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Mari Sterman
I rate this trip
5
Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

We were absolutely stunned with the quality of the accommodation at our venue [Hotel Roc De Saint Miquel].  The catering was excellent including the lunch time take-out portions.  The guides were very knowledgeable & travelling with similar like minded people with children of the same age made the trip a pleasurable experience!

[Least enjoyed] One particular guide was quite rude & abrupt during a conversation over breakfast regarding the downhill mountain biking activity & as a result of his attitude, several members from 3 families withdrew from our set activities on our last day in favour of a guide with a more understanding persona.  Whilst I’m lead to understand he is the most skilled person in his field, his interpersonal skills have yet to be developed!

[Accommodation] We were privileged to have been offered the largest suite in the hotel by one of the owners [a fully self contained 3 bedroom flat] which included everything from TV, Xbox & DVD player, to fridge, cooker, hob & dishwasher!  Not to be selfish though, we offered an open house every evening to those who wanted to chill out away from the bar on the full length balcony, perfectly set with a stunning backdrop of the Pyrenees, whilst still keeping an eye on the kids below all running around in the secluded back yard well away from the hustle of the main road!

 

Mrs S - Travelled in August 2012

We were absolutely stunned with the quality of the accommodation at our venue [Hotel Roc De Saint Miquel].  The catering was excellent including the lunch time take-out portions.  The guides were very knowledgeable & travelling with similar like minded people with children of the same age made the trip a pleasurable experience!

[Least enjoyed] One particular guide was quite rude & abrupt during a conversation over breakfast regarding the downhill mountain biking activity & as a result of his attitude, several members from 3 families withdrew from our set activities on our last day in favour of a guide with a more understanding persona.  Whilst I’m lead to understand he is the most skilled person in his field, his interpersonal skills have yet to be developed!

[Accommodation] We were privileged to have been offered the largest suite in the hotel by one of the owners [a fully self contained 3 bedroom flat] which included everything from TV, Xbox & DVD player, to fridge, cooker, hob & dishwasher!  Not to be selfish though, we offered an open house every evening to those who wanted to chill out away from the bar on the full length balcony, perfectly set with a stunning backdrop of the Pyrenees, whilst still keeping an eye on the kids below all running around in the secluded back yard well away from the hustle of the main road!

 

Mrs S - Travelled in August 2012

 

 


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Michele Kerry
I rate this trip
5
Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

The guides were great at assessing the needs of a mixed group and making sure everyone had a challenging but enjoyable holiday.  The staff at the hotel were very friendly and organised the trips for our "free" day which were also fatastic fun.

[Least enjoyed] The food was rather "samey" and not very good quality.  Very large portions with few fresh vegetables, probably appropriate after a day of skiing in the freezing cold but not a day of hiking in 35C temps.

[Accommodation] Despite the food, a fabulous holiday and we were very well taken care of. We were very lucky because we were provided with a three bedroom flat.

 

The guides were great at assessing the needs of a mixed group and making sure everyone had a challenging but enjoyable holiday.  The staff at the hotel were very friendly and organised the trips for our "free" day which were also fatastic fun.

[Least enjoyed] The food was rather "samey" and not very good quality.  Very large portions with few fresh vegetables, probably appropriate after a day of skiing in the freezing cold but not a day of hiking in 35C temps.

[Accommodation] Despite the food, a fabulous holiday and we were very well taken care of. We were very lucky because we were provided with a three bedroom flat.

 

Great, see comments made before about the excellence of the guides

Mrs K - Travelled in August 2012

 


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Louise Litchfield
I rate this trip
5
Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

The highlights were without a doubt the trip guides, they made every activity extra special and went above and beyond.

[Least enjoyed] The B&B, although the staff were excellent and the food was reasonable, the quality of accommodation was disappointing and would stop me booking again.  I know it was only 2 star, but it is a long time since we have stayed in 2 star accommodation and I had forgotten how bad it is.  Lumpy and uncomfortable beds, very thin walls (I thought the people in the room next door and above were in our bathroom at one point). Very small rooms. Bobbly sheets and tired and old fashioned decor and bedding.  We would pay extra for a better quality of accommodation - it is worth it for a good night's sleep.

The itinerary was perfect.

The highlights were without a doubt the trip guides, they made every activity extra special and went above and beyond.

