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Personality Journeys

Personality Journeys

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 12 Trips
Average Price $ 184 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 3 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 432 – $ 1,477
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 9 Tours in Athens

Fabulous!

2 of us spent five days sailing, hiking, relaxing, paddle boarding, eating 'pastitsio', and having fun with Alex and George our wonderful guides.. couldn't have asked for more, thank you guys!
5.0 • Martin

Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Thank you for a wonderful, informative, flowery sailing and hiking holiday. You took very good care of us!
5.0 • Wendy
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Thank you for an amazing trip!

Perfect way to visit
5.0 • Fanni
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Sailing the Saronic islands 8 days
Sailing the Saronic islands 8 days Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Sailing & Hiking in the Cyclades 8 days
Sailing & Hiking in the Cyclades 8 days Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Mythical Peloponnese
Mythical Peloponnese Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Personality Journeys works with you to create a custom tailored journey in Greece. What Makes Them Stand Out? They make your Greece tour an adventure through fun, active itineraries. Tours are mainly private or semi-private, attractive to groups of friends, couples, and corporate trips. Their team are all experiences guides and travel experts in Greece. Having a specific regional focus helps them be able to really concentrate on finding the best outings, activities, food and accommodation options for you and your travel companions. Who Travels With Them? Travelers looking for a fun trip to Greece. The average age range to take their trips varies, as their tailor made options appeal to multiple types of traveler. Younger travelers, families, and honeymooners may enjoy their chartered sailing trips, while older travelers and groups of friends might gravitate more to an Agro Tourism. Active travelers will find a fun trip when they arrange a multi day hiking tour. Where Do They Operate? Their tours go throughout mainland Greece and the many islands. Why Travel With Them? For a unique, fresh, and exciting way to explore Greece. Because they offer both luxury and adventure tours, it’s a great place to start for experiencing Greece in the way you want. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you have some direct control over what you see and do during your tour.
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Trails Beyond

Trails Beyond

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 9 Trips
Average Price $ 155 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 2 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 325 – $ 1,362
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 9 Tours in Athens

Explorers our expectations were high and met, even exceeded in many areas!

As off the beaten track explorers our expectations were high and met, even exceeded in many areas! Danae and Stavros spent the week driving us and sharing many authentic experiences throughout the mountains always smiling and sharing valuable tips. From daily hiking to amazing places (my favourite being the stone bridges day), to meals shared at quiet hotels, drinks in local pubs, rafting on the Papigo River and horse riding through the fir forest, every day was filled with adventure and smiles. Nothing was too much for this pair, sharing sunglasses when mine were broken, adapting walks to suit fitness, tiredness or over enthusiasm to watch a sunrise. Accomodation was always very comfortable in small locally run hotels where we had a chance to chat with the owners and experience local food cooked especially for us, even my husbands difficult dietary requirements were catered for. Stavros was forever ready with his camera snapping amazing shots featuring us that we would not be able to capture. From pickup on day one to drop off on conclusion nothing was too much trouble for these fantastic guides and it was sad to say goodbye. I would recommend Trails Beyond if you are looking for an authentic adventure with plenty of activity. Thankyou Danae and Stavros for our week with you, a highlight of our 8 weeks in Europe!
5.0 • Ingrid

Es un trekking muy agradable, con unos paisajes preciosos y muy cómodo.

Nos ha encantado todo, tanto los paisajes, los hoteles, la comida y los guías, muy preocupados en todo momento porque estuviéramos bien. Es un trekking muy agradable, con unos paisajes preciosos y muy cómodo. Nos hemos quedado con ganas de volver
5.0 • maria
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Our guides, Danae and Stavros, were so warm and friendly.

I can’t recommend this tour and Trails Beyond enough. The Greek mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, photos can’t do them justice. The hotels we stayed in were very nice, but the guesthouses were even better, with a real sense of Greek hospitality. Our guides, Danae and Stavros, were so warm and friendly. We were a very small group so it seemed less like a tour, and more like two people showing their friends around their awesome country. The itinerary packed a lot in, but we never felt hurried. The hikes were a bit taxing, but that was part of the appeal. The other activities were all fun and allowed additional opportunities to see the landscape and learn about the area. An unexpected bonus was all the delicious food we ate. This could almost have been a gastronomic tour! All of these combined to make one of the best experiences I have ever had.
5.0 • Robert
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Wild mountains and rivers adventure
Wild mountains and rivers adventure Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Hiking Zagori & Meteora
Hiking Zagori & Meteora Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Cyclades Islands Adventure
Cyclades Islands Adventure Trip Type: Group Tour
Trails Beyond is a local adventure tour operator offering authentic guided adventures in Greece. Their vision is to develop more sustainable tourism in the country, show to travelers Greece's hidden treasures, and explore beyond the beaten path. Who Travels With Them? Travelers on their tours come mostly from other European countries, North America, and Australia. They are either solo travelers, families or couples, most of them at the age group of 35 to 60 years old. Generally travelers are active people, interested in combining their holidays with adventurous, and locally immersive activities. The average price of their tours is 130 euro / day per person, and are generally all inclusive (accommodation, food, transportation, tour guide and activities included in the price). What Makes Them Stand Out? Trails Beyond is mostly known for its authenticity and personalized approach and attention to quality and detail. They run small groups (up to 16 guests, but on average 6-10 guests) so that guests can get an authentic taste of Greece and feel like locals, avoiding the tourist masses. You’ll stay in family-run traditional guesthouses, eat in local restaurants where homemade food is offered, visit less known yet amazingly beautiful areas in Greece and use local guides and activity instructors. Delicious local food is another strong aspect of their tours -- you’ll sample a great variety of local delicacies. Small group guided tours are offered both in mountainous and seaside destinations. Tours range from multi-activity tours (incl. rafting, horse riding, kayaking, biking, diving etc.) to purely hiking/trekking explorations, sailing adventures or short getaways from the city of Athens. All of them, however, include cultural activities. Some of them include less demanding activities, ideal for those looking for more leisure holidays, yet with some adventure included. Where Do They Operate? Their tours operate in Greece, both in mainland Greece and the Islands (Central Greece, North and Northwestern Greece, Peloponnese, Athens region, Saronic and Cyclades islands etc). How Does it Work? Unless you’re on a sailing yacht discovering the Greek islands or traveling from one island to the other by ferry, the main mode of transport is private minivans/minibuses. On a hiking tours, you’ll reach the starting point by private minivan and then proceed on foot, with the vehicle available for luggage or any other necessary transfers. You’ll mostly stay in traditional, family run hotels and guesthouses, in order to support local people and at the same time offer a more authentic experience. On hiking tours, you may have to stay at a mountain refuge for 1-2 nights. If requested differently, however, they can provide more upscale, luxury accommodation, when available. Why Travel With Them? They provide travelers with unique and memorable travel experiences. Travelers who join their tours all become fast friends with each other and tour leaders. They are local experts, knowing exactly where to take you, what to do, what to taste, things that only local insiders could tell you about! Their guides are more like a resource for local exploration and immersion rather than typical tour guides. Their passion about travel, nature and Greece will undoubtedly offer you a unique experience of a lifetime!
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Oxygen Tours

Oxygen Tours

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5.0 • Excellent
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Total Trips 9 Trips
Average Price $ 163 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 7 – 10 days
Trip Prices $ 963 – $ 2,064
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 6 Tours in Athens

everything was perfect! thank you!

everything was perfect! thank you!
5.0 • Elpiniki Ko
Peloponesse Food and Hiking tour
Peloponesse Food and Hiking tour Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Naxos and Small Cyclades Hiking
Naxos and Small Cyclades Hiking Trip Type: Group Tour
Yoga Themed Cruise at Cyclades
Yoga Themed Cruise at Cyclades Trip Type: Group Tour
Greek tour company, Oxygen Tours, specializes in custom themed itineraries in everything from yoga to agrotourism. What Makes Them Stand Out? They specialize in themed tours, mainly in Greece, but offering Bulgaria and Italy tours as well. Their themes include: culinary, yoga, agrotourism, diving sailing, ski & snowboarding. You can customize your experience as much as you want as you work with a travel advisor who is intimately familiar with the product and destinations. Who Travels With Them? Travelers who are interested in themed trips and have a niche focus in mind will enjoy their trips the most. They also encourage customization and you will be involved in some itinerary planning aspects. They appeal to many ages and tend to have a luxury feel. Where Do They Operate? They are centered in Greece, offering tours several specialized tours around the mainland and islands. They currently have limited tours in Bulgaria and Italy as well. Why Travel With Them? If you’re looking for a unique and specialized experience where you can focus on activities you enjoy led by expert guides, this is the company for you. They are the perfect combination of relaxation and rejuvenation, offering luxury elements as well as an active outlook.
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Ribingreece Expeditions

Ribingreece Expeditions

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Total Trips 5 Trips
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 4 – 12 days
Trip Prices $ 790 – $ 3,900
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Athens 5 Tours in Athens
Greece Dreams

Greece Dreams

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Total Trips 0 Trip
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 4 Tours in Athens
New company, Greece Dreams, strives to show you the real Greece through in depth cultural tours. What Makes Them Stand Out? Greece Dreams is run by a couple passionate about and dedicated to sharing their love of Greece, its history and people. You have the opportunity to design an itinerary catered specifically to your interests or choose from among their pre-created itineraries. Who Travels With Them? History and culture buffs looking for a local immersive experience. They have some trips specifically designed for families as well. Where Do They Operate? They are focused solely in Greece. Most tours begin in Athens and visit the surrounding area, including the Peloponnese. Why Travel With Them? If you’re looking for a unique local perspective on Greek history and culture, they are the perfect choice.
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UTracks Preferred

UTracks

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4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 202 Trips
Average Price $ 305 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 8 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 2,295 – $ 2,295
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Independent / Self-Guided Packager
Trips in Athens 1 Tours in Athens

It was a great experience

We just completed a 6 day self guided walk in the Pyrenees on the Cathar Castle trail. It was a great experience. Good accomodation, food and scenery. Everything was really well organised bar a couple of very minor hiccups involving taxis but nothing major. We would highly recommend this trip
5.0 • Anne

Cannot wait for my next UTracks adventure.

