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18279 Reviews

  • Reviewed June 2022

    Fabulous weeks hiking .....

    A wonderfull weeks hiking amongst the most beautiful scenery, Egle (Agi) was a brilliant tour guide and managed the difficulty of varying walking speeds of the group really well. She was also very knowledgable, patient and all round delightful ...every day was met with a smile. The host's at Chalet Chamonix Claire and Liz were also top notch, very helpful, nothing was too much effort, food was great, and even arranged a cake and candles for my wife's birthday....... and they didnt seem to mind too much when teased about women's driving!!!! :-) ....only slight downside was the chalet, a little tired/old and in much need of some tlc (that is no reflection on Claire or Liz), on a plus it was well situated to walk into the town centre! We were lucky with the varied international group as well, 2 Canadian, 2 Americans, 2 Aussies, 2 Koreans and 3 English; a lot of laughs were had - some great and interesting characters. Chamonix itself is beautiful, many bars and restaurants to choose from and some great cable rides 'Aguille du Midi' and 'Brevent' in particular. We chose to book paragliding, if your ever going to do it .....there is nowhere better. This was our third Exodus trip, and can never fault them; we have already booked Tuscany for next year ....bring it on!
  • Cycling past the cypress trees

    Very enjoyable trip, a great part of the world to go cycling.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing view of Florence at the end.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martino organised everything very well and tried his best to help someone whose luggage did not arrive at all. Excellent knowledge of gelato stops!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Handlebar bags are provided so plenty of space to store items on the road. Quite a few climbs (all the villages and towns are on hills) so bring some energy bars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Check out L'Eroica website.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Albania is a beautiful place

    Just returned from my first Exodus trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a small group of 7, plus Arjan as guide and Rimi our driver, who were both very helpful and good fun. All Arjan’s eatery recommendations were great and the food overall was excellent. You also get a lot for your money in Albania - I spent less than £200 in total the whole week. I enjoyed the variety of natural scenery on the tour.. mountains, lakes, rivers, coast.. as well as the beautiful city of Gijrokastra. I’m a reasonably fit 55 year old, cycle a couple of times per week and the level of cycling was just about right for me - a real challenge on some of the days, especially the last day, plus it was very hot!! - but the group was well supported with water and you can always take a break or even jump in the minibus if you’re flagging feeling below par. Albania is a beautiful country with incredibly friendly and humble people. I would definitely recommend this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the final day. The morning climbs are tough, but we all made it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Arjan is a great guy. Funny, calm, informative, helpful, great on the bike and he had everything in hand at every point. His food recommendations were all spot on.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pick a bit of local currency up in the airport on arrival.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Highly recommended

    A really enjoyable week with a good variety of activities. A nice friendly hotel with good food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberta was an excellent, informative leader who looked after us brilliantly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A very good week. Last year I did the walking in Cornwall walk which was classified as a grade 3. Amalfi is a grade 2 but more challenging than Cornwall.
  • Free in nature after two years delay

    This expedition on Quark's ship the Ultramarine was delayed from July 2020, and the original booking was for another ship, but then this new one was available, and has dedicated single cabins. Because of the pandemic we had to take tests before flying to Oslo, and there another antigen test for Quark. All negative persons were allowed to board the charter flight up north, where we met our ship. Because of said pandemic the staff had their own bubble and would not mingle with the travellers,and inside masks were compulsory.So we met the staff only on the zodiac trips and when ashore.Meals were also a lonely affair, as distances were to be kept, buffets had personnel with masks and gloves put on your plate what you asked for and showed, all behind glass So only the outside, zodiac cruises and walks ashore, were really free, the nature is beautiful, animals free too and showed up to pose for picture, including a group of 3 polar bears who had their meals already caught, and were close to shore. So all zodiacs passed in silence close to the shore, and made rounds number of times, to give us a long and great view of them. We were the first trip where the ship could circumference Spitsbergen island, even though we had to break some ice and were in a long foggy day. but it all added to the special nature of that area. Lectures given in the evenings by the staff had different topics, from the animals we saw to their personal adventures(close contacts with bears, kayak circumference trip of Spitsbergen,)And history of course.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing polar bears so close up, without danger, and really doing their thing. Seeing the mountains with fresh snow, the endless sea with ice flows.And so many glaciers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The expedition leader was Solan, very experienced and he led us together with the captain on a very special trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even though the trip is close to Spitsbergen, there were moments of a rougher sea, so take motion sickness medication. If not, the doctor on board can also help, but better to take what you are used to. You need fully water proof pants, it can get really wet, and I'd advise to take at least two pairs of those pants. Otherwise, layered clothing, no need for anything fancy.And waterproof gloves, several pairs too. Come with an open mind: nothing is guaranteed, except that you'll have a great time.What will fill that time is a surprise.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip was booked with Exodus, who helped me though the cancellations and re-booking to get the best trip possible.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Traditional Asturias

