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DanielWritten on January 5th, 2021Great tour you really do get to experience the best of Costa Rica.World Expeditions commented on this reviewthanks for your feedback, Daniel!
Easter IslandWritten on January 31st, 2020Loved Easter Island and tours were good. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative. Amazing sights and history. Had some concerns in dealing with World Exped…Read moreWorld Expeditions commented on this reviewDear Gwen, We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your trip with us and rated it four stars, but disappointed to hear that the room arrangement did not correspond with your reservation. Our sincere apologies, we would like to provide you with a refund of the hotel night that we could not change to twin occupancy as a result of this oversight. We will coordinate the credit with the Tour Radar team. We appreciate your patience while we were investigating your comments about the assistance you received with transportation to a medical facility to receive shots from an incident on your previous trip. We understand that transport was provided at the end of your first day, we are sorry to hear that this was not offered upon your arrival on Easter Island. We have held detailed correspondence with the our team in Easter Island to ensure smoother communication in future and have taken your comments on board with the view to improve our journey for future travellers where required. Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. Sincerely, World Expeditions
Laos by BikeWritten on January 21st, 2020Attentive guides. Flexible and accommodating. Mostly good quality hotels and guesthouses. Overall a great adventure for 3 hardy females - including 1 over 65 an…Read moreWorld Expeditions commented on this reviewThank you Fieldma for sharing your feedback. We are pleased that you have enjoyed your cycling adventure in Laos with your friends.
Cycling Coastal ThailandWritten on January 4th, 2020My friend and I had a brilliant time and the trip was very enjoyable. The standard of accommodation, food and also the bus were top notch. The two guide and the…Read moreWorld Expeditions commented on this reviewDear Angela, Many thanks for your feedback. Firstly we are very pleased to hear that you had a brilliant trip to Thailand and fully agree that it is a fascinating, culturally rich and beautiful country. As per our discussions by email we investigated fully the bike sizing issue. In respect to the bike allocation we agree that a 15 inch frame is on a small side for someone of 5’5”. That said a 15 inch bike could have been acceptable, had it been fully adjustable and for this, we wish to apologise. We accept that a 20 inch bike is probably on the large size, although at the time this was the only other option available. Additionally we would have expected a spare bike to have been taken on the trip, but this was not provided due to availability and space on the support vehicles. Therefore as a goodwill gesture, we would like to offer you a full refund of the bike hire. Going forward we shall be taking more direct control over our customer’s bikes to be sure that this doesn’t happen again and where a cyclist is borderline, we’ll be proactive to discuss requirements and ensure all our riders will be more comfortable. For Yvonne, we feel that a 15 inch bike is the correct size for her, so unfortunately we do not feel that a refund is justified. We are also updating our information, to remove the mention of front suspension with the Hybrid bikes on this tour. For this particular tour, a mountain bike is not necessary and having a front suspension on a hybrid bike is not overly necessary either. We very much hope the above gesture of goodwill compensates you and shall be taking extra care in future. Thank you for travelling with us and I sincerely hope you will consider joining us again in the future. Gordon at World Expeditions
Cuba by BikeWritten on November 27th, 2019Recommend tour. Gives insight into historical events and chance to spend quality time with Cuban people.World Expeditions commented on this reviewThanks for your feedback, Cheryl.
AmandaWritten on November 22nd, 2019Really interesting tour of Madagascar’s north east region. Amazing countryside, beautiful vistas, interesting villages, and of course the lemurs. Madagascar in …Read moreWorld Expeditions commented on this reviewThank you for joining us in Madagascar. We are pleased that you enjoyed the tour to this little-visited part of Madagascar. From time to time, due to lack of room availability, hotels may be substituted to those of a similar or better standard. This is the reason why our trip literature mentions the accommodation as being - “Overnight Hotel Palmarium or Bush House Hotel or similar.” The Bush House Hotel is more highly rated as it has a superior beachfront location. We have noted your comments about the Perieras Reserve and seeing chameleons in cages. This reserve is very popular and well known, as it is where many travellers can see and photograph many endemic chameleons and butterflies that they may not have the opportunity to see whilst in Madagascar. Nonetheless, we agree that it is better to view animals in the wild, and we have now removed this reserve from our program. We are pleased to hear that overall you graded the trip 4 out of 5 and thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts following the trip.
