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G Adventures

4.8 Excellent | 100+ Reviews43041
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803See all Global Operator Standard $ 197 Group Tour Operator
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic

Stride Take: Specializing in small-group, multi-day adventure tours and expeditions, Toronto-based G Adventures has been a pioneer in the field since 1990. Founded by entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip after a backpacking trip to Asia, the company fosters sustainable and environmentally sound tourism practices -- giving back to the communities they visit -- and considers its business “changing people’s lives,” not just offering a vacation. It’s since grown to become the world’s largest independent adventure travel company, with more than 1,350 employees, many of them professionally trained guides. What Makes Them Stand Out?  G Adventures strives to create unique experiences for its travelers that start even before the trip itself. The company provides trip inspiration through their Looptail blog and you can connect with fellow travelers via the ‘Departure Lounge’, which is part of G’s ‘Watering Hole’ travel forum. Once on your trip, you will meet your ‘CEO’ or ‘Chief Experience Officer’ who is “responsible for enriching your journey, offering local insight, and pursuing great experiences as they happen.” Most groups average around 12 travelers, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. Who Travels With Them? While its target market has traditionally been younger travelers, G Adventures now offers a broad range of trips that can appeal to adventurous-minded, culturally curious people of any age. Groups are geographically diverse, with a higher proportion of North Americans than some other operators. Where Do They Operate?  You can find G Adventures trips in most parts of the globe, including 32 countries in Europe, 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 21 countries in Asia, 10 countries in South America, 12 countries in Central America and the Caribbean, five countries in North Africa and the Mideast, plus the U.S., and Canada. A number of destinations are well off the beaten track, from Sao Tome and Principe in West Africa to Borneo in east Asia to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and both polar regions. How Does it Work? Pricing is competitive (cheaper), largely by using “grassroots” approaches: local transport and a mix of privately-owned accommodations, perhaps including homestays and camping. Efforts are made to focus on authenticity with both culinary choices (locally-owned restaurants) as well as transportation methods. G Adventures truly offers something for everyone, with trip styles such as Comfort, Active, Rail, and YOLO (You Only Live Once - for 18-39’s) -- so whether you're looking for Switzerland trips to trek through the Swiss Alps or relaxing cruises along the Danube River, G Adventures has got you covered. Why Travel With Them? G Adventures is a good choice if you are looking for an authentic, if not luxury, guided travel experience. Some features especially stand out. Lifetime Deposits allow passengers who have to postpone a trip the chance to use their initial deposit at a later date and at no extra charge. Departures are guaranteed once you’ve paid (barring significant weather or safety issues). And they don’t charge single supplements. In short, G Adventures wants you out there with them.

Exodus Travels

4.6 Excellent | 100+ Reviews11486
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
393See all Global Operator Standard $ 260 Group Tour Operator
Central America & Caribbean South America Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe

Stride Take: Exodus is an adventure-oriented tour company based in the UK that has been in business for 40 years. Adventure can take the form of serious and active adventures --  which may involve adrenaline-producing, off-the-beaten-path roughing-it trips -- or premium (five-star), family, or relaxed itinerary adventures, which involve more comforts and amenities. Who Travels With Them? As Exodus is a British company, many of their clients are from the UK. Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between 35-55 years of age. Trips typically range between $1,500 to $2,500 dollars with a focus on value.  What Makes Them Stand Out? Exodus offers a variety of small group tours, private guided journeys, family group holidays, self-guided activities, and trips for groups of solo travelers. Activities might involve cycling or walking, safaris, photography, winter activities (including polar expeditions), or a mix of activities. Exodus is perhaps most well-known for their range of cycling and hiking tours around the world. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty, 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 16 travelers, with an average of 10-12. In short, Exodus covers just about all the bases for adventure-minded, ecologically sensitive travelers. Where Do They Operate? Exodus leads 500 trips spanning all seven continents. From African safaris, to the charming Austrian village of Trins, to trekking Patagonia, Exodus has built out their global presence and offers an active vacation for most everyone. How Does it Work? 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 2-3 star, with some premium departures available, and the company strives to offer unique accommodation experiences whenever possible.  Why Travel With Them? 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, if not yet 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.