    So pleased I was able to join this trip last minute as it exceeded my expectations. A stunningly beautiful traditional mountainous part of Spain. Great hotel staff and location. Food outstanding. Our walking group was good company and fun to be with.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole area was inspirational, but the extensive wild flowers and views of snow on mountain tops were highlights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ignacio was very knowledgeable and passionate about this area. He was supportive and motivational on the walks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for all weathers. It was already quite hot in June. Some places require a good head for heights and encounters with cattle and goats on narrow paths.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bilbao is a manageable airport to arrive and be transferred to this rural area mostly frequented by Spanish tourists.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Mont Blanc Highlights

    This was a spectacular way to get a piece of the TMB! The chalet hosts Liz and Claire were amazing and cooked us a tasty 3 course meal each night! The chalet had breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and was just a short (15min) to town in case you forgot something, wanted a beer or to take in all chamonix has to offer. Our guide Jeff was very knowledgeable and adjusted the trip as necessary to make sure we got to see all the most stunning views on the clear weather days.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    The Hills were Alive!

    We had the most wonderful experience on the Mont Blanc Highlights tour. Our guide, Egle, was awesome! And so was our Chalet hosts, Marta and Neal! We trekked on the most beautiful trails full of wildflowers, blue sky, cool crisp air, snow cap mountains, delicious picnic lunches and good company. Egle was knowledgeable, kind and funny. She was attentive to all of us. Marta and Neal kept our cottage comfy, clean and our bellies full. The tour was exactly what we needed, a fun full day on the trail and relaxation, community and home cooked healthy yummy meals at the chalet afterwards. We would definitely recommend this tour to everyone and Egle, Marta and Neal!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of the French Alps while trekking - I could have kept walking forever!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We loved Egle, she was awesome! We had three young adults in our family and they all thought Egle was amazing in all the ways too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it, it's worth it!
  • Wonderful trip

    It was a wonderful trip to the Amalfi Coast, although it was very hot, particularly on the day we visited Herculaneum and Pompeii. Severio was a very good leader. The hotel was very clean and comfortable and I enjoyed the evenings that we had the pizza and pasta demonstrations. On the whole the food was very good, although we could have done with a bit more choice for the evening meal, but breakfast was excellent, although a little chaotic with so many people trying to serve themselves at the same time. My only disappointment was that we did not have a chance to get away from Bomerano on our day off as I would have liked to go either to Naples or Vesuvius.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip to Capri. I loved the chair lift to the top of the island. Also celebrating Gordon's birthday, the 91 year old on our trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Severio was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He also told us about the offer of 7 drinks for the price of 5 at the bar by the pool.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Beware of the heat during the summer months and take plenty of suntan lotion and drink plenty of water. Take good walking shoes/boots for the Path of the Gods, and a walking pole, although they can be hired in the village.
  • June 11-22 trip Yellowstone

    Trip through several National parks but unfortunately not Yellowstone owing to some cataclysmic rainfall, resulting in landslides, floods and roads destruction which closed access to the park.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking in amongst some stupendous landscapes and discovering wildlife unseen before (especially Grizzly bears and bisons) All members of the group did get on well and accepted last minute changes with good humour.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mike Harding saved the trip once we were told Yellowstone was closed. We were very fortunate he has extensive knowledge of the area and many years of experience as a group leader. His kindness and good humour kept us going. He had a very positive approach despite the situation and made every possible effort and often went beyond the call of duty to take us to alternative places and made sure we were always offered daily visits and treks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to be flexible as forces of nature are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable and no one can be made accountable for them.