The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour

The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour

An unforgettable 18 day Thailand tour in the land of smiles. All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you do not need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! This trip takes in all of the major islands that you need to see.


A great value arrival into Thailand, jam packed with exciting activities and excursions. Timed perfectly to give you a 18 day introduction, helps you meet people and get to know your surroundings and gives you a further 12 day ´s on the same 30 day visa (free upon arrival) to explore on your own steam if you want.

 Thailand Bucket List  18 Day  Tour

Untitled-10Thailand is the dream destination for any adventure-loving traveller itching to get out and see the beauty of the world, experience the kindness of people and have one of the most epic trips of a lifetime.

Thailand ticks all the boxes; sun, sea, sand, islands, adventure, nightlife, shopping, culture, history and friendly people. This tour is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to travel with a group of like-minded, similar aged people. Fully guided by English-speaking, Western guides, you´ll always feel safe, comfortable and at ease with the people around you.

Imagine yourself traveling through the bustling streets of Bangkok on a shaky tuk tuk, diving headfirst into crystal clear emerald water, partying on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or riding an elephant through lush tropical rainforest. The exotic smells, breath-taking sights, mouth-watering tastes and new sounds of traveling through Thailand will live long on in your memory after the trip is over. The Xtreme Gap Thailand Bucket List takes in the very best of Thailand in 18 amazing, adventure-filled days, including plenty of down time on some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world!

So make memories to last a lifetime; visit Thailand and have the time of your life. There´ll never be a better time than now; Thailand is waiting for you!

Highlights Include:

  • 18 days in the land of the smiles for a price that will keep you grinning!
  • The excitement and hedonism of Khao San Rd
  • Tuk Tuk ride through Bangkok
  • Temples, palaces and markets and cruising down the Chao Praya river
  • Go Xtreme in the stunning Khao Sok National Park with bamboo rafting, kayaking tubing and cliff jumping.
  • You get to spend the night on amazing unique floating bungalows in an off the beaten track beautiful destination
  •  Amazing longtail boat trips and boat parties
  • Stay overnight on Bottle Beach one of the most secluded paradises in Thailand
  • 4 days on stunning Island Koh Tao
  • Eating some of the most amazing Thai food with the rest of the Xtreme Gap group in Koh Phangan
  • Stay a few nights on Koh Phangan. the party Island
  • Visit the famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island
  • Kayaking in Railay Beach, Krabi
  • Snorkelling boat trip in Phi Phi
  • Visit the little locals on Monkey Beach
  • Party Tuk Tuk in Patong, Phuket
  • Wicked laughs and fully guided with a trip leader
  • All accommodation, activities and transport included

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The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour Itinerary

Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you!

Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you´ll instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.

From the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, to the remote hidden beaches and islands made famous by legend and movies, this tour packs in so much epicness and adventure in just 18  days!

Day 1: Arrive to the Land of Smiles!

You´re getting closer and closer to the greatest adventure of your life. Just 10 minutes from landing in Bangkok airport, you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach. A new friend is waiting for you on the other side, ready to take you through the crazy streets of Bangkok to your accommodation and a group of fellow travellers who will soon become close friends. Once you´ve taken some time to relax and unwind in the guesthouse after your flight, you´ll head out for dinner and drinks with your new friends and travel buddies on the iconic Khao San Road.

Welcome to the first day of your amazing Thai adventure! It only gets better from here!

Day 2: Exploring the In´s and Out´s of Bangkok

Bangkok is known as the ´Venice of the East´, so what better way to explore the city than taking to the rivers. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River, you´ll experience one of the most epic skylines in Asia, seeing how the modern metropolis has merged with the ancient temples to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

After the river cruise, you´ll visit two of the most important temples in Thailand, where you´ll get your first experience of the beauty and intrigue of Thai history and culture. Next, we´ll jump on a Tuk Tuk for a whirlwind ride through the city back to Khao San Road. If you´ve never been on a Tuk Tuk before, you´ll be laughing (and possibly screaming) all the way, as it swerves and dodges all sorts of traffic and obstacles imaginable. Who knew driving could be so adventurous!

Finish the day with an amazing lunch and dinner in one of the best eating spots in Bangkok, Khao San Road; cheap, authentic and delicious!

Day 3: Preparing to head South

Your final day in Bangkok sees you getting ready to head to the tropical south of the country. After checking out of your accommodation, you´ll have an opportunity to relax with a traditional Thai Massage in a local spa. This should keep you sufficiently chilled out during your overnight train journey to the south of the country. You´ll probably be so relaxed that you´ll fall asleep on the train. If not, make sure to check out the awesome views of the Thai countryside.

Don´t worry though, as you´ll have plenty of time to pick up some souvenirs and do a little shopping in the awesome Khao San Road before you depart from Bangkok.

Day 4: Visiting Paradise in Khao Sok National Park

Prepare to be in awe of the beauty of Khao Sok National Park. Arriving bright and early at 7am, after the overnight train, you´ll be taken direct to the stunning park. Your accommodation here just so happens to be floating on the Cheow Larn Lake. Yep, you read correctly! These cute wooden bungalows are situated on a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by mountains covered in lush evergreen rainforest. You can even sit right outside your bungalow door, cooling down by dangling your feet in the lake!

Swimming, kayaking, tubing, bamboo rafting and cave exploring are just some of the awesome adrenaline-pumping activities that can be enjoyed in the park, while surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery you´ll ever see. We´re sure you´ll never want to leave your temporary home floating on the lake. However, Thai beaches are waiting:and that´s a pretty good excuse to keep moving!

Day 5: Beaches, Waves and Cocktails

Today we leave Khao Sok National Park via ferry to Koh Phangan, one of the most iconic and beautiful areas in Thailand. You´ll spend the day on Bottle Beach, a postcard-perfect beach with bright white sand and turquoise blue water, often regarded as one of the best beaches in Thailand!

Swim, sunbathe, relax or snorkel during the day, while in the evening we´ll prepare an awesome private beach party for you and your travel buddies. Cocktails, a campfire, lanterns and music will make this evening one of the most memorable during your travels in Thailand.

After a few drinks and dances around the campfire, you won´t have very far to go for a good nights sleep. In fact, you´ll still be able to hear the sounds of the ocean as you stay in your own private beach bungalow just a few metres from the waves. Not a bad way to spend a day!

DAY 6: MUAY THAI TRAINING LESSON

Wake up in paradise and step out onto the soft sand of Bottle Beach. Today, you can spend the morning sleeping, swimming, getting your tan on, or taking selfies with the world´s best backdrop!

The afternoon is reserved for your Muay Thai boxing experience! Hopping in a taxi boat, we´ll head towards the fishing town of Chaloklum, where you´ll get picked up by open air taxi and travel back through the heart of Phangan to Haad Rinn. It is here where you will try your hand at a bit of Thai boxing. Over the course of an hour your will learn about the sport of Muay Thai, techniques of the national sport and experience a training session with a local fighter. After building up a sweat we check into our accommodation in Haad Rinn just in time for a shower and some sunset drinks in one of our favourite beach bars.

DAY 7: EXPLORING THE PHANGAN ISLANDS

Koh Phangan is one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the world, and at 11am you´ll be on your way there to explore the water and island for the day. From bathing in a waterfall like a boss, to enjoying lunch on the beach and watching the sunset from the boat, your day in Koh Phangan will definitely be one for the scrapbook!

In the evening, back at the resort we´ll enjoy a dinner courtesy of the tour organizers. Of course no event is finished without some celebratory drinks to commemorate your first amazing week in paradise! On the beach, you´ll party, enjoy a famous Thai bucket or two, and dance the night away, preferably in your bare feet!

DAY 8-12: LIVING IT UP ON KOH TAO

The next four days will be spent on the beautiful Koh Tao Island just north of Koh Phangan. Here is where you can tailor make your adventure by adding in some optional activities.

You will be staying on the gorgeous Sairee beach where you can relax into laid-back island life and choose how you spend each day. If you want to experience the best adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can add in additional activities (at an extra cost) like scuba diving, rock climbing, abseiling, water skiing, wake boarding and free diving. You do not have to pre-book. Decide what you want to do when you arrive. The included activity during the four days will be a boat trip to Koh Nangyuan, one of the most picturesque spots in the world where you can take in the surroundings, top up the tan and even enjoy a spot of snorkelling.

This is Koh Tao:

Day 12-15: Heading West

You´ve come to the end of your stay on Koh Tao, but don´t worry; there are lots more beautiful beaches and islands waiting to be explored in Thailand. One of those beaches is Railay on the west coast of Thailand; one of the most remarkably beautiful beaches on earth.

Although Railay is on the mainland, it is only accessible by boat so you´ll still feel like you´re on a remote tropical island, surrounded by scenery that looks like it´s been taken straight from a postcard.

Here you can relax, play, drink, eat and enjoy your surroundings, in between more intensive activities such as snorkelling, sea kayaking and rock climbing. Make sure to climb up to the lagoon viewpoint for some of the most fantastic views in the country.

The nightlife in Railay is always buzzing, with fire shows a regular fixture of the nightly entertainment around the many bars and restaurants.

Day 15-17: Island Bliss

We´re sure you´ve heard about your next location; the absolutely beautiful Maya Bay; so good it even stole the limelight from Leonardo DiCaprio in the film The Beach!

You´ll get to spend two glorious days on Phi Phi Island, taking a sunset boat trip around the other islands including Maya Bay, Monkey Island and the Viking Caves. Free lunch will be served on the boat before continuing on for more snorkelling and swimming back in the emerald waters of Phi Phi Island.

In the evenings, hang out with the group, enjoy some drinks and the nightlife, or do some amazing night swimming among the ´glow in the dark´ plankton.

Day 17-18: Final Days in the Land of Smiles

In the morning, we take a trip to Thailand´s largest island; Phuket. Phuket is as you would expect of any of the Thai islands; beautiful and laid-back with lots of things to do. It´s the perfect place to spend your final night in Thailand before leaving the next day for home, or the next part of your journey.

Party all night in Patong town, the party capital of Phuket, experiencing the nightlife through amazing Party Tuk Tuks; the ultimate crazy way to end your epic 18-day trip through the most beautiful country on earth!

On day 18, we´ll help you organize everything you need to make it back to Bangkok for homeward bound flights, or whether you´re continuing your journey through Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

Accommodation

During the trip you will stay in a variety of gorgeous cosy guesthouses, backpacker hostels and even in a floating resort. You share your accommodation With one other person of the same sex. We really go to town on the quality of accommodation as well for instance on the final night you will stay in a luxurious resorts.

 

Koh Sok National Park

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for SE Asia. The climate will stay the same all year round which will be in the mid 30´s so light clothing will be best. It will also help if you use a backpack rather than a suitcase as it will be more comfortable for you to travel around with.
Can I speak to other group members before I go? Yes of course you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
It is recommended that you do take malaria pills in some parts of Thailand and the surrounding countries. The areas that we visit during the tour are generally considered malaria free however this can change so always speak to your GP before you travel and if you are going to other areas of Thailand and S.E. Asia it is very likely that you will need some. You can also consult the CDC website for more info
If you are susceptible to motion sickness then you may experience symptoms during a cruise/ferry, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions in one or two days. Your Group Leader can help you pick up some medication that will help with this or you could look into getting some sea sickness bands which are now commonly available
Some meals are included so please make sure you let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements. Please click here to see the itinerary in full which will tell you what meals are included.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does recommendations vaccinations such as hepatitis A & B and Typhoid as well as being sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. For more information, you can visit the CDC website but please remember that information surrounding vaccinations changes on a regular basis so always consult your GP before you travel.

The first day of your tour is mainly a check-in/meet and greet. It gives you the chance to chill out after a long haul flight. Day two is the start of your activities. Do I need to pay for any transport? All transport is included with the Experience within the week.

(Please note: If you arrive in Bangkok 3 days or more prior to your start date, you may have to arrange and pay for your own airport transfer.) and if you choose to go out in the evenings or take part in activities not included in the itinerary then you will need to pay for your own cabs etc…

Any time is a good time. The climate is relatively steady throughout the year and it depends where in Thailand you are going. It can rain more down South during October and November and there are some fluctuations in temperature but in most of the country it is guaranteed to be hot all year round! See our Weather page for more info. When will I meet my group leader? Your tour leader will greet you off your flight at Bangkok airport and take you to your guesthouse. If you have already arrived in Bangkok prior to your start date, then we will put you in touch and your Group Leader will arrange to meet you at the guesthouse when you arrive.
It differs from city to city but very rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius. Bangkok is always around 35c and tends to have the odd down pour. Do not pay attention to the iphone weather app as it will always say thunderstorms in Bangkok. Not the case! On the islands it is less humid and averages around 33c all year round. They do have a brief rain season between October and November, however it usually only rains for about an hour or two with sunshine for the rest of the day. Check out our country info page for more info.
 Yes. The media has a tendency to report only the very worst news, which means that we can get quite a negative impression of a country and quite often we don’t hear anything about the very friendly, helpful people and extraordinary cultures in these amazing destinations.
Nearly 95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage.
You will automatically be granted a 28 day tourist visa on entry to Thailand if you are from one of the countries on the exemption list (see our Visa page). If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer then you may need to arrange your own visa. Visit the Visa Info page on our website to find out all you need to know.
Book your flights to land on your start date if you can. Do not book your flights until you have booked with us and received a confirmation invoice. Generally people will arrive on that date or one or two days before hand. If you land much before or are already in Thailand just let us know and we will help you arrange a transfer and to meet at our accommodation.
Yes. Let us know via email if you are arriving early and your group leader will reserve a room for you at your guesthouse. All you would need to do is pay for the additional nights. Once your group starts,we will cover the rest.
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Included

All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you don´t need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we´ll take care of the rest!

What else is included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • 17 Nights´ accommodation
  • Bangkok River Cruise
  • Visit two historical temples
  • Experience Bangkok nightlife
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Thai massage
  • Overnight train
  • Visit Khao Sok National Park
  • Go kayaking and explore caves
  • Stay in floating bungalows
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan
  • Snorkel at some of Thailand´s best spots
  • Spend a day and night on Bottle Beach
  • Muay Thai Training lesson
  • Waterfall visit
  • Three evening meals and several lunches
  • Beach BBQ
  • Beach parties
  • 10 days of island hopping
  • Boat trips to Maya Bay (The Beach), around Phangan and Koh Tao
  • Viewpoint treks
  • Party Tuk Tuk night life tour of Phuket
  • All transport around and accommodation in Bangkok, Khao Sok, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi & Phuket
  • Optional upgrades – scuba diving, rock climbing & water skiing/wake boarding (additional cost)

Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Most Meals
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Return transfer to Bangkok

Dates

Start Dates 2018

25th Nov – 12th Dec
28th Nov – 15th Dec

Programme does not Run in 2019 – Check out our New 16 Day Bucket List for 2019.

Thailand Fast n Furious, Travel Thailand by Tuk Tuk

Winding mountain roads, towering forests, elephants, waterfalls, fascinating villages, all topped off with a super comfy bed and great food every evening. You really haven’t ‘done’ Thailand until you’ve ‘done’ The 2 weeks Thailand Fast & Furious and rode your own Tuk Tuk!

