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MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek) vs Exodus Travels - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Recent Reviews

We had such a wonderful experience

5.0 May 2019
D
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had such a wonderful experience with MT SOBEK! We have dietary restrictions and they were so accommodating, could not have asked for more! The food was plenty and organic, the guides, Manolo and Whilder are so attentive and caring! They really care about each persons experience. We arrived prior to the start of our trip and I got a bacterial infection along with a parasite and the guides knew exactly what I needed and made every effort to get me as healthy as possible as quickly as possible!! We missed the first two pre-hikes but hiked the rest with full pack and smiles! Honestly, these two guides brought together 12 strangers into a tight family who are planning another trip together next year,! we just finished Machu Picchu and are wanting another MT SOBEK adventure!!
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It was one of the most amazing experiences

5.0 July 2017
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My daughter and I recently took a trip to summit Kilimanjaro followed by a 4-day safari game drive on the Serengeti. We both agree it was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives and we owe most of that to MTS. They handled the details of the trip flawlessly, making all the logistics very seamless and easy. The staff and guides were all amazing - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and clearly motivated to make our experience successful and fun. The food by far exceeded expectation in quality and quantity, as did the camp accommodations. All in all, I would not hesitate to travel with them again and I would gladly recommend them to any friends and family interested in taking an adventure trip.
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My trip with MTS was absolutely fabulous

5.0 February 2017
K
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My trip with MTS was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend this company!! I booked a trip to Tanzania as a last hurrah before getting pregnant and it was totally the trip of a lifetime I was hoping for. We spent a few days on safari in the Taragire, a few days in the Serengeti, and then headed off to Zanzibar for a few days of relaxing beach time - the perfect mix of activity and rest. The sights and accommodations were unbelievable and I honestly felt like royalty the whole time! Each time we arrived a new lodge/ “camp” (more like “glamping”) the staff came out to meet us with hot towels and beverages, sometimes even singing a welcome song. In talking to other guests it became clear that our itinerary included only the top lodges, with the friendliest staff, nicest lodging, best food, and most secluded locations. One day we awoke to find a lion paw print literally six inches from our tent, and another night we were woken up by the sounds of a pack of hyena taking down an injured water buffalo that had been hanging around camp. The guides were all super knowledgeable and fun, not to mention skilled at finding all the wildlife we were interested in. There was one day that our guide spotted a cheetah from literally miles away. He tried to point it out to us, but I couldn’t make it out through the binoculars and totally thought he was full of it. Then we started driving in that direction, and lo and behold, 15 minutes later there we were, right next a gorgeous cheetah (see my picture on the wall).
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A magical trip! One of my best ever!

5.0 March 2019
KS
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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!
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The most stunning trip of my life

5.0 October 2018
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.


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Tour Exodus Company Reviews

Antarctic Circle Quest

5.0 October 2018
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An awe-inspiring experience which exceeded all our expectations. The scenery
is truly stunning, as were the encounters with wildlife. Life aboard the
Academik Ioffe was very comfortable, the food was good and experts were on
hand to help us with all aspects of the trip. After the first spectacular day
of expeditions, we wondered how the rest of the trip could even begin to
match the early promise, but each day brought new experiences and
excitements.
It is difficult to pick out a single experience. Cruising in zodiacs amongst
icebergs and below glacial cliffs, watching penguins porpoising in the sea or
making their way up and down snow slopes or across rocky terrain to the
rookeries, observing penguin behaviour in those rookeries, experiencing
humpback whales surfacing next to our zodiacs,
whale/bird/seal/penguin/dolphin-spotting from the deck of the ship,
descending directly onto fast ice from the ship after an impressive parallel
parking manoeuvre, watching the sun setting (just) across the ice-filled
bays......


David McGonigal was an excellent leader. He was very experienced,
knowledgeable, enthusiastic and affable, and amended the programme to make
sure that we got the very best experience each day depending on the ice and
weather conditions. In addition there were several other experts on board,
all of whom shared their knowledge of the environment, fauna and history
generously and enthusiastically.


