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G Adventures
4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews43082

789 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Standard $ 197 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Specializing in small-group, multi-day adventure tours and expeditions, Toronto-based G Adventures has been a pioneer in the field since 1990. Founded by entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip after a backpacking trip to Asia, the company fosters sustainable and environmentally sound tourism practices -- giving back to the communities they visit -- and considers its business “changing people’s lives,” not just offering a vacation. It’s since grown to become the world’s largest independent adventure travel company, with more than 1,350 employees, many of them professionally trained guides. What Makes Them Stand Out?  G Adventures strives to create unique experiences for its travelers that start even before the trip itself. The company provides trip inspiration through their Looptail blog and you can connect with fellow travelers via the ‘Departure Lounge’, which is part of G’s ‘Watering Hole’ travel forum. Once on your trip, you will meet your ‘CEO’ or ‘Chief Experience Officer’ who is “responsible for enriching your journey, offering local insight, and pursuing great experiences as they happen.” Most groups average around 12 travelers, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. Who Travels With Them? While its target market has traditionally been younger travelers, G Adventures now offers a broad range of trips that can appeal to adventurous-minded, culturally curious people of any age. Groups are geographically diverse, with a higher proportion of North Americans than some other operators. Where Do They Operate?  You can find G Adventures trips in most parts of the globe, including 32 countries in Europe, 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 21 countries in Asia, 10 countries in South America, 12 countries in Central America and the Caribbean, five countries in North Africa and the Mideast, plus the U.S., and Canada. A number of destinations are well off the beaten track, from Sao Tome and Principe in West Africa to Borneo in east Asia to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and both polar regions. How Does it Work? Pricing is competitive (cheaper), largely by using “grassroots” approaches: local transport and a mix of privately-owned accommodations, perhaps including homestays and camping. Efforts are made to focus on authenticity with both culinary choices (locally-owned restaurants) as well as transportation methods. G Adventures truly offers something for everyone, with trip styles such as Comfort, Active, Rail, and YOLO (You Only Live Once - for 18-39’s). Why Travel With Them? G Adventures is a good choice if you are looking for an authentic, if not luxury, guided travel experience. Some features especially stand out. Lifetime Deposits allow passengers who have to postpone a trip the chance to use their initial deposit at a later date and at no extra charge. Departures are guaranteed once you’ve paid (barring significant weather or safety issues). And they don’t charge single supplements. In short, G Adventures wants you out there with them.

Exodus Travels
4.6 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews10849

603 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Standard $ 260 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Exodus is an adventure-oriented tour company based in the UK that has been in business for 40 years. Adventure can take the form of serious and active adventures --  which may involve adrenaline-producing, off-the-beaten-path roughing-it trips -- or premium (five-star), family, or relaxed itinerary adventures, which involve more comforts and amenities. Who Travels With Them? As Exodus is a British company, many of their clients are from the UK. Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between 35-55 years of age. Trips typically range between $1,500 to $2,500 dollars with a focus on value.  What Makes Them Stand Out? Exodus offers a variety of small group tours, private guided journeys, family group holidays, self-guided activities, and trips for groups of solo travelers. Activities might involve cycling or walking, safaris, photography, winter activities (including polar expeditions), or a mix of activities. Exodus is perhaps most well-known for their range of cycling and hiking tours around the world. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty, attracting casual cyclists and hikers as well as enthusiasts looking to really push their physical limits. The majority of trips have a maximum group size of 16 travelers, with an average of 10-12. In short, Exodus covers just about all the bases for adventure-minded, ecologically sensitive travelers. Where Do They Operate? Exodus leads 500 trips spanning all seven continents. From African safaris, to the charming Austrian village of Trins, to trekking Patagonia, Exodus has built out their global presence and offers an active vacation for most everyone. How Does it Work? Mode of transport ranges from two feet, to two wheels to private van. All of Exodus’ cycling trips are supported by a SAG vehicle - short for ‘support and gear.’ Luggage is transported from point to point on all of their active itineraries, leaving travelers the freedom to relax and enjoy the experience. Accommodations are typically 2-3 star, with some premium departures available, and the company strives to offer unique accommodation experiences whenever possible.  Why Travel With Them? Exodus’ main strength is its range of active product. Exodus is an experienced operator when it comes to this style of travel and is quite well-known in the UK, if not yet in North America. Their trips have deep cultural components and are based on principles of responsible tourism. Before joining the company, team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland driver's, mountain guides, diving and ski specialists, and mountain bike gurus – so they know their stuff when it comes to traveling to the wilderness and the far reaching corners of the world, as well as providing the kind of expertise you need to truly come away with appreciation for what you've experienced.

