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Keren Hunter
18th Feb 2013
I rate this trip
4
Croatian Active Teenage Holiday

We had a lovely week and all absolutely loved Croatia, the scenery, friendliness of the local people and food were superb.

The holiday activities were very poor, we went with 3 teenage boys and were hoping for thrills & possibly a little danger to keep them happy and busy - the activities were very tame & seemed to spend our whole time paddling at a very slow pace. The white water rafting day was good & we all enjoyed it immensely but we have also rafted in the French Alps and that was by far superior to the Cetina River. We've also mountain biked in the Alps and the boys were hoping for off road and excitement but it was 15k cycling around villages on the road.

If you're looking for adventure then i would definitely not recommend this holiday - but if you want lovely countryside and an organised low key event, usually followed by a fantastic lunch, each day then this holiday is ideal

We had an excellent holiday overall, mainly because of the other families - all had teenage children, so the kids were all happy together - if we had been with families of children aged 8-12, then the holiday would have been a disaster.

Oh and having the final day off as a relaxing day, is a bit of a joke - there is absolutely nothing to do in Trilj & unless Damir our guide had organised for us to go to Split i don't know what we would've done

Damir, was excellent - he looked after us and showed the kids the perfect places to go swimming and jump into the water. He's a local guy and his knowledge and the info he had to tell us on places was fantastic. He got all the kids hiking up a hill to look at a church, don't know how he did it but he did (no way would mine have hiked up a hill if we'd asked them) & they all enjoyed it as he found local insects & interesting gravestones for them

Nothing was too much trouble, a real asset to Adventure Company

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Keith Robertshaw
23rd Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
Sri Lanka family holiday

This was our first holiday with The Adventure Company and we intended it as the big 'final' holiday with the kids (our children being aged 17 and 20). We picked Sri Lanka as although we'd travelled extensively in Europe and the US we'd never been to Asia or the Indian subcontinent. We wanted to experience the colour, smells and culture of a different continent but hadn't the time or confidence  to piece together a trip from scratch. So we put ourselevs in the hands of The Adventure Company. The decision was completely vindicated. 

From the moment we were met off the plane by our representatiuve Pathi (pronounced Patty) he looked after everything, smoothed our way, sorted out problems of our own making (including an early and potentially disastrous problem with our luggage), accomodated our various likes and dislikes and generally made the holiday totally wonderful for us and our kids. If I say that our kids usually emerge from bed at not much before lunchtime but that on this holiday they were springing out of bed at 6am so that he could take us for a great mornings exporing before we hit the pool, you can tell how much of a hit he was. He was always around, no matter what we needed. Fantastic.

Sri Lanka itself was a revelation. We haven't been to India but some people describe Sri Lanka as India with a soft landing and without the overcrowding. In fact only 20 milion people live in the country so unless you are on a train (of which more later) it doesn't feel too in-your-face. The holiday involves quite a bit of travel but it's worth it as there is so much to see and so many different climates packed into a relatively small country. On one day we were in a jungle in the morning and getting refreshingly drenched in a rain forest that afternoon. Some days we were in the dry zone where water is carefully conserved in huge and beautiful man made lakes, and on others we were walking in cool tea plantations or crossing savanna style areas roamed by wild elephants and buffalo.

The history of Sri Lanka is equally interesting. We visited at least three ancient cities where the capital of Sri Lanka had resided for extensive periods, and as a result there were plentiful ruined palaces and huge ancient towns, some stretching back to 400-500 AD. Some, like the mountain plateau palace at Sigiriya, (approached incidentally, via a mountain path past some very active hornets nests that required us to don beekeepers outfits!) were absolutely spectacular. Buddhist and Hindu temples abound, with huge carved reliefs of Buddha everywhere. The wars between the Hindu Tamils and the Buddhist Singalese majority, that have blighted countless lives and the tourist trade are now over (although the impact on the Tamils is still felt) and the people are extremely warm and friendly. While you are there you get to ride an Elephant, which is fun, but grab a ride in one of the omnipresent three wheeler Tuk Tuks, and even travel a couple of stops on the most overcrowded trains you'll travel in. They make the Tube look airy and spacious, but these are are the sort of more spontaneous experiences that make the holiday so memorable. Oh, and the dusk flight of the fruit bats is extraordinary!

Pathi was fantastic. There for us all the time. He drove the minibus, sorted out our problems (of which there weren't many), advised us on what was and wasn't expected or advisable, and was a constant guide on what we were seeing, or experiencing. We would not have anjoyed the holiday anything like as much without him. 