Great Value Vacations

4.4 Great | 100+ Reviews3037
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
26See all Global Operator Budget $ 320 Group Tour Operator
South America Africa Europe

Stride Take: Great Value Vacations provides pre-packaged, competitively priced vacation itineraries suitable to all traveler types. What Makes Them Stand Out? When it comes to pre-packaged vacations, Great Value Vacations is a top provider. Their trips are competitively priced, and designed by an extensive network of travel experts. You can choose from among several types of trip and their reviews speak for themselves in customer satisfaction. Accommodations and activities are hand selected by their experts or the “feet on the street” as they call it. They choose on the highest quality places to send you and your travel companions. Who Travels With Them? Travelers who want a fully vetted itinerary and the peace of mind that comes with having all components taken care of. Because of the great variety they offer, families, older travelers, and young professionals can all find something suitable on Great Value Vacations. Where Do They Operate? Great Value Vacations operates tours in Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Caribbean. Travel styles include everything from all inclusive resort experiences, to quaint Bed & Breakfasts, to fully escorted tours, to rail journeys. Why Travel With Them? They bring all facets of planning travel into one place, at a competitive price, taking care of all the factors that can make planning travel stressful. They have an easy to use booking system, eliminating the need for you to take any extra steps.

Intrepid Travel

4.8 Excellent | 100+ Reviews2340
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
834See all Global Operator Standard $ 170 Mixed Land & Cruise
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic

Stride Take: 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. What Makes Them Stand Out?  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 ten travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips, allowing 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 Travels With Them? 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.  Where Do They Operate?  Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic style.  It now offers some 800 different guided trip itineraries in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Each year, the company carries over 100,000 travelers worldwide. How Does it Work? 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. Why Travel With Them? Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind forgoing 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. Additionally, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, so you’ll feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers and vendors that you’ll meet along the way.

Globus

4.8 Excellent | 100+ Reviews1247
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388See all Global Operator Standard $ 270 Mixed Land & Cruise
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe

Stride Take: Globus’ roots reach back to Switzerland in 1928, when the company’s founder, Antonio Mantegazza, bought a rowboat to carry passengers across Lake Lugano, entertaining them with stories about the local sights along the way. From that modest beginning, one of the world’s leading travel companies was born. Globus is part of the Globus Group of brands, which also includes Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, and Monograms, and which together carry more than a half million passengers annually Who Travels With Them? As a long-established, award-winning tour company Globus caters to both budget group travelers and those seeking a more personalized (and costly) travel package. And since you can choose among group, individual, family, or religious travel experiences lasting anywhere from four to 29 days, Globus tours appeal to a broad range of travelers. But their sweet spot remains middle-of-the-road ‘value’ travelers What Makes Them Stand Out? Best known for European coach tours, Globus is appropriately global in scope. Its tours include mostly everything in their base rates, they choose hotels that are in the heart of a city (where the action is), allow a good amount of free time to explore a destination on your own, and use knowledgeable local guides -- in short, they offer the complete package. How Does it Work? Founded in 1928, one of the oldest in the business, they are well respected as a mass market all-inclusive tour company that provides great value.  Want free wifi on your tour bus so you can google the interesting sites you pass by?  Like convenient hotels centrally located and/or with special local charm?  Globus' long experience has helped them learn what makes travelers happy, and they deliver at accessible prices. Where Do They Operate? Today, still family owned, Globus operates in 77 countries across the globe, offering nearly 160 different escorted tours to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific, and North and South America. Whether you're looking for vacation packages to Switzerland or the best Thailand tours, consider Globus. On European motor coach tours, Globus limits group size to 44, allowing for extra legroom on the bus.  Why Travel With Them? If you’re a group of eight people traveling together, you are eligible for special deals and discounts; and if you’re a group of 20 people, Globus will arrange a tailor-made itinerary for you. If you are a traveler looking for value tours and prefer a specific travel theme, then globus has trips and tours that are designed accordingly.

