What People Say About our Tours
Trip was great! [Gorillas & Masai Mara from Kigali in Rwanda through Uganda to Nairobi in Kenya]. Only glitch was the airport pickup. Oh, and apparently the hotel phone number on the joining information was wrong. Luckily someone who works at the airport helped organize a taxi for me, along with pre-payment.
The gorillas were amazing! Well worth the hours slogging through mud. Because of where they were located, we were much closer than is usually allowed - at one point about 3 feet! Some amazing photos with my iPhone! We were very lucky in our safaris - lion, leopard, cheetah, white and black rhino - all up close. Really enjoyed the people aspects as well - visiting with the Batwa (pygmies), the original people of the rainforests that they were removed from and the Masai village, meeting Helen who rescues young girls from FGM, standing up to government, police and families.
A couple of recommendations:
- sleep mats were really thin - the camp cots used in Botswana would have been better, or thicker mats
- the first ‘campsite’ was essentially in the parking lot of a hotel.
- wouldn’t recommend the extra boat trip to the source of the Nile - not worth the money
- I think the extra nights at the joining hotel we’re expensive give the hotel
Overall, another great trip - we even had a bit of added adventure - our truck slid into a ditch on a muddy road while trying to pass a truck that was stopped on the road. A tractor finally pulled us out - adventure travel at its finest!
I enjoyed the reverse itinerary. Most on the trip agreed that they wouldn’t have wanted to do it the other way around.
Rae - Toronto, ON - October 2019
The connections [to Botswana] all went well. We had loads of time in Johannesburg. It only took us an hour and ten minutes to get through and we were taking our time, plus 2 airport staff sent us in the completely wrong direction. The rest of the group came on the Air Botswana flight and that would have been lots of time. Oh well, live and learn.
Trip was good. The wildlife was amazing. Only missed seeing Rhino and Cheetah. The other 10 people in our group were great, all English and Welsh, and everyone got along. The staff of 4 were great also. The cook kept us well fed. The guide Brian was incredible and knew everything about everything. Although there were many times he charged in after wildlife with the truck rather aggressively and would end up scaring it away or deep under bushes. He said he was just trying to get close for us but I think they got too close sometimes. I guess we’re just use to regulations here in Canada about wildlife viewing.
The camping style pushed my limits, but we did get to experience things that I don’t think people staying in lodges would get. So grateful to be home and have my own bathroom and shower though!
Thanks for everything.
Paula - Toronto, ON - September 2019
It [my tour of Turkey] was excellent! We had an amazing tour guide and a really good group of people...all from England. I would highly recommend this tour. It had everything....history, ruins, nature, beaches, nightlife. Stayed in some nice hotels with nice pools. It was a fabulous holiday!
Karen Marie - Toronto, ON - September 2019
Amazing, would be an understatement. Mind-blowing, awe-inspiring.
Valleys. Mountains. Rivers. Incredible water falls. Sunny each day. 10°-15°C. One day of 17°. Perfect. Wonderful guide who had good sense of humour, and spoke excellent English. Seems all Icelanders speak good English. Excellent food, fish and lamb. Beef? Not so good. Poor hamburgers. Rotten shark with schnapps. Yech! All accommodations excellent. I had a single room after all. Three couples, four single women and me. Good to be the odd one.
Thanks for arranging all, so well.
Calvin - Toronto, ON - July 2019
The Poland & Kaliningrad tour was great. It was a really packed itinerary with a lot of diverse things to see. Couldn’t get away from WWII anywhere. Warsaw has greatly improved since I last saw in in 1989. Kaliningrad was largely bulldozed and rebuilt in the Soviet style, although the territory is still largely Prussian in look, and the city has many old buildings once you get out of the downtown core. Then Gdansk was rebuilt in the old style and is one of the most beautiful “old’ cities I have seen. A mix of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and other Baltic cities. Food was great, weather was fantastic. It took 3 hrs 20 minutes to cross the border each time between Poland and
Chris - Toronto, ON - June 2019
In Uzbekistan, a wonderful trip so far in spite of the fact that Yahoo etc etc blocked in Turkmenistan. Fantastic local guide in Turkmenistan, good group and our Exodus guide is experienced and organized.
Felicity - Toronto, ON - June 2019
The trip was excellent. Your arrangements were excellent. The guide in St Petersburg was excellent. A little abrupt but she was very knowledgeable and always on time.
St Petersburg is worth a visit if combined with visits to other cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, etc.
Aras - Toronto, ON - June 2019
As always, I received great advice. It was another fun trip [Cycling the Baltics].
Brenda - Toronto, ON - June 2019
Everything went mostly well on both the Egyptian and Jordanian segments of the trip. In Egypt visiting the Pyramids at Giza, the tombs at the Valley of the Kings, and the Ramses 2 Temples at Abu Simbel were the highlights. Also enjoyed our small-boat sailing evening on the Nile at Aswan and our Nubian and Cairo home visits. As you are aware, travelling in Egypt can be a bit hectic but the must-see aspects of the historical sites make it all worthwhile. Our guide was good, very enthusiastic.
Jordan is a more organized country: they actually have lanes on their roads. Highlights were Wadi Rum and Petra as you might expect. The guide wasn’t the best, seemed to be always tired and was struggling with having to fast during Ramadan. Made a couple of mistakes related to the trip itinerary.
We spent 3 days in Jerusalem and 2 days in Tel Aviv on our own which was a nice add-on to complete our Middle East adventure.
