Extraordinary Journeys vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Extraordinary Disappointment

3.0 September 2018
L
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I did my research and saw all the wonderful reviews of EJ. Unfortunately that was not my experience. They were disorganized in the planning process with incorrect information provided on multiple occasions regarding one leg of our trip. Our welcome assitant through customs never showed up and that unfortunately set the tone for the remainder of the trip.

Our first safart did not have the correct permits and we had to pay out of pocket for additional permits.

We were told we would not have to carry our rented equipment on our climb up Kilimanjaro but unfortunately that was incorrect and we had to find the space and extra weight the night before for sleeping bags, ect.

We were told "I'm sorry we are not aware of what premium drinks means at each camp" when there was confusion as to what local spirits included. (it doesn't include anything that needs to be mixed) However as a highly regarded travel company I would think it was your job to know what is included in the one facility you actually recommended to us.

I could go on and on a about the countless problems we had with EJ. Please do yourself a favor and do not use them for your dream honeymoon!
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Tour Extraordinary Journeys Company Reviews

places were fantastic!

5.0 June 2018
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We booked our South Africa safari trip and visit to Victoria Falls trip through Extraordinary Journeys with Jamie Mehrotra as our agent. We had the best vacation ever! To start she booked us in a great boutique hotel in Johannesburg (The Peech Hotel) and then booked us for three nights at the Motswari Private Game Reserve and then three nights at Thornybush Simbambili Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa for our safari adventures. Both of these places were fantastic! Great accommodations, great staff, great food, and best of all the best safari jeep adventures were way more then we ever imagined. Who knew? Thanks Jamie for making these reservations. We ended our trip staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel a classic four star resort. We had some logistical problems when South Africa Airways had some of their flights suspended and Jamie and her South Africa staff made all the arrangements to find alternative flights. They took great care of us. I highly recommend then as a source for arranging an African adventure.
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Tour Extraordinary Journeys Company Reviews

Extraordinarily good

5.0 August 2017
SA
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We haven't travelled yet but I can say that working with Jenny was extraordinarily good. She helped us figure out where to stay for best animal viewing at the end of the rainy season, manage cost and even matched us to a place with social values we care about.

Jenny was also incredibly responsive to questions and even a last minute date change. We did find that if you want to get inexpensive international flights, it can be better to look for flights using flexible dates first and book lodging second.
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Tour Extraordinary Journeys Company Reviews

Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
M
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Excellent crew

5.0 June 2019
L
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
St Hilda - a little gem of a sailboat - great holiday. Excellent crew - thanks to skipper Christophe and cook Kerry . Arnamurchan distillery - fascinating tour - a real find. Loved the island of Egg - hike to Kildonan followed by fresh mussels and chips at the pub in the sun - bliss! And then she sped, bonnie boat, over the sea to Skye.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Wonderful, memorable cruise

5.0 June 2019
D
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful, memorable cruise of the Inner Hebrides. The staff was far above any expectations I may have had. Great communication and assistance with the office prior to the trip. The crew on board took wonderful care of us, and were always responsive to our needs and preferences. Seamanship was clearly superior. Food was outstanding!! The ship is small enough that you really get a sense of being on the water and in the islands. It is also large enough to have resources and comforts. I am happy to recommend it.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 219
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters New York, NY, United States Oban, Scotland
Year Established 2008 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About Extraordinary Journeys

    Extraordinary Journeys specializes in customizing safaris in East and Southern Africa.

    About St Hilda Sea Adventures

    St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

    Who Travels With Them?

    All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

    Where Do They Operate?

    The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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