Tucan Travel

4.3 Great | 100+ Reviews860
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
386See all Global Operator Budget $ 134 Group Tour Operator
Central America & Caribbean South America Asia Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic

Stride Take: Founded in 1987, Tucan Travel specializes in adventurous, immersive travel experiences. What Makes Them Stand Out? Tucan Travel are passionate about adventure, and all of their tours are designed by travelers for travelers. They are all about going beyond the resort style of travel for adventure trips that let you experience another side of the country you’re visiting. They offer no pretense either, stating that their style of adventure travel is not for those seeking a chill beach vacation. Tours include the main highlights of the region whilst equally having free time, giving passengers the flexibility to make the most out of the destinations. The four main travel styles you can choose from include Adventure Tours, Overland Tours, Budget Expeditions (specifically geared toward 18-35 year olds), and Add Ons, short side trips. Who Travels With Them? People who want a genuine adventure and who are seeking a local feel for the places they visit. Travelers come from all walk of life, with ages spanning from 20 - 70, usually more heavily weighted on the younger end.  Where Do They Operate? Tucan Travel operates tours in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern & Central Europe and Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? Tucan Travel is the perfect choice for an adventure with young, like-minded travelers. They highlight the value of adventurous travel and their guides are enthusiastic and experienced. They emphasise the community aspect of group travel and encourage solo travelers to join their groups (and don’t require a single supplement).

SmarTours

4.9 Excellent | 100+ Reviews576
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41See all Global Operator Budget $ 231 Mixed Land & Cruise
Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe

Stride Take: Known For   50-Plus Travel Tours, Africa Tours, Asia Tours, China Tours 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 Them 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 Travels With Them? SmarTours caters to all ages that are looking for good price. They are largely popular amongst 50+ travelers. Where Do They Operate? 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. How Does it Work? 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. Why Travel With Them? SmarTours is a complete bargain package for budget minded travellers. 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. Commonly Searched Together: Compare Smartours with these other tour operators Smartours vs Trafalgar

Jacada Travel

4.9 Excellent | 100+ Reviews433
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
7See all Global Operator Luxury $ 827 Custom/Private Tour Operator
South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Antarctica & the Arctic

Stride Take: Luxury operator, Jacada, specializes in crafting fully customized itineraries for travelers looking for unique experiences in classic travel destinations. What Makes Them Stand Out? Jacada is all about a “inspirational luxury travel.” All tours are private and %100 tailor made. Your trip is planned from head to toe by attentive and experienced travel experts who take into consideration what you want to get out of the trip. For Jacada the important thing is for your not to feel at any time that you're having a "canned" experience. You should feel asif your trip has been planned by a friend or family member living in the country you want to visit.  Who Travels With Them? Families, couples, and very small private groups looking for a personalized and luxury travel experience to exotic and classic destinations. They are perfect for travelers who enjoy a sense of adventure but also desire and appreciate the finer things in life while traveling. Jacada combines both elements of travel seamlessly, especially because they learn directly from you, the traveler, on what you’re looking for. Where Do They Operate? They are able to craft tours all over the world, including Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? Their main desire is to help travelers enjoy a wonderful luxury vacation but with a touch of adventure as well. Their travel designers who work with you have lived, worked, and traveled in the areas they specialize in, meaning they can give you a well rounded idea of what to see and do as a local might.

Avalon Waterways

4.9 Excellent | 100+ Reviews404
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
250See all Global Operator Luxury $ 330 River Cruise Line
South America Asia Africa Europe

Stride Take: Part of the Globus family of travel brands since 2003, Avalon Waterways has proven to be one of the more innovative of the many river cruise companies now in operation. Its newest “Suite” ships feature “open-air balconies” with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to serve as indoor-outdoor seating areas, which don’t cut into cabin space as do normal balconies -- meaning you have more room to move around. Bathrooms are also roomy. What Makes Them Stand Out? While global in scale, Avalon Waterways is best known for offering high-end cruises on brand new ships on European rivers. The oldest of the 15 Europe-based ships dates from just 2008, which makes it the youngest fleet of any size on European rivers. Newer ships generally mean that staterooms are larger and amenities are enhanced, and Avalon vessels are no exception. Who Travels With Them? Your fellow passengers are most likely to be age 50-plus English-speakers from North America or the UK. (Crews are all English-speaking). Where Do They Operate? Avalon is well known for their Europe cruises, but they travel all over the world as well.  They have five ships in Asia (sailing the Yangtze, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers), and one ship each in the United States (the American Queen, which sails the Mississippi) and South America (the Aria, which plies the Amazon). Avalon runs small-ship cruises through the Galapagos Islands as well. Why Travel With Them? Considering the spaciousness and innovativeness of its cabins, the fact that shore excursions and multiple dining options are included in the rates, and a chance to take advantage of some attractive early-booking discounts, Avalon can offer excellent value.

