After travelling to English speaking countries, my husband and I decided to bite the bullet and push ourselves outside our comfort zone – so after a bit of research, Vietnam here we come!
We came across Fiona’s website and knew immediately that this was the way to go. We had one meeting with Fiona and a few emails and she totally nailed our trip itinerary. The hotels, adventures, experiences she recommended for us were spot on. Her local knowledge of Vietnam - the people/places to visit/hotels/guides were great, we could never have done this alone!
We had 3 fantastic weeks in Vietnam during November and traveled from Hanoi down to Ho Chi Minh as well as a night on Bai Tu Long Bay and a night up the Mekong Delta. The people we met, the drivers we had, the tour guides and places we went were all fantastic.
We would HIGHLY recommend Fiona if you are planning travel to this part of the world, her knowledge, expertise and service is great, we would definitely use Adventure Together again!
Jane and John Waller
VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
The trip we were keen to do was to Vietnam and Cambodia. Fiona, from Adventure Together, was really helpful in confirming the time of year it would be best to go, avoiding local school holidays and being there in the dry season. Three weeks in November were a great time to be there. We had perfect temperatures from Sapa in the northwest down to Hoi An and we knew that the Mekong Delta and Cambodia would be hot.
Fiona made suggestions for an itinerary to fit our time frame which she thought would suit us and it surely did. We had the right amount of time in each place with plenty of suggestions for what we might do. She arranged all our accommodation, internal travel and transfers and a superb two day guide in the Mekong. Her suggestion of a cycling and cooking day in Hoi An (which also involved a trip to a fishing village in a basket boat) was a real highlight.
Thanks so much Fiona for a very smooth trip with no unwelcome surprises!
Shirl and Warwick Harvey
PERU & COSTA RICA
My family (including 2 children ages 13 and 16) have just returned from the most amazing holiday in South and Central America organized by Fiona at Adventure Together. This is our second trip organised through Fiona and, once again, we were very satisfied!
First up we had 2 days in Cusco, Peru which was the most charming city full of Peruvian culture, beautiful people and beautiful food. Cusco is at approximately 12,000 feet and served to help us acclimatize before embarking on our 5 day Inca trail adventure. Fiona organised a local Peruvian tour company to guide us on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable and the porters looked after us extremely well, carrying our belongings, tents and everything to make us comfortable. The food was excellent and plentiful. The Inca trail itself was challenging (mainly due to the altitude) but such an amazing and surreal experience. Machu Picchu, one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world, did not disappoint.
After Cusco we headed to Costa Rico for the "luxury" part of our trip where we had 4 nights in Monteverde. We trekked through the Cloud Forrest, explored the local town and cuisine, went on a night exploration and had an afternoon of horseback riding. We saw wildlife including sloths, howler monkeys, agouti, coati, snakes and tarantulas, to name a few.
From Costa Rica we headed back to Peru to start our 4 day Amazon jungle adventure. We stayed deep in the Amazon - 3 hours by boat from the nearest town. Here we had a bungalow over the water where we fell asleep to the cacophony of the jungle –we even heard the caiman hunting! We had our own guide who was phenomenal! Each day we went on 3-4 excursions where we saw exciting wildlife including: toucans, macaws, squirrel monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, caiman, caiman lizard, sloths (and babies), spiders, "pre-historic birds", wood peckers, Amazon jungle rats, frogs and pink and grey river dolphins plus many more species of birds. We even went piranha fishing which was one of the highlights. We also had a few hours in a local village where we played with the children and had an opportunity to interact with the local women and children.
Overall we would have to say that this was the best holiday adventure we have ever had and highly recommend this to others! We are so thankful to Fiona for all her hard work organizing this amazing trip!....the Cleland family
I had never considered using a travel agent till my conference connected me with Adventure Together. But wow!! Fiona took such great care of me, using local knowledge to design a personalized trip that made the most of my time.
Fiona made everything so easy for me, handling all the booking, including excursions, lodging, and transportation. She even smoothly handed a canceled excursion and a canceled flight, rescheduling and in one case upgrading me before I knew anything had even happened.
I would definitely work with Fiona again!
