Western River Expeditions 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 — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

The experience was just amazing

5.0 July 2018
K
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip of a lifetime! On a scale of five stars, Western River gets ten! The experience was just amazing. Six days was not enough, seven days next time. Thank you so much for a wonderful week Evan, Scottie, Steve and Mackay! My son even looked at me and said “thank you so much for bringing me!”. He just had the time of his life! You guys rock!
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Tour Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

Awesome experience

5.0 July 2018
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The 4 day Ranch and River tour turned out to be exactly as i hoped it would be, a truly awesome experience i will never forget. I took the trip with my 17 year old son who is going in to his senior year of high school. I wanted something we could do together before he gets into his college years. Every aspect of the trip, from Bar 10 ranch, to going to the river, the awesome sights and food was spectacular. The guides were amazing. Our fellow rafters were wonderful people. We all had a blast. I will be going to the Grand Canyon again and it will be with Western River.
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Tour Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

Amazing trip!

5.0 June 2018
S
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was an amazing trip! Our guides...Kurt, Scotty, Parker and Laura were awesome! We met some truly wonderful people on this trip! It was 5 star all the way!

Tour Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
M
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Most enjoyable adventure

5.0 October 2018
P
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thank you to Chris and Amy for a most enjoyable adventure. We visited places that will stay in our thoughts throughout the winter months ahead. Amy's cooking was exceptional and Christophe a very informative guide and skipper. We would love to return.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Lovely time on board and ashore!

5.0 September 2018
K
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Lovely time on board and ashore!
All the staff were great, and made our trip informative, interesting and enlightening!
Food was great, we would love to go again

Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 368 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1961 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Western River Expeditions

      Founded in 1961, Western River Expeditions offers a unique way of exploring the rivers and canyons of North America. Join a tour to see why they’ve been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies in the World” by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

      What Makes Western River Expeditions Stand Out?

      • Most popular white water rafting vacations in US
      • Exploration of national parks, jungles, and ancient habitations
      • Camping in remote locations under starry skies
      • Caters to all rafting levels

      When it comes to active adventure travel, you couldn’t do better than a rafting trip with Western River Expeditions. They are a premier river rafting company, operating several trips for various skill levels and ages. Their skilled guides help provide you with a unique way of exploring the outdoors, as you experience a perspective on nature only possible  while on a rafting trip.

      Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Western River Expeditions?

      • Adventure and adrenaline seekers
      • Lovers of nature and the great outdoors
      • Solo and group travelers
      • Ages 12+
      • Ages 5+ for Family Trips

      Western River Expeditions rafting trips are designed to meet the interests of all rafters from novice to advanced, and fall in mid-budget range. Those that decide to join a tour should be moderately fit at the very least.

      a group of people whitewater rafting

      Rafting trips often include a hiking portion, where trails will be uneven, rocky, and steep. Multi-sport tours offer a range of exciting additional activities such as horseback riding and off-roading safari adventures.

      Top Destinations

      • Grand Canyon
      • Utah’s Cataract Canyon
      • Oregon and Idaho
      • Costa Rica

      Western River Expeditions operates their exciting rafting tours all over western United States, covering the Colorado, Green, Salmon, Snake, and Rogue rivers.

      guy looking down at a desert valley with a river

      On a Western River Expeditions Grand Canyon rafting tour, you’ll discover hidden waterfalls, soft glowing sunrises, and breathtaking canyons that are only accessible by river.

      Looking to go somewhere more exotic? Go on a white water rafting tour down the banks of Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Whatever the destination, you’ll be sure to find yourself in the midst of incredible landscapes, natural wonders and starry skies.

      Western River Expeditions Travel Style

      a tent in the mountains at night

      Trips with Western River Expeditions are designed to be an all encompassing experience, with deluxe camping and meals provided. Western River Expeditions’ Grand Canyon and Utah trips are a great option for you if you’re interested in a more rustic camping experience. You’ll get to pitch your own tents (or sleep under the stars), set up your own cots, and sleeping bags. Have lunch on sandy beaches, use river waters to bathe, and portable toilets as restrooms. Meals are often served buffet or family style, filled with hearty and well-balanced meals.

      Prefer a hot shower and cozy bed at the end of your day? Oregon and Colorado tours include stays at comfortable and well-located lodges. Think private patios, swimming pools, deck dinners, and local wildlife roaming around.

      view of the costa rica jungle and an active volcano

      For those interested in dreamy and luxurious accommodations, Costa Rica tours with Western River Expeditions will be perfect for you! Stay in a luxurious eco-lodge situated along the banks of the river. There’ll be candlelit dinners and canopy draped beds - it doesn’t get any better than that!

      Aside from rafting, you’ll be given time to do some additional hiking, or relax and socialize with your new group of friends. Depending on the tour, there are options for National Park tours, You’ll be on the rafts for roughly 6-7 hours per day, with meal breaks or excursions every hour or so. Tours hold a maximum of 18 people on 1-boat trips, and 28 people on 2-boat trips.

      Why Choose a Tour With Western River Expeditions?

      Their trips are designed for the daring and adventurous soul, who’s not afraid of the water, and who loves being outside. It also helps if you don’t mind working your muscles a bit! If you want a lot of choice when choosing your trip, Western River Expeditions offers everything from fully customized trips, to options for solo travelers, to couples, to teambuilding, to photography trips, and more. For a complete escape from everyday life, this is the perfect tour for you.


      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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