Most Amazing Tour 2013

2013 was an incredible year at TourRadar. Our travellers saw sights never imagined, shared journeys, food, laughter and built incredible friendships while on tour. An Amazing Tour can change your life - so we at TourRadar set out to find the Most Amazing Tour of 2013. Check out the winners!
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Most Amazing Tour 2013 Overall Winner

Length 24 days
150 reviews
24 days
150 reviews
Starts in Bangkok
Ends in Koh Phangan
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$1758.02

The Land Of Smiles (Thailand 24 days)

150 reviews

Welcome to La-La-Land: Once upon a time we decided pack up our lives, throw them on our backs and head directo strait to SE Asia with one goal in mind, to develop the ultimate Thailand trip. Over the years wechr("39")ve gone through the good, the bad, and the outright ugly, and after 8+ years experience the trip we provide is something so special itchr("39")s hard to describe with words. The videos, the photos, and the copywrite can all try to do this trip justice, but when youchr("39")re laying in your hammock in X secret location smiling to yourself, youchr("39")ll just know, this is the good life.

Activities Included:

  • Bamboo Rafting
  • 7 Layer waterfall hike
  • Elephant Trek
  • Full Moon Party
  • Hot springs Trip
  • Thai Spa Experience
  • Thai Orphanage School trip
  • Snorkeling Boat Trip
  • Khao Sok Lake House Trip

Other available activities:

  • Yoga
  • Thai Cooking Courses
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Thai Language Courses
  • Rock Climbing
  • Fire Spinning Lessons
  • Tiger Temple
  • Muay Thai Training
  • Kayaking Trip
  • River Tubing
  • And many more...
8th August 2017
The tour was truly incredible! Dana and Marielle took us to incredible places and showed us a great time at each stop. They told us where we should go/where locals go and fun tidbits at every stop! Anyone looking at this tour should know that it really is a backpacking trip- the accommodations are backpacking level. Yes you get "your own" room (shared with 1-3 other people), the rooms are semi-fine, beds were always clean but the rooms themselves were questionable (ie. you may want to wear shoes in them). All that being said I did go on my own and I am so glad I did! You have an instant group of people you can connect with and do different things with that you probably will never do again. I highly recommend it for anyone traveling who wants to see amazing places and an unforgettable experience! The 24 days legit fly by.
24th November 2016
This was an incredible experience, every day was a new adventure. I absolutely loved this trip and would recommend it top anyone who is interested!
29th June 2016
My 24 day trip to thailand was my first big trip ever. I had only ever been to cuba and california for a few days. I was looking for something where I did not have to worry about planning and the stress of having to find a way to get around from place to place. BT did that for me and it was everything i hoped and more. This trip is all about having fun, kicking back and relaxing in the sun all the while meeting new friends that become your family by the end of the trip. The guides were simply amazing, kinda crazy, but crazy good. There were super friendly, outgoing, and approachable in times of need. In terms of accommodations, they were good, not luxurious, but always clean and safe. Travelling accommodations were always well organized, from bus to train to boat. Overall, I could not be happier with my experience. I definitely recommend a trip with BT 100%. I did a lot of things I would never have done on my own. And I feel like they have prepared me enough to go back to Thailand on my own one day and travel the rest of the country. It's just that beautiful.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Africa Winner

Length 14 days
163 reviews
14 days
163 reviews
Starts in Dar es Salaa...
Ends in Arusha
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$2140

GIVE - Tanzania

163 reviews

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime on our GIVE Tanzania Excursion! Soak up the incredible sights, culture and wildlife of both Zanzibar Island and Mainland Tanzania! Give’s Tanzania Excursion takes you all the way from the tropical oasis of Zanzibar Island to the wild plains of mainland Tanzania. Work alongside local residents to build critical infrastructure in the form of Kairo’s one and only school, provide fundamental English education to community members of all ages and protect this country’s world-renowned wildlife.