Frank & Anda - Toronto, ON - May 2019
It was one of the most interesting trip I’ve ever been,one small country with a little bit of everything.All kind of religions in one pot,lots of churches lots of history,lots of things to see.The down side (and not even the high season yet)the crowds!Most of the country was ok,we even visited nice places where not many people were around, however Bethlehem the place where Jesus was born,and specially Jerusalem,the old city it was crazy, milions of people (basically free entrance almost everywhere)Anyplace connected to Jesus,lineups,and lineups for hours Interesting thing as the country it is divided into Israel itself and Palestine,it’s like two different world, specially the West Bank witch has three zones itself .You make a turn and you are in a different place.Check points,Walls.Different soldiers, police,different people
Unlucky with the weather again,very nice and sunny ,even 26 at the Sea of Galilei and the Dead Sea ,however it changed drastically as soon we arrived to Jerusalem, Cold monsoon like rain for two days,specially when we had the walking tour in the Old City of Jerusalem, got soaking wet by noon ruining the all day, missed a lot of things,from photographic point of view was i nightmare keep the camera dry ,the lens got foggy all the time we got into the places we visited.They have not seen this kind of weather for ages,water flooding those narrow streets.As always should have book an extra day. It was a great adventure!
Adalbert - Toronto, ON - March 2019
Emily - Halifax, NS - December 2018
[commenting on Cycling in Sri Lanka]
The trip [in the Greek Islands] was fantastic. The tour was wonderful, Thanos our tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful and fun! All the hotels were great especially the apartment in Athens. We will definitely work with you again for any other trips. Thank you so much for everything. This trip exceeded our expectations.
Vanda & Tim - Westlake Village, CA - October 2018
[My parents] had a GREAT time [in Paris, Ukraine, Vienna and London] and thank you so much for your help putting it all together.
Everything was fantastic. Special mention to the one on one tour guides in both Kiev and Lviv. Both guides were excellent.
They also mentioned how nice the Hotel Swiss in Lviv was (all accommodations were great).
Roman - Burlington, ON - October 2018
I’m in Shiraz [Iran].... love it!!! Small group - 4. Great people and we get along famously. Our guide Miriam is fantastic. Very knowledgeable and she’s spoiling us with many extra activities and fantastic food. No dieting on this trip! [sent while on tour]
Carmen - Toronto, ON - October 2018
We had an awesome experience at Explora Atacama. There is so much to see in their area and I think we saw every thing we wanted to. The Guides are wonderful and knowledgeable. They only take a max of 6 people per outing. The food is gourmet fresh and a wide variety. We were given a huge suite with a view of a smoking volcano.
Jean - Huntsville, ON - October 2018
Great experience for my first [cycling] trip. I really enjoyed the country [Greece], people,food and wine. The hotels that were selected for this trip were also very good. I struggled with the many uphills, but luckily my husband and the support van were always nearby to assist. It was definitely more hills that I could manage at this point.
In addition, the guides on this trip were FANTASTIC. They provided informative historical information and detours to some great sites, organized excellent provision of lunches and snacks and ensured our safety on some difficult climbs and roads. They knew all the corners and short cuts to allow us the assurance of a safe ride. Honestly, the guides made this trip!!!
Anna - Toronto, ON - June 2018
This [Greece cycling trip] was one of the best trips we have had. The guides were phenomenal, scenery great and accommo-dations and food excellent. Thanks for your help in setting it up for us. I would put the bike trip high on your recommendation list.
Ross - Toronto, ON - June 2018
The trip was amazing! The tour was great.
I wouldn’t hesitate to do another one. Bhutan was everything I expected (hopefully I’ll make it back there one day!)
Rebecca - Toronto, ON - April 2018
The trip [to Sudan] was one of the best ever, if not the best. Absolute isolation in the desert. Different landscape every day.
Vlad & Barbora - Toronto, ON - February 2018
The trip was really great – a lot of driving (although less than the itinerary indicated), but great variety with the desert and game drives and Vic Falls. The guide was very good, and the accommodation was really unexpectedly good – charming lodges and hotels with good food. I didn’t think Namibia would be so well developed, so I was pleasantly surprised. We did a bunch of activities which were really fun. Those are the highlights!
Debbie - Toronto, ON - February 2018
In one word, [Sri Lanka] was fantastic. The operator did a very good job organizing the trip. The stops were all interesting, varied and challenging. The pace was just right and the group I joined were all delightful people.
David - Sells, AZ - January 2018
Really wanted to thank you for all your efforts in planning and coordinating a trip of a lifetime [to Galapagos]. We had a phenomenal time and this could not have been done without you. So thank you for eveything you did.
Jeff & Shazia - Toronto, ON - August 2017
We loved seeing the less travelled parts of Newfoundland and Labrador. The pod of whales our boat tour eased into, the caplin that we stopped to see spawning on the beach, the glorious vistas that we had opportunity to experience the music and kitchen parties that we enjoyed. The willingness of the local Newfoundlanders to share their perspectives on life on the rock.
Sherry - Toronto, ON - August 2017
I could have walked weeks more [on the Portuguese Camino]. I didn't want to stop such was the enjoyment of the walk. I felt like Forrest Gump and just wanted to keep on going!
Stephen - Toronto, ON - June 2017
We thought we’d let you know that we have returned safe and sound from our 8 days in Sicily! It was a very good trip – 16 persons in total – most of whom were from England and the group turned out to be a very cohesive and friendly group, which added to the enjoyment of the trip. There certainly is a lot to see in Sicily – and never enough time to see it all!
