This discovery-minded travel company prides itself on consistently attracting return travelers and we totally get why: Groups are never more than 16 people deep and are often tag-teamed by a designated trip leader and knowledgeable locals. Along the way, depending on destination, you’ll stay at fine hotels, quaint B&Bs, and luxe tented camps. Itineraries vary from classic Galapagos Island sailing excursions on small yachts, to once-in-a-lifetime tribal expeditions where you’ll get to stay in remote villages, spend quality time with a hunting-and-gathering community, and explore game reserves.
Focusing on safaris in Africa and Asia, this eco-tourism pioneer is the steward of 33 luxury lodges located in some of the most pristine parts of the world. As part of their mission, they preserve the land, protect rural, indigenous cultures, and safeguard the wildlife—and as a guest, you get to participate. Their tented camps in the Masai Mara look particularly stunning.