Audley Travel vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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

So many extraordinary experiences

5.0 November 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've dreamed of visiting Japan since I was a little girl. I reached out to Audley for a brochure on a whim, but when I heard from their Japan specialist I knew I just had to go. From the initial planning, it was always so fun talking to our specialist. It never felt like I was being pressured, it felt so relaxed as if I was talking to a friend. They handled everything and I just got to enjoy the excitement and not worry about anything.
When my husband and I arrived in Japan, there was a representative waiting for us to show us around and take us to a car waiting at the airport. As this was our first international trip, we were tired after the long 13+ hour flight. It was nice to not have to worry about navigating our way in a foreign country and have the convenience of being taken straight to our hotel. We had guided tours, as well as time to explore independently. It was nice to know that we were never alone and that help was always just a phone call away if we needed it, as well as feeling independent to change our plans as we wanted. We visited Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Osaka, and back to Tokyo.
We got to have so many extraordinary experiences and the landscapes were just gorgeous! The people were so nice and very helpful when we got turned around. I highly recommend Audley. They treat you like family, the entire experience is really so lighthearted and fun, and they plan trips entirely around you want to see, do, and even recommend things you may not have thought of on your own. We will most definitely be returning for another trip in the future!
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Excellent tailor-made planning and…

5.0 September 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent tailor-made planning and booking service. Not yet been on trip but very good so far.

Tour Audley Travel Company Reviews

Audley gave us plenty of assistance in…

5.0 September 2018
DR
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Audley gave us plenty of assistance in completing our itinerary to the Galapagos. We look forward to our 2019 trip. The Audley expert on Ecuador gave us plenty of guidance.

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Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

5.0 October 2017
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

A Delight

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
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 4 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 303 $ 166
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, United States Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1996 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About Audley Travel

    Founded in 1996, Audley grew out of the desire to help travelers see the world in their own way, using expertly crafted individual journeys.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    With Audley you have the peace of mind that comes from speaking directly to a travel specialist who works to create an itinerary specifically designed to you. They consider all factors from your interests to the budget you’re looking to spend. They see the process through from inception to departure, and are available for questions all throughout your trip.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Travelers interested in working with a travel specialist who will help make your trip personal and individual.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Audley creates their tailor-made itineraries for over 75 destinations on every continent.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Audley presents the inspiration, allowing you decide the type of trip you want to have. Then they take it a step further, allowing you to fully customize and personalize your experience. Dedicated travel specialists are available to help you along every step of the way. No matter your budget or interests, each trip is designed with absolute quality in mind.

    About St Hilda Sea Adventures

    St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

    Who Travels With Them?

    All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

    Where Do They Operate?

    The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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