Cultural Tours & Trips 2020

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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South American Odyssey

SmarTours
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16 days
$ 262 / day
$ 4,199
From : $ 5,669
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • San Cristobal Hill (Santiago)
  • Picturesque Bariloche
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Tango Show (Buenos Aires)
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Rio)
  • Copacabana (Rio)
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Varas, Rio de Janeiro, San Cristobal, Santiago, Valparaiso, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
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Majestic Peru

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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15 days
$ 230 / day
$ 2,764
From : $ 4,250
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Opt to trek the 1-Day Inca Trail, an excellent option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full four days
  • The giant desert inscriptions of the Nazca Lines are one of Peru's great unsolved mysteries. Scrutinise them up close on a viewing platform or from a bird's-eye-view on an optional flight
  • Cusco is a great city to explore on foot. Enter a bygone era as you explore the ancient Incan ruins dotted all over the city
  • A trip through Peru wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour around the ruins as well as plenty of free time to discover it on your own
  • Spend a full day exploring the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and Taquile Island, with the chance to meet the local Uru people
Visits:
Arequipa, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Inca Trail, Urubamba, Peru
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Japan's Cultural Treasures

14 days
$ 343 / day
$ 4,795
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit the seventh-century Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • The trip to Hakone, located about 50 miles west of Tokyo. 
  • Hakone is beloved by the Japanese for its hot-spring resorts, mountains, lakes, and historical sites
  • Visit Hamamatsuya, a workshop specializing in wooden handcrafts.
  • Visit one of the many houses of Kanazawa where the samurai—Japan's famed class of noble warriors—once lived
  • Visit the history and culture of Gokayama
  • Enjoy a traditional dance performance


Visits:
Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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Cultural Contrasts - Through the North Atlantic t ...

11 days
$ 196 / day
$ 2,151
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • On board lectures by our Expedition team on destinations and wildlife along the route
  • Excursions to cities, cultural and historical places
  • Prolong you stay in Casablanca after disembarkation
Visits:
Amsterdam, Casablanca, Santiago de Compostela, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
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Southern Charm Holiday

Collette
Preferred
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6 days
$ 328 / day
$ 1,969
From : $ 2,422
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner of regional specialties in Savannah.
  • Savor a festive holiday dinner at the Jekyll Island Club.
  • Explore the 19th-century Andrew Low House and Gardens.
  • Drive through enchanting James Island County Park, decorated with over 500,000 lights.
  • Get to know Charleston's cobblestoned streets, historic homes and restored buildings.
  • Enjoy a holiday-themed trolley tour of Savannah's sprawling Historic District.
  • Experience a guided tour of the Jekyll Island Club, beautifully decorated for the season.
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Exploring the Alpine Countries with Oberammergau ...

Collette
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13 days
$ 396 / day
$ 5,149
From : $ 6,333
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
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  • Enjoy a lovely cruise along the Danube River.
  • Make a stop at the impressive Benedictine Melk Abbey.
  • Come to know Vienna and its incredible Schoenbrunn Palace.
  • Experience the powerful Oberammergau Passion Play, a once-in-a-lifetime event.
  • Discover the fascinating city of Munich and its world-famous Glockenspiel.
  • Explore the many splendors of Salzburg during a leisurely paced walking tour.
Visits:
Lucerne, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Zermatt
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Sunny Portugal Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve

Collette
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10 days
$ 167 / day
$ 1,669
From : $ 2,053
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience local cuisine and wine and immerse yourself in the moving sounds of Fado.
  • Indulge in a tasting of the Alentejo region's wines during a winery tour.
  • Spend the night in the heart of the Alentejo region among vineyards and farmland.
  • Stop in historic Evora, known as the "Museum City of Portugal."
  • Venture to Lagos, where Prince Henry the Navigator began his explorations.
  • Spend three nights on the sunny coast of the Algarve.
  • Stay three nights at a coastal resort on the Portuguese Riviera.
  • Tour Lisbon, Portugal's capital that overlooks the Tagus River.
Visits:
Algarve, Lisbon, Portugal
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Spectacular South Africa Culture & Nature in ...