Icelandic Mountain Guides

4.7 Excellent | 100+ Reviews341
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
9See all Local Specialist Standard $ 251 Group Tour Operator
Europe

Stride Take: Founded in 1994, they focus on active travel, especially hiking, throughout Iceland. What Makes Them Stand Out? They offer everything from day tours to multi-day expeditions through Iceland’s extreme natural landscapes. Because the nature of Iceland beckons adventure travelers, this is a great way to see the country, from glacier walks to taking in expanses of lava fields, waterfalls, and other spectacular scenery. Their guides are extremely capable and knowledgeable, there to offer moral support as you embark on your trek as well as provide historical and cultural background to Iceland. Who Travels With Them? They are perfect for those who enjoy high intensity travel, and extreme hiking. Though there is some variety within that, there tours will be most enjoyed by physically fit and active travelers. Tours range from Easy to Difficult - the second level after easy is Moderate which involves 4-6 hours of walking per day. Where Do They Operate? They are entirely focused in Iceland. Their trips go all over the country, participating in active travel from ice climbing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, trekking, jeep tours and more. Why Travel With Them? If you’re looking for a challenge, or wanting to dip your toe into the experience of multi day hiking, this is a great place to start. Iceland is a land of extremes and hiking is just one way to experience this. Take into consideration if you are visiting Iceland for the first time you may not see everything as their tours are as much about the activity as well as the country.

Kuoda Travel

5.0 Excellent | 100+ Reviews304
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
9See all Local Specialist Luxury $ 462 Group Tour Operator
South America

Stride Take: Since 2004, Kuoda travel has been crafting highly personalized, custom tours to Peru. While they specialize in Peru, they also offer tours in the countries of Ecuador and Bolivia What Makes Them Stand Out? They are pioneers in personalized travel to Peru. Expert local guides have unrivalled knowledge of local sites, customs, cultures, and geography. They can access insider experiences and have an active on-the-ground presence. Meet local hosts who speak fluent English and are available to take you through some of Peru’s most fascinating landscapes and archaeological ruins, and introduce you to exclusive culinary secrets. You’ll stay in boutique luxury hotels exuding Peruvian personality and hospitality. Who Travels With Them? Their trips are in the luxury realm. They attract discerning travelers ranging from young adults to seniors looking for a personalized experience. Itineraries are innovative and catered to you. Prepare for a decadent travel experiences: fresh and fined tuned, created with the passion they feel for Peru. Where Do They Operate? Their speciality is Peru, offering fully-customized journeys anywhere from Machu Picchu, the Amazon jungle, Lake Titicaca, the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Paracas, and Nazca. Although Peru is Kuoda’s home base as well as where the majority of their trips operate, they also offer personalized  journeys to Ecuador and Bolivia. Why Travel With Them? They take great care to craft enriching, private travel experiences. You’ll see Peru through many angles, but always with an aspect of luxury. Kuoda strives to ensure that they help travelers forge deep connections – connections to your destinations, to the local culture, and to each other. With an understanding that leisure time is important and precious - they offer high caliber personal attention and service every step of the way, from planning to on the ground in Peru.

Kensington Tours

4.8 Excellent | 100+ Reviews254
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5See all Global Operator Luxury $ 513 Custom/Private Tour Operator
Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe

Stride Take: Kensington Tours is an award winning travel company offering in depth tours with experienced guides, unique activities and premium accommodations.  What Makes Them Stand Out? Specialized travel experiences created by knowledgeable experts in destinations and experiences. Their local guides add a personal touch as they provide true insider knowledge and make the trip that much more memorable. You can take multiple types of tours from safari to river cruise, active adventure to honeymoon. They also have a unique Explorer in Residence program where you can take a tour guided by explorers such as travel photographers and storm chasers.  Who Travels With Them? Due to their wide variety of tours, Kensington appeals to all age ranges. Their trips do tend to be in the higher budget range, but lower budget options can be found as well. They are well known for their small group tours which are some of their top sellers. Where Do They Operate Kensington is well known for their Africa tours and safaris, but they also operate trips around the world, in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.  Why Travel With Them? They promise that their expert guides will “transform a vacation into an experience of a lifetime.” If you’re looking to truly get to know your destination, want to explore in comfort, and have local experiences as well as seeing the famous sights, Kensington would be a great choice. 

