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  • 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 !
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Grand Tour May 7-21 2022

    This trip was wonderful, especially after being released from Covid issues. Our guide Tiziano Tomasello was terrific. Very cheerful, helpful in every way. My cousin and I had signed on for the May 2020 trip, which was cancelled and again for the May 2021 trip, also cancelled. Many in our group had tried also. We all were very happy to finally get to Sicily. It rained our fist 2 days so hiking on Etna was strange; due to the weather the cable car was shut down and the top was covered with clouds. But there was a fabulous wine tasting after our wet hike. By the time we circumnavigated the island, Etna was erupting and highly visible from Taormina. The rest of the trip the weather was perfect, the local guides were also excellent. The most incredible site was the Villa Romana del Casale with gorgeous mosaics.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tiziano is a young man but very knowledgeable about leading a group and making sure all is well. He has been a guide in Germany, France and other places and is fluent in English, German, French, Italian and of course Sicilian.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try the food in the markets. All delicious. And the gelato is the best ever.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Amalfi coast

    Walking beautiful. Tour guide excellent. Pick up from airport disorganised. Hotel adequate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking around the rim of Vesuvius

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberta was excellent. Informative, patient ,caring and good fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel rooms were basic. Shower cubicle small. Bed hard.
  • Nice ride to Venice

    Group flight from only one airport; good transportation and support; sturdy bikes; nice cycle routes (puts England to shame); glorious weather; excellent guide with lots of information provided.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Descending from the hilltop down to Lake Garda.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was excellent, with lots of knowledge about the history of places/things we saw, plus a real interest in the individuals in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try and check the weather forecast just before packing - I took some weatherproof items that were never needed as the temperature for each day hovered around 30C.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Need to arrange group flights for people living in the north - i.e Manchester, Liverpool, or Leeds/Bradford. It’s very inconvenient to have to travel to Heathrow or Gatwick - something I won’t do again for a short haul flight.
  • Fantastic trip

    I have been on many Exodus trips over the years and this one is right up the top with the others. Stunning views, immersed in the Italian culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling down into Lake Garda. Also the knowledge that our guide, Michellee had really bought so much more to the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michellee was the best guide we have had on any Exodus trip. He went above and beyond to take care of everyone - no easy feat with a group of 16 people but I feel he managed it extremely well. A very knowledgeable man, great sense of humour. Hard working and a joy to around. There were just so many little extra things that he did to make sure everyone was OK and enjoying the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hire an e bike for the hills!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Worth saying that Attilla the transport support was also a great guy. Very friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. What an asset to the overall trip.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Near disaster

    Trip with Naxos extension booked October 2021. Exodus forgot to book (1) initial transfer from airport (2) transfers and ferries between Athens and Naxos. First problem dealt with, but if we had not chased up the Naxos transfers on four separate occasions Exodus would have dumped two pensioners with all their luggage in Athens on a Sunday evening without any accommodation or transport. Lots of anxiety and time-wasting with various telephone agents until Alex Keefe sorted it out. But it cost us a lot of time, worry and money. Local agents Trails Beyond were very good, dealing with unprecedented bad weather, minibus breakdown and outbreak of COVID.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Mycenae

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good in impossible circumstances

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    Thank you so much for your review, Jim. We were glad to learn that you were impressed with our local team and especially with our guide, Eva, and hope you had a great holiday in Greece overall. We were so sorry to read, however, about the problems you had with booking transfers from Athens to Naxos for your post-trip extension. We understand that you were in contact with our Customer Operations team, and that they worked diligently to amend the error that had been made and to make additional arrangements that would allow your trip extension to go ahead as smoothly as possible, and that this was fully sorted before your departure and you were not out of pocket. However, we do appreciate that the initial mistake from Exodus made for an uncertain and worrying time prior to your trip to Greece; our Customer Operations team is usually extremely conscientious when processing bookings, and we sincerely regret that our usual high standards were not met on this occasion.

