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Your Words – We tell it like it is! Holiday Reviews by previous Exodus travellers  

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Amazing Holiday

Such a great trip. Vietnam is beautiful and the people are very friendly and the food is great. So much to see and do. Much more to Vietnam than all the war films would have you believe.

Most Inspirational Moment

I loved all of Vietnam, but I just loved Angkor Wat the most. It is awe inspiring. Particularly enjoyed doing Ti Chi at 6 am on the top of the boat in Halong Bay with the stunning cliffs as a backdrop.

Thoughts on Group Leader

Our tour leader in Vietnam was amazing. So helpful and knowledgeable. The Cambodian leader not so good. She got us lost one time and nearly drove off without two members the next day.

Advice for Potential Travellers

The hardest decision is what time of the year to come, as there are 3 different climates to contend with. November worked for us and we only had one downpour.

Suggestions

The Mekong delta was a little disappointing. Seems the floating markets are an industry in decline.

Cape Town & the Garden Route

I see Caroline & Chris have already completed a review which has saved me writing anything as I whole heartedly agree with what they have submitted! This was my 6th trip with Exodus and it rated favourably with all the others. I think you can rely on consistency with Exodus. If you don’t want to have to think about what you are going to do the next day or where you are going to eat or even what you need to wear on your feet then choose Exodus!

Thoughts on Group Leader

Excellent - felt safe with all the hours of driving he had to do. He planned, booked and took us to our excellent good value meals.

Advice for Potential Travellers

Be prepared to eat & drink lots and put on weight.

Discover Chile

Our guide Alex Aguilera was fantastic! He organised the group really well, was a fund of information and always on hand to answer queries. The trip was varied and really interesting. The standard of the accommodation apart from Santiago, was quite basic but adequate. The meal by the local lady on the way back from the geysers, was poor, but apart from that, all the breakfasts were fine.

Most Inspirational Moment

Torres del Paine in Patagonia.

Thoughts on Group Leader

As mentioned above, he was FANTASTIC! Highly recommended.

Advice for Potential Travellers

No

Suggestions

No

Simply Amazing

A holiday of a life time. My mind was blown at every turn. I have never been on Exodus holiday before but am hooked for life. Xavier our guide the whole trip was excellent. So lucky to get someone not only organised but had a wonderful personality and nothing was too much. He went above and beyond to help everyone. You like him immediately and loves his job. There were no problems everything ran smoothly. Even when we could don’t walk the planned trek in Torres Del Paine (due to strikes from the park itself) an alternative route was sorted. Moreno Glacier was so oamazing and having climbed Mount Fitzroy I feel I could conquer the world. Penguins, Sea Lions. The most amazing Patagonian landscape. And Iguazu falls to finish it off. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Hard to be back just want to wake up in Argentina !

Most Inspirational Moment

Mount Fitzroy Moreno Glacier Penguins Iguazu Falls The views generally

Thoughts on Group Leader

The best. Exodus is lucky to have him. Don’t lose him whatever you do.

Advice for Potential Travellers

Couple of tips. When walking ten hours - Mount Fitzroy take a water pack ie a tube that you can sip on frequently. I got heat stroke that day and think this would have been a much better idea to keep permanently hydrated. Of sun out that day. Keep back of neck cool with damp cloth which you can regularly dip in all the streams you pass climbing up. Lots of snacks for energy. Also if exodus are to stay in Puerto Natales again as we did. There is a wonderful museum at the. Hotel Singular And the most amazing lunch. 5 star it was amazing . Some people might not want to climb Torres Del Paine like me and this is brilliant. The hotel is so unique . Something you might find in Europe and it is built in old meat packing factory but has kept it authentic and the history there is really interesting. Museum attached . Also another museum in port natales as well which is interesting.

Amazing Trip!

Beautiful countryside, just the right amount of challenging hills, and amazing food and drinks – what more could you ask for? This trip is so well planned to see the best that Puglia has to offer. Matera is a must see (we spent a couple extra nights there and HIGHLY recommend it if you can), but the real gem here is the countryside full of olive groves, old farmhouses, small towns, and beautiful sea views. Our personal favorite parts were the small towns we stopped in daily for a cappuccino breaks – you won’t see these places from a bus. Our group leader (Manny) made the trip unforgettable – he kept a good pace, told us just the right amount of history about the area, and made sure we well fed and taken care of. While we didn’t require van support – we always knew he was there if needed – and brought fresh snacks (and water) daily to all our stops. Of course the highlight for us was staying at Maseria Bosco (day 4) – the old farmhouse was the perfect place to stay for the evening, surrounded by olive groves, and the restaurant was amazing. Thanks to all the recommendations and support from Exodus before our trip – we got engaged this night, they went above and beyond to make it perfect!