Have just had an incredible week cycling along the Danube River through Germany, Austria and Bratislava on a UTracks Bike & Barge trip with my partner. We did a self-guided trip with electric bikes so we could set our own pace each day, stopping for long lunches in the sunshine, wine tastings, coffee in gorgeous ancient villages and side trips to castles, imperial palaces and monasteries, before returning to our boat each afternoon in time for drinks on the sundeck. I loved waking up on our boat in a new destination each day ready to explore the European countryside. Cannot wait for my next UTracks adventure.
5.0 • Sue Finn
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Had an amazing time on the Full Spanish Camino!

Had an amazing time on the Full Spanish Camino! Utracks organised all the luggage transfers and accommodation. Did a combination of self-guided hiking and cycling, which was the best way to go. Bike hire came with panniers, and the self-guided maps and guides provided were easy to follow. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
5.0 • Gesine
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Greek Islands Bike & Boat
Greek Islands Bike & Boat Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
They specialize in small group and self guided active trips throughout most of Europe. What makes UTracks Stand Out? For experiencing Europe in an active way, cycling, on foot, or even by boat, UTracks is s great way to go. They have solid experience and expertise when it comes to the destinations, trails, local life and activities - and can help you create an unforgettable journey. Multi-day walking and cycling tours with UTracks cover a variety of durations, destinations, and physical levels. Small group tours are lead by regional experts and explore classic sites as well as beyond the tourist areas. Self guided trips are carefully crafted and supported by comprehensive maps and route notes. Luggage transfers mean you don’t have to worry about lugging an enormous suitcase with you along the route, and can enjoy the walk with only a light pack. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with UTracks? If you are an active traveler who enjoys long multi-day hikes, walks, treks, and cycling journeys, the expertise of UTracks can help bring your trip to the next level. They offer some small group packages, but they are most popular with independent travelers seeking help with a self guided itinerary. When you use this option, you have the luxury of on the ground support - such as pre-booked accommodation and meals, and transport for your larger luggage to each stopping point, but the freedom to spend your days on your own / with your travel companions. UTracks has many many different levels and durations to choose from, from novice to advanced. Travelers are typically between the ages of 35 and 65, and share a desire to explore Europe independently and in an active style. Top Destinations They operate in several European countries, spanning the entire continent. From the vineyards and castles of France, through to the rivers of the Netherlands, colourful villages of Italy, to impressive mountain ranges like the Pyrenees, to iconic pilgrimage routes. Whether you want to walk the popular Camino de Santiago in Spain, or twirl your way across fields of wildflowers in the Alps, or cycle through beautiful bike friendly Amsterdam, UTracks covers the best that Europe has to offer. UTracks Travel Style Accommodations are specially chosen and reflective of the trip tone and theme. You’ll stay in everything from small establishments with local flavor in the heart of the city, to charming inns in villages, to comfortable mountain huts in the wilderness. Each trip is clearly graded from introductory (1) to challenging (5), so travelers can choose a trip that suits their fitness level. Electronic bike upgrades are also offered for those travelers who are new to cycling long distances and want to experience the trails on two wheels. Trips can also be found that focus on a particular theme, such as family travel, history buffs, and culinary tours. Why Choose a Tour with UTracks UTracks is great for active travelers seeking a company who can help them experience the wonders of Europe by foot or bicycle, providing on the ground support, expertise, and logistical assistance. You can explore at your own pace in the style that suits your curiosity and physical ability. Whether it be guided or self guided, walking or cycling, bike and boat, you choose the way you want to travel. This is a great way to explore Europe’s charming countryside, small villages, towns, all the way to the cities, in comfort and confidence. You can know you’re in good capable hands with travel experts available to help. Additionally, UTracks has a strong commitment to responsible travel, and helping local economies but hiring local guides and staying in non-chain establishments.
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TravelnCycle.com

TravelnCycle.com

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 10 Trips
Average Price $ 192 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 3 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 460 – $ 1,787
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 10 Tours in Athens

I had experienced in Greece! Very kind, and super service

The best tour on a bike I had experienced in Greece! Very kind, and super service - in general, a great experience! Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see more of Greece and have fun exploring!
5.0 • Villy

Awesome rides, excellent guides

Awesome rides, excellent guides, it gets as customised you want, thrilling experience, would do it again!
5.0 • Bessy
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A great experience!

The best tour on a bike I had experienced in Greece! Very kind, and super service - in general, a great experience! Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see more of Greece and have fun exploring!
5.0 • Villy
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Mythical Castles Of Greece Bike Tour
Mythical Castles Of Greece Bike Tour Trip Type: Group Tour
Epirus And Metsovo MTB Tour
Epirus And Metsovo MTB Tour Trip Type: Group Tour
Road Bike Tour At Epirus & Metsovo
Road Bike Tour At Epirus & Metsovo Trip Type: Group Tour
Focused in Greece, Travel N Cycle offers multiple services for cyclists. They were founded in 2012 and provide private, small or large group tours. The tour guides have a deep passion for both cycling and educating their guests about Greece.  If you’re looking for a cycling tour that explores the history and culture of Greece, then you should definitely take Travel N Cycle into consideration. They strive to find the right tour that best suits your travel goals. What Makes Them Stand Out? They offer unique cycling tours around Greece. The size of each tour ranges from small to large. They provide private tours as well. Travel N Cycle give tours across scenic landscapes, as well as, ancient cities of the past. They also have different cycling tours like mountain bike, trekking bike, bike & wine, and city bike tours. Travel N Cycle caters to a wide range of cyclist. They provide different tour levels from leisurely to extreme. Who Travels With Them? Avid cyclists who want to explore Greece while also being active. As said above, they provide different tour levels for novice, proficient and advanced riders. They have clients from across the globe who are traveling to or through Greece. Where Do They Operate? They operate in Greece. They have tours in Athens, Peloponnese Peninsula, Epirus, Thessaly, Saronic Gulf, Evrytania, and Macedonia. Why Travel With Them? Travel N Cycle is passionate about cycling and providing a memorable tour. They strive to capture the essence of Greece. If you are seeking an active and adventurous type of experience around Greece, then you should travel with Travel N Cycle. Their variety of services caters to anyone who is passionate about cycling. Travel N Cycle provides unique tours that also encompass Greece’s culture.
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Intrepid Travel Preferred

Intrepid Travel

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4.7 • Excellent
Total Trips 1,060 Trips
Average Price $ 170 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Athens 1 Tours in Athens

Fantastic Trip in Southern Africa

We did this trip, Explore Southern Africa, from Aug 9 - 26 this year and we thought it was probably our most memorable trip ever. The variety of wildlife (we saw the big 5 plus giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, wildebeests, impalas, baboons, ...) and our proximity to them that we experienced was unparalleled. The scenery was like nothing we had ever experienced before (our first time anywhere in Africa). Although it was winter time there when we went and many areas were looking very dry it was an experience not to be missed. Additionally we were made to feel welcome everywhere that we went. The highlights of the trip for us would be the two days to the Okavango Delta, the optional game drive through Chobe National Park and day 13 with our guide tracking rhinos in Matabos and going to the African village. Our tour leader, cook and drivers were excellent as were our co-travellers. The meals that were prepared for us tasted great, were well balanced and no one ever left hungry. The 2 person tent accommodations weren't the most luxurious but they allowed one to stay right in the "middle of the action" with the animals in close proximity to our overnight homes. This being the case, we never felt unsafe in our tents at any point. The overlander vehicle didn't have air conditioning, as is standard, however if you made sure to open windows for air circulation during the drive the heat wasn't so bad. If one is prepared to put up with these few inconveniences and willing to help out with camp set up, vehicle clean up, and meal clean up afterwards (this is a participatory type of trip where certain tasks are required of the travellers) it is an experience not to be missed. It all makes one more appreciative of the luxuries that we have at home that many do not have in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
5.0 • Gilles

Only excellent value for money and memories to last a lifetime.

Faultless service and incredible trips, at a really good price. Plus they are all really nice peeps, by email or phone, and we need more of that in the world. So far, and still counting, I've used them for: Alaska Tanzania Kenya Uganda Northern India Lombok Bali Russia Mongolia China Nepal Never had a bad experience, only excellent value for money and memories to last a lifetime.
5.0 • Keith
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It was an incredible experience!