[Least enjoyed] The B&B, although the staff were excellent and the food was reasonable, the quality of accommodation was disappointing and would stop me booking again.  I know it was only 2 star, but it is a long time since we have stayed in 2 star accommodation and I had forgotten how bad it is.  Lumpy and uncomfortable beds, very thin walls (I thought the people in the room next door and above were in our bathroom at one point). Very small rooms. Bobbly sheets and tired and old fashioned decor and bedding.  We would pay extra for a better quality of accommodation - it is worth it for a good night's sleep.

The itinerary was perfect.

AMAZING!

Mrs L - Travelled in July 2012

 


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Annemaree Pascoe
I rate this trip
5
Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

Whiter Water rafting, Canyoning, socialising with the other guests and being challenged.

[Least enjoyed] Hiking UP the steep mountains bits. Loved small inclines, plateau and the down parts!

Important to ensure all members of the group have enough water - sometimes 1 bottle not enough!

[Accommodation] The outdoor table & chairs were dated and in need of repair. Plastic chairs are not the best to sit on in very hot temperatures! Rooms cleaned every day and towel changes often. Food excellent and plentiful.

Whiter Water rafting, Canyoning, socialising with the other guests and being challenged.

[Least enjoyed] Hiking UP the steep mountains bits. Loved small inclines, plateau and the down parts!

Important to ensure all members of the group have enough water - sometimes 1 bottle not enough!

[Accommodation] The outdoor table & chairs were dated and in need of repair. Plastic chairs are not the best to sit on in very hot temperatures! Rooms cleaned every day and towel changes often. Food excellent and plentiful.

A variety of leaders for the actvities. All excellent & local so knew their stuff!

Mrs P - Travelled in August 2012

 


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Andrew Dobson
I rate this trip
5
Sri Lanka Family Holiday

Our guide - Ruwan - was outstanding for the entire trip.

A little more free time would have been nice for the children to use pools etc.

Our guide - Ruwan - was outstanding for the entire trip.

A little more free time would have been nice for the children to use pools etc.

Outstanding.

 

Miss B - Travelled in August 2012

 

 

 


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Julieann Sewell
I rate this trip
5
Southern India Family Holiday

Our guide Tony made the trip for us. He was knowledgeable, friendly and flexible ; quite exceptional in his commitment to making our holiday a memorable one.  He was able to provide valuable insights into  Indian culture as well as  having a good understanding of the needs, concerns and hopes of British families. I believe safety is also paramount for families and our driver, Shaji was an exemplary driver, calm and friendly and both he and Tony worked well as team.

[Least enjoyed] I would suggest missing out the visit to Gureveyar to cut down on the considerable driving time throughout the trip. Although it was great to see the elephant sanctuary, our visit to the elephants later in the tour was so comprehensive that I think the trip would be no poorer. Given that non-Hindus cannot visit the temple at Gureveyar the elephants were the only reason to visit. On reflection a direct journey from Kochi to Munnar would be preferable and the extra day could be added to the beach at the end of the holiday.

Crucial to us booking the holiday was the access to swimming pools at some of the hotels. Only one of the hotels we stayed in had a pool and that was unclean with frogs etc. Tony was able to find swimming facilities at two locations otherwise this would have been very disappointing.   I think a reliable and suitable guide with an ability to communciate effectively with  children and adults is essential for the success of a family holiday. I would heartily recommend Tony for any of your family tours in India.

Our guide Tony made the trip for us. He was knowledgeable, friendly and flexible ; quite exceptional in his commitment to making our holiday a memorable one.  He was able to provide valuable insights into  Indian culture as well as  having a good understanding of the needs, concerns and hopes of British families. I believe safety is also paramount for families and our driver, Shaji was an exemplary driver, calm and friendly and both he and Tony worked well as team.

[Least enjoyed] I would suggest missing out the visit to Gureveyar to cut down on the considerable driving time throughout the trip. Although it was great to see the elephant sanctuary, our visit to the elephants later in the tour was so comprehensive that I think the trip would be no poorer. Given that non-Hindus cannot visit the temple at Gureveyar the elephants were the only reason to visit. On reflection a direct journey from Kochi to Munnar would be preferable and the extra day could be added to the beach at the end of the holiday.

Crucial to us booking the holiday was the access to swimming pools at some of the hotels. Only one of the hotels we stayed in had a pool and that was unclean with frogs etc. Tony was able to find swimming facilities at two locations otherwise this would have been very disappointing.   I think a reliable and suitable guide with an ability to communciate effectively with  children and adults is essential for the success of a family holiday. I would heartily recommend Tony for any of your family tours in India.

