Global Vision International vs Lost World Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

GVI Thailand 2017

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I volunteered with GVI in Thailand for two weeks in July 2017. When I arrived, the second I left the cool, manageable temperatures of the airport and stepped out into the heat of Phuket was incredible, I felt physically hit by the atmosphere! The heat itself was nearly unbearable (especially considering I was wearing trousers and a long sleeved top!) and I almost immediately broke out in a sweat. Luckily, we soon found the GVI representatives who were standing with a banner with our names on and we were whisked away in a minibus ready to begin our first day in Thailand! When we arrived at the resort we were to be staying in, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place! There were gorgeous palm trees lining the paths and a calm, blue lake in the centre. The villa itself was really lovely, simple, but in the best way. It was all wooden, with a veranda and chairs outside which later on were perfect for relaxing on after a hard days work! Shortly afterwards, we headed out for a tour of the village which we would be working in. I learnt a lot of things about the local culture such as the fact that ‘birds nest soup’ is an expensive delicacy in Thailand and so the village has four large concrete buildings which constantly play birdsong in order to attract swallows which will nest there. Also, Thai people also have things called ‘Spirit houses’ which is essentially a miniature hut, slightly larger than a bird table, which they fill with gifts for the spirits who lived in the house before them in order to appease them so they will not haunt the house. As the group of volunteers were walking around, lots of small Thai children came rushing out of their houses to greet us! Apparently they love to test their English and so they will run over and and say ‘Hello’ to any of the foreigners! As we were heading back to the resort, my friend Sasha and I spotted two young Thai boys playing football, so we headed over and started up a brief conversation. I had learnt a small amount of Thai before I left so I found out they were called Ti and Po. We then had a miniature kick about in the street for a good ten minutes or so. It’s amazing how something like sport can connect people from completely different cultures who can barely speak each other’s language. This experience, and a plethora of others which I had during my time abroad, would not have occurred if it weren't for GVI and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone in the future.
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Tour Global Vision International Company Reviews

Wonderful company

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I spent 8 weeks teaching English in Luang Prabang, Laos in 2014. Now teaching English in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. GVI is a wonderful company. Lots of support, professional staff, wonderful locations.
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Definitely once in a lifetime experience!!

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was a six month intern at GVI Thailand elephant conservation project and t was amazing, to see the different way people live and to be submerged in that was awesome. The people and children are so happy and have such a united sense of community. To see these beautiful elephants living in the forest and to know you are helping them is one of he best feelings ever. They are so intelligent and just to be around them was a dream.
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Their service was outstanding.

5.0 July 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
"This Peru travel agency planned and booked a custom trip for me and my wife to Peru in October 2015. The trip included a short stay in Lima, and almost a week in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Their service was outstanding. The planning for the trip was perfect, and we relied entirely on them as we had not been to Peru before. They also went beyond the call of duty by getting a reservation at a good hotel in Lima even though there was a huge convention of the world bank in town at the time. They persisted until they found a cancellation. they even booked two good restaurants for us in Lima. The guides they provided were also excellent, including one who was truly outstanding.

I never would have located this company except through Zicasso. Two years ago we made a trip to Brazil and we looked and looked for a travel agency of this kind and never did find one. I would highly recommend using Zicasso to find the appropriate agency if you are traveling somewhere that you have not previously been to, or if you do not have an agency you are satisfied with."
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Our trip to Peru was planned perfectly, thanks to our travel agent! 

5.0 July 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our trip to Peru was planned perfectly, thanks to our travel agent! He was quick to respond to all of my needs & was very flexible. The hotels and the guides he arranged were great! We couldn't have asked for or imagined a better experience in this magical country!
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Our travel designers did a fantastic job keeping our herd together and entertained - all of the accommodations were excellent, guides were great, tours were interesting.

5.0 December 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Hiking the Inca Trail (and learning that it is "an" Inca Trail, not "the" Inca Trail)
Tours 7 Trips 55 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 153 $ 444
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
Headquarters Boston, US Decatur, Georgia
Year Established 1997 1987
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Global Vision International

    Family run Global Vision International is a tour company dedicated to providing conservation and community development programs for travelers who want to make a difference.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They focus on community development and conservation programs around the world. They offer internships, volunteer programs, and under 18 programs - all within a variety of themes. These include things like Animal Care, Teaching, Health Care, and Women’s Empowerment.

    Who Travels With Them?

    They are the ideal company for travelers looking to using their vacation for volunteering and giving back to local communities around the world. All ages are welcome - they are very popular among Gap Year students, over 50 travelers, families, and spring break vacations. They also offer tours for those who are under 18 which is a great opportunity for high school aged kids.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Tours operate in select countries around the world including Costa Rica and Mexico, Fiji, Greece, India, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Seychelles and South Africa.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you’re looking to have a positive impact through your travel, and want the knowledge that your money is going toward solid improvements and initiatives, they are a great company to consider. They also have tours and experiences that will appeal to a wide range of travelers as well as families.

    About Lost World Adventures

    Founded in 1987, Lost World Adventures offers private and customized trips to South and Central America and Antarctica.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Your guide will get to know you before beginning to plan your customized experience. If you want to have a relaxing beach vacation, they can arrange that. Or if you’d rather hike up the adrenaline, they are able to offer that as well.

    Who Travels With Them?

    They accommodate anyone from honeymooners to large groups. Trips are generally in middle price range - you won’t find tremendously budget items here, but they do their best to craft a trip based on all factors, price included.

    Where Do They Operate?

    They are focused in South and Central America, with a variety of trips from beach vacations to Costa Rica, food tours in Argentina, or Machu Picchu adventures. They are also among the few small companies providing cruises to Antarctica.

    Why Travel With Them?

    For the variety of trip type and theme you can choose from. They have food and wine tours, adventure tours, beach getaways, and cruises - all of which are customizable to your likes and dislikes. If you’d prefer not to overly customize, they have pre-set itineraries as well.

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