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Luxury Travel Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Tour Reviews

Classic South India

Classic South India - Premium

2.0
March 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: No
The holiday overall gave me a very good experience of Southern India. unfortunately I felt the trip notes were very misleading. The majority of the coach journeys were longer than stated the worst being from Coonor to Cochin (trip notes 5 - 6 hours) this took 10 hours and we were told that on a previous trip it had taken over 11 hours. If we had known there would be so much time spent in the coach we may well have considered some other holiday in India. There were other things that were underwhelming e.g the botanical gardens in Ooty which although it was a pleasant park was devoid of flora and every member of our group looked for orchids (see trip notes) but found none. There was also a mention of buying fish from fishermen in Fort Kochi and having it. cooked for lunch in a local restaurant but there was no mention of this when we were there. We were looking forward to more free time to explore or just relax but possibly due to extended time on the road this was not possible. I felt we had far less time outdoors than I would have liked but maybe I had wrongly anticipated the holiday format.
Mysore, we had a very good local guide and covered a lot of interesting palaces and temples in the time there. Our Exodus guide also took us to the Kaveri River to observe rituals etc., to the Chamundshwari temple high up overlooking Mysore and the Nandi statue carved out of solid granite these three places being additions to the Exodus itinerary.

Eugene our leader was excellent. He did not overload us with information but was always keen to give additional details when asked. He was very knowledgeable, had a good sense of humor and coped well with everyone in the party of 16.

Unless you are the sort of person who enjoys "coach trips" my advice would e to think twice about this trip. Ther was a huge distance covered and a lot fitted in but it was not an ideal holiday for myself or my husband. We do no regret the trip as the plusses were greater than the niggles!

Rewrite the trip notes.

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Classic Vietnam & Cambodia - Awesome!

Classic Vietnam & Angkor

5.0
March 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Takes a while to get used to the frenetic pace of Vietnam (ie; confidence to cross the road!) People were so friendly. Halong Bay was magical, even though the weather wasn't brilliant and the kayak was worth it. At times it felt a bit rushed although that may be because most opted for the additional activities. Very little down time. I'm glad we finished with Cambodia and the temples as it felt slightly calmer. Wish we had one more day in Cambodia to do a bit more than the temples, ie; visit the food markets.
Halong Bay - cruising through the structures and the first glimpse of Angkor Wat. Both truly magical
Hoi An because it was a bit quieter and pedestrianized so easier to walk around and explore.
Street food tour in Hanoi.

Our group leader in Vietnam Mao was great. We were a large group of 16 and he did well to manage and accommodate us all. He had a lovely temperament and was always courteous and polite. He had a lot of knowledge to share and did well to keep us in check.
Our guide in Cambodia was also very good, but at times it felt as though other groups received more information. To be honest, we only had a few days with him so it was hard for him to build a relationship with us. However, the driver he organised for us was just so helpful keeping us supplied with water and cold wipes.

This is a full on trip - be warned there is not much down time.
Pools in most hotels, but little opportunity to use them.
The sunrise over Angkor Wat is worth it, but you will be sharing it with thousands of others.
If you get hit with D&V you can buy Cipro over the counter which worked for me.

The place was inundated with selfie sticks which was really annoying!
Don't do the buffet style meal in Cambodia - there must be better quality places to eat.
The litter in Vietnam is a real issue and takes something away as it's everywhere. For example, there is no way I would have swum in Halong Bay as the water is full of rubbish. Conversely Cambodia was relatively clean.

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Amazing 16 day family vacation in South Africa

The Greatest Safari On Earth

5.0
March 2017
Mahlatini Luxury Travel
Recommend: Yes
We just came home from an amazing 16 day family vacation in South Africa. We used them to plan our trip as we didn't even know where to start. The vacation was outstanding and we didn't have to worry about everything. They took care of all of the details right down to the smallest aspects. For example, one of the places we stayed stared to tell us the dinner specials and said "we won't share the seafood options because we know that no one in your family eats seafood". We actually looked at each other and laughed. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking to go on a trip to Africa.
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An experience that will never be forgotten

South Luangwa Walking Safari - Premium

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A most wonderful holiday in all aspects. The wildlife was exceptional, with each encounter whether it was a pride of lions or a group of puku we were able to spend time watching their behaviour without being disturbed by other trucks. It was as if it was our own private park! The walking safaris were really exciting and we learn't many things about the wildlife from many signs. For anyone who is familiar with safaris in Kenya and Tanzania this trip offers a much more intimate experience
So many really but seeing the Wild dogs stood out for me as I have been to many parts of Africa and failed to see them. Another great moments was having sundowners amidst hundreds of Carmine bee eaters who performed beautifully for us.

