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Testimonials

Check out what some of our clients have to say about their experiences with Travel The Unknown.



Testimonial Tour
Susan Tongue
Susan Tongue
Our trip with Travel the Unknown was excellent; the accommodation very varied and very comfortable, the driver exceptional and the guides very knowledgeable. We were looked after very well and felt extremely safe the whole trip. It was also extremely good value for money.
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Laurel Smallwood
Once again, a fantastic tailor-made trip discovering the tribes of India. A genuine new experience in a less-well known part of India. A seamless trip from start to finish with guides and drivers amongst the best we have experienced. Wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Our third tailor-made holiday with Travel The Unknown.
Tribes of Orissa & Chhattisgarh
Andrew Sanders
Andrew Sanders
A thoughtfully organised and fully educative trip into, what was for me, substantially the 'unknown'.
Classical Iran
Jenny Lee Robins
Jenny Lee Robins
The Cambodia/Indonesia trip was a wonderful experiential journey into another world filled with life, history, myths, legends, spiritual edifices and lovely people.
Cambodia & Java
Mervyn Cooke
Mervyn Cooke
The animal experience at Tadoba, Pench and Satpura was just wonderful, especially for tiger, jackal and sloth bear interaction.
Tailormade Wildlife, India
Vladimir Lange & Amy Opfell (USA)
Vladimir Lange & Amy Opfell (USA)
Outstanding trip, custom made to our desires. Once again, Travel The Unknown did not disappoint, exceeding our expectations. The in-country coordination worked with clock-work precision.
Tailormade India
Tom Gallery
Tom Gallery
I traveled solo with Travel The Unknown to Bhutan, the trip was very well planned and managed. Accommodation was top class for the region and the local guide and driver made me feel at home at all stages. I enjoyed being introduced to the local people and trying to understand their culture.
Tailormade Bhutan
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Joan Edmunds (USA)
I'm delighted with all the trips that I have arranged through Travel the Unknown for myself and a couple of friends. We've stayed in some wonderful places and have had exceptional encounters with local people. Our guide was very good about checking in with us about what we wanted to do.
Tailormade Sri Lanka
Richard Reilly (USA)
Richard Reilly (USA)
Travel the Unknown and its in-country counterparts in both India and Bhutan were outstanding. The guides were experts on our destinations, friendly and personable, and tried their best to meet all our requests not on the itinerary. Received several calls throughout the trip asking about the tours and if we needed anything. Can't ask for more than that. All hotels and services were excellent I will definitely be traveling with Travel the Unknown again..
Classic Bhutan & Assam Cruise, India & Bhutan
Winston Peters
Winston Peters
Travel the Unknown offered us an excellent itinerary, clearly and competitively priced without any surprises or changes. Staff were very helpful and ensured we had all the necessary information. Will be first port of call for any holiday on their list. Unreservedly recommend.
Tailormade Cuba
Mary Trubek (USA)
Mary Trubek (USA)
I thoroughly enjoyed my tailor made tour of northwestern and central India. Guides and accommodations were excellent and we saw as much of the area as could be packed into two weeks. I look forward to another tour with Travel the Unknown.
Tailormade India
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Ciorsdan Taylor
TTU created a first class tailor made tour for my sister and I. We couldn't have had better service, from the tour guides, the hotel, the cruise and even the transport between places.
Tailormade Vietnam
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Clifford Wheeler
Thanks to Travel The Unknown, I have a head full of the most incredible memories of a truly remarkable holiday. The organisation, from the arrival in Shiraz, to my driver dropping me off two weeks later at Tehran airport was faultless. The group size and itinerary were perfect. Everything they say about Iranian hospitality myself and the group found to be true, it was quite overwhelming. Men and women would often stop me in the street and personally welcome me to their beautiful country. I have... >>
Classical Iran
Joan Deakin
Joan Deakin
My trip to Kashmir and Ladakh was excellent. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Guides, drivers and hotels well chosen. I will certainly be using Travel the Unknown again.
Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India
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Sue Holden
Thank you Travel The Unknown for an unforgettable experience.
Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India
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Sarah & James Bradley
We had a fantastic holiday. Iran has an incredibly rich past and in many ways presents an enigma today. Travel the Unknown helped us to plan a trip which allowed us to explore its wonders. We experienced ancient Persepolis, beautiful tiled mosques, the stunning Alborz mountains, and the unexpected and genuinely warm welcome of local people. Our brilliant guide, Shima, who made every effort to understand what we were interested in, and to make our trip such a success, commented several times... >>
Tailormade Iran
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Nigel Semmens
This was probably the best holiday I have ever had. There was so much to see and do and we received the warmest of welcomes everywhere we went. Every aspect of the trip worked out as planned with no delays or changes.
Tailormade Iran
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Dana Zubaid
Travel The Unknown were very easy and professional to deal with in planning my trip to Iran. They catered to my needs and customized my solo private trip, and sent me all the required reading material and information I'd need while abroad. I'd definitely recommend and use them again in the future.
Tailormade Iran
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Laurel & Paul Smallwood
The Balkans is a fascinating part of the world to visit with such complex histories. Wonderful scenery, great food, terrific variety of accommodation and especially loved the vineyards and wine tastings! Albania was such a surprise package! So much more than we anticipated and so much to see and do in this small country. Stunning scenery and roads generally better than we expected. Go before the rest of the world discovers this gem.
