The official travel company for the Emmy-nominated show “Destination Craft!”
With 65% repeat business, Craftours truly is in a league of their own. We are focused on providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who travel with us, with professional tour guides around the world in over seventy countries, a team of professional tour escorts who personally look after our groups, and master artisans in dozens of niche markets who teach during our trips.
The Wall Street Journal - “Craftours is a global and upscale tour company for quilters.”
Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing, and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional, and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Craftours over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."
Judge Jack Smith - "Just wanted to thank you for another great "adventure of a lifetime"! That phrase can be overused, but in the case of our recent trip to China it fits perfectly. Our first "trip of a lifetime" with you was to Kenya several years ago. West Africa is not the most stable region on our planet, but we knew you could trust your leadership and we signed on board. Kenya was memorable for two main reason: First was your absolute command of the many crucial details, and second was your choice of in-country guides once we got there. We made lasting friendships on the Kenya trip and saw indescribable beauty, wildlife and culture.
It was the Africa trip that compelled Nancy and I to join you on the China trip. Once again, trust in you was key. We were not disappointed in China. Our in-country guide, Charlie, was really a modern-day Confucius. He understands his country, his culture, and his clients - us! China is avast, ancient, and bewildering country. It is so unlike our culture in so many ways. But, through Charlie and other guides, we were able to see an almost bewildering range of scenes and people. When I think that we went from the ancient Great Wall all the way to the futuristic Shanghai bullet train, I realize we had spanned some 3000 years in time in just two weeks! And your foresight, planning and hands-on leadership made it possible and enjoyable.
Thank you, Craftours, for your vision, energy, and, yes, courage in providing such a memorable time.God bless you!"
Pam Gray, Mukwonago, WI - "It was evident that much planning had taken place to give us a progression of experiences that really helped me appreciate the culture, art, and natural beauty of the people and island of Bali. Our guide, Mawa, is exceptional! I loved this experience!"
Marion Fetter, Humboldt, Saskatchewan - "For me this was a trip of a lifetime, one that I will never forget. Craftours made it so easy for us to sit back and enjoy. Accommodations were top notch, food great, and Mawa our guide knew so much. Thank you to Jinny for teaching me a new quilting skill, I have been practicing and showing a couple of my quilter friends what I have learned. Thank again for a most memorable experience."
Charlotte Carr, Seattle, WA - "It was an excellent tour with 32 people on board. I prefer smaller tours, but this one was wonderful."
Janet Hamilton, Davis, California - "I’m not a quilter. Why take the journey? Three dear quilter friends wanted to make a foursome for the trip. I had been to Bali many years ago and had some idea what to expect. But this was really special. I learned so much about the art of batiking and also about the culture. These were experiences I would not have had going there on my own or with a general tour group. So glad I did it."
Barbara Pierce , Brisbane, AU - "The trip was well organized, our needs were taken care of promptly. Our tour director is excellent, our tour guide was wonderful. I give the trip five stars. I had never been on a quilting trip before, so didn’t know what to expect, what I found was a great trip, the tours were top notch."
Bronwyn Morris, Queensland, AU - "My Bali expedition was fabulous, sightseeing, down time, and shopping. I would do it again in a heartbeat"
Joan Barto, Michigan, USA - "I have travelled with Craftours for the past 12 years, taking at least one tour or cruise per year. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to see the world, enjoy the company of quilters from all over the world and know that I don't have to worry about anything.
I am a widow and never mind traveling on any of their tours. I have been on two trips, one in Africa and one in India and they were truly amazing. I recommend Craftours to anyone who is a quilter and wants to travel and have a first class experience."
Sue Lathrop , - "Seeing gorgeous batiks in Bali was truly a highlight for me!!!"
Charlotte Carr, Seattle, WA- "I went with Craftours to Bali and had both a wonderful time seeing a gorgeous country, but wonderful quilting experiences as well. I highly recommend Craftours."
Mary Eagle, Cambridge, ID , - "I loved my trip to Bali with Craftours. I would have never even imagined taking such an adventure on my own. Everything was so well planned that all I had to do was figure out what to pack. It was almost as if even the weather had been arranged just for us!"
Eunice Sutter, Reston, VA - "A trip to Bali has always been at the top of my bucket list and now another trip to Bali with Craftours is again at the top of my bucket list. Before the trip, the staff made it easy for each traveler. It was a "no hassle" trip! Everything was taken care of. Once we arrived in Bali the trip was one I will never forget. The hotel was top notch, and the hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our local tour guide was the BEST! As we traveled from place to place, Mawa kept us entertained with information about Bali and its customs and traditions. The tours were more than I ever expected, we met and had an opportunity to meet and talk with the artisans who were eager to explain their craft to us. The trips to the Batik factories and the opportunity to design our own batik was fun, eye opening, and a very humbling experience. Further, I can't say enough good things about the people in Bali. Everywhere we went, whether it was the very nice restaurants or in the marketplace, the people met us with a smile and went out of their way to accommodate our individual needs and desires. Oh, yes the BATIKS were wonderful! I wanted to buy them all! I can't wait to go again with Craftours."
Donna Conklin, Murrells Inlet, SC - "My trip to Bali was the most wonderful trip of a lifetime!! We stayed in the best hotel, had the best people taking care of all our needs on our excursions. We had the best guides, and learned more than we could absorb on each days outing. It was great to talk to quilting people from other places, and form new friendships. Craftours is super in knowing what is best for all of us on our tours, and making any changes to accommodate.
I would truly love to do another trip with Craftours and yes, Tuscany and Ireland would be exciting."
Beth Beardsley, Boulder, CO - "I traveled with Craftours to Bali in 2007 and it was the trip of a lifetime! Bonnie Hunter and Kaye England were our guest teachers and they were wonderful. We had really interesting day trips that were batik education and just plain Bali education. I meet so many wonderful quilters in one place. Our accommodations were first class. I cannot say enough about the laughter and friends that I made. If you have the chance to go, take my advice and GO!"
Toni Baker, N LittleRock, AR - "The Bali trip surpass my expectations, with lots to do although getting sick on that trip, I developed some friendships of very special quilters that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever met. I cherish those quilters and sharing friendship with them."
Donna Ann Molinelli, Driggs, Idaho- "I have done two amazing tours with Craftours. They were incredibly well organized and yet allowed for some "off-script" fun. Stopping at a school in Bali with a contribution is just one example. I have only applause and great memories."
Missy Lawver, Liberty, NC - "Amazing. The tour was well organized and the events were local cultural treasures that I never would have seen had I tried to visit Bali on my own!"
Lani Nagy, Willits, CA - "WOW! What a wonderful trip. Birds and elephants and Monkeys, oh my! And the batiks were awesome. I learned so much about the making of batiks and I have so much respect for the people who work there. I hope I get to go again someday."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "This was the best experience I could have had! Learning Batiking has increased my appreciation for the art! The range of activities, the people, and the food is an experience I would encourage everyone to go!"
Amy Hyman, Scottdale, AZ - "This was truly a wondrous trip. It was versifier, allowed for free down time and exploration while keeping the focus on Batiking"
Jane Ratcliff, Phoenix, AZ - "It was an amazing trip, a true adventure. I got to see places I would never have seen on my own, and learn about the culture. Of course, the buying of batiks was incredible! Very nice, friendly, helpful and as accommodating as he could possibly be. He has obviously visited the area before and was quite knowledgeable of customs and culture."
Kartar Kaur Khalsa, Phoenix, AZ - "Batiking in Bali exceeded any and all expectations! Every day was full of new experiences and surprises! Budi & Surya were amazing! My friends & I are already planning our next trip!"
Jackie Kersh, Lakewood, CA - "This was my first trip to Europe and a great way to go. Everything was planned and arranged so that all I had to do was show up! Our daily excursions were to places that were interesting and fun. I liked that we were given a lot of free time to shop and explore on our own as well as the guided tours."
Carole Green, Kuttawa, KY- "I loved all of the locations that we visited. The small communities gave the real feel of Tuscany. The local guides were excellent - very personable, knowledgeable and humorous. The winery experiences were wonderful (even for a non-wine drinker!)."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "Tuscany tour was everything I hoped for in seeing this beautiful area of Italy!"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "Great itinerary with just the right pace to enjoy the sights and have some free time."
Wayne & Jenny Harwood, California, USA - "My wife and I have traveled Craftours to Tuscany with a quilting group from Los Angeles a few years ago. I have to say, by far, this was the best vacation we have taken in the 32 years we have been married. The hotel we stayed in was exceptional, the tour guides were knowledgeable and polite, and everything that was planned and the things we did exceeded our expectations. This testimonial is written with the intent to persuade husbands to travel with their wives on these trips. Even though there is a quilting element to the tour, I never felt it was anything that got in the way of my happiness as a person who does not quilt.
We are looking forward to traveling to China next year. We have no doubt it will be another great adventure."
Paula Morrison - "The Tuscany tour was amazing! Italy has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am so happy that Craftours made this trip of a lifetime exceed my wildest dreams! The magnificent itinerary, lodging, food, transportation and tour guides were beyond spectacular! Our group became one big family because we shared such amazing memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all for such a grand time!"
Cecilia Ashcraft, Malvern, AR - "I had the time of my life! Tuscany was everything I imagined it would be. Craftours did a great job of making sure I saw all the necessities while giving me time to explore on my own as well. The accommodations were wonderful and the details were all taken care of.
Anita Houston, Midland, TX - "It was the best ’creative’ vacation I’ve ever taken!!! Hands down! The places we visited, the people who tagged along, the Art I ogled at, and the art I made with Tim Holtz were all top notch!"
Kathryn Harpold-Dunn, Benicia, CA - "It was a wonderful adventure packed full of special destinations, sites and activities. I tell my friends that this was like an antipasti platter: lots of little tastes that wet your appetite for more."
Joy Kennedy, Orange, CA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Craftours for allowing us to experience such an amazing journey!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA- "I enjoyed the trip so much I am planning to take another trip with this company."
Michelle Yantzonika, Willamette ESD - "I just wanted to comment on my trip with Craftours. I went to Tuscany in October 2012 and I had such a fabulous time!
Tuscany has always been a place I dreamed of going someday. With Craftours, that dream became a reality! All of the cities and sights that we visited were truly amazing! The architecture, and the colors and textures of the landscape was breathtaking! The people in Tuscany were all so helpful and kind even when I messed up what little Italian I had learned for the trip. This was truly a trip that I wished had never ended, but I hope to return again to Tuscany in the near future, and continue my adventure.
Thank you, Craftours, for making this dream come true for me."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, Oregon - "I traveled to Tuscany this past October with Beth on the McCall’s Tuscany trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. His attention to detail made the trip run smoothly, but his personality made it fun.
I smile every time I think of my week in Tuscany. Today, I was shopping for a bottle of wine, came across one that we had tried on a vineyard tour and started grinning ear to ear.
I’m saving up for another trip, hopefully this year. As my friend and I said after our trip in October..."We work to travel!"
Barbara VanBurger, Horseheads, NY-"Traveling everywhere is the best part of life... Not only seeing interesting, historic, inspiring places but meeting with fellow tourists and the people living in the area give the creative input to learn or look at the world and design in a new way. It is wonderful to be along with others of the same interests I enjoy that so very much. Tuscany would be a wonderful addition to my travels and also the collection of fabrics in new places. Exploring fabric shops in a different part of the world whether here or abroad is always a joy."
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA- "My husband and I joined the Tuscany tour to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a trip we had been planning for some time. I saw this tour in McCalls magazine. It was the perfect answer to how we would see so many places in one trip. This trip truly gave us the flavor of Italy with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without the fuss of doing the logistics work. It left us with a lifetime of memories and look forward to building more. Another tough decision. 🙂 where to go next... Craftours!"
Jayne Willbur, Battle Creek, MI - "Exciting and awesome! What an adventure and one I thought would never happen for me. Everyone in the group was courteous to each other. We experienced some NEW things while on this trip and the sites and scenery -- wow! I can honestly say the food served us was exceptional, even though I learned to eat with chopsticks (fun) I can honestly say by the end of each meal I felt satisfied. We took in a lot of information in the two-week period and I felt there couldn’t have been better drivers, tour guides, and timeliness of each adventure done any better than what was done for us."
Judith Kirk, Unley, S. Australia - "China was great with so many new experiences in such a short time. And such a joy to meet Ali!"
Lisa Bialock, Sun City West, AZ - "Craftours and their team do not just take you on a journey, they experience it with you."
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WI- "When I travel with Craftours, I know we’ll go first class and everything will be taken care of with a smile."
Mary Ellen Francis, Weybridge, VT- "This was my first trip with Craftours. The only word that I would use to describe the experience was fantastic. All the tours, accommodations and food was first class. The trip was obviously well orchestrated, and ran smoothly. All the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, willing to answer any question and fulfill any request. I would not hesitate to go on another trip."
Barb Glasier, Kentwood, MI- "This said Ultimate China Trip and it was--every little detail and lots more than I expected. Loved every minute and felt I saw so much and learned so much about China. Enjoyed trying all the different foods of China. Really loved all the different arts and crafts we saw being done."
Debbie Rey, Richland, MI - "The Ultimate China Expedition was my second tour with Craftours, and it was absolutely stellar from start to finish. One of my favorite reasons for going with this company is that the trip is so much more than just sight-seeing. China (and my prior trip, Ireland) were both a terrific blend of history, culture, shopping, restaurant/food experiences and other unique experiences where I leave a country truly feeling that I have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience and made some new friends as well. The handling of all of the details a group tour entails were impeccably executed. If you want to see the world, I can think of no better company than this one."
Bev Burington, Prineville, OR - "Really enjoyed the trip. Would like to go back and spend some more time in certain cities."
Gina Ellingen, Naperville, IL - "It was a tour with magic in almost every single day, a fantastic trip!"
Peggie Murray Tampa, FL - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was just the right size for the type of tour. It allowed for everyone to feel like they had personal attention when needed. The individual tour guides were awesome. I learned a great deal about Tuscany while relaxing and enjoying my vacation."
Bev Palko, Okotoks, Alberta - "The trip was wonderful. It was very well organized. I would not have been able to see all of these places on my own."
Debbie McClelland, Groveland, Massachusetts - "I traveled with Kaye England and Craftours to China seven years ago. This was a dream of mine and I was not disappointed. This was the trip of a lifetime and we experienced the ultimate in travel. Craftours made sure we have first class accommodations and that we not only saw the sights but experienced the culture. Our guides were topnotch and enriched our experience."
Sheri Renaud, North Las Vegas, NV - "I had an occasion to take a quilting tour through McCalls and Craftours to Bejing, China in 2005, I believe. I have to say, I had no idea what to expect on the trip, but going with fellow quilters was reassuring. It turned out to be an exceptional experience. From the arrival in China to our final departure, things could not have been better. Craftours had thought of everything, including a place to purchase extra luggage for all our goodies when we were ready to come home. The hotel was five-star with excellent cuisine. The tours and tour guides were exceptional. All of the tours were well thought out to allow us to experience as much of China as possible without feeling overwhelmed. It was something I will never forget and I am so glad for the opportunity to experience it with a quality tour company such as Craftours.
Next chance I get, I will definitely tour with Craftours again, especially if it involves quilting."
Rosemary Hopkins, St. Louis, MO - "I took a trip to China with Craftours. It was amazing, even the cruise on the Yangtze where our accommodations were less than sterling. I would love to go to Ireland with you."
Lois Wolfe, Little Suamico, WI- "I have traveled with Craftours to China, New York, Ireland and France. I feel very blessed to have the wonderful memories of these trips with lots of laughs and wonderful friends that were made. The Travel Agency is very thoughtful when planning your dining, lodging, and sight seeing, its like they are planning it for themselves. All I can say is THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES."
Karen Cooper, Coralville, Iowa- "I have traveled on two of your trips, one to Ireland (This was before you had the quilt show over there) and the other to China. I had to find a partner to go on that one. That was the most fabulous trip I have ever taken. We were with a great group of people and everyone was very friendly and helpful to each other. Charlie was a fabulous guide. It was a very fast paced trip and the trip down the Yangtze was the number one best loved feature. I have done quite a bit of traveling, but I think your trips are the absolute best as far as organization goes. I hope to travel with you again."
Martha Lynn - "The trip I took to China was the very best of all the trips I have taken abroad. Great hotels. Will go to South America as that is next on my bucket list."
Monika Huelsebusch, Germany - "A great trip with Craftours! The staff were very helpful to arrange my cruise to Norway. The cruise liner and the staff of Royal Caribbean were absolutely amazing! Well organized sewing classes with brand new sewing machines onboard and very interesting teachers. I had a really wonderful time and met so many lovely people with the same interests like I have.
Thanks a million to everyone who helped make this cruise the journey of my life time!!!"
Leila and Jim Davis, Hot Spring, SD - "Learned a lot hope to do it again in the Future. Norway was great and beautiful"
Judy Prowse, Edmonton, Canada - "This was 4 firsts for me: cruise, quilting trip, Norway & travel companion (the latter was my only total accountability) -- all 4 were fantastic! I really enjoyed the cruise and off-ship excursions, but would have found it overwhelming without the additional purpose & opportunities provided by Craftours."
Sue Goodridge, Wiltshire, UK - "The 4 tutors Pam Holland Stuart Hillard, Judi Mendelssohn and Linzi Upton were very well prepared and the workshops seemed to go with a swing, time went fast and I admit to feeling washed out after them. They were all different but interesting. Plenty of extra sewing time, we were greatly helped with the PFAFF sewing machines by Jo and Stephen who kept machines in working order for us - we certainly kept them busy as a majority of the sewing sessions were well attended. Some of us worked one evening until nearly 11pm!! I think we were so engrossed we forgot the time. Having a good timetable helped - at least we hoped we could find the conference centre in time."
Gabriela Forca, Molina de Segura, Murcia - "I had the privilege of traveling with Craftours to Kenya, it was a trip of a lifetime, so well organised. The game drives were spectacular, the accommodation superb, and the meals delicious. I met some wonderful people, everyone was kind and open. I left Europe stress out and returned a new person, relaxed and on a high from seeing the big five."
Merrie Jo Schroeder, Port Angeles, Washington, - "I’ve been able to cross off Tuscany and Kenya from my travel bucket list thanks to Craftours. The trip to Tuscany was wonderful -- a terrific hotel, great day trips, outstanding service and the expertise of a guide who knows Italy inside and out! I hope to return one day. The trip to Kenya was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Again, the accommodations were 1st class, the game drives amazing and Steve, our local guide, was absolutely the best. The attention to detail and extensive travel experience make their tours one of a kind."
Carolyn and Dan Rhoads, Saratoga, CA - "My husband Dan and I took the trip to Africa in January of 2011. It really was a trip of a lifetime. Everything on the trip was fantastic. I never ever thought I’d do a trip like this, but we are sure glad we did. We saw every wild animal imaginable and close up. We stayed at beautiful places. I especially liked the tent cabin. We ate wonderful food and were really well taken care of. I’ll never forget the trip and hope to go on another one soon."
Judy Snook, Phoenixville, PA - "The African Safari trip with a whole bunch of friendly people was stupendous! Our accommodations were very nice, even the tented ones. Our meals that we all enjoyed together were delicious. But most of all the safari trips took us out to see animals up close and personal! When I saw the giraffe that we could feed, I thought "wow, he’s big! We are in for a big, wonderful time" - and we did!."
Pat Seager, Marion, LA - " I have taken only one trip (so far) but have recommended Craftours many times. My trip was to Kenya in 2011 and I saw comments on the website from fellow travelers. All were positive. I was most impressed by the quality of the accommodations, the excellent meals and the overall feeling that everything was handled professionally."
Barbara Stanbro, Hillsboro, OR- "I attended the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in 2012, and I had a fabulous time. The hotels were lovely, the destinations interesting, and our tour guide/bus driver couldn’t have been more charming or knowledgeable. It was a wonderful trip and I have many good memories."
Dr. Jo Barnes, Hamilton, New Zealand - "This was my very first organized tour and I was a little apprehensive about spending 15 days with people I did not know with a tour company I had found by accident on the internet. BUT my friend Bev and I had an amazing time we had fun, we saw lots of new and exciting places, we visited some quilting stores and met some really nice people. The hotel accommodation were excellent, the bus was comfortable, and the meals were varied and of good quality. I would recommend Craftours tours every time and I am looking forward to the South American Expedition in 2015."
Nancy and Ken Burkhalter, Chelsea, MI- "My hubby and I had an absolutely wonderful trip sponsored by Craftours to tour Ireland and the 1st International Quilt Festival in Galway in 2012. It was a small group, and we really loved that tour. We are still in touch with many of the others who were on our tour. Very well organized! Great places to see, great places to stay, great quilt festival - wonderful time. It was our 50th wedding anniversary trip - so we went on to Paris after to have our final celebration!"
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA-" I was on the Ireland tour in Summer of 2013 with Bonnie Hunter. I can’t say enough about the wonderful experience I had. Examples include having Craftours arrange a roommate for me (a dear lady from Canada), arranging my air reservations, seating me next to "new" friends, being met at the airport by the most charming coach drivers, arranging truly "first class" accommodations in every town, offering wonderful sightseeing opportunities and historical information.
As with any major undertaking such as planning and executing a trip of this magnitude "hiccups" do happen. I was so impressed with the staff of Craftours. When problems arose there was always one and often more to the "rescue" to make things right.
I have recommended Craftours to all my quild friends and would love the opportunity to take more (and more) trips!"
Suzanne Novoselac, Coulterville, IL -"My daughter and I went on the trip to Ireland in 2008, and we had a completely wonderful time! My daughter does not sew or quilt, but she does do other forms of needlework, and she enjoyed herself very much. I’m a knitter and crocheter, and I enjoyed the trips to the woolen mill at Blarney and the weaving at Acoa (sp) near Dublin. Our tour host was excellent, we loved our bus driver, and both of us want to buy a place at the Dingle Peninsula! All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten experience, and we are both just dying to go to Ireland again!"
Bonnie Bloom, Duncansville, PA - "I was on one of your trips to Ireland with my sister. I was amazed at the care that was taken to make our trip flawless. Everything was seen to and everyone was so friendly it was a memory I will treasure forever."
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Schroder, Sweet Home, OR - "My husband and I truly had a trip of a lifetime visiting Ireland. We also received souvenirs that to this day remind me of the fun we had and the nice people we met including a few notables! Since our trip, every Christmas I hang ornaments on our tree that were swapped with fellow travelers... wool boots from Russia, a star from France and an Angel from New Zealand to name a few. The venues, traveling (great bus driver!), food, accommodations, all of it couldn’t be better. After arriving home, my husband and I agreed that we could not have planned it better than Craftours."
Jan Bechle, Albany,Oregon-"In April of 2010, I traveled to Ireland with Craftours. I was with three friends, two of us were celebrating our retirement. The night we flew to Ireland was the same night the volcano blew in Iceland stopping all air traffic in Europe and across the Atlantic for a week. Craftours planned ahead, making arrangements for us to stay on in Dublin if we needed to at a very reasonable rate. The flying ban was lifted the day we were to leave and we were delighted to be able to leave on time.
The entire trip was very well organized. We had a delightful bus driver, interesting tours and the time to do some wandering on our own. The four of us had a wonderful time and made new friends. I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with them again."
Trena Stephens, Missouri City, TX-"What a great trip to the IQFOI in June of 2012! Our coach driver/tour guide was fun & entertaining. The accommodations were luxurious & comfortable. The food was fabulous.
The countryside was picturesque & breathtaking. The quilts were beautiful & inspirational. Thanks for a wonderful time."
Karen and Mike Holt, Grand Junction, CO- "My husband and I went on a Craftours Tour to Ireland for the International Quilt Festival in 2012 and LOVED it. We both had so much fun. The hotels we stayed in were marvelous, our bus driver and tour guide took such good care of us, Ireland is amazing, beautiful, and fun and the people are wonderful. There were plenty of events for my husband to sign up and do while I was at the quilt show so he was happy and having fun too. The quilt show was great fun and I took a wonderful class there from a native Irish woman, using all Irish wools. We had the time of our lives and would love to go again - SOON! Thank you Craftours!"
Mary Mulcahey, Lake Forest, GA- "The Ireland tour was absolutely wonderful. I would sign up again in a heartbeat."
Sarah Ruth Bridges, Moultrie, GA- "Absolutely fantastic! One of the best coach tours that I have been on. Our driver/tour guide was wonderful. I would go again."
Judi Walsh, Sault Sainte Marie, MI- "I absolutely loved Ireland and would consider taking another tour."
Mary Kent Davidson, Cochran, GA- "The trip to Ireland was even better than my expectations! We were matched with a wonderful driver/tour guide, Derrick, who added so much to what was already there. Wish it had not ended!"
Mary Lavold, Pensacola, FL- "I was very impressed that everything ran smoothly"
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Wonderful experience. I wanted to stay another week and repeat everything. I would like to return. Craftours is top notch."
Bonnie Kipp, West Palm Beach, FL - "It was a fantastic trip. Very well done! Everyone was so friendly and everything seemed to be very well planned."
Caren Duggan, Susanville, CA - "Our trip to Ireland was WONDERFUL! Enjoyed the many beautiful sights. We had excellent accommodations. Our driver, Derek Ryan, was a wealth of history and local information. I hope to go to Ireland again, as soon as possible."
Louise Caron, Valleyview, Alberta- "Fantastic! A week is a bit short, 10-14 days would be ideal!"
Shannon Reed-Michon, Sunset House, Alberta- "Very magical tour. Great overview of what Ireland had to offer."
Kathy Dunn, Red Deer County, Alberta- "This is a wonderful overview of the Republic of Ireland. All of the highlights this country has to offer have been showcased in this lovely 10 day trip!"
Bonnie Trottier, Valleyview, Alberta- "My first time ever abroad was a wonderful experience. Someone asked what my favorite part of the trip was and I must say the people. It’s all about those connections with people. The Irish and their country are truly wonderful."
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, AZ- "This was a wonderful tour, scenic, informative and wonderful accommodations."
Marilyn Kennedy, Englewood, FL - "It was well planned and an exceptional trip."
LINDA EVANS, Farmington Hills, MI - "The trip to Ireland was wonderful! It was well planned and executed. I would encourage all my friends and family to take this trip."
Ami Peterson, Albuquerque, NM- "This was a wonderful way to whet your appetite about Ireland and traveling on bus tours in general."
Rebecca Gallen, Northway, AK- "I thoroughly enjoyed the planned out trip! Ireland was not my first choice of a country to visit, but I enjoyed the whole tour."
Joan Durbin - "Our trip to Ireland in 2012 was everything a dream trip should be. Excellent accommodations, great tour bus and driver, well planned. Itinerary and options for "side trips". I am anxious for another trip."
Marilyn Harding, Greenwood, IN- "The trip was perfectly planned. The escorts, Pam Holland and Brian Haggard were amusing and very congenial. Our driver, DB, was the icing on the cake. DB was funny and very knowledgeable. I spent a lot of the trip laughing. Isn’t fun the objective of a vacation?"
Nancy Lee Joyce, LaLuz, NM- "The tour was terrific! Especially our bus driver/tour guide BD."
Cindy Turner, Bedford, IN- "The tour was wonderful. Saw many amazing things. Pam and Brian were so much fun"
Karen Moorhead, Tarpon Springs, FL- "The tour was delightful. The accommodations, food, tour guide, selection of places to see, were all excellent!"
Nancy Joyce Dronek, Coarsegold, CA - "Fabulous trip with wonderful stops and activities!"
Donna Leichtenberg, Iroquois, SD- "Ireland was everything I expected and more!"
Janet Leigh North, Seminole, OK- "Since I will be attending the Lakeshore Quilting Retreat in Chicago when the deadline for reviews arrives, I would like to comment on my PRE-retreat experience. The ladies at Craftours have been absolutely WONDERFUL! They have thoroughly answered all my questions, responded to every email &/or phone call, and have been very pleasant and professional the whole way!! I am SO looking forward to flying to Chicago tomorrow and attending the Lakeshore Quilting Retreat!!"
Joan Gillespie, Ottawa, Canada- "The Chicago Lakeshore Quilting Retreat was a wonderful experience. The quality of the instructors was a highlight and even though I have been quilting for many years I learned a lot of new ideas and techniques from each of them."
Sara Gulbrandsen, Poukeepsie, New York - "I had a wonderful time at the Lake Shore Quilting Retreat. The choice of hotel was excellent. Wonderful service and great food. The trunk shows were the highlight of the weekend. The choice of teacher specialties was varied and, because of this, everyone’s interests were satisfied."
Lois Thibault, Garden, MI- "The Lake Shore Quilting Retreat was perfect. I loved Chicago. The artistic teachers were a real treat. I would do it again in a heartbeat!"
Cathy Hinrichs, Spearfish, SD - "What an inspirational trip I took to the International Quilt Festival in Tokyo with Luana Rubin. Seeing the work of the Japanese quilt arts was a particular thrill. The tours seeing how Obis are made, Indigo dying, riding the bullet train to Nara, the Kimono Museum were highlights of the journey. Even now I pull out the treasures I brought home and remember this trip. Would go again in a heartbeat!"
Kris Jensen, Boulder, Colorado- "From the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival to the world renowned "Symphony of Light" kimono of Itchiku Kubota at the museum near iconic Mount Fuji and so much in between, Craftours provided professional service with a warm personal touch and attentiveness to detail from start to finish; and yet remained gracious, and open to opportunity and serendipity that happened along the way. Words can’t do justice to an experience that went beyond bucket list caliber.
Japan at last. Touring around Tokyo on the dragon bus. The world’s largest city, the ancient and traditional and the ultra modern and futuristic, all layered together: the temples, shrines and torii gates, gingko trees, a traditional Japanese wedding procession passing by at the Meiji shrine, the Blue and White store. In Japan, shopping, like many things, is elevated to an art form.
Departing for Kyoto through the countryside on a legendary bullet train. A great group to adventure with: well-traveled, worldly and devoted to textiles and quilting. My people, not to mention the professional photographer and his wife who were along and provided a world-class remembrance of the trip through the pictures taken and made available, in addition to my own.
Magical Kiyo-mizu temple and pagoda on the hillside above Kyoto. Happening upon a national archery competition at an 800 year old Buddhist temple. The Golden Pavilion.The Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine in Nara, stood watch over by a 600 year old wisteria. The Japanese reverence for nature.
Returning to Tokyo by way of the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to see the unforgettable "Symphony of Light" kimono; Kubota’s life’s work. There are no words.
Back in Tokyo to take in the largest show of its kind on the planet: The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival. Two heavenly days viewing many hundreds of marvelous quilts and their makers, shopping for textiles and kimono and designing a quilt of my own dreams.
Thanks for the memories Craftours..."
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "I traveled with Craftours to the Christmas Markets in Germany this past December, 2013. We all had a wonderful time. The trip was well planned with many points of interest and historical sites. There was also enough leisure time to do what you wanted to do including sightseeing and shopping in the Christmas Markets. Our bus driver and travel guide were great. They were very knowledgeable and spent plenty of time with us. I will be traveling with them again. It would be a wonderful experience if you could join them on one of the trips. I’m sure you will enjoy your as much as I enjoyed mine."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The tour to Germany and Austria and the Christmas markets is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful trip. The tour gave us such a great view of Germany and Austria by going to beautiful castles, seeing Salzburg, the site of some of the Sound of Music filming, and of course plenty of shopping at the Christmas markets. Our accommodations in Germany were first rate in a small village which gave travelers a very homey feel and a personal touch. All of the tour guides were first rate and were experts in their geographic area. I've done nothing but rave about how great the tour since I returned from Germany."
Frieda Zuerner, Cypress, TX- "I traveled with Bonnie on the Christmas Market tour to Germany. I really enjoyed this trip. It surpassed my expectations by a long ways. I felt that the tour parts and the on your own time was nicely split. I think that we received great value for our money. It was great to have Bonnie along and loved her class on English paper piecing. I loved that the tour was flexible and allowed us to add a couple of side trips."
Patti Moffitt, Chula Vista, CA - "My trip to Germany, Austria and Bavaria with Craftours was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! Each day was filled with lots of fun without feeling like you were running non-stop. I look forward to going on another trip with Craftours!"
Denise Corley, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "I went to Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Craftours a few years ago which was a dream of a lifetime. I can still remember how I felt looking at the Alps in Lucerne and thinking to myself how incredibly fortunate I was to be on this trip, with a wonderful group of women, a great tour leader and to be seeing one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. I was a bit concerned to be traveling alone, but with Craftours, I met some great friends and felt totally safe and well cared for. I will undoubtedly travel again with Craftours. Thanks for a wonderful experience."
Gayle Shapiro, Philadelphia, PA- "My recent Craftours trip to Germany & Austria was wonderful; definitely exceeded expectations. A great and accommodating guide who made sure all of our needs were satisfied.
But perhaps the biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the interaction with all of the other travelers in our group. Getting to know so many people from different places and walks of life was one of the best aspects of the trip!
Sure would love to go to Tuscany..."
Avis LaFayette, Tampa, Fl- "I just took my third trip with Craftours in December 2013 to the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. As usual, the trip lived up to my high expectations that I have come to expect from Craftours. We were able to add on some unexpected additions which added to the fun and excitement of the trip. I am looking forward to my next trip to England with Craftours."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The Christmas Markets tour is a wonderful trip. Germany and Austria are absolutely beautiful in December. Almost every place we stopped at had a Christmas market with fun crafts, food and wine. There were beautiful castles, snowy mountains and friendly people. A great tour to see Germany and Austria."
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "This trip was wonderful. Germany is a beautiful place and the trip was well planned."
Becky Galambos, Florissant, MO - "I had a blast on this trip. I have never had a better group to travel with, the accommodations were comfortable, and the itinerary was well selected."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL - "I enjoyed the chance to experience another culture and especially enjoyed the spontaneous experiences of going to another small Christmas market in Chiemsee and Innsbruck. As always, the accommodations were top notch especially the hotel in Ruhpolding."
Sandy , - "I took an Alaskan cruise, merging two of my favorite things: Alaska and Quilting. The projects were mostly geared to Alaska which made them special to me. We also were able to shop in some great quilt stores in addition to the "shop" aboard ship. Looking at the projects and fabrics I brought home with me brings back wonderful memories of my cruise."
Rosalind Barrett, Patchogue, NY - "I went to Alaska last year with Craftours and it was amazing! Not only did I get to enjoy the scenic vistas of that great state but I was able to fill the off hours sewing with Bonnie Hunter. Craftours made this a trip of a lifetime by including those two items from my bucket list"
Sharon McKinney, Ventura, CA - "The August 2013 Alaskan Cruise/Make a Quilt with Eleanor Burns was really a fun experience for me, a novice quilter. Our sewing room was equipped with all new sewing machines and although space was tight, we all managed to sew to our heart’s content on day 1. The Craftours staff went out of their way to provide extra time in the room which had not been planned previously and when resolved those few problems which were bound to occur with speed and always with a smile on their faces."
Amy Flenniken, Virginia - "I took an Alaska cruise through Craftours last summer. I had many questions as a first-timer to Alaska, cruising, and taking a quilting class. The SMP staff were most helpful. On board the ship, Beth from SMP scouted out all the quilt shops for us, Bonnie Hunter was an attentive and splendid instructor, and we had brand new Janome machines to sew with. It was a great vacation all around."
Kathy Wukela, Mansfield, Ohio - "I had the pleasure of taking a cruise to Alaska with Craftours in the fall of 2009 . I had a total hip replacement in June and although I moved a little slower than most of the travelers the accommodations were outstanding and our hostess so caring. I was able to take an excursion and sent a picture of myself standing on a glacier to my surgeon! Not only did I make many new friends I was able to go home with a new quilt top."
Jim and Lauren Teubner, Sublimity, OR-"We went on an Alaska cruise/tour in September 2006. Our 40th Anniversary occurred on Sept 10 as we arrived at the Princess Denali Resort and we saw the Mountain. Mt McKinley was visible in the afternoon as we arrived and we have photos taken from 3:30pm to 9:30pm. Wow what a treat. The whole cruise through the inner passage and the train tour through Denali was so beautiful in September."
Nancy Howard, Chesapeake, VA- "In 2010 we went on an Alaska tour with Charlotte Angotti. The trip was fantastic. We had a lot of fun. The quilting was fun. Craftours was a great host and everything was taken care of. Will take another trip with them any time."
Barb Schaad, Mansfield, OH- "I went on two cruises and enjoyed them very much. We took a January cruise to Caribbean and a September cruise up the east coast. We met many great quilters and had great food and marvelous sites ."
Helen Marie Marshall, Fort Washington, PA - "My husband and I traveled with Craftours to the Caribbean. The quilting teachers were Bonnie Hunter and Pat Sloan. Workshops were great, sewing machines provided were more than adequate. The company of other quilters is always enjoyable, the atmosphere aboard ship was relaxing and the land excursions were fun! Our dining companions and servers made every dinner a delightful experience."
