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World Expeditions

Headquarters in Australia
OVERALL RATING
4.5/5 - Excellent
TOURS
537
AGE RANGE
10-99
RESPONSE RATE
96%
RESPONSE TIME
2d
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Highlights

  • Leading adventure travel company
  • Recognised for responsible tourism initiatives
  • Supported by recognised professional adventurers
  • All inclusive pricing

Awards & Recognitions

Tour of the Year Nature

World Expeditions Guides

54 World Expeditions Reviews

Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Average
7%
Rather Poor
2%
Bad
0%
Accommodation
4.5 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
4.5 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  • WK
    Summits of Ecuador
    4.0 - Good
    Written on April 17, 2017
    The guides were very helpful, and have good overall knowledge.. Everything was done according to the schedule.
  • EA
    Backroads of Japan
    3.0 - Average
    Written on February 1, 2017
    My husband and I went on the World Expiditions Back Roads of Japan Tour last year, and were extremely dis…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Emily, We are sorry that you were not satisfied by our detailed response to you and gesture of goodwill. The Backroads of Japan trip has been very popular with our clients over the past 15 years or so that we have operated the trip. As you have been advised we are no longer working with this guide and have put in place procedures to ensure this situation never happens again. Thank you for your feedback and we sincerely apologise once again. The Asia ops Team
  •  reviewer 3
    Backroads of Japan
    2.0 - Rather poor
    Written on February 1, 2017
    This was our first trip with World Expeditions and also our first trip to Japan. We were very surprised t…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Tony, We can assure you that your feedback was treated with the utmost concern as evidenced in our lengthy response to you and our gesture of goodwill which you accepted. We have successfully operated the Backroads of Japan trip for more than 15 years and it was of great concern to us that your guide was not suitable. Once again we sincerely apologise for the affect the guide had on your experience in Japan. The Asia Ops team
  • MB
    Rajasthan Explorer
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 17, 2017
    I used World Expéditions for a customise tour of India. From the day I booked to …
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  •  reviewer 5
    Vietnam by Bike
    4.0 - Good
    Written on January 4, 2017
    The guide was excellent. Tm was really great , very knowledgeable and fun. The trip was very well organized and well staffed. The accommodations were fine as we…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thanks for your thoughtful review Marta. We avoid 'touristy' restaurants for most meals but there are times when they are the best available. We appreciate your itinerary suggestions. World Expeditions was the first company to offer commercial cycling trips in Vietnam and since we began operating there the country has undergone widespread development. We have modified our itineraries to ensure that we keep on the backroads as much as possible, providing that real insight into rural communities. Of course being on a bike allows you to really immerse in the country which we can see you enjoyed. Thanks again Marta and we look forward to welcoming you again on another World Expeditions adventures. The Asia Ops Team
  • LY
    Backroads of Japan
    3.0 - Average
    Written on November 23, 2016
    I would call it is an experience holiday. The World expedition brochure did not indicate the length of journey we had to w…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you Loreta for providing your valuable feedback. Our trip notes offer information regarding the hours you will likely be walking but not the kms because in mountain environments the time it takes is usually a better guide than the distance. The Backroads of Japan trip has been operated by us for more than 15 years and people aged from 14 to 84 have experienced the diversity of this walking journey in Japan. So whilst we agree that providing more details on the distances walked is a reasonable suggestion, we don't agree that the age limit should be restricted to 50. We hope you will join us for another experience holiday. All the best from the Asia Ops Team
  • JH
    Gobi Desert Explorer
    2.5 - Average
    Written on November 16, 2016
    I spent a great deal of money on a trip to Mongolia with World Expeditions. I signed up for a trip to the Gobi Desert with this tour…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear J HIll, Thank you for your feedback regarding the Gobi Desert Explorer. We were of course very concerned to read that the trip did not meet with your expectations. By way of background, we have been operating our trips in Mongolia for more than a decade very successfully and consistently with positive client feedback. We are therefore very surprised to read about your experiences on this trip. We can assure you that the matter has been thoroughly investigated and addressed with our partners in Mongolia, detecting that the quality of guiding was not up to our normal standard. By way of explanation, Mongolia is experiencing a mining and energy boom that coincides with a significant spike in tourism numbers. From a human resources point of view, the industries are competing for qualified and quality personnel. A detailed response has been sent to you directly and we hope this illustrates our focus on addressing all feedback, both positive and negative, in the appropriate manner. Sincerely - Sarah Higgins | Asia Operations Manager
  • LD
    Bhutan Thimphu Festival & Trek
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 17, 2016
    My recent trip to Bhutan was great! The guide was on time and wonderful---very informative. One thing I really appreciated was the fact that the animals carryin…
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  • L
    Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 9, 2016
    Loved this trek. Everyone from lead guide, Sherpas, porters, and cooks. Mahabir (Bir) lead Sherpa was incredible. Recommend lead guide training for him!! Will d…
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  • LL
    Everest Circuit & the Cho La
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on April 24, 2016
    This trek was everything and more than I expected and also taught me lot about humanity. I am much richer for having dug deep to do this trek and highly recomm…
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About World Expeditions

