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  • We have now been on four amazing once-in-a-lifetime escorted tours with the Big Journey Company and have two more booked with TBJC so that should be a testimonial in itself as to how impressed we are with their tours, their guides and all of their support staff back at “home base”. We have experienced first hand their commitment to providing unique, comprehensive, safe, comfortable and enjoyable travels filled with fun and laughter. We cannot recommend them highly enough!

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  • Big Journey is the perfect solution if you wish to have a guided tour. First rate guides, busses, food, accommodations. The itineraries are first rate. We have done 2 trips with Big Journey to Australia & Africa & look forward to booking another trip to South Africa.

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  • The Big Journey has provided us with a truly wonderful experience in discovering new places. The itinerary has included places and activities that gave us a well-rounded introduction and encouraged us to explore again. The worry-free travel was delightful so we could focus on the experience and not the logistics

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  • Great organization allowing us to enjoy the experience. Highly recommended

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  • Our two tours with Big Journey were exceptional. We recommend highly both the Kenyan Safari and the Australian tours.

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  • This was our first experience with Big Journey, Galapagos/Machu Picchu has been on our bucket list for a long time. The guides and escorts could not do enough for us.

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    All the pick ups and travel were on time and the sights were fantastic. I really enjoyed the fact that all the guides were from the areas we traveled and they were all so passionate about their country and full of historical and culture information. We especially liked the personal stories they shared on our travels.

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  • The whole journey was very well organised. We enjoyed an interesting trip with very well-trained and engaging guides.

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  • This Diamond/BJC trip was an excellent mix of beautiful city, marine, rainforest and unique island wildlife and history.

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  • Big Journey was First Class in taking care of us and providing a memorable life experience. A stress-free vacation.

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  • Very professional & organized. Everything was taken care of down to the smallest detail. Hiking the Great Wall was not the typical tourist experience, we hiked areas where we needed local guides. Parts of the hikes were in forest along the Wall and very challenging. Truly a trip of a lifetime.

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this spectacular hike of the Great Wall

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  • The Great Wall Escorted Journey was indeed an experience of a lifetime! Fall was an excellent time to come with cooler temperatures and spectacular colors. I enjoyed seeing so many different parts of the Wall and experiencing the character of our local guest houeses. The wonderful food at each specially selected restaurant was also unforgettable!

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  • Jackie & Charlie were very courteous and respectful and knowledgeable. They are excellent

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  • Amazing way to see China! We don't normally take escorted tours, but we're glad we did this trip. There is so much to this country and the guides provided all the information we needed. The company escorts made the trip a success!

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  • We did a tour in a country where most people don't speak English and we couldn't read the signs without any hassle because Jackie (and Charlie) were there to guide us, sort out all the arrangements and make it a hassle-free wonderful experience.

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  • Wonderful experience with a guide that was truly caring about our needs.

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  • A wonderful experience. Jackie was very attentive and helpful. Addressed any concerns and always had a smile. Travelled by myself but never felt alone.

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  • Jackie was excellent in organizing the local tour guides and dealing with individual traveler's problems. She goes overboard in trying to make our vacation a good experience.

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  • Awesome vacations, excellent guides & dinners. This makes travelling worry-free

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  • For an adventure of a lifetime, tour with Big Journey; they will make your life on the road easier and fun

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  • This is the most fantastic vacation we've ever had!

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  • The Big Journey tour guides are the most valuable part of the experience. You're in good hands with The Big Journey!

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  • The English Heritage Tour hits many of the sites, cities and towns that show why England is a wonderful country full of history, beauty and charm. It is very organized by a wonderful tour guide who ran it like a well-oiled machine. It was educational, inspiring and fun. The tour visited a good number of places, but the pace was relaxing. Highly recommended!

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  • For our first ever overnight bus tour, we really enjoyed Ireland. A fantastic island to explore!

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  • This was a chance of a lifetime to connect with my past, 2 of my great-grandfathers left Ireland in the 1800s and settled in Minnesota & South Dakota. It was so interesting to find out what all they went through.

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  • Big Journey does a class 'A' job in putting together its tours. Given the opportunity to take a Big Journey - take it!

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  • We have enjoyed travelling with The Big Journey Company three years in a row. In 2016, we toured South Africa and visited Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In 2017, we flew to Quito, Ecuador, cruised the Galapagos Islands, and then went to Lima, Peru and Machu Picchu. In 2018, we went on an 8-day AmaWaterways Rhine River cruise to visit the Christmas Markets in the Netherlands, Germany and France, terminating in Basel, Switzerland. In all cases, expert local guides allowed us to experience so much more than we would have on our own. Each trip was fantastic. In 2019, we plan on going on another Big Journey Company escorted tour to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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  • From the moment of our booking, Big Journey Co. stayed in touchiwth us and helped with details of our cruise. While onboard they helped answer questions and put us at ease. We felt they had our back and were our advocate.