Balkan Odyssey & Albanian Odyssey, Balkans
Margaret & David Baker
Margaret & David Baker
We have recently returned from a wonderful trip to Iran. The size of the group (12) was just right and staying several nights in each place a bonus. An interesting and varied itinerary and our experience of the welcoming people made for a very memorable holiday. We’d be happy to book with Travel the Unknown again.
Classical Iran, Iran
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Keith Peter Roe
I have recently returned from a very comprehensive tour of Iran with 'Travel the Unknown'. I was determined to take the opportunity to visit Iran and given the bad press from the media I was a little concerned if all was to go well. ALL of my fears were dispelled from the totally issue free booking and visa process prior to departure, very close and accurate communication from operations staff (Emily) to the wonderful reception we received in Iran wherever we went, locals smiling and wishing us... >>
Glories of Persia, Iran
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Dawn Edmonds
Travel The Unknown provided me with an exceptionally good itinerary for my trip to Iran, the group size was ideal at 12 people, the local guides were very good and ensured my comfort and security. I would recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone interested in travelling to Iran.
Classical Iran & Dezful Extension, Iran
Lorraine Sisko & Robert Marino (USA)
Lorraine Sisko & Robert Marino (USA)
Our trip was an amazing mix of the familiar and the exotic. We saw and did so much and came home feeling that we experienced the best of the Phillipines! Everyone we met was so warm and friendly, the tropical island waters were irresistible, and the 1000 year old rice patties of Banauae were breathtaking!
Tailormade Philippines
Andrew & Sandra Doyle
Andrew & Sandra Doyle
We wanted a holiday with a difference and Travel the Unknown gave us it. From our holiday experience I would recommend not only Iran, but also Travel the Unknown to anyone.
Glories of Persia, Iran
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Daphne Constantine
The standard of the tour programme was one of the best I have experienced. It was good to have several nights in one place rather than keep moving on day after day. I came home wanting to book another trip at once!
Classical Iran, Iran
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The Champagne Family (USA)
Loved our trip to Iran! Iran is an amazing country with lots of history, culture, good food and the most welcoming people I have ever come across in my travels! We would like to thank Travel The Unknown for a memorable trip of a lifetime!
Tailormade Iran
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Alexandra Praill & Peter Denly
For our first visit to India we couldn't have chosen any better. Our 'Sacred India' tour will leave us with many wonderful long-lasting memories. Everything worked like clockwork and we had some truly inspiring guides, many of whom had the most impressive knowledge and interest in what they were showing us and were only too keen to pass that on. On top of that, Travel the Unknown chose some lovely places for us to stay.
Sacred India, India
Hazel & James Frost
Hazel & James Frost
Another fantastic trip with this company. WE really managed to get off the beaten track and have seen some amazing sights. Well put together. We will travel again with Travel the Unknown
Tailormade India
Gillian Lowe
Gillian Lowe
An amazing and comprehensive tour of Colombia. This is a beautiful county, go now before it gets too touristy!
Tailormade Colombia
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James & Margaret Stewart
We have just returned from a three week trip to Colombia organised on a private basis by Travel the Unknown. This followed our tours with them to both Eastern and Western Turkey in 2015 and to Iran in 2014. We view all three trips as great successes, wherein everything that was promised, was delivered. We will be planning further trips with them.
Tailormade Colombia
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Anne D'Heygers
I visited two different parts of the Himalayas in January and one of the regions was rather remote. I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the local agents that Travel the Unknown uses in India. This included their knowledge of the local conditions, excellent and safe drivers with great English and friendly helpful guides where needed. I also knew these agents were tracking my progress throughout the trip to make sure everything was going well. They also stepped in admirably when the loc... >>
Tailormade India
Lori Martin
Lori Martin
This trip was my first time travelling with Travel The Unknown, but definitely not my last!
Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
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Maureen James
The personal service provided enabled us to create our ideal itinerary, combining tailor made and group tours. Rahul's knowledge of the area was invaluable, and his suggestions added hugely to our overall experience. Through Travel the Unknown, we were able to visit the more challenging destination of Nagaland in safety and relative comfort, enjoy experiences as diverse as bathing elephants and mountain biking, and even spend our final few days in a sublime yoga retreat. Overall, an amazing expe... >>
Tailormade North East India
Andria & John Palmer
Andria & John Palmer
The Living Root Bridges trip was our first time with Travel the Unknown and we would have no hesitation from booking with them again.
Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
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Chris & Sue Fleckney
Excellent trip - off the beaten track, as their name implies, but offering a wonderful overview of the country. Very good organisation - everything went smoothly, prompt replies to any queries.
Troglodytes & Assassins and Classical Iran, Iran
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Julie Crank
NE India is so different from other parts of India and not many tourists go there so it is really adventurous travel but safe in the knowledge that the places have been checked out before hand by TTU staff or their reps. We had already enjoyed a 3 week group tour in this part of the world with TTU and were keen to explore more without going back to places we had already visited. So, the tailormade tour allowed us to see more and even get to places that you don't find in the guidebooks - yet! We... >>
Tailormade North East India
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Duncan & Nora Etches
Our trip to Cuba was well arranged with a thoughtful collection of places and experiences to maximize our understanding of the country. Travel the Unknown arranged accommodations that were unique, giving us wonderful opportunities to experience Cuban family life.