Ann Sands, - "I was lucky enough to travel to The Caribbean on a quilting cruise. There isn’t anything better than being able to visit other countries and ports while being able to have my #1 hobby along for the sail. I’m not big on sunning on the deck, but sewing with a view of the ocean... Sign me up! SMP was a great asset and made every minute of my experience enjoyable. I’d travel with Craftours yearly if it were in my budget."
Sandy Charboneu , Melrose, IA- "I took the quilting cruise Feb. 2013. Had a wonderful time. Met many new friends and still get together with some. The quilting classes were very informative, fun and no stress involved. The teachers were a delight and very interesting. The ship was fun and the food was wonderful. Would love to do all again. My husband came, not as a quilter, and he had a good time also!"
Caroline Massey Ewing,- "I went with a wonderful older friend on a Craftours cruise to the Caribbean islands several years ago. We had a wonderful time and learned so much. I think of the trip every time that I quilt. I even bought a sewing machine and am learning how to use it. I am a hand quilter so I have much to learn about using the machine. The teachers were wonderful, patient, kind and very friendly. We met people from all over the world and have remained friends since we met.
I am looking forward to not being so busy and can take every tour offered. I give this company an A+ and 4 stars."
Linda McKenzie, Washington, DC - "I’ve traveled with Craftours twice - a November 2011 quilter’s cruise to the Caribbean with teachers Bonnie Hunter and Pat Sloan, and an Alaskan cruise with Bonnie Hunter in August 2013. The attention to detail (before and during) by the Craftours staff made both cruises wonderful experiences. I look forward to my next cruise in this November!"
Judy Endeman, El Cajon, San Diego County, CA-"My niece, Beth Glass, and good friend, Marilynn Hersey, took a Craftours Cruise on the Royal Caribbean ‘s Freedom of the Seas on Sept. 11-18, 20ll. The Conference Center on that ship is a great space for quilting and the Craftours staff efficiently planned to maximize sewing time and minimize distractions. Eleanor Burns, our Quilt “Master,” kept us all laughing as we each created a Sea Quilt. The ship’s menus were delicious in each of the dining venues we visited.
The island destinations offered us the excitement of zip-line adventures, fascinating historical sights, and beautiful beaches. Evening Broadway shows and parades down the ships Main Street kept us entertained, while not quilting or ashore. Thanks for such a special trip!"
Rosemary Lacovara, Valrico, Fl -"My first cruise was to the Caribbean with five of my quilting friends. The cruise and the teachers were excellent. Meeting and spending time with the teachers and new friends was ever more wonderful. We all had a wonderful time making memories that will last a lifetime. Looking forward to more cruises with Craftours.
Cheril Musial, Americus, GA-" My sister and I went on The Craftsy Quilt Cruise last March to the Caribbean put on by Craftsy and Craftours. What a fantastic adventure. We were able to meet so many marvelous people from all walks of life who shared our love of all that is sewing. The instructors were top notch to the extreme, the classes were very informative and we brought home so many neat projects. Great job to all!!!!!"
Judy Heffer, Clarksburg, Ontario- "I went on the first Craftsy quilting cruise last spring. It was my first cruise ever. I learned a lot, had lots of fun, and met other wonderful people with a passion for quilting too. The whole experience was absolutely first rate. I would highly recommend Craftours because they do a wonderful job of organizing their trips, if the cruise was any example."
Margo, - "I thoroughly enjoyed my first quilting cruise. I could not believe how fast a room full of strangers bonded and quickly became friends. I am dreaming of the day when I can go on another quilting cruise!"
Lisa Blevins, Alamogordo, NM- "My cruise was everything and more than I expected. The classes while at sea were well organized and I felt pampered by the individual attention of the staff. The entire experience was hassle free from beginning to end. Made me want to rebook immediately"
Jill Hubbard, Grand Rapids, MI - "I took the McCalls Quilt At Sea Cruise last January and it was FABULOUS! I signed up by myself never having traveled alone. I also took advantage of the "before cruise" tour of New Orleans and was very grateful to Beth Hayes as she was most gracious touring New Orleans and every day on the ship. I would recommend Craftours tours to anyone. After I get my two girls graduated from high school this year and next, I will definitely be on the move again. Tuscany, Ireland, Africa, I want to see them all!
Thanks for all the wonderful memories,"
Susie Meier, Park City, UT- "Loved the Craftsy cruise and all the fun times are such great memories during this very cold winter. Organization on the cruise and the classes were just highlights! Sew (so) many great friends that I would have loved to have had more time to get to know everyone like a social on the first night of the cruise or even the night before in New Orleans. It would have been so much fun to have everyone in the same hotel or at least have had assistance with hotel and flight arrangements so we could enjoy the friendships even more.Teachers were fabulous and classes so enjoyable.Ok the best part- all the Craftsy folks who were just so friendly and helpful and willing to do whatever to make the cruise just the best. Cannot wait for the next adventure with Craftours."
Colette Click, Arab, AL -"Last year’s McCall’s School at Sea was my first cruise, the instructors and classes were wonderful. All we had to do on this cruise was enjoy ourselves and we did that everyday. I enjoyed it so much I’m going to the Bahamas with them in Feb. 2014.
I can highly recommend Craftours, I know I’ll use them again."
Beverly Nagy, Casa Grande, AZ-"I have had a great experience with Craftours. Thank you."
Sandy Rosenthal, Erie, PA - "Almost 3 years ago, my friend Monica and I had the opportunity to take a quilting cruise through Craftours. The instructors were more or less last minute replacements. They could not have been more fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and interaction with the instructors. We were on the Carnival Liberty-a gorgeous ship with great food and entertainment. This was not my first cruise and will not be my last. I would highly recommend a "learning cruise" to anyone considering it."
Linda Spence, Summerfield, FL - "About 14 members of my Beach Bums quilting club in Jacksonville, Florida, took a Caribbean cruise with Craftours. Thanks to Craftours staff, we all had a fabulous time, learned some new quilting techniques, and made new friends. I am now a personal friend of designer/instructor Joan Shay, and have been honored to become a machine quilter for her latest book. The Beach Bums are hoping to do another cruise soon and traveling to some faraway place to learn more about fabrics and quilting!"
Valjean Sanford- "After going on the first McCalls Cruise with Craftours there was no doubt I had to sign up for another. Craftours staff always made sure we had "the best of everything". I can’t wait until I am able to go another trip with Craftours..."
Sue Hite, Cary, NC - "This was my first ocean cruise. I enjoyed being on the ship in the middle of the ocean since the ocean is my favorite place to be. I enjoyed the ship, the size and grandeur, the staff all provided a wonderful experience. But most of all,I enjoyed the friendliness and helpfulness of the McCalls staff. It is the first time I have taken a class that I didn’t feel I had to play catchup in order to keep up with the class. Thanks for a wonderful experience!"
Carolyn Hamilton, Lampasas, TX - "Teachers were excellent. Classes informative. Being with like-minded people a pleasure."
Andrea Stark, West Carrollton, OH- "The staff of Craftours and McCall were wonderful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Made it great."
Bernice Sanders, Ashland, NH- "I loved the cruise. Craftours takes care of everything! I just show up and have a great time."
Leslie Carignan, Winnipeg, Manitoba - "It was lovely and my first but not my last cruise!"
Jan Cooley, La Mirada, CA - "The staff were all excellent. It was very enjoyable and we learned several new techniques."
Linda Crowden, Corrales, NM- "I was worried at first as I was traveling alone, but as soon as I got on the ship and met the group that thought was gone. No one was a stranger we were all there to have fun and learn new sewing techniques. Would love to book more travel through this group!"
Mary Mazman, Salem, MA- "The Cruise was great and McCall’s classes were very enjoyable"
Margaret Hawes, Gunnison, CO - "We really enjoyed the cruise. This was our second one and it’s always fun being with everyone both socially and in classes. We love reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We like it so much that we signed up for next year’s cruise."
Terry Hein, Barrington, IL- "The time spent with all the lovely ladies from McCalls was great and meeting new friends was a fun time... all the small details were taken care of, no worries on where to go and having all your kits ready to use was a treat ... cant wait to join this group again and to see what excitement they bring us..."
Gail Sperlbaum, Allentown, PA- "An excellent program. Learning various techniques and incorporate them all in one quilt was a great way to create a memorable quilt. What can be better than a vacation and quilting all at one time."
Patricia Holt, New Hartford, NY- "As this was my first theme cruise, the thought and detailed planning that was put forth to create a memorable trip was appreciated. I would travel with Craftours, again."
Yvonne Heiberger, Dubuque, IA- "It was a great sewing trip, with good teachers"
Virginia Hatfield, Loudon, TN- "Wonderful use of at sea time. Great diverse teachers that made the classes more interesting. Would do it again. A great bonus is doing something for our lovely Lobby."
Sheila Frampton-Cooper, California- "This was my first trip with Craftours, and I could not be more impressed with the entire staff."
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, MA- "A wonderful way to meet and share with fellow quilters from all parts of the country."
Mary Werner, Lincoln, NE- "One of my best vacations ever!"
Marni Fisher, Oregon, WI- "I enjoyed the opportunity to learn and hear about some wonderful quilting and art stories."
Shelley Vance, Joliet, IL- "The Soul of a Quilter Cruise was my first trip combining my two favorite things, traveling and quilting! It was a wonderful experience to be able to learn, share and experience new things. The setup for classes and free sewing times was wonderful. Loved using the new Janome machines and the Bobbin boys were a treat. Our ports of call were breathtaking. Very inspiring."
Jan Potter, Scottsdale, CA- "Based on the experience I have had on two of Craftours adventures, I would recommend any of their trips to everyone - whether or not they are a quilter. My first trip was South America and it was amazing. The accommodations were wonderful and the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon filled every day with new and exciting experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Of course, traveling with a group of people with similar interests made the trip even more memorable. I had visited Africa many years ago but decided to take the Kenya tour with Craftours. A day with the Quilt Guild of Kenya and a hot air balloon ride (in a balloon that held 18 people) over the game parks ending with a champagne breakfast with the animals all around us are just a sample of the diversity of the activities of this adventure. Comparing photos of all the animals we saw each day with the other travelers in the evening was so much fun. And hearing Alex Anderson describe watching the baboon break into her room through the window was hilarious. Accommodations on this adventure were equally memorable.They ranged from the luxury of the Mt. Kenya Safari Club to a tent with a hot water bottle to warm your bed on a chilly night.It was an exhilarating experience I will never forget."
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, CO - "I have been a couple of Craftours tours. The first was a 15 day trip to South America (the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon River basin and Machu Picchu). The trip was a treat from beginning to end. I felt pampered the entire time. I thought that the entire staff did an outstanding job coordinating things.The theme of the trip encouraged quilters (and their significant others) to go so that we all had a common link. I felt that the size of the tour group was very good; small enough that we all got to know each other during the trip. In fact, I am still in contact with friends I made during that trip. That was a trip of a life-time!
And, because that trip went so well, I was inspired to go on another trip in 2011 with Craftours. The next time was a 12-day Safari expedition to East Africa. The trip was a mixture of wonderful safari treks in many beautiful safari parks throughout the region to ensure that we got the chance to see a plethora of local wildlife. There were side trips to villages, local fiber groups and artisans. The trip was very well planned. The places we stayed were top-notch providing many comforts to be appreciated. I did think that the group was too large and there were times when the group size caused problems with coordination and timing of agenda items. I guess I prefer a smaller group so I can get to know everyone; or at least have the opportunity to do so. This trip was fun too because there were a contingent of people who had been on the earlier South American trip so we had a small reunion!
Nice job on everything! I highly recommend Craftours if you want adventure without concerns about being taken care of. I always keep my eyes open for other potential trips!"
Marge Geary, Williston Park, NY -"LOVED the Route 66 trip, it was very well planned and when things did not go according to plan, the plans were changed easily. I also like that it included the history of the places."
Stella Bouldin, Lafaytte, OR- "My last trip with Craftours was in 2007 to Egypt. I enjoyed traveling with the small group and the great guides we had."
Deborah Calyo - "I enjoyed my Mexican cruise very much. My husband and I met many nice people. Sharing our quilting time was a lot of fun, enjoyable and we learned from great teachers."
Manuela Silbach, Underdale, South Australia- "Loved Mexico - the colours, the food, the places and the fun time with the group"
Suzanne Doonan,Malvern, Pennsylvania- "What a wonderful trip. Pam Holland was an extraordinary guide for our first trip to Mexico. Craftours created a community of travelers, hosted so many entertaining and enlightening experiences for us in this beautiful country."
Katherine Madewell, Bixby, OK- "I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip to England. We did really luck out on the weather and I was thrilled to see the wonderful things I experienced. My main regret is that it could not have been twice as long, but then no matter how long you are at a great vacation spot, it is never long enough to see everything you want to see. The best thing is that I no longer feel intimidated at the thought of traveling in most other countries, and that is because of having the chance to explore on my own and being able to travel the subway to get back to the hotel.
The accommodations you provided were first rate and were in great locations. The rooms were beautiful and the areas felt safe. I also believe my husband would have a great time on one of your trips. We will definitely be checking it out. Mostly I understand you and your staff spent a lot of time planning and executing such great plans for a wonderful vacation for us all and I wanted to tell you I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to another trip in the future."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL - "A trip to England has been one of my bucket list wishes and this trip lived up to my high expectations. As always, Craftours had a wonderful schedule planned and the best places to stay. Really enjoyed the time in Bath, England."
Dianna Otte, Tarpon Springs, FL - "This was my first tour and I am very happy that I picked Craftours. I loved England and I met so really wonderful quilters. I could really just go again tomorrow and enjoy it again."
Peggy Chudzy, Calgary, Alberta - "I loved the pace of this tour. You had time to explore on your own from a wonderfully chosen and located hotel and plenty of time for organized activities. Our tour guides and drivers were exceptionally accommodating and full of great information. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in England and are contemplating our next trip. What a sense of fun!"
Anne Davidson, Churchton, MD - "Great tour - enjoyed it very much"
Kathi Madewell, Bixby, OK - "This tour of England is wonderful. The hotels are first rate, beautiful, and centrally located to walk to most sightseeing locations. Each day we started with a great breakfast followed by either a planned day of activities or some free time to experience the areas on our own."
Patty Quattlebaum, Charleston, SC - "This trip was a dream come true. It was beyond all expectations."
Eleanor Balaban, Glen Echo, MD - "Well organized and specific to our needs,desires and talents. Very flexible and accommodating."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, OR- "Traveling with Craftours is inspiration wrapped up in a vacation."
Deb Smith, Wheaton, IL - "Traveling with Craftours is inspiration wrapped up in a vacation."
Laurie Mitchell, Terrace, BC - "Had a great trip, will definitely consider future travel with you."
Betty Gilmore, - "I took 2 trips with Craftours. I was impressed with how professional everything was ran. Both trips went so well that I wouldn’t hesitate to book again. I would recommend them to all of my friends. They are the best! "
Joyce Valley, Pelican Rapids, MN - "My friend Jolene and I have taken a couple of trips with Craftours...and it was always fun. They know the best places to go, the classiest places to stay, and the best quilters to rub elbows with! We hope to do another trip again, and Tuscany would be THE place to choose!"
Rosemary Taylor, Madison, MS- "My time traveling with Craftours can only be described as FUN. They are organized and they go out of their way to see that everyone is taken care of with whatever need they have. Great group of good people and would go anywhere with them."
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WA - "Traveling with Craftours is always a sure thing. You can be sure to get the best of everything, you can be sure you’ll have fun and you can be sure you want to travel with him over and over again."
Patricia Liles, Crestline, CA- " Love the staff at Craftours. Always helpful."
June Campbell, Clermont, GA-" I have experienced 3 trips with Craftours. Just beyond exceptional in both imagination, artistic inspiration and practical insight!"
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WA- "Traveling with Craftours is always a sure thing. You can be sure to get the best of everything, you can be sure you’ll have fun and you can be sure you want to travel with him over and over again."
Kaye Koler, Amherst, OH- "I would love to visit Ireland or Tuscany! The pictures here are always wonderful! Thank you for posting them for us to enjoy!"
Patricia Liles, Crestline, CA- " Love the staff at Craftours. Always helpful."
Anne, Colorado- "What could have been more wonderful than a trip organized by someone else visiting all the wonderful places you have only dreamed off. Not only was everything ’spot on’ it combined my love of quilting to perfection. Could not have asked for more and they had it all planned out to a "T". Sew I can’t wait for the next time I have a dream to visit a new exciting place."
Debbie Sherman - "Great trip! Very organized and enjoyable."
M Ristau- "I have taken two trips with Craftours. The trips were dreams come true."
Cinzia White - "Everything was superbly organized.
The venues were quite varied and always interesting. In most cases there was more than adequate time to enjoy the venue/ planned activity.
The knowledge of the tour guide was quite extensive."
Susan Dickau- "I had a wonderful time when I traveled with Craftours. The trip was so well planned that everything went smoothly. I had so much fun, the trip is one of my favorite memories!"
Phyllis Brooks - "My "ideal travel bucket list" for quilting, art textiles, and cultural diversity includes Italy, Ireland, India, Istanbul and Bali. Perhaps your list may include some of these places also, then Craftours is the travel tour company for your next art adventure!
Craftours takes the worry out of the planning, travel arrangements, and making the necessary reservations, etc., so you can enjoy yourself. Whether you are a quilter or not, the tour includes things to do for everyone. As you take in the flavor of a local market, absorb the vibes of culture, build your ’fabric stash’, or simply soak up the color palette for your next creative design and stitch project you will have a fantastic time!"
Joan Howes - "It’s always a real pleasure to travel with other quilters - the nicest people in the world!"
Nancy Neal- "My travel experience with Craftours has given me a feeling of security. I know arrangements have been carefully selected and will provide the best available."
Gayle Shapiro, Brookhaven, PA- "The trip exceeded my expectations. Very positive experience, well organized and fun. Especially enjoyed getting to know the others on the tour."
Janet Leigh North, Seminole, OK- "I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. The setting, The Omni Hotel, was magnificent. The classrooms were spacious and well equipped. The instructors were fun and personable. The Craftours staff went above & beyond to make sure everyone had what they needed and were comfortable."
Mary Jo Hirsch, Jackson, WI- "Very organized, very involved, instructors exceeded expectations. Looking forward to future events."
Marlys Abbondondolo, Huron, SD- "Three comments: Fantastic facility, excellent educators, great greetings. Thanks very much."
Colleen Smith, Huron, SD- "Loved the small groups -- received lots of individual help from the teachers."
Linda J. Cole, Fond du lac, WI- "It was wonderful. I liked the 4 different kinds of classes we had. I now have an appreciation of modern quilting where before I would walk right passed it. I like how in some classes we got time to finish our project, I have 2 left to finish now."
Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, IL - "A great experience! Great hotel, excellent organization, fun classes and teachers, lots of happy quilters in one place!"
Cindy Van Cleave, Peru, IL - "It was great! Our "celebrity quilters" were wonderful teachers. I loved that we learned 4 different techniques. And they were so friendly and personable - lots of laughs and fun times!"
Judith Beahan, Poukeepsie, NY - "We had a wonderful time! The Hotel and staff were wonderful. The food was great. We enjoyed the trunk shows so much, the teachers were great. Very inspiring."
Janet Bonarski, Gaylord, MI- "I had more fun on this weekend than I’ve had at any other quilting class, retreat, or show."
Gail Myers, Elmhurst, IL - "An amazing venue with 4 of the best quilting instructors made for a great weekend. The hospitality was so welcoming and we were kept entertained every minute we wanted to be. My second Craftours tour and I look forward to the next."
Joanne Brunk, Largo, FL - "I learned new skills (had never done appliqué) and I gained self confidence in trying things outside my comfort zone! What a great experience meeting with so many quilters! Such fun and in so many places on the cruise."
Pam Herrington, San Juan Capistrano, CA- "I want to thank you for all the work you put into your tours. I was very apprehensive to go on this tour...in fact until I actually reached the boarding gate in Houston I was wondering what in the heavens I was doing going somewhere out of the States with a bunch of people I did not know. However, as soon as I met everyone and we were boarding the plane, I knew it was not only going to be alright, but that it was going to be a marvelous adventure. I was right. I felt so comfortable that you will find me going to Peru with you in January.""
Pam Herrington, San Juan Capistrano, CA- "Having never been on an organized tour, especially by myself, I was quite apprehensive until I met the group at the airport in Houston. At that moment, I knew that everything was going to be wonderful and it was. The tour was so well put together that we were never in any doubt that everything was going to be wonderful."
Lisa Kennon, Margate, Florida- "The trip from start to finish was perfect! The accommodations were beautiful, the food was wonderful, and the activities were well planned and really fun!"
Kim Shuttler, Warwickshire, UK - "Very enjoyable course and I learned a lot even though I was an amateur."
Sandra Newton, Norfolk, UK - "First ever cruise, so unable to compare. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I’m fairly new to quilting but would like to learn more."
Ann Caris, Muskegon, MI - "A trip of a lifetime"
Kathy Palmiter, Williams, IN- "This was my first overseas travel experience... I couldn’t be happier with the whole experience...I’d book another trip with you again without question"
Terry Maleski, Muskegon, MI- "Trip of a lifetime! Well planned and carried out!"
Linwood Bradley, Indianapolis, IN- "This was an excellent trip with much ground covered and lots of interesting places enjoyed."
Sheri Pikus, Rice, MN- "We had a wonderful time and the weather cooperated!"
Karen Van Meter, Sumner, WA- "It was wonderful and Derek (our bus driver) made it the best."
Paula Jarosz, Barbeau, MI- "The trip was wonderful ..loved our Driver Derik!"
Carol Steele, Sunderland, MA- "Best group tour I’ve ever been a part of"
Catherine Klein, Los Luna, NM- "The tour was everything I expected. Would do it again"
Margarett Terpening, Albuquerque, NM- "The trip was wonderful and very organized from the beginning to the end. The book that is given before the tour is great, I use it every time I show someone the pictures it helps to remind me where we were when. Having pictures of the hotels is very good also. I am one who likes organization so this was the way I like things to go."
Paula Stipek Long, Montgomery, MA - "Enjoyed the tour immensely."
Janet Nagle, Danvers, MA - "the trip was great I had a wonderful time it was everything I hoped it would be and more and the staff made the trip so much fun"
Jan Wasson, Paris, KY - "Exceptional! The countryside was breathtakingly beautiful. I do wish there had been a day of r&r. I found out just how old I really am. Thank you for a wonderful time."
Wanda Putman, North Richland Hills, TX - "I was very pleased with an extremely well planned tour."
Marin Pancake, Reno, NV - "What a fabulous trip! Excellent accommodations, native meals, clean transportation and a guide who obviously loves what he does. There was the flavor of the culture mixed well with the industry of textiles. Thanks for giving me a memorable trip to share with my mom. We will see you on another trip. Oh, where to go next? That is the question."
Raynor Thomas, Cobram, Victoria - "Really enjoyed it"
Jackie Cissel, Hanover, PA - "I enjoyed the tour, the people that I met, all the places were able to visit"
Don Chudzy, Calgary, Alberta - "Excellent tour. As a male non-quilter I still found the content very interesting. Many of the daily events did not require necessary knowledge of fabrics or techniques but were historically relevant."
Carol Wigant, Spokane, WA - "My daughter and I went on the Papercrafts Cruise several years ago. It was fabulous!!! I took my daughter for a graduation from high school present, we had a wonderful experience.
We loved the organization of the Craftours team. Whenever I had a question (and I had many, this was my first cruise!!) Jaci got right back to me and was so helpful. The welcome aboard ship was wonderful too. We enjoyed the notes in our mailbox' each time we received one.
This was a wonderful way to take a trip with my daughter and do something we enjoy and have a relaxing enjoyable time."
Jenny Bills - "Craftours literally PUTS you on the map!! I love their cruises! And what’s not to love??? Making memories while documenting them, priceless!! A huge fan."
Judy Nieusma - "My tour of Ireland was my first trip to Europe. I was so nervous, but I shouldn’t have been! Every detail was taken care of! Friendships were formed quickly and we saw so many amazing places. It was clear that a huge amount of research went into planning this tour, and I’m so appreciative!"
Amy Turner, London - "Got your email about reviews of previous travels with Craftours. Just thought I'd let you know, I have had the pleasure of traveling with Craftours on 2 Tim Holtz cruises (2010 & 2011). Both were fantastic! Craftours did an outstanding job! Great to deal with, and thought of such nice touches (cupcakes, wine, etc). Truly incredible experiences that I will never forget! Thanks!!"
Sheree Kuhn, Fremont, IN - "Participating in the Canada New England Cruise with Tim Holtz and Craftours was an experience that I will remember for all the years of my life. It was an amazing experience which created lasting relationships through diversity. Creative minds were nurtured and challenged every fantastic day."
Christine Lennon, Phoenix, NY - "Craftours team made traveling solo a comfortable and secure experience. Don’t be afraid to travel solo on a Craftours group trip. You will be integrated into the group quickly from roommate matching if you desire to group member introductions and events like group meals and excursions. Craftours team sets the environment for a fun and secure trip. The rest is up to you!
LOVED Tuscany. Thank you so much for making what was a frightening and anxious time traveling solo for the first time after my spouse’s death comforting, secure and FUN! I really appreciate you extending yourself to me. I won’t hesitate to book my next trip through Craftours!"
Barb Glasier- "Fantastic trip to China-every detail taken into consideration-a trip of a lifetime-thanks"
Maurene McQuestion- "I have participated in 3 of the Tim Holtz cruises with Craftours and had an amazing time on all three. The cruise was wonderful as well as the support from Craftours, both in the planning arrangements and meeting any of our needs while on ship."
Nancy Dare- "My sister & I have had the pleasure & privilege of doing 3 trips with Craftours. We could not have asked or wished for a better experience. They went above & beyond making sure everything was "just right". In fact we were so spoiled by you we wouldn’t want to travel with anyone else!"
Peggy Ward, Port Royal, South Carolina- "It is all about the attention to the details. The wonderful folks at Scrap Map take care of everything from accommodations before the trip, to the transportation arrangements to the airport after the trip is, sadly, as much as you wish it would last forever, ends. There are the mementos tailor made for the trip that are cherished keepsakes. Tim Holtz is a celebrity in the crafting industry and we get the opportunity to travel and craft on a personal basis with him which creates memories that will never be forgotten. Thank you Scrap Map for making these trips possible."
Ashley May- "My mother, oldest daughter and I have been on three Craftours Cruises. Caribbean, Hawaii, & Alaska. I can honestly say it was a pleasure working with this company each time. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable anytime I had to contact them with questions.
The scrapbook part was an added bonus to the cruises. We always came home with a suitcase of scrapbooking goodies & amazing completed projects. Each cruise, I felt the cost of the cruise, was well worth the price because of all the scrapbooking goodies I came home with."
Anita Ocampo BSN, RN-BC- "I was fortunate enough to be on Tim Holtz’s last cruise with Craftours - and I must say it was fantastic!!! I was literally amazed at how well it was planned out, there were several surprises and things I wouldn’t have thought of. I must say I would love to do future events organized by Craftours and would love to be on a mailing list."
Deb Ring - " I was fortunate enough to be able to go on the Craftours cruise with Tim Holtz to New England and Canada. It was my first time ever being on a cruise and I totally enjoyed it. I loved the intro party and the goodbye party.
I was not able to go to the Caribbean on Tim’s last cruise, but hope someday to be able to do another Craftours cruise. It was certainly what memories were made from.
Thank you again for making my first and hopefully not my last cruise so enjoyable."
Karen Santos - "My trip w/ Craftours was a cruise to the Caribbean in 2006. I loved that there were classes while we were at sea. It was a great way to do something onboard that I really enjoyed and meet some great people. I'm still friends w/ 3 ladies I met on the cruise. I love that this company combines 2 of my favorite things: traveling and scrapbooking. Such a great idea!"
Megan, Australia- "In the fall of 2010 I went on a fabulous Craftours cruise to New England and Canada. Taking our classes was the inspirational Tim Holtz, who put incredible energy and passion into every moment. The shop full of tempting crafty goodness was staffed by the tireless Mario, and the other staff were always helpful and supportive. The cruise itself was a wonderful experience on the Voyager of the Seas, and it worked really well that Craftours had booked the conference suite for our classes, the shop, and 24 hour a day access to craft at all hours to our hearts’ content. Tim had brought the newly released Vagabond for us to use, and it really got a workout.
The organization by Craftours was first class, everything ran very smoothly. The ports (Boston, Portland, Bar Harbour, Halifax) offered great excursions and gorgeous fall colours. Before the cruise in New York, we squeezed in a shopping trip with fellow crafters to some of New York’s hidden gems, and in Boston we also did a trip up to Absolutely Everything, a craft store with, yes, absolutely everything you could want.
The other crafters were a great bunch of people, passionate, talented and friendly, and we quickly made friends. The classes were of course a highlight, as anything with Tim is, and the projects were fantastic. I learned so much in such a short time. It was a very memorable trip and well worth the money. I would go again in a heartbeat."
Barbara Albrecht- "I took the Tim Holtz Artful Adventure to Italy with Craftours in October 2013. It was a wonderful adventure!! I've never been to Europe or on any type of group tour before. I was a bit concerned about the large number of participants and the amount of time I'd have to explore on my own or with friends. I really, REALLY enjoyed the trip. It was well planned and allowed us to explore on our own as much or as little as we wanted. Also, I appreciated staying in one hotel for the majority of the trip, which meant more time to just enjoy the experience and not have to unpack and pack multiple times. It was very nice having all the daily excursions included in the cost of the trip.
The guides, Craftours arranged for us, were knowledgeable and patient with such a large group. I could tell they loved their cities and their job, which was refreshing.
Another little touch... Craftours arranged for wake-up calls for all of us each day so we didn't have to even think about it ourselves. The hotels we stayed in were well chosen and very nice. The motor coach we used for the entire trip was always clean and the driver a major magician in the way he handled the coach in traffic and narrow roads... thank you Adrianno!!
The classes we had with Tim Holtz were amazing, fun and creative. It was fun to have Tim and Mario as part of the group and not just the craft facilitators.
I would definitely consider taking more trips with Craftours."
Christy Baltzell, Ogallala NE - "I was lucky enough to take the Craftours "Crafting in the Caribbean" Cruise with Tim Holtz in 2011. I had a wonderful time. It was so well organized and everyone was very welcoming and gracious. Our projects were awesome. It was a good mix of vacation/creative time. Loved it!. Nuff said."
Anita - "I’ve traveled with Craftours 4 times in the last 5 years, and each time I go I’ve never been disappointed! The itineraries, the knowledge of the places we visit, the food, the laughter, the fun, just make me so happy that it’s so hard to go home afterward. The office personnel are always so helpful and friendly too. I don’t think I’ll ever travel through another travel service again. Thank you Craftours for always fulfilling my expectations (and then some), and always making my dreams come true!!!!"
Angie Turner- "I went on the Caribbean cruise with Tim Holtz in 2011. It was absolutely fantastic. Everything from start to finish went smoothly. Everyone at scrap map was so nice and generally cared about making my scrappy sister and I happy. Tim was of course wonderful and inspiration. He is so much fun. Love him and his crew. I would highly recommend Craftours to anyone and can’t wait to have another adventure with them. 😀 thanks for the wonderful memories."
Monica Orlofski - "I traveled to Tuscany last year for the Tim Holtz tour. It was fabulous. I totally enjoyed all destinations as well as the accommodations. I would definitely do another trip. Africa and Germany for sure. Thank you to Craftours for putting the trip together."
Bridget Larsen, Canberra Australia - "My first experience with Craftours was on the inaugural Tim Holtz Cruise to Alaska on Norwegian Cruises, it was the best experience of my life, not having done a cruise in my whole life before. The service was awesome, the people on the ship were friendly and went above and beyond to make our cruise a memorable one. Craftours did a tremendous job organising every aspect of the craft portion and it is a memory I will never forget.
Thank you Craftours, Tim Holtz and Norwegian Cruises"
Sherry Letchford- "The scrapbook cruise I went on in Sept to the Carribbean was my first real cruise. I loved the food, and all the classes and goodies. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse so Jamaica was wet and the ferry ride to the Tulum ruins was rough. I would do another cruise in a heartbeat. I am waiting to hear about the Alaska one in 2015."
Melanie - "I had a fabulous opportunity to join Craftours on a cruise through the gorgeous Caribbean in January of 2009. I took advantage of their amazing payment plan option to make this trip obtainable. As a stay at home mom this allowed me to save for my payment month to month and make this experience so stress-less. Jaci was fabulous and helped me find a suitable cabin mate as I was venturing out on this trip all by myself. Norma was a perfect match for me and we had a blast together on this trip. I am happy to say that even now, years later we are still in touch. All because of meeting through Craftours on this cruise.
The teachers on this particular ship were of the highest caliber and I thoroughly enjoyed every single class. The product and giveaways were all first class and I was happy to take them home.
The small class sizes were superb and it allowed for a lot of one on one attention from the wonderful scrapbook celebrities including the creme de la creme Heidi Swapp, Donna Downey, Theresa Collins, Karen Russell and Margie Romney-Aslett.
To this day I have nothing but the fondest memories of this trip and I can’t wait to travel with Craftours again in the future. I have several friends who have had experiences just as rewarding on their trips with Craftours."
Brenda Rein - "I have been on two of the Craftours Tim Holtz cruises. They were the best cruises I have been on. they were extremely well organized. Everything was great. I highly recommend traveling with Craftours. Everything went very smoothly. I am looking forward to traveling with Craftours in the future!!!"
Eileen Pyne, Girdwood, AK - "Truly an amazing and wonderful journey; loved the magic of Machu Picchu, but really loved the adventure and animals of the Amazon! I think we had a wonderful group of people to journey with."
Raylene Brooks, South Surrey, BC - "The trip was a nice balance of adventure and luxury. I doubt whether other tours would venture as many out of the way places as we did."
Danielle Gale, Hillsboro, OR - "Loved the itinerary of this trip. Saw and did so many exciting things. Wonderful, small group. (I don’t like to travel with groups larger than 28 people.)"
Tinka Rote, San Antonio, TX - "The South America trip was outstanding."
Danyelle Dwyer, East Bridgewater, MA - "The most amazing adventure of a lifetime!!"
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - "This trip was extraordinary in its variety of destinations and activities. Would recommend participation by people who are reasonably physically fit due to the amount of stairs and hiking involved."
Donna Nelson, Signal Mountain, TN - "It was fun, hard, fulfilling, exhausting, exciting, and the most amazing adventure I've ever had. I would do it all over again, even knowing I had to climb a zillions steps!"
Linda Groth Olsen, Cokato, MN- "I was on the Craftours Tour to India in 2010 with Jinny Beyer. I had a fabulous time. Every detail very organized and researched out, from the first class accommodations, the wonderful sites we visited, the great food, our very good tour guides. I would highly recommend traveling with Craftours and I hope to be able to do so again someday..."
Elaine McKenzie, Ridgeway, ON - "It was an experience! Neither words nor pictures tell the story. It had to be experienced."
Adrianne Perry, Waitara, NSW - "I found the content of the tour was excellent. The places we visited, the monuments we saw and the hotels we stayed at were all wonderful."
Kerry Glen, Northland, NZ - "India was everything and more than that I had dreamed of. Exotic colours and flavours for all of the senses. The tour was a wonderful experience with quality visits on every day that were relevant to the group. Govind certainly took us to all the places where we could experience the rich Textile side of Rajasthan. It was fun getting to know other like-minded souls from different countries."
Kathy Goodin, Laurel, MD - "This was a fantastic tour with Govind who had obviously researched and planned wonderful excursions and events relating the culture to our interests."
Christine Donelley, Chapel Hill, NC - "An experience of Indian history, its peoples, its crafts, and countryside"
Susan West, Giralang, ACT - "I had a wonderful trip, really enjoyed India. The group was made up of Australian, New Zealand and Americans, we all got on very well."
Paula Golden, Blacksburg, VA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! From first class accommodations, care for personal concerns, interesting tutorials, fabulous sites... I can't say enough good things about this tour."
Patti Donnelly, Chapel Hill, NC - "I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip. All I knew is that my mom and I wanted to come back to India again for a very special trip. I can't say enough about what we got from this trip from the quality and care for the affordable cost to the expertise and variety of experiences while we were there. Each day was different and planned in such a way that we had busy days buffered by days with travel to the next destination. Even our meals were carefully planned. Not only were we well fed, we had the experience of tasting meals related to the different castes in India. Some points of interest on the trip were to be expected like the Taj Mahal, but some were quite unexpected like dinner at Amber Palace! Most importantly, our guide, Govind, infused every moment with the colorful history that makes India so beautiful, colorful, and treasured. The hands on experiences with tie dye, pottery painting, or wood block printing, gave us a deeper appreciation for the craft. For me as a teacher, it also gave me an opportunity to bring the experience back for my students to try. I felt like our needs were carefully attended to as individuals and as a group. I have no question that I would take another trip with Jinny Beyer, or any of our new found friends from this adventure!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "This was my second trip with Craftours. I had a wonderful time and everything went very, very smoothly. I will be signing up soon to take another trip with him."
