How the dream of NOVICA Journeys came true

For years our customers asked, our staff pleaded, and we have generally said, "next year we'll add travel."

Well next year eventually became this year, so we set out to make NOVICA Journeys a reality - because nothing spreads happiness and connects us to other cultures like travel. It's in our DNA, it's at our core - We Love Travel... more

As we laid the groundwork, we made a checklist of the qualities that define our favorite travel experiences:

  • Small group adventures
  • Authentic grassroots real-life experiences
  • Local staff - country guides
  • Responsible travel, carbon neutral - climate positive
  • Balance of inclusions & free time
  • Mix of classic highlights and local secrets
  • Destinations on every continent

Then, in perfect serendipity, we found our ideal tour partner - Intrepid. They checked all the boxes and bring to our partnership three decades of dedicated B-Corp responsible travel credentials in the world of small-group adventure travel. We couldn't be happier!

Together with Intrepid, our tours will inspire, immerse and provide experience-rich travel to our beloved customers for many years to come. We can't wait to hear your story. Let the adventure begin!

All NOVICA tours are brought to you
in partnership with Intrepid Travel
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Featured Tours

Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday with teenagers

Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday with teenagers

Challenge the family to an unforgettable week of adrenaline-fuelled activities with this active Pyrenees trip. From Soldeu, head out around Andorra trying fun new experiences along the way. Get the ... more

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Days:
8
Start:
Soldeu
Finish:
Soldeu
Ages:
10 - 99
Country:

Andorra

Andorra: Hike, Bike & Raft

Andorra: Hike, Bike & Raft

Prepare for some thrilling adventures during this action-packed week in the Pyrenees. Nestled between France and Spain, Andorra’s beautiful surrounding landscape provides thrillseekers with a setting ... more

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Days:
8
Start:
Soldeu
Finish:
Soldeu
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Andorra

Highlights of Central Europe

Highlights of Central Europe

Travel through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary and experience the incredible highlights of Central Europe. From the sleekness of Vienna, and from the architectural triumphs of Prague to the ... more

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Days:
9
Start:
Prague
Finish:
Budapest
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 2 more

Northern Poland & the Baltics

Northern Poland & the Baltics

Uncover the cultural riches and historical intrigues of four fascinating countries on an 11-day tour with stops in northern Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Contrast the challenging stories of ... more

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Days:
11
Start:
Gdansk
Finish:
Tallinn
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Estonia + 3 more

Poland & the Baltics Explorer

Poland & the Baltics Explorer

Uncover the cultural riches and historical intrigues of four fascinating countries on a journey through Poland and the Baltic states. This 18-day highlights tour of Poland and the Baltics will get you ... more

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Days:
18
Start:
Krakow
Finish:
Tallinn
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Estonia + 3 more

Highlights of Poland

Highlights of Poland

Get to know the heartland of Poland by visiting three of its most iconic cities: Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk. This eight-day highlights tour of Poland will get you in the know with Soviet history ... more

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Days:
8
Start:
Krakow
Finish:
Gdansk
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Poland

Berlin to Venice

Berlin to Venice

Head along the enchanting road through bohemian Europe on this 15-day Lonely Planet Experience from Germany to Italy. Travelling from historical landmarks and medieval squares to magical hilltop ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Berlin
Finish:
Venice
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 6 more

Berlin to Rome

Berlin to Rome

Enjoy a 22-day odyssey through Central Europe on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Intrepid, including time in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. See the ... more

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Days:
22
Start:
Berlin
Finish:
Rome
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 6 more

Best of Central Europe

Best of Central Europe

Experience the charm, sophistication and elegant feel of Central Europe on this 15-day classical exploration from Vienna to Budapest. Bask in the tradition of vivacious Vienna, discover the hidden ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Vienna
Finish:
Budapest
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 4 more

Journey through Central Europe & Romania

Journey through Central Europe & Romania

Experience the best of this old-world region on a journey through enchanting Central Europe and Romania. Travel to Austria and be immersed in the country's superb musical heritage and step back in ... more

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Days:
24
Start:
Vienna
Finish:
Bucharest
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 5 more

Vienna to Dubrovnik

Vienna to Dubrovnik

Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik on a tour through Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. Discover a region where the past continues ... more

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Days:
29
Start:
Vienna
Finish:
Dubrovnik
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 8 more

Best of Switzerland

Best of Switzerland

A ten-day jaunt through the countryside and cuisine of Switzerland is the ideal way to see (and taste) all things Swiss. This small nation packs a punch with its mountainous landscapes, glacial lakes ... more

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Days:
10
Start:
Zurich
Finish:
Bern
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Switzerland

Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

Indulge the senses by exploring the best of Central Europe’s festive market scene. Feel the bustling energy of Munich’s charismatic Christmas markets, savour the smell of spicy festive delights in ... more

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Days:
8
Start:
Munich
Finish:
Budapest
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Austria + 2 more

Cycle Provence

Cycle Provence

Wind your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and through forests on this active cycling adventure through Provence. This journey through Southern France is an idyllic blend of ... more

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Days:
8
Start:
Avignon
Finish:
Arles
Ages:
14 - 99
Country:

France

Real Central Europe

Real Central Europe

Beginning in Germany and ending in Italy, this tour hits seven countries but doesn’t rush them. See historic landmarks, medieval squares, hilltop castles, romantic canals and make memories that will ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Berlin
Finish:
Venice
Ages:
18 - 29
Country:

Austria + 6 more

Oslo to Vilnius

Oslo to Vilnius

Discover the many charms of Europe on this enriching northern adventure. Tour from Oslo to Vilnius, visiting Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and all the countryside in between. ... more

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Days:
26
Start:
Oslo
Finish:
Vilnius
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Estonia + 5 more

Cycle the Baltics

Cycle the Baltics

Diverse, richly historic and impossibly photogenic, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have few rivals when it comes to cycling in Europe. This region offers up one fairytale-like ... more

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Days:
11
Start:
Tallinn
Finish:
Vilnius
Ages:
14 - 99
Country:

Estonia + 2 more

North China Getaway

North China Getaway

Discover the breathtaking countryside and rich cultural history of China's north on this 12-day Lonely Planet Experience, bookended by the bright city lights of the country’s biggest hubs. From the ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Shanghai
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China

The Great Silk Road

The Great Silk Road

Unlock the secrets of the Silk Road on this immersive journey across Central Asia. From Beijing all the way to Tashkent, this epic 32-day trip heads west across China, showcasing stunning relics ... more

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Days:
32
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Tashkent
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China + 2 more

Ultimate Silk Road: Beijing to Ashgabat

Ultimate Silk Road: Beijing to Ashgabat

Unlock the secrets of the Silk Road on this immersive journey across Central Asia. From Beijing all the way to Ashgabat, this epic 41-day trip heads west across China, showcasing stunning relics ... more

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Days:
41
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Ashgabat
Ages:
Over 15
Country:

China + 3 more

China Highlights

China Highlights

Get a taste of historical China on this culture-stuffed adventure. Travel from Shanghai to Beijing, taking in iconic attractions such as the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors along the way. In ... more

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Days:
9
Start:
Shanghai
Finish:
Beijing
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China

Wild Mongolia

Wild Mongolia

Travel to Mongolia and experience the raw beauty and tradition of this remote region. Hidden from the world for so long, it is hard to imagine that this secluded country once created the largest land ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Ulaanbaatar
Finish:
Ulaanbaatar
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Mongolia

Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure

Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure

Hit the major sights and sounds of China on a 12-day adventure from Beijing to Hong Kong. See the Great Wall’s Mutianyu section, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, giant pandas in Chengdu, striking ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Hong Kong
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China + 1 more

Mongolia's Naadam Festival

Mongolia's Naadam Festival

The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Ulaanbaatar
Finish:
Ulaanbaatar
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Mongolia

Beijing to St Petersburg

Beijing to St Petersburg

Big, bigger, biggest! Travel from the world’s greatest wall, along the world’s longest railway line, through the world’s largest nation, to the world’s deepest freshwater lake. Explore far-flung ... more

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Days:
23
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
St Petersburg
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China + 2 more

Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland

Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland

Take part in an epic 5000-kilometre overland journey from imperial Beijing, through the mighty mountains and monasteries of Tibet, and finishing in Nepal’s compact capital of Kathmandu. There’s ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Kathmandu
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China + 1 more

Beijing to Moscow

Beijing to Moscow

Travel across continents and time zones on one of the world's greatest train journeys. Start in busy Beijing before heading to the untamed wilderness of Mongolia to meet its historically nomadic ... more

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Days:
16
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Moscow
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China + 2 more

Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West

Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West

This journey takes you into the wild west of Mongolia, a place where crystal-clear lakes, snow-capped peaks and giant dunes whisper the legendary stories of nomads and nature. Be mesmerised by khoomii ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Ulaanbaatar
Finish:
Ulaanbaatar
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Mongolia

China's Silk Road

China's Silk Road

Discover the treasures of the Silk Road on this 15-day adventure through China, retracing part of the ancient trade route that linked East and West. An epic journey from bustling Beijing to the ... more

