Best Amazon River Tour Companies

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Amazon Nature Tours

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America Rivers & Seas
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 469 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Tours in Amazon River 2 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Amazon Nature Tours is a tour operator that promotes "ecotours" to heighten awareness of environmental conservation. Through Amazon Nature Tours, Travelers worldwide are helping local communities gain income while preserving the environment.

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Across South America

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 10 Trips
Size Regional Expert
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 3 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review For over a decade, their local experts have helped design specialized and customized itineraries for travelers looking for a unique South American experience. What Makes Them Stand Out? Specializing in South America travel, this boutique agency allows you to create and tailor a memorable South American trip. They take care of all logistics, including flight planning and even a “personal concierge” throughout the trip. You only have to sit back and relax during your South America tour. Who Travels With Them? Because all Across South America itineraries are entirely custom designed, they are great for a wide range of travelers. All ages from young adults to seniors looking for a personalized and unique way to experience South America will find their perfect trip. They are especially popular among honeymooners and families. All itineraries have a minimum of 1-week duration. Where Do They Operate? Their speciality is Argentina and Chile, offering fully-customized journeys anywhere from Patagonia, Iguazu Falls, Ibera Marshall, the lake region, wine region of argentina and chile, Buenos Aires estancias, and Antarctica. Additionally you can find personalized extensions to Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay. Why Travel With Them? You have access to a selective and exclusive choice of specially curated experiences to discover the ‘real’ South America – without compromising comfort. Their local experts have traveled the length and breadth of South America to source the most wonderful experiences. If you want to fall in love with South America, this is a good place to start.

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Lost World Adventures

4.9 | Excellent
100% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Africa Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 55 Trips
Average Price $ 447 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 3 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Founded in 1987, Lost World Adventures offers private and customized trips to South and Central America and Antarctica. What Makes Lost World Adventures Stand Out? Lost World Adventures provides luxury trips in South America, for a discerning clientele. Your guide will get to know you before beginning to plan your customized experience. If you want to have a relaxing beach vacation, they can arrange that. Or if you’d rather hike up the adrenaline, they are able to offer that as well. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Lost World Adventures? Specializing in South America, Lost World Adventures provides a luxury travel experience in adventures destinations. This can seem like a dichotomy, but is the perfect fit for adventurous travelers who are still looking for a comfortable bed and a cocktail at the end of the day. Tours are catered, customized, and private - they can accommodate anyone from honeymooners to large family or friend groups. Lost World Adventures is best suited to those travels seeking a highly customized experience. If you have some pre-set ideas about what you want to see and do, you’ll enjoy working with Lost World Adventures - and you’ll know you’re making the most of the specialized service they offer. Trips are generally in middle to high price range - if you are looking for a budget trip, you probably won’t find it here. Tours with Lost World Adventures are best enjoyed by those who don’t mind paying for the finer things in life. Top Destinations Lost World Adventures are focused in South and Central America, with a variety of trips from beach vacations to Costa Rica, food tours in Argentina, or Machu Picchu adventures. They are also among the few small companies providing cruises to Antarctica. Lost World Adventures Travel Style Luxury and customized is the name of the game! The travel style and activity level on your trip is largely determined by you, as you discuss with your Lost World travel planner about the kind of trip you’re looking for. Why Choose a Tour with Lost World Adventures? If you want to feel well taken care of from start to finish, and know that you’ll be staying in luxury accommodations, with the best restaurant recommendations and a private guided view of South America. The variety of trip types and themes available make Lost World the perfect choice if you know you want a luxury and high caliber trip but aren’t quite sure yet what you want to see or do. Browse their trips and read itineraries to get a better idea of what you’re looking for. From food and wine tours and adventure tours to beach getaways and cruises - all of which are customizable to your likes and dislikes. If you’d prefer not to overly customize, they have pre-set itineraries as well.

