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North America is more than just the three countries of the United States, Canada and Mexico. With 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories, a variety of Mexican states, and English-, Spanish- and French-speaking peoples, you could spend a lifetime exploring it and still not see everything. But don’t miss out on your “must-sees” – let Stride help guide your way across this kaleidoscope of cultures and natural wonders.

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North America Tour Reviews - Summary
95% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 1,416 Great 477 Average 76 Disappointing 22 Terrible 13
Value
4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
4.6

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Top Autumn Walking October 2018

5.0

Sierra Nevada & Granada

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
There is a lot of enjoyable walking to be had on this trip, varied routes and
tantalising views of big ridges and high peaks. There is also wildlife a
plenty but it does need looking hard for. There are some steep ups and
downs in places but the paths are considerably better than I had expected and
are all very 'doable' if you have a reasonable level of fitness.

The hotel in Berchules is a comfortable and very friendly base to operate
from, Wendy and her staff couldn't do enough to help and they serve up some
appetising food too; tThe packed lunches are perhaps the best I have had
anywhere. If you have an interest in avaiation history ask Wendy about the
Royal Air Force Asscoiation plaque that is on the bar!

Granada is a complete and very enjoyable contrast, a city with a really nice
'feel' to it. A different but decent hotel. The Alhambra really is a must -
it would be a shame to not see it if you are in the city.
There are no truely stunning or inspirational moments but spending time
walking in the relatively empty mountains of the Sierra Nevada with the
possibilities of wildlife spotting and the sun on your back (or face) is
pretty fine stuff.


Dan is a Yorkshireman - and he is a good bloke (high praise). The sort of
leader that that gives a group confidence. Punctuality and organisation were
pretty much his trademark, his knowledge of the local area, its history,
wildlife etc was detailed and his skill with gaffer tape was impressive.
Would be very happy to go into the mountains with him again


To get the most out of it a reasonable level of fitness is needed. Poles are
useful for some of the descents.

If you have tickets for the Alhambra you do need to be at the right place at
the right time or you won't go in - we witnessed some interesting
conversations at the entrance point - if you end up with a bit of paper that
says 'this is not a tick' which has to be exchanged for a ticket at the box
office make sure you have your passport with you - or you won't get your
ticket!


Another excellent Exodus trip, made not only by the walking, venues,
accommodation and guide but by the smashing bunch of people who were also on
the trip.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Spain October 2018

5.0

Sierra Nevada & Granada

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a wonderful combination of walking in the lovely Sierra Nevada
mountains and then staying in Granada, although we extended our trip to give
us 3 days in Granada, which meant we could explore most of this interesting
and beautiful city.
I loved the wide expanse of the mountains and the family run hotel in
berchules was just perfect, the staff could not do enough, so friendly and
lots of lovely home made food. Granada is a wonderful city to explore,
churches and Alhambra amazing


Knew the mountains well


Many of the walks involve rivers and river crossings, so waterproof boots and
some agility needed. Food is very plentiful so be hungry! Well worth
extending stay in Granada we stayed in same hotel. Perfect


Another brilliant exodus holiday


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Berchules, Sierra Nevada, Spain October 2018

5.0

Sierra Nevada & Granada

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Another great holiday thanks to Exodus! This was my 13th walking holiday with
Exodus and one of the best, thanks to the varied walks, excellent leader,
great scenery, wonderful family run hotel and good weather.
Following the Moors waterways into the hills and enjoying the long varied
walks along the rugged landscape and through pretty little villages. We
covered 9 miles, 10 miles, 9 miles, 10 miles, then 12 miles during the week,
which was challenging enough for a Grade 3 walk. It was great to be out for a
full day, before returning "home" to the wonderful, family run Los Berchules
Hotel. Our hosts were Alejandro, his wife Csilla, the lovely Wendy
(Alejandro's mum) and Omar.

The staff were amazing and nothing was too much bother for them. Alejandro
cooked us fantastic, locally sourced food, whilst Csilla and Omar waited on.
Wendy made the excellent home made puddings and gave us a warm welcome "home"
each day front of house.


Dan was a great leader. His local knowledge of history, the way people live
and wildlife was second to none and his Yorkshireman sense of humour added to
that! Dan allows you to walk on at your own pace, but has control of the
group is an unassuming, professional way.


Having exhausted most of the Grade 5 centre based options over the years, we
were looking for a more challenging Grade 3 walking trip and this one
surpassed our expectations in terms of terrain, scenery, length of walks and
accommodation. I would highly recommend this holiday.


We are used to a large group of 14 to 16 people, but on this occasion, there
were only six of us. That did not detract from the holiday at all, in fact,
it added to it as we all got on so well. Thanks Exodus for another fantastic
walking holiday!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Exodus rate this leisurely - no... it...... aint........ but fabulous trip ... !!!! October 2018

