This is how we do travel

We know that traveling with us requires an investment—not just of your hard-earned money, but of your time and trust, too. That’s no small stuff. And it’s why we go far beyond the basics, in a big way. Here’s what you’ll get when you travel with us.

Exclusive experiences

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Superior Care

Thanks to our decades-long relationships with trusted travel partners around, no matter where you go with us, you’ll be treated like a VIP. Long lines at popular museums? Your time’s too precious for that. Exclusive access to special, seasonal events? It’s all yours.

Only-with-us access

When you’re on tour, you won’t just learn about local life. You’ll live it. We’ll take you inside workshops, kitchens, homes, and other private spaces where locals bring their trades and time-honored traditions to life—and where you can, too. Want to make bread under the tutelage of Pakistani chef? Or learn proper fruit-picking techniques from a farmer in Shigar valley? We’re here to make it happen.

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Free time for on-your-own exploring

Going guided takes the guesswork out of travel, but we don’t think convenience should come at the cost of your independence. We make sure each itinerary includes a just-right mix of guided tours and group meals, plus plenty of free time so you can explore your own interests at your own pace.

Small groups (big difference)

Travel is about making true connections, and we cap our groups at 25 so you can do just that. For more immersive, hands-on experiences—think truffle hunting in Italy or paddling a kayak through a Peruvian jungle—we offer intimate, Small Group Tours for 10 to 22 travelers.

A-plus amenities

So you enjoy every minute—in the air and on the ground, and every bite, sip, and sleep in between

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Expertly vetted everything

From the hotels we book to the restaurants we choose to the places we show you around on tour, you can bet that Vertical Explorers staffers have recently slept, eaten, or wandered around there and given their stamp of approval. If something doesn’t pass muster, it doesn’t make it onto your tour.

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The comfiest hotels

We think that where you stay is as big a part of your tour experience as the historical sites, cultural attractions, and stunning natural scenery you’ll encounter along the way. (Plus, we want to make sure you’re plenty rested for each day’s new adventure.) Throughout your tour, you’ll rest your head in some seriously stylish, impeccably clean hotels—many with stories of their own to tell.

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Full-service flights to and from your tour

When you travel with us, you can book your own flights to and from tour or enjoy the perks that come with letting our pros take the reins. We partner with top airlines to secure your flights at competitive rates, and we arrange airport transfers for your on-tour arrival and departure. If your VE-booked flight is canceled, we’ll help get you on a new one.

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Top-notch transportation

For us, how you get from Point A to Point B on your trip is as important as what you’ll do when you get there. On tour, you’ll travel by private, chauffeured luxury coach, national or regional rail systems, ferry, or air. Or, on some of our itineraries, a combination. (You lucky explorer, you!)

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Anything-but-ordinary meals

On tour, you’ll bond with your fellow travelers over meals in unique settings, whether that means lunching at an Pakistani feasting on Chinese, or warming up with a bowl of tangy tomato soup inside a farm house.

Expert insight

Before and during your tour, from pre-trip planning to the ancient ruins of Mohenjodaro, Harappa or Mehrgarh

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Local guides you’ll want to hang with

When it comes to getting the true flavor of a destination, nothing compares to a local’s POV. That’s why, in each destination you visit on tour, you’ll explore alongside a local insider who knows every last nuance of the place—from its trendy foods to its hippest neighborhoods to its hidden gems—better than anyone else.

In-house travel planners

We make booking travel online easy, but if you have questions about our trips, need help finding your perfect tour, or want to plan one that’s completely customized, our travel-savvy staffers in Cambridge, Denver, Austin, and Toronto are here to talk you through it all. You can even schedule a call at a time that works best for you.

Our obligation is punctuality; all other aspects are meticulously arranged on our behalf. This meticulous organization ensures a stress-free tour experience, allowing us to fully savor the journey without the burden of planning.
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When it comes to your wellbeing, nothing matters more

Unrivaled safety & support

Anytime-you-need-us assistance

We love to have fun on tour, but to us, your safety is serious business. Our trips typically go off without a hitch, but you can rest assured that, if something comes up, your Tour Director is trained to remedy a number of possible on-tour scenarios. Plus, our in-house On-Tour Support Team is available 24/7. No matter the time of day or night (or the time zone you’re traveling in), we’re just a quick phone call away.

The highest standards of hygiene

The only thing more important than enjoying your tour? Staying safe and healthy on the road. We only work with suppliers who abide by local health policies, we sanitize our coaches regularly throughout our tours, and we visit points of interest during off-peak hours whenever possible.

Trip protection options that work for you

Plan your life-changing, horizon-expanding adventure with peace of mind knowing that we’ve got you covered every step of the way. Trip Protection allows you to help safeguard your investment with cancellation coverage for many unexpected situations that could prevent you from traveling or require you to interrupt your tour.

Planning options

Because there’s nothing one-size-fits-all about making that dream trip happen

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Lots of ways to pay

Every traveler’s budget is different, which is why we offer several ways to pay. Prefer a set-it-and-forget-it approach? You can sign up for AutoPay, an easy way to make smaller, interest-free, monthly payments before your tour. Rather pay manually on your own schedule, or make a single, lump payment? You can do that, too, as long as you’re fully paid by your Tour Finalization Date (typically 70 or 90 days before your trip’s departure). Whichever you choose, a $99 deposit is all it takes to secure your spot on tour.

Multiple departures to choose from

Want to explore Skardu, Hunza, Swat valleys with the fam but can’t seem to sync your summer schedules?  We offer multiple departure dates per tour for maximum schedule-matching potential. And we make tours available for booking up to two years in advance, giving travelers even more dates to choose from, plus more (like, a lot more) time to pay.

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Trips for every travel style

Whether you’re into wildlife, food and festivals, Yak riding, or something else entirely, we’ve got a tour for you. Some of our trips cater to travelers with a specific interest (we see you, historic- trophy hunting). Others we design to spotlight holidays and special events (how does spending New Year’s Eve in mountains?). Want to experience a little of everything a destination has to offer? Our classic and multi-activity tours are designed for just that. If you don’t see your perfect trip, we’ll gladly plan the Private or Customized Tour of your dreams.

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The Vertical Explorers Way

Personalised Journeys

We’ll plan your trip around your specific interests, tastes and preferences, providing helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.

Authentic experiences

Our expert locally based guides are hand-picked to provide a genuine experience, bringing your destination to life with care and passion.

Responsible travel

Our trips are designed with responsible travel principles that prioritise travel experiences that are both good for you and good for the planet.

Locally owned & supports Locals

We are 100% locals & created our tours by building meaningful relationships with local communities, directly benefiting the people and places we visit.

Small groups

Join a small group of like-minded travellers that, like you, are eager to safely and confidently experience all the things that make our world worth exploring.

100% guaranteed departures

Pack those bags and don't break a sweat because we guarantee every single one of our departures. As long as it's safe, you're going!

Freedom, flexibility, fun

No matter the Travel types, our tours balance well-planned itineraries with the flexibility to do your own thing and make the experience your own.

Safety & Reliability

We ensure a hassle-free and safe experience with reliable local support. We provide you with a travel concierge dedicated to helping you 24/7 during your trip.