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
149 reviews
24 days
149 reviews
Starts in Bangkok
Ends in Koh Phangan
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$1681.31

The Land Of Smiles (Thailand 24 days)

149 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...
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.
26th June 2016
My trip with BT was amazing! Everywhere we went was awesome and my guides Chelsea and Darcy really made it a trip I will never forget! Food was great, and the places were overall nice - bottle beach being my favourite! Going to miss my BT family but will hopefully be back soon! Highly recommend this trip!

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Africa Winner

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

GIVE - Tanzania

128 reviews

GIVE in Tanzania for the adventure of a lifetime! Volunteer on pristine Zanzibar Island building new schools in rural communities and assist in the classroom promoting literacy, health and hygeine. Swim with dolphins, snorkel and sail before returning to the mainland to end your excursion on a 2-day safari, camping in a national park. Combine groundbreaking development projects with cultural immersion and incredible adventures abroad for a unique and meaningful volunteer experience!

Tanzania Eco-friendly Infrastructure

Access to drinkable water and education are fundamental to living a fulfilling and prosperous life. As a GIVE volunteer, you will support a sustainable and drastic change in the quality of life of people in rural villages by implementing essential infrastructure, such as schools and fresh water systems. By pioneering unique recycling techniques in our building processes, the positive impacts will not be limited to one group of individuals.  In fact, these innovative and inspiring practices will transcend generations by promoting sustainable environmental solutions for the future. Learn more about GIVE's eco-friendly infrastructure projects and our bottle building techniques.

Tanzania Educational Program

Like many African countries, Tanzania struggles to provide sufficient education for its growing numbers of children. Lack of resources, corruption, and insufficient human capital continue to cripple the country's education system.  As a GIVE volunteer, you will help overcome these obstacles by assisting local teachers with basic educational practices. You will work one-on-one with children focusing on:English, health, hygiene, computers, sports, and other critical components of a well-rounded education.  The children you work with in Zanzibar have a firm grasp on the value of a good education and a passion to learn.  As a GIVE volunteer, you will help student's achieve their educational goals to develop the foundation for a better life.  Read more about GIVE's educational program.

Constitution of a Local NGO

To promote local involvement and the creation of local leadership and social capital, GIVE is supporting and constituting a local NGO.  This NGO will be led by community members and will have financial and organizational support from GIVE. This will help ensure that our projects remain sustainable and community oriented, even when our volunteers are not on the ground.

19th October 2016
My trip to Tanzania this summer completely changed my life. I fell in love with the country, the people, the culture, and the work that GIVE is continuing to do there. GIVE has given me the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. I am already planning to go back to Tanzania over Christmas break! I'm counting down the days until I get to see my GIVE family again. Make a difference, and travel with a purpose with GIVE Volunteers!
22nd September 2016
I went to Tanzania this summer and it was the best thing I have ever done. I was blown away by the people, the culture, and the country that I had the privilege of visiting. Working with the locals on their English was so much fun and extremely rewarding. In addition to the Tanzanian people being wonderful, the GIVE staff (and interns!) are some of the most incredible humans in the world. They care about the work they are doing so deeply that it is impossible to be moved by them. GIVE ensures that your physical and mental well-being are the first priority on your trip. And as if that isn't enough, GIVE provides amazing adventure activities (safari and dolphin day!!). I can't wait to go on another GIVE trip in the future!
23rd August 2016
My experience in Tanzania with GIVE volunteers was so incredible and beyond what I expected. We opened a school in a small village called Kairo, in Zanzibar. The building of the school had started 4 years previously and it was an absolute honour to be there when the classrooms were finally filled with kids. We became so immersed in the community, from working with the locals while constructing the school, being taught Swahili, painting with the local artists and having the local women braid our hair and give us henna. Beyond that, what made this trip even greater was that 41 out of 42 of the children enrolled in the school had never been to school before. It was beautiful seeing just how the community worked together to get the school ready. As part of this trip we also got to see some of Tanzania. We got to swim with dolphins, go to the Jozani monkey forest, go sailing and snorkelling and go on safari. As an optional add-on we also got to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It was a challenging but extremely rewarding experience to make it to Uhuru peak - the highest peak in Africa. I'd highly recommend going to Tanzania with GIVE as it has changed my outlook on everything and has given my life so much purpose since going.