We just wrapped up a Tanzania family safari. It was an incredible experience! Even the cook made sure my picky teenager would like his breakfast by fixing him his scrambled eggs the way he likes them. I’ve been dreaming of this trip with my son for a long time and I’m glad I booked it with you guys! We’ll cherish the memories we made for ever If you’re looking for a real adventure kinda trip then go with Intrepid! Thank you Thank you Thank you Johan & Maxime
5.0 • Johan
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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. Intrepid Travel - Quick Facts Founded in 1989 No Single Supplement (rare exceptions) Small Groups - max 16 on most trips Typical Age Range - 18 - 45 Travel Style - Cultural immersion, adventure, overland Accommodation Style - Camping, Hostels, 3 /4 star hotels Average Tour Price - $2,377 Top Regions - Asia, Africa, Europe, South America Other Brands: Peregrine, Geckos Commonly compared with G Adventures » What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out? Small group sizes Travelers from all walks of life Well-balanced itineraries (group and free time allotted) Guides are travel experts or friendly locals 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 10 travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. This allows 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 Will Enjoy Traveling With Intrepid Travel? All ages (seniors included) Adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts 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. The kind of traveler who gravitates to Intrepid Travel is one who has a real sense of adventure - whether this means hard adventure, or simply going deeper off the beaten path. Interacting with locals is an important factor when you travel, as is gaining a unique cultural perspective. A sense of fun is also essential, whether it means going out at night with your tour mates or daring, ahem, encouraging each other to try strange new foods. Top Destinations Asia South America Africa Europe Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic, adventurous, and immersive style. Today Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 different experiences in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Regions with the most trips include Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe. Intrepid Travel Style Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by felucca in Egypt, on a camel in Morocco, or in a tuk-tuk on the best Thailand tour of your life. 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. There are a few broad travel styles to choose from when deciding on an Intrepid tour: 1. Basix - Budget travelers who don’t mind, and in fact prefer, simple accommodations - camping and homestays with basic amenities, and crave a lot of free time for exploring independently will love these tours. Public transportation is used exclusively so pack light! These trips often attract a younger crowd who love the idea of throwing a backpack on, keep plenty of room for the unexpected in their schedule, and allocate their travel funds towards spontaneous bus tickets and street food instead of museum tours and 5 star restaurants. 2. Original - These trips take the backpacker spirit of local immersion, incorporating all the benefits that come with going with a planned itinerary. This style is called “Original” because it’s the type of travel that put Intrepid on the map...pun intended. Accommodations are still simple and budget minded - often homestays are used to give you a true sense of place, personality, and culture. Mostly public transportation is used. 3. Comfort - Intrepid is known for the active adventure style of travel and these trips keep that mentality, with a few more creature comforts thrown into the mix. You can expect higher end, more discerning, accommodations that include a wider variety of included amenities, transportation is mostly private, though you can still expect to use some public transport, as is the Intrepid way. More meals are included in the trip price, and more group activities - which means a bit less free time to explore on your own. Why Choose a Tour With Intrepid Travel? Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind foregoing 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. It’s important to note, sometimes “ample free time” can be a blessing and a curse. It sounds great on paper, but if you’re looking to maximize your dollar and your vacation time, be sure you understand the implications of having a lot of free time during your itinerary. For some travelers this is an absolute requirement, but for others it can be tough to branch off and explore independently - you also need to make sure you allocate enough travel money for independent meals. The tour leaders are great resources of information for how to spend your free time, but if you like having a full day scheduled from breakfast to dinner, Intrepid may not be the best company for you. Lastly, if sustainable and responsible travel is important to you, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, and has a very strong emphasis on responsible travel. So you can feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers, vendors, and communities that you’ll meet along the way.
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Project Expedition Preferred

Project Expedition

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 919 Trips
Average Price $ 212 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 2 – 10 days
Trip Prices $ 168 – $ 3,853
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 16 Tours in Athens

The variety that was offered on our tour suited us very well. The Salar de Uyuni at sunrise was truly a unique place.

"We arrived back into Australia on Sunday after spending a couple of further weeks exploring some more of South America. I found you through Google searching for tours that included Atacama Desert options.The Good online reviews from numerous other travelers convinced us to work with you. Also the variety that was offered on this tour suited as very well The 4WD trip through Bolivia was amazing. It's like a different planet up there and was a real experience. The Salar de Uyuni at sunrise was fantastic on the 4WD tour. Truly a unique place. We really enjoyed the hotel in Purmurmarca - Hotel El Manantial del Silencio. It had real character and drinking Argentinian red wine by the open fireplace was lovely. All our guides were very good and were friendly and welcoming. Eddie, our 4WD driver did not speak English which made it a bit hard to converse with, but we were lucky enough to be travelling with an Austrian family who were able to relay information to us. The guides for the Tatio geysers and the Humahuaca day tour were very good at relaying everything in Spanish and English. Sorry - but I can't recall their names. Just one suggestion: It would be worth noting to people that not all services run every day and this needs to be confirmed for the requested dates. This didn't put us out too much as we got to spend an extra day in the North of Argentina, but we may have shifted our internal flights around a bit have we known the bus didn't run on a daily basis. Cheers, Mat"
5.0 • Mat

Absolutely amazing !

Absolutely amazing website! Best way to see tour options for your favorite travel destination. I used this site for a trip to Costa Rica with a some friends. You will not find a site that has more options and information with easy online booking. The employees are quick to respond and very helpful answering any questions and recommending tours based on your preferences. Wish I could give 6 stars
5.0 • Jared
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Great service!

Great service! Rob from Project Expedition really helped pick out the perfect trip for me. I ended up going Rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica and it was beyond amazing. The team helped tailor the trip to my needs and went above and beyond to help me with any questions I had and offer assistance with other parts of my trip. I will definitely be using their services again!
5.0 • Ursula
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3 Day Trip to Delphi & Meteora from Athens - Tourist-Class
3 Day Trip to Delphi & Meteora from Athens - Tourist-Class Trip Type: Vacation / Holiday Package
2 Day Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens - Tourist Class
2 Day Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens - Tourist Class Trip Type: Vacation / Holiday Package
2 Day Delphi Tour from Athens - Tourist Class
2 Day Delphi Tour from Athens - Tourist Class Trip Type: Vacation / Holiday Package
Trafalgar Premier

Trafalgar

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4.5 • Great
Total Trips 851 Trips
Average Price $ 265 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 32 days
Trip Prices $ 1,525 – $ 8,865
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Athens 318 Tours in Athens

A1

This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
5.0 • Shelly

Best of China 2019

The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent! Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip. Overall a great trip, but some considerations below: The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these. This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him. Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time. NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that! Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
5.0 • Travel 2019
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Guide5.0
Activities4.0
Lodging2.0
Transportation5.0
Meals4.0

Perfect choice when seeking local expertise

Trafalgar is the perfect chose for when seeking local expertise and knowledge. They offer wonderful itineraries and incredible value.
5.0 • LB
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Trafalgar is a name many seasoned travelers will recognize. A branch of the Travel Corporation, whose brands all enjoy stellar reputations, Trafalgar has been offering classic and affordable journeys for over 70 years. What Makes Trafalgar Stand Out? Budget friendly without cutting activities Comfortable, not physically demanding tours Largely focused on cultural immersion  Strong reputation    Trafalgar is a budget friendly group tour operator with premium tastes. Their motto is “See the world from the inside,” - this is the place to come for culturally rich and immersive travel experiences that don’t break the bank or the back. Tours are comfortable, not too physically demanding, and offer the opportunity to meet, talk, eat and drink with locals. You’ll get to know chefs, artisans, craftsmen, historians, and farmers as you explore what makes each destination truly special. Trafalgar has a strong reputation, having been around since 1947 - putting them right at the pinnacle of when many premier guided tour companies were established. You’ll meet groups of like minded travelers, enjoy cultural experiences, expertly crafted itineraries with local touches and experiences guides, while traveling in comfort and ease. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Trafalgar? Older travelers (but all ages are welcome) Low to mid range budget travelers Those who enjoy slow-paced itineraries and little physical activity Those who favor historic sightseeing & cultural immersion over active adventure    If you are an active traveler, perhaps recently retired, eager to explore the world in comfort, visiting a nice combination of unique local spots and classic sites, then Trafalgar could be a great choice. Possibly you are new to group tours and packages, having been used to creating your own travel experiences at a younger age - Trafalgar provides the perfect introduction to group tours. Or maybe you’re traveling with a family and interested in introducing a new generation of travelers to your favorite country - but don’t really have the time or patience to worry about planning out all the logistics. While they offer many trip styles, suitable for travelers of all ages, their classic touch is popular among older travelers. Classic doesn’t mean old fashioned or tired - simply a bit less on the active adventure and more on the historic sights and cultural experiences. They have a number of family focused tours, as well as tailored trips for special interests. Trafalgar trips are budget friendly, with most trips in middle to low range, including a “Cost Saver” feature that allows you to see more inexpensive trips broken down by ratings and cost clearly. They offer several deals throughout the year. Trafalgar is a British brand, so many of the attendees on your tour will be from the UK.   Top Destinations With Trafalgar, you can find trips to Europe, USA & Canada, South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand. While the destinations are widespread, Trafalgar trips explore the culture and guides take you to hidden local spots without venturing too far outside the comfort zone. Tours in Europe and the UK are among the most popular itineraries. In South America, Trafalgar travels to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. In Africa, they go to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa. In Asia, it’s Cambodia, China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. And in the Pacific, Trafalgar visits Australia and New Zealand. Wherever you go, you can expect high quality guides and accommodations, and smooth travels. They also have a number of religious themed tours, including trips that include excursions to Oberammergau, Bavaria. Once a decade this small town presents a Passion Play, and Trafalgar has had special access since 1970. The next time to experience this unique event is 2020. Trafalgar Travel Style The Trafalgar travel style is all about getting to know the culture through activities and connecting with locals. Their main tagline is “Discover the Good Life” meaning getting to experience the real thing, in a safe, escorted environment with knowledgeable guides there to help with the language and provide historical and cultural context. Discovering the Good Life encompasses perks like skipping lines and private access to classic sites; and unique experiences that bring you to places and among people you’d never have the chance to meet traveling on your own. This kind of travel is local immersion, but not in the same way a 25 year old might interpret that idea. Rather than bunking at hostels, going out late at night, and enjoying potentially questionable street food, you’ll stay in premium, centrally located and culturally significant accommodations - everything from bed and breakfasts in Ireland to hotels right on the banks of Norwegian fjords.  Learn cooking techniques in Italy, enjoy private winery tours at French chateaus, and touring a small olive farm in Spain are just a few examples of the kind of unique travel experiences you can expect with Trafalgar. Groups are large, typically between 40-45 travelers, a max of 52 on trips in the USA and Canada. Primary transportation during the tour is in large coaches, equipped with WiFi (with the exception of Alaska) and featuring large viewing windows - ideal for taking in the scenery as you head to your next destinations.   Most meals during Trafalgar tours are included. Trips often include free time during which you can explore on your own, with suggestions from your expert guides. Why Choose a Tour with Trafalgar? Trafalgar has a solid reputation, and they stick to what they’ve done well for over 50 years. They focus on the classics, providing a culturally rich perspective as you meet locals along the way. Their experience has allowed them to cultivate relationships around the world with local businesses - quality control you can trust for every stop along the trip. Niche tours based on specialized interests are also something they are proud to offer. Trafalgar is where you go to have the essentials and logistics take care of seamlessly while you sit back and enjoy. Do note that these tours can be quite large - 40 people traveling together in a tour group can be stifling for some. While they appeal to an older crowd due to their history and recognizable name, Trafalgar has an impressively well integrated social media presence. Trips on their site are accompanied by instagram posts from real travelers who have been on the same tour, using the hashtag #SimplyTrafalgar. Old or young(ish), couple or single, traveling Simply Trafalgar inspires confidence, comfort, and enjoyment.
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Evaneos Preferred