4.0

La Ruta Maya

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We were on the same tour as Christine (see Feb 18 review) Echo many of her
comments and those of your April reviewer.. We are in our late 60's/early
70's.... A fabulous trip with a bit of everything , and yes, the only way to
have done it was by a minibus with 14 other travellers.. but would not do
this sort of tour again... averaging 6 hours daily in a minibus - one day
was 15 hours across abysmal pitted roads due to teachers strike and roads
being barracaded, was no fun. We are very well travelled and pretty fit for
our age - but this was the most strenuous trip we have ever done... but so
glad we did it.. On the first day a very frail lady decided it wasn't going
to be for her.... and left.... !!!! Just to pick up on one thing from our
trip - Feb 18 review - which commented re water.... Having cruised many
times and stringent rules against sharing communal water facilities using
personal water bottles, we were horrified that most of our group did this -
obviously one tour member came with a bug and this was passsed around the
group via the communal water dispenser. Obviously this saved money for some,
but the cost was at least 75pc of the group had stomach bug issues for
several days (NOT HEAT RELATED) - and progressed thru the whole group... We
were among the few not affected - because - WE DID NOT USE THE COMMUNAL WATER
FACILITIES... Exodus please note - on minibus tours PLEASE DO NOT USE
COMMUNAL WATER DISPENSERS - THIS IS A SERIOUS HEALTH NO-NO.... !!!! Anyway
- the tour - a fabulous mix of Mayan sites - in open situation and our
favourites - those in jungles. We loved the short beach brak in Tulum with
opportunities to body-board - too rough to swim... The towns and cities were
colourful, atmospheric and culturally diverse . The cultural and religious
mix of Catholicism and Mayan tradition was occasionally uncomfortable given
animal sacrifices were part of such ceremonies - but utterly memorable ......
For us wildlife is important and it was terrific to see some wonderful birds
and aguti and cotamundi up close and the howler monkeys had to be heard to be
believed...... !!!! In Belize it was great to get a snorkelling opportunity
and to swim with nurse sharks plus very large stingrays..... The trip had
everything - but showed us why we prefer a mixed nationality group..... We
get exasperated with our fellow Brits who always have to do everything asd a
group and seem incapable , as on our trip, of making decisions for
thermselves and allowing dominat individuals to dictate how to use what spare
times there was at the expense of giving themselves memorable times as a
couple.... We are sociable people but also value our times together as a
couple as these are the times you remember..... ah the British herd instinct
- it makes you proud.. ??!!?? Fabulous trip ...
Actually two.....

- the visit to a local church with a ceremony merging Mayan and Catholic
traditions - disturbing because adnimal sacrifices formed part of the
ceremony , but utterly memorable....

- The Mayan site at Tikal - wonderful jungle setting - a 6 hour trek thru
jungle around the extensive site , and encountering much wildlife - several
species of monkey, many birds including toucan, many eagles soaring on the
thermals, the many iguanas, agouti and cotamundi.... The views across the
site.


Amando our guide was amazing.. Always keeping a close eye on everyone to
make sure they were happy, always there to give advice and suggestions and we
really appreciated his enthusiasm during our wildlife discussions......


AVOID USING COMMUNAL WATER FACILITIES

Be aware that this is a very intensive tour with what is a full minibus with
little spare room, and not much spare time outside travelling and
sight-seeing...... If you are older and not very fit, consider an
alternative ....


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What an adventure October 2018

4.0

La Ruta Maya

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Well if you are expecting a relaxing holiday forget it! Full on from the
minute we arrived in Guatemala. True it is not for the faint hearted
travelling wise, a lot of places to get to in a short time but if you want to
seen Mayan culture in all it's forms this is the trip for you!

A very special mention to our guide Amando - brilliant! Such a considerate
guy with a real talent for organisation, diplomacy and truly appeared to
enjoy his job, love his smile.

Couple of brief periods of down time, loved the snorkeling and white beaches
so all in all a great success. We need a holiday now for sure
Seeing our first Mayan site.


Faultless


Take plenty of books, music etc for the hours of travelling


Nope


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Operator Exodus Travels

North America Tours and Travel Guide


North America Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Of the 50 most visited man-made and natural tourist attractions in the world, more than half are in the United States. A number of them are theme parks, but others range from urban parks (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, New York’s Central Park) to natural wonders (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Niagara Falls) and areas for urban exploration (Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Times Square and South Street Seaport, Chicago’s Navy Pier, Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums, and, of course, the Las Vegas Strip). All are worthy of tour stops, but North America has much more to offer than the usual tourist attractions, and tours that help you get off the beaten path can be the most memorable of all.

In the United States alone, you can visit the deserts of California’s Death Valley – one of the hottest places on earth – or walk on glaciers in Alaska. You can ride airboats through the Florida Everglades or on historic windjammer sailing vessels off the Maine coast. The Rocky Mountains rise high in Colorado and give way to the pancake-flat Great Plains to their east.

The Great Lakes provide recreation for the Upper Midwest while the Gulf of Mexico offers waterborne fun to the Deep South. Utah’s Bryce and Zion national parks, South Dakota’s Badlands, and California’s Yosemite all feature geologic formations that range from the strange to the magnificent -- and are always remarkable to view.

Canada’s Rockies equal those of the U.S. – you can try heli-hiking or heli-skiing in remote areas of British Columbia, where only helicopters can reach the mountain lodges – while the far eastern Canadian Maritime provinces combine brisk sea air with fresh seafood, and French-speaking Quebec serves up Montreal, Quebec City and other delights. And, for good measure, Toronto is considered the world’s most ethnically diverse city.

Mexico shelters unforgettable archaeological sites such as the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula; fascinating indigenous cultures in Oaxaca and Chiapas; and fishing villages and beach towns along both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. South and east of Mexico, the countries of Central America are fast developing their tourism infrastructures, so now is the time to see Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Costa Rica already enjoys a thriving tourist industry, and Panama – divided physically yet united in spirit by its famous canal – is an often overlooked gem.

We can’t even begin to name all that’s out there, so to find the North American guided tour that’s right for you, turn to Stride’s handy comparison tools – and get on or off the beaten track...it’s your choice.

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United States of America, Canada, Mexico

Attractions: 

Grand CanyonDenali, Arches National Park, Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Yosemite,  and Many More 

Top Activities:                   

Nature Viewing, Hiking and Exploring Ruins & Archaeology

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