Eastern Cuba Explorer, Cuba
John & Christine Gregory
John & Christine Gregory
This is our second fabulous trip with Travel The Unknown and we were not disappointed. Rajasthan's vibrant colours of turbans and saris, the noise, the spicy aromas, the silence in the hot air balloon over rural Jaipur, the majestic forts and palaces of ancient times, sighting leopards in the wild, all far exceeded our expectations and the heritage homes and hotels we stayed in, whilst being of high standard in every way, still had a friendly family touch. Thanks so much to Rahul and the team fo... >>
Tailormade India
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Graham & Barbara Wilson
From start to finish, the whole trip was well planned to our requirements. Everything went smoothly and the guides and drivers looked after our every need. We stayed in an interesting and diverse selection of excellent hotels. Throughout the trip, the company regularly checked that everything was going OK and that we were happy. We felt very looked after. Overall, a wonderful holiday above our expectations. We would use Travel the Unknown again.
Tailormade India & Nepal
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Mark Pettengel & Jo Martin
A well-planned itinerary that crammed an impressive amount into 16 days, without ever feeling rushed. Cambodia and Vietnam are both fantastic destinations, offering stunning natural scenery and beautifully preserved historical sites, together with truly delightful and welcoming people. Our guides made our trip extraordinary, weaving their personal histories in to the many insights they gave us of two countries that have experienced such difficult pasts.
Tailormade Vietnam & Cambodia
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Greg & Jan Sheffer
Our trip with Travel The Unknown was one of our best trips ever. All went as planned, wonderful guides, perfect hotels - best of all: excellent scheduling of activities and time to rest - balance was just what we needed!! Thank you to all staff involved!
Classical Indochina, Indochina
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Rachel & Madeline Grieve
Nobody could have prepared us for how our holiday in Iran would enrich our lives. We had never met such friendly and open people. We never stopped smiling for the whole trip! Thanks to everyone at Travel the Unknown.
Tailormade Iran
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Andrea Selfridge
I would not hesitate in using Travel the Unknown for any future journeys to off the beaten track destinations.
Tailormade Turkey
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Gerald & Ann Diamond
Was well thought out and the experience was absolutely GREAT!!!!!!
Tailormade Serbia
Catherine Crawford
Catherine Crawford
Another great trip from Travel the Unknown. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to move outside the boundaries of the usual tourist itinerary.
Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India
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Rainer & Shanti Huebner
This was our second tailormade trip with Travel the Unknown and we loved our first time travel in Myanmar (Burma). The amazing attractions together with the wonderful and friendly people of Myanmar and the delightful, adaptable guides made it a trip we will never forget.
Tailormade Myanmar
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Jay Holtzman & Rothlyn Zahourek (USA)
What an incredible trip you planned for us! I cannot tell you how thrilled we were with our tailormade India tour. We travelled for 34 days and every single day was wonderful. Not only did you include everything that we would have wanted to experience, and many additional things that we had no clue about, you planned it in such a way that we had "down time" to be able to relax and think about and savor what we were experiencing. In addition, the choice of many fascinating accommodations gave alm... >>
Tailormade Tribal India
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Paula Austin
A journey to Iran with Travel The Unknown is a true experience of many things sights history ancient culture, fascinating people and interesting food. I was impressed that during the journey the company rang to make sure we where happy with everything, hotels and transport, that was wonderful in such a different place in the world that is considered unsafe by most people! But I can assure you it is more safe than any other country I have visited and that is almost most places in the world! We... >>
Tailormade Iran
Raymond & Janet Sterling (USA)
Raymond & Janet Sterling (USA)
We were looking for a land tour in the Balkans and contacted Travel The Unknown. The staff were very responsive in setting up a private tour schedule for us that proved to be perfect and reasonable in cost. We have just got back from our travels and can say that it was certainly a good choice The itinerary was varied and interesting and the accommodation well chosen. The quality and price of the food and wine in the region were an added bonus. Our drivers/guides were friendly, helpful and very k... >>
Tailormade Balkans
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Michael Russell
Ethiopia is a country everyone should visit. It has the perfect combination of spectacular scenery, stunning architecture, unique wildlife and a wonderful culture. Seeing it with Travel The Unknown means that you see all the highlights but don't miss the details and surprises between. The excellent local guides ensure that you experience its wonders through Ethiopian eyes. An overwhelming, eye opening, awe inspiring, emotional adventure.
Festivals of Ethiopia, Ethiopia
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Albert Chau
There have been so many highlights on our 15-day trip to Colombia: the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colonial towns of Villa de Leyva and Cartagena, learning about the coffee culture, the wonderfully crazy Carnaval de Negros Y Blancos at Pasto to name a few. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to introduce us to the local culture, making this one of the most memorable trips I've ever taken.