Explore one of the most awe-inspiring places on the planet as you swim with wild dolphins in the Indian ocean, sail over crystal clear waters, snorkel through vibrant reefs and embark on a 2-day safari through the African savannah. As a volunteer, you will wake up each morning to the sun rising over the sandy white beaches and turquoise waters of Zanzibar Island. In between volunteer efforts, feel free to go for a swim, play soccer with local kids or visit nearby beach markets. Express yourself by taking an optional painting class from locals artists to create your own African souvenir, or learn the native language with Swahili classes from the locals!


But why stop there?! After your two weeks of volunteering, continue the adventure by joining GIVE’s Mt. Kilimanjaro Add-on and summit the tallest freestanding mountain in the world!

10th August 2017
This trip was more than I could have ever hoped for. You become immersed in the culture and you actually make friends with the locals. If you're looking for something more meaningful than a vacation, this is it. Not only are you going to have an amazing time swimming with dolphins, suntanning on the beach, snorkelling, and going on safaris, but you're also going to have an incredible time volunteering. I feel as though my volunteering has made a serious impact in the village of Kairo. I can't say enough great things about this trip. GIVE will give you the best experience for the money. Honestly, every cent put into this trip was 100% worth it.
9th August 2017
Words can't express how much I've learned and experienced during this trip. It's an emotional and cultural rollercoaster that will open your eyes on a whole new world out there. GIVE's organisation was excellent. I've always felt safe and well taken care of. Listen to your guides and dive into the best trip of your life!
9th August 2017
My GIVE trip to Tanzania/Zanzibar was the best 2 weeks of my life. I have lots of thoughts and details about the trip written on my blog so check it out to learn more detail about the trip! https://anahursh.wixsite.com/vaendago/tanzania

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Asia Winner

Length 40 days
433 reviews
40 days
433 reviews
Starts in Bangkok
Ends in Bangkok
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$2467

40 days in Thailand - Experience the Land of Smiles

433 reviews

We have been running this trip since 2003 and have spent a lot of years turning it into the best backpacking trip to Thailand on the planet. Winner of The World’s Most Amazing Tour of 2012  and Asia's Most Amazing Tour in 2013 by Tour Radar, our original 40-day trip to Thailand is the ultimate easy-going travel experience. Beginning and ending in Bangkok with a loop through the islands, beaches and jungles of Southern Thailand this trip is a relaxed tour through Thailand’s most amazing, fun, and lesser-known destinations. We’ll take you from some of the most insane party spots including The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan to secluded paradises with no other tourists in sight. And always you’ll be enjoying the adventure at the nice, chilled pace that is uniquely ‘Free and Easy’.

  • Spend a Night in a Floating Bungalow
  • Go Scuba Diving
  • Swim Through Phosphorescence
  • Refill not Landfill
  • Wat Pho Temple Tour *
  • Go Snorkelling
  • See "The Beach"
  • Have One Night in Bangkok
  • Tubing in Thailand
  • Have a Tropical Island All to Yourself
  • Rock Climb Up a Natural Cliff Face
  • Buy Everything in Bangkok
  • Get Any Outfit You Can Imagine Tailor-made
  • Go Bungee Jumping
  • Dance Until Sunrise at the Full Moon Party **
  • Beach Cleanup
  • Party for Prosthetics
28th October 2016
My 40 day Thailand trip with free and easy was by far one of the most amazing experiences ever done . First of all the group size was perfect , there was 12 of us I believe so we were all really close and have lots of memories . My trip leaders were James And mike . The trip wouldn't have been the same without these two . James always knew how to make a potential boring situation fun from making tayler swift videos on the night train to playing card games . He was also always up from an adventure or a hike . He also brought Clamato so we could make Caesars before the full moon party which basically made the trip as I was in Caesar withdrawals at that point . My other leader mike was also an awesome guy . mike was a genuine guy that wanted to make sure everyone had a good time and was safe . He is responsible , caring and knew how to have a good time . Thanks guys for the great experience !!
28th October 2016
After doing a 40 day thai trip I would 110% reccommend FNEZ to anyone, they are an awesome company and go above and beyond to make sure you have a trip of a lifetime, get one booked!
27th October 2016
This trip was amazing. i would recommend to anyone and everyone. 40 days is just the right amount of time for this trip. anything less and i think it would have been to rushed. amazing sights. amazing people. amazing times

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Europe Winner

Length 4 days
70 reviews
4 days
70 reviews
Starts in Capri
Ends in Pompei
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The Amalfi Coast- Blue Route

70 reviews

Blue Route: Island of Capri, Positano, Pompeii. 