Thailand Fast & Furious, adventurous travel by Tuk Tuk

Northern Thailand has been bussed, cycled, trekked and moped’ed but has it ever been ‘Tuk Tuk’d’? Release your inner cab driver and join us on a trip that puts you in charge of Thailand’s most iconic form of transport. Well, apart from an elephant and that wouldn’t be right, would it. We can guarantee numb bums, shaky arms, ringing ears, huge amounts of fun, more than a touch of luxury and a travel story to bore your friends with for years…

 

PHOTOS

Start and end in Chiang Mai, with this 11 day Tuk Tuk Adventure.

Included are accommodation, expert guides, meals, transport and lots of adventure.

Starting and finishing in the beautiful Mae Wang valley The  Fast & Furious Trip takes you on a journey through some of South East Asia’s most spectacular scenery, we let you stay in some of the coolest small hotels in the region and brings you in touch with local communities like you’ve never known before. Ever rocked up to a market in your own Tuk Tuk? If not, you’ve never really seen Thai hospitality at it’s best.

Places You Will Visit

Mea Wang

Our base camp in a stunning valley an hour outside Chiang Mai. This is where you’ll learn how to drive your Tuk Tuk, have a Temple blessing for the journey ahead and spend some time with elephants at a local elephant home.

 

Doi Inthanon National Park

Wind your way up tiny roads and through mountain communities before arriving at Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m. The National Park is our base for two nights while we explore the area, find beautiful waterfalls and trek through the forest.

 

Mae Sariang

Surrounded by forests, mountains and rivers and inhabited by Shan and other Hill Tribe groups, Mae Sariang is a lovely small town with fascinating temples, friendly people and the perfect river to sit by having a cold beer.

 

Mae Hong Son

Forests, rice paddies, trekking and a mighty cool sunset bar the best location in Thailand, if not the world! If it was good enough for Brad and Angelina, then it’s certainly good enough for us.

Pai

Once the ultimate ‘travellers’ hideaway, now the location of your ultimate boutique hotel. Winding up and down mountains we arrive in the outskirts of Pai to spend a couple of nights in a fantastic small resort. Chill by the pool, explore local temples and forests or indulge your ‘hippy’ side and buy some tie-dye…

Day to day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Pick up from Chiang Mai, transfer to Mae Wang. Tuk Tuk training and Temple blessing!
  • Day 2: More Tuk Tuk training and visit to an elephant ‘home’ with the chance to walk with and bathe the elephants.
  • Day 3: This is when real excitement begins: Driving your Tuk Tuk through mountain roads and passes to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m.
  • Day 4: Trekking in National Park with stunning scenery and waterfalls.
  • Day 5: Winding our way through rural lanes and roads and then over mountains to Mae Sariang. A stunning riverside town.
  • Day 6: Journey through up and over more mountains and twisty roads to Mae Hong Son. Spend the evening in Thailand’s most beautiful bar (or chilling by the pool).
  • Day 7: A free day to relax by the pool, explore local trekking trails (with your guide) or venture into Mae Hong Son village. It’s up to you.
  • Day 8: More mountains, more great coffee shops and incredible vistas as we wind our way to Pai and our stunning hotel for the next two nights.
  • Day 9: A free day to explore Pai, chill by the pool or explore temples, waterfalls and the local village.
  • Day 10: We descend from the mountains back towards Chiang Mai city and then weave through small communities and villages on our way back to Mae Wang.
  • Day 11: All good things come to an end. We’ll transfer you back to Chiang Mai city around mid-morning, f you can tear yourself away from your Tuk Tuk.

ACCOMMODATION

Honestly, the accommodation is fantastic and so it should be – there’s nothing better than having a great day out and about and then having somewhere really nice to relax and sleep. the accommodation is Twin shared and we’ve chosen the accommodation very carefully aiming to have a balance between high-quality places but with character and none of the ‘stuffiness’ one can get in 5* resorts. We’re travelling by Tuk Tuk after all! Location to us is vital – so each resort has fantastic views and, most importantly, brilliant places to sit and have sundowner or three.
Mae Wang – we stay at a really interesting old style house that’s been converted into a beautiful small hotel. We’re in the countryside so don’t expect Ritz style service but the staff are lovely, the rooms very pleasant and it’s a fantastic base for the Tuk Tuk training and getting to know each other in the group.
Doi Inthanon – this is the most basic of our accommodation but that’s more than made up for by it’s incredible location and where we start our trek. Rooms are simple huts on the edge of rice fields in the heart of the mountains. All rooms do have their own bathrooms but the accommodation is basic. Having said that, most of our time here is spent out and about exploring the forest and the incredible scenery and the base here is a fun place to be. This is the only place where there is no air-conditioning BUT it is much cooler here in the evenings and there are plenty of fans.
Mae Sariang – we’re back to 3-4* lovely accommodation from here on in. With a great Riverside location, this accommodation is a great place to rest and relax after the drive. Riverside beers, a riverside restaurant, great staff – it doesn’t get much better.
Mae Hong Son – another very special place to stay. Lovely ‘bungalows’ on the edge of the forest, surrounded by rice paddies and with the best mountain views (and the best sunset bar, ever). Streams run through the property, there’s a pool and a great restaurant. What more could you want and if it was good enough for Brad Pitt then we reckon it’s good enough for us (and if you’re very nice we might even let you know which room he stayed in, although as the sheets are cleaned very regularly we’re not sure there’s too much left of him there!)
Pai – a relatively new resort with a number of really nice ‘bungalows’ spread across the resort area. With a tiny village to one side, rice fields all around and mountain view, this is an awesome base for the two nights we’re here. There’s a great pool – right next to the rice paddies – and very pleasant restaurant.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

Yes – as long as you’ve got a sense of adventure and flexibility, of course, you can. Also, you must have a valid driving license from their own country (manual not automatic).

You do have to agree to the Tuk Tuk behaviour rules – ie no drinking and driving (including ‘morning after’), the Tuk Tuk teams decision on whether someone is able to drive is always final (safety comes first) and that they agree to follow the rules of the convoy – ie speed limits, no overtaking, no dangerous driving etc.

Anyone who wants to see the ‘real’ Thailand from a different perspective and be amongst the first people to take part in this sort of travel in Thailand. NOTE: Other than nights 3 and 4 the accommodation is at a high 3* / 4 * level. Nights 3 and 4 are simple and ‘rustic’.

A sense of humour, casual relaxed clothing and some spending money (around GBP 250-300 will be fine).

Nights 3 and 4 in the National Park are in ‘rustic’ accommodation – taking advantage of the stunning surroundings. All other accommodation is of a very high standard (4*) with air-conditioning and even swimming pools (nights 6,7,8 and 9).

This trip is the perfect trip to join alone or with a friend. If you travel alone it’s the best way to make friends. You can share a Tuk Tuk and will ‘room’ with another solo traveller throughout the tour. If you travel with a friend you can share accommodation and a Tuk Tuk between you.

We will pick you up at 10:00 am at the HOTEL in Chiang Mai City. If you’re not staying there the night before your tour starts please make your own way to the hotel which is just on the South side of the old city walls. All details will be in the pre departure information provided upon booking.
We will transfer you back to the Hotel in Chiang Mai on the final day of your tour, arriving around 12:30 pm. If you are flying out of Chiang Mai on the same day, please don’t book flights leaving earlier than around 3-4pm. NOTE: If you require any special transfers (i.e. the day before, early morning) please do contact us as we may be able to arrange a separate transfer to Chiang Mai for a small additional cost.
Getting to Chiang Mai is very easy these days. If you’re travelling from overseas to join the tour then you can get connecting flights from Bangkok up to Chiang Mai – although do check which airport your flight is from. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways use Suvannabhumi (BKK) which is the main international airport hub, most of the ‘low cost’ airlines such as Air Asia, Thai Lion air etc, use Don Muang airport (DMK) and you should always allow at least 2 hours to get between the two.Chiang Mai airport is located very centrally and it’s easy to get a taxi to anywhere in the city from there.If you’re already in Thailand you can head to Chiang Mai by plane – low-cost airlines fly the route many times a day and prices start at around 1,100THB one way – which takes around an hour.Alternatively the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a ‘classic’ journey and a very pleasant way to get up to the North. Overnight sleepers (2nd Class, air-conditioning) are less than 1,000THB and a fun way to feel part of the country!
The simple answer is yes! If you can drive a manual (stick shift) car then you won’t have any problems driving a Tuk Tuk. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to things – that’s what our training sessions are for – but they’re pretty simple beasts and a lot of fun. Just don’t think you’re Lewis Hamilton and try to take corners too fast……
Why wouldn’t you want to? But seriously, this is no problem at all. If you’re travelling with friends you can sit back and let them be your chauffeur or if you’re travelling solo, the others in your Tuk Tuk are going to love you as they’ll get more driving time. Of course, you can also take a seat with our lead Tuk Tuk which is driven by one of The Tuk Tuk Club team.
If you drive at home we honestly don’t think you’ll have a problem with the training course BUT, if you do, don’t worry. Our team will work with you throughout the trip until you feel confident and pass any elements of the training course you struggled with (they’ll give you extra training when we arrive in new locations and keep working with you as long as you want). Once you’ve passed the course then you’re up and away and will be able to drive on the tour.
One of the few things we can’t control! Weather patterns in Thailand seem to be changing quite a lot at the moment but as a rule of thumb, November through to February is lovely and cool with blue skies and very little rain. Expect day time temperatures of mid to high 20’s (sometimes a touch warmer) and evening temperatures of teen’s or, when we’re in the mountains, around 8-10C. March through to June / July gets quite hot and day time highs can be in the mid to high 30C’s (but don’t forget you’ve got the natural air-conditioning of the Tuk Tuk!) and evening temperatures of low to mid 20’s C. Don’t forget though that up in the mountains it always feels a bit cooler and there’s a lot less humidity up here than in Bangkok. From around July through to October it’s the rainy season – it’s still nice and warm (even hot!) – and you can expect some heavy rain from time to time. It’s rare that it rains all day however, far more common are very heavy downpours which then dry up incredibly quickly. All seasons are fun to travel in and offer different experiences – the weather is the weather so don’t let it put you off!
Thai food is awesome – at least 65,000,000 Thai’s think so – and you haven’t really had Thai food until you’ve eaten in Thailand and well away from the ‘tourist trail’. All the food that’s included in the trip is intentionally ordered to give a great introduction to Thai food and it isn’t as spicy as some may think (although you can of course add your own chillies if that’s your thing). Lunch stops are always in very ‘local’ areas but the food is always freshly prepared and cooked and probably far more healthy than most places around the world. Where food isn’t included in the evening our team will always be on hand to recommend the best places – be it a restaurant style meal you’re looking for or some fantastic ‘street food’.There are always options for vegetarian’s and please let us know in advance if you have any other dietary needs / preferences.

 

PRICE

INCLUDED

  • Your Tuk Tuk (of course) and all the fuel required.
  • Tuk Tuk driver training.
  • A professional guide and a tour leader with you the whole way – knowledgeable, fun and passionate about Northern Thailand.
  • Stunning, twin-share accommodation throughout the trip.
  • Transfers to and from Chiang Mai city.
  • A Temple blessing, elephant home experience and an awesome trek in Doi Inthanon National Park.
  • Breakfast (11), lunches (3) and dinners (4).
  • A support vehicle taking all your luggage, leaving you to focus on having fun.
  • The best adventure you’ve ever had!

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfer
  • Some meals
  • Drinks
  • Visas

Dates

 

Bali Surf 6 Day Island Hopper

You’ll experience amazing surf breaks, super fun nightlife, adventurous road trips, stunning remote locations, classic characters and of course the surfing will be awesome!! Not only that you have swimming Cliff jumping great food and beach parties to look forward to! Surf in Bali, Lombok and Nusa Lembongan  with friendly local surf instructor/guides.

This is a shorter version of the 8 Day Island Hopper.

Bali Surf  6 Day Island Hopper

Good times and good waves on 3 Island Parasides.

BALI | LOMBOK | NUSA LEMBONGAN

One of the greatest surf destinations in the world, Indonesia is amazing. You will absolutely love these paradise islands, as you learn to surf or improve your existing surf skills with some of our legendary surf instructor’s.  We will actively go out and hunt the best waves, and head to the outer islands to find the best surf conditions on an incredible a day surf adventure.

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DAY 01
surf-xtreme-gap_ubud_9191All pick-ups done by 7-7:30am (from Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area) and meet at the Xtreme Gap Hub by 8am. You will get to have your 1st surf lesson and intro to surfing in Indonesia with the Xtreme Gap team. The first day will be dedicated to finding fun surf to suit your ability with your instructors assessing your level of surfing. We spend the first night in the surf Resort Canggu and checking out the cool evening venues around Canggu.
Included meals:L/D (depending on surf lesson time)

DAY 02
Spend the morning surfing Bali’s surf breaks and then transfer Islands by flight* from Bali to Chilling on the beach for sunset beers and soaking up the local atmosphere.. From white sand beach breaks to cruisy fun reef breaks. Lombok has it all. We will be staying in our super cool retreat in Kuta, Lombok (not to be mistaken for Kuta in Bali) and enjoying the friendly, chilled atmosphere of this region. Included meals: B/D *transport can vary between a flight or boat depending on availability and conditions.

DAY 03
surf-xtreme-gap-year_lembongan_am_9659Early start to take an outrigger and surf some of the world famous waves in this region. In this area we have a selection of super beginner-friendly waves for the learners or more advanced waves for the intermediate. The rest of the day you can relax by the pool or check out downtown Kuta Lombok for some souvenir shopping at the local markets. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 04
All up for breakfast, surf and transfer with your surf guide to one of the most pristine surf islands in the world, Nusa Lembongan. Here we will surf, explore and enjoy tropical island living. Included meals: B/D

DAY 05
We will be up early to explore some great surf breaks, enjoy a manta ray snorkel or snorkel safari and continue living the ultimate lifestyle. The opportunity to try SUP and other great water activities are available here on Nusa Lembongan. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 06
surf-xtreme-gap_lembongan_5237Spend most of day on enjoying everything Nusa Lembongan has to offer. Surf, eat, swim, explore, eat, chillax and then a fast boat back to Bali. We arrive back in Bali around sunset for drinks, new friends, lifetime memories and ready to celebrate an awesome Mojosurf adventure Included meals: B or L (depending on surf times)/D.

Arrival Information

Sundays: 7-7:30am from Kuta area or 8am from Canggu area (we can pick you up from your accommodation or close by). Please book in advance as this is a boutique surf experience and we have limited spaces.

You will need to arrange your own flights to Bali.  Because of the early start you will need to arrange your arrival into Bali on the previous day (Saturday). The easiest way to do this is to book the arrival package add-on, which includes an airport pickup and transfer on the Saturday. You will then be collected from your villa on day 1 of the surf adventure.
If you do not book the arrival package add-on then you will need to call the office in Bali 48 hours prior to your start date to confirm your pick up time and location. The contact numbers will be included in your online pre-departure information. Our team will do pick-ups from the Kuta, Legian or Seminyak area around 7am or from the Canggu area around 8am.