Most Inspirational Moment

Day 6 - cylcing from one sea to the other felt like such an amazing accomplishment.

Thoughts on Group Leader

Manny was amazing throughout the whole trip! . His restaurant picks were top notch, and recommendations for how to spend free time was always spot on! We unfortunately had a couple of incidents in our group, which were well taken care of.

Advice for Potential Travellers

The Italian way is much more laid back and leisurely than what most of us are used to - be prepared for that, and just bask in the beauty of the Italian countryside (or grab an extra gelato).

Manasalu Nov

A challenging and adventurous trip which I thoroughly enjoyed

Most Inspirational Moment

Seeing Manasalu at sunrise

Thoughts on Group Leader

Excellent and very helpful

Advice for Potential Travellers

Make sure you are fit, there are some long trekking days

Suggestions

The day we crossed the Larke Pass we were trekking for 12 hours. On the descent I felt light headed due to lack of of food, I asked for the group to have a rest to eat which we were given. I felt the time between setting out and reaching the lunch stop was too long. I was not the only one of the group who felt like this. I would like to suggest a packed lunch is provided for everyone and this is eaten at the shelter passed on the ascent to the pass.

Fabulously varied trip with amazing scenery, flora& fauna, experiences and selections of accommodation

First group tour for me and I was relieved to find I loved it! My husband had done charity group trips before but not a ‘holiday’.

Very varied in terms of accommodation styles, experiences, landscape, seascape and people on the trip – both on the minibus and locals.

Excellent guide too!

Most Inspirational Moment

Lion roaring, elephants (soooo many) playing, whales breaching. Dining like houseguests in beautiful homes, waterfall swimming, braai eating, sea pool swimming. Table Mountain views. So much more…. And laughing every day!

Thoughts on Group Leader

Andrew from Mask Expeditions is a top bloke! Professional, kind, funny, energetic, capable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! We enjoyed his company very much. Picked all the good places to eat and organised table bookings (front with views etc!), and transported us all even though evening meals were not included and in towns like Hermanus and Cape Town we did have choices. He can also change a tyre ;-) and is a very responsible driver.

Advice for Potential Travellers

Make sure you stock up on drinks and snacks before going to Avoca Farm and Tsitsikamma. Evening meals are all extra but in those places and also De Rust there is not really a choice. But the meals supplied were fantastic and inexpensive. Go with the flow and enjoy! Accommodation in Tsitsikamma is basic - but the setting is fabulous. Some were not keen on the log huts. I loved it as an alternative and the location is everything.

Suggestions

Some people on our trip struggled or could not do some activities which involved many steps or short climbs. Not sure it is as ‘easy’ as suggested. I feel the cost of meals at Avoca, Tsitsikamma and HouseMartin should be added to total booking price as not really an option to eat elsewhere. But it was a fantastic trip and I would go again!

Awsome scenery

The tour take you through some amazing parts of Morocco. The support team were brilliant, sorting bikes and providing great snacks and lunches. Some of the trails were particularly challenging, perhaps more than the itinerary suggests. Be prepared to walk some sections!

Most Inspirational Moment

The scenery is amazing.

Thoughts on Group Leader

Abde was a great leader, resolving issues for clients and inspiring his support team.

Advice for Potential Travellers

Bike handling skills rather than pure fitness were the key to being first rather than last!

Suggestions

Some of the hotels were a bit 'tired', hotel in Ammelne was amazing. Immouzer had wonderful views but... Tiznit seen better days.

Springtime in Patagonia November 2022

This was one of the best trips that I have ever done and I loved every minute of it. There are long bus journeys in between the main events but they are well managed and the views out of the windows on those journeys were very much part of the whole experience. The accommodation was comfortable – not luxurious but perfectly adequate. Two weeks went by in a flash. There were some early morning starts but each day was a delightful new experience. Highly recommended but not for those who just want to sightsee without actively participating. But perhaps those people won’t travel with Exodus anyway. Thank you Exodus for another great holiday.

