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Nicholas Holland
I rate this trip
4
Canada Family holiday

Going on the Athabascar glacier

[Least enjoyed] The van we travelled in was too small for our group

 

Mr H - Travelled in August 2012

Going on the Athabascar glacier

[Least enjoyed] The van we travelled in was too small for our group

 

Mr H - Travelled in August 2012

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Eirlys Phillips
I rate this trip
5
Costa Rica Family Holiday

The variety of wildlife and rainforest in all the different regions. Manuel Antonio at the end was great. My son really enjoyed the zip wire in Monte verde.

[Least enjoyed] Hotel at the end would be better if located closer to beach rather than  30 mins drive away.   Also at La Fortuna, The itinery states a walk up active volcano arenal,this was not included in itinerary  & is misleading.

The variety of wildlife and rainforest in all the different regions. Manuel Antonio at the end was great. My son really enjoyed the zip wire in Monte verde.

[Least enjoyed] Hotel at the end would be better if located closer to beach rather than  30 mins drive away.   Also at La Fortuna, The itinery states a walk up active volcano arenal,this was not included in itinerary  & is misleading.

Gustavo was fantastic. His local knowledge and knowledge of wildlife was excellent. He was great with the children & really added to the trip.

Ms P - Travelled in August 2012

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George Walker
I rate this trip
5
Turkey Family Holiday

The safari trip at the beginning was excellent and a great way of getting to know everybody on our trip (note the safari was meant to be later in the week)

[Least enjoyed] the hotel was a bit dated and i was concerned about security after the lady and son next to mine had their room entered but staff in the early our of the morning. The hotel did not appear to take the issue seriously which is very worrying.

this was a brilliant trip for me and my son. The trip worked really well combining the teen activities with the single parent departure.  Our Tour Leader was also probably the best i have had on any tour and worked extremely hard to ensure that everything went well, and that everybody enjoyed their holiday.

The safari trip at the beginning was excellent and a great way of getting to know everybody on our trip (note the safari was meant to be later in the week)

[Least enjoyed] the hotel was a bit dated and i was concerned about security after the lady and son next to mine had their room entered but staff in the early our of the morning. The hotel did not appear to take the issue seriously which is very worrying.

this was a brilliant trip for me and my son. The trip worked really well combining the teen activities with the single parent departure.  Our Tour Leader was also probably the best i have had on any tour and worked extremely hard to ensure that everything went well, and that everybody enjoyed their holiday.

A credit to TAC

 

Mr W - Travelled in August 2012

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Verity Dennison
I rate this trip
5
Croatian Active Family Holiday

The variety of activities.  The excellent local guide and his commitment to our group.  Doing activities that were challenging -but we were able to achieve them.

[Least enjoyed] The last day of activities - when we were canoeing on the Cetina river back to the hotel.  This was perfectly pleasant but as we had built up our experience by then we would have preferred to do something more challenging such as kayaking in white water or mini-rafting (which another group staying at the same hotel did)

Apart from that the itinerary was fabulous - and we really enjoyed our optional day out in Split.  We had one day of bicycling.  I am not an expert but the bicycles were not very well maintained and 10 minutes per bike before we started would have made for an easier day.

The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful.   I would have liked a little more variety in the food offered - and in particular more fruit.   The hotel rooms were quite varied - we had lots of tables but no chairs - but it didn't really matter.   There was air conditioning in the rooms but ours did not work very well.

The variety of activities.  The excellent local guide and his commitment to our group.  Doing activities that were challenging -but we were able to achieve them.

[Least enjoyed] The last day of activities - when we were canoeing on the Cetina river back to the hotel.  This was perfectly pleasant but as we had built up our experience by then we would have preferred to do something more challenging such as kayaking in white water or mini-rafting (which another group staying at the same hotel did)

Apart from that the itinerary was fabulous - and we really enjoyed our optional day out in Split.  We had one day of bicycling.  I am not an expert but the bicycles were not very well maintained and 10 minutes per bike before we started would have made for an easier day.