Collette
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13 days
$ 261 / day
$ 3,399
From : $ 3,689
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Join locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern.
  • Experience an unforgettable African “Boma” dinner.
  • Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees in Knysna.
  • Visit one of the oldest working ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of South Africa – and learn about these fascinating animals.
  • Experience a thrilling cable car ride rising more than 3,000 feet.
  • Learn the local beat with a lesson on the djembe drums.
  • Search for the “Big 5” on an open-air safari game drive!
  • Marvel at the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains.
  • Behold the luxurious mansions of Soweto — South West Township.
Visits:
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Soweto, South Africa
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Countryside of the Emerald Isle

Collette
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10 days
$ 295 / day
$ 2,949
From : $ 3,504
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a welcome reception in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Put a modern twist on Irish cuisine during a cooking class at a premier culinary institution in Dublin.
  • Enjoy Diner’s Choice in Ireland’s gourmet capital of Kinsale.
  • Explore the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
  • Overnight on the enchanting Aran Islands and jump head-first into Irish culture.
  • Enjoy an after-hours private tour of Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Spend a day exploring the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Cruise beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher.
  • Watch the sunrise over Inisheer’s maze of stone walls.
Visits:
Dublin, Ireland
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Austrian Delight with Oberammergau Passion Play

Collette
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10 days
$ 335 / day
$ 3,349
From : $ 4,119
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
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  • Enjoy 3 nights in the imperial city of Innsbruck and the musical city of Salzburg.
  • Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century.
  • Explore historic Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Mozart, and location of the beloved film The Sound of Music.
  • Experience the powerful Oberammergau Passion Play, a once-in-a-lifetime event.
  • Travel to Bavaria and view Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty.
  • Visit Marienplatz, Munich’s historic town square and home to the world-famous Glockenspiel.
Visits:
Bavaria, Innsbruck, Munich, Salzburg
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Kingdoms of Southeast Asia Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Collette
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14 days
$ 186 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 3,197
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Sample famous Vietnamese dishes on a walking food tour.
  • Savor some of Hanoi’s finest food during dinner inside a restored French Colonial-style mansion.
  • Take part in a private blessing ceremony and meet the monks of a local monastery.
  • Journey to the famous Pak Ou Caves, the home of hundreds of Buddhas.
  • See the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground Viet Cong passageways.
  • Explore incredible Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious structure.
  • Board a private boat for a cruise down the Mekong River.
  • Take in Vietnam’s stunning landscapes and pagodas on a day trip to Ninh Binh Province.
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap
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Brazil's carnival celebrations: Rio de Janeiro &a ...

Audley Travel
Preferred
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10 days
$ 3,721
From : $ 5,023
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Visits:
Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 505 / day
$ 7,569
From : $ 8,695
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Master two of South America’s classics, ceviche and pisco sours, at an interactive cooking class.
  • Indulge at a farm-to-table meal in a local community.
  • Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Wind through the Andes to Machu Picchu in a domed train.
  • Stand tall in the “Middle of the World” at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum.
  • Embark on a 5-day cruise of the Galápagos Islands with a naturalist guide.
  • Explore the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Be awestruck by giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Lima, Quito
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Classic Panama tour

Audley Travel
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14 days
$ 5,281
From : $ 7,129
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Visits:
Bocas Del Toro, Panama City, Panama
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Alaska & Yukon Explorer

Audley Travel
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21 days
$ 6,915
From : $ 9,335
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Visits:
Alaska, Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Valdez, Whitehorse, Yukon, United States
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Top Cultural Experiences and Attractions

Top Cultural Experiences

Visiting ancient temples such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom in Cambodia

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Visiting archaeological sites and museum collection in Greece to learn about ancient Greek culture

Discovering monuments of Roman Empire in Italy

Visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Watching the monks chant prayers in Taktsang Palphug Monastery also knows as “Tigers Nest,” in Bhutan

 

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Cultural Trip Reviews

27,514 Cultural Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 20,221
Great 5,926
Average 924
Disappointing 237
Terrible 206
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
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Great Introduction to Lake Titicaca

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Although it was just a short trip down to Puno and Lake Titicaca, it was a great way to see the area and visit some of the islands.

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Operator Active Adventures

Serendipity in Travel

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

An unexpected tour hiccup pushed me onto the Chinchilla in a serendipitous turn of events that allowed me to discover the beauty and wonders of Lake Titicaca and the Uyuni Salt Flats. Whilst my original intent was to do the Inca Trail, the Chinchilla was not a lesser alternative, as all the usual bells and whistles of an Active trip were still in abundance, plus the bonus of the spectacular sights I saw instead. (I did manage to do an abbreviated Inca trail on my own, with Rainbow Mountain thrown in. Which led to this epiphany: the Jaguar and Chinchilla would make an incredible combination.) That said, I did find the Chinchilla less strenuous than the Jaguar (as described), and would have wanted a little more Active with the Adventure. In part, this was because the supplemental tour guides may not have gotten the memo, and failed to incorporate certain activities that were advertised (e.g., the hike to the highest point on Taquile Island didn't happen). There is a fair amount of travelling involved, shuttling from Cusco to Puno to Copacabana to La Paz, which could have been a factor, but I would have been perfectly happy to start earlier, as well, if it allowed for more activities.

