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Adventures that truly get you off the beaten trail For nearly 40 years, we’ve been taking curious travellers off the beaten track in countries all over the world. Avoiding the tourist trail is part of our DNA. Our itineraries are carefully designed to offer our passengers a balance between the must-see highlights of a country and unique local experiences and encounters. The journeys below are a hand-picked selection of some of Dragoman’s most off-the-beaten-trail adventures. Among them are a three-week expedition into the wilds of Mongolia, where roads are limited and the people are still mostly nomadic; a three-week journey…

Our first trip heading all the way from Cartagena to Rio Carnival is due to depart in October and we thought now was a good time to look at why you might like to head to the biggest party in the world! Carnival is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Witness a whole city come to a complete standstill; see enormous floats and Samba dancers in all their elaborate costumes compete to be the greatest Samba school in the Carnival; dress up in your glitter and sequins, join the locals, dance to Samba beats & just take in the chaos and fun…

Dara from our Australian office recently got the opportunity to travel from Bishkek to Dushanbe on Dragoman's Tajikistan Explorer tour. Check out what she got up to below.   Day 1 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Had our group meeting at 10am where we met the group coming from Uzbek and Turkmenistan. Checked into our room and then had a free day exploring the city. Beautiful and quiet city full of trees and parks to explore. Took a taxi to the main Bazaar where we marvelled at all the cheap local bread, spices, meat and fake branded clothing. Had a group dinner at a…

Overlanding isn’t just for grown-ups! Dragoman's Family Overland trips are more popular now than ever, and this year we're running our first family trip in South America – scroll down for our Marketing Manager Alex’s updates from the road. Our family trips are a great way to introduce your kids to adventure travel. Overlanding isn’t just about seeing the highlights of a country (although there’ll be plenty of time for that) – it’s also about the joy of the journey, and immersing yourself in the landscapes and cultures you travel through.  Our family overlanding itineraries have been carefully designed using…

Louise has recently completed Dragoman’s comprehensive crew training programme, and is now out on the road with us on in Asia. Follow Louise’s blog below to find out what life is like as a trainee crew member, what day-to-day life is like on an overland trip with Dragoman, and why you should travel to this fascinating continent.   The latest... Part 07: Chasing the sun Over 4500km and 2 times zones later, we're still in China! Travelling overland through China for the last 6 weeks has truly given me an appreciation for this country and how big it is. Another…

After several years away, Dragoman is returning to Pakistan in 2020 with a brand new itinerary, the Pakistan Discovery. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, thousands of intrepid overlanders travelled through Pakistan as they followed the Hippie Trail between Istanbul and New Delhi. Unfortunately, the late 1970s saw the beginning of several decades of political and sectarian instability and negative coverage of Pakistan and its neighbours in the media, which saw the country scratched off all but the most weathered adventurers’ bucket lists. But look past the myths and the media coverage and you’ll discover an extraordinary and enchanting country,…

Teeming with wildlife, wonderful natural scenery and remarkable cultures, East & Southern Africa is the most popular part of Africa for overlanders. Our overland trips to Africa get you off the beaten track, and while you’ll get to see all the highlights, you’ll also take the time to travel slowly through the real country, lingering among beautiful scenery and spending time with the locals. There’s no better way to see East & Southern Africa than by travelling overland. Take a look at our list of life-changing experiences you shouldn’t miss when you visit.   Track black and white rhino in…

Three weeks on the road in Yana II with our intrepid sales assistant, Phoebe, travelling from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes along the Pacific coastline of Northern Peru, through the cloud forests of Ecuador and on to the jungle of the Amazon Basin, on the 'Ecuador & North Peruvian Wanderer' (ZQL).   Lima (Day 1) Our trip begins in Lima, Peru’s sprawling capital. I roll in a day early after a long layover in Mexico City and quietly thank myself for having the forethought to book an airport transfer as I dodge the taxi queue to meet my driver.…

Dragoman guide Prim is now on the road with us in Central Asia, exploring the Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan between Tashkent and Bishkek. This is a region famed for its hospitality, and the semi-nomadic people who live here will host the group as they journey through the rugged, mountainous landscape. Take it away, Prim!   The Latest... Part Four   From Jeti-Oguz we drive into Karakol and take Russian military vehicles up the bumpy valley road to spend a night in Altyn Arashan, a collection of hot springs in an alpine valley. Known as the 'golden spa', the exterior of…