the evolution of the world expeditions travel group

The World Expeditions story began in 1975, when Australian Himalayan Expeditions commenced its operations with trekking holidays in Nepal. In subsequent years, the company expanded its operations into South America, Asia and then Africa.

To reflect the broader spread of holidays on offer, Australian Himalayan Expeditions changed its name to World Expeditions and continued providing high quality adventure holidays to small groups of like-minded travellers. The strong alignment to responsible tourism practices and commitment to supporting local communities remained at its core.

In the next ten years, World Expeditions continued to expand its operations to include all seven continents. Simultaneously, the Australian product range was greatly expanded, to include the first commercial rafting trips on the Franklin River and pioneering the iconic Larapinta Trail near Alice Springs. A merger with Tasmanian Expeditions and its superb range of walking holidays cemented World Expeditions’ place as a leader in the Australian space.

To service travellers in other parts of the world, a network of sales offices was established in New Zealand, the UK and Canada, as well as the Australian offices, resulting in a truly international mix on group departures.

In 2005, the company created UTracks to provide guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe. The European operations were strengthened in 2012 when World Expeditions acquired UK company, Sherpa Expeditions and its extensive UK walking program. The combined UTracks - Sherpa program now offers more than 400 guided and self-guided itineraries across Europe.

Meanwhile, an opportunity to buy into New Zealand’s Adventure South operations was warmly received, with its style of travel fitting perfectly with World Expeditions. Adventure South remains the leading cycle specialist in New Zealand offering an exciting range of holidays ranging from the Otago Rail Trail to road cycle trips around the south Island.

An ongoing focus on the charity sector, is reflected by the company’s not-for-profit arm, Community Project Travel and its work with humanitarian projects globally. In addition to this, World Expeditions has worked over the decades to deliver funds for charities through travel. The company’s expertise in delivering unique itineraries led to the launch of a dedicated charity brand in 2013. Huma Charity Challenge centralizes the entire group’s fundraising trips under one umbrella. Charity challenges are specialised areas of travel, requiring management of fundraisers and the creation of specific charity challenge trips and Huma is poised to become a major provider in this sector.

The Youth Market has also been a prime focus for the company since the late 80s. Its work with schools and youth groups on international and domestic itineraries led to the establishment of World Youth Adventures, which was launched in 2010. Today, World Youth Adventures works with hundreds of schools across the globe to deliver meaningful travel experiences, many of which feature a component of service learning work, providing the added benefit of delivering tangible benefits to communities in developing countries.

Completing the company’s suite of adventure travel offerings is Yomads, which was created in 2013 in partnership with two European travel companies, exclusively for travellers in their 20s and 30s. Yomads, which is short for young nomads, offers a series of unique adventures which combine structured activities with plenty of downtime to relax or undertake optional tours.

The World Expeditions Travel Group was registered in 2013 to incorporate the various brands into one organization. Collectively, the brands offer diverse and complementary travel products catering to the specific interests and segments within the international adventure travel market.



World ExpeditionsWorld Expeditions is one of the world’s leading adventure travel companies offering ground breaking small group adventure holidays which began with its first trekking holiday to Nepal in 1975. Today, with offices around the globe, they offer more than 500 stand alone itineraries; small group active adventures and expeditions, cycling and walking tours and cultural journeys to every continent on earth. The company's all-inclusive, no hidden extras pricing policy combined with longer, creative itineraries and the use of quality ground services attracts people who have high expectations of their adventure travel experiences.

Adventure SouthThere’s simply no other collection of active New Zealand holidays that can match the geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of our Adventure South's New Zealand adventure holidays. From the volcanoes to glaciers, snow capped mountains to ancient forests, Adventure South offers an extensive collection of walking, cycling, multi-activity holidays and mountaineering adventures on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Many of our New Zealand active holidays are uniquely operated by Adventure South.

Australian Walking HolidaysAustralian Walking Holidays is a specialist brand created to highlight World Expeditions' impressive portfolio of Australian adventure holidays. World Expeditions pioneered and operates a number of iconic active Australian holidays including the Larapinta Trek in the Northern Territory, Franklin River Rafting in Tasmania and the Heyson Trail in South Australia. These exclusive itineraries are based on over 30 years experience in creating trekking holidays in Australia and around the world.

