Overseas Adventure Travel

Overseas Adventure Travel

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  • Classic Greece & Greek Islands - Bad Tour

    Jul 15, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Greece is interesting - no matter how hard you try to ruin it
    Cons: Bad program Bad guide Horrible cabin on ship Bad travel arrangements

    Summary: My wife and I recently took the OAT Classic Greece and the Greek Islands trip. We were extremely dissatisfied with the trip and would not recommend it to anyone. This was our second OAT trip. The first one, Israel: Natural Wonders & Timeless Culture ... read more

  • Good, Recommended, but can improve

    Mar 29, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Guide fabulous. Son Trieu  was spontaneous, freindly, and personable. He took care of everyone's requests.
    Cons: Hotels sometimes were not great. Some

    Summary: Took an Oats trip my first to Vienam and Cambodia. For the most part the trip was a delight and the people who went were great. I would definitely recommend it. The food was decent, not great but some of the hotel choices could have been better. Trip ran ... read more

  • Outdoor Adventure Travel -the WORST Company

    Aug 27, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros:  They did nothing at all to accomodate us after they had our money.
    Cons: I was never treated so shabily after laying out so much money. A terrible company.

    Summary: We booked a trip to Tanzania with OAT Travel, and it cost us a substantial amount of money. Because of weather circumstances (a hurricane) our flight was cancelled, and we could not rebook it until 4 days later, so that we misses a good portion of our ... read more

  • Terrible Customer Service, Not Helpful When Problems Arise

    Jul 23, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good guides, itinerary & in-country transportation
    Cons: Bad customer service, not helpful when problems arise, does not follow through with promises

    Summary: I have taken OAT trips to Peru & Iceland. While my actual trips were good, OAT customer service leading up to the trips has been terrible.  Also, when things went wrong during my trips, OAT was not helpful.  When calling OAT for any reason, ... read more

  • Pre-trip Panama, main trip Costa Rica

    Mar 14, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: short- rafting, canoeing, cooking, horseback ride to springs & zip lining for seniors
    Cons: No freedom, little spontaneity-too many couples
    remote hotels
    Herded and rushed from place to place
    Brochure misleading

    Summary: Panama Pre-trip was good, very noisy hotel location; didn't seem to know how to 'fill up" our time. Trip leader sophisticated, knowledgable, tuned-into the group and excellent.     Hotel stays in Costa Rica were mostly ... read more


    Feb 16, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Got your deposit; got you--OAT's attitude
    Cons: Lower price to sell out; charge cost difference to those with deposits.

    Summary: I signed up for the New Year's Special to China, which was supposed to be a $300 discount through  1/15.   OAT's representative acknowledged that they did not raise the price back up after the "special," but in fact reduced the trip ... read more


    Dec 8, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The travel guides were well-educated and courteous, accommmodations nice, and food selection was vast.  
    Cons: When you spend substantial monies on travel, the agency should be reputable and responsible. 

    Summary: This past month (November 2010), my mother treated my husband and I to a 3-week African safari.  She booked the $25,000 trip through Overseas Adventure Travel.  The trip included international airfare for each of us, however, since she lives in ... read more

  • Panama was great!

    Sep 10, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent guides, hotels and meals.
    Cons: Uncomfortable buses.

    Summary: Panama was not high on my travel list but my husband wanted to go for his birthday. As it turned out, it was one of the best trips ever. The trip was arranged to see parts of  the country that are usually upstaged by the Canal crossing. ... read more

  • 7 OAT trips - all Terrific

    Mar 22, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Guides; home hosted, cultural and wild life experiences; small groups.
    Cons: Number of non-included meals. Lots of tips needed. Cost of Visas and foriegn airport taxes

    Summary: Costa Rica (2003);Peru- Manchu Picchu (2004);Peru - Amazon (2005);Australia (2006), Chile/Patagonia (2007);Eastern Europe (2008);Japan(2009),headed for South Africa this year. Our guides have always been great, very knowledgable and go out of their way ... read more

  • Route of the Maya - April 9, 2009

    May 12, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala sections
    Cons: A feeling of penny pinching by OAT in Belize.

    Summary: We greatly enjoyed the trip with our trip leader Bronson Torres.  Bronson is knowlegeable, an excellent communicator and diplomat, and very thorough.   This is a difficult trip and he made it easy!  With 16 people ranging from the 50s ... read more

  • Promises, promises!