World Expeditions is one of the pioneers of the adventure holidays travel industry. Starting in Nepal in 1975, the company now offers small group adventures to all seven continents, with a variety of activities on offer including trekking, rafting, cycling, mountaineering, wildlife safaris and more! Widely recognized for ground breaking Responsible Tourism initiatives, their award winning Community Project Travel Program helps to improve the living conditions of some of the world’s most remote communities. With the support of some of the world's most experienced and respected adventurers, including mountaineers Peter Hillary and Tim Macartney-Snape working with us as specialist guides, World Expeditions’ has helped shape the adventure travel industry standards since its inception almost four decades ago. Their all-inclusive, no hidden extras pricing policy combined with longer, creative itineraries and the use of quality ground services attracts people who have high expectations of their travel experiences. Whether you’re looking for an active trip to a bucket-list destination, or a cultural exploration of some of the world’s gems, there’s an adventure waiting for you.

World Expeditions videos

  • Vietnam Part 1
  • Canada
  • Nepal
  • Walls of Jerusalem
  • Cradle Mountain
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  • The Evolution of Adventure Travel
  • Annapurna Views and Vistas
  • Franklin River Rafting
  • Trekking in the Everest Region with World Expeditions
  • Visit Myanmar
  • Desert Rivers and Wildlife in Comfort
  • Costa Rica Adventures
  • Permanent Campsites In Nepal
  • Nepal Porter Protection
  • Masterchef in Nepal
  • Responsible Travel with World Expeditions
  • Responsible Travel - 10 pieces Litter Collection
  • Rwanda Gorilla Adventure
  • My Sri Lanka - Peter Kuruvita
  • The Overland Track
  • Mongolia In the Footsteps of the Nomad with Tim Cope
  • The Silk Road with World Expeditions and Maria Visconti
  • Bike, Hike & Kayak Vietnam with Australian Geographic Outdoor
  • Everest Base Camp & Island Peak
  • Galapagos Islands on Beluga
  • Jatbula Trail
  • Trip around North Vietnam with World Expeditions
  • Cradle Mountain National Park walks
  • Cycle Sri lanka
  • Hi Chi Minh to Angkor Wat Cycle Tour
  • South Coast Track trek: Tasmania
  • Sensory Overload - Vietnam By Bike
  • Nat Geo Adventure on tour with World Expeditions to Machu Picchu
  • Walk the Larapinta Trail
  • Trekking in the Indian Himalaya with World Expeditions
  • National Geographic Channel discovers Kyoto and Izu with World Expeditions
  • Why Raft Tasmania's Franklin River?
  • Mt Wellington (1271m) cycle descent, Hobart
  • Kakadu Walking Adventure with World Expeditions
  • Nat Geo Adventure discovers Nepal with World Expeditions
  • Trekking in the Annapurnas
  • Alternative Treks to Classic Inca Trail
  • Ethiopia Simien Highlands
  • On The Rocks with Monique and Simon
  • Cycle across Prince Edward Island
  • Inca Rivers Trek - Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
  • Trekking the Larapinta Trail
  • Jewels Of The Arctic with World Expeditions
  • Discovers Tokyo with World Expeditions
  • Bruny Island Long Weekend
  • Chomolhari Base Camp and Tigers Nest Trek
  • Walk Tasmania's Overland Track
  • WORLD TRAVELLER CAMBODIA
  • World Expeditions & Antarctic Peninsula
  • Iceland: The Ultimate Travel Guide
  • Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide
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  • Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru with World Expeditions
  • Trek the Great Himalaya Trail with World Expeditions
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Vietnam Part 1

Why Travel With World Expeditions?

Leaders in Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel practice is at the heart of every program we offer around the world. Over decades we’ve honed our responsible travel philosophy and the initiatives we have in place around the world to ensure we minimise our impact and leave behind positive impressions. When you book one of our adventures you’re supporting a program that is committed to safety and sustainability.

Innovative Multi Active Itineraries

We’re always looking to provide new and unique experiences to get you off the well-trodden tourist trails. One of the best ways to do that is by joining one of our superb multi activity adventures. Whether you enjoy cycling, hiking, kayaking or all of the above, travelling under your own steam is an incredibly rewarding way to explore the hidden gems of the world.

Great Value

Quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. We include bikes on our cycle adventures with back up vehicles in case you want to hang up your gloves for the day, kayaks to enable you to paddle to scenic spots, many meals and atmospheric accommodation. Quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. Having essential items like meals, sightseeing and national park fees included in the trip cost allows you to better budget for your big adventure and eliminates the risk of having to carry large sums of money around with you on your journey.

