Welcome to Discover the World. For over 30 years we have been creating inspirational tailor made holidays and are proud of our reputation as one of the UK's leading specialist tour operators. Our Travel Specialists know our destinations inside out having travelled extensively within them. They are on hand to create a holiday to suit your interests, timescale and budget, as well as give practical advice and insider tips.
From Iceland to New Zealand, Scandinavia to Antarctica then back to the High Arctic, as well as Alaska and Canada, our complete collection of holidays features imaginative itineraries that will ensure your time away exceeds expectations.
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There is nothing quite like the thrill of mushing your own team of huskies along a snow covered forest trail in Swedish Lapland. You can choose to mush your own team under the guidance of a native expert musher or simply sit back and let someone else do the work! Nothing else gets you closer to Lapland's spectacular wilderness. From 90 minute excursions to multi-day mushing adventures, we offer a range of experiences. And if the conditions are right, you may even see the amazing northern lights! Experience all of this and more on one of our magical Icehotel holidays.Discover more
This popular 4-night escorted break offers an opportunity to explore Iceland's dramatic landscapes combined with chances to see the aurora borealis. Focusing on the island's compelling volcanic features, this multi-centre itinerary places you in quiet countryside locations providing excellent bases from which to explore as well as offering ideal locations from which to view the northern lights - and without having to leave your hotel!
Stay at Hotel Highland situated on the edge of Landmannalaugar - one of the country's most compelling scenic areas - from where you'll head out on two thrilling 8WD excursions into the rugged and probably snow-swept interior. You'll also enjoy a night at fabulous Hotel Ranga, perfect for exploring the south shore as well as the Northern Light Inn on the Reykjanes Pensinsula and next door to the Blue Lagoon, where you can take a dip in the naturally-heated milky blue waters.Discover more
Visit the Icehotel, with its glistening ice sculptures, fine dining and host of winter activities. In March enjoy the benefit of longer daylight hours and milder temperatures. Furthermore, nearby Abisko National Park is one of the world's best places for northern lights - and with the spring equinox typically bringing increased solar activity, aurora viewing is optimal at this time of year.
This superb holiday combines two iconic experiences of the far north during winter and does lives up to expectations on every level.
Travel the length and breadth of the 'land of the long white cloud' on this excellent value fully inclusive tour, Highlights of New Zealand. Travel in the southern hemisphere's early Autumn to experience the glorious autumnal colours of this stunning destination. This 15-night itinerary takes in the iconic sights and experiences of this varied and beautiful country. From taking a boat trip on Milford Sound to experiencing a Maori 'hangi', you'll also travel the TranzAlpine railway and go looking for dolphins in the Bay of Islands.Discover more
With clear open roads and crisp blue skies, this is the perfect time to explore Norway’s famous fjords on an independent self-drive holiday. The stunning and distinctive fjords dominate the Norwegian coastline, stretching across four counties from south of Stanvanger to north of Kristiansund. Sheer-sided cliffs plunge into indigo waters and rolling valleys carry rivers and wildlife down to the water’s edge. Best explored at your own pace, a self-drive is the ideal way to take in these picture perfect natural wonders. Those that wish can opt to include a coastal cruise into their itinerary, or even a trip on Flam’s famous corkscrew railway.Discover more
Experience the natural beauty, prolific wildlife and untouched coastal landscapes of Alaska's Inside Passage, from the icy wonderland of Glacier Bay to the grizzly bear haunts of Admiralty Island. Combine day cruises and flight-seeing to explore deep fjords and lush rainforests in search of whales, otters, sea lions and bald eagles on this unforgettable twin-centre holiday. As well as a guided excursion to see grizzly bears, highlights include an afternoon cruise through the aptly named Icy Strait in search of the humpback whales that congregate here each summer.Discover more
Get well and truly off the beaten track on an exciting self-drive holiday. Explore the wilder side of Iceland discovering on the way its rugged volcanic landscapes, remote and scenic fjords, glaciers and icebergs as well as many of the island's most beautiful waterfalls as you explore the Highlands, West Fjords and west coast. On this 14 night self drive you'll follow the Golden Circle route, visit Jokulsarlon and the Westman Islands as well as spend a night on picturesque Flatey Island.Discover more
Svalbard's largest island, Spitsbergen, is one of the most accessible Arctic destinations. With its rugged beauty, prolific wildlife and fascinating history, it provides the perfect setting for a polar expedition voyage.
