G Adventures vs Rabbies - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.8
5.0 December 2018
This tour is for those who can deal with a fast pace, early morning starts and staying in a different place each night (except for the 2 nights in Cuenca at the end). A very well thought out - and packed! - itinerary that went off without a hitch, thanks to our very competent, knowledgeable and friendly guide, Franklin, who was also indispensable in organizing side trips/excursions and negotiating a reasonable price for them. Highlights for us were the included morning trip to just below base camp in the Cotopaxi National Park, and the optional excursion to Cajas National Park. The two travel segments by public bus (Quito-Otavalo 2.5 hours; Alausi-Cuenca 4 hours), while interesting, would have been much more enjoyable and comfortable by private transportation. Accommodation was always clean, functional and friendly, but variable in quality from one stop to the next - the highlight being the quaint and comfortable Hacienda El Porvenir at over 3600 metres in a pastoral landscape near the treeline. The high altitude of parts of this tour (Cotopaxi stop at over 4600m and optional Cajas hike 4200m, and even the start-end point of Quito (2800m) is something that prospective travellers should be aware of and plan for (altitude sickness pills, lots of water, good sunscreen)so as to fully enjoy every moment of this memorable trip. As for food, only breakfasts were included, but in most places there were very good food choices in the restaurants and interesting local dishes to try.Read more
Tour Highlands of Ecuador
5.0 December 2018
A stunning and unforgettable experience in landscapes and amidst wildlife every bit as wondrous as we had anticipated! This itinerary packed in numerous landings/hikes and snorkeling opportunities and enabled close-up observation of some of the birds and iguanas for which the islands are famous. The Yolita is considered to be one of the best boats used by G Adventures: the cabins were comfortable and the common areas spacious and pleasant. The 8-person crew was outstandingly efficient, helpful and good-humoured as well as being safety-conscious. They were perfectly trained to help with the sometimes wavy and choppy transfers between boat and panga (dinghy) or boat and rocky shore! They also cooked up very good meals every day. Our guide, Alberto, was very well-organized and knowledgeable, though it took him a while to become willing to engage with questions from the guests. G Adventures has many itineraries in the Galapagos on 4 different boats, though the details of daily shore excursions can change according to the Park authorities' micromanagement to ensure that places are not crowded. If prospective travellers have the money and time to take one of the longest cruises as to visit the geologically newer western and northern islands as well, which we could not do, then you should go for it as you will see different birds and animals than in the South and East. Wildlife viewing also varies with the seasons (warm & wetter versus cool & dry. We would have appreciated having the option to extend our trip by one more night, on land (Santa Cruz) so as to have had a chance to see giant tortoises in the wild instead of having to fly back to Quito mid-morning after an interesting but rushed visit to the Darwin research station. We wish that G Adventures had offered this as an option.Read more
Footnote: G Adventures begins and ends all its Galapagos trips at the Hilton Colon hotel, which we liked very much - very friendly for a big hotel, heated outdoor pool and an amazing buffet breakfast if you have time to enjoy it - our tour left for Galapagos at 4:30AM...
5.0 November 2018
Discover Patagonia Fan
This was our first G Adventures trip and it was a comfort (vs classic) tour. Overall we loved the tour and all it had to offer. The glaciers, National Parks, hikes, scenery, local travel options including ferry/boats all exceeded our expectations. We chose to participate in all the included activities and many optional ones including a boat ride to Perito Moreno Glacier, Teatro Colon Tour, Osorno Volcano Day hike, Tierra del Fuego NP visit, and a helicopter landing on the Andes in Ushuaia. We enjoyed all the included adventures including the Penguin experience, tango lesson, travel via catamaran, Torres del Paine NP, Glacier NP, and the lecture by the glacier expert.Read more
We had a diverse group with ages ranging from 25-88. Everyone was very respectful of each other and we all got along well. Our CEO (tour guide) Gino did an exceptional job of tending to everyone's needs and ensuring each of us was included in as much as we wished. He made it all seem easy and always had a great temperament. He was very skilled at keeping us moving and ensuring we all had fun. When unexpected things occurred such as illness, baggage issues, special needs he handled them well.