Duration Option Price  
6 (Days)6 Days No Airport Pick UpGBP 515Book Now
7 (Days)With Airport Pick Up & Pre 1 Night AccommodationGBP 579Book Now
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Duration Option Price
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Your transport (including internal flight),
  • Local guide/surf instructor,
  • Shared dorm accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Daily surf lesson
  • Surf equipment
  • Manta ray snorkel or snorkel safari and snorkel gear (on Nusa Lembongan).
  • Pre departure information

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Sun cream (you will need it!)
  • Private sessions 38 euro per session including equipment
  • Airport pickup
  • Airport  drop-off

Dates

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Round The World S.E. Asia & New Zealand

This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet

This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet New Zealand!

South East Asia & New Zealand

This exciting trip starts off in Bangkok, with the Xtreme Thailand Experience. A four week fully guided group trip to the best places in Thailand. Then we include a flexible hop on hop off pass trough the North of Thailand, the whole of stunning Laos, into Cambodia seeing sights like Angkor Wat and last but not least the whole of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (South to North and everything in between) before heading to New Zealand to enjoy the stunning nature, Kiwi hospitality and adrenaline activities in Queens Town! Men… this trip is Epic!

 

backpacking in south east asia (5)Some of the highlights include:

  • Meeting up online before you go travelling
  • Meeting new friends and sharing adventures
  • Immersing yourself in Thailand culture and parties on the Xtreme Thailand Experience
  • Tropical Islands and amazing beaches
  • Fullmoon Party
  • Staying at an elephant camp
  • Koh Tao Adventure options with diving, freediving, Muay Thai or yoga sessions
  • Amazing Adventure with boat ride and snorkelling plus viewpoint!
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme Trial Scuba Experience
  • Bangkok, Hanoi, Vientiane and many more exciting cities
  • Street food and Asian flavours at every turn (tip avoid the squid jerky)
  • Tuk Tuks, Rickshaws and crazy traffic!
  • River tubing in Laos and stunning scenery
  • Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Enjoy the many water sports or kick back and relax in Sihanoukville
  • Learn about Cambodia’s history at the S21 Prison and Killing Fields
  • Learn about the history of the American and Vietnam War at sights and musea
  • Come face to face with monkeys, gibbons and other endangered species at the Primate Centre in Vietnam
  • Explore life in the old town of Hoi An, a picture perfect Vietnamese riverside town; listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Flexible travel in New Zealand
  • Learn all bout Maori  culture
  • Visit Lord of the Rings’ volcanoes
  • Majestic Franz Josef glacier with a free day to hike and explore it
  • Stunning sites and adrenaline activities in Queens Town

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Full Details

Great Times on the Xtreme Thailand Experience

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Then Go Backpacking through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

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Afterwards, Soak Up Breathtaking New Zealand

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  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on mind-blowing experiences
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Adrenaline Action on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme trial Scuba Experience and Stand Up Paddle

 

  • An amazing laugh all the way with fun group leaders to guide you and the rest of the group
  • Connect from Bangkok up to the Amazing North of Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south in to Cambodia and from the south of Vietnam to the north ending up in Hanoi
  • ´Jump-on’ and ‘jump-off’ the bus anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route
  • Go further off the beaten track for unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping accommodation options enroute
  • Explore both islands (north and south) on a flexible itinerary
  • Orientation meeting the night before departure
  • Social back packer busses
  • Help with accommodation and activity bookings
  • Incredible scenery
  • Fun and social backpacker route
  • Awesome experiences can be booked throughout the trip
  • Staying off the beaten track places and learn more about this epic country
  • We can organise hostels options enroute

Fully guided trip throughout Southeast Asia & New Zealand with loads of activities and inclusions

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      Experience Thailand with our top selling trip. Four adventure-filled weeks, that will take you from Bangkok to the heart of Thailand, to the tropical beaches of Koh Tao. Our included airport collection, Thai guides, guaranteed group numbers and jam-packed itinerary make this ideal for first time or solo travellers. Meet new people, make new friends, plus choose from 5 awesome activities for your 3rd week and have an unforgettable month-long journey.


      The Xtreme New Zealand Xplorer  (Our Awsome New Zealand Travel pass) enompasses all of the xtreme highlights of NZ, bungee jumping, rafting, glacier trekking, volcano walking, as well as taking you way off the beaten track to isolated hill stations, glacial lakes, massive surf breaks, golden beaches and big blue skies.


      A flexible hop on hop off adventure taking in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, starting in the capital of Thailand Bangkok and ending in the capital of Vietnam Hanoi. With the recommended a trip time of 56 days (min 38), this is the perfect guided group backpacking adventure taking in four incredible Southeast Asia countries. All transport, loads of activities included.


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Frequently Asked Questions

For Thailand

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

The trip ends in Koh Tao, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip.

Returning back to Bangkok to get on your next trip is easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £20. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

You can fly or take the boat and bus.

Yes, for some parts of the trip (Vietnam) you do need a visa. For Thailand and Laos and Cambodia, you get on at the border. But please know that arranging a visa is totally up to you and not Xtreme´s responsibility.

Absolutely our guides will be there to meet you off your flight. If you are nervous about flying on your own, we also hook you up with a buddy list where you can chat to other people on your trip prior to booking your flights. That means you can coordinate your flights together and have a travel buddy as you go.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. Most people travelling with us are between 18 and 26

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 26. Although it is open to all. The make up of the groups is usually 60% female to 40% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

Thailand is a very safe country in general, it does however get a lot of press due to the political situation. Comparatively you are more in danger in a big city in western Europe then you are backpacking in Thailand. We have a guide with you at all times, and there is a great support network available to you to help you out even for the little things like losing your bank card.

For Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

Your driver/guide provides you with a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, and trivia as well as recommending and booking activities and accommodation for you around Asia. They are walking guidebooks, always there to help and entertain!
The average age of passengers is about 20 – 26. . No matter what the age we find we attract on-to-it people who want to meet other travellers, and get out there and further off the beaten track.
Our buses range from 14 seaters to 45 seaters with an average group of about 20. We keep them smaller so you can see and do more, and because we find that that groups of this size simply work better.
Its perfect for people travelling by themselves. Asia is relatively safe and our smaller group sizes means, you can meet more people and your driver is always there for any questions you may have.
Backpacks are recommended but suitcases are fine you don´t need to walk great distances with them (just between the accommodation and the bus). The majority of the time while you´re doing activities they will be stored away (on the bus or at your accommodation). We recommend you bring a good day pack (small backpack) or bag you can carry easily for water bottles, towels, cameras, sunblock etc.
You´ll need to bring a decent pair of sneakers/trainers that you can walk in comfortably. Hiking boots are good but not essential. In summer you´ll find flip flops/thongs are the favoured option!
We include free days (non-travel days) in key locations, so even if you´re completing your trip in the minimum days required you´ll have time to do activities and explore each of these areas.   We also have free mornings or afternoons in most places for you to do local activities, just relax or and do some necessary laundry!
Most accommodations and activities accept debit and credit cards, so you don´t have to carry too much cash with you. Some cash on the other hand, is advisable, because some accommodations may require a cash key deposit.
Your travel pass includes all land transport, guidance, free activities such as walks and the city orientations. Your driver will book accommodation for you if you like but the cost is not included in your pass (you´ll just need to pay as you go).
The bus guide helps you reserve accommodation in all our overnight stops. You´ll be guaranteed a bed with a range of accommodation levels, from hostel dorms to made up private rooms; our driver/guides will help you with this. You are free to book your own accommodation if you wish. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night before you start your trip and let us know where you are staying so we know where to pick you up from. We can recommend places for you to stay if you need help.

For New Zealand

Accommodation is not included in the New Zealand Xplorer.  Why?  Well let’s just think about this.  New Zealand is an incredible place with so much to see and do and has lots of places that you will want to stay for longer.   As this is not a set tour with specific day-to-day itinerary, you can stay longer in certain places should you wish.  So we do not include accommodation to allow the trip to be flexible.  That doesn’t mean you will be stranded, we can pre-book accommodation for you as you go (the guide will sort that out for you on the bus).
As a bare minimum you can do this in 25 days.  But that really is pushing it, we would recommend spending four weeks
Then you should definitely join.  Most of our travellers are solo travellers looking to join a group.  The New Zealand Xplorer is designed to help you meet people easily.  Backpacking in New Zealand is highly social, but this really makes it easy.
Most people start in Auckland although you can start in Christchurch as well.
We would work on the basis of about £30 per day.  You will need to cover your hostel bed for the night and food.  Also if you wish to do any adrenaline activities as you travel these can be fairly expensive, be sure to budget enough for some skydiving bungee-jumping!
Just talk to us, hit the e-mail button and send us your question, we are experts at sending people backpacking New Zealand.

Special payment conditions

On round the world bookings we can stage payment to make it easier to save, you can of course pay all at once.

  • Time of booking if travelling in more than 6 months -25% deposit of the balance
  • At 16 Weeks until departure ” 50% of the balance
  • 12 weeks before departure ” the remaining 25% balance.

This ensures you have enough time to save for your flights, spending money and insurance.

Duration Option Price  
6 (Month)GBP 3539Book Now

Included

Thailand (first 4 weeks)

The First 2 weeks

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast during the first 2 weeks
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao

On Koh Tao

  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters round a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible view point
  • Koh Tao Extra Activities Included
    • Beach BBQ after beach Clean up day
    • Beach Clean up day
    • Stand Up Paddling
    • Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option):
    • Get fit pack: 5 Muay Thai Sessions (5 hours), all equipment (for rent included) and training one on one with a Muay Thai Trainer
    • Get ripped pack: 4 Crossfit sessions. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit
    • Xtreme Freediving Pack: a 2 day beginner free diving course
    • Relax With Yoga: 5 yoga sessions spread out over 5 days
    • The learn to dive course includes a full PADI open water course, course materials, instruction and 4 dives
  • Full moon party
  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at the accommodation
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam (56 days recommended)

  • Pre departure information
  • Pick up at different locations in Thailand and Laos
  • Reservations for extra tours and accommodation will be made by the guide
  • Flexible hop on hop off pass minimum travel time 56 days, taking you all the way from Bangkok to Hanoi
  • All Transportation, flexible itinerary
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities

New Zealand (32 days recommended)

  • Pre departure information
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation throughout New Zealand
  • Driver guide showing you all the best places
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities
  • Awesome hop on hop off flexible itinerary covering both islands

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals (in Thailand we do include a few!)
  • Accommodation in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam & New Zealand
  • Transport from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Dates

2020 start dates

Saturday 25 January 2020
Saturday 22 February 2020

We have a new trip for start dates after Feb 2020; please contact us for more info!

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and use the kitchens and the hostels to save yourself a bundle. £30 a day should be sufficient

Xtreme Japan Experience

A whirlwind tour of Japan! Bullet trains, mega cities and classical Japanese culture on this affordable backpacking trip.

 

Japan Experience

 Japan Experience

japan-map-smallThis brand new Japan tour covers not only the countless sights of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and elsewhere, but also a very Japanese cultural experience. This is how you smash Japan on a budget!

Among other cultural gems, there’s a karate lesson, calligraphy class, a visit to the sumo district, an anime masterclass, trips to local bath houses, exploration of beautiful countryside, endless shrines, temples and hiking trails. For the time and money, this is a budget Japan backpacker tour at its very best. See our route below…

Highlights

  • Hangout and explore mega city Tokyo! There’s nowhere else like it on earth!
  • Tribe Japanese baseball, live like a local the nearby Japanese bathhouse and check out impressive cityscape views from rooftop bars.
  • Faster than a bullet! Ride the infamous Japanese bullet train.
    Stay in a capsule hotel. When in Japan….
  • Check out the Imperial Palace juxtaposed with quirky K pop culture!
  • From a modern metropolis to mediaeval Japan. Explore Kamakura Japan’s medieval capital.
  • Pirate ship adventures under the shadow of Mount Fuji.
  • Discover Japanese temples galore and lots of different destinations.
  • Wander through Pontocho alley, full of lanterns and intimate wood-panelled restaurants.
  • Get lost in ancient bamboo forests in Kyoto
  • Sample the finest Sake! We take you to a Sake brewery where you can enjoy a tasting experience.
  • Visit ground zero in Hiroshima. Humbling experience.
  • Shop till you drop in Osaka with a visit to the Umeda sky tower.

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Day 1 Tokyo

TOKYO-TEMPLETake in the cityscape from the top of a skyscraper, then head back down to earth to experience one of Tokyo’s buzziest districts, Shinjuku. Cap off your first day with a relaxing tea in a cat café before exploring the endless eating and drinking options – both budget and high end – on offer in Tokyo by night.

Day 2 Tokyo

Prepare your own sashimi breakfast under the watchful eye of a local sashimi master at Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji fish market. Get your first taste of Japan’s beautiful outdoors with a hike up the sacred Takaosan Mountain on the city’s outskirts.

Day 3 Tokyo

Head to Tokyo’s sumo district to see where the wrestlers live and train and check out the fascinating history of the nation at the Edo-Tokyo museum. Try your hand at Samurai in the afternoon before sampling the delights of Okonomiyaki in the evening.

Day 4 Tokyo

Head to the Imperial Palace gardens to see the ornate buildings and then – for a total contrast – make your way afterwards to the quirky centre of J-Pop culture in Harajuku. Wash it all down with a beer overlooking the neon madness of Shibuya. What backpacker could refuse?

DAY 5 Kamakura

Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and take a train to Kamakura, the country’s medieval capital. Explore the town’s shrines and finish off at the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in temple. Relax by the beach and even try surfing at sunset.

DAY 6 Mount Fuji Hakone

Enjoy your first stunning view of Mount Fuji on the Hakone cable car. At Oowakudani you can gaze at the mountain to your heart’s content while sampling eggs cooked Fuji-style – in the sulphuric water beneath you. Cap off the day crossing Lake Ashi on a pirate ship, with Mount Fuji providing the perfect backdrop.

Day 7 Kyoto

KYOTO-BAMBOOAfter taking in the morning’s mountain air, take the bullet train to Kyoto. Experience the timeless traditions of ancient Japan in Kyoto’s Geisha district before settling in for an cheap, authentic and delicious meal surrounded by wood panels and lanterns in Pontocho alley. Budget food is so often the best 🙂

Day 8 Arashiyama

Hike through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Arashiyama Monkey Park where your exertions will be rewarded with great views of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryu-ji temple and relax in the pristine gardens after a rafting adventure tour down the Hozugawa River. Spend the evening in the Gion district spotting Geishas or being transformed into one for the evening.

Day 9 Kyoto
It’s temple time! Witness Kyoto’s devotion to zen by exploring the Philosopher’s Path and backpack your way round the many typical Japanese temples that adorn the hills surrounding the city.

Day 10 Kyoto to Hiroshima

Shutterbugs will adore the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji temple and a slice of mindfulness to start the day with a meditation session in a local temple. Cycle round the imperial palace before continuing the journey on a bullet train bound for the West.

DAY 11 Hiroshima
Learn about the Hiroshima’s tragic past and its subsequent recovery and pacifist mission at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Take a ferry to the Itsukushima shrine, built on stilts above lapping water before ascending the ropeway for marvellous vistas.

DAY 12 Osaka

JAPAN gap yearAnother Japanese mega-city with endless eating, drinking and cheap entertainment options. There’s also an impressive castle. Be sure to visit Shinsaibashi and the Dotonbori riverfront in the evening. Hit the arcades and sprawling shopping malls before settling in for your final night out at the Kamikaze bar.

