When we started this annual roundup of the world's top guided tours three years ago, we sought to bring readers the most transformative, sustainable, and authentic experiences. To our delight, there's no shortage of companies that share our philosophy. Whether it's staring down a king penguin in Antarctica, sharing mole with a Oaxacan family, or watching your kids in a pickup soccer game in Sardinia, this is the sort of travel that will stick with you. We hope our 2008 picks get you inspired.
"Land of the Eagles: Albania"
"Along the Americas' Coasts"
Maris Freighter & Specialty Cruises
"Icebergs & Emperors-Mawson's Antarctica"
"Hidden Treasures of Bhutan"
"Cultural Crossroads, Bulgaria"
G.A.P Adventures and Globe Aware
"CapeRace Eco-Culture Experience"
CapeRace Cultural Adventures
"Royal Canadian Rockies Experience"
Royal Canadian Pacific
"Sailing the Southern Caribbean: An Epic Sojourn Aboard Sea Cloud II"
"Immersion with the Tribes of the Aini and Wa; Beijing to Simao, Yunnan"
A Bridge to China
"Andes to Amazon, Ecuador"
Myths and Mountains
"Exclusively Yours Egypt"
African Travel Inc.
Georgia and Armenia
"Mountains & Monasteries, Georgia and Armenia"
"Great Green Guyana"
Cox & Kings
"Sea Kayaking Ireland, The Northwest Coast of County Donegal"
"Sardegna Multi-Sport Adventure, Italy"
"Food Lovers Japan"
"Tribes and Trails of Kenya"
Sierra Club Outings
"Mauritania: Sahara Desert Expedition: Journey into the Land of the Moors"
"Oaxaca Up Close: Living the Day of the Dead"
"Sierra Spectacular by Private Railcar, Mexico"
"Caravan Cities of the Ancient Near East"
Martin Randall Travel
"Namibia Desert Rhino Expedition: A Trails Exploration"
"Himalayan Tree Planting Trek"
"New Zealand Discovery"
Mountain Travel Sobek
North and South Korea
Snow Lion Expeditions
"Lofoten Multi-Adventure, Norway"
"Palau: Oceania Odyssey"
"Coiba Island: The Hidden Dive Secret of the Decade, Panama"
Wild Planet Adventures
Bio Bio Expeditions
Russia and Mongolia
"Russia and Mongolia Overland"
Seychelles and South Africa
"Surf and Turf, Seychelles and South Africa"
"Explorers Safari, Tanzania"
Tanzania and Kenya
"Four Volcanoes: Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Lengai"
Adventures Within Reach
"The Family to Family Safari, Kenya and Tanzania"
"Family Adventure, Thailand"
"Tibet: Journey to the Highest Himalaya"
National Geographic Expeditions
"Tunisia's Sahara and Oasis Trail"
Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations
"San Francisco to the Wine Country"
Wine Country Trekking
"Southwest Safari Camp: The Other Chaco Canyon"
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
"The Chaktal River, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan"
Mountain Travel Sobek