Antarctica Expeditions
Luxury Small-Ship Voyages to the White Continent
Bike Spain!
Catalonia – Cycling, Culture and Cuisine
Kayak Greece!
Exploring the Dodecanese Islands
Adventures for a Cause
The kind of travel you need - and the world needs!

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

Hidden Places: Awaken your Inner Explorer

We’re passionate about searching out hidden places. They can be on the  far-flung fringes of the world or simply  – and surprisingly – a few steps off the beaten path. Places where time slows, and magic happens. During our 25 years of exploring and leading expeditions, we’ve assembled a collection of such gems and strung them together to create award-winning travel experiences. We bring like-minded people together to share these exciting adventures. 

Come and explore with us – or let us design a trip especially for you! 

Browse our Sample Itineraries

Adventure Travel, Galapagos
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

Snow Leopard Trek
Snow Leopard Trek
Snow Leopard Trek
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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This trip exceeded our expectations as all Hidden Places trips do!

    Diane and Mark S Mount Vernon, WA, 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "This trip literally changed my life. It was an emotional experience which left me at peace and full of gratitude."

    Lois W. Vancouver, Canada
  • "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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • You are true professionals in what you do. I already am looking forward to our next Hidden Places adventure.

    Mike S Burlington, ON, 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 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
  • "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

Travel Blog: Updates and Inspiration

Laos Rhymes with WOW!

Admittedly, it’s a bit confusing.  Blame it on the French colonists who stuck a silent ‘s’ on the end. So yes, it’s like ‘wow’, which actually sums up this astounding place! And here are a few of [...]

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