Evaneos

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4.3 • Great
Total Trips 837 Trips
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 6 – 14 days
Trip Prices $ 552 – $ 2,951
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 13 Tours in Athens

Terrible, the guide ruined our trip

Our guide tried to skip almost all of the things on our itinerary and we had to fight with him to get him to do half of the things we paid for! He hated his job, didn't do any of the guide portion and really ruined our trip to Sri Lanka. Overall, this company was terrible to deal with and didn't care about what their guide did! We didn't get what we paid for at all. Stay away from them!
1.0 • Brittany

Voyage à Cuba

Nous sommes partis en couple à la découverte de Cuba. Tout s'est tres bien passé, Evaneos nous a accompagner tous au long de notre parcours. Les logements, les taxis et les activités étaient correctement réservés. Ce fut le voyage parfait de nos rêves :)
5.0 • Mégane Decock
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Meals5.0

voyage en Jordanie

nous sommes allé en Jordanie, trés bien organisé. Hakeem notre guide a été super pour ses explications et sa bonne humeur!!!. encore merci à Hakeem !!!
5.0 • philippe soldani
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The Islands, Cyclades
The Islands, Cyclades Trip Type: Private Guided
History Designer Trip
History Designer Trip Trip Type: Private Guided
A Taste of the Greek Islands
A Taste of the Greek Islands Trip Type: Private Guided
Based in Paris, Evaneos is similar to a travel agency, though with a heavily personal and social community touch. What Makes Them Stand Out? Evaneos puts you in touch with local travel agents who are there to help you design a custom trip catered to what you want to see and do. They provide easily accessible sample itineraries to help you design the perfect trip.   They are also an effective tool for local travel agents and DMC’s to find new clients. In essence, Evaneos allows the traveler to get directly in touch with the resources often used by traditional tour companies. If you are on the fence about whether you want a small group guided tour, speaking with an agent from Evaneos can clear this up. Agents have a lot of flexibility - and you can still join a tour through them if you end up deciding this is the right mode of travel. Discussing one on one with a local expert can help make this decision clearer! Who Travels With Them? Evaneos attracts a younger traveler seeking creative control over their travel experience. This is also apparent in how they’ve structured their social community. They will appeal most to travelers who are somewhat budget conscious, care about responsible and sustainable travel, and value having a local guide. Evaneos agents are helpful for providing local expertise and knowledge about how to make your trip ideas fit into a viable itinerary. Where Do They Operate? Currently trips are available all over the world, excepting Antarctica - a majority of tours are centered in Europe and Asia, and very few travel to North America. Why Travel With Them? You may be thinking that a guided tour isn’t right, but also may be unsure about creating your own travel experience from scratch. If you are looking for help crafting an experience that has a local focus, with professional input this is a great way to find agents and travel advisors to help you do just that. Prices vary, but are generally affordable - around the same amount as a group tour but this is a great option if you’re looking for something a bit different than a traditional tour. Unlike a traditional travel agent, flight arrangements are not always included.
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Exodus Travels Premier

Exodus Travels

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4.6 • Excellent
Total Trips 686 Trips
Average Price $ 262 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 9 days
Trip Prices $ 1,399 – $ 2,099
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 5 Tours in Athens

Bad trip leader experience

The activities were a mixture of good and repetitive and the description of the game drives seems a little embellished. We didn't encounter hardly any elephants and the leopard sighting is apparently not as common as one might think (2-3 a week according to local guide). While we were "fortunate" to observe one, it was so far away that only a 400mm lens would get to see it, but that's after you fight through about 40 vehicles all converging to a single space in order to catch a glimpse before the park warden hurries you on because your time is up! It's also a madhouse trying to get into the park. There is no orderly fashion while up to a hundred vehicles all vie to be first in the gate (this is at Yala). The biggest downside to the trip was our trip leader. On two occasions when we had questions about the activities, he became very defensive and argumentative, and when trying to walk away from the conversation so that it didn't escalate further, he followed us intent on exclaiming what a good guide he's been and that we were the problem. We walked away again, and yet he still following us turning the conversation into harassment. I was glad when the trip ended to get away from him and if it weren't for having another back-to-back Exodus trip (see Maldives review) immediately following this one, I would have never wanted to travel with Exodus again given that experience. In sum, trip leader very poor (astonishingly so) and trip itinerary could improve by offering more variety/flexibility to wildlife viewings rather than doing the same repeat walks 3 times. All food was at hotels so not much of a variety or local fare encountered. Lovely country and lovely people though and group was great!
2.0 • KS

The most stunning trip of my life

Its been a long held dream of mine to go to the Antarctic and the trip I booked via Exodus far exceeded my expectations. Amazing scenery, captivating and exciting wildlife, a plethora of facts, figures and general education from the on board experts and I can claim a world first to boot from my holiday to the Antarctic and below the polar circle. The landscapes and wildlife. The scenery is breathtaking, from the continent itself to the many islands and icebergs floating away from the land mass and glaciers. I have never seen anywhere quite so remote and in many ways barren, yet at the same time rich in life and activity. And you will never get over the amazing shapes of the ice along with the vivid blues you see in the glaciers and icebergs. Quite sensational. The penguins are of course the stars, but the frequency of whale sightings and fluking along with seals and many type of birds including the mighty albatross just make the experience even more rewarding. The tour leader is in effect an Expedition Leader fronting a large team of professional from a range of countries. Ours was wonderful. An enormous personality and with the best sense of humour coupled with safety and huge amounts of professional integrity. The people in the expedition team were sensational. They come from a mix of backgrounds, however all have skills in subjects ranging from glaciology to water sports instructor, polar researcher to the armed forces, historian to nature and much more. Not only do you get the chance to attend lectures and learn from them on a really diverse range of topics, but they also accompany the trips off the ship and interact with you during meals and drinks as well as on time when you are cruising. They have both professionally and also personally empowering stories to tell and they really enhanced my trip in a way I did not think possible. If you want to do any of the activities then book them up as soon as you make your reservation. Spaces are limited and I was unable to camp on the ice or take part in kayaking. Don't worry about being cold. Its not actually as cold as you imagine and the ship is fantastically warm and homely. The jacket and boots they supply you with are excellent. Concentrate on buying good quality thermals in layers along wit6h waterproof trousers and gloves and a warm fleece or wool hat. Edit your photos as you go along and always be ready to shoot stuff. The onboard team will help you with this as they have photographers ready to help with your trip. I was in the first group of paddleboarders believed to have ever paddleboarded south of the Antractic Circle. Not only had I never done it before, but we got to claim a world first. Finally don't delay going any longer. It may not be a cheap trip, however it is so amazing and experience that you will not regret the time and expense in going.
5.0 • Anonymous
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A magical trip! One of my best ever!

