Whether you are traveling with friends, family or colleagues, Great Explorations Private or Custom trips may be an ideal way to travel.

It’s your trip, on your dates, with your people.

Great Explorations takes care of all of the details to allow you a worry-free and amazing active vacation.

Why Go


Groups of 8+ can take over any of our open scheduled dates, with no supplement added. We have hundreds of itineraries in over 26 countries to choose from. Or, perhaps you have a dream trip in mind, but want our expertise and support to make it happen. With a specialty in private and custom trips, and over 35 years designing and operating biking and hiking trips throughout the world, Great Explorations is uniquely qualified to provide you an experience that will exceed all of your expectations. Did we mention our guides are amazing?


Private Trip - Morocco

“I am so glad to have this opportunity to relay our impressions of our trip to Morocco. My husband and I are both lawyers- a consequence of this is that we very seldom agree about anything. It’s just the nature of our education and work experience. Having said that, however we completely agree that this Morocco trip with Great Explorations was the best vacation we have ever had (and having been married 43 years, that’s saying a lot). We would not have changed a thing, even doing it by ourselves. We have already decided that is the way we want to do the rest of our vacations. It truly was an eye-opening adventure to experience another culture so intimately in the medinas. In short, add up the accommodations, the sites, the biking and your guides, and ours was truly a dream vacation. Your guides went above and beyond granting our requests and anticipating things we would like to do. They arranged local guides, suggested eating places and answered innumerable questions about everything. In conclusion, we loved every second of our trip.  We know it was the result of a lot of time-consuming work on your company’s part.”

Diane H. – Cincinatti, OH

It's All About


Perhaps you have a group of keen cyclists, or have particular cultural interests or want a more relaxing trip than we typically offer. Although our trips typically stay in the most distinctive and luxurious hotels that exist, perhaps there is a particular property you want included, or perhaps you want an ultra-luxurious yacht for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ biking trip in Croatia. We can customize everything about the trip including daily biking or hiking distances and levels, events and other activities. It’s your trip!


Custom Trip - Gulf Islands

“We just returned from an incredible journey in B.C. The folks at Great Explorations listened very carefully to our wants and crafted a great big, fabulous adventure! We love to hike, challenge ourselves physically, learn about the places we are visiting, stay in luxury accommodations and eat really well. GE delivered and then some. Our local guides were superb. Knowledgeable, fun, relaxed, full of personality and so very accommodating. We hiked our “bottoms off”, which was exactly what we wanted. All that exercise of course led to scrumptious meals in wonderful restaurants and blissful nights sleep in superb and unique accommodations. We came to Great Explorations with a wish list and they fulfilled all of our requests and often exceeded our expectations. They created a tailor made, unique adventure just for us. We were supposed to be vacationing in Italy, but of course with the state of the world we decided to stick closer to home and explore Canada.
Best decision ever. Areverderci Italy.”

Shannon R., Toronto ON

Next Step

Upon receipt of your enquiry form for a Private or Custom trip, our founder & CEO Robbin McKinney, will get in touch within 48 hours with a phone call to discuss and establish objectives and guidelines. With our experienced teams of trip planners (we call them magic makers), we will create your dream trip. Promise.