The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful.   I would have liked a little more variety in the food offered - and in particular more fruit.   The hotel rooms were quite varied - we had lots of tables but no chairs - but it didn't really matter.   There was air conditioning in the rooms but ours did not work very well.

Demir was fabulous

 

Mrs D - Travelled in August 2012

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Debbie Holder
I rate this trip
5
Croatian Active Family Holiday

our guide Damir, was excellent. The pace was good for kids, lots of breaks to swim so the actual exercise/activity wasn't too difficult or tiring for the younger kids

[Least enjoyed] The coach travel to get to the locations - would have liked shorter journeys.  The hotel was quite basic, our bathroom was awful, the shower curtain didn't fit so the water went everywhere so had to use all the towels to mop up the water as bathroom flooded. I did ask for it to be fixed but it wasn't.  Also asked for extra towels so that we had towels for us rather than the floor, but didn't get any.  The staff were all lovely and helpful though, but the bathroom was just particularly awful!

One day less paddling (eg canoeing or kayaking) would be better. 3 days was a bit too much.

[Accommodation] see previous comments. The website said there was a pool table which would have kept the children occupied and out of the way of the other guests, but the hotel said that they took it away as it wasn't used.

our guide Damir, was excellent. The pace was good for kids, lots of breaks to swim so the actual exercise/activity wasn't too difficult or tiring for the younger kids

[Least enjoyed] The coach travel to get to the locations - would have liked shorter journeys.  The hotel was quite basic, our bathroom was awful, the shower curtain didn't fit so the water went everywhere so had to use all the towels to mop up the water as bathroom flooded. I did ask for it to be fixed but it wasn't.  Also asked for extra towels so that we had towels for us rather than the floor, but didn't get any.  The staff were all lovely and helpful though, but the bathroom was just particularly awful!

One day less paddling (eg canoeing or kayaking) would be better. 3 days was a bit too much.

[Accommodation] see previous comments. The website said there was a pool table which would have kept the children occupied and out of the way of the other guests, but the hotel said that they took it away as it wasn't used.

He was very patient with the children, even when they were very annoying!!  Very helpful, knowledgeable, calm.  A really lovely guy.

 

Ms H - Travelled in August 2012

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Mary Griffiths
I rate this trip
5
Tanzania Comfort Family Safari

Tent with a view - fantastic setting and excellent staff David and his knowledge and love of the elephants

Sadly missed turtle hatching even though they were hatching whilst we were at the lodge but only found out afterwards!

[Accommodation] Tent with aview was beautiful. Other hotels were great but not as stunning as tent with a view. 5* tent with a view 4* Other hotels

It was really interesting to accompany the medics to a local clinic from tent with a view, especially as my daughter is hoping to do medicine in the future.It gave her and us a real insight into the issues the local community had.

Tent with a view - fantastic setting and excellent staff David and his knowledge and love of the elephants

Sadly missed turtle hatching even though they were hatching whilst we were at the lodge but only found out afterwards!

[Accommodation] Tent with aview was beautiful. Other hotels were great but not as stunning as tent with a view. 5* tent with a view 4* Other hotels

It was really interesting to accompany the medics to a local clinic from tent with a view, especially as my daughter is hoping to do medicine in the future.It gave her and us a real insight into the issues the local community had.

We only had a group leader for the two days at Tent with a view for the elephants but he was great and really involved the children in all the activities getting them to participate in the monitoring and tracking of the elephants etc.

 

Mrs G- Travelled in August 2012

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Peter Duerden
I rate this trip
5
Sri Lanka Family Holiday

We enjoyed seeing so much of the country and our guide was so knowledgable that we feel to have gained a very good understanding of the country. The itinerary was excellent and the coach so comfortable that travelling was an enjoyable experience. The accommodation was generally better than we expected and we especially loved the resthouse at Kitulgala and also the night under canvas!

[Least enjoyed] We found the hotel food rather predictable and we tried to eat out locally, but this was not always possible.