This trip far exceeded my expectations on every level. The underwater wildlife encounters were superior to any other snorkeling I've done. There's an abundance of things to see and coupled with the chance to scuba dive and excellent water conditions - it's a top notch destination. The boat was very comfortable, the crew was excellent and took care of every need, and the food was awesome. Ranks as one of my all-time favorites!
5.0 • Kim S.
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Transportation5.0
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Highlights of Ancient Greece
Highlights of Ancient Greece Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Mountains & Villages of Evia
Mountains & Villages of Evia Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Cycling in Greece
Cycling in Greece Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Exodus is an award-winning active adventure-oriented tour company that has been in business for 44+ years out of the UK and 3 years ago opened dedicated American and Canadian office. They specialize in active Cultural, Walking & Trekking, Cycling and Responsible Wildlife tours to 100+ Countries worldwide. Adventure can take the form of serious and active adventures --  which may involve adrenaline-producing, off-the-beaten-path roughing-it trips to the most remote areas of the world -- or food and wine, premium (five-star), family, or cultural adventures to iconic destinations, which involve more comforts and amenities. What Makes Exodus Stand Out? Exodus offers a award winning collection of small group tours, self-guided adventures, wine & food journeys, family group holidays, and trips for of solo travelers. Daily events might involve cycling, walking, hiking, safaris, historic sites, photography, winter activities (including polar expeditions), cooking classes, wine tastings, local encounters or a mix of all the above activities. Exodus is perhaps most well-known for their range of cycling, walking and trekking tours around the world. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty from level 1-10, 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 4-16 travelers, with an average of 10-12. In short, Exodus covers just about all the bases for adventure-minded, ecologically sensitive and responsible travelers. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Exodus? The Exodus traveler is very active, loves being adventurous, and will be less invested in luxury accommodations or a lot of museum time. You are game for anything, love the travel experience of getting to know a new destination through outdoor adventure, and learning about the culture from local guides and experts. These trips are great for those who already have a base level of physical fitness, and enjoy meeting new physical challenges. Exodus provides physical fitness guides are provided to give you a sense of how much training you should expect to do prior to departure. As Exodus is a British company, many of their clients were previously from the UK but now come from the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as well. Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between 35-65 years of age. Trips typically range between $1,500 to $2,500 dollars with a focus on value. Top Destinations Exodus leads 600 + trips spanning all seven continents. From African safaris, to walking and wine in Italy and France to the sun-drenched Croatian coast, to trekking Patagonia, wildlife cruises in the Galapagos and cycling in Vietnam, Exodus has built out their global presence and has active adventures for every style of traveler. Exodus Travel Style 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 charming locally run 2-3 star, with some premium departures available, and the company strives to offer unique accommodation experiences whenever possible. Why Choose a Tour With Exodus? 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, Australia and emerging as a leader 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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Collette Preferred

Collette

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4.8 • Excellent
Total Trips 473 Trips
Average Price $ 256 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 10 – 15 days
Trip Prices $ 1,969 – $ 3,449
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 22 Tours in Athens

Great trip to Sicily

Very knowledgeable and customer service reps were great. Our tour leader and bus driver were the best. Great trip to Sicily to see where our grandparents came from.
5.0 • Patty

I would definitely recommend Collette!

We just came back from Sicily. Our tour manager Jovanka Mrdja was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Our driver Franco was also wonderful. He made us feel very safe while navigating the narrow, windy roads. I would definitely recommend Collette and look forward to touring with them again and would love to have Yovanka as our guide
5.0 • Maria
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Incredible value

Just got back from tour in Ireland with Collette. Incredible value, no stress, just relax and enjoy the view!
5.0 • Calvin
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With a history that goes back to 1918, their experience speaks for itself. They provide comprehensive, well-managed guided tours for travelers seeking an exploratory, comfortable travel experience. What Makes Collette Stand Out? Expert tour managers Easy booking process Customizable tours  Balances iconic must-sees with immersive cultural experiences A long history in guided tourism means they know every inch of guided travel, and take care of all the details like it’s second nature. Their goal is to ease the hardship of planning and organizing for the traveler so you can fully enjoy the experience without worry or stress. At Collette, they know guided travel and have been successfully leading tours around the world to a growing, devoted customer base for nearly 100 years. Collette tours are about letting you, the traveler, experience unbelievable, classic, and unique moments around the world.   Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Collette? Adventurous travelers ages 50+ Moderately active travelers Mid to higher budget travelers Do you love the ease of mind that comes with having every detail taken care of when you travel? Details that allow you to relax and enjoy the special little moments of discovering the world; learning about new cultures, awe inspiring wildlife encounters, and leisurely meals highlighting local cuisine? Then you are ideally suited to Collette tours. The Collette traveler is typically older, in the 50+ range. Travelers who enjoy the finer things, value a premium to luxury style of accommodation and transportation, yet have an adventurous spirit. Recent retirees and active seniors who are game for anything are the kind of traveler who relish a tour with Collette - check out this group in Costa Rica - taking part in Costa Rica's famous ziplines! If you don't want to be encouraged to jump in and push your comfort zone a bit, you may find yourself out of step on a majority of Collette tours. Though they have several offerings, so don't let that discourage you.  Collette is ideal for active travelers who enjoy a comprehensive guided tour, with a lot of activity, and local experiences. These tours usually involve extensive walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces, so a certain basic level of physical fitness is required. Tours are classified by 5 basic physical levels, to help you find one best suited to you. Free days are included in most tours, giving travelers time to relax, take walks on the beach, or maybe do some shopping. If you’re the kind of traveler for whom the a glass of champagne out in the blazing sun of the Australian outback, gazing at Uluru, sounds idyllic - then Collette tours would be perfect for you. Top Destinations Collette tours travel all around the world, to all 7 continents including Antarctica. They are well known for Central and South America, Australia, and Africa. They also offer an impressive variety of North America tours including several in the United States and Canada. Travel styles include everything from river cruises to family tours to faith based tours. Collette Travel Style Collette promises the “trip of a lifetime” through exclusive outings, luxury touches, and appreciating the moments of anticipation before the world reveals itself. Their travel style is about discovering new cultures, embracing the explorer within -- in time for a cocktail at the end of the day. They have 6 broad classifications for travel style: Classic, Explorations, Spotlights, River Cruise, Faith, and Impact Travel: 1. Classic Collette Tours - This is what they call their Flagship collection, group tours that make the postcard come to life. Visit all the must see sites, enjoy cultural experiences, all with a professional and knowledgeable guide, there to help make your travel as seamless as possible. Groups are on the larger side 2. Explorations - These tours are about going deeper, meeting locals, and getting off the beaten path. “Authenticity” is a big word for Collette Explorations. You’ll experience the destination in a smaller group, an average of 18 people, allowing for access to more local experiences not available to larger groups. Classic sites will also be included in your itinerary, but the focus is mostly on unique experiences. 3. Spotlights - Have a shorter amount of time and don’t want to miss anything? Collette Spotlight tours are designed to maximize your city stay or short getaway experience. These are primarily walking tours, packed with sightseeing, historical and cultural information, but with some downtime as well. Typically these tours are between 5-9 days. 4. River Cruise - A very popular mode of travel, particularly for 50+ travelers, river cruising is ideal for those seeking a leisurely vacation, unpacking only once, enjoying gliding by beautiful sites and participating in various guided shore excursions. Collette river cruises go around the world, including China, Egypt, and Europe. 5. Faith - For those travelers interested in visiting religious sites, Collette has a group of tours dedicated to faith based travel. Visit world famous icons and learn their ancient histories. Collette Faith tours visit everything from grand churches to the humble beginnings of the three major world religions in the Holy Land. Tours are history based with an emphasis on finding deeper spiritual significance and meaning. 6. Impact Travel - Being a responsible traveler is an important component on all Collette tours, however if you’re seeking to do more to give back, their Impact Tours are a great way to do so. Sightsee with a purpose as you assist with local initiatives, volunteering among the community, helping in classrooms, and protecting local wildlife. Why Choose a Tour with Collette? If you are looking for an entertaining, fully escorted, active tour to explore new cultures, and enjoy unique experiences, Collette could be for you. They provide a dedicated guide, and handle all the details throughout the tour. Free time is available on some days, but for the most part expect fairly full itineraries and a good amount of walking. Some optional excursions are offered during the tour, so you can tailor your experience to a certain extent. This is a great opportunity for meeting fellow travelers in a similar age range. Collette tours are open to everyone, but the majority of people on your tour will be older - in the 50+ range. Collette tours are ideal for travelers who want to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and are open to new experiences.
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Explore! Premier

Explore!

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4.6 • Excellent
Total Trips 456 Trips
Average Price $ 184 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 15 days
Trip Prices $ 940 – $ 2,160
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Athens 13 Tours in Athens

Wonderful

I was grateful to Explore with my booking as I was forced to cancel at a late date and then was enabled to rebook which meant the difference between having no summer holiday and a wonderful one. All of the administration seemed to be very efficient, friendly and professional.
5.0 • Alison

Extremely enjoyable

I have travelled with Explore on several occasions. Each experience has been positive and every trip extremely enjoyable. The itinerary’s are excellent ensuring a full and varied experience and the use of local guides is hugely beneficial.
5.0 • Julie
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Wonderful holiday memories

We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
5.0 • Jennifer
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Greek Island Wanderer
Greek Island Wanderer Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Greek Cruise and Island Walking
Greek Cruise and Island Walking Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Greek Island Cruise
Greek Island Cruise Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Founded in 1981, Explore is a global adventure outfitter with a wide range of active 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 Explore Stand Out? Explore has 30+ years of experience delivering high-quality active adventure 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 and local accommodation 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 Will Enjoy Traveling with Explore? 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. If you are the kind of traveler whose suitcase is more active wear than formal wear, Explore is your kind of travel company. While it is possible to find Explore trips where culture and urban exploration are more the focus, where just a minimum level of fitness is required, their speciality is definitely in breaking a (small) sweat while traveling. Tours with Explore are open to all ages, and they even have a whole group of Family Friendly tours available. Because you will be active, being relatively physically fit is going to help your enjoyment level exponentially - and some tours are more difficult than others. Be sure to check the Tour Pace and physical requirements. Top Destinations Explore travels to all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica!) and offers trips in over 120 countries. Explore Travel Style Besides Small Group Tours, which is what they are known for, you can also book Private tours, which are great for large families or corporate trips, Tailormade - for those who want something ultra-personalized, and Self Guided trips when you don’t need a guide with you every step of the way. 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. As always, accommodations with Explore are chosen for their character and the more they provide a uniquely immersive experience, the better. 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.' Explore travel themes are all active focused. They weave cultural travel highlights into their activities, so while you will be on a “cycling tour” or “hiking tour” Explore recognizes that you are also a traveler. Why Choose a tour with Explore? 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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Topdeck Preferred

