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Exodus Travels

4.6 | Excellent
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Exodus Travels Reviews & Ratings
4.6 out of 5

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11,515 Reviews

Excellent 7,887 Great 2,894 Average 539 Disappointing 114 Terrible 52

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Tour Reviews

Costa Rica Coastal Secrets

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

4.0 August 2017 Recommend: Yes
A great trip where we saw so much wildlife and diverse habitats, enjoyed
walks and ate some excellent food.
The visit to the Sloth Sanctuary where we we given a brilliant talk on the
sloth. Seeing sloths in the wild, seeing the Quetzal in Savegre Cloud Forest,
getting close to the birdlife on the waterways of Tortuguero.


Gustavo was a friendly yet professional leader. His English was excellent and
his enthusiasm and knowledge of his country and the wildlife unsurpassed.


All our group flew out the a day early on the direct BA flight. It avoided
travelling through the USA and gave you time to recover from the flight and
do a local tour.
We just took US dollars which were accepted everywhere. The food and drink
not included were quite expensive The trip notes accurately reflect the
prices.
None of the walks were too physically challenging although the heat and
humidity were challenging at times. Insect repellent and sun screen a must.


Like another reviewer I agree that Atlantida Lodge was very much in need of
some repairs and maintenance. Another night at Villa Florencia would have
been appreciated to explore the surroundings. Our favourite lodge was Trogon
Lodge in Savegre cloud forest. Exceptional food, hot water bottles and gas
fires!


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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Costa Rica delivers!

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

5.0 August 2017 Recommend: Yes
Wow! What a trip. Everything I hoped for and a little bit more. Can't believe
how much we packed in. Can't believe I got into bird watching (or sighting
really). Can't believe I was so willing to rise at unearthly hours.
Going to sleep to the choral sounds of the rainforest. Waking to find we had
our very own house bat!


Erick was passionate and emotional about his country. He had fun with us. He
educated us and he fed us exotic treats.


Mosquitoes are a reality. Laundry services are very good value and free at
Drakes Bay. Jade museum in San Jose is impressive and right next door to a
great market. Horse riding at Savegre is really good value. Don't bother with
local currency. Stick with dollars.


The only disappointment was the trip to see the stone spheres, many of which
have been artificially relocated. If you are going to see them , find a
better site.


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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

5.0 August 2017 Recommend: Yes
A fantastic trip where we saw an abundance of wildlife. Whales, dolphins,
incredible bird life & amazing reptiles & amphibians. It was a tiring trip at
times (for a 60+, not so terribly fit person) but well worth the effort. The
scenery is beautiful from rocky beaches to mangrove swamps & forest walks.
The morning from Drake Bay when we were going snorkelling. I don't swim well
so was tempted to stay behind. As it turned out we saw lots of humpback
whales, many with babies, pan tropical dolphins & the lots of scarlet macaws
when we stopped at an island for a picnic lunch. A very special morning which
I felt privileged to witness. The quetzal watching in the beautiful Savegre
valley was also very special.


I have never met a leader who is more knowledgeable, caring, hard working &
fantastic at his job than Johnny. He really turned a great holiday into
something special. His wildlife knowledge really made a difference & his love
for his country shone through.


I took a walking pole which I found incredibly useful on the often slippery
up & down forest trails. It's also good to know that Drake Bay Wilderness
Resort will do your washing at no extra charge, with the humidity in the area
nothing can get dry.


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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Carpathian Walking and Bears

Carpathian Walking & Bears

5.0 August 2017 Recommend: Yes
A thoroughly enjoyable trip with good company and excellent guides - Tomas
from Exodus, Janina and Catarina from Villa Hermani. Most days were walking
- at variable heights and distances but one day was given over to
history/culture of the area. A good balance.
Seeing the bears! There were 2 opportunities - an evening in the hide and a
visit to the Sanctuary to see the 'rescued' animals. No- one could fail to be
moved by the stories of these bears.