Great Value Vacations
4.4 | Great | 100+ Reviews2449

28 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Budget $ 320 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Great Value Vacations provides pre-packaged, competitively priced vacation itineraries suitable to all traveler types. What Makes Them Stand Out? When it comes to pre-packaged vacations, Great Value Vacations is a top provider. Their trips are competitively priced, and designed by an extensive network of travel experts. You can choose from among several types of trip and their reviews speak for themselves in customer satisfaction. Accommodations and activities are hand selected by their experts or the “feet on the street” as they call it. They choose on the highest quality places to send you and your travel companions. Who Travels With Them? Travelers who want a fully vetted itinerary and the peace of mind that comes with having all components taken care of. Because of the great variety they offer, families, older travelers, and young professionals can all find something suitable on Great Value Vacations. Where Do They Operate? Great Value Vacations operates tours in Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Caribbean. Travel styles include everything from all inclusive resort experiences, to quaint Bed & Breakfasts, to fully escorted tours, to rail journeys. Why Travel With Them? They bring all facets of planning travel into one place, at a competitive price, taking care of all the factors that can make planning travel stressful. They have an easy to use booking system, eliminating the need for you to take any extra steps.

Intrepid Travel
4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews2180

895 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Standard $ 170 Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Take: Intrepid Travel is all about ‘real life experiences.’ Founded back in 1989 following an “intrepid” African adventure trip, Intrepid lives up to its name by offering up some pretty big adventures -- such as an 11-day hike through Papua New Guinea -- but is broad-based enough to also lead group trips to Hawaii, complete with sipping sunset Mai Tais on Waikiki Beach. What Makes Them Stand Out?  Above all else, Intrepid strives to get its travelers off the beaten path and under the surface of the local culture. To accomplish this, group sizes average just ten travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips, allowing for more use of local transportation and lodging, along with fostering cultural immersion. Intrepid also employs local English-speaking leaders who act more as a resource for local exploration than do typical ‘guides,’ shepherding groups from one place to another.  Who Travels With Them? Intrepid is one of the early pioneers of the “adventure”-style guided trip.  Despite its informal beginnings and emphasis on younger, highly adventurous travelers, Intrepid has expanded to a global company with a broad range of trips to fit all ages. Intrepid divides its small-group trips into three separate styles of travel, all priced accordingly. “Basix,” for budget travelers, keep inclusions to a minimum and offer plenty of free time, “Original” journeys which offer more included activities and more hotels, while “Comfort” trips offer the highest level of included activities and standards of accommodation, as well as roomier vehicles.  Where Do They Operate?  Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic style.  It now offers some 800 different guided trip itineraries in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Each year, the company carries over 100,000 travelers worldwide. How Does it Work? Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by tuk-tuk in Thailand, felucca in Egypt, or even a camel in Morocco. Accommodations, which could range from guesthouses to home stays, are also locally owned, allowing a more authentic taste of the region while contributing to the local economy. Why Travel With Them? Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind forgoing some creature comforts for a truly authentic, local experience. If you enjoy meeting locals when traveling, sampling new and exciting foods, and traveling in mixed-aged groups of 10-16 people, Intrepid could be a good fit for you. Additionally, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, so you’ll feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers and vendors that you’ll meet along the way.

