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GeoWorld Travel

Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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About GeoWorld Travel
Based in the Brecon Beacons, we offer local days trips and longer Geotourism tours around the world. Areas we tour include Wales, England, Scotland, Morocco, Iceland, Italy, Azores, Canary Islands, Germany, South Africa, the USA and the Polar Regions. We visit fossil sites, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, caves, canyons, mountains, National Parks, Geoparks and World Heritage Sites. Our tours are suitable for amateurs and experts alike, and the scenery is explained in an accessible way.
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Margaret R wrote a review 8 Oct
Austin, Texas42 contributions26 helpful votes
I was able to join GeoWorld Travel for a second tour, this time to Iceland during the covid pandemic, and it was wonderful. Iceland has a high level of vaccinations and is very safe and our trip leader made sure the 6 of us had what was needed. Although my geology background is very basic, James was able to impart the excitement of the formations on this very active and young land. It's a great way to learn about the power of plate tectonics, while moving about gorgeous landscapes. The diverse places where we stayed and visited encompassed most of the perimeter of Iceland, with additional visits to the Westmann Islands and into the Highlands to reach Askja Volcano. It was fun also to learn from the other participants as well, since James made all of us part of the discovery in reading the rocks. Highly recommend this trip...but book up early, it is small groups and fills up fast.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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PdelS wrote a review 1 Oct
Saint Augustine Beach, Florida4 contributions1 helpful vote
I joined a seven day geological excursion to Iceland, in a group of 9. We visited many of the most interesting locations. Exciting scenery from glaciers to volcanoes. Very well organised and an excellent leader. Good accommodation. I have no reservations in recommending it to anyone with an interest in geology.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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dull2shinetoo wrote a review Sep 2021
Harrisonburg, Virginia11 contributions
This tour is fabulous! Breakups and collisions of continents, rifting and mountainbuilding, meteorites falling from space, minerals, mines, and diamonds, Snowball Earth, glaciation, tropical climate and dinosaur tracks, and finally the unexpected climate of the least populated, and most arid African country. What's not to love?! 4 memory cards of photos later, I truly felt awed by the diversity of life in this slice of the African coast. Our guide's knowledge of Namibia is exceedingly excellent and she competently attended to her guests. GeoWorld Travel arranged everything and left nothing to surprise, including the difficulty navigating the Covid climate between countries. This was my second GeoWorld Travel tour and I am hoping to travel with James again soon.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Joseph M wrote a review Mar 2020
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There were eight of us on this tour from four different English-speaking countries. Luckily we completed the tour and all of us got home just before the Coronavirus pandemic shut down tourist travel worldwide. James led us to one world-class geosite after another and presented them in a way that we could all understand and appreciate. Tour members ranged from working geologists to a couple of Palookas and included a high-functioning autistic whose “special interest” was obviously geology. James’ explanations of the sites that we visited left us all well-informed and he was very patient in explaining basic geological concepts to those in the group that didn’t have a background in geology. Geology aside, Oman is a beautiful and amazing country and this tour took us through remote places that the average tourist just isn’t going to see. Travel was in comfortable Toyota 4WD Land Cruisers. James drove one and a local Omani drove the other one. Our Omani driver Nasser was a pleasant man who spoke English well and was glad to tell us as much about Oman as we wanted to know. We stopped at six or seven geosites every day and had a nice leisurely picnic lunch in the shade I never felt like we were being rushed. The drives between stops weren’t too long and I never got tired of the mountain and desert scenery. Accommodations ranged from a five-star beach resort to tents at a Bedouin desert camp – which was by far my favorite overnight stop. My only regret is that I didn’t plan an extra day or two to spend in Muscat after the tour. James has a special thing going with GeoWorld Travel and I hope that this Coronavirus pandemic runs its course before much longer so that he can continue to offer us these unique tours.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Jacques L wrote a review Jan 2020
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Our trip to the Canary Islands with GeoWorld (and James Cresswell as the guide) was excellent. Since we arrived few days earlier, James picked us up (my wife and i) straight from our hotel where we met part of the tour members (7 in total). Prior to boarding the ferry to La Palma, we had the time to go to the Amarilla scoria cone where we walked for an hour and took some amazing pictures. All sites visited during this 9 day guided tour were very good to Excellent; from Amarilla scoria cone, Teide on Tenerife, Los Organos columnar jointing on La Gomera, Roques de Garcia on Tenerife and Viento lava tube and many more. The "Ruta de los Volcanes walk" on La Palma was also excellent and provided us the opportunity to go through different ecosystems as we climbed up in altitude. The hotels that were selected were excellent. We particularly loved "Parador de La Gomera" which is a colonial style hotel in a garden setting perched on top of a hill. James is an excellent and knowledgeable guide/geologist and will make sure you/the group is happy with all aspects of the tour.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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