Create Your Own Unique Experience

Custom made itineraries

Our custom made itineraries give you the complete freedom to choose where you want to go, what you want to see and when you want to do it. If you are interested in one of our current itineraries but don’t want to travel as part of a tour group you can request to travel independently or if you want to customise one of our trips you are able to add or remove as many elements as you like. As an alternative you can also start with a blank page and we will assist you in designing your own fully customised itinerary.

Who can we design custom itineraries for?

Over the past 12 years we have tailor made itineraries for many groups – specialising in Buddhist pilgrimages, retreats and Indian festivals. We prefer to keep our groups small and intimate so that you get the best out of the experience. This is just a selection of the groups we have collaborated with in order to design their dream adventure. Alternatively if you want to teach or learn a new skill and travel at the same time, we can organise a retreat centre in India or anywhere else in the world that caters to you or your groups’ needs. Your retreat can include yoga, meditation, cultural activities, walks and hikes, cooking and natural medicine. You may also combine it with one of our other itineraries or extensions. The choice is yours!

We are experienced in designing the following custom itineraries:

  • Buddhist Pilgrimages
  • Yoga, wellness and meditation retreats
  • Indian festivals and unique cultural activities
  • Photography, literature and music festivals
  • Bush walking and trekking groups
  • Leadership journeys
  • Writing groups
  • Volunteering (service immersion)
  • Couples/anniversary celebrations
  • Groups of friends
  • Families
  • Milestone events: birthday, graduation, honeymoon
  • Culinary groups
  • Reading clubs
  • University groups

How do I get started creating my custom made adventure?

  1. Simply contact us and let us know where you wish to travel, how many are in your group and an estimated date of departure. Our travel consultants will then give you suggestions to get you truly off the beaten track and on a once in a lifetime adventure.
  2. Once you are happy with the itinerary and inclusions, we will put together a full set of detailed trip notes outlining the daily itinerary, trip highlights, prices, inclusions and exclusions. This ensures that each member of your group has a clear idea of the trip before you set off.

TESTIMONIALS

Don’t just take our word for it – here is what some of satisfied travellers have had to say:

I decided to go on the Great Ocean Walk for a personal challenge - never having done long distance walking before. Surrounded in magnificent scenery of rugged coastline, good weather and a comfy bed with hot showers , it was an ideal and enjoyable short break with a difference and all the arrangements taken care of by Sharon.

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Katie

Katie, Gold Coast, May 2018

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Katie, Gold Coast, May 2018

Katie
I decided to go on the Great Ocean Walk for a personal challenge – never having done long distance walking before. Surrounded in magnificent scenery of rugged coastline, good weather and a comfy bed with hot showers , it was an ideal and enjoyable short break with a difference and all the arrangements taken care View Full →
I thoroughly recommend doing the Great Ocean Walk with Ekno Travels. Sharon has organised the trip so that you walk the best bits and return at the end of the day to a lovely cottage with hot showers and warm beds. A spectacular walk and no worries!

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Tracey

Tracey, Brisbane, May 2018

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2018-12-06T11:02:59+00:00

Tracey, Brisbane, May 2018

Tracey
I thoroughly recommend doing the Great Ocean Walk with Ekno Travels. Sharon has organised the trip so that you walk the best bits and return at the end of the day to a lovely cottage with hot showers and warm beds. A spectacular walk and no worries! read more
Local guide Vikas was also a brilliant choice, always open to chat about India and arrange some extra wishes. He was tireless, always living the slogan – ‘In India, everything is possible!’ It was just an amazing, brilliant, fantastic journey every hour of the way. I really fell in love with the country and I can’t wait to return!