We had good weather most of the time, with temperatures around freezing, but
it can get very cold on the outer decks of the ship, especially if you can't
drag yourself away from viewing the wildlife and spectacular scenery, and
when sitting still on the zodiac excursions for two or three hours at a time.
We took heat pads for hands and feet, but didn't need to use them.
Sunglasses/goggles and sunscreen are essential. We were provided with good
quality binoculars and outer weatherproof garments and boots. Closed toe
shoes must be worn in all public areas of the boat; a pair of clogs or
similar would have been useful.


It was an expensive trip, but was a fantastic experience,


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Tour Exodus Company Reviews

Tours 57 Trips 686 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 513 $ 307
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • River Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Photography
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Cycling
  • Adventure
Headquarters Emeryville, California, USA London, United Kingdom; United States
Year Established 1969 1974
Solo Friendly N/A No single supplement
Tour Languages N/A English
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About MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek)

Mountain Travel Sobek, which was officially renamed MT Sobek in 2018, offers small-group adventures and expeditions all over the world.

The company was founded in 1969 and is one of the pioneers in the active, adventure tourism industry. It is based in Northern California, USA.

In 2018, MT Sobek celebrates their 50th anniversary - and 50 years as a leader in the adventure travel space. In honor of this, they have updated their website and are expanding their catalogue of tour offerings - planning to add 60 new trips by the end of 2019.

What Makes MT Sobek Stand Out?

MT Sobek, previously Mountain Travel Sobek is a specialist in crafting adventures such as hiking, trekking, rafting, expedition cruising, and safaris. They help travelers to access some of the more remote corners of the world in comfort and safety. MT Sobek’s first ever trip was to the Himalayas of Nepal, so if you decide on a MT Sobek tour, you can rest assured you are traveling with seasoned veterans.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With MT Sobek?

These trips are definitely for the outdoorsy type. While exploring and learning about the culture is definitely an important part of trips with MT Sobek, it’s a secondary theme to the physical adventure. A passion for nature, conservation, hiking, camping, and wildlife will definitely be found among your tour companions.

If you’re the kind of traveling for whom a pair of hiking boots is just as essential to your travels as cultural activities, then the MT Sobek approach will be perfect for you.

Most meals, all accommodations and transportation, are included during their tours - so if having ample free time is important to you, be sure to read the itinerary carefully. There will probably be a lot of time together with the group, and if this doesn’t sound appealing, you may want to compare with a few different tours.

MT Sobek attracts like-minded adventurers that can be couples, families, or solo travelers. Age ranges vastly, from late 20’s to 70s. The nice thing about traveling with MT Sobek is their group sizes are small - usually no more than 15 travelers.

Top Destinations

Mountain Travel Sobek offers adventure travel experiences on all seven continents -- from the best Canada tours in North America to the most unforgettable vacation packages to Costa Rica in South America.

Some of their best known guided trips are to the rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America as well as trekking and hiking trips in the Himalayas. They also offer more relaxed itineraries, such as small-ship cruising in the blue waters off of Turkey.

MT Sobek Travel Style

The activity level on every MT Sobek tour is given a grade between 1-5. This will help you choose the style you want - whether you’re looking to take easy or give yourself more of a physical challenge.

Tours with MT Sobek that are graded 1 are the easiest, often focusing heavily on wildlife viewing activities, and cultural experiences. Tours that are graded around 2-3 are great for those who are new to adventure outdoor travel - including kids and older travelers. Trips are not hard and feature simpler and shorter duration hikes and other activities.

The more physically challenging tours with MT Sobek will be in the 4-5 grade range. If you have some experience already with longer distance hiking or kayaking and are used to elevation changes, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy trips in this range

Why Choose a Tour with MT Sobek?

If you like to challenge yourself and experience an adventurous holiday, then MT Sobek could be the tour company for you. Their guides are mostly locals with advanced training in their niche (mountain guiding, river rafting, etc). The company has also won multiple awards and are the official travel supplier to New York Times Journeys.

About Exodus Travels

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.

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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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