Another bullet train will take you to Osaka, your final destination before heading back to Tokyo.

You’ll arrive in time for lunch in the Nanba or Shinsaibashi area. After enjoying your fill of yakitori, ramen, sushi or whatever takes your fancy, it’s a short train ride to Osaka Castle.

  • Take a stroll around the castle that rises above the enormous moat and then check out the nine-level donjon.
  • Shenanigans in Shinsaibashi and the Dotonbori riverfront await next… for the ultimate Japanese shopping experience, dive into the covered shopping arcade at Shinsaibashi.
  • See if you can be the Xtreme Gap arcade challenge champion and then walk through Dotonbori and prepare to be blasted by neon.
  • The eating, drinking, gaming and clubbing options around Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi are endless – fill your boots! Why not kick-start your night with a beer on us at the city’s famous Kamikaze bar?
  • In the evening, you will sleep at a capsule hotel- small, intimate, private and quintessentially Japanese.

DAY 13 Osaka, saying goodbye´s

  • Say goodbye to your fellow Dragon Trippers over a farewell trip up the Umeda Sky Tower.
  • Brunch in Osaka before catching your final bullet train back to Tokyo to finish up or continue on your travels!

 Arrival Information

Please arrive into Tokyo on the first day of the tour. Airport transfers are not included. Japan has a super easy transport system that is easy to navigate. You simply need to catch a train to Tokyo city centre for a cost of around £10.
Your tour ends in Tokyo on day 13. Return airport transfers are not included. Let us know your onward travel plans and we can advise you about the best transfer options.

TRIP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We recommend a budget of 20 EUR – 25 EUR per day for food in Japan and for eating out together with other people in your group, but it’s possible to spend less. We include most of the activities on the itinerary in the cost of the trip, so there are not too many other expenses once out there, apart from any shopping.
The maximum group size is around 20.
 Yes, you can fly home on Day 13. The trip ends that day at Tokyo Railway Station, by 15:30, but book a late flight so that you have enough time to get to the airport and check in on time.
The trip starts at 10 am on Day 1, so most customers will arrive the day before. (We can book any pre- and/or post trip accommodation if you need.) But it’s easy enough to catch up on Day 1 if arriving that morning, as the group will stay quite close to the hostel for the first bit of activities.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
13 (Days)February September 2020GBP 1699Book Now
13 (Days)May to Aug Oct & Nov 2020GBP 1799Book Now
13 (Days)March & April 2020GBP 1899Book Now

INCLUDED

  • 12 nights’ accommodation in hostels
  • All transport between activities
  • Karate class
  • Anime drawing class
  • Sensou-ji temple visit
  • Japanese-style bath house experience
    Sashimi lesson from Sushi chef
  • Shinto shrine visit
  • “Made in Tokyo” experience
  • Sapporo brewery visit
  • Visit to Sumo district
  • Baseball batting cage experience
  • Takaosan Mountain hike
  • Great Buddha visit
  • Hakone Ropeway ride
  • Pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi
  • Visits to Kyoto temples
  • Hot springs experience in Kyoto
  • Day trip to Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Boat trip down the Hozugawa River
  • Meditation in Buddhist temple
  • Day trip to Hiroshima
  • Calligraphy class
  • Osaka Castle visit
  • Beginners Japanese tuition
  • Western and Japanese tour guides
  • 24 hour emergency support

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities

Dates

2020 Start dates

February 17/02/2020 29/02/2020
February 24/02/2020 07/03/2020

March 02/03/2020 14/03/2020
March 09/03/2020 21/03/2020
March 16/03/2020 28/03/2020
March 19/03/2020 31/03/2020
March 23/03/2020 04/04/2020
March 26/03/2020 07/04/2020
March 30/03/2020 11/04/2020

April 02/04/2020 14/04/2020
April 06/04/2020 18/04/2020
April 09/04/2020 21/04/2020
April 13/04/2020 25/04/2020
April 16/04/2020 28/04/2020
April 27/04/2020 09/05/2020

May 04/05/2020 16/05/2020
May 07/05/2020 19/05/2020
May 11/05/2020 23/05/2020
May 14/05/2020 26/05/2020
May 18/05/2020 30/05/2020
May 25/05/2020 06/06/2020

June 01/06/2020 13/06/2020
June 08/06/2020 20/06/2020
June 11/06/2020 23/06/2020
June 15/06/2020 27/06/2020
June 18/06/2020 30/06/2020
June 22/06/2020 04/07/2020
June 25/06/2020 07/07/2020
June 29/06/2020 11/07/2020

July 2/07/2020 14/07/2020
July 06/07/2020 18/07/2020
July 09/07/2020 21/07/2020

August 17/08/2020 29/08/2020
August 24/08/2020 05/09/2020
August 31/08/2020 12/09/2020

September 03/9/2020 5/09/2020
September 07/09/2020 19/09/2020
September 14/09/2020 26/09/2020
September 17/09/2020 29/09/2020
September 21/09/2020 03/10/2020
September 24/09/2020 06/10/2020
September 28/09/2020 10/10/2020

October 01/10/2020 13/10/2020
October 05/10/2020 17/10/2020
October 08/10/2020 20/10/2020
October 12/10/2020 24/10/2020
October 15/10/2020 27/10/2020
October 19/10/2020 31/10/2020
October 26/10/2020 07/11/2020

November 02/11/2020 14/11/2020

2021 Start Dates:

February 18/02/2021 02/03/2021

March 01/03/2021 – 13/03/2021
March 08/03/2021 – 20/03/2021
March 15/03/2021 – 27/03/2021
March 22/03/2021 – 03/04/2021
March 25/03/2021 – 06/04/2021
March 29/03/2021 – 10/04/2021

April 05/04/2021 – 17/04/2021
April 12/04/2021 – 24/04/2021
April 19/04/2021 – 01/05/2021
April 26/04/2021 – 08/05/2021

May 03/05/2021 – 15/05/2021
May 10/05/2021 – 22/05/2021
May 17/05/2021 – 29/05/2021
May 24/05/2021 – 05/06/2021
May 31/05/2021 – 12/06/2021

June 07/06/2021 – 19/06/2021
June 14/06/2021 – 26/06/2021
June 21/06/2021 – 03/07/2021
June 28/06/2021 – 10/07/2021

July 05/07/2021 – 17/07/2021
July 12/07/2021 – 24/07/2021
July 19/07/2021 – 31/07/2021
July 26/07/2021 – 07/08/2021

August 02/08/2021 – 14/08/2021
August 09/08/2021 – 21/08/2021
August 16/08/2021 – 28/08/2021
August 23/08/2021 – 04/09/2021
August 30/08/2021 – 11/09/2021

September 06/09/2021 – 18/09/2021
September 13/09/2021 – 25/09/2021
September 20/09/2021 – 02/10/2021
September 27/09/2021 – 09/10/2021

October 04/10/2021 – 16/10/2021
October 11/10/2021 – 23/10/2021
October 18/10/2021 – 30/10/2021
October 25/10/2021 – 06/11/2021

November 01/11/2021 – 13/11/2021
November 08/11/2021 – 20/11/2021
November 15/11/2021 – 27/11/2021

Cambodia Backpacker Experience

Starting in Phnom Penh and ending in Siem Reap, we take you on a 12 day adventure filled with culture, beauty and beaches. This trip offers amazing variety, stopping in the best locations that Cambodia has to offer, this trip really does have something for everyone. Beaches, islands, boat trips and parties in Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem, fun water activities and riverside chilling in Kampot, history and nightlife in Phnom Penh, culture and temples in Siem Reap. If you want to make friends, have fun and experience Cambodia for all it’s uniqueness, then this is the trip for you.

 

Discover the beaches and parties of Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, then North, stopping along the way in Kampot and Phnom Penh to experience some Khmer culture, history and nightlife. The tour ends in Siem Reap to see one of the highlights of South East Asia – the majestic Angkor Wat.

 Cambodia Backpacker Experience

 Stunning Cambodia in AN EPIC Group. Ready to get Experienced?


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PHOTOS

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN PHNOM PENH

We will either pick you up from the airport or meet you at the hostel and introduce you to the crew. You’ll have the day to chill and get settled or explore the city get to know the rest of the group in the evening over a few drinks in the bar and get ready to jump on the bus the following day to begin the adventure.

DAY 2-3 – SIHANOUKVILLE

The first stop on the tour is Sihanoukville, a land of of beaches, islands and parties. In Sihanoukville we stay in a nice hotel (with a pool) near the main beach for two nights, hit the beach bars for one or two cocktails by evening (they have 50cent beers!), and start the tour with a bang joining a backpacker booze cruise around the islands. We then hop over to the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong Samloem on day four for the next two nights.

DAY 4-5 – KOH RONG SAMLOEM

On the amazingly beautiful & secluded island of Koh Rong Samloem we stay at the newest Mad Monkey Hostel right on the beach. Here we spend two days as true beach bums, you can choose to chill on the luscious white sand, sip cocktails at the bar or soak up the rays! Whilst on Koh Rong Samloem we’ll also have a special beach bbq and fire show night on us and take a boat cruise around the island to hit up some awesome snorkelling spots, try some fishing and kick back in the crystal clear turquoise waters!

DAY 6-7 – KAMPOT

Leaving the island by boat in the morning, we then catch a minibus ride to the great little town of Kampot. Staying at an awesome Mad Monkey backpackers right in the center of town, we can spend the day chilling by the pool or exploring, we’ll go for some world famous ribs and also spend a day by the river, rafting, tubing, knee or wake boarding, playing on rope swings, pontunes and the blob! Yet another destination with amazing natural surroundings, yet very different from the island/beach feel of the others. Our pals at Mad Monkey can also arrange some optional (extra) activities if you’re feeling adventurous.

DAY 8-9 – BACK TO PHNOM PENH

Arriving back in the capital by private mini bus, we get checked into the Mad Monkey Hostel for a second time! We will explore the city a little this time, visiting Wat Phnom and one of the many markets, before heading out for a unique dining experience at Dine in the Dark. Whilst in the city, tradition dictates that we take a tour to the historical and eye opening site of the Khmer Killing Fields and S21. Two historical land marks which shine some light on Cambodia’s chilling and not too distant history. On the second evening we will jump on a charity pub crawl run by our partners at Mad Monkey Hostels and show you some of the cities nightlife.

DAY 10-12 – SIEM REAP & ANGKOR WAT

On day 10 we hop back on our mini bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, home of the awe inspiring Angkor Wat temple ruins (where they filmed Tomb Raider – and one of the man made wonders of the world). We take a pre sunrise tuk tuk ride to the temple complex so that we can watch the sun come up over the 1000 year old main temple. Our trip comes to an end in this magical place and we hit up the famous Pub Street in Siem Reap for one last party to cap off a trip of a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for South East Asia. The climate will stay the same all year round which will be in the mid 30´s so light clothing will be best. It will also help if you use a backpack rather than a suitcase as it will be more comfortable for you to travel around with. But if you do only have a suitcase, do not spend your money on an expensive backpack, a suitcase or sports bag will do.
Yes of course you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
First of all its your responsibility to get the correct visa, but as it stands at the moment (2016) for UK and NL travellers, you can get a Cambodian visa either online or at the border really easily. If you get one in Khao San Road in Bangkok, where they offer to arrange a visa for you, you risk giving your passport to a stranger. You CAN go to the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok, but would be a waste of time and money. Online or at the border is easiest .
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INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up
  • 11 nights accommodation
    all transport
  • Phnom Penh city orientation
  • Sihanoukville beach day
  • Island hopping to Koh Rong Samloem
  • Island boat and fishing trip
  • Kampot river activities
  • s21 and killing Fields
  • Siem reap
  • Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat
  • detailed predeparture pack
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Fully guided
    INCLUDED MEALS

    • Lunch on boat trip from Rayong
    • Lunch on boat trip from Sihanoukville & Koh Rong
    • Beach BBQ on Koh Rong Samloem
    • Farewell dinner in Siem Reap on last night

    We leave most of meal choice to you, but we do take you to some amazing restaurants (both traditional and modern) so there is always something for everyone. Please note you will have to buy all your other meals, snacks, water etc., so do budget for this when planning your trip!

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Drinks

Dates

2020 Start Dates:

04 Mar
17 Mar
26 Mar

08 Apr
14 Apr
30 Apr

09 May
22 May
31 May

13 Jun
22 Jun

05 Jul
14 Jul
27 Jul

05 Aug
18 Aug
27 Aug

09 Sep
18 Sep

01 Oct
10 Oct
23 Oct

01 Nov
14 Nov
23 Nov

Want longer? Check out the 16 day option.

Thailand Adventure

Are you looking for a great value fun and cultural trip where you meet loads of other travellers? Do you want to experience some amazing cultural adventures like trekking and visiting temples? You will be enchanted by Thai culture and eased into your travels on a great intro week, you can pick fun adventure options in week two, you’ll have a cultural exchange experience in week three and finish up with some serious beach time week four. included are all transfers, accommodation, activities for 4 weeks, and 3 weeks of meals sorted!!


Are you looking for a great value fun trip where you meet loads of other travellers? Do you want to experience some amazing adventures and visit temples? You will be enchanted by Thai culture and eased into your travels on a great intro week, you can pick fun adventure options in week two, you’ll have a cultural exchange experience in week three and finish up with some serious beach time in Hua Hin.

Thailand Adventure

The Thailand Adventure is a perfect trip for first-time travellers who would love to see Thailand and travel in a group of young people. Get to know more about Thai culture, the food, and the beaches.

 

Thailand Adventure Highlights:

Squeeze out the most fun! This 4 week trip has been tailored for you: Introduction week, Adventure week (choose your favourite option), Cultural immersion week and a week on a tropical island with lots of beach time!

  • You can relax knowing that you will settle into the travel swing easily with comprehensive orientation including a Thai language and cooking lessons.
  • Have adventures on the Adventure week you will never forget, go trekking or stay at a temple learning more about Buddhism.
  • You can discover a deeper side to Thailand with exciting cultural exchange projects, join either the Muay Thai training or help us out at a local school.
  • Do you want to see some incredible beaches as well? You can! A 6-night stay in the beautiful Hua Hin district is also included.
  • Don’t worry about being alone, 85% of travellers travel solo. You will be joining a group of like-minded travellers, once you book you have an online buddy list to chat to others before you go!

You can tailor the experience too!

Week one is a set week (the introduction week), but in week 2 you can join the Trekking week or the Buddhism & Culture week and in week 3 there is an option to either get involved in a community project for a cultural exchange experience or learn Muay Thai, the National sport of Thailand. Week 4 is the beach week in Hua Hin.

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Full Details

The trip is broken down into 4 different themed weeks so you arr always experiencing something new and exciting!

  • Intro & Culture Week
  • Adventure Option Week
  • Cultural Immersion Week
  • Beach Week

 

Week One – Intro Week & Siam Culture

The first week is designed to introduce you to Thailand and it’s people, culture, language, attitudes and customs. It’s a great way to meet fellow travellers and to make new friends. To ensure you have fun and to make it easy for you to meet all the groups, we have arranged some fun social nights including a welcome party, a Thai-style BBQ and a dinner at a gorgeous bar / restaurant with Karaoke for those that like to sing!