Head south to Italy’s #1 beach destination! Boat around the island of Capri, sip limoncello, and show off your new handmade sandals before breaking out your best dance moves in bustling downtown Sorrento. Bronze in Positano on the black sand beach and cruise along the coast. Finally, explore the ruins of Pompeii while admiring Mt. Vesuvius. Only Bus2alps includes your ferry to Capri, boat tour of the island, transportation to Positano and Pompeii. With us you can be sure that this will be your most brag-worthy weekend in Europe!

This is the trip that won Bus2alps the award for #1 Tour in Europe from TourRadar! 

Included:

Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) from a Roman airport Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast Ferry to the island of Capri with a private guided boat tour of the island (with an optional stop at the Blue Grotto) Private transfer to Positano Private transport to Pompeii Exclusive Bus2alps discounts everywhere A Bus2alps trip leader

Please note: Depending on which package you book, the trip will either meet at the Rome Fiumicino airport at 22:30 (10:30 PM) or at the Rome Ciampino Airport at 23:30 (11:30 PM) on Thursday evening. Please make sure your flight arrives prior to this time. Please plan your return flight to depart from either Rome FCO or Rome CIA airport after 19:00 (7:00 PM) on Sunday. 

12th May 2014
This was one of the best weekends of my semester.Though it is bittersweet, this is hands down the best weekend to end off my semester abroad. What really made this trip was the guides. They were helpful, profesional, very knowledgeable, and overall just some of the nicest coolest people i have met abroad. They made a good trip into one of the most amazing, unforgettable weekends of my life. Thank you
29th April 2014
The Bus2Alps Amalfi Coast Tour was absolutely horrible. I'm not usually one to write a review but the only thing that made the trip enjoyable was the location. We arrived at the hotel and to our surprise we were not placed in a room with our friends, we were not even placed in the same hotel as our friends. This wouldn't have been a huge problem, but every hotel departed for the excursions at different times so it was hard to contact our friends once we got to the location for the day. On another note, the hotel (we stayed Hotel Esperidi-even though we booked the Hotel Londra package) was nice, but for how much we paid we should have been treated as normal guests. The people who booked Bus2Alps were given a plate of two pieces of bread and a package of dry toast for breakfast, while the other guests at the hotel were given a display of yogurt, meats, cereals and fruits. Overall, I was extremely disappointed. You don't need Bus2Alps to see the Amalfi Coast, just do some research on the sights you should see, because all this tour did was point out more places we could spend our money.
15th April 2014
The Amalfi Coast is absolutely beautiful, and the Bus2Alps guides are the perfect mix of hands-off and helpful.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Oceania Winner

Length 7 days
957 reviews
7 days
957 reviews
Starts in Sydney
Ends in Sydney
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$633

OzIntro

957 reviews

OzIntro is the perfect start to your Gap Year, Working Holiday or Holiday in Australia.

An awesome group tour and starter package showing you the best of Sydney, and including everything you'll need to live, work and travel in Australia.

It's all about good times, new friends and no worries!

15th August 2017
Ozintro was amazing!! Jake was so helpful and made my first week in Sydney the best it could be. He always made sure that everyone was having fun and was alright. If I had any questions or concerns he was there to help. Couldn't recommend ozintro enough!!
15th August 2017
My experience with ozintro was excellent. My group leader Jake couldnt be more helpful and friendly if he tried, in my opinion the blue moantains was the best day because of the epic views.
15th August 2017
The trip was better than expected! I was made to feel welcome and the guys knew exactly what they were doing and all the best things to see, accommodation was great and transport too!

