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Exodus Travels Premier

Exodus Travels

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4.7 • Excellent
Total Trips 516 Trips
Average Price $ 312 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator

Cycling the Cape and Winelands

The cycling was varied and included some very picturesque and rewarding rides; the trip was well managed and included some diverse activities. It was also great fun, as the 2 guides were excellent
5.0 • Steve Wakely

Happy to book again with exodus

Happy to book again with exodus, your travel arranger was very helpful with trying all possible routes for a regional flight from Glasgow to Dobbiaco!
5.0 • Jane Smithers
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Exodus - Kerela and Tropical India Cycle Tour

Exodus and its staff provided me with the experience of a lifetime during my visit to India. The tour guide, Sheker was exceptional as were his support staff, Dipen and Franklin. If you want to immerse yourself in Indian culture and see the many different aspects associated with it, then this trip is a must.
5.0 • Young
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With over 47 years of experience with small group adventure travel, Exodus specializes in active cultural, walking & trekking, cycling and responsible wildlife tours. They offer more than 600 itineraries across more than 100 countries. Adventure can take the form of serious and active adventures --  which may involve adrenaline-producing, off-the-beaten-path roughing-it trips to the most remote areas of the world -- or food and wine, premium (five-star), family, or cultural adventures to iconic destinations, which involve more comforts and amenities. What Makes Exodus Stand Out? Booking flexibility Award Winning Tailor made adventures Responsible tourism Expert guides with extensive past experience Exodus understands that new difficulty that comes with traveling during the coronavirus. They are dedicated to offering flexible services so travelers can book with confidence. Travelers can feel safe when planning their next trip with Exodus’s promised refund guarantee, Covid-19 refund commitment and 21-day no fee flexibility. The refund guarantee means that travelers will be refunded if they have to cancel for any reason. This also includes cancellations due to the coronavirus. Travelers can also transfer their trip for free up to 21 days before departure. Creating great and adventurous trips is the top priority for Exodus. They offer many pre-planned tours, but they also work with travelers to add or change existing itineraries or even create one from scratch. This allows travelers to create the perfect trip that fits their travel style, schedule and budget. Exodus is also dedicated to responsible travel in all of their tours. They strive to improve life for the planet, places and people they visit. Instead of meeting the base guidelines for eco-friendly travel, Exodus seeks more ways to leave a positive impact with their trips. This includes economic empowerment for local communities, reducing waste wherever possible and making lower carbon choices for their adventures. Each trip is led by a knowledgeable guide who has extensive past experience which adds benefits to any trip. Before working with Exodus, many guides were professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists as well as mountain bike gurus. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Exodus? All ages Active travelers Outdoor and nature enthusiasts Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between 35-65 years of age. However, any age traveler is welcome. Exodus creates great packages and tours for families as well as fully customized trips created from scratch. The Exodus traveler is very active, loves being adventurous, and will be less invested in luxury accommodations or a lot of museum time. You are game for anything, love the travel experience of getting to know a new destination through outdoor adventure, and learning about the culture from local guides and experts. These trips are great for those who already have a base level of physical fitness, and enjoy meeting new physical challenges. Exodus provides physical fitness guides to show how much training you should expect to do prior to departure. Top Destinations Exodus leads 600 + trips spanning all seven continents. From African safaris, to walking and wine in Italy and France to the sun-drenched Croatian coast, to trekking Patagonia, wildlife cruises in the Galapagos and cycling in Vietnam, Exodus has built out their global presence and has active adventures in nearly any destination a traveler could desire. Exodus Travel Style Exodus tours are designed for the active and adventurous traveler. This means that most tours include activities such as walking, cycling and safaris. However, for travelers who enjoy cultural and culinary, there are tours and activities for you as well. Exodus offers cultural trips based around food, festivals or family to name a few. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty from level 1-10, attracting casual cyclists and hikers as well as enthusiasts looking to really push their physical limits.  Travelers can choose from guided groups, private groups, self guided tours or solo traveling. Within each travel style, Exodus offers all the same activities from cycling to wildlife and provides the top itineraries for that specific style to help travelers find what’s best for them. Most accommodations are charming and locally run with 2-3 star ratings. There are some premium departures available as well as unique accommodation experiences whenever possible. Exodus travelers don’t mind the lower level of luxury as the experience and destination is the highest priority. Why Choose a Tour With Exodus? If you love experiencing a new destination whether that’s through the culture, unique wildlife or beautiful outdoors through active and adventurous activities, then Exodus is perfect for you. You love that sense of discovery, of challenging yourself and want to travel responsibly. Exodus offers great tours already fully packaged, but for the traveler that likes more control over their perfect trip, they offer customizable trips. Travelers get to choose not only the destination but each activity they will partake in to perfectly match their travel style and budget.
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Intrepid Travel Premier

Intrepid Travel

#1 Pick of 57 Ethiopia Tour Companies

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4.6 • Excellent
Total Trips 1,029 Trips
Average Price $ 314 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 13 – 13 days
Trip Prices $ 2,580 – $ 2,580
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Ethiopia 23 Tours in Ethiopia