He was exceptional!

 

Mrs S - Travelled in August 2012

 

 

 


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Amanda Harris
I rate this trip
5
Southern India Family Holiday

Observing Indian life; meeting locals; staying on a houseboat; wildlife.

[Least enjoyed] Excessive travelling.

The trip to the first elephant camp could have been ommitted as it was a very long journey and elephants were seen elsewhere as part of the itenerary.  An extra night on the houseboat or beach would have been good for families.

Travelling with a child we had asked about swimming opportunities and told there would be pools at certain hotels, however different hotels were used without a pool which was disappointing for the children after long hot journeys.

Observing Indian life; meeting locals; staying on a houseboat; wildlife.

[Least enjoyed] Excessive travelling.

The trip to the first elephant camp could have been ommitted as it was a very long journey and elephants were seen elsewhere as part of the itenerary.  An extra night on the houseboat or beach would have been good for families.

Travelling with a child we had asked about swimming opportunities and told there would be pools at certain hotels, however different hotels were used without a pool which was disappointing for the children after long hot journeys.

our group leader Tony was exceptional, he had endless energy and humour and was great with the children.  He regularly went out of his way to find things for us e.g. local swimming opportunities and ensured everthing was well organised and ran smoothly.

 

Mrs H - Travelled in August 2012

 

 

 


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Julie Chappell
I rate this trip
5
Southern India Family Holiday

Our Tour Guide Tony Gomez was excellent. Words can't really do him justice - he was knowledgeable, efficient, kind to the children, and really went the extra mile, for example sourcing hotels with swimming pools for the kids to use on free afternoons and producing a personalised birthday cake for my son unprompted. Other highlights were the elephant ride/wash, walking in Periyar National Park, the houseboat and the time spent at the end of the trip on the beach at Kovalam.

[Least enjoyed] Eravikulum National Park which consisted of a bus ride then a walk along a short (2 km max) paved road rather than the anticipated trek.

We would have liked to see more of the temple(s) in Madurai as we only seemed to see one very small section of it.

[Comments on accomodation] One of the hotels (Periyar?) had a swimming pool that was completely green, clearly the water hadn't been changed for months. So much so that in the evening we saw frogs swimming in it

 

Our Tour Guide Tony Gomez was excellent. Words can't really do him justice - he was knowledgeable, efficient, kind to the children, and really went the extra mile, for example sourcing hotels with swimming pools for the kids to use on free afternoons and producing a personalised birthday cake for my son unprompted. Other highlights were the elephant ride/wash, walking in Periyar National Park, the houseboat and the time spent at the end of the trip on the beach at Kovalam.

[Least enjoyed] Eravikulum National Park which consisted of a bus ride then a walk along a short (2 km max) paved road rather than the anticipated trek.

We would have liked to see more of the temple(s) in Madurai as we only seemed to see one very small section of it.

[Comments on accomodation] One of the hotels (Periyar?) had a swimming pool that was completely green, clearly the water hadn't been changed for months. So much so that in the evening we saw frogs swimming in it

 

See previous comments - he really was absolutely outstanding

 

Mrs C - Travelled in August 2012

 

 

 


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Amanda Anderson
I rate this trip
5
China Family Holiday

The places we visited were as the brochure stated at time of booking but our local tour Guide, Anson Qui, ensured that we visited and saw more places of interest that were accessible and of interest to our group. Anson made the trip by being friendly, professional and made a point to get to know all holidaymakers in our group. Despite being ill himself whilst we were in China he continued with the itinerary and made arrangements with local guides to ensure we did not miss out on any aspect of the holiday. Ansons overall appearance, personality and commitment to The Adventure company ensured enjoyment of all whilst keeing us safe, fed, watered and making stops to western 'happy rooms' as was required.

[Least enjoyed] We had a hour delay on an internal flight. This was the only interuption to the holiday. One hotel was of extremly poor cleansiness. Anson contacted His head office and we recieved a final additional meal as compensation. This was prompt of the company and so overall I feel very satisfied by the Adventure company.

 

The places we visited were as the brochure stated at time of booking but our local tour Guide, Anson Qui, ensured that we visited and saw more places of interest that were accessible and of interest to our group. Anson made the trip by being friendly, professional and made a point to get to know all holidaymakers in our group. Despite being ill himself whilst we were in China he continued with the itinerary and made arrangements with local guides to ensure we did not miss out on any aspect of the holiday. Ansons overall appearance, personality and commitment to The Adventure company ensured enjoyment of all whilst keeing us safe, fed, watered and making stops to western 'happy rooms' as was required.