Topdeck

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4.7 • Excellent
Total Trips 280 Trips
Average Price $ 168 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 49 days
Trip Prices $ 1,097 – $ 7,269
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 16 Tours in Athens

Extremely knowledgeable

Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
5.0 • Sally

Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel). I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind. The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city. This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences. P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
5.0 • B
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Pharaoh's Escape
Pharaoh's Escape Trip Type: Group Tour
Oceanic Empires
Oceanic Empires Trip Type: Group Tour
Mega European Egypt
Mega European Egypt Trip Type: Group Tour
Founded in 1973, Topdeck has been providing fun, adventurous trips around the world for 18-39 for over 40 years. What Makes Topdeck Travel Stand Out? Topdeck tour focuses on providing friendly and authentic guided group tours where like-minded 18-39 year old travelers can have amazing group experiences. There are several trip types to choose from, from camping, to immersive, to multi destination, to sailing. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Topdeck? Sociable, adventurous, budget conscious 18-39 year olds are the kinds of traveler who will gravitate to Topdeck. Though they offer a few different distinct travel styles, there is definitely a sense of an ongoing party, with travel as the conduit and underlying shared interest. If the idea of being around a group of similarly aged people - many of whom may be exploring internationally for the first or second time - being spontaneous, and meeting locals (often in the environment of bars or clubs) is unappealing, then Topdeck may not be your cup of tea. Introverted travelers, or those for whom an extensively planned itinerary including many museums and historical sites is ideal, may want to hunt around before choosing a Topdeck tour. That is not to dissuade the more observational traveler - who may very well find a group they gel with perfectly on a Topdeck tour. Only to caution that you will be surrounded by several extroverted personalities. The bottom line is if you are game for anything, are traveling on a budget, and don’t mind fairly basic but comfortable accommodations and inexpensive meals - sometimes on the go - then you will enjoy the Topdeck tour experience. Top Destinations Topdeck has tours throughout the world, in Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Topdeck Travel Style The Topdeck travel style is tied quite specifically to their audience. These tours are great for youthful and energetic 18-39 year olds looking for a good time and to make new friends. In the interest of keeping their tours affordable, travelers with Topdeck will need to make a few allowances. For example, hostels and hotels may be situated quite far away from the city centers. You can also expect some long travel days. The more of a good sense of humor and adventure you have, the more you’ll enjoy the experience. Why Choose a Tour With Topdeck Feeling the urge to connect with travelers in your age group, have fun, and make lasting friendships? Topdeck has over 40 years of experience in adventure travel, which has helped them create epic low cost trips for 18-30 somethings. These tours are certainly not for those who prefer to take things slow. You will be running around, moving between a lot of places - which in some cases means very long bus rides - going out a lot, meeting new people, and staying active throughout your tour. If your ideal travel experience is more methodical and planned out in nature, Topdeck may not be for you. But if you are an adventurous and social travelers eager to absorb a new culture and make new friends, then hop on board!
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Travel Talk Preferred

Travel Talk

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4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 119 Trips
Average Price $ 89 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 6 – 19 days
Trip Prices $ 781 – $ 2,525
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 35 Tours in Athens

Had the most incredible time exploring Egypt

Had the most incredible time exploring Egypt. Loved the cruise on the Nile- such a relaxing way to travel. Comfy bus, good hotels. Guides were awesome. Friendly and very knowledgeable. Thanks Mostafa and Michael. Would highly recommend the optional trip to Abu Simbel - stunning!! Can’t wait to book my next trip with travel talk.
5.0 • Brienna

Truly a great experience

I had the most amazing time doing the Best of Balkans tour. Beautiful places and great experiences. The best part was without a doubt our tour guide Bojan. Because of him I will always remember the Balkans with a warm heart. Truly a great experience. Thank you!
5.0 • Tinna Sif
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The Amazing Turkey by land tour was absolutely amazing

The Amazing Turkey by land tour was absolutely amazing. It was well planned and a great introduction to the major cities of Turkey as well as the different landscapes and seas, history, food, culture and traditional crafts. Our guide, Mustafa was very knowledgeable and added so much value to the experience whether it was an explanation of the evolution of Turkey, recommendations on the optional activities or restaurants or a good bad joke. My highlights included a traditional Turkish bath, Turkish pottery demonstration, exploring the Saklikent gorges, paragliding and the hot air balloons in Cappodocia.
5.0 • Maria
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Athens to Istanbul
Athens to Istanbul Trip Type: Group Tour
Athens+3 Island Explorer
Athens+3 Island Explorer Trip Type: Group Tour
Mykonos to Athens
Mykonos to Athens Trip Type: Group Tour
British company, Travel Talk, strives to provide top notch travel experiences at reasonable prices. What Makes Travel Talk Stand Out? Travel Talk was born out of the desire to make extraordinary experiences accessible to ordinary people. They have many niche tours such that finding a tour suited to your interests is easy, and you’re guaranteed to meet like minded friends along the way! All tours are led by local experts who are there to make your experience unforgettable. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Travel Talk? The Travel Talk traveler is someone eager to hit the ground running and explore destinations from all angles. These trips are intended primarily for 18-39 year olds, though the “young at heart” are also welcome. However if you are more in the 40+ range, be forewarned that the tour personality will definitely be youthful in tone. In this case “like minded” traveler is pretty age-range specific. In their own words, travelers on their tours “have a desire to get off the beaten track, experience the culture and tradition all while having a little fun.” Single travelers are more than welcome, and provided you don’t mind sharing a room, no single supplement is required (with the occasional exception on sailing tours). However, unlike their commonly compared counterparts, Contiki and Topdeck, Travel Talk presents itself as less of a constant ongoing party and more of a cultural experiences tour. Not to say there is not the occasional night out on the town - only that the more introverted may enjoy Travel Talk more than Contiki or Topdeck. Top Destinations Their specialized tours focus in Europe, though they also operate in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco.   Travel Talk Style Travel Talks travel style is all about cultural discovery and having a good time. Accommodations are chosen within a variety of comfort levels, and Travel Talk strives to choose where you stay and how as it’s own experience - not just as an afterthought. Travel Talk tours are budget conscious, but depending on the destination, you may experience anything from a 5 star resort to riding aboard a traditional felucca on the Nile.   Why Choose a Tour with Travel Talk? They are committed to providing a real, adventurous, cultural, and above all local experience. Yet they are careful to not force the comfort zone too far. You will receive outstanding service, accommodation, transportation, and attention from your tour guides. Itineraries cover the must see tourist spots as well as hidden gems. It’s the perfect travel experience that won’t break the bank.
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ROW Adventures Premier

ROW Adventures

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 97 Trips
Average Price $ 482 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 1,695 – $ 1,695
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 1 Tours in Athens

Great

A group of us from Wyoming just did the 5 day Hells Canyon trip with ROW. Great guides (Will, Bethany, Max, Trevor, and Connie) and excellent food. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.
5.0 • Neil

Best Vacation Ever!

The Family Magic Trip down the lower Salmon River in August was AMAZING! The guides were awesome! So knowledgeable, funny, and resourceful. The food was better than most restaurants and my kids loved it (as did I)! The River Jester (Lily) was such a sweet yet stern and fun lady that kept the kids entertained and they loved her. They setup camp for us each day at these amazing beaches! I have never been rafting, and they were there to make it seem easy and doable! I loved that they taught us about the local history and environments. A stop at Spalding was awesome start to the trip! I enjoyed the paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, and the oar boats. I even became part of the swim team but it was a good experience having the guides there to ensure our safety. I loved cliff jumping, the short hikes, swimming the rapids, and swimming in the river with the kids. The time with friends and family was great. It was so relaxing and good to meet so many different people I feel that I can call my friends now. Best part was sleeping under the stars with my family hearing the rushing river next to us. The guides made the trip so personal and they were caring! Thanks so much Mark, Max, Connie, Jonas, Curtis, Lily, and Bethany! Absolutely recommend going on a trip with ROW and I plan to with my children again, it was worth every penny! Thanks Jason for helping plan the trip for me!
5.0 • TS
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we had a blast

Just got back from my first whitewater rafting trip on the Lochsa and I'm hooked. My husband and I were both river newbies and we had a blast. All of the guides took very good care of us, the lunch was very good, but Eric is hands down the best guide ever!
5.0 • Kelly
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Yachting in Greece
Yachting in Greece Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
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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SmarTours Preferred

SmarTours

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4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 55 Trips
Average Price $ 229 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 11 – 11 days
Trip Prices $ 2,999 – $ 2,999
Service Level Budget
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Athens 1 Tours in Athens

Beauiful Croatia

This was our first Bus Tour. While we did enjopy the spots we visited, we felt that there were too many towns and not enough time in each, necessitating more time on the bus. Nevertheless the value of the tour is undeniable. The Tour director Jon, was extremely professional and he was a huge positive on the trip. The topography of Croatia was spectacular, the Sea and mountain views were gorgeous. Lake Bled, the Postojna Caves, Opatija/Plitvice Lakes, Debrovnik, the Roman Ruins, Zagreb were wonderful. The hotels were all clean and rooms were comfortable. Unfortunately my partner Barbara fell and injured her face and broke her glasses on the way to Debrovnik. Jon was extremely concerned offered to find a doctor ()which Barbara declined) but Jon took the broken glasses to an occulist who temporarliy repaired the frames. Two of our fellow travelors who were Nurses took care of Barbara after the accident.
5.0 • Menorah101

Wonderful experience, well-deigned by SmarTours

The Treasures of Portugal trip focuses on the highlights of the cultural and artistic heritage of this fascinating country. The chosen destinations and sites rarely disappointed, and there was always something awe-inspiring at each stop. The tour provides a great balance between programmed and free time, allowing you to see what you want or find time to explore on your own. The fact that few dinners and no lunches were provided afford you the opportunity to discover the places and tastes that intrigue you as you discover the variety of offerings available in each location. The destinations chosen are smart and live up to the promise that these are the country's treasures. Our guide was brilliant - she knew well the backstory of the locations and the significance of the art and architecture. Each part of the tour was a lesson in history, presented with excitement and passion. Her adoration of the history and culture of her countrymen was palpable and infectious, and gave the touring experience much added value. Well planned, organized, balanced, affordable, and utterly enjoyable. Very highly recommended.
5.0 • Rico
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Exceeded my Expectations!