Or in some instances, tweak the itinerary. I was underwhelmed by the visit to Isla de la Luna, as we spent considerably more time travelling on the boat, than on the island itself, and the ruins were not particularly interesting or impressive. I wonder if a visit to Isla del Sol would have been better, despite being overrun by tourists. Maybe from a cultural perspective?

And maybe a little less time in Copacabana. The climb up and the view from Calvary Hill redeemed this stop for me, but other than this, there wasn't much in terms of cultural interest. The scene by the lake shore was busy and frenetic, but the water was too cold for me to venture in.

Nevertheless, the trip was incredible. I was impressed and awed by the beauty of Peru and Bolivia. I tried to stay awake during the long drives because the scenery, from the mountains to Lake Titicaca, were almost always spectacular. And don't get me started on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Beyond words. And the Luna Salada Hotel was simply amazing. I couldn't believe we were staying there.

As with Active trips, the food is usually an attraction in itself, moreso in Peru. The restaurants in Cusco and Puno were stellar. But also dominated by tourists. I was always itching for the opportunity to try more authentic local cuisine in establishments that are popular with the residents. The smaller group size for this trip afforded us the opportunity to go off the tourist track on a number of occasions, which led to wonderful discoveries, as well. The chicharron I had in Puno was the best I had in South America, and the fast food chicken (Pollo Copacabana in La Paz) that our driver in Uyuni recommended was flavorful and delicious. Perhaps that's an option you may want to include in your future tours. Other travellers may not be as adventurous, but I would welcome alternatives if offered, even if it was on my own.

Finally, the guides. Wilson did an excellent job of shepherding our small group around, even if he was under the weather. He was quick to respond to our questions, as well as to accommodate our requests. He managed the logistics seamlessly, and provided guidance and direction, especially on what foods to try.

And a special shout out to Israel Villaroel and Juvenal of Sande Andino. They made the trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats truly spectacular. They knew the territory well, and brought us to the best spots for photographs or to admire the view, especially at sunset. Our day at the salt flats was hands down, the best of the whole trip.

All in all, another amazing trip.

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Operator Active Adventures

So they hit me with that... yeah I still hurt

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Yeah so like many people I was going to France when the pandemic hit. The trip was canceled only got half of the money back. When we went to look at the insurance and contract information which was online; it could no longer be found. They closed our account before we had made a decision which means we had no access to any information including billing... we had no access to the money we payed. There first offer gave most students no money back... for a $5000 trip $1000 is not enough. I saved up my own money and I felt hurt it was all going to waste because they didn’t want to give peoples there money. They gave us low ball offers and tried to push us roll over the trip with the school. The problem was this was most students senior year and they would not be at the school anymore. I know a lot of people where excited for this trip and devastated that we could not go. But the refunds they tried giving ruined mine and my friends love for traveling. They really were not willing to work with us and made a uncertain time even more bleak. I would never travel with this company nor let anyone I know travel with them.

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Operator ACIS

Our Guide was awesome. John did an amazing job

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I took my 80 year old Dad and he bragged about it every day till he passed 5/2020. It was the best thing I have ever done. Wish I could do it again with him.

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Operator CIE Tours

Beware!! Unethical refund policies for cancelled trips.

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

My daughter’s France trip was cancelled due to COVID. Told we could roll over to a new trip in 2021. My daughter is not comfortable traveling nor do we as her parents feel it will be safe so we cancelled. We were told $650 of the almost $4,000 paid was non refundable. We were told this was due to the many expenses they already incurred. Maybe ACIS needs to rethink their business plan or at least it seems like they are the ones that need insurance to cover these expenses they said they incurred and weren’t refunded. Instead they are keeping the money of many hard working families. Money paid for an experience our children NEVER received. So sorry I ever agreed to this trip and will NEVER consider another tour from this company for any of my children. These companies should not be allowed to practice business in this manner. Shameful.

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Operator ACIS

Refund? What refund?

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

When I signed my daughter up to go to France (in 2021) I was told that I would get a full refund as long as the trip was cancelled before 65 days prior to the departure date. With everything that has happened with the pandemic, it just isn’t feasible for my family to spend this amount of money.

Acis has responded that the cancellation fee is $350, AND it would only be a travel voucher for another date. (From the acis site- Given the uncertainties that may exist around international travel in the year ahead, we’re making an exception to our standard cancellation policies. We’ve extended our most generous cancellation/refund amounts that are usually in place until 130 days before departure all the way until 65 days before departure.“

Guess we won’t use this system again.

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Operator ACIS

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