From houseboats to homestays and everything in between, our trips stay at some picturesque, locally-owned and just downright cool places. Here’s our list of unique stays that are so much more than a place to sleep at night.

Cave hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey

Spend an unforgettable night or two at a family-run hotel with stunning valley views with a local home breakfast included. The best part? These homely rooms are created from natural caves formed over millennia.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Turkey Encompassed

15

2248

Real Turkey
Ages 18 to 29

15

1422

Six Days in Turkey
Ages 18 to 29

6

464

Felucca, Egypt

Relaxing, unique and oh so cool, sailing the Nile by felucca is truly one for the books. Prepare yourself for a shared, open sleeping area, for tasty homemade meals from the Nubian sailing crew, and for the experience of a lifetime.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Egypt Adventure

8

987

Discover Egypt & Jordan

15

2359

Explore Egypt

15

1492

Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

22

2805

Essential Egypt
Ages 18 to 29

9

604

 

Ryokan, Japan

To complete your cultural immersion in all things Japan-related, a night spent at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) is a quintessential experience. Throw on a kimono, slip off your shoes, sip on a cup of hot tea and enjoy a traditional meal while you’re at it.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

13

4544

Classic Japan

11

4935

Japan Express

9

2057

Japan Express

9

2057

Japan Real Food Adventure

11

4536

Ultimate Japan

24

9554

 

Navajo Hogan, Monument Valley, USA

Stay in a traditional Hogan to get to grips with the culture of one of the largest North American Indian tribes, the Navajo. The facilities are basic but the reservation is home to 200,000 Navajo people, and the experience is unforgettable.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Utah Parks Circuit

8

1936

Utah, Nevada & California

14

2928

Western USA Highlights

18

4327

 

Junk Cruise, Halong Bay, Vietnam

You’ll never forget the beauty of sailing through the emerald waters and limestone karsts of Halong Bay. Enjoy a seafood dinner on board and then settle down for a comfortable night in the Unesco World Heritage Site.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Vietnam Express Southbound

10

1156

Classic Vietnam

15

2244

Scenic Vietnam

15

1590

Treasures of Vietnam

8

1332

Best of Vietnam

20

2243

 

Ger Camp, Mongolia

Spend a night in a traditional ger. Help prepare dinner (perhaps some buuz, traditional steamed dumplings), learn some Mongolian games, then enjoy some incredible stargazing before retiring for the evening.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Wild Mongolia

15

3235

 

Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Exploring the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum is an experience like no other. Hike it by day, watch the sun set, then take in the expansive, starry sky from the comfort of a well-ventilated tent in an unbeatable location.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Jordan & Egypt Express

9

1234

One Week in Jordan
Ages 18 to 29

7

723

Cycle Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum

9

2287

Jordan Family Holiday

8

1751

Jordan Real Food Adventure

6

1428

 

Houseboat, Botswana

Arrive at your floating home via speedboat taxi and you’ll find you’re in for a treat. There will be hippos grunting, cicadas trilling, a dining area with games, twin-share cabins, and on-deck sundowners to go along with a spectacular sunset.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Botswana Adventure

10

4544

Amazing Southern Africa

22

8390

 

Homestay, Costa Rica

Truly live like a local in our Costa Rica homestay with the villagers of the Juanilama agricultural community. You'll help with chores and learn how to make local favourites in a group cooking class.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Costa Rica Experience

9

1356

 

House Boat, Kerala, India

Cruise the lagoons and canals of Kerala. Experience local life on the water, and even try your hand at fishing. Relax away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trail, with only 3 - 4 rooms per boat.

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Chum, Russia

Feeling adventurous? How about spending 4 nights in an authentic Chum in Russia. Stay with the local nomadic Nenet tribe, and learn about life in Northern Russia (and how they stay warm in -50°C).

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Refugee-run Hotel, Vienna, Austria

Sleep soundly knowing that you're staying in Austria’s first hotel based on a social business model which reinvests profits into projects for social good. The hotel is staffed by refugees who comprise two-thirds of hotel’s employees.

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Trip Name Days From USD
Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

8

2247

Best of Central Europe

15

3020

 

Outback Camp, Kings Canyon, Australia

Spend the day exploring the impressive rock formations and faces, like the natural amphitheatre, at Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). Then spend the night sleeping under the stars in a permanent tented camp.

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