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18336 Reviews

  • Reviewed July 2022

    5*

    I can't summarise this trip any better than the excellent reviews already given on this page. A great combination of some varied and challenging walking, comfortable and relaxing accommodation and a 1st class group leader.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent in all respects whether on the walks, at mealtimes, helping out on rest days and just generally being around. I've been on 7 Exodus trips, all with good leaders, but Sara stands out above them all. Her love of the place and the people is evident

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're looking for a combination of good walking, good accommodation and food all delivered in a relaxed and unfussy (but totally professional) way whilst exploring some new and surprising parts of Italy then give this a go. Even in mid June as we experienced a heatwave we still had a short spell of wind and rain near the summit one day, so be prepared.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Great trip!!

    I went on this trip with my mom and we had the best time. The biking for the most part was relatively flat with only one day being rather hilly. We were a small group-7people-but everyone got along well and we all had so much fun. It was a great trip with beautiful sights to see both in town and in small villages along the coastline.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The night we went out in Lithuania and the restaurant we ate at had a live band. We requested a song and the group gave us a shoutout and we got up and started dancing which then caused other guests to also get up and dancing. It was just such a fun night all around, great vibes with new friends.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Andrius Mazrimas was amazing. He went above and beyond and made adjustments to the itinerary to offer better biking routes and allow for some more stops/sightseeing that weren’t scheduled.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I think opting to splurge for the electric bike might be a nice choice for someone unsure of how they’ll fair on the hills but I am by no means a well trained cyclist and did ok.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Strongly recommend this tour and even more so our guide Andrius. If you’re looking for a way to explore the Baltic countries definitely book this trip!
  • Reviewed July 2022

    an enjoyable walking week in a quiet and green place

    Various enjoyable hikes in green and beautiful scenery – lakes, gorges, woods, mountain peaks. The base was at Kunstelj Pension, a well-run two-star pension situated in the quiet and picturesque Radovljica.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The experience was enhanced by the exceptional leadership offered by Buggy & Rock, our two guides. Professionally, they seamlessly adapted each day’s trip to the changes in the weather and to the ability of the group. With good storytelling, they gave noteworthy information about the geography and the history of the places visited, and they were always calm, helpful, relaxed, good-humoured, and friendly. They love what they do and we felt good in their company.
  • Brilliant holiday

    Superb surroundings, excellent company, knowledgeable guide and friendly support staff

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ever changing scenery The fantastic bonding with other group members and the atmosphere in camp The delicious meals prepared by our camp support Vega on limited camping equipment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jef was a very kind, caring, knowledgeable guide who also had a great sense of humour. He was very pragmatic about any issues any group members had and was extremely good at supporting people during the 2 weeks at the same time inspiring us to explore other destinations for our next trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy the experience! The trail is well planned to build up your strength and stamina for the hard walks towards the end of the holiday. Take a spare pair of shoes that you could walk in in case of problems with your main walking boots/ shoes (it is very tough on your feet even for well practiced walkers).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday was an absolutely fantastic experience. It is in a beautiful part of the world and the organisation was excellent to make it a really special holiday.
  • Majestic & Spectacular Views

    Walked up some really big hills and then descended the other side. The views were stunning. Expected Hotel Adler to be better and Villabassa is really just a village. My first walking holiday with Exodus........for anyone who has been on a cycling holiday, stick with the two wheel option.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not having my luggage delayed once back in the UK.......half the group had to wait for theirs to be delivered on the next BA flight to Venice(outbound flight).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good.......lots of historic information.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even though the Map says Italy, it's heart lies somewhere else, hence the food is not really Italian. Evening Meal is 5 course and basically you get what is put in front of you(not enough options).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Expected a little more for the cost of the holiday. I guess that COVID has changed holidays for the time being.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Hot hard work worth the wait and cancellations (due to COVID)

    Excellent trip, hot hard work but worth it

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having such a wonderful landscape virtually to ourselves