Orientation

When you arrive at the eco house in Singburi, you will be shown to your rooms. All rooms are shared with the same sex. While staying at the eco-house, males and females are not allowed to stay in the same rooms. There will be time to relax, take a shower and unpack. There will be an informal meeting after dinner to welcome you and to inform you of things like what time breakfast is served. The orientation meeting will be the following day.

There are two co-ordinators at each house. The co-ordinators are friendly local Thais. They are there to show you around, introduce you to Thailand, answer any of your questions and ensure you have a good time. They make this programme a special and unique one.

Programme Introduction:  money, rules and appreciated behaviour, food, safety advice, cultural differences and social information.

Thai language:

During this week, you and your group will have a Thai lesson. You will learn enough phrases to get by on.

Projects:

An explanation of the work places, projects underway and information on what has been achieved in the past (volunteers that have chosen extra weeks only)

Visit local places:

You will be shown the village, markets, temples and monuments in the local area. You will have several opportunities to go to the local town called Singburi. Here you can check your e-mails, go shopping and get a Thai SIM card for your mobile. There is also a pool in Singburi where you can go swimming, relax and sunbathe.

Games, cooking lesson, discussions:

Done in groups to help you make friends with fellow volunteers, project leaders and programme staff. This is an excellent way to learn the language and a fun way to experience the new culture.

Leisure time:

You will have a chance to explore the local area. There are plenty of opportunities for free time. You can relax around the eco-house, read, go swimming, shopping, etc. The project co-ordinators are happy to show you around and point out the beautiful and amazing highlights that Thailand has to offer. Your weekends are your free time so feel free to arrange extra excursions if you´d like.

This Week in Detail

This option is a great chance to know more about Thailand, bond with your fellow participants, and learn about the local surrounding area. You will learn about Thai culture, Thai language and have a

taste of what has made Thai cooking so famous around the world through some cooking classes. You will also visit the famous Buddhist Temple: Wat Phranon Jaksi, the old capital of Ayutthaya (including a visit to the Elephant Village), Lopburi´s museum and pagoda. This programme below is written to give you an idea of this week (it´s an example):

Monday

After breakfast, we have a group meeting and take a short walk around the village before lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit a local handicraft shop before being the special guests of a welcome party with local school students performing a Thai traditional dance for us.

Tuesday

An all-day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in this city that was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong when the Thais were forced Southwards by northern neighbours. We will then visit the special Elephant village followed by dinner near the river side.

Wednesday

In the morning, we start with a Thai lesson, after which will visit some of the beautiful and famous monuments and Buddhist temples near our centre: Wat Phranon Jaksi (A huge reclining Buddha image) and the Bang-Rachan hero monument. In the afternoon there will a trip to the local town, here you can do some shopping, swimming or check email. In the evening, we will have dinner at a famous Thai BBQ restaurant.

Thursday

In the morning, we visit a local school and join in with the local students. During school holidays (from mid-March till mid-May and in October), when the school is closed, we may visit a palm tree farm or other local life instead. After noon we pick up from yesterday with another Thai lesson and then have an interactive Thai cooking class: after a short Thai lesson introducing the different ingredients you will learn how to cook these ingredients into a renowned Thai dish, and have it for dinner!

Friday

A full day  with several visits in the Lopburi province. Some of the highlights would visit to the famous Somdet Phra Narai National Museum and the Wat Phraputhabaht Temple (Buddha´s footprint) and we will experience some local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Weekends

Weekends are always free in most programmes, but participants can delve deeper with advanced Thai Language lessons or hire local transport to visit the Swimming pool or shops in Singburi Town. (these are extra-curricular, please request on site!). Also, feel free to ask the friendly staff for help in getting to some of Thailand´s many nearby tourist attractions.

Week Two: Adventure Options Week – Take Your Pick!

The second week is options week where you can choose from one of the following activities:

  • Trekking in the jungle
  • Buddhism and culture

You do not have to decide which option you pick when you book; you can wait to see what takes your fancy when you are in Thailand.

 

Week two option one: Trekking Option

During the second week, you and other participants have the option to go trekking in Khao Yai National Park, a lush park not often visited by other tourists. This again will be a unique experience. You will be roughing it, but in beautiful surroundings. After this experience, you will have a lot to boast about when you go home as you will be sleeping in tents and surviving with the basics – we´re sure you will have a lot of fun!

The guides are very friendly and you will really enjoy yourself! Khao Yai National Park highest mountain is about 1,351 meters above sea level.

The tropical moist evergreen forest covers the central area of Khao Yai National Park. There is a rich diversity of plants (about 2,000 species), towering trees draped in mosses, tangled trunks of the strangling figs, drooping lianas, spiny rattan palms and delicate ferns. There is always something new to discover in the forest.

Please note that the trekking is not for the faint-hearted and the itinerary is subject to change depending on seasons, weather conditions, group size etc. so please be flexible.

Monday

After breakfast we will set off for Khao Yai National Park, make a pit stop to get food supplies before we get there. We arrive at about 4.30pm and will then set up the camp and have a Thai dinner. In the evening we will do an exciting night safari.

Tuesday

Early morning we will have breakfast, tidy up the camp site and head off into the jungle. We set up the camp, cook and learn about survival techniques from the experienced park rangers.

Wednesday

After breakfast you we go trekking to different stunning waterfalls, feel free to jump in. Again we will camp at a campsite with amazing views

Thursday

Today we trek back to the rangers base to check into our air-conditioned rooms. Here you will be able relax those aching limbs and get that well deserved shower. We will stay here for 1 night, taking in the glorious scenic views.

Friday

We make our way back to Singburi and the Eco houses (see first week).

Weekends are always free after Jungle Trekking programme. Relax at the Eco-House accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the central provinces or take a bus to Bangkok city for the weekend.

Remember to take the following with you on the trek:

  • Raincoat
  • Sleeping bag and fleece – it can get cold in the early mornings
  • Towel
  • Trekking gear – good walking boots (trainers at your own risk)
  • Cap or sun hat
  • T-shirt and shorts
  • Torch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Snacks (crisps and cookies) the food menu will be very limited in the jungle!

We will provide the tent, first aid kit and food. Please note that this trek can be physically demanding and on some days you could be trekking for four to seven hours (with breaks). You will be trekking deep in the jungle, climbing vines and walking up and down mountains. Feedback from past volunteers has been that its hard work but one of the most adventurous and fun activities they have ever done. You will end up with lots of stories to tell your family and friends back home.

Week two option two: Buddhism and Culture Option

The Buddhism and Culture programme below is written to give you an idea of this week: The day order may change, however, the full programme will still be experienced.

It is quite a ride to get here from the location of the introduction week, but totally worth it! Your time will be spent in the Forest Resort, a luxury new resort and in a newly built dorm accommodation next to the ancient Thai temple.

If you choose the Buddhism & Culture week you will get to know a lot more about Buddhism and Thai culture. During this week you will visit temples, you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Buddhism to the monks, we will teach you about practising meditation and chanting in a quiet and spiritual environment. Our guide is very knowledgeable and will tell you all you need to know. If you have a real interest in Buddhism & Culture, this is the programme for you!

During the temple stay you will experience the Thai temple life first hand, and it is pretty impressive and special.

Monday

After breakfast, we leave the eco house in Singburi and take you to Khao Yai National Park. On the way, we stop for lunch. After dinner, you will be introduced to Buddhism & Meditation ethics.

Tuesday

Forget the lie-ins this week as we rise with (or before!) the dawn to give alms to the Monks. After breakfast we will have a discussion with a local monk, where you will have the chance to ask him questions and hear the Buddhist perspective from a monk. Once he leaves we will have lunch followed by a documentary to learn more of Lord Buddha. We will have dinner at the resort and an early bed time is recommended, as we have an early rise next morning.

Wednesday temple stay!

Tonight we stay at a temple. We leave very early morning and upon arrival, we will pay respect to the headmaster of the temple. Today we also learn some of the history of the surrounding area and temple, we will help clean the temple (sweeping leaves). Then lunch, your last meal of today, as monks eat only one or two meals a day all before 12:00 (noon). After lunch we will learn walking and sitting meditation forms.

Thursday, today we live like a monk

We will get up early for a session of sitting meditation. Immediately after, the boys will follow the monks around the village to gather alms. The girls will stay at the temple and help prepare the temple for when they return. Upon returning you will come together and pray before breakfast. After breakfast we will be spending the day just like the monks: Meditating, praying, gardening and cleaning the temple ground. Again more evening chanting and early sleep time.

Friday

Awake at the temple. You can give alms to the monks, or stay at the temple. We will eat breakfast and provide gifts for the monks for our appreciation for letting us stay and then return for Singburi Eco-house, visiting Wat Muang in Ang Thong long the way.

Weekend

Weekends are always free after this week. Relax at the Eco-House accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the central provinces or take a bus to Bangkok city for the weekend.

Remember
  • Please bring your own white clothes which are not tight or see-through, if you don´t have any please buy some before departing to Buddhism and Culture week.
  • Please be calm and quiet during and following meditation and chanting
  • Monks only eat one meal per day so we don´t have dinner on Wednesday
  • Men and women cannot sleep together during temple stay and no passionate contact during temple stay
  • Please do not point your feet to the monks or the Buddha
  • Women are not allowed to stay close to monks or touch the monks so please be cautious.

Week Three

Week three option one: Cultural Immersion Projects

During this week you will have opportunities to help the local community:

  • Help out in a School
  • Build Clay Houses
  • Looking after kids in a local orphanage
  • Boxing Option

The biggest area in need is education so you will be visiting the local schools during term time or local children or perhaps local police from the village at the Eco house during school holidays. You can chat to the kids, help with both English and maths through playing games, singing songs etc. More information will be given to you about this during your first week.

Accommodation during this week will be either at the eco house or if you prefer, a home-stay. Most of the schools are within walking distance. For those schools that are not, the teacher or a local co-ordinator will transport you there and back. Remember to dress and behave appropriately. The students will look up to you and will attempt to copy your fashion and actions. Ladies, you need to make sure you don´t expose too much skin. Polo shirts/T-shirts, trousers and long skirts are all fine. Also the smarter you dress the more respect you will receive in the classroom.

It can be helpful to bring some materials to help you assist with teaching. For example, books, games and toys. It´s a nice idea to donate these to the school or children once you have left. Pens and paper will be provided. If you have any questions about this week, then please feel free to contact us or talk to the co-ordinators.

If you want to try something different instead then we have the boxing option:

Week Three option two: Muay Thai Boxing Option

During this week you will train in elements of Muay Thai the exciting national sport of Thailand. This is geared for complete beginners so no need to feel intimidated. It is lots of fun and there is no better way to immerse our self in the local culture

While you are training you will focus on many different areas, a large part of Thai boxing includes agility, speed and balance. In order to develop each discipline of Muay Thai (i.e. punches, kicks, elbows etc), you will learn exercises and training drills that promote these three important things.

A typical day begins with an early start, getting up at 5.30am. This is necessary so that you are not spending the hottest hours of the day participating in intensive boxing training. You will head for a run to warm up followed by refreshments at the gym. From here you will take training exercises led by our experienced Thai Boxing trainer. Once fully warmed up you will head into the ring to spar one-on-one. Our co-ordinator will translate the instructor’s explanations into English. He will try to teach you some Thai necessary to learn more about the sport.

From 9am you have the option of going to the swimming pool (14km away) or relaxing back at the eco-house with other participants. The morning routine is repeated at around 3pm. The training can be quite intense, so it is important that you have a warm down period each day.

You will have the opportunity to take part in optional Tae Kwon Do classes some evenings.

Changing Options

If you think that you may decide to change your option for week three from boxing to the teaching option, or that you may add extra cultural immersion weeks you can do this locally.

Week Four – Beach time (6 nights)

This is usually the travellers favourite part of the programme. You will spend from Sunday evening to Saturday morning in the gorgeous Hua Hin District. It is a jam packed week with loads of exciting and interesting activities.

Set near the idyllic city of Hua Hin, you will get a real feel of Buddhism, help conserve the natural surroundings and of course, loads of well-deserved beach time.

We’ll take you south to the seaside city of Hua Hin, where you will take part in fun activities where you are able to see several beautiful temples. You will get the chance to help monks and learn about Buddhism. You will also be involved with vital beach conservation activities, visit local the markets and experience other awesome cultural activities. The afternoons are free for you to explore the city and relax at the beach.

Every day, we will take you to a different beach where you will be able to just relax and unwind amidst white sand and crystal-clear blue waters.

  • Dinner at our center when you arrive!
  • Amazing visits to temples!
  • An excursion to Pranburi Forest Park!
  • Excursion to the Artist Village!
  • And lots of beach time!

You are welcome to add-on activity’s or not and do your own thing. The rest of the time is free time to sunbathe, snorkel, explore the beautiful area or simply just chill out.

On the last day,  you will have breakfast, then get a transfer back to Hua Hin bus station.

 

Accommodation

During this programme you will be located in 3 different locations to get to know about different parts of Thailand. All transfers will be taken care of (arrival transfer is also included providing your arrive on set start dates).

During the first three weeks, you will be staying in Eco houses. Normally you share your ensuite room with 1 or 2 others of the same sex. The rooms have a good sized bathroom with western toilet end shower.

To relax you can chill in the gardens or in the communal area where you can hangout with the others. Here also your meals are served.

During the Intro week (week 1), Muay Thai or Cultural Immersion week (week 3) your accommodation is situated about 10 km from the town of Singburi. In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants. There are plenty of trips into Singburi or you can easily take a taxi (about 15 minutes).

The doors and windows are screened (to protect you from mosquitoes). There are fans in the room. For your valuables, we have lockers available. We strongly encourage you to use them, even if our centres are generally very safe. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised. All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes. All meals (Thai style) are included.

Facilities:

  • Transportation- Our Eco houses are about 10-15 kilometre from the city, it’s a little bit difficult to travel to town by public transportation but it can be done by local taxi.   Taxis can be called though our staff at any time.
  • Money issues: there are numbers of bank and ATM machine near by. The nearest one is just a km or so away at Thakam market.
  • Internet use: internet cafes can be found in Singburi town. Our accommodation has free wireless internet for participants, but we advise caution in bringing bulky valuables with you.
  • International Phone calls – you can buy an international telephone card (with PIN code) in Singburi. The best ones are from CAT PhoneNet, with which you can call from any phone in Thailand. They can be bought at the post office or CAT office. Don´t hesitate to ask your coordinator for assistance.

During the beach week, you stay in our centre in Hua Hin.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 28 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general, this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Xtreme Gap cannot be held responsible if you fail to travel with the correct visa. So please check with your local embassy personally. The previous information is meant as a guide, but visa rules change often and frequently. So do not take this as the current law.

Take £100 a week and you will be living very well. Remember that everything is included on this trip. So all the food, the accommodation, the transfers, airport pick up and loads of activities and adventures along the way are already paid for.

On Saturday, after breakfast, we will transfer you back to Singburi for Bangkok, if you have further programmes with us or to Hua Hin bus station if this is the end of your program, where you can catch a bus back to Bangkok to catch your flight home.

