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Popular Walking holiday
Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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We did have a very good experience, we saw some amazing wildlife but are left with some sense dissatisfaction. We didn't get the walking experiences we expected and there was a the lack of cultural input to the tour. There was some disconnect between the expectations based on the Exodus trip description and the tour provided by Great American Adventures.
In addition, the trip involved driving long distances in a small bus and "participative camping", particularly in some sites that were not up to the standard we expected.
The tour definitely needs second tour guide, who is very well informed about the country. Although guides in National Parks etc provided some of this, if the tour does not offer this cultural content it becomes a interesting but superficial road trip.
Overall itinerary - good taste of what Alaska has to offer. Wildlife viewing, particularly bears fishing for salmon, and the Hardy Glacier Icefield walk. Some of the add-on activities were terrific (but pricey), particularly the glacier kayaking and the ice walk.
The tour leader was enthusiastic and well organised, drove safely over very long distances, managed the group well and provided tasty, fresh food. However, with only one guide there there was little information about the land, and cultural context.
A good trip to see an amazing country and its wildlife. Be prepared for long distances, "participatory camping", possible add-on expenses, and doing your own research on the country - its geography/geology and culture.
Brilliant for wildlife viewing and scenery but not much walking
Cruising through Prince William Sound, seeing humpback whales and a grizzly bear only feet away.
Jeannie was excellent at organising the group. She worked extremely hard and responded well to the concerns of the group about changes to the itinary.
The trip is run by Grand American Adventures who seem to have altered the programme removing much of the walking and heavily promoting the (costly!) optional activities. Our leader appeared to be unfamiliar with the Exodus trip notes and incorporated hiking options only in response to a mutiny by our group.
There is only one leader on this tour now, not two as indicated in previous reviews - expect a high degree of participation! In addition to setting up and dismantling the camp everyone was expected to undertake daily chores ranging from cleaning the van to cooking dinner for the group.
An excellent trip but lost a star due to issues highlighted above
We use a mixture of accommodation on this tour, as indicated at the end of each day on the itinerary. The hotel in Anchorage is of tourist class standard, rooms are on a twin share basis and all rooms have private facilities. The lodge in McCarthy is based on multi-share (3 or 4 people per room with shared facilities). When camping, two-person tents and all cooking equipment and eating utensils are provided. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. Foam sleeping pads are provided. We will camp at organised sites with good facilities. Showers are available at all of the sites and some have laundry facilities. Please that note campgrounds in Alaska tend to be much more rustic than those in the rest of the United States.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
This trek is graded B/C and includes a wide choice of full day and half day walks. We always return to our campsite, lodge or the vehicle to travel to our next destination. You only carry the essentials (picnic lunch, jacket, camera, etc.) in a daysack. All walks are optional and vary in their difficulty. In areas such as Denali National Park there are different hikes to choose from, so the group does not necessarily always walk together. Those not wishing to take part in all of the hikes can take advantage of optional outdoor activities available.
Bob Matthews - Marketing
Food in Alaska is of good quality, but because of the high standard of living and the cost of transporting food to far away places, it is more expensive than in Europe; this particularly applies to eating out in restaurants. There is no lack of fresh produce with the exception of a few places far inland. There is an abundance of excellent fresh fish, and if you like seafood, you can eat your heart out.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
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