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About Encounters Travel

We specialise in creating imaginative, adventurous small group tours all around the world for the open-minded traveller. We are always looking for new ways to add value and excitement to your travel experiences so that you see more than just the usual tourist spots, as well as having great fun ....more

Reasons to tour with Encounters Travel

Airport Transfers included

Tours designed by experts

Every booking contributes to local projects

Great value for money

Flexible booking conditions

Economic Impact

Projects and Charities We Support
As part of our code of practice we support various local and international organisations, NGO's and charities, related to the areas in which we operate. The booking of any of our tours will include a donation of at least UK£2 to one or more of the ....more

Sustainability

We try to design our itineraries and plan the way we operate in as responsible and sustainable a way as possible. We avoid domestic flights and use public transport instead on many of our tours, including sleeper trains and some public coaches.

How we're working to make you feel COVID-safe on your trip

Do you have a mix of both excitement and concern about travelling now that many destinations around the world are starting to open their borders?

Don’t worry, we understand, and share both.

To help make things a little easier for you, we’ve launched our Safer Encounters scheme, which focuses on the health ....more

Cultural Preservation

Behaviour and Local Customs
These are often very different to what you are used to living with and adhering to. On some of our tours they change as the tour progresses. You should always respect local religions, beliefs and customs. Your tour leader will brief you on changes to accepted and ....more

2024 Power Retail All Star Bash Top Travel Retailer Nominee

We have been nominated alongside some of the world's best travel brands such as Qatar Airways: https://powerretail.com.au/events/all-star-bash/#:~:text=Top%20Travel%20Retailer%20Award

2024 Power Retail All Star Bash Top Travel Retailer Award Nominee

We have been nominated alongside some of the world's best travel organisations such as Qatar Airways - https://powerretail.com.au/events/all-star-bash/#:~:text=Top%20Travel%20Retailer%20Award

Social Responsibility

Behavioural and Local Customs are often very different to what you are used to living with and adhering to. On some of our tours they change as the tour progresses. You should always respect local religions, beliefs and customs. Your tour leader will brief you on changes to accepted and ....more

What We Offer

We specialise in creating innovative, fun and exciting tours for the open minded traveller and we are always looking for new ways to add value and excitement to your travel experiences with us so that you see and experience more than just the usual tourist spots and have great fun ....more

Our Story

Encounters Travel is a trading name of Uncover the World Travel Ltd. which is a company registered in England & Wales, registration number: 07560987, registered office Plumpton Cottage, Mitchell Lane, Bradford, BD10 0TA, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Uncover the World Travel Ltd. provides financial protection through a trust account and ....more

Accreditations and Associations

Member of Adventure Travel Trade Association https://www.adventuretravel.biz/

Responsible Tourism

Here at Uncover the World we benefit from being led by a team that is formally trained, both in various environmental sciences, and in economic and social issues in the developing world. This formal education together with our own personal convictions means that we take environmental and social issues very ....more

Environmental Sustainability

The highlight of many of our tours is the environment through which we travel. We aim to leave this environment and its ecology in the same state that we found it, if not better. We encourage this by:

1. Ensuring minimal use of water where it is in short supply (see ....more

Awards

2024 Power Retail All Star Bash Top Travel Retailer Nominee


We have been nominated alongside some of the world's best travel brands such as Qatar Airways: https://powerretail.com.au/events/all-star-bash/#:~:text=Top%20Travel%20Retailer%20Award

Encounters Travel Reviews

Jasmine Montaque (Google Reviewer)  

30-Aug-2023

We had a Great 9 day trip to Egypt ! Everyone we “encountered” were excellent! We absolutely loved our guide. We are Looking 👀 to book another trip with Encounters Travel!

Miriam Huguet (Google Reviewer)  

06-Jan-2022

I did the Discover Egypt and I definetely recommend it. They take care of every detail (they manage to do our PCR with the stamp that we needed). They book quite comfortable hotels and the guide and the local guides are extremely good and passionate about their work. I would repeat it!! :)

Aries FFPro (Google Reviewer)  

04-Dec-2021

Wish I could rate Encounters higher! From the onset, Anthony (Ant) was professional and extremely knowledgeable, and far more helpful than I had hoped. He always had time to respond to my inquiries and never showed any sign of frustration...no matter how many times I asked the same question. Meeting Saul at the Cairo airport shows just how valuable the RIGHT travel rep is: he had us go from the gate to getting our visas to picking up our luggage and out to the waiting van in 15 minutes! UNBELIEVABLE! Saul also checked in with us almost daily to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. Our guides Big Mu and Mahmoud were fantastic in their knowledge of the sites, the history of the area and where to get the best bargains. Encounters Travel made this trip of a lifetime 100x better than anything I had hoped for. I cannot recommend Encounters strongly enough...if you have Egypt on your bucket list, like we did, book safely and securely with Encounters!

Erin Scott (Google Reviewer)  

05-Dec-2019

Just finished a dreamy 9 day Discover Egypt Tour with our guide, Mohamed El-Maghrabi. I can’t say enough about this tour and Mohamed. Everything exceeded my expectations. Somehow each new day was better than the last. The tour was perfectly laid out and organized, and everything went super smoothly. Mohamed was attentive and thoughtful to each of our individual needs. From early check-ins, delicious pre-arranged restaurant excursions, and assisting with trip add-ons, Mohamed was a superstar. Not to mention his knowledge and passion for egyptology. The additional encounters support staff at each location was an added bonus that enhanced an already smooth operation. The trip went way too fast! I didn’t want it to end. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see as much of egypt as possible in a short amount of time! I’ll never forget this whirlwind adventure!

Claire Carter (Google Reviewer)  

25-Oct-2023

I was unsure what to expect but it was far better than I thought. Collected from the airport and thoroughly looked after until I was returned to the airport 10 days later. The times, travelling and food was as advertised. The guide and sights were beyond my expectations. Fantastic tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event).

What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

You are always able to change your travel date. However, some charges may apply depending on how long before your departure you make the change. Our flexible booking conditions and reduced charges will apply if you are changing date because of a Covid-19 reason or because your government is advising against travel to your destination. Please check our detailed booking conditions for full details.

When is my balance payment due?

For all tours departing in 2020 and 2021, balance due dates are reduced to 28 days. For 2022 departures onwards they will revert back to our standard conditions (60 days).

Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

On most of our group tours, solo travellers may choose to form a temporary 'tour bubble' and share a room with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If a room share is not available then a single room supplement may be payable, with the costs for these kept as low as possible. We have also removed compulsory single supplements from many of our tours, and are reducing the cost by 50% on s

How long can I keep my booking as a 'Credit on File'?

New bookings need to be made within 1 year of your original departure date, with travel started within 2 years of your original departure date.

Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

Yes, if you don't want to, or can't travel, you can transfer your booking and existing payments to other family members or friends. We are waiving our normal fees for doing this for all departures up to the end of 2022. This applies to bookings you may have moved to a Credit on File as well as those setup on a particular date. Note - not all payments may be transferrable.

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  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Encounters Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform Encounters Travel, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Encounters Travel requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of Encounters Travel charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit
    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 35% of tour cost
    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of tour cost
    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of tour cost
    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of tour cost
  • Secure payments

    All payments are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

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