Boundless Journeys vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.3
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.3
Lodging — 4.3
Transportation — 4.3
Meals — 4.0
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

Bhutan was awesome. Boundless was great!

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
I went to Bhutan for a cultural and hiking experience and I got one! Our guides were AMAZING and shared their amazing, unique culture with us. They answered all our random questions, and gave us an incredibly insight into their world. The hikes were gorgeous, especially to Tiger's Nest and the Cheli La pass. We got to chat with monks at a Buddhist college and eat at a local farmhouse for lunch. The temples were incredible as well. Boundless was great to work with, they handled all the visa stuff and airfare into the country. I'd definitely take another trip with them. Ashley the person I was in contact with was friendly and since she'd been there, she could answer all my questions from first-hand experience. The food wasn't amazing, but you don't go to Bhutan for the food. But the lodging was definitely way better than I expected!
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Tour Boundless Journeys Company Reviews

Mont Blanc 2010: Horrible Experience and Cost a Fortune

1.0 July 2016
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Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
This was my 50th Birthday gift from my husband, to take my daughter and myself to do this trek. Our guide was a snobby, disrespectful still Sargent with no social graces. My cousin from Paris and his daughter, then about 8, met us for the pre departure hike and this horrible guide yelled at her! And it was on my daughters birthday, July 25th. I'll never forget. He ruined the trip. We made the best of it of course but he was just so awful and wouldn't allow us to have interaction with other people we met on the trail! I mean it was just the 3 of us in the trip so we are very social and wanted to meet and interact with others! He truly ruined the trip and in addition the accommodations were not great. It may have been ok if they had told us, but they didn't. One night we had no heat or hot water and had to share a bathroom with the entire floor of our hiking lodge. The company did NOT tell us about that in advance. We are allergic to the cold! This is a safety issue. Unbelievable. I would NOT recommend this trip with this company.
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Tour Boundless Journeys Company Reviews

Awesome! Highly recommend.

5.0 October 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Awesome! Highly recommend. Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our custom trip to Bhutan and Nepal...CULTURAL, HIKING AND TREKKING WAS THE PERFECT MIX FOR US. BOUNDLESS JOURNEYS YOU ROCK. (Would like to post some photos...where please?)
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Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
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Recommends
  • 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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A Delight

5.0 October 2017
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Recommends
  • 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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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

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 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

Tours 3 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 669 $ 166
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Stowe, Vermont, USA Oban, Scotland
Year Established 2003 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Boundless Journeys

    Boundless Journeys is a small group adventure operator with 20+ years experience, located in Vermont, USA. They specialize in active trips all over the world, which feature activities such as trekking, rafting, safaris, or expedition cruises.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Many tour companies advertise their ‘small groups’ but Boundless Journeys’ are truly small - with an average group size of just 8-10 travelers. Employees of Boundless Journeys are constantly out ‘in the field’ researching new trips and working to create truly authentic experiences. They offer a wide variety of trips, focusing on multiple activities and destinations all over the world. Boundless Journeys has won multiple industry awards from Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Adventure.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Boundless Journeys tends to attract travelers who want to challenge themselves physically or culturally, but with a bit of comfort. Groups are a mix of couples, friends, families, and solo travelers. Boundless Journeys does not force a single supplement if you are traveling alone, but you may choose to have your own room if desired.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Boundless Journeys operates trips all over the world, including safaris in Africa, walking and trekking excursions throughout Europe, cultural adventures in Asia, and expedition cruising in Turkey and Ecuador. They also offer a substantial number of itineraries in their ‘private collections’ category, which can be of value if you already have a group of friends or family to travel with.

    Why Travel with Them?

    If you have always wanted to trek the Alps or hike the Inca Trail with a few extra added creature comforts, you might enjoy a trip with Boundless Journeys. On many trips, the trip guides arrange for your bags to meet you at the next destination, so you are free to enjoy while carrying only the basic necessities. Accommodations are always locally owned and authentic to the region (unless you are camping). Boundless Journeys also gives back philanthropically to the areas they visit and many of their past clients are involved with local non-profit projects around the world.

    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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