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  • The Big Journey Company did an outstanding job organising and executing our Scotland trip. Thier selection of locations provided the right combination f history and culture to make us feel at home in Scotland. Their superb organisational skills and the dedication of their escort resulted in a flawless trip.

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  • Jackie was a phenomenal guide and she made this trip a wonderful experience. She represented the Big Journey Company well. We can't wait to book our next trip.

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  • Great experience - loved the trips, guides, escorts and drivers

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  • The variety in itinerary was perfect for a 1st time visit to Scotland. Make me crave more! This also made us consider more Diamond points for future escorted adventures.

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  • Our honeymoon could not have been more special. Big Journey and their guides made a memory of a lifetime for us, Weill probably name our first born a traditional Scottish name to remember the experience!

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  • A great way to get an introduction to Scotland

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  • We have taken 3 tours with tour guide Jackie Muller. She is excellent, caring, full of knowledge adn has a great sense of humor. It was easy to approach her at any time, and she was always available.

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  • If you have a chance to take the Big Journey, with hosts, escorts, drivers, hotels, like these, you will love it, and actually miss it, when it ends, and look forward to coming back. Jackie was the best. Look for her tours

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  • Perfect, just perfect! Everything we had hoped for and more

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  • An especailly relevant trip for those iwth Scottish heritage. Filled iwth guides who know their stuff.

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  • I have enjoyed my Big Journey tours very much. The destinations are memorable, beautiful and entertaining. The staff are efficient, caring and friendly. While I am on this trip I am thinking about the next journey

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  • Great tour itinerary, great driver and guide

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  • Big Journey provides high quality tours and makes sure every guest has a great time.

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  • The Big Journey Company provide a quality tour that includes many local tours, food, luggage handling and other amenities. They are especially good at handling special situations that arise and paying attention to any personal needs that travelers may have. This is our second tour with Big Journey and we will certainly return to travel with them again.

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  • I had a wonderful time, despite my significant age difference from the group. All the tours were interesting and the tour guides were all captivating and hilarious. Turned out to be one of our best family trips.

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  • We did the Danube waterway tour. Our guide Jackie was tremendous! We had a great selection of tours, walking and biking. All of our tour guides were knowledgeable and interesting. Food and attention to detail was exceptional.

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  • Cindy and I wholeheartedly recommend the Big Journey. This was one of our best vacations/adventures. Service, food and accommodation were truly outstanding, would do it again in a heartbeat. We really liked that there were no surprise hidden costs.

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  • We were expecting the Galapagos trip to be a 'trip of a lifetime', and thanks to the expertise of the BJC in choosing guides, the boat, etc, it exceeded our best hopes. We would like to extend our thanks to Jacqui Muller for her hard work in making sure that everything worked smoothly.

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  • This is not a holiday but a trip & experience of a lifetime...

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  • The South Africa tour was a well rounded tour, covering a lot of ground and exposing us to the diversity of the country.

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  • The Big Journey Company does an outstanding job planning and organising the daily activities. I would highly recommend them.

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  • Mark & Karen were excellent. They were friendly and welcoming, a pleasure to be around!

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  • A fantastic journey and everything was first rate! Amazing attentive drivers & great food. Very well organised and attentive staff, going well out of their way to assist & accommodate all disabilities & interests during the Grand Safari of Kenya.

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  • The Grand Safari of Kenya is a well planned 'Big Journey' that caters for all eventualities. Nothing is too much trouble.

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  • Jackie was exceptional. Friendly, helpful & well informed. Her energy level and excitement about our journey were lovely. She is a real asset for the Big Journey Company. We were very pleased to find out that our next Big Journey experience will be led by her.

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  • I loved the Christmas Market Cruise. If you were only to do one cruise in your life, choose this one! Everyone is so happy & everywhere you go is so beautifully decorated.

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  • Sam is very warm & friendly but also very professional and organised. A first class escort in India & Nepal!

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  • Andy & Sam have been absolutely fantastic. They were enjoyable & knowledgeable in all areas. Andy's background & experience and ability to explain truly enhanced the Essential Scotland tour.

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  • Andy was absolutely fantastic. I learned so much of Scotland's history, culture & outdoor sporting life!

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  • Adam was knowledgeable as this was his second ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, he ensured our safety & well-being the whole time, he was a great asset to all. Jess was amazing to have along, her personality & attitude made the trip very worthwhile.