Festivals of Colombia, Colombia
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Richard Stoneman
Our 17-day tour encompassed Elamite architecture, the great Achaemenid palaces at Susa, Persepolis and Pasargadae, the Sasanian reliefs at Bishapur, Firuzabad and Naqsh-e-Rajab, and the highlights of the glorious cities of Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan. I shan`t forget our evening reading Hafez by the poet`s tomb at sunset, or the bookseller who sang passages of Attar to me. The kindness and friendliness of the people will stay with me for a long time.
Glories of Persia, Iran
Madeleine Murray
Madeleine Murray
Very moving, life-changing experience. Iran is a fascinating, complex place with a long, dramatic history. The itinerary of three days in each significant city (Shiraz, Yazd, Esfahan) follows the chronology of the empires beautifully. Three days in each place gives you time to relax and explore. The hotels are first class and quite spectacular. A small group gives you the chance to respond to group ideas, and also to go to local restaurants, off the beaten track from the large tour groups.
Classical Iran, Iran
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Diana Darke (Travel Writer)
Travel the Unknown organised a really excellent tour, very extensive and covering a huge variety of sites. Travelling in a small minibus was very comfortable and gave us enormous freedom to decide where to stop and for how long. As someone who has always organised their own travel, I was worried that this type of organised tour might be constraining, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Glories of Persia, Iran
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Linda Abbott
Just returned from the Glories of Persia trip. The tour was perfect, the guide, Merhdad, was exceptional. My travelling companions were great, it was good to travel with like minded people. Just loved the way we were treated by the Iranians, coming up to you, out of the blue, and saying "welcome". The whole experience was a real pleasure.
Glories of Persia, Iran
Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
We greatly enjoyed visiting the ancient sites of Western Turkey with an experienced guide and seeing the remains of so many different periods and cultures. The scenery was spectacular and we felt that the tour gave us a wonderful introduction to the country.
Archaeology of Western Turkey, Turkey
Peggy Roberts
Peggy Roberts
Arda, our local guide was absolutely the best. Always a smile, always running (literally) to fulfill every request, treating every member as his personal responsibility, and going way way above and beyond to assist and accommodate. He is a so remarkably knowledgeable, and seemingly found no question beyond his ability to answer & explain. And his English is impeccable. KEEP HIM!!! Very special individual. Andrew is an incredible guide, with such a wealth of information and passion for his subjec... >>
Tailormade Turkey
Peter Adams
Peter Adams
This was my first experience with Travel the Unknown, and it exceeded my expectations. The itinerary was comprehensive, the local guide exceedingly knowledgeable, and hotels carefully selected for convenience and comfort. Staff were readily accessible to answer pre-trip queries, and the visa application efficiently handled.
Glories of Persia, Iran
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Joan Edmunds (USA)
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Tailormade India
Hazel Frost
Hazel Frost
A fantastic trip to Arunachal Pradesh. Very well organised exactly to our requirements. Superb local guide. Would recommend this trip. Hazel and James.
Tailormade North East India
Nigel & Margaret Turner
Nigel & Margaret Turner
This trip was very well put together and ticked all the boxes that we had requested. The accommodation throughout the tour was of a high standard and our experiences in the national parks was wonderful spotting many different animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, lions, jungle cat plus countless number of birds. Thank you Rahul for tailoring this trip to our requirements.
Tigers, Lions & Rhinos of India, India
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Hazel Fairall
Thanks for organising such a great trip to NE India Rahul - everything went seamlessly! We loved the fact that we could book an individual tour but still have flexibility with our itinerary once we were there, enabling us to take in the Si Donyi Festival at Daporijo and also be the first guests to stay overnight in a local village hut with our hosts in Papi, which was fantastic. Our guide was super. He had a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humour! It’s hard to pick a highlight as the wh... >>
Tribes of North East India, India
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Jamie Nelson-Singer
My trip to Iran was absolutely fantastic and everybody was so friendly and kind. I cannot recommend Travel the Unknown and Iran enough.
Tailormade Iran
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Julie Hindmarch
An excellent introduction to South India. The itinerary was varied and interesting and the accommodation and food excellent. The real highlight for me was going to many places that were very much off the beaten track and getting the opportunity to meet local people in their homes, at local markets and cultural events.
Taste of South India, India
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Andy Pollard
Iran is country I have wanted to visit for a long time. All my questions prior to and post booking were answered promptly. The trip itself was superb and the people were warm, friendly and welcoming.
Classical Iran, Iran
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Laurel & Paul Smallwood
Travel The Unknown tailormade our extensive itinerary to meet our specific requirements and we couldn't have been happier. The trip went like clockwork! The individual guides and drivers were excellent and the variety of unique accommodation was outstanding. The rough roads of Ladakh were worth it to experience first-hand the majesty of the towering Himalayas. So much to see in India - need to plan another itinerary!
Tailormade India
Charlie
Charlie
What`s staggering about this journey is the sheer beauty and drama of places which are hardly known to most travellers - from the jaw-dropping granite rock faces of the Anti-Atlas Mountains to the wild shores and tranquil fishing villages of the Atlantic Coast.
Southern Morocco Explorer, Morocco
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Jim Cleary
We covered many miles and saw some fantastic sites and sights. The special access that our tour leader provided really enhanced the experience for me - I`ll certainly never forget tracking down an inscription in Van with his help - and to see Gobekli Tepe and Nemrut Dag on the same day was marvelous. At the end of the trip, the Zeugma Mosaic Museum was a wonderful surprise - the best mosaics I`ve ever seen, in a truly world-class setting.