Create Your Own Adventure

With World Expeditions, your adventure can take any form you desire. We love to use our 40 years of experience arranging adventures on the subcontinent to create outstanding custom itineraries just for you. Whether it’s for individuals, couples, families or special interest groups, we know the region and can help you get the most out of your experience.

Expert Guides

It’s our expert guides in the field guides make your international experiences so special. They’re a passionate group of tourism professionals with extensive knowledge covering the long and varied history of the region, the tapestry of cultures that occupy the land, the best walking trails and most authentic restaurants to eat at. In a nutshell, our expert guides are the difference between a good and an excellent adventure.

World Firsts by World Expeditions

Himalaya

We proudly pioneered the first ever trekking trip to Tibet (1991) Developed trails in Nepal and the Indian Himalaya that had never before been used commercially, Piloted the first commercial opportunity to walk The Great Himalaya Trail (2010)

Asia

Pioneered the first commercial cycle trip in China (1978) and also in Vietnam (1990), Offered the first trek along Japan’s Omine Pilgrimage Trail, Our unique Footsteps of Mongolia itinerary has been awarded one of National Geographic’s Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

Australia

The South Coast Track in Tasmania (1984) The Larapinta Trail (1995), Hinchinbrook Island kayaking (1987) The first land-based travel around the Northern Territory’s Garma Festival (1999).

Central America

Commercial traverse of Costa Rica. Our unique Costa Rica Traverse crosses the country by foot, bike, raft and kayak and received global acclaim by being recognised as Outside Magazine’s Central America Trip of the Year in 2006.

South America

Pioneered the first commercial Inca Rivers Trek in Peru (2004), Great Patagonia Traverse (2012), through untouched National Parks in Chile and Argentina; The Venezuela Lost World trek (2001), amongst the great Tepui Mountains and spectacular Angel Falls.

India

Pioneered the first ever cycling and camel trek adventures in India (1978), A sailing trip down the Ganges River. We’ve developed trails that had never before been used commercially, including a traverse from Kashmir to Ladakh through Zanskar (1983) One of the first companies to offer cycling adventures around Sri Lanka.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • How often is a trip cancelled?

    Because our group sizes are small, about 95% of our trips operate – so the chances of trip you are going on are very high!

  • What is included in my adventure holiday?

    Unlike other cheaper tour providers, we aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in our tour costs to minimise your out of pocket expenses while you are on tour. This could include meals, national park fees, permits etc. This minimises the risk of carrying around large sums of cash while overseas, and means there are no unsuspected additional expenses while on the road. Please ensure you read our trip notes prior to leaving for exact inclusions.

  • What about the food?

    There’s nothing more satisfying after a hard day of trekking or cycling than sitting down with a hearty meal at the end of the day, so we ensure that our meals are tasty, varied and have plenty of fresh ingredients! You can expect a combination of local and European dishes cooked under a high standard of hygiene. We also cater for vegetarians and dietary requirements and ensure meals are filling and delicious!

  • What about environmental impact?

    We at World Expeditions hold a firm belief that adventure travel revolves around creating a strong working relationship within the environments we operate and the people we interact with. On our trips, we encourage all travellers to familiarise themselves with our Responsible Tourism Guide before you depart on your trip. We are a strong supporter of the 10 Pieces initiative which encourages travellers to take 10 pieces of rubbish every day while trekking, leaving the environment in a better condition than when we arrived.

  • Where do we stay?

    We carefully select the accommodation you stay in on our trips to ensure it reflects the local character. While staying in cities, hotel rooms are on a twin share basis with private facilities. Remote communities, however, have more simple yet clean rooms with basic facilities. When in the field, you can expect the best possible camping experience complete with two person tents, toilet tent and a mess tent for dining together.

  • How safe is it?

    We are proud to say that safety is our number one priority, and our staff continually review every aspect of your adventure. Our expert guides are fully conversant with the demands of travelling in remote regions.

  • What level of comfort can I expect?

    On our trekking adventures we camp in comfort and style using the best equipment. Meals are cooked for you while our staff prepare the campsites while you sit back and relax. The same level of comfort is provided on our cycling and sea kayak adventures. Our staff ensure that your day to day needs are taken care of, and while on your trip you travel in comfortable private vehicles and local hotels (when not camping).

  • How fit do I have to be for an adventure travel holiday?

    All trips with World Expeditions are graded from an introductory to advanced mountaineering grading system, and each grading has a different physical requirement for the trip. While we recommend that anyone joining on an adventure should have a reasonable level of health and fitness, it is essential that you read the detailed trip notes and training advice for some of the intermediate and advanced trips to ensure you are able to complete the trip safely.

  • Am I suited to small group travel?

    If you have not been on a small group trip before, rest assured that World Expeditions trips are very flexible and allow you to do your own thing within the framework of the itinerary. The maximum group size on World Expeditions trips is 16 people – an ideal size for for minimal impact travel and small enough to be able to form lasting friendships with your fellow travellers.