Kayak Kerala!
Kerala: Kayaking, Culture and Cuisine
Kenya Safari
Discovering the Heart of Africa: perfect for families!
Discover Sri Lanka
A Serendipitous Multi-Activity Adventure
Adventures for a Cause
The kind of travel you need - and the world needs!
Surreal landscapes, exquisite wildlife, ancient cultures
Kayak Greece!
Exploring the Dodecanese Islands
Bike Spain!
Catalonia – Cycling, Culture and Cuisine
Antarctica Expeditions
Luxury Small-Ship Voyages to the White Continent
Galapagos Expedition
Following Darwin's Footsteps

 National Geographic  –  50 Tours of a Lifetime Award  –  Three Years Running!

Congratulations: You found us!

We don’t do web marketing. We’re not really concerned about our Google ranking. 

So how did you hear about us? From friends who have traveled with us? Maybe you read our books or saw one of our presentations or art shows… Or was it our fundraising trips for elephants?

Then you’ll know that we’re passionate about searching out hidden places. They can be on the far-flung fringes of the world or simply a few steps off the beaten path. Places where time slows… where magic happens. 

During our 25 years of exploring and leading expeditions we’ve assembled a collection of such gems. We string them together to create award-winning travel experiences. And we share them with our tribe and with friends of our friends.

Have a look around.

We’d be happy to set you up for your next great adventure. 

Browse our Sample Itineraries

Wildlife Expeditions
Kayaking Adventures
Bike Tours

If you want a travel experience where the owners have walked (or kayaked) the same paths before you, where the guides you meet know them personally and the places you go are like none other – then choose Hidden Places!

Don B.
Calgary, Canada

Awards and Accolades

Third Year in a Row: National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” award!
National Geographic Traveler selected our 'Snow Leopard Trek' as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”
Second Year Running: National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” award!
National Geographic Traveler selected 'Kerala Kayaking' as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” award!
National Geographic Traveler selected 100 Miles for Elephants as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”

More guest comments:

  • "This trip was spectacular! The itinerary exposed us to beautiful sections of Namibia, and a wonderful variety of activities. The accommodations were luxurious and set in natural, conservation-oriented settings. Each lodge had distinct experiences to offer, with wonderful nature guides. Our time hiking and riding jeeps in the bush, seeing the Skeleton Coast from a small plane, kayaking on a lagoon, quietly watching wildlife at a water hole for hours, seeing the African sunsets and stars for the first time, and exploring brilliant red sand dunes---was transformative. This was truly the trip of a lifetime! Thank you! "

    Barrie L. San Francisco, USA
  • This trip exceeded our expectations as all Hidden Places trips do!

    Diane and Mark S Mount Vernon, WA, USA
  • Hidden Places really takes care of its ‘family’ (we never feel like clients). The boat and crew, the hotel and staff – all top of the line. Thank you for one of the most incredible experiences of my life!

    Cheryl F San Diego, CA, USA
  • My second trip with you was just as fabulous as the first. You prepare so thoughtfully and everything is executed with such apparent ease. You are imaginative, generous and kind, and it is heart warming to be around you. I’ll travel with Hidden Places again!

    Margit R Helena Island, SC, USA
  • A unique and wonderful experience: Great setting, great food, great crowd, great ambience. May there be many more hidden places to explore with such fine people. Many thanks.

    Rod and Marnie D Victoria, BC, Canada
  • You are true professionals in what you do. I already am looking forward to our next Hidden Places adventure.

    Mike S Burlington, ON, Canada
  • Once again you’ve brought together extraordinary people and a magical place… and made every detail easy and fun.

    Katie and Larry W New York, NY, USA
  • The best birthday in years! Thank you for another special adventure.

    Jane B Squamish, BC
  • Another wonderful trip filled with laughter and joy. You always create an amazing experience. The boat and crew were wonderful, catering to all our needs. I can’t wait for the next adventure!

    Gloria W Victoria, BC, Canada
  • You have such special skills – putting together the trip and then making it happen so beautifully. All that thought and care has made our holiday really special… a fantastic experience.

    Sir Chris and Wendy Carlisle, UK
  • Thank you for an awesome adventure in Greece. Your trips are always very special and I feel so lucky to be with you and all the guests.

    Marge M Summerdale, USA
  • Thank you for finding the ‘hidden places’ in each town… all of them were the result of your incredible attention to detail and your passion for bringing new experiences to others.

    Gillian G Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • My wife and I have enjoyed 4 fantastic trips with Hidden Places over the last 5 years - 3 of them led by Maria and Dag, whose skills, personalities and innate understanding of how to make every moment special is truly remarkable. 

    Hugh S Whistler, BC
  • "Where do you start after a perfect trip? We did and saw more than our wildest dreams, with amazing scenery at every turn. The lodges chosen by Hidden Places made us wish we had a free day at each one, they were all amazing, so unique and so welcoming."

    Shawn S. Vancouver, Canada
  • The hidden gem in the journey was the great care and attention to detail by Hidden Places. Your compassion and sensitivity to guests is first class.

    Kevin S Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • "This trip literally changed my life. It was an emotional experience which left me at peace and full of gratitude."

    Lois W. Vancouver, Canada
  • "Once again, Hidden Places has given their Galapagos guests a memorable traveling experience, filled with an appreciation for the wonders and beauty of our planet as well as a great learning experience . "

    Jane W. Brackendale, Canada
  • We can't think of a better way to immerse yourself into this rich and vibrant country than traveling with Hidden Places. Maria and Dag have the adventure travel thing nailed down perfectly. We can't wait for our next adventure with them. 

    Kerry D and Carolyn B Calgary, AB

Travel Blog: Updates and Inspiration

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