We want to commend the tour leader, Milena Iacona. She was a most helpful and knowledgeable person, and did her utmost to make the days interesting and enjoyable. Milena encouraged Percy to do the Mt. Etna climb which he did and which he thoroughly enjoyed! Percy did not do the walk along the coast but I did – and it was good!
We also want to thank you for your advice and help in getting us organized for the trip!
Percy & Elsa - Toronto, ON - June 2017
It was a wonderful exposure to the beauty and history of Jordan. It is a interesting, friendly and safe country! Petra was amazing - more than expected; the desert was fantastic; baptism site and Mount Nebo spiritual; lots of hiking; The hiking was outstanding - Dana Biosphere, El Mujib and Petra. VERY friendly and welcoming people. La Loconda and Petra Moon [hotels] had great character - very nice.
Judy & Jocelyn - Toronto, ON - May 2017
We are back from a simply fantastic trip [to the Galapagos & Amazon]. It was significantly better than I had expected and was one of the best all-around trips I have done. From baby seal lions wanting to lay on your feet and play with you, to finding a wild tarantula and holding it, to catching and eating a piranha for supper, everything was fantastic. Thanks for one of the best trips yet.
Jason - Dover Centre, ON - March 2017
We want to thank you for planning the most amazing trip [to Galapagos]! You took care of the big details and the small ones too. We saw such beautiful sites and wildlife. We were able to enjoy each other's company and everything turned out perfectly. I can't say enough good things about your work. You are so good at what you do. Thank you again for creating a wonderful itinerary and beautiful experiences that will last forever in our memories.
Nina & family, Mississauga ON - DEC 2016
Our group of ten just returned from Peru and the Amazon, a truly great adventure for all of us. The ambitious mix of historical and eco sites along with culinary experiences kept us on our toes, interested and entertained throughout our journey. Your local guides were informative and graciously accommodating.
Norm - Los Angeles, CA - April 2015
Overall it was a wonderful trip [to Greece and Turkey]. We were spoiled on the ship: food, amenities and lectures. The excursions were well timed to avoid crowds and were well executed. The hotel room in Athens was better than in Istanbul; both were well situated for walking to tourist sites. The guide in Istanbul was knowledgeable and helpful. Credit card use was widespread. We probably needed to carry less cash. Thank you for making all the arrangements and answering our questions on the way.
Allan - Toronto, ON - November 2019
I agree fully with all that Allan said [above]. The only thing I would add is thanking you for booking our airplane tickets at the window and the aisle; the flights were fully booked but this arrangement gave us the option of sitting together or keeping the preferred seats.
Doug - Toronto, ON - November 2019
I’m back [from Mongolia], though it is hard to be… this was one of the best trips I’ve ever done, and to be honest I can’t say with certainty why. Not only was the country beautiful, the guide great, but it was somehow more relaxing than any I’ve done before. And, on the whole, by far the best group I’ve travelled with. It has been a week now since we parted ways, and I still talk to a number of them every day.
Jason - Dover Centre, ON - September 2019
The tour [Five Stans of the Silk Road] is fabulous and there is a lot to cover on those hot days (42-44C) but the border crossing from Turkmenistan into Uzbekistan stands out as the most arduous of all and by that time, there were a few of us already suffering from stomach troubles which aggravated the experience. I think I can safely say that with the exception of one Aussie who seemed to be immune to whatever was ailing us, the remaining 15 plus our tour guide, were ill at one time or another, but the worst was one lady from England who asked to be flown back after about 5 days. We had a lady who was vegetarian and found it very difficult to cope; so it is safe to say that except for salads & noodles, remaining vegetarian will be challenging on this tour especially when we only had an hour stop for lunch at most.
The sites, history, landscapes, food, mountains, rivers & lakes were all magnificent but their people were the lands greatest asset. With Kathy we would smile and try to communicate even with sign language complementing them on how beautiful their children or their costumes were and they would smile back and even were eager to have their picture taken with us. To them tourism is a new concept and we were welcomed everywhere. At a museum visit, I was even interviewed for their tv news in Uzbekistan and a day later while resting in the shade from the sun, I was again approached by a group of about 16 teenagers studying and wanting to practice their English who had scripted questions & taped me with their phones ... it was an awesome experience.
Among the highlights: Ashgabat - the city of white marble; Samarkand - the city of most colourfull madrassas; Darvaza - Door to Hell; Iskanderkul Lake - a lovely break from touring; Fann Mountains beauty; fields of cotton, potatoes, corn, wild flowers, etc.; Tien Shan mountains magnificent drive up to Son Kul Lake and the yurt camp ... and so much more. I must say, that the tour, exception for Turkmenistan & part of Uzbekistan who make numerous references to it, falls short on the 'Silk Road' narrative but it is an adventure that will remain among the highlights of my life.
Aida - Calgary AB - July 2019
Everything [for our family of 15 to Amalfi] was great. Another amazing family adventure. Renato La Monica, our guide, became part of the family, adjusting the itinerary to please everyone. He also ensured [my wife's] gluten-free dairy-free diet was observed & delicious.
Bill - Toronto, ON - July 2019
Great trip in Madeira – really enjoyed it. We were 15 in the group, the guide was good, nice scenery, food, hotels were good, etc. And as a bonus, I had my own room without paying a single supplement.
I also enjoyed Lisbon and Porto!
