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World Expeditions

World Expeditions

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AGE RANGE
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  • Leading adventure travel company
  • Recognised for responsible tourism initiatives
  • Supported by recognised professional adventurers
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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, mountaine...

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.

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204 World Expeditions Reviews

Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Average
5%
Rather Poor
0%
Bad
1%
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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  •  reviewer 1
    Hidden Tribes of Ethiopia
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 14, 2019
    Amazing itinerary and amazing guide, Yishak was great!
  • TJ
    Maldives Dhoni Cruise
    4.0 - Good
    Written on March 5, 2019
    1. There was no orientation of any kind when we boarded the Dhoni. There should have been a safety orientation covering information such as the location of lif…
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  •  reviewer 3
    Beijing to Kathmandu
    3.5 - Good
    Written on February 19, 2019
    I have waited several months before posting this to ensure that I have a clear and objective head. Firstly, we had EXCELLENT guides from the local companies in …
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Mrs. King, Thank you for providing your detailed feedback and for taking the time to discuss your trip with us over the phone. While we are pleased that you have enjoyed your adventure, we are naturally disappointed that you felt that some aspects of your trip preparation were not satisfactory. Your booking come to us via your travel agent, and while our records indicate that all information was sent to your agent to ensure you were kept informed of your forward travel arrangements in a timely manner, we have been, since then, working more closely with our partner agents to improve communications when our travellers choose to book through their local travel agent. We trust that those new procedures will improve the process. We also thank you for being detailed in your provided feedback which has since allowed us to further improve upon our documentation. As recognition that our documents could have explained in a more precise manner that a guide would not accompany the group on the train journey this was acknowledged by us with the appropriate and accepted recompense. We hope that our actions demonstrate that your feedback has been taken seriously and acted upon. It is now our hope that the positive memories of your trip ensue and that you may reconsider your decision to travel with us again. Nathalie Gauthier, NA Manager
  •  reviewer 4
    Red Ape Trail
    1.0 - Bad
    Written on January 12, 2019
    Most expensive camping trip ever! Disappointment non-stop with absolute no animal sighting, dull evenings and the most silent tour guide in this world. Never ag…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Steffi - As many thousands of our travelers each year will attest to, we work extremely hard to provide all our clients with high quality experiences at an affordable price. We therefore cannot agree with your assertion that this is an ‘expensive camping trip’. If you researched similar trips on Tour Radar to Borneo, our trip, when you consider all the inclusions, is one of the more affordable, averaging AU$258 per day. There are some cheaper tours, with less inclusions, however the bulk of tours range from AU$260 to $300 per day, all with basic accommodations. Your tour included all meals freshly prepared, comfortable accommodations for the remote regions you travelled to, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, all national park and sightseeing entrance fees as well as highly trained local guides and local porters who are supplied and paid a fair working wage. As you were situated in the UK, you also benefitted from real time customer service from our London office. Accommodation options are limited. The jungle lodges are not designed to be luxurious, they provide a level of comfort complimentary of their location. The Nanga Sumpa Lodge, where the first two nights are spent, provide en-suite twin-share (not multi-share) rooms comparable to a two star hotel, despite its remote jungle location. This tour is advertised as a challenging rainforest trek, which you chose not to participate in. With regard to wildlife sightings, as we, and all tour companies make clear when dealing with wild animals, sightings are never guaranteed. Typically we welcome constructive feedback from our travellers however on investigating this matter further it appeared you did not understand or appreciate the type of tour you were participating in.
  • MP
    Best of Costa Rica
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 5, 2019
    Transportation was perfect - on time, etc. Park Inn in San Jose was great. Tortuguero guide Alex was amazing; Entire Tortuguero experience was perfect. Arenal…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you for your feedback, Melissa. It’s great to hear that you loved Costa Rica and you enjoyed your trip. We were sorry to read that the hotel Magic Mountain did not meet your expectations. This is not one of our standard properties we use on this trip but due the Christmas and holiday season our standard lodge wasn’t available. And thank you also for your comments on the activities at Arenal Volcano which were booked out when you arrived. We will talk to our local team to prevent this issue in the future. Thank you again for taking the time to provide feedback which will help us to improve the trip for future travellers. The team @ World Expeditions
