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Tucan Travel

Genuine Worldwide Travel Experiences

About Tucan Travel

Exciting, affordable adventure tours to worldwide destinations. Take the adventure of a lifetime with tucan travel

The History of Tucan Travel:20+ years of success and growth

Having worked and travelled over South America in the early 1980s, Pip Tyler and his wife Liliana were inspired to establish one of the first overland adventure tour companies on the continent in 1987. The couple named their fledgling company Tucan Travel after the brightly coloured local bird with the distinctive beak (with its traditional Spanish spelling) and in 1997 joined forces with Matt Gannan, a fellow tour operator. The company has been continuously owned and managed by this partnership ever since, growing from a three-person team to a thriving international business with offices in London, Sydney and Cuzco.


In 2003 Budget Expeditions was developed as an independent youth brand for 18 to 35s offering tours to Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, Asia & Russia, East & Southern Africa and South America. In April 2008, Tucan Travel took Budget Expeditions back under its wing as a travel style. Tucan Travel now offers more than 350 group tours in 76 countries worldwide, as well as a range of independent stopover packages so that any traveller can ‘take the adventure of a lifetime’.

A passion for high quality, affordable, responsible adventure tours

Tucan Travel can proudly guarantee the high standard of their tours because in 95% of their destinations they operate the tours ourselves and do not sub-contract to other operators. Their staff are experienced and enthusiastic travellers who share their clients’ exploratory spirit and the desire to see the world in an authentic way. On occasions where local guides are used, they are trained and supported by us and are expected to deliver the top quality service clients have come to expect.

Tucan Travel is committed to promoting responsible travel practices on the road and in their offices. The company owns a fleet of comfortable, modern Mercedes Benz custom-built vehicles which comply with European emissions standards, are regularly maintained and well equipped to deal with the demands of the varied terrain on tour. They also pledge to reduce their company’s environmental impact by managing their energy efficiently and offsetting business travel. Clients have the ability to offset a portion of the carbon emissions of their tours with international conservation charity World Land Trust through their Carbon Offset Scheme.


Tucan Travel has repeatedly proven that overland adventure travel can be comfortable, affordable, safe and inspirational for clients of all ages, cultures and fitness levels. Why not share the adventure with us?

Choose Your Travel Style

Their six diverse travel styles ensure there's an adventure to suit every traveller.

Discovery Tours

Are you a Discovery Tour traveller? You enjoy travelling on a reliable, comfortable private vehicle with other like-minded travellers from all around the world. You like that in the morning, the same vehicle that dropped you off the night before is waiting to pick you up outside your hotel with your extra luggage stored safely on board. You enjoy mingling with a lot of other people and you’re excited about the fact that dinner is at your leisure, because you can choose where you want to go and who to go with. Maybe you are also a little safety conscious when you travel and like to have certain comforts, such as a higher standard of accommodation.


Group & Leaders: Usually 15-24 travellers, max 34; Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver, local guides & local reps.

Accommodation: Comfort hotels, some jungle lodges, family stays and tented camps. Ask us about pre and post tour accommodation.

Transport: In Tucan Travel’s own custom-designed, comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicles.

Age Group: Open age, max 70 (recommended).

Included Meals: Most lunches on travelling days and in general meals are included on overnight included excursions.

Adventure Tours

Are you an Adventure Tour traveller? You want to involve yourself with the local cultures and get involved in the entire experience of travelling overland. You envisage chatting to locals on public buses, wandering through marketplaces, trying local restaurants and exploring the area. You may have travelled independently in the past but a tour appeals to you because you may not be fluent in the local language and you want to learn more about the destination than you could from a guide book. You don’t want to spend much time in your hotels but you want to stay somewhere clean, comfortable and centrally located so you can go off and do your own thing. You like having a smaller group to travel with.


Group & Leaders: Usually 8-12 travellers, max 18; Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel reps, local guides & local reps.

Accommodation: Pleasant hotels, some jungle lodges, family stays, Bedouin camp, traditional riads, Mongolian ger, Yangtse riverboat, felucca etc. Ask us about pre and post tour accommodation.

Transport: Local transport.

Age Group: 18-60, max 70 (recommended).

Included Meals: Generally meals are only included on overnight included excursions. Please see the tour dossiers on their website for specific information.