The only thing I would change is taking the train/bus from Lisbon to Porto, instead of the plane. The plane was delayed a bit, and I had to be at airport 2 hours before the flight, so it would have been less time taking train/bus.
Marie-Joëlle - Montreal PQ - June 2019
The trip was really good - lots of incredible experiences. Hiking through the Alps was awesome.
My only real criticism is that many of the hikes had to be adjusted because of unseasonable weather. While I fully appreciate that we can't control the weather, I think that the service provider should have flagged the conditions a day or two before.
The guide did a great job of adapting to the conditions and ensuring that we had the best experience possible.
Scott - St. John's - June 2019
Queen Beatriz [vessel in Galapagos] was great, company fabulous, staff on-board beyond words, just exceptional. Everything on the trip went really well, thank you for your hard work. In Galapagos snorkelling is a must- first time for me and it was fabulous. Seas were calm and I did not get seasick.
Violet - Toronto, ON, May 2019
The trip [hiking the Amalfi Coast] was great! Highly recommended.
Our guide Severio was opinionated, attentive and knowledgeable - everything you want in an Italian guide. Pasta-making lessons, visits to Pompei and a mozzarella factory, and plenty of pit stops for lattes and Prosecco made the trip. I had lovely travel companions, mostly from the UK, who kept me entertained with their tales of life under May's precarious government. Most of the group was in their 50s and 60s. The hotel 2TORRI was clean, the breakfasts generous, and the family and staff who run it were exceptionally warm and professional.
Naples was a highlight... a filthy but vibrant city in which I felt very safe. Cristiano, who runs Nova Nova, was extremely helpful. He connected me with his driver so I was good for getting to and from the airport without hassle.
My only comment is that the trip is described as easy-to-moderate. The hikes are definitely in the moderate range as there is a lot of climbing on uneven paths... and you need walking poles for the vast majority of the walks we did.
Lisa - Toronto, ON - January 2019
[Iran is] Fantastic!!!! Tell everyone it’s fascinating and very safe. And cheap Their currency is very undervalued. I spent only US$200 on food and souvenirs. $300 with tips. 0.50 for a fresh squeezed pomegranate juice. Less than $5 for a big dinner.
My guide (Maryam) is fantastic. Her English is perfect and she’s a history buff. She stayed with us all day and night. She took us to the optional sites and ate all meals with us.
Carmen - Toronto, ON - October 2018
We had a lovely time [in a game lodge outside of Kruger, South Africa]!!! The lodge was very comfortable and accommodating! Food was delicious! Our trips out into the bush (we had 8) were exciting and we saw many animals – the Big 5 as well as many more! Our guide did a great job of tracking as well as getting us to exciting spots to watch. Understanding that you take your chances on seeing animals, as they come and go, we had some great viewing!
Liz & Janet - Toronto, ON - October 2018
The guide Olena is awesome and I would highly recommend her for other tours. She makes the history of Kiev come alive and is extremely knowledgeable about the history. A wonderful experience…. [sent while on tour]
Oksana - Oakville - September 2018
The Galapagos is a magical place and the boat you put us on was fantastic. I was exhausted every night (in a good way) after the activities of the day. I did everything I wanted to on the trip and left feeling completely satisfied. Also, the hotel you booked for us in Quito was ideal, nice clean rooms, great restaurant and right near the town square. Great vacation!!
Floyd & Wendy - Durham, NC - May 2018
[The sailing trip in Cuba] was very good and well organised. Nothing was rushed, but there was enough activity to not get bored. There were 5 people plus 2 crew on our boat. I don't think it will appeal to thrill seekers, but I had a lovely time.
Amanda - Ajax, ON - April 2018
[The Antarctica cruise was] excellent in every way…fantastic organization of everything, upbeat, the team really works together great to have some young Canadians leading. Lots of interesting people on board. We had fantastic weather, made all landings, camping was a good experience because it was a beautiful evening, Penguin chicks, lots of seals, whales, icebergs bigger than I ever imagined to get close to. I didn’t expect to go so far in the Zodiacs. They were looking for the wildlife and working together so we all saw as much as possible. I enjoyed the historian’s stories and info too. I did everything except the polar plunge - I intended to do it but I got a bad cold just at the end and couldn’t risk it. The facilities and food on board were excellent.
Marion - Owen Sound - January 2018
Trip was fabulous. I'm still in awe of both Antarctica and South Georgia. The scenery in Antarctica was spectacular and the wildlife in South Georgia was fascinating. Completely different experiences. Ship and staff were great, as well. I really appreciate all your help.
Susan - Orlando, FL - January 2018
The entire trip was phenomenal, starting with [on my private 3-day tour of Lima] being met as soon as I disembarked at the Lima airport (plane was 4 hours late, but they were there for me), to having a great driver in Lima, particularly given the traffic, to having a friendly female tour guide with whom I felt very comfortable. The Atemporal hotel was also very nice and personable, as well as being in a very safe area for me to walk to and from dinner. I think I forgot to mention in the survey, Pachacamac was much more impressive than I expected.
Local restaurant food crawl was a great introduction to Lima and the guide; there was a great balance between time with guide and driver and time on my own. Driver was very capable and I was never concerned with his skills. As a female, group of one, it was nice to have a female guide!
The Nat Geo trip [of Peru] was absolutely amazing .... a great group of people on the tour, lovely hotels, great logistics, and lots of hiking and learning. Birds and free activities at Machu Picchu hotel were phenomenal; boutique type hotels, particularly in Cusco, but also everywhere else, were luxurious; weaving demonstration by Nilda at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco was very informative. Lunch at local home on Lake Titicaca helped illustrate culture. Night walk and river cruise in rain forest showed a different side of nature.