Jackie Nelson, Greensboro, NC - "This was my 4th trip with Craftours. I get to go to the places on my Bucket List with people with my same interests while feeling safe and secure every second. Each trip has been amazing! Trying to decide which one I'll go on next year!"
Kate Golden, Stillwater, OK - "It was a wonderful trip! We got to experience various aspects of Indian culture and witness the colors and vibrancy of the country."
Mary Ann Hardee, Fayetteville, NC - "This trip was more than I ever dreamed it would be. No time was wasted, though we had down time if we wanted it. Each day was packed with opportunities I could never have arranged on my own. The group was delightful. Jinny Beyer (celebrity quilter) and Govind Agarwald each contributed so much to our experiences. For me, this was a homecoming. I not only visited places I knew and loved as a child, but I was introduced to places, skills and spiritual experiences that were new to me. I have been forever blessed. I'd go again in a heartbeat!"
Les and Karen Mersiades, Brisbane, AU - "The tour to India was the best group tour we have ever experienced. The leaders, Jinny and Govind were excellent and went out of their way to ensure our journey was a memorable one. We experienced more activities than were promised and certainly spent adequate time visiting the highlights of the tour. All the accommodations were excellent, the meals delicious and the tour bus comfortable. What more could you want? We will certainly be traveling with this company again."
Leonie Hillier, Blacktown, NSW - "I loved every minute of it! Even when i was totally exhausted and overwhelmed I would not have missed anything. I would love to see some other areas of India!"
Donna Stevens, Bloomington, IN - "This trip was EXTREMELY well organized, and exceeded my expectations in every single way! The instructors were not only fabulous, but also generous with the talents and time, often spending personal time with us at dinners or gatherings. I not only reaped the benefits of their wonderful instruction, but I feel like we had the chance to really get to know them as people as well as artists. There were just enough activities to enjoy meeting and sewing with new friends, and enough time to still enjoy the ship and excursions. Craftours answered our every and many questions prior to the trip, and I left this vacation feeling inspired, relaxed and ready to book another trip. I will definitely finish the lovely projects I started on the cruise, and the techniques learned will become part of my quilting repertoire. It was a memorable trip, but I won't say it's was a once in a lifetime event, as I will definitely plan to book another trip with Craftours! Thanks for a wonderful trip and all your efforts, large and small, to make this trip so special!"
Sandra Geho, Marietta, GA - "This was my first quilting cruise. It won't be my last. I had a wonderful time, met wonderful people, and came back so inspired."
Harriet Omstead, Battle Ground, WA - "Great teachers and a great cruise line. A trip that every quilter should do at least once."
Connie Rafferty, Roberts, ID - "This was my first cruise, and I was truly impressed with the organization of the cruise package, including the option to attend the Houston Quilt Expo, the expert assistance in preparing for the cruise, and the experience of the cruise itself. Craftours provided immediate and concise communication of all updates regarding this travel, and promptly, accurately, and professionally responded to all questions. During the cruise our classes, make-and-take sessions, lectures, and open sewing time were well organized and allowed participants the flexibility to attend other cruise activities and excursions as desired. Our fabulous instructors were very personable and made class time enjoyable as well as informative for everyone. The opportunity to use brand-new Janome Horizon sewing machines was enhanced by the assistance of certified Janome representatives. Regularly throughout the cruise we received hand delivered cordial notes, treats, and quilt-related surprises that were literally the icing on the cup-cakes. This cruise was part of a much needed vacation, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It is one of my very best vacation memories!"
Crystal Smith, Tuckahoe, NJ - "Both the Craftours staff members and staff of Royal Caribbean were friendly and helpful."
Isabel Bender, Ottawa, ON - "Great group of people - all the instructors and staff from Craftours. Lots to do and lots to learn. Lots of fun."
JoAnne Freeman, Goodyear, AZ - "The cruise was a delightful surprise on many levels. The teachers were wonderful, the projects were great fun, the ladies in the quilting group were friendly and so much fun. The best surprise of all was the Navigator of the Seas. The ship was incredible the service and staff the best I have ever encountered on any vacation. Will definitely travel again, maybe next year, in fact."
Renea Bailey, Fort Washington, MD - "This is my third cruise with Craftours. It was fun, fun, fun. I really enjoyed every aspect of this trip. From the talented teachers, the Bobbin Boys and Girl, the lectures, games, and gifts."
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, MA - "As a doctor friend of mine said "there will be places to go and people to see". This was one of those times; we went to fabulous places in the Caribbean and the people we traveled with were all like-minded quilters! This is my second time, both times on my own. Highly recommend this quilting experience. You can request a roommate, which has worked out great both times. The classes are different and all keep your attention as well as letting you come away with new methods, great tips and do-able projects. Craftours really has this type of cruise down pat! They do a superb job."
Nora Hamidi, Rockford, IL - "This was a fun cruise and I enjoyed being with a group of ladies from the world over who enjoyed the same things. Our dinner table was a riot every night and we all had a great time. The teachers were interesting and I got a few tips that I had not thought of, thank you! Hope to do the cruise again sometime."
Gail Stobart, Novi, MI - "I had a wonderful time. The accommodations where first class. I enjoyed taking classes from all the instructors. I am already planning on my next cruise in October 2015."
Laurell Griffith, Elkart, TX - "This was my first cruise and I have to say it exceeded my expectations!"
Sandy Weister, Williamsport, IN - "This was my first cruise and enjoyed it very much. Everything was so organized, classes were excellent and service on the ship was beyond anything I expected."
Sandra Rocco, Kent, UK - "I really enjoyed my first cruise and my first cruise with you. So many things to do, so little time. Great educators, brand new Janome machines to use, along with Aurifil thread and Hoffman fabrics. Big thanks to all!!"
Diana Van Hise, Roanoke, VA - "The cruise was well organized and the instructors were helpful and resourceful."
Ollie Griffin Hastings on Hudson, NY - "The trip to Africa was amazing! Each venue had something different to offer. I was astounded at the number of animals we were able to see. Our room accommodations were excellent, and I thought the tent sites were unique. The food was delicious. The staff throughout the trip were friendly and courteous. The Masai Mara was mind boggling! As you can tell, I loved everything!"
David Rattigan Lesmurdie, AU - "The Africa Expedition was eagerly anticipated, so much so that I had probably created an impossibly high expectation. To visit Kenya had always been a wish of mine since first meeting Karen in 1979."
Ruth Stowe, Gillette, WY - "The African Expedition was a once in a lifetime trip. The accommodations were great! Just what one would expect on a safari in Africa. In fact the tents were nicer than any I had ever slept in before. The buffet meals offered a lot of choices in foods - some Kenyan some not."
Heidi Moles, Davenport, FL - "It was a great trip, We didn't have any problems and all the people we met were so friendly."
Michaele Cooke, Groton, CT - "I almost don't know where to begin. It was a life changing experience for me. I have always wanted to go to Africa and the experience of this trip was far beyond my wildest expectations. The safari rides were incredible. We saw every animal I have always dreamed of and closer than I could have imagined. Our driver, Gilbert, had in depth knowledge of the animals and the terrain, as well as the history of Africa - its land, its people and its animals. I learned so much. Our twice a day safari events, our side trips to various local craft centers and wildlife preserves were really interesting and something I will always remember - especially our visit to a Masai village. Our stays at each of the tented camps and hotels could not have been more luxurious or comfortable. The food was really fabulous and all their employees made us feel at home. I honestly don't know how the trip could have been better. Even our transportation to Africa was so well organized that all my anxiety vanished. I would recommend this trip to anyone. It opened my eyes to another world outside of my own little comfort zone and for that I will always be grateful."
Sharon Gordon, Bloomington, IL - "The African Expedition was such a wonderful trip. The tour was well done. I loved the smaller size of the group - we all got to know each other while traveling and eating together. The lodging was excellent, the food was great, the local people were interesting and very kind to us. I've traveled with other groups, but this was by far the very best trip I've ever been on."
Elaine Y. Olvie, Chicopee, MA - "All the things we saw and places we went to were magical! Going at this time of year, their spring, we were able to see all the baby animals with their moms."
Lola Nordstrom, Battleground, WA - "The African Expedition trip was beyond anything I could have imagined. I was on a total high from start to finish. We went on numerous safari drives and saw amazing animals. It was fun to meet new people with the same interests. Couldn't of been any better than it was."
Janis Giles, Tewksbury, MA - "This was the trip of a lifetime, and I wish everyone could go. Everything was organized and first-class. I made some great new friends and had experiences I will treasure for a lifetime. Having the opportunity to go to Kenya was an incredible blessing."
Marny and Tony Howe, Kalamunda, AU - "We had a wonderful time would do it all over again."
Linda Parker, Longview, WA - "The trip to Africa was fabulous. In addition to seeing so many heavenly creatures, we were moved by the hard working factory workers. It was very special to have the bead artists, break into song and dance for us. I never dreamed I would come away with very special friends. We are already working on another visit."
Mary-Louise (Mel) Peters, Northfork, CA - "Great trip. Relaxed at the beginning to let us unwind. More vigorous the second half when we were ready. The jungle hikes were great!"
Sarah Kirtland, Williamsburg, VA - "The trip was exactly what I hoped it would be - and more. The group was relatively small, the quilting exercises perfect for my skill level (or any skill level). The weather was perfect. The food was the best I've had in a long time - consistently good. The people were interesting - and it was great to have the common interest of quilting."
Vickie Adams, Durham, CA - "Loved the coffee tour. Beautiful place and learned a lot about coffee. Wish we had experienced a rainforest, can't do it all in one week. Loved meeting Jenny and Susan."
Donna Ann Molinelli, Driggs, ID - "Great trip, all told. Jinny is THE colormaster."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "I had a wonderful time on this my second trip to Costa Rica. It is a beautiful place to visit and very warm friendly people."
Chris and Lloyd Leeman, Farmington, ME - "Learned a lot will enjoying the cruise."
Jean Briggs, Rochester, MN - "This cruise felt more relaxed, less hurried. I looked forward to it from the beginning of last year. It was nice to leave the cold behind and find the sun!"
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, MA - "This was my third quilting cruise. Each one has been a great learning experience and a wonderful people experience! The teachers are well versed in their craft and have a new lesson for each cruise. I have traveled alone each time and each time was paired with a super person! Highly recommend this quilting experience."
Linda Sech, Mt. Vernon, TX - "The Quilting Cruise exceeded my expectations -- Quality of Teachers; Quality of Equipment; Warmth of Leaders and the fellow attendees. It was very well organized and lots of fun."
Cindy Herb, Malden on Hudson, NY - "Great chance to share our vacation and passion (for quilting and fabric) with other wonderful ladies who shared our love and obsession for this wonderful hobby."
Kathryn Courser, Lansing, MI - "Quite possibly the best time ever had on the high seas!"
Susan Ianni, West Rutland, VT - "I had wanted to go on a trip like this for a very long time. I enjoyed learning how Kate England does Flying Geese. I do not think I will ever do them the old way again. By learning how she did them I just think that more of my quilts will have more Flying Geese in them. Dana Lynch proved to me that there are some projects you can do in just three hours. I was able with her simple instructions to make her bag in that short of time. If given the chance to go on another trip as I was just on I would go in a heartbeat."
Kathy Jones, Mount Shasta, CA - "As a beginner in the quilting field, I was inspired by the awesome quality of the classes and teachers. My word for the experience is inspiring. Having fabulous sewing machines to work on made the generous projects possible. Truly inspiring."
Amy Armenta, Aurora, CO - "I had a most awesome time. The ship and water were beautiful. There was time to be creative, time to put my toes in the sand and time to relax with a glass of wine."
Susan Griffith, Rotonda West, FL - "When I signed up for the quilting cruise, I really didn't know what to expect. None of my quilting friends had been on one, and were anxious to hear about my experience. Well, the short version is that I highly recommend them or any quilter, to sign up for one. I enjoyed the whole experience - the classes, the teachers were all great, meeting new quilting friends, and how well it was organized. Also, there was plenty of free time to enjoy the cruise on & off the ship. I will definitely go on another one in the future."
Theresa Nelson, Glendale, AZ - "My first time cruising and it was a success! The quilting teachers were so helpful and the other quilters so nice!"
Carol Boynton, Chesterville, ME - "The quilting cruise through the Caribbean was nothing short of wonderful. The ship, the staff, the food and entertainment was first class; however, the quilting teachers and students were even nicer! I had a wonderful time meeting new people who share my love of fabric and quilting. I learned some new techniques and got to try out a new Janome sewing machine. We all graduated with honors. Do you have graduate school at sea??"
Anne Baker, Strong, ME - "I thoroughly enjoyed going on my very first cruise!!!! I had a great time meeting people and taking part in the classes offered. It was a delight to meet the teachers and work on their special projects. I also enjoyed meeting other quilters from all over the country and Canada"
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA - "This is my 3rd event experience with Craftours/Craftours. Again, another enjoyable opportunity to learn from passionate instructors and participants alike. To be able to mix my love of travel with my quilting passion brings together the best of both worlds. Your expertise and attention to detail in planning this event flawlessly is appreciated. It adds so much enjoyment when all goes well."
Marge Dromgoole, Westfort, MA - "This cruise to the Caribbean was the best I've been on. I really enjoyed the instructors. They shared some of their exquisite quilts, one as good as the last. I was really very impressed. The ship's staff was very good in their different positions."
Anita McClure, Tellico Plains, TN - "Was terrific... wonderful teachers and classes. A very well organized trip!!!"
Nancy Somers, Algonquin, IL - "All of the classes and events offered through Craftours and Dana, Carol, Sue, Kaye and Catherine were fun and exciting. All the teachers were so knowledgeable, caring, helpful, clear and brought learning to us with style and humor. Also, Scott and Veronica with the Janome machines were great."
Dolores Johnson, Largo, FL - "I had a great time. This was my first quilting tour and I hope not my last. My daughter and I were the "new kids on the block" and everyone made us feel welcome and helped us if we needed it. Loved the teachers and that we were able to choose what we wanted to do. I couldn't have asked for a nicer group and had a wonderful week."
Sarah Curtis, Farmington, ME - "All together there were 6 of us from our guild chapter. We all had a grand time. The classes were great, the teachers were wonderful and were attentive. The ship was glorious, even the weather was superb."
Lynne Carpenter, Klamath Falls, OR - "Last year was FUN! This year was 10x as much fun!!! I LOVED being able to sew on Sunday evening & then having soooo much more sewing time throughout the cruise! Also, was THRILLED to have fabric available for purchase on the ship! Also, the graduation ceremony (complete with Pomp & Circumstance) was truly memorable. (Also, I got to place in the block contest! I was so thrilled!!!)"
Carolyn Allen, Ft. Meyers, FL - "This was my first Cruise and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was very impressed with the teachers and their classes. I learned a lot! Everything was very well orchestrated and kudos to you Craftours for your organization of everything. Loved the graduation party. Thanks to everyone."
Marilyn Kennedy, Engelwood, FL - "Very nicely planned and done"
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM - "The quilting cruise was a lot of fun. The instructors were some of the best in the industry. The ports of call offered some great excursions."
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "The tour was fantastic. Everything was organized. Kathy and Amy worked well together."
Karen Naylor, Gainesville, VA - "Lovely accommodations, interesting daily tours, wonderful food, all carefully planned for maximum enjoyment with the pleasure of sharing this Tuscan experience with Bonnie Hunter."
Laura Pringle, Chandler, AZ - "Thank you so much for all your work. My mom and I will remember our trip of a lifetime!!!"
Susan Britt, Mississauga, ON - "Absolutely wonderful trip ... well organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Amy and Kathy did a good job keeping us all together and mixed well with the group. The places we saw were beautiful. Would have liked a little more time at a few spots but I now have places I will return to. Bonnie shared her quilting skills with us and we had a fun workshop. Her blog is amazing and certainly captured this trip. I had so much fun and met some wonderful ladies. Many thanks to you all."
Tess Griffin, Raleigh, NC - "This tour was not what I expected, it was so much more! We covered a lot of ground with much information about the places we visited. Friends have asked me what was my favorite place and I still can't decide!!"
Carolyn Stigler, Bryan, TX - "Great trip. Great weather. Great people. The tours around Tuscany were diverse. The bus was comfortable and our driver was safe. He also looked out for our bathroom needs. The cemetery stop was emotional and beautiful. I don't know what I liked best because it was all above expectations"
Rosemary Hoffman, Thousand Oaks, CA - "A good overview of the Tuscany area. Enjoyed the numerous small towns that we visited."
Pat Kilmain, Palmer, AK - "This was one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was great, I saw the Tuscany I was expecting."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "It was an amazing, magical week in Tuscany. I loved staying in one hotel the entire time and doing local day trips. Craftours has put together a fabulous itinerary that immerses you in the beauty that is Tuscany!"
Frieda Zuerner, Houston, TX - "Another fabulous trip with Bonnie. Tuscany was so beautiful and Craftours always manages the perfect split between group activities and having time on your own to explore."
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - "Great trip!! Well worth the money. I never would have seen or done as much left to my own devices!"
Theresa Arnold, Indianapolis, IN - "I have mostly traveled independently so was pleased with the balance of tour guided experiences with the freedom to choose once we arrived at a location. Craftours did the hard part which allowed me to enjoy (without trepidation) the actual experience. Hotel was amazing! Bonnie Hunter was the "gravy" on this experience. Just a wonderful balance with an excellent tour guide!"
Elizabeth Dickey, Slippery Rock, PA - "It was a little piece of heaven here on earth"
Kathy Browning, Arcadia, FL - "I was a little skeptical of going on a group tour for the first time, but it was a perfect balance between group time and time to explore on your own. Information given on the bus rides to our daily destination was very helpful and then we had plenty of time to explore where we wanted which might have been different than the rest of the group. I appreciated the central location where we stayed so we didn't have to haul luggage around Italy. It was a beautiful city with wonderful restaurants, shop and gelato!!! Loved every minute of the trip!"
Janet Roth, Red Deer, AB - "I found it a very fun group and enjoyed every minute of our trip. It is a great way for a single lady to travel, felt very safe and well taken care of. Thanks to our guides, Kathy and Amy!"
Norma & Burton Casad, Ponca City, Oklahoma - "My husband took flak for going on a quilting trip that he actually enjoyed it. It was very well done and we would travel with them again."
Paula Barton, Caldwell, Texas - "Words don't describe the beautiful Scenery, the gracious people and the exquisite food we experience on this trip - guides, drivers were all very helpful and professional. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I would love to travel with Craftours again!"
Diane Michal, Trophy Club, Texas - "I loved this trip! Amy & Kathy were great facilitators that helped to bond the group into a caring, supportive, & adventurous as a whole. Thank you for a fabulous retirement trip!"
Adrienne Peake, Rosedale Station, Alberta - "Thank You for the wonderful experience. I have traveled with Craftours and enjoyed both trips."
Carla McGuire, Boynton Beach, Florida - "Fantastic trip! Well organized but yet plenty of free time."
Barb Larson, Chaska, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the Tuscany Tour with Bonnie Hunter. We had just the right mix of sight seeing and also time to relax. Loved it!!"
Anastasia Stratis, Centerville, OH - "Craftours organizes the best trips. Knowledge of the areas visited and the accommodations are first rate."
Pat Terranova, Monroe Township, NJ - "This certainly was a trip of a lifetime! exploring the "old world" village of Ruhpolding, Austria was astounding! enjoying Munich, Germany was quite interesting. Loved seeing the contrast of the 2 areas."
Barbara Burgs, Southwest Ranches, FL - "This was a first class trip with great sites and lots of opportunities to connect with the places we visited. I appreciated all the pre-planning Craftours did to make each field trip run smoothly so we got the maximum out of the tour."
Miranda van den Bosch, Ridderkerk, Holland - "It was a wonderful trip with amazing people , we had a blast."
Shaunesy MacRunnels-Story, Hillsborough, NC - "An exciting introduction to Germany/Austria/Bavaria. Each day we were introduced to a new quaint town. By the end of the day they were old friends."
June Stone, Tinton Falls, NJ - "Top notch travel!"
Angela Medina, Forney, TX - "This was a fabulous tour. I would highly recommend to anyone."
Kim Stirrett, Leander, TX - "I loved the trip to Germany. Ruhpolding, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Oberammergau were amazing."
Beth and Rich Carlson, Chico, California - "This was our first group led trip, and our first time out of the US. The trip was more than we expected. The small group size made it possible to get to know the others. We were able to spend time on our own at each location."
Helen Brandt, Vernon, British Columbia - "Each day was a new adventure, although the description of what we would see was interesting the actual place we visited was much better!"
Leila O'Connor, Dimboola, Victoria - "Where do I start, it was great from beginning to end, Craftours escort was a true delight to meet and looked after us like a mother hen, and our coach driver has the knowledge of an encyclopedia, and the personality to go with it, both people were a treasure to meet. The people on tour with us were like a big happy family, and I have come home wishing I could do it all again, Ireland is a beautiful country, and I learned a lot about it, and the Irish way of life, well done everyone."
Billie Ferguson, Dayton, Ohio - "Our flight on Aer Lingus was wonderful, much better than any I have taken before. The bus driver/guide and Anges' enthusiasm were contagious; they kept everyone in high spirits the whole trip. The variety of places we visited kept us all entertained and their little "surprise" stops were delightful. The classes taught us so much; not only about quilting, but how to compose our photos of Ireland. We had a wonderful mixture of people on the trip and every one added something to the adventure. It was truly a magical time. for me it was time spent with my daughter sharing our love of travel and quilting; I was able to show her my favorite place, Ireland and now we are planning and saving for our next trip. Can't thank you enough for making it possible."
Sandra Geho, Marietta, Georgia - "I loved the opportunity to see and experience many beautiful places and historic sites. As a gardener, and quilter, the trips opened so many creative opportunities that will influence me the rest of my life."
Carol Dunn, Salem, Wisconsin - "This tour went way beyond my expectations. I found the tour guides to be informative, helpful and friendly. "
Bonnie Holtz, Des Plaines, Illinois - "I loved the way Charlie took care of us all the time."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the entire trip. The people were fabulous Americans and Chinese. Always friendly and helpful."
Wayne Lasson, Lake Forest, Illinois - "Trip was outstanding. A perfect balance between crafts and local places to see and free time. Accommodations were excellent - at both locations [one in craft area and one in resort area.] We really saw and enjoyed Bali."
Ellen Davidson, Somerville, Massachusetts - "Excellent planning and pacing. Just the right balance of planned and open time. Right balance of doing crafts, observing crafts, and doing other excursions."
Peggy Moore, Hillsboro, Oregon - "Great trip with interesting sites and classes"
Suzette Lee, Bradenton, Florida - "England and the sites were great if you made the most of your time!"
Joan R. Barnes, Orland Park, Illinois - "I'm a traveler, and I was totally impressed with this trip."
Sherly Giglio, Boyds, Maryland - "Loved the trip! Glad we had some free time to do and explore."
Stephanie Rodgers, Washington Township, New Jersey - "The trip was a lot of fun, but very exhausting. I would've preferred more classes, and less bus traveling. My least favorite place was Bath, only because I'm not much of a shopper. On vacation, I'm more into shopping like at Burton on the Water. Absolutely loved Stratford-Upon-Avon!"
Mary Harrell, Milton, Georgia - "At first I was a little nervous about going on the trip as a single, but I quickly made 24 new friends. The trip was wonderful. It was the perfect mix of crafting, sightseeing and camaraderie."
Betty Brown, Englewood, Florida - "Such a wonderful trip, so much to see and do. God willing I will go again on one of your trips."
Karen Morey, Omaha, Nebraska - "The tour was outstanding! My friends and I enjoyed the mix of organized time and free time so we were able to go off on our own adventures (including 3 shows in London!). Our guide, made it a very personal experience, and I would definitely take another tour with Craftours!"
Nancy Jo Marsden, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - "This was my first tour with McCalls. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to England from beginning to end. The hotels were first class with excellent service & food. Great Quilt Show in Birmingham! Craftours and their staff were very organized, helpful & friendly. Alice went beyond her duty by taking 17 of us on a personal tour of London on our last day. That was the best!"
Cynthia Stanhope, Parksville, British Columbia - "I loved every minute of it. All places were on my bucket list. Sometimes I find it hard to believe it happened!"
Diane Hickey, Highland,Illinois - "This is a wonderfully comprehensive tour which encompasses several quilt venues as well as many outstanding tourist sites. I recommend it highly"
Terri Westberg, Oscoda, Michigan - "I had a lovely time, and what a grand adventure. All the sites were just as beautiful as hoped. We had a good balance of directed activities and freedom to go off on our own.The Hotel and food arrangements were very comfortable and I truly felt a bit spoiled! Thank you!"
Mary Lou Palmer, Waverly, New York - "The tour was so well organized, we didn't have to worry about a thing."
Linda Kelsey, Bloomington, Indiana - "I very much enjoyed the tour and was especially pleased that nothing, except for showing up at the bus on time, was mandatory. I think that more explanation about public transport in London would have been helpful for some people."
Lu Tormaschy, Dickinson, North Dakota - "The trip was well organized and very enjoyable for me and my first travel experience to England. Awesome experience! "
Karen Phillips, Shoreline, Washington - "Nicely organized tour"
Eileen Jonat, Wake Forest, North Carolina - "The best tour Ever!!"
Susan Cusenbary, Wichita Falls,Texas - "This trip was amazing! I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Trylla Esherick, Albequerque, New Mexico - "The trip was fun. The Hotel Paris in Prague was wonderful with its old world charm. Craftours escort is a keeper and rates a 10+. This trip had a real quilt show with vendors and people."
Lucy Harville, Central Point, Oregon - "Loved going to Budapest and Prague, found the architecture old-world wonderful."
Suzanne Doonan, Malvern, Pennsylvania - "We enjoyed meeting a delightful group of people on this tour. The tour guides were excellent in Vienna and the Czech Republic. Tours included a good mix of museums, villages and cultural attractions."
Tammy Kaplan,Savage, Minnesota - "This was a top notch tour in all ways. They make sure that we are well cared for at all times. It was educational, fun, safe, with a huge variety of activities every day, great people, just a blast!"
Kathy Freeman,Portland,Tennessee - "An amazing tour of Tuscany! Each day was better than the day before, even though I didn't think it could be possible."
Greg & Dolores Stefanski, Downers Grove, Illinois - "Excellent taste of Tuscany!"
Debbie Boeken, Ardmore, Oklahoma - "Fabulous trip"
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, Arizona - "I was apprehensive about the painting part of the trip but Deb Haugen, our instructor, was absolutely delightful. Deb made the painting class interesting and you wanted to produce something she was teaching us."
Connie Herbold, Pasadena, Maryland - "The trip was terrific, and the weather was perfect. All members of the group seemed to get along well, and everyone was polite and pleasant. "
Janet Nagle ,Danvers, Massachusetts - "The trip was everything I hoped it would be and more"
Cindy Daugherty,Shorewood, Wisconsin - "The Tuscany Tour was incredible! Each day was planned perfectly with the right amount of activity and rest time. We experienced more of the region than we would have on our own including interacting with local artisans for a wonderful flavor of the culture and traditions."
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time. The balance between activities and free time on my own was just right. The countryside was beautiful "
Jenny McAllister, Pewaukee, Wisconsin - "I had a wonderful time, it was all I expected and much more."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Victoria - "Excellent"
Lola Nordstrom, Battle Ground, Washington - "Great trip. Everyday was jam packed with new adventures."
Sandra Geho, Marietta, Georgia - "A wonderfully creative, and educational experience of the Thai people, their food, culture, and fabrics."
Lee Binnion, Boise, Idaho - "Traveling with Pam and Keith Holland is always great fun. They are truly joyous people. Pam can inspire us even while on a bus, but I still want to take a class which is all hands-on. Thailand is a beautiful country filled with truly friendly people. I would go back any time."
Joan Ascue, Plano, Texas - "The Thailand trip was a once in a lifetime adventure. It was a wonderful group of people, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone. Pam and Keith were, of course, the perfect guides for the trip. And then Temple lost his insulin, Oam stepped up to the plate with the hotel to be sure he was able to get it replaced. "
Sherrill Cooper, Edmond, Oklahoma - "Great locale; great leaders. Had a great time. "
Maureen Engelhardt, Grayslake, Illinois - "Met many wonderful and great people. The boat was wonderful and all employees were very helpful. I thought the quilting part was perfect I really learned a lot. The instructor was great and the Craftours personal were great the only thing I could see that could have been better is if we stayed in some of the places over night to see more of the island."
Michelle Condon, Cheyenne, Wyoming - "The cruise was wonderful, I loved the workshops and sewing time with Bonnie, and making new friends!"
Susan Coan, Concord, North Carolina - "I had a wonderful time on my first ever cruise. The opportunity to be able to do a workshop with Bonnie Hunter was icing on the cake!"
Jody Godwin, Brenham, Texas - "Enjoyed the cruise and the fun of getting to meet a lot of other quilters, as well as, enjoying learning from Bonnie. Just one instructor and working on one project was much more enjoyable for me."
Donna McAllister, Wytheville, Virginia - "I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Kathi Cappellini, Gainesville, Virginia - "I enjoyed my Quiltville Caribbean Cruise with CraftTours. The 4 day workshop with Bonnie Hunter, and working on one of the quilts was a dream. We were able to make great progress and get to know each other and Bonnie."
Ginny Clay, Mansfield, Ohio - "It was fun and staff went beyond excellent to make sure that we all enjoyed it"
Joyce Grant, Forest Lake, Minnesota - "Relaxing, stress free trip of a lifetime."
Xenia B Searle, Grayslake, Illinois - "Fantastic cruise, lots of sewing time and lots of one-on-one time with the instructor. Great camaraderie among the quilters."
Alice Leishman, Port Orange, Florida - "As this was my first cruise, I thought it was phenomenal! Everything went so smoothly and I had been a bit anxious - and I enjoyed every aspect!"
Carol, Lake Frederick, Virginia - "I love cruising and quilting. My sister and I bonded, met new friends, started a great Bonnie Hunter quilt, learned some Bonnie quilting secrets, relaxed, and visited some great destinations."
Gail Stobart, Novi, Michigan - "This cruise was my second with Craftours and second on Royal Caribbean. I look forward to cruising again with both."
Pam Smith, Martinez, California - "It was wonderful!!! The accommodations were first class and the planning was excellent. The people involved were wonderful, drivers and guides. The leaders, Pam and Keith, handled all the issues that came up and kept the tour rolling forward."
Janet BIgelow, Tacoma, Washington - "I have always wanted to go to Africa, and at last was able to go, and mark it off my bucket list. This trip was all one could wish for, great leaders, guides, knowledgeable, down to earth, and all the good stuff."
Jeff Todoroff, Arcata, California - "Lodging was the best, and the game was quite cooperative. Food was excellent and abundant. The Masai Mara is a stunningly beautiful place; the balloon trip was magical."
Melvina White, Hercules, California - "I had a wonderful time. The game drives were lots of fun, looking for different animals. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful land all around us, beautiful sunsets and sunrises."
Lynne Todoroff, Brookings, South Dakota - "Working with Craftours was easy, very helpful, answered concerns, and well organized. The Africa Expedition was a little late in the high season but animals plentiful. We lucked out with the weather until our last day. I would consider another Craftour and recommend the Africa Expedition"
Karen Kelley, LaPlata, Maryland - "It was wonderful! Pam and Keith made it so special, and easy. I have never taken a trip like that before and will remember it always."
Patricia Costa, Floral Park, New York - "It was the most informative tour I have ever been on. We saw and did things that we would never had the chance to experience as an ordinary tourist."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, Virginia - "The tour of Tuscany exceeded all expectations. Every day was a new adventure. I will never forget this trip or the wonderful new friends I made."
Alma Lou Annab, Springfield Gardens, New York - "What I liked the most about the Tuscany Craft Tour was the opportunity to experience hands on how the traditional craft were made. We were taught by experienced artisans. In addition we saw close up such techniques as stone "mosaics" or inlay. The precision achieved using the simplest of tools, and the inspiration from the stones was absolutely mind-boggling. No word can explain the amazement of the final piece. Being able to see a sculptor in his studio with the live model and the many steps and processes before the statue becomes reality gave greater respect and insight to the work of the old masters. But it was so enjoyable to be able to DO a fresco. To do the leather cover, to squish the clay into decorative shapes was wonderful. Even seeing the unique results of the paper marbling made us realize these were things we could do at home. Most to us show you only a brief glance at historic monuments. This one took you back to the beginning and behind the scenes. Since the group was small we got to know all the individuals very well."
Madalyn Etzel, Lakewood, Ohio - "The South American Expedition was truly a life-changing trip. From beginning to end it was handled flawlessly with no missed buses, trains, tickets or people! I felt at ease knowing everything was so well handled by Mary Ellen. Every day was jam packed with amazing experiences. From the canopy walkway, to visiting the village school, to fishing, to walking Machu Picchu it was phenomenal. Every adventure was well worth it. We made a great use of our time, and I truly think everyone on our trip had a fantastic time."
Marie Novak, Edinboro, Pennsylvania - "It was the trip of a lifetime. our time in Ceiba Tops was the most life affirming and joyous time. Everything about our time there was memorable."
Susan Cruse, Milford, Ohio - "Awesome experience! The activities were well planned for interest and delights. Wonderful trip to Peru."
Karen Stewart, Albuquerque, New Mexico - "The trip was very organized and busy. Mary Ellen was terrific; she kept us informed of what to expect each day and how to be prepared for each activity. This was the first time I have taken a trip with a group (not planning each activity myself). I want to take more trips like this and will want to use Craft Tours again."
Frieda Toback, Summerfield, Florida - "A fascinating tour of Peru, well organized, with excellent hotels and accommodations. Mary Ellen was efficient, helpful and very kind. Bonnie's bubbly personality made everyone happy. She was never without a smile or a sense of wonder."
Jacquelyn Nelson, Greensboro, North Carolina - "It was an amazing trip - enjoyed every second of it!"
Rita Walter, Cresbard, South Dakota - "It was a trip of a lifetime."
Pauline Fitzgerald, Medicine Hat, Alberta - "Had never been part of a group trip before. I found the arrangements very satisfactory. My booking person was very helpful with flights, etc."
Carol Wells, Peabody, Massachusetts - "It was a great trip! I had a great time. Craftours escort was the best tour escort!"
Diane Graham, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - "This trip was a dream come true!"
Diana Bane, Buda, Texas - "I loved this tour! It was everything I hoped for and then some."
Brenda Swanson, Stony Mountain, Manitoba - "Awesome. Worth every penny"
Susan Green, Glen Allen, Virginia - "Great tour guide and driver. Carol Feller was fantastic."
Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, California - "I loved Guatemala - the beautiful country, the bold bright colors, and the welcoming and gracious people. The settings and accommodations in Lake Atitlan and Antigua were amazing. The villages we visited provided a view of traditional customs and the crafts we learned are still being practiced today. What a privilege to experience this rich and colorful country and its people!"
Kathy Heydorn, Willoughby, Ohio - "What a fantastic tour. I loved meeting the Guatemalan people and getting to see where they lived and even having a home-cooked meal at their home. The crafting was wonderful and I was able to try some new things such as pine-needle basket weaving. It was a unique experience. As usual, Craftours made sure we stayed in superb accommodations. This was a trip of a lifetime for me."
Merry Smith, Mashpee, Massachusetts - "Fantastic full of fun, laughter and great crafts"
Sharon Banner, Chesterfield, Missouri - "Christmas markets tour to Germany and Austria expectations. Being a tourist and part of a tv cast was a fun combination and exciting experience."
Kathryn Hasenberg, St. Peters, Missouri - "Fun, exciting"
Elaine Smith, New Waterford, Ohio - "The trip was a great experience. I will definitely travel with Craftours again. The trip was well planned and organized."
Laura Weed, Orange, California - "The Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria are must-see features of Winter in Europe. The amazing artistry of the products, and the friendliness of the people are not to be missed. This tour was a great opportunity to be introduced to this wonderful tradition and to see many of the best markets in the region."
Ann Torpey, Somerville, New Jersey - "The tour was very good and most interesting. The Salzburg market was much better than the Innsbruck one. By far the best was the Nuremberg market. It was all that it is advertised to be, even in the rain. Oberammergau was a highlight for me since I had been there to the 2010 Passion Play."
Holly Brown, Alexandria, Virginia - "The trip exceeded all my expectations. Ruhpolding was a delight. I could not have asked for a better place to stay and the people where so friendly and accommodating. The stops on the tour were very exciting. I had so much fun and already planning to go back."
Lois Carter, Kingsport, Tennessee - "It was a trip of a lifetime. On the whole I had a wonderful time. "
Vicki Allred, Redondo Beach, California - "This was a great tour! The Christmas markets in Germany and Austria should be on everyone's bucket list! Loved them!"
Karen Binkley, Long Beach, California - "Great Time was had by all!!"
Liz Williams, Cleburne, Texas - "The Christmas market tour through Austria and Bavaria was fantastic. The towns and villages were very welcoming and friendly."
Linda Carol V. Carter, Knoxville, Tennessee - "This was such a fun trip! Besides the Christmas Markets we visited many interesting sites. The group was a very congenial lot so that added to the pleasure."
