In the world of travel, there's nothing more satisfying than a delighted customer. While some speak about our service and warmth, others have highlighted our professional approach and attention to detail.
Here's what our customers think of us:
What an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, trip to India!You, Balu, Manoj and all the friendly, knowledgeable and professional tour guides and bus drivers are to be commended for pl anning and executing a flawless trip that will remain in my memory forever.
To be in a third-world country and feel welcomed and safe is vitally im portant to me, and you and the Worldwide Adventures staff assured this happened.
Each day was an amazing adventure ... from cities to schools to the desert, to name a few. And, who can possibly adequately describe the majesty of the Taj Mahal and the fun pictures taken there. And, how special were the camel and elephant rides! I could go on and on, Joh n. The trip was remarkable, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for me and t he group.
Know I will recommend this trip to anyone who will listen (I " ve done so already), and I sincerely hope we meet again on another of Worldwide Adventures trips.
Be well, be safe, continue to be healthy in mind and body.
I hope all is well with you and that you have settled into the daily routine after our India adventures! I am doing fine and after about a week, my internal clock was back to normal and I have caught up with everything at home.
I wanted to take this opportunity to give you my personal and heartfelt thanks for an absolutely WONDERFUL and ENRICHING experience in India. Your excellent leadership and organizational skillsÂ made the tripÂ most enjoyable! From the initial information you sent to me about the trip and throughout the months as I prepared for the trip, you were very accessible, proving me with many useful and helpful pieces of information to make the experience all the more enjoyable. I especially remember how you "walked us" through the application process for the Visa, which could have been so overwhelming and added an additional cost!
I cannot speak highly enough about Worldwide Adventures! What a blessing they are to groups who travel! I have made it a point to sing the praises of Worldwide Adventures to my friends, as I share my India experience. I am so pleased to have met Balu. He is a gentleman and it is evident that he takes a great deal of pride in his work and made me feel so very welcome to his country! He has done so well in establishing Worldwide Adventures as a Premier Travel Organization! The accommodations throughout the trip were first rate! As I share my photos, people are amazed at the quality of the hotels, even the luxury tents! The guides throughout were very friendly and so knowledgeable! I learned so much from them!
I must give special recognition and thanks to Manny. our fearless and most capable leader from the time the group first met him in Delhi, until we left two weeks later to return out homes. A gentleman and a scholar....he was the "perfect" guide and host and always so pleasant, which is not the easiest thing to do when you are working with so many different personalities! I will always remember how he took special care of me when I requested being placed in the bulkhead or exit row during our internal flights! Now that is what I call 5+ star service!!
It was great meeting new friends and fellow educators who traveled with me! It was a very cohesive and most pleasant group to travel with and experience so many wonderful things together!
The two week India adventure organized by Worldwide Adventures, allowed me to experience and see things that I NEVER would have been able to do on my own. There is no doubt that Worldwide takes its mission very seriously and has spent a great deal of time planning and organizing to give the traveler the VERY BEST experience possible. As I look through the photos you sent to us and the over 800 photos I took, the wonderful memories are still very much alive for me! Everyone who has seen my gallery of photos has been amazed of what I experienced. It is my hope that some may be motivated to visit India, now that I have reassured them that I felt completely safe throughout the entire trip and that India is a country filled with very friendly and welcoming people and a very rich and fascinating culture!
John, this trip was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had! As a school administrator with over 30 years experience, I commend you, Balu, Manny and our most capable guides for the warmth, excellent leadership, planning and organization that was most evident throughout the entire trip. I will continue to "sing the praises" of Worldwide Adventures. It is my hope that I will be able to experience another excursion in the future!
Again, thank you for making a dream come true for me. You have allowed me to carry the memories of the trip with me for the remainder of my life. I will NEVER forget the feeling of joy, peace and excitement when I first saw the Taj Mahal. Even now, when thinking of that early morning sunrise at the Taj Mahal, I get very emotional!!
With much gratitude and appreciation, always,
As an Early Childhood Education major at Rowan University, someone who loves to help others, and a person that loves to travel, going to India was the perfect mission trip for me. Being able to spend time with the children of the diverse villages and donate supplies to them made this trip an extraordinary one for me and I feel so blessed that I even had the opportunity to do. However, none of this would have been possible if it wasn"t for Worldwide Adventures. Traveling to a foreign country is intimidating and nerve wrecking but everyone in this organization made me feel safe, welcomed and at ease. As you can see, I can"t say enough about the people who took such great care of us throughout our trip to India. I am eternally grateful to them for making my trip to India an unforgettable experience with all of the fantastic people that are involved in this company. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is traveling that desires excellent accommodations with a remarkable quality program.
Hillary Suzanne (Education Major at Rowan University)
Traveling to India was the first time that I have ever left the United States of America, so my biggest concern was how exactly we would all be able to stay together the entire time, which then led to some fears of how safe we would be during our time in India.