World Youth AdventuresWorld Youth Adventures (WYA) is a specialist division of World Expeditions dedicated to organising overseas school group adventures. WYA is passionate about immersing young people in environments that offer unique experiences and takes the experience a step further by involving students in a ‘hands on’ project that will help an underprivileged community, leaving a positive and permanent benefit for the peoples of that community and lifelong friendships for students. Students will experience the joy of giving without the expectation of reward when they give their time and physical effort to those less fortunate.

Tasmanian ExpeditionsTasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania.  Operating in 1968 as Craclair, we were the first operator of bushwalks along the now legendary Overland Track. Since then, as Tasmanian Expeditions, we’ve pioneered commercial trekking on the rugged South Coast Track, in the spectacular Walls of Jerusalem as well as to the remote areas of Frenchman's Cap and the Western Arthurs. Our walking, cycling, rafting and rock climbing itineraries, all led by passionate and experienced guides are as diverse as Tasmania herself. 

UTracksUTracks offers affordable, self-guided and small group guided active holidays across Europe. Choose from a wide variety of quintessential European outdoor experiences from trekking the French Alps, cycling through Tuscany, exploring the islands of Greece, Croatia or Turkey by bike and ship, making a pilgrimage along the Compostela Trail or discovering the lesser known trails in Bulgaria, Romania & Slovenia. UTracks offers many family friendly itineraries and can also tailor make tours for private groups.

Operating since 1973, Sherpa Expeditions specialises in self-guided & escorted holidays to Europe and the United Kingdom. The company offers a range of self-guided inn-to-inn walking & cycling tours, escorted walks and Walker's Britain: a collection of over 34 pioneering British walking trips which include the Coast to Coast Trail and Hadrian’s Wall. Sherpa has refined self-guided holidays to an art. Over many years their leaders, supporters on the ground and travellers have contributed to the detailed trail notes providing a definitive guide to the areas visited in 25 iconic European activity destinations such as France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and much more.

Sherpa VanThe team at Sherpa Van is based in Richmond in Northern England from where they organise luggage transfer services for walkers and cyclists. With daily minibuses they serve popular UK routes such as the Coast to CoastCleveland WayDales HighwayHadrian’s Wall TrailJames Herriot Way and more. Have your door to door luggage moving service arranged on many of Britain’s long-distance trails and cycle ways, so you can enjoy the countryside without a heavy pack. On top of that, you can use Sherpa Van’s comprehensive online accommodation booking service for your entire trail. 

Huma Charity Challenge is a specialist provider of charity challenges, drawing on World Expeditions' decades of experience in offering high quality adventure travel experiences. One of the original pioneers of the charity challenge concept, we began operating challenges for charities in the UK and Australia when the concept of fundraising through travel was first conceived in the late 1990’s. Since then we have successfully organised over 500 adventures for charities around the globe ranging from International Agencies to National Charities and many smaller local charitable causes, enabling the collection of over 1 million in funds raised. The word 'Huma' also refers to a Persian mythological "Bird of Paradise", which is considered to be a compassionate bird. It is believed that the touch of the Huma brings great fortune.

Trail Journeys New ZealandTrail Journeys was founded in 2004 by two long-time friends and Central Otago residents, Neville and Ritchie. The cycling company offers trips on New Zealand’s Otago Central Rail Trail and Nelson Great Taste cycle trails. Trail Journeys can arrange as much or as little of your cycling itinerary as you desire: free itinerary planning and booking service; hire bikes; passenger, luggage and bike transport as well as booking other transport services; accommodation and off trail side trips like curling or wine tours. Trail Journeys also specialise in providing top quality guided tours led by passionate locals.  

Great Canadian TrailsGreat Canadian Trails has emerged as our specialist active Canadian Holiday program, offering a growing selection of both small group
guided and supported self-guided hiking and cycling adventures from coast to coast. Experience different landscapes and communities at handlebar lever, hike rugged sections of the Trans Canada Trail, and explore the dramatic mountain trails of the West. For a bigger challenge, haul a full pack on the West Coast Trail or strap on some crampons for a mountaineering course in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

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