Exodus Travels vs Epic Adventures - 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 — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 3.5
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 3.5
Transportation — 4.0
Meals — 4.0
Recent Reviews

The most stunning trip of my life

5.0 October 2018
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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
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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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Antarctic circle quest

5.0 October 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
One of the best experiences of my life. Icebergs, whales, seals, penguins,
historic huts and awe inspiring (in the true sense of that overused term)
scenery.
There were inspiring moments every day: spotting the first iceberg on the
horizon, whales surfacing next to the zodiacs and boat, being served hot
chocolate on a zodiac in the middle of an ice choked bay, stepping inside the
time capsule of a historic hut, crossing the circle. I could come up with
many more.


The experts on board really contributed to the pleasure of the voyage. They
gave illuminating and interesting lectures during the sea days and then
worked hard to ensure that excursions were a memorable experience.


A good quality down jacket will keep you comfortable when standing on deck
while wildlife watching. Also a pair of binoculars is essential. They don't
have to be expensive.


This is not a cheap trip, but it never will be. It was a life changing
experience as much as a holiday. Everything about Antarctica is as
spectacular as it looks on TV or in books and was worth every penny. Go !


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Tour Exodus Company Reviews

Worth it

4.0 June 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This trek is definitely worth it. It might take a week to trek from start to finish but it is worth every step. The day we got to the base camp was very difficult but only because it started the hail, then snow in the last couple hours of trekking. Apart from that the trek was amazing. The views were amazing and I got to see thing i never would have at home.
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Great Trip, Great Service, Absolutely Amazing Views

5.0 June 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We chose Annapurna Base Camp because the trek has a lower risk of altitude sickness that Everest Base Camp.
The trek was still quite challenging with many mountains to climb over (the guide called them hills ha ha) before we eventually started to follow the valley line up the mountains towards Base Camp. The accommodation was pretty basic (tea houses) in each village we stopped and the temperature kept getting lower the more we climbed. But once we got to base camp the view was amazing and we were so glad that we decided to do this trip. It was pretty hard, but the memories of being surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the world was worth all the effort.
I would recommend that trip to anybody with a moderate level of fitness
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Tours 667 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 269 $ 75
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Regional Expert
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Cycling
  • Adventure
  • Eco Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters London, United Kingdom; United States Kathmandu, Nepal
Year Established 1974 2014
Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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    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.

    Top Destinations

    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.


    About Epic Adventures

    Epic Adventures offers in depth Nepal tours, as well as tours that feature Bhutan, Tibet, and India.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They provide a way for you to experience rural and remote Himalayan life, from a local perspective. Their main focus is on hiking tours, where you’ll meet local communities and learn about the mountain cultures. They have an experienced and international team, dedicated to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all their travelers.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Their tours are open to all ages, but travelers should be in good physical shape. Their treks and peak climbs are offered in a variety of durations and are all led by extremely experienced guides. Trekking in these environments requires a certain amount of endurance and skill, so travelers should know very clearly the level of the trek or peak climb they choose.

    Where Do They Operate?

    They are very specially focused in Nepal, with tours also offered in Bhutan, Tibet, and India. Multiple treks and peak climbs are available.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you are looking for a lot of variety to choose from for your next Nepal trek, they certainly would be a good place to start. This kind of travel depends on a company that puts safety and guide knowledge first, and Epic Adventures takes this aspect very seriously. They also take care to ensure that all their tours fulfill the commandments of sustainable and responsible travel. Especially important for the area of the world they specialize in.

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