Most Amazing Tour 2013 North America Winner

Length 15 days
168 reviews
15 days
168 reviews
Starts in Jiquilillo
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$1945

GIVE - Nicaragua

168 reviews

Volunteer abroad with GIVE in Nicaragua and embark on an adventure that will change your life, while empowering and assisting others. Volunteer your efforts in a small fishing community on the Pacific Coast, working on infrastructure projects and English education. Sandboard down an active volcano and complete your volunteer adventure on a breathtaking island in the Caribbean - And now, for the first time, you can receive academic credit through GIVE's accredited course designed specifically to enhance your excursion. Combine your excursion with our groundbreaking course and be the Roots of Change!

Education Program

Education is the foundation of human development. As a GIVE volunteer, you will cultivate this concept by working one on one with local children to increase their opportunity and capacity to effectively learn and propagate valuable life skills.  The incredible desire and willingness these children have to learn and interact with our volunteers is truly inspiring.   Learn more about our educational program in Nicaragua.

Eco-friendly Infrastructure

As a GIVE volunteer, you will work with rural communities to implement valuable infrastructure that supports health, education, and the further development of human and social capital.  Community support and involvement in all development endeavors is key. GIVE sees this critical component in development as an opportunity to share culture and accomplishments by working side-by-side with local people.  While infrastructure projects are varied due to our excellent rate of completion, you can rest assured you will be involved in unique and innovative projects that continually push the limits of incorporating unprecedented, cutting edge eco-friendly building techniques. Take our vocational school for example: it's built out of over 15,000 plastic bottles and entirely powered by solar energy, publicly offered and privately financed by GIVE and it's partners.  Learn more about our eco-friendly, innovative infrastructure projects in Nicaragua.

Community Recycling Program

GIVE is focused on incorporating and engaging the community in all of our projects. All of the plastic bottles, candy wrappers, and other discards are collected through a community-recycling program.  This program is managed and run by local community members and illustrates their commitment, support, and belief in the importance of our projects.

The government provides no infrastructure for trash removal and therefore most discards are either burned or thrown into the sea. This recycling program is critical for community clean up and environmental awareness and is a catalyst for community involvement and empowerment.  Learn more about our eco-friendly building techniques with recycled materials.

Endangered Hawks Bill Turtle Conservation

As a volunteer, you will support a local NGO in protecting the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle by venturing out to secluded beaches in search for Sea Turtles laying eggs. Eggs are collected and kept away from predators to ensure their safety until the baby hatchlings are mature enough for release back into the wild. The most active months are between June-August.

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle has been pushed to near extinction due to poaching and destruction of habitat. The Padre Ramos Estuary, where this volunteer project is located, has been identified as one of the most important nesting sites on the Pacific Coast of Central America.

Volunteers will venture to a secluded island with a local research team to monitor Hawksbill turtles as they crawl up the beach to lay their eggs. To increase their chance of survival, volunteers will collect the eggs and bring them to a nursery for protection. Volunteers who join the trip in August will release the baby turtles back into the wild.

10th August 2017
Volunteering abroad with GIVE was the best experience of my life, and it is an something that has the power to shape you as a person as well as change your outlook on life. You build relationships with the people in the communities, and you develop amazing friendships with the other volunteers in your group. I had the opportunity to experience different parts of the trip with each of the guides, Carmen and Tony, and you truly cannot have anything less than an awesome experience with either of them! A GIVE trip is an experience of a life time that I would recommend to anyone, and I guarantee that I will be pursuing more!
28th July 2017
Going on this amazing trip has truly been one of the best decisions of my life. I've learned so many life lessons, tried new foods and made new wonderful friends while also gaining great memories and becoming closer with my best friend. Nicaragua will always have a special place in my heart and it's all thanks to GIVE.
28th July 2017
This was by far the best trip I have ever been on in my life. It was a truly eye-opening experience and I would go back in a second if I could! The people are so warm and welcoming, the guides clearly know what they are doing and they create such a fun and positive environment. I came into this journey not knowing much about GIVE, but I can definitely verify that it is an outstanding organization. It has given me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and take on other perspectives I never would have thought possible. I am thankful to have been a small part of the big change GIVE is making, and to have formed such genuine friendships through this experience. If anyone is on the fence about going on a trip with GIVE, I would wholeheartedly encourage you to take a chance on this opportunity, because I guarantee you will not regret it.
* The Most Amazing Tour in South America was not awarded in 2013
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