The Whole World 360

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Duration: 20 weeks or longer

Trip code: WW360

This is it. Your chance to become the ultimate world explorer! See it all, do it all, enjoy unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences, gain countless dinner-party stories, and meet a host of lifelong friends! Begin in South Africa and care for incredible animals on a game reserve, then head over to Thailand for beaches, adventure activities and partying! Get creative with independent travel time in Singapore, explore Bali on a 12-day tour, enjoy adventures and East Coast road tripping in Australia, and explore New Zealand with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Then see cultural hotspots in USA and party the Brazilian way in Rio! 

Please note: If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow a new updated Thai Adventure itinerary. Please see the further trip information for more details.

Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

Trip highlights

  • Combine flexible independent travel and action-packed group tours, and get the ultimate world experience!
  • See worldwide wildlife in South Africa, Thailand and Australia
  • Soak up the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth – including the Thai Northern Foothills and the snow covered slopes of Mount Cook in New Zealand!
  • Scour the globe for the planet’s hottest nightlife – party in festive Rio and cash in your chips in Vegas!
  • Laze on perfect beaches in Bali and Thailand – soak up that glorious sun!
Further trip information

SOUTH AFRICA

Volunteer & Safari Adventure: 15 days

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation.

Day 2-14: Two weeks of wildlife conservation, safaris and adventure in South Africa! Stay on a private game reserve, enjoy game drives, and see animals up close as a member of a wildlife conservation team. Volunteer with kids at local community projects, experience horseback safaris, and go on guided bushwalks through gorgeous South African landscapes. You’ll also enjoy an unforgettable 2-night camping adventure in world-famous Kruger National Park! This unique South African adventure will take your breath away!

Day 15: Volunteer & Safari Adventure ends.

THAILAND

Thai Adventure: 29 days

Travelling with your group from Bangkok, you’ll mix city adventure with temple exploration on this fabulous four week trip. Uncover worlds of culture, have an elephant experience and go adventure trekking, as well as volunteering with communities! You’ll also spend time on the idyllic islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, an experience not to be missed!

Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Park and Hill Trekking!

Kicking off in the buzzing city of Bangkok you'll explore temples and palaces and take a boat ride in this lively Thai capital city, before enjoying a VIP bus journey to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a Thai cookery class and a full day at an amazing Elephant Home. Next, head off into the Thai hills for an incredible two-day trek!

Week 2: Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Volunteering with a Thai Community on Koh Samui

Spend some time enjoying all the wonderful sights and sounds of charming Chiang Mai, where you can climb the Doi Suthep Mountain and see its majestic temples, shop for bargains at the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and enjoy optional activities such as ziplining, white water rafting, night safaris and mountain biking. Travel back to Bangkok for more fun and nightlife in the city. Then it's time to lend a helping hand as you head to the idyllic Thai island of Koh Samui for a day of volunteering and some down time in this wonderful beach paradise. 

Week 3: Chill out on Koh Tao Island

Relax and soak up the sun with a few amazing days on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Tao. Staying a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach, you also have all the best bars and restaurants on your doorstep during your stay on the island. The beaches and coastline hide a vast array of activities, such as snorkelling, quad biking, abseiling, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking and other water sports. Try Muay Thai boxing, relax with some yoga or enjoy a Thai massage. You can also take the added option of a 4-day PADI certified scuba diving course in the paradise waters off Koh Tao. Please note that all optional activities will be at an extra cost.

Week 4: Party on Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi

This final, fabulous week is a chance to laze your days away on stunning beaches or hang out at the local bars. Your guide can advise you about some awesome optional activities on the island: Try a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling, sail around the islands, or just soak up some rays with a well deserved cocktail. This laid-back paradise island is famous for hosting the world famous Full Moon and Black Moon parties. You will stay in gorgeous accommodation overlooking Baan Tai beach. This beautiful accommodation is just a 20-minute taxi ride from the location of the Full Moon Party and just minutes away from the Black Moon Party beach. You're never far from the action on Koh Phangan! We try our best to plan most of our start dates to coincide with a legendary Full Moon or Black Moon party but please note that this is not always possible. Have fun on Koh Phangan and then transfer to the equally beautiful and buzzing Koh Phi Phi to round off the adventure!

About the Parties

We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party, which takes place on stunning Haad Rin beach, is the most famous party on Koh Phangan. People travel from all across the globe to attend this unforgettable night; and you could be one of anywhere between 10,000 – 30,000 people! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest music party on Koh Phangan. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25.

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

SINGAPORE

Enjoy some free time exploring this fantastic island. Singapore is a delightful cocktail of cultures, buzzing attractions, and unforgettable nightlife. Lose yourself in this sparkling paradise before heading across to Australia for the next stage of your adventure!

BALI

Bali Intro: 12 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Airport pickup. Meet the rest of your group at your guesthouse in Kuta.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Temple and beach visits. Sunset dinner and night out.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations.

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Visit amazing ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Traditional outrigger boat excursion. Enjoy snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. Visit the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Explore the island by bike.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud and prepare for the next stage of the adventure!