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  • Thank you to Sam Smyth for the fantastic tour of India and Nepal. She ensured that everything ran smoothly, we all saw tigers, even if seeing one in the grounds of the resort at Ranthambore was a little too close for comfort! Well I don’t think she had any hand in that really, but we’ll let her take the credit!

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  • Mark Bates did an excellent job throughout our travels.

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  • Wonderful trip! Great job by Mark!

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  • This was our first tour and our first trip to England, and it was fantastic. We had the best time getting to know the other members of the group and seeing the sites. Mark was fantastic. He made the trip so enjoyable, and was so knowledgable. Handled everything so professionally.

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  • Very nice - Would highly recommend this trip to all. Mark is Wonderful.

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  • Mark was very good. He was calm and knew how to plan for unseen circumstances. He was always cheerful.

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  • Mark Bates was exceptional.

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  • Mark was excellent - Funny & well informed. I would travel again with Big Journey!

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  • Mark is a great guide, friendly and always available/ready to help and make things better.

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  • Mark was great, if we take another trip, we would like it to be with Mark Bates.

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  • Mark was fabulous; funny, informative & very accessible! Would love to do another tour with Mark.

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  • We really enjoyed Andy's professionalism, energy and experience. I was very impressed with The Big Journey's ability to guide us during our trip to the Bitter Root Ranch. Andy was amazing!

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  • Andy Dell is personable, energetic, diplomatic and an EXCELLENT escort. I will look to book future "adventures" with Andy as leader. I trust his judgement.

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  • Andy did a great job! He went above and beyond to accommodate us!

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  • So is amazing and takes such good care of his groups! I talk about the company with everyone I meet!

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  • On every Big Journey adventure, the people we have travelled with have been friendly and welcoming, but more importantly, caring, helpful and supportive.

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  • This is our third trip with The Big Journey Company with India to come this year. Each one has been a real experience. This company knows what we want and delivers every time.

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  • So, as usual is more than an escort and travel guide. We feel he is our friend and fellow holiday maker.

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  • This was a complete package, perfectly organised, that showed mother nature at its very best.

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  • So is the best. Would love to do another trip with him. Looking to do another Big Journey!

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  • Look no further than the Big Journey Co. for a truly memorable experience. Our trip was exhilarating. We have been looked after at every step of the way.

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  • This was beyond doubt, a dream come true for me.

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  • Cannot think of one negative! So went over and above what he promised.

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  • Big Journey is a wonderful way to travel. Guides are all excellent & informative. Always fun!

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  • Big Journey: Great company. Great trips. Great people.

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  • A once in a lifetime experience! Thoroughly enjoyable. Beautifully organised and a variety of tastes and abilities catered for. We definitely recommend this holiday.

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  • We looked forward to this trip for almost 6 months and had great expectations. The trip was EVEN better than we thought it would be.

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  • Simply the best!

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  • Everything about this event contributed toward an outstanding and memorable experience. Could not have been better!

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  • Absolutely outstanding.

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  • All I can say is ‘Wonderful’!

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  • The pleasure of travelling with Big Journey is that they take care of everything. They also add additional treats according to the group that is travelling and their interests. First rate!

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  • What a wonderful whirlwind trip around the Lake District! Gorgeous scenery and historical sites with knowledgeable guides who considered passengers needs and current weather conditions for planning.

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  • Having travelled all over the world, this was a wonderful experience - great choice of location.

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  • It will be a life experience. Excellent 5-star service that combines luxury with adventure. It is the best of all worlds and a great way to travel. Beyond the wildest of expectations.

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  • The Big Journey Company is 5 stars all the way. The itinerary is well vetted and the arrangements at every level are exceptional. Thank you for allowing us to tour with you and share the good times with great people.

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  • A remarkable and memorable trip.

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  • So was always there and ready to answer any questions, also fun. He arranged to change the schedule according to desires of the group. Great trip! Will recommend Big Journey & Tweedsmuir Park Lodge to friends.

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  • All ran very smoothly even when we wanted to change arrangements made. Great flexibility. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a magical place that kicks into touch all the stresses of the world. Experience it and have fun.

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  • Excellent! They took very good care of us. Their instructions, locations and times were clear. Plus they were fun. We plan on taking other escorted events, especially if “Big Journey” is involved.

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  • Love love love Tasman and So. Very on top of good and bad issues. Great problem solvers. Fantastic personalities. Would enjoy more trips with them.

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  • Took care of us every step of the way. Planned fun things to do and were easy-going and pleasant.

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  • Couldn’t have asked for nicer folks! So warm, always smiling - Very well organised! Seamless! Thanks.

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  • This is our 3rd trip with Big Journey and would we go again... A big fat yes.