Avoid Intrepid

Many recent reviews are pointing to a sharp decline in quality and service with Intrepid. My recent experience echoes all that has been mentioned. They are appalling at responding to serious concerns. I have countless auto responses from its laughingly useless and lazy customer service department. Their financial management is a joke. They couldn't find my payment despite my twice providing traces from my bank. They are pathetic liars about not just the money. They lied about their failure to send me any information about my upcoming trip, how they omitted me from the group email circulation. They lied about anyone including a 'senior manager' trying to phone me. Even the length of the trip is a con with first day being nothing more than a brief meeting at 1800. The last 'day' being breakfast at the hotel with not a sight or sound of the Rep. Intrepid is a dishonest mess. They are now purely concerned with making money. Do not use this company. They are terrible and there are many better (and safer) providers out there.
1.0 • Mary

We joined the Intrepid “Real Italy Food…

We joined the Intrepid “Real Italy Food Tour” and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our tour guide, Micol, was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of good information. It seems Micol knew many of the staff of the venues we visited, including the pasta making class we attended. Our group of 11 travelers was extremely compatible, which greatly added to the fun and enjoyment.
5.0 • Mike Lau
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Central Asia Explorer

This was my third trip with Intrepid, and I'll continue to plan future trips with them. I choose Intrepid to travel to parts of the world where I don't feel comfortable traveling alone, and the experience is always memorable. Intrepid provides experiences that would be difficult for a traveler to do on their own. The most recent trip I did was to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and it was a fantastic experience.
5.0 • Audrey Tavares
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Incredible Ethiopia
Incredible Ethiopia Trip Style: Small group tour
  Intrepid Travel - Quick Facts Founded in 1989 No Single Supplement (rare exceptions) Small Groups: max 16 on most trips (10 max during Covid-19) Average Age: 48 Travel Style: Cultural immersion, adventure, overland, sustainable, and active Accommodation Style: Camping, Hostels, 3 /4 star hotels, locally owned Average Tour Price: $2,377 Top Regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, South America Other Brands: Peregrine Commonly compared with G Adventures » Intrepid Travel is all about ‘real life experiences.’ With a name meaning fearless and adventurous, Intrepid offers nothing less than big travel adventures -- such as an 11-day hike through Papua New Guinea. However, Intrepid is broad-based enough to offer varied experiences such as food tours in Greece, complete with a visit to a Kalamata olive grove. What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out? Responsible travel Industry experts Authentic experiences Small groups Intrepid believes that with great travel experiences comes great responsibility. They are focused on responsible tourism which includes not only treading lightly but also making a positive impact on the destinations they send travelers to. As a Certified B Corp since 2018, Intrepid donates to grass root projects around the world, are a carbon-neutral business and are committed to animal welfare. Travelers can rest assured when they travel with Intrepid because they will be in the hands of industry experts. Intrepid partners with local leaders to be guides for travelers. This gives travelers first hand experiences from someone who knows the area well. Above all else, Intrepid strives to get its travelers off the beaten path and under the surface of the local culture. To accomplish this, group sizes are small, maximum of 16 on most trips. This allows for more use of local transportation and lodging, along with fostering cultural immersion. Intrepid also employs local English-speaking leaders who act more as a resource for local exploration than do typical ‘guides,’ shepherding groups from one place to another.  Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Intrepid Travel? All ages All types of travelers Cultural enthusiasts Intrepid is one of the early pioneers of the “adventure”-style guided trip. Despite its informal beginnings and emphasis on younger, highly adventurous travelers, Intrepid has expanded to a global company with a broad range of trips to fit all ages. Intrepid divides its small-group trips into three separate styles of travel, all priced accordingly. “Basix,” for budget travelers, keep inclusions to a minimum and offer plenty of free time. “Original” journeys offer more included activities and hotels, while “Comfort” trips offer luxury experiences that include the highest level of included activities and standards of accommodation, as well as roomier vehicles. No matter what kind of traveler you are, there is a style right for your specific desires. The age range on Intrepid tours varies widely from tour to tour, and they are welcoming to all ages. The only exception to this are their 18-29 themed tours which are specifically for that age group.  Intrepid travelers have  a real sense of adventure - whether this means hard adventure, or simply going deeper off the beaten path. Interacting with locals is an important factor when you travel, as is gaining a unique cultural perspective. A sense of fun is also essential, whether it means going out at night with your tour mates, trying new foods, or exploring the local markets. Which is better? Intrepid Travel or G Adventures? Commonly compared, both G Adventures and Intrepid Travel specialize in culturally immersive and off-the-beaten-path experiences. They are top companies to consider if you enjoy local & authetic travel and value having lots of free time during the itinerary. See our ultimate guide to decide which is right for you: Intrepid vs G Adventures, full comparison » Top Destinations Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic, adventurous, and immersive style. Today Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 different experiences in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Regions with the most trips include Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe. Does Intrepid Travel include flights? While all your internal transportation is taken care of, often utilizing traditiona local methods such as tuk-tuks in Thailand, international flights to and from your home and the tour destination are not included. Their travel specialists can recommend where to look for flights however. Intrepid Travel Style Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by felucca in Egypt or in a tuk-tuk on the best Thailand tour of your life. Accommodations, which could range from guesthouses to home stays, are also locally owned, allowing a more authentic taste of the region while contributing to the local economy. There are a few broad travel styles to choose from when deciding on an Intrepid tour: 1. Basix - Budget travelers who don’t mind, and in fact prefer, simple accommodations - camping and homestays with basic amenities, and crave a lot of free time for exploring independently will love these tours. Public transportation is used exclusively so pack light! These trips often attract a younger crowd who love the idea of throwing a backpack on, keep plenty of room for the unexpected in their schedule, and allocate their travel funds towards spontaneous bus tickets and street food instead of museum tours and 5 star restaurants. 2. Original - These trips take the backpacker spirit of local immersion, incorporating all the benefits that come with going with a planned itinerary. This style is called “Original” because it’s the type of travel that put Intrepid on the map...pun intended. Accommodations are still simple and budget minded - often homestays are used to give you a true sense of place, personality, and culture. Mostly public transportation is used. 3. Comfort - Intrepid is known for the active adventure style of travel and these trips keep that mentality, with a few more creature comforts thrown into the mix. You can expect higher luxury accommodations that include a wider variety of included amenities, transportation is mostly private, though you can still expect to use some public transport, as is the Intrepid way. More meals are included in the trip price, and more group activities - which means a bit less free time to explore on your own. Why Choose a Tour With Intrepid Travel? Intrepid is a good tour company if you don’t mind foregoing some creature comforts for a truly authentic, local experience. If you enjoy meeting locals when traveling, sampling new and exciting foods, and traveling in mixed-aged groups of 10-16 people, Intrepid could be a good fit for you. It’s important to note, sometimes “ample free time” can be a blessing and a curse. It sounds great on paper, but if you’re looking to maximize your dollar and your vacation time, be sure you understand the implications of having a lot of free time during your itinerary. For some travelers this is an absolute requirement, but for others it can be tough to branch off and explore independently - you also need to make sure you allocate enough travel money for independent meals. The tour leaders are great resources of information for how to spend your free time, but if you like having a full day scheduled from breakfast to dinner, Intrepid may not be the best company for you. Lastly, if sustainable and responsible travel is important to you, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, and has a very strong emphasis on responsible travel. So you can feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers, vendors, and communities that you’ll meet along the way. Is Intrepid Travel Safe? Yes, Intrepid is a very safe company to travel with and they take the safety of their tour goers very seriously. In response to Covid-19, Intrepid has reduced their group size to an average of 10 people. Their guides have been fully trained on new sanitation requirements and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. They have also implemented flexible booking options.  General Covid-19 Travel News Some countries are beginning to reopen to international visitors, with entry restrictions, while others have remained closed.  Keep checking back regularly to keep up to date with the frequently changing situation of the coronavirus. 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SITA World Tours