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Delfin Amazon Cruises

0% Recommend
South America
Total Trips 5 Trips
Average Price $ 837 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Tours in Amazon River 1 Tours in Amazon River
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Kuoda Travel

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America
Total Trips 9 Trips
Average Price $ 462 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 1 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review 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 Kuoda Travel 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 Will Enjoy Traveling with Kuoda? Travelers who value a high quality of comfort throughout their trip, yet are adventurous minded and want to explore the many aspects of Peruvian culture will fit well on Kuoda trips. These trips are designed to provide a luxury travel experience, including private guides and many unique activities. Their trips are in the luxury realm, attracting discerning travelers ranging from young adults and families 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. Top Destinations 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. Kuoda Travel Style The Kuoda Travel style is somewhat up to you. They will craft individual itineraries based on your interests. They have 6 broad travel themes to choose from if you need some inspiration: Family Travel, Gastronomy, Adventure, Wildlife & Nature, Cultural, and Ancient. Why Choose a Tour With Kuoda Travel? 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.

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Latin Adventures

4.5 | Great
88% Recommend
South America
Total Trips 22 Trips
Average Price $ 203 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
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Stride Review Founded in 2010, out of a passion for travel and sharing the unique cultures and nature of Latin America, Latin Adventures strives to provide unique itineraries and unforgettable experiences. What Makes Them Stand Out? A focus on authenticity, sustainability, and local perspective keeps Latin Adventures trips fresh and fun. Despite their young status as a tour operator, they already have received numerous industry accolades. They have a special focus in Ecuador, offering numerous tours around the the countries many diverse regions. Aside from multi-day adventures they also offer day tours. Who Travels With Them? Their trips are best suited to active travelers who are looking for a trip with a lot of outdoor time. It’s a great option for families, young single travelers, or those who are young at heart and physically fit. Where Do They Operate? They specialize in Ecuador travel, including the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is a unique country in that it showcases many different landscapes, climates, and wildlife. You can choose tours in the Andes mountains, the Amazon, or the famous “Volcano Avenue”. Why Travel With Them? If you’re looking for an adventurous, outdoorsy tour with local knowledgeable guides, this could be a great option. They are excited to share the beauty and diversity of Ecuador with travelers and their tours promise to be fun and engaging. Small groups and tailor-made private options are available.

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Large Minority

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America Asia
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 206 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 1 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Team and challenge based adventure holidays throughout parts of Southeast Asia and the Amazon. What Makes Them Stand Out? This is a unique kind of travel that involves a sense of adventure and competition. Similar to the Amazing Race, you are presented with checkpoints to reach and challenges to participate in along the way. While there is a large element of fun to their approach, they place a strong emphasis on helping and contributing to local communities. Some of their challenges are called “charity challenges” centered around creating as positive an impact as possible. Who Travels With Them? They are definitely geared toward younger travelers, in the 18-30 range. Activities are often physically challenging and the process definitely requires a sense of excitement about the unknown and figuring things out on the ground. Where Do They Operate? Their challenges are focused in SE Asia, and they also operate a challenge in the Amazon. The “Lanka Challenge” takes you in a rickshaw all around Sri Lanka (multiple routes are available). The “Cambo Challenge” takes place in Cambodia with you and a tuk tuk. One route with many fun activities and challenges along the way. The “Philippines Sailing Challenge” involves sailing the waters of the Philippines in a traditional “paraw”. The “Amazon Challenge” takes you into the jungle waterways in a variety of vessels. Why Travel With Them? Consider their tours as a more “down to earth version of the Amazing Race.” They are team based adventure tours, so you’ll definitely enjoy traveling with the more if you like being competitive and working closely with others toward a common goal. The common denominator of course is travel and adventure, so you’ll most likely have a lot in common with everyone from the get-go.