Arleen - Toronto, ON, August 2017
The tour leader was from Uzbekistan. He had incredible knowledge of the country, culture and history. Organization of the tour was excellent. The organized itinerary was comprehensive and left little to nothing additional that needed to be seen during any free time. The tour leader provided the group with all logistical information needed, kept everyone supplied with water to avoid dehydration and made dinner suggestions that almost everyone joined in with.
There were a couple of long driving days on sometimes rough roads which could be a challenge. Because of the distances covered, this was unavoidable. The tour leader did make sure we had sufficient stops and breaks for coffee or lunch, or sightseeing along the way to break up the journey.
This is a historical tour crossing the silk road, so the focus was cultural and historical sights anywhere from 500 to 2500 years old. It is great for someone who loves history and cultural diversity. What is really interesting and unique here is the mix of middle eastern, central Asian and Russian cultures.
Chris - Toronto, ON - August 2017
We loved the mix of hiking and biking [in Ireland], the super food, the actual places the hiking and biking took us to and the feel we got for the culture.
Mike & Christine - Guelph, ON, August 2017
We had a great trip...amazing in every way!!! Thanks so much for all the organizing you did for us. We never missed a beat. Loved seeing the animals in their natural habitat. The food was great especially since we were on a boat. Amazing!! Snorkelling was great. Hikes were wonderful but it was very hot, so we hiked early in the morning.
The second part of our trip was in Peru with local guides. We were treated very well and guides were always on time. They all had agendas but were willing to amend them to suit our wants. All were very kind and caring. The hotel we stayed in at Machu Picchu was wonderful and the upgrade just topped it off!!!😄. Thanks again.
Angela and JP - Sydenham ON - April 2017
I enjoyed the opportunity to learn in more details the history of the three Baltic countries as well as visit sites which were relevant and part of more recent history.
Edith - Toronto - June 2017
The trip went very well. Japan was a great experience. Neil and I had a wonderful time. Our trip leader, Aosaki Ryoko was impressive. Hats off to this amazing woman.
Neil & Ana, Toronto, ON - April 2017
Columbia was beautiful.
We stayed at a nice hotel with a pool for a couple of days before the tour. It was next to the beach but that was filled with local vendors always bugging us; and not too clean. Went to renowned Playa Blanca on a day trip. What a rough road there!!! Beach was very nice as advertised but too many shacks on the beach built up to the edge of the water so that you could barely walk on the sand. What a shame.
Fantastic tour guide. Cartagena old town was fun to explore. The national park was a cooker, but a good hike there too, and great waves to play in!
And Barichara was where our tour guide was from! So he gave us a personal tour of his gorgeous home on the hillside (along with tea)! And also of his mom's nice hotel. (along with juice). Too bad we didn't have our swimsuits along for a dip in the pool. The views were fantastic. Hiking was great.
The small cobblestone colonial town was fun to explore. Rafting was great excitement. A bit too much. It had rained buckets the couple of days before, so the class 2 river became class 3.5!!! We felt very safe with the tour group they used. We cautiously got onto the raft, and within 10 sec. a fellow traveller was ejected into the rapids!! He was white faced, and bobbed up and under the water. It made us all very nervous. The expert kayaker got him out of the whirlpool he got trapped in, and ushered him back to the raft. We made it the rest of the way along the river with beautiful scenery and without incident. It was boiling hot so we didn't mind being splashed with huge waves! (just didn't want to be swept in!).
Bogota was a lot cooler.
Not much english spoken anywhere. We really need to brush up on our spanish!!!
We had an excellent war & peace tour, graffiti tour, and look at the gold museum. It was good to see.
Lena & Andrew - Toronto, ON - October 2019
We had a totally amazing trip [to Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique] and all your recommendations were perfect. The guides were all wonderful everywhere. Mompaty was with us for eight days in Botswana - and with so much experience and good vibes we saw and heard all he could show us!
There is more we can tell you, if and when you have time. Thank you so very much. We have memories that are unique and celebrations continued for a month!!
Chris & Stephen, Toronto, ON - October 2019
[On Western Balkans Uncovered] Intrepid [was] Overall consistent with descriptions - 3- 4 star accommodations (exceptional Inn in Berat with great homemade breakfast and great location; also Ohrid great location; Skopye location ok but weakest accommodation although within 3-star designation)
Transportation very good for long hauls some problems in Skopje with vans without seat belts and poor air conditioning en route to Dubrovnik
Itinerary [was] Overall pretty good- support in Prizren poor - unofficial guide used, pleasant but poor delivery and not great source of information i.e. not tuned into what is relevant - other guides excellent i.e., Tirana, Kruja, Berat
Guide [was] pleasant, warm and friendly, attentive to basic needs but poorly informed re; local options, information on demographics, cities, etc., often didn't know basics like population, names of significant cities etc and did not offer to lookup information following queries from group - on the contrary, was quite defensive at times pointing out (frequently) that her job was essentially co-ordination and not detailed information. She noted that this was her first independent tour of the area (although her home is Croatia and thus the area familiar) and that she was lacking in experience, but unfortunately she also presented as insensitive to feedback. Although I traveled to Viet Nam many years ago, my experience with the Intrepid guide was quite different and very positive so I suspect an inexperienced guide is unusual.