  • Excellent

    We have been on many exodus trips and they never disappoint but this trip was extra special because of our guide, Michelle and transport Atilla. Michelle went above and beyond any other guide we have had to make us feel safe, relaxed, happy and literally nothing was too much trouble for him. His passion for Italy was a joy as was his knowledge and he was so happy to share with us all he knew. He handled a large group of 16 with skill and humour but made us feel as if we were all able to ride at our own pace which certainly pleased us. He took us to lovely restaurants and was so friendly to everyone. He is such an asset to exodus and we truly hope we have him again on another trip which we shall book because of our experience as exodus hiring the best guides but as I said Michelle is the best we have had.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling down hill to lake garda

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Please see above comments but to repeat he was the best guide exodus have in our experience Atilla on transport was also exceptional- friendly and helpful. Great sense of humour

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hire an e bike if you struggle with hills Made the cycling so much better for my arthritic knees!
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Fabulous trip||!

    Just returned from a wonderful 10 days cycling in the Baltics. Absolutely loved it! I only cycle around town so ordered an electric bike which was fantastic. I could have managed without as it mainly flat but wanted to enjoy rather than exert myself. It was great to see three completely new countries and hear about their history and culture. It was incredibly varied: loads to see, wonderful countryside, sea, towns and cities, with swimming, concerts, city tours, boat trip, nuclear missile launch site, and wonderful little places for lunch and elevenses and coffee breaks. Lovely restaurants and food, excellent hotels. Fantastic guide and driver and a very nice group. Heaven.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We all got up and danced to the band that played in the restaurant after dinner one night in Lithuania. But it was all inspirational!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrius Mazrimas was just wonderful. He was always thinking of extra things we might like to do and see and improvements to the itinerary. He was really efficient, looked after us all every step of the way with charm and incredible good humour, knew about everything and told great stories .His humour and cheerfulness really helped the group to gel and kept us smiling. He absolutely gave 100% to the trip and to give us all a good time, thank you Andrius!!! Our driver Mindaugas was brilliant too, he kept the bus and trailer always near us and was a real sweetie.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I only cycle around town and don't do much else in the way of exercise. The rest of the group cycled regularly though not fanatically. I'm very glad I paid the extra for the brilliant electric bike, which meant I didn't have to worry about catching people up or being tired.. I could have managed with an ordinary bike but I wasn't looking to improve or maintain fittness on the trip, just to enjoy the scenery. Definitely worth the expense. It was mostly fairly flat but there certainly plenty of ups an downs and interesting paths so it was never boring.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thoroughly recommended! Gorgeous scenery, and amazing network of brilliant cycle paths, quite remarkable! Plenty Very varied, loads to do, great food and hotels. Glorious.
  • Outstanding

    Well crafted trip showing off Portugal’s rural and unspoilt Atlantic coast

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The pure vastness of the coastline

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding - calm, totally customer focussed, with a strong sense of making the trip work for our group as well as individual needs - and a great sense of humour too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A relatively easy cycle as the distances are spread over a day including stops for coffee/lunch - but therefore time to take in all the info and the scenery - a holiday with cycling in the sun and unspoilt coastline.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommend the three guides we had - Reuben, Chris and Rogerio
  • Porto to Lisbon - A fun cycle of the sunny coast

    This was a great trip. Ruben our leader/guide was excellent - enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The scenery, weather (end May), hotels and food were all super - and the cycling was fun and not too strenuous for people who regularly cycle. The distance cycled was about 40 miles a day which meant not too early a start - and adequate time in the evening to visit most of the places where we were staying, and have a good meal. Ruben's recommendations for evening meals were ideal. The group were also lucky to have Rogerio as the driver and support, who was always keen to help in any way. A really enjoyable holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from some of the cycle routes over the last few days especially, and visiting Obidos.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Always smiling. Nothing was too much trouble. Organised and committed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the Exodus information about required fitness levels for the trip you're interested in. Be prepared to get along with others and enjoy yourself with the group.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would nominate Ruben for the leader of the year.