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ROW Adventures

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 77 Trips
Average Price $ 482 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
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Stride Review Established in 1979, by ROW Adventures began as a whitewater rafting company, which now offers many different kinds of active adventure trips. Their award winning trips have been featured in National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” and Travel and Leisure has named them one of the “World’s Best Tour Operators.” What Makes ROW Adventures Stand Out? ROW Adventures has grown over it's 30 years as a family owned business to include all sorts of adventure travel offerings. They have a high guest to guide ratio, and specialize in small, customized tours, highlighting history and culture with the help of authentic local connections. Most trips involve some camping, but lodge-based options as well - higher end lodging, motels, and ecolodges are available as well, depending on the location and type of trip. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With ROW Adventures? At first blush, ROW Adventures may seem to only be intended for hard core adventure travelers and adrenaline junkies. In reality, they are less niche focused - striving to create active tours that will appeal to a wide range of travelers. It’s not just about Class 4 rapids! If you are active travel minded, relatively physically fit, and enjoy being outside - you will definitely find a tour to enjoy with ROW Adventures. They cater heavily to families, as well as couples, and even retired-aged adults, provided you don’t require mobility assistance, as these trips usually involve walking, hiking, and being active in general. ROW is particularly well suited to travelers who maybe have hesitated to book active travel tours in the past out of fear that cultural travel experiences will not be included. Rather than focus 100% their time on active travel, ROW itineraries also do an impressive job of incorporating visits to historical attractions and cultural activities. Additionally, it’s not all camping and roughing it - ROW has a very wide range of accommodation styles available from glamping to more traditional hotels. Top Destinations Row offers trips on five continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Antarctica. Almost all trips take place on or around water, and many involve kayaking, rafting, or other multisport activities. Among some of the most popular activities offered are sea kayaking in Baja, kayaking with Orcas in British Columbia, and they are the world's only tour operator through which guests can beach camp inside of the Galapagos National Park. ROW Adventures Travel Style While some of the main activities you’ll experience on most ROW trips are of course water based given their name, they also offer safaris, biking, and hiking trips. For those who can’t make up their minds, multisport itineraries are also available. Many trips utilize self-powered means of transportation, either sea kayak or raft. Others are cruise or yacht-based, hiking-based, or are supported by gear boats. All trips are accompanied by an extensive support staff. In fact the impressive guide to guest ratio on ROW Adventures trips is a huge plus for travelers. Accommodations on ROW Adventures trips are quite varied depending on the trip theme, time of year, and budget. You can find everything from luxury yachts in Croatia to camping the stars along the Idaho River. Why Choose a Tour with ROW Adventures? Whether you are a thrill seeker or just dipping your toe in the waters of adventure travel, ROW has the trip for you. With their focus on authentic local experiences, highly qualified guides, and intent to make each trip as special and personalized as possible, they are one of the best choices available for your next adventure trip.

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Action Peru Treks

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America
Total Trips 5 Trips
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 2 Tours in Amazon River
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Tours4Fun

4.8 | Excellent
91% Recommend
North America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Europe
Total Trips 1,189 Trips
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator

Stride Review One stop shop for finding tours and activities, from one day to multi-day, during your travels at affordable prices. What Makes Them Stand Out? A large variety of short trips (many trips are two day packages) around the world. They are an aggregator of lower priced tours, however don’t take the advertised prices at face value. Tours are one to three days, and they highlight a number of US city tours, adventurous locations such as Machu Picchu and Costa Rica, and classic tours such as in Paris and Rome. Large cruises are offered as well. Who Travels With Them? Be forewarned: their tours are almost entirely conducted in Mandarin! English speakers will not get a fully satisfying experience. But if you do speak Mandarin, their tours are well suited for young single travelers, families, and friend groups. A number of their trips are shorter, from one to three days in some cases. Where Do They Operate? You’ll be able to find tours all over the world, except for Antarctica, with an emphasis on the United States. How Does it Work? You want to be on the lookout for several hidden fees behind their lower than average tour prices. Even if you choose not to participate in certain activities, you will still be charged for them. They use bus transportation, and simple but comfortable accommodation. Food choices are similarly basic.   Why Travel With Them? If you speak Mandarin and are looking for a two to three day add on to a larger vacation, they could be a good option. Be careful when selecting a trip because additional fees may apply. Tours range from large to small groups, and include meals, transport, and accommodation - previous travelers warn that buses are cramped and don’t provide much leg room. Accommodations are in three star hotels - comfortable but not overly special.