Cuba by BikeWritten on November 17th, 2019Cuba is an historic place frozen in time. Island is beautiful, lush and tropical. Once you get outside of Havana you can meet the people and see the true Cuba. …Read more
Elaine TingWritten on October 30th, 2019Itinerary was good, which is one reason I had booked this tour. Transportation: Given the state of the roads, I recommend that World Expeditions invest in some…Read moreWorld Expeditions commented on this reviewThank you for joining us in Madagascar. We are pleased that you enjoyed the tour to this little-visited part of Madagascar. From time to time, due to lack of room availability, hotels may be substituted to those of a similar or better standard. This is the reason why our trip literature mentions the accommodation as being - “Overnight Hotel Palmarium or Bush House Hotel or similar.” The Bush House Hotel is more highly rated as it has a superior beachfront location. We have noted your comments about the Perieras Reserve and seeing chameleons in cages. This reserve is very popular and well known, as it is where many travellers can see and photograph many endemic chameleons and butterflies that they may not have the opportunity to see whilst in Madagascar. Nonetheless, we agree that it is better to view animals in the wild, and we have now removed this reserve from our program. We are pleased to hear that overall you graded the trip 4 out of 5 and thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts following the trip.
Best of JordanWritten on October 27th, 2019Wissam is amazing and made our trip all the more enjoyable.World Expeditions commented on this reviewWe'll be sure to pass on your comments to Wissam, thank you for sharing them.
DawnWritten on October 12th, 2019Great tour and fantastic animal viewing.World Expeditions commented on this reviewthanks for sharing your comments and images!
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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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Our COVID-19 Safety Measures
What we're doing to keep you safe
The safety of our travellers has always been our number one concern. We have developed a robust operating protocol that builds on its original safety and risk mitigation strategy to bring in new measures around COVID-19 when trips can resume.
We have completed assessments to follow physical distancing measures and health and hygiene principles, submitted our COVID-19 Safety Plan to each respective state government, as well as obtained COVID CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
Our COVID-19 Safety Plan that is registered with the Northern Territory Government (ref number: COVID19-CHK-4948) has been submitted and we have completed COVID-19 risk registers for all of our operating bases. All guides have been trained on additional cleaning and hygiene measures and in field protocols that have been developed in conjunction with our medical consultant Dr Ross.
The following safety measures will be implemented on the Australia & New Zealand trips operated by us.
- A risk assessment and minimising plan in the company's greater operational risk assessment and mitigation plan.
- A pre-departure questionnaire for participants to complete with specific COVID-19 questions around whether they have travelled overseas within the last 2 months, have complied with any quarantine requirements, and disclosures if they have contracted and recovered from the virus or been in direct contact with any person/s whom has been confirmed with coronavirus.
- A response plan developed by the company's medical advisor in the event that a participant presents with coronavirus-like symptoms during a trip.
- On arrival for the tour, mandatory temperature testing.
- Issuing all clients with a face mask for mandatory use while travelling in vehicles.
- If a passenger is showing symptoms, activation of the response plan provided by our medical advisor and immediate isolation from the group.
- Liaison with local medical authorities.
- High levels of monitoring and reporting with possible removal from trip as required.
- Compliance with the local authority in relation to maximum group size.
- The utilisation of company vehicles only where high controls over deep cleaning can be executed and logs of such activity recorded.
- All participants, including guides, must wear a face mask when travelling in vehicles.
- Any participant presenting with virus symptoms may not travel in vehicle at the same time as other non-symptomatic participants.
- Stringent hand washing/sanitisation before, during and after, food preparation.
- Guides to prepare and serve all food. Passengers not to touch group utensils.
- Participants are never to assist with cooking.
- Participants to use the same camp utensils throughout the entire trip.
- All surfaces to be wiped down twice daily with disinfectant products.
- All participants who are not travelling as a couple to be issued their own swags.
- Sheets and pillowcases to be washed between every trip and deep clean treatment of swags occur after each departure.
- Maintain social distancing procedures on the trail.
- Toilets to be deep cleaned every day.
- Clients to be issued with their own toileting kits.
Guides & Staff
- Vigilant monitoring of staff health - guides who have shown symptoms will not be leading trips.
- Guides will be trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed by the company's medical advisor in the event that a participant presents with coronavirus-like symptoms during a trip.
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Questions & Answers
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.
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Our team of experienced tour specialists have travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and have decades of first-hand travel experience to share. Contact us now to have all of your tour-related questions answered!