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Mario

Mario Becker, Switzerland

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2018-06-07T07:52:15+00:00

Mario Becker, Switzerland

Mario
Local guide Vikas was also a brilliant choice, always open to chat about India and arrange some extra wishes. He was tireless, always living the slogan – ‘In India, everything is possible!’ It was just an amazing, brilliant, fantastic journey every hour of the way. I really fell in love with the country and I View Full →
My recent trip through Rajasthan with Ekno Tours was incredible. I was a bit apprehensive about taking a group of 18 women on tour but I needn’t have worried as Vikas and Sharon had everything covered and managed the group with ease offering guidance, insight and flexibility along the way to meet the group’s needs. The accommodation was comfortable and all the meals were divine (it’s important to like Indian food).
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Tammie Day

Tammie Day – Vibrant Women

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2016-01-25T10:02:35+00:00

Tammie Day – Vibrant Women

Tammie Day
My recent trip through Rajasthan with Ekno Tours was incredible. I was a bit apprehensive about taking a group of 18 women on tour but I needn’t have worried as Vikas and Sharon had everything covered and managed the group with ease offering guidance, insight and flexibility along the way to meet the group’s needs. View Full →
Thank you Ekno!. This was an excellent trip – your local knowledge really made things go smoothly and efficiently and we were always safe and well looked after. I’m VERY impressed with your ability to deal with border guards, cooks, and others!

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Holly

Holly, Brisbane

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2016-01-25T11:18:28+00:00

Holly, Brisbane

Holly
Thank you Ekno!. This was an excellent trip – your local knowledge really made things go smoothly and efficiently and we were always safe and well looked after. I’m VERY impressed with your ability to deal with border guards, cooks, and others! read more
Thank you so much Ekno Tours for but the chance to see the Buddha’s holy sites with other like minded people, with all the hassle taken out of the trip by your great planning. It was a life changing trip, thank you so much.

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Diana James

Diana, Perth

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2016-01-25T11:06:04+00:00

Diana, Perth

Diana James
Thank you so much Ekno Tours for but the chance to see the Buddha’s holy sites with other like minded people, with all the hassle taken out of the trip by your great planning. It was a life changing trip, thank you so much. read more
I felt the overall trip was a wonderful experience and fulfilled all my expectations as a pilgrim. The places we visited are now etched into my heart as they are meant to be and as a bonus so are the wonderful friends I shared the pilgrimage with . Thank you , all of you.

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John Stretton

John, Sydney

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2016-01-25T11:03:35+00:00

John, Sydney

John Stretton
I felt the overall trip was a wonderful experience and fulfilled all my expectations as a pilgrim. The places we visited are now etched into my heart as they are meant to be and as a bonus so are the wonderful friends I shared the pilgrimage with . Thank you , all of you. read View Full →
Everything you arranged worked like clockwork, I want to thank you again, it was fabulous. I keep thinking about my wonderful trip to India this year and am even thinking of going again next year!!!!

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Noni Gove

Noni, Sydney

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2016-01-25T10:00:09+00:00

Noni, Sydney

Noni Gove
Everything you arranged worked like clockwork, I want to thank you again, it was fabulous. I keep thinking about my wonderful trip to India this year and am even thinking of going again next year!!!! read more
Vikas is a remarkable tour guide. Well organised, fun and with such an inspirational life story! It was great to have him interpret and explain situations, history and culture. I can’t actually speak highly enough of him – one gem of a tour guide.

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Rosa

Rosalyn Johnson, New Zealand

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2018-06-07T07:49:45+00:00

Rosalyn Johnson, New Zealand

Rosa
Vikas is a remarkable tour guide. Well organised, fun and with such an inspirational life story! It was great to have him interpret and explain situations, history and culture. I can’t actually speak highly enough of him – one gem of a tour guide. read more
What a way to finish our trip in India. Thanks Sharon Thrupp and Shiv for organizing everything so perfectly for us. The drivers and guides have always been on time and have treated us with the utmost respect. We enjoyed our stays at the hotels and haveli.
We were overwhelmed walking into the Taj Mahal this morning. Feeling very blessed and lucky to have had this privilege.

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Tracy & Neil Taj Mahal (1)

Tracy & Neil, Australia

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2017-11-07T18:27:13+00:00

Tracy & Neil, Australia

Tracy & Neil Taj Mahal (1)
What a way to finish our trip in India. Thanks Sharon Thrupp and Shiv for organizing everything so perfectly for us. The drivers and guides have always been on time and have treated us with the utmost respect. We enjoyed our stays at the hotels and haveli. We were overwhelmed walking into the Taj Mahal View Full →
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