  • GM
    Vietnam by Bike
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 3, 2019
    Very well planned, everything worked well, only on the day of arrival in Saigon I would skip the visit to the craft beer pub and instead go for a nice and authe…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you, Gabriela, for taking the time to review our Vietnam by Bike trip. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the trip as we worked hard to create an all new itinerary recently and your group was one of the first to ride the new routes. We have taken on board your comments and will consider these carefully for future departures. Please note that our reason for not providing cycling tours in the major cities such as Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is due to the safety aspect of riding in amongst the dense traffic which can be unsafe to navigate by bike. Thank you again and we hope to see you on another of our cycling adventures around the world sometime soon. The team @ World Expeditions
  • GR
    Best of Costa Rica
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on December 31, 2018
    Excellent accommodations except Hotel Bosque in Monteverde. Grounds were beautiful but rooms were old and need updating. Breakfast was late starting and not e…
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  • BK
    Galapagos Islands on Eden
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 27, 2018
    We actually were upgraded to the Beluga - staff were fabulous as was our guide Juan - food excellent and room exceeded expectations. I had some back trouble and…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review, Brenda. We're glad to hear you had a great trip in the Galapagos. Hope your back is feeling better. The team @ World Expeditions
  • PP
    Angkor Wat Extension
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 24, 2018
    This tour was perfect in every way. Our guide and driver were friendly, helpful, and really interested in making our visit a positive experience. The guide kne…
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about this trip. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of the tour and we will be sure to pass on your kind words to our guide and driver. Our guest’s safety is the number one priority for World Expeditions. Please rest assured that Phare, the Cambodian Circus meets international safety standards. To quote Craig Dodge, Director of Sales & Marketing, “Phare takes safety very seriously. The entire operations, technical and customer service teams have regular safety and emergency evacuation training. In addition to the two stairways guests used to enter the big top, the entire stage entrance, which takes up about 1/5 of the entire big top circumference, is also used. There are customer service staff positioned in several spots in the big top who would jump into action if evacuation became necessary. A slide is shown during the introductory slide show that indicates emergency exits.” Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. The team @ World Expeditions
  • CP
    Bhutan Explorer & Jambay Lhakhang Festival
    4.0 - Good
    Written on November 10, 2018
    The tour was great but we were disappointed that the local company changed the accommodation to lower rated properties - it turned out that they had acquired a …
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    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Carol - Thank you for bringing the various issues mentioned to our attention. The accommodation mentioned on our itineraries is subject to change on the basis of availability, having conducted a review of the trip notes we have identified areas where we can better communicate this. Most of the accommodation we utilise in Bhutan is comfortable, clean and where possible traditional three star properties that are locally owned and operated. As a result facilities can at times be basic with items such as kettles and hairdryers not provided. Again we have identified an opportunity, thanks to your feedback, to improve our communication of this aspect of our trips to Bhutan. In relation to the meals you were provided on your trip, catering for some dietary requirements can be challenging for various reasons relating to location and culture of the local people. While we are able to cater for a large number of allergies and intolerances with adequate notice it is sometimes that options remain limited. As we advise in our pre-departure information, while every effort is taken to cater for our customers dietary needs there may be occasions where those with special dietary needs may need to supplement this with their own food. Thank you again for choosing to travel with us and we hope to see you again soon. The team @ World Expeditions

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
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  • Visit Myanmar
  • Desert Rivers and Wildlife in Comfort
  • Costa Rica Adventures
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  • Masterchef in Nepal
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  • Responsible Travel - 10 pieces Litter Collection
  • Rwanda Gorilla Adventure
  • My Sri Lanka - Peter Kuruvita
  • The Overland Track
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  • Hi Chi Minh to Angkor Wat Cycle Tour
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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.

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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