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Authentic Shopping Guide

 
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Ultimate Travel Library

 
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Tours of a Lifetime
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An Indian elephant takes a sunset bath in the Rapti River in  Nepal.

When we started this annual roundup of the world's top guided tours three years ago, we sought to bring readers the most transformative, sustainable, and authentic experiences. To our delight, there's no shortage of companies that share our philosophy. Whether it's staring down a king penguin in Antarctica, sharing mole with a Oaxacan family, or watching your kids in a pickup soccer game in Sardinia, this is the sort of travel that will stick with you. We hope our 2008 picks get you inspired. To view past winners, click here.


Albania
"Land of the Eagles: Albania"
Andante Travels


The Americas
"Along the Americas' Coasts"
Maris Freighter & Specialty Cruises


Antarctica
"Icebergs & Emperors-Mawson's Antarctica"
Aurora Expeditions


Australia
"Arnhem Land Marine Rescue Project"
World Expeditions

"Australian Dreamtime: Billabongs, Beaches & the Bush"
Ker & Downey


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Bhutan
"Hidden Treasures of Bhutan"
Geographic Expeditions


Bulgaria
"Cultural Crossroads, Bulgaria"
Country Walkers


Cambodia
"Project Cambodia"
G.A.P Adventures and Globe Aware


Canada
"CapeRace Eco-Culture Experience"
CapeRace Cultural Adventures

"Royal Canadian Rockies Experience"
Royal Canadian Pacific


Caribbean
"Sailing the Southern Caribbean: An Epic Sojourn Aboard Sea Cloud II"
Lindblad Expeditions


China
"Immersion with the Tribes of the Aini and Wa; Beijing to Simao, Yunnan"
A Bridge to China


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Ecuador

"Andes to Amazon, Ecuador"
BikeHike Adventures

"Volunteer Galápagos"
Myths and Mountains


Egypt
"Exclusively Yours Egypt"
African Travel Inc.


Georgia and Armenia
"Mountains & Monasteries, Georgia and Armenia"
MIR Corporation


Guyana
"Great Green Guyana"
Journeys International


India
"Family India"
Greaves Tours

"Heritage India"
Cox & Kings


Ireland
"Sea Kayaking Ireland, The Northwest Coast of County Donegal"
H2Outfitters


Italy
"Sardegna Multi-Sport Adventure, Italy"
Ciclismo Classico


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Japan
"Food Lovers Japan"
Intrepid Travel


Kenya
"Tribes and Trails of Kenya"
Sierra Club Outings


Mauritania
"Mauritania: Sahara Desert Expedition: Journey into the Land of the Moors"
Wilderness Travel


Mexico
"Oaxaca Up Close: Living the Day of the Dead"
Culture Xplorers

"Sierra Spectacular by Private Railcar, Mexico"
Canyon Travel


Middle East
"Caravan Cities of the Ancient Near East"
Martin Randall Travel


Namibia
"Namibia Desert Rhino Expedition: A Trails Exploration"
Wilderness Safaris


Nepal
"Himalayan Tree Planting Trek"
Journeys International


New Zealand
"New Zealand Discovery"
Mountain Travel Sobek


North and South Korea
"Contrasting Koreas"
Snow Lion Expeditions


Norway
"Lofoten Multi-Adventure, Norway"
Crossing Latitudes


Palau
"Palau: Oceania Odyssey"
Boundless Journeys


Panama
"Coiba Island: The Hidden Dive Secret of the Decade, Panama"
Wild Planet Adventures


Patagonia
"Futaleufu Explorer"
Bio Bio Expeditions


Russia and Mongolia
"Russia and Mongolia Overland"
Dragoman Overland


Seychelles and South Africa
"Surf and Turf, Seychelles and South Africa"
Seacology


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Tanzania
"Explorers Safari, Tanzania"
Thomson Safaris


Tanzania and Kenya
"Four Volcanoes: Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Lengai"
Adventures Within Reach

"The Family to Family Safari, Kenya and Tanzania"
Micato Safaris


Thailand
"Family Adventure, Thailand"
Absolute Travel


Tibet
"Tibet: Journey to the Highest Himalaya"
National Geographic Expeditions


Tunisia
"Tunisia's Sahara and Oasis Trail"
Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations


United States

"San Francisco to the Wine Country"
Wine Country Trekking

"Southwest Safari Camp: The Other Chaco Canyon"
Southwest Ed-ventures

"Superlative Idaho"
ROW Adventures


Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
"The Chaktal River, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan"
Mountain Travel Sobek


See our tour selections for 2006 and 2007.

For more information on the countries visited by these tours, see our Destination TripMarks.

Read about How to Pick the Right Tour Operator.






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