Your latest Discovery reviews
Mount Fuji and Beyond - Japan Walking Holiday
By: Trish Davenport, Paris, France
Steve was excellent - very knowledgeable and passionate about Japan. He went above and beyond in arranging for my friend's birthday celebration and accommodated special requests (like Karaoke). He also handled the diverse needs of the group well - all with a positive attitude.
Most enjoyed - The hiking is probably at the top of the list, particularly the Alps... other highlights include the Sawanboori, Ryokan accommodations, nightlife and the local cultural activities (Gion parade, Maiko entertainment).
Thanks for a great holiday!
Best of Botswana - Okavango, Chobe & Vic Falls
By: Louise Osborne, Bristol, UK
This was the trip of a lifetime for us and it really fulfilled our dreams.
The wildlife viewing was fantastic and the guides extremely knowledgeable. Specialist guides with local and wildlife knowledge joined us at certain points in the trip. The proximity to the wildlife and the sheer numbers were amazing, while the animals remained relaxed by our presence. We were usually the only truck or landrover in the vicinity watching the wildlife - a real privilege.
Ecuador and the Galapagos
By: Keith Mitford, North Yorkshire, UK
Enjoyed having Carlos as our trip leader/guide in Ecuador. Very informative and knowledgable. Had every confidence in him trekking at altitude.
Most enjoyed - Good guides, trekking on Cotapaxi.Varied walks and beautiful countryside.Reaching 5000 metres altitude.Visiting the Galapagos Islands, a dream come true.
Namibia Highlights Tour
By: Keith Muir, Glasgow, UK
We were very fortunate to have a wonderful guide and equally wonderful co-travellers. Namibia is stunning but it is a very big country and involves a lot of travelling by road.
Many of the lodgings were in isolated wilderness spots which were beautiful
Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon
By: Ian Raynor, Kent, England
Yellowstone was fantastic, we were very lucky with wildlife viewing seeing a Grizzly with her 2 cubs, Bison, Elks and although a little way off we also saw a moose. The geothermal pools etc were fantastic to see. Several of the treks were excellent espescially lost man loop and maroon Bells/Buckskin pass. The grand canyon was an experience not to forget espescially experiencing sleeping under the stars, they are so clear with no light pollution.
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.
Polar Cruise - Antarctica Classic
By: William Cross, North Shields, Tyne & Wear
Julio and his team (trip leaders) were exemplary - keen, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and driven to pass on their knowledge and love of Antarctica and its animal life to us. Antarctica is absolutely stunning - probably the most remarkable place on the planet! It felt like a privilege to see it. If you get the chance - GO!
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.
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.
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.
St Paul Trail
A wonderfully varied walk across central Turkey from the Turquoise Coast through to the incredible Korprulu Canyon, and onto Lake Egridir.