SITA World Tours

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4.8 • Excellent
Total Trips 589 Trips
Average Price $ 393 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 12 days
Trip Prices $ 5,945 – $ 5,945
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Ethiopia 3 Tours in Ethiopia

Had a wonderful trip

I want to let you know that we had a wonderful trip and that your planning and arrangements were just perfect. We were VERY satisfied with your services and with everyone involved in our tour.
5.0 • Nelson M.

This adventure is a childhood dream come true

Amongst the packing, weighing, and pondering I want to extend my sincere appreciation to you for all of your support. This adventure is a childhood dream come true, the likes of which, is equally foreign to me. It is difficult to admit, but six months ago I didn't even know what cargo pants were. I know the "foreign" part has, at times, left me anxious, confused, and frustrated. And yet, your steady guidance has remained consistent and I am immensely grateful to you for that. You never made me feel as if my questions were irrelevant ...... OMGosh thank you so much for that Natalie. You are a credit to your profession and I am grateful you have guided me through this process.
5.0 • Nancy H.
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I really loved the tours

South Africa is all by itself a magical place. When combined with people in the tourist industry who are competent, friendly and knowledgeable, a visit there can be very special. And ours was very special indeed...I really loved the tours that your company put together; they were really very well balanced.
5.0 • Liberty Church Group
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Splendors Of Africa 12 Days
Splendors Of Africa 12 Days Trip Style: Private guided tour
Ethiopian Experience -  Radisson Blu
Ethiopian Experience - Radisson Blu Trip Style: Private guided tour
Splendors Of Africa 12 Days
Splendors Of Africa 12 Days Trip Style: Private guided tour
What Makes Them Stand Out? With over 80 years of experience and tour guide specialists that provide excellent customer service, SITA World Tours is a well-developed tour operator for remote and beautiful destinations. SITA offers group travel in different shapes and sizes including tailor-made tours for small groups and those who may have specific requests. Who Travels With Them? While it depends on destinations, the demographic tends to be adults between 50-70 years old or honeymooners who are going on a private trip. SITA World Tours can accommodate trips with only two individuals though the majority of the tours consist of 15-30 persons. The price range varies anywhere between $500-$8000 per person, depending on trip style.  Where Do They Operate? SITA World Tours has many destinations all over the world from Asia and the Middle East to Europe, Australia, South America and more. Travel style varies from luxury trains, women only trips, and cruise extensions.  Why Travel With Them? SITA World Tours has destinations all over the world and a very flexible customized program. They pay close attention to detail, ensuring each individuals needs and requests are catered to, and offer a wide range of trip types and styles. Commonly Searched Together: Compare SITA World Tours with these other tour companies SITA World Tours vs Peregrine
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Peregrine Adventures Preferred