Eastern Turkey Explorer, Turkey
Dennis Buisson
Dennis Buisson
Have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Serbia with David Lindo, the Urban Birder, and local wildlife expert, Milan Ruzic. Truly a privilege to have been with leaders whose knowledge of birds - their identification and calls - was quite outstanding; their sense of humour would also take some beating. Serbia - a birdwatching destination with more bonuses than the average City banker.
Northern Serbia - Owls & Raptors, Serbia
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Anthony Twohig
Travel the Unknown provide good friendly advice and information before travel. They are very approachable and helpful. The accommodation is of a high standard as are the meals. Local guides are knowledgeable and anxious to ensure that travellers have a good and rounded experience.
Eastern Turkey Explorer, Turkey
Rachel
Rachel
We went on the Spirit of South India Tour and had a great time on our honeymoon. There was a good variety of places visited and the hotels, drivers and guides were all very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Spirit of South India, India
Jane Neild
Jane Neild
This was a very exciting itinerary including fantastic historic and prehistoric site visits, as well as visits to wonderful towns, restaurants and markets. The attentiveness of the guide ensured that everything went smoothly, even in very out-of-the way places. It was possible to fall in love with the drama of the landscape, the character of the architecture, the colour, sights and sounds of the towns, the friendliness and honesty of the people - and I did!
Eastern Turkey Explorer, Turkey
Yngve Gausla
Yngve Gausla
The trip in the south was no less than an adventure, way beyond my anticipations. My guide was both helpful and knowledgeable.
Tribes & Landscapes of Southern Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Tracey & Gary
Tracey & Gary
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as th... >>
Tailormade India
Philip & Mary
Philip & Mary
Escaping from the comforting embrace of the big travel companies, Travel the Unknown`s `Ethiopia`s Historic North` programme gave us a window into a whole new world. The wildlife, the art, the food and the landscape were all unexpected and deeply memorable. The people were sometimes desperate, sometimes crazy, but nearly always smiling and ready to talk. One to treasure.
Ethiopia's Historic North, Ethiopia
Richard Williams
Richard Williams
This was a very varied and interesting trip to a forgotten part of India. If you like off the beaten track travel it is definitely worth the effort but go with an open mind and keep a smile on your face.
Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
Keith Lewis
Keith Lewis
This was my first experience of using Travel the Unknown having enjoyed small group adventure holidays for many years. I was attracted to the company because it seeks out the more unusual and lesser known areas of a country and I was not disappointed by my visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. There is a clear contrast between the people and the scenery of these two regions and we saw very few western tourists particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The tour was well organised with plenty to see and... >>
Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
Vik
Vik
Thank you for organising our holiday in Kerala. I certainly wouldn`t have had the time or the knowledge to put together such a trip. Munnar was my favourite and the accommodation throughout was excellent.
Kerala Calling, India
Mhairi McKechnie
Mhairi McKechnie
A different world and culture which we were privileged to experience. Welcomed by the warmth of locals who wanted to share a little of their time with us...and English is their second language!!!!!!
Festivals of Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Ann Holgate
Ann Holgate
A really well planned trip. We experienced life in Northeast India in just the way we wanted to. We loved the game reserves and saw a rock python which thrilled our guides as it is even rarer than the tiger! We visited villages and were able to interact with local people and loved the busy markets in Delhi and Calcutta. A special highlight was the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland; shown to us by our very own Naga guide Kezo. Kezo accompanied us for 15 days of our trip and ensured that we had many... >>
Tailormade India
Penelope Smith
Penelope Smith
What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.
Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
Elaine & Neil Smith
Elaine & Neil Smith
The tour was an amazing experience for our first visit to India. The country, its people and its cuisine were friendly,delightful, colourful and exceeded all our expectations. Travel the Unknown have put together a superb unique package that we have no hesitation in recommending to anyone with an interest in food and culture.
Delicacies of North India, India
Caroline & Peter
Caroline & Peter
Charming people organising the trip and acting as guides. An inspirational visit taking us to out of the way places we would never have had the chance to visit. The personal touch Travel the Unknown brings sets them apart.
Eastern Turkey Snapshot, Turkey
Marion McCallum
Marion McCallum
A great way to travel to some of the more remote and interesting places in the world. It was a very interesting area and we saw a lot that we would never have managed on our own. I would recommend the holiday to others.
Eastern Turkey Snapshot, Turkey
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Jane Kimberley
I had a lovely time in Turkey. Both of the tours that were part of the package were fabulous, both tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the trips very interesting providing plenty of information, and the places where we went for lunches as part of the trip were superb. David McGuinness is a credit to Travel the Unknown, he goes that `extra mile` to keep customer happy. I`d like to say a huge `thank you` for all the help you gave me organising and planning my trip. I certainly will reco... >>
The Magic of Cappadocia, Turkey
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Vanessa Betts, Author, Footprint Guide to Northeast India
Travel The Unknown`s North East India tours have zoned in on the absolute prime attractions, visiting a string of culturally unique, scenically stunning places - and maximising every moment spent there. They`re also to be commended for their integrity, having established excellent relations with local tour operators, sympathetic to the remote communities they visit. Their outstanding guides take great care to respect and protect indigenous lifestyles in these delicate regions.