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Great Value Vacations

4.3 | Great
93% Recommend
South America Africa Europe
Total Trips 396 Trips
Average Price $ 31 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Budget
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 1 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Great Value Vacations provides pre-packaged, competitively priced vacation itineraries suitable to all traveler types. What Makes Great Value Vacations Stand Out? Unlike traditional guided tours, Great Value Vacations provides professionally planned packages for independent travelers booking a vacation. Everything from flights to car rental is available through the Great Value Vacations booking process. Itineraries are designed by locals, so you can get a true sense of local authentic living while on your vacation. Their packages 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 local experts or the “feet on the street” as they call it. They choose only the highest quality places to send you and your travel companions. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Great Value Vacations? Travelers who want a fully vetted itinerary and the peace of mind that comes with having all components taken care of will love the experience of a Great Value Vacations package. Because of the great variety they have available, families, older travelers, and young professionals can all find something suitable on Great Value Vacations. It’s important to note that these trips are not a traditional group tour or private tour, with a guide. If you are looking for a different kind of packaged pre-set itinerary with a fellow group of travelers, we recommend checking out a few different group tour companies. These packages are great for independent minded travelers who still like the idea of a professionally planned itinerary, with unique experiences and activities, but plenty of free time. Great Value Vacations is also great for having all services in one place - including visa information, flight booking, hotel booking, and car rental. Great Value Vacations is also a great options for budget travelers. They partner with various deals sites like Groupon to provide ongoing deals and specials (although the voucher system might be a bit complicated). Top Destinations 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. Great Value Vacations Travel Style The Great Value Vacations travel style is about convenience coupled with confidence - for an unforgettable adventure. Most of their packages involve driving, and their rental car availability is comprehensive as well as a big part of the value when using a Great Value Vacations package. Itineraries include detailed directions, all your hotel information, and other important documents are available within 30 days of your booking. You are required to print all necessary documents provided to you via their Traveler Portal. Most packages include a few guided day tours and several activities ranging from cultural to active.   There are several vacation types and themes to choose from that are available through Great Value Vacations. These include everything from Luxury to Self Drive Vacations (which is one of their most popular).   Why Choose a Tour with Great Value Vacations? For the ease of booking a package all in one place, Great Value Vacations is a top choice. Their packages have the propensity to be a bit standard, however given that they are created by local experts - all itineraries bring a little something special to the itinerary. You’ll definitely see the important sites, as well as get some locally immersive hidden gems. 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 online booking system, eliminating the need for you to take any extra steps.