Peregrine Adventures

#11 Pick of 57 Ethiopia Tour Companies

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4.7 • Excellent
Total Trips 13 Trips
Average Price $ 396 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Ethiopia 5 Tours in Ethiopia

Expect I'm not the only one

they are 'fair weather friends' I did not receive so much as an email advising of changes in the cancellation policy, discovered when I contacted them to cancel. I now receive automated emails/msgs as I attempt to work through this. The email states I may contact them on 31 July to discuss the matter!....4 months away. I'm absolutely stunned by how shoddy this outfit is....who knew?! Out of pocket $4000. Expect I'm not the only one.
1.0 • Jane

Highly Recommended

Currently experiencing “Cruising the Thai Islands” with Peregrine and I am loving everything! The local knowledge and immersive experiences are second to none and our guides are extraordinary
5.0 • Bec
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Highly Recommended

Currently experiencing “Cruising the Thai Islands” with Peregrine and I am loving everything! The local knowledge and immersive experiences are second to none and our guides are extraordinary
5.0 • Bec
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With Peregrine Adventures, ‘anywhere is possible.’ Based in Australia, Peregrine has led small-group, ‘soft’ adventure-style trips worldwide for over 30 years. It was one of the first operators to employ local leaders, a practice that is now widespread in guided travel. What Makes Them Stand Out? While considering itself an adventure travel company, Peregrine promises to “smooth down the bumps and rough edges.” In short, it’s more about soft adventure with added comforts than roughing it. Group sizes are kept small, with no more than 16 travelers per trip. Its philosophy is that while “seeing the famous sites is a must, it’s those memories of wandering through a little village or sharing dinner with a local family that leave a lasting impression.” The small-group aspect allows for more time to absorb the nature of the places visited, and to make a minimal environmental impact on them as well. Who Travels With Them? While Peregrine is a global company, many of its travelers originate from Australia and New Zealand. However, their groups can be geographically diverse, with most travelers 50+ years of age. Where Do They Operate? Peregrine offers a wide variety of exciting global destinations, with 200 trips across 80 countries -- spanning from Egypt to Turkey to Canada trips! The company is perhaps best known for its Himalayan trekking excursions to far-flung destinations including Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. It was a pioneer in high-altitude trekking and these trips remain among their most popular today. How Does it Work? Most travel is by private, air-conditioned minibus, but you might find yourself on a houseboat in Kerala, India, a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka, or a mountain lift on the best Switzerland tour you've ever experienced. Lodging and dining is at smaller, locally run hotels and restaurants. You might also dine with locals from time to time, and stay with local families or at campsites as well. Why Travel With Them? Peregrine is a good choice if you’re looking for a bit of a softer landing with respect to transportation and accommodations but still crave an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience. If you’re looking for more individual travel, Peregrine will craft independent journeys, arrange self-guided walking and cycling tours, or arrange private group and tailor-made trips. It’s your choice. Peregrine also helps support various community and conservation projects via its ties with the Intrepid Foundation. Tweets by PeregrineSpirit
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National Geographic Expeditions Preferred

National Geographic Expeditions

#14 Pick of 57 Ethiopia Tour Companies

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3.5 • Average
Total Trips 63 Trips
Average Price $ 714 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 14 – 24 days
Trip Prices $ 7,995 – $ 67,950
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Ethiopia 2 Tours in Ethiopia

Inconsistent information, No Refund

We booked a National Geographic expedition Holland and Belgium by River. The promotional literature promised a 14-day deposit refund window. The “invoice” was marked “non-refundable” deposit. We completed the National Geographic Traveler Information. About 8 days later we received the “Travel Agreement” to be signed. We both approved and signed the National Geographic documents. A Cruise Line Travel agreement was enclosed but had no signature line. This document contained language which was unacceptable. We submitted the signed NatGeo documents. The following day we canceled the trip due to the unacceptable Cruise Line language. Cancellation was made 12 days after booking and no deposit was returned. We were told on the phone that the refund deadline was triggered by the 14 day window OR signatures on the Travel Agreement which ever came first. This was NEW information. To date, we have received NO refund of our $1000. We cancelled our trip within the advertised 14 day window.
2.0 • Engedu

Highly recommend! It was a trip of a lifetime!

