Explore (01252 883994; explore.co.uk) has an active fortnight in a group of 10-16 from £2,069, including flight and all meals. Room-share option for solos or pay £350 supplement. Departures December to April, and July.
Moscow to Beijing by rail
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the ultimate train ride: seven days across the Siberian and Mongolian steppes. Imaginative Traveller takes small groups on regular passenger trains with stops to see Lake Baikal and camp in a Mongolian ger as well as time in St Petersburg, Moscow and Beijing.
Imaginative Traveller’s (0808 274 5111; imaginative-traveller.com) 20-day Trans-Mongolian Experience starts from £2,545 including some meals; flights extra. Departures April to September.
A walk in Zambia
To get up close to Africa’s wildlife, nothing beats a walking safari. Robin Pope Safaris (robinpopesafaris.net) charges no single supplements at any of its lodges year-round. Join one of their sociable mobile walking safaris in the Luangwa Valley.
Pandaw (020 8326 5620; pandaw. com) has a seven-night Mandalay-Bagan cruise from £1,339 all in, excluding flights. Departures September to May.
Everest close up
A trek through the Nepal Himalaya to Everest Base Camp is high on many bucket lists. Don’t shiver in a tent; opt for convivial lodges. You will have to share a room or a dormitory but you’ll be too exhausted to care. Choose a trip that has a good male/female mix and maximum group size of 16.
Head out on a snowmobile in northern Finland, above