Tomas was a very good guide. His knowledge of the area history and wildlife
had obviously been well researched.


Don't bother taking much lei ( local currency) - Euros are acceptable in most
places. Added to which, there isn't too much to actually buy. The extras at
Villa Hermani are extremely reasonable.
Make sure you take extra footwear - we got very wet one day and although
there is a 'warm room' , boots will not necessarily dry overnight.


The Villa Hermani is a terrific place to stay. My room - a single was very
comfortable - plenty big enough ,with a balcony, en suite and lots of hot
water. Needless to say, immaculate.
The food was excellent - no choice but well cooked and plentiful. Breakfast
was large with a good choice in the morning and for preparing packed lunch.
Book early if you want a single - there were not many available.
This is quite a demanding trip but well worth doing.
A former reviewer noted that some of the days' activities ended quite early
but I found that this was a good chance to rest, shower and compare notes
with other members of the party.


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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A largely positive, interesting and varied trip, despite four seasons is a week

Carpathian Walking & Bears

5.0 August 2017 Recommend: Yes
The walking was good, but maybe it was the varied other experiences and
activities that made the trip more special. The visits to Bran Castle, the
fortified church, the local "bar", Brasov. And of course the wildlife - the
bears and the fire salamanders. Most exceeded expectations.
The dip in the weather meant what were probably going to be the best hikes
were not possible. I feel that some re-arranging of the itinerary might have
benefitted us. Lovely and varied scenery, though.
The guesthouse as a base was great, and we were well looked after. Hikes
straight from the door are always a plus. As is unpacking and packing just
once.
It was the overall variety for me, therefore hard to pull out one
inspirational moment. And so I won't.


Overall he was good and I thank him for one particular action (enough said!).
Probably could have added a little more to what I got out of the trip,
especially in terms of understanding the history of the country and its
people.


While graded an activity level of 2, remember that this is in mountains with
20km covered one day. Inevitably the group travels at the speed of the
slowest.
You'll be pretty unlucky not to see bears - wild they are, but also fed so
the viewing from the hide is very likely to happen, and to be quite
enthralling. The binocs are a real plus here.


Probably worth adding that the Romanian people are certainly friendly /
welcoming.
The schnapps should be sampled (or the cherry brandy version if something
sweeter is preferred).
Stating the obvious, the people on the trip really do help to make it. And
this tour was a good bunch.
The bat cave wasn't a stand-out moment for me, but maybe at times it's rather
more populated (with bats, rather than people).


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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.

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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.

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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.

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It is all about adventure. That is what Exodus was founded upon and what the company is still all about. Discovering countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts and jungles; exploring this amazing planet we all live on.

At Exodus, we know what makes you tick when it comes to holidays. It’s a desire shared by so many others. A yearning to visit new places and come home with a real sense of what they’re all about. This means delving into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to its unique identity. At the same time, we always remember that we are only guests. So we travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise our impact, to ensure that every Exodus holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.

This is a philosophy we take with us around the world, helping you reach some incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across over 90 separate countries. We also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as we possibly can, making it simple for you to experience a very different holiday.

Exodus started life on 4 February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.

All our office staff have a passion for travel and adventure, and between us we’ve notched up experience that spans 171 different countries. That’s not all. In their former lives, our team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus – so no-one is better placed to create tours that appeal to a wide range of specialist interests.

Their care in putting all the details in place really shines through too. Extensive planning, research, fact-finding and training are a sign of our commitment to providing a holiday where your enjoyment, value for money and safety come first. It’s a telling reason why we remain one of the leading worldwide adventure tour companies. It is no exaggeration to say that our tour leaders can make a world of difference to the enjoyment of your holiday – so we choose them carefully. The result is that, in 2013, 93% of our clients stated that their leader exceeded their expectations. Where possible, we train and employ local leaders because they can provide invaluable insights that enrich the trip. What’s more, this investment in local staff really helps us benefit both them and their community.

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