Globus
4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews932

371 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Standard $ 270 Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Take: Globus’ roots reach back to Switzerland in 1928, when the company’s founder, Antonio Mantegazza, bought a rowboat to carry passengers across Lake Lugano, entertaining them with stories about the local sights along the way. From that modest beginning, one of the world’s leading travel companies was born. Globus is part of the Globus Group of brands, which also includes Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, and Monograms, and which together carry more than a half million passengers annually Who Travels With Them? As a long-established, award-winning tour company Globus caters to both budget group travelers and those seeking a more personalized (and costly) travel package. And since you can choose among group, individual, family, or religious travel experiences lasting anywhere from four to 29 days, Globus tours appeal to a broad range of travelers. But their sweet spot remains middle-of-the-road ‘value’ travelers What Makes Them Stand Out? Best known for European coach tours, Globus is appropriately global in scope. Its tours include mostly everything in their base rates, they choose hotels that are in the heart of a city (where the action is), allow a good amount of free time to explore a destination on your own, and use knowledgeable local guides -- in short, they offer the complete package. How Does it Work? Founded in 1928, one of the oldest in the business, they are well respected as a mass market all-inclusive tour company that provides great value.  Want free wifi on your tour bus so you can google the interesting sites you pass by?  Like convenient hotels centrally located and/or with special local charm?  Globus' long experience has helped them learn what makes travelers happy, and they deliver at accessible prices. Where Do They Operate? Today, still family owned, Globus operates in 77 countries across the globe, offering nearly 160 different escorted tours to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific, and North and South America. On European motor coach tours, Globus limits group size to 44, allowing for extra legroom on the bus.  Why Travel With Them? If you’re a group of eight people traveling together, you are eligible for special deals and discounts; and if you’re a group of 20 people, Globus will arrange a tailor-made itinerary for you. If you are a traveler looking for value tours and prefer a specific travel theme, then globus has trips and tours that are designed accordingly.

Tucan Travel
4.3 | Great | 100+ Reviews832

370 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Budget $ 134 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Founded in 1987, Tucan Travel specializes in adventurous, immersive travel experiences. What Makes Them Stand Out? Tucan Travel are passionate about adventure, and all of their tours are designed by travelers for travelers. They are all about going beyond the resort style of travel for adventure trips that let you experience another side of the country you’re visiting. They offer no pretense either, stating that their style of adventure travel is not for those seeking a chill beach vacation. Tours include the main highlights of the region whilst equally having free time, giving passengers the flexibility to make the most out of the destinations. The four main travel styles you can choose from include Adventure Tours, Overland Tours, Budget Expeditions (specifically geared toward 18-35 year olds), and Add Ons, short side trips. Who Travels With Them? People who want a genuine adventure and who are seeking a local feel for the places they visit. Travelers come from all walk of life, with ages spanning from 20 - 70, usually more heavily weighted on the younger end.  Where Do They Operate? Tucan Travel operates tours in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern & Central Europe and Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? Tucan Travel is the perfect choice for an adventure with young, like-minded travelers. They highlight the value of adventurous travel and their guides are enthusiastic and experienced. They emphasise the community aspect of group travel and encourage solo travelers to join their groups (and don’t require a single supplement).

SmarTours
4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews576

40 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Budget $ 231 Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Take: Similar Companies Great Value Vacations, Explore!, Exodus, Intrepid, Trafalgar Known For 50-Plus Travel Tours, Arifa Tours, Asia Tours, China Tours Founded in 1996, SmarTours promises its customers the “Best Travel Bargains” by offering mostly all-inclusive guided tours throughout much of the world. What Makes Them Stand Out? SmarTours offers affordable tours along with great itineraries. Included in the price of all their tours is international airfare from the U.S., first-class hotels, sightseeing excursions, and English-speaking local guides. SmarTours draws a large repeat business, taking travelers to such far-flung destinations as Thailand, Morocco, Japan, Peru, Patagonia, India, and Australia. Who Travels With Them? SmarTours caters to all ages that are looking for good price. They are largely popular amongst 50+ travelers. Where Do They Operate? SmarTours travels all over the world, including Africa, Asia, South America and Cuba, Western and Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean. Diverse itineraries are available in each destination. How Does it Work? Except for its cruise offerings -- primarily river cruises as well as Greek Island and Galapagos cruises -- transportation is generally by bus. Group sizes may reach 40 and beyond, but may also be smaller depending on the popularity of the trip. SmarTours will design custom trips for groups with at least 25-30 travelers. Why Travel With Them? SmarTours is a complete bargain package for budget minded travellers. If you are looking for an unbeatable value, don’t mind a large group and want tours focused on exotic destinations, then SmarTours is a perfect choice for you. Commonly Searched Together: Compare Smartours with these other tour operators Smartours vs Trafalgar