We had not had the pleasure of traveling with National Geographic and was not sure what to expect. The trip went beyond what we could have possibly imagined! The staff were attentive and the guides were knowledgeable. There was not a time that we felt unsafe or that our needs were not being met. The trip was very fast paced which allowed us to experience each destination. Their timing was perfect with scheduled excursions and meals. We took the trip in October 2019 and then COVID entered our world and brought our trips to a stand still. I am now planning some trips for this year with hopes of a healthier world to travel!
5.0 • Around The World by Private Jet
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Cancel my trip but no refund

This company canceled my trip due to COVID but failed to refund all money so I am out $1500 for Lindblad portion, and will never travel with NatGeo again. They have lost my trust as a company that puts travelers best interests first.
1.0 • Well traveled
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Ethiopia Photo Expedition
Ethiopia Photo Expedition Trip Style: Group tour
In 1999, National Geographic launched their own tour company component: National Geographic Expeditions. Since then they have expanded to offer trips on all 7 continents in over 60 destinations. Recently they partnered with G Adventures to provide even more variety to their devoted customers. What Makes National Geographic Expeditions Stand Out? Multiple modes of travel Expert guides and photographers After hours and special access to sites With National Geographic, you can travel by small, expedition-style ships; classic train journeys; land tours; active adventures; photo tours; family-oriented trips; or private, independent expeditions based on your desires and budget. Wherever you go with National Geographic, which has been in the tour business for 15 years, you can expect doors to open: entry to research sites, archaeological digs, private homes or special events. Many expeditions are accompanied by a National Geographic expert or expert team who share their knowledge and passion for a region and help make each experience enriching and unforgettable. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With National Geographic Expeditions? Photography enthusiasts All ages Adventurous minded Nature lovers History buffs Life long learners National Geographic is one of those special brands that has managed to successfully straddle the line between “your grandfather loves them” and “your eighteen year old sister loves them”. They cover a wide range of topics, themes, and travel styles, with the educational aspect always prevalent yet not overbearing. If you love feeling like an explorer and an adventurer when you travel, and love learning about the world from experts in a variety of fields, National Geographic is the perfect place for you. This is a company for those who want to dig deeper, like getting the inside story from multiple perspectives - historical, cultural, political, economic, scientific and more. National Geographic trips are great for families, and you can choose a private tour or a family friendly group, where hands on activities will widen your children’s worldview in innumerable special ways. National Geographic trips are also extremely popular with photographers - novice photographers will enjoy their photography-centric tours, while many dedicated hobbyists can be found on their other trip styles as well. If you’re the kind of traveler who sacrifices the space for a pair of shoes in your suitcase for another lens or photography accessory...you’ll be right at home on a trip with National Geographic Expeditions. In the same way that National Geographic magazine has always inspired and furthered conversation and discourse, so too do their trips. The spirit of learning about the world is intertwined in every itinerary, so if you consider yourself a lifelong student, you should definitely consider traveling with National Geographic Expeditions. Top Destinations National Geographic Expeditions go all around the world, and cover almost every travel style imaginable. One might think they have a favoring of the more “exotic” locations but an impressive number of United States and European tours are offered as well as farther reaching destinations. National Geographic Expeditions in the Galapagos are especially popular. Regardless of where you travel, you will be sure to get off the beaten path and discover unique cultural landmarks, meet interesting people, and enjoy a sense of adventure. Small-ship expeditions, done in conjunction with Lindblad Expeditions, can take you to Antarctica, the Galapagos and points beyond. Classic train journeys include the Trans-Siberian and trains through India, Spain, and Switzerland. Active adventures might take you hiking in Bhutan or meeting Berbers in Morocco. Land tours could take you to Tanzania, Peru or the Grand Canyon. National Geographic Expeditions Travel Style The travel style with National Geographic Expeditions has an aura of old fashioned exploration with a modern twist. National Geographic Expeditions is a family friendly outfit, offering a wide range of prices and trip styles. Trips vary from mid range budget to higher. Physical level is usually light to moderate. By virtue of their longstanding presence in the world, National Geographic has a wide reaching global network to lean on for incredibly unique and authentic lodging options, knowledgeable guides, and VIP access to historical and archaeological sites. They have several broad travel styles you can choose from: Land Trips - National Geographic Land Trips are immersive explorations, often covering nature and wilderness points of interest such as national parks. They also dive into ancient cities and cultures, with trips exploring everything from monks in Burmese mountainside temples to the lives of nomadic Mongolian peoples. Most trips are around 11 days and physical level is between light and moderate, with some trips featuring moderately challenging hikes in various altitudes. River Cruises - a relatively new addition, Nat Geo now offers around 7 river cruises in Europe covering the Danube, Rhine, and Douro. Currently they also have 1 river cruise in Asia, along the Irrawaddy. These trips are typically between 7 - 11 days and feature wine tasting, history tours, and very light physical activity. Private Expeditions - If you and your family, significant other, or a few close friends are looking for a more intimate travel experience than a group of strangers, Private Expeditions are a great way to travel. These trips are customizable, and can be crafted to perfectly suit your interests and dates. Photography Trips - National Geographic has consistently featured award winning travel photography. They run regular contests for those inspired by the thousands of groundbreaking and historic photographs taken by journalists and travel photographers around the world. On National Geographic photography trips you can actually learn tricks of the trade from real-world photographers and improve your skills. Train Trips - Travel was revolutionized with the implementation of the railroad, allowing people to travel in what was then a rapid pace from destination to destination. Today this ideal has been flipped on its head, and train travel is a leisurely paced excursion allowing time to relax and appreciate the slower meandering through beautiful countrysides. National Geographic train trips cover the classics, such as the Trans-Siberian railway and the Rocky Mountain railroad. Accommodations are comfortable, around a premium level, with options to upgrade. Active Expeditions - For those who enjoy a bit more of an adrenaline pumping and active travel experience, National Geographic also has trips for you. These trips feature multiple active outings, such as kayaking, hiking, and caving. Expect to explore the outdoors covering unique natural phenomena and gaining insight into how and why the landscape has been shaped the way it has. These trips also feature cultural insights, just to a lesser extent. Family Expeditions - National Geographic is the perfect company to travel with when you have curious and adventurous youngsters eager to see the world. They will learn about other cultures, people, food, nature and wildlife from experts with “cool jobs” that might even inspire lifelong interests and perhaps influence a career. These trips are specifically designed to be hands on, allowing everyone to get involved and learn about how things work. Private Jet Trips - For a luxurious and more lengthy travel experience, nothing beats a Private Jet tour. A dedicated team will be with you, and you’ll experience all the best that National Geographic has to offer from local guides to premiere accommodation. These trips are in a very high budget range, but if it’s in your wheelhouse - it’s a superb way to travel and cover a lot of ground. Journeys - Part of a partnership with G Adventures, these trips are adventurous and immersive small group excursions imbued with the spirit of National Geographic. The best of two top travel worlds! Why Choose a Tour  With National Geographic Expeditions? When you travel with National Geographic you are participating in and contributing to a spectacular legacy. Over the years National Geographic has cultivated a reputation for being about cultural exploration, scientific advancement, and broadening perspectives. Their travel experiences are perfect for anyone wishing to get back to the roots of what adventurous, experiential travel really means and enjoy discovering the world from multiple angles. Really one of the best parts about traveling on a tour with National Geographic Expeditions is the sheer breadth of knowledge, personal and professional experience their guides bring to the table. They help provide richly detailed context, historical information, and dive into the details of local life, by showing and doing as well as explaining. You the traveler will have the true experience of getting to know a place from the inside out. If that wasn’t enough of a reason, proceeds from your trip price go towards supporting National Geographic’s ongoing nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, education, and cultural preservation.
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TCS World Travel

