Through a local lens
Snapping the classic ‘holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa’ pic, or marvelling at the neon lights of Vegas might be on many people’s bucket list. But if you’re after a more authentic travel experience, make Peregrine your first port of call. You’ll travel away from the crowds and unearth the day-to-day uniqueness of your destination.
From Italy, Portugal, Germany and Spain to the far-flung corners of Africa, Asia, South and Central America and even the Arctic or Antarctic, Peregrine offers over 300 intimate small group itineraries, to more than 80 destinations. Each adventure allows you to truly immerse yourself in the destination, culture, food and wine you’re exploring.
Each small group tour is limited to 12 travellers (typically like-minded souls), and is led by an English-speaking local. Born and raised in your chosen destination, they make you feel part of the community. As you inhale uniquely personal moments, you’ll enjoy an insider’s understanding of the region.
Where larger tour groups struggle to get seats in backstreet bodegas and tiny bars, your expert leader – through their trusted local network, can get you a table in the best locations.
The up-close-and-personal approach also affords entry to lesser-known haunts, like a winery that serves “Bull’s Blood” wine in Egar, “The Valley of Beautiful Women”, at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, or the best Jamon in the side-streets of Barcelona.
Off the Eaten Track
Peregrine also understands that getting to know a community is largely taking in its food and drinking ethos. Food Brand Manager, Neil Coletta has the enviable job of designing and managing the company’s food collection range. His golden rule? Strictly no tourist restaurants allowed. Get set for some unforgettable edible experiences.
“It’s simple to visit any website to find out where other travellers have eaten and enjoyed. However, most struggle to find a genuinely local food experience – street food, a home-cooked meal or rustic local gems serving the best fare in town. We facilitate food experiences that travellers would be hard pressed to arrange – or even find, on their own.
“Small group tours are an exceptional path to understanding regional customs, as well as a wonderful way of interacting with locals – from ordering a meal to buying produce in a market. We encourage our travellers to come with an open mind and open mouth.”
As for a decent drop, Peregrine has your back there, too. From what you should drink in Portugal, to the best wine bars in Buenos Aires, rest assured, you’ll taste the finest local wines, ports or spirits on offer. Key wine destinations include Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Central Europe.
Stay in Local Style
Forget sterile, sanitised accommodation. On most trips, you’ll stay in boutique locally-run hotels with plenty of character and history. Peregrine’s destination experts handpick each hotel, keeping creature comforts front of mind, including a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and a central, convenient location.
Peregrine's itineraries have been fine-tuned over 40 years, so everything is considered (think: day-to-day-tipping and private arrival transfers in all destinations). And because you’ll journey at a slower pace than most tour groups, you’ll get to truly explore and soak up the ambience, unwinding at your leisure.
Types of Tours
Some travel for relaxation, others to tick off a bucket list item or many to conquer a challenge they’ve set themselves. Peregrine caters to every traveller.
Choose from food experiences, cruises on small ships that have better access to land, walking tours, wildlife safaris or even polar expeditions to the remotest parts of the planet.
You can also opt for a Limited Edition Tour where you can combine a special interest with your love of travel. Think watching the annual migration of Wildebeests in the Serengeti National Park or gaining a rare glimpse into ancient Inca life in Peru.
Travelling with Conscience
Twenty years ago, Peregrine became the first travel company of its kind to exclusively employ local leaders, finding and training passionate people who could expose the unique heart of their region.
Then in 2002, The Intrepid Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, was launched to support the regions Peregrine visits. Since its inception, it has helped raise over $6 million for more than 100 community organisations worldwide.
What’s more, small group sizes mean a smaller ecological footprint, preserving local experiences for future generations. Peregrine encourages guests to say no to plastic and offsets carbon emissions from its tours on the passenger’s behalf. It also doubles any donation tour travellers make, dollar for dollar, up to $400,000 each year.
So when you think small group travel through a local lens, think Peregrine.