The Testimonials

New York, Thursday, May 29 2023

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“THE best holiday yet!! Cant wait to tell you all about it....Holiday was second to none, keep up the excellent work!’

Julie Michalski, Matiland Medical, UK

"UK-based Greig Smith Travels specialises in ecotourism and wildlife holidays. Naturepixel has been on three expeditions organised by Greig Smith Travels and each of them has been outstanding"  

Daniel Holloway - Australia, Naturepixel

"Dear Paul, We are just back from our trip, and I have to tell you, it was absolutely marvellous. Nothing went wrong, and apart from a few very minor niggles, everything was perfect"

Dr Dinah Bisdee, UK

 

"Let's hope Gerry and Paul can crank up this kind of work to full gear!"

Romulus Whitaker, (legendary wildlife conservationist)

Hi Paul. We just wanted to say thank you for arranging such a terrific trip to Myanmar. It is a wonderful country with very friendly people.  Because of the way you had sorted our travel we felt that we gained a real feel for the place and its people, as well as enjoying the history, the culture and the beautiful scenery. Great food and hotels as well. We are recommending you and Myanmar to all our friends.  Best wishes

Sally and Tony Yeshin, UK

“All in all, a spectacular holiday!”

Charles Carey, UK

“Paul arranged and advised for our family a month' s tour of Cambodia and Vietnam, including traveling the length of Vietnam by train in various 'tranches'. For us it was a holiday of a lifetime only possible because of Paul's dedication and genuine caring for our needs and wants. Paul, thank you again.”

Nicola D’Annunzio UK

"Our honeymoon couldn't have been more special. Greig Smith travels had gone the extra mile on all aspects of the trip. Everything was perfectly organised and coordinated, everyone knew it was a special holiday and treated us as such. Each and every location was perfect in its own way and we can't wait to spread the positive word about this company, and at the first opportunity we get, to book another! Thank you again so much, we had a fantastic time!"

Oli and Kate Miller, UK

 

"Our trip was magical, everything you could ask from a honeymoon, our two different locations covered everything we could want. Week one in a beautiful tropical island with amazing food and relaxing beaches and then a week of fun city adventures in Kuala Lumpur. I cannot recommend Greg Smith Travels enough. Anyone organising a wedding will know just how much it takes over your life, so to be able to have a great company take over and organise our perfect trip was fantastic. Many thanks to Paul and all the team at Greig Smith Travels.’ Paul, Thank you so much!!

Lucy & Ryland Wilson, UK

"Just returned from a fabulous trip to North East India. Wildlife sightings at the Sundarbans, Kaziranga and the Hoolock Gibbon Sanctuary resulted in more than 50 completely new birds, 14 new mammals and several reptiles. Visits to the Naga villages and the opportunity to interact with local people were great experiences, The Hornbill Festival, where the 16 Naga tribes meet to celebrate their heritage and culture in their local costumes, was spectacular. We had good guides throughout, especially Dipankar Borkakati who was with us for much of the trip. Thanks also to Paul Greig Smith for making all our arrangements. Overall a trip to remember for a very long time”

Tony Yeshin, UK

"It was great to hear from you Paul. I am very familiar with the trip that you organized with Gerry Martin and Rom Whitaker. I was incredibly impressed by the concept of the trip at the time. It continues to inspire me today!"

Raymond Smith, Founder of Legends of the Wild

“The whole trip was utterly amazing, a most memorable experience in every way, thank you Paul”  Susan Pullman, UK

"Dear Paul, ..Really the excellent service continued right up until the end....airport transfer/checkin again faultless.Wheelchair across terminals at Dubai and straight onto the connecting flight...... I can only reiterate what I said before. TBI and your good self are to be congratulated on the seamless organisation,transport,guides and drivers. No gaps in the service and always helpful above and beyond what was expected. The hotels were all well-chosen and the suite in Jaipur outstanding..... All the tour guides were first class as were the drivers..... Not sure where our travels will take us next year but be sure that we will continue to recommend you to all and sundry."