I hope this is helpful in your role recommending trips - overall the itinerary was very active, the days full and I feel that I achieved my goal of some understanding of the history, geography, and culture of the area as well as recent events and current political status.
Patricia - Caledon, ON - September 2019
I just wanted to tell you what a fabulous vacation I had on my Machu Picchu tour and the Amazon Riverboat tour with G Adventures. After Machu Picchu, I didn't see how anything could top that, but I absolutely loved the Amazon. We fished for piranha (I caught one!), met local villagers (including a shamana), swam in the river, rode in dugout canoes, saw lots of dolphins and went on several nature walks. What a marvelous experience both tours were, and my tour mates were wonderful.
Sandra - Victora, BC - September 2019
High compliments to both Scenic Air and Wilderness Air [in Namibia]. They run a complicated schedule among the game camps(...) flying is the only way to see Namibia.
Sossusvlei. High compliments to you on the selection of accommodations, across the board. The NEST was exceptional. (...)
Etosha. Highly recommend Safarihoek. (...) its location is what makes it special. It sits on a hill and you can see a long way out over the plains. (...) there are LOTS of animals there. We saw everything except cats, including both white and black rhinos.
Desert Rhino. This is a tough one and is totally attitude dependent. (...) We are certainly glad we did this now that we are back but would probably not recommend this as highly.
(...) The Sandwich Harbor tour is a must. There is no experience like being driven in the jeep over those immense sand dunes. (...) The flamingos were also exceptional and we have never seen anything like the way they congregate in that area.
Cape Town. An extraordinary city, we loved it. Robben Island is a must see (...) The City Tour was good and we had fabulous lunches on all three days of touring. The tour of the Cape of Good Hope was great. (...) The next day in the wine country was also fantastic, what an extraordinarily beautiful area.
Dave and Karen - Okatie, SC - August 2019
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We are and have enjoyed the trip. A bit of feedback.
Our first week [driving the south coast of Iceland] was lovely. Great weather and fun things to do. Food was good but not great as a rule, but the dinner at Grillid was outstanding.
The briefing from the CityWalks guy, Martin Briem was Very very useful (I missed it on the itinerary and was awakened by him but well worth it. We followed his suggestions and very much enjoyed the things we saw. The trip to Thorsmork with Arctic Trucks was excellent. Jelmar the guIde was ex cellent and took us on some great hikes and recommended some other things for the next few days that were all good and fun. I let him drive through the rivers etc and it was fine. But a highlight.
Aboard Le Champlain by Ponant [a Backroads cruise aboard a Ponant ship around Iceland] is lovely. Nice smallish ship and modern but the French food is only good and we could not dock at Grimsey so did a walk on Hrisey.
Backroads is very good. The guides are young and enthusiastic and energetic. But they are from UK, Netherlands and two from Spain. Nobody local. They are knowledgeable, and nice, but I would have liked someone local.
Moreover, the hikes are good but they are hikes. Not much interpretation exceptin prebriefs and very little cultural commentary. Lots of geology but I wanted toknow more about the Norse Sagas and the local fishing cultures but not to be. As I said, the guuides are excellent but ....
More local and more cultural would be good. Three days to go.
Weather is cold and wet this week but to be expected.
Mel - Toronto, ON - August 2019
[Our tour to Amalfi] was just excellent! I really wouldn't do it much differently. Renato La Monica, our guide was super and a big part of the experience. I would go back to the Amalfi coast anytime. We really enjoyed the dining, sightseeing, and beaches. I can't pick a hi-light but we really liked the "beach" day we did Thursday when Renato took us to "his" private beach near Nerano. The CAPRI day was also excellent. Anything along the waterfront / coast is tops. Both hotels, the CROCE in Amalfi and particularly th Hotel San Francesco al Monte in Naples was so unique and nice. Thanks for a great trip !!
Joan & Rick - Toronto, ON - July 2019
The trip coordinator was Suxie Grant, a charming, fit, and very experienced leader, who has done this trip many times.. The local guides were excellent to good. Two local guides in particular were outstanding: Elaina in Turkmenistan and Alex (Sasha) in Kirghizstan and Kazakhstan. The itinerary was rich and varied. The facilities were fair to outstanding, depending on location and altitude. I enjoyed the trip because of the previous sentences, plus the members of the group gelled as a group, sharing jokes, life stories, and experiences. A very enjoyable time was had by all. Plus, we got to see the western end of the Silk Road, completing a journey begun in 1994, when we entered China at Beijing and exited in western China over the Kunjerab Pass and down into Pakistan. So we added Bukhara, Samarkand, Merv ruins and other places like AOSHS and the Fergana Valley
Kay - Atkinson, NH - July 2019
The trip was great, especially the cruise [in Greece]. We can recommend the yacht as long as people know what staying on a yacht is like. The rooms were larger than we expected, but the only observation is the ships travels mostly at night and you can hear and feel the vibrations of the yacht. The only complaint was the food on board the ship was inconsistent. Some meals were great and others we okay. Lucky for us the cruise director for Peregrine was on board for observation and review (unknown to crew), and he plans on improving the food.