We enjoyed seeing so much of the country and our guide was so knowledgable that we feel to have gained a very good understanding of the country. The itinerary was excellent and the coach so comfortable that travelling was an enjoyable experience. The accommodation was generally better than we expected and we especially loved the resthouse at Kitulgala and also the night under canvas!

[Least enjoyed] We found the hotel food rather predictable and we tried to eat out locally, but this was not always possible.

Our guide, Rohan was a major factor in our enjoyment of the holiday. We feel very lucky.

 

Mr D - Travelled in August 2012

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Steven Lyle
I rate this trip
5
Costa Rica Family Holiday

Our Guide (Dennis) - very knowledgeable, efficient, flexible and helpful. The whole holiday was very enjoyable but highlights were the turtle watching in Tortugero, white water rafting on the Pacuare River, ziplineing in Monteverde and the stay at the Punta Leona Hotel.

[Least enjoyed] The flights between Madrid and San Jose. Poor food and old fashioned, limited entertainment. Also problems with airline booking in at San Jose over weights of individual suitcases.

Some inaccuracies in published itinerary compared with offer from local agents (Costa Rican Tours). E.G. - guided tour of Arenal National Park not included (sorted by agent), no option of visit to Rainforest Alliance Banana Project in Sarapiqui, no option of horse riding or visiting orchid farm in Monteverde.

 

Mr L - Travelled in August 2012

Our Guide (Dennis) - very knowledgeable, efficient, flexible and helpful. The whole holiday was very enjoyable but highlights were the turtle watching in Tortugero, white water rafting on the Pacuare River, ziplineing in Monteverde and the stay at the Punta Leona Hotel.

[Least enjoyed] The flights between Madrid and San Jose. Poor food and old fashioned, limited entertainment. Also problems with airline booking in at San Jose over weights of individual suitcases.

Some inaccuracies in published itinerary compared with offer from local agents (Costa Rican Tours). E.G. - guided tour of Arenal National Park not included (sorted by agent), no option of visit to Rainforest Alliance Banana Project in Sarapiqui, no option of horse riding or visiting orchid farm in Monteverde.

 

Mr L - Travelled in August 2012

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Sarah Lewis
I rate this trip
5
Costa Rica Family Holiday

Seeing the turtles in Tortuguero, in fact Tortuguero generally, fantastic place, loved all the wildlife.

[Least enjoyed] The flight! My teenagers looked at me in disbelief at the prospect of a 10 hour 20 minute flight with no individual TV-we have always had that with every other long haul flight. And the Iberia food is best not mentioned.... 

Some of the excursions might have been better included as we spent quite a lot of time sorting out various tickets in La Fortuna for example. Everyone wanted to go the thermal springs there for example.

[Accommodation] Quite variable, the hotel in Monteverde for example was much more luxurious than the rest...(shame we were only there for 2 nights)Although none of the accommodation was unsatisfactory.

Seeing the turtles in Tortuguero, in fact Tortuguero generally, fantastic place, loved all the wildlife.

[Least enjoyed] The flight! My teenagers looked at me in disbelief at the prospect of a 10 hour 20 minute flight with no individual TV-we have always had that with every other long haul flight. And the Iberia food is best not mentioned.... 

Some of the excursions might have been better included as we spent quite a lot of time sorting out various tickets in La Fortuna for example. Everyone wanted to go the thermal springs there for example.

[Accommodation] Quite variable, the hotel in Monteverde for example was much more luxurious than the rest...(shame we were only there for 2 nights)Although none of the accommodation was unsatisfactory.

He was very friendly and flexible to suit our requirements.

