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Exodus Travels

4.6 | Excellent
  • 99% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1974
Headquarters
  • London, United Kingdom; United States
Trips
  • 667

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Exodus Travels Reviews & Ratings 99% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
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The most stunning trip of my life October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Its been a long held dream of mine to go to the Antarctic and the trip I
booked via Exodus far exceeded my expectations.

Amazing scenery, captivating and exciting wildlife, a plethora of facts,
figures and general education from the on board experts and I can claim a
world first to boot from my holiday to the Antarctic and below the polar
circle.
The landscapes and wildlife.

The scenery is breathtaking, from the continent itself to the many islands
and icebergs floating away from the land mass and glaciers. I have never seen
anywhere quite so remote and in many ways barren, yet at the same time rich
in life and activity. And you will never get over the amazing shapes of the
ice along with the vivid blues you see in the glaciers and icebergs. Quite
sensational.

The penguins are of course the stars, but the frequency of whale sightings
and fluking along with seals and many type of birds including the mighty
albatross just make the experience even more rewarding.


The tour leader is in effect an Expedition Leader fronting a large team of
professional from a range of countries. Ours was wonderful. An enormous
personality and with the best sense of humour coupled with safety and huge
amounts of professional integrity.

The people in the expedition team were sensational. They come from a mix of
backgrounds, however all have skills in subjects ranging from glaciology to
water sports instructor, polar researcher to the armed forces, historian to
nature and much more. Not only do you get the chance to attend lectures and
learn from them on a really diverse range of topics, but they also accompany
the trips off the ship and interact with you during meals and drinks as well
as on time when you are cruising. They have both professionally and also
personally empowering stories to tell and they really enhanced my trip in a
way I did not think possible.


If you want to do any of the activities then book them up as soon as you make
your reservation. Spaces are limited and I was unable to camp on the ice or
take part in kayaking.

Don't worry about being cold. Its not actually as cold as you imagine and the
ship is fantastically warm and homely. The jacket and boots they supply you
with are excellent. Concentrate on buying good quality thermals in layers
along wit6h waterproof trousers and gloves and a warm fleece or wool hat.

Edit your photos as you go along and always be ready to shoot stuff. The
onboard team will help you with this as they have photographers ready to help
with your trip.


I was in the first group of paddleboarders believed to have ever
paddleboarded south of the Antractic Circle. Not only had I never done it
before, but we got to claim a world first.

Finally don't delay going any longer. It may not be a cheap trip, however it
is so amazing and experience that you will not regret the time and expense in
going.


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Antarctic Circle Quest October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An awe-inspiring experience which exceeded all our expectations. The scenery
is truly stunning, as were the encounters with wildlife. Life aboard the
Academik Ioffe was very comfortable, the food was good and experts were on
hand to help us with all aspects of the trip. After the first spectacular day
of expeditions, we wondered how the rest of the trip could even begin to
match the early promise, but each day brought new experiences and
excitements.
It is difficult to pick out a single experience. Cruising in zodiacs amongst
icebergs and below glacial cliffs, watching penguins porpoising in the sea or
making their way up and down snow slopes or across rocky terrain to the
rookeries, observing penguin behaviour in those rookeries, experiencing
humpback whales surfacing next to our zodiacs,
whale/bird/seal/penguin/dolphin-spotting from the deck of the ship,
descending directly onto fast ice from the ship after an impressive parallel
parking manoeuvre, watching the sun setting (just) across the ice-filled
bays......


David McGonigal was an excellent leader. He was very experienced,
knowledgeable, enthusiastic and affable, and amended the programme to make
sure that we got the very best experience each day depending on the ice and
weather conditions. In addition there were several other experts on board,
all of whom shared their knowledge of the environment, fauna and history
generously and enthusiastically.


We had good weather most of the time, with temperatures around freezing, but
it can get very cold on the outer decks of the ship, especially if you can't
drag yourself away from viewing the wildlife and spectacular scenery, and
when sitting still on the zodiac excursions for two or three hours at a time.
We took heat pads for hands and feet, but didn't need to use them.
Sunglasses/goggles and sunscreen are essential. We were provided with good
quality binoculars and outer weatherproof garments and boots. Closed toe
shoes must be worn in all public areas of the boat; a pair of clogs or
similar would have been useful.


It was an expensive trip, but was a fantastic experience,


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Antarctic circle quest October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
One of the best experiences of my life. Icebergs, whales, seals, penguins,
historic huts and awe inspiring (in the true sense of that overused term)
scenery.
There were inspiring moments every day: spotting the first iceberg on the
horizon, whales surfacing next to the zodiacs and boat, being served hot
chocolate on a zodiac in the middle of an ice choked bay, stepping inside the
time capsule of a historic hut, crossing the circle. I could come up with
many more.


