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Mount Fuji in Fall VII

Japan – Fall Colours

Sometimes your feedback is so great that we feel the need to share it with everyone! We recently received this glowing review from someone who did our tour of Japan, JP2, this past fall. If you would like to speak to someone who has done one of our tours in the past, we would be happy to connect you, just contact our Sales Team.

We just returned from Japan a little more than a week ago and it was a fantastic experience. Japan was our 4th trip with Adventures Abroad, having gone to India (our best trip ever – 2011), Central Europe in 2013, Far East in March 2014 and now Japan.

The greatest advantage of travelling with Adventures Abroad is the size of the groups. You get to see so much more than if you were to travel with a group of 30 people. We have done numerous tours with various companies; they are good but the size of their groups limits what you can see and how you travel.

In Japan, we took the bullet train, the subway, the train, the bus and a gondola. There were only 12 of us for the first part and 9 for the second part. The group was therefore small enough for our tour leader to give us the opportunity to experience the day-to-day Japanese culture. Japan is a beautiful country to visit, probably in our top 5. The people are the most respectful and polite people we’ve ever met. Every city we visited is extremely clean. The whole country is organized and on time, e.g. the trains arrive at the time specified on the platform, etc.

Also, with Adventures Abroad there are no surprises with additional costs, i.e. the local guides, the bus drivers, the hotel porters, all breakfasts and dinners are included as well as all sightseeing excursions. The only tip that is left to your discretion is the one for the tour leader, and your have to pay for your lunches and beverages. With other tours, the initial cost may be cheaper, but by the time you add the costs of the optionals, the local guides, etc. it comes to the same or even more expensive if you want to see it all.

Our tour guide was the best of all the tour leaders we’ve had.  He was organized, attentive to details, tried to accommodate special requests, had a good sense of humour, was helpful and extremely knowledgeable in Japanese culture. He was also very creative with his choices of restaurants.

Fall seems to be a very nice time to visit. The trees were slowly changing colours in contrast to the summer flowers still in full bloom. The weather was exceptional, with only one rainy day. They said, however, that it was unusually warm at that time of year.

The hotels were good, clean and very well located, which is important if you want to walk around on your own.

As you can tell, we are very happy with the services and quality offered by Adventures Abroad and would recommend them without hesitation.

- Two Happy Travellers

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South Pacific Photo Journal – Jonathan Hodgson

Jonathan Hodgson is one of Adventures Abroad’s most popular and experienced tour leaders. Anyone who has travelled with him will know that he is as passionate about photography as he is about travel. The best ways to follow him are on Instagram (OWILYBUG) or like his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OwilybugPhotography. He shared with us some of his favourite images from his recent South Pacific Odyssey, tour code MCSP.

 

South Pacific Photo Journal – Jonathan Hodgson

By Adventures Abroad

 

60 countries in 7 years of tour leading, Jonathan Hodgson is a beloved tour leader and an incredible photographer. View more photos  on Facebook or Instagram (OWILYBUG).

  • Rock Islands, Palau

    By Adventures Abroad

    Explored by boat or by air, the Rock Islands are limestone islets rich in marine and coral life rising stunningly from the Pacific.

  • Fish at Central Market in Honiara, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

  • To Sua Ocean Trench, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

    Must be seen to be believed! This all-natural swimming hole is located in the village of Lotofaga (population: 1,089) on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa.

  • Idyllic beach on the island of Upolu, Samoa

    By Adventures Abroad

  • Centenary Church, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

    By Adventures Abroad

    A visit to this conservative Christian country isn’t complete without a visit to Centenary Church to hopefully catch a glimpse of the royal family including Tupou VI, the King of Tonga.

  • Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

    Just a snapshot of life in paradise, taken on the west side of Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

  • Yasur Volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

    By Adventures Abroad

    A once in a lifetime experience! After traveling to the summit by 4WDs, walk right up to the rim of the world’s most accessible active volcano located in one of the most unspoilt places on earth.

  • Local villager, Vanuatu

    By Adventures Abroad

    In Vanuatu, we have several chances to encounter local people and learn about ancient traditions of the islanders and their way of life.

  • Greeting by Vanuatu warriors

    By Adventures Abroad

  • Central Market, Honiara, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

    Local man selling cords of wood in the central market.

  • Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila

    By Adventures Abroad

    With 17,206 graves, it has the most graves of ANY cemetery worldwide for U.S. personnel killed during WWII and the dramatic setting has views of Laguna de Bay and towards the distant mountains.

  • WWII plane, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

  • Stone Monoliths, Babeldaob, Palau

    By Adventures Abroad

    Palau’s largest island is a mysterious place shielding enigmatic archaeological highlights such as mysterious terraced hillsides, Stone Monoliths, and the Stone Faces of Ngerchelong.

  • Belau National Museum, Palau

    By Adventures Abroad

    The oldest museum in Micronesia has indoor and outdoor exhibits from all eras of Palauan life, including artworks, photography, sculpture.

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Hear from our travellers (July/August, 2014)

It’s always a pleasure to get photos and feedback from our clients. If we quote you or If you send us a photo taken on tour with us and it is used on our website or in our newsletter, then we will give you $50 off your next tour with us! (One submission per person, per month). Please send to info@adventures-abroad.com and put your name and tour code in the subject line and a brief description of the photo in the body of the email. We look forward to seeing your photos! Here’s what we have received over the past month: 

We Love our Clients

By Adventures Abroad

 

In the last month, we have received so many wonderful photos and testimonials from our clients that it was very difficult to decide what to include. Here you go!

  • Sun Voyager Sculpture, Reykjavik

    By Adventures Abroad

    Longtime Adventures Abroad traveller Martin Dunn shot this incredible image in Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland. Taken just before sundown on a windy August night in 2013. Tour code IC3.

  • Feedback on Tour Code AD1, Elicia Tippens:

    By Adventures Abroad

    “It was probably one of the best trips that I have ever taken. It was perfect from beginning to end and our tour leader Erin Howell worked extremely hard to ensure that everything was perfect.”

  • Cirque Mafate, Réunion.

    By Adventures Abroad

    Adventures Abroad traveller Rudy Prater sent us this image from his recent adventure with Martin Charlton on the Indian Ocean Islands tour. Tour Code MCIO.

  • Feedback on Tour Code KT1, Renee Teresa-Shalhoub:

    By Adventures Abroad

    “James and all of his support staff were wonderful. You can tell that you have an amazing leader when he constantly strives to surround himself with the best and brightest talent.”

  • Chenonceau, Loire Valley.

    By Adventures Abroad

    Lillian Mathisen took this great shot during the Loire Valley portion of her Heart of France tour. Tour code FR7.

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