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The world's rivers and seas have become prime cruising destinations, especially over the past decade, as travelers increasingly discover the benefits of small-ship and river cruises. Small ships and river ships are far more intimate than ocean-going mega-liners, sightseeing is at closer distances, port stops are generally more frequent, and smaller ports unavailable to big ships can be added to itineraries. While Europe remains the epicenter of river cruising, Asia, North and South America, and Africa are fast gaining popularity, while small ships sail the Mediterranean, Baltic, and Black seas, among others, and make expeditions to the Polar Regions as well.

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Rivers & Seas Tour Reviews - Summary
96% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 475 Great 127 Average 14 Disappointing 4 Terrible 19
Value
4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
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Excellent August 2018

5.0

Antarctic Peninsula

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The best in the business!

Operator AdventureSmith

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Wildlife Sri Lanka August 2018

5.0

Wild Sri Lanka

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka, the hotels are all unique, really
enjoyed the container accommodation in the rainforest. The people all seemed
very friendly. The Whale watching was a little disappointing as we only saw
the one Blue Whale and it felt a little as if we were chasing after it when
it breached, on the plus side we had the boat to ourselves.
The driving is pretty interesting but we had total confidence in our coach
driver.
The food was very good, but you probably need to like curries!
The game parks are good, initially i thought they were going to be really
busy with all the jeeps queuing to get their permits, but it was surprising
where they all disappeared to within the parks. Downside was when we found a
leopard all the drivers communicate this to each other and everybody descends
on the spot.
hard to say which was most inspirational, all very good.


Nakala was lovely, very passionate about sharing his country and culture with
us.


A fantastic trip, although leisurely, 2 days at each hotel, there was enough
to keep you entertained from morning til evening.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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good August 2018

5.0

Sri Lanka Mixed Activity

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Overall - a good trip
Great group of people and Ruwan was one of the best leaders I have had - and
I have been on alot of adventure trips with various companies - over 25 !
Really like the hike up to Sigiriya.
Like the paintings the exercise the stories Ruwan told about the kingdom.
I also really like the last day of cycling - but think it should be at least
twice as long


Ruwan was one of the best leaders I have ever had - and I have been on alot
of adventure trips with various companies worldwide - over 25 !


Good trip - there is alot of driving time - don't think enough exercise.
The kayaking was "weak" The equipment old, the paddles ancient -
The coral reefs - dead ....few fish
However - the guide was fantastic, Sigiriya was awesome, the tea plantation
lovely, the temple in Kandy - quite interesting


I would suggest a revamping of the trip
-change snorkeling locations
-change kayaking locations
-arrange for newer equipment
-design longer biking option for last day (when the breezes make it pleasant
to cycle)
-Increase the time spent on tea plantation
-suggest changing the last 2 "resorts" with a possible upgrade on the last
night to one of the nicer ones on the beach (I would gladly pay more)
-Suggest possible whale watching / stay in Marissa - i stayed at a lovely
cinnamon plantation there
-suggest a visit to Gallle - my favorite place which I traveled to on my own


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Sri Lanka Mixed Activity Holiday August 2018

5.0

Sri Lanka Mixed Activity

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with great food and lovely people. We had a
busy ten day itinerary with Exodus, with 8 different places to stay over 9
nights. We enjoyed the cycling and walking, the walk to the top of Adam's
Peak was challenging. The scenery when white water rafting was beautiful and
the visit to a working Tea Plantation gave a fascinating insight to one of
the biggest industries of the country.
Watching the sun rise from the top of Adam's Peak and watching about 250
elephants gather at dusk at the National Park


Ruwan was an excellent guide and made the trip extra special for us all,
anticipating our needs and ensuring that our holiday was memorable.


There is about 3 hours travelling from place to place each day, but this is
interspersed with breaks. We were fortunate that there was plenty of room on
our bus to spread out and used this time to relax.


A rest day in the middle of the trip may be helpful as there is a lot of
travelling involved, and an early start most days to take advantage of the
cooler weather first thing.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great trip! August 2018

4.0

Highlands of Sri Lanka

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
A thoroughly enjoyable and well planned trip. Our guide Sujan was great.
Hotels of good standard. Good bunch of people.
Seeing the devotion of old people climbing Adam's Peak.


Excellent, very amusing.


Wear socks on temple visits to avoid burnt feet. Leeches are a problem, wear
leech socks (£20) or poly bags inside your boots (free).


Camping was disappointing (and I do a lot of camping). I would have liked to
have included Anuradhapura and Polonnawura and instead miss out on the day
spent hanging around a (wet) tea planter's bungalow after the Adams Peak
climb. We were in Galle during the Buddhist New Year and museums/churches
were closed.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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