SouthAmerica.travel

4.7 Excellent | 100+ Reviews225
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2See all Local Specialist Luxury $ 249 Custom/Private Tour Operator
South America

Quasar Expeditions

4.9 Excellent | 100+ Reviews224
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3See all Luxury $ 710 Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
South America

Direct Traveller

4.7 Excellent | 100+ Reviews184
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19See all Global Operator Group Tour Operator
Asia Middle East & North Africa Europe

Stride Take: With 13 years of experience, Direct Traveller is one of the leading specialist independent tour operators in the UK. They have unparalleled excellent customer service and are committed to developing the best products for all travelers. What Makes Them Stand Out? Direct Traveller is a distinguished company, receiving many honorable awards within the UK community for their rapid growth, interactive iPhone app and overall excellence. As one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, Direct Traveller sets the standard for innovation and quality. They also recognize the importance of having local staff at all of their destinations, with firsthand experience that far outweighs any standard guidebooks. Direct Traveller is not only interested in selling a destination, but also in helping to boost the eco-tourism and overall global awareness of the local community. Who Travels With Them? All types of holidaymakers including solo travelers, couples, and groups. Where Do They Operate? North Cyprus to Turkey, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Malta, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Greece, Portugal and more Why Travel With Them? If you’re looking to plan a holiday with a personal touch, look no further than Direct Traveller. They are committed to helping you create quality holiday arrangements by focusing on the finer details of your trip! This attention to personal details is the ethos of their service culture at Direct Traveller.

Monograms

4.8 Excellent | 100+ Reviews158
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464See all Global Operator Standard $ 274 Mixed Land & Cruise
Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Europe

Stride Take: Monograms, one of the Globus family of brands, offers classic vacation packages to many of the world’s most popular destinations. The company has many years of experience creating packaged tours and is based in Colorado, USA. What Makes Them Stand Out? Monograms offers a large variety of trips to suit many different travel styles. You can choose from themes such as Family, Food & Wine, Cruises, and Active. The company prides themselves on the all-inclusive nature of travel planning, pre-organizing everything from your airport transfer to your activities and meals. They also provide a Local Hosts program, which is basically like an in-destination concierge. Who Travels With Them? Monograms is Globus’ mid-tier brand in terms of pricing and thus travelers span across many different age groups. Many couples choose Monograms for a romantic trip to places like Italy and France, although they also offer specialized packages for families. Most Monograms packages are a mix of group sightseeing tours and independent exploration. This can result in some very large touring groups when visiting popular tourist attractions like the Louvre in Paris, for example. However, most of their trips still afford some level of flexibility to explore a destination on your own terms. Where Do They Operate? You can travel with Monograms to many different locations in Europe, Australia, Asia, South/Central America, and Africa. Perhaps their most well-known destination is Italy, and they also offer some unique trips to Australia, specifically to areas other similar tour companies don’t operate. Why Travel with Them? If you are looking for a mostly pre-organized itinerary that hits all of a destination's most popular attractions and don’t mind being part of a larger group at times, then Monograms could be the right fit for you. You might also enjoy the company if you appreciate a bit more in the way of personal touches and services.

Southern Explorations

4.9 Excellent | 100+ Reviews143
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3See all Regional Expert Standard $ 367 Mixed Land & Cruise
Central America & Caribbean South America Antarctica & the Arctic

Stride Take: Seattle-based Southern Explorations is a leading purveyor of adventure-oriented small group and customized tours to Latin American destinations. Wide ranging activities may include trekking and hiking, camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling and Scuba diving, sailing, skiing and snowshoeing – or wine tasting and wildlife viewing.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  They have a commitment to expending resources in the local communities they visit, hiring local guides and support staff, using locally owned lodgings, and making donations to local conservation organizations.  Who Travels With Them? Southern Explorations Tours tend to attract adventurous travelers in their 30s and 40s as well as fit older travelers.  Where Do They Operate? Primarily South America, including Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia, as well as Central America (Costa Rica and Panama). They also offer small ship adventure cruises in the Amazon, Galapagos Islands, and Antarctica.  How Does It Work? You can choose between pre-set land or sea itineraries or they will arrange tours customized to your specifications. Accommodations are locally owned and range from three to five star quality, including haciendas, refugios, and lodges as well as hotels and cruise ships.  Why Travel With Them?  Staff members are experienced adventure travel experts who each travel to Latin America every year, inspecting accommodations and sites and keeping up to date with field offices. Guides are local, know the territory intimately, and are fluent in both English and Spanish.

