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International Expeditions

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1980
Headquarters
  • Helena, Alabama, USA
Trips
  • 8

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International Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

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IE puts on a show on the Amazon April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My wife and I just returned from a wet season trip with International Expeditions (IE) to Lima and the Amazon.
It was tremendous:
1. The diversity of wildlife is extreme and up close and personal.
2. The vastness of it all approaches infinity.
3. The staff and guides were top drawer professionals.
The IE mother ship (Zafiro) is in great condition and very comfortable, clean and welcoming. The staff is friendly, helpful, supportive, knowledgeable. The naturalists/guides are the best. Experts in the wildlife and flora and good-natured and personable.
Yes, it is hot and humid, but very bearable. Yes, there are mosquitoes at night, but again very manageable. (We've all experienced much much worse in the US.)
In the wet season (50 feet higher water than in dry season) you don't get to walk as much as you do in dry season because terra firma is so much further into the rain forest than you can reach in a boat. But we did get to visit villages and walk in the rain forest.
We swam. We went out every morning and afternoon in the skiffs to explore smaller rivers and lakes. Sloths, monkeys, iguana, boa, anaconda, caiman, tarantula, piranha, frogs, toads, and more bird types than you can count.
Wow - What a Show!
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FT

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Amazon River Cruise September 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our second time coming to Peru but first time with International Expeditions and it was amazing.

Staff and guides are very friendly and accommodating. If you have food allergies and any sort of problem they take the time to ensure you have a great trip and will help you any way that they can. The river cruise itself was very comfortable clean sheets, beds are nice and rooms are pretty spacious overall for a river cruise.

We always had daily activities to participate in or could choose to stay behind. But I wouldn't recommend that as you get to see so much just within the first couple of days that you're in Pacaya-Samiria Reserve!

The wildlife was incredible and included sightings of monkeys, birds, snakes, a sloth, spiders and beautiful frogs that you get to see during the night boat tour. I loved going into a local village and learning about cultural traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. We even participated in a spiritual ritual that's supposed to cleanse your body; a very interesting experience! I'd recommend bringing and using insect repellent daily especially during summer peak season, it is the Amazon after all. If you love wildlife and are looking for a great authentic but comfortable experience in nature, I highly recommend this trip.
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Outstanding! August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Have done three trips with IE (Belize, Machu Picchu and Galapagos, and just returned from Cuba), and ALL were outstanding!

E

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Have done three trips with IE August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Have done three trips with IE (Belize, Machu Picchu and Galapagos, and just returned from Cuba), and ALL were outstanding!

MR

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This company is good for trips on the Amazon river August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This company is good for trips on the Amazon river

JA

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Amazing glimpse into real Cuban life November 2015

5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I traveled with International Expeditions to Cuba on one of their licensed 'people to people' tours. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience. Our guide, Gustavo, was a great guy and made everyone in our group satisfied. He knew tons on Cuban history, culture, politics, etc. Although it was an organized trip with scheduled activities, we still had some free time to explore Havana and even got to spend some time on the beach.

The hotels were old with ornate lobbies but rooms were not so nice. Food was decent and not as bad as people make it out to be.

All in all, I am thrilled to have traveled there before it opens up to everyone else.
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From International Expeditions

When you travel with International Expeditions, you travel with pioneers in ecotourism. International Expeditions shows you some of the most remarkable places in the world — but does so in a way that’s as enriching as we can make it. Our escorted tours, planned and continuously refined over 35 years, include many elements that would be next to impossible to do otherwise. On our Amazon cruise, for example, we’ll take you further into the river's tributaries than anyone else, so that you have the chance for some exceptional sightings. And as you learn, you’ll also have a lot of fun and laughter — the joy that comes from making new discoveries in the company of friends who share in the excitement.

A History of Ecotravel

In 1990, International Expeditions helped to form The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) by providing the major source of funding, and our founder and former president, Richard Ryel, also served as a member of the original board. TIES works to bring communities, conservation and sustainable travel together to promote ecotravel to natural areas, while conserving the environment and improving the well-being of local people.

Great Guides

International Expeditions is the “world leader in nature travel” for one reason above all others — the superb, English-speaking naturalists and historians who guide you through Earth’s great wildlife and cultural destinations. These are not typical “tour leaders.” Rather, our guides are consummate local experts with the uncanny ability to tell you about all the animals, plants, history and culture you’ll encounter, and who care that you enjoy yourself and get the most out of your experience. You can be sure that because of them, your IE journey will be interesting, enriching, fun and exciting.