Usually there is an average of 15 fellow travel mates on the trip, but it can be more or less. Did you know that you can meet other travellers before you head out to Thailand? Simply sign up to our online travellers meeting point and you start to chat to other people interested in Thailand. Once you book, securing a place with £200 deposit, you will be given access to an exclusive buddy list. This enables you to talk directly with other people signed up your trip! So you already make some new friends on your trip before you go!

Yes, you can start off with this trip and then do some backpacking in Laos afterwards for example. Another really popular option is to get a 60 day visa before you leave Thailand, and then bolt on the Koh Tao adventure after this trip giving you two months in Thailand.

 

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Included

  • Information pack before departure
  • Airport pick up in Bangkok
  • Orientation including a Thai language and cooking lesson
  • One week trekking or Buddhism and culture
  • Cultural Exchange projects or try some Muay Thai Training!
  • 6 nights in the beautiful Hua Hin District
  • All meals
  • All accommodation through the four weeks
  • Transfers between weeks
  • Access to online buddy lists to chat to other members of the group

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Extra spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Airport drop off (but its cheap and we help you!)

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Xtreme South Africa Experience

The Xtreme South Africa experience, taking the best parts of a South African gap year experience and boiling it down into 5 weeks of non-stop group travel, action and adventure. All different weeks at different locations, focusing on different incredible activities. Adrenaline adventures in Cape Town, hands-on conservation and community projects covering the first two weeks. Then an unforgettable adrenaline tour up the coast featuring safaris, bungees and epic scenery before finally finishing on a two-week big 5 conservation project. Fly into Cape Town and out of Port Elizabeth.

The Xtreme South Africa experience, taking the best parts of a South African experience and boiling it down into five weeks of non-stop group travel, action and adventure. Different weeks, focusing on four different incredible activities. Adrenaline Adventures in Cape Town, hands-on conservation and community projects covering the first two weeks. Then an unforgettable adrenaline tour up the coast featuring safaris, bungees and epic scenery before finally finishing on a two-week conservation project. Fly into Cape Town and out of Port Elizabeth.

Xtreme South Africa Experience

What you experience now will change your life in the future. This trip with its massive highs, adrenaline shocks, and humbling insights into real issues will grow you as an individual. This trip combines it all; it will be the best five weeks of your life join our groups and kick off an amazing South African adventure.

Week One

Adrenaline Week

  • Arrival into Cape Town transfer to backpackers
  • Five-day Cape Town Adrenaline Week
  • Paragliding
  • Surfing
  • Cape Tour
  • World’s Highest Abseil
  • Free Weekend With Beach Time

Week Two:

Xtreme Hero Week

  • Choose either  Xtreme marine conservation hero great white shark project option or
  • Xtreme Kite Surf Qualification or
  • Or the Xtreme community superhero option in a township

Week Three:

Adrenaline Tour Garden Route Road Trip

  • Cape Town / Gaans Bai to Cape Aguilas
  • Cape Aguilas to Oudtshoorn
  • Face Adrenaline
  • Monkey / Elephant Park Night in Sedgefield
  • Jeffreys Bay via Tsitsikamma
  • Addo Game Drive – Jeffreys Bay
  • Hang out in Jeffreys Bay With Surf Lesson
  • Weekend in Port Elizabeth with city tour, Jazz club and Donkin Trail

Week Four & Five:

Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

  • Wildlife conservation Game Park
  • Transfer to Port Elizabeth
  • Trip ends

Highlights

  • Make friends from all over the world, as you discover, learn party and chill in some incredible locations all throughout southern Africa.
  • Experiencing the site sounds and colonial vibe of Africa’s most beautiful city: Cape Town
  • Revelling in the epic landscape of where to oceans meet at the Horn of Africa: the Cape of Good Hope
  • Pitting yourself against the world’s highest abseil of Table Mountain
  • Insane views of Cape Town on the Table Mountain cable car
  • Chilling on white sandy beaches with incredible views of Table Mountain with optional kite surf lessons
  • Picking between two adventurous and worthwhile projects. Helping to report scientific research aiding in the conservation of the great white shark, or immersing yourself in a community project to give something back to the poorest and most vulnerable in South Africa
  • Experiencing one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world en route to the shark conservation project
  • An incredible garden route adrenaline tour, covering 1000 km of action and adventure!
  • Testing your bravery. Facing the world’s highest bridge bungee: Bloukrans at 216 m (optional).
  • Mount up and ride an ostrich Cango Ostrich Farm!
  • Discover the true beauty of the garden route as you drive through the Hops Valley experiencing its mind blowing scenery
  • Discover the gateway to the Otter Trail in South Africa’s third most popular National Park Tsitsikamma. A feast for your eyes as steep wilderness gives way to a beautiful stretch of coastline.
  • Go on safari in Addo National Park and search for the big five.
  • Chill on the golden sands and get proper beach time in Jeffreys Bay. Ultra cool beach-side surf hostel, with epic nightlife and chilled out vibes.
  • Get hands-on on a wildlife conservation project for an entire week. Loads of interaction with nature, in a beautiful environment.


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Cape Town Adrenaline Week One

On Arrival

You stay here.
You stay here.

Arrange your flights to land in to Cape Town International airport. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our base in Cape Town. A stress free way of arriving into Africa. When you book with Xtreme gap year you get access to a Facebook group buddy list prior to arrival, so you can already start chatting to fellow Xtreme Gappers is who will be joining you on your trip.

Check in, kick back and relax. On Monday morning you will be given a full comprehensive introduction and then start your week-long adventures in and around Cape Town.

Your accommodation for the week is located in Table View its near the beach, and its a nice chilled out place to relax when dipping in and out of Cape Town. The views of table Mountain are spectacular as well.

Cape Town

DJI00013For the first week Cape Town will be your playground. It’s an amazing destination with a distinctively European feel yet African flair. You have loads of activities arranged for you for the week, but also plenty of free time to explore and check out some of the site sounds and highlights of the mother city.

As some of the activities are weather dependent the days you complete the activities might change, but we will aim to complete the following:

Table Mountain National Park & Abseil Africa

Take a trip to the top of table Mountain and check out the stunning scenery surrounding you. Awarded natural wonder of the world status, it’s easy to see why from the top. On a clear day you have impressive views of not only Cape Town but the Cape of Good Hope and the stunning scenery surrounding the mother city.

Table Mountain Drone (1)When you’re at the top, we are going to take full advantage of the altitude, because you are going to abseil of the world’s highest abseil from the top. Over 100 m in distance, and the thousand metres above sea level you will learn the true benefits of adrenaline travel with Xtreme. If you do not have a head for heights or want to back out you will not be forced to participate in this activity, but you will miss out on one of the best experiences of your life.

Please note the cable car ticket is not included in the trip price and you must purchase this locally (or this can be done online the night before) allow approximately £25 per person for the return journey.

Xtreme Cape Peninsula Tour

We will take you off to check out the Horn of Africa, on a mission to see the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way we will show you a thing or two about the history of Cape Town and show you things that most tourists miss. Check out the penguins at boulders Beach, have lunch with the locals in Kalk Bay and of course taste some of the local wine which is spectacular. We will take you through Clifton, camps Bay and then the stunning coastal road to Hout baai. It’s a scenic drive and then some with the final destination being the Cape of Good Hope. Prior to reaching the Cape there is a 40 minute hike, surrounded by baboons, seabirds and all forms of exotic wildlife. This is an entire day out, and will take around eight hours.

Surfing

During the first week we will hit the beach and do a three-hour surf session!

Paragliding

When we look at table Mountain, we just want to jump off it . So as part of the Cape Town adrenaline week we will take you tandem paragliding. The views are insane from up there!

Please note this activity is wind and weather dependent so there is some flexibility as to when this happens. If we are unfortunate with the local conditions we will substitute this activity with something more appropriate.

Food Included

For the first two weeks breakfasts and dinners are included in the price of the programme (unless you are on the shark conservation option, in which case breakfasts and dinners will be included for the first week in Cape Town).

Week 2: Hero Week Pick An Option

  • Xtreme marine conservation hero great white shark project option or
  • Xtreme Kite Surf Qualification or
  • Or the Xtreme community superhero option in a township

On your second week you have two different projects you can choose. Please note both projects are located in different locations. If you choose the community hero option, you will be located in table view in Cape Town. The shark conservation project takes place in Gansbaai approximately two hours from Cape Town. The group will be split depending on which activities you have picked and be reunited on the road trip one week later.

Great White Shark Option

And Xtreme Gap your exclusive we have partnered with one of the leading great white shark conservation projects in the world.

Every day (weather permitting) boats go out to monitor great white shark numbers in one of the world’s top great white shark hotspots.

Your role as an Xtreme reporter will be to get in the water with the sharks (in a cage) and observe the sharks in their natural environment. There are various research projects and data collection needs that you will get involved with, and you will be briefed on arrival as to what research tasks need to be completed.

Important scientific data collection work… That just happens to be bloody exciting.

DJI00125For one week you will be going out on the boats, examining and interacting with great whites, collecting and collating data on their movements and markings.

You will also fulfill the role of an Xtreme reporter, by contributing to the Xtreme marine shark conservation blog with the aim of raising awareness of issues surrounding threats to the great white shark. The database and bloggers running conjunction with white shark projects, one of the world’s leading white shark conservation projects, and the work you do will be accessible to marine biologists throughout the world.

Now this is important work, because you will be located in the worlds number one hotspots the great white sharks. Very little is known about them, so the data that you collect is very important. Scientists from all over the world can use the data collected in Gansbaai to further their understanding of great white sharks, and help assist in the conservation of these magnificent animals. Sharks are under threat, this is common knowledge now is your opportunity to help do something about it.

Xtreme South Africa Experience (9)We will aim to get you in the water as much as possible, but please note the activity is weather dependent, so there may be some non-sea days. During these days your focus will be on writing up the article that you are working on, or nonacademic activities like visiting some of the incredible hotspots in the area.

During the week you will be accommodated in a volunteer house, located in Klein Baai, a stones throw from the launch site of the shark conservation projects boats. After one week you will have gained an incredible insight into the issues surrounding great white sharks, and we hope got to know them a little bit better! Not only that you will come face-to-face on multiple occasions with a top apex predator and probably crapped your pants in the process!

Breakfasts Included

Please note breakfast is included during this week and lunches and dinners you have to pay for locally however there are cooking facilities at the volunteer house, and volunteers usually take turns to cook together.

Kite Surf Option

The third very exciting option in your second week is our learn to  Kite Surf option. You will be located a short stroll from one of the best kite surf beaches in the world. Cape Town is well known for its perfect kite surf conditions, warm temperate waters reliable steady wind and some of the top kite surfers in the world choosing this is the number one destination.

If you pick this option we will enroll you on an IKO beginner kite surfing course. As this option is wind and weather dependent, you have a week to complete your course, which should provide ample time to complete the necessary hours and modules.

What you will learn:

The kite surfing course will take you through the theory of kite surf, everything from wind conditions to the equipment and safety checks. You will learn how to fly the kite on land prior to getting in the water to start body dragging. (Controlling the kite in the water without the board). Finally you will get onto water start where you are up on the board under power from the kite. How far you progress is really up to how quickly you pick it up.

During the week you will be accommodated in the same backpackers hostel as in week 1.

All meals are included during this week and you get a total of 12 hours of instruction split throughout the week.

Breakfast and dinner included with this option

 Township Community Work. The community superhero project option.

Skandal Camp Xtreme Gap Foundation (8) (Copy)For those not doing the white shark conservation project, you have an amazing opportunity to help some of Africa’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with the save foundation, you are able to get involved in a series of different project to help benefit local impoverished communities. You will be visiting some of the most unfortunate and impoverished people in South Africa. There are significant social problems which need addressing with the help of overseas volunteers. Helping volunteer your time in community creches, playing with the children and being involved in construction projects like building classrooms can make a real difference to the local community.

Some of the work is heartbreaking, and some of it incredibly rewarding. You will be under the stewardship of very capable coordinators, who have been successfully running community projects in South Africa for many years. Nikki the project leader, comes from an NGO background whose drive and enthusiasm is infectious. Under her guidance hopefully you can give something back and contribute to the well-being of some of Africa’s most needy.

During the week he will stay in a shared volunteer house, located a couple of minutes from the beach in dormitory accommodation. The house is in one of the most picturesque parts of Cape Town, table view and each day you will be transported to the projects and set tasks.

Breakfast and dinner included with this option

 

Week Three Adrenaline Tour Garden Route Road Trip.

tAFELBERG 2 EN oUDTSHOORN 249 (Copy)The third week involves an epic 1 ½ thousand kilometre road trip along one of the most beautiful drives in the world: the Garden Route. This is a fully guided adventure stopping off in some of the best places in South Africa.

This will be a non-stop quest for adventure with some seriously awesome activities in the itinerary:

What you can expect

  • Opportunity to go shark cage diving (if you are on the community township option)
  • Safari and game drive in the legendary Addo Elephant Park
  • Two night stay in Jeffreys Bay with surf lessons
  • Optional bungee jump at the legendary Bloukrans (Or cheer on your mates from the clifftop bar!)
  • Tsitiskamma National Park the gateway to the otter Trail
  • Ostrich riding and cango caves
  • Cango Wildlife Park to see rare breeds and leaping crocodiles
  • Option to do some crocodile cage diving
  • Epic scenery of mountains, coastal roads and two amazing oceans
  • Chilling out on the golden sands of Jeffreys Bay
  • A breathtaking view from the top of Knysna Heads

Adrenaline Tour Garden Route Road Trip

Day 1 ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai:

One of the most scenic coastal drives in the world optional shark cage dive,  ending at the bottom of continental  Africa.

It’s an early start from Cape Town at 8.30. It’s going to be a hell of the road trip. Today we head East, as we leave behind table Mountain and the glorious Cape Town, we had along the N2 to the coast. We will be joining the famous Whale route which is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world. Mountains descend into the Indian Ocean, which is loaded with whales and sharks.

If you did not pick the great white shark option in the second week you have the opportunity to go shark cage diving today. This will mean you leave even earlier than the main group to get out on the boat to see the sharks. You will then meet up with the main group directly after your shot cage dive.

Make sure your camera is fully charged because you’re going to be snapping away like a lunatic, we can have a stop in a craft beer brewery to quench your thirst before heading to Cape Agulhas National Park.

Despite most people believe the Cape of Good Hope holds this title, it is actually Cape Agulhas that is the most southern geographical point of Africa.

After a visit to the lookout point we make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November).

After our cruise we take a walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is designed to be a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers, to get used to travelling in our vehicle and to settle into the comfortable routine of life on tour.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Backpacker dorm -Cape Agulhas Backpackers
  • Facilities Shared ablutions, bar, internet, swimming pool
  • Route: Cape Town to Struisbaai ±260 km
  • Travel time: ±4 hrs
  • Included Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus / Shopping
    Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
  • Optional Activities: Shark cage diving

Day 2 ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike

Goodbye whale route hello garden route. Day two brings beach time, kayaking and waterfalls.

Not such an early start this morning, enjoy your breakfast After a relaxing breakfast we start driving inland again, this time towards the famed Garden Route!