Angie Butler, Ocean Grove, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time on this tour! Just enough time for touring, exploring on my own and recouping after a busy day. It really couldn't have been better!"
Chris Bredwell, Tucson, Arizona - "Local tour guides were exceptional. Their knowledge of Japan (customs, local area, etc.) top notch and entertaining! Accommodations classy."
Nancy Withers, Batavia, Ohio - "Awesome Awesome Awesome"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, California - "This was my first trip to Japan and it was a wonderful introduction to the country and the Japanese people and their culture."
Leah Jordan, Clarksville, Tennessee - "This was a wonderful tour. I would never have gotten to this part of the world without this great tour offering."
Audrey Mantle, Lafayette, California - "The balance of planned activities and free time was good. We were traveling with a very savvy group of women who came up with suggestions - fabric shopping street, Shibori museum, and fabric/craft shop across from our hotel in Kyoto. We found the Gallery of Japanese Arts and Crafts which was wonderful. The day trip to the Kimono Museum and Mt. Fuji was great with a wonderful, typical lunch included. The workshops were well organized, fun and a change of pace from touring. The hotels and included meals were excellent. Our guide in Kyoto (Sunny) was excellent and a delightful person. It was a wonderful first trip to Japan and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, Massachusetts - "This is my third tour with this company. It was excellent as usual. I will be signing up for another tour very soon."
Cindy Pomerico, Paso Robles, California - "This was my first trip in a group. I enjoyed it."
Marlene Barkley, El Macero, California - "I loved the Japan tour. Everything went so smoothly due to expert leaders. The hotels were the best."
Ruth McKinney, DeSoto, Texas - "I really enjoyed the entire tour. The quilt show was great. But, the shrines and temples we saw were also fabulous."
Jody Kamman, Laguna Hills, California - "AMAZING! I have been fortunate to travel around the world and have had some wonderful experiences, however this was my first trip to South America. I want to thank Craftours for an unforgettable tour. "
Mary Travillian, Modesto, California - "Peru is a beautiful country to visit, and the craftsmen we met and worked with were excellent."
Sara Borr, Norristown, Pennsylvania - "A fun and informative trip. Great to meet and spend time with so many talented artists as they shared their various crafts. The hands on participation was fun and sometimes frustrating at the same time. Would do the trip again. We not only saw the cities but ventured into the countryside to get a real feel of the country and their interesting artists."
Pam Clark, Moville, Iowa - "This trip fulfilled my lifelong dream of seeing Machu Picchu. Being included as a member of this group made the experience so much easier. Our tour guides led us every step of the way and were quick to respond to our every need. I will never forget the new friends made nor the kind and wonderful people of Peru."
Margaret Bushaw, Laguna Niguel, California - "This China tour surpassed all of my expectations! It was inspirational, educational, and fantastically fun!"
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, Colorado - "Talk about a full tour trip! I had always wanted to see the Great Wall of China and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Each day was chock full of activity and sights."
Mary Randall - "I will cherish the time I had in Nepal. I know we were able to go many places that tourists would normally never see and that made this tour even more special. One of my most memorable times was shopping for saris with the experience of custom tailoring. The most memorable was exploring the tiny village with the mustard mill. We were able to see farmlands and beautiful scenery rather than being encompassed with urban pollution and sounds."
Nancy Withers - "The tour was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was amazing. The people, the sights and the crafts all were just beautiful."
Eileen Jonat - "I had a wonderful time on this trip. We got to see things in Nepal that the normal tourist would not. The group was lively, caring and considerate. All in all this was a truly unique and unforgettable time!"
Linda Lasson - "There were many things we did and many places we saw that made this craft expedition a grand adventure of a lifetime. The weather was hot and so was the food but the Indian people were so welcoming and friendly. I very much enjoyed the group of crafters who shared this adventure with me."
Melissa Sobotka - "This India trip was an intimate way to experience a country and its people, and see how their religion, rituals, passions, philosophies and daily life are expressed through the arts."
Judith Zakrewski, Brooklyn, New York - "I had a great time. I especially liked the music at dinner."
Barbara Robinson, Eustis, Florida - "Loved it and learned a lot from Jami."
Karen Hough, Sanger, Texas - "This was a very different cruise, we learned about making the designs for quilted tops. Jamie Wallen was the instructor. This was a small group and it really gave plenty of time to each person. I learned a lot about finishing my quilts."
Teresa Williamson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - "The Naperville Cocoon was just what I was looking for! Every instructor was absolutely wonderful and it really opened my eyes to some great techniques. The hotel was great, food was great, and the entire event was very well organized. This was my first time traveling with Craftours and I'm looking forward to another trip!!!"
Linda Umstead, Montague, Michigan - "Had a great time. Instructors were very helpful."
Denise Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I enjoyed the classes. The instructors were knowledgeable and patient with all levels of skill."
Linda Carpenter, College Station, Texas - "This was my first experience with Craftours; I had a fantastic time. Group B was the best! We could not have had a better group. The instructors were great and I learned a lot from each one. Honoring Rosemary on Wednesday night was a highlight that I nor many of us will ever forget."
Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, Illinois - "A great four day quilting experience."
Leslie Legros, Kenora, Ontario - "This was a wonderful opportunity I would not have had otherwise to meet the 4 Amazing Teachers and of course Kaye England and Lisa B!"
Bryan Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I initially came for one class in particular. However, I kept an open mind and I learned something in every class."
Kate Schrot, North Mankato, Minnisota - "It was great. Classes were wonderful. The group was friendly and everyone seemed to get along."
Debbie Conlee, Montgomery, Illinois - "I signed up for the event because I don't do ships (seasick!) and wanted a class with Bonnie Hunter. I hesitated to attend class with Mark Sherman and Pam Holland. I am not artistic and that is how I viewed their work. To my delight, I had the best time learning the techniques that Mark and Pam use in their work. I can transfer those skills to other projects. And Pepper Cory was so encouraging to those of us who dreaded curved piecing! Everyone was so welcoming and wanted to make sure that we had a good time. I am still smiling a week later! When is the next cocoon?"
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, Illinois - "I had a wonderful time! The classes, instructors, meals and venue were all terrific."
Christine Hampton, Oregon, Wisconsin - "The Cocoon was the most amazing experience. The best quilt retreat I've been to, by far, and my first trip with Craftours. I learned so much from all the Master Instructors. It was a great line up of workshops. I can't say enough good things about this event. Please repeat the IL Quilting Cocoon soon."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Australia - "Fabulous, stimulating, inspiring AND I learned and became comfortable with lots of ways of doing things differently - curves, trapunto using multiple layers of different batting, thread stitching and companion ruler for flying geese! Lots of extra sewing time to work on projects and some fun entertainment as well as surprises!"
Doris Troutt, Mt. Vernon, Illinois - "I loved the versatility of the instructors. I did things I didn't believe I was capable of. Thank you instructors!"
Anne Wawrzyniak, McFarland, Wisconsin - "GREAT time. The small class size gave ample opportunity for 1:1 with the instructors. The hotel was comfortable, and large enough that one didn't feel cramped in our rooms or classrooms. The topics covered by the instructors were able to be taught in a one day class without feeling rushed."
Rosemary Dawes, Bedford, Texas - "It was an unbelievable experience. Everything, the instructors, the equipment, the personal support and the technical support, were top notch. For me, nothing compares to my being surprised with the awarding of a Quilt of Valor. It was an experience I will not forget."
Rebecca Andrews, Sahuarita, Arizona - "I enjoyed the cocoon very much. The instructors were great and learned a lot."
Donna Simonton, Clinton, Maryland - "I thought this was a great idea and a lot of fun. Four different teachers with four different techniques made for a great week!"
Antoinette Susie McKelvy, Medina, Texas - "What a wonderful experience. Great teachers, wonderful accommodations, great food."
Terry Klausmeier, Lake Forest, Illinois - "The Naperville Cocoon far surpassed my expectations! The accommodations at the Chicago Marriott were lovely, and the meals served were not only healthy; they tasted great! Kaye and Lisa made sure everything ran smoothly and did it with smiles and laughter! They are quite a team! Mark, Pam, Pepper and Bonnie were the dream team -- their talent, teaching skills and patience made for an amazing retreat! I am already looking for my next adventure! "
Chris Deering, Chicago, Illinois - "I loved this cocoon. It was such a great chance to learn from wonderful instructors and make new quilting friends!"
Florence Davis, Winter Haven, Florida - "Craftours has done such a terrific job in working with the Graphic 45 team to organize and carry out this cruise. Every detail for our comfort, classes and fun has been attended to. Well done Craftours!"
Mary Meckling, Merritt Isl, Florida - "I love my crafting cruises with Craftours and their awesome team! Sherrill and Russel always have a smile, a helping hand, a funny story or a hug for us- each and every day. I will definitely be making another crafting cruise reservation with Craftours!"
Kathi Mann, Klamath Falls, Oregon - "Staff are very friendly and ready to go above and beyond. Great Experience."
Cheryl Bensky, Memphis, Tennessee - " The Craftours staff was efficient and helpful with aiding in instructions! Would definitely go on another Craftour!"
Carla Roddy, Spring Valley, California - "Craftours and Graphic 45 were a great pairing for their first cruise event. Loved the pampering with champagne and cupcakes...yummy!"
Elena Bernal Hoyos, Madrid, Spain - "In love with this trip and with all of you. I will never forget this."
Terri Londre, Surprize, Arizona - "Craftours hit a home run with the first ever Graphic 45 cruise. Everything they promised they delivered. I am tired but happy. I would do it all over again. Thanks for the special memories."
Judy Chamberlain, Henderson, Nevada - "Craftours and their staff are there to take care of all our needs so that the Graphic 45 team could concentrate on teaching the classes. This scrapbook cruise has been an extraordinary experience for me. I am looking forward to a future adventure with Craftours!"
Sara Isabel Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain - "It has been a fantastic experience- many people scraping in the middle of the ocean. Perfect."
Sarah Schatz, Jameston, North Dakota - "Outstanding trip! My first cruise and I cannot imagine a better experience-the boat was incredible, the locations were breathtaking, but most of all, I loved the crafting! I will definitely look for another Craftour!"
Sally Flagler, Chapel Hill, North Carolina - "How much more could we have asked for, new friends, family, fabulous Graphics 45 and a cruise that allowed us to see new places and expand our creativity. Truly an adventure of a lifetime!"
Cynthia Sanders, Forney, Texas - "Looking forward to many more trips. This is truly the best organized company I have ever been a part of. Craftours, be proud!"
Sandy Douglass, Englewood, Florida - "What an amazing trip, thank you for giving us an avenue to create and be creative. Thank you so much for the opportunity!"
Lyndsey Jamieson, Alberta, Canada - "I felt incredibly well taken care of at all times. I very much look forward to traveling with this company again."
Therese M. Whitt, Rotonda West, Florida - "I had a sensational experience due to the expertise of the Craftours team. I intend to book many more trips with Craftours in the future- beginning as soon as I return home."
Patti Schatz, New England, North Dakota - "The Graphics 45 team has been marvelous. Our projects are so beautiful and the tutorials were so easy to follow. Thank you, Craftours, for putting this together and getting Graphic 45 to share their creativity with us."
Gail Common, North Bend, Oregon - "I love traveling and learning about other cultures around the world. Making a trip with Craftours would be an adventure and the trip of a lifetime."
Kim Russel, Burnsville, Minnesota - "Everything exceeded my expectations. It has been a truly amazing, wonderful holiday! Sherrill and Russel are fabulous! This will definitely not be my only holiday with Craftours!"
Raquel Fernandez, Cadiz, Spain - "Adore the workshops and the Craftours organization, love Graphic 45!"
Ann Ullery, Holiday, Florida - "My experience with the Craftours team has been the most enjoyable and rewarding experience- ever! Kudos to Craftours for making this crafting cruise my most memorable. Looking forward to traveling with Craftours again!"
Jenna Andrews, London, United Kingdom - "I would recommend Graphic 45 Craftours to anyone- beginner or advanced, safe in the knowledge that they will enjoy their trip immediately. I can't wait for my next Graphic 45 trip!"
Gwen Neale, Coos Bay, Oregon - "Could not have enjoyed myself more. I am looking forward to many more Craftours!"
Lynley Flagler, St. Petersburg, Florida - "The Craftours team did a phenomenal job organizing a 1920's extravaganza with Graphic 45!"
Cheryl Mckinney, San Diego, California - "Craftours crew were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They offered many tips and kind smiles to help us enjoy our cruise to the maximum."
Laura Ladd, Bristol, United Kingdom - "We were blown away by the hospitality of your whole team. I can't thank you enough and I can't wait to see you all again on my next Craftour!"
Traci Wheatley, Westminster, Maryland - "My experience with you guys has been life changing and I will never forget it! I can't wait to see more from your exceptional team in the future! I will be booking another tour with you soon!"
Trish Snipes, Rio Rancho, New Mexico - "I enjoyed myself tremendously. This will not be my last voyage with Craftours!"
Kris Conant, Westbrook, Maine - "A very unique travel experience."
Kathy Heydorn, Willoughby, Ohio - "Fabulous trip! We saw so many areas of Ireland, not just the standard tourist areas. The crafts were excellent."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, Michigan - "This was a great trip! Especially the sheep farm, what a visit! The crystal visit was enlightening, spent too much!"
Marlys Wiens, Edina, Minnesota - "The people of Ireland taught/confirmed the importance of taking care of the earth. There is history back to BC to the present (environmental issues (making ethanol on their farms to turning off your lights every time you leave your room) and all the sheep and Holstein cows as we drove through the countryside in the many shades of green pastures and trees. All surrounded with blue water of the Atlantic Ocean."
Maureen McNally, Hode Sound, Florida - "Cuba was excellent... totally enjoyed the tour, especially the art studios and schools. Group size was great, totally enjoyed their company. Nice surprise was craft market on the street next to our hotel - lots of different crafters."
Tammy Kaplan, Savage, Minnesota - "Craftours does an incredible job of giving us a full and diverse itinerary without pushing us to do too much."
Phyllis Schicker, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin - "A very enjoyable and relaxing trip. Loved the crochet projects and slow pace of the trip. Our tour escort and driver were super."
Lisa Schicker, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin - "I really enjoyed this trip. I felt that the trip included just the right combination of workshops and site seeing. I loved how relaxed this trip was and how friendly everyone was. I felt that Jennifer was a great instructor and this trip really inspired my creative side."
Hazel Furst, East Northport, New York - "This was a wonderful tour. It was well planned, and the tour guides altered the agenda as needed and made it even better."
Grace Weiss, Glendale, New York - "The Emerald Isle Tour was the best trip I've ever taken."
Peggy Mott, San Antonio, Texas - "An informative, and entertaining tour. Our tour guide and the bus driver went over and above to see that we were entertained and well cared for. Jennifer Ryan, the instructor was well organized with her course materials and went out of her way to not only explain the technique but to make adjustments and adaptations for those of us who had vision, hearing and other physical problems."
Danny Olivia, Port St. Lucie, Florida - "too short, fun, new family"
Jessica Mileto, Glendale, New York - "The tour guides were amazing, they were so knowledgeable, friendly, easy-going and it helped that the entire trip was already planned and all I had to do was catch the bus in the morning. Amazing country, amazing people and I am so grateful I chose to come along."
Carrie Pearsall, Seattle, Washington - "It was terrific. I had a great time. All the visits & activities were a lot of fun. The time went so fast."
Ellen Gormley, North Bend, Ohio - "Craftours made the trip very easy by handling all the details!"
Darlene Pearsall, Seattle, Washington - "Very well organized. The tour guides (Alice), our driver (Brendan) and instructor (Jennifer Ryan) were all great."
Mary Travillian, Marshalltown, Iowa - "A beautiful and well-organized trip with a great exploration of the flora and geographically beautiful sites; PLUS the fun crochet projects"
Karen Anderson, Sandpoint, Idaho - "It was so much fun. A good balance of crochet and sightseeing."
Brenda Pokorny, Stafford Springs, Connecticut - "AWESOME!! Well planned and organized. Everything went like clock work"
Shereen Prochnow, - "This was an amazing trip! I love history, so it was great to be able to visit a lot of the castles and cathedrals that are several hundred years old. The hands on scone making was also a highlight."
Terri Englehaupt, Rochester, Minnesota - "It was a wonderful time. Enjoyed the crochet portion, but going to Ireland was such a thrill for me. I'm digging up all of the genealogy I have & will continue working on it, now that I have visited where my family once lived!"
Jean Mejerle, Woodruff, Wisconsin - "The tour was grand! We covered a lot of territory in the time available! Craftours escort, the tour guide, and Brendan, the bus driver, couldn't have been nicer. I'll certainly look at more Craftours!"
Elaine Shepard, Little Mountain, Queensland - "Most enjoyable tour and crocheting experience."
Jaqueline Mills, Medford, New Jersey - "Alaska was everything I hoped it would be. Traveling with Crafters allowed me to share the experience with others who share my passion for quilting. As a single woman, traveling alone, this made my trip all the more enjoyable."
Linda Helders, Neshkoro, Wisconsin - "The cruise was wonderful, & I enjoyed the sewing"
Ellen MacLaughlin, Midland, Michigan - "Wonderful trip meeting all my new quilting sisters."
Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, Massachusetts - "The Alaskan Cruise with Bonnie Hunter was quilting fun from beginning to end! This was my first Craftours trip and I hope it won't be my last."
Rena Shield, Roscoe, Illinois - "Enjoyed the cruise very much"
Cindi Burgdorf, Florissant, Missouri - "I had a wonderful time. The set up for sewing was great, and Royal Caribbean is a good choice for your tours."
Debi Persson, Duluth, Minnesota - "It was an amazing cruise! And a bonus to meet Bonnie Hunter."
Marilee McQuarrie, Wallawalla, Washington - "The tour itself was wonderful. Our guide and bus driver were fantastic people who knew the area and history. We completely enjoyed the trip."
Meg Brotnov, Bellingham, Washington - "Ireland is a beautiful land of endless history. Craftours allowed us to visit as many places as possible in a short amount of time. The hotels were excellent and dinners superb! Our guide, Agnus was lovely and kept us organized and the bus driver/guide was very informative about the area. There was so much to see and so much history to absorb that I often didn't catch it all."
Sharon E. Posey, Everett, Washington - "I had a fabulous trip to Ireland, Craftours escort was an excellent tour guide. The bus driver/guide also was an educated bus driver who informed of the history of Ireland."
Vicki Brown, Moreno Valley, CA - "I am truly enjoying the tour that your company has put together. Mary Ellen really keeps us at a nice pace. I have seen the various sites and have had time to shop and enjoy the food at the local restaurants around the hotel. The best thing I love is we stay in the one hotel and get plenty of rest. I enjoyed the workshop on the Scottish Wishing Doll and have made a pattern to use for future. Heika’s workshop on quilt meditation was very enjoyable; using pieces of fabric to just create and let our mind go. My sister is a quilter and this has given me an idea to use a small flat cloth bag and put in it odds and ends along with blank cards so when she travels she has a meditation bag and can relax and create. Tomorrow, we go to Glasgow where my mom’s parents were raised and found each other. Just wanted to share. I have been on the bus with Mary Ellen and Heika - they are concerning and watch over us. Holly was so great as she helped get me to see the Crown Jewels so I wouldn’t regret not seeing them. Truly enjoyable. "
Elaine Edwards, Coronado, California - "The crafters were amazing warm wonderful people and very talented. The local guide was very knowledgeable about geography and the history of the country. The hotel staff was very accommodating and the location was perfect."
Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, California - "This is my second tour and I have enjoyed both experiences immensely. Craftours is a new way to travel and a unique way to craft. A true adventure in 5-star, craft-oriented, culturally enhanced small group travel. I'm a fan!"
Bridget Brecheen, Amarillo, Texas - "I enjoyed the immersion into the culture of the people in this beautiful country. I have always been an "off the beaten path" kind of traveler and that is exactly what I got. I thoroughly enjoyed all of our workshops and demos. There was such diversity in the things we did and experienced."
Chris Long, Chesapeake, Virginia - "I loved this trip, I've always wanted to see Switzerland and this trip was the perfect opportunity to do this. The places we went and the activities we were involved in were probably not available anywhere else. I was amazed at the spectacular scenery and think that my favorite thing was the cheese making trip to the top of the mountain, it was glorious!"
Linda Fukunaga, Sammamish, Washington - "The opportunity to meet all these lovely people that continue to carry on their families crafts in exactly the same way today."
Dafna Gatmon, Davis, California - "I loved being able to do a trip with Ali Edwards and taking her workshops. She was wonderful."
Stacey Hunter, Portage, Michigan - "It was a wonderful, affordable way to see a location that I probably would never have seen without this tour opportunity."
Dany Dwyer, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts - "Loved being in Bali. Bali will have a piece of my heart always."
Laura Rentschler, Paw Paw, Michigan - "Bali was an amazing trip - in particular the people which are so gracious. "
Nancy Somers, Algonquin, Illinois - "I loved the Mediterranean cruise. We went to so many beautiful places, also made new friends."
Vickii Banfield, Minchinbury, New South Wales - "The cruise was amazing, relaxing, full of fun & entertainment."
Kathy Kewin, Fairport, New York - "It was very organized. The people and employees were friendly. The food was outstanding."
Steve Fraas, Flagler Beach, Florida - "This was our first cruise in many years. The fact that it was a quilting cruise was a bonus for my wife who is a passionate and skilled quilter. It was wonderful to meet other quilters and spouses to share the cruise event. We have made new friends and look forward to a Craftours event in the future."
Donna Quimby, North Haledon, New Jersey - "It was a great trip with a great group of people!"
Pat Kennedy, Grand Rapids, Michigan - "Repeatedly in awe of the beauty of Italy."
Jackie Beard, Lansing, Michigan - "A great opportunity to see many places packed in a reasonably short period and some sewing thrown in for good measure."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, Massachusetts - "It was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful."
Nancy Michalak, Farmington Hills, Michigan - "Machu Picchu and the Amazon were truly amazing. Better than the PBS specials."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, Indiana - "Had a wonderful time and saw some awesome sites!"
Donna Bonine, Parsons, Kansas - "I enjoyed my cruise very much. It was my second cruise and I enjoyed being able to sew as I was cruising. I was a lot of fun meeting new people that enjoyed the same thing that I love to do."
Jo Ann Newsome, Columbus, Ohio - "The destinations were great and thoroughly enjoyed the excursions. The Oasis was a big ship that offered plenty of fun things and places as well as great food."
Kathi Martin, Puiallup, Washington - "Fabulous itinerary. Very knowledgeable guides. Lodging was special."
Sandy Bodin, Lake City, Minnesota - "Touring Kathmandu with Jinny Beyer was a dream come true!"
Vernon Martin, Puiallup, Washington - "Enjoyed the trip very much. The accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu were excellent including the food service. Tour bus operations were safe, reliable, and courteous. The local guides were also very informative and eager to please. Air transportation was excellent."
Carole Nicholas, Oakton, Virginia - "Nepal with Jinny Beyer exceeded all my expectations. Our guides, Susan and Anil were excellent and provided us with cultural, historical and political insights that we would never have gotten in a guide book. The choice of towns and craft workshops was excellent. The Hyatt Regency was a welcome oasis amid the traffic and chaos of the Kathmandu city streets, yet close walking distance to the shopping and sightseeing area of Boudhanath. Jinny was a big hit with the participants, who enjoyed the quilting sessions with her."
Donna Hillard, Kirkland, Washington - "The tour was a good mix of sight seeing and crafts. We had chances to meet and talk to local people and get an idea of how they do business."
Sandi Goldman, Annandale, Virginia - "I didn't expect to enjoy my trip to Nepal as much as I did but it turned out to be a very special place."
Jamie May Hart, Haverhill, Massachusetts - "Exceeded my expectations!"
Emma Kershaw, London, United Kingdom - "It was such an amazing and unique opportunity to travel with Angela Cartwright on this private and intimate tour which included some exclusive visits to the Sound of Music filming locations around Austria. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and wonderful to travel with those who had the same interests and passions."
Graham Vollick, Tottenham, Ontaria - "My wife Cheryl and I have never been on this type of tour before. We always just did our own thing, so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. After experiencing the Craftours Sound of Music tour, all I can say is ...WOW! I didn't want the tour to end! We had an incredible time, made all the better by such a great group of people, all with a common interest. This was our first Craftours but it definitely won't be our last. Of course, getting to hang out with "Brigitta" for the week was the icing on the cake!"
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "Had a marvelous time. Germany and Austria were beautiful. Seeing the sites from the movie and Angela's comments were fascinating."
Judy Saville, Tehachapi, California - "The advanced planning and even the attention to details while on the tour made it an unforgettable experience for all. The sites visited were fun, informative and totally awesome. We were given time for self-guided excursions and shopping. The time spent with Angela was unforgettable. She was genuine, candid and delightful to know. Recommend this experience to any and everyone."
Suzie Follmer, Ventura, California - "This tour was a trip of a lifetime. Never have I been taken care of so well on my travels. The beauty of the surroundings and the company of those on the trip with me were special treats. It was a joy to have Angela Cartwright and her family join us. I have so many wonderful memories to look back on - I am so glad I made the decision to go!"
Ulla-Britt Tidstrom, Chicago, Illinois - "I had a great time and enjoyed the sewing classes very much. Did not think I would like the sewing subjects very much, but I did, and learned a few things as well."
Katheryn Alexander, Eugene, Oregon - "I had a GREAT time! Teachers were excellent, cruise was excellent. Can't wait to go again!"
Bev Valle, North Andover, Massachusetts - "I really enjoyed the projects presented, and hope to finish "Connected" presented by Carol Moellers in the near future."
Peggi Chambers, Avondale, Arizona - "Awesome cruise... enjoyed the camaradaries of the quilting group."
Peggy Barton, Cornelius, North Carolina - "It was a great trip and I especially enjoyed the quilting time we had on the ship."
Francis McDaniel, Carthage, Missouri - "I loved the cruise and all the people we were with. Pam Holland gave me so many neat ideas. Also after classes with Carol Moellers I see so many things in a different light for quilts. The craft Mary Ellen Francis has given me new incite also. I absolutely love my new Janome machine we bought from Scott and Ryan."
Jo Ann Dickerson, Wichita, Kansas - "Very good tour thanks to our local guide & tour escort."
Kathy Maurin, Kansas City, Missouri - "The tour itself was great. Craftours escort was wonderful."
Maureen McNally, Hobe Sound, Florida - "Great tour of the various Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany... Plenty of time to explore on your own. Great hotels and transportation"
Jamie Hart, Haverhill, Massachusetts - "Exceeded my expectations!"
Pam Wilson, Copperhill, Tennasee - "I learned a new quilt making technique and had a lot of fun doing it. "
Mary Travillian, Marshalltown, Iowa - "This was a great cruise - both for places visited as well as the "EXCELLENT" and "REMARKABLE" quilting experience."
Karen Aruda, Cedar Hill, Texas - "Great cruise. Loved Mark Sherman class, learned a lot. "
Catherine Hough, Sherman Oaks, California - "I really enjoyed the Caribbean Cruise with Mark Sherman. The group was so friendly and interesting to be with. Also, it was exciting learning a new quilting technique and carrying it out to the finished product."
Karyn Dengler, Coral Springs, Florida - "Alice, Ryan & Mark were wonderful, the cruise was an added benefit!"
Kathleen Bell, Tewksbury, Massachusetts - "I enjoyed this quilting cruise the most out of the five I have taken with Craftours. We had one project which we concentrated on all week. At the end of the trip, everyone had a completed quilt top to take home. I preferred this to some of the previous trips with three or four projects started and nothing finished!!"
Carol Gordhamer, Leesburg, Florida - "My 4th quilting cruise. Second one with Mark Sherman. Both were the best times ever. Alice and Ryan were wonderful too. "
Kathy Louderback, Deerfield Beach, Florida - "Great cruise, everything was first class. I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to go on my next Craftours to Ireland"
Valerie Bearfield, Port St. Lucie, Florida - "My husband and I totally enjoyed the cruise. In addition Mark Sherman's quilting classes were educational and fun where we loved meeting new quilters and sharing experiences."
Cathy Grant, West Bloomfield, Michigan - "Very well organized. Little touches like wine and cupcakes, special notes and cards in our cabin all created a wonderful experience."
Elizabeth Edwards, Edwardsville, Illinois - "Tour guides, drivers and accommodations were exceptional."
Sherry Turpenoff, Glen Carbon, Illinois - "Duncan and your company turned the rest of it into a trip of a lifetime! Duncan took care of our every need. The 2 vans for 6 gave us wonderful photo opportunities. Adayo and Joseph were the BEST safari guides you could ever have. We saw the big 5, the Samburu 5, 2 leopards, 2 cheetahs, 2 lionesses with young Cubs, one male guarding a huge carcass etc. I have the photos of a lifetime and equally wonderful memories of the vial age we visited, the fabulous places we stayed and especially Duncan and guides!!"
Julia Graves, Leesburg, Virginia - "This trip was very professionally run. I loved going to the Tokyo International Quilt Festival - it had been on my bucket list for a long time. The kimono museum was very unique."
Laura Murphy, Thousand Oaks, California - "I really enjoyed the trip! We had a chance to see a lot of fun and interesting sites and Craftours selected excellent guides who made the tour an excellent experience."
Lena Muller, Cornelius, North Carolina - "The trip to Japan was more than I expected. I saw his respectful and friendly the people are. The accommodations and food were excellent. My favorite highlight of the trip was a dinner with a Maiko and Geisha. Our escorts, Sherrill and Sonny were very good in keeping us on track and informative of the Japanese culture."
Grace Brouillette, Banning, California - "The Japan tour was wonderful. The Quilt show was wonderful. The crafts we did were such fun and such good memories. And the trips to the temples, shrines, and museums was a nice compliment to the show. Sherrill our guide was fun and helpful. I even made new friends."
Katherine Cutler, Vernon, Vermont - "This was the best run, most enjoyable tour I have ever joined. It was beyond my expectations and I can't stop telling everyone about it and recommending Craftours to anyone who wants a total travel experience."
Holly Betz, Aliso Viejo, California - "This trip was the perfect combination of introducing us to Japanese culture through shrines, gardens, food, along with an opportunity to experience and practice their unique artistic expression. The hotel accommodations, tour director and our local tour guide were all exceptional."
Peggy Barton, Cornelius, North Carolina - "It was a fabulous trip. I came home with a new appreciation for the friendliness of the Japanese people and the cleanliness of their country. Besides meeting new friends, seeing things I had only read about and eating new foods, I had many experiences I will never forget."
Patty Goddard, Paducah, Kentucky - "I had a great time. I learned a lot and saw many, many beautiful things."
Diane Chesko, Campton Hills, IL - "I've always wanted to see the monarch sanctuaries."
Martha Zydowsky, Madison, WI - "Great tour! It was a nice blend of different activities and I loved Mexico. One of the best tours I've done!"
Carole Blemker, Madison, WI - "I loved the trip! The diversity of experiences and overall camaraderie of our little group was exceptional. We packed a lot in over a fairly short time. Wonderful!"
Cheryl Barnard, Port Elgin, Ontario - "A true adventure!"
Joyce Pearsall, Brevard, NC - "This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for me. As a volunteer with Monarch Watch as a Conservation Specialist, it was important for me to actually see the overwintering sites in Mexico. I have seen them in California about two years ago, so these are precious memories! Even with the importance of the monarchs to me, what was even more unique was having Estela Romero as a guide and taking us to Macheros to see the children and meet families up close and personal. It was very much worth my money and time to experience that adventure! I learned much and am grateful!"
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "Lovely trip. Ireland is a beautiful country, but Craftours escort and the bus driver/guide really made the trip special. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, they made sure we saw plenty and had a great experience."
Holly Brown, Ave Maria, FL - "The treasures of Ireland tour was amazing. My soul was invigorated. I have never seen so many different shades of green. I loved all the history and folklore. Craftours escort and the bus driver/guide were a fantastic team. They are both a wealth of knowledge. My sister and I are already planning another trip."
Ellen MacLaughlin, Midland, MI - "Great tour guides, Craftours escort and the bus driver/guide."
Joni Ostroff, Orlando, FL - "Thoroughly enjoyed Ireland."
Joann Przygocki, Bay City, MI - "I can't begin to say how wonderful this tour was! Craftours escort and the bus driver/guide are such an incredible team! They made the trip worth every dollar!"
Kris Young, Fredricksburg, VA - "This was my first tour - it was amazing. Our bus driver had a wealth of information that just made you want to squeeze his brain so you could get all that information. He was very professional and beyond nice! Craftours escort - she was like family. She ran a tight ship but in such a caring way and was able to get everyone where we needed to be. They both went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. They offered things that were not on the itinerary but on the way. They are both a major asset to Craftours and because of them, I would definitely book a tour with you again."
Diane Felice, St. Augustine, FL - "Since this was my first tour with any company, I am very pleased to have taken with Craftours! Everything was thought out in advance and nothing was left to wonder about. I most certainly will be taking more tours in the future as I can! I have already been searching what is available and when they are so I don't miss out!!"
Larry Gene Beach, San Antonio, TX - "This was the best vacation I have taken. The beauty and serenity of Sweet Water was amazing. The animals seemed to be totally at ease with all the photos of them. They actually were posing for some of them. The guide we had (Dominic) was a great part of the trip. He was totally knowledgeable and also fun. He made each game drive enjoyable. Overall truly inspiring vacation."
Mary Ann Hayre, Santa Rosa, CA - "Wonderful trip, although is there a possibility of more crafts. Safari much better than I envisioned."
Marie Novak, Edinboro, PA - "Our adventure started with the cancellation of one flight due to weather. We managed to get to JFK, but not in time for our connecting flight. I called the office, panicked. They made arrangements for us to get a different flight, different airline than the one scheduled. We made it Nairobi an hour earlier than the originally scheduled flight. And then, once in Kenya, the trip got better with each stop we made! We shopped for fabric in Nairobi, and I packed my suitcase full! We traveled to see the elephant orphanage, then to the giraffe center where I got to kiss a giraffe! We got to the camp, and the animal sightings were amazing! Every excursion built on the previous. The safari was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We ended the last drive by spotting the elusive leopard!"
Jo Barnes, Cambridge, New Zealand - "A very interesting tour."
Louise Toler, Forestdale, MA - "A fabulous experience!"
Melody Hicks, Lake Mary, FL - "I have traveled to many places over the years, but this trip was by far the most exciting one I have taken to date. Very well organized and the accommodations were top notch!"
Elaine Shepherd, Little Mountain Caloundra, Australia - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Craftours to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Jan Wasson, Paris, KY - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Craftours to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Cindy Gilmore, Sandy, UT - "Having never been to Italy before, Tuscany tour was a great introduction to places I may have never known to visit. The trip was well planned with the right amount of planned activities and day trips but also enough time on our own to explore places I wanted to see."
Simone Sagan, Hvalstad, Norway - "SUPER TRIP!"
Roxanne Jueckstock, Peoria, AZ - "Enjoyed learning "native" art forms from a local artisan."
Kathy Paye, Tucson, AZ - "I enjoyed myself immensely both doing the classes and learning about the history of the art."
Yael Hellman, Beverly Hills, CA - "The trip to China was amazing. The arts and crafts workshops were informative and fun. The sightseeing fabulous. I have been on many international trips and this was organized, professional, and well thought out. The accommodations were top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend CraftTours to friends and family."
Roberta Allen, Ocean Side, CA - "From the moment I received my "welcome package" in the mail, I knew this was going to be an outstanding experience. I am a seasoned traveler and know if this much thought was put into a welcome package, then the trip is going to be very memorable... and it was!"
Sharon Margiotta, Pheonix, AZ - "Jim does an excellent job of providing a great trip at a great value! Overall, my experience was excellent .... a good balance of scheduled time and free time. Really enjoyed it!"
Deborah Parrish, Tucson, AZ - "This was my first Craftour and I loved it!!"
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "I really enjoy the small group tours. You get an opportunity to meet people from all over & share your experiences!"
Bernadette Phelan, Ocala, FL - "This tour was so much more than I expected!"
Susie Rikard, Ashland, VA - "This trip was handled very professionally. There was always a tour representative available if we had questions or needed assistance."
Steve Morris, Chillicothe, IL - "China trip was well organized, staffed, and executed. Craftours guides as well as Chinese support/interpreters did an excellent job of assisting guests and helping us understand Chinese culture and history. Originally thought I didn't want to do any crafts. But did do the clay figurines and enjoyed the class. Trip was a good value."
Sally Robinson, College Station, TX - "I enjoyed the trip very much. I would definitely travel with this company again."
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - "Like many Craft Tours Ultimate Expeditions, our journey to China removed the trepidation of exotic foreign travel, opening parts of the world I'd have difficulty visiting on my own."
Carol McDowell, Elkin, NC - "Great trip, knowledgeable guides, excellent group leaders willing to do anything to support travelers and always cheerful."
Arthur Maley, Rochester, MN - "Thanks for a wonderfully organized & enjoyable trip."
