As you might imagine, I log a lot miles on the road and in the air every year. People always ask me about my favorite places. Here is the answer. In my travels, I am always on the lookout for what’s new, innovative, and cutting-edge. Yet, I am consistently surprised when I run up against the ordinary in the travel industry.  And, that is too often the case… the same old stuff – the same sights, the same activities and the same routings.  I found this in Australia, China and Chile, just to name a few.  At times, there seems to be little difference between private tours and the masses of buses in that they are all headed to exactly the same places.

Indeed, probably 95% of travelers are still being funneled into the same molds, whether they are private clients or mass market. At Big Five, we have deliberately chosen to look after the 5% who share our philosophy, where the most valued asset has nothing to do with price.  Of course, there are classic sights that will nearly always be included. After all, who would go to Egypt the first time and not visit the great pyramids of Giza? But there can still be distinctiveness and originality in how they are seen. That is our intellectual property, where creativity, originality and outside-the-box thinking are the rule and not the exception. This is ingrained in our entire Big Five team, which means that we look deeper and farther afield to give you something more.  Our aim is to present you with journeys that are worth taking!

With President’s Pick, I wanted to take that a step further, to share adventures that I am personally passionate about, tours that have touched me in some way and where I have seen a serious need to not merely think outside the box, but to destroy the box. I have never been one to follow, and I always aim to make a positive difference in every one of our destinations.  Please enjoy my personal picks, and let us help you plan yours.


Ashish Sanghrajka

  • Argentina & Uruguay
  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia & Laos
  • Chile
  • Chile & Bolivia
  • China including Hong Kong & Taiwan
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica & Nicaragua
  • Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia & Singapore
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Rwanda & Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania including Zanzibar
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates & Oman
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi
  • Africa & The Middle East
  • Latin America
  • Asia & The Orient
  • South Pacific
  • 4 to 8 Days
  • 9 to 14 Days
  • 15 to 30 Days
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President’s Picks India Ghats, the Ganges & Leopards

$950 | 18 Days

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President’s Pick Tanzania & Kenya The Wild Walk

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$950 | 14 Days

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Presidents Pick India by City and Country

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This highly original India family adventure is the first of our Kids Kouncil™ Approved journeys. It has been reviewed by...

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Presidents Pick Jordan & Egypt Adventure of the Ancients

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Experience Petra by candlelight during a spectacular evening that is almost mystical as you walk through the Siq, all while...

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President’s Pick Southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley Tribes

$750 | 10 Days

In Addis Ababa, explore the fascinating Ethnographic Museum with an introduction to the full sweep of Ethiopia’s cultural and social...

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President’s Pick Peru Northern Climes & Cultures

$600 | 11 Days

Discover Peru’s noted culinary reputation during a sampling tour that encompasses a local market, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries and...

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President’s Pick: Vietnam Private Exploration

$5,300 | 7 Days

Savor a private cooking class with the Academy, enjoy lunch at the Press Club, one Hanoi’s best French restaurants, and visit a traditional coffee...

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President’s Pick On the Trail of Primates

$1,100 | 18 Days

Spend two days trekking in the wild jungle heart of Uganda in search of the rare and endangered mountain gorilla...

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President’s Pick Namibia Desert Quest

$1,500 | 11 Days

Explore the private Neuhof Nature Reserve, where you can take a dip in magical desert pools and savor incredible star gazing...

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President’s Pick Colombia A Natural

$550 | 17 Days

Discover the nature-rich Nuqui region along the lush Pacific coast through hikes to the crystal-clear waterfalls, whale watching excursions, and swims in...

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President’s Pick Morocco Mazes & Mysteries

$800 | 12 Days

Discover the mysteries of Marrakech, which includes a ride in a vintage Russian made motorcycle and sidecar, from 16th-century Djemâa...

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President’s Pick An Adventurer’s Chile

$700 | 13 Days

Spend a day discovering Santiago, if vibrant central marketplace and the Plaza de Armas as well as the baroque-style cathedral...

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President’s Pick Colorful Japan

$950 | 13 Days

Discover Kyoto, one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, by bike with your local guide as you cycle through the Miyagawacho and Gion geisha...

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President’s Pick A Grand Safari in Africa

$1600 | 24 Days

Explore Cape Town, small but sophisticated, the Cape Peninsula and the stunning South Africa coastline from a vintage WWII motorcycle sidecar...

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President’s Picks: Australia Down Under Canvas

$900 | 15 Days

Discover Australia’s second oldest city, Brisbane, on private bicycle tour of the city Travel to Bamurru Plains, a safari lodge with exclusive access...

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