Jacada Travel
4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews406

7 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Luxury $ 827 Custom/Private Tour Operator

Stride Take: Luxury operator, Jacada, specializes in crafting fully customized itineraries for travelers looking for unique experiences in classic travel destinations. What Makes Them Stand Out? Jacada is all about a “inspirational luxury travel.” All tours are private and %100 tailor made. Your trip is planned from head to toe by attentive and experienced travel experts who take into consideration what you want to get out of the trip. For Jacada the important thing is for your not to feel at any time that you're having a "canned" experience. You should feel asif your trip has been planned by a friend or family member living in the country you want to visit.  Who Travels With Them? Families, couples, and very small private groups looking for a personalized and luxury travel experience to exotic and classic destinations. They are perfect for travelers who enjoy a sense of adventure but also desire and appreciate the finer things in life while traveling. Jacada combines both elements of travel seamlessly, especially because they learn directly from you, the traveler, on what you’re looking for. Where Do They Operate? They are able to craft tours all over the world, including Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? Their main desire is to help travelers enjoy a wonderful luxury vacation but with a touch of adventure as well. Their travel designers who work with you have lived, worked, and traveled in the areas they specialize in, meaning they can give you a well rounded idea of what to see and do as a local might.

Avalon Waterways
4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews403

251 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Luxury $ 330 River Cruise Line

Stride Take: Part of the Globus family of travel brands since 2003, Avalon Waterways has proven to be one of the more innovative of the many river cruise companies now in operation. Its newest “Suite” ships feature “open-air balconies” with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to serve as indoor-outdoor seating areas, which don’t cut into cabin space as do normal balconies -- meaning you have more room to move around. Bathrooms are also roomy. What Makes Them Stand Out? While global in scale, Avalon Waterways is best known for offering high-end cruises on brand new ships on European rivers. The oldest of the 15 Europe-based ships dates from just 2008, which makes it the youngest fleet of any size on European rivers. Newer ships generally mean that staterooms are larger and amenities are enhanced, and Avalon vessels are no exception. Who Travels With Them? Your fellow passengers are most likely to be age 50-plus English-speakers from North America or the UK. (Crews are all English-speaking). Where Do They Operate? Avalon is well known for their Europe cruises, but they travel all over the world as well.  They have five ships in Asia (sailing the Yangtze, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers), and one ship each in the United States (the American Queen, which sails the Mississippi) and South America (the Aria, which plies the Amazon). Avalon runs small-ship cruises through the Galapagos Islands as well. Why Travel With Them? Considering the spaciousness and innovativeness of its cabins, the fact that shore excursions and multiple dining options are included in the rates, and a chance to take advantage of some attractive early-booking discounts, Avalon can offer excellent value.

Icelandic Mountain Guides
4.7 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews341

9 TripsSee all

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Local Specialist Standard $ 251 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Founded in 1994, they focus on active travel, especially hiking, throughout Iceland. What Makes Them Stand Out? They offer everything from day tours to multi-day expeditions through Iceland’s extreme natural landscapes. Because the nature of Iceland beckons adventure travelers, this is a great way to see the country, from glacier walks to taking in expanses of lava fields, waterfalls, and other spectacular scenery. Their guides are extremely capable and knowledgeable, there to offer moral support as you embark on your trek as well as provide historical and cultural background to Iceland. Who Travels With Them? They are perfect for those who enjoy high intensity travel, and extreme hiking. Though there is some variety within that, there tours will be most enjoyed by physically fit and active travelers. Tours range from Easy to Difficult - the second level after easy is Moderate which involves 4-6 hours of walking per day. Where Do They Operate? They are entirely focused in Iceland. Their trips go all over the country, participating in active travel from ice climbing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, trekking, jeep tours and more. Why Travel With Them? If you’re looking for a challenge, or wanting to dip your toe into the experience of multi day hiking, this is a great place to start. Iceland is a land of extremes and hiking is just one way to experience this. Take into consideration if you are visiting Iceland for the first time you may not see everything as their tours are as much about the activity as well as the country.

