Nature Expeditions International vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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

more than wonderful travel experiences

5.0 August 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have had three more than wonderful travel experiences through Nature Expeditions to Tanzania, Vietnam, and Peru. The more exotic the location - the more their services and guidance are needed.

Tour Nature Expeditions International Company Reviews

Our 3 week trip to Japan was wonderful and fun

5.0 August 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our 3 week trip to Japan was wonderful and fun packed full of interesting and exciting sights and foods. We saw lots of shrines and temples, and people. The accommodations were top notch and the included meals were too. We loved the ryokans and enjoyed the osen baths-very relaxing. The Japanese gardens (especially the moss garden at the Hakone Art Museum) were amazing. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The train/car transfer assistants were on cue and seamless. We really appreciate the planning it took to coordinate everything.
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extraordinary job

5.0 June 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My deepest thanks for the extraordinary job NEI did in organizing the ten-day trip to Japan for my wife, granddaughter, and me! We really gave you a logistical challenge, since our granddaughter loves anime, pop culture, and shopping; and my wife and I were interested in Japanese history and culture.

NEI came through with an absolutely perfect itinerary! The local guides in Tokyo and Kyoto were delightful and knowledgeable, organizing our days for the most efficient travel. And, they suggested shops, restaurants, and attractions that greatly enhanced our experience.

We also deeply appreciate that NEI suggested ways we could save money in Japan, while maintaining quality—for example, booking us with group tours to Mount Fuji and Nara.

The hotels were first-rate, especially the charming traditional ryokan Hotel Nanpuso. The dinner we were served the night of our stay was quite simply the most beautiful I have ever experienced.

During our trip, the private tea ceremony, and the lessons in drum, calligraphy, and sushi-making were marvelous, giving us insight into Japanese culture we couldn’t have gotten any other way.

Our experience represented yet another example of NEI’s superior quality and professionalism! We hope to work with you many times in the future!
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Tour Nature Expeditions International Company Reviews

Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 3 Trips 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 368 $ 219
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level N/A Standard
Regions
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Plantation, Florida, USA Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1973 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Nature Expeditions International

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      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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