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Jordan Highlights Tour
By: Peter Simpson, Lancashire, UK
Both the Guide Yousef and the driver Taleb did everything to look after us and were very informative about every aspect of Jordanian history and culture.
All of the sites we visited Wadi Rum and meeting the Bedouins was the highlight.
Bumthang Festival Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes
By: Alan Roberton, Canterbury, UK
I had an unforgettable trip.Found the air a bit challenging above about 3,400m, but otherwise had no health troubles worth mentioning! Found the tour of Kathmandu on the last day culturally challenging (Pashupati), but we had had a wonderful first day, having gone out a day early, just wandering at will and soaking up the atmosphere of the city.The whole trip was a magical experience. The people were lovely. Dawa was excellent, as was our driver, Deepak. Much more considerate, on bumpy roads, than his counterpart in Kathmandu!
Only three suggestions: The visit to Taktsang monastery was, in the event, done on the last day not the first, because of our flight times. But actually, it is much better done as a final day than a first. The 'icing on the cake'! As it happened, Day 2 of the trek ended up being rather longer than originally planned, and we camped several hundred meters lower than planned. But this was also good. I would not have wanted to camp only just below the highest point of the day, especially as most of us were finding the thin air a bit challenging. It would also have been a rather short day. Better, as happened, to have a shorter Day 3 and follow up with other visits from Jakar. The place we had supper just outside Wangdue Phodrang was not really up to scratch.
Bumthang Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes
By: John Rainer, Jersey, UK
Brilliant - I was expecting Bhutan to be basic but it wasn't. I loved the country and would recommend it to anyone. The premium visa charge is worth every penny, particularly if you are a photography nut like I am. To be able to take photos at dzongs and monuments with no-one in the way was a akin to a religious experience given the horrors of mass tourism eveywhere else. I can't rate the local guides Sangay and Deepak highly enough. They were fantastic. They did their utmost to give us the best trip possible given the itinerary given to them. They deserve a medal. Deepak's driving was incredible on some seriously scary roads.
The Ultimate Bhutan Tour
By: Peter Mountford, Stourbridge, UK
Your company was recommended to us by a friend. As a result of our wonderful experience I can now unreservedly recommend KE to any of our friends considering an adventure holiday. Nothing went wrong it was a super experience, thank you. I most enjoyed the country. It is beautiful and the scenery spectacular. The people are lovely and tourism hasn't yet spoilt the country as has been the case in many other destinations. The efficient service provided by KE and it's staff.
Polar Cruise - The Realm of the Polar Bear
By: John Dawson, Derbyshire, UK
Walruses. Zodiac excursions on calm fjords under the snouts of glaciers. Being given free access to the bridge of the ship. The day in Longyearbyen was most interesting. The scenery was awesome. The knowledgeable members of the team on the ship. All sorts of subjects were covered. having the use of a small gym on the ship to try and run some of the food off.
While my wife's daughter fell about laughing at the thought of her getting into a Zodiac we experienced no trouble at all as reasonably fit 71 and 69 year olds.
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
By: Rob Eagle, Somerset, UK
The company are highly experienced in providing polar cruises and the staff they selected for the organisation on the trip and for the multi-activities were of a very high standard.
The snowshoeing short hikes were excellent. Weather was variable but EVERY effort was made to get as much done at many different locations as possible - even a "landing" directly onto sea ice (which the company had never done before).
Most enjoyed - Antarctica! Snowshoeing with my wife in superb scenery. Whales.
Vietnam North to South
By: Caroline Furey, Dublin, Ireland
I throughly enjoyed the holiday. We had a great group of people who gelled together really well. KE was recomended to me by a collegue and I would have no heistation in recomending you to anyone.
Most enjoyed - The trecking in the North, the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Ming City- very hard to pick one!! Also discoverying limes is a cure for jelly fish attacks!!!
Ultimate Uganda - Gorillas & Game
By: Catherine Ephinstone, Buckinghamshire, UK
Moses was fabulous, kind and wonderful driver, he couldn't have been better. And what lovely places to stay at...all accommodation was excellent, never expected the luxury of the game lodge at the Elizabeth Park very spoiling. The parks were so lovely, not crowded a really intimate experience. We saw so many birds. I would recommend this trip to anyone. What a gorgeous place Uganda is. All arrangements went smoothly and there was a good variety of activities. This is the 3rd trip I've been on with KE, all excellent. I chose this trip as it fitted in for my dates...a most excellent choice.
Highlights of El Salvador
By: Chris Hilstead, London, UK
Given that tourism is in it's infancy in El Salvador, the hotels were very good. I didn't expect the country to be as beautiful and the walks to be as good. Only one night is necessary at Miramundo though and there are maybe better options near Cerro Verde National Park. It was great to have a couple of days at the beach at the end. Joaquim was excellent - very good English, energetic, always smiling and joking. I think the whole group liked him. The only niggle I was aware of was on the first climb where the pace was too quick. We learned to take the durations of drives with a pinch of salt - if we were told it would be 2 hours, this normally meant 4.
There were a few differences between the trip notes and the actual itinerary. Some of these were unavoidable (e.g. on some walks we could only go when the police wanted to go). There were also cases where we had to stay in hotels out of town rather than in town. The first few nights were also colder than expected.
Costa Rica - Walks and Wildlife Adventure Holiday
By: Nan Pratt, Swindon, UK
I am thrilled with this holiday. It gave an excellent and varied introduction to Costa Rica. Wonderful!
The aspects I most enjoyed were: variety of locations from tropical rainforest to 'alpine' conditions, quality of our leader, different types of accommodation, including log cabins - particularly close to the forests / Pacific / the wild, meeting Ticos, especially those who are endeavouring to improve their lot with ecotourism off the beaten track, swimming in plunge pools, hot springs, the Pacific ocean (and hotel pools), walking through a wide range of ecosystems and landscapes, observing birds, mammals, sea-life, Gallo pinto! small group, sunsets.
Walter (our leader) was enthusiastic to show us as much as possible. His knowledge of wildlife and love of his country are exemplary. He appreciated our different needs and interests and tried effectively to engage us all.
There was even more diverse habitats than I expected. The level of walking was never too difficult - I feared it may have been. This was a superb experience. I loved every moment, even when I was physically stretched.
In Search of Genghis Khan
Uncover the best of Mongolia in this two week touring holiday including a 3-day mini trek across the Gobi Steppe.