Try a bit of everything. Wander the markets, watch the fruit bats at dusk, ride a train and a tuk tuk at least once. Get up early so you see struff and then relax in the afternoon or in the van. Ask where the milk is from. We avoided milk for the first hal;f of the holiday until we realised that much of it comes from reputable dairies (a bit like Unigate) and is pasteurised and no problem. But drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes etc. We didn't get much in the way of stomach aches or sickness (i was only mildly off colour on one day) but it was probably because we took precautions.
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Keren Hunter
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
4
Croatian Active Teenage Holiday

Damir our guide was excellent, made our holiday run smoothly and without hitch

We did the Croatian River Adventure which overall we were very disappointed with - the level of excitement in the activities was very poor.  Didn't spoil our holiday as our kids made friends with the kids there but if they hadn't this would have been a disastrous holiday.  Put more exciting activities into this please

The last day was a free day, there is absolutely nothing to do in Trilj unless organised which thankfully our host Damir did, he didn't have his day off and took us all into Split, which it appears he does every week.  Worth scheduling in another activity as the kids would rather have done that than spend a day in a city

Hotel basic but clean and comfortable.  Staff very helpful - the only recommendation i could give would be to have some outside seating by the river as nowhere to sit outside in the sun in the late afternoon, early evening

Excellent

Mrs H - Travelled in August 2012

 

***** Comment from The Adventure Company ******

While customers have previously told us the activity level was right for this trip, this year the rating does seem to be dropping. We are reviewing customer feedback on this – if customers are looking for something more exhilarating, we can change the activities to provide this. The only consideration beyond this is the minimum age for the trip. It is currently 8 years old so we do need to make sure that what we offer accommodates all age ranges and abilities as best as we can. 

 


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Karen Mortimer
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
Sri Lanka family holiday

The elephant ride, the overnight camping at Banderawella, the visit to the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy, the journey to Nuwara Eliya through the tea planations and holding the turtles at Kosgoda.

[Least enjoyed] The stray dogs, particularly on the beach stay near Tangalle.

Our guide was excellent; he was extremely knowledgeable about local fauna and flora, had a great sense of humour and was excellent with the children in our party.

[Accommodation] We did have one concern: our hotel in Polonnaruwa was having some renovation work done on it.  The whole of one side of the hotel therefore was missing its wall!  This highly dangerous situation was neither cordoned off nor signposted.  When my husband pointed out the danger to the hotel manager, he said he was too busy to deal with the matter.  As a result of strong words and some shouting from my husband, the manager then printed off some warning signs.

Cannot praise the group leader enough - he was simply excellent!

Mrs M - Travelled in August 2012

 

***** Comment from The Adventure Company ******

We have asked our product manager for this trip to ensure that the hotel in Polonnaruwa takes action to ensure that the hotel meets our health and safety requirements. If this does not happen we will review whether we continue to use this accommodation.


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Lucy Lermer
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
China Family Holiday

The main sights were wonderful - Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors, Panda Breeding Centre, etc., and we also enjoyed the more rural areas.  Activities were excellent, particularly cycling, and our excellent Group Leader made all activities seamless for us

[Least enjoyed] Dreadful hotel in Yangshuo. Overnight train was an experience!  Probably would do it again though. Bamboo rafting trip was poor value for money - there were much cheaper trips available near the hotel without a coach trip, and the motor-driven raft was a disappointment as the motor was so loud that the peace of the river was spoiled.

Great itinerary otherwise.  Good mixture of cities and countryside, and good mix of activities. Location of hotel in Beijing was okay for the first part of the trip, but it was a pain to have to return to it for final night as a long way from airport - we arrived there in the evening to have to return to airport first thing in the morning.  A hotel near the airport would have been preferable.

 

Really happy with Howard Hu, our group leader.  He made every effort to understand our needs, was always available and helpful, and totally organised.  We were lucky to have him.

 

Mrs L - Travelled in August 2012

 

*** Comment from The Adventure Company ***

We have been in contact with Mrs L directly regarding the hotel in Yangshuo.

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Nicholas Holland
19th Sep 2012
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

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Eirlys Phillips
19th Sep 2012
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.

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
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
Turkey Active Teenage 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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George Walker
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
Turkey Active Teenage 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
19th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
5
Croatian Active Teenage 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.

Demir was fabulous

 

Mrs D - Travelled in August 2012

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