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Anon“I travelled with Madventure in South America and it totally lived up to and exceeded my expectations. The crew went out of their way to ensure everything ran as smoothly as possible, obviously there are challenging times, unexpected changes and breakdowns ...“

Madventure

Madventure

4.4/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Abingdon, England
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AGE RANGE
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We are an overland adventure tour company specialising in a few unique expeditions such as London to Sydney Overland, Alaska to Brazil Overland, Silk Road & Central Asia Tours. Iceland Overland and Trans-Africa Expeditions. Madventure tours are unique, challengi...

We are an overland adventure tour company specialising in a few unique expeditions such as London to Sydney Overland, Alaska to Brazil Overland, Silk Road & Central Asia Tours. Iceland Overland and Trans-Africa Expeditions. Madventure tours are unique, challenging and life-changing so if you are looking for a true adventure then we definitely have an expedition for you. You only live once – go mad!

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32 Madventure Reviews

Excellent
78%
Good
3%
Average
9%
Rather Poor
6%
Bad
3%
Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
4.5 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  • D
    London to Sydney Overland Adventure Tour
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 1, 2018
    Firstly, this trip is not for everyone and by no stretch of the imagination is it an easy way to travel. However having said that, if you love adventure and are…
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  •  reviewer 2
    Iceland Overland
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 11, 2018
    My husband and I just returned from a two weeks overlanding trip to Iceland. Even though the weather was really bad Madventure gave us a fabulous experience for…
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  • M
    Alaska to Panama Overland Tour
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 19, 2018
    I recently finished Madventure's Alaska to Panama tour & cannot recommend them highly enough. This was my 3rd tour with Madventure having done 2 different rout…
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  • A
    Alaska to Brazil Overland Adventure
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 6, 2018
    I travelled with Madventure in South America and it totally lived up to and exceeded my expectations. The crew went out of their way to ensure everything ran as…
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  •  reviewer 5
    Silk Road Overland Tour
    2.5 - Average
    Written on February 6, 2018
    The countries we visited were amazing,the tour guide was not knowledgeable nor polite , she was always swearing with a bad language at the driver “her boyfriend…
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    Madventure commented on this review
    Hi Rania, You were not issued a visa for Iran so with out a valid visa you were not able to enter Iran by land, it is as simple as that. As we were not issued a permit to enter Thailand with the vehicle due to recent foreign vehicle restrictions they have imposed we continued the trip on local transport through South East Asia, as we state can happen on our website, and as per our baggage restrictions, you were not able to travel with the 4 large bags you had with you (we restrict the baggage to one main bag per person and state that everyone must be able to carry all of their own baggage in case we have to use local transport). You were informed of all of this in writing prior to joining the tour and no amount of abuse to the tour leader was going to change the fact that you had too much luggage and could not carry this yourself. Aside from this, after receiving several written complaints from your fellow passengers early in the tour about your abusive behaviour towards them and the local people (complete with a video of you abusing our local Turkmenistan guide because you refused to pay the $2 entrance fee to an ancient heritage site and proceeded to sneak in and take photos of the site even though taking photos was strictly forbidden, therefore placing the entire group at risk) and after receiving a complaint from our Turkmenistan travel agency that your abusive behaviour was extremely disrespectful and they no longer wished to work with us if we continued to bring people like you, I issued you a 'final warning letter' explaining the various reasons that your behaviour was not acceptable and why and that if it continued then you would be asked to leave (again as we state on the website). After receiving even more complaints from your fellow passengers stating that your behaviour had in fact worsened you were asked to leave the expedition. I realise this is upsetting for you but the tour leader was acting on my behalf, as I informed you at the time. Again, as we state on the website, our 'tour leaders' are not a 'tour guides' and you knew this before joining. Besides all this I am glad you at least enjoyed all the countries we took you to. Regards, Karen
  • A
    London to Sydney Overland Adventure Tour
    2.5 - Average
    Written on January 9, 2018
    I would not recommend this company to anyone, however with recent changes (new staff) it may have improved. This years trip seems to have been smoothe sailing w…
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    Madventure commented on this review
    Hi. I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your 2016 trip overall and I understand your frustration at missing certain countries. Unfortunately on your trip in 2016 we could not gain access into Tibet as they had introduced new laws and even though we had a permit they still refused to give us access. This had a knock-on effect which meant we could not then visit Nepal or India as the only way to get there was through Tibet. Subsequently we had to put the extra time into China, Myanmar and Southeast Asia. We do stress throughout our website that things can and will go wrong on a trip of this magnitude and unfortunately on your trip Tibet was the problem. Like you say, the 2017 trip were allowed access to Tibet so did not encounter these problems. I am sorry you had these problems in 2016, some things are simply out of our control and when a situation like that happens we have to re-route and make a viable alternative itinerary that suits the majority of the group. Regarding your crew, I am sorry to hear you did not get along with them and found them abrupt. The job of the crew can be stressful at times and they do have to deal with many issues on a daily basis as well as many different personalities aboard the truck. The crew you are referring to are actually no longer with us and the new crew are doing very well so the current trips are all running successfully. Besides the problems you encountered I am really glad to hear you made some life-long friends and loved the places and experiences along the way. I wish you happy travels in the future. Best regards, Will