However, after traveling with Worldwide Adventures, I can honestly say that I never once felt unsafe the entire time and always felt as though my well-being, as well as all of the other members of the trip, was always the number one concern. I was not sure what exactly to expect as far as what we would be doing in our “down time” on the trip, but we were constantly on the move, visiting all different kinds of buildings, markets, and fabulous structures;
Worldwide Adventures made sure that we saw the best of everything there was to see, where I was able to capture many amazing pictures and memories to share with others. After returning home from India, many family members and friends seemed to ask “Would you travel to India, or somewhere different again?
” Without hesitation, my answer was always “Yes! Absolutely! But only if I can travel in an organized group through Worldwide Adventures because of how welcomed they made us feel and how they accommodated us, how safe I felt the entire time, and simply because of the relationships I was able to develop with the members of Worldwide Adventures.” My experience of traveling to India most definitely surpassed all expectations that I had prior to going on the trip, and I am certain my experience would not have been as memorable or successful as it was if it was not for Worldwide Adventures.
Ally Horowitz (Education Major at Rowan University)
Worldwide Adventures gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and immerse myself in a new and exotic culture. In addition to providing safety and guidance, the company was flexible and willing to offer arrangements and accommodations to suit my needs.
Worldwide Adventures went above and beyond other traveling companies and my own expectations by taking me to the “hidden gems” within India and allowing me to interact and connect with people on a personal level. Thanks to Worldwide Adventures, my time abroad is marked with memorable and unique experiences that I will continue to carry with me and share with others. Definitely recommended!
Deanna Kollar (Education Major at Rowan University)
There is truth in advertising with Worldwide Adventures, for adventure is what the customer gets! The Vietnam/Cambodia package I selected for 2016 was based on an awesome experience I had in India in 2015! More than satisfied with the value, variety, and vision Worldwide Adventures offered, I knew, this second time, that high standards would be maintained.. that surprises and opportunities would be abundant! The accommodations were first rate; the meals were wide-ranging and delicious! Local guides were well-versed in their area; coaches were roomy and water always available! Flights were scheduled so as to minimize airport wait time. I was not disappointed!
From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and from Siem Reap"s glorious temples to a village tour in an oxcart, Worldwide carefully planned excursions all visitors need to see and provided insights that few tourists experience; we were able to make requests, too! That balance of solid planning and spontaneity is a key factor that makes Worldwide unique! Additionally, how many travel companies have - as a part of their mission - the physical and financial support of many and diverse community projects that better the living conditions and opportunities of the locals? Last year, I participated in the dedication of the installation of water spigots (to replace a hand pump) which was made possible because Worldwide partnered with Rowen University (Glassboro, NJ, USA) to better the facilities for primary school students in an Indian village! This year, in Cambodia, Worldwide worked with HUSK to train locals in sewing skills with donated machines in a building Worldwide helped finance! Each member of our group bought, not a factory-made souvenir, but hand-crafted items from the seamstresses themselves!
In Vietnam, we saw the highlights of Hanoi - including Ho Chi Minh"s preserved body - which, having “seen” Lenin and Mao Zedong, I had particularly hoped would be possible! We also stopped to walk among rice paddies as well as to wander in both Buddhist and military cemeteries. We visited the “Hanoi Hilton” - where I saw my first guillotine - and we joined celebratory students at the exquisite Temple of Literature, site of Vietnam's first national university built in 1070. We had the opportunity to eat street food sitting on Lilliputian stools and to enjoy ice cream in a scooter drive-in! We marveled in the Museum of Ethnology, and we toured the Ancient Quarter via bicycle rickshaws! At Halong Bay, we overnighted on our own junk boat! Here, we visited a hidden lagoon and were wowed by the Hang Luon Cave! We had a cooking lesson and ate the spring rolls we made in addition to the fine on-board meals! We fished for squid (unsuccessfully, but with lots of laughs!) and tried Tai Chi (not always gracefully, but with lots of laughs!) We visited a pearl store and were educated in the processes involved in making of cultured pearls. What variety in color and form! We traveled to Hoi An, a 15th century trading port, and availed ourselves to 21st century goods! In the Ho Chi Minh City area, while avoiding some of the millions of scooters, we visited among other sites, the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Cu Chi Tunnels (near the Cambodian border).