TCS World Travel

#48 Pick of 57 Ethiopia Tour Companies

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Total Trips 1 Trip
Average Price $ 3,520 per day
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Service Level Luxury
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We returned from our 13-day East African Explorer trip two weeks ago. The trip fully met our expectations. Everything was well organized, accommodations and food were excellent, safari drives were great. Our driver/guide in Kenya, Gitonga (aka Anderson) was excellent and enthusiastic. Based on our experience I can confidently say we will book another trip with SITA in the near future.

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Martin N.
January 2022
We returned from our 13-day East African Explorer trip two weeks ago. The trip fully met our expectations. Everything was well organized, accommodations and food were excellent, safari drives were great. Our driver/guide in Kenya, Gitonga (aka Anderson) was excellent and enthusiastic. Based on our experience I can confidently say we will book another trip with SITA in the near future.
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A mostly enjoyable trip. Gebre was a great leader, very knowledgeable of his
country and kept us away from trouble when there had been rioting on the road
to Axum. He also managed not to lose any of his clients during the chaos
surrounding Timkat!
The devotion of the participants in the Timkat festival. Whilst I appreciate
Christine's comments re the locals being "shut out", many tourists would
simply not go if they were prevented from observing the ceremony. I do
however think that that overcrowding during and after the ceremony is an
accident waiting to happen.


Excellent, knowledgeable, efficient, etc etc


don't travel if you are over 5' 9" - seriously the bus was too small and the
group was too big (18 people plus leader, driver and assistant and luggage in
a 23 seater).


I would have liked a bit more physical activity, (maybe not as much as the
Simien Mountain trek!)


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Anonymous
October 2018
A mostly enjoyable trip. Gebre was a great leader, very knowledgeable of his
country and kept us away from trouble when there had been rioting on the road
to Axum. He also managed not to lose any of his clients during the chaos
surrounding Timkat!
The devotion of the participants in the Timkat festival. Whilst I appreciate
Christine's comments re the locals being "shut out", many tourists would
simply not go if they were prevented from observing the ceremony. I do
however think that that overcrowding during and after the ceremony is an
accident waiting to happen.


Excellent, knowledgeable, efficient, etc etc


don't travel if you are over 5' 9" - seriously the bus was too small and the
group was too big (18 people plus leader, driver and assistant and luggage in
a 23 seater).


I would have liked a bit more physical activity, (maybe not as much as the
Simien Mountain trek!)


