1. Our tours
Quiet and only a small group is very important to us, we want to offer every participant an authentic expedition feeling. We travel with a maximum of 3 own vehicles or a maximum of 10 people. The entire organization and implementation is our sole responsibility, there are neither rented guides nor contracts with external service providers, we only use the adventure offers of local organizers in selected cases. We want to offer a consistently high level of quality, our tour guide is the point of contact for all things. When preparing the vehicle, we provide you with a checklist; when packing your suitcase, we help you with a packing list that makes sense for the specific destination.
You can either take part in our tours with your own vehicle or rent a fully equipped expedition vehicle from us. When reserving a seat, you have the choice between any passenger seat or the driver’s seat itself. If you want 100% privacy or if you have additional luggage or you would like to bring larger souvenirs from the country you are traveling to, you can also use the entire vehicle to yourself to book. In general, depending on availability, you can book as many places as you want without actually having to occupy them; the costs for this then result from the addition of all booked seats in the vehicle. There are no firmly booked seats or specific boarding passes, all of our vehicles generally have high-quality orthopedic individual seats, each seat is a window seat where you can travel relaxed even on longer stages. The participants coordinate their seating preferences with one another, this applies above all to the driver’s seat; if you want to drive yourself, you should also be able to do so. And if the driver wants to take a break, someone else should agree to drive instead. There should always be 2 drivers available per vehicle or enough in the travel group.
Foldable travel bags are best suited for our events with an expedition character; we cannot transport hard-shell suitcases due to lack of space. Larger backpacks only make sense if we point this out in the travel description. Each participant has 100 liters of storage space per seat for personal clothing and equipment in the form of two KLT containers. These two plastic boxes with a dustproof lid, measuring 60x40x30cm, hold everything you need for a journey of several weeks. The content of e.g. The indestructible Bundeswehr combat carrier bag can be perfectly divided into these two containers, after which the bag can be stowed away to save space.
First and foremost, we spend the nights far away from civilization in our roof tents, which with a lying area of 140x220cm each offer enough space for 2 people, we also use floor tents depending on the situation. Depending on the travel destination and the respective local destinations, we also spend the night in typical accommodations; this can range from a simple guest house with shared shower facilities to a hotel with its own bathroom and shower. With regard to individual preferences and for hygienic reasons, we do not provide sleeping mats or sleeping bags; these must be brought by the traveler himself.
Due to our freedom of time and space, our trips, apart from a few restaurant visits, are “self-catering tours”. We buy food as fresh as possible on site and prepare it freshly according to the conditions of the outdoor kitchen. The participants can decide for themselves what they want to eat and when. During longer expeditions without supply options, however, we sometimes have to use ready-made meals, on trekking tours anyway. For all meals prepared in the expedition kitchen, we expect the participants to take part in the work that has to be done without being asked, i.e. we mostly cook together (for example in the evening around the campfire) and of course we also clean the dishes. In addition to dinner, a balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day; on the go it rarely makes sense to take a break for lunch. Light meals and small spontaneous snacks have proven to be more effective for this. If you suffer from a food intolerance or have other special needs (e.g. vegan), please let us know in good time before you start your journey.
We carry drinking and service water in our vehicles. Depending on the tour or climatic region, the daily amounts of water available to the participants are very different. While in some countries we have to worry less about the availability of potable water, in other regions there is a need for rationalization, i.e. precious drinking water is not used there for hygienic purposes. If necessary, the water may also be chemically sterilized. Please take a sturdy drinking bottle with you so that you can fill it with drinking water; this is essential on trekking tours. To be on the safe side and in the event of known intolerances, you should also have a personal water disinfectant with you.
Several times a day, everyone feels the urge to relieve themselves. However, a ceramic basin connected to the sewer system is rarely available for this purpose. We do not carry a portable toilet with us for so-called emergencies either, because it naturally has to be disposed of / cleaned somewhere, which only shifts the problem of using the toilet to another location, and the person who used it is then even more uncomfortably busy with it. For the benefit of nature and our fellow human beings, the following rules must be observed:
- Distance to the camp as well as a place where food is stored, depending on the environment for the small business at least 150m, for the large business at least 250m.
- Distance to water at least 50m
- Distance to paths and paths at least 25m
- no leaving paper towels (not even digging in); these are either disposed of in the paper waste or on the nearest campfire
- At least one small shovel is available for each vehicle, but sensitive ground vegetation should not be destroyed. The dug hole should be at least 20cm deep and be covered again afterwards; In doing so, if possible, a dead branch / twig standing approx. 30cm vertically above the ground should be digged in to identify the fresh business. Where it is not possible to dig on the rock, stones that are as heavy as possible are used for subsequent covering.
Depending on the trip there is a very different ratio of on- and off-road, you will find a corresponding label in every tour description. The nature of back roads and especially off-road trails is subject to the influence of the forces of nature, and thus to constant change. Heavy precipitation, storms and natural erosion can make otherwise easily navigable roads impassable. Dried-out river beds can fill up quickly and unpredictably, while smaller rivers that are otherwise effortlessly waded through can become impassable for a short time after heavy rainfall. Since we can neither influence the weather nor take unnecessary risks, the tour guide can change the tour schedule at short notice according to the circumstances. Of course, this also applies to damage, injuries, illnesses, political crises, official arbitrariness and other imponderables that can lead to the tour being canceled in an extreme emergency. The routes are always chosen so that they can be mastered by any trained and ambitious driver. Our goal is to reach all stage points safely and to the complete satisfaction of all fellow travelers. With regard to the special characteristics of our expedition trips and the associated risks and the necessary protective measures, which are not excluded despite careful supervision, we explicitly refer to our risk information.
9. Additional costs
The amounts stated under additional costs include all unavoidable additional costs that you will incur during the trip. This includes, for example, not included entrance fees or meals as well as drinks when visiting restaurants. Tips are therefore not included in the additional costs, because the amount depends solely on your satisfaction. The information given under additional costs are naturally average values and can vary from trip to trip.
10. Discounts and coupons
We grant all travel participants who register directly for trips organized by us at least 6 months before the start of the trip, an early booking discount of 4% of the base price, or 2% up to 4 months before the start of the trip. Anyone who registers directly for a tour organized by us for the third time will receive our regular customer discount of 3% of the base price. If you have already traveled with us before and have received a travel voucher for filling out our travel questionnaire, you can of course redeem this voucher as an alternative. However, a combination of discounts or vouchers and discounts is not possible.
We would be very grateful if you would take a moment after your trip to give us your personal impressions of the tour. This feedback is a good quality check for us, we take your comments, including praise and criticism, seriously and allow them to flow into future trips if necessary. We reward the completion of the travel questionnaire with a tour voucher, which you can redeem on the next long-distance trip booked with us. We would be particularly pleased about a detailed travel report, which we would like to publish on our website.