Tailormade North East India
Milojko Dobrijevich
Milojko Dobrijevich
Simply, a wonderful experience. There`s a special kind of relaxation that`s achieved when you know that you have none of the stress of organizing a trip, driving, navigating, travel, booking, etc. Thanks so much for an excellent experience.
Festivals of Serbia, Serbia
Daniel Bean
Daniel Bean
The Lost City trip was amazing. Would recommend this trip to anyone who has a sense of adventure and not afraid to leave their comfort zone. Machu Picchu is nothing like this and the sense of achievement you get when you reach the Lost City is truely outstanding. I am now looking for a similar adventure in another part of the world.
Lost City Trek, Colombia
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Cerys Matthews
Thank you so very much for organising our trip. It went swimmingly, Dejan is super cool, the house was fab, the people lovely and strange, the rakjia insane. Memories of river swimming, spit roast pigs and lambs, urns of beans and cabbages, gallons of cheap beer and craze-inducing rakia with a massive dose of incomprehensible contemporary Serbian music , a modern take of Balkan brass orchestras, some tiny glimpses into Roma life, and rackety fair rides, along with beautifully grown organic veget... >>
Tailormade Guca Festivals Tour
Neha
Neha
Ethiopia really blew me away. The rock-hewn churches were remarkable and I never knew Ethiopia had so much history. It was great to see the gelada baboons in the Simien Mountains. Our guide was always smiling and helpful, and I really enjoyed the coffee ceremonies. I hope to come back again some day.
Ethiopia's Historic North, Ethiopia
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Jini, The Independent
It was the 200 year old double-decker root bridge I had come to see, After two hours, as we approached the village of Nongkriet, there it was. The roots of a single tree crossed the river on two levels, like a mad piece of macramé crossed with a tangled beard, bits of seaweed and a hairy den of tarantulas. It`s a bridge for hobbits, not humans.
Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Nikki Kemp
Nikki Kemp
Thank you for organising our Jordan trip. We both had a fantastic time, everything went very smoothly,and this is the first time I have ever used an ‘organised trip’ but it made everything stress free and enjoyable. Very well organised. The driver Bashir, was absolutely brilliant - very friendly, kind,patient, and informative and really made the trip special and memorable for us and we learnt many things on route that would never have known if it wasn’t for local information. Thank you very much... >>
Tailormade Jordan
Joanne Hyde
Joanne Hyde
Great mixture of everything. Of all the places we visited, Byblos is a lovely town with great restaurants. Also, the lunch at the Eco place in the Bekka valley was stunning. While it was expensive, Lebanon is an expensive country and we saw more than we could possibly have seen by ourselves. Best holiday in a long while. Travel The Unknown were flexible and professional to deal with and put together a trip for us that was one of the best holidays in years. Would definitely consider Travel The Un... >>
Crusaders & Caves, Lebanon
Dewi Evans
Dewi Evans
I`m very pleased with the way the trip was arranged for me, it was well organised and went very well. The itinerary was just the right pace to enjoy everything without rushing too much. It was never going to be cheap for 1 person travelling alone but I thought it was very reasonably priced.
Tailormade North East India
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin
I`m sure I could not have found a better operator for the type of complicated Indian tour I wanted to undertake on a limited budget. India is an intimidating country to visit, and I suspect that some operators look down on the first time visitor, or disparage their requirements. Travel the Unknown, by contrast, helped me all the way, and their local guides were superb.
Tailormade North East India
Anupy Singla Gupta
Anupy Singla Gupta
I just took the Food Tour of Kerala and Malabar Coast and it was purely unforgettable. The accommodation was superb as was the food and hospitality. I essentially came back feeling like a baby hippo - that should tell you you NEED to take this tour ASAP!

Anupy is the author of best-selling Indian cookery book - The Indian Slow Cooker - which is available for purchase on Amazon.
Taste of South India, India
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Julie Crank
I would recommend Travel The Unknown`s Colombian Odyssey tour for anyone who wants a fairly comprehensive tour of the highlights of Colombia. I would definitely advise an add on to Cartagena, if you haven`t already visited. Colombia is a wonderful place to take a holiday whether you have been to Latin America many times before or even if it is your first trip. Travel The Unknown have definitely chosen the best places to stay and we were very well looked after. If you want a completely tailormade... >>
Colombian Odyssey, Colombia
Sean and Bonnee Gregg
Sean and Bonnee Gregg
Seamless, worry-free travel in a far flung corner of the world. It was the best way to make sure we used our travel time seeing the country, interacting with the people, and tasting the food. I`ve already spent enough time, in queues, on buses, or just generally lost to appreciate a well planned trip.
Tailormade Colombia
Jeannie Saville
Jeannie Saville
It is not surprising that UNESCO has added Mexican cuisine to its list of cultural treasures worth preserving. The variety and quality of Oaxacan food is awe inspiring and ranges from street food to creative chefs in top class restaurants. All aspiring young chefs should visit the Sunday market in Tlacolula, a real feast for the eyes and the palette. We have learnt a huge amount on this tour about life in Mexico and the problems of Mexico`s indigenous people.