Overland Expeditions

Are you an Overland Expedition traveller? The concept of travelling overland and getting to know the culture and outdoors is what appeals to you. You may have already studied guidebooks and researched your preferred destinations online and you know that if you want to see a lot of Africa or South America, it will take some time. You like the fact that the tour price is kept down because there is a combination of hotels and camping, and you also love how you can camp on amazing beaches, in lush national parks and wake up in the morning to birdsong. You’re reassured by the fact that the crew members really love their jobs and are such an essential part of the overlanding experience, and you can see that for them it’s not just a job - it’s their life.


Group & Leaders: Usually 15-24 travellers, max 34; Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver, Tucan Travel reps, local guides & local reps.

Accommodation: Pleasant hotels, hostels and camping in campsites. Ask us about pre and post tour accommodation.

Transport: Powerful, modern Mercedes Benz vehicles with custom-built coach bodies which are strong, versatile and of the highest quality.

Age Group: 18-45, max 55 (recommended).

Included Meals: Most meals while camping and lunches on travelling days.

Budget Expeditions

Are you a Budget Expeditions traveller? You are aged between 18 and 35 and want to travel on a budget in the company of other young, fun and like-minded people in South America or Africa. Whether you arrive by yourself or with a friend, you know that your travelling experiences and memories are all about the company you keep and the people you meet along the way. You want a low cost tour price because you want the freedom to choose your own activities and optional excursions, creating a holiday that suits your personality and budget. You want to have flexibility and control over your tour whilst still travelling in a group.


Group & Leaders: Usually 15-24 travellers, max 34; Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver, Tucan Travel reps, local guides & local reps.

Accommodation: Pleasant hotels, hostels and camping in campsites. Ask us about pre and post tour accommodation.

Transport: Powerful, modern Mercedes Benz vehicles with custom-built coach bodies which are strong, versatile and of the highest quality.

Age Group: 18-35, max 35 (recommended).

Included Meals: Most meals while camping and lunches on travelling days.

Independent Travel

Are you an Independent traveller? Whether you’re travelling solo, as a family, or with a group of friends, you want the ability to personalise your itinerary to suit your plans. Perhaps you want a stopover or package to make the most of your spare time around international flights, or you would like to explore the area before or after a group tour or cruise. Their stopovers include two nights’ accommodation, one transfer (arrival or departure) and one half day or full day city tour. Their packages include more than two nights’
accommodation, one transfer (arrival or departure) and one or more excursions. They also offer language schools in a variety of destinations. You can also add additional hotel nights and transfers to your stopover or package to suit your needs for ultimate flexibility.


Group & Leaders: Some excursions are pooled, but usually the group size depends on you. Tucan Travel reps, local guides & local reps dependent on individual itinerary.

Accommodation: A range of hotels, from Pleasant through to Superior level.

Transport: A variety of options, dependent on individual itinerary.

Age Group: Open age, max 70 (recommended).

Included Meals: See individual itinerary for details.

Expedition Cruises

Are you an Expedition Cruises traveller? A truly adventurous spirit, you want to delve deep into rainforests, explore extreme polar environments and enjoy close encounters with unique wildlife. You’re not really interested in expensive distractions like onboard casinos and cabaret shows. You prefer to travel on cruise ships specially designed for the unique conditions of your destination and expect comfortable accommodation, high levels of service and experienced crew with a responsible approach to the environment. You are looking for varied and interesting itineraries with exciting activities like trekking, snorkelling and swimming, lectures by knowledgeable naturalist guides and opportunities to meet local people. You’re relatively fit and healthy and comfortable negotiating rocky or slippery terrain.


Group & Leaders: Group size varies according to destination and vessel capacity. Local reps, expedition leaders & naturalist guides.

Accommodation: Cabin styles vary according to the vessel. Generally feature bunk, twin or double beds and private bathroom facilities. Ask us about pre and post cruise accommodation.

Transport: Ship types and sizes vary according to the destination. Polar and Patagonia expeditions travel on purpose-built or specially adapted ice-strengthened vessels. Galápagos and Amazon expeditions travel on first-class vessels.

Age Group: 11-65, max 70 (recommended).

Included Meals: Most meals are included during cruise days.