Ann Vix, Nashville, TN - "I just finished my third tour with Craftours - I've done Japan, India, and China, and they've all been fabulous. I've been doing handwork and crafts since I was a small child. I don't really specialize in anything - I quilt, sew and bead as the inclination takes me. I love art and history. China was a great tour of a great and very BIG country. It wiped me out physically but it was worth it. I really trust your company to take care of me and you did not let me down. The hotels are great and guides were with us every step of the way, including airports and customs. I really appreciate that."
Pat Christenson, Kirkland, WA - "The Arts and Crafts Expedition to China was an unforgettable experience."
Lois Adams, Trinity, FL - "The excursions were amazing."
Barbara Larson, Chaska, MN - "The crafts we learned were pretty cool. I have never heard of the bottle painting. It was fun to try out new crafts. The trip to the Great Wall and Tiananmen square was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing the Terra Cotta warriors. That was a great trip. The Yangtze river cruise was relaxing with some interesting side excursions. Then seeing pandas at the zoo was a highlight as well! We were fed well on this trip. Sometimes too well, I think. The food selections and choices were sometimes too much, but it was all good!"
Sara Borr, Norristown, PA - "A trip of a lifetime. We visited so many wonderful places of importance to China. Took are of several items on my "Bucket List". A very physical trip, lots of walking and hundreds of steps. Not for those who are physically challenged."
Deborah Torri, Morris, IL - "This tour was a phenomenal trip through the most important and exciting parts of China! It was extremely well organized and creative in all the venues we experienced from The Great Wall to a tea sampling experience! We could not have asked for more!"
Therese Whitt, Rotonda West, FL - "The trip was truly memorable. The arts and crafts were enjoyable."
Suzanne Doonan, Malvern, PA - "I enjoyed the craft experience, both the instruction and the many examples available in the markets. The interpreters shared their life experiences and answered questions that helped me appreciate Chinese culture. The trip to Central China provided exposure to the agrarian vs urban experience."
Maureen Jones, Melbourne, FL - "A very memorable visit to Portugal. We spent time in Vila Vicosa, a small, beautiful town and in Lisbon, a large city, so we got to enjoy two vastly different parts of the country. The crafts the local artisans shared - cork, wood painting, dolls, gold restoration and sidewalk pavers were a few that I enjoyed. The passions, of the artists were passed on and it was evident their crafts were a labor of love. The local people we met were kind, friendly and helpful. The other tour members were delightful, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending days with them, and look forward to meeting them on future trips."
Nancy Chiancone, Silver Springs, MD - "Great experience! Loved the access we got to meet artisans and take part in learning their crafts."
Colleen Welch, Bandon, OR - "This was a great experience. Enjoyed meeting fellow quilters and learning new techniques."
Judy Saville, Tehachapi, CA - "It was an intense learning experience allowing us to get to know the instructors and better understand and use their learning techniques."
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - "I love the cocoon atmosphere. The classes had twelve crafters who were always sharing and helping each other. The class chemistry was amazing. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships made. The teachers were relaxed and amazing. Each student received one on one instruction as needed"
Susan Owen, Colorado Springs, CO - "This Cocoon was an excellent experience for me in a beautiful setting. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the expertise of the instructors. Their work is incredible!"
Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, IL - "A great time -- meeting new quilters, learning from innovative teachers and staying in a beautiful resort in Santa Fe, NM! All good!"
Mary Ann Hayre, Santa Rosa, CA - "Wonderful teachers in a world class setting"
Barb Gabriel, Bremerton, WA - "This is my first ever Craftours experience of any kind and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mary Ellen, our host, was on the spot every minute of the day with whatever we needed. I'm sure she worked hard behind the scenes to make sure our needs were met. My fellow "cocooners" were a joy to get to know, work with, play with and interesting in their own right. I am seriously considering repeating this experience."
Shirley Shaw, Chandler, AZ - "Teachers, awesome, patient and fun. I learned so much from each of them. Scott, as always. Very good in keeping us sewing, Mary Ellen made it all work. I met amazing, courageous women of all walks of life and professions. Thank you"
Anna Kurrent, Pinole, CA - "First time attending a Cocoon and was very pleased at the content and quality of teachers."
Rosemary Dawes, Bedford, TX - "The 4 classes were so different that every day brought a new experience."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, VA - "This was my third Cocoon and the best yet. All four of the amazing teachers generously shared their time and talents. Mary Ellen, our Craftour escort, was fantastic as always. She made sure we were well taken care of and on schedule."
Jason and Nanci Duigou, Indianapolis, IN - "Amazing cruise destinations and shore excursions. Evening paper arts classes with Graphic 45 were very enjoyable."
Mary Morel, Merritt Island, FL - "It is always a pleasure to go on Crafting cruises with my friends."
Nina Marold, Owensboro, KY - "I loved the craft part of the tour. It is always worth the money for G45!!"
Mary Gates, Shefford Beds, UK - "It was a wonderful week away with Graphic 45 tutoring."
Cecelia Waye, Avon, IN - "The tour was a trip of a lifetime. I have so many wonderful memories. The itinerary was thoughtfully planned so that we were able to make the most of our time while there. I would highly recommend this trip!!"
Sara Borr, Norristown, PA - "UAE was a mystery to me but found it to be a great place to visit. It is amazing to see what the country has achieved in such a short time. It is a relatively new country full of fantastic architecture (ex. Burj Khalifa) mixed with places like the spice & gold markets. It is super clean and safe. The people are friendly. Great bargains if you are a shopper as well as high end shopping. All the craft people we met were terrific. I would go back and am going to encourage my granddaughter to visit it with a friend whose father is from there."Ultimate Arts & Crafts of India Expedition - September 2017
Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, CA - "This India trip was full of wonderful surprises, from the vibrant colors in clothing and markets to the welcoming smiles of native people. I was particularly impressed by the beauty and intricate texture of its historical buildings and with the range of interesting and colorful crafts we experienced. Craftours does a great job of organizing these trips and they don't skimp on accommodations, food, or transportation -- all first class!"
Louise Chiosso, Hemet, CA - "Tour was great!"
Susan Haftel, Gainesville, VA - "A well-planned and exceptional trip that included much exposure to the art of India."
Gwen Lafleur, South Jordan, UT - "The tour was well put together, as always, with great accommodations, and a nice selection of local crafts and tourist activities."
Suzanne Neilson, Toronto, ON - "I enjoyed learning about the wonderful arts and crafts of India, the accommodations were excellent. Our local guides, Govind Agrawal and Harshul Kothari were excellent, always helpful and knowledgeable about local customs and history."
Zoe Morning, Wausau, WI - "Very informative!"
Debbie McInnes, Niagra Falls, ON - "A great trip with lots of craft workshops and great excursions!"
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - "This tour exceeded my expectations. Everything was handled with perfection."
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - "The overall trip was amazing!"
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - "I enjoyed the opportunity to go to India for a very reasonable price."
Maura Hibbitts, Broadalbin, NY - "This was a trip of a lifetime for myself and my husband! I loved every moment. Craftours did an amazing job organizing and finding such unique places for us to experience. I really liked learning from the local crafts people, and having the opportunity to try many of these crafts myself. What a beautiful country, a land of contrasts and culture, and generous and friendly people, and our tour really focused on that."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "Great trip! Mary Ellen was very helpful and assertive when getting to where we needed to be. And especially in helping me during my first experience with heat exhaustion! She made sure I was safe & got me water & sugar while the rest of the tour was able to continue with Govind! And Govind answered all our questions and gave us the opportunity to experience local customs we otherwise would not have experienced! Thank you so much!"
Albert Cote, Niagara Falls, ON - "You will never be disappointed travelling with Craftours! Every detail is looked after. The best hotels and day trips are always on the schedule. Excellent tour guides and craft classes are second to none."
Karen Gregory, Toronto, Ontario - "Wonderful places. Delightful people. So many beautiful things to see."
Paula Paisley, Rickardsville, IA - "I enjoyed the diversity of the tour. We really had a chance to "experience" the Amazon. Guides Orlando and Celso were a wealth of knowledge and new experiences."
Sharon Young, Richmond, VA - "I loved my trip! I wish I had taken some candy/pencils for the kids."
Susan Gerber, Eau Claire, WI - "I REALLY enjoyed it as an adventure tour!"
Mary Jane Leatherman, Rittman, OH - "The tour itself was very good. Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton was very informative and had three wonderful sessions."
Laurel Kieffer, Strum, WI - "It was a good introduction to Tuscany."
Judith Britton, Secaucus, NJ - "This was a great trip. Tuscany is fantastic, we had beautiful weather, and excellent food."
Kerri Cargill, Garran, Australia - For me, it has been the best, most fun, coolest, and uniquest trip ever! On the Sound Of Music tour with Angela we had amazing opportunities to visit most sights from this iconic movie. Sights the average tourist just don't get to see, either because they are closed to the general public or are located in areas unknown to most. We dubbed this tour as "the tour that kept on giving". Because every night we would reflect on our day and comment "it just can't get any better than this" ... and the following day it was! More fun, more adventures, more memories with Angela and more fabulous locations to explore. Not only did we criss cross Salzburg and it's surrounds visiting all the iconic sights, we also had a cooking class, shopping excursions, history lessons, an evening where Angela signed memorabilia for us and endless opportunities for our questions to be answered. How awesome is that?!
Carla Winchester, Ottawa, Ontario - "This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Angela was a joy, and made the experience so special."
Linda Emerine, Estes Park, CO - "This tour was beyond my expectations. Both Angela Cartwright and our tour guide were so gracious and down to earth. With the tour being a small group, we all bonded and lasting friendships were established."
Jerry and Marilyn Long, Gridley, CA - "Best tour ever. Up close and personal with a star in the movie; we traveled five days in Salzburg, 27 sites, uncountable scenes at each site, and our gracious Angela Cartwright provided backstage trivia. Never have we had such a time as this! Memories to last a lifetime!!"
Lynne Todoroff, Brookings, SD - "New Zealand is a beautiful country. Kiwis are very welcoming peaceful people and want travelers to experience their lovely country."
Karen Ballard, Kent, WA - "This was an amazing trip and I loved every minute! The scenery was breathtaking and the special events arranged, such as the Agrodome, the Glow Worm Caverns, Cable car rides, were a wonderful addition. The quilt stores were fabulous. All of the tour was greatly enhanced by the top notch tour director and excellent coach drivers who kept us well informed on all the interesting facts of New Zealand. I am planning to take another Craft Tour in the future. Many thanks."
Linda Scholten, Oxford, OH - "An enjoyable trip! Our leader, Sherrill, our drivers, especially Terry Whimp, our workshop teacher, Deirdre McElroy, and our fellow travelers all made for a trip to remember."
Mary Zolnowsky, Hot Springs, SD - "New Zealand was a bucket list trip for us. We came primarily for the touristy parts. The quilt focus was a plus."
Lynn Ingle, Del Mar, CA - "The tour offered a lot for the cost. For a first time traveler, it gave you a good overview of the wonderful sites we saw. Our guide and the transportation we used gave us a good feeling of security."
Barbara Walborn, Griffin, GA - "Tuscany certainly lived up to my expectations! The mosaic inlay demonstration and the Florentine paper printing class were definite highlights. Though my husband is not a cardmaker he was never at a loss for something to do. Definitely go as a couple and you won't be disappointed."
Tom Walborn, Griffin, GA - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I particularly enjoyed the paper printing and mosaic visit. As a husband traveling with my wife (the cardmaker) I would tell other husbands there is plenty for you to do. Our tour guide took very good care of us."
Mickey Basiliere, Longmont, CO - "A trip to Tuscany has been on my bucket list for years. My trip far exceeded what I was hoping to see and do. Jim was amazing and engaged us in very thought out tours. It was a great balance of free time and tour time. A Craftour is definitely the way to go! Your personal time is not used on trying to decide where to go and what to see. Words cannot describe how I was emotionally moved by the kindness and laid back approach to life that I experienced with the people of Italy. This was a trip of a lifetime!"
Lisa Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "This was my second trip with Craftours and, once again, I really enjoyed it. What I appreciate most is the very relaxed pace and while we travel to the locations on the itinerary together, once we arrive, we have the freedom to explore and see the things that matter to us most as opposed to being forced to stay as a group. I also like the fact that there are not too many activities scheduled in a day."
Vikki Bendle, Lakes Creek, Queensland - "Really enjoyed this tour... great company... made many new friends... great itinerary... great guide and great teacher. It was truly memorable. I loved the Grande Hotel in Montecatini Terme and the lovely staff who looked after us."
Marjorie Motto, East Hampton, CT - "This was a great trip. We saw so much in a short period of time. The tour guide was the very best. She really made our group feel like family. The hotel was more than I expected. All the towns and squares we visited was stupendous. I wish we could do other areas of Italy in the future."
Phyllis Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "Another fabulous trip. I very much like the relaxed pace of the trip with ample time to explore on our own mixed in with the planned activities."
Trudy McNish, Klondike, TX - "I was emotionally touched with some of the beautiful sites on the tour."
Connie Wideman, Sherwood Park, Alberta - "It was very well organized with a fantastic tour guide. We saw many things that we would not be privy to on any other tour. The balance of scheduled time and free time was very good. "
Margaret Mitchell, Oak View, CA - "The tour was very well planned and executed. We did and saw so many amazing things, and I "Gush" about it to everyone I run into. I will take other Craftours in the future!"
Bonny Groneman, Springville, UT - "It was an amazing Fashion and Textiles Tour! I am a Clothing and Textiles teacher and loved visiting the silk factories where I saw up close the production of the beautiful fabric. Milan and Florence were beautiful in the Fall. Loved the cooking lesson at the family owned winery. Cinque Terre was beautiful and great for shopping! Had the opportunity to meet many new friends who love textiles and sewing!"
Linda Tabaska, Los Altos Hills, CA - "The tour was very interesting and a good balance of tours, shopping and free time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Italy."
John Larimer, Tigard, OR - "The tour was very informative and we had a wonderful time."
Kalena Popson, Denver, CO - "I have never heard of Craftours before but accompanied my mother on the trip. Though I am not big into Fashion and Textiles I had a blast! Being in Italy itself was such a treat! I would definitely do another tour when I can afford it on my own."
Marcia Richardson , Jacksonville, FL - "I had a wonderful time on the Ultimate Arts and Crafts Expedition to Bali... The resorts where we stayed during the trip were top notch and the staff of each were extremely accommodating to all of us as they seemed to go over and above to please us. The guides and tour escorts were truly awesome - they looked after all of us, even those of us that were not in their group... I know want to participate in another trip."
Patricia Wilson , Willits, CA - "The entire trip was far above anything I had imagined! The Balinese people are so gracious and the countryside enchanting! We loved participating in the crafts offered. It was wonderful to be able to bring home our own attempts from the various workshops! Our efforts at the crafts gave us a greater appreciation of what the local people have created! What fun to shop in the open-aired markets and be in contact with the charming people! Our daily hearty breakfasts started us out with the energizing foods that we needed to experience the wonders of the day! Thank you so much for the exquisite welcoming and farewell dinners - the celebrations couldn't have been more apropos. We LOVED our tour guide who was from the city of Ubud. He lovingly and humorously spoke of his native land - giving insights only someone from Bali could impart! The hotel accommodations were excellent - one a more intimate setting, the other amazingly lovely with the gorgeous landscaping and closeness to the Indian Ocean. We all delighted in the pretty Balinese dancers and rindik bamboo music that greeted us as we entered the hotel for the first time. I cannot stop thinking about our wonderful adventures...and speak highly of our experiences to all who have asked! Many thanks! Our time in Bali will give us happy thoughts for our lifetime!"
Sally Mack , Guernsey, WY - "What an incredible way to visit a country, to meet the people and learn about the culture. While many tours visit museums and historical sites (and I enjoy that too), Crafttours allowed us to literally meet "real" people, in their homes and businesses. And to have the opportunity to see, and experience to a small degree, the handiwork of Bali! Just wonderful. I will be looking at future possibilities."
Karen Fournier , Drumheller, Alberta - "I absolutely loved this trip! I have never traveled with a tour group before, and I was impressed with the service, the top-notch hotels and excursions provided. Already put a deposit down for the Ireland trip in 2019!!"
Cindy Frederick , Guernsey, WY - "This trip was really well planned and so educational and fun."
Betsy Martinson , Denver, CO - "Traveling with Craft Tours makes visits to exotic locations effortless, educational and entertaining."
Ann Moroz , The Villages, FL - "Absolutely wonderful! We will travel with Craftours again."
Carol Christy , Bixby, OK - "This was my second trip to Bali and my third trip with Craftours. Everything was top grade! I saw things I hadn't seen before, met new friends and thoroughly enjoyed "island" life. I'm already thinking of when I can go again.... but there are so many places in the world yet to discover."
Kag Buckley , Topping, VA - "This was a truly exotic destination. the people and the crafts were awesome and unique."
Marsha McElroy , Tulsa, OK - "Wonderful trip, I appreciated staying in the city and then going to the beach resort. Our local guide Matada was well informed and interesting. Everyone we met made us feel welcome."
Peggy Carter , Jenkinsburg, GA - "It was an experience I'll never forget. The hotels were great, and so were the crafts. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. Our tour escort, Holly, did a fabulous job on keeping us informed, hydrated, and happy."
Theodora Carter , Scottsdale, AZ - "I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and the wonderful people I met on the tour. I honestly loved being in Bali so much I did not want to return to the States. Leaving Bali was very depressing for me."
Nikki Barker , Onalaska, WI - "This trip was so much fun and more than I expected! To be able to travel with my mom and grandma and experience all of the fun crafts and experiences we had- it will be something I will never forget! On a side note- the price for this trip was a steal! You get to do so much and stay at beautiful resorts for a fraction of the cost! I will definitely take another trip through Craftours!!"
Pamela Blatzheim , Henderson, NV - "This was a trip of a lifetime."
Kathie Vaughn , Carmichael, CA - "Spending a week in Bali was a dream come true. You can't beat the price and diversity of activities offered by Craftours!"
Joanne Bouchard , Henderson, NV - "What a wonderful adventure--once in a lifetime!! We experienced beautiful Bali, learned about the people and their culture, learned new crafts and met wonderful fellow travelers. Thank you Craftours."
Susan Richards , Saint Louis Park, MN - "The staff and guides were great. The hotels were wonderful. I would say that the arts and crafts part was lacking in substance and was more about shopping then learning a new craft. In fact, even the expo was more about shopping than seeing different types of batiks. The batik school and going to the batik factory and making the batiks with the stamps was very educational."
Jean Cassell , Cashton, WI - "This was one of the places I always wanted to go to. This tour was so much more than I could have thought it would be. Everything was first class so planned out. I think we really liked it, as our conversations on the way home was, where do we go next."
Cynthia Hanson , Durham, CA - "Great, eye opening experience! The hands-on projects at various workshops gave me a deeper appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship involved. Going behind the scenes and storefronts makes a more lasting impression and gives depth to my memories of Bali. So nice not to spend time and energy on the logistics of the trip. Time and energy spent absorbing the experiences."
Susan Simmons , Durham, CA - "I enjoyed participating in all the crafts activities. I would have liked more time to complete the process but realize when group participation is involved, everyone works at a different pace or a different interest level."
Sandra (Sandy) Millett , Corvallis, OR - "Once in Bali and broken up into smaller groups, the daily tours worked well and were very enjoyable."
Mary Penko , Pacifica, CA - "Wonderful trip, excellent guide (Alice)! Our Bali guide was also great!"
Kay Taylor , Belleville, WA - "All the planned activities were excellent. Our local guide was full of information and the locals at all the activities were very friendly and attentive to our needs."
Ed Olson , Grand Forks, ND - "Very educational. Excellent accommodations."
Suzanne Bedke , Brookings, OR - "My first Craftour and I went because I had never been to Bali. Craft experiences were quite enjoyable."
Dianne Caron , Red Deer, Alberta - "This tour was an incredible experience. The people were awesome, the interaction with the locals was very good. Our tour guide was very dedicated to keeping us happy and healthy. She was just great. Being able to actually get in and "get my hands dirty" so to speak; beyond words amazing..."
Faye Oszli , Grand Prairie, Alberta - "An awesome experience, great to learn about and try our hand at some new crafts."
Karen Uridel , Mentor, OH - "I loved this trip. The hotels were beautiful and more than I expected. The people were kind and thoughtful and generous. The events were well planned and very interesting."
Barba Drebenstedt , Davenport, IA - "This trip far exceeded my expectations in every way. The Craftours staff went beyond the extra mile to make this a friendly, knowledgeable and fun experience. I would highly recommend Craftours to anyone looking for a fun and unique experience in the world of crafts. I'd like to take another trip in the near future."
Kathy Blakey , San Diego, CA - "What an incredible trip to Bali. I never thought that I would be so moved as I was by the precious souls of Bali! Their kindness, generosity, humility are the things we need more of throughout the world. I had a great time learning so much about Batiks. I no longer look at them the same. The elephants, monkeys, mask making, batiking, shopping (oh the shopping), massages, food, painting, our local guides, bus drivers, the food, did I mention the food? A trip of a lifetime. The trip is for anyone who really wants to learn from the people of Bali and find inner peace. Highly recommended. I will go again!!"
Doris Hulse , The Villages, FL - "The tour was amazing. We stayed at two excellent hotels, one in Ubud and one at the beach in Nusa Dua. They were both beautiful but very different from each other. The first was smaller and more of a boutique hotel, the beach hotel was huge, and very well appointed. The tours were great, I don't know how you could get around to everything we did without a tour group like Craft Tours."
Patty DeSaye , Whitehall, MT - "This trip was an experience of a lifetime."
Karen Draper , Tigard, OR - "It was an incredible trip. The people on our bus (#5) were great. Sherrill was a fantastic tour director."
Lisa Stark , Huntington Beach, CA - "The tour had a very nice assortment of arts and crafts opportunities. There was something for everyone. The amenities were very good. The tour was a very good value. I learned some new crafts on this tour, and had fun trying new things."
Sharon Sato , Freemont, CA - "This tour was fantastic. The people were truly gracious, the different craft projects were great, especially learning how to make Batiks."
Jes Ballas , Walnutport, PA - "This was a very unique way to experience Bali. I don't think the average tourist got to see & do the things we did. We got to see Bali in a unique way by having hands-on experiences with local people which was fascinating."
Carol Thompson, Phoenix, AZ - "This tour took me to places that the average tourist would not see. I enjoyed the variety of items we made and the gentle push outside my comfort zone. Our tour leader was great, and I met many wonderful people."
Karen Eiler , Moline, IL - "Beyond my expectations."
Donna Koser , Westminster, SC - "Enjoyed the tour."
Faith Clover , St. Paul, MN - "This was my first trip and you might say, a trial run. I was very impressed with the overall organization, the quality of accommodations, the crafts we were introduced to and in which we participated. In general, these far exceeded my expectations. First, a short series of talks on the history and cultural background of Bali, especially on the role of crafts in the culture. The batik day was great! Excellent teachers, plenty of time to finish our projects."
Roberta Allen, Oceanside, CA - "This trip was AMAZING! Bali is a wonderful destination, and Craftours really pulled out all the stops with our hotels in Ubud and Nusa Dua. The hotels selected were top-notch and made the experience so much better."
Shelly Wickham , Sturgeon Bay, WI - "This arts and crafts expedition to Bali was amazing. I was happy with the hands-on crafts that we got to participate in, however, I am not a quilter, but more of a card maker/scrapbooker, so the 'hands on' portion is not why I took this trip. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and I would highly recommend staying there again."
Pamela Gray , Fullerton, CA - "The trip was better than we could have imagined. There were unexpected gifts, the hotels were fabulous. The craft experiences were eye opening as to how much work goes into batiks, masks etc."
Leslie Harvill , Macon, GA - "It was a great trip. Things ran smoothly given the size of the group, 160 people!!! The Komenaka at Bisma was AMAZING! I would definitely travel with this company again."
Judy Read , Vars, Ontario - "This was a once in a lifetime experience. Exceptional guides, luxury accommodation, positive attitudes... this was a wonderful bucket-list adventure."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "This is my sixth tour with Craftours. It was wonderful."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Victoria - "Loved going to the local markets... meeting the local people and bargaining. Language was no issue when buying and selling... calculators are a great communication tool! We saw or participated in many special moments... Riding horses up the mountain, riding the chicken bus or just eating local food."
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, IL - "I had a wonderful time! Guatemala is beautiful and interesting. Our accommodations were top rate; transportation was comfortable and safe. Pam Holland is a terrific tour leader, kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable."
David Whittick, Monterey, CA - "Wonderful experience with fabric artist Pam Holland. Fun days learning photo composition with her artistic eye; seeing beautiful textile colors, people, markets & people of Antigua & Lake Atitlan."
Patti Moffitt, Chula Vista, CA - "This was the first time I traveled to Paris, Bruges, or Amsterdam. I enjoyed seeing each city. I have never been to Christmas Markets before so I wasn't sure what to expect. Bruges had the most Christmas charm with all the lights and decorations throughout the town. Our tour escort was fantastic. Any issues that came up, which were very few, She handled quickly and professionally. The tour guides in Paris and Amsterdam were great. They both easily adjusted their tours because of the weather and/or to seeing places that appealed to our group, which were mostly quilters. I enjoyed meeting and spending time with everyone on our tour."
Carol Dunn, Salem, WI - "This trip was truly remarkable. So many sites, so many shopping opportunities, so many wonderful people (tour group and natives). The hotel accommodations were very nice, as well as the food. Our guide could not have been more helpful and kind."
Monica Orlofski, Forney, TX - "Absolutely the best vacation ever. I would definitely go again and will book all of my trips with craftours."
Lisa Boggs, Dallas, TX - "Life changing trip of a lifetime ;)"
Lani Nagy, Willits, CA - "The trip to Kenya was my 3rd trip with craft tours. It was wonderful. The accommodations were excellent. The tents at Sweetwaters camp were very comfortable. The highlights of the trip for me were the Kazuri Bead factory, The spinners and Weavers, visiting the school and giving toys to the children, and of course the game rides. It was truly a trip of a lifetime."
Susan Pollesel, Ukiah, CA - "Tears flow as I struggle to find the right words to describe this incredible gift of a lifetime. It really all began with our gracious leader Jim West....He had the vision and did the planning and we all were lucky enough to tag along!! I’ll never forget the sweetness and innocence of the people Kenya as they extended their hands in friendship and hospitality to all of us. The food was gourmet quality, the accommodations were 5 star. Really, who experience something of this magnitude? Multiple game drives, animals at the waterhole right outside your tent, amazing crafts, precious wide eyed children, and being french kissed by a giraffe. No, words cannot do justice to this tour. .... you have to be there to feel the love."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "THIS WAS THE BEST TRIP EVER! I never expected to get to Africa until Jim West told me about the trip! I could never plan such an experience on my own! Saw 4 of the 5 big animals and our safari driver, Daniel, was the best!"
Roberta Allen, Oceanside, CA - "The trip was an incredible! From the moment we entered Sweetwater Tent Camp and saw the animals at the watering hole to the left, I knew we were in for a wonderful experience. When we got to our room and there was a rhino directly opposite of us, approximately 20 feet away??? Oh no, I KNEW this was going to be an unforgettable experience. The twice daily game drives afforded us the opportunity to see a variety of animals, in their own environment. I would highly recommend this Journey with Jim...don’t even think about it...just book it!"
Yael Hellman, Beverly Hills, CA - "This trip, in one word, was AMAZING. As I said in one of our groups, this was a dream I never knew I had, until I got to Kenya. Aside from great travelling partners in the group, and the excellent accommodations, going on safari and seeing the animals was like being in our own National Geographic special. The sight of extinct animals and the sadness and outrage about hearing about poachers gave me a new cause in life. The tranquility and camaraderie gave me a new perspective in life. Overall this true Journey with Jim transformed ME!"
Jean Wright, Washington, DC - "It was a well planned tour with time for quilting, craft workshops and shopping. A great addition would be The Textile Center in Kyoto as they have wonderful pieces for sale."
Janet Houts, Bellevue, ID - "The tour was wonderful! The planned events and hotel accommodations were excellent. We never felt rushed, attended plenty of events and had ample free time."
Heather Pregger, Fort Worth, TX - "It was a wonderful experience! I loved every minute of it. We got to see many beautiful sights and to participate in several craft workshops."
Kathleen Butz, Wytheville, VA - "Travel to Japan is a unique experience. Craftours puts a lot of effort into all the logistics and timeframes needed to pull off such a tour. I enjoyed seeing the wonderful and unique sites we visited and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. Melissa Sobotka was a delight to travel with and enjoyed getting to know her and her unique quilting style. Will consider taking another tour in the future."
Paula Golden, Blacksburg, VA - "The Craft Tours to Japan was a beautiful introduction to the culture and art of Japan."
Bunnie Jordan, Vienna, VA - "Wonderful tour. Full itinerary. All trips/events went smoothly."
Frances Hafer, Dallas, TX - "Absolutely wonderful experience! I would go back tomorrow if I could. The show was outstanding and well worth the trip itself, but there was a lot to this tour beyond the show and you could tell that there was a lot of care put into the planning."
Marsha Mowery, Fort Worth, CO - "This was one of the best tours I have been on. The guides were fantastic--very informative and helpful. The quilt festival was fabulous and the rest of the tour just icing on the cake."
Natalie Friedman, Lewisville, TX - "As a long-time traveler, compulsive pre-planner, and a control freak, I had some anxiety about giving up all that planning and control for this trip. As it turns out, I didn’t need to worry. Craftours did a wonderful job of doing the planning and worrying for me! It was a very pleasant and enjoyable experience to be able to relax and go with the flow, and still have a great travel adventure!"
Karen Uridel, Mentor, OH - "I was very surprised by the people and the country. I’m old enough that when I think of Vietnam, I think of a war torn country. Boy was I mistaken. The country was beautiful, the people were smiling and friendly. This seems to be a country moving into the future."
Marlys Wiens, Edina, MN - "The people of Vietnam were very hospitable and talked and lived "Peace". Many in the tourism business did not experience the "Vietnam/American War" and have moved on with their lives. The food was so fresh tasting and all the vegetable and meat (Fish) dishes were so healthy. Cruising in the 1,969 islands near Hanoi was so beautiful and having morning exercise classes in the morning mist on the top level of the boat was special. In the delta, loved the cruise and also to learn that the Vietnamese are still trying to educate the locals on how to handle the bombs they continue to find in their landscape. The question in my mind: Shouldn’t Americans want to help fund and/or assist in the cleanup of the war 50 years ago in Vietnam?"
Barbara Salazar, Tucson, AZ - "What a wonderful experience. This trip was beyond my wildest expectations."
Julie Campbell, Farmers Branch, TX - "Great trip. China was not what I expected. Much more modern."
Melanie Kesler, Dauphin, PA - "I’ve always wanted to travel to China, but was nervous about the language barrier. When my mom told me about Craftours, it combined my love of arts and history, so we signed up! I can’t say enough about how wonderful our Chinese tour guides were... we had one the whole time who was knowledgeable and very patient... he was always with us. Then, in each city we went to, there was an additional Chinese guide! I was very impressed with their professionalism and dedication to making our experience as wonderful as possible! I’m so glad I went on this trip!!!"
Betty Ritari, Colorado Springs, CO - "Good, but very fast paced."
Patty Latourell, Ventura, CA - "Wonderful trip, lots of stairs and walking. Some days too much. Loved the terracotta warriors."
Carl & Ellen Jensen, Raleigh, NC - "Great Trip, would do it again in a heartbeat."
Judy Kamman, Laguna Hills, CA - "This trip was an amazing trip check two things off my bucket list, walking The Great Wall and seeing the Terracotta Warriors. Not to mention the four wonderful crafts that were taught. Enjoyed every minute of this wonderful experience off to another adventure can’t wait to travel again soon with Craftours."
Gail Wilson, San Jose, CA - "It was a good experience. They kept us moving; we saw and did a lot."
Joyce Outten, North Pole, AK - "Non-stop exciting, educational and FUN tour with a wonderful guide, tour escort and many new friends."
Andrew Black , Princeville, IL- "This was very well organized and appreciated all that Mary Ellen did to keep the group together and on track. Putting something together of this caliber with all of the stops, plus to throw in the water taxis, buses, hotel stays, etc. can be a challenge. From our end we felt it went very smoothly and we had a FANTASTIC time. Many, many good - long lasting memories of Italy."
Cyndi Bridgman , Dallas, TX- "A fun trip. Combination of learning, and relaxation."
Y. Downs , Alta Loma, CA- "First, let me say that our tour guide Mary Ellen was fantastic. She was helpful in every way. Interactive with the group and made me feel very comfortable. Bret the photographer was super. He assisted everyone in the group when needed to capture the perfect pictures. I learned a lot. The tour was my first with Craftours and not my last. Accommodations were wonderful - first class all the way."
Ann McDevitt , Burlington, MA- "The tour was awesome. The country is beautiful. Brett and Mary Ellen were fabulous."
Charlotte Carr , Seattle, WA- "Enjoyed Costa Rica and the company of fellow travelers."
Joan Hobbs , El Segundo, CA- "I had a great time, met a lot of people that I hope to take another tour with, learned new crafts, and saw many glorious sites."
Dodie Halter , Vincennes, IN- "This tour was awesome! We had many opportunities for "hands-on" crafts; needle felting, Brigit’s cross, cooking and we saw demonstrations of many more."
Diana Dingwall , Campbell River, British Columbia- "Excellent tour, loved the workshops"
Lisa Boyette , Las Cruces, NM- "Good value, I would consider taking another trip with them"
Ann Shibut , Richmond, VA- "I enjoyed the tour... the hotels were excellent, and the variety of events was very good as well... nice mix of travel and workshops and free time."
Carolyn Waller , Midlothian, VA- "I’ve traveled and lived overseas, but always with family or a partner, and never with a tour. I was a bit nervous about being a single traveler and letting them arrange a roommate, but honestly, this was the best trip ever! Even before leaving JFK, I connected with fellow travelers, including my tour escort, Holly. I was immediately put at ease. From that moment onward, the name of the game was FUN! I never felt a moment’s nervousness or awkwardness. My fellow travelers were fun, inclusive, and interesting. I no longer feel a need to hit "pause" on my bucket list ventures, waiting for a travel partner, as I can travel "alone" and know with Craftours, I’ll never be lonely! I’ve already booked Tuscany and am planning on Kenya after that! I’m loving living life out loud with Craftours!"
Kelly Anne Erben , Eureka, CA- "The 2018 Craft Tour to Ireland exceeded my expectations. Besides the beautiful scenery and the great food, I was truly impressed with the camaraderie developed in meeting crafters of like mind from all over the United States. If you did this trip on your own, you would miss this sense of belonging."
Kim Stirrett , Leander, TX- "Ireland was very interesting and not at all what I expected. Very wild country with beautiful coastal areas. People were very friendly and informative. I appreciated the history and age of the country. As our driver said, you can’t get lost in Ireland for long.... it is an Island! You can only go so far."
Candy Snipes , Mobile, AL- "We loved every minute of our tour of Ireland and plan to go on another Craftours trip!"
Jennifer Williams , Crittenden, KY- "Overall, I highly recommend a Craftour! It had a good balance of hands-on and observation, free time and set tour time, early and late. I haven’t traveled outside of Canada/Mexico before, so this tour felt very safe and had enough structure to make me feel like I wasn’t alone. The instructors for the craft projects were extremely high quality and each lesson FAR exceeded my expectations, creating a meaningful memory of my trip to Ireland."
Barb Peterson , Bremerton, WA- "I wouldn’t travel any other way, with any other tour group. Jim West puts together the best tours. I was busy as much as I wanted to be. The places we stopped were perfect for my arts and craft tastes. Everyone involved in making our tour great, Jim, our tour guide, the bus driver, and the people we visited, all made the trip fun, comfortable, and adventurous. I’d go again in a heartbeat."
Suzanne Doonan , Malvern, PA- "Ireland is pure magic. Spectacular scenery that never stops coming at every bend of the road. Quaint villages, exceptionally friendly people and exceptional crafts were everywhere."
Amy Armenta , Aurora, CO- "What an awesome fun and funny time we had in Ireland. Agnes and Pat were a wealth of information escorting us through Ireland, their home."
Debbie Beach , Perry, FL- "It was a wonderful full experience. Something schedule everyday, but free time also. Everyone was so nice and always had time for each of us. The guided tours were well planned and fun. The Ring of Kerry was really nice. Dingle in the sunshine was just beautiful ."
Donnis Doyle , Austin, TX- "I had a wonderful time on the tour. Our guide, Agnes, was superb as was the bus driver, Pat. Both gave information that was useful and enlightening."
Janet Bigelow , Tacoma, WA- "Great guide/driver and Agnes wonderful. The country and the scenery spectacular. People friendly and helpful. Large group,but well organized."
Clyde Gabriel , Urbana, IL- "Ireland was beautiful. Our host Agnes was the best guide we ever could have had."
JoEllen Freida , Sunbury, PA- "Very enjoyable--- I had free time to shop or explore and interesting crafts to make! Could not ask for a better vacation!"
