Discover The World have over 35 years of experience creating unforgettable holidays for adventurous and inquisitive travellers. A trophy cabinet full of British Travel Awards is testament to their expertise and specialist knowledge, and many of their staff have lived or travelled extensively in the destinations they sell. Discover The World were early pioneers of tourism to Iceland and the Nordic countries, and have expanded their portfolio to cover destinations as diverse as Antarctica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Their holidays are all about authentic and immersive experiences, taking in everything from expedition cruising in the Galapagos to a cosy log cabin stay under the glow of the Northern Lights.
Discover The World offer an unrivalled range of holidays to the Nordic countries, and their partners in the region include the famous Icehotel in Swedish Lapland, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this coming winter. Discover The World have been working with the Icehotel since the very beginning, and were the first company to launch direct flights between Heathrow and Kiruna, just a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Other popular winter tours include trips into the wilderness to see the Northern Lights, romantic log cabin holidays, and action-packed escapes where you can try husky sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
The fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts, with plenty of tours during the spring, summer and autumn months. Explore the stunning Norwegian Fjords, search for brown bears in Finland’s wild east, or explore more adventurous destinations such as Greenland and the rugged Faroe Islands.
Discover The World are the UK’s original Iceland experts, and were the first tour operator to offer river rafting, snowmobiling and superjeep safaris in Iceland, as well as the first dedicated Northern Lights tours of the country.
This thrilling destination offers incredible variety, from spectacular waterfalls and smouldering volcanoes to whale watching safaris and glacier hikes. The summer high season is a time to enjoy near 24-hour daylight, highland trekking and clifftops packed full of puffins, while winter brings snowy landscapes, twinkling Christmas lights and the chance to see the mesmerising aurora borealis.
A Discover The World tour will take you off the beaten track to places you won’t find in the guidebooks, drawing on decades of insider knowledge and first-hand experience. You’ll stay in carefully selected accommodation, with options to suit all budgets, and gain a deep understanding of the local culture and environment from award-winning tour leaders and guides.
Discover The World’s collection of small ship expedition cruises take you to some of the world’s most exciting destinations, immersing you in pristine natural environments and remote indigenous communities.
Travelling on a specialist expedition vessel, typically carrying no more than 100 passengers, is a very different experience to a traditional cruise. The emphasis is on spending as much time off the ship as possible, heading ashore on Zodiac boats and getting up close to whales and other marine wildlife.
The most popular expedition cruise destinations include the Galapagos islands, with their unique flora and fauna, and the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctica. You can also visit isolated tribes in Papua New Guinea, island-hop around Indonesia, encounter amazing wildlife in Costa Rica and Panama, or explore the glaciers and fjords of Alaska.
Discover The World’s escorted tour programme is not limited to Europe, with a host of exciting itineraries worldwide. Budding wildlife photographers can enjoy a polar bear safari in northern Canada, or head to Alaska in search of grizzly bears and bald eagles. Other North American highlights include a train journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and a wintry escape to the Yukon.
On the other side of the world, get to grips with the continent-sized country of Australia. Head to the east coast for snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and beach time in the Whitsundays, or venture into the remote Kimberley region in Australia’s rarely visited northwest, where you’ll find rugged landscapes, ancient aboriginal art and wildlife including freshwater crocodiles.
Discover The World also offer some fantastic New Zealand tours visiting both the North and South Islands, with highlights including cosmopolitan Wellington, the geological wonderland of Rotorua and the stunning scenery of Milford Sound.