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17 Adventure Tours Under £800

It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.

It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.


Highlights of Sumatra – £799


Includes: 14 days, 13 nights in simple hotels: Visit to orangutan feeding platform: Orientation walks of Medan, Berastagi & Bukittinggi: All transport13 breakfasts

India on a Shoestring – £799

Includes: 20 days, 19 nights in simple hotels (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts) & camping (1 nt): Guided tour of the Taj Mahal (Agra) and the Amber Fort (Jaipur): Orientation walks in Old Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar and JaipurOvernight camel safari: Ganges River boat trip: All transport: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.

Thailand Island Hopping – £799

Includes: 9 days, 7 nights in hotels/guesthouses, 1 night on sleeper train, 7 breakfasts & 1 lunch, West Coast: Beach barbecue (Koh Lanta), Half-day snorkelling boat trip (Koh Ngai), free time on beaches.  East Coast: Snorkel trip, free time on beaches


Masai Mara Camping Safari – £699

Includes: 4 days, 3 nights in simple hotel (1 nt), permanent tented camp (2 nts): Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance and game drives: Safari camping experience: All transport: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Kruger, Falls & Zimbabwe – £739

Includes: 8 days, 7 nights participation camping (6 nts), simple hotel (1 nt): Guided rhino walk and open vehicle game drive in Matobo National Park: Kruger National Park entrance and game drives: Visit to a Planeterra-supported community school: All transport: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Delta & Falls Overland – £769

Includes: 9 days 8 nights Simple hotel (1 nt), participation camping (6 nts), basic bush camping (1 nt): Okavango Delta overnight bush camping: All transport: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Latin America

The Ecuador Experience – £799

Includes: 18 days, 17 nights in simple hotels (12 nts), Amazon community stay (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), indigenous community homestay (2 nts, multi-share):Amazon Jungle homestayTrain excursion to Devil’s Nose: Machalilla National Park stay: All transport: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

The Inca Trail – £699

Includes: 7 days 6 nights in Hotels (3 nts), camping (3 nts): Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour: Inca Trail guided hike (inclu. permit) with cooks and porters (4-day): Machu Picchu guided tour: all transport: 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Mayan Sun-Southbound – £799



Includes: 16 days, 15 nights in simple hotels (12 nts), local homestay (1 nt), rustic ecolodge (2 nts): Guided tour of Tikal: Homestay at Lake Atitlan with a local family: Group salsa dancing lesson: All transport: 1 dinner.

Europe, North Africa & the middle east

Morocco Kasbahs & Desert – £649

Includes: 8 days, 7 nights in hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share), Meknes, Volubilis & Fes guided tours: Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride and overnight in a Berber camp: Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages: Aït Ben Haddou kasbah visit: Marrakech medina guided walk: All transport: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Adriatic Adventure – Dubrovnik to Athens – £749

Includes: 9 days, 8 nights in Hotels/hostels: Day trip to Perast (Kotor): Orientation walks in Tirana and Corfu: All transport3 Breakfasts

Highlights of Jordan – £699

Includes: 8 days, 6 nights in hotel & 1 night in desert camp,  Jerash entrance and guided tour, Dead Sea visit, Madaba mosaics guided tour, Mt Nebo entrance, Karak Castle guided tour, Wadi Rum jeep excursion, Bedouin camp overnight with local meals, Red Sea stay.  All transportation, 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner included


San Diego, Grand Canyon & Vegas – £729

Includes: 7 days, 3 nights in hostel/hotel, some multi-share, 3 nights camping: Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions, Orientation walk in Las Vegas, Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon.  3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners, all transportation

Music, Mountains & Monuments – £799

Includes: 8 days, 7 nights in hostels (2 nts, multi-share), participation camping (5 nts): Entrance fees to all national parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions: Orientation to Washington DC: Visit to Arlington Cemetery: All transport: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

New York to Chicago – £699

Includes: 7 days 6 nights in hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (4 nts): Entrance fees to all state parks: Orientation to New York & Chicago: Maid of the Mist boat tour (Niagara Falls): All transport: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners


Local Living Mongolia: Nomadic Life – £699

Includes: 8 days, 7 nights in Traditional ger (5 nts), basic hotels (2 nts): Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts: Transport: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure – £679

Includes: 9 days, 5 nights in Hotels, 3 nights in jungle lodge.  Guided kayaking sessions through the canals around Tortuguero (2 lessons, 2hrs each), guided hike through the jungle, boat tour of Tortuguero National Park, Kayaking and paddleboarding in Lake Arenal.  All transport: 4 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Honestly, we’ve barely scratched the surface here! There are over 150 small group adventure tours in this price range and almost 600 overall From Africa to Antarctica to Asia and beyond…

*The above trips may have seasonal variations in pricing – all trips had multiple available departures at the advertised price at the time of publication

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Showing 7 Comments

  1. Molly Williams

    Oh dear, this article should come with a disclaimer “If you’re over 40 prepare to be disappointed as 11 out of the 17 trips are not open to you”. As a freelancer in the Arts (and therefore on a tight budget) I eagerly clicked on this link to seek inspiration for my next trip. However, it seems people over 40 are considered too old to want budget trips and wish to only travel in luxury. Ah well.

    1096 days ago
    • Anna Corbett

      Hi Molly,

      I’m really sorry that you were disappointed when you clicked through – the trips mentioned are just a selection and out of the 178 trips that are currently under £800 114 are open to all ages:
      I definitely take your point however and in any future lists I’ll make a point of trying to strike the balance more successfully than I have here.

      Kind regards,

      1096 days ago
  2. I think this article is awesome! Me and me boyfriend are Film graduates- so finding a job is proving a lot more difficult than planned and it’s a choice out of traveling or saving up for our own place. Thanks to this article though, it would seem that both are possibly! As I’m on break at work writing this too- Thanks for keeping me hopeful!! :)

    1094 days ago
  3. Zen

    Hmm, in my book (and the Oxford dictionary) adventure means to run the risk, make the experiment, dare; to go so far as, to venture.

    Although the meaning may differ person to person, and this may be somewhat of a generalisation, I would dare to suggest that booking an organised and dotted out tour including food and activities strays away somewhat from the original concept of adventure?

    In addition, you can do each of these trips for much (much) less money if you do not book them as a pre-determined tour with an agent.

    So all in all, while the article is admittedly inspirational, I am very sceptical.

    1092 days ago
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