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Overall a very good trek. Yes, some of the days are a little hard but then it
says that in the trip notes so read them! Great views and wildlife and a,
mostly, great support team and leaders. Only reason I've not given this trek
an "Excellent" rating is due to the group of very annoying scouts that
apparently all trek groups must have whilst in the Simiens. They feel obliged
to walk six inches behind you and interfere frequently when not required.
Some verbal encouragement keeps them out of your hair for a while but they'll
soon forget! Not irritating enough for me to suggest going elsewhere for your
trek, but I'd suggest that both the Brit and local leader brief them to stick
to "scouting" and route finding and that Europeans like our personal space!
(And if we want to run down a 1000m decent then that's just fine even if not
wise!)
Quite a few I guess, seeing the wolves & monkeys/baboons/what-ever-
they-are?, summit day, Suzies favorite view point......


Both where great, Messi, our local guide/leader and Suzi, who I believe has
only just started out with Exodus :-)

Both, having done it all before, solve problems before they occur, have tons
of local knowledge, (plus Suzi has been everywhere so is good source of ideas
for the next trek).


Things have changed since the trip notes were written. Cash is easy to get
until you hit the wilderness and yes, you do need local currency. Snacks
don't need to be brought from UK by the bucket load; firstly you are pretty
well fed including snacks during the day, secondly there is access to
"supermarkets" on route to the park so you can get certain snacks there. Not
the best choice I grant you. You can get you kit washed twice during the
trek, the crew do a good job. And no, there aren't many rivers to wash in!
One basically and a rather nasty one if you wish when you camp for two nights
in a village. Rely on the wet-wipes!


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Anonymous
March 2018
Overall a very good trek. Yes, some of the days are a little hard but then it
says that in the trip notes so read them! Great views and wildlife and a,
mostly, great support team and leaders. Only reason I've not given this trek
an "Excellent" rating is due to the group of very annoying scouts that
apparently all trek groups must have whilst in the Simiens. They feel obliged
to walk six inches behind you and interfere frequently when not required.
Some verbal encouragement keeps them out of your hair for a while but they'll
soon forget! Not irritating enough for me to suggest going elsewhere for your
trek, but I'd suggest that both the Brit and local leader brief them to stick
to "scouting" and route finding and that Europeans like our personal space!
(And if we want to run down a 1000m decent then that's just fine even if not
wise!)
Quite a few I guess, seeing the wolves & monkeys/baboons/what-ever-
they-are?, summit day, Suzies favorite view point......


Both where great, Messi, our local guide/leader and Suzi, who I believe has
only just started out with Exodus :-)

Both, having done it all before, solve problems before they occur, have tons
of local knowledge, (plus Suzi has been everywhere so is good source of ideas
for the next trek).


Things have changed since the trip notes were written. Cash is easy to get
until you hit the wilderness and yes, you do need local currency. Snacks
don't need to be brought from UK by the bucket load; firstly you are pretty
well fed including snacks during the day, secondly there is access to
"supermarkets" on route to the park so you can get certain snacks there. Not
the best choice I grant you. You can get you kit washed twice during the
trek, the crew do a good job. And no, there aren't many rivers to wash in!
One basically and a rather nasty one if you wish when you camp for two nights
in a village. Rely on the wet-wipes!


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Overall it was an excellent trip for those who enjoy exploring history,
current culture, scenery and wild life and who are happy to spend at times
many hours riding in mini buses sometimes over dirt roads.

Welcome from local people was genuine, some begging, some bartering but never
felt under pressure to buy or give money.

Mountain scenery was amazing, historic churches and pre christian sites were
fabulous and with relative few visitors competing for space, views and
photos.

Local food was interesting and European particularly Italian options were
available for those less adventurous.

Tour description of climbs to some of the Rock churches and mountain walks
under-estimated the toughness but were worth the challenge for those who were
fit enough.

Hotels generally pretty good except in Harar and there were more cash
machines available than tour description suggested.

We saw no sign of political unrest although aware of difficulties due to
government cutting off wi-fi as several points in the holiday.
No one highlight.

Walking in the Simien mountains, seeing the monasteries at Lake Tana, seeing
the Stellae at Axum, seeing the castles at Gondar. Attending the camel market
on route to Lalibela. Seeing the Lalibela rock churches.


Both leaders were good, in particular the overall leader who was very
experienced and supported the group throughout the trip.

Young leader in Harar was patient and new local area intimately. Given more
opportunities he could eventually become an overall tour leader.


If you are happy to take each day at a time you will have a wonderful trip.

Debatable if best to travel between Axum and Lalibela by flight or by 12 hour
mini bus ride?


18 in the group was really too large just in terms of the logistics but the
group were all committed to punctuality and mixing so it was manageable.

Ideally groups could be reduced to a max of 14 even if this meant increasing
cost of the holiday.


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Anonymous
February 2018
Overall it was an excellent trip for those who enjoy exploring history,
current culture, scenery and wild life and who are happy to spend at times
many hours riding in mini buses sometimes over dirt roads.

Welcome from local people was genuine, some begging, some bartering but never
felt under pressure to buy or give money.

Mountain scenery was amazing, historic churches and pre christian sites were
fabulous and with relative few visitors competing for space, views and
photos.

Local food was interesting and European particularly Italian options were
available for those less adventurous.

Tour description of climbs to some of the Rock churches and mountain walks
under-estimated the toughness but were worth the challenge for those who were
fit enough.