The one area I felt was lacking was in the accommodations and in particular in Puerto Varras. The original hotel utilized Radison Park Inn was considerily below our expectations and making the situation worse was that they had a party right next to our assigned rooms until 3:00 a.m. on the second night of our stay. We were able to arrange an upgrade to a sister property that was much nicer and quieter for our second night. The Radison Park Inn was an alternative hotel due to lack of space at the primary hotel but it quality does not match the description of a comfort tour and in my opinion should not be utilized even as a back up option.
Tour Discover Patagonia
4.0 October 2018
We left London and travelled through the Cotswolds toward Aberystwyth, our destination for two nights. We stayed at the very comfortable and centrally located Bodalwyn Guest House B&B (scrumptious breakfast). For the next two days we toured the Welsh countryside to places such as Beddgelert, Harlech Castle, New Quay, Llandeilo, Laugharne (Dylan Thomas home). St. Davids arriving at Tenby and staying at the centrally located Myrtle House Hotel for two nights. Both Aberystwyth and Tenby had good choices of restaurants within easy walking distance. Also visited castle ruins in the Tenby and Llandeilo areas and toured seaside areas. On return to London we visited St. Fagans Natural History Museum outside Cardiff and toured the restored Cardiff waterfront .Our Driver / Guide John was safe, excellent and very knowledgeable and humorous. The 16 passenger bus was very comfortable and perfect for off the beaten path forays.Read more
Tour Discover Wales
5.0 October 2018
It was our first experience with a guided tour. We didn't know what we could expect.Read more
We came back with wonderful memories. Matt, our guide was marvelous! He always took the time to explain the details of the day, see if it suited everybody. For some attractions he gave an alternative for people who didn't want to join. At check-in in the B&B's he always came in with everybody to be sure that everything was ok with the reservation.
He had a great humor, put on some Scottish music along the journey to really put us in the mood and culture. He has a really good knowledge of his country, its myths and stories, it was a pleasure to listen to him.
The advantage of those small (16) groups is that you really have a contact with each other and you don't have the feeling to blindly follow your guide like small kids.
And of course the views were breath taking, we couldn't have seen all of this on our own. We would definitely recommend Rabbie's tour to anyone.
Tour The Isle of Skye
5.0 October 2018
The tour was comfortably-paced tours and covered most of the best sights around the Isle of Sky. It was better than expected because our guide had us experience bits of local Scottish culture through music and story-telling.Read more
Tour The Isle of Skye
|Tours||412 Trips||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 226||$ 57|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Regional Expert|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Canada||Edinburgh, Scotland.|
|Solo Friendly||No single supplement||N/A|
Specializing in small-group, multi-day adventure tours and expeditions, Toronto-based G Adventures has been a pioneer in the field since 1990.
Founded by entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip after a backpacking trip to Asia, the company fosters sustainable and environmentally sound tourism practices -- giving back to the communities they visit -- and considers its business “changig people’s lives,” not just offering a vacation.
It’s since grown to become the world’s largest independent adventure travel company, with more than 1,350 employees, many of them professionally trained guides.
What Makes G Adventures Stand Out?
Trips with G Adventures are all encompassing, adventurous, exciting, and fulfilling. Since the beginning, G Adventures has maintained a strong message of engaging with local cultures, being a responsible traveler, and contributing back to communities. Their trips are designed to be life changing.
G Adventures strives to create unique experiences for its travelers that start even before the trip itself. The company provides trip inspiration through their Looptail blog and you can connect with fellow travelers via the ‘Departure Lounge’, which is part of G’s ‘Watering Hole’ travel forum.