Wade & Karen - Paisley, ON - June 2019
I really enjoyed my trip [to Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia]. The group was a good one, and tour leader excellent. The highlights included all of the famous places. (monasteries in remote, beautiful natural locations, Sofia, Ohrid, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Kavala and all of the ancient sights and museums)
Some of the “fillers of time”, like two walks in some small villages along the way plus a boat trip in a gorge weren’t really interesting. Most of the group had been on many other tours and are pleased with that travel company. One lady loved her first Ancient Macedonia tour 5 years ago and came back to do it once more! (she was a great resource for what to do in my spare time)
Sonia - Toronto, ON - May 2019
The trip [to Myanmar] was fantastic!! The guide was very good. The group had only four people beside me which made it very easy to get to know them and for the guide to keep us organized.
David - Sells, AZ - March 2019
The trip [in Vietnam] has been incredible. Cant say enough about [the operator]. The pace, loved the biking, hiking 13 km in teeming rain in red clay up to our ankles, great group, and our guide Thanh was amazing.
Sandra - Bolton, ON - January 2019
Wonderful [trip to Iceland]! Weather cooperated,rain held off until the last few days. Guide one of the best and only 8 people on the trip. Fantastic experiences and we didn't meet other travellers until we hit the Golden Circle. If that's all you do you do not see Iceland in all its beauty and majesty. Would like to return and do not only the western fjords but some walking.
Felicity - Toronto, ON - December 2018
The trip [in Namibia] was amazing!
Okonjima was a great choice to recover from jet lag and transition to vacation mode. Loved it there…AND saw a white rhino on the way out!
The tour went exceptionally well. We had a couple of blow outs one day and had to get 4 new tires the next day. That caused a bit of a delay and majorly annoyed some of the group.
Loved the desert – could have spent more time there. Did the aerial tour in Swakop…outstanding. Desert elephants strolled trough our campsite in Damaraland!!
Etosha was exceptional – saw a leopard! And a billion elephants, many lions, giraffes, springbok, zebra, etc, etc AND the elusive rhino.
Camping worked well – first 2 nights a challenge – hot and sandy first night followed by a major windstorm the next night…gotta love camping! Loved hearing the roar of lions and other animals at night
Game meat – there was a lot..it was good – glad to get back to fish and salads.
Judy & Jocelyn - Toronto, ON - October 2018
The [Morocco] trip was great. The desert was, of course, quite different from the mountains but both were enjoyable.
The food, culture, people and trip mates all contributed to an excellent vacation
David - Toronto, ON - October 2018
The Central Asia trip was good. It covered a lot of ground and you wouldn’t want the pace any faster. Kashgar was interesting but not sure it was worth all the hassle of getting into China. By land you have to go through 9 different checkpoints. (3 in Kyrgyzstan & 6 in China). That means you have to get off the bus and at least once also with your luggage. At one checkpoint you have to hand in your cell phone and iPads for the Chinese to check. The mountain views in Kyrgyzstan are magnificent. Alternatively, the mosques, mausoleums and madrasses in Uzbekistan are historical and very beautiful. Beware the beds in most of the places we stayed in were HARD.
All in all it was a great adventure.
Anda & Frank - Toronto, ON - October 2018
My trip [to Ethiopia] was very good, but it was hard as any trip to Africa can be. I was with a group of 12 (2 NZ, 9 UK and me) with an Ethiopian guide and had my own room. Saw and did lots. Climbed mountains, rode mules, drove over very long rough roads, saw monasteries that were 1000 years old, and ancient sites that were 2000 years old. One day we were on the road (or semi-road) for 14 hours. It was a killer. Overall the itinerary was very good but pretty intense. Much of the trip was at altitude and in the Simien Mountains I felt it. Addis is a huge city with no plan and no real centre. A bit of a hassle to get around and unpicturesque, so not much point to walk around. Much of the country is very poor, but the land is lush and green (good time of year to go). Every inch is planted on terraced hills, so food is abundant and wildflowers are blooming. As for rain, except for two thunderstorms at night it was generally dry, very lucky with the blue skies. I was offered a great first row seat by the door on the flight home [on Ethiopian Airlines] so could stretch out on the 15 hour flight back. Really nice of them. A really a good, clean comfortable and generous airline.
Chris - Toronto, ON - September 2018
[Hiking in] Greenland was amazing. Scenery was epic as we had amazing weather most of the time with clear skies. Lots of snow. Apparently more than usual at this time of the year our guide informed us. Talking of the guide, Andrea was amazing. She was a fearsome leader and took everything in her stride. Looked after us well with food and we all laughed a lot.
Fiona - Brisbane, Australia - August 2018
We have always had great trips when Tom helps us with the planning and arrangements. He has a tremendous knowledge of places to go and lots of good ideas for things to do and places to stay. On our recent trip to Holland we loved our hotels and the trip to Hindeloopen was a highlight. Only glitch was that bicycle rental fell through in Hindeloopen due to wrong size bike for my son. However we explored the town on foot and it was beautiful. Even met a sheep whisperer on the dyke, also watched the kite surfers and we hiked all over the place... We also went to Amsterdam and The Hague, which are great places to visit. Of note, our hotel in The Hague, the Kennedy B Aparthotel, was beautiful, had good breakfast included, and was right on the tramline to the beach or downtown. Awesome choice! Thanks Tom for another great travel experience!
Neil , Kathy, Liam - Toronto, ON - July 2018
[Croatia] Trip was excellent - had a mostly good group and our tour leader was excellent. Probably one of the best I have ever had on a tour. He took us on a few adventures on free days that he didn't have to do and they were some of the highlights of the trip (e.g. bike ride on Korcula; hike through the middle of nowhere on Hvar).