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Indus Travels

4.7 | Excellent
98% Recommend
Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe
Total Trips 237 Trips
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 3 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Canadian based Indus Travel offers budget friendly tours around the world for everyone from adventurous travelers to families. What Makes Indus Travel Stand Out? Their most popular tour offering is what they term “Unbundled Tours” where you book a group trip - meaning better price, but have the power to then customize your experience along the way. Not everyone may want to see xyz, so their itinerary structure allows everyone to tailor their travel experience. And it helps you choose those experiences, accommodations, meals etc that are within your price range. This does mean you’re dependent on the Indus guides on the ground handling a lot of complicated individual schedules effectively. Indus reviews indicate that this isn’t always a smooth ride, and often confusions arise both on the part of the traveler and the Indus organizers. Indus travel planners are available to help you design an ultra customized journey, using local experts. If you’re looking for something classic and cultural on a budget, they are a great choice. They strive to create balanced itineraries that include classic sightseeing as well as unique and authentic stops. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Indus? Budget travelers looking for an exciting group trip, but with the flexibility to “choose your own adventure”. Group sizes are kept small and they are popular with couples and small family groups. This style of group travel doesn’t always go smoothly however, so you’ll enjoy the experience more if you have an opened minded attitude and are ok with occasional changes on the ground. Indus crafts travel experiences with cost efficiency in mind, so if you’re expecting something more premium, Indus might not be for you. Top Destinations They organize trips around the world; top custom tour destinations include India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Peru. Excursions in destination depend largely on what you and your travel companions decide you want to see and do. Indus Travel Style The Indus travel style is about combining the best of independent travel with packaged travel. They will help arrange flights and accommodations, and your input creates a curated experience for your meals and activities. Hotels are usually in the 3 star range. They use a combination of public transportation such as ferries, trains, and buses, as well as their own coaches. These are comfortable, but usually with few upscale amenities. The max number of people on their tours is 22 according to the website, however be forewarned that several reviews state they had over 30 people on their tour. If group size is a very important factor for you when selecting a tour, you might want to consider looking around before deciding on Indus. Why Choose a Tour With Indus? If you are a budget traveler interested in a cost cutting travel solution, Indus is a great choice. Because they are specifically designed to be budget friendly, this does mean you might have to put up with some quirks along the way, so an easy-going attitude is good to have if choosing Indus. While their sales and customer service teams have some negative reviews, their guides on the ground are generally found to be knowledgeable and helpful.

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Monograms

4.7 | Excellent
96% Recommend
Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Europe
Total Trips 746 Trips
Average Price $ 240 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise

Stride Review Monograms, one of the Globus family of brands, offers classic vacation packages to many of the world’s most popular destinations. The company has many years of experience creating packaged tours and is based in Colorado, USA. What Makes Monograms Stand Out? It can be difficult to find a company that successfully marries two seemingly disparate ways of travel: independant or self guided and classic group travel. But at Monograms this is exactly the task they have set for themselves, and their positive reviews and large variety of products would seem to say they do a solid job. With Monograms there is no need to choose between self guided or group travel. You can personalize your experience as well - an important element for many of today’s travelers. Themes include Family travel, Food & Wine, Cruises, and Active. Monograms prides themselves on the all-inclusive nature of travel planning, pre-organizing everything from your airport transfer to your activities and meals. They also provide a Local Hosts program, which is basically like an in-destination concierge. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Monograms? Monograms is ideal for travelers who don’t love group travel but also highly dislike the stress of arriving in a destination and having to plan everything themselves. It’s for the traveler who wants the freedom of a private couple or family getaway and the comfort of a local guide who can assist with everything from restaurant recommendations to skipping the line at major attractions. Monograms is Globus’ mid-tier brand in terms of pricing and thus travelers span across many different age groups. Many couples choose Monograms for a romantic trip to places like Italy and France, although they also offer specialized packages for families. Most Monograms packages are a mix of group sightseeing tours and independent exploration. This can result in some very large touring groups when visiting popular tourist attractions like the Louvre in Paris, for example. However, most of their trips still afford some level of flexibility to explore a destination on your own terms. Top Destinations You can travel with Monograms to many different locations in Europe, Australia, Asia, South/Central America, and Africa. Perhaps their most well-known destination is Italy, and they also offer some unique trips to Australia, specifically to areas other similar tour companies don’t operate. Monograms Travel Style At Monograms, their travel style is about providing you with a no hassle private vacation, catered to your interests. Everything from honeymoon vacations to family vacations are available through Monograms. When you use Monograms, you can elect to have the help of a travel agent, or book a pre-planned package. Why Choose a Monograms Tour? For a well rounded trip, designed for you, and with an attentive local host there to make your journey as seamless and stress free as possible, Monograms is the perfect company. These tips are mostly private, so ideal for families, couples, and honeymooners - though during some days on the itinerary you will join up with a larger group for guided day tours Monograms is all about providing personal touches, and arranging a trip for you that matches your travel style. Providing some personal input and likes / dislikes / must sees is going to take your Monograms tour from “ordinary” to extraordinary, so these trips are best suited to travelers who like to be involved with planning the itinerary.