Alasdair and Nicola Boyle

 

"A massive thank you to Greig Smith travels for organising our wonderful holiday to Sri Lanka. Feeling weary from our long flight and this being our first trip to Sri Lanka we were a little apprehensive when we arrived in Columbo airport. We need not have feared. We were met by Aruna, our ever smiling Tour Guide , introduced to a Ground Staff Manager with a formal welcome and bedecked with garlands of flowers. The Ground staff were simply amazing, the organisation faultless. For the entire tour Aruna looked after our every need, We just left everything to him and completely relaxed. During the tour we stayed at three hotels, all of a very impressive standard comparable to UK four and five star easily. Leaving our hotel on the last day of the tour we were wished farewell by two Ground Staff Managers and given a bouqet of flowers and chocolates. For the last week we stayed at The Fortress Hotel in Galle which is quite simply paradise with such attentive but unobtrusive staff. We look forward to our next adventure."

Mark Delahunty, http://capriguesthouse.co.uk

“Dear Paul, I write to thank you and express a little kudos for the recent Western Ghats Herpetological Expedition. As a researcher in herpetology my own expeditions are mostly applied field visits to harsh environments globally. I work for a range of universities, consultancies, government bodies and conservation authorities. As such, I understand the difficulty and patience required when organising expeditions to less developed nations. I originally attended the expedition as a busman’s holiday to see habitats and species that I previously only admired on television. What I got from the trip was so much more. It was a pleasant and relaxing expedition that exceeded my expectations. I thank you for your endurance and hard work during the trip. I was surprised by the good choice of attendees. It is always difficult to find a group of people with common interests who can operate in the field safely and enjoyably. I was also impressed with your contacts within the unique world of Indian herpetology. These contacts enabled the group an insight into habitats that would not have been permitted without good relationships with statutory authorities, landowners and conservation organisations. As a result of the trip I have had communication from some of the statutory bodies and conservation organisations we were introduced to. This has lead to design and supervision of a range of herpetological projects that aim to benefit key knowledge to certain Indian species and assist in securing future long term legal protection for them. In today’s conservation arena it is rare for successes to follow so rapidly from brief meetings in poorer nations that are often bogged down with bureaucracy and issues of greater humanitarian importance. I believe that if it were not for your intricate knowledge, open mindedness, keenness and introductions to key people during our time in India that my current participation may not have developed. You should be applauded for providing a satisfying, sustainable and professional ecotourism experience and be proud to have directly influenced greater conservation movements. I would highly recommend your expeditions to fellow herpetologists and look forward to participating in future trips"

Dr. Todd Lewis B.Sc. AIBiol. (Senior Ecological Consultant)”. UK www.drtoddlewis.weebly.com

“Hi Paul! Natasha here. Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you! We have had a wonderful time here, an experience of a lifetime! I think I can speak on behalf of everyone and say that we have loved every minute of it! Even when our flight was cancelled, the ground staff were exceptional and the support from yourself and your offices overseas to resolve the situation was brilliant! ......Once again a massive thank you for making our holiday incredible! Don't think we would have fitted in half of what we have without your help! Much obliged”  Natasha McKay and family, UK

Paul, Thank you so much!! “THE best holiday yet!! Cant wait to tell you all about it....Holiday was second to none, keep up the excellent work!’

Julie Michalski (Costa Rica)  |  "An Incredible bespoke travel company”  Abigail Michalski, http://wanderlustandbake.co.uk/  |  "Congratulations on a thoroughly successful trip that exceeded all of my expectations"  Rowland Griffin, Griffin Ecological, UK Herpetologist, Founder Project Chiccan  |  

“Excellent Experience! Please keep me informed of future trips, many thanks to Paul” P. C. Roberts, UK  |  The trip was awesome!!. Thanks for everything and awesome job amigo :)” Sheriyar Bokhari, Spain

"This was a great trip, It lived up to everything I was expecting and more! I would definitely go again! Paul’s advice and help was spot on.... I would recommend anyone to Grieg Smith Travels, and I will be doing my best to promote Paulʼs services! I would not have wanted to do what we done with anyone else, could not have asked for a better service - Weʼll be back!”  Adrian Fisher, Mid Anglia Herp & Invertebrate Society UK

