35+ years creating and guiding trips throughout the world. Truth be told, founder Robbin McKinney has guided more trips, in more places, for longer, than anyone in the active travel world.
Cooking courses, walking tours with a local expert, a wine tasting with a sommelier, dining experiences that are memorable, musical performances (we could go on but we think you get the idea)…. On our trips, all of the surprises are good ones.
Great Explorations has invested a significant amount of time and money to ensure you have the best bicycle for your trip. Our relationship with Cannondale Bicycles and other manufacturers has allowed us to offer top-of-the-line bikes. We have the largest number of bike and equipment depots in Europe of any tour operator.
We spend a great deal of time creating and updating our routes to ensure guests are on the quietest, most scenic roads and trails that exist.
Each of our trips is thoroughly researched, planned and tested, by us, for you. The only surprises will be good ones.
Finally (and possibly the reason for our remarkable growth over the years), we encourage you to compare our trip prices, hotels and what is included and you will see Great Explorations offers unsurpassed value.
Our guests tell us time and time again that our guides are what sets us apart from other companies. Caring, knowledgeable, athletic, articulate and fun-loving, each is a natural leader.
We don’t simply ‘link hotels’ and we don’t depend on outdated guide books and second-hand information or review sites.
As with everything else on a Great Explorations tour, you can trust all our accommodation choices to provide you with the perfect compliment to your trip. From luxury chateaux and unique hotels to casual inns, we’ve tested and rested in them all.
We operate all of our own trips. We design our routes, own our bikes, have our own guides. You’ll never deal with the ‘middle man’ at Great Explorations which means everything will be as it appears – as Great Explorations.