Let Our Experience Be Your Guide
For more than two decades we have designed and managed group departures for organizations such as Brian Keating's "Going Wild", the Calgary Health Trust, the Calgary Zoo, the Royal Astronomical Society and the University of Alberta. These hosted adventures are in small groups usually ranging from 8 to 18 people, depending upon the destination and the wishes of the organization*.
When Civilized Adventures began more than 25 years ago, our specialty was the African Safari. While we continue to be recognized as a world leader in African Adventures, over the decades we have developed and expanded our offering and expertise to span the entire globe.
Around the world, we pride ourselves on handpicking world renowned experts to elevate your travel experience and expand your horizons. Have a primatologist introduce you to the fascinating lemurs of Madagascar, or a marine biologist explain the breeding patterns of the emperor penguin. Scientists, historians, local cultural elders, and passionate explorers are there to educate and inform. Hosted expeditions are enhanced by our personal connections – plus it’s a lot of fun and an easy, worry-free way to travel!
My partner and I are very satisfied with our first experience with Civilized Adventures. Carling is an amazing trip planner. She’s knowledgeable, quick to respond to any requests, concerns or questions about the trip, and her people skills are excellent. She made the experience of planning and then visiting Ecuador completely seamless and enjoyable! I totally recommend her and Civilized Adventures.
We had an amazing 32 days in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand because of the excellent organization and attention to detail of Karen at Civilized Adventures and their counterparts, Swain Travel, in Australia and New. Our trip had the right mix of activity – hiking, kayaking, ballooning, and cultural experience that made our trip very well rounded. The handy Wetu app allowed us to access our trip information on our mobile devices which was very handy. Thanks so much!
Things have been absolutely amazing. The kids are having the time of their lives. Things have happened that just never could have been planned. In Soweto, the kids had a South Africa / Canada soccer match. And then at lunch that day six of the kids ended up in a Nike commercial. The first safari just blew them away as lions rubbed against the vehicle and 26 elephants played and swam in the water in front of the lodge over lunch.
Arrangements have been perfect and all is well. Cape Town, of course, is much slower than the safaris but has been great and now looking forward to the Garden Route. Guides have done a great job and everyone is happy. Did everything in Cape Town that was scheduled and although the weather is cooler and have had a bit of rain it has worked out well. The day at the Cape was beautiful. Ajay you’ve done a great job.
Karen made my bucket list a beautiful reality. I’m so glad that I entrusted the planning for our Galapagos trip to Karen Schulz. Although my lifelong obsession with the Galapagos Islands was the main reason we chose Ecuador, the places and activities that Karen suggested for our tour of the mainland after the cruise turned out to be equally awe-inspiring, not to mention just plain fun. Karen attended to every detail of the trip, which meant we were able to fully immerse ourselves in the experience and enjoy it to the fullest.
Ajay was fabulous to work with! During the planning stage of our Hong Kong/China adventure, Ajay was efficient, excellent at following-up with us, and generated some wonderful ideas for our trip. He was tenacious about finding the best airfares possible for us. When our trip was underway, he was quickly responsive to our occasional question as we travelled. Ajay is good-humoured, patient, and has been really very fun to work with on all the trips we have booked with him so far. We highly recommend getting Ajay’s help when planning a vacation!
JILL & ROB
Julie worked with us to plan our African safari, it was an amazing adventure and truly the trip of a lifetime for us! Prior to the trip, Julie was available to answer the many questions we had and during our holiday everything went smoothly, we honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing about our fantastic vacation. We normally plan trips on our own, but Africa wasn’t something we felt we could handle and Julie was so great in listening to what we were looking for in our holiday and ensured we got exactly that. We also got the peace of mind in knowing if anything went awry that Civilized Adventures along with the local tour operators would take care of it. I have already passed along her name to friends saying if you are wanting to do an African safari, then you need to call Julie.