Linda Merhley , Kankakee, IL- "Ireland was wonderful - in spite of the late winter weather. Agnes and Pat gave us lots of information to help us understand what we were seeing and to appreciate a bit of Ireland’s history."
Donna Hale , Boise, ID- "This was a great tour of the highlights of Ireland. I enjoyed learning about the different crafts, beliefs and superstitions of the Irish people. There was just the right mix of scheduled events and free time. I would go again tomorrow if I could."
Mae B Kramer , Hemet, CA- "The tour was fantastic. It would have been nice to have more time to explore the small villages, and especially Adare. There were a few areas that could use tweaking, but overall it was a wonderful experience."
Jennifer - "I thoroughly enjoyed this trip; it provided the perfect introduction to Ireland and its history."
Cathy Pharr , Hedgesville, WV- "What a great trip! The classes were fun, well taught and inspiring.Our lodging and meals were top notch. Alice,our escort, and Mike, our tour bus driver, were great and added to the fun. Ireland was stunningly beautiful and it’s people were very friendly. I’m hoping to return there with my daughters for another visit!"
Annie Lancaster , Katy, TX- "The tour took us through so much of Ireland that I don’t feel as though I missed anything. The tour bus driver was so knowledgeable about the history, agriculture and towns which really enriched the experience."
Nancy Martinez , Orlando, FL- "The trip was very well planned. Alice was a fabulous tour guide and Michael our bus driver kept us laughing. The hotels were very accommodating and most of all the price was right."
Sheila Goldsberry , Oceanside, CA- "I fell in love with Ireland all over again, the people were so friendly. The places that we visited, the artisans that shared their knowledge and passions with us were incredible. Our bus driver and tour guide combo were amazing! Michael and Alice, were incredibly helpful, friendly and full of knowledge. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Jim West and Craftours are the best! I can’t wait for my next adventure!"
Susan Ostaseski , Boons Mill, VA- "The trip was fabulous, fun, and so interesting. I’ve never seen a tour so well organized. The crafts were great with gifted instructors."
Kim Neible , Nashville, TN- "My first experience with Craftours. I thought it would be a good way to get some experience with them as a tour group. It was everything I had and more. Perfect balance of class and sew time. Lunch lectures were inspiring. The opportunity to see after dinner was great and an added bonus. I don’t know how or what you would do to make it better. Good job!"
Marsha Mowery , Fort Collins, CO- "The Cocoon experience was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in quilting for four wonderful days."
Lucy Harville , Central Point, OR- "The teachers were wonderful, format was well-thought-out, class size was conducive to learning."
Judy Valentino , Hales Corners, WI- "I had a great time, I liked all the instructor very much. I consider myself an experienced quilter and I learned something new from each teacher."
Kate Schrot , North Mankato, MN- "Overall had a fun time. Small classes meant a lot time with the instructors."
Lee Buhr , Cedar Rapids, IA- "I felt I had found my ’tribe’. Creative ladies who were fearless, love to learn, and love to travel."
Nancy Neal , Buffalo Grove, IL- "The teachers at this Cocoon were the best. I felt privileged to have the opportunity to learn from them. Thanks"
Liz Didier , Covington, LA- "I learned so many new approaches and techniques. This was a most inspiring experience."
Susan McCoy , Elmhurst, IL- "My fourth cocoon and great as ever! Always a wonderful experience."
Marilyn Nance , Chicago, IL- "The Cocoon was warm and wonderful learning experience with knowledgeable and kind teachers. I had a wonderful time."
Chris Deering , Niles, IL- "Wonderful classes with great teachers. S nice balance of different types of skills."
Jeanette Colligan , Maple Grove, MN- "Mary Ellen was very organized and helpful in every aspect of this Cocoon to make us comfortable. All the Master teachers were awesome!"
Melanie Dreiman , Cape Girardeau, MO- "Excellent planning, organization and execution of the event. Excellent facilities, tools & equipment. Excellent instructors sharing a variety of useful techniques. Excellent nurturing of camaraderie between all. Do you have a lifetime sign-up sheet so I can attend this event every year for the rest of my life? Where do I sign up?"
Yael Hellman , Beverly Hills, CA- "The Tuscany tour was wonderful."
Christine Brock , San Diego, CA- "Your tour provided a very special opportunity to meet local tour guides and crafts people, and learn their stories, making the visit to Italy more personal."
Arlene Watters , Lemon Grove, CA- "Your choices of craft experiences were wonderful. The guides and transportation were terrific, I felt very well taken care of!"
Roberta Allen , Oceanside, CA- "Have visited Tuscany before however, the Arts & Crafts component of this tour was awesome. Loved the variety of arts and crafts that we participated in. The farewell dinner was AMAZING!!!!"
Joyce Mann , Alpine, CA- "Loved it! Tuscany was just as I had imagined. Beautiful fields of grapes. Great food, tours, wine and hosts."
Louise Goodman , San Diego, CA- "Lovely hotel, plenty of interesting places and crafts."
Judy Gentry , Haymarket, VA- "Great tour of a beautiful country."
Barry K Durie , Bethlehem, PA- "A well planned and led tour with a good balance of guided group time and free to roam time. Information was always clear and shared in a timely fashion. Appreciated the efficiency of our overall escort and the particular knowledge of the various guides who joined us."
Michelle Baggett , Columbia, MO- "I can’t say enough good things about Craftours. Our guide Mary Ellen Francis went above and beyond our expectations. We missed flights getting to our destination due to weather issues and she was always watching out for us making sure we were getting where we needed to go to make it to our destination. My mother fell and broke her knee our last day of our trip and Mary Ellen was right there to get an ambulance and help us make arrangements for me to stay at a hotel near the hospital where my mom was getting treatment. She also made sure I had contacts of translators and headquarters to help me get home when it was possible. She was a huge help to us. Mary Ellen is fantastic!"
Jeanne Schmaltz , Benicia, CA- "Great craft tour with many opportunities to try different crafts as well as tour of different Tuscan cities"
Deborah Parrish , Tucson, AZ- "Loved the tour! Saw so much every day. Our Craftours Escort Mary Ellen was excellent. Kept us on our toes!"
Wendy Madden , Summerfield, FL- "Enjoyed it immensely. The small towns and the countryside are beautiful."
Leslie , Enola, PA- "Wonderful trip! It was more strenuous than I thought it would be."
Debra Fenton , Saukville, WI- "The Ultimate Arts & Crafts Expedition of Tuscany was the ultimate Italian tour. The towns and places we visited were the most old world tours of a lifetime. In the time we were there the tour took us to as many wonderful places we could hope to be."
Gail Warnes , Ashland, OH- "I loved the tour, the extensions and the optional trips. Italy was incredibly beautiful, the sites selected for visits were very interesting and worth the time and money, and the art and craft lessons were fun and rewarding."
Janice McAdams , Brookeland, TX- "My trip was great fun. Our escort made the trip very enjoyable, our group was very compatible, all in the expedition was awesome."
Judy Rosalez , Cary, NC- "It was a good trip. I had a nice time and met some wonderful people. It was terrific being at 1 hotel the entire time."
Debbi Torri , Morris, IL- "This trip was phenomenal in every way! The cuisine, the vino and the optional tours were exceptional! So glad we took advantage of them.."
Audrey Wilson , Beaumont, CA- "I enjoyed the trip very much....."
Margaret Casey , Seattle, WA- "I enjoyed seeing places I have never visited before. I also liked staying in one hotel..."
Marilyn Wallace , Ash Fork, AZ- "I believe that going on a tour with a group of people you do not know is an experience not to be missed. You get to know those people and might want to stay in touch. I met some wonderful people on the bus that I was on. I will stay in touch on Facebook."
Dennis & Dawn Auker , Salem, OR- "This was our second tour of Tuscany. The first time was with Jim West 8 yrs ago. We enjoyed both tours very much."
Shelly Wickham , Sturgeon Bay, WI- "I loved this trip! There was just the right amount of craft activities, sightseeing, and downtime that I did not feel like I didn’t have enough time to enjoy Italy."
Deneen Nash , Bedford Heights, OH- "Fantastic trip. I would go back to Tuscany."
Jackie miller , Westbury, NY- "I loved it! We had so much fun. Everyone was so nice. The hotel was terrific, the tour was great. Holly, Alice and Deb were the best"
Susan Morance , Chapel Hill, NC- "I enjoyed the Photography Expedition in Ireland very much. I learned a lot from Pam. The itinerary was excellent as were our hotels. Our driver Pat added a great deal to the enjoyment of the trip with all the commentary he provided about Ireland as well as his excellent sense of humor. Overall I found the trip extremely enjoyable."
Jill Gohr , Virginia Beach, VA- "Although I am not a quilter, the 2 friends that invited me, are quilters and have had several classes with Pam. I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed by Pam. It was the country I was interested in and I was not disappointed! Our tour guide Pat, was 1 in a million and his knowledge base was detailed and endless, as was his sense of humor! I would travel anywhere with him as a guide. I would go again in a heartbeat! Further, I would recommend this expedition to anyone interested in seeing and learning about Ireland. The trip and accommodations were first class from start to finish. Nothing was left to chance.I rarely had to deal with the beast (my huge suitcase) and even then, it was only to put it in outside my door, to be handled by leprechauns! I could add so much more, but hopefully my point is made ~ the trip and everyone that made it happen, was fabulous!"
Kathy Thompson , Virginia Beach, VA- "This trip certainly met all my expectations. It was superbly organized, had great accommodations, and had the most exceptional bus driver ever. Pat was a true gem. Pam’s wonderful personality and photography information and tips made you see more and realize more from the trip. It was a pure pleasure!"
Rose Rodriguez Stevenson , Elpaso, TX- "The tour guide, Pam Holland, was attentive to our needs, our whereabouts and instruction/guidance in photography. The sessions she provided were enjoyable and informative---excited us to experiment in photography and how it can be utilized in creating textile art."
Diane and Ronnie Herrington , Dripping Springs, TX- "Such an incredible trip with my brother and sister in law and all the new friends we made along the way."
Liz Berry , Chesapeake, VA- "I’m not much of a photographer but Pam was able to inspire me. She explained things in a way that made sense and has helped me look at things in a totally different way."
Mary Rogers , Edina, MN- "The places we visited were lovely, and the hotels were very good."
Julie Wickware , Clinton Twp, MI- "Pam Holland gave excellent photography tips and the bus driver was exceptional with plenty of information and quips."
Larry and Frances Lynch , Waco, TX- "Well organized and the tours were great and informative. We met so many nice people on the tour and in Ireland."
Kristine Sirmons , West Allis, WI- "I enjoyed the tour. Our bus driver Pat was wonderful and very knowledgeable about everything we were going to see, and had a great sense of humor. The hotels chosen were nice. Pam and Jim were fun to work with and worked together well. It would have been nice to have our itinerary before the trip, as I came to the country a couple days beforehand and didn’t know what we were going to see so I wasn’t sure what to plan for myself. But it was fun and I would book the tour again."
Trudi Sommerfield , Alexandria, VA- "What a great trip! I loved Budapest and was surprised and delighted by how beautiful it is. The facades of the buildings are fantastic. The artisans we visited were wonderful - so open, so engaged in what they do, so talented. And getting to visit them in their studios which were often in their homes was amazing. Besides giving us an introduction to their craft and their process, we had the rare opportunity to visit Hungarian homes. That was an extra added bonus. One highlight for me was the Folk Art Museum. Such beautiful work. The beading was fabulous, and I especially loved the folk masks. So sorry I couldn’t buy one to accompany me on my trip home."
Karen Scanlon , Brighton, MI- "It was a delightful experience Traveling with a small group, being able to visit with the master crafters (sometimes in their own home), and in addition learning about the area was a wonderful blend of experiences."
Stephanie Stamm , Blandon, PA- "I really enjoyed going to Budapest as part of Jim West’s TV tour"
Mary Lou Unangst , Easton, PA- "The tour was well planned, well conducted and was very interesting. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first days were filled with the usual tourist sites but our guide made them interesting by telling us the culture of Hungary. The craft days were even better. We were able to meet artists in their homes, something we could not have done on any other tour."
Susan Luczu , East Brunswick, NJ- "The trip was all that was advertised and much more. Getting to visit the master crafts artists in their own personal space was very exciting and meaningful. This trip inspired me to get back to more crafting and let my imagination fly! Thanks to Jim and all of the Crew for a beautiful and uplifting trip."
Barb Nemeth , Westfield, IN- "Craftours was a great way for me to visit Hungary. My family immigrated from Hungary and this tour exposed me to a wide variety of Hungarian arts, crafts, history and culture - all within one week."
Harold Blattie , Helena, MT- "Destination Craft is an opportunity to see things that are not available anywhere else. Watching artisans in their own environment gave us a true appreciation of their skills and passion."
Betty Blattie , Helena, MT- "I thought it was very interesting. Having never been around a tv production, all aspects were interesting. I especially enjoyed learning about the different crafts that people in another country are doing."
Danette Thomas-Holub , Huntington, NY- "I had an amazing time in Budapest Hungary with Jim West/Craftours. This trip allowed me to connect with people I would have never had the opportunity to interact with. Jim West is an approachable, knowledgeable & entertaining host. The craft artisans we met were outstanding & talented people who truly deserved to be showcased. Jim’s director, producer, soundman etc. are all talented & personable people. This was an experience that allowed me to see the creation of crafts/art through the lens of the artisans from another culture. The process of creating a TV show was also an extra added fascination! I am happy I had the privilege to participate this one. The Emmy nominated Destination Craft opened my eyes to so much in one trip that I can only imagine the wealth of information it will offer in each season. This experience was Emmy worthy!?? I would say to anyone thinking about doing this to Go For It! The hotel was top notch, the service (travel, food etc) we received was outstanding. We had a terrific & knowledgeable tour guide who added to the experience ten fold. She (GG) found us authentic food, and gave a history of Hungary I would not have had if I were to go alone or with an average tour group. It was an experience that showcased the beautiful similarities & historical parallels of our countries. It was safe, easy, enlightening and enjoyable. I’m ready for another Craft adventure!! Jim is Awesome! Smooches Jim."
Lou Luczu , East Brunswick, NJ- "It was wonderful to tour the country of my ancestry, and to meet people that you would not meet on a regular tour. They were trying to preserve the heritage of their craft, and were happy to share with us. This was a once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish."
Susan Phillips Moskowitz , Palo Alto, CA- "I loved the trip. It was so much fun. I loved the crafts and meeting the artisans in person. I also loved watching the TV production."
Zoe enright , Cincinnati, OH- "Great introduction to Ecuador and a lot of fun trying different crafts."
Sara Borr , Norristown, PA- "A totally enjoyable trip. All the craft people we met were fantastic. So willing to share their special talents with us. Very friendly people.The trip was well planned and offered a variety of crafts.Our tour guide, David, was great. Went out of his way to make all of us happy. Took us to great places to eat and enjoy the Ecuadorian cuisine, not the tourist trap kind of places. The film crew, as usual, great. Hard working but also fun to work with. What can I say about Jim? He is the best. Having done 6 shows and traveled to Vietnam with him, knowing he is a genuine, kind, person who make sure we are learning,meeting interesting people, and at the same time having a great time."
Gail , Cheyenne, WY- "Hungary is an emerging venue. Beautiful architecture and nice people. Very interesting history."
Carol Loessel , Fort Wayne, IN- "Budapest is an amazing city and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to really explore it. The workshops to learn the traditional Hungarian crafts were interesting and fun."
Jo Wilson , Boynton Beach, FL- "I thought the trip was wonderful. The days were filled with interesting sites and Activities. The local guides were well- informed and helpful."
Chelsy Carter , Las Vegas, NV- "Visiting a former ’Iron Curtain’ country with Craftours was fascinating, educational, and fun. Learning the crafts that sustained the people of Budapest through political upheavals was fascinating, as was learning more about their daily lives. Budapest is a gorgeous city. Sherrill’s excellent leadership and organizational skills ensure that everyone had a great experience. I enjoy being in the company of other creative people who enjoy local arts and crafts."
Sheila Arney , Marshalltown, IA- "I did enjoy the trip, it was great to see Hungary and the local people were very kind."
Susan Courtney , Leesburg, VA- "Traveling with Craftours was a very pleasant experience. I appreciated their attention to details so I didn’t have to!"
Arlene Kilborn , Leesburg, VA- "This tour was above and beyond my expectations."
Betty Kieran , Bellevue, NE- "Quiltville in England Tour was fun and filled with opportunities to inspire unique quilting creativity."
Michaela Burgnon , Odenton, MD- "A well planned and delivered tour. A good taste of England that will make you want to return. Good hotels. Tour guide was wonderful."
Janet Cox , Yuma, AZ- "This was a Once in a Lifetime-Bucket List Filled-Adventure around every Corner- trip for me. So very blessed for this experience and so grateful for the memories along my journey."
Leslie Kemper , Deer Park, WA- "This was my husband and I first trip to Europe. We enjoyed every part of the trip. The guide, Agnes and bus driver, Pat were well informed of the history of Ireland. The tours of each stop we made; the castles, wool mills, and evening excursions were wonderful. The hotel accommodations were excellent."
Elaine Carlson , Agawam, MA- "The Peru trip was a wonderful experience. I am so glad that I was able to participate."
Donna Hillard , Kirkland, WA- "This was a great trip! Our guide, Mary Ellen Francis, is the best! She worked hard to see that we had a good experience. The places we went, the things we saw and the things we did were wonderful."
Faith Clover , St. Paul, MN- "Everything about the tour was top notch. Our leader Mary Ellen handled all the logistical aspects of the tour superbly. Our local guides were very knowledgeable about the history of the Inca culture as well as today’s local culture. The hotels were excellent! We saw so many Peruvian crafts and artisans. We saw several demonstrations and tried our hand at several local crafts. Our excursion to Machu Picchu was wonderful."
Emma Rotilie , St. Paul, MN- "Going to Peru (and Machu Picchu) was a great experience thanks to the planning and care taken by Craftours. Our host, Mary Ellen was supportive and enthusiastic. The tours and activities were so interesting."
Susan Rotilie , St. Paul, MN- "This trip to Peru was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I loved learning about the Inca culture through their crafts and historic sites."
Marsha Mowery , Fort Collins, CO- "I am so happy I decided to go to Guatemala. Craftours does such a wonderful job to make travel a joyful experience."
Zoe Enright , Cincinnati, OH- "I was expecting to see some colorful costumes, some handicrafts, some architecture. I got there and it was WAY beyond expectation. The colorful costumes were everywhere as normal dress. Weavers around every corner, and so many beautiful colonial buildings. Our guide showed us even more than the itinerary and gave us insights into history and culture. This may have been my best trip ever."
Susan Kesler Simpson , Danville, PA- "Fantastically organized and one of the best travel trips I’ve been on. Everything that you said and more. Carols, the local guide, was exceptional. I would highly recommend this trip for textile lovers. It was just wonderful"
Grace Brouillette , Banning, CA- "The trip was wonderful. Both hotels were great. The trip to have lunch with the family who had the coffee plantation really let us see the real people. Carlos was very knowledgeable and kind and watched over us. All cee was always prepared and patient. The free time versus planned time was perfect. Also enjoyed the small group experience"
Bonnie Post , Satellite Beach, FL- "The tour was guided so well and the knitting and crochet classes were the best I’ve had because the instructor Lena S. from Annie’s is truly professional and presents a great learning experience. She was an asset to the tour!"
Jean Petrocelli , Bridgewater, NJ- "It was interesting and informative."
Marilee Williamson , Buchanan, VA- "This was a most spectacular tour trip. The sites were beautiful and very special, the hotels were great, food excellent."
Stephanie Kollar , Hollis, NY- "This was a wonderful mix of sightseeing and knitting. I truly enjoyed the entire experience."
Phyllis Schicker , Johnson Creek, WI- "A great opportunity to see a beautiful country and combine it with a favorite passion, knitting and crocheting. Also, a great opportunity to meet others with the same passion for these crafts."
Mary Stambaugh , Morina, CA- "Such a great trip! Norway is beautiful, and our escort, Mary Ellen, took care of the details with humor and grace. Lena’s knitting lessons were wonderful. I would definitely book another Craftours trip!"
Margorie Sellers , Beaverton, OR- "I took this trip to meet new people, and see the mid-section of the US. Both were accomplished."
Cathy Climpson , Sharon, Ontario- "Great trip to see the nostalgia of this part of America!"
Jane Sheppard , Saint Joseph, MO- "Great tour, great company. Well worth the price of the trip!"
Sandra Geho , Marietta, NY- "I don’t know any other trip where you can see natural wonders, man made wonders, beautiful scenery and learn so much about our history."
Karen Oertel , Camillus, NY- "I decided that I wanted to see more of our country and this seemed like a great way to experience it. The group was a perfect size for this trip. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities and places we stopped at."
Kathy Alexander , Eugene, OR- "Fantastic, exciting, educational, heartfelt, a trip of a lifetime!"
Lee Buhr , Cedar Rapids, IA- "The trip was wonderful. It was what I had hoped for, fun, quirky, awe inspiring and spontaneous. What inspired me the most was the wonderful group of fellow travelers."
Bobbie Dewees , Springfield, VA- "I thought the Route 66 trip was the BEST bus-based guided tour I had ever taken. The bus was not crowded, the leader and driver were both exceptional. I was most pleased that the agenda had enough wiggle-room that we could go off script and see some of the kitchy Route 66 sights which is what I was expecting."
Susan Tischler , Woodstock, GA- "My goal was to see more of America and this trip met that goal. The experience was Extraordinary!"
Don Chudzy , Calgary, Canada- "The tour met all of my expectations. It had the proper level of structure combined with the flexibility to react to situations as they arose. The tour did cover a great distance but as the weather was outstanding, there was always something to see and enjoy. Rest stops to eat and stretch were never a problem and made the days go by quickly. Hotels were excellent as was the transportation. The driver had very good knowledge of the areas and was entertaining."
Diane Green , Newark, OH- "This was a great trip with wonderful new friends and lots of nostalgia."
Kathy Hetdorn , Willoughby, OH- "What amazing sights in India. We saw both the Taj Mahal and beautiful palaces, then contrasted those with the small rural villages and city slums. Both coexist in an amazing country."
Katherine Chevalier , Foothill Ranch, CA- "OMG! This is a once in a lifetime trip! I loved the small group size (11), made a small cozy group! I loved the sights, fabrics, smells!"
Maree Rogers , New Plymouth, New Zealand- "This tour was amazing- I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It was led by two expert people -Pam Holland and Govind Agrawal. They both had great knowledge and looked after us well. The tour was well tailored to suit the needs of the people on it- we all had an interest in textiles. This will remain in my memory as one of the best tours that I have done."
Nola Pearce , Rostrevor, Australia- "My Indian Experience far exceeded my expectations. Our Tour Leader, Pam Holland, was excellent and her textile knowledge was invaluable. The Indian Guide, Govind, was amazing. His knowledge and love of his country was inspiring and his network is vast. Our every need and all of our wants were attended to immediately. We had some down time most days so we could enjoy every aspect. The leaders interacted well and were very flexible with the programme. The coach driver and Govind’s helper were friendly, courteous and very helpful. Our small group of 4 nationalities integrated at our first meeting. We all looked out for each other. A wonderful, wonderful experience."
Linzi Upton , Brighton Farms Crathes, United Kingdom- "This trip was truly the experience of a lifetime with excellent guide/leader with so many different activities and places. Accommodation was first class and the small size of the group enabled everyone to get to know each other."
Meredith Smith , Mashpee, MA- "Best trip ever!"
Penny Harvey , Rock Springs, WY- "This trip was amazing. I was so pleased at all we were able to see and the way everything came together. The hotels we stayed at were beautiful and the people we dealt with were very pleasant and helpful. We saw so much! It was a wonderful trip that I feel very lucky to have been a part of."
Christyne Mills , Rancho Cordova, CA- "It was the experience of a lifetime. I don’t think this could ever be duplicated due to the combination of people involved. Our guide, Holly & driver, Pat, were so great. They even went out of their way to get us tickets to the Celtic Steps show which was amazing."
Diana Sillence , Lutz, FL- "The trip was more than I could have hoped for and was jamb packed full of sight-seeing, shopping, experiencing the culture through music and knowing Ireland’s history. Patrick was awesome in telling the history with his side jokes! The first reason I signed up was for the craft project but thread so much more!! Yes, I loved it and would love to return someday!!"
Sherry Kesselman , Albuquerque, NM- "This was my first trip over the Atlantic and because of having such a wonderful experience, will not be my last. I enjoyed everything from the group I was with to the food, sights, quilting class, shopping and informative and personal tour guide (Holly) and driver (Patrick). Both Holly and Patrick went way and beyond in making this trip truly an exceptional experience."
Ruth Robertson , Denver, CO- "Great tour!! So much to see & do - plus some tips on quilting."
Primrose Lowry , Lakefield, Ontario- "Loved Ireland it was as beautiful as they say, the size of the trip was nice number as we all got to know one another."
Ellen March , Morrison, CO- "What a fantastic experience! Despite the long days and packed schedule, I feel like I saw everything that Italy has to offer and then some. The special tours to the Pino Grasso embroidery studio, silk factory and atelier were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I made friends I will cherish forever. Thank you for a wonderful time!"
Vicki Wofford , Bastrop, TX- "It gave me a new appreciation for ’handmade’ textiles and fashions from Italy."
Maxine Constantine , Fishers, IN- "A very special tour that exceeded expectations! I am still on a Tuscany high!"
Anne Hirner , Kent, WA- "I had my very best ever vacation. Italy is so inspirational. Our tour guide Agnes was so organized, helpful and a wonderful woman. All of the tours and local guides she had arranged for us was awesome. Would love to take another tour with you someday. Agnes was also very knowledgeable about handling some not so well behaved clients. She was great."
Rosemary Costabile , Palm Coast, FL- "The trip to Italy was a dream realized. The places visited were more than I would have done on my own. My love and interest in sewing was rewarded. Visiting Milan, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre and San Gimignano were absolutely a treat! Loved them all!!"
Elisabeth Prescott , Astoria, NY- "Overall the tour was a great introduction to Italy’s craftsmanship and tourist sights and was inspirational from a creative perspective, too."
Jocelyn King , Richmond, KY- "The tour was well-organized to include a variety of activities. The crafts were superb--we were all awed by the dedication of the artisans. Plenty of tourist sights, also."
Janet Henry , Mobile, AL- "Fabulous trip, I would love to do it again."
Aggie Benzing , Melbourne, FL- "Many new experiences. Beautiful places to stay."
Sue Carton , RedDeer, Alberta- "Every day was wonderful and well organized."
Shauna Charron , Mannville, Alberta- "I loved meeting the people of Bali. They were always so helpful and happy. What a lovely country."
Sally Turco , Cherhill, Alberta- "This was the first tour I have taken. I was totally thrilled with the care, service and attention to detail that was offered on this tour. From our arrival to our departure, our tour guide made every effort to meet our needs and answer questions, no matter how trivial. A truly enjoyable experience!"
Sara Borr , Norristown, PA- "Having traveled with Craftours a number of times I was sure the trip would be great and it was."
Beverly Bowsher , Palm Bay, FL- "Absolutely amazing. Had a fantastic time. Would probably had not done this if it wasn’t for the tour."
Frieda Toback , Boynton Beach, FL- "Very enjoyable tour made better by the outstanding leadership of Mary Ellen."
Julie Knebel , Eugene, OR- "After a very long flight, I landed in a country that was truly magnificent unlike anything I have ever experienced. The Balinese are the kindest people and their culture and art work truly fascinating."
Kathy McKernan , Rock, MI- "Bali was a wonderful destination and the price of this trip made it affordable"
Cheryl Force , Vaughn, WA- "I planned this tour 2 years ago to mark my birthday doing something really big on my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour especially the opportunity to make my own batik and riding on an elephant at the reserve!"
Suzanne Brown , The Villages, FL- "Had an absolutely wonderful time on this tour. What a beautiful country and such beautiful and friendly people. Our tour guide and leader made everything perfect."
Kristin Werginz , The Villages, FL- "The workers were willing to help show us how they do the batiks so primitive yet beautiful wood carving ."
Ann McDevitt , Burlington, MA- "The tour was excellent!"
Valda Holland , Nelson, New Zealand- "Very smitten with the workshops. It was great to have hands on rather than just watch."
Ann Garvey , Wheaton, IL- "This trip to Bali was a fantastic and well balanced mix of interesting activities! there was time to relax and explore on your own as well! I could not have arranged such a trip on my own, I am grateful for the leadership and insight you have provided!"
Paula & Rich Bolan , Tucson, AZ- "We enjoyed the tour. It was an experience we will always remember. The Elephant ride, the Bird Park and the Batik fabric workshop/warehouse made the trip for us. Would have liked to have seen more of the country, ie., the rice terraces. We enjoyed the wood carving (Rich may have a new hobby!) and the painting class was fun."
Vera Lee H. , San Francisco, CA- "The Bali tour was fascinating. I enjoyed the art demos and the hands on workshops (wood carving, acrylic painting, batik printing) with the master artisans immensely. Having the scheduled events in the morning and free afternoons or evenings were ideal. It allowed me time to process what I learned and observed before venturing into a new venue the following day. Also, it gave time for meandering the street market, taking in a massage, soaking in the pool, taking CT’s optional tours, or just unwinding in the beautiful hotel room."
Jillian Jary , Nelson, New Zealand- "Wondrous, exciting, hands on. Bus 3 company had so much fun, laughter, fellowship and camaraderie. Not only was Hartana our Bali guide very knowledgeable, he anticipated our every need. Our bus drivers were skilled and drove very safely. Our tour escort was fabulous and made sure that our every need was met. Deb’s gregarious personality spread warmth and love throughout our group. Lifelong friendships have been struck. Days of being creative with new friends who supported each other and made sure that everyone had fun and came away smiling."
Mary Sandison , Wrentham, MA- "One word could describe the Bali expedition, AWESOME! But to expand, I thought the trip was well organized with just the right amount of structured time vs our own down time. Being in a new country, I always felt safe and could ask any questions of the Craftours Escort and/or our Balinese Guide. Our Guide provided details of daily life and the customs of his country with pride, I so enjoyed his stories and appreciated his cautions when necessary. This was my first Craftours experience and I look forward to my next trip, Peru is calling me!"
Carol Welsheimer , Galena, OH- "I had a wonderful time on this tour. I felt we got to see a lot considering we were only there for a week. It was all very well planned and organized. Our leader was very helpful and the participants were all so nice."
Chris Booth , Burlington, ON- "Everything was very well planned but flexibility was also built into the itinerary. Lots of free time to explore in Galway."
Mary Longie , Elgin, TX- "Ireland was amazing, people are fantastic, the food was awesome and the sites spectacular."
Sidney Finneran , Dublin, OH- "This was my first time flying without my husband and my second time flying to Europe. This tour was so well organized. I met fun and pleasant women who were all talented in their own way. I liked the combination of planned time vs. free time. I would recommend this tour to anyone!"
Nancy Mayak , Fremont, OH- "This was my first time touring Ireland and my first time with Craftours. I enjoyed the trip immensely. Ireland is as beautiful as I had heard. The people were friendly."
Angela Rowland , Catonsville, MD- "It was a blast. Agnes our your leader thought of everything and it went so smoothly. Pat our driver was a world of knowledge and kept us entertained as we rolled along. Definitely would recommend."
Susan Eldridge , Port Charlotte, FL- "Our tour director, Agnes, and bus driver, Patrick, were delightful. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and informative in an entertaining way. The hotels we stayed in were excellent - with all modern conveniences - and located in walkable areas. If asked to name my favorite site, I could not do it. Each one had its own unique way of giving me a little taste of Ireland’s cultures, history, and beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone."
Cheyenne Moondancer , Longmont, CO- "We were treated FIRST RATE for the entire trip: the best hotels, the greatest food, the best tour guide, motor coach and driver-every day brought so many new and amazing opportunities to explore the culture of the land and to sample local heritage from every class and outing."
Maydean Tilton , Cibolo, TX- "I have to admit I was apprehensive about a tour as I have always traveled independently but my fears were unfounded. We had a wonderful experience and saw the beautiful Irish countryside. Our group was a great group of talented ladies. Our bus driver, Pat Moynihan and our tour guide, Agnes Warren were beyond incredible. I cannot say enough good things about the two of them."
Liz Van Keuren , Copperas Cove, TX- "The tour was so much more than I was expecting. Our guide/bus driver and escort were great. We had some weather and construction issues and they were able to rearrange or offer alternatives. The hotels were really nice and the Irish breakfasts were wonderful!"
Stephanie Kollar , Hollis, NY- "I had a wonderful time on this tour. I liked the idea that our hands-on classes were associated with museums or tours /demonstrations by masters. We got to see and do what Poland was known for, and to try and make a piece of it to take home."
Yvonne Downs , Alta Loma, CA- "The cost of the tour was very affordable. It was an amazing tour, I didn’t realize what the Polish people and Jews actually went through except what was told to us through history books."
Bonnie Bloom , Lewes, DE- "Absolutely an amazing experience!"
Lynn Jaffe , Encinitas, CA- "I really enjoyed the trip! I had never been on a group tour and was traveling alone, so having someone handling all the details of traveling was fabulous! The local guides were very informative and the planned crafts were fun."
Linda G Spurgin , Mena, AR- "I had a wonderful time. It was great meeting creative people from all over the US. Sometimes when you get a number of creative folks together, there can be personality problems. But this group got along very well and even helped each other when needed. We just ended up enjoying each other’s company."
Cynthia Knight , Van Buren, AR- "Wonderful, incredible, magical, heavenly experience in my life. I left my heart in Montecatini Terme!??"
Dorothy Rezac , Prairie Village, KS- "The tour was excellent. It was so refreshing to see so many beautiful sites and to hear how progressive the country is. The photographic insight and tips were helpful even to me as a novice."
Susan Downing , Lake Villa, IL- "The country is beautiful, the picture that can be captured don’t do it justice!"
Janice Romanko , Sudbury, Ontario- "I was very impressed with the service we received from booking the trip until boarding the plane home"
Beverly Brown , Bloomington, IN- "This was a wonderful experience from the unique buildings,the evening desert safari, the boat ride to Palm Island at night and the two very large malls. Food was excellent too!"
Michael - "A great way to visit an unfamiliar part of the world! Well-planned activities, smooth logistics and adequate free time."
Joanne Romanko , Sudbury, Ontario- "It was a great trip, everything I expected and more!"
Shelley MacGregor , Gurnee, IL- "The trip offered an expansive array of interesting places and education on a different way of life."
Martha Estrada , Whittier, CA- "Each day became more memorable than the previous day."
O.V. Brantley , Atlanta, GA- "Craftours are always very organized and very informative."
Doris Doyle, Ave Maria, FL - "This was one of those special tours with lasting awesome memories of not just amazing scenery and experiences but of new friendships and an appreciation for culture and traditions on an international level."
Deb and Steve Aragon, Englewood, CO - "Everything was fantastic and exceeded our expectations! Every detail was thought of and carefully planned out! Agnes was fantastic! The sights chosen were perfect! The hotels and food was outstanding! We would for sure do another Craftours trip!"
Elizabeth (Lisa) Shelton, Boone, NC - "This was an absolutely amazing tour! Our tour guide (Agnes Warren) was simply phenomenal and made the tour that more special! Everything was planned out so beautifully!"
Roxanne Johnson, Hot Springs Village, AR - "This was a lovely week in Bavaria and Austria. The Christmas Markets were lovely; the glassblowing was lots of fun; and the strudel baking was an experience we’d gladly repeat."
Sam Abel, Rio Vista, TX - "Excellent tour and tour guides. The hotels selected were the best. All breakfasts and meals were unique and excellent. Agnes Warren is very personable, knowledgeable, efficient, and professional. Would do it again."
Tamie Vojtesak, Ave Maria, FL - "It was wonderful! The hotels were excellent, Agnes was an awesome escort and the whole experience was top notch!"
Donna Abel, Rio Vista, TX - "Very well orchestrated. Always prompt. Tour guide, Agnes, was so friendly and knowledgeable. Hotels amazing. Great value for the money."
Carol Thomas, Lake Charles, LA - "I enjoyed my trip. So many beautiful sights, great shopping and good food."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, MN - "I thought it went well. I had a great time. Mary Ellen worked so hard to keep people safe and happy."
Dana Gaddy, Bellevue, WA - "This was my first overseas tour and Craftours helped me feel comfortable and safe. The crafts and tours were fun and educational. I would do this again!"
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - "I met so many kindred spirits on this trip, several of whom I expect to be life-long friends."
Doris Camp, Sante Fe, TX - "It was a beautiful and fun experience."
JoAnn Byrne, Melbourne, FL - "This trip was lots of fun. Getting to blow glass ornaments was so special, what a treat. And, the strudel glass was great fun and something I can now do at home."
Carolyn Foley, Coochiemudlo IslandQueensland, Australia - "A great trip."
Patricia McCumber, Ooltewah, TN - "Thailand has been on my bucket list for a while and sharing the experience with Pam, and her husband Keith, made for a wondrous journey from start to finish. Their personal connection to the country, its people and culture was evident every day of our stay. Pam and Keith gave of their time, energy and knowledge to ensure the group received a first class adventure!"