Trafalgar

4.6 Excellent | 100+ Reviews142
Trips: Size: Service Level: Ave Trip Price Per Day: Operator Type:
810See all Global Operator Standard $ 270 Mixed Land & Cruise
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe

Stride Take: Trafalgar is a name many seasoned travelers will recognize. A branch of the Travel Corporation, whose brands all enjoy stellar reputations, Trafalgar has offered classic journeys for over 70 years. What Makes Them Stand Out? Trafalgar is a premium group tour operator, with the motto “See the world from the inside.” They tout the opportunity to meet, talk, eat and drink with locals. You’ll get to know chefs, artisans, historians, and farmers as you explore what makes the 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 enjoy small groups, cultural experiences, and local touches traveling in comfort and ease. Who Travels With Them? 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. Their trips cover a wide range of budgets, though the majority tend to be mid-range. They do offer deals and even have a unique “Cost Saver” feature that allows you to see more inexpensive trips broken down by ratings and cost clearly.   Where Do They Operate? You’ll find trips to Europe, USA & Canada, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand. While the destinations are widespread, Trafalgar doesn’t stray too far off the beaten path. In South America, they travel 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 in general. 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. How Does it Work? Trafalgar trips involve comfortable transportation and accommodation. Most meals during the tour are included. Trips often include free time during which you can explore on your own, with suggestions from your expert guides. Why Travel With Them? 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. 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. 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, couple or single, traveling Simply Trafalgar inspires confidence, comfort, and enjoyment.

Vaya Adventures

5.0 Excellent | 100+ Reviews116
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10See all Regional Expert Standard $ 492 Mixed Land & Cruise
Central America & Caribbean South America Antarctica & the Arctic

Stride Take: South America focused, Vaya Adventures was founded in 2004 and brings you up and close and personal with many facets of South American culture. What Makes Them Stand Out? As specialists in custom trips as well as specific regions in South America, they are the perfect place to go for unique travel experiences. They offer several different types of trip, from family oriented to couples getaways.  Who Travels With Them? Anyone looking for a specialized trip in South America. Their tours are ideally suited to travelers interested having a hand in creating an itinerary, and many of their activities are “adventurous.” Think treks to Machu Picchu or glacier walking in Patagonia. Where Do They Operate? They operate trips throughout South America, including cruises to the Galapagos and Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? For an exceptional tailor made journey, which will introduce you to South America beyond the tourist sights. Additionally, if you’re concerned about eco-friendly travel, it should come as no surprise that a company that focuses in a land vastly covered with rainforest, operates responsibly. They work with environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance, to work towards preservation.

Sail in Greece

4.3 Great | 100+ Reviews116
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4See all Local Specialist Budget $ 57 Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Europe

Stride Take: Sail in Greece Adventures is a new company based in London that runs small-ship party boats in the Greek Islands. Their motto is “Smash Reality.”  What Makes Them Stand Out?  They’ve identified a niche market and try to do everything to please it. While based in London, they have offices in Athens and are experienced in Greece travel.  Who Travels With Them? Customers are restricted to those 18-35 years of age; passengers generally like drinking, dancing, loud music, and general partying on a budget. Many are British.  Where Do They Operate? Their small ship and yacht cruises sail in the Cyclades, Greek Islands, between ultra-popular Mykonos and Santorini, with stops on the isles of Ios and Paros. You can also work out custom itineraries on their eight-passenger yachts.   How Does It Work? Cabins on these ships are shared twins and quite small, but most passengers spend their time up on deck. You can bring your own alcohol or purchase aboard. Special “booze cruises” in some ports may be purchased separately, and they throw a private beach party on Paros. Basic fares are low, but you may pay more with add-ons.  Why Travel With Them?  If you fit the age profile and like to party with like-minded people on some of the world’s most beautiful islands and deep-blue seas, you’ll find a good match with Sail in Greece Adventures.

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