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  • An excellent adventure, well organised, very informative and The Big Journey Company reacted quickly and expertly to all eventualities. A wonderful experience.

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  • The holiday was amazing and we will remember it for many years to come. This was truly a 5 star holiday

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    The Big Journey Company took us on a trip of a life time. They looked after us extremely well. Always very professional and respectful. If we ever have an opportunity to go on an escorted tour we would always travel with The Big Journey Company.

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  • This trip was a photographers dream!

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    We feel as though we really learned a lot about South Africa's culture and history. It was a busy trip but allowed us to see and experience South Africa and its vast diversity. The tour escorts Sam & So were so caring and made sure we had everything we needed and wanted. Our tour guide Garth was very knowledgeable and personable. We will definitely book another tour with Big Journey!

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  • The Big Journey Company has provided my wife and I with experiences, memories and friendships that will last us a lifetime

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    The Big Journey Company has provided my wife and I with experiences, memories and friendships that will last us a lifetime. After years of conventional holidays we wanted something different, and initially opted for a safari across Kenya; which went on to surpass our expectations in every sense of the word. It was much more than just witnessing animals in their own habitat against a back-drop of breath-taking scenery, it truly opened our eyes to a whole new culture within the heart of Africa. We found the same in other BJC destinations like Egypt, China and Norway with each one providing an insight into other peoples’ way of life amongst the famous landmarks associated with each country. The BJC honestly puts together superb itineraries which take full advantage of the destination within the allotted time-frame. The fact that everything is taken care of from start to finish totally alleviates the stress of holiday planning. The BJC representatives really do provide a hands-on professional service from the moment you express an interest in traveling with them. They operate a superbly ethical business and provide a first-class service to Diamond Resort Members, and we have never encountered a problem. If like us you grew tired of spending a fortnight on a sun-bed trying to acquire a tan destined to fade, then search for your inner Indiana Jones and explore the world under the professional guidance of a BJC escort, so that when you do reflect on your travels you will have no regrets, just extraordinary memories!

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  • it gives you so much peace of mind knowing they are there looking after your holiday. They work tirelessly to ensure you can relax

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    Thank you Big Journey for our memorable holidays to Kenya & China. I would recommend anyone use BJC as they look after your every need, whilst you can concentrate on relaxing and enjoying the well-organised trips, meals and entertainments. Every aspect is planned and arranged for you. A BJC representative will be there to deal with any eventuality (even hospital trips, I trod on a sea Urchin!) and it gives you so much peace of mind knowing they are there looking after your holiday. They work tirelessly to ensure you can relax! Even birthday presents are planned!

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  • On all these escorted tours, I met and made new friends and reacquainted with old ones.

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    My travels with BJC have been wide and varied. First in 2007 to Canada and Alaska, which was most enjoyable. Since then I have visited the Lake District in England, Australia/New Zealand, Borneo, China, cruised the Mediterranean and been on safari in Kenya. On all these escorted tours, I met and made new friends and reacquainted with old ones. The travel arrangements are brilliant, you’ve no need to worry about bookings and accommodation. The team members at BJC are very knowledgeable about all areas and always courteous; nothing is too great or small for them. I WILL use BJC again in the future.

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  • caring, experienced and knowledgeable travel professionals but above all else they are thoroughly nice people.

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    We have had two holidays with The Big journey Company. Both were fabulous and great experiences that will last long in our memories: Our first was a seven night safari in Kenya and a three day stay on edge of the Indian Ocean, just North of Mombasa. On safari we saw just about every wild animal you could expect to see including, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, elephants, hyena, hippos and so many more. Our guide was both friendly and knowledgeable and ensured we saw Kenya as we could have only imagined. The hot air balloon trip across the Masai Mara was a simply breath taking, once-in-a-life time experience. And at the end of the Safari being able to relax in a quality hotel was the icing on the cake! The travel arrangements and itinerary were slick, and the whole amazing experience was underpinned with the reassurance of having a representative of the BJC nearby at hand for superb advice and guidance. Kenya was so good the following year we chose a Mediterranean cruise. Another seamless and problem free holiday that enabled us to do exactly as we wanted which occasionally was absolutely nothing! The food was fabulous and we punctuated our week with excursions ashore to make the experience even more memorable. Would we recommend the Big Journey Company? Absolutely. They are caring, experienced and knowledgeable travel professionals but above all else they are thoroughly nice people.

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  • It's like having a well-travelled friend who puts together the sort of trip they know you would love

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    We have taken 3 escorted tours with Big Journey Company and have another booked for later this year. Organisation has always been faultless. It's like having a well-travelled friend who puts together the sort of trip they know you would love. Big Journey Company tours allow us to use our Diamond Investment to take those once in a lifetime trips.

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