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  • Pleasant, but not an Atlantic Ride. Needs another guide with 16 people.

    This was described as an Atlantic ride. We did not even glimpse the Atlantic until the end of day 3 out of 5. After that, we saw it in parts and it was lovely. It was hopelessly misdescribed. The ride was reasonable, but incredibly slow, particularly on the first 2 days, and on main roads. I am not a fast cyclist, but to travel at an average of 10 to 12kph on a flat main road is ludicrous, and dangerous. It was very hard to control the bike at these speeds and to keep stopping and starting on busy main roads is far from ideal. The problem was that there was only one guide and no support vehicle following us, so the guide had to keep stopping and then riding very slowly. This was incredibly frustrating and annoying, especially as the scenery was boring for the first 2 days. This was not good enough. The accommodation was a bit hit and miss. It was okay, with a couple of very poor and cramped rooms. In one hotel, not only did we get the booby prize of an unsafe room, it was also the venue for the group dinner. The food was inedible, and my husband and I ate very little. The hotel was quirky and very interesting, in Obidos, but we drew the short straw. Overall, I would not particularly recommend this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed most of the company, and the food and the wine, when not organised for us. The picnics were mainly good.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was good, on the whole, and the support driver was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would not advise people to do this trip. I just do not think the cycling works.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were health and safety issues with the cycling and some of the rooms. It needs looking at carefully for future rides. For example, in the hotel room in Obidos, the bedside lamp could not be plugged in as there was no socket. There was a bare, live hole where the socket should be. We were also on what looked like camp beds, with a metal frame and rock hard mattress. Another room we saw was gorgeous.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Walking and Wine - Portugal

    A wonderful week of walking, port, food, scenery and good company. The walks are almost flat, but there are a couple of short uphill stints on some of the days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to mention. The whole trip was great from start to finish.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Carla Costa and her partner Fernando couldn't have been better leaders. This was Carla's first Exodus trip as group leader. Her spoken English was good and she was willing to be corrected when using the incorrect words. Her knowledge of the area was second to none. Would love to do another trip with the pair as our guides. Nothing was too much for them and they always put members of the group first.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If using the spa facilities at the second hotel, take a swimming cap. Sessions also have to be booked there. Despite this being a walking holiday expect to put on weight as there is plenty of food and the spreads put on at the wineries leave you feeling as if you couldn't eat another morsel - but of course you do. If you take the 6 bridges trip on the Douro River, go early as the boats become over-crowded later in the day. Walking poles not required.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If there weren't so many other trips I would like to do, I would certainly do this one again.
  • Amazing trip

    What an amazing experience this trip was. We saw so much it os difficult to know where to start. Brian our guide was so knoledgable about all of the animals, plants and insects we saw. He could spot a bird and tell you what it was when just a speck in the sky or perched on a distant tree. He also knew where most of the animals hang out, so we saw plenty of wildlife incuding elephants, lions, impala, giraffe, hippos, zebra and kudu among other things. We even saw a couple of cheetah and a pack of wild dogs. There ar a lot of different experiences on this trip, from the mokoro canoes on the delta to Victoria falls. This inevibably led to some long drives. The wild camps were good fun and it was amazing what our cook Abi could produce on a camp fire and a gas ring. Although I personally don't like it apparently the porridge was to die for!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Where to start, every day had at least one highlight. However, seeing two elephants playing in the river at Chobe was a rare experience that we felt priviledged to see.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brian was brilliant, he was good fun and his knowledge of his country and all of the wildlife was exemplary.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a light for your tent it gets dark early and early morning game drives mean getting up and dressed in the dark. We went in May/June and it was very cold at night and in an open sided vehicle on early morning drives it was cold and draughty - warm hat and gloves would have been welcome. Make sure you do the Chobe river trip

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We did the canopy tour at Victoria falls and would highly recommend it, run by Wild Horizons.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Portugal at a glance

    A fast paced trip around the Highlights of Portugal.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved Porto even though it was very busy but the best part of the trip for me was the lunch provided at the port winery in the Douro Valley. An idyllic spot to sit on the terrace overlooking the Douro and Tedo rivers and a delicious lunch with a good choice of vegetarian options. Delicious. The guide who gave the talk there was friendly and amusing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had Carlos Santos and Flavio as our tour leaders/drivers. They were both friendly, helpful and efficient (and careful drivers). I asked Flavio a question he couldn't answer immediately so he found the answer and came back to me. Carlos went out of his way to take me to a pharmacy that was still open to get medication for my cough - this was just as we were settling into a restaurant for dinner. However, we got back in time to eat although it was a drive to the shopping mall to reach the pharmacy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a fast moving trip. Most of the hotels were good, with the exception of my bedroom in Hotel Douro Scala (Mesao Frio) which was a weird design, dark and rather tired. There isn't really a bar as such, we had to buy drinks in the restaurant and sit out on the terrace. However the setting is good and the little terrace outside my room was pleasant to sit on. The Hotel Dona Ines in Coimbra was extremely busy at breakfast time as there were coach trips staying there. All hotels had a good choice of food at breakfast. It was sometimes difficult to find vegetarian options for dinner with often just one dish offered and some of these were less than satisfactory.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked a bit more time to explore Obidos. We were given a guided tour on arrival but spent the next day visiting Sintra and the extremely busy Pena Palace and the less frenetic Moorish Castle.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Cycle the Baltics review

    Having had a number of cycling trips cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, I was immensely pleased to finally be able to travel again. This particular trip had been on my wish list for for a number of years and it didn't fail to live up to my expectations. On the whole the cycling was fairly leisurely and the trip also provided the opportunity to get a flavour of the three Baltic capital cities (Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I particularly enjoyed the cycling through the 'Estonian Switzerland' and the day cycling along the Curonian Spit together with the smoked fish lunch at the fisherman's smokery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leader Andrius was excellent and kept us fully informed (and entertained!) throughout the trip. Nothing was too much trouble for him.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Three beautiful countries, one awesome tour leader!!