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Explore Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Sunrise volcano trek, including breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Return to Ubud for an inclusive massage.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your amazing Bali Intro ends today in Ubud. Time to travel on to the next stage of your adventure!

AUSTRALIA

Cairns Adventure: 6 Nights

Enjoy 6 nights of accommodation and 4 days of awesome adventure activities in Cairns! Soak up the vibes of this buzzing adventure town and get your adrenaline pumping with some incredible included activities. The 4 activity days include the following:

Day 1: Full day white water rafting on the Tully River. Departs from Cairns at 6.30am. Return transfers, training and rafting equipment, BBQ lunch included.  Local payment supplement for rafting.

Day 2: Half day guided sea kayaking tour around Fitzroy Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Afternoon spent snorkelling in the coral reef, doing rainforest walks or bouncing on the floating ocean trampoline!  Return ferry transfers, use of snorkel gear and picnic lunch included. AUD10 for return bus transfer. Local payment for kayaking.

Day 3: Balloon flight. Early start for 30-minute hot air balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands. Bus transfer back to Cairns for some free time. No meals included. Local payment for Civil Aviation levy. Additional local payment between end of January and beginning of March.

Day 4: Full day snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef. An 8.15am start from Reef Fleet Terminal. Board catamaran ‘Reef Magic’. Five hours at reef site.  Snorkelling, glass bottomed boat tour, underwater observatory. Optional tours include helicopter tours and scuba dives (own cost). Morning tea and buffet lunch included. Approx. AUD10 for return bus transfer.

All activities start from Cairns. 

Please Note: There will be a local payment of around AUD90 (approx £49) which will need to be paid in cash on different days of your programme (see itinerary). This includes a Civil Aviation levy, a rafting fee and a kayaking supplement. This payment is extra to the trip price, but the trip has been priced to take in to account this additional local payment. Return transfers from the reef on days 2 & 4 will cost an additional AUD10 per day.

Please note: Between the end of January and the beginning of March the hot air ballooning has a AUD30 local payment.

Loka Pass: Trev – Cairns to Sydney: Minimum 10 Days

Pick and choose how long you stay in each stunning location. Travel the minimum 10 days it takes to complete the route or extend your adventure for up to a year. There is so much to see and do you’ll definitely want to take more time!

The route runs as follows:

Cairns – Tully – Airlie Beach – Emu Park – Rainbow Beach – Byron Bay – Sydney

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on Fraser Island that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Fancy spending longer in Australia?

Why not add our awesome Absolute Oz Jobs package and live and work in the country for up to a year? This programme sets you up with a local jobs team who will help you find a great job, give you advice about long term accommodation, and offer you job support for up to 12 months. Earn money and have loads of Aussie adventures with this fantastic paid work programme!

NEW ZEALAND

Kiwi Discovery Pass: Minimum 28 days, valid for 12 months

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.

Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 

Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)

Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.

Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.

Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.

Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).

Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 

Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.

Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.

Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.

Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 

Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.

Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 

Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.

Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).

Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 

Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.

Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 

Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.

Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 

Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 

Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 

Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 

Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

USA

Los Angeles to San Francisco Adventure (USA): 7 days

Day 1 – Los Angeles - Arrival
Day 2 – Joshua Tree NP/Los Angeles (Dinner included)
Day 3 - Lake Havasu (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 4 – Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (Breakfast included)
Day 5 – Las Vegas/Death Valley NP (Lunch and dinner included)
Day 6 – Yosemite NP (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 7 – Yosemite NP/San Francisco (Breakfast and lunch included)

Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

BRAZIL

Introduction to Brazil: 8 Days

Day 1: Welcome to Rio! Touch down in Brazil and take an inclusive arrival transfer to your cool city hostel that’s just a 10-minute walk away from Copacabana beach!

Day 2: City tour. Take an action-packed tour of the city, taking in gorgeous Sao Conrado, Tijuca Forest, Christ the Redeemer (ticket included), Santa Teresa, and Lapa, home to the colourful Escadaria Selaron.

Day 3: Favela tour. Visit Rocinha favela, the largest favela in South America. You will be guided around the shanty-town by a local guide, who’ll show you how thousands of people live their lives on the hillside. Watch a Capoeira show by the kids at the local community centre.

Days 4-5: Beautiful Ilha Grande. Time to leave the city behind and get a taste of unspoilt paradise. Your destination is Ilha Grande, a pristine island off the coast of Rio State. Spend your days here delving into the lush green rainforests, discovering exquisite hidden coves and then take an included boat trip to a spectacular white-sand beach.

Days 6-7: Perfect Paraty. From blissful beaches to quaint cobbled streets, welcome to Paraty! This lively town is full of elegant architecture, artists’ retreats and delicious restaurants. From here you’ll enjoy an island-hopping boat trip and a jeep tour through colonial Paraty, including a visit to a cachaca distillery, giving you the chance to sample Brazil’s famous spirit.

Day 8: Return to Rio. An inclusive return transfer to the city takes you back to where you started. From here you can fly home or have more adventures in South America. Why not kick off an epic experience with our awesome Rio to Lima Adventure?

Please note: Itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change.

Please note: Flights between destinations are not included as part of this package trip. Speak to our flights team to organize these journeys before you leave the UK.

Dates & booking

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