Once on your trip, you will meet your ‘CEO’ or ‘Chief Experience Officer’ who is “responsible for enriching your journey, offering local insight, and pursuing great experiences as they happen.” Most groups average around 12 travelers, with a maximum of 16 on most trips.
G Adventures has made a concerted effort to expand their offering beyond youth focused adventures, though this remains a core theme. Your Danube River Cruise will be imbued with the same culturally immersive and adventurous touch as your trekking journey through the Himalayas.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With G Adventures?
If you are the kind of traveler who packs running shoes before dress shoes, hiking attire before dinner attire, and a sense of adventure before playing it safe, then G Adventures is the perfect fit for you. You love engaging with locals, meeting new people, and being spontaneous. You also favor experiences over luxury accomodations.
Most G Adventures tours have an active focus - expect to be on the move, packing a lot in. That said they do allot generous free time to explore on your own. There’s a chance you may not see every major tourist attraction in the interest of a more “real” experience. But the nice thing is if a particular site is not on the itinerary, you can use your free time to visit.
If you are interested in a tour that plans every part of the itinerary down to the minute, G Adventures will probably not be the best fit for you.
While its target market has traditionally been younger travelers in the 18-39 range, G Adventures has expanded significantly, now offering a broad range of trips that appeal to adventurous-minded, culturally curious people of any age.
Groups are geographically diverse, with a higher proportion of North Americans than some other operators. G Adventures also does not charge a single supplement, so solo travelers are very welcome on their trips.
They offer numerous travel styles, some at a higher budget range, like their National Geographic Journeys. Most G Adventures trips are accessible to low to mid budgets and are ideal for travelers who like experiential small group active travel.
You can find G Adventures trips in most parts of the globe, including 32 countries in Europe, 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 21 countries in Asia, 10 countries in South America, 12 countries in Central America and the Caribbean, five countries in North Africa and the Mideast, plus the U.S., and Canada.
A number of destinations are well off the beaten track, from Sao Tome and Principe in West Africa to Borneo in east Asia to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and both polar regions.
Itineraries often focus on more off the beaten path locations; small towns, remote and rural villages, less touristy districts and sites.
G Adventures Travel Style
Pricing is competitive (cheaper), largely by using “grassroots” approaches: local transport and a mix of privately-owned accommodations, perhaps including homestays and camping. Efforts are made to focus on authenticity with both culinary choices (locally-owned restaurants) as well as transportation methods.
G Adventures truly offers something for everyone. Trip styles include Classic, Active, Rail, YOLO (You Only Live Once - for 18-39’s), National Geographic Journeys, Marine, Family, Local Living, and Private Groups.
Classic - Classic trips with G Adventures are designed for independent minded travelers who don’t want to miss anything. This is the perfect choice if you want a balanced mix of classic tourist sights and local cultural experiences.
Active - Throwing it back to one of the things G Adventures does best. Kayak, walk, hike, trek; experience your destination through the outdoors. These multi-sport trips are great if you hate standing still and enjoy being out in nature. G Adventures Active tours are ideal for those who are relatively physically fit and like a challenge.
Rail - A rail journey is a great way to dial it back. Take it slow and really savor the feeling of the journey. Take iconic routes and enjoy the ride.
YOLO - “You only live once” is the acronym, and while G Adventures provides adventurous experiences for all, these trips are specifically designed for 18-39 year olds. Get cheeky, get wild, experience life unfettered, as you explore the culture and the local nightlife. If you have the stamina, these trips are once in a lifetime. Kind of like the age range.
National Geographic Journeys - A more premium travel experience, these G Adventures trips, as part of a partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, involve the same culturally immersive approach and knowledgeable guides with an elevated level of accommodations and service.
Marine - Love to be out on the water? Let G Adventures cruises take you to the far reaches of the globe via river and ocean. Experience incredible sights above and below the surface. Unpack once and enjoy the escape of being a part of the crew and passengers.
Family - Adventure tours aren’t always especially friendly to younger travelers. G Adventures Family Friendly tours make adventure activities accessible for you and your youngsters! Trips often have an educational element, and are designed with multiple ages in mind.
