World Expeditions
World Expeditions

World Expeditions

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Headquarters in Sydney, Australia
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AGE RANGE
16-80
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  • Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year | The Travel Awards 2019
  • Recognised for responsible tourism initiatives
  • Supported by recognised professional adventurers
  • High quality services, all inclusive pricing

World Expeditions is a multi-award winning pioneer 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,...

World Expeditions is a multi-award winning pioneer 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 recognised 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. In 2019, they were crowned the Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year by ther peers at The Travel Awards in Sydney. 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.

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234 World Expeditions Reviews

Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Average
5%
Rather Poor
0%
Bad
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Accommodation
4.5 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
4.5 / 5
Guide
5 / 5
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  • GW
    Easter Island
    4.0 - Good
    Written on January 31, 2020
    Loved Easter Island and tours were good. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative. Amazing sights and history. Had some concerns in dealing with World Exped…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear 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
  • FR
    Laos by Bike
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 21, 2020
    Attentive guides. Flexible and accommodating. Mostly good quality hotels and guesthouses. Overall a great adventure for 3 hardy females - including 1 over 65 an…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you Fieldma for sharing your feedback. We are pleased that you have enjoyed your cycling adventure in Laos with your friends.
  • AM
    Cycling Coastal Thailand
    4.0 - Good
    Written on January 4, 2020
    My 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…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear 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
  • CR
    Cuba by Bike
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 27, 2019
    Recommend tour. Gives insight into historical events and chance to spend quality time with Cuban people.
    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback, Cheryl.
  •  reviewer 5
    Culture & Wildlife of Madagascar
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 22, 2019
    Really interesting tour of Madagascar’s north east region. Amazing countryside, beautiful vistas, interesting villages, and of course the lemurs. Madagascar in …
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank 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.
  •  reviewer 6
    Cuba by Bike
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 17, 2019
    Cuba 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. …
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  • EL
    Culture & Wildlife of Madagascar
    3.5 - Good
    Written on October 30, 2019
    Itinerary 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…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank 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.
  • LM
    Best of Jordan
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on October 27, 2019
    Wissam is amazing and made our trip all the more enjoyable.
    World Expeditions commented on this review
    We'll be sure to pass on your comments to Wissam, thank you for sharing them.
  • DB
    Culture & Wildlife of Madagascar
    4.0 - Good
    Written on October 12, 2019
    Great tour and fantastic animal viewing.
    World Expeditions commented on this review
    thanks for sharing your comments and images!
  • PW
    Highlights of Mexico
    4.0 - Good
    Written on October 7, 2019
    We loved and absorbed everything we saw and would do it again in a heartbeat. Mexico is stunning. The Sites/Pyramids are breathtaking. There were aspects of the…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Peter, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Mexico and fully agree that it is a fascinating beautiful country. Thank you for your feedback on the timing of breakfast, lunch and dinner and we are sorry to hear that you felt that information in this regard could have been more comprehensive. It is a challenge to find the right balance between the limited time that travellers have in the country and the important places and sights to visit along the way. We appreciate that one or two days are fully packed with only short lunch stops and not a lot of free time. For this reason we have included two nights at the end of the trip in a beach resort to round off the itinerary. We will continue to finesse the program and we have reiterated the importance of daily briefings.Thank you once again for taking the time to send us feedback on your Mexico trip. Heike at World Expeditions

About World Expeditions

World Expeditions is a multi-award winning pioneer 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 recognised 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. In 2019, they were crowned the Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year by ther peers at The Travel Awards in Sydney. 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
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Bruny Island Long Weekend
  • Chomolhari Base Camp and Tigers Nest Trek
  • Walk Tasmania's Overland Track
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  • Iceland: The Ultimate Travel Guide
  • Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide
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  • Benefits of Eco Camping V Tea Houses in Nepal
  • 7 Reasons Why We Include Meals On Nepal Treks
  • TourRadar presents Bali's Beaches & Islands
  • TourRadar presents Tegallalang Rice Terrace
  • TourRadar presents Ganga Aarti at Varanasi
  • TourRadar presents Aït Benhaddou
  • TourRadar presents The Imperial Cities
  • TourRadar presents Cycling Through Hoi An
  • TourRadar presents Ella to Kandy by Train
  • TourRadar presents Sigiriya Rock
  • TourRadar presents Chiang Mai
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.

World Expeditions Ships

  • Pandaw II
    Pandaw II
    Built in 2001, the RV Pandaw II is the oldest self-built ship in Pandaw’s fleet of excellent river cruise vessels. Featuring just t… Read more
  • RV Mekong Pandaw*
    RV Mekong Pandaw*
    Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2013, the RV Mekong Pandaw is one of the most beautiful river cruise vessels to glide on Vietnam’s… Read more
  • Eden Yacht
    Eden Yacht
    This sleek motor vessel was custom-built in 1996 for Galapagos cruising, and completely refurbished in 2010. Eden's elegant interior… Read more
    Built
    1996 (re-built 2002)
    Guests
    16
    Crew
    8 + guide
    Length
    25.40m
    Electricity
    220/110 volt. AC, 2x20 kw KOHLER
    Beam
    6.10 m
    Cruising Speed
    9 knots
    Engines
    2 Detroit diesel
    Draft
    2.46 m
  • Stella Australis
    Stella Australis
    The Stella Australis offers tourists a relaxed stay, while providing breathtaking sights from the decks. For the best in Chile travel choo… Read more
    Built
    2010
    Guests
    210
    Suites
    100
  • Beluga
    Beluga
    Built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1968 and refurbished in 1986, the Beluga is a sturdy and reliable First Class Superior motor yacht. Her spa… Read more
    Built
    1968 refurbished in 1986
    Guests
    16
    Crew
    8 + guide
    Length
    110ft
    Suites
    8
    Beam
    23ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Engines
    Twin Scania engines model DI12M
  • ERIC & LETTY
    ERIC & LETTY
    Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these superior first-class, sister yachts accommodate twenty guests each and feature three decks… Read more
    Built
    1991
    Guests
    20
    Crew
    9 + 2 naturalist guides
    Length
    83ft
    Staterooms
    10
    Gross Tonnage
    240
    Electricity
    (2) 402 HP Caterpillar
    Beam
    24ft
    Cruising Speed
    10 knots
    Generators
    (2) Perkins 90 Kw Generators.
    Engines
    (2) 402 Hp Caterpillar
    Draft
    6ft
  • MV Origin
    MV Origin
    Origin will combine modern sophistication and a high level of comfort and service, with quality guided land excursions in small groups, ga… Read more
    Staterooms
    10
    Beam
    27ft
    Built
    2016
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Guests
    20
    Engines
    454HP at 1800RPM
    Length
    142ft
    Staterooms
    10
    Beam
    27ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Engines
    454HP at 1800RPM
  • MV Odyssey
    MV Odyssey
    The MV Odyssey is a really popular Kimberley cruise vessel. She sleeps a maximum of 20 guests on all Kimberley boat cruises. There are si… Read more
    Built
    2006
    Guests
    20
    Staterooms
    10

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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.

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