Why Dragoman?

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Why Dragoman? 

Our Heritage

Dragoman started running overland tours in 1981, giving us over 30 years experience as one of the longest-running adventure travel companies.We pride ourselves on creating adventurous, award-winning, culturally immersive and totally unique itineraries.

Why our trips are special

We genuinely get you off-the-beaten-track

Our trips can cross entire continents in the Americas, Asia and Africa, reaching places that other (some might say lesser) forms of transport just can’t reach. For example, get up close to the jaw-dropping Darwasa Gas Crater in Turkmenistan, detour to a remote Ethiopian village to meet the Hamar or Mursi tribes, cross the Bolivian altiplano via the stunning Lagunas Colorado and Verde or visit a school run by monks in Burma.

We get you into the local community

We are committed to a style of travel which includes 'giving back' to the people and places we visit. Our itineraries allow for cultural interactions and real-life local experiences such as our Community Inca Trail in Peru or visiting the Odisha tribes in India. Our numerous grassroots projects are integral to our trips.

We make the journey as active as you want

We have carefully designed the trips to offer freedom, flexibility and time to explore. Get off the truck and ride with gauchos from an Argentine estancia, trek for 4 days along the 'W' walk in Torres del Paine, take a camel safari in Rajasthan, relax on the spice island of Zanzibar or hike around Khovsgol Lake, home to the reindeer people of Mongolia. 

We take time to enjoy the journey

We have honed our itineraries over the years to offer the best of a destination at a considered pace. Our tours don't simply tick off the main sights - you may need a few more days but you will be rewarded by a more in-depth experience, such as a full week in Cuzco to enjoy trekking Inca trails and visiting Machu Picchu.

A word from the Boss - its the journey not the destination

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Our trips

All routes are subdivided into short ‘single’ trips which you can link together to form ‘combination’ trips, so you can choose a length of trip to suit you – from 9 days to over 235 days. Our most popular routes have very frequent departures, such as every 2-3 weeks on our South America routes. Our group sizes are small: up to 22 on overland trips so you get a more personalised experience, getting closer to the communities you visit.

In addition to our overlanding trips, we also sell small group adventures, family holidays and group charters.

Trucks and crew

We own, operate and maintain all our overland trucks (unlike so many overland operators) meaning we can guarantee quality and safety. Our crew have the longest training in the industry, undergoing 10 weeks at HQ then up to 6 months on the road as a trainee – after that, we know they’re ready for anything.

Award Winning Tour Operator with a Difference

We were voted Top Tour Operator by Wanderlust readers in 2009, with the highest score ever awarded in this category. In 2012, Luca, a Dragoman tour leader, was voted Wanderlust Guide of the Year Award. In 2011, another Dragoman leader Gaetano, was runner up in the same award.

Gaetano

We won the 2010 AITO sustainable tourism project award, with our Tarpuy Yachay project supporting Quechua communities in Peru receiving particular praise for involving travellers with the local communities and its long-term impact.

Obsessive about service

We’re still independently-owned by the same people that started in 1981, meaning that customer satisfaction and pioneering travel drive us, rather than delivering returns for shareholders.

Our dedicated and experienced reservation team know more about Dragoman trips than anyone else and always on hand to help with any enquiries and help you plan your trip. We go the extra mile to ensure your booking process is smooth, and guarantee to respond to all enquires within a day.

When you see a ‘G’ next to a departure you know it’s guaranteed to run; it’s actually very rare for us to ever cancel a published departure but this gives extra confidence to book with us. 

Dragoman is fully bonded by ATOL, meaning that customers booking with us are covered in the event of financial failure. We have comprehensive passenger liability protection and tour operator liability insurance, with total indemnities of £5,000,000 and £10,000,000 respectively. And our support team are on hand 24 hours, 365 days a year to provide emergency support, for the very rare occasions things go wrong.