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I remember 6 years ago, discovering "The Great South American Journey" operated by Gap adventures (now G Adventures), a 5 month trip around the continent (although essentially a bunch of their smaller tours joined together).

Then this year, I found this: a 43 week tour of Africa, covering something like 28 countries in that time.

I was wondering - two parts, what's the longest official tour offered in the world in terms of time travelling, and which official tour covers the most number of countries?

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Wow! I did the trans-Africa route back in the early 80's and it was only half that long! –  Loren Pechtel Jan 29 '12 at 4:53
    
what route did that entail back then?? –  Mark Mayo Jan 29 '12 at 9:36
    
Basically, South Africa -> Kenya -> Nigeria -> Algeria -> Morocco -> Spain -> London. (Obviously that list isn't complete, I'm just giving the basic turning points.) –  Loren Pechtel Jan 30 '12 at 0:25
    
I heard back in 2006 or so that companies were starting up some round-the-world cruises. I don't know if they actually did them, but that might be interesting to look into. –  Ginamin Jan 31 '12 at 3:07
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@MarkMayo: it may also lead to an enlightenment to what one's real goal in life is (rather than just M-F, 9-5) –  jberger Feb 2 '12 at 16:00
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A two-year tour of World Heritage sites (962 places) is now available, offered by a British luxury company. By the way, it costs about 1 million pounds. It claims to cover all the sites if they are safely accessible.

The Daily Mail lists some of the stops.

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I was about to add that one.... –  Washu Mar 21 '13 at 15:20
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Ozbus offer a 29 week tour of South America, starting and finishing in Quito.

http://www.oz-bus.com/oz-bus-south-america/oz-bus-south-america.aspx

Update: Ozbus have sadly ceased trading as of april 2012

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I applaud those who can spend 7 months travelling. –  Karlson Feb 11 '12 at 15:32
    
Website appears to be offline. –  MastaBaba Aug 6 '12 at 20:23
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Yeah they went bankrupt in April, apparently. –  zeocrash Aug 7 '12 at 9:40
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This Russian company offers a world-wide cruise for the 140 days, from New Zealand to Norway (being honest, there are no countries from both Americas :).

There are over 100 cities in 31 countries being visited during this cruise.

Places are from $77,270 to $261,070 per person, trip is being made on Seven Seas Voyager.

I think search for another world-wide tours by ship is very perspective.

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while it's not as long in length of time, it does sure have quite the country count, so awarding the bounty for that. –  Mark Mayo Feb 6 '12 at 11:46
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Sydney - London by bus was the longest i could think of, but it's only 92 days and crosses 18 countries.

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Would going on a cargo ship count as a tour? In that case there is a tour operator offering various tours, of which their offers on oceania, are quite long. One example being

Rotterdam-Dunkerque-Le Havre-New York-Savannah-Kingston-Manzanillo-Panama Canal-Papeete-Laukota-Noumea-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Tauranga-Napier-Panama Canal-Manzanillo-Savannah-Philadelphia-Tilbury-Rotterdam, duration ca. 84 days

Especially since they offer intermediate stops, you can prolong this "tour" for quite some time

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UKTOOZ appears to offer a 28 Week London to Sydney trip

http://uktooz.com/

A 28 week in-depth overland expedition from London to Sydney visiting the highlights and natural wonders of over 23 countries including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia!

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G Adventures still has an 82 day trip.

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Since we don't really care about the mode of transportation:

143 nights: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/VOY121024H/Itinerary.aspx

115 nights: Silver Sea World Cruise

115 nights: Holland America World

At one point there was a 335 night cruise but as far as I can tell that company is now out of business 2010.

Had to add this

Around the world by Freighters:

125 days starting from Houston

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One day, while travelling online with google maps, I zoomed onto Ushuaia and got caught by a ship named Peace Boat.

This ship takes passengers for cruises around the world that last about 100 days.

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hah, I was speaking to someone recently whose sister just finished a stint on that. Well spotted sighting! –  Mark Mayo Mar 15 '12 at 21:19
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MadVenture Travel is now offering:

LONDON TO SYDNEY OVERLAND (via Africa & central Asian silk road)

map of the crazy route that they're doing

which promises to be a 64 week, 61 country odyssey!!

From their site:

A 64 week in-depth overland expedition from London to Sydney travelling through Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and Australasia visiting highlights and natural wonders of 61 countries including UK, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

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