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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$1771.35

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
168 reviews
14 days
168 reviews
Starts in Dar es Salaa...
Ends in Arusha
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$2085

GIVE - Tanzania

168 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!

21st September 2017
Definitely one of the best trips I have ever done! Would definitely recommend GIVE Tanzania! Everyone in Kairo, Zanzibar was absolutely wonderful and welcoming, and all the guides were/are incredible people. Whether you're covered in cement at the worksite or teaching English to younger students or the Maasai, you'll have a wonderful time with GIVE. I also recommend doing the extension and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! The hike is difficult, but definitely doable (and this is coming from someone who has never hiked anywhere near this much before). My recommendation for Kilimanjaro is listen to your guides, since they have done this hike countless times, and listen to your body. Pole, pole (slowly, slowly). GIVE also has locations in Thailand, Laos, and Nicaragua, which I would definitely recommend taking a look at as well! Asante sana to GIVE and everyone involved in this program!
19th September 2017
My GIVE trip was everything I could have wished for and so much more. GIVE really does inspire people and care so much about the communities that they are in. They ask the locals what they need done, and train them to work alongside us every day. The locals are all so loving, caring, happy, and welcoming. There wasn't one time where I felt like a random stranger or out of place. Kairo is home, and I can't wait to be back. <3
6th September 2017
This trip was everything I had hoped for and more. It is pricey but worth every penny. GIVE respects the community that they work/ live in. They don't just go in and tell them what needs to be done, they ask what they can do to improve the community. Our tour guides were amazing. They treat you like a friend you have known your whole life. They want you to have an amazing experience so they work hard to do so. I felt safe and comfortable the whole time I was there. They have everything pre planned so nothing unexpected happens.

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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$2403

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

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Oceania Winner

Length 7 days
980 reviews
7 days
980 reviews
Starts in Sydney
Ends in Sydney
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$613

Oz Intro

980 reviews

Oz Intro 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!

14th September 2017
So, I wasn't the typical participant for this trip. I wasn't 18-24 years old doing a gap year. I wouldnt be extending my trip past the 8 or so days we were together. With that said, I thought the trip did a good job introducing me to Sydney with a few weeks here and there. Basecamp was a ton of fun...honestly don't forget to take advantage of the beach while you're there! Sad to leave my group (#thecore) but so stoked to have met everyone. Including our tour guide Anna!!!! #besttourguideever
13th September 2017
Jacob made my first week in Sydney one of the best times of my life, made some amazing experiences and memories I will never forget it and it's honestly been a pleasure meeting him. Nothing was a problem he made everyone comfortable and looked after us and treated us like friends he's known for years. Wishing him all the best and I'm sure he will be truly missed at ozintro not only by the staff but all the groups he's made a inprint on with his time at ozintro, love you x
13th September 2017
Amazing week. Would definitely recommend. Great leaders and a great group of people.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 North America Winner

Length 14 days
169 reviews
14 days
169 reviews
Starts in Jiquilillo
from
$1705

GIVE - Nicaragua

169 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 sustainable infrastructure projects, teaching English, and volunteering in wildlife conservation efforts. Sandboard down an active volcano, camp at the summit of Telica Volcano, and have the option to extend your stay in Nicaragua by participating in our SCUBA: Reef Conservation Program. 

During your SCUBA Program you'll complete 16 dives in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean while building artificial reefs, implanting native coral species and conducting underwater surveys on sharks, sea turtles and other marine life. Make the ocean your classroom and earn your PADI Open Water, Coral Reef Ecology and Ecological Monitoring certifications. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean culture of Little Corn Island and work with local children to protect their surrounding environment.

Other Volunteer Projects you'll be working on while in Nicaragua

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. 

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. 

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 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.

23 hours ago
My trip to Nicaragua is hard to describe... because there were so many amazing, one-of-a-kind moments with the local communities, the wonderful guides, and my newfound friends! This trip made me step out of my comfort zone, and I'm so glad it did. Nicaragua gave me an entirely new way of thinking about social and environmental issues, and our role as people to take care of our planet and fellow humans. I plan on using what I learned to do my part. #teamhuman
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.
* The Most Amazing Tour in South America was not awarded in 2013
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