Kuoda Travel
5.0 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews304

9 TripsSee all

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Local Specialist Luxury $ 462 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Since 2004, Kuoda travel has been crafting highly personalized, custom tours to Peru. While they specialize in Peru, they also offer tours in the countries of Ecuador and Bolivia What Makes Them Stand Out? They are pioneers in personalized travel to Peru. Expert local guides have unrivalled knowledge of local sites, customs, cultures, and geography. They can access insider experiences and have an active on-the-ground presence. Meet local hosts who speak fluent English and are available to take you through some of Peru’s most fascinating landscapes and archaeological ruins, and introduce you to exclusive culinary secrets. You’ll stay in boutique luxury hotels exuding Peruvian personality and hospitality. Who Travels With Them? Their trips are in the luxury realm. They attract discerning travelers ranging from young adults to seniors looking for a personalized experience. Itineraries are innovative and catered to you. Prepare for a decadent travel experiences: fresh and fined tuned, created with the passion they feel for Peru. Where Do They Operate? Their speciality is Peru, offering fully-customized journeys anywhere from Machu Picchu, the Amazon jungle, Lake Titicaca, the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Paracas, and Nazca. Although Peru is Kuoda’s home base as well as where the majority of their trips operate, they also offer personalized  journeys to Ecuador and Bolivia. Why Travel With Them? They take great care to craft enriching, private travel experiences. You’ll see Peru through many angles, but always with an aspect of luxury. Kuoda strives to ensure that they help travelers forge deep connections – connections to your destinations, to the local culture, and to each other. With an understanding that leisure time is important and precious - they offer high caliber personal attention and service every step of the way, from planning to on the ground in Peru.

Kensington Tours
4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews238

5 TripsSee all

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Global Operator Luxury $ 513 Custom/Private Tour Operator

Stride Take: Kensington Tours is an award winning travel company offering in depth tours with experienced guides, unique activities and premium accommodations.  What Makes Them Stand Out? Specialized travel experiences created by knowledgeable experts in destinations and experiences. Their local guides add a personal touch as they provide true insider knowledge and make the trip that much more memorable. You can take multiple types of tours from safari to river cruise, active adventure to honeymoon. They also have a unique Explorer in Residence program where you can take a tour guided by explorers such as travel photographers and storm chasers.  Who Travels With Them? Due to their wide variety of tours, Kensington appeals to all age ranges. Their trips do tend to be in the higher budget range, but lower budget options can be found as well. They are well known for their small group tours which are some of their top sellers. Where Do They Operate Kensington is well known for their Africa tours and safaris, but they also operate trips around the world, in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.  Why Travel With Them? They promise that their expert guides will “transform a vacation into an experience of a lifetime.” If you’re looking to truly get to know your destination, want to explore in comfort, and have local experiences as well as seeing the famous sights, Kensington would be a great choice. 

SouthAmerica.travel
4.7 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews211

2 TripsSee all

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Local Specialist Luxury $ 249 Custom/Private Tour Operator
Quasar Expeditions
4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews185

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Luxury $ 710 Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Southern Explorations
4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews122

2 TripsSee all

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Regional Expert Standard $ 367 Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Take: Seattle-based Southern Explorations is a leading purveyor of adventure-oriented small group and customized tours to Latin American destinations. Wide ranging activities may include trekking and hiking, camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling and Scuba diving, sailing, skiing and snowshoeing – or wine tasting and wildlife viewing.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  They have a commitment to expending resources in the local communities they visit, hiring local guides and support staff, using locally owned lodgings, and making donations to local conservation organizations.  Who Travels With Them? Southern Explorations Tours tend to attract adventurous travelers in their 30s and 40s as well as fit older travelers.  Where Do They Operate? Primarily South America, including Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia, as well as Central America (Costa Rica and Panama). They also offer small ship adventure cruises in the Amazon, Galapagos Islands, and Antarctica.  How Does It Work? You can choose between pre-set land or sea itineraries or they will arrange tours customized to your specifications. Accommodations are locally owned and range from three to five star quality, including haciendas, refugios, and lodges as well as hotels and cruise ships.  Why Travel With Them?  Staff members are experienced adventure travel experts who each travel to Latin America every year, inspecting accommodations and sites and keeping up to date with field offices. Guides are local, know the territory intimately, and are fluent in both English and Spanish.

