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Designed specifically for travelers aged 40+
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Small Groups of Just 6 -12 Participants
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Established 2008 ~ 16+ Years Experience
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Meet Artisans & Other Local Experts
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Mysteries of MEXICO’s Copper Canyon

Ready for a truly unforgettable adventure that will take you well off the beaten path? Explore the breathtaking canyon and its meticulous landscapes.

Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja

Join Continental DRIFTER® Experiences for a culinary adventure in Northern Spain. Plus, wine and olive oil tasting, tapa tours, lunch at a gastronomic society and more.

FRANCE’s Magical Dordogne in a Private Castle

Experience an unforgettable stay in a private 11th-century castle on 270 acres with pool. Walnut oil and caviar tastings, prehistoric caves, village walks, great food.

The Colors and
Culture of INDIA

Visit Delhi, Agra (home of Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Jodhpur. The incredible Pushkar camel fair is also on the agenda, plus 4- & 5-star hotels, amazing food, great photography.

North to South

Explore Vietnam’s natural beauty, cultural diversity, and delicious cuisine. From Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, Saigon to the Mekong Delta, there’s something for everyone. 

Fly & Cruise

Skip the Drake Passage on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Antarctica! Fly to Antarctica for wildlife, landscapes, photography, snowshoeing & polar plunge.

Seeking the Northern Lights in LAPLAND

Visit Lapland—a truly enchanting place where the sky is painted with delicate hues and the spirits of old are said to speak through the people who live there.

Northern PORTUGAL:
Porto & the Douro Valley

Tour Porto, the gem of Portugal, including port wine tastings, historic walks, and more. Take the train through the Douro Valley to walk the vineyards + boat rides.

Treasures of ARMENIA & GEORGIA

Embark on an extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Republics of Georgia and Armenia, nestled in the captivating Caucasus region of western Asia.

Based on 18 reviews
Kathleen Schrank
Kathleen Schrank
"I know you hear this all the time, but this is the best trip I've ever taken." Cuba
Deb Helms
Deb Helms
We went to Cambodia in November/December 2023. Well planned and led trip that taught us so much about Cambodia. The people of Cambodia are so welcoming and friendly! Ralph Velasco did a great job of leading us throughout and providing us with unique experiences.
Joe Mure
Joe Mure
My experience with Continental Drifters Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder was positive from start to finish. Ralph Velasco planned and executed a well rounded trip showcasing the history, culture, and people of Cambodia. Local guide's insight and a small group made the trip that much more enjoyable. The transportation, accommodations and food well exceeded my expectations.
Robin Shapiro
Robin Shapiro
I just returned from Northern Spain and at each stop, Ralph had guides with extensive knowledge of their area. The food was fantastic and fresh, we never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
Amy Myers
Amy Myers
Traveling with Ralph is a pleasure. He takes away so much stress of making connections from place to place, and where to eat , and how to fit in sightseeing the big stuff and not missing the more personal interactions. Ralph adds so much by having day tours lined up with quality local hosts to guide us, beautiful and safe hotels, and amazing eating experiences.
Karen Gareis
Karen Gareis
Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
Victoria H.
Victoria H.
I was on last year’s trip to a castle in Dordogne France and this year’s trip to Puglia Italy. Both, were trips of a lifetime, mostly due to the fact that Ralph’s trips are so unique! When you go on one of Ralph’s trips, you are guaranteed experiences that only someone with his expertise and attention to detail can offer. Both of his trips were so well organized and allowed us to take advantage of the travel tips he has gathered along the way and the relationships he has developed with various locals in each area. Ralph’s passion for a regions culture, including relationships with expert artisans, hands-on opportunities to enjoy fabulous cuisine and to completely immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of your surroundings, was more than we even imagined! And Ralph takes care of EVERY detail of the trip, ensuring that participants are prepared to have a wonderful experience! I would highly recommend any of Ralph’s trips and i look forward to traveling with Ralph on other of his unique trips! Thanks Ralph!
Dan Miller
Dan Miller
I’ve traveled a lot on my own, and put together what I thought was enough time to see the high points. The trip with Alla Campagna Experiences proved the value of Ralph’s familiarity with local restaurants and guides. I might have stumbled upon a few things in Porto, but I’m sure I would have missed too many of the details that made this trip special. The Douro Valley tour from Alla Campagna should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Jeffrey Dovitz
Jeffrey Dovitz
Simply the best small group tours you can go on. Excellent mix of activities and free time while learning about the people and culture of the place you are visiting. You never go hungry on one of these tours and always stay in great locations at top notch hotels. Do not miss out on these experiences.
Linda Hansen
Linda Hansen
Our group of four spent two weeks in June in northern Spain on a tour put together especially for us by Ralph Velasco. The hotels, their service, and the food were wonderful. I especially want to commend the guides who proudly showed us their particular locale each day. They were congenial, patient, and readily engaged the two teenaged boys we had with us. We still had some free time to explore and to eat some meals on our own without having to spend large blocks of time at each meal. If you're thinking about having Ralph put together a trip just for you, I'd tell you to "Just Do It."


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These are once-in-a-lifetime custom tours I’ve created to introduce you to incredible parts of the world.  Each trip is thoroughly scouted in advance, by me, in an effort to provide you with a seamlessly well-run experience that, on average, has a half-day of scheduled activities and a half-day of free time for you to explore on your own and to make your own life-long memories that you’ll want to share with your friends and family.

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