    This is a fabulous way to see three beautiful countries, their cities, towns, cultural hot spots and coastline!! Our awesome tour leader, Andrius, seriously optimised our time at each stop, and made sure we cycled the best routes. His local knowledge, attention to detail, sense of humour, and ability to ascertain and accommodate everyone’s wishes is exceptional. This is an amazing trip, and if you land Andrius as your guide, you've hit the jackpot!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It’s hard to choose a favourite. The relaxed start in Talllin, the beautiful Tartu, the sunny Curonian Spit, the cultural capitals of Riga and Vilnius - all stunning! 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrius is thoughtful, funny, knowledgeable and organised. Is there anything else you need from any human being? He’s an exceptional tour leader!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t forget to pack for mixed weather! And ladies, we had men's and ladies bikes issued, and the ladies bikes did not accommodate water bottles. Maybe ask for a men's bike?! Andrius kindly mounted a holder on my bike, and he would have done this for anyone, but the dropped bar still made it difficult to reach while cycling.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you haven’t been already done so, get it booked!!
  • Nile Cruise + Aswan

    This was an excellent trip in April 2022 - great itinerary, so much culture, fantastic guide (Tarek) and such delicious food on the Nile boat. I loved every minute of it, and so glad I went. Particular highlights for me were the temples at Karnack, Valley of the Kings, the food on the Nile boat and the yellowness of the sandstorm that engulfed us on our way back from Abu Simbel! It is however, not a trip for the faint-hearted. There are LOTS of early starts. Almost every day was a start before 7am and on a couple of days, it was up at 3am. There is LOTS of walking, I think I did about 27 miles in the 9 days - to/from temples, round museums, in/out of airports, to/from local markets etc. Personally, I am not sure I would label this as 'leisurely' - yes, there were no hills to climb, but it was often uneven, sandy ground we walking on and when I went, Egypt was also going through a heatwave, so it was 43 or 44 degrees every day. I ignored some of the optional extras so I could have some down time on the boat. I would also add that in additional to the 'essentials' listed on the what to take, you also need: sunhat, scarf to cover your shoulders and women need to wear a long skirt for the day they are going into the mosque in Cairo. Refillable water bottle and light/comfortable walking shoes - very essential! Also, take US dollars as your main currency (small denominations and not ripped notes). You will need some Egyptian pounds for some of the attractions, but everywhere they just want hard currency - even at the local markets. Final word of advice - don't bother with the extra walk INSIDE the pyramid in Cairo. It is near vertical, baking hot and nothing to see at the end of it. My legs were wobbly for hours afterwards. Overall, this was a totally amazing trip though and hope you enjoy it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the temples at Karnack for their sheer scale and the Valley of the Kings for the colours and preservation.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tarek was our tour leader and he was amazing. So knowledgeable and such a nice man.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes - see my earlier notes. Be prepared for lots of early mornings, lots of walking and a feast of amazing sights for your eyes to take in. Refillable water bottle and comfy walking shoes an absolute must! Remember to dress respectfully for the country. Light /cotton scarves to cover your shoulders from the heat (women need to wear these to go into some of the attractions too). Women need to wear a long skirt on the day when you go to the mosque in Cairo. Take US dollars.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Tuscany hills

    An amazing trip with a variety of things to do. Walking over the Tuscany hills and vineywards, tasted delicious wine, visited beautiful Florence and Sienna, so many lovely restaurants to visit. The Villa was lovely and views stunning. Spent my free day swimming and lovely lunch in the village. Dinners and breakfasts at the Villa was delicious and the wines. It was an outsanding trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz is amazing, so helpful and full of knowledge. Really looked after us all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring your towel for swimming at the Villa and insect spray whilst out on walks in the summer.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    A Fab Choice

    A trip planned for 2020 finally came about. The location, trail routes, accommodation, group leader (Silvia), hotel staff (Jim and Pilar) and other hotel support staff were just amazing. I did not think I could manage my usual level 3 hikes post Covid (caught this a couple of months before) and managed to participate 3 out of 5 hiking days. My favourite trek was Cares Gorge - views were stunning, do not forget to look back (shodows cast by the mountains along the gorge by the morning sun). During our free day I went to Llanes, a lovely seaside village/town, and a nearby beach with a few members of the group. We had a great day out.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Arenas de Cabrales cheese goes very well with the local cider - total Zen experience!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Silvia was great - informative, attentive and helpful. She was easy to get on with and has a great personality.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for rain - bring your waterproof gears - and watch out for ticks post hike. Bring insect repellent (DEET and Picaridine effective).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Amazing dinners cooked by Jim and Pilar - I always look forward to dinner time!
  • Walks of the Cinque Terre

    This was my first trip not only with Exodus but on any walking group holiday. It could not have been better! The promise was to enjoy varied walks in stunning locations, and that was what was delivered. Key to the success of this holiday were the efforts of our guide Michela who worked tirelessly on all aspects of the of the trip and ensured the whole group had the very best of times.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I would highly recommend Michela, she was an excellent guide.