Flying to Siem Reap, we went back in history to the remains of the Great Khmer Empire! This area was added to my must-see list after reading LIFE magazine"s account of Jackie Kennedy"s visit to the temples in 1967. I was awestruck by the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital! We visited Ta Prohm temple, unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: encroached by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the structures crumbling. This we did in late afternoon as tourists were exiting; we practically had the area to ourselves as well as ideal light for our photos! We made a sunrise/morning visit to the imposing Angkor Wat - symbol of Cambodia - pictured both on its currency and national flag! Built in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, sacred mountain with five peaks in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cosmology considered to be the center of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology; Buddhism has left its mark, as well. Construction is thought to have taken around 30 years of intensive labor. We visited all three levels in the morning cool and, thus, escaped afternoon heat and crowds! There was always abundant time built in for shopping. Again, meals were most pleasing. There were opportunities for eating on our own, and we had a lunch prepared by a local in Kompheim Village - a hamlet of 250 families - no tourists here!
All in our group had lived through the Vietnam War; we had a Viet vet among us, and my brother served in that conflict, which the Vietnamese call the American War. Touring war-related sites, I was often reflective and my perspective was broadened seeing hostilities through Vietnamese eyes. But, as locals told me, “The past is the past” and “Welcome to Vietnam.” Certainly, lessons must be learned by all parties involved; a bitter pill often promotes cure. In Cambodia, the Killing Fields - where, collectively, more than a million people were killed and buried by the Communist Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War (1970-1975) - have given way to tourism where millions of dollars (the American dollar is a second currency in Cambodia!) are helping heal the land and improve the lot of Cambodians.
Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War (1970-1975) - have given way to tourism where millions of dollars (the American dollar is a second currency in Cambodia!) are helping heal the land and improve the lot of Cambodians. Each day was great, and one could wonder “How can Worldwide do better than this?!” But it was not a matter of outdoing one day or another, but, rather, matching the quality of experience in varied ways in various venues. The trip was much like the pearl necklaces we had seen. Each orb was unique and luminous and, strung together, a thing of beauty was created - much like my overall experience! I like to take photographs of children - often with a parent - and, it is through these images and looking into the eyes of the young that I see possibilities of hope and peace in a troubled world! Thank you - Manny, Balu, and everyone at Worldwide Adventures â€“ for helping me perceive Vietnam and Cambodia with new eyes!
Wayne Radziminski, 30 March 2016
A land with over a billion people and thousands of years of history is inscrutable, yet, with time, explanation, and able guides, the visitor can move from stereotypes and prejudices and get closer to the actual pulse of India as it makes progress. It is important to see the major attractions - Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the Gate of India, Gandhi Memorials, the free range cows, and the Jantar Mantar - but it is when one walks the less traveled roads that a more clear, a truer, picture develops. Worldwide took me on rickshaw rides through old Delhi, a hive of businesses, and Jaipur, the Pink City; to a village school with dirt floors and 400 eager students; to a family hut in the desert of Rajasthan with a dung floor courtyard; to the metropolis of Mumbai where extremes coexist; and to the backwaters of Kerala where I saw two Hindu processions - the line of white-clad pilgrims holding flickering candles, the chants of the devotees, and a decorated elephant were wonders to behold! With well-organized travel arrangements, I flew from Jodhpur to Mumbai to Kochi to Delhi to experience the diverse flora, fauna, customs, dress, tastes and aromas of India! I had a turban fashioned on my head! I got to wear the multi-functional thorth! I was paddled in a long boat serenaded by three villagers! I was given a jubba and mundu to wear for dinner at the home of a family in Kochi! I rode an elephant up to the Amer Fort and Palace! I stayed in a tent; rode into the sunset on a camel; had samosas and tea; and enjoyed local traditional Indian song, music, and dance with the Holi stick and drum performance while having wine and appetizers - all on the Thar Desert! I marveled at a demonstration of Kalarippayattu, a martial arts form indigenous to Kerala, and was entranced by the traditional dance - Kathakali - meaning story play. Although I bought some souvenirs from the street people, Worldwide took me to selected venues with quality merchandise. I bought a puppet"s wood hand (circa 1850) in the Arala Hasta gesture as well as two Kashmir scarves. I relaxed with a full-body, four-hand Indian massage! I learned from knowledgeable guides, stayed in comfortable accommodations, savored a variety of dishes, and I returned smiles and waves to a mostly friendly people! I was even asked to pose for photographs with some locals! I even got to photograph the Vechur cow, the smallest cattle breed in the world which was saved from extinction!
India is too vast, too diverse, too wonderful to take in several visits, let alone one, but, thanks to Worldwide Adventures, I returned home after two weeks with a better feel for an oft maligned country that is working hard to better itself! I took nearly 4000 photographs and kept a journal. I appreciated the flexibility and responsiveness to accommodate individual requests such as my wanting to see a cemetery! The memories I have will coalesce with time, and the impressions I have of Incredible India with be shared with my family and friends! Thank you again, Worldwide Adventures Family, for making all this- and much more - possible and affordable! I look forward to traveling with you again!
PS - The day after I returned home, I bought a copy of Katherine Boo"s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. I can hardly put the book down. It is a breathtaking look at the bewildering age of global change and inequality made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.