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Exodus Travels

4.6 | Excellent
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4.6 out of 5

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10,849 Reviews

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imperial china and yangtze river cruise

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

5.0 May 2017 Recommend: Yes
this holiday exceeded all of my expectations
there were too many to name just one .

our group leader jenny lu was top class she never failed us and with a group of fifteen treated everyone with respect ,and went above and beyond her duties i cannot speak highly enough of her.

if you are hesitating about this holiday go for it ,but be prepared as it is full on.

we were a group of mixed ages and abilities ,but if you go with an open mind you will enjoy every minute of it and will go home home with some wonderful memories and hopefully a few new friends.

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

Great Wall - great everything!

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

5.0 May 2017 Recommend: Yes
What a great trip that was! It was relentlessly busy and heaving with people, but so enjoyable. We were constantly on the go, spending no more than three nights in any one location. Three slightly uncomfortable nights on a 'soft sleeper' train, and three very comfortable nights on the Yangtze river boat, except the last noisy one when we travelled through the five locks at the Three Gorges Dam. But any discomfort paled into insignificance at each destination. I saw far more of the country than I had expected, both urban and rural, and now have a much better understanding of China, its culture and people - and the food, glorious food!
The limestone mountains, thousands of them, covered in greenery in the Yangshou region were a revelation, breathtaking! We climbed up one of them, the Xianggong mountain - via a staircase! Also sailing through the lesser gorges on a smaller boat was one of those 'I can't believe I'm here' moments. On a lighter note, we enjoyed learning to play PROPER Mahjong on the boat, on a proper mechanical table.

Jenny Lu was a breath of fresh air and a ray of sunshine, always full of smiles and energy and enthusiasm. She led us through the included and optional excursions and meals, and through the complicated travel arrangements and crowded stations with confidence and authority, and always readily pointed out a western toilet where available! We learned so much about living and working in China as well as the history and culture.

The trip notes mention about the need to be able to climb stairs, sometimes with luggage. This is true! If you take part in all the optional activities, there are even more stairs! Also getting your luggage on and off the train at some stations can be difficult, but help was usually at hand within the group or from porters. The temperature was unusually high for May, up to 31 degrees and extremely humid. My advice is, ignore the discomfort and embrace everything with an open mind and open heart!

The recommended amount of currency is very much on the low side. If you wish to enjoy everything on offer and if you are not strong willed when it comes to shopping, then you will need more, although it is easy to get some from the ATM. In larger shops e.g. the silk shop in Shanghai you can pay with a card.

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

Ann Fisher

Essential Peru

3.0 May 2017 Recommend: Yes
I knew about the long coach journeys and early starts - but I did find the travel more tiring than I expected .
Flying over the Nazca Lines was amazing
Also going to the floating reed islands on lake Titicaca and watching The Condors flying in the Colca Canyon

Diana was an excellent tour leader- first aider, kitchen assistant - she did everything she could to make the trip go smoothly

Really think if the really long and frequent travel days are right for you

Despite the long travel days, this was an interesting and varied trip

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  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Amazing Gringo Adventure

Essential Peru

5.0 May 2017 Recommend: Yes
Utterly eyeball blowing. So much to see you do not want to miss a thing The scenery is stunning. I did not realise Peru was so diverse. From massive sand dunes and dry desert to impenetrable cloud forest. Yes there were long drives and really early starts but how else can you experience the variety of sights and activities.
Obviously Machu Picchu does not disappoint and the island stay is enlightening but sand boarding was so fun and I was impressed by the Nazca lines.

Aleks was great. He loves his country is knowledgeable and took really great care of us. We ate every evening as a group being taken to different restaurants.It makes the whole experience enriching.

Do the optional excursions such as sand buggies, sacred valley and star gazing. We opted not to fly over Nazca lines as view from tower was good and I was worried about air sickness but those who did it loved it.The high altitude does slow you down so be prepared for taking longer to get anywhere. The sungate walk is a must at Machu Picchu and stay til chucking out time as you have the site to yourself. Meals were cheaper than I expected so we did not spend as much as I had budgeted for,which was great. It was cold in Cusco and on Lake Titicaca especially at night so warm clothes needed. Trip notes are accurate so take their advice.