“The best ever trip of my life! Paul made the arrangements very simple and easy, in fact i actually didnt have to do anything. When I got over to India all the people were very friendly and the food was brilliant. Gerry went out of his way to make sure we had the best trip possible trip and we saw an unbelievable amount of animals. I would highly recommend Paul and Gerrys trips to any wildlife enthusiast”  Fionn Huggard, UK

“We had a brilliant time – thank you so much for organising the trip for us. The information provided was all sent well in advance and response to queries was always quick; thank you so much for providing an excellent service.”  Susannah Fleiss, UK  

“I would like to express to you my sincerest of than you’s. The India & Andaman trip was, without a shadow of a doubt the most amazing experience of my life. I cant imagine that a trip such as this was an easy thing to organise. You, however certainly made it look so. Everything ran as smoothly as possible with no complications at all. Thanks again, from an extremely satisfied customer.”  Chris Young, UK

 

“Paul has been taking care of all my holidays since 2007. Not only does his company provide an excellent service, but they are genuinely committed to ensuring you have the trip of a lifetime. They go the extra mile to ensure your holiday is as good as it can possibly be and nothing is too much trouble for them. Its refreshing to find a company like this that really knows their stuff and I wouldn’t travel with anyone else. They have such an inspiring range of trips that its enough to keep you coming back for a lifetime and its the reason why I keep coming back year on year”  Steve Lloyd, Ashford Cleaning Contractors, UK, 
 

“Thanks Paul for all your work organizing the wildlife trip to Thailand, I had the time of my life! The whole trip from start to finish was amazing so thank you for all your hard work behind the scenes putting it all together! I'd also like to thank Gerry Martin for sharing his expertise with us, without both you guys the trip just wouldn't've been the same!"  Barry Potts, (UK)

 

"Thailand was my second herp trip with Paul & Gerry, all I can say was I didn't think a Holiday could get any better, Paul seriously knows how to plan a brilliant trip!..... Without Paul’s brilliant planning I would probably never of had the opportunity to see some of the wildlife and scenery at its best!".

Robin van Ameijde (Scotland)

 

"A Herpetological Expedition to Thailand" was an incredible experience. Paul had chosen some fantastic destinations to visit including a venom research centre, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We stayed on the mainland and also travelled to small Islands. We had an adventure on a floating village and found and photographed many reptiles along the way. We were joined by expert herpetologist Gerry Martin, who helped and guided us in the field. He has excellent knowledge of Asian reptiles so we were in safe hands. I was very satisfied with the accommodation and stopped in various eco-lodges and hotels. Nothing was too much for Paul and I felt he was a great leader with a lot of time and patience for not just me, but the whole group. I will definitely be going on another!! Thanks for the experience”

Adam Radovanovic, Birmingham Nature Centre

 

“I hope you enjoyed David as much as he loved this life changing trip. It was so overwhelmingly awesome for him – being with people like himself who love what he loves, and can teach him even more. It was worth every penny and so much more. We are so happy that we could give David an experience and an adventure that he will never forget! Thanks for all your help. I haven’t even gotten to hear all about it yet, and feel his overwhelming joy from the trip. Thanks Again!”

Lynda Mead, USA

 

“Hi Paul. Many thanks for this. I had a fantastic time - best holiday ever in fact. Am now off work for the next 2 months trying to sort out a more rewarding third career! At least the weather's good... Catch up soon and looking forward to the pics Thanks again for all your hard work in putting together an amazing holiday - if you want a testimonial from a non herper I'd be glad to provide one! Best wishes”

Dr Nicholas Smith, UK

 

"Gerry Martin and his team, Gregory Barreto, Kaushik Bajibab and Suresh of the Irula tribe were fantastic company and excellent expedition leaders. I made strong friendships with all of them and their hospitality even extended to Greg taking us to his cousins home. The rainforest research station at Agumbe was fascinating and to be able to hang out with the students such as Gowri Shankar who was conducting ground breaking research on the king cobra by radio tracking was a highlight and one I will never forget"

Nigel Hand, UK Herpetologist & author of "Amphibians & Reptiles of Herefordshire", www.centralecology.co.uk