Small Groups and Independent Travel

International Expeditions specializes in small group natural history tours. Our strong contacts around the globe and thorough knowledge of each destination enable us to serve "independent" guests like no other travel outfitter. That’s why so many people turn to us to customize their ideal journeys to Earth’s great nature and cultural history destinations.

Travel in Style

With International Expeditions, you’ll travel in small groups (seldom over 16 guests), with expert nature travel guides, on meticulously planned itineraries. And you’ll stay in top-rate accommodations. You’ll be well looked after wherever you go. From our stylish  Amazon riverboats (which we helped design!) to romantic tented camps in Africa and everywhere in between, you can expect the very highest order of service. We’re detail-oriented, and it shows in our unrivaled pre-departure materials. From our picturesque brochures to the comprehensive Destination Handbook provided free of charge in your pre-departure package, no one prepares you for your journey like we do.

IE Difference

For 35 years, International Expeditions has specialized in intriguing nature travel to the world’s greatest natural and cultural destinations as an adventure travel company. Our award-winning expedition cruises and small-group travel journeys combine many extraordinary elements.

The Best Values in Nature Travel: It takes more than a low price to be an outstanding value. Every activity, a full-educational program, exclusive access, knowledgeable expedition team, employee-staffed 24-hour emergency line and so much more are included in every journey — all with a price that makes it easier for you to explore!

Expert Local Guides: There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to offering small-group travel that’s authentic, educational and fun. That’s why our hand-selected naturalist guides are highly trained and educated natives, each passionate about their country. Why would you want to travel with an American “tour leader” when you can bond with these fun locals while gaining insight into their homelands?

Small-Group Travel to Earth's Greatest Destinations: From signature journeys to the Amazon and Galapagos, to our tours to Bali to Komodo, Nicaragua and Cuba, our nature-focused, small-group expeditions remain THE standard for exploring Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Plus, our intimate group sizes ensure you get the personal attention you deserve while exploring the exotic.

Activities & Excursions for All: Some people travel for adventure, and some just want to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. That’s why IE’s adventurous itineraries include as many activity options as possible. Swimming, snorkeling, elephant-back safaris and peaceful excursion boat rides are just a few of our many activities.

Comfortable Accommodations: You don’t have to sacrifice comfort and five-star service to discover Earth’s remote regions. IE’s comfortable, intimate expedition ships and well-located accommodations let you explore in style.

Local Cuisine: You’ll work up quite an appetite during daily excursions. And whether it’s sampling local fare in Peru or India, or settling down for a delicious meal in the heart of Laos, you’ll enjoy food to satisfy every palate. Plus, whenever possible, we use locally grown food to stimulate the economy and give you a fresh taste of the local culture and cuisine.

Associations:

United States Tour Operators Association, International Galapagos Tour Operators Association

7 days
River Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 3,548

Highlights

  • Enjoy a close-up view of life in the canopy.
  • See the plants and bright flowers attracting gorgeous birds and other creatures.
  • Head out onto the Amazon River to Monkey Island
  • See  the Amazon River, rainforest, small villages, and narrow tributaries
  • See the marsh birds green ibis and yellow-headed caracaras
  • See the animal carvings, decorative blowguns, and a variety of necklaces, jewelry fashioned.
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13 days
Private Guided
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 5,438

Highlights

  • Visit the endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife
  • Enjoy nature drives and walking safaris in this vast landscape
  • See the ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, and bat-eared fox
  • Enjoy the  Walvis Bay Harbour, old boat wrecks, and spot pelicans, dolphins and seals, and even whales and turtles in season
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17 days
Private Guided
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 7,398

Highlights

  • Enjoy of  sightseeing around both Old and New Delhi
  • Visit the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana
  • Visit  the  Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid.
  • See the President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping center.
  • See leopard, sloth bear, deer, Indian gaur, sambar deer, chital, wild boar, gray jackal, wild dog and troops of langurs
  • Listen to the sounds of the jungle, an experience both exciting and chilling
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16 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
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Highlights

  • Discover the fading colonial architecture of Yangon
  • Spend three nights soaking in the tranquility of Inle Lake
  • Discover the iconic temples of Bagan and Mandala
  • Visit Golden temples
  • Ancient pagodas and artistic heritage
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