Local Living - Get to the heart of it with a homestay. These tours are designed to make you really feel at home and appreciate the feel and rhythm of living like a local.
Private Groups - If you and your family, or a group of friends want the fun all to yourself, G Adventures can plan a private group trip just for you.
Note: part of the culturally immersive experience when traveling with G Adventures is the use of public transportation. This means carrying your own luggage on buses, trains, etc - sometimes during commute hours! So pack light for your own comfort and the comfort of those around you.
Why Choose a Tour With G Adventures?
For those travelers seeking an exciting, professionally guided, and culturally immersive travel experience G Adventures is the perfect tour company to consider. Their trips are designed to be as authentic as possible - and they place much emphasis on giving back to local communities - so you’ll know your tourism dollars are going toward meaningful causes.
Trips with G Adventures are not luxury by any means. But if unique experiences and active days appeal to you over a fluffy pillow then you’re in the right place.
Departures are guaranteed once you’ve paid (barring significant weather or safety issues). And they don’t charge single supplements. In short, G Adventures wants you out there with them.
You can find something for everyone at G Adventures; whether that’s sailing down the Danube with a glass of wine in hand, or traipsing through the rainforests of Costa Rica.
1. What kind of luggage should I bring?
On many G Adventures trips it’s important to keep in mind that local public transportation is used frequently. Sometimes during commute hours! For your comfort and the comfort of those around you, it’s a good idea to pack light. Some areas will be very crowded, so take pickpocket precautions.
2. Do I need travel insurance?
Yes! Travel insurance is required for all travelers on G Adventures trips. If you don’t have your own insurance already, you can purchase a plan for the time you’ll be traveling when you book your G Adventures tour. This is an easy and budget friendly option. If you’re interested in browsing more plans, check out the top travel insurance options »
3. Is airfare included?
Unfortunately no. While G Adventures does not include international airfare in their trip prices, they can help you book flights.
4. Is there a single supplement?
No. G Adventures does not charge a single supplement for their tours. Single travelers are very welcome. You will share with a same-sex roommate during the tour. If you wish to have a single room, there is usually an option to pay an additional fee for your own room.
5. Is there an age cap?
While G Adventures trips tend to appeal largely to younger adventure travelers, all ages are welcome on the majority of trips. The exceptions include on their 18-39 tours, which are specifically designed for only travelers within that range. On most other G Adventures trips, children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian, and are open to kids 12 and up. Some family friendly trips are open to younger kids.
6. What size are the groups?
G Adventures group tours are kept small and intimate. The max is 15, with the average hovering more around 10.
Rabbies Tours - also sometimes called Rabbies Trail Burners, was founded in 1993, by Robin Worsnap.
What Makes Rabbies Stand Out?
When you travel on a Rabbies tour, you are whisked away in a comfortable 16-seater van, and immediately greeted with a friendly, local, and knowledgeable guide. Whether you are attending one of their day tours, or multi-day tours, you will come away with a rich and entertaining travel experience - and probably a few new friends!
Groups are kept small - 16 max - and the focus is on ensuring you get to jump off the bus as often as possible for photo stops and occasionally longer stops for shopping, sightseeing, or hiking - all optional.
Rabbies have carved out a unique niche for exploring the many sites in Britain with a sense of humor and extremely knowledgeable guides.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Rabbies?
One of the most unique facets of Rabbies is their ability to appeal to a wide range of travelers - both in terms of budget and age range. Because of this, it is important to keep in mind that meals, excursions, and accommodations are not included in the tour price.
While the guides are more than happy to provide suggestions for where to eat, and can help arrange reservations, you will be on your own as no meals are included in the itinerary. However the sense of immediate camaraderie created with your tour mates when you first strike out means you will rarely eat alone (unless you so wish).
Groups are international, and you’ll usually meet a smattering of single travelers, students, couples, and small family groups.