 

Mrs L - Travelled in August 2012

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William Hargreaves
I rate this trip
4
Sri Lanka Family Holiday

The wildlife in general, birdlife in particular

[Least enjoyed] I really thought the overnight camping was totally pointless. I am a keen camper but regarded this as an unnecessary event. Camping on a beach, an island or a cliff by the sea would have been great; but camping on a gravel ledge in a tea plantation was no fun. And that decision was made before my daughter had her favourite book ruined by rain pouring in through the leaky tent and soaking our belongings.  I also found the two days at the beach rather frustrating and the trip notes misleading. They said we would be staying at Tangalla which, acccording to my Lonely Planet guidebook, has places to eat and idyllic safe beaches a short distance to one side (I think it was to the west) of the village. When we arrived at the hotel, I discovered that we were many kilometres from Tangalla or any town or village or safe beach. The hotel was great, and on the beach side, but the location meant that it was always too dangerous to go into the sea. Furthermore, there was only the hotel restaurant to eat for three days and, although it was good, it was a bit repetitive. My daughter is a keen swimmer and even brought her snorkel set; she was frustrated at not being allowed in the sea and I was quite stressed at having to watch her constantly (as we walked on the beach) to make sure she stayed out of the water.See above regarding the negative aspects.  Most of the trip was thoroughly enjoyable. We loved the nature reserve, seeing elephants and other animals in the wild. The actual elephant ride was ok but I did not like seeing elephants in chains and would rather have given up the chance to ride an elephant and have them released into the nature reserve instead.

Hotels varied remarkably. I guess this was down to location. e.g. the first (and last) night's hotel (Tamarind Tree) was perhaps the most expensive in terms of meals, but the setting (bungalows under palm trees) and location (ten minutes from the airport) more than made up for this. The Kandy hotel and food were pretty grim but quite close to the city so I suppose there was a lot of demand. The hotel near Tangalle was luxurious and not at all expensive, but as mentioned earlier, the location frustrated me. I can go to a luxurious hotel in the Mediterranean and lounge by the pool.

The wildlife in general, birdlife in particular

[Least enjoyed] I really thought the overnight camping was totally pointless. I am a keen camper but regarded this as an unnecessary event. Camping on a beach, an island or a cliff by the sea would have been great; but camping on a gravel ledge in a tea plantation was no fun. And that decision was made before my daughter had her favourite book ruined by rain pouring in through the leaky tent and soaking our belongings.  I also found the two days at the beach rather frustrating and the trip notes misleading. They said we would be staying at Tangalla which, acccording to my Lonely Planet guidebook, has places to eat and idyllic safe beaches a short distance to one side (I think it was to the west) of the village. When we arrived at the hotel, I discovered that we were many kilometres from Tangalla or any town or village or safe beach. The hotel was great, and on the beach side, but the location meant that it was always too dangerous to go into the sea. Furthermore, there was only the hotel restaurant to eat for three days and, although it was good, it was a bit repetitive. My daughter is a keen swimmer and even brought her snorkel set; she was frustrated at not being allowed in the sea and I was quite stressed at having to watch her constantly (as we walked on the beach) to make sure she stayed out of the water.See above regarding the negative aspects.  Most of the trip was thoroughly enjoyable. We loved the nature reserve, seeing elephants and other animals in the wild. The actual elephant ride was ok but I did not like seeing elephants in chains and would rather have given up the chance to ride an elephant and have them released into the nature reserve instead.

Hotels varied remarkably. I guess this was down to location. e.g. the first (and last) night's hotel (Tamarind Tree) was perhaps the most expensive in terms of meals, but the setting (bungalows under palm trees) and location (ten minutes from the airport) more than made up for this. The Kandy hotel and food were pretty grim but quite close to the city so I suppose there was a lot of demand. The hotel near Tangalle was luxurious and not at all expensive, but as mentioned earlier, the location frustrated me. I can go to a luxurious hotel in the Mediterranean and lounge by the pool.

He (Pathiraja) was just superb. We quickly learnt to trust him and he quickly realised that if we said "we don't want to visit a silk factory" or "can you arrange a bullock cart ride" (great for birdwatching, by the way) he would comply with our requests.  I don't need to go on other than to say he was extremely helpful at all times.

Mr H - Travelled in August 2012

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