Flavours of Mexico, Mexico
Caroline
Caroline
The hiking was amazing with spectacular scenery and knowledgeable guides. The luxurious but rustic wooden cabins were really welcoming after a long days hiking.
Zapotecan Village Trek, Mexico
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Stephen Price
The Hornbill Festival was an experience if a lifetime to see the traditional dances, music and games the tribes use in their own village festivals, hence they were so natural and perfect. Even when they left the arena, they never stopped singing, dancing and playing their drums. I was really impressed with the diversity of the costumes, individually owned and cared for. For what I got out of the whole experience, I really thought the tour was exceptional value for money.
Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
Ken Sankey
Ken Sankey
Wow, India is incredible and Travel The Unknown put together a trip that really showed the diverse nature of the country and cultures, from the busy capital Delhi to the splendour of the Taj Mahal and then off the main tourist trek with an overnight sleeper train to Varanasi on the Ganges, the Hindu religious capital with bathing , washing and cremations alongside the river - an astonishing experience. We then moved to the forgotten North East corner where there is a tribal culture in an area se... >>
Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Terry Cooper
Terry Cooper
This was a great adventure. Be prepared to get hot and wet but the rewards are worth it. Beautiful scenery and we learnt a lot about the history of Colombia and the local region from our guide. Would recommend Colombia to any travellers. Thanks to Travel the Unknown for organising trip, we had no issues which allowed us to appreciate the country even more. This was one of the best treks I have done. Very enjoyable and some amazing scenery.
Lost City Trek, Colombia
Jane McCormmach
Jane McCormmach
Neither of us had ever been to India before. This trip was a wonderful introduction. The trip you arranged responded precisely to our request to spend most of our time seeing wild life in National Parks and also provided us with the opportunity to visit Delhi, Agra and Kolkata. The drivers and guides were excellent, the accommodations excellent and they accommodated both my husband`s preference for highly spiced food and my lamentably bland preferences. Thank you!
Tigers, Lions & Rhinos of India, India
Ruth Stead
Ruth Stead
I have no hesitation in recommending Travel the Unknown to other travellers. This was our first experience and the quality of organisation, service and back up was excellent.
Kerala Calling, India
Stuart Robinson
Stuart Robinson
David and Rahul, what a great company you run! My tailormade trip to Colombia was just perfect! Your advice and guidance in advance of the trip was excellent. I loved the accommodation in Bogota and Cartagena; quaint and traditional. And the staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming and helpful. Your agent, Russell, was very attentive, and the drivers allocated to transport me were punctual, friendly and helpful! I cannot fault a thing. Thanks so much for planning such smooth-running trip for me... >>
Tailormade Colombia
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Sue Clyde
We were 4 women in our 60`s travelling to India, not for the first time, we had all been before, but the trip was so good, well organised and we never felt uneasy, just had a really good time.
Tailormade Rajasthan & Kerala
Danny
Danny
I thought I missed the name of this tour when I was looking for wildlife trips, lions in India! Not only was I lucky to see a tigress and her cubs in Kanha, Satpura was also magical, particularly the walking safari. I saw a leopard dragging its kill away. Gir was so different, and yes, I can confirm lions do live in India! Thank you Travel The Unknown for a very different wildlife trip.
Tigers, Lions & Rhinos of India, India
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Malcolm Copley
The Sacred India/tailormade trip lived up to my expectations, and provided a stimulating and immersive experience of India, notably the Hindu aspects of Indian society. Varanasi was a wonderful experience, the evening Aarti festival, the dawn river trip, and the tour around the alleyways of the old city were outstanding. The Khajuraho temples were beautiful, in a wonderful parkland setting. I was pleased that there were things happening almost all the time. The food was good, especially in Varan... >>
Sacred India, India
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Joy Lawley
This trip was an amazing and very exhilarating experience. We had high hopes of Gobekli Tepe, which were totally fulfilled- it is utterly amazing, but we had not anticipated some of the other gems to be so exceptional as well. We were a small group, which made the trip very personal. Altogether it was a marvellous week, helped by having a caring guide and an excellent driver.
Eastern Turkey Snapshot, Turkey
Jennifer
Jennifer
Kolkata is a real eye-opener. The walking tour was a real highlight and our guide was great at showing me places I`d never have found otherwise. The Sunderbans was just beautiful. The guide was very friendly and the boat cruises were relaxing. My cottage was delightful and the food at the Tiger Camp was delicious. A great way to end the trip!
Raj, Tigers & Mangroves, India
Marie
Marie
What a great trip this was. Jordan is a magical county, the people friendly, the weather marvellous, the sights, sounds and smells unique. The small group got on well and I will definitely be back on one of your trips again soon.
Along Bedouin Trails, Jordan
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Annalisa & Chiara
A wonderful trip! Great nature, stunning landscapes and very interesting itinerary. Recommended to anyone looking for spirituality and breathtaking experiences! A big Thank You to our excellent guide who was able to make a huge difference to our trip.
Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India
Christina Taft
Christina Taft
Travel the Unknown put together an Itinerary in North East India - Living Root Bridges for me and a travelling companion. The accommodations, transportation, promptness of drivers, and knowledge of our guide was excellent. Easy booking from office and good pre trip information. Thanks TTU!
Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
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Lisa Zardoni
Thanks for making my trip possible and so successful in such a short time. I loved every single second and the trek to the Lost City is amazing. Would do it again in this precise moment. And Colombia was a pleasant surprise, the country is incredible and really safe against the common stereotypes. It is a place I would be happy to live in, with the good weather, the colours and on particular the music. The food was incredible and freshly cooked. I am normally a fussy eater but I had every single... >>
Lost City Trek, Colombia
Adam
Adam
We have been on many treks around the world, but nothing so far comes close to the beauty of Ladakh. Our guide always made sure I was doing ok and the horses helped carry the luggage. The family we spent the night with were the warmest I`ve ever met and the experience was humbling. Thank you Travel The Unknown for organising this for us
Markha Valley Trek, India
Bill Dodd
Bill Dodd
Having travelled to Mexico on various trips over the years I was surprised to find Oaxaca was so different. Many traditions that have died out elsewhere are still alive and kicking in Oaxaca. And the food is sublime.
Flavours of Mexico, Mexico
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Christine Barratt
In your testimonials I recognise all the things that gave me such pleasure on my own trip. Here was India dust & all, with its charm, its ridiculousness, its colour, sense of humour, unexpected delights, & above all its smiling, friendly people. So the heritage forts & palaces are stunning, but they are only an impressive reminder of where the country has come from. It’s everyday life that lets you know what the country is today. Thanks to your company I was able to experience all of this; just... >>
Tailormade Rajasthan
Mary
Mary
The Qadisha Valley is a beautiful and fascinating place. The night in the monastery was a highlight for me although both the other home stay nights were equally enjoyable in their own way. Danielle made me feel particularly welcome and my guides looked after me very well throughout.
Hiking the Holy Valleys, Lebanon
Shaun Matthews
Shaun Matthews
Thanks so much for a wonderful trip. The whole trip was fantastic. Our guides throughout were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. The Humming Bird walk in Manizales was probably the highlight but it`s not easy to choose. We will definitely travel with Travel the Unknown again.
Tailormade Colombia
Begona Gomez
Begona Gomez
It was not easy to organise a trip to North East India because of lack of information. Travel The Unknown has been the solution. We trust on them and they proved they deserved this trust. It has been an incredible and wonderful trip!
Tailormade North East India
Patrick Lau & Alan Davis
Patrick Lau & Alan Davis
This is the first time I have journeyed with Travel The Unknown. We had a hitch in the itinerary and we contacted David - he was immediately on the phone to sort it out despite the fact we were in Iran. That is what I call serivce and I was very impressed.
Glories of Persia, Iran
David & Julia McPhail
David & Julia McPhail
Jerash was fascinating, loved the mud at the Dead Sea, Bethany was very interesting. Petra by night... AMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAZZZING, candle-lit all the way to the treasury with two musical instruments being played - the sound echoing around the city was truly mesmerizing, a wonderfully mystical experience. Fantastic guide too. Thanks for all your help.
Tailormade Jordan
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Cynthia Bishop
I went on this trip rather than all the other interesting possibilities in the world because I wanted to go to Gobekli Tepe. Being there was all I could have hoped for. It was a stunning experience and I was moved to tears. Thank you so much for the opportunity. Regarding the food, the olives were the best I`ve ever tasted. And the yoghurt is fabulous. Also the cheese and pistachios and apricots. Oh yes, and the watermelon : ) Thanks to David too for being so patient with my endless questions
Eastern Turkey Explorer, Turkey
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Laurence Mitchell (Author of Bradt Guide: Serbia)
I am delighted to see that Travel The Unknown have started to run tours to Serbia - it is time that someone did as the country has plenty to offer for all tastes. Looking at their itineraries for both North and South Serbia, it is clear that they manage to visit some of the more out the way places and lesser known sites that few know about. They offer a good degree of variety too, and their tours should give potential visitors a really good taste of this often overlooked destination.
Tailormade Serbia
Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw
Travel The Unknown provided me with an excellent opportunity to discover the amazing country that is Jordan. Without their organisation and attention to detail I would have never have experienced so much diversity and interest in such a short time. Thanks so much.
Land of the Bedouins, Jordan
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Adrian Mourby (Travel Writer)
I have been extremely well looked after and am grateful to Dejan for showing me his wonderful country.
Devil's Town & The Danube, Serbia
Christian Noni
Christian Noni
I had been studying the Apatani Tribe for quite some time… I’m talking roughly 7 years! Travel The Unknown made my dreams come entirely true. They organized every aspect of my experience in the most minute detail. I have never felt such confidence in an agency nor worked with one more knowledgeable about their destination. Because of them and their kind efforts, I will continue to travel with Travel The Unknown for all future expeditions to this or similar regions. Thanks, Travel The Unknown, fo... >>
Tailormade North East India
Stephen
Stephen
Gotta say thanks to Travel The Unknown for organising my fascinating trip to a little-known area of the world. The scenery was fantastic, food was amazing, the guide was great and the living bridges were inspiring. An India not many get to see. Thanks again.
Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India