For someone who usually plans every detail of my travels...going on a group tour was not something I relished. Plus, I knew that Smartours was considered a “budget” travel company, so my expectations weren’t that high. However, other than a few minor inconveniences, this trip exceeded my expectations. The magical African landscapes and its kind, welcoming people made this adventure one of the best vacations I’ve been on. Pros: Well-paced itinerary that gave us the opportunity for some free time to plan our own activities, smallish group (25) of lovely, considerate, fellow travelers (we were in the minority of “younger” folks and we are in our 50s), excellent included tours, mostly lovely hotels/lodges, amazing breakfasts/dinners, included porter services at all stops, Smartours CEO personally responded quickly to our inquiry regarding booking cost concern, and our delightful and attentive guide Jonathan. Cons: 6 hour scheduled layover, most uncomfortable 14+ hour flight ever via South African Airways, trip extension Vic Falls guide was very personable, but not very attentive, Smartours sends trip info only 2 weeks prior to departure (would love to have had this info sooner), several of the optional tours were mediocre. But honestly...if you’re a frequent traveler...these concerns are pretty minor. I will definitely be recommending the South Africa Tour to friends for value/quality and hope that ST keeps its word about limiting group sizes to under 25. I will definitely use them again in the future!
5.0 • KC
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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise
Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
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 SmarTours 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 Will Enjoy Traveling with SmarTours? Travelers who love traveling and care about experiencing the destination above all else - tourist sites, history, and culture - will love the feel of a SmarTours trip. These tours are definitely for the budget minded - SmarTours offers numerous deals and specials throughout the year, and provides many other ways you can save money as well, including referring your friends and being a repeat SmarTours traveler. Trips are comfortable and well guided, if not luxury or especially “unique” in tone. Airfare is included, which is a major selling point for SmarTours travelers. SmarTours is perfect for the traveler who wants to get the most out of their travel experience, in terms of inclusions and time spent exploring the sites, both with a guide and with free time. If you are looking for a more cultivated, personalized experience, the SmarTours focus on keeping costs low doesn’t always allow for this. That said, this is budget travel that strives to appeal to a wider range. SmarTours caters to all ages that are looking for good prices. They are largely popular amongst 50+ travelers and families. Top Destinations 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. SmarTours Travel Style 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. Accommodations are between value and premium, comfortable with a step above basic amenities. You won’t spend much time in your hotel, as SmarTours makes the focus about the travel experiences on the ground. They care about ensuring that you have as much time as possible to explore with the guide and on your own. Why Choose a Tour With SmarTours? SmarTours is a complete bargain package for budget minded travelers. 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.
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Untours

Untours

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4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 30 Trips
Average Price $ 155 per day
Tour Length 7 – 7 days
Trip Prices $ 869 – $ 869
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 1 Tours in Athens

We loved everything

We loved everything about Umbria! It was nice to be in a location with other Untourists as it gave us social opportunities in the evening. Umbria has many special discoveries like the Piano Grande with its wildflowers
5.0 • Marcy & Steve

Wonderful

The food everywhere in Umbria was wonderful. Our favorite towns were Trevi where we had cappuccino in the square every morning and wonderful streets to wander, Spello with its flowers on every doorstep and in every window, Bevagna and Gubbio which had colorful banners hanging everywhere as well as beautiful flowers
5.0 • Barbara and John
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Exceeded our expectations

Our Umbrian experience met and exceeded our expectations in every way! The location within the region gave easy access to major roads and sites of interest were easily reached
5.0 • Frank & Donna
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The Greece - Nafplio Untour
The Greece - Nafplio Untour Trip Type: Self-guided / Independent Tour
When is a tour not a tour? When it’s an Untour, of course. Pennsylvania-based Untours stakes out its own ground in the tour business, offering “all the fun of independent travel without all the work.” And they’ve been doing it for more than 40 years, building an experienced, knowledgeable staff both in the U.S. and Europe. What Makes Them Stand Out? As its name suggests, Untours is different than a typical tour agency. It doesn’t offer guided tours or group tours, but it does offer unlimited pre-trip planning advice, orientation upon arrival at your European destination, a private apartment to stay in, and transportation while there. Who Travels With Them? Untours clients like the idea of being mostly on their own while traveling, but are looking for extra assistance in planning, getting oriented, and arranging for lodging and transport. Since the Untours method saves time and energy when traveling to an unfamiliar place, it’s especially popular with people of working age or those who don’t enjoy extensive research. Where Do They Operate? Untours operates in 24 European locations, including multiple cities, towns and villages in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Other locations are in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Holland, Ireland, the UK, and Greece. How Does it Work? You choose the European location of your dreams – it could be Alsace, France; Tuscany, Italy; London, England; Budapest, Hungary; Barcelona, Spain; Leiden, Holland; Nafplio, Greece; or a village in Switzerland, among others – and Untours will set you up. You can ask all the questions about your destination that you want, and you’ll also be given an Untours guidebook to the region. When you arrive, Untours’ local staff will fill you in on anything you want or need to know. They’ll transfer you from the airport to your private apartment, cottage, or farmhouse -- where you’ll stay for one to two weeks -- and also set you up with a rental car, rail pass, or mass-transit pass, depending on your location. Otherwise, you’re entirely on your own to do what you want. Why Travel With Them? Untours offers an unusual service that strikes a balance between a guided tour and independent travel. Of course, you can put together your own group of friends or family if you don’t want to travel strictly on your own. You can also combine Untours (they’ll provide transfers between regions) if you want a longer trip, or opt for customized itineraries and luxury-level properties. You can even choose to just book one of their properties and dispense with the other planning and orientation.
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Epos Travel & Tours

