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Oxford Journeys reviews

Read what our alumni have to say about their experiences on our Oxford Journeys programme.

Wildlife of Costa Rica: Central America’s Garden of Eden, March 2017

How was the holiday overall? Excellent. Costa Rica was not what I expected, having lived for some years in Sub-Saharan Africa. A tourist destination more than a developing country, with the infrastructure, food etc. designed for the tourist rather than for the travellers that our group took itself for. So a slight mismatch here, but nothing to detract from my epithet 'excellent'.
The trip scholar, Prof. Davies.  Again excellent. Non-assertive because the tour operator's staff were well able to cope. Excellent, relevant evening lectures. And deeply knowledgeable about the bird-life which was the main interest of most of us.

Alumnus (Wadham, 1964)

The mysteries of Persia: Gardens and palaces of Iran, April 2017

Overall the trip was excellent, quite outstanding in fact. Distant Horizons provided first class service throughout. Daniel Moore was really helpful and approachable, answering our questions beforehand and steering us through the visa application process. The programme they had devised was excellent and the hotel accommodation the very best. The tour guide, Ali Sadrnia, was exceptional. His knowledge was encyclopaedic, he had a great sense of humour and endless patience. In fact he is due to start filming with the BBC in the next few weeks for a series about Persian Gardens.
Our trip scholar, Christine Van Ruymbeke, was a delightful lady with infectious enthusiasm. Her specialist knowledge about Persian Literature added an extra dimension which contributed to a fuller understanding of the art we saw and of the culture and history of Persia itself.

Alumnae (University, 1980)

Tribal and Sacred China, October 2016

Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the trip. The itinerary was brilliant, and very well put together, particularly so as to cope with the altitude issue, and must be virtually unique in the travel industry. We experienced such a variety of scenery, much of it really spectacular, towns, villages, cultural sites, people, activities, food etc that it is hard to take in how much we saw and how far we travelled. All the arrangements seemed to work very smoothly, without any hitches, except where a few things took a bit longer than had been expected, and all the local guides, and the drivers, did an excellent job. I don’t think we had a moment’s disquiet during all the time spent on the roads.

Alumnus (St John's, 1964)

Geological Trek in Nepal, May 2016

The holiday overall was a magnificent experience enabling us to enjoy a unique opportunity to walk in Nepal and learn about the geology of the Himalayas; the landscapes and people are magnificent.  A truly enriching experience.  Professor Mike Searle is an outstanding leader and could not have been more generous both in his handbook sent to us prior to our departure, in his lectures and, especially in stopping whenever asked to give us explanations of the landscapes and rocks.  We always recommend the Oxford alumni journeys, having much enjoyed several.  We certainly intend to travel with you again.

Mr and Mrs Milner (University, 1964)

Britain's Secret War, May 2016

This was my first experience of ACE, and although my expectations were high - they were exceeded.  It is impossible to imagine a more knowledgeable, friendly and efficient leader than Mark Baldwin. I knew something of Bletchley before, but visiting the other sites added enormously by showing the overall impressive infrastructure that was set up to serve and exploit it.  As an engineer (electronics and instrumentation) the learning of the detail of the enigma machine was the high point.  The VIP treatment we had at Bletchley due to having a veteran in our party was a bonus!

Alumnus (Exeter, 1957)

Chile: Astronomy Capital of the World, April 2016

The trip was an astonishing experience providing memories that will last a lifetime. Professor Davies was fantastic. His lectures were fascinating and the access he secured to the observatories was something you simply could not get as an ordinary traveller.

Mr Mark & Dr Rosaland Atkins (Hertford, 1975)

Hellespont: Gateway of Legends, September 2015

Prof. Horrocks was outstandingly good and well-nigh worth the whole cost of the tour on his own. As one would expect, his lectures were a model of how to communicate with an intelligent but lay audience.

In Livingstone's Footsteps, March 2014

I have always wanted to visit Africa and spend time in the bush; this trip was my first opportunity ... it more than lived up to our expectations. The bush, the animals, the people, Victoria Falls - all produced unforgettable memories. The night we could not return to our tent because there was a lion resting on the path will give us plenty to talk about for some time to come. We give the trip the highest possible accolade - we cannot wait to go back.

Professor Steven Schwartz (Wolfson)

Polar Nights and Mystical Northern Lights, January 2014

We found the fellow members of the Oxford and Cambridge group to be congenial, and also greatly enjoyed the company of our lecturer, Professor Roger Davies. We enjoyed his lectures, even if some concepts were hard for arts graduates to grasp! We were fortunate to see the Northern Lights every evening, crowning a thoroughly successful trip, which we would have no hesitation on recommending others to take.

Nick Parsons (Corpus Christi, 1965)