Upcoming Trips

Join us for a small group adventure!

Across The US & Canada

The SouthEast


We’re passionate about great small group travel…and we think you will be, too.

As a family-owned and operated business, we know the power of small. We craft immersive travel experiences that capture big exploration on a small scale. Click here to learn about our unique travel style, or select a category and let the exploration begin!

the small group (6-14 travelers)

warm, experienced guides

boutique inns & top-notch dining

a relaxed travel pace

comfortable transportation

audiences with local experts

the rich culture that make a place tick

What People Are Saying

“I have lived in South Carolina for 15 years and didn’t know about many of the places you highlighted. I can’t wait to visit some of the towns and special sites you covered.”

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“Explore Up Close provides the ultimate travel experience with a boutique, personalized touch. A mix of learning, exploring, relaxation, as well as great company from our fellow travelers and guides!”

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“I’ve traveled extensively and have never had a trip that felt as intimate and custom-tailored as this. The planning, flexibility, and attention to detail were second to none.”

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“The level of professionalism, our guides’ extensive knowledge of French history, their ability to tailor outings to our individual interests — I could go on and on. Explore Up Close provided us with a top-shelf trip of a lifetime. Thank you, Caroline and Chumley!”

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“If you want to travel, but need an expert to plan the perfect trip for you, I highly recommend this father-daughter team! Not only did we enjoy some beautiful cities and landscapes, we learned so much history. They are memory makers!”

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“You certainly know your stuff. Being a hiker, and new to South Carolina, this information is a treasure trove.”

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