Epos Travel & Tours

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Total Trips 9 Trips
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 6 – 11 days
Trip Prices $ 1,363 – $ 2,290
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Athens 5 Tours in Athens
Pick An Olive
Pick An Olive Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Established in 2017, Epos is already impressing its customers with their tours. They’re located in the stunning and historic Peloponnese - a peninsula that lies in southern Greece. With numerous trips to choose from in this region, they're eager to show you just how much beauty lies in the land of Greek legends.  What Makes Epos Stand Out? All of the tour guides are local experts that were born and raised in Peloponnese, which means you’re guaranteed an authentic local experience.  Their tours range from popular sightseeing destinations to adventures off the beaten path. Choose from a trip around Athens and ancient Greece, trace the steps of Hercules and Zeus, or discover the unique beauty of the Underworld cave. They proudly emphasize eco-tourism by making sure their trips aren’t negatively affecting local communities, such as hiring staff from the villages. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Epos? Travelers who have a sense of adventure and love diversity will enjoy traveling with Epos. There’s something for foodies, outdoor enthusiasts, and history buffs alike. These trips are made for those looking to be more cultural, historically, and socially enriched. On top of the activities, you’ll get to be in contact with local people since they emphasize cultural immersion. They provide fairly priced tours, as they focus on getting people to explore. Considering their most expensive Epic Culture tour package is roughly $2,000USD, it’s a great value for money! They don’t sacrifice comfort nor authenticity, plus the prices include transportation and accomodation! Epos tours aren’t the most physically demanding, but will occasionally require you to be on your feet for a few hours each day. If you choose tours with a larger focus on exploring natural wonders and waterfalls, be prepared for it to be more physically challenging. Because of this, people from 18-30 will enjoy most of their tour packages. But that doesn’t mean they exclude seniors! Seniors can still enjoy the classic Greece trips and cruises, where most of the day calls for sightseeing, relaxation, and photography. Top Destinations Epos travels exclusively around Peloponnese - an area that’s rich in history, scenery, nature, and culture. They have a variety of packages ranging from classic Greek destinations such as Athens and Olympia, to places more off the beaten path. It’s up to you to decide whether you want a tour that’ll have you exploring the classics, or the unknown. Trips will be heavily focused on one or two of the following themes: history, religion, aquatic, and nature - although they do their best to give you a taste of everything. Epos Travel Style Epos will book either a hotel in the 3-4 star range, or a rental apartment for your stay. Expect to sleep on double or twin beds, and rooms that won’t necessarily be considered luxurious. But they will be clean and comfortable by western standards.  They ensure that the accommodations they book promote eco-tourism - meaning lodges that only hire local staff, care for their surrounding environment, and use locally made products. They believe in providing high quality tourist services in a responsible and honest way. If you’d like a mix of nature and culture, to be closely connected with locals, and trust that your tourism isn’t harming the area, then these tours are right for you. You’ll be riding a private bus or car that includes air conditioning, comfy seats, large windows, and wifi. Depending on your tour, you may also find yourself taking the public railway train, or on a small private boat. Walking will also be a part of your everyday, with the duration depending on the chosen tour. Choose from the 4 different tour styles they offer... Epic Culture Tours: The perfect combination of classic and exotic destinations, Epic Culture tours are what they pride themselves in offering. Choose from 9 different multi-day trips, each one packed with history, culture, nature, and gastronomy. These tours are made for travelers that are restless and looking for something out of the ordinary. Their carefully selected places will take you off-the-grid, but still show you main areas as well. If you’re a food and wine lover, you’re in for a treat! Their handpicked taverns and wineries will show you the best that Greece has to offer, so you can expect genuine local quality. More Tours: If you prefer to only see the classic attractions, More Tours is right for you! Choose from 6 different packages, each one between 1-4 days long. It’s a great way to see UNESCO heritage sites and key attractions, with the addition of taking you to see some beautiful natural landscapes. Do It Your Way Tours: This is a great option if you are unsure of what tour is right for you, or you want to let them know what your interests lie, and have find the right trip or create an itinerary that’s perfect for you! Fill out a sheet indicating your travel preferences and interests, and they’ll get in contact with you. Cruise Tours: If you’re the kind of traveler that prefers bottomless drinks, social events, and land excursions, consider choosing a cruise tour! In partnership with Celestyal Cruises, these cruises are great for those looking for a classic fun-in-the-sun vacation, with a touch of cultural experience. Why Choose a Tour / Cruise With Epos? If you want to have days jam-packed with adventure and exploration, you’ll love traveling with Epos. They make a genuine effort to show you places that are unheard of, share their historical knowledge, and do a wide range of activities. You don’t have to choose between a history, culture, food, or adventure-themed tour, because the itineraries cover all of the above. That being said, that means that there is little time to relax and sit around. Reviewers mention just how many activities are done per day, and Epos said it themselves that they try to minimize bus time by stopping at various attractions and places along the way. Don’t expect to sneak in a midday snooze, or else you’ll miss something along the way. They hope to take out the stress of planning out your day and things to see, so do expect all activities to be fully arranged and organized for you. If you’re the type that likes to have a day for yourself to explore on your own, you may not want to travel with Epos.
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Cycling in Greece provided a wonderful balance between absorbing the architecture and culture of Greece, both ancient and modern, and enjoying the beautiful landscapes and seascapes on two wheels. The organisation of the whole trip was excellent so that everything went very smoothly but without feeling over – organised. The route was hillier than I had first anticipated (although I should have known as the vertical ascent figure was provided for each day’s ride) but with the distances covered and the relaxed pace, it made for extremely pleasant riding. Add to this the warmth of the Greek people, the delicious Greek food and perhaps most importantly the calibre of our tour leaders and the warm companionship of our fellow cyclists and it truly was a wonderful holiday.
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Both Yannis and Kostas were excellent. Yannis led the group on his bike and he clearly had a passion for all things Greek and an extensive knowledge of the history, politics, geography, geology ------- of Greece. Kostas drove the bus, sorted out any mechanical problems, provided delicious lunches and was a great back-up for Yannis. They were both warm, friendly and encouraging as well as being very efficient in the way they operated. A great team.

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Anonymous
August 2016
Cycling in Greece provided a wonderful balance between absorbing the architecture and culture of Greece, both ancient and modern, and enjoying the beautiful landscapes and seascapes on two wheels. The organisation of the whole trip was excellent so that everything went very smoothly but without feeling over – organised. The route was hillier than I had first anticipated (although I should have known as the vertical ascent figure was provided for each day’s ride) but with the distances covered and the relaxed pace, it made for extremely pleasant riding. Add to this the warmth of the Greek people, the delicious Greek food and perhaps most importantly the calibre of our tour leaders and the warm companionship of our fellow cyclists and it truly was a wonderful holiday.
Too many to list!

Both Yannis and Kostas were excellent. Yannis led the group on his bike and he clearly had a passion for all things Greek and an extensive knowledge of the history, politics, geography, geology ------- of Greece. Kostas drove the bus, sorted out any mechanical problems, provided delicious lunches and was a great back-up for Yannis. They were both warm, friendly and encouraging as well as being very efficient in the way they operated. A great team.

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After 2 other Travel Talk Tours, I must say *Alex* was fantastic. He went above + beyond to make sure we knew what we were doing, where to go, that we were safe. The hotel in Santorini had dirty sheets + we were generally not helped much at all. Otherwise, the tour was BRILLIANT! <3 Greece

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Claire
August 2016
After 2 other Travel Talk Tours, I must say *Alex* was fantastic. He went above + beyond to make sure we knew what we were doing, where to go, that we were safe. The hotel in Santorini had dirty sheets + we were generally not helped much at all. Otherwise, the tour was BRILLIANT! <3 Greece
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This is a really very nice trek, and we have been very lucky with the professional and kindly guides. Greek people is very friendly, and we have been fortunate to share with them home, food, landscape and such nice things. The trip is very rich because is very variate, the impressive Vikos gorg, the nice small towns of Vradeto or Beloki, the refugee in Astraka and the blue Dragonlimmi and at the end the astonishing landscape sharped by mounts and monasteries in Meteora. Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!

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Anna
November 2015
This is a really very nice trek, and we have been very lucky with the professional and kindly guides. Greek people is very friendly, and we have been fortunate to share with them home, food, landscape and such nice things. The trip is very rich because is very variate, the impressive Vikos gorg, the nice small towns of Vradeto or Beloki, the refugee in Astraka and the blue Dragonlimmi and at the end the astonishing landscape sharped by mounts and monasteries in Meteora. Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!
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A great trip with a mix to keep everyone happy. The support team were excellent and there was never a dull moment.
Taking a plunge in the sea following a day of riding and just before dinner..... heaven on earth.

Excellent

Think about adding a few days to explore Athens as there is lots to see.

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Anonymous
August 2016
A great trip with a mix to keep everyone happy. The support team were excellent and there was never a dull moment.
Taking a plunge in the sea following a day of riding and just before dinner..... heaven on earth.

Excellent

Think about adding a few days to explore Athens as there is lots to see.

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I really enjoyed my tour of Greece.We were impressed with our leader and how he finagled our own little lounge to give us tour info and the speedy way he got us off the boat to have more time. It was disappointing to get to an island in tne dark. I really enjoyed Elana , She has a great personality and would love to know when she has her baby. The Mt climbing was a little rough on my knees,but I never felt rushed. I has just studied about John and Ephesus this fall so it was so meaningful to me. I was really awed. ONe highlight for me was seeing the original huge vase in the Nat. museum of one my husband had brought for me many years ago. One suggestion is to tell people the temp in the Mt is colder than Athens . Also warn them about losing day light saving.

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Cindy Karner
December 2015
I really enjoyed my tour of Greece.We were impressed with our leader and how he finagled our own little lounge to give us tour info and the speedy way he got us off the boat to have more time. It was disappointing to get to an island in tne dark. I really enjoyed Elana , She has a great personality and would love to know when she has her baby. The Mt climbing was a little rough on my knees,but I never felt rushed. I has just studied about John and Ephesus this fall so it was so meaningful to me. I was really awed. ONe highlight for me was seeing the original huge vase in the Nat. museum of one my husband had brought for me many years ago. One suggestion is to tell people the temp in the Mt is colder than Athens . Also warn them about losing day light saving.
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Lovely island-but litter and grafitti all over the base town of Karystos.
Some nice-but not stunning walks-give a relaxing week. Do not expect to work hard-the walks are low level and manageable for anybody with a basic level of fitness. The day we walked by the Roman marble quarries and saw the columns that were carved in one piece from the rock was especially interesting. The gorge walk was also nice, but cloudy weather and high winds spoiled what could have been a great day out.

Cecile was a good leader-organised and on the ball throughout. She made sure everybody was well looked after with dietary requeirements, and gave a lot of information on flora and fauna.

The hotel in Karystos is basic but friendly. Unfortunately the seafront setting is very noisy at night. The trip notes describe Karystos as a thriving market town, but we saw no evidence of this The causeway is full of litter, the streets are defaced by grafitti-even the local museum has grafitto over a roman marble column laying outside, and a magnificent old steam engine there is rusty and grafittied. I think we have seen the effects of the Greek financial problems. Some of the tavernas visited in the evening provided really good food-some were so-so.

Makes you wonder why with such high unemploment in Greece, efforts are not made to tidy up Karystos-which would attract more tourism. Not on our list of places to visit again.

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Anonymous
August 2016
Lovely island-but litter and grafitti all over the base town of Karystos.
Some nice-but not stunning walks-give a relaxing week. Do not expect to work hard-the walks are low level and manageable for anybody with a basic level of fitness. The day we walked by the Roman marble quarries and saw the columns that were carved in one piece from the rock was especially interesting. The gorge walk was also nice, but cloudy weather and high winds spoiled what could have been a great day out.

Cecile was a good leader-organised and on the ball throughout. She made sure everybody was well looked after with dietary requeirements, and gave a lot of information on flora and fauna.

The hotel in Karystos is basic but friendly. Unfortunately the seafront setting is very noisy at night. The trip notes describe Karystos as a thriving market town, but we saw no evidence of this The causeway is full of litter, the streets are defaced by grafitti-even the local museum has grafitto over a roman marble column laying outside, and a magnificent old steam engine there is rusty and grafittied. I think we have seen the effects of the Greek financial problems. Some of the tavernas visited in the evening provided really good food-some were so-so.

Makes you wonder why with such high unemploment in Greece, efforts are not made to tidy up Karystos-which would attract more tourism. Not on our list of places to visit again.

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