Private Trips

Travel with your tribe.

Have a group of buddies you want to share adventures with? Planning a family reunion? Want to escape to somewhere wonderful with a special friend?

We love nothing more than crafting a one-of-a-kind Hidden Places experience for your group, and your group alone— whether it’s by tailoring one of our existing journeys to your dates and preferences, or plotting a thoughtful path through your dream destination.

Drawing on our extensive knowledge, experience and resources, and through careful consultation with you, we can create something unforgettable. Any of our presently posted trips can be customized to fit your plans.

Or we can create something entirely new.  

How it works

We apply all our passion and expertise to create a dream itinerary specially tailored to your needs and wishes.

This takes creativity, a lot of experience and personal relationships with our partners around the world, including charter boat operators, safari camps, hotel managers, chefs, top guides, etc. We like to take our time for you. As a small team we are only able to cater to a limited number of clients. 

A Trip Design Deposit of US $ 250 allows us to fully devote our love and attention to crafting an unforgettable travel experience for you.
It’s a one-time cost for your whole group and it will be deducted from the total cost of the trip when you sign up. Should you decide not to go ahead with the trip, this non-refundable fee will help cover our time investment.

Are we a good fit for you? The cost of our trips typically falls between US $ 600 and $ 700 per day per person. High-end, luxury trips can be more than that. It all depends on the destination, and which level of accommodation you require. We work well in advance, usually 3 months to year before the actual trip dates, and it can take a up to a few weeks to work out the perfect itinerary for you.

If this all sounds reasonable, give us a call to ensure that we are a good match. Upon payment of the Trip Design Deposit we get to work communicating with you at length about all aspects of your group’s needs and wishes. We develop a concept that can be adjusted according to your input. We then finalize the itinerary and confirm that all our preferred guides, accommodations, vessels, etc. are available for your group.

A Trip Deposit (US $ 1000 to $ 1500  per person) secures the bookings and reservations you require. The balance usually is due 90 days before the trip begins.

We are in touch with you until the day you leave. We are also in constant contact with our partners and ground operators before and during your trip to ensure sure things are going smoothly and to assist you should the need arise. And of course, we will be eager to hear all about your fabulous adventure on your return home!

Adventures on the water

The sea has been our playground for decades and we wrote one of the first books about exploring world by kayak. For the last 23 years we have been taking guests to some of the gems we discovered: 

CroatiaMothership Kayaking
GreeceMothership Kayaking

Private Yacht Charters

Imagine you and your gang commandeering a beautiful sailing vessel and escaping to the world’s most spectacular tropical archipelagos. 

Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Not only jaw-droppingly beautiful islands, Raja Ampat also boasts the world's greatest marine biodiversity and unparalleled snorkeling and diving.
Burma's Mergui Archipelago
Burma's Mergui Archipelago
You'll find no tourist lodges or tiki bars here. But you might encounter the aboriginal Moken people, the legendary Gypsies of the Andaman Sea.
The Turquoise Coast
The Turquoise Coast
A voyage of discovery along one of the most beautiful and least visited coastlines of the Med.

Ride with your friends.

Apart from our scheduled bike tours which can be booked as a private trip, we also know other spectacular routes in off-beat (and off-the-beaten-path). Just imagine a great ride and leave the logistics to us!

Rajasthan, India
A castle in Spain with a bicycle in front on a Hidden Places trip.
Sri Lanka
A Hidden Places bike guide gives guests a city tour in Portugal.

Adventures for Families

Creating spectacular and safe family adventures is one of our specialties. We like to make sure you and your kids see the world’s most amazing sights, but also make real connections with local people.

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

Home to some of the planet’s most unusual and rare animals…. And they have no fear of humans!

Namibia Safari
Namibia Safari

We recommend a family safari in Namibia: learn about the Living Desert, the Bushmen and of course see all the big game species.


An educational adventure for the whole family. Travel in comfort and safety on our luxury expedition vessel.

What our guests say

  • Thanks so much for the wonderful organization and planning of our perfect Vietnam trip. I don't know how we can ever beat this trip but I'm sure we will find something with Hidden Places that will entice us to travel soon again.

    Gail P Toronto, CA
  • We can't think of a better way to immerse yourself into this rich and vibrant country than with a trip 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
  • You accepted my family with such enthusiasm and allowed the best bonding experience in 20 years. For this I thank you will all my heart and I know we will be back.

    Dawn R Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Every day was full of delightful surprises and every detail appreciated, from your accommodation choices to the food to the excursions. Since we have returned, many people have asked me what our tour company was and if I would recommend it for this and other trips; my answer is a resounding yes. Thank you.

    Laurie G Vancouver, CA
  • This was our trip of a lifetime. We hope to go back to Africa as we are really missing these beautiful animals and feel really blessed to have been able to share their space for a short period of time.  

    Tristan and Arley D Northampton, USA
  • Let me start off with thanking you for a great kayaking experience. We all enjoyed it tremendously and were sad that it had to come to an end.

    Mike K UK
  • “Hidden Places put together the trip of a life time for our group.  Sailing the Galapagos Islands was a step back in time, seeing species only found on the islands was magical.  Our sailing ship was a home away from home for two weeks,  with an amazing crew, a chef who provided us with 5-7 course meals and the best naturalist I have ever experienced.  A first class trip put together by a first class company.  Thank you for making my dream come true.” 

    Brenda H. Calgary, AB
  • 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

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