Bamba Experience vs The Family Adventure Company - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 3.5
Value — 3.4
Guide — 3.4
Activities — 3.4
Lodging — 3.4
Transportation — 3.4
Meals — 3.4
Overall — 4
Value — 3.9
Guide — 3.9
Activities — 3.9
Lodging — 3.9
Transportation — 3.9
Meals — 3.9
Recent Reviews

Great tour, not so greeat operator

5.0 December 2017
R
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour itself is super cool. Yes, it is a whirlwind, you are constantly on the go, moving from one place to another and you get to see only a small portion of the local wonders but if you are time constrained – this is a great way to see many places in a short time. The salt flats were probably my favourite...
The physical challenge is moderate but the high altitudes and dry/dusty/salty air could present challenges.
A word of caution regarding booking it with Bamba Experience: be ready for screw-ups. I was not picked up in an airport in the middle of the night contrarily to the confirmed plan, twice not picked up for a local activity.
I managed to arrange for the alternatives myself (the phone number and the online contacts they provide for *urgent* contacts are of no use – all you get is a voicemail and/or reply many hours later when it would be too late anyways as there is no slack in the schedule). Bamba reimbursed me for the extra expenses I incurred in some of these cases but not in all.
The instructions Bamba provided were incomplete; they have not mentioned some important details that would have put me in trouble if it weren't for my fellow travellers who booked same activities through other agencies (and these agencies specifically instructed them what to prepare).
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Tour Bamba Experience Company Reviews

Dont book

1.0 April 2017
SJ
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
We did a 18 day tour through Belize/Mexico and Guatemala. Heaps of mistakes on the vouchers. ( wrong times, prices, confirmation numbers and durations) No availability on 1 of the busses so we had to arrange our own transport. And the big suprise in the end they booked us on a transfer from Palenque to Guatemala which nearly costs our lives.

We were involved in a bus accident and Bamba did simply nothing. We emailed a couple of questions and there was no serieus answer you will expect from a company like this.

After more than a week and a 3 page letter I got their attention and they offered a refund. Good to receive a little refund of the huge amount we paid for a ruined holiday... think twice to book
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Tour Bamba Experience Company Reviews

Best way to discover a country

5.0 August 2015
I
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Bamba is just the best way to discover a country individually. While not worrying about the stress of buying your next bus/plane ticket or trip you can just relax and enjoy those unforgettable moments of travelling, which will stay in your mind forever.
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The company provided an excellent pre tour service

5.0 December 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The company provided an excellent pre tour service and the information sent was accurate and useful. I would definitely look at using them again and recommend them to any family.

Tour The Family Adventure Company Company Reviews

I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday

5.0 April 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday delivered which was exceptional. The booking and pre-holiday experience was fine although it would be better to have a specific contact to email rather than just to phone the general number with queries.
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Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective

4.0 April 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective, FAC were not as welcoming. Another company we have travelled with sent a welcome pack with a travelling companion (soft toy) and activities to do while travelling. When on the holiday this company also catered more for families needs e.g. more frequent stops when travelling for food and toilets, without parents having to ask. The stops were also at more sensible times e.g. making sure there was a stop at lunch time (12.30ish), rather than early afternoon (1.30 onwards). Children (and adults) get irritable if they've not eaten making the journey more stressful.
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Tour The Family Adventure Company Company Reviews

Tours 4 Trips 14 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 128 $ 160
Operator Type Independent / Self-Guided Packager Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Budget Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Adventure
Headquarters Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico 1 Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, England
Year Established 2005 1996
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About The Family Adventure Company

    Founded two decades ago and based in the UK, The Family Adventure Company specializes in small group family adventure vacations. The company is now part of the global adventure travel operator Intrepid Travel, and trips are offered through Intrepid as well, allowing them to greatly expand their range.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    With more than 20 years’ experience, The Family Adventure Company helped pioneer the concept of small-group adventure travel for families with young children. Activities are wide-ranging, from river rafting and kayaking to cycling, sailing, camping, and wildlife viewing, all geared to the ages and interests of the family travelers.

    Who Travels With Them?

    A wide variety of families, including solo-parent, single-child, multi-generational families -- parents, children, and grandparents traveling together -- and families with teenagers. The latter have dedicated trips of special interest to teens.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Much of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

    How Does it Work?

    No matter where you travel, The Family Adventure Company provides an English-speaking, family-friendly local leader. Lodging, transportation and activities are also included. Tours typically consist of three or four families with kids of similar ages or interests. (You can also put together your own trip with just your family or other families you’re friendly with.) Children 14 and under get a ten percent discount off adult prices; large families (over two kids) get another price break.

    Why Travel With Them?

    The award winning company offers a wide range of trips for a wide variety of families. Because they only cater to families, they know what kids like – and as any parent can tell you, nothing is more disastrous than a family tour not geared in any way to kids. The company also supports responsible and sustainable travel practices and gives back to local communities.

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