H. Margot Johnson, Southbank Victoria, Australia - "A thoroughly stimulating, diverting and inspirational trip. An appropriate way to celebrate my 80th year amongst fibre friends. Thank you ladies and especially to Pam and Keith for their caring kindness. Travel is much more than seeing sights."
Suzanne Doonan, Malvern, PA - "It was fascinating to experience winter light at the 60th parallel. I was surprised to encounter so many Finns with excellent English. They were friendly and helpful everywhere we went."
Emily Kniesly, Carmel, IN - "Great trip. Good selection of activities."
Roxanne Ney, Allentown, PA - "Loved the group. Jim was warm, sincere and very attentive. I’m looking forward to joining future trips. Loved it would recommend your company to anyone looking for a great tour."
Margarita Rice, Portland, OR - "Our tour guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and of good humor. The city and small towns were excellent choices. And then there were the markets! So fun! We also had excellent weather, which isn’t always the case for a December tour. Another plus which isn’t always the case on tours: Everyone in the group got along well, with much sharing and laughter. Many friendships were made."
Sue McKee, Tustin, CA - "What a wonderful trip! It was nice that there were only 17 of us on the tour. Such a nice group of people. The hotels, scenery, towns, and shopping were beyond words. The time went by too quickly. I could have stayed longer! Agnes, our tour director, was delightful."
Rochelle Cossette, Bloomington, MN - "This was a wonderful trip and will definitely be taking another one."
Beverly Smith, Bloomington, MN - "Wonderful and very organized."
Karen Uridel, Mentor, OH - "I enjoyed this trip. We had a wonderful tour guide. She took us to the best places to shop. The craft workshops were different and interesting. Pam Holland was interesting and creative. She showed us a different way of looking at things. The three cities we visited were so very different. It was an experience I won’t soon forget."
Lucy Lowry, Edgewood, WA - "Energy of the organizer is contagious."
Paula Bain, Kansas City, MO - "One of the best experiences of my life so far!"
Nancy J Chandler, Jensen Beach, FL - "Loved the cooking, embroidery and bead classes. They were certainly something I wouldn’t have access to if not on the tour. Liked the Rabat tour.It was nice to have the woman guide who really shared a lot about Morocco."
Diana Van Hise, Roanoke, VA - "Good tour."
Todd Vykouk, Lebanon, TN - "Trip was over and above expectations. Very well organized, fun people and the tour directors were very accommodating."
Donna Hillard, Kirkland, WA - "I enjoyed seeing some of the country, meeting people, trying the food. It gave me a sense of a proud country with friendly people. Everyone I talked with seemed glad that I had come. I enjoyed meeting the craftspeople and learning about them."
Annie Stevenot, Watsonville, CA - "This trip went beyond my expectations! It was wonderful! So carefully curated, and side tris were spectacular. Jim West was beyond delightful and fabulous. I am already signing up for another tour. The whole team was incredible from start to finish. I thought it would be good, but it was so heart filled and full of joy...I loved it!"
Sharon Coker, Napa, CA - "The trip was epic. I had high expectations but you have to see the colors, designs and crafts for yourself to really understand the wonderful culture. The people were genuine and welcoming and it was a reminder to me that in these stressful times, we aren’t countries, we’re people. The tour guide was excellent and added a number of surprises to the trip."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "I had a wonderful time."
Emily Robertson Hood, Kirkland, WA - "Excellent local guide gave not only historical and factual insights to our visits, but was generous with her own experience and perspective on Morocco."
Lynda Ryan, Kenosha, WI - "This was a good blending of seeing some of the culture as well as crafts."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "I had a wonderful time."
Karen Jordan, Naperville, IL - "I enjoyed my first trip to Japan with Craftours. It was a good overall introduction to the country."
Patricia Adair, Huntington Beach, CA - "I enjoyed all aspects of this tour culminating with the wonderful Tokyo International Quilt Show."
Patricia White, Calabash, NC - "Very enjoyable tour. The hotels, transportation, tour guides, crafting experiences were great."
Pamela M Gayle, Huntington Beach, CA - "I had a good time. Japan was a beautiful country to visit and something that I wouldn’t have done on my own because of the language difference."
Lynne Cranson, Yuma, AZ - "It was a wonderful experience."
Pat Christenson, Kirkland, WA - "I enjoyed this tour very much. I have been fascinated by Ancient Egypt for as long as I can remember, so finally going there and walking in the footsteps of the people that I have admired for so long was a dream come true. Modern Egypt was very eye opening also."
Leslie Gordon, Neskowin, OR - "This tour completely exceeded my expectations. Mohamed, our tour guide was the best guide I have ever had for any tour. Our accommodations, both hotel and boat were excellent, both the room and the food. I found the Egyptian people to be very honest, friendly and accommodating. I also felt safer, even in Cairo, as I often do in the US. I walked by myself in the morning along the Nile and felt completely safe. The places we were taken were all excellent and some would not be on any other tour, especially the Tent Makers of Cairo who are amazing quilt makers."
Roberta Allen, Oceanside, CA - "This was an incredible tour! The small group added to the experience. Having lunch across from the Sphinx to sailing on a boat to Abu Simbel...each experience on this tour was outstanding and so memorable. I highly recommend this tour, it’s a must on your bucket list!"
Magdalena Muller, Cornelius, NC - "Egypt has always intrigued me. I admired their art very much. When Craftours offered a trip to Egypt, I jumped on it right away along with my friend. Seeing all the ancient treasures was a marvel forme! We had an excellent tour guide, Mo, who you could tell loves his country and knows it very well. He was more than happy to share his love and knowledge of Egypt. I am so happy I got the opportunity to see Egypt."
Nancy Nelson-Kremer, Brandon, SD - "Fantastic tour where we learned about the history while seeing it in person."
Jolette Olig, Fargo, ND - "This was my first tour of this kind. For the price paid, I did not expect as many wonderful experiences and the top notch accommodations that we received. Many of my fellow travelers had been on previous trips with Craftours and gave great testimony to their other experiences."
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Jam packed itinerary at a great price. Many wonderful memories I will never forget."
Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, CA - "Kenya was a magical experience from our excellent safari driver and wonderful safari experiences to superb accommodations at Sweetwater."
Carol Carter, Marshfield, WI - "Indeed, this was a wonderful trip. Even more than was expected. The outings to see the animals were always exciting and the local guide seemed to always know where to go to see yet another animal. I liked that we had many outings. The spinning and weaving and then the beading place were heartwarming to see. I loved their artwork. Visiting the school was special. The kids were adorable. I’m glad Jim is helping them out and was glad to contribute. "
Shelly Stilger, Bel Aire, KS - "Kenya is a wonderful destination. I found it to be beautiful, friendly, and welcoming. Our Craftours group was a fun bunch of fellow travelers, and our Kenyan guides were absolutely stellar."
Susan Server, Los Gatos, CA - "This trip was amazing and exceeded all my expectations. I wish I could have stayed longer. Thank you, Jim, for a memorable experience."
Siri Carter, Marshfield, WI - "Amazing experience! I would recommend to anyone!"
Sheila Arney, Marshalltown, IA - "When I first read about this trip I thought it would be a good one to have my husband join me. I was not mistaken! I had been on a couple other trips that were more "craft" orientated, and this one was more of a "taste" of the country. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the trip."
Ramona Tapper, Polk City, IA - "I really enjoyed this trip- we did get to see the highlights of Portugal- which is what the trip was titled."
Linda Evans, Farmington Hills, MI - "From the very beginning to the farewell dinner, every day was a new experience. The extraordinary landscapes, architecture and friendly people of Portugal made this trip more than I expected. I can’t wait for a return visit."
Zoe Enright, Cincinnatti, OH - "I just loved Mapula Embroideries. So colorful and expressive of each individual artist."
Gay Prater, Elkin, NC - "Good value for the cost."
Liz Berry, Chesapeake, VA - "Scotland is amazing. The attractions we got the privilege to see were simply beautiful. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was able to give us a wealth of information and to help put things in perspective. Scotland is a country worth visiting again and again."
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "This trip was amazing. The central location and quality of the hotel, Radisdon Blu was perfect. The guides were great, food exceptional."
Sarah Curtis, Farmington, ME - "Fantastic place to visit."
Sallie Sirhal, Kingston, RI - "We had beautiful weather in Edinburgh and visited interesting historical and contemporary venues."
Diane Herrington, Dripping Springs, TX - "One of my favorite trips ever!"
Katherine Chevalier, Foothill Ranch, CA - "I loved my trip, it met and exceeded my expectations! I’m glad I upgraded my room at Sweetwaters, it was well worth it! I loved the paper bead class, the painting class. I loved having Pam Holland there as a guide, this is the second tour I’ve taken with her!"
Laura Payne, Dripping Springs, TX - "This was the trip of a lifetime!! Every detail was taken care of and we were free to just soak in the culture and enjoy the experiences that were arranged for us! Highly recommend Craftours!"
Andrea Gormley, San Francisco, CA - "The Kenya Arts & Crafts Expedition trip was a terrific combination of city tours/drives, shopping, craft presentations & participation, Safari drives to learn about & view amazing animals, and relaxation at our accommodations. It was a nice mix of activities, down time, and wildlife."
Deanna Ott, Aurora, CO - "The Monarch Mecca trip was amazing. Seeing the Monarchs was more than I imagined, it was magic. I also enjoyed the botanical gardens in Toluca and touring around Mexico City."
Jen Neve, Austin, TX - "Kylee was a delight. She was very informative and shared enough of her experiences to keep things interesting. She also organized a nice surprise visit from a young lady who had bicycled the monarch migration route. Sherrill was wonderful. Organised and very clear about expectations and timeliness. The Rancho San Cayetano B&B was so pretty. The rooms were comfortable. Hotel Avandaro was incredible-so nice. El Rosario sanctuary was incredible."
Doretta Herr, Bloomington, IL - "Great people and great value."
Cathy Howell, Eaton Rapids, MI - "Excellent trip! We were kept busy seeing a beautiful country and had the right amount of personal time to venture on our own."
Don Myers, Bloomington, IL - "Very well organized; printed materials get an A for presentation; Holly Gaines Brown was very fun; hotels were first rate."
Marcia Richardson, Jacksonville, FL - "The Craftours Textiles of India was awesome. For me, it combined the culture and the sights of India along with the textiles that are part of India. To experience the Taj Mahal was extraordinary----never did I think I would be there. Pam and Govind were excellent guides and so full of information which they shared with us. Being able to interact with the people of India was fun. Also to be able to see where and how the people live is one thing I wont forget. "
Margaret Winzeler, Harrodsburg, KY - "Our guide, Mr. Govind, was amazing. His history knowledge was incredible and he helped us immerse ourselves in the culture. The craftsmen we met truly love their art and were eager to share it with us."
Judy Valentino, Hales Corners, WI - "The tour was amazing, we had such fun. There seemed to be something to see or do every minute."
Helen Potts, Athelstone, South Australia, Australia - "The tours was great, Pam, Govind and our lovely bus driver Guru and his assistant were wonderful."
Suzy Hutton, Seal Beach, CA - "This was my first trip to Ireland, and I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to Ireland in this enchanting way."
Terri Andrino Korte, Willits, CA - "This was an amazing trip! My second Craft Tour trip. Great price, very organized, and good accommodations. I found it relaxed enough to allow free time for our group of 25 in Bus #1. Our tour guide Agnes (genuine Irish gal) was perfect in making sure things went as planned... we also got an extra guide with Hika who was helping out. The group crafts were a lot of fun. Also, shopping at stores and having tours of the local Irish factories was a delight. Our bus driver Brendon was such a good driver, and helpful. I enjoyed talking to people in my group, and came away inspired by a few who were 70-80’s and had amazing courage and spirit to travel so far from home. To top it off... the weather was beautiful! a win win.."
Cindy Miller, Athens, AL - "This was my first tour and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. The tour was well balanced with activities and free time and the tour group leader and driver were well informed and very approachable. It was like being on tour with your friends. I’m already planning another trip back to Ireland. I just fell in love with the people and the place."
Catherine Suter, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada - "I really enjoyed my time there. The Tour guide Agnes was super, engaging, factual, humorous and obviously dedicated. Brendan the bus and tour guide was also very pleasant and knew his route."
Alice Rigg, Oceanside, CA - "It was a nice trip to the central coast section of western Ireland."
Frances Cummings, Pomona, CA - "Wonderful sights it was all very interesting."
Marquita Pierce, Simi Valley, CA - "I thoroughly enjoyed my tour."
Susan Pearson, Claremont, CA - "Great tour overall."
Caren Duggan, Caldwell, ID - "It was such a beautiful tour of Italy! I enjoyed the well taught artistic classes."
Carol Dunn, Salem, WI - "One of the best tours ever! Thanks to Agnes Warren. She is amazing!"
Ellen Matter, Warwick, PA - "The trip was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more."
Fran Peters, Alexandria, KY - "ENJOYABLE TRIP!"
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - "The tour was so diversified--history, scenery, great guides, accommodations and food, and of course, crafts."
Roslynn Piernas-Hills, Chino, CA - "The expedition was filled with activity. Not a dull moment. The tour coaches were top of the line with expert drivers."
Marcia Schulman, Bala Cynwyd, PA - "This trip was everything I expected and more! The combination of visiting sights I had always dreamed of seeing, plus those I had never heard of, and having the craft experiences was fabulous! Great escort; great people; and even though I'm not a crafter, I enjoyed every single experience."
Barbara Sacawa, Schenectady, NY - "Wonderful trip. Couldn't have asked for nicer tour guides in Rome, Florence and Lucca. Such a beautiful country."
Joyce Brewer, Jacksonville, FL - "This was our first time taking a group tour vacation. It was nice to have most of the decisions and planning done for us. We had a lovely trip. It felt like a safe way to travel."
Clif Brewer, Jacksonville, FL - "Our trip to Italy with Craftours was wonderful. It was our first tour and I feel fairly certain we will join another tour in the future."
Ann Rogers, Plainfield, NH - "I loved it! We saw so much and it made me want to go back. I don't think I can put it into a few short sentences. Alice was a wonderful guide."
Phyllis Elrich, Staten Island, NY - "So many things to see and do! The trip was filled with crafts and touring. Alice, the tour guide, was spectacular! Her adorable personality made us all get in a great mood for everything. The trip was everything it promised and more."
Julie Hatley, Monroe, NH - "Craftours provided for a great tour of Tuscany with a focus on the local crafts, but with sufficient time for exploring, learning, shopping and enjoying the sites and beauty of Tuscany."
Janis Niesse, Brookhaven, GA - "This trip is a wonderful experience of a very beautiful region of Italy."
Lanette Hill, Lake Havasu City, AZ - "Loved that the trip and excursions were planned ahead of time and that Craftours took care of everything (booking flight/hotel etc.)"
Ann Hothem, Newcomerstown, OH - "Cinque Terre was breathtaking, the Tuscany region inviting with excellent food, wine and people!! The architecture and history was unbelievable."
Marie Niesse, Jacksonville, FL - "I had a wonderful time! The hands-on experiences with background information from our guides helped us learn the historical and cultural contexts and meanings of the crafts we were learning about."
Dick Fermanian, Kansas City, MO - "This was our first tour and it was a good one. Nice way to get a taste of Ireland."
Linda Pringle, Grand Junction, CO - "Great trip. I appreciated the small group size."
Elaine Barrett, Bangor, NSW Australia - "Interesting tour as there is something for everyone due to the combination of gardens and castles."
Julia McGrath, Van Wert, OH - "Loved this tour. Most everything was wonderful and thought out for our benefit. Beautiful country- side. Nice hotels. Fun people. Great guides."
Janet Glaholt, West Sacramento, CA - "What a great way to see parts of a beautiful country. It was amazing to see actual castles and the gardens were stunning."
Nancy Laswick, Phoenix, AZ - "Had a great time in Ireland. Our tour leader Holly, was awesome."
Judy Gottsch, Eloy, AZ - "Ireland was so beautiful and the tours there were exceptional."
Rebecca Frederick, Greenwell Springs, LA - "Wonderful trip. Beautiful country and people."
Sandra Yeager, Peyton, CO - "The tour was exactly what was published and it was a fantastic trip. The tour guide was fantastic and was very knowledgeable and fun."
Lyn C. Ahboltin, Meadow Vista, CA - "Ireland is a beautiful country and I thoroughly enjoyed the many tours all around to see the 'green' of it all."
Di An Putnam, Winnemucca, NV - "A dream vacation - escorted by guides that provided a fabulous history and culture of Ireland."
Carolyn Anderson, Middleboro, MA - "The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham was wonderful. The amount of vendors was extraordinary and diverse in what was offered. The tour was well organized and covered a lot of ground from Stratford Upon Avon to the lovely village of Bourton-on-the-Water to the cities of Bath and London. We spent an extra day in London to extend the fun. A great time."
Terry Aske, New Westminster, BC Canada - "It was a wonderful tour! We loved the variety of quilts and other fibre arts at the Festival of Quilts. The bus tour through England was a perfect blend of quaint historical towns and scenery, and the excitement of London. The ratio of planned activities to free time was perfect for us. This was my first visit to England, and I loved it!"
Linda Henderson, Junction City, KS - "This was my first international travel. The cities we visited were wonderful and I enjoyed the experience."
Anne de Verteuil, Victoria, BC Canada - "I loved the Quilting Tour, our guide was very helpful, the pace was just right. There was just the right amount of time to relax and explore on our own in addition to the guided tours and planned activities."
Stephanie Wexler, Los Angeles, CA - "I loved it ! The Festival of Quilts was amazing and we enjoyed the tour."
Stephanie Kollar, Hollis, NY - "It was a very well-rounded trip. There was adequate time for the crafts, and adequate free time for exploring."
Janet Henry, Mobile, AL - "This was a fantastic trip! Rhonda, my roommate was a perfect match for me, we had a ball together. Alice was a true delight and a wonderful guide. The best part of the trip was that ALL of us on the trip "clicked" together and we mixed at meals, on the bus, on the tours, shopping - everyone got along. The sites were amazing - Budapest is beautiful with lots of old architecture that they are renovating. The craft classes were interesting and fun (we even had a hubby join us). The guides were great - knowledgeable and friendly and fit the group. In fact, on Friday, Rhonda & I went with Andrea, our second guide, to a street fair and she shared what all the booths were about & what food we should try - and we did. This was fun. Lots of people speak English so we had no problem exploring during free time. People were friendly & helpful. The tours were interesting and shopping was great. Thank you for a wonderful time."
Maggie Barr, South Lebanon, OH - "This tour was different for me from other European tours in that we stayed in one hotel for a week and didn't hop around. Having a home base does make one feel more grounded. The Hilton being attached to a mall made it easy to find a meal without hiking all over town or hiring a cab. I enjoyed hands-on crafts rather than just looking at things in a museum."
Therese Coyne, Winston-Salem, NC - "Wonderful people, exciting destinations and amazing tour guide equals a fabulous trip!"
Diane Green, Newark, OH - "Well paced and balanced trip-not too much walking,fun workshops and sightseeing."
Joy Wayman, Murphysboro, IL - "This is a wonderful way to see Hungary and learn about their history and culture. The schedule was busy, but not overwhelming."
Marietta Jetske Savriga, St. Catharines, Ontario - "This trip exceeded my expectations. The tours were well organized and very informative. My fellow travelers were a pleasure. The accommodations were centrally located and the daily breakfasts were outstanding."
Kathryn S Richburg, Charleston, SC - "Budapeszt and Hungary were a wonderful experience! The fields of sunflowers must have been beautiful while blooming! The glass factory was an amazing experience in how my fine crystal is made and how employee safety guidelines vary in other countries! Our tour guide was amazing with good English and unlimited knowledge of her country. Loved the cooking class! I have already recommended Craftours to all I meet!"
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, CO - "I loved the fact that our group got to experience hands-on crafting during our tour and visit restaurants offering traditional Hungarian fare. Great job!"
Bonnie Post, Satellite Beach, FL - "I really enjoyed Cusco because of its inherent beauty and quaintness."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, MN - "This is my 5th tour with Craftours and it did not disappoint. The Amazon extension was an unforgettable experience and Cusco/Lima/Aguas Calientes with Machu Picchu also a dream come true. I wish I would have gone years ago. There is so much more to Peru than M.P. Friendly people, outstanding food, and safe! No worries on this trip, in fact with our excellent guides and hotels, I really felt pampered every day. This is a must do!"
Lisa Baltikauski, Spring Valley, IL - "The trip was beyond my expectations. The Amazon trip was just awesome, the tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and made sure we had the best experiences. The food was excellent. All of our day trips and flight connections went very smoothly."
Richard Boisvert, Sumter, SC - "It was an awe inspiring trip. It was well planned and executed. It was great."
Francis Kisner, Lebanon, PA - "Poland is a beautiful country with many friendly people. I had not understood the diversity of landscapes from flat farming regions to rolling hills to the beautiful mountains."
Diane L Green, Newark, OH - "A great trip. Heinke and Kasia were great guides."
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, CO - "A delightful way to see highlights of Poland!"
Gail M Lopez, Charleston, SC - “The tour was very nice. It was my first and Agnes did a wonderful job. Got to see quite a variety of England and experience different cultures and foods. The knitting and stitching show was good, not what they have here in the states, but I did enjoy it. Great Job Agnes!”
Carolyn Cassity, Olathe, KS - “The Knitting and Stitching show was amazing. We stayed in comfortable hotels. Our guide, Agnes, was top notch.”
Jean McCurdy Stein, Muskegon, MI - “This was a lovely trip to England in the fall. We were able to see the beautiful countryside outside London as well as enjoy the Knitting & Stitching Show and other activities in the city.”
Shelly Waite, Las Vegas, NV - “It was an amazing time with a great size group of about 22 of us. This allowed us to get to know each and everyone. We had 2 different tour guides, and both went above and beyond to make our experience awesome. The care and love both Holly and Rosie (and Vic her so helpful husband) made the experience so much more. They all did the company proud.”
Bodil Hall, Edmondton, Alberta - “My Granddaughter and I could not have had a better time, age difference was not even mentioned. We are constantly looking at our pictures and the ones that are shared by the rest of the group. The variety of things to see and do are too many to describe. I am so glad that we were able to take part. Thank you Bodil and Lisa.”
Sheri Knox, San Diego, CA - “I've never traveled alone on a group trip like this but found the other travelers to be wonderful and Rosie and Victor as hosts to be delightful. Our city-specific tour guides were outstanding! There was a perfect balance of craft-related, tourist and on-your-own time. I will definitely go on another Craftours trip with Rosie and Victor!”
Deborah Dyar, La Mesa, CA - “A wonderful time and a great group of ladies.”
Babs Behling, San Diego, CA - “The Barcelona part of the tour was my favorite. I could spend another week there at least.”
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - “I thoroughly enjoyed this trip; what an amazing, hospitable country!”
Zoe Enright, Cincinnati, OH - “This was a great opportunity to learn about modern China, and of course a chance to walk the iconic Great Wall and see firsthand the amazing terra cotta warriors of Xi'an.
Jodi & Jed Rosen, Reisterstown, MD - “Imperial Treasures of China trip was a fabulous introduction to unique architecture, historic sights and the colorful history of China.”
Tracey Renaud, Raleigh, NC - “Seeing and walking on the Great Wall of China and seeing the Terracotta Army was amazing. It was wonderful to be able to visit this beautiful country and learn about its rich history.”
Ruth Murphy, Spokane, WA - “My trip to China was more than expected. Craftours did a wonderful job opening China to me. I’m one of those ppl who don’t really know a country until I’m feeling the country from the inside. Craftours allowed me to do that by presenting me with the varied faces of China. Its ppl was the biggest surprise of all. Even with a language barrier, the Chinese were so friendly and helpful. I honestly think I could live there!”
Polly Conner, Granbury, TX - “China was a wonderful trip.”
Sandra Kohtz, Hastings, NE - “This was a very interesting survey and was very educational regarding China and its culture. The tour group was a cohesive group. The tour guides were great.”
Janet Ferguson, Lodi, CA - “Overall I thought the China trip was an extraordinary adventure.”
Bernard and Karen McDowell, Bowie, MD - “This was an awesome experience and I appreciate the service by our Tour Escort by Kate.”
Michelle Burrill, Upper Marlboro, MD - “The trip was amazing. From the local guide, to our driver, to our Craftours guide! Everyone was so accommodating to our impromptu edits to the itinerary. Our tour guide Fahed was so knowledgeable and funny. He made all the sites enjoyable and interesting. Traveling with a large group can present its challenges but they didn’t bat an eye, making it work every time!”
Rosemary Dawes, Bedford, TX - “The trip was great. Everyone expects to see animals in Kenya, and we saw every kind. But what stood out for me was the visit to the bead factory. The jewelry was great but the opportunity to help support this project was really rewarding.”
Jan Sennett, Pickerington, OH - “This tour was an amazing experience. Kenya is a beautiful country.”
Tanya Marandola, Willington, DE - “I had an excellent time on my Quiltville in Kenya trip. It was a jam-packed itinerary. The hotels and customer service were excellent. I felt safe the entire time I was there. My only very small criticism would have been for just a little more free time. It would have been nice to utilize the pools or spa services offered at the hotels.”
Marc Oldham, Indianapolis, IN - “Amazing experience. Everything was handled well and professionally. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.”
Holly Mineau, Tupper Lake, NY - “This was a bucket list trip for me, and it was everything I had hoped for and more. The accommodations were great, and we saw more than I anticipated.”
Melinda Armstrong, Monmouth, IL - “I have always wanted to see Africa, especially the animals since I was small. But as a quilter to get to experience the animals with Bonnie Hunter took it to a whole new level. I signed up two years ahead of departure and was filled with excitement the whole two years. I didn't know which would be more exciting seeing Africa or meeting Bonnie and getting to know her. Bonnie was great and I will add her to my list of friends. She is a funny lighthearted person who is very compassionate. We had many laughs together. Africa did not disappoint either. As much as I loved loved loved the animals, it was the people and their spirit that I fell in love with. I came home and that's all I can talk about is the people. They have touched a part of me that the animals could not. I feel very fortunate at this point in my life to have had the opportunity to visit Africa. I will return again someday, I am sure.”
Joyce Swift, Omaha, NE - “This was like a dream I never thought would come true. Kind people, beautiful scenery, fantastic animals. Samuel, our driver, was the best. Incredible driver and he knew where the animals were going to be and what they were going to do before they did it. I would do it all again tomorrow.”
Mary Slinko, Providence, RI - “This trip was a wonderful experience.”
Paula Logan, Burlington, IA - “It far exceeded all my expectations. Bonnie is a talented and genuine person.”
Kathie Chapman, Everett, WA - “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was just fabulous. I'm so glad that I signed up and went. Still trying to process all that I saw and did - many memories for years to come.”
Melody Cox, Raytown, MO - “It was a great trip! Even better than I imagined!”
Bonnie Post, Satellite Beach, FL - “Tuscany was beautiful along with the sunny weather and Agnes the well-informed tour guide.”
Beverly Fleming, Burke, VA - “Great tour. Excellent tour director. Pace was quite challenging for older stitchers. People interested in a stitching tour will of course be older than usual and we need a slower pace.”
Karen Uridel, Mentor, OH - “This was a very special event. The guys were so knowledgeable and patient. They were always willing to show us how to do the stitching and cutting.”
Connie Smith, Los Cruces, NM - “Fun, interesting and informative. Excellent teachers and fun group of participants.”
Bobbie Dewees, Springfield, VA - “The classes with the Tentmakers of Cairo were outstanding. The instructors were all extremely friendly and helpful.”
Julie Archer, Haymarket, VA - “This was my fifth Cocoon. I loved the first one, but they get better each time. I always leave inspired.”
Frances Edye, Winnipeg, Manitoba - “I had no previous experience with hand applique, so this was all new to me the instructors were patient and wanted us to learn.”
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL- “This was a very unique experience. The tent makers from Cairo was fun, patient, and seemed very happy to share their knowledge with us. I am so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this experience. Although my skills were not the best, they shared a lot of tips that I will use in my day-to-day quilting/handwork projects. Thank you and thank the tent makers.”
Maryanne Dochter, Lititz, PA - “I loved it!!!!! The teachers were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I am a long time appliquer, but I learned new techniques to add to my quilts.”
Chris Deering, Niles, IL - “A wonderful experience. The teachers were great, informative and encouraging. And we learned something about their culture. I loved every minute of it!”
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, IL - “Had a wonderful time--the instructors were enthusiastic, helpful, and very patient.”
Kathryn F Taylor, Dallas, TX - “I loved every minute of it. The Tentmakers were amazing in their instructions, very patient and didn't mind helping and answering questions - no matter how many times they were asked. Their attitudes were always positive, and it was contagious.”
Sandy Millett, Corvallis, OR - “As a needle turn applique teacher, I didn’t think I would learn that much. However, all three gentlemen were generous with their knowledge and taught us 1000-year-old techniques. Bravo!”
Deb Covington, Napa, CA - “It was a great cultural experience.”
Betsy Segura, Randolph, NH - “Interesting techniques, a slice of history with excellent teachers. I enjoyed every minute.”
Michelle Moore, Napa, CA - “Wonderful cultural experience. Learning how other crafters work, their history and techniques is enlightening and fun.”
Ellen Icochea, Springfield, VA - “I would highly recommend that anyone, at any skill level, attend Craftours Tentmakers of Cairo Quilting Cocoon! As a machine quilter, I was a little concerned that I'd not be able to keep up or that the instructors would be frustrated with my lack of hand sewing skills. I really should not have worried! The Tentmakers, Ahmed, Hany and Ekramy, were able to meet me and other very experienced classmates, at our respective experience levels. They were warm, patient and funny in their instruction. I'm actually glad I was inexperienced because I didn't have any bad habits that needed to be rectified. Of course, I will never be as fast as them at hand sewing, but I feel confident that I have gained a toolbox full of skills that will serve me well going forward! If you are even a slight interest in the Tentmakers, GO! GO! GO! you won't be disappointed!”
Carolyn Anderson, Middleboro, MA - “FABULOUS trip. Deb was a great guide. Her urban sketch class was a lovely addition to the itinerary.”
Cecilia, Malvern, AR - “I absolutely loved this trip! The accommodations were fantastic. The tours were very crafty and there was time to explore.”
Krista Labie, Plymouth, MN - “The Bali tour was my first tour with Craftours. I have been very impressed with the professionalism of the Craftours office staff who made sure travel insurance and any other concerns were addressed before we left. Our Craftours guide Deb Haugen made the tour very fun and entertaining. The accommodations were first class and activities allowed us to interact directly with Balinese crafters and artists. I will go on other Craftours in the future.”
Ileen Miller, Oceanside, CA - “It was fabulous- loved the workshops, seeing the local countryside, talking with the Balinese people, eating the typical food.”
Susan and David Simpson, Danville, PA - “Unbelievable trip. Was a wonderful and informative trip. So many interesting side trips. Loved the Elephant Sanctuary and the ride. The Ikat weaving and the Batik were the very best. AND we got to participate. How wonderful was that. Even my husband, who is not a fiber person, had a great time. Best trip ever!!!”
Marilee Marter, Monument, CO - “The hands-on workshops were so much fun! The balance of activities and free time was perfect, and our tour leader was the best! Local tour guide, Sumada, was very kind and well-informed. Every day was well-planned and easily manageable for all the guests.”
Grace Brouillette, Banning, CA - “Bali is a lovely country. This trip covered two different areas of Bali. We saw several types of crafts and participated in painting and wood carving. We made a flower offering also. The optional tours were awesome. The Bali Bird Park and the Elephant Safari Park were wonderful. The pace was very good.”
Patricia Davis, Tucson, AZ - “A wonderful opportunity to experience many local craft venues and participate ‘hands on’ at many of them; this was something most visitors will never experience on their own.”
Nanette McDoniels, Tucson, AZ - “It was a very great trip. We had a lot of fun. The people were very nice and helpful. Everything was taken care of for us. The hotels were very nice. Shopping was great. We Learned a lot on the tours.”
Sandy Rogers, Henderson, NV - “This was my 4th Craft Tour. They just get better each time. Great itinerary, full of fun crafts. Best escort, Alice, by far. Awesome accommodations. On site escort and bus driver very helpful. I use a walker and the crew made using it very easy. I will always recommend Craft Tours to my friends and quilt club members. Thanks again.”
Barbara Murphy, Saratoga, NY - “Loved it! Our tour guide Agnes and our bus driver Pat were wonderful and really made the tour fun. Saw many great places, ate good food and drank wonderful whiskey. I would differently recommend using Craft Tours for your next vacation.”
Carol Stewart, Slingerlands, NY - “My trip was absolutely amazing. Agnes and Patrick were knowledgeable, humorous, caring and just a delight to be with. I would recommend this company to anybody. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.”
Barb Khaja, Kalamazoo, MI - “Wonderful trip. Includes so much more than the typical travel sites. The opportunities to visit the local crafts (tile painting/making; hand embroidered tapestries), agritourism (Olive oil farm; Wine making and heritage family estate; cork making and so much more) and local cooking lesson were all so very special. They provide what becomes the highlights of our memories. We had great walks (be prepared as Portugal is hilly and there is a lot of walking) in several picturesque cities. Our mountain drive was so lucky to have a sunshiny day. Beautiful. And on our free day we explored Lisbon and more by taking the metro and a train to Cascais (thanks to great instructions from our local guides) to see that area along with the fisherman's beach/boats.”
Nancy Vykouk, Lebanon, TN - “You put together a great tour of Portugal, I felt I was able to experience so much in the 6 days there! The tours were all top notch and the craft excursions were delightful! Well done!”
Susan Owen, Colorado Springs, CO - “Great idea to have the group experience both central Portugal (Evora) and big better-known European city Lisbon.”
Marilyn Wattenbarger, Red Deer, Alberta - “Great variety of activities for all. Tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful.”
Zaf Khaja, Kalamazoo, MI - “Excellent planning from start to finish. Timely & prompt communications before, during and after the trip. The local guides Eduardo & Patrice were excellent and went above and beyond the expected norm to make our tour the best experience. They took pride in their duties always with a welcome smile and caring courteous attention to detail. The Craftour guide Kate H was a pure delight and handled the groups needs with grace and dignity.”
Marianne Baumgartner, Dunwoody, GA - “It was an enjoyable trip to a new country & culture. I learned a lot.”
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - “The experience, country, people, and food were wonderful.”
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - “I thoroughly loved this trip even though the excursions to Jerash and Petra were quite strenuous. The country is amazing, our local guide was outstanding, the activities were exceptional and varied, and the regional food was delicious.”
Diane Felice, St. Augustine, FL - “Wonderful trip! There was an excellent variety of things to see and do. The local tour guides as well as the Craftours guide were very helpful the entire time in getting info to all of us.”
Barbara Carbone - “The highlights for me were the wine and olive oil tastings. I learned a lot and they were fun, too. The countryside of Evora was beautiful. The hotels were beautiful with pampering accommodations.”
Tom Otey, Fishers, IN - “Learned a lot about Portugal that the average tourist would never discover.”
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - “Portugal is a beautiful country and the people are friendly. The food and wines are amazing! I loved the castles and cathedrals and the pastries, oh my!”
Barbara Clark, Lexington, KY - “This was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Holly, was excellent. She was very attentive to our needs and always available. Our driver, Brenden, managed to negotiate very narrow streets and windy roads with ease. Spending time in the city of Galway and the daily side trips truly gave a taste of Ireland. I loved every minute of this adventure.”
Susan Phillips, Linville, VA - “The trip details before the trip were clear and communication with the Craftours staff was quick and satisfactory. The trip was laid-back, but plans ran on time each day. The bus driver Brendan was a definite plus-pleasant and very knowledgeable.”
Patty Tufts, Mariposa, CA - “A wonderful introduction to What Ireland has to offer.”
Kathy Nester, Exton, PA - “Excellent and fun trip with Agnes as the guide and Patrick as the driver.”
Judy Clark, Port Orchard, WA - “Excellent tour. Loved the itinerary. Would like to see more cultural sites added to tour and less shopping. Tour coordinator and driver/guide were fantastic.”
Alicia Liermann, Downington, PA - “This was my first international visit and my first tour group. I was pleased with what we saw and did, and it was so much fun. Agnes and Patrick were simply awesome. I do wish we had one more day in Dublin to be able to do more on our own. Otherwise, every tour and visit were exactly what I expected.”
Carolynn Spies, Des Moines, WA - “I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Ireland is a beautiful country, and the guides, Agnes and Pat, made it come alive.”
Cheryl Dolence, Salem, OH - “The tour was far beyond expectations.”
Irene Dietlin, New Hartford, CT - “The tour was well planned and carried out. Our tour director and driver were excellent and made our trip a pleasure.”
Cathy Climpson, Sharon, Ontario - “Great time and wonderful scenery. A countryside of old-time charm.”
Nancy Davenport, Gig Harbor, WA - “Great Tour. Learned lots about Ireland and was amazed at how beautiful it was! Truly the Emerald Aisle. New Friends.”
