Custom 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 colleagues or club members?

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 $ 500 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 $ 500 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.

The minimum group size is 4 guests. 

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 $2500  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 you’ve returned from your adventure. 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
Greece Mothership 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. 

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

  • "Our Halong Bay trip in November was absolutely PERFECT!  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."

    Gail P.
  • "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
  • "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 trip of a lifetime!  Utterly breathtaking and amazing!  Thank you for creating such an extraordinary journey!

    Sheryle R. Sedona, USA
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Kayaking south of the Antarctic Circle, seeing marine life up close and personal, camping in a bivy sac on Horseshoe Island were all magical and my soul will never be the same. This was my fourth trip with Hidden Places, and I can't recommend them highly enough."

    Nola R. Toronto, Canada
  • My voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula exceeded all my expectations: the ship and the crew were fantastic, we had great weather and landings and we saw an unbelievable amount of wildlife. The onboard lectures were really interesting, with a strong focus on science and history. The trip was awesome!

    Anne M. Victoria, Canada
  • "We had an amazing time, and having the package put together by people who know the area, and tailored by the staff and the guide to our family turned it into a 100% successful trip, we saw everything we hoped for, and had an incredible trip."

    Jeff M. Vancouver, Canada
  • 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
  • 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
  • “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
  • 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
  • "It was an incredible trip, maybe our best ever. Your advice was spot on about which voyage and suite to choose, when to go and to do the the kayaking."

    Lauren and Jim F. Harvard, 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. Your guide Dat did a great job and is clearly much more than yet another tour guide. 

    Mike K. UK
  • It is hard to find words to describe our amazing Crossing the Antarctic Circle voyage. Our whole group is raving about the trip – for all of us the trip exceeded our high expectations. Thanks again for offering such a fantastic experience of a lifetime. 

    Kerry D. Calgary, Canada
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Hidden Places put me in a kayak in Croatia, in Kerala in south India, and amongst the seals, penguins and whales in Antarctica. Where to next?

    Don B. Calgary, Canada

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