Luxury Tour Operator Combines Humanitarian and Conservation Initiatives

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New York City-based tour operator Epic Road has created a new genre of travel bridging the gap between luxury experiential travel and humanitarian and conservation initiatives. The company designs one-of-a-kind itineraries that blend luxury, immersion and adventure with unique access to transformative experiences in Africa and the Arctic.

Longtime friends and global travelers, Mark Lakin and Marc Chafiian work with the shared philosophy that travel can be more than a lifestyle choice; it can be a touch-point for awareness and transformation. The founders’ extensive travel experience is matched only by their passion for their work and a commitment to philanthropy and conservation.

Epic Road’s ethos is to inspire, raise awareness, and captivate travelers through private access to experiences that can change perceptions, evoke true empathy and inspire action. While meaningful changes take place on the ground, Epic Road believes that the most important transformation occurs in the traveler’s mind causing a ripple effect that can last a lifetime.

Epic Road’s bespoke itineraries are fundamentally rooted in luxury and adventure while offering access to a variety of thought-provoking experiences. These include immersions with nomadic tribes, interactions with rare and endangered wildlife, and exposure to humanitarian and conservation initiatives including malaria prevention, geo-tagging leatherback turtles, collaring and tracking rhinos and lions, and distributing solar lights to families without access to electricity. These unique experiences are accomplished working side-by-side with hand-selected conservationists, scientists and humanitarian organizations.

“We believe that only through exposure to the planet’s great jungles, beaches, species and tribes, will one truly appreciate their majesty and value their preservation,” said Mark Lakin. “From immersion comes inspiration, and from inspiration comes transformation,” adds Marc Chafiian.

Epic Road’s commitment to curating exclusive accommodations and experiences combined with its industry expertise allows for a consistently high level of individualized client service that reflects the standards of discerning global travelers. Setting them apart from the competition are their exceptional partner relationships with some of the most renowned hotel operators, destination management companies, respected charities and social entrepreneurs – each of which are personally vetted by Epic Road. From multi-generational family trips, romantic escapes and honeymoons to corporate incentive travel and philanthropic endeavors, Epic Road plays host to a range of travel needs and dreams.

Epic Road is one of the nation’s fastest growing tour operators. Blending big operator experience with boutique efficiency, the New York-based company’s expertise is primarily in travel to Africa and the Arctic with plans to expand into Asia. For more information on Epic Road or to view sample itineraries, please visit or call 646.580.3050.

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