Stephen our group leader was outstanding in every way. His knowledge of his country and wildlife was second to none. He never failed to find us something inspirational to see. It was great to have him dine with us and share his knowledge about the days viewing.
I must say that all the staff we encountered from the Bushcamp company were exceptional and showed us great hospitality and kindness.

Stock up on sleep before you go if you can as there is so much to see and hear both during the game drives and in the camp at night. Sleep for me was limited as I found every minute exciting.
You will need few clothes as the camps offer a free laundry service. Take lots of memory for you camera and binoculars are a must, because you will find yourself trying to spot something before the guides do!

If you love safaris then this trip is a must. I would love to return after the rains to see a whole different South Luangwa

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Walking n the Azores

Walking in the Azores - Premium

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Walking in the Azores was as good as expected - the islands are quite stunning and to see so many islands in one week and to do so much made it very special. It is a busy trip but we managed to see quite a lot. The walking was varied but not difficult, I used a walking stick on most days when going downhill. The views are amazing when the weather is clear, it was mostly hot and sunny and when it rains lightly (which it probably will even in August) it is never for long.
The best for me were the trip to Sao Jorge were we started in quite heavy rain with limited visibility and ended up in hot sunny weather swimming in natural pools in the sea and the walks on Sao Miguel. The Azores: lush, green, easy walking and stunning views.

Bruno was an excellent group leader with an impressive knowledge of the islands and its history and a pleasure to be with. He took great care to know our interests and highlighted specific details to suit, we were very well looked after. Bruno has great passion for the Azores.

It was quite warm and humid so dress lightly, it will rain at some point. I used lighter walking boots which were fine but didn't intend going up Mt Pico. If needed go walking in hills to strengthen legs before you come as there are some easy but steep paths. One of the ferry journeys was nearly 2 hours so take travel sickness pills if you are not good on boats.

It was a full week visiting four islands but I would have loved an option to extend for another few days to see another island especially Flores island in the western archipelago.

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Luxury Travel Trips & Tour Advice

Luxury travel could mean staying a five-star hotel in Europe, a beautiful resort on the Indian Ocean, or a luxurious tented campground on an African safari. It could mean traveling aboard a specially outfitted train, a deluxe river or small cruise ship or even by bicycle, as long as meals, lodging and support is top notch. Many tour operators offer luxury group tours or will plan one exactly to your specifications.

Private Tours and "Backstage Access"

Luxury doesn’t have apply just to the accommodation style. It also means high caliber, exclusive tour experiences, such as an after hours tour of the Vatican or a wine tasting in Burgundy hosted by the winemaker himself. These types of tours are an amazing way to get some one-on-one time with experts in their fields, ask questions, and gain insight into some of the worlds most impressive sights you might otherwise miss if surrounded by crowds.

Villas, Resorts, and Glamps

Accommodation is one of the largest considerations on a luxury tour. While many budget or mid-range tours tend to opt for a basic style, luxury tours take their accommodation seriously. From beachside resorts to glamping, luxury accommodation is something to write home about. 

Feel the timelessness of Europe in a villa getaway. Nothing beats waking up to rolling hills of vineyards and roaming the rustic grounds. Feel like a local as visit nearby markets for fresh produce, and enjoy watching the world go by as you lingering over a coffee in a classic European cafe. 

Beach resorts are some of the most popular luxury getaways. Take a dip in crystal clear blue water, and enjoy lounging in the shade, feeling the warm breeze on a private stretch of beach. 

The relatively new concept of “glamping,” that is luxury camping, it’s actually quite a great way to be close with nature without having to rough it. And glamping destinations are becoming increasingly popular. Get the best of both worlds.

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