THOUSAND VOYAGES GUIDED SMALL GROUP TOURS TO REMOTE AND RARELY VISITED PLACES AROUND THE WORLD
These are small group tours (max. 6-8 people) to unusual, remote destinations where mass tourism is still in its infancy or does not exist. These are places and regions usually overlooked by tourists, which are extremely interesting, offering unusual experiences, culture, and knowledge. I design all these tours and itineraries based on my personal travel experience and local knowledge. The emphasis is on the word “local” – local culture, the local way of life, meeting the locals, etc. We also visit exciting monuments, museums, and archaeological sites because they help us understand the context and thus getting closer to the area or region.
These tours are very similar to my travel style – I always want to get as close to the locals as possible, explore the area in detail and spend enough time to feel the place.
I (Pavel Gospodinov) lead these tours. I am the author and I take full responsibility!
I usually use local guides that I know personally, have travelled with, or are recommended by travellers, friends, and colleagues that I trust 100%. Having reliable local support on the ground is essential!
I usually choose standard accommodation (three-star hotels), guest houses, B&B or even homestay where possible. We are not into luxurious four or five-star hotels as they are not the primary purpose for this kind of travel. Still, I think proper accommodation is essential to rest appropriately.
Food is an essential part of these tours. We always try local food and use local products where possible. Very often, these tours become a kind of culinary adventur
Health and safety are a priority. I have a degree in medicine (MD). Although I do not practice medicine regularly, I use the knowledge.
Since the travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd is registered in Bulgaria (EU), it has compulsory liability insurance. We do offer personal travel and health insurance service depending on the chosen destination. The options vary, so please contact us to learn more.
The primary purpose of these programs is not to get out of your comfort zone at any cost. They are not for people who are looking for extreme experiences. That said, there will be moments when we will get out of our comfort zones (like sleeping in yurts or being escorted by police in Pakistan), but that will be for a reason, only if it’s necessary to get to a particular place or have an unusual experience. We do not do things because of extremism itself. As a tour leader, I assess the risks, considering the concrete circumstances and the specific situation.
Please use the form at the end of the tour description or other means of contact to ask questions and/or book a tour. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Once we agree on all the details, we will put you on the list.
We do not collect deposits at the time of booking. Once the tour is confirmed (the group is full), we require a 50% deposit + the amount for airfare if included. The balance is due no later than three weeks before the departure date.
We accept standard bank transfers (Revolut Business) as well as payments via PayPal.
If you cancel the tour less than seven days before the departure date, the loss to you is 85% of the tour price. We recommend that you take out insurance “Trip Cancellation” or “Cancellation for any reason”. These depend on your specific case, so please contact us for more information.
Visa requirements change frequently. Once you contact us about a tour, we will provide you with reliable information about visa requirements. We work with services such as iVisa or VisaHQ, who can help with the visas you need. In certain cases, we can also provide visa support.
Yes, we do!
Travel and documentary photography is my great passion.
Although these tours are not photography workshops, we will spend time taking photos. I am happy to share my knowledge and photography techniques and take extra time for photo sessions, especially in spectacular locations with great photo opportunities. After each tour, I share the images with all participants. Please find out more about my photography here.
My Photo Archive: http://pavelgospodinov.com;