Local guides accompany many of our excursions, such as the Inca Trail trek. Their knowledge of the local area and familiarity with its customs and history will enhance your experiences and lift your adventure travel trip out of the ordinary.