The experts on board really contributed to the pleasure of the voyage. They
gave illuminating and interesting lectures during the sea days and then
worked hard to ensure that excursions were a memorable experience.


A good quality down jacket will keep you comfortable when standing on deck
while wildlife watching. Also a pair of binoculars is essential. They don't
have to be expensive.


This is not a cheap trip, but it never will be. It was a life changing
experience as much as a holiday. Everything about Antarctica is as
spectacular as it looks on TV or in books and was worth every penny. Go !


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ANTARCTIC CIRCLE QUEST October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip delivered everything promised - and more.   The scenery and
wildlife were as hoped for and the Zodiacs got us to the right places.  
The programme of talks on passage days and in the evenings were excellent.
  The ship (Ioffe) was better than I expected - comfortable, quiet, well
maintained, and with a helpful crew.
It would be unfair to pick a single moment from so many!   Whale
watching from the Zodiacs?   Sailing up the Lemaire Channel?  
Observing life in a penguin rookery?  Visiting the huts of earlier
explorers?   The variety of sizes, shapes, and colours of the icebergs?
   Entering the harbour at Deception?


Chad was very effective at running the programme, which of necessity had to
be flexible, and keeping us informed.   He was well supported by his
helpers including a number of knowledgeable and approachable experts on the
polar regions and their wildlife.


You will need warm clothing - obvious, but you may be sitting for three hours
in a Zodiac with temperatures around freezing and in a chilling wind.  
Walks ashore are less of a problem.The waterproof clothing and boots supplied
on loan on the Ioffe were of good quality, there is no need to bring your
own.    Take some coloured clips to identify your boots amongst the
90 other pairs!This is a very photogenic trip.   Takes lots of memory,
particularly if you intend shooting movie clips of whales and penguins.The
Ioffe rolls very little because it has effective stabilisers but if you are
prone to seasickness it would be wise take medication for the Drake
Passage. 


I hesitated before booking because of the cost.   I don't regret it
now - it was the right itinerary and the right size and style of ship for
me.If you are a cautious take a spare camera and maybe a portable hard drive
for downloading your camera.   It would be a shame to have a camera
problem and no record of the trip! 


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ANTARCTIC CIRCLE QUEST October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An absolutely exhilarating experinence cruising on Akademik Sergei Vavilov
whilst being surrounded by large white and deep blue icebergs, pushing
through the ice trying to cross the Antarctic circle..An unforgetable
experience observing and photographing colonies of penguins - those guys are
so curious! They ask you to stay away at least 5 meters from the wildlife but
nobody told the wildlife to respect that distance!! 
A lonely Adelie penguin stuck on a large iceberge, right on the top, trying
to figure out how to get down again. Oh my! We watched that guy good half
hour from our zodiac, whilst he was trying to find his way down, all of our
frozen fingers were crossed for him in a hope that he'd make it down. We
lost the count of how many times he run up and down, gliding, running, the
poor Adelie must've been exhausted.When our time was up, we had to leave
and none of us will ever know whether he made it down to the safety and found
his colony but our thoughts were with him for the duration of the trip and
even so after our return home. 


Our tour leader - Jonathan Chester was very knowledgable, always taking a
great regard to the safety of us all and to the environment that was
surrounding us.


Yes, when you meet up wildlife, stop clicking the camera for a while. Stop,
sit down and watch - things will happen.


Ensure that you visit your doctor prior to the trip and ask for the strongest
anti-sickness tablets there are, because, lets face it, there is "The
Drake!" to cross!!!!!!


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ANTARCTIC CIRCLE QUEST October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The scenery was as breath- taking as I expected - if not more so: the animal
life fantastic.  What made the journey was the informative guides, the
high quality food and the friendliness of all concerned.  A fabulous
trip that involved crossing the Antarctic Circle and visiting several
historic sites and preserved huts of past years.
The most outstanding memory is of the orca pod feeding off a whale:
Anoux's beaked whale is rare itself but watching the orca pod surrounding
it, taking chunks to eat and arcing as they did so, is a something I will not
forget.  But this was just one of many fantastic moments.


He, and the whole guide staff were very good.  They were all polar
experts who had personal experiences to talk about and were always happy to
answer questions.  I felt they dealt with the unfortunate incident of
the death of the Japanese lady extremely well and should be commended for
this.


Take twice as much digital card space as you think  you will need -
and then more!  There is so much to film both in stills and on video.


Not really - I would sound as though I was an advert as the trip! It was
such an amazing experience that I cannot do anything else to potential
travellers but - GO!