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Days:
15
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Kashgar
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China

Real China

Real China

You could travel for a lifetime in China and there would still be more to explore, taste and experience… but this 12-day tour does a pretty good job of narrowing it down to the essentials. That means ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Beijing
Finish:
Hong Kong
Ages:
18 - 29
Country:

China + 1 more

China Real Food Adventure

China Real Food Adventure

Visit enigmatic China, where culture, history and cuisine all combine to create a truly mesmerising travel experience. Taste the peppery treats of Sichuan in Chengdu, then enjoy a visit to a small ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Chengdu
Finish:
Shanghai
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

China

Japan Family Holiday

Japan Family Holiday

Gather up the brood and embark on an adventure through the Land of the Rising Sun on this 12-day family tour of Japan. From the houses of ancient emperors to technological gizmos, this tour packs in ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Kyoto
Ages:
5 - 99
Country:

Japan

Classic Japan

Classic Japan

Steeped in centuries of tradition and full of culinary prowess, Japan is awash with sights to see and histories to uncover. From Kyoto to Tokyo, spend 12 days exploring the heart of Japan, with ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Kyoto
Finish:
Tokyo
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

Japan Express

Japan Express

Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and onsens, Japan’s got a lot going for it. And on this nine-day Lonely Planet Experience to some of its most acclaimed cities, you’ll get to see the ... more

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Days:
9
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Kyoto
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

Japan Highlights

Japan Highlights

Home of the sumo, the geisha, sake, karaoke, onsen and izakaya – Japan is a true feast for all of your senses. Spend seven days covering the hotspots of this enchanting land, from the bright lights of ... more

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Days:
7
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Kyoto
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

Southern Japan Experience

Southern Japan Experience

One of Japan’s greatest attractions is its ability to offer up both the modern and traditional versions of itself. Alongside future-focused cities like Osaka and Nagasaki, there are places that have ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Osaka
Finish:
Osaka
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

This 13-day tour of Japan will introduce you to the cultures – old and new – that define this small but influential archipelago. Beginning in tech-mecca Tokyo and finishing with three nights in Kyoto ... more

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Days:
13
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Kyoto
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

Cycle Japan

Cycle Japan

From world-class sushi to legendary geisha, enthralling Japan is the perfect destination to discover by bicycle. Our cycling adventure gives you a slowed down, up close look of this fascinating ... more

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Days:
11
Start:
Kyoto
Finish:
Tokyo
Ages:
14 - 99
Country:

Japan

Japan: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Japan: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Embark on an insightful cultural (and physical) workout with a 12-day active adventure across Japan’s ancient history, religious sites and natural wonder. Beginning in Tokyo, leave the crowds behind ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Osaka
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

Essential Japan

Essential Japan

Helloooo Japan. Get your fix of Japanese culture with temples, sushi and shopping in Tokyo before soaking up Kanazawa’s crazy samurai culture. Get down with your world history at Hiroshima, spy ... more

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Days:
10
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Osaka
Ages:
18 - 29
Country:

Japan

Japan Real Food Adventure

Japan Real Food Adventure

Ignite your tastebuds on a culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots. To the glittering skyscrapers of Tokyo and the lush alps of Takayama, slurp on soba and sample some sake as you ... more

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Days:
12
Start:
Tokyo
Finish:
Kyoto
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Japan

South Korea Real Food Adventure

South Korea Real Food Adventure

Immerse yourself in the choose-your-own adventure atmosphere of South Korean food, from bibimbap to immense street food markets that you could get lost in (if it weren’t for the local guiding you to ... more

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Days:
8
Start:
Seoul
Finish:
Seoul
Ages:
15 - 99
Country:

Korea, Republic Of

Why Travel With NOVICA & Intrepid?

Make a Difference

Responsible travel matters. Be the solution not the problem. Sustainable, carbon-neutral, climate-positive adventures.

Itineraries, not Timetables

Experience the world in your own special way - classic tour highlights plus plenty of free time to write your own story.

Travel in Style

Your style. We have thousands of destinations and travel styles that span budgets and comfort zones all offer authentic local experiences.

Big Adventures, Small Groups

Independent in feel but social enough to ensure you enjoy the journey, not just the destination.

Guides Without Books

Our local tour leaders bring grassroots real-life experiences and local knowledge as they welcome you to their world.

Travel to Connect

Embrace your curiosity, meet fellow travelers who share your respect for local cultures and the planet we all call home.

Kenya Safari!

Win a Classic African Adventure Tour to Kenya Overland Safari. Every NOVICA product purchased through the end of the year qualifies as an entry. Let the journey begin!
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