    Apr 16, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The ship, "Artemis" was beautiful.  The crew very helpful. 
    Cons: Long bus rides, rushed through sites, trips advertised for 55 plus -  mostly plus...

    Summary: Never use this company! I called them because of an article in the NYTs about travel companies offering lower priced trips to attract clients in this poor economy.  OATS was one of the companies mentioned. Upon calling them, of ... read more

  • Egypt and Jordan ad on

    Jan 28, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The sites in Jordan were wonderful in themselves and the guide couldn't ruin them.
    Cons: The Jordan add-on was a last minute poorly executed and ill conceived effort.

    Summary: The Egypt portion was very informative and I would recommend it if you like tours.  The best part of the trip was the extremely knowledgeable Egyptologist who went out of his way to answer questions and take care of any problems we encountered. I ... read more

  • It is a big risk booking with OAT

    Sep 23, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good price. Unusual features on their tours.

    The words "confirmed" and "guarantee" mean nothing to them.

    Summary: I chose OAT to make my first trip to Peru because of the great price they offered and the unique things they offered on their trip, such as a dinner with a local family and a visit to a school. I'm well travelled, especially to Europe, and always travel ... read more

  • Amazon & Galapagos Wilds

    Jan 23, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Looks like a wonderful trip. I'll let you know.
    Cons: Bad OAT attitude towards fair pricing.

    Summary: I haven't traveled yet and I'm already unhappy. I booked the trip at pretty much full price ($100 off per person). Then I start receiving fliers advertising greatly reduced prices. OAT will not issue any type of refund. I am left to cancel -- yes I paid ... read more

  • OVERSEAS ADVENTURE TRAVEL(OAT) cancelled trip after requiring/receiving full payment 90 days prior to departure!!

    Sep 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Small group size, reasonable cost
    Cons: Extremely poor customer service. Trip cancelled after full payment and confirmation. Risky. False advertisement.

    Summary: We looked forward to going on this new and exciting 24-days adventure to Machu Pichhu, Galapagos, and the Amazon with OVERSEAS ADVENTURE TRAVEL. After making our full payment, we received our confirmation letter, travel package, detailed itinerary, ... read more


    Apr 13, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Africa's People And Animals and wonderful Landscape
    Cons: OAT in General. Long uncomfortable drives in cramped Vehicles

    Summary: If you are considering a trip with either Grand Circle or Overseas Adventure Travel, contact BBB (Better Business Bureau) on line first. You will find some interesting negative info on these companies. My wife and I recently took a Best of Kenya and ... read more

  • OAT Costa Rica National Parks

    Apr 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent tour guide, bus driver, bus
    Cons: Long bus rides, insufficient time at the beach, national parks and socializing with locals

    Summary: If you are elderly, have bad knees, enjoy long bumpy rides over awful roads insulated in a bus, then this may be the trip for you. Despite the excellent,knowledgeable and skilled guide and driver, both my wife and I felt relieved when the trip was ... read more

  • Imperial China, Tibet & the Yangtze

    Jul 8, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good way to see most of China in 20 days, OAT provides a good value.
    Cons: HOT, polluted, crowded, and you should budget few hundred extra tipping dollars for your trip.

    Summary: We chose the China, Tibet and the Yangtze River (downstream) tour because of the rapid changes happening in China. Our thought was to see the Yangtze before it was completely flooded, and visit Tibet before it becomes more Chinese than Tibetan. Other ... read more

  • CHINA - bad ending

    Jul 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Active tours; varied assortment of sites and cities; knowledgeable guides
    Cons: OAT reaction to member ratings can get Group Leaders fired

    Summary: My wife and I to the 21 day Overseas Adventure Travel trip to China on April 23, 2006. While the trip was good from the standpoint of what we saw and the places we went, a very unfortunate result occurred that we wish to share with all travelers. During ... read more

  • 3 Time Traveler with OAT

    Oct 23, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Affordable price, small groups, AWESOME guides, did I mention price & great guides?
    Cons: They don't mention about $200-250 additional fees in catalogs or website.

    Summary: I’ve been to 26 countries with numerous companies. I’ve used OAT now on three trips: Galapagos Islands/Amazon, Peru, and Tanzania/safaris. The best tour company I’ve used yet. Price Almost everything is included on their listed price in ... read more

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