Testimonials

“The Distant Horizons trip provides a glorious and eclectic adventure to even the most seasoned traveler. The guides, the sights, the accommodations all combined to offer a rich cultural experience. We did indeed enter the soul of Russia on this trip.”

Jeanie Goddard, The Heart and Soul of Russia 2018

“We just returned from a wonderful private trip to Japan arranged through Distant Horizons. We worked with Julie to develop an itinerary that suited our particular interests and style of travel. Distant Horizons did a great job of planning for us. Everything was very clear and meticulously described in our itinerary, even down to diagrams of the trains stations to aid us in changing trains during travel between cities. It is hard to say what we liked best, but the Beniya Mukaya (A Japanese onsen) was definitely a special place. All of the planned activities were especially good (the tea ceremony in Tokyo, making Washi paper, the cooking class in Kyoto and the visit to the knife maker in Osaka). I was glad that we had taken Julie’s suggestions on all of those. We will not hesitate to use Distant Horizons again for future travels and we recommend them highly.”

Karen Lindfors, Japan 2018

“The cars were perfect for all of us and the guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Our sightseeing made the trip!

I feel that you and the company put together a perfect itinerary [to India] and a trip I will long remember with joy.”

Eleanor Peterson, Down the Ganges 2017

“We had a fantastic time in India, and the trip you planned for us was wonderful! The guides were all great, our Delhi driver Shanti was irreplaceable, all logistics worked smoothly, and the hotels were lovely. I would say that the temples at Khajuraho, the Taj Mahal, and Elephanta Island were my favorite things. Watching the faithful in action in Varanasi was amazing! Thanks again for all your help. We can’t wait for our next adventure, and when we are ready to plan, we’ll be back in touch with you.”

Pamela Mann, customized trip to India 2014

“Many of us wept when we entered the first garden.  No photo can capture spiritual beauty. This was a dream trip for me.  Many times we are disappointed when we look forward to something.  You helped me have a trip that was in all ways beyond my wildest dreams”

Ellen Wall, Gardens of Japan 2014

“I just took my second trip with Distant Horizons in 12 months. Last year I went with them to the Himalayas. This year I went to Ethiopia. It was supposed to be a group tour but it ended up being just me. This posed no problem to Distant Horizons. Janet Moore and staff were always available, knowledgeable and proactive. I had the same itinerary (superbly planned out) as if the group was going. Plus I was able to add a post-tour excursion to the Omo Valley. Distant Horizons local partner in Ethiopia was extremely capable and provided amazing on-ground services. Distant Horizons really looks after its clients. It delivers what it promises. I had my own guide, driver and superb vehicle. Distant Horizons often checked in with me to make sure all was going smoothly.

Ethiopia is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough trip. I so appreciated Janet Moore’s complete honesty with me. They use the absolute best hotels available and I saw this too on my tour to the Himalayas. In Addis, the best hotel meant the Sheraton Luxury Collection property but when the best available was not great, Janet Moore said so upfront.

It was an amazing trip in an amazing country and I am grateful for all the work that Distant Horizons and their local partners did to make this such an extraordinary experience. I look forward to travelling with them again.”

Marty Thomas, Himalayan Kingdoms 2013, Ethiopia 2014

“We have travelled to 125 countries and without doubt Distant Horizons is the best travel company for exploring unique destinations. You can be assured that the trip will be perfectly organized, that their knowledgeable leader will provide a rich context for learning, and that you will return home enriched by the cultural experiences that all Distant Horizons trips provide.”

Bill & Joy Appleby, Indonesia 2012, Ethiopia 2013, Caucasus 2014

“I have traveled with Distant Horizons since 1994 starting with the Silk Road in China 1994, Himalayan Kingdoms 1997, Iran in 1997, Saudi Arabia 2000, Indonesia 2006, and Sri Lanka 2011.

Janet Moore is an excellent planner of trips. She personally investigates closely each program they offer. She is meticulous in selecting the most interesting locations of a country and times to go. As an example, in Sri Lanka, she timed our trip to coincide with the fantastic procession of Perahera in Kandy which included some 210 trained elephants covered in precious silk. To climb the Sirigia rock fortress she made sure we attempted the climb in the morning when the 1400 stairs would be in the shade.

Distant Horizons is usually the first travel agency to spot a newly available destination. Our group was the first American group to go to Iran. Iranians were surprised and delighted to see Americans come to their country which had been shunned by the West for 18 years.

I would highly recommend Distant Horizons!”

Christa McReynolds, Sri Lanka 2011