Take advantage of the midnight sun as you soak up the spectacular surrounds whilst cruising gently through ice-choked oceans. Daily land excursions will allow you to explore this beautiful and remote archipelago – whose incredible landscapes and inhabitants will inspire holiday memories to last a lifetime. Sail along the dramatic coastline keeping an eye out for polar bears, walrus and a wealth of bird life.Discover more
On this comprehensive independent self drive tour you’ll soak up a wealth of scenic highlights across the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Québec. Take to the water for a close-up view of the Niagara Falls, cruise around the breathtaking 1000 Islands, discover the stately architecture of Ottawa, join a black bear tour in Kenauk Reserve and explore the French Canadian delights of Québec City and Montreal.Discover more
October heralds the start of the northern lights season and where better to go in search of the aurora than Iceland. Just under 3 hours from the UK, Iceland is a year round self drive destination, giving you the freedom to go as you please and be as flexible as you wish with your itinerary. On our Northern Lights Special combine exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle by day with seeking out the aurora by night, staying at one of Iceland’s finest countryside properties.Discover more
On this 6 night exploration of the far reaches of Norway, visit both Tromso and the world’s northern most town, Longyearbyen. Breath-taking Arctic scenery provides the backdrop for this exciting winter break. You’ll have the option to add snowmobiling or reindeer sledging to your itinerary.Discover more
Epic landscapes and striking seascapes provide a picture-perfect backdrop to the wildlife encounters on this adventure - huge colonies of penguins and elephant seals, albatrosses, whales and indigenous birds. Taking in the wildlife-rich South Georgia, the dramatic history of the Falklands and the spellbinding Antarctic Peninsula, this voyage encompasses the very best of the Southern Ocean.Discover more
Iceland boasts miles upon miles of uninterrupted views and vast open skies, undisturbed by light pollution. Perfect for aurora spotting! All of our northern lights holidays are based out in the countryside, away from the glow of Reykjavik, to maximise your chances of seeing this magical phenomenon. Our years of experience have taught us that location, location, location is everything when going in search of the aurora!Discover more
Sweden’s Icehotel is an architectural marvel. Designed and re-created each year by an international team of artists, no two Icehotel’s have been the same.
Each year, these artists design and build the hotel’s famous Art Suites from the frozen waters of the nearby Torne River. Last winter guests were able to bed down for the night in a frozen London Underground train carriage, a Parisian rooftop or Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory. With this coming winter marking the 25th anniversary of this incredible hotel, it'll be a fantastic time to visit.Discover more
Canada is a fantastic place for whale watching between the months of April and October, playing host to a wide variety of cetaceans. Spend time with the world’s largest population of humpbacks off the Newfoundland coast, spot minkes in the St Lawrence River, kayak with orcas around the islands of BC or snorkel with belugas in Hudson Bay.Discover more
Iceland is home to a plethora of bird species, around 370 have been recorded. Some 3-4 million pairs, over half the world’s population, of Atlantic Puffins breed in Iceland. You can find puffin colonies around the island, including the popular Puffin Island, just a few minutes by boat from Reykjavik.Discover more
The 49th American state is home to 51 million acres of National Park, over 3 million lakes, 3,000 rivers, lush rainforests, a remote Arctic frontier, 6,640 miles of coastline and an incredible 100,000 glaciers!
Denali National Park and Preserve, pictured here, is located in Interior Alaska. It is here you’ll find Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.Discover more
Travel to the end of the earth for a holiday of a lifetime! Located approximately 66 degrees from the equator and covered in snow and ice, the poles may have material similarities, but scratch the surface and you’ll discover stark differences. Our Polar Journey’s offer a range of experiences including small ship voyages and land based adventures. Talk to our dedicated Polar Travel Specialists to find the right adventure for you.Discover more
Live like a local in Finland and escape to the countryside during the summer months. In the warmth of the long summer days, take a walk around one of the country’s many lakes, take advantage of the 'everyman's right' to pick berries and mushrooms and top it off by relaxing in a sauna. Authentic Scandinavian living!Discover more
Launched in May 2014, all Discover the World's self-drive clients to Iceland have access to iDiscover, a pioneering and personalised digital holiday aid designed to support and enhance their Icelandic holiday experience.
Each client will receive an iPad Air for the duration of their holiday, to use as their own personal travel guide. Features include a detailed day-to-day personal itinerary, a route guidance system, weather conditions, maps and a children's travel resource - all designed to allow you to get under the skin of this fascinating country.
With over 30 years experience in creating Iceland holidays we'd like to share the things that inspire us most about the land of fire and ice, from must-do experiences to foody delights. Read online here.