Thousand Voyages Guided Tours

adventure travel & photography

Destinations: Pakistan ◦◦ India ◦◦Turkey ◦◦ Egypt ◦◦ Bulgaria ◦◦ Mongolia ◦◦ Bangladesh ◦◦ Jordan ◦◦ Russia ◦◦ Turkmenistan ◦◦ Iran ◦◦ Kazakhstan ◦◦ Japan ◦◦ Hong Kong ◦◦ Greece ◦◦ Ukraine ◦◦ Syria ◦◦ Morocco

Type: Photo stories ◦◦ Places ◦◦ Documentary ◦◦ Black and White ◦◦ Fine Art Prints ◦◦ Seascapes ◦◦ Urban

These are small group tours (max. 6-10 people), which I organise to unusual, remote destinations where mass tourism is still in its infancy or does not exist. These are places and regions usually overlooked by tourists, which are very interesting, offering unusual experiences, culture, and knowledge. I design all these tours and itineraries based on my personal travel experience and local knowledge. The emphasis is on the word "local" - local culture, the local way of life, meeting the locals, etc. We also visit exciting monuments, museums, and archaeological sites because they help us understand the context and thus getting closer to the area or region. These tours are very similar to my travel style - I always want to get as close to the locals as possible, explore the area in detail and spend enough time to feel the place.

Who leads the tours

I (Pavel Gospodinov) lead these tours. I am the author and I take full responsibility! I also use local guides that I know personally, have travelled with, or are recommended by travellers, friends, and colleagues that I trust 100%. Having reliable local support on the ground is essential!

What about the accommodation?

I usually choose standard accommodation (three-star hotels), guest houses, B&B or even homestay where possible. We are not into luxurious four or five-star hotels as they are not the primary purpose for this kind of travel. Still, I think proper accommodation is essential to rest appropriately.

What do you eat?

Food is an essential part of these tours. We always try local food and use local products where possible. Very often, these tours become a kind of culinary adventure.

Health/Safety/Insurance?

Health and safety are a priority. I have a degree in medicine (MD). Although I do not practice medicine regularly, I use the knowledge.

Since the travel agency "Thousand Voyages" Ltd is registered in Bulgaria (EU), it has compulsory liability insurance. We do offer personal travel and health insurance service depending on the chosen destination. The options vary, so please contact us to learn more.

Do these tours require getting out of the comfort zone?

The primary purpose of these programs is not to get out of your comfort zone at any cost.  They are not for people who are looking for extreme experiences. That said, there will be moments when we will get out of our comfort zones (like sleeping in yurts or being escorted by police in Pakistan), but that will be for a reason, only if it's necessary to get to a particular place or have an unusual experience. We do not do things because of extremism itself. As a tour leader, I assess the risks, considering the concrete circumstances and the specific situation.

Booking/Payment/Cancellation/Travel Documents?

All payments and paperwork are done by my travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd. Please contact me for more details. We accept standard bank transfers (Revolut Business) as well as payments via PayPal.

Do you help with visas?

Visa requirements change frequently. Once you contact us about a tour, we will provide reliable information about visa requirements. We work with services such as iVisa or VisaHQ, who can help with the visas you need. In certain cases, we can also provide visa support.

Can you book flights?

Yes, we do!

Will we have time for taking pictures?

Travel and documentary photography is my great passion.

Although these tours are not photography workshops, we will spend time taking photos. I am happy to share my knowledge and photography techniques and take extra time for photo sessions, especially in spectacular locations with great photo opportunities. After each tour, I share the images with all participants. Please find out more about my photography here.