Janelle Shane, USA
Although we had both travelled lots previously this was our first "adventurous" overseas trip with our children - aged 5 and 7 - so we decided to get Fiona from Adventure Together to help us plan it. Fiona helped us to coordinate a fantastic 3 week trip in Sri Lanka that suited us all. She gave us the confidence to travel independently without having a driver which meant we really got to experience more of the country. We stayed in some amazing places and saw and did so much.
We can't wait for our next family adventure now!
The Heath/Niven family
I usually book and plan my own holidays and enjoy the chance to read and research the new places we are traveling to. When my sister, niece and I decided to go on a girls’ trip to Cambodia, this was totally new territory. As we were all extremely busy, my sister recommended we ask Fiona from Adventure Travel to put together an itinerary for us, just to get us started!
Fiona’s first correspondence was a quick and brief email outlining a basic plan and costs. We couldn’t believe how reasonable the holiday was going to be, and asked Fiona to expand on her ideas.
The next itinerary was much more detailed and after consideration we switched a couple of days here and there and decided to upgrade a couple of hotels. This Fiona happily did with ease.
Fiona’s final itinerary was an easy to follow, detailed outline of our 7 days in Cambodia. She had covered and thought of everything, which, for someone like myself who thinks she does the same, was fantastic.
All our plans went like clockwork. Our hotels were great, details about booking buses, tours etc were excellent.
I would happily put my holiday plans in Fiona’s capable hands again, and highly recommend her knowledge and excellent service...Maree T
Big thank you to Fiona Rouse of "Adventure Together" for once again organising a holiday for us in such a fast and professional manner. Our second time using your services, and very happy.
Your insight and experience in Cambodia put us in great hotels, and also on the best sight-seeing tours! Very much appreciated, and we'll definitely recommend your service to our friends.
Fiona from Adventure Together listened to what we wanted in our family holiday and gave us the confidence to leap into a Cambodian adventure that proved to be everything we’d hoped for and more.
Super easy to organise with great communication throughout our extended planning period!
We wouldn’t have done it without Fiona’s help… and I’m so glad that we did. We had an awesome time! Totally recommend.
The Finlay Family
We decided on a holiday to Borneo and gave Fiona, from Adventure Together, the dates and a rough idea of places we wanted to visit, the key requiste being to see orangutans in the wild, which was fulfilled. She quickly came back with an itinerary with suggested timescales and accommodation.
We discussed different options via email (we are in the UK) and she adjusted accordingly, coming back with alternative options where appropriate.
Fiona's knowledge of the country and ability to refine the holiday to suit our budget and requirements was exceptional. She arranged all of our accommodation and transfers between them. We just had to pack our bags and be ready at the scheduled time.
The itinerary was extremely detailed so that we always knew where we were supposed to be and also had suggestions for actives/sights on 'rest days'.
I would thoroughly recommend Adventure Together for planning a holiday that gives you a real insight into the country you are visiting and making it so easy...Kythe K
I would like to share my positive experience using "Adventure Together" to organise my trip around China in October.
I needed to go to China to attend a conference in Shanghai and also to meet my suppliers in Hangzhou, Luoyang and Beijing from whom I import stock for my small business. Because my job is very busy, I'd just booked my flights to China but found I had little time to plan my complex trip, search for accommodation, and to organise my transport between the cities. I'd never before been to China, don't speak Chinese, and frankly the whole task of making these arrangements seemed overwhelming.That's when I was so lucky to meet Fiona Rouse, who offered me her services organising the whole trip for me.
Fiona has a wealth of knowledge about China, and has traveled around there extensively. She was extremely easy to communicate with and accommodated all my travel requirements, while also offering expert advice about how to get by, and to make the most of my time along the way. Within a few days my whole itinerary was planned for me, 6 bullet trains were booked along with guides and drivers and all my accommodation sorted.
Fiona worked quickly and responsibly and saved me a great deal of time and energy. Her very reasonable fee was definitely money well spent...Phil W
VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA
We left preparation for our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia very late - one week out - and were put in touch with Adventure Together through a friend. They particularly helped us with advice on the best ways to travel from one location to another.
We stopped in Chau Doc for a couple of nights and spent time on the Mekong with a guide recommended by Fiona, before getting a boat across the border into Pnomh Penh. We probably wouldn't have spent that time in Chau Doc booking on our own, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.
Adventure Together was quick with its advice and very easy to work with.