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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$2389

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
  • Practice Yoga on the Beach
  • 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 3 days
70 reviews
3 days
70 reviews
Starts in Capri
Ends in Pompei
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The Amalfi Coast- Blue Route

70 reviews

Limoncello, sun, and black sand beaches; come vacation in true Mediterranean style! In the Amalfi Coast you can relax on a private boat tour of the island of Capri that takes you to the Blue Grotto and swim in the mystical blue water of the Mediterranean in Positano. See the ruins of Pompeii where our private guides are available to show you one of the most well-preserved cities of ancient times. 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 2012 and 2013 award for #1 Tour in Europe from TourRadar! 

Included:

Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast Private ferry to island of Capri with a private guided boat tour of the island (with a 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 or at the Rome Ciampino Airport at 23:30 on Thursday evening.  Please plan your return flight to depart from either Rome FCO or Rome CIA airport after 19:00 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
807 reviews
7 days
807 reviews
Starts in Sydney
Ends in Sydney
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$682

OzIntro

807 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!

22nd November 2016
Soooo glad I booked this trip!! was the best experience ever! my group were amazing made some amazing life friends and our group leader Ellese was the best! Surfing was so fun and the Base hostel was a great place to stay too.
22nd November 2016
Great first week in Sydney. Really enjoyed all of the trips that we did in and around Sydney. Our leader Ellese was amazing. She helped us with everything and was definately someone we could talk to if we had any troubles. It has helped to get to know people when you first arrive somewhere that you dont know. It is definately good to do if you arrive somewhere new.
22nd November 2016
it was such a amazing experience and so glad i booked it!!!! everyone was so nice and you meet so many lovely people to start your journey with.The activities are so much fun and and you get to do things you would never go and do on your own. you have such a laugh and the hole team are there for you if you feeling upset or just need someone to talk to they will help you out.i would definitely recommend oz into to everyone.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 North America Winner

Length 15 days
143 reviews
15 days
143 reviews
Starts in Jiquilillo
from
$1945

GIVE - Nicaragua

143 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.

1st October 2016
GIVE changed my life. Without having gone on a GIVE trip, I would have negatively impacted the world much more since. The leaders on these trip are extremely experienced and know how to inspire every single volunteer to be a better human being, all while having the most fun two weeks of your life. If everyone were to go on a GIVE trip, the world would be a much better place.
18th August 2016
It may sound a bit cheesy but my experience with GIVE was genuinely beyond words. In my time in Nicaragua I have experienced so much, with every day ending in a deep sense of gratification shared between everyone in the group. From the local community, guides and other volunteers I only ever experienced a compassion and companionship that made me feel at home even when thousands of miles away from all my family and friends in the UK. Accommodation and food was consistently high quality, and there was always plenty of bottled water available. We stayed in two locations, first Monty's Beach lodge in Jiquilillo, then Cool Spot in Little Corn Island. Both were absolutely beautiful with cheerful, friendly staff and good facilities and catering. Travelling during the trip was very well handled by the guides, making it very easy and stress-free for all of the volunteers. The endlessly friendly and fun people I was with made even sitting in a coach or plane a good time that flew by. From start to finish this trip exceeded my already high expectations, and I am so glad to have taken the leap and gone for it instead of staying home in my comfort zone. I spent a long time deciding whether I was independent and confident enough to be able to go on this excursion, and if you are feeling the same I can't urge you enough to do it. The work you would be doing really makes a difference, on the communities in Nicaragua, Thailand and Tanzania, and very noticeably on yourself. I cannot explain through text how amazing this trip was, you have to go out there and find out for yourself.
17th August 2016
Going into my trip I didn't have any expectations because I had no idea what to expect. But if I had expectations the trip would have exceeded all of them. The places we stayed were amazing. We had nice bathrooms and beds and the people at all of them were super nice. Our guides Sammie, Joel, and Teresa were amazing people. If you were sick they would help you however they could and could talk to you about anything. They all want you have the best experience you can and really care about everyone. Being in Nicaragua really changed my life. I was able to see how global warming really effected people and will always remember that from now on. If I could I would go back on the Nicaragua trip because it was the best experience of my life.
* The Most Amazing Tour in South America was not awarded in 2013
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