Caption: Tasmin with Heidi & Lottie
Caption: Sam, India
Caption: Mt. Kilimanjaro Team
Caption: Andy got to meet a Giant Galapagos Tortoise

2017 has been another fantastic year, we’ve taken away lots of familiar faces and made so many new friends too! We’ve spoken to some of our Tour Directors who have told us their favourite memories from the tours this year…

Sohrab & Tasmin

" This year we've been lucky enough to visit some of the countries we have always wanted to explore, Madagascar & Cuba lived up to expectation & more, boasting truly incredible cultures & of course home to facinating people. We have also welcomed another four legged friend to the BJC family in Heidi our labrador puppy who is melting hearts already, she's featured in the pictures above! We're off to some more fantastic destinations in 2018 and we look forward to you joining us! "


“ What a year ! Fantastic journeys, fantastic wildlife and fantastic guests to share it all with. It’s so hard to pick out one experience to top them all but with an arm pinned hard up my back I would have to scream GALAPAGOS !!!

From the moment we stepped off the plane we were met by beautiful blue skies, warm air and the smiling faces of the boat crew, this trip was always going to be special. The stunning 8 day cruise featured all the iconic wildlife we were promised and more – and of course it was topped off by snorkelling with hammerhead sharks – a real Desert Island experience. Join us in 2018 to share the magic! ” 


“ From standing under the Northern Lights to trekking through Rwanda with a juvenile gorilla tugging at the laces on my boots - 2017 has presented the most amazing experiences. Of course, we would have no tours to take without the guests and the greatest part of being part of The Big Journey Company is that, no matter how often you do a trip, every tour is different - because we are seeing it through the eyes of people who are experiencing it for the first time!

The best bit? I always thought that nothing could top the Kenyan safari - I mean, what could possibly top this beautiful country and the experience of a giraffe passing within 6 feet of your jeep? Well, looking down on Machu Picchu just after sunrise, watching a green back turtle laying her eggs and welcoming guests to Scotland, my home country, all came pretty close. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”


" How to choose? I returned to the wonderful Vietnam & Cambodia this year which is always a pleasure to share with the Big Journey guests. I'm looking forward to heading back to New Zealand in the new year to share the incredible sights and sounds of these two beautiful islands. "


“ This year we had our first ever wedding which took place on the Grand Tour of South Africa at Ghost Mountain Inn. I was lucky enough to be able to witness the occasion which was a truly special experience. I also returned to two of my favourite places, India & Nepal, where myself and some of my guests took a flight over Everest, this was simply amazing. It gave us a completely uninterrupted view of the highest mountain on earth.”


“ I feel so lucky to have been able to join the group climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in October. This was a truly once in a lifetime experience. The local people made this experience all the more memorable for me, alongside sleeping below the most incredible display of stars every night, and of course, making it to the top of the highest mountain in Africa.”

We have so many fond memories of 2017, however we really can’t wait for 2018 during which we will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary, so we have lots of surprises in store! Be sure to check out the destinations page, where to next?

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