  • DJ
    Alaska to Panama Overland Tour
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 3, 2017
    Seen lots of stunning places, the truck was very well equipped, and we had the best driver ever! Lots off travelling, but if you like this kind off travelling:…
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    Madventure commented on this review
    Thanks Didi, will be good to see you in Central Asia in 2018 ;-) Bye for now, William
  • A
    Istanbul to Kathmandu Overland Tour
    1.5 - Rather poor
    Written on July 13, 2017
    TERRIBLE. Would never recommend this company to anyone. Lucky for everyone they are apparently done after 2017 season. I booked them due to the itinerary- the …
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    Madventure commented on this review
    Dear 'Anonymous', I am sorry you did not enjoy your expedition with us. To address your issues, as we clearly state on the website, when borders are closed, we have to re route, it's unfortunate but part and parcel of an expedition of this nature and we inform everyone of the possibility of this prior to joining. You extended your current tour with us on a leg that did not run due to border closure which is why you were refunded, had you have booked on the entire trip you would not have been. If the trip needs to re route then we do so to continue on and no refunds are given for any countries that are missed as we have always clearly stated. We advertise and run our trips as expeditions, not guaranteed day to day run tours. The electrics on your truck did experience some issues, as they often do at some stage on all long expeditions and were fixed by your crew as soon as it was possible, this to us, is just part of life on an overland truck in remote countries. We do not actually advertise having an on board fridge on our expedition vehicles so I am unsure why you are complaining about not having one? Some of our vehicles do and others don't and even if they do have one, they can be quite temperamental which is why we we carry cooler boxes for fresh food storage as 'the old way' is the most reliable, if you had trouble with your electrics it would stand to reason this would effect the fridge. Your crew are not tour guides and again, we make this very clear in the 'Nitty-Gritty' section of our website. It's a shame you chose to mention this now, a year after your expedition ended, if we had of received a complaint from you regarding your crew while you were actually on the trip we could have addressed it at the time. The driver you mentioned, the same driver who drove you safely (and at times under extreme conditions) the entire way, had worked for us for 7 years without complaint. If he offended you with his language at times when he was under pressure then I can only apologise. Again, I am sorry they did not feel the need to talk to you outside of a working environment but they sometimes need a rest and a break from it all in the little down time they have. That crew, by coincidence, no longer work for us and we have new crew running the trips now. And, no you are completely incorrect, we are still continuing to run tours as usual. Best regards, William
  • D
    London to Sydney Overland Adventure Tour
    1.0 - Bad
    Written on May 11, 2017
    This is not a tour company , it's a con job , a scam , it has changed its name numerous times to hide killer bad reviews , they stole my money don't let them st…
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    Madventure commented on this review
    In 2015 we had to ask you to leave the trip due to your violent behaviour towards one of your fellow passengers. It was unfortunate that this incident occurred 4 months into your trip but the safety of the group comes first and in these instances we have to take the appropriate action as per our T&C's. I can understand that you are upset and have written many negative reviews about us on various platforms but in the future can you please stick to the actual facts and refrain from simply making things up as it is not a true reflection of what occurred on your tour. Best regards, William
  • RF
    London to Sydney Overland Adventure Tour
    3.0 - Average
    Written on January 22, 2017
    Enough has been said by others about the different trips. However, one point I would like to make that I just found recently that would be important for future…
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    Madventure commented on this review
    In 2013 relations between Iran and USA were not good, so the Iranian government were not issuing Authority Numbers to USA citizens so no Americans could apply for an Iran visa. Whether you applied in USA, Turkey or anywhere else in the world did not matter, they were not issuing Iran visas to American tourists. So that year we advised all US citizens before departure that they would not be able to visit Iran with us, so the suggestion that you did not know about the Iran visa situation prior to departure is simply not true. I am not sure why you chose not to visit Pakistan with us because that was a possibility, but many people chose not to do Pakistan with us in 2013 as they were concerned about the political situation there at the time. Since 2014 relations between USA and Iran have improved and all our American clients have obtained the Iranian visa in Turkey. We always give clear and current visa information to all our clients prior to departure and all the visa information is clearly laid out on our website. Obviously things can change when we are actually on the road but prior to departure everyone is always informed as much as possible. I am sorry you could not visit Iran with us in 2013 but it was not due to any fault of ours. No Americans could have obtained the Iran visa anywhere that year. Best regards, William

About Madventure

We are an overland adventure tour company specialising in a few unique expeditions such as London to Sydney Overland, Alaska to Brazil Overland, Silk Road & Central Asia Tours. Iceland Overland and Trans-Africa Expeditions. Madventure tours are unique, challenging and life-changing so if you are looking for a true adventure then we definitely have an expedition for you. You only live once – go mad!

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