Marsha Azorsky, Hailey, ID - “Craftours Ireland was an awesome tour. There was plenty of variety and diversity.”
Maureen Lamping, Olympia, WA - “I had such a great trip with Pat the driver and Agnes kept us entertained and informed of our surroundings on the bus stopping numerous times so we could take pictures to remember it all. I loved the classes, especially the journal class.”
Pene Owens, Rancho Mirage, CA - “And experience you won’t forget, from the sounds, smells and textiles. Our Guide Govind was fantastic. And any experience with Pam is life changing.”
Paula Bain, Kansas City, MO - “Everything about the trip was fantastic.”
Meg McSweeney, Manhattan Beach, CA - “If you are going to fulfill your childhood dream of seeing all the locations in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, doesn't it make sense to go with someone who was there when the movie was made? Angela Cartwright is an eyewitness to movie history -- and also a warm and gracious human being. She generously shared her memories and insights into the making of one of the most beloved movies of all time, filmed in one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.”
Claire Freire, East Elmhurst, NY - “The tour was a trip of a lifetime, one I will never forget. Bucket list item #1 was one for the record books.”
Linda Wilshire, Troy, IL - “The Christmas market tour was a wonderful way to experience Austria and Bavaria at a very reasonable cost. Getting to blow my own glass ornament for a keepsake was an additional bonus.”
Patricia Parr, Buckeye, AZ - “Loved the trip! Our stay in Salzburg was sensational. So much to see and do. I especially loved the free time to do as we wished. Our tour guide, Deb, was just a joy to be around. I'm looking forward to my next tour.”
Winifred (Wendy) Warner, Denton, TX - “I totally enjoyed this tour! First of all, our tour guide, Heike, was a fabulous resource for all of us. I enjoyed that we had plenty of time to walk the Christmas markets at our own pace. I really enjoyed it when we stayed in a German hotel instead of the American Hotels. The breakfasts were great, and we had plenty of choices for the other meals.”
Pam Doffek, Tallahassee, FL - “I thought it was a wonderful reintroduction to some places I've been in the area (Oberammergau, Salzburg, Hurenburg markets) and new exposure (Sulky tours, Ruhpolding, Krampus, Munich). Our guide Heike was marvelous with bits of info and guiding us at the markets.”
Chris Santo, Bowie, MD - “I loved every minute of every day on this fabulous trip." Ruhpolding is a beautiful little town with the most charming people and a great selection for "home base". The days were filled with so many amazing things to do. We visited Christmas Markets in several locations and enjoyed their food and mulled wine. The glass blowing and Apple Strudel workshops were a unique experience that were highlights of this trip along with everyone singing Silent Night together in the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf. The evening workshops planned for us were a blast, filled with laughter where we become more acquainted with each other. Angela Cartwright thrilled us with details from the Sound of Music after our visit to Salzburg where the movie was filmed. There was never a dull moment. I have already booked a trip with Craftours to Tuscany next year.”
Valerie, Arvada, CO - “I thoroughly enjoyed the Craftours Bringing in Holiday in Austria & Bavaria with Jim West. All of the accommodations were first class and the tour guide was very informative, friendly, and approachable!”
Wanda Brotherton, Denver, CO - “The Christmas Markets were as enchanting as I had anticipated! I especially loved the making of Apple strudel in the "cave" cooking school.”
Kimberly Vele, Bowler, WI - “The tour was beyond my expectation: great guides with a small group of great travel companions. I particularly loved staying in one place as a hub with day trips. Lots of walking, talking, eating and shopping against the amazing beauty of the Bavarian countryside. I could not ask for more.”
Christine Wiebke, Mineola, NY - “A magical and adventurous tour in the winter picturesque snow-capped Alps of Austria and Bavaria Germany. The mountainous landscape is dotted with magnificent alpine villages, churches, chalets, shops, guest houses, lakes, palaces and history galore. Such old-world European Culture and sites each day. The Christkindlmarkts were amazing and overflowing with warmed Gluwein, wursts, sausages, chocolates, lebkuchen, gifts and the fragrance of Christmas and evergreens everywhere in the chilled alpine air. Charming and very clean Bavarian hotel accommodations and always a delicious meal in Germany and Austria. Roomy tour bus with large windows for our group of 22. A beautifully planned tour and itinerary with great memories led so informatively and fun-filled by Jim West. A wonderful and unforgettable trip!”
Grace Mascioli, Howard Beach, NY - “The trip was simply magical.”
Sara Ballentine, Clemson, SC - “The small group was perfect for this active tour. We were all able to keep up/stay together and we were able to hear the delightful descriptions of our next-up adventure.”
Christine Wiebke, Mineola, NY - “An exciting December tour with Jim West surrounded by the picturesque snow-capped Alps of Bavaria Germany and Austria. Tiny alpine chalet villages dotted the landscape, along with lakes, rivers, churches and palaces. The Christkindlmarkts were abundant with tourists and locals sipping hot mulled Gluhwein and lunching on bratwurst and sausages. The market displays were overflowing with crafts, Christmas decor, chocolates, nuts and lebkuchen gingerbread cookies. Our travels throughout captured such panoramic beauty as we became a part of the amazing old world European Culture of Germany and Austria. I am thrilled to have seen and enjoyed such a tour in my lifetime. A trip not to be missed!”
Carol and Larry Vessels, Camino, CA - “Educational, festive, and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests. It was a lot of just plain fun. Meeting Jim was a bonus (what a personality).”
Judy Nunn, Laguna Hills, CA - “The small group experience was incredible! Staying at the one hotel and traveling on day excursions was perfect!”
Barbara Smith, Perrysburg, OH - “This truly was a wonderful trip. The accommodations were excellent! Our guide, Holly, was the absolute Best!! Although my sister-in-law and I did not fly to Germany with the rest of the group, Craft Tours did an excellent job of making sure we arrived within a reasonable time from the rest. As a Non-Quilter I still felt a part of the group and made several new friends. Our tours were well put together and the Christmas Markets were amazing!!”
Sharon Fry, Merriam, KS - “It was truly a beautiful area in the world!”
Mary Willis, West Roxbury, MA - “I had a great time. both the tour guide, Holly, and Bonnie were delightful hosts. We saw and visited many beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria.”
Susan Kesler Simpson, Danville, PA - “OMG...this was the best trip ever. the sights, sounds and smells, yes smells! It was more than we ever thought it could be. The accommodations at Sweetwater are so fun and different. Everything was just wonderful...so wonderful that we plan to go again!!!”
Pamela Dugas, Wellington, OH - “It was AMAZING....Our tour guide, Alice was fantastic and our Kenyan guide Joyce was so informative and helpful. Our Safari driver Gidden, was outstanding. They all made this trip more than what I was expecting.”
Carol Budzeika, La Habra, CA - “This was the trip of a lifetime.”
Allison Vaccaro, Oklahoma City, OK - “Great intro to Africa & the wonders of a safari.”
Diane Hyde, La Habra, CA - “I was like a fairy tale. I saw things that I had only seen through someone else's eyes!”
Darlene Schueler, Palm Harbor, FL - “Starting the year off by focusing on wellness is a noble idea. To do so over a week in the Amazon with newly formed friends provides techniques and strategies to articulate and "craft" those plans. Picture a tropical scene with balmy breezes and jungle sounds as the backdrop to try out yoga, stretching, listening, learning and other enjoyable mind opening strategies. Wonderful experience.”
Dawn Doran, Blanchardville, WI - “It was a great adventure. Craftours did a wonderful job, exposing our group to so many things in the Amazon. Because we didn't know exactly what we'd be doing each day, I had to be open for it all! That's what an adventure is all about, being open and flexible so you can take it all in! Thank you Craftours for a once in a lifetime adventure!”
Paula Amyx, Vacaville , CA - “An amazing adventure.”
Antonio Sabatini, Austin, TX - “This tour without an itinerary made every experience fresh, new and exciting and surprising. Without having expectations of each day and event from having an itinerary it made the anticipation more exhilarating and better, not knowing is a gift in itself!”
Sydney Blair, Suches, GA - “This was a very positive experience where we concentrated on our physical , mental, and spiritual health.”
Barry Basiliere, San Antonio, TX - “While I didn't personally participate in the projects, I did sit in on some of the classes and found the instructors to be knowledgeable, fun and thorough.”
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - “This was the best cocoon I've experienced and it is also my fifth cocoon with Craftours. The resort was beautiful and the resort staff were all so very nice and accommodating. The craft instructors are the best and the projects were fun. The class size (18) was perfect.”
Sue Eldridge, Port Charlotte, FL - “Beautiful location with great services; talented, personable instructors; excellent and fun projects in small groups. Loved everything.”
Julie Archer, Haymarket, VA - “This was my fifth cocoon, and I have loved every one, but this was the best yet. We had amazing teachers, perfect class size, and a nice resort. The extension offered three days of pure relaxation, however, there were plenty of excursions available if you prefer action.”
Carol Thomas, Lake Charles, LA - “The classes were amazing. Teachers are knowledgeable and interesting. I will be able to transfer what I learned to lots of different types of projects.”
Peggy Carter, Jenkinsburg, GA - “I thoroughly enjoyed all of the classes and instructors. They were all very good.”
G. Lynn Ingle, Delmar, CA - “Had a great time at the resort. The classes were very good. Especially Mark and Pam's classes. The personnel of the resort couldn't have been nicer.”
Sandra Fisher, Davis, CA - “This was my first Craftours and I was very impressed. Our schedule was full and active. We were led on a variety of very educational tours daily along with hands-on craft activities. We were able to learn about the culture and the lives of the people. It was physically challenging at times but well worth the effort. I will definitely be going on more Craftours!”
Pat Christenson, Kirkland, WA - “This was a great taste of a small part of Japan. The crafts we did were fun and unique. The Kimonos were amazing. I had a great time.”
Susan Elliott, Panama City, FL - “Our tour in Japan was wonderful! We visited so many places - the temples and shrines and markets often seen in tourist information. Then we had events that made our Craftours unique...a Japanese dinner with Geisha Performance, an Indigo dyeing Workshop, a Kaleidoscope workshop and so many other wonderful events!”
Doni Boyd, Brookings, OR - “CraftTours have the BEST Tours. You can relax knowing that everything has been planned to the max. Alice was a great guide, she can both calm us down and get us going as needed.The craft activities were delightful, the hotels were top-notch. Well Done!”
Jackie Nelson, Greensboro, NC - “Kyoto was amazing!”
Catherine Peterson, Floral Park, NY - “Overall, going to Japan was an enriching experience. The shared experience was one that will not soon be forgotten.”
Mary Anne Ahtye, Novato, CA - “I normally do not spend this amount of money for travel. I did feel that Japan Craftour was of good value and contained many highlight workshops, sights, food experiences, and an awesome guide. Alice was great!”
Shelley Wilson, Murrieta, CA - “Most likely I would never have had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time if not for the opportunity presented to me to participate in Craftours event.”
Maryanne Dochter, Lititz, PA - “I loved the experience.”
Patricia Wood, Battle Ground, WA - “One of the most outstanding shows I have ever attended!”
Linda Fukunaga, Sequim, WA - “Loved it! Etsuko was a traffic escort. Went specifically for the Quilt Show but loved the tour more Highlight was the Kubota kimono exhibit. Just breathtaking.”
Karen Parkes, Glenolden, PA - “I enjoyed myself. It was my first trip to Japan and Deb haugan and Ekka(Japanese guide) took us everywhere. The international quilt festival was outstanding and I am not a quilter.”
Sher Koglin, Harrison, MI - “I enjoyed the tour. All of the craft making ( fake food, indigo dying, Tea room, and kaleidoscope ) were very enjoyable and fun.”
Mary Ann Hayre, Santa Rosa, CA - “I really enjoyed this tour with its many outstanding crafts and activities. A few, however, were beyond outstanding, specifically the Kaleidoscope workshop (what fun), the Indigo Dyeing workshop, the Tea Ceremony and the Itchiku Kubota Museum with all the wonderful kimonos. I wish we had bullet trains in the US!”
Genelle Voorhees, Santa Rosa, CA - “It was a fun packed tour with crafts and sightseeing.”
Michaela Burgnon, Odenton, MD - “Enjoyed the trip tremendously. The hotels were wonderful. The Japanese tour guide - Etsuko - was knowledgeable and patient. She was a great person. I highly recommend this tour for an overview of Japan's culture. Enjoyed the quilt show too - you did not have to be a quilter to love this trip. So much activity.”
Lynne Creed, North Bend, WA - “It was a wonderful experience. The hotels were excellent and located next to many restaurants and shops. The daily excursions allowed us to see much more than we could have on our own. We didn't have to worry about transportation or tickets or any details at all which made the trip so relaxing. The quilt show was amazing! Also I liked that we could easily choose to skip any activity and go our own way.”
Julie Wickware, Clinton, MI - “The trip was delightful. Learned about the culture of Japan, enjoyed the crafts and friendliness of all.”
Carol Dunn, Salem, WI - “This was the most amazing tour. I saw and learned so much. Mohammed was amazing in his knowledge of his country and the wonderful Treasures of Egypt.”
Avis LaFayette, Brooksville, FL - “This is definitely the trip to take if you are interested in the history of Egypt and how it relates to the modern world. Pictures don't do justice to the pyramids, temples, etc. Seeing them in person takes your breath away. Our local guide, Mo, was an expert in Egypt which made the experience that much more enjoyable. Heike, the Craftours guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about traveling in this part of the world. As usual, the accommodations were wonderful and the Nile Cruise a highlight of the trip.”
Sunset Regall, Santa Fe, NM - “This trip far exceeded my expectations!! Throughout the entire tour, we were well cared for in accommodations, transportation, education, and all meals! Between Heike and Mohammed, I felt safe and enjoyed every minute of my tour. I would definitely take this exact tour again and it would have to be with Mohammed and Heike! Mohammed made what we were seeing understandable and recognizable. His passion for Egyptian history made it come alive through his storytelling and explanations. I really appreciate his expertise and feel super lucky to have had him for our guide!!”
Diane Davies, Courtenay, British Columbia - “A delicious, rich tour of food, culture, and experience. Talks at our many stops about the cultural and historical significance of what we were experiencing greatly enhanced the trip. Excellent guides. Really appreciated that many of our stops enriched the lives of disadvantaged groups (women, disabled persons), while enriching our lives.”
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - “Very interesting and encompassing.”
Lynn Carlton, Seattle, WA - “It was a wonderful trip. Our hostess, Holly was great. She did a good job of keeping track of everything. I enjoyed having the tours and then having the free time so I could go back and explore more on my own.”
Sandy Paul, Tacoma, WA - “Very colorful and lively. Best parts were the Médina, Atlas Mountains and Berber villages.”
Bev Brown, Bloomington, IN - “Fantastic trip! Sites and people were amazing. Food was delicious and both guides were excellent!”
Lauren Cory, Palo Alto, CA - “The Guatemala trip is absolutely worth your time! Antigua is the old colonial capital and is filled with good restaurants, cafes and great shopping. Their famous yellow arch is beautiful against the blue sky and puffy white clouds. Lake Atitlan is utterly spectacular and is surrounded by volcanoes. Hotel Atitlan was a surprise and delight to the entire group. Don't forget your bathing suit because the pool and the hot tub face stunning views of volcanoes. Our escort, Kate, and local guide, Carlos, could not have been better! Carlos took us to shops and cooperatives where our purchases helped the local people. I think everyone wanted another day at Lake Atitlan just to relax and soak in the beauty. Do sign up for this trip!”
Sheila Mcguinness, Kannapolis, NC - “Wonderful trip.”
Sandra Kendall, Concord, NC - “This was one of the best trips I have done. I enjoyed mingling with the local people and buying local things. Most enjoyed seeing how they live and work. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Carlos is a jewel to this trip. He made everyone of us so comfortable and his kindness was outstanding.”
Pamela Brands, Cupertino, CA - “This was my first tour with Craft tours and it was such an extraordinary experience. Carlos, (our local guide) was so knowledgeable regarding the history, culture, religion, indigenous people and customs. Our experience with the people who live there (our visit to the coffee farm, as well as lunch with them, and the weaving demonstration), was one of the highlights of the trip. Lake Atitlan was Beautiful, serene and magical. The visits to the Mayan villages were truly an unforgettable experience. Our guide Kate, was terrific. I am so lucky to have had this experience with a great group of 8 kind, thoughtful, friendly ladies!”
JoAnne Palmer, South Hadley, MA - “The tour was so well planned to give us the maximum enjoyment and experiences in every place we visited!”
Yehuda Schwarts, Reistertown, MD - “We had a wonderful time. It was an amazing experience.”
Nancy Anne Braymer, Washington, DC - “I misunderstood how CrafTours worked and did not understand the participatory nature of the workshops as I appreciate crafts but have zero talent. That said, I loved the tour. I was honored to be in the presence of Pam Holland who is amazing.”
Margaret Mielke, Mechanicsburg, PA - “We learned a lot about Balinese crafts - mostly with hands-on experience.”
Pam Schwartz, Manakin Sabot, VA - “The tour was very informative and interesting.”
April Lazarus, Jamesville, NY - “It was fabulous! We saw, did, learned, and experienced so many different things. Batik shopping was wild! This was the best trip of my life!!”
Tami Henry, Overland Park, KS - “The trip was good. Enjoyed the picture painting, the Batik factory and fabric making, the elephant park and the Ubud Monkey forest. Our local tour guide was excellent. The ice cold washcloths provided by his wife were very appreciated. Our guide Deb was good also.”
Joan Lumpkin, Kettering, OH - “It was a very enjoyable trip. The butterflies were very active and an experience to see.”
Diane McCarthy, Bellvue, CO - “As a scientist and a lover of nature, I have wanted to do this tour for years. It definitely did not disappoint!”
Dianne Klimek, Addison, IL - “I was impressed with the entire trip. The people, events and lodging.”
Melody Cox, Raytown, MO - “Gorgeous country filled with friendly people!”
Jean Payne, Hyannis, MA - “From the office staff at Craftours to our guide and driver....all were exceptional.”
Joyce Raiskio, Yarmouth Port, MA - “A truly wonderful trip!! Agnes and Pat were so amazing.”
Hilory Boucher, Northport, NY - “This was my third trip to Ireland. The tour was very well thought out. Hotels were very accommodating. Our tour director and bus driver were very knowledgeable and caring. The days were very full of activity and wonderful side tours. I loved it!”
Joyce Outten, North Pole, AK - “Beautiful country and wonderful, kind and interesting people.”
Penny Terrell, Abilene, TX - “This was our first craft tour and we loved it. The size of the group and the staff were perfect.we also enjoyed the variety offered.”
Barry Basiliere, San Antonio, TX - “The destinations were amazing. The amount of wildlife, the ice formations and the food made the adventure a once in a lifetime event that shouldn't be missed.”
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - “It was awesome. One of the best tours ever.”
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - “Antarctica was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The landscape was so raw, filled with so much beauty and grandeur that it was almost visually and emotionally overpowering. The pace of the tour was very enjoyable, with spurts of vigorous activity spaced with relaxing downtime and an abundance of delicious consumables. Highly recommended!”
Jeannie Van Den Enden, Kent Bridge, Ontario - “We had an amazing group of people that got along so well. It was nice to have free time to spend exploring our own interests along with our planned excursions. Finland was gorgeous all around.”
Valerie Neumann, Flushing, MI - “A really nice trip. I enjoyed everything. The hands-on rijya workshop and cooking class were the best!”
David and Susan Simpson, Danville, PA - “This trip was fantastic. We had no preconceptions of what Finland would be like. It was interesting to be immersed in their culture. The highlights of the trip for us were the cooking class. What fun! And such good food. And we really enjoy the Rya weaving workshop. That is something that we can enjoy in the future.”
Rhonda Denney, Emporia, KS - “A good trip! The weather was not necessarily "normal" for March, but it was great for us! The days we had walking tours were nice. We did get a taste of snow so we appreciated the rest of the days!”
Mary Boyer, Yankton, SD - “Great tour, learned a lot and the men from Cairo were fabulous!!!!”
Charles & Mary Reed, Caldwell, ID - “The Egyptians who presented the class were "first class"!! They were so talented and eager to share their skills. Such kind and friendly young men!!”
Carol Christy, Bixby, OK - “I loved getting together with like minded women. The instructors were inspiring and fun.”
Sharon Holder, Baton Rouge, LA - “I loved the Tentmakers of Cairo Cocoon! The class was terrific.”
Gwen Walter, Dexter, MI - “An exceptional experience! Loved the instructors, and appreciated their knowledge, and ability to share that knowledge-with a sense of humor! Betsy and Holly had planned every detail and took such great care of us. I would definitely recommend Craftours. Thanks.”
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - “This was one of the best trips I have taken. The pace was not so fast that I felt rushed; nor was it so slow that I was bored. The sites were amazing. I loved the ruggedness of the Pacific coast line, and the beauty of the beaches with the waves crashing over the black rocks.”
Peggy Moore, Hillsboro, OR - “Great trip, the tour guides were very good. I would take another trip with them anywhere in the world.”
Ron & Barbara (Bobbie) Littlefield, Eagle, ID - “Craftours provided us with the opportunity to stay at properties that we never would have stayed at. Having lived in San Diego for 50 years and never taken the opportunity to see any of these sights along the Pacific Coast Highway this tour was tailor made for us. Jim made sure our experience was fun, exciting, and most importantly informative. We knew what was expected of us, such as when to put luggage out for pick up, when to get to breakfast, and on the bus for the next adventure. Excellent coordination. Would I do this type of tour again, Yes. Would I recommend this tour, I already have! Jim, looking forward to our next trip together.”
Ned Hein, Sylvania, OH - “Wonderful trip, much to see and do...very well organized.”
Judy Nunn, Mission Viejo, CA - “The train ride part was wonderful! The activities and crafts in Denver were fabulous! The stained glass workshop and craft was perfect. The teachers were all prepared for us and the end product is great. The quilt museum with the docent was very informative and a beautiful display of incredible quilts! The quilt workshop with Judith Montano was perfect!”
Carolyn Anderson, Melbourne, FL - “I had not visited any state west of the Mississippi and was looking forward to this trip. I was not disappointed. The landscapes were just in incredible, from standing on the beach of Great Salt Lake to traveling through the canyons and following the Colorado river by train from Utah to Denver. Woolley's in Denver was exceptional. Side trips some of us participated in to Snowbird Tram and Hot Springs were fun. The classes we participated in were educational and offered a taste of new crafts. My original inspiration for booking this trip was the class with Judith Baker Montano which was fabulous.”
Linda Pett, Philadelphia, PA - “It was a very comfortable and scenic ride. I enjoyed myself during the entire trip.”
Ann Hothem, Newcomerstown, OH - “Fabulous!! Loved the variety of Crafts offered, the Rocky Mountaineer train provided excellent service and scenery. Was able to share the experience with a wonderful group of people. Very relaxed and enjoyable trip.”
Sara Bor, Worcester, PA - “The train ride was great. The scenery beautiful, food good, staff pleasant. Overall the train was comfortable. The leather shop and workshop was fun. The gentlemen there was very helpful. Stain glass class was fun and the workshop with Judith Baker Montano fabulous.”
Pete & Debra Rector, Fayetteville, GA - “The design of the trip and the itineraries were outstanding. 3600 miles from coast to coast requires attention to detail and exceptional planning. All of that was done in spite of the uncertainties and last minute modifications required by Canada's pandemic response.”
John Ignoffo, Vancouver, WA - “The trip was spectacular. I recommend the Rocky Mountaineer to everyone. The Canadian Rockies are one of the most beautiful parts of our continent! Visiting Niagara Falls for the first time was wonderful, even though I got totally soaked on the boat ride.”
Linda Ignoffo, Vancouver, WA - “A wonderful way to see Canada. Great variety of adventures. I have more than one favorite!”
Nancy, La Marque, TX - “Class more than met my expectations.”
Nancy Withers, Batavia, OH - “I had a great time, everything was well planned and all seemed to enjoy the process and everyone's company.”
Peggy Ann Barton, Cornelius, NC - “The Quilting Cocoon in Houston, Texas was not only fun but also great learning and meeting new quilting friends.”
Stella Taft, Howell, MI - “Technique was new and challenging to me. Teachers were very friendly and helpful.”
Donna Carter, Hydes, MD - “I enjoyed learning about the Tentmakers' craft, being introduced to the various designs and methods of their applique style. No question was unanswered, and the teachers had patience for all who requested their help with working on the more difficult stitching.”
Ann Hothem, Newcomerstown, OH - “Very unique experience to participate in an Egyptian tradition.”
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - “The Quilt Festival was great. I enjoyed the classes.”
Nancy Vykouk, Lebanon, TN - “This safari in Africa was a dream come true! Life changing…absolutely! We’ve been home now almost a week and I look at my pictures daily! It’s a trip of a lifetime!”
Ric & Regina Smith, Boise, ID - “Amazing trip! Truly surpassed our expectations. Craftours put together an amazing agenda - allowing us to have so many experiences in beautiful Kenya! From the beginning, Nairobi did not disappoint. The Elephant Sanctuary (where we adopted our very own elephant -"Suguroi") to kissing the Giraffes - to visiting the Kazuri Bead Factory and the beautiful home of Karen Blixen (out of Africa). Then it was on to the Sweetwater Camp for several incredible safaris. So cool to see all the animals in their natural habitat. I would be remiss in not mentioning the guides...Eddie & Joyce were fabulous...and our camp guide Daniel was superb! A trip with Jim was the icing on the cake:-) He made this trip feel extra special and went above and beyond in making sure the entire group was having the best trip ever.... This trip was truly life changing! Thank you Craftours!!!”
Marilyn Doerr, Angola, IN - “This was a once in my lifetime trip! The accommodations were far above anything I have ever experienced. Sweetwaters camp was fantastic! Our safari drivers were experts at spotting animals. It was the best and most exciting trip I’ve ever taken. Jim made this trip amazing with their every attention to details. The Bush dinner and dancers were excellent! Everything was exceptional! Thank you for providing this experience!”
Larry and Rose Antosz, Coventry, CT - “The Kenya Safari tour was a trip of a lifetime for us.”
Karen Oertel, New Port Richey, FL - “The trip was far beyond my expectations. It was very enlightening about the people of Kenya and how happy they are. The safaris were amazing! Everyone on the trip got along so well.”
Pat Browning, Bancroft, NE - “As a grandmother/grandson travel team, we were both very satisfied with this tour. From the 13-year-old, "it was a good trip!"”
Nancy Nelson-Kremer, Brandon, SD - “Seeing the conservation district where the animals are at large and roam at will was amazing.”
Sally Mack, Guernsey, WY - “I enjoyed seeing features unique to the area, the lighthouses, whaling ship museum, and LLBean store.”
Nancy Marsh, Kingston, TN - “Nice trip. Good hotels.”
Katherine Wingate, Xenia, Ohio - “Well, I have never been on a tour, bus or cruise. Therefore, I had no preconceived ideas about how a tour should "go". I don't know Jim West and wouldn't recognize him if I sat next to him on the bus. So I guess you could say I am the novice traveler on your tour, but I am NOT a novice traveler. As a military wife married to a man who came from an adventure seeking family, I have spent the last 47 years exploring the US and the UK. I had a blast taking this trip with my childhood best friend. Having originally planned on going to Egypt and then Amsterdam, we took this trip at the last minute. The scenery was breathtaking, the four tour guides were professional and knowledgeable about the cities, SF and Seattle were my favorites. I was not bothered with finding my own ways to spend my free time. In fact, I rather enjoyed having that option because my traveling companion and I were able to spend time with family along the route, she with her two stepdaughters just a few months after they had lost their mother to sudden death, and I with my husband's two brothers and their wives in Seattle. The hotels were wonderful and scenic. Cerro and the Fairmont Seattle stood out particularly. The Cerro for its totally contemporary decor, and the Fairmont for its bustling, creatively laid out lobby where my sister-in-law, author and garden tour guide to the UK Marty Wingate held a book signing for our small group in the cozy sitting areas adjacent to the library. I also want to spend a few minutes commending Kate Hogan on her leading this group. Kate is very personable, smart and fun. She made sure everyone on the bus was comfortable and taken care of. She made a point of getting to know each person on the ride up the coast, whether it was on the bus, or at breakfast, or eating the dinner meal together. She played no favorites. And if she were ever frustrated, it never showed. And THAT, was probably her greatest asset. I just really enjoyed her. I traded a few of my favorite recipes with her. And I also enjoyed John, the bus driver. Professional, quiet, he could maneuver that bus like it was an economy sedan. I would ask for him again. So, to sum this up, I totally enjoyed my time. Thanks for asking for the review.”
Shirley Shaw, Chandler, AZ - “This tour was one of my goals in life. It was wonderful. The tour, escort, Kate, people I met, accommodations, food and John who drove us the entire way. Great time.”
Tamie Rickman, Port Orchard, WA - “I loved Chicago! That’s why I chose this tour. Palmer House was beautiful! The bus tour and guide in Chicago was perfect. The river tour was excellent. The breakfasts were amazing. The ART museum was incredible!! A must for sure. The one thing I absolutely LOVED was hearing Jim speak about his roots and visions and trials and successes and triumphs! So many awesome stories to share. Springfield: All things Lincoln! Loved the tomb site. Thoroughly enjoyed the museum! Jim was so generous with sharing his time with us. He has such a great sense of humor! He was so caring of everyone’s needs and took such care of Lou. I hope to join on another tour someday in the future!”
Julie Knebel, Eugene, OR - “Visiting the Acropolis was an awe-inspiring personal moment for me as I realized that all of humanity has an ancient historical connection.”
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - “I have taken a lot of trips with Craftours. This trip was the best ever.”
Lucy Harville, Central Point, OR - “I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, especially the ability to tailor the activities to participate or not as I chose. The activities were quite diverse, and interesting to most participants.”
Deborah Torri, Morris, IL - “This travel experience was absolutely fabulous! There was so much to do every single day! The culture of ancient Greece was explored in every detail: the cuisine, the history, the natural beauty of the islands...”
Leslie Forcier, Woodbridge, VA - “A very nice adventure, wonderful people. All in all, the makings of a memorable week.”
Maureen McNally, Hobe Sound, FL - “Wonderful whirlwind trip of Greece. Especially enjoyed the islands and the cooking and pottery workshops! Working with the pottery master artist one-on-one was a true highlight of the trip and so much fun!!! awesome group to travel with!”
Dave and Susan Simpson, Danville, PA - “Really enjoyed the trip. To see the Parthenon in person was just amazing. It was like Art History 101. Made some wonderful new friends, ate some amazing food. The highlight for us was the cooking class...entertaining and so fun.”
Monique Bloomfield, Prescot, Ontario, Canada - “Excellent excellent trip. Accommodations were out of this world and the guides showed professionalism. Of course, Jim's personality sets the tone for a relaxing but informative time. Some highlights were the cooking class, the food in general, the size of the group, etc. Of course, members of the group were wonderful travel companions.”
Debra Deaton, Little Rock, AR - “Great experience. The teachers were wonderful, very patient.”
Linda Roseman, Davenport, IA - “The tentmakers of Cairo were fabulous and have a new appreciation of appliqué!”
Jackie Youngblood, Shalimar, FL - “The Cocoon experience was very enjoyable and informative. Ahmed and Hany were so pleasant and helpful. Hang's skill is superb.”
Sue Crowell, Vineland, NJ - “I had a wonderful time, the Tentmakers were fun to be with and taught me so much about their craft. I would definitely enjoy more experiences like this one.”
Mary Lou Heinrich, Boise, ID - “Great trip of a lifetime. I've never done anything like this and it was a wonderful experience.”
Marilyn Edie, Pisgah Forest, NC - “Wonderful experience. Qualified caring knowledgeable tour guide and local guide. Way more fun than I ever imagined. Can't stop raving about it!”
Marcia Richardson, Jacksonville, FL - “I felt that this tour was enjoyable to me and my adult daughter and my preteen granddaughter. The portion in Washington D.C. gave you such a great tasting of the capital city. Seeing the city both in the daytime and at night was fun.....The train ride between the two was a twist from riding a bus or boarding a plane to get between the two cities and for me was the first time I have taken a train trip/ride. New York City was an experience for me and made me appreciate my home in Florida with no towering buildings. I loved the location of our hotel as it was in Time Square and close to the Broadway theaters. I have checked off my bucket list going to a true Broadway show and also being in Time Square. I loved the scenic bus tours of NYC as we got to visit iconic spots of the city.”
Leona Quilici, Fallon, NV - “Great trip!”
Barry Basiliere, San Antonio, TX - “Accommodations in both Washington DC and New York city were close to everything and transportation was exceptional.”
Kathy Heydorn, Willoughby, OH - “You always choose beautiful hotels. The Marrakech hotel was excellent - such a fabulous place! After walking through the medinas, a dip in the pool was a treat.”
Kathy Durance, Sooke, BC - “One of those “bucket list” trips. So important to go & see & experience new cultures.”
Zerelda Butler, Powder Springs, GA - “This was the most beautifully planned and executed tour that I have ever taken. Yes, it was hot, and yes, it was a lot of walking, but it was worth every step. I learned so much about Egypt, and I can't wait to return!”
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - “This was an amazing adventure that explored not only the historical landscape, but delved into the modern man-made developments and consequences. I learned so much about the culture, the art, and life along the Nile. Highly recommend it!”
Barry Basiliere, San Antonio, TX - “The itinerary, accommodations and guides were exceptional.”
Holly Haack, West Hollywood, CA - “Trip of a lifetime!”
Ann Rogers, Plainfield, NH - “The hotel location in Edinburgh was perfect. Walking distance to everything.”
Karla Murphy, Sioux Falls, SD - “I thoroughly enjoyed the fellow travelers on this tour. Such a friendly and kind group!”
Gail Warnes, Ashland, OH - “I loved my experience in Edinburgh, Scotland! The architecture and historic sites were wonderful, the activities were fun, and there was a great variety of shops and restaurants. Our hotel was lovely, and the daily breakfasts were delicious. The dinners included with the tour were at the hotel as well and were very well prepared.”
Deborah Redman, Newfield, NY - “Awesome. Saw great architecture and heard history.”
Jane Allm, Salem, OR - “It was a lovely tour of a beautiful country. There were ups and downs but I feel I saw the country. I would do it again with a few changes. The tour group was wonderful.”
Katherine Sherman, Fruitland, ID - “Scotland was a great place to tour.”
Kathleen Blakey, Vista, CA - “What a beautiful country to visit! I enjoyed all the places we visited from castles, weavers to cooking class. The group of people from all over the US made the trip very enjoyable. The accommodations were wonderful and would not expect less from a Craftour experience! ”
Karen M Palmer, Burbank, WA - “The tour was good, it was a lifetime travel that I will probably never get to do again. So all trivial things aside, It was awesome and I can not imagine trying to put a trip together of this magnitude during a pandemic. My hat is off to you and your team. It was great. Thank you!”
Suzanne Leimer, Kingwood, TX - “This was my fourth time traveling with Craftours.”
Teresa Taylor, Signal Mountain, TN - “The tour was more than expected. It was a once in a lifetime experience. While at the Ol Pejeta Conservatory, I sat on the patio of my tent and watched elephants, zebras, Cape buffalo and many more animals slowly amble by to go to and from the watering hole. One night we even saw baboons scurrying away in the campgrounds. I watched lions eating their catches. (Missed the catching, though. 🤷🏼♀️) I was literally yards from two massive adult lions as they made their way determinedly through the bush. We got a bit too close for comfort to a bull elephant. We were stared down by enormous Cape buffalo bulls. This is stuff out of a National Geographic adventure show and I LIVED IT!! My photos attest to that. Whenever I look at them I am still shocked that I took them. (I have no photography skills or experience. Jim said point and keep clicking, you're bound to get a good shot. He's so right!)”
Nancy Ruth, Henderson, NV - “This was the best group trip I have ever been on! Everything was well paced and coordinated. I felt safe everywhere we went and loved the activities that were a part of the trip.”
Jenny Doan, Hamilton, MO - “Everything was amazing from the lodging to the activities.”
Barb Khaja, Kalamazoo, MI - “Words can’t express how wonderful this tour was. After a long day of travel we eased into our activities with a day near Nairobi in the Karen area. The artist coop is wonderful, we bought some of our best (in our opinion) items there. The baby elephants were not only fun to see and photograph. Karen Blixen's home/museum was very interesting too. A great night’s sleep was had by all. The next morning we left for Sweetwaters. Sweetwaters was outstanding. The facilities were great, the waterhole brought so many different animals and they were RIGHT THERE!!! Maybe 15 yards from the sidewalks on our side of the ditch and electric fence!! We watched the waterhole from the dining room windows while eating. We sat outside our tent and saw animals during the day and bedded down at night. The tent? This is not your backyard camping. It’s a hotel room with canvas walls. We upgraded and honestly our glass door “tent” was luxurious and worth the price. I mean, who has a chandelier light in their tent? Plenty of hot water for your shower. Hot water bottles at night (it was June and they were greatly appreciated