Great Rail Journeys vs Epic Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 3.5
Value — 3.7
Guide — 3.8
Activities — 3.8
Lodging — 3.7
Transportation — 3.7
Meals — 3.7
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 3.5
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 3.5
Transportation — 4.0
Meals — 4.0
Recent Reviews

Will travel with GRJ again!

4.0 January 2017
SS
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Just returned from Discovering Japan tour. Fantastic time, Tour Manager was Lydia Boyd, excellent organiser and lovely personality. Tour was well planned and hotels/porterage very good. Had previously done Golden Triangle and preferred the eating arrangements on that trip with evening meals in hotels included - we got a little weary of trawling round restaurants this time. Would have liked an extra evening towards the end of the holiday as it becomes a bit rushed.
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Tour Great Rail Journeys Company Reviews

Excellent!

5.0 January 2017
RU
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just came back from the Classic Glacier Express trip to Switzerland. Excellent in practically all respects and our tour manager, Joe Mutch did a tremendous job and struck a perfect balance being authoritative without being authoritarian. You definitely felt looked after but without unnecessary restrictions and indeed we were encouraged on our free days to explore and useful suggestions were offered. The only criticism of the whole trip was that the food in the two hotels outside Switzerland, on the route there and the route back, was a little disappointing. But then both hotels were right opposite the train station so were probably being chosen for other than their culinary proficiency. The food in the hotels in Brig and Chur, on the other hand, was very good.
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Absolutely fabulous!

5.0 January 2017
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from our Jungrau Express holiday in Switzerland. Absolutely fabulous! Our Tour Manager Mark Buxton was excellent, giving support, help and advice where needed without intruding into our holiday. We were encouraged to see that some of our fellow travelers were on their second or third Great Rail holiday and one couple were even on their fourteenth! Off to book our holiday for next year with Great Rail Journeys.
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Tour Great Rail Journeys Company Reviews

Worth it

4.0 June 2018
B
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 10 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 373 $ 75
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Regional Expert
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
Known For
  • 50+
  • Luxury
  • Train & Rail
  • Eco Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters York, UK Kathmandu, Nepal
Year Established 1981 2014
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About Great Rail Journeys

    Great Rail Journeys provides private and small group escorted holidays by rail all around the world.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Providing high class, quality holiday experiences, Great Rail Journeys knows how to craft the perfect itinerary for train enthusiasts. This mode of transport is unique, and Great Rail Journey’s takes full advantage of the more slow paced journey you get on a train. Their tours are specialized, with private excursions available, and high caliber customer service on board and off.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Rail journeys are perfect for large groups and families, but certain packages can also be great for a romantic getaway. Solo travelers are also welcome, but do be aware that a single supplement is charged. If you’re a more independent traveler, rail journeys can be a great way to see the world in safety and comfort. 

    Where Do They Operate?

    They offer exciting rail journeys all over the world, many with specialized focus, such as Christmas Rail tours in Europe. You can also choose from among “Iconic Trains” if you’re a history buff, or train journeys that include safari excursions in India or Africa.

    Why Travel With Them?

    They offer a fully escorted experience, ensuring all you have to do is relax. With a heavy emphasis on responsible tourism, they do their utmost to keep their effect on the surrounding landscape as minimal as possible.

    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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