Poseidon Expeditions
4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews110

6 TripsSee all

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Regional Expert Luxury $ 516 River Cruise Line

Stride Take: Since 1999, Poseidon Expeditions has been leading adventures to the world’s Polar Regions. What Makes Them Stand Out? An innovator in polar exploration, Poseidon takes you on a breathtaking journey through icy waters and snow. They offer such activities as camping in Antarctica, penguin viewing (of course!) and adventure sea kayaking through their own kayaking club.  Who Travels With Them? The great thing about a cruise is even the most cautious traveler can visit adventurous destinations. They do require a single supplement if you are traveling solo, so unless you’re ok paying a bit extra, their trips are ideally suited to families or couples. The average age of travelers is between 45 and 65 and they recommend that travelers be physically fit. Where Do They Operate? Poseidon Expeditions specializes in the polar regions of the world, meaning Antarctica and the Arctic. You will visit the enchanting lands of Greenland, and experience the thrill of dodging ice in a zodiac in Antarctica; cruise through Iceland, and visit the North Pole. Due to their specialized focus, they have extensive expertise in these regions, giving you an in depth look at their tremendous beauty and history. Why Travel With Them? For an adventurous travel experience including fun shore excursions such as hiking and a lot of on-ship activities such as whale watching. Knowledgeable expedition guides provide expert insight on local wildlife, and the science behind the incredible landscapes you’ll explore.

Vaya Adventures
5.0 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews108

5 TripsSee all

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Regional Expert Standard $ 492 Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Take: South America focused, Vaya Adventures was founded in 2004 and brings you up and close and personal with many facets of South American culture. What Makes Them Stand Out? As specialists in custom trips as well as specific regions in South America, they are the perfect place to go for unique travel experiences. They offer several different types of trip, from family oriented to couples getaways.  Who Travels With Them? Anyone looking for a specialized trip in South America. Their tours are ideally suited to travelers interested having a hand in creating an itinerary, and many of their activities are “adventurous.” Think treks to Machu Picchu or glacier walking in Patagonia. Where Do They Operate? They operate trips throughout South America, including cruises to the Galapagos and Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? For an exceptional tailor made journey, which will introduce you to South America beyond the tourist sights. Additionally, if you’re concerned about eco-friendly travel, it should come as no surprise that a company that focuses in a land vastly covered with rainforest, operates responsibly. They work with environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance, to work towards preservation.

Sail in Greece
4.6 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews107

4 TripsSee all

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Local Specialist Budget $ 57 Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line

Stride Take: Sail in Greece Adventures is a new company based in London that runs small-ship party boats in the Greek Islands. Their motto is “Smash Reality.”  What Makes Them Stand Out?  They’ve identified a niche market and try to do everything to please it. While based in London, they have offices in Athens and are experienced in Greece travel.  Who Travels With Them? Customers are restricted to those 18-35 years of age; passengers generally like drinking, dancing, loud music, and general partying on a budget. Many are British.  Where Do They Operate? Their small ship and yacht cruises sail in the Cyclades, Greek Islands, between ultra-popular Mykonos and Santorini, with stops on the isles of Ios and Paros. You can also work out custom itineraries on their eight-passenger yachts.   How Does It Work? Cabins on these ships are shared twins and quite small, but most passengers spend their time up on deck. You can bring your own alcohol or purchase aboard. Special “booze cruises” in some ports may be purchased separately, and they throw a private beach party on Paros. Basic fares are low, but you may pay more with add-ons.  Why Travel With Them?  If you fit the age profile and like to party with like-minded people on some of the world’s most beautiful islands and deep-blue seas, you’ll find a good match with Sail in Greece Adventures.