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Exodus is an award-winning active adventure-oriented tour company that has been in business for 44+ years out of the UK and 3 years ago opened dedicated American and Canadian office.

They specialize in active Cultural, Walking & Trekking, Cycling and Responsible Wildlife tours to 100+ Countries worldwide. Adventure can take the form of serious and active adventures --  which may involve adrenaline-producing, off-the-beaten-path roughing-it trips to the most remote areas of the world -- or food and wine, premium (five-star), family, or cultural adventures to iconic destinations, which involve more comforts and amenities.

What Makes Exodus Stand Out?

Exodus offers a award winning collection of small group tours, self-guided adventures, wine & food journeys, family group holidays, and trips for of solo travelers. Daily events might involve cycling, walking, hiking, safaris, historic sites, photography, winter activities (including polar expeditions), cooking classes, wine tastings, local encounters or a mix of all the above activities.

Exodus is perhaps most well-known for their range of cycling, walking and trekking tours around the world. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty from level 1-10, attracting casual cyclists and hikers as well as enthusiasts looking to really push their physical limits.

The majority of trips have a maximum group size of 4-16 travelers, with an average of 10-12. In short, Exodus covers just about all the bases for adventure-minded, ecologically sensitive and responsible travelers.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Exodus?

The Exodus traveler is very active, loves being adventurous, and will be less invested in luxury accommodations or a lot of museum time. You are game for anything, love the travel experience of getting to know a new destination through outdoor adventure, and learning about the culture from local guides and experts.

These trips are great for those who already have a base level of physical fitness, and enjoy meeting new physical challenges. Exodus provides physical fitness guides are provided to give you a sense of how much training you should expect to do prior to departure.

As Exodus is a British company, many of their clients were previously from the UK but now come from the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as well. Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between 35-65 years of age. Trips typically range between $1,500 to $2,500 dollars with a focus on value.

Top Destinations

Exodus leads 600 + trips spanning all seven continents. From African safaris, to walking and wine in Italy and France to the sun-drenched Croatian coast, to trekking Patagonia, wildlife cruises in the Galapagos and cycling in Vietnam, Exodus has built out their global presence and has active adventures for every style of traveler.

Exodus Travel Style

Mode of transport ranges from two feet, to two wheels to private van. All of Exodus’ cycling trips are supported by a SAG vehicle - short for ‘support and gear.’ Luggage is transported from point to point on all of their active itineraries, leaving travelers the freedom to relax and enjoy the experience.

Accommodations are typically charming locally run 2-3 star, with some premium departures available, and the company strives to offer unique accommodation experiences whenever possible.

Why Choose a Tour With Exodus?

Exodus’ main strength is its range of active product. Exodus is an experienced operator when it comes to this style of travel and is quite well-known in the UK, Australia and emerging as a leader in North America. Their trips have deep cultural components and are based on principles of responsible tourism.

Before joining the company, team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland driver's, mountain guides, diving and ski specialists, and mountain bike gurus – so they know their stuff when it comes to traveling to the wilderness and the far reaching corners of the world, as well as providing the kind of expertise you need to truly come away with appreciation for what you've experienced.


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From Exodus Travels

It is all about adventure. That is what Exodus was founded upon and what the company is still all about. Discovering countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts and jungles; exploring this amazing planet we all live on.

At Exodus, we know what makes you tick when it comes to holidays. It’s a desire shared by so many others. A yearning to visit new places and come home with a real sense of what they’re all about. This means delving into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to its unique identity. At the same time, we always remember that we are only guests. So we travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise our impact, to ensure that every Exodus holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.

This is a philosophy we take with us around the world, helping you reach some incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across over 90 separate countries. We also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as we possibly can, making it simple for you to experience a very different holiday.

Exodus started life on 4 February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.

All our office staff have a passion for travel and adventure, and between us we’ve notched up experience that spans 171 different countries. That’s not all. In their former lives, our team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus – so no-one is better placed to create tours that appeal to a wide range of specialist interests.

Their care in putting all the details in place really shines through too. Extensive planning, research, fact-finding and training are a sign of our commitment to providing a holiday where your enjoyment, value for money and safety come first. It’s a telling reason why we remain one of the leading worldwide adventure tour companies. It is no exaggeration to say that our tour leaders can make a world of difference to the enjoyment of your holiday – so we choose them carefully. The result is that, in 2013, 93% of our clients stated that their leader exceeded their expectations. Where possible, we train and employ local leaders because they can provide invaluable insights that enrich the trip. What’s more, this investment in local staff really helps us benefit both them and their community.

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International Air Transport Association, Federation of Tour Operators, Association of British Travel Agents

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