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Global Basecamps

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Headquarters
  • Encinitas, California, United States
Trips
  • 168

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Global Basecamps Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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wonderful experience July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved our Thailand/Cambodia trip curated by Global Basecamps. The pre-trip communications were exceptional and a sign of the wonderful experience we would have when we arrived in Thailand and Cambodia. Once we arrived, every excursion and hotel were as described. We had an amazing trip and would use Global Basecamps again … no doubt!
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This trip was outstanding! June 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip was outstanding! All of our accommodations were lovely, our guides genuinely wanted us to learn and be well taken care of .. they were awesome.
Very well organized and no glitches - exceeded our expectations. Thank you
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This was a great trip. May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a great trip. It was not easy but our guide Jimmy was the best ever, and the rest of the crew, especially; Juan Carlos, Darwin and Enrique made every day special. Thank you for a wonderful memory.
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Even though it was May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Even though it was at the end of our month-long trip and we were tired, we did enjoy our stay in Japan. The guides in Kyoto and Tokyo were very good, and we were pleased that the guide-day expenses were covered (transportation, food, entrance fees), even though we’d been told they would not be. We particularly like our “ryokan” in Hakone. It was wonderful to see the sites, especially temples, which provided a beautiful contrast with the ones we’d seen in Southeast Asia. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Global Basecamps. Read Less
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Our trip was wonderful May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our trip was wonderful...filled with wonder...the amazing landscapes, the animals. We saw the big five. Seeing both the black and white rhinos was special. Food was amazing. Not a regular meat eater, I enjoyed kudu, eland, orek and springbok! A truly beautiful country.
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We had a wonderful trip March 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a wonderful trip to temples, ruins, remote villages, a remote river lodge, a quiet seaside resort and exotic Bangkok.

Stride Review

Global Basecamps specializes in designing custom tours for those who want to travel independently but also want support while doing so. With help from the Global Basecamps team, you can choose your own itinerary and be as flexible as you want to be. Meanwhile, Global Basecamps promises support before, during, and after your trip.

That support includes advice and help with planning and logistics; selecting and booking transportation, restaurants, lodgings, and activities; and arranging for local tour guides and transfers. But you’ll be traveling on your own rather than with a group, and have full say in where you want to go and for how long, and what you want to do while there. They will arrange safaris, treks, small ship cruises and other tours from Morocco to Ecuador, Japan to Uganda.

Global Basecamps outlines a number of tours that you could take, for “inspiration” -- such as “Beyond the Big Five: Uganda, Tanzania and the Spice Island” (Zanzibar), one of National Geographic Traveler’s pick for Top Africa Tours of a Lifetime for 2014 -- but you’re free to modify it as you like. In general, expect to pay more for customized independent trips than for group travel, though you can customize the budget level you feel comfortable with as your arrangements are made.

The company prides itself on fostering sustainable tourism and environmentally friendly lodgings, and works with local guides and outfitters to benefit economies in the countries visited.

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From Global Basecamps

Global Basecamps creates customized experiences for independent travelers – bringing together diverse destinations and cultures, unique lodging and a spirit of adventure to create personal, memorable journeys.

The perfect lodge, the perfect tour guide, the perfect sunrise hike and the perfect cultural experience are all out there, and we’d like to help you find them. Whether hiking the Inca Trail, experiencing a traditional Japanese Ryokan, or relaxing on the beaches of Thailand, we specialize in designing you a completely customized itinerary to meet your specific trip priorities and match your travel style.

Our Philosophy

Global Basecamps believes travel can complete personal transformation, not just a vacation. To this end, we have strived to become the leading experts on all things eco travel, sustainable tourism, ecological preservation, and cultural education. We believe the perfect trip exists. The perfect lodge, the perfect tour guide, the perfect sunrise hike and the perfect cultural experience are all out there, and we’d like to help you find them. The Global Basecamps team brings expertise to the mix, with firsthand destination experience, a deep knowledge base incorporating culture and properties, an in-house air reservations team and local tour operators to ensure a truly one of a kind trip. We are on a quest for adventure that will take us from the mountain tribal villages of Thailand to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, and the volcanic sand beaches of Galapagos, and we’d like to bring you along for the ride.

What Does "Basecamp" Mean?

Traditionally, a basecamp provides supplies, shelter and a communication base. At Global Basecamps we’ve built our approach to travel on that foundation: creating a virtual basecamp that allows travelers to renew and extend their sense of adventure with a safety net provided by our headquarters in California. From the planning stages onward, Global Basecamps strives to create a customized travel experience as unique as the traveler. With individual basecamps (centered on unique, locally owned properties, hotels and lodges), one can venture beyond a “vacation” into a journey, an adventure and a cultural exploration.

Our Mission

Global Basecamps is dedicated to inspiring, empowering and simplifying independent travel to the world's most beautiful and important destinations. We firmly believe that conservation and capitalism can work hand in hand to protect the planet's cultural and ecological resources and that independent travel furthers the exchange of the ideas, understanding and common heritage necessary to create positive change.

Key Advantages of Global Basecamps:

Unparalleled Customer Service

As dedicated travel specialists, we are here to help you plan the perfect trip. We do all the work so that you don't have to! Our firsthand destination experience and comprehensive knowledge base on all the best properties and local tour operators allow you to rest assured that your trip will be one of a kind. We're with you from the beginning, during the crucial planning stages, throughout your trip in case anything comes up, and afterwards to make sure everything went perfectly. If anything goes wrong during your trip (missed/delayed flights, etc.), we and our local in-country partners are here for you.

Hand-crafted Trips

Our specialty is designing custom trips that match your travel style, trip priorities, and budget. While we have sample itineraries to inspire you, we encourage you to tell us exactly what you're looking for, so we can create the perfect custom trip. We also give you access to an amazing product line that would be very difficult to find otherwise, including lesser known activities and off the beaten path lodges.

Social Responsibility

Our trips directly benefit local communities through a variety of educational, environmental, and cultural initiatives. Additionally, all of our partners have been qualified as upholding a level of service that we truly stand behind. We strive to work exclusively with like-minded partners who are committed to making sure tourism does not have a negative impact on destinations.

Other Factors to Consider

--Our pricing is very competitive and lower than the industry standard.

--We are a one-stop shop. We book your hotels, arrange your transfers, and organize your tours.

--You don't need to plan alone! Our travel specialists have experience and destination knowledge to help you plan the perfect trip.

--We only work with local expert professional guides.

--We are proud members of ASTA, IATA, ATTA, TIES, APTA, and STI

--We are a licensed Seller of Travel, by the State of California, # 2090147-40

Associations:

American Soceity of Travel Agents, International Air Transport Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association, The International Ecotourism Society, Association for Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Sustainable Travel International

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