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Crooked Compass

Crooked Compass

Hand-crafted small group journeys designed for immersive experiences. Dive deep into local communities, tribes, and cultures, forging intimate connections and gaining a profound understanding of the destinations you explore.
AGE RANGE: 18-99 Years
BUDGET: Premium
  13 Reviews (4.8/5)
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Soul of Nepal   0 , TAS, Australia, Sep 2023
I had travelled to Nepal before but this trip was a total revelation, showing us the hidden side of the destination and opening up unexplored avenues that we would never have discovered on our own. The Panauti home stay and Neydo monastery stay were definite highlights that will stay with me forever. Thank you Crooked Compass, I can't wait for my next ...read more adventure with you.
Soul of Nepal   0 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2023
It's not often I get to experience the kind of things I have over the last 10 days. Yeah, I travel and love every second of it but sometimes you get really lucky and the journey changes you. I've just returned from Nepal and had the most amazing time thanks to a few special people but the person I really want to thank is Lisa Pagotto-Feruglio. Crooked ...read more Compass are a company not like the rest, she's creating adventures and sharing her secrets through her many itineraries. Thanks again for the opportunities you've given me - from being blessed by monks, bathing elephants, living with the Panauti locals and feeling like apart of their families and exploring the country the way it should be done!
Tanzania Culture and Craters   0 , NSW, Australia, Aug 2023
I just completed the Cultures and Craters tour in Tanzania. It was the most amazing experience. We went into the lives of some of the local tribes of the Kilimanjaro region and got to interact with them using a translator. We got to ask questions and also answer their questions about our lives. The contrast of the tribes is also fascinating being so ...read more different but from the same region. To top it all off a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater where we saw lions, elephants, buffalo, gazelle, hippos, zebras and so many birds. We even spotted a giraffe on the outer rim! I would recommend this tour and Crooked Compass as a company to anyone wanting to take a different view of Africa.
India   0 , NSW, Australia, Jul 2023
We have recently had 12 days in India with a tour organised by Crooked Compass, prior to a family wedding. This was the best thing we could have done to enjoy travelling in such a foreign country. The itinerary included everything we wished for, like walking the streets of old Delhi with Salaam Balaak street kids, visiting Ladli in Jaipur who provide ...read more vocational training to orphans and street kids, spending time with elephants and at a sloth bear sanctuary. Our driver was amazing and became a friend, the tour guides were very knowledgeable and able to share their passion for their cities with us. Loved the colours and the crazy traffic, the history and the people. A highly recommendable experience.
Follow A Different Path   0 , VIC, Australia, Jul 2023
I have just returned from Tanzania after experiencing the most amazing Culture and Craters tour with Lisa from Crooked Compass. It was one of the most unique and fabulous tours I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. Thankyou so much Lisa and congratulations on all your wonderful work, you have definitely won me over #followadifferentpath
Soul of Nepal   0 , NSW, Australia, May 2023
I loved visiting places where there were no other tourists and having the opportunity to see locals in their daily life and having the opportunity to learn from them. Meditating while monks chanted was a powerful experience.
Jordan Rediscovered   1 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2023
Our driver was respectful, friendly and helpful. He also kept an eye out for our general well being in the heat. The site guides he chose for us were all excellent. Our night in the desert was wonderful and our Bedouin driver and guide was thoughtful and very proud to share his knowledge of the desert landscape. Our accommodations were all very acceptable ...read more and well located. Overall it was an excellent tour. Based on my experience in Jordan, October 2018, I definitely can recommend Crooked Compass.
Discover Georgia   0 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
Trekking through the Svaneti region and taking in the majestic glaciers and mountain ranges covered in delicate wildflowers, and ending in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Ushguli, only to be met by ancient stone watch towers and stunning views. Staying with local families and seeing how they have lived for thousands of years... An amazing experience ...read more to be treasured always.
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Hand-crafted Journeys & Immersive Experiences
Hand-crafted Journeys & Immersive Experiences

Exploring the world’s most remote reaches and challenging destinations requires a high level of expertise which can only be learned from first-hand experience. We know because we go.

Our small group tours provide intimate connections allowing you to gain a deeper understanding and emotional connection to the community, tribes, cultures and lands you explore.

In an ever-changing global landscape of rules, regulations and restrictions, rest-assured you are being looked after by those in the know. Given the remote regions that we explore, our passengers safety is our top priority.

Cultural & Emotional Integration
Cultural & Emotional Integration

Crooked Compass strategically and sensitively integrates our trips with the local community, aligning itself with the values of the inhabitants and protecting the authenticity of their culture, while enriching the experience of our travellers.

Our small group explorations are outstanding examples of high-end design that contribute to the emotional experience of the traveller, using exquisite aesthetics and creative ingenuity to offer a new perspective and showcase the richness of its locality.

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Turkey: In the Footsteps of History

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Turkey: In the Footsteps of History

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Bulgaria's Hidden Treasures

23 April, 2024

Bulgaria's Hidden Treasures

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Exploring the Moroccan Wilderness

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Exploring the Moroccan Wilderness

Morocco is a captivating destination where its vivid culture and historical depth converge, presenting a landscape as varied as it is fascinating. Bordered by both sea and sand, its terrain spans from serene coastlines to rugged mountains, and offers an incredibly diverse range of climates...

Crooked Compass FAQ's Frequently asked questions for those considering travelling with Crooked Compass

Where do Crooked Compass trips go?
Crooked Compass offers a unique range of exclusive small group tours personally created by Lisa Pagotto in conjunction with some of the world’s best local operators and guides. We offer small group escorted tours covering Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Latin America.

We...read more believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.
Would a Crooked Compass tour suit me?
Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in...read more sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit.

A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.
What will the accommodation be like?
Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your...read more accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.
What about transport? How do we get around?
Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

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