Small Ship Expeditions

Our planet is blue.

Water covers most of the earth, so obviously the best way to explore its far reaches is by boat. We’ve had an ongoing love affair with the sea ever since we began kayaking remote corners of the world many years ago. Eventually these rugged expeditions morphed into mothership trips to magnificent places we had discovered. (Like Vietnam, where we pioneered kayaking in Halong Bay.)  Since then we have created many outstanding adventures on the water for our guests. Our carefully chosen small expedition ships take you way off the beaten track to some of the world’s most stunning coastlines.

But these are not cruises. We want you to experience the world deeply, with all your senses: like paddle boarding with penguins, snorkeling around icebergs, kayaking with sea lions, surfing with dolphins… get the picture?

Join us. Your (small) ship awaits you!

Our Vessels

Tall Ship
Antarctic Expedition Vessel - Greg Mortimer
Greg Mortimer
Mediterranean Gulet

Our Water-Based Adventures

Greece Mothership Kayaking
Being Close to Marine Life in Galapagos


Time to burn off some calories on our new Rioja Spain #bikingtrip! For more details see:

#spain #rioja #biking #cycling#biketour #cycletour #lovespain #cyclingtour #cyclinglife #bikingadventures #greatoutdoors #getoutthere #neverstopexploring #adventuretravel #activeadventures #activetravel
#hiddenplacesadventures #hiddenplacestravel

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And this, my dears, is the famous Café Iruña in Pamplona, where Hemingway hung out to eat, drink, smoke and work on his novels. Apart from now being smoke free, Café Iruña hasn’t changed much since he was here - the massive gilded mirrors, the old tiled floors and Arabesque pillars are the originals, dating from when it was founded in 1888. And despite the tourist draw of the famous author, it is still a local haunt. Maria is looking very happy, not just because she’s soaking up a bit of literary history, but also because lunch - the main meal of the day in Spain - is fabulous. Roast lamb (raised on nearby pastures) so tender it falls off the bone and an excellent Rioja red. Of course we will be here again during our new Rioja Spain #bikingtrip which starts in #pamplona. For more details see:

#spain #rioja #pamplona #biking #cycling #biketour #cycletour #lovespain #foodie #cyclingtour
#foodieheaven #farmtotable #hiddenplacesadventures#hiddenplacestravel

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I promised you vegetarian options! Spain is mushroom heaven, and these were all locally foraged. And those artichokes? Locally grown. Spain provides about 30% of the world’s supply of #artichokes. It’s great to eat them at the source. And in the middle of the picture - an expensive truffle, sniffed out not too far away, by specially trained dogs. Ready for lunch?
Check out details of our Rioja, Spain trip here:

#spain #rioja #biking #cycling #biketour#cycletour #lovespain #tapas #wildmushrooms #foodie #cyclingtour
#foodieheaven #farmtotable #hiddenplacesadventures #hiddenplacestravel @tapas_spanishtaste

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In the Press

We’re not on the first page of Google. We don’t do web marketing… So, how did you find us?
Maybe you have friends who traveled with us.  Or you read our books. Maybe you saw one of our presentations or art shows. Or heard of our conservation efforts. Then you’ll know that we love to discover hidden places. Places on the fringe 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 trips we have found many such gems. We like to share these with our tribe and friends of friends.

Have a look around. We’re happy to help create your next great adventure.

  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • "This trip literally changed my life. It was an emotional experience which left me at peace and full of gratitude."

    Lois W. Vancouver, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • The best birthday in years! Thank you for another special adventure.

    Jane B Squamish, BC
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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

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