We have designed our collection of unique tours to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the places we explore. They offer more inclusions, greater hands-on exploration, interactions with local experts, and the freedom to roam, all within the structure and security of travelling in a small group. 

All our tours are rich in content and value. We like to slow down the pace and often spend 2 or 3 nights in each area. Don’t like early morning starts, we never start our day before 9:00 am unless it is absolutely necessary. It’s your vacation!

See below for a summary of what’s planned for the upcoming year.  

Nicaragua A Jewel Revealed(LAST CALL)
January 26th to February 9th, 2024 
Once a war-torn country, Nicaragua has recovered from this period and is now a diamond in the rough offering nature reserves rich in flora and fauna, an interesting history both ancient and the more recent revolution period of the Sandinista, Spanish colonial cities and warm, friendly people.

New Zealand Encompassed(LAST CALL) 
February 26th to March 13th, 2024 
This tour takes you from New Zealand's largest city through beautiful beach towns, volcanic landscapes and the cool little capital to the South Island. Here you'll discover delicious wine, lush rainforests and ancient glaciers as you travel down the West Coast and through stunning alpine resorts, before ending your journey in the innovative city of Christchurch.

Costa Rica in Depth(SOLD OUT) 
February 28th to March 12th, 2024 
This tour not only explores rainforests, volcanoes and the flora and fauna that flourish in Costa Rica – but also puts you in touch with ordinary people during visits to a pineapple farm, wildlife rescue center, an indigenous village, and a research station.

Ecuador & Galapagos Highlights 
April 19th to May 5th, 2024 
Discover the magic of Ecuador’s biodiversity and culture on an exploration of the rural and urban charms of one of South America’s most rewarding destinations. Ecuador also has one gem found nowhere else: the pristine and fragile Galápagos Islands made famous through the writings of Charles Darwin. The ultimate experience for animal lovers awaits in the Galápagos Islands, where an incredibly diverse and unique array of wildlife prosper among fertile lands and volcanic formations.

Inca Explorer 
May 5th to 20th, 2024 
Encounter the vibrant local culture of Lake Titicaca, walk the halls of a historical convent in colonial Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of the train to Machu Picchu. Marvel at the strange, mysterious beauty of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Churchill Polar Bears & Belugas 
Summer/Fall 2024 
More information is coming.

European Christmas Markets River Cruise 
December 1st to 8th, 2024 
Make your holiday wishes come true with a special departure for the festive season to experience Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets and festivities. Enjoy stunning winter views on the Danube with the warm glow of Christmas markets, beautifully adorned with ageless traditions. Begin your cruise in Budapest, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore Christmas markets and buy one-of-a-kind gifts. Next, you’ll sail to the centuries-old Slovakian city of Bratislava with guided sightseeing and time to browse the beautiful Christmas markets. Take a guided tour of its cobblestone streets and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Next, cruise to wonderful Melk for guided sightseeing in Austria’s Wachau Valley, including the magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. Continue your festive Danube River cruise to Vienna—the “City of Music.” Enjoy guided sightseeing and the glow of sparkling Christmas markets while exploring the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Information regarding the tours can be found at www.thediscoverytours.ca along with further details on our website www.mcphailtravel.net