With regards to accommodations, Rabbies provides several choices, from 5 star hotels to mutli-bed hostel rooms. Each is comfortable, but keep your expectations realistic.
Because of the way Rabbie’s structures their accommodation booking, they need to satisfy several travelers in relatively small towns and villages, all who may have different ideas of what a Bed and Breakfast or Guest House is.
On top of that, accommodation style in Britain does tend to be a bit quirky, especially for American travelers.
So those travelers for whom a comfortable bed and some coffee in the morning are essentials - but can deal with odd showers and no elevator - are ideally suited to the Rabbies travel style.
A focus for Rabbies tours is on describing the culture and history of wherever you happen to be visiting. For younger travelers seeking a rolliking tour that involves a lot of pub stops, drinking, or partying, Rabbies might not be for you.
But if you enjoy meeting fellow travelers of all different ages, and learning a lot about Britain’s sprawling history than Rabbies is the perfect fit.
Rabbies are exclusively focused on tours around the UK. They feature everything from day tours, to a few longer two week offerings. Their sweet spot is with tours between 2-7 days.
This means your tour can consist of everything from a few major sites in a concentrated area (such as the Cotswolds) to a more leisurely view including some off the beaten path experiences.
Their multiple durations help travelers find the perfect way to check off their UK bucket list. It’s also not uncommon to meet tour goers who have been on multiple Rabbies tours in the same trip!
Rabbies continues to add departures of various durations throughout the UK and Ireland.
Rabbies Travel Style
The Rabbies travel style is deceptively laid back. Each tour with them will be a little different depending on your guide. Guides are all locals to the UK, though they may not be specifically from the country or region of your tour.
There is some potential for a tour with Rabbie’s to feel rushed - the guides are fairly structured about the amount of time spent in each destination, as they try to make sure you get to your accommodations at a decent time in the evening.
Depending on your driver guides style, as well as the nature of the attractions on your itinerary and their distance from each other, the amount of time you spend in the van will vary widely.
While on the van, guides will commonly have a soundtrack prepared - playing music directly related to the tour. Such as local musicians from the Isle of Skye or a Shirley Bassey tune or two as you drive through Wales (known for excellent singers!). Do take note: there is no WiFi on Rabbies vans.
As mentioned above, Rabbies provides several accommodation styles. During the booking process, you select which one you’d prefer (offering a first choice and a second choice) and Rabbies will make the booking for you.
You will pay the hotel / hostel / or guest house directly upon your arrival. Note: if you book through a travel agent, this process may have already been taken care of.
At the end of the day, your driver will drop everyone off at their accommodations, pointing out potential eating venues or nearby places of cultural interest for you to explore on your own.
The following morning, your driver guide will pick you up and you’re off to explore the area for another full day!
Most Rabbies tours don’t involve any strenuous outdoors activities - so you don’t need to go prepared for hiking or cycling. Do be prepared for the weather however. Especially for traveling in Scotland, the weather is extremely unpredictable - have a solid rain jacket and / or windbreaker and be ready to deal with the rain at some point or another.
Why Choose a Tour With Rabbies?
If you want to see the UK from a local point of view, learn in depth about the culture and history that has shaped Britain, then Rabbies is the perfect choice. They are accessible to a wide range of budgets and ages, so if you are after a tour specifically designed for your age group, Rabbies probably isn’t for you.
Tours with Rabbies are great for exploring the UK, both for new visitors as well as repeat travelers. You’ll visit classic sites, as well as hidden spots, completely inaccessible to large tour groups.
Most stops are kept short (anywhere from a 10 minute photo stop to a 2 hour lunch stop), ensuring that you cover a lot of ground, while also having ample time off the bus, if just to stretch your legs.
Rabbies tours are small - 16 people max, which is great if you are less interested in a large group which has the potential to feel impersonal. In large part due to their spectacular guides - it’s practically impossible to leave a Rabbie’s tour without a few new friends.