[Least enjoyed] We had a hour delay on an internal flight. This was the only interuption to the holiday. One hotel was of extremly poor cleansiness. Anson contacted His head office and we recieved a final additional meal as compensation. This was prompt of the company and so overall I feel very satisfied by the Adventure company.

 

Anson Qui made our holiday splendid. His personal knowledge of all aspects of China from farmers, political, history and current affairs gave my children and I a real sense of the Chinese culture and their way of life. Anson was superb in all aspects and acted as a big brother to my children. Answering all their questions and encouraging them to enjoy themselves. Superb group leader.

 

Miss A - Travelled in August 2012

 

 

 


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David Lyndon
I rate this trip
5
China Family Holiday

Each and every day was packed with a stimulating activity, whether it was included or an optional excursion, so it is really hard to identify a notable highlight. The places I had very much wanted to visit such as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, The Panda Breeding Centre and the beautiful Yangshuo exceeded my expectations.

There was only one aspect of the itinerary which we felt was unsuitable for our young family and that was Day 11. Where the intended activity was a rather long bike ride to Moon Hill. We felt that this was not practical for the following two reasons: - There is little to no traffic rules in China making it in our opinion dangerous for us to take our daughters who have no road riding experience in England onto the town’s roads which were very, very busy. The temperature was 37 degrees and just to hot too attempt. This was pointed out to the tour leader who admitted that previous families had felt the same and that we could do the tour by minibus instead which we did and thoroughly enjoyed.

There were a couple of optional excursions which we took and we felt were unmissable and worthy of inclusion in the 'included' tour itinerary, namely the Yangshuo Sound and Light show, The River Cruise (Yangshuo) and the Cormorant fishing (Yangshuo) -  All fantastic experiences.

Accommodation levels varied a lot on this tour, with the accommodation in the cities being of a  3-4 star quality, while the accommodation in Yangshuo being around 2 star – mainly due to the plumbing, leaking toilet bowls and sinks discharging onto the floor. We did change rooms after the first night here due to these reasons and the excessive noise experience with one of the rooms located at the front of the hotel.  The accommodation in both villages at the end of the tour exceeded our expectation and were charming, although while in Pingan we did share our rooms with a number of  rats which we saw and heard. But all in all we were happy.

 

 

Each and every day was packed with a stimulating activity, whether it was included or an optional excursion, so it is really hard to identify a notable highlight. The places I had very much wanted to visit such as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, The Panda Breeding Centre and the beautiful Yangshuo exceeded my expectations.

There was only one aspect of the itinerary which we felt was unsuitable for our young family and that was Day 11. Where the intended activity was a rather long bike ride to Moon Hill. We felt that this was not practical for the following two reasons: - There is little to no traffic rules in China making it in our opinion dangerous for us to take our daughters who have no road riding experience in England onto the town’s roads which were very, very busy. The temperature was 37 degrees and just to hot too attempt. This was pointed out to the tour leader who admitted that previous families had felt the same and that we could do the tour by minibus instead which we did and thoroughly enjoyed.

There were a couple of optional excursions which we took and we felt were unmissable and worthy of inclusion in the 'included' tour itinerary, namely the Yangshuo Sound and Light show, The River Cruise (Yangshuo) and the Cormorant fishing (Yangshuo) -  All fantastic experiences.

Accommodation levels varied a lot on this tour, with the accommodation in the cities being of a  3-4 star quality, while the accommodation in Yangshuo being around 2 star – mainly due to the plumbing, leaking toilet bowls and sinks discharging onto the floor. We did change rooms after the first night here due to these reasons and the excessive noise experience with one of the rooms located at the front of the hotel.  The accommodation in both villages at the end of the tour exceeded our expectation and were charming, although while in Pingan we did share our rooms with a number of  rats which we saw and heard. But all in all we were happy.

 

 

Zhen Shu Feng (Jackie) our group leader and in our case, our personal guide as we were his only group members was incredibly helpful and highly efficient in his organisation of optional excursions and also for changing the mode of transport on Day 11 of the tour from bikes to minibus (See Previous comment). We could not have asked anymore from him and it was joy to share his company for the two weeks. His knowledge of the available restaurants was fantastic and meant we suffered no ill effects from eating while in China.

 

Mr L - Travelled in August 2012

 

 

 


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