Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

Awesome!

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
Awesome! Did the Moab ride with Sacred Rides Sept. 2012. Great accomodations, great food, great guides (Johanna and Ryan), great shuttle (Mark Erickson, Mountain Bike Buddies), FANTASTIC rides.

We started with Pipedream, rode Slickrock, The Whole Enchilada, Magnificent Seven including the Portal Trail (Google this one, it's awesome!), and ended up with Moab Brand Trails. All in all, a fantastic mountain bike adventure. The guides were always up for another ride (or hike), the scenery is magnificent, and the trails are out of this world!
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Tour Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays

Inca trail all mountain adventure

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
We booked this trip to celebrate my husbands fiftieth birthday with a group of ten friends. It exceeded our expectations. Amazing guides, terrain, culture, food and organization.

Tour Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays

Magnificent Mesa's Ride

5.0 September 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trails in Moab are just banana's. This is not a beginner ride. Our longest day was about 60 km of riding. Keep in mind that you will be riding at between 4000 and 11,000 feet above sea level and a lot of the trails have long sections that trend upward.
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Life-changing and enjoyable!

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 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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  • 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 4 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 277 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level N/A Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Toronto, ON, Canada 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 Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays

      Founded in 1996, Sacred Mountain Bike Company has forged a way in the travel industry with their top notch customer service and thrilling itineraries.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Sacred Rides satisfies a niche, offering challenging but fulfilling mountain bike tours to experienced cyclists. Their expert guides are know every inch of the trails you traverse and live for revealing them to you, from secret roads, to unique local establishments. Most of their trips are for advanced riders - a detailed breakdown of the expectations for each skill level is on their website. Apart from the riding, their tours offer a great view of local culture, history, cuisine, and everyday life.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Their trips are best for active travelers who have some experience mountain biking, though different trips have different physical levels they require. They state that their trips are appropriate for Intermediate to Advanced riders. The age range is between 30 - 55, and groups are maximum 10 people. They state that groups are usually a mix of solo travelers, couples, and friends.

      Where Do They Operate?

      They have trips in select countries around the world. These include British Columbia and Ontario in Canada; California and Utah in the USA; Costa Rica and Guatemala in Central America; Peru and Patagonia in South America; The Azores, Greenland, Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland, and Italy in Europe; New Zealand, and Nepal.

      Why Travel With Them?

      After your ride, travel concierges can help you extend your trip if you’re interested in seeing more of the country. Their core belief as a company is that mountain biking can make a difference in people’s lives. If you are an avid cyclist looking to stretch your comfort zone and see the world on two wheels, they are the perfect choice.

      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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