After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall.
We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Cape to Addo Backpacker dorm: Sedgefield
  • Facilities: Shared ablutions, internet, pool, entertainment areas
  • Route: Struisbaai to Sedgefield ± 340 km
  • Travel time: ±4 hrs
  • Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall

Day 3 ǀ Oudtshoorn:

Driving through the desert Little Karoo. Exploring underground caves. Riding ostriches and swimming with crocodiles!

We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn. Today you’re going to see more ostriches than you will probably ever see for the rest of your life. Originally not native to Oudtshoorn, settlers discovered that the ostrich thrives here. So you’re going learn a lot about them. If you’re up for it you can ride one one as well (don’t worry it doesn’t hurt the ostrich and it is really very silly).


Prior to that we are going to explore the amazing Cango Caves. Think massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world.

If you enjoy spelunking (yes that’s a real word we didn’t make that up) and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Finally you can go see endangered wildlife act can go wildlife Ranch. This is the only place in the world we can go crocodile cage diving! They also have a big cat Sanctuary, where you can interact with cheetah as well.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Cape to Addo Backpacker dorm in Sedgefield
  • Facilities: Shared ablutions, internet, pool, free shuttle service to PiliPili Beach bar
  • Route: Sedgefield to Oudtshoorn day trip ±190 km
  • Travel time: ±3 hrs
  • Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves

Optional Activities:

  • Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction apply to riders)
  • Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch

Day 4 ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay:

Learn all about monkeys and Elephants. Throw yourselves down canyons and take on the mighty bloukrans Bungee. Hike through a national Park. Finish in one of the worlds top surf spots. Not a bad afternoon.

This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from. This is an action packed itinerary today so you will not get to pick every single option, so pick the one that you would most like to do.

  1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
  2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
  3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Bloukrans bungee

Bloukrans Face Adrenaline bungee jumpOur next stop is the World’s highest commercial bridge Bungee Jump at 216 meters.  It is really bloody scary. If you cannot face the jump, you can face a pint, from the clifftop bar where you can watch the jumpers on a live video feed.


For those that have successfully completed the jump they are going to need a serious wind down. There is no better place to do this than the Tsitsikamma National Park. It’s like something out of the lost world, with an ancient rainforest descending down beautiful cliffs into the sea.  We will go for a hike over the suspension bridges to check out the scenery and stop for lunch in an amazing beach-side lodge. Make sure you try the stake it is to die for.

If we have time we will head to Storms river swing bridges before we reach the world-famous surfing Mecca Jeffreys Bay. We will be staying right by the beach in an awesome Surf Lodge. The Surf Lodge will be your home for the next couple of days, although we will be doing road trips up to the Addo national elephant Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation Backpacker dorm; Island Vibe Backpackers, Jbay
  • Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, internet
  • Route: Sedgefield to Storms River/Jbay
  • Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
  • Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

Day 5 ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s bay)

Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

Addo Game Drive

The Addo elephant Park is immense. It’s also one of the top elephant game reserves in South Africa. Miles and miles of endless African bush, will have surprises around every corner. We will go for a 3 to 5 hour game drive in the elephant Park so have your camera charged in your memory card is empty!

Jeffreys Bay With Optional Surf Lesson

In the afternoon we had back to Jeffreys Bay, where you will set up for the next couple of days, learning to surf and getting some much-needed beach and chill time.

This is your opportunity to relax, take in the white sandy beaches and hang out with other backpackers. The week after we are heading into the African bush, so it’s nice to spend some time by the ocean.

No meals are included in Jeffreys bay so please budget and additional £30 to cover these expenses for the next couple of days

Weekend in Port Elizabeth

P.E for the weekend. You will be based in a hostel near the center and have serveral activities planned. An interesting city tour (Donkin trail ) combined with township tour finally dinner at a Jazz Club in the township (New Brighton Township).

When we depart from the Jazz club after dinner we stop at the beer shack for beer tasting (beers own cost).

This section is guided from Jbay all the way through PE until the wold life section of the trip. You will have free time at the weekend. You can shop, explore or if you thirst for some more adventure: Rent a bike from the hostel and do a few kilometres cycle to a SAMREC penguin rehabilitation centre and or you can do  a 9 km hiking trail of the Cape Nature Recife/light house.

Week Four & Five Wildlife Conservation & Safari

Week four and Five are all about the animals of Africa. Staying in the big five wildlife reserve near Port Elizabeth. Guided by expert game rangers you will have access every day to Africa’s wildlife. Early in the mornings and in the afternoons you will head out in modified land cruisers, looking for wildlife and getting involved in conservation activities.


It is spectacular as it is adventurous, but more than that you will gain a deeper understanding of the issues African wildlife is facing. For example the exploitation of the rhino, or combating poaching from elephant ivory poachers. There are so many different projects and tasks that need your assistance you can really contribute something back. But it’s not all hard work out on the reserves, its incredible experiences as well. Face-to-face with raw African wildlife, you will track lions, buffaloes leopards and more.

During these weeks you will stay on the reserves, in a shared volunteer house, all food is provided for you, although there is the opportunity to purchase extra snacks and soft drinks. With days full of wildlife interaction, your nights around the campfire will be filled with incredible story swapping as you relive the moments of the day.

Car Chasing (2) - CopyYou also have the option to contribute to our wildlife conservation database, and write reports on your findings, a great way to show future employers or university tutors what you got up to with your time off.

At the end of the weeks you will be dropped off in Port Elizabeth (Monday 11 am) where you can catch your flight home. If you wish to travel further on through South Africa, we can also help organise Baz bus tickets, a hop on hop off bus network so let us know all about your travel plans.

Which reserve will you stay at?

We use several different reserves depending on the groups sizes and availability at the game reserves. All reserves are highly rated (5 star game reserves). Sometimes it is necessary to split the group, but we endeavour to keep the group together. The game reserve selected will be confirmed to you at the time of booking and we do reserve the right to change game reserves at any time depending on what is best suited to group size. All game reserves are located in the Port Elizabeth Malaria free zone.

ACCOMMODATION

On this trip you stay multiple locations. Accommodation is mainly in dorms or twin to triple share single sex rooms.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

What are the group sizes

Group sizes do vary but expect up to 12 people per group. We keep it nice and intimate because this ensures the road trip section is truly unforgettable. You will make good friends with other Xtreme Gappers and have some incredible experiences along the way.

What spending money should I take

South Africa is very cheap, the exchange rate is very favourable so if you are on a tight budget you should only need around £80 per week. Most of your food is included in the second and fourth weeks, and there are cooking facilities available as well.

What are the average ages?

The majority of people on this trip are between 18 and 30, but it is popular with people of all ages.

As a first-time traveller as the suitable for me?

Yes absolutely. The majority of people on this trip book on their own, and you are well looked after throughout. It’s a great introduction to travelling, and you will be with other people in a similar position. You also get access to our online Facebook buddy lists prior to travel so you can make friends with other people on the same trip prior to leaving.

Is South Africa safe?

Yes it is. Throughout the trip you have assistance from our guides and coordinators, you will be well looked after.

Advise about vaccination

No need to really worry about a rabies vac – highly unlikely that you will need it. Most hospitals have this in stock and they could definitely get this within 24 hours (they don’t keep stock but can get in very quickly).  Our pharmacist in Kenton also said that they can order the rabies vac should someone wants to get vaccinated once here.  Most good pharmacies should be able to do this. We always suggest to our volunteers to get a tetanus jab before coming out – if possible but also not to stress if they haven’t (in case you stand in a rusty nail, hurt yourself with a machete whilst chopping out alien plants on the last 2 weeks.

Great White Shark option

Our great white shark project is closed for volunteers from the 15 Dec- 15th Jan but our kite surfing and community volunteering will still be running then.

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INCLUDED

Cape Town Section, Week 1:

  • Pickup from Cape Town International airport
  • All accommodation at an awesome hostel close to the beach
  • Fully guided in country support and predeparture support
  • Walking tour of Cape Town or Hop on hop off bus tour of Cape Town (with optional Signal Hill sunset)
  • 3 hour surf lesson
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Table Mountain abseil
  • Cape Peninsula tour or Wine tasting
  • Paragliding in Capetown or Lions Head Trek  (weather dependent)

The Xtreme Hero Week 2 :

  • Meals (dinner is excluded in shark option)
  • Breakfast and Dinner (on the Kite Surf and Hero Options)
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers to the projects
  • Xtreme Gap Year coordinators
  • Guidance on the various activities

Road Trip Section, Week 3:

  • All transport
  • All accommodation
  • Xtreme Gap Year guide
  • Entrance to Addo Elephant Park and game drive
  • Entrance to Tsitikamma National Park
  • Cango Caves
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch & Ostrich Ranch
  • Jeffreys Bay Surf lesson

 Wildlife Reserve Section Week 4&5:

  • Transfers to and from the reserve
  • Accommodation in a secure gated compound
  • All meals
  • Game Ranger supervisors
  • Game drive vehicle for 2 weeks
  • Drop off to Port Elizabeth

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals unless stated and all meals during the road trip Jbay section
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Cape town cable car
  • Activities listed as optional on the road trip

Dates

2019 Start dates

01st of September – Sold out

06th of October – Sold out

03rd of November

1st of December

2020 Start Dates

05th of January

02nd of February

 

South America Xplorer

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us and the rest of the team and travel through South America and eight glorious weeks. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture. 90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (8)

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America.  Join us and the rest of the team and travel through South America on 7 glorious weeks.  Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture. Option: Add on a week on the Galapagos!  90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.

SOUTH AMERICA XPLORER

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (6)Like the continent it is set in, the South America Xplorer programme has it all.

A 7 week South American Adventure combining Spanish lessons, a Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at a  jungle animal sanctuary and an optional visit to the Galapagos!

The South America Xplorer is fully guided, so you will have the backup and support of an English-speaking Xtreme Gap representatives throughout.

We start the adventure with a much-needed crash course in Spanish.  This takes place in Cuzco one of the coolest backpacking spots in South America. Then we hit the trails around the Andean landscapes near Machu Picchu, a legendary adventure to Machu Picchu ancient lost city of the Incas.  After the trekking it’s not quite time to hang up your adventurous boots.  We will travel through Peru checking out the pacific beaches and legendary surf before staying in a jungle animal sanctuary.  From here you’ll travel deeper into the jungle and live with a remote Shuar tribe before returning to Ecuador’s capital city: Quito to get involved in a cultural immersion project.  For those interested in pushing this further you can finish this incredible adventure with a visit to the Galapagos Islands (5 days / 4 nights).

Highlights:

  • Discovering hidden lost cities
  • Learning Spanish
  • Hanging out in the cool backpacker city of Cuzco
  • Living in the Amazon with the tribe for a week
  • Hanging 10 on awesome surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean
  • Trekking high in the Andes
  • Backpacking through Peru and Ecuador with an awesome group of new friends
  • Fully guided awesome fun and full on adventure

PHOTOS

THE SOUTH AMERICA XPLORER ITINERARY

The South America Xplorer is divided into different phases and they go like this:

On arrival

You need to fly into Cuzco airport in Peru.  This is the gateway to the Inca Trail as an incredibly beautiful old colonial city located high in the Andes.  On arrival an Xtreme Gap representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.  You will then meet the rest of the group and be prepared for your welcome briefing and orientation.

Part 1: Learn Spanish and hang out in Cuzco

Location: Cuzco, 1 week 

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (1)The first part of the South America Xplorer eases you into the travel seemed perfectly.  Set high in the mountains, Cuzco is a stunning location with an incredible blend of Spanish colonial and ancient Incan cultures.  It was the old capital city of the Incan empire, so as you would expect it’s pretty impressive.  This is a great way to acclimatise not only to the altitude but to the different cultures surrounding you.  In your first week you will have plenty of time to explore Cusco (and its great nightlife) plus learn some much-needed Spanish!

Spanish Lessons: 

We include loads of activities in your first week, and you will also have individual Spanish lessons for 4 hours per day, usually in the mornings, with plenty of time to practice what you’ve learned in the fantastic and quirky markets and many tourist sites around Cuzco.

A fantastic student teacher ratio will ensure you learn the essentials quickly and easily.  If you already have an understanding or even advanced level of Spanish it will certainly improve as all lessons are tailored to you.

Free Time:  

Throughout your first week, your afternoons will be free to explore the fascinating city streets, museums and local ruins with the rest of the group.  Cusco has incredible night life as well, as the main travellers hub to people about to start having completed the Inca Trail it attracts people from all over the world.  Nights out in night clubs like Mama Africa or even hanging out at the Cross Keys pub in the Placa De Armas you are sure to meet interesting people from all over the world.

Part 2: The trek to Machu Picchu

Peru Xtreme Gap (44)After the first week it’s time to begin trekking!  We leave early from Cusco by bus to the start of our trek, Mollepata.  This will be an incredible mind blowing experience.  The views of the Andes Mountains, with the associated steep valleys and jaw-dropping landscapes will remain with you for ever.  It’s no walk in the park however, you will be trekking at altitude for about 5 to 7 hours a day.

Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, llamas and condors.  On the fourth day we will take the train to Aguas Calientes overnight.

Early in the morning, we take the bus to Machu Picchu, following steep mountain paths eventually arriving at the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu.  You can explore the site, and there is a lot to explore!  You will be surprised how advanced culturally the Incas were and there is plenty of evidence still left in the city.

You can visit the sun gate for the postcard picture and also an option to climb the famous hill of Huayna Picchu should you wish to (must be pre-booked in advance). In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cusco.

Part 3: Northern Beaches Cuzco to Puyo 

Leaving Cuzco and the Andes mountains behind we set off on an exciting overland journey along the northern coastline of Peru into Ecuador! Our first stop will be the bustling Peruvian capital of Lima to discover the city’s streets, parks and plazas and get a feel for the rich history of the country.

Next we depart Lima and follow the coastline until we reach Huanchaco, once the capital of the ancient Peruvian Moche civilisation. Huanchaco is a small town with epic surf beaches. There are also a number of fascinating ruins to explore in the local area. Onward to Punta Sal for pure  beach chill time  where there are a number of optional activities to chose from or just kick back and relax  and hang out with the group.

From Punta Sal we cross the border into Ecuador for our first stop in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city.  It’s a global heritage site and a great place to explore.  From there we continue our journey inland past stunning scenery to the start point of your next phase of the expedition, Puyo.

Part  4: Amazon Rainforest  and wildlife conservation project

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (16)During this part of the programme you get to interact with some of the incredible indigenous wildlife in South America.  Our Animal Rescue Centre helps wild animals that have been rescued from mistreatment and abuse and focuses on saving lives, helping them to recover and, if possible, letting them return to the wild.

You can expect the following types of animals there:   Capuchin, Wooly, Spider and Tamarind monkeys.  Ocelots and Margays, Kinkajous, Coatis and Tayras. Ant Eaters and Porcupines, White lipped Peccaries, Macaws and various parrots, Spectacled Caiman and Boa Constrictors.

There are different areas in need of help and the exact work you will be doing will depend on your personal interests but could include:   Preparing animals’ food, daily feeding and cleaning, assisting in construction and maintenance work to improve animal living conditions, providing care and support to animals, monitoring behaviour and reporting any unusual situations you notice regarding the animals to one of the supervisors.