Just enjoy. After this trip you can say you have seen the best and most of Peru.

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

Touring Peru

Essential Peru

5.0 May 2017 Recommend: Yes
Never a dull day, so much to see. Even on the chill out days we took on the optional tours just to maximize the experience. It's a great place and the areas are so diverse from the coast, desert, mountains to the cloud forest.
There were lots of them but the build up was all about summiting with Macchu Picchu, initially disappointing, too many people, too many clouds totally obscuring the view and it rained. That was the morning in the afternoon the crowds cleared out, the skies also cleared so we had sunshine and Macchu Picchu to ourselves, well almost, it certainly felt like that.

Aleks was a great guide, he kept everything on track, what more do you need from a guide?

Before taking Essential Peru on please consider the following:
- It is no holiday, early starts, different location every night and loads of places to visit really mean there is little rest time.
- It's a very big country which means many miles to cover which clearly means you will spend a lot of hours on the bus
- Much of the trip is at altitudes most of us do not regularly experience, you maybe fit and will no doubt acclimatize but nonetheless any exertion will be hard work, so bear that in mind.
- When the sun comes out it is fierce so make sure you have plenty of lotion.
- The ATMs generally work but we found a lot of them to have a S400 limit which only equates to £100. You can change up Sterling but US dollars are the preferred currency.

The food is good and the Pisco Sours are tasty. It's also cheaper than we expected, we actually overbudgeted by about £500.

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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.

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.

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From Exodus Travels

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.

Associations:

International Air Transport Association, Federation of Tour Operators, Association of British Travel Agents

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16 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 3,815

Highlights

  • 5 nights full-service camping in a variety of campsites (some quite basic), 6 nights in permanent tented camps with shared facilities and 4 nights in hotels with en suite facilities
  • Travel by specialist overland vehicle, 4WD and on foot
  • Some drives on rough roads

Your chance to

  • Travel on a classic overland expedition visiting Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda
  • Enjoy one precious hour in the company of Rwanda's Mountain gorillas
  • Spend a full day discovering the vast plains and abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara
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15 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 4,955

Highlights

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels, all en suite, 7 nights on Cachalote in twin cabins with en suite facilities
  • Travel by flight, minibus, train and motor yacht
  • Spends time at altitude
  • Optional Inca Trail daywalk

Your chance to

  • Discover the 'Lost City of the Incas'
  • Walk a short section of the Inca Trail
  • Explore the Galapagos Islands by motor yacht
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15 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 3,645

Highlights

  • Arrive Kuching, capital of Sarawak.
  • Day trip to Bako N.P.; famous for Proboscis monkeys.
  • Fly to Mulu N.P.; sunset walk to Deer Cave for bat exodus.
  • Full day exploring Mulu N.P.
  • Early rise for dawn chorus in Mulu; fly to Kota Kinabalu.
  • Free day; optional snorkelling and island trip, wetland birdwatching or cultural village.
  • To Kinabalu N.P.; visit Sabah Tea Plantation.
  • Visit Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary en route to Sepilok.
  • Visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary; optional visit to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
  • To Danum Valley Conservation Centre.
  • Full day guided walk in Danum Valley.
  • To Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Dawn wildlife cruise on the Kinabatangan River and forest walks.
  • Vist Gomantong Caves; transfer to Sandakan.
  • Depart Sandakan.
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15 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 2,555

Highlights

  • Start Nagpur; transfer to Pench.
  • Explore the park by Jeep.
  • To Kanha; evening game drive.
  • Transfer to Bandhavgarh; evening free.
  • Drive to Katni railway station; overnight train to Agra.
  • Arrive Agra; afternoon sightseeing at Agra Fort and sunset visit to the Taj Mahal.
  • Drive to Delhi; afternoon optional sightseeing.
  • End Delhi.
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