Haggis Adventure vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
5.0 October 2015
Went on the three day Skye high tour ( if you can, ask for when Andy will be leading a trip) by itself is life changing. But when you go with haggis you get guides who grew up in and around the areas you are touring. They know every beautiful stop and lovely shop up and down the coast. You'll never regret this decision. The only problem it has caused me is, that now I'm gonna have to come back many more times just because Scotland made me fall in love with her.Read more
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5.0 October 2015
We just got back from a 3-day Isle of Skye tour and our guide Heather was absolutely brilliant! I literally cannot even put into words how much of an asset she is to the company. Her knowledge of the local history and enthusiasm was really wonderful. Plus she took the time to take into account our individual interests and cater to them throughout our various stops. Heather, you are great and the tour was amazing. Thank you so much!Read more
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5.0 August 2015
Just been on skye high, with Chris p and driver Jason, amazing time, great views! Learned some good stories and history, I didn't like Andy c kept saying get in my belly and asking me to go back to him for special cuddles!Read more
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5.0 November 2018
Japan Cultural Odyssey
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!Read more
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5.0 July 2018
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.Read more
5.0 July 2017
This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).Read more
But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.
Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.
The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.
There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.
Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.
And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."
Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)
I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.
I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.
|Tours||4 Trips||28 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 75||$ 399|
|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Edinburgh, Scotland||San Diego, California|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||No single supplement|
Founded in 1993, Haggis Adventures provides affordable day and multi day trips in Scotland for young travelers.
What Makes Haggis Adventures Stand Out?
For young budget travelers, this a great Scotland tour company to consider. They have regular departures and really cater to people trying to travel as budget conscious as possible. Haggis Adventures offers multiple payment structures, including a “pay as you go” option.
Their trips are designed to be fun, entertaining, and open to spontaneity - with a nice balance of cultural and historical notes. Guides are locals, excited to introduce their fascinating country to you. As such classic sites are usually included, as well as unique local gems, whiskey tastings, and other areas of interest that might not be in the guidebook.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Haggis Adventures?
Independant, young budget travelers seeking an entertaining and fun trip through Scotland. Their groups tend to be in the 18-30 age range, and group size varies but typically hovers around 20 people. Unlike some other 18-30 tour companies, there is no age maximum on Haggis Adventures tours, however their travel style is active and youthful.
This kind of travel is often most enjoyed by energetic, outgoing travelers, who are always up for a good time and open to meeting a lot of new people. If you are on the shyer side, consider that Haggis Adventures trips, while fun, are not terribly long. So if it takes you a long time to warm up to new people, this may not be the kind of tour you’re looking for. That said, Haggis does offer a lot of time to explore on your own which can create the perfect balance for the more introverted traveler.
They appreciate the backpacking spirit and their tours definitely attract travelers who have the mentality of adventurous independence. The tour aspect is there to help with socializing, a bit of cultural background, transportation, and accommodation - which is hostel based with few frills but comfortable. Many aspects of your days, including all meals, are entirely up to you - so a willingness to frequently explore on your own is key.
They offer day trips, and multi day trips between 2-10 days throughout Scotland. Trips are geared toward international travelers, so top sites such as Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are usually included (depending on the tour length).
Haggis Adventures Travel Style
The Haggis Adventures travel style is all about traveling on a budget - their aim is to make it as easy, affordable, and fun to see Scotland with local guides. This does mean that accommodations are in basic, multi-bed rooms at hostels, and all meals are on your own (to allow for you to have full control over your spending).
Although they cater to a younger crowd, many of whom may sign up for the whiskey tasting more than the castle tour, lip service is paid to key cultural and historical facts. Most time though is spend either on the bus or outdoors among the Scottish elements (it will be chilly!).
Transportation is in their “famous yellow Mercedes Benz coaches”. Vehicles are comfortable, and designed to be eco-friendly. Expect some off-roading!
Why Choose a Tour with Haggis Adventures?
If you are a young traveler seeking a fun group to travel through Scotland with, this is the perfect tour company for you. They definitely cater to those who like to be around a group and have a independent spirit - often their tours are attended by backpacking travelers as a part of a larger trip through the UK.
Their tours run regularly, so it’s easy to book Haggis Adventures tours on short notice - they also provide a few different payment options, including a “pay as you go” option.
San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.
What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?
They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.
With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.
Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?
These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.
The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.
Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.
Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Discover Corps Travel Style
Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.
Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?
If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.
Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.
“Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.