Myths and Mountains
5.0 | Excellent | 77 reviews77

96 TripsSee all

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Regional Expert Luxury $ 374 Group Tour Operator

Stride Take: Since it was founded in 1988, Myths and Mountains has endeavored – and succeeded – in immersing travelers deeply in the culture of destinations where they conduct both group and custom-designed trips. Each itinerary is focused upon one or more “core concepts” intended to provide unique insights into a destination. What Makes Them Stand Out? The concepts around which each trip is planned are not intended to limit participants’ experiences. Instead, they provide inspiration to explore a destination more deeply and fully, based upon the unique attributes of the local culture. For example, depending upon the destination, the “Culture and Crafts” focus might include learning traditional crafts or cooking local delicacies. “Natural Healing” and “Traditional Medicine” may visit a shaman festival or include a visit with indigenous healers in a rain forest. There also are itineraries that explore the “Environment and Natural History” of a destination, and “Religion and Pilgrimage Sites.” Who Travels With Them? Travelers with Myths and Mountains are seeking to delve below the surface of a country and its culture, and meet and interact with its people. People who travel with Myths and Mountains to Nepal, India, or Bhutan also have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the company-supported READ Global centers there. Those self-sustaining projects provide education and community development to residents of isolated villages. In the past two decades, the close to 80 READ (Rural Education and Development) centers that have been established continue to improve the lives of people in countless ways. Where Do They Operate? Given its goal of introducing travelers to life-changing experiences, it’s not surprising that Myths and Mountains steers clear of more tourist-trodden destinations. It offers guided trips to six countries in each of Asia, Southeast Asia and South America, plus recently added visits to Cuba. A “Customize Your Trip” link to each planned itinerary described on the website enables those who wish to do so to tailor a tour to their own interests and preferences. How Does it Work? Depending upon the location, Myths and Mountains augments familiar ways of getting around with modes of transportation that are indigenous to a destination. They include trekking through stunning landscapes, exploring caves in a sea canoe and hiking over lava fields to a volcano. Why Travel With Them? The Myths and Mountains approach to immersing travelers in the essence of a destination is a major reason why it attracts a very high percentage of repeat clients. You will return home with not only new understanding about a part of the world but also with memories of very personal experiences that will linger for the rest of their lives. For Myths and Mountains, the belief that “There is no such thing as one itinerary fits all” is not just a slogan. It’s the way the company does business. As a result, travelers benefit in ways well beyond only seeing a destination. They get to know and understand its history, environment, and especially the people who live there. They come away with an understanding of a new and different society that results from being a participant in its traditions and mores, rather than just an observer.

Explore!
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Global Operator Standard $ 192 Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Take: Founded in 1981, Explore is a global adventure outfitter with a wide range of trips across various styles. They are headquartered in the U.K. but have recently opened an office in the United States to service American customers. What Makes Them Stand Out? Explore has 30+ years of experience delivering high-quality trips. They keep groups to a manageable size of 14-16 travelers to encourage a more authentic, memorable experience for all. Explore also uses local leaders whenever possible so you can be sure to get the local perspective on everything from the history and culture to the best restaurants and bazaars. Who Travels With Them? Active travelers seeking a fun, interesting travel experience. They offer 450 trips in over 120 countries with trips trending towards the more active side. Think cycling, trekking, and walking. However, it is possible to find an Explore trip where culture and urban exploration are the focus and where just a minimum level of fitness is required. Where Do They Operate? Explore travels to all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica!) and offers trips in over 120 countries. How Does it Work? Explore offers three classes of travel: Simple, Classic, and Premium, with the majority of trips categorized as 'Classic.' Expect to pay a bit more for 'Premium' tours as they usually offer more included meals and a higher class of accommodation. Another nice feature is Explores 'Tour Pace' designation, which is on a scale from 'Relaxed' to 'Full On,' with most trips falling in between as 'Moderate' or 'Busy.'  Why Travel With Them? Choose Explore if you are looking for a more active trip without a lot of creature comforts. Explores trips are very well priced and leave some flexibility in terms of meals. Expect mixed-aged groups with the average traveler in their 30s as well as a mix of nationalities, but trending towards mostly Brits. Additionally, Explore is very active in practicing responsible tourism and supports a number of different local charities in various destination countries.

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