Living with an indigenous Shuar tribe in the rainforest

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (11)After two weeks of the animal sanctuary it’s time to head deeper into the rainforest.  You will live and work with The Shuar Tribe, a remote community whose traditional way of life is threatened by deforestation. During your time with the Shuar you will learn about their fascinating culture and contribute to efforts to sustain their way of life. Past groups have built traditional Shuar huts, taught local children, planted a vegetable garden at the daycare and reforested medicinal plants and trees.

The community will also be keen for you to experience their traditional customs and culture and you will be involved with a number of activities such as face painting with natural Suar, bracelet making, learning traditional Shuar Dance, jungle hikes and attending local pageants or parades

Free Time:  Weekend optional activities in the jungle are varied and abundant – options include rope swings, mountain biking, hot springs, jungle tours, shopping and white water rafting.

Part 5 cultural immersion project Quito 

For the final part of the programme we leave the jungle and head to the city.  Out of the Jungle and into the city; you’ll make a quick stop in Quito before beginning your final  week of volunteering on one of our many community outreach project in and around Quito.

Past groups have done teaching, painted classrooms, designed murals and floor games, fixed up walls or windows and built entire playgrounds in schools from rubble. There’s also plenty of time for playing with the kids and teaching English.

This phase is a chance to really get to know an Ecuadorian community and you’ll come away with many new friends. It’s also a last chance to make trips to Ecuador’s must-see sights like Cotopaxi volcano and the Quilotoa crater lake before your final party night in Quito!

Free time 

Explore the wonders of Quito including meeting the locals, relaxing, sightseeing and shopping…and some crazy nights out!

Option add on Galapagos £650

DAY 1 BALTRA / SANTA CRUZ ISALAND / ISABELA ISLAND

You take a flight from Quito to the Airport of Baltra Island.

Our guides will take you over to Isabela Island.

Flamingo Lagoon which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Highlights:           Flamingos, svelte birds.

Activities:            Hiking, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty:             Moderate

DAY 2 ISABELA ISLAND

After breakfast our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano.

The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Highlights:           Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches

Activities:             Hiking, horseback riding, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

Concha de Perla 

This is the perfect spot for those who love swimming or snorkeling! Concha de Perla is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. If you are lucky you will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Sea lions and penguins.

Activities:             Snorkeling

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (After breakfast Navigation to Santa Cruz)

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Tortuga Bay is another destinations to visit on your own on Santa Cruz with baby powder white sand, magic blue waters, marine iguanas, and sometimes flamingos. It is only 2.5 Km from Puerto Ayora on a nice brick path (about 30-45 minutes walking).

Highlights:           Giant Tortoises in captivation, marine iguanas.

Activities:             Walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 4 FLOREANA ISLAND

Post Office Bay is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in 1793. At this time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time. Floreana was a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would pick the up and delivered in time by hand. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Rays, turtles and sea lions can be seen gently swimming next to the panga.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. The red mangrove is a pioneer in the coasts and has a very hard and resistant wood.

This location has a history. It was known to be loved by Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, where she would spent hours watching ships and acquiring knowledge of vessels approaching the island. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as the House of the Baroness. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Post office barrel, nice sandy beach. View, sea turtles, history and          

                               Mystery…stories of the first inhabitants on Floreana

Activities:            Short hike, snorkeling

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Transfer to the Baltra Airport

Highlights:                Pit craters, Scalesia forest

Activities:                Short hiking

Type of landing:       Dry landing

Difficulty:                  Moderate

 

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos National Park policy.

INCLUDED: transfers, tours, Complete Meals, Accommodation (private bathrooms – air conditioner – hot shower), Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish-English); Transportation.

NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fee 100.00 usd; ingala immigration control card 20.00 usd, Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person, tips. Water taxi $3, Snorkel equipment $ 5 (mask, tubing and flippers), Additional drinks and Personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

Due to the diverse nature of this trip, the accommodation will vary throughout. For example, in towns and cities we use local hotels and guesthouses, camping on the Trek, in the Amazon we use a volunteer guesthouse and traditional stilted huts in the Shuar community.  In the Galapagos (optional)  you will be staying in hostels.

Accommodation in Quito will be in our centrally located volunteer house. All meals are included and will consist of typical Ecuadorian fare. Rooms will be dorm style, 4-6 per room.

Meals

You will be provided with 3 meals a day and the food is typical South American fare. In towns and cities we eat at the guesthouse or local restaurants, cooks provide hearty meals on the trek and in the animal sanctuary volunteers go together to purchase groceries and take it in turns to prepare evening meals. Please note only breakfast is included on Galapagos.  Typical South American foode includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialities will always be made available!

Staff

Throughout the expedition you will have an Xtreme Gap representative and trip leader. On each project there will also be a dedicated project co-ordinator and team of staff who will work with the leader and volunteers to assign tasks. We also have a team of staff based in Quito to provide further back up.

Transportation

Transport to and from the airport, to each phase and for all tours on the itinerary will be included. Transport can vary from taxi, minibus and local buses depending on the journey. Any extra trips not included on the itinerary will be at each volunteers own cost.

Flights

Flights are always arriving to Cusco (arrive in the morning) and from Quito (leave in the afternoon). Flights to Galapagos (for when you book the Bolt-on)  are from Quito – there is a flight around 9/9:30 am to Galapagos so to get that one.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

The majority of foreign nationals do not require a visa for Peru or Ecuador. However, those with criminal records in Ecuador may still be denied entry. On arrival in the country, the immigration police will normally allow a stay of up to 90 days

There is a National Park entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands of $110 for all foreign nationals. This fee is not included.

If possible, it would be best to get the flight arriving at 11:00.(Iberia/LAN from Lima to Cusco) So arrive on the start date of the trip at 11 am, or earlier in the morning, in Cusco.

You can arrive 1 day early if that’s more convenient, the price is £30 for an extra night (incl food)

The arrival airport is Cuzco (CUZ) and departure airport is Quito (UIO) You are responsible for booking your own flights/transport to the start point of the expedition (at the in-country airport). Information and advice about booking flights will be provided upon booking but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Do not forget to upload your flights details on your personal pages before you go! Call us if you have any questions or need any advice.

You will also need to book return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. These flights are approximately $450 USD and although not included, we can help you can book these flights for you.

Weather Ecuador: The highland dry season is June through until the end of September. In the Oriente, it rains during most months, but August and December through March are usually the driest. In the Galápagos, the wildlife is there year-round. The dry season (June to December) is also cool and often misty. On the coast, the wet season (roughly January to May) sees sunny days with daily afternoon downpours, but it’s the best beach weather. The dry season (roughly June to December) is cooler.

Peru: From June to August is the dry season in the mountains and altiplano (Andean plateau); the wettest months are from December to March. It rains all the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from June to September. However, even during the wettest months from December to May, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time.

Even though you will be provided with food and accommodation in-country, you will need money to do your own travelling if you wish and for any activities not on the itinerary. There will be plenty of things do! Depending on the duration of your stay, we advise you to budget for $60 – $80 or £40-£50 a week.

We can cater for vegetarians. Meals are normally locally sourced and include rice, beans, pulses and some meat (if you want it!).

Upon booking you will be provided with a recommend kit list. You will also have a kit briefing before you go out on expedition and you are welcome to call us with any kit related queries before you go!

Don’t be! By joining our group you will be meeting loads of like-minded adventurers so don’t be put off travelling if you don’t have any mates to come with you.  You’re guaranteed to make loads of friends and have an incredible time on this adventure!

Duration Option Price  
7 (Week)GBP 3950Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing and support (in London)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Welcome and orientation briefing
  • All accommodation
  • Spanish lessons
  • All tours on itinerary
  • Project donation
  • 3 meals per day
  • In-country support staff
  • Social activities
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup
  • Please note that due to the nature of expeditions, prices, dates and itinerary may vary.

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Galapagos Bolt On £650
  • Extra flights for Galapagos about £450

Dates

2020

Fri 17th April 2020

Fri 3rd July 2020

Fri 16th October 2020

The Galapagos tour starts on a Monday after and ends on Friday

 

Maya Adrenaline Overload Mexico

Imagine crystal clear water and perfect white sandy beaches. Now imagine that rushing towards you at 180 mph. How yes it’s Xtreme gap Maya Adrenaline Overload! The Mexican Riviera is the base for a proper adrenaline adventure courtesy of Xtreme gap. From skydiving, para motoring, free diving in the cool fresh waters of underground cave systems. Blast through the jungle on an all-terrain vehicle and kick back and relax at the end of your butt twitching day on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

Imagine crystal clear water and perfect white sandy beaches. Now imagine that rushing towards you at 180 mph. How yes it’s Xtreme Gap Maya Adrenaline Overload! The Mexican Riviera is the base for a proper adrenaline adventure courtesy of Xtreme Gap. From skydiving to free diving in the cool fresh waters of underground cave systems. Blast through the jungle on an all-terrain vehicle, zip line over the jungle and kick back and relax at the end of your butt twitching day on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Bring It On!

 

 

 Xtreme Mayan Adrenaline Overload

Mexico screams adrenaline adventures.  All along the Mexican peninsular, you have thousands of underwater caverns, waiting to be explored. Beautiful white sandy beaches which look look amazing as you are hurtling out of the plane. Crystal clear water which conveniently powers the jets of your fly board. With the Xtreme mine adrenaline overload it is full of adventure by day and wild parties at night.  Staying downtown in Playa del Carmen, a couple of days here will take your central America travel experience to the next level!

Our Adrenaline Overload in Mexico is built for  people with different budgets and different levels of bravery, what kind of Xtreme animal are you?

Adrenaline

  • ATVs and Ziplining through the Jungle
  • Sian Kaan Adventure Day
  • Xtreme Maya Adventure Day

Xtreme

  • ATVs and Ziplining through the Jungle
  • Sian Kaan Adventure Day
  • Xtreme Maya Adventure Day
  • Fly Boarding

 

Overload

  • ATVs and Ziplining through the Jungle
  • Sian Kaan Adventure Day
  • Xtreme Maya Adventure Day
  • Fly Boarding
  • Skydiving

 

 

PHOTOS

 

Xtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (56)We are happy you are thinking of joining the one and only Xtreme Mayan Adrenaline Overload. All Overload programmes (we also run them in Cairns, Queenstown and Cape Town) are unique to Xtreme Gap. They are short and filled with Adrenaline activities, and always in unique locations like Playa del Carmen!! Easy to combine with other travel plans!

What to expect in the Xtreme Maya Adrenaline Overload, Mexico

After your taxi pick up from the airport our rep awaits you at the amazing centrally located hostel in Playa del Carmen. Our Xtreme Gap rep will show you around, tel you where to find the nice bars, restaurants and best beaches, explains when you are booked in to which programme and treats you to your first drink in the Caribbean.

The next 5 nights you will be enjoying (and probably screaming it out!) Playa del Carmen. Depending on the pack you choose the following activities are included.

Xtreme Activities In Detail

ATVs and Ziplining Through The Jungle

We love ATVs! And  there is no better way to explore the ancient jungle, driving past ancient Mayan ruins on the quad. Then off to the adventure park where we will fly above the jungle canopy on a thrilling zip line circuit and snorkel in a wondrous underground river with with crystal clear waters. As a perfect finish you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with real Mexican food. Including transfers.

Sian Kaan Adventure Day

Certainly one of the most stunning places our Xtreme Team has ever visited! A fascinating cultural immersion with a local nature guide who share the mysteries of Muyil archaeological site. Hike through the forest to the shore of the turquoise water lagoon of Chunyaxche. By longtail boat we almost fly you over the most stunning lagoons in to mangroves where you jump in the fresh water canal and “float to the ecstasy”, is the most relaxing experience, finally, enjoy a delicious Mayan lunch. Including transfers.

Xtreme Maya Adventure Day

Xtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (61)Immerse yourself in the perfect mix of adventure & nature.     Fly 20 meters (60 feet) above the jungle canopy on the fastest zip line ride in the region!

Test your tenacity as you rappel 20 meters (60 ft) down        into the Mayan jungle. Afterwards, wind down and snorkel      in the mystical waters of an underground river with  crystal-clear waters and astounding rock formations.

Finally, delight yourself by sampling authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine as the perfect finish.

Fly Boarding

If you’ve never experienced or seen fly boarding before, you are in for a treat. Whether it was trying to be Marty McFly on a hover board or getting inspired by Ironman, nothing can really describe the sensation of blasting several cubic pounds of thrust out of jets attached to your feet. Unbelievably cool yet quite easy to pick up you have the option to jet packs or fly boards.

Skydiving

Playa del Carmen is probably one of the best drop zones in the world, it’s up there with Cairns mission beach, and is one of the few places you can dive over the water beach and jungle. This makes the some incredible views if you don’t open your eyes and stop screaming for a second, as you plummet at terminal velocity back to Earth. Run in conjunction with skydive Mexico, who have been leading skydives in Mexico for the last 19 years This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

We offer Tandem jumps only in this activity is weather dependent so we will try and get you up in the skies as quickly as possible. Please note if you are doing any diving activities do not attempt to jump within 24 hours diving.

Accommodation

Your accommodation is in a beautiful boutique hostel, with a great intimate atmosphere. The rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning! All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax or just share travel tips with other guests. Its located in a great neighbourhood, everything is round the corner, oh and there is free WiFi!

The best hostel in Playa del Carmen for sure. Perfect blend of atmosphere without being too crazy. Great chill out area in the middle with fun events at night. The staff are all really good fun and friendly. The place has a great vibe and if you like tequila you will do very well here.

Breakfast

We include breakfast for you. Breakfast is a buffet style and includes – coffee, tea, bread, butter, 4 types of jam, 2 types of cereal, milk and 2 types of fruits, so good start of the day!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can add on Spanish lessons, diving course, feediving courses and stay as long as you like!

20 to 25 pounds a day should be enough for a great time. If you are not the drinking type and you like more quiet nights you could do it for 15 pounds. During the day you will only spend some money on food and water, and trust me, that is cheap! If you go out to clubs, yes its more expensive.

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the accommodation. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it. Also we send you an email with all the information including numbers and instructions at the airport.  The Xtreme Gap rep will meet you on check in, unless you arrive late. Then your introduction will be the next morning.

Hot!  Year-round tropical weather will see blue skies crystal clear waters an amazing dive conditions.  UK summertime is traditionally the hot season with it getting busier towards November / December.  September and October is traditionally low season.

Yes. Xtreme Gap has a rep In Playa del Carmen and a seriously good supportive network there.

You can buy anything you need In Mexico, and it is much cheaper than back home, so pack light! The shops are all close to the resort. You can buy souvenirs, sun lotion, mosquito repellent, swim shorts, flip flops and everything else you might need.

Yes there is! You can use the kitchen at the accommodation to prepare your meals. also in walking distance is a massive super market with beautiful food! So if you like preparing your own meals and you want to keep the costs down, this is a perfect option.

Our rep will tel you and also the reception of the Hostel will know!

From the 20th Dec-20th Jan the prices increase. Please contact us for a custom quote.
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INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up
  • Our own Xtreme Gap rep
  • Welcome drink
  • 5 nights accommodation (dorms)
  • Activities as per option
  • transfers as per itinerary
  • Lunches as per itinerary
  • Breakfasts

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • transfers back to the Airport
  • Departure tax
  • Lunches (other) and dinners

 

 

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