Hotels generally pretty good except in Harar and there were more cash
machines available than tour description suggested.

We saw no sign of political unrest although aware of difficulties due to
government cutting off wi-fi as several points in the holiday.
No one highlight.

Walking in the Simien mountains, seeing the monasteries at Lake Tana, seeing
the Stellae at Axum, seeing the castles at Gondar. Attending the camel market
on route to Lalibela. Seeing the Lalibela rock churches.


Both leaders were good, in particular the overall leader who was very
experienced and supported the group throughout the trip.

Young leader in Harar was patient and new local area intimately. Given more
opportunities he could eventually become an overall tour leader.


If you are happy to take each day at a time you will have a wonderful trip.

Debatable if best to travel between Axum and Lalibela by flight or by 12 hour
mini bus ride?


18 in the group was really too large just in terms of the logistics but the
group were all committed to punctuality and mixing so it was manageable.

Ideally groups could be reduced to a max of 14 even if this meant increasing
cost of the holiday.


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Kipling wrote of Burma to the effect that it was like no other country you
have seen. Had he visited Ethiopia, and there is no evidence that he did, he
might well have come to a similar conclusion; I did.
Overall we had a very comprehensive insight into the country; taking in the
fabulous and varied scenery, the religious settlements, the wildlife, food,
markets and the way people live.
There was a WOW factor to most days even the 12 hour drive between Mekele and
Lalibela which was punctuated with stops for photos and a visit to a camel
market. We passed through some fabulous scenery at 11,500 feet.
The trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries, the walk amongst baboons in the
Simiens.
The rock churches of Lalibela were just amazing particularly when you
consider when they were done and how.
The mule trek up to Ashatan Maryam.
We were a happy group: everyone got on with everyone else.


Gabre was excellent. A font of knowledge. He was communicative, patient, very
much a people's person.
Not forgetting our bus driver. I don't remember his name, but in addition to
his excellent and safe driving skills ( he took the bus to places I would
think twice about in a 4x4 ) he was similarly cheerful and communicative.


Get your visa either before you set off: the queues were long an slow.
Do your homework. Read up as much as you can before you go on the various
rock churches and other places of interest, you may find it difficult to
absorb so much new information. I did and was glad I did.
Take home some coffee.


It was a great and memorable trip.


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Anonymous
February 2018
Kipling wrote of Burma to the effect that it was like no other country you
have seen. Had he visited Ethiopia, and there is no evidence that he did, he
might well have come to a similar conclusion; I did.
Overall we had a very comprehensive insight into the country; taking in the
fabulous and varied scenery, the religious settlements, the wildlife, food,
markets and the way people live.
There was a WOW factor to most days even the 12 hour drive between Mekele and
Lalibela which was punctuated with stops for photos and a visit to a camel
market. We passed through some fabulous scenery at 11,500 feet.
The trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries, the walk amongst baboons in the
Simiens.
The rock churches of Lalibela were just amazing particularly when you
consider when they were done and how.
The mule trek up to Ashatan Maryam.
We were a happy group: everyone got on with everyone else.


Gabre was excellent. A font of knowledge. He was communicative, patient, very
much a people's person.
Not forgetting our bus driver. I don't remember his name, but in addition to
his excellent and safe driving skills ( he took the bus to places I would
think twice about in a 4x4 ) he was similarly cheerful and communicative.


Get your visa either before you set off: the queues were long an slow.
Do your homework. Read up as much as you can before you go on the various
rock churches and other places of interest, you may find it difficult to
absorb so much new information. I did and was glad I did.
Take home some coffee.


It was a great and memorable trip.


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This was the most amazing holiday. Our guide Gabre was excellent. Scenery was
beautiful. We had a very good driver who negotiated some terrible roads with
great care. Hotels were good considering it is such a poor country,pot luck
sometimes . People were so friendly, which made the holiday for us.
It is cool in the evening, jacket needed.Good strong trainers or walking
shoes for very uneven surfaces around churches. Ethiopian airways were
excellent. Ethiopian food is an acquired taste. !! One of our most memorable
holidays.
The camel market ,the churches, the galada baboons and many more.


Excellent.


Make sure you have all jabs. Protect yourself against food Bourne illnesses.
Take good shoes a WALKING stick.
Jacket for the evening.


This was a memorable holiday in every way. Ethiopia has everything, I wish
the country well in the future.


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Anonymous
February 2018
This was the most amazing holiday. Our guide Gabre was excellent. Scenery was
beautiful. We had a very good driver who negotiated some terrible roads with
great care. Hotels were good considering it is such a poor country,pot luck
sometimes . People were so friendly, which made the holiday for us.
It is cool in the evening, jacket needed.Good strong trainers or walking
shoes for very uneven surfaces around churches. Ethiopian airways were
excellent. Ethiopian food is an acquired taste. !! One of our most memorable
holidays.
The camel market ,the churches, the galada baboons and many more.


Excellent.


Make sure you have all jabs. Protect yourself against food Bourne illnesses.
Take good shoes a WALKING stick.
Jacket for the evening.


This was a memorable holiday in every way. Ethiopia has everything, I wish
the country well in the future.


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