Recommended! ...Sooz S
ROME / CORSICA / POMPEII / DUBAI
As a solo mum to two teenagers we had part of a European trip booked to be with friends on their boat. We had the rest of our trip available for sight-seeing and getting around certain parts of Europe that we would end up, so I decided to engage Fiona at Adventure Together to help me put together an itinerary of fun times to be had with two teens that would not be boring and that we could remember forever.
I was quickly impressed how great Fiona’s knowledge was of cities I mentioned and what were the ‘must sees’ on the limited time we had. She came back to me with great suggestions and ideas to use our limited time in the best way with two teenage kids and how to get around the cities with ease.
However, it was while we were actually travelling that Fiona showed her true worth. I was stuck on part of my journey to meet my friends on their boat and didn’t know how to get to a location as plans had changed slightly. Fiona helped from the other side of the world to ensure I knew how to get there and in the best possible way. She also came up with suitable accommodation options and followed up with me that things had worked out well. In fact, she was messaging me throughout our trip with suggestions and helpful hints that were greatly appreciated when travelling alone in an unknown country.
Fiona goes well beyond the services provided by a normal travel agent and I would highly recommend any family who wants to adventure together to utilize her vast knowledge about getting around the world with children. She listens to your budget, needs and wants and makes your adventure memorable and easy ..... Paula M
We have recently returned from our first trip to China with our itinerary organised by Fiona at Adventure Together. The trip was amazing from start to finish.
All of the guides were fantastic and frankly I could not imagine a trip to China without English speaking guides. Everyday was filled with new adventures and different facets of the Chinese culture to explore. The highlights for our family were cycling around the ancient city wall of Xi'an and, of course, walking the breathtaking Great Wall. Fiona organised for us to explore mainly the unrestored, less populated part of the wall which was certainly a welcomed, awe inspiring challenge.
It was a holiday we will always remember. We are looking forward to our next adventure planned with Adventure Together! ..... The Cleland family
Adventure Together put together an excellent programme for our eight-day holiday in Cambodia. Fiona listened carefully to what we wanted and put together the perfect holiday for us. We started with Angkor Wat and the temples of Siem Reap, made our way to a homestay near Kampong Cham, wiled away a couple of days on the beaches alongside Ream national park, and finished with some time in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Fiona worked hard to find the best places for us to stay within our budget. She took care of transport between each stop on our journey. And she had some really fresh and creative ideas for places to visit and things to do. The homestay visit was a highlight. We spent time with a Cambodian family in a tiny rural village, where we enjoyed superb local cooking, experienced warm Cambodian hospitality, and talked with locals about their culture, history, and personal experience of the Khmer Rouge genocide.
We really appreciated the way Fiona wrote out very detailed and clear instructions for us, with additional suggestions for activities in each of the places we visited. We love the way Fiona helped us to get off the main tourist route and onto some of the roads less well travelled. It made for a much more adventurous and exciting holiday for us and our three school-aged children. We were really thrilled with Fiona's careful research and clear communication, and would recommend Adventure Together to anyone ....the Tucker family
Fiona at Adventure Together helped our family plan a month long trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. We knew we wanted to go but were uncertain of what was possible with two young children (6yrs and 4yrs old).
Fiona's experience and advice gave us the confidence to go for it. We had a fabulous family holiday, which included Halong Bay, the beautiful Hoi An, four days in the Mekong Delta and down time at the beach at Nga Trang.
As a couple on our own we are well travelled, but with kids we weren't so sure. Having someone with extensive experience travelling with young kids, like Fiona has, gave us the confidence to get out there and do it ourselves. Go for it! ..... the Brady family
LAOS, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM and CHINA
Adventure Together is run by my sister, Fiona. She has organised two holidays for us (we are a family of five) and both have been fabulous. In 2012, Fiona organised the itinerary for a six week holiday to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In 2015 she planned a two week trip to the Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces in China for her own family that sounded so good we decided to tag along.
Using Fiona's professional services suits us extremely well. Like many other working parents, we feel time poor and Fiona is knowledge rich, having traveled in many parts of the world. She listens well, takes into account the range of things all five of us want to experience, makes sure the logistics fit together and run smoothly and knows how to get slightly off the beaten path.
We have got far more out of the trips organised by Fiona than if we had simply relied on a guide book and our own homework. I have already started putting together my wishlist for the next holiday Adventure Together will be organising for us ..... Katie M