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Globus

4.8 | Excellent
99% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe
Total Trips 392 Trips
Average Price $ 270 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Tours in Amazon River 7 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Globus’ roots date 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 - together they carry more than a half million passengers annually. What Makes Globus Stand Out? 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. Offering inclusive, budget friendly coach tours, most notably in Europe, Globus is a classic escorted tour operator ideal for those travelers seeking a comfortable and fun travel experience.   Globus 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. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Globus? Globus tours are heavily aimed at active older travelers, particularly recent retirees and baby boomers in the 50+ range, as well as seniors. You have a desire to relax and feel at home, able to linger and appreciate classic sights as well as perhaps enjoy a cappuccino at a local cafe suggested by your tour leader. You don’t want to be rushed or hurried from place to place, yet are attracted to the benefits of guided travel - logistics taken care of and a guide to help keep the itinerary moving. 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. Top Destinations Today, still family owned, Globus operates in 60 plus 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. They are especially known for Europe and Canada Whether you're looking for vacation packages to Switzerland or the best Thailand tours, consider Globus. On European motor coach tours, Globus limits group size to 44, allowing for extra legroom on the bus. Globus Travel Style The Globus travel style is relaxed yet comprehensive. Group tours are designed to allow for personal time to explore, but with many pre-planned activities, excursions, and meals to enjoy throughout your vacation. Groups are medium size - and can accommodate large groups of friends or families. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new friends and like minded travelers. In Europe private tours are also available with Globus. for those looking to make this independent exploration possible to an even greater extent. An attentive Tour Director is never far away on a Globus trip. Globus tour directors are locals, who have input over the itinerary, lend their unique perspective, and take you to the best spots for meals, drinks, shopping, etc. They are also knowledgeable guides, introducing the culture and country’s history through visits to major sites and attractions. Globus travel style is about combining the best of “travel like a local” with the best of “classic tour sites”. Globus is not a luxury brand, but accommodations and transportation will be comfortable. Transportation is in large motorcoaches, equipped with wifi and large viewing windows. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Why Choose a Tour with Globus? Older active travelers not interested in slowing down just yet will appreciate the Globas approach. Globus makes amazing travel experiences reachable - for multiple budgets and styles. Super adventurous and independent minded travelers may be curious to explore other options before deciding on Globus. These kinds of fully escorted tours aren’t for everyone. You will have some free time, but most meals, excursions, and activities are inclusions in the price - leaving you somewhat out of luck if you don’t want to participate in a certain itinerary item. If you’re curious about group travel, other group tours provide more flexibility that could provide a more positive introduction to this style of travel. Globus offers many great perks for larger groups planning to travel. 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.

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Avalon Waterways

4.8 | Excellent
98% Recommend
South America Asia Africa Europe
Total Trips 246 Trips
Average Price $ 339 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Tours in Amazon River 3 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review 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 Avalon Waterways 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. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Avalon Waterways? While the majority of river cruise travelers are in the 50-plus range, more and more middle aged couples have been enjoying river cruises as well. Avalon is a good place to start, particularly for the more exotic destinations like the Mekong in Asia or the Amazon in South America. Travelers seeking a luxury minded cruise experience, without an overly pomp and circumstance feel, will love cruising the world’s rivers with Avalon. If you’re wary of river cruising as an extension of the “floating hotel”, Avalon makes sure that a focus on the region itself is felt onboard as well as through the port excursions. Local ingredients are used to make traditional dishes, and beer, wine, and spirits of the area are also showcased. Casual and comfortable, combining a relaxed atmosphere with a fine dining calibur food and wine, Avalon presents a quiet elegance without being stuffy. Travelers who like choice will appreciate Avalon’s numerous options when it comes to port excursion activities. Starting in 2019 and unlike many cruises, a majority of these excursions will be included in the price.   Top Destinations 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. Avalon Waterways Travel Style The comfort of their passengers is top of mind for Avalon. Whether this means the spacious viewing deck or numerous excursions available to satisfy different interests. There is a sense of casual elegance that Avalon portrays. The culture on board is professional while still friendly, and the furnishings are not overly opulent. Another thing that makes Avalon stand out is their attention to staying active and healthy. They have been a frontrunner in river cruises providing bikes and other ways to be active in each port stop. Why Choose a Cruise with Avalon Waterways? Avalon Cruises are comfortable, fun, and active. This is the perfect choice of cruise company for older affluent travelers seeking top notch river cruise experiences around the world. 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.