Andrea - Toronto. ON - June 2018
Awesome [Greece cycling] trip ... guides were the best .. hotels were very accommodating .. food supplies for lunch were very healthy and fresh and the dinner choices by Dimitri were excellent. Great holiday.
Franca - Toronto, ON - June 2018
We are home after 6 wonderful weeks away. Our week in BA and week in Santiago were amazing and we found some great local guides if you are ever looking for more references. We were with Tucan tours for 3 of those weeks in Patagonia. EYES wide Open. We have done many hikes in and around the rocky and western mountain ranges but this was amazing. Thank you for listening to our questions, our hopes for being out doors and the options for doing a variety of activities. We walked, hiked, kayaked, ate mediocre food and incredible meals, met some great people who were chipped in, laughed and will be welcome at our door if they ever arrive in Edmonton. Our guide and driver were kind, informative, and fun. They of course can knock on our door as well.
Sarah & Chris - Edmonton, AB - April 2018
The trip [to Tanzania and Rwanda] was awesome. Can’t say enough. Both camps, tents, food and game drives were great. Just Christine and I on drives. They did bush lunch and breakfasts for us. We did a bush walk in Selous and boated twice in Selous. All of our connections were seamless and hotel in Kigali and Dar were fine. Mountain view lodge was not quite as good, but the gorilla trek was outta this world. All in all an awesome trip.
Steve & Christine - Terra Cotta, ON - January 2018
We had a fabulous holiday [to India]- and felt like rock stars (or at least super well-cared-for tourists).
We very much appreciated all the pickups and driving around...it was truly fantastic. the calibre of service we received was more than we had ever expected, and the hotels were just great.
One hotel even put up a sign in the reception area: "Hotel Malligi welcomes [Melani, Chris & Maxim]". we had a great laugh at that one.
There was one small glitsch with the bicycle tour in fort cochin, so we decided to forego the bike tour, walked with the guide instead and then the tour company gave us free entry to the Katkakali dance performance that night to make up for it.
we received a call EVERY time we checked into a new hotel from the tour company - Ashok...our new friend. it was great that he always checked in, but sometimes it felt like a little much...but i guess if we did have any issues it would have helped them address them right away.
so - all good, we very much appreciated the work that was done behind the scenes - it was clear to Chris and I how much work this takes, and coordination...
Malani, Chris & Maxim - Toronto, ON - December 2017
The many temples including Angkor Wat were incredible. Experiencing the different modes of transportation was exciting, bartering with the locals was a fun experience. Home stays were a must, always a wonderful introduction to culture and people. Food variety was amazing. Scenery was beautiful, both nature and architecturally. Highly recommend this tour!
Brenda - Mississauga, ON - August 2017
The sights, the cultural experience, the people, the food made up for a great tour [of Morocco]. We had a very enjoyable dinner on arrival in Casablanca at Rick's Cafe after touring the Grand Mosque, which was awesome.
I just loved we got to spend the night with a family in Moulay Idris where we were treated royally, learned how to make couscous and Mohamed, our tour guide, got a cake to help celebrate Kathy's birthday, which was great fun and certainly a very nice gesture on his part. We loved the accommodations in Chefchaouen. They were awesome and we were all charmed by the place and our respective rooms. Kathy and I enjoyed the Caves of Hercules in Tangier and later when touring Gibraltar we got to see Tangier from across the Strait.
Kathy & Aida - Toronto/Calgary - June 2017
We had a great time and loved our trip. Tour leader was excellent, knowledgeable, kept all safe, stayed on task. We were able to experience India as seen in the Best Exotic Marigold Movie. Excellent tour. Beautiful, heritage accommodations. Wonderful guide, and driver.
Bonnie - Jamestown, NC - April 2017
I am having a great trip. The Greeks are so welcoming. I had an interesting Easter and went into many churches which were all open and alive. Joined a bit of the candlelight parade on Good Friday and went to Sat night mass. The Hera ([hotel we booked] was a good choice for me in many ways.
I am on Santorini now. The tour is excellent. The guide is very experienced and knows how to time things etc. This afternoon she added a visit to Acrotiri an ancient city that is being excavated. It was fascinating and we have time to add the archaeological museum in Thira which houses artifacts from there instead of shopping!
The tours were excellent.. 14 people on the walking tour….some Canadians and several English couples who I enjoyed walking with. I had a young Australian roommate that was easy to get along with. The guide was very experienced and added a couple of wonderful experiences…A guitar concert on Naxos in the tower and a visit to Akrotiri on Santorini. The other tour had 16 and was a very compatible group…I had my own room…The guide was young but enthusiastic. For the sites there has to be a certified archeological guide We had one with us for 4 days who was young, enthusiastic and knew her stuff. She was liked by the group and was around all the time for questions etc. Then there were guides for each of the sites on the rest of the days They were excellent. The effort to make them come alive really helps and the additions that were made in the updated schedule you got were good. Meteora was spectacular at the end of the tour.
Marion - Owen Sound, ON - April 2017
India was magical. The Delhi office called at least once a day to find out if we were happy with the arrangements. Highlights - there were so many - the Taj Mahal and seeing a tiger were two of the top. The Bollywood show in Delhi, the dinner in the restaurant in the middle of the lake in Udaipur - fantastic, the service in the hotels, the guide in Agra. All the guides were good but he was special as was the guide in Varanasi. The Amber Fort, the elephant ride, the evening prayer service on the Ganges in our own boat, the cooking lesson, etc, etc. All in all the trip was everything we had hoped and more.
Santina - New York, NY - March 2016