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Couldnt fault him

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dont bother taking a sleeping bag, mine remained in my main pack for the duration of the trip, a sleeping bag liner may be useful although I didnt use that either, water purifiers were a waste of time, the mountain spring water should not be polluted with chemicals as it tasted so good unadulterated, no stomach problems from the water as long as you take the guide's advice (common sense really) where to source it. I was there in June into July, it was very hot thwen, I am told that August is even hotter, choose the earlier departure for the spring meadow flowers

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do it if you can
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Highlights of Albania

    Great that the itinerary took us all around this beautiful, mountainous country. So much to keep your attention even on the longest bus journeys. The Albanians are very friendly people and always smiling and saying hello. All hotels were excellent, apart from the one on our last night. It was a bit too hot for most of the time, especially when having to climb in full sunshine! Nice and cool though by Lake Ohrid in Pogradec and I managed a swim there. The only swim included in the itinerary in a hot spring, however, was very disappointing for me. No shade, far too many people in a very slimy and rocky pool, so difficult to get in and out. I hadn't realised that there was so much Greek and Roman history and ancient sites in the country so that was very special for me - particularly in Butrint National Park and Apollonia. We visited many museums, most were interesting but there were too many for me, so sometimes I decided to give them a miss. Photography is very important for me and there was so much to photograph everywhere we went.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We had one inclusive lunch and it was at the home of a lovely family in the village of Dhoksat. The food was absolutely delicious and just kept coming .. finishing with an amazing dessert. A fantastic treat! Also loved all the ancient sites. So happy to have 2 nights at an amazing family-run hotel in Berat. Managed a lot of walks on my own there, and the best was when I left the hotel at 0640 as it was so cool at that time of day!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Arjan was an excellent guide. He knew so much about every place we visited. Also very calm and very friendly. As was our driver, Genti.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend getting up and out early, especially when it is so hot. I did a lot of special pre and post breakfast walks on my own.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was great that we could fill up our water bottles at local springs which were very safe, plus our guide also provided water in the bus.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    TMB a dream come true

    An excellent fulfilled week spent well. Our guide was unbelievably knowledgeable of everything from the mountains to the flowers. Simply couldn’t have asked for a better person to lead us , thanks Jason. If I were to change anything it would be to introduce a baggage transfer service.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the col ferret - the clouds then cleared to give us the most magnificent scenes of mountains and Mont Blanc

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As stated in summary , best guy ever . He cared about each and every one of us and even gave me his poles half way thru the trip when I lost mine! Forever grateful 🥹

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a challenging trip with long hillwalking days . To enjoy it fully be fit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I’d suggest a baggage transfer service ,
  • Paul Goldstein Spitzbergen Photographic Charter

    An outstanding adventure with so many ups and downs and only made possible by the "can do" attitude of Paul Goldstein, the Polar Team at Exodus and the crew of the Polar Pioneer. This is what all holidays should be like! My daughter and I would happily do it all again in an instant.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many - polar bear close encounters, blue whales, seals, walruses, learning the art of slow-panning seabirds, ice calving glaciers, Paul Goldstein's jokes .....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - despite the ridiculous hurdles thrown in front of him (postponed sailings, cancelled/delayed flights, suspended hotel transfers), he made this trip not only happen but end up being in my top two most enjoyable and memorable trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just sit back and enjoy whilst remembering that people like Paul Goldstein and the Exodus Polar team make a habit of turning setbacks and apparent catastrophes into amazing successes. Practice sleeping in daylight and be prepared for just a few hours sleep at a time - wildlife encounters are random and usually worth staying/getting up for. Pack a monopod as well as a tripod for use in the zodiacs.
  • Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest (465) and lake Titicaca

    Way beyond my personal expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many, difficult to select one, but main event was Machu Picchu

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely top notch....very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic....Raul Guerrs

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Listen to any advice the guide gives you

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Madrid airport ? never again !