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Cosmos

4.0 | Great
100% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Asia Africa Europe
Total Trips 237 Trips
Average Price $ 168 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Budget
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 7 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Cosmos promises to “turn your travel dreams into reality” by offering affordable tours in several parts of the world. Part of the Globus group of travel brands, Cosmos has been running escorted tours for five decades since the 1960s. It touts its clout with hotels and other travel providers as a way of keeping down costs, with savings passed on to their customers. Most expenses are included in the tours, though you may be on your own for some meals and optional excursions. Cosmos started out offering value-priced European coach tours for budget-minded travelers, and now has added North American, South American, and some Middle East and North African destinations as well. Religious-themed tours of southern Europe and Israel as well as holiday season tours are all part of the mix. The company emphasizes that when you tour Europe, for example, you’ll stay like Europeans do, eat like Europeans do, and “share the European view of Europe.” That generally means comfortable but not luxury hotels, well-chosen neighborhood restaurants, varied means of transportation, and guided sightseeing of all the “must-see” sites, with extended stays in key cities. Cosmos also offers plenty of free time to explore on your own, a way of personalizing your group tour a bit.        

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AdventureSmith

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Europe Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 27 Trips
Average Price $ 447 per day
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Tours in Amazon River 2 Tours in Amazon River

Stride Review Similar Companies Abercrombie & Kent, Uniworld Known For Small Ship Tours, Adventure Cruise Vacations, Alaska Tours Commonly Searched Together: Compare Adventure Smith with these other tour companies Adventure Smith vs Uniworld

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Trexperience Peru

0% Recommend
South America
Total Trips 5 Trips
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 5 Tours in Amazon River
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Rainforest Cruises

4.5 | Great
100% Recommend
South America Rivers & Seas
Total Trips 4 Trips
Average Price $ 452 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type River Cruise Line

Stride Review Gulfport, Florida-based Rainforest Cruises is a conservation-minded agency specializing in small ship cruises on the Amazon River in three South American countries, as well as Galapagos Islands cruises.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  They have a narrow focus, are experienced in that niche, and can offer expert advice to help you choose your Amazon or Galapagos cruise.  Who Travels With Them? With so many options in price, style of ship, and destination, Rainforest Cruises appeals to any traveler of any age or budget who wants to visit the Amazon or Galapagos by small ship or riverboat.  Where Do They Operate? Primarily on the Amazon in Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador, as well as cruises in the Galapagos Islands. They have a minor presence in Panama and Bolivia.  How Does It Work? They feature four styles of riverboats and cruise ships: comfort, superior, luxury, and charter; suitable family and honeymoon choices are also noted. Comfort is the most basic level, while luxury vessels have the most amenities and largest cabins. You can charter a ship in any category at additional cost. Choose your cruise from among 25 ships in the Amazon region, 12 in the Galapagos and one each in Panama and Bolivia. The vessels range from houseboat-style to sailing ships to sleek yachts.   Why Travel With Them?  Rainforest cruises makes it easy to find the Amazon or Galapagos cruise that’s right for you.  All their ships are pictured on their website and categorized by style. You choose your destination and ship, with their advice if needed. You can also book land tour extensions through them to places like Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, or a stay at a jungle lodge.

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Matuete Brazil

0% Recommend
South America
Total Trips 1 Trip
Average Price $ 551 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Amazon River 1 Tours in Amazon River
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