Most Inspirational Moment

Difficult to pick out one as the whole trip was inspirational. The first sight of Mount Fitzroy, the Moreno Glacier with the thrill of seeing it calving, crossing the Magellan Straits, a 'navigation' on Beagle Sound almost within touching distance of basking seals and penguin colonies with a the solitary King Pengiun in their midst. Birdwatching opportunities everywhere, beautiful spring flowers, the immensity of the steppes. And then just being there, down at the 'Fin del Mundo.'

Thoughts on Group Leader

Xavier was excellent. He was cheerful, knowledgeable and very efficient. One of the main reasons I travel with Exodus is the quality of the local group leaders and Xavier was certainly one of the best. I could not recommend him more highly.

Advice for Potential Travellers

The trip notes say 'while the trip is graded moderate we recommend you have a reasonably good level of fitness to really enjoy the hiking opportunities available.' The two long walks - the one at El Chalten was 23km are serious hikes with significant climbing. I am over 70 but more than reasonably fit, used to hiking long distances and skiing, but the final stage of that climb was obviously going to be very challenging so I gave it a miss (perfectly possible to do that) meaning I only had an exhilarating 20km with most of the staggeringly beautiful views and only moderate climbs to deal with. The second long walk was going to be to base camp at Torres del Paine in Chile. My guide book written by locals said this was very steep and only recommendable for 'those who are physically very fit'. A strike by local National Park staff meant walk was unavailable much to the disappointment of the serious hikers amongst us but the alternative second walk was clearly going to be equally challenging so I gave it a miss, but easily found other things to do around Puerto Natales. I think these walks should be flagged up as the challenging hikes that they are.

Suggestions

I'm not sure how Air Europe was selected as the Group airline. Only two of us travelled out that way. I would not have travelled with them if given the choice. For some reason other group members travelled with KLM and British Airways and had better experiences inspite of slightly longer layovers. In its favour the flights were on time and kept to schedule but the airline was not up to the standards I expect of long haul flights. It was bucket shop airline standards on 12 hour flights. One very small meal two hours into the flight, and then paying for anything else including the snack items and coffee offered instead of breakfast before arrival. The seats were jammed together and what concerned me most was that no one came round to offer water (except with the meal) for the whole 12 hours.

An excellent holiday and guide

An excellent holiday exploring a country with a great depth of historical and cultural sites. The day visiting the 1915 Gallipoli battlefields was fascinating and our day there was the only one where we did not visit an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Most Inspirational Moment

Ephesus and the library of Celsus (third biggest after Alexandria {Egypt} and Pergamum) and its massive theatre, familiar to Saint Paul, who lived in Ephesus for a time. It was the largest theatre in the ancient world. After seeing the old harbour (now four miles from the sea; the silting up process explaining why Ephesus was abandoned in the sixth century), we had lunch of pancakes made fresh in a wood burning oven. Watching the three ladies making them was also fascinating.

Thoughts on Group Leader

Our guide Tolga was great, knowledgeable and amusing, a strong character and one with the confidence to read poetry that has moved him, written by the Sufi mystic, Mevlana, by his mausoleum and home of his Dervishes. We could not have been in better hands.

Advice for Potential Travellers

Because of the distances travelled in a very large country, take two novels too read in transit.

Suggestions

Four improvements: - 1. As usual, the arrangements for meeting the Exodus Representative in the “Meeting Lounge” went awry, as it was not manned. 2. It would be a good idea to give each traveller a small pin to wear, so we can recognise each other at the airport! 3. Istanbul Hotel - rather ludicrously I was woken at 0100 to be handed a sheet of paper about an orientation meeting at 0900. She first tried to open my room door, which I had secured, then knocked. Extraordinary! I thought it was something from the police but it was merely a note that should have been handed to us at check in. 4. During the welcome to the tour meeting, I was given a list for our party and asked to fill out my passport number- I was the only one with my details missing! However, I noticed my date of birth and passport number had been included but against someone else’s name. So, I drew an arrow and pointed out the discrepancy which meant that at least two errors (20%) had occurred and the whole document needed checking. My offer to do it was rejected because I would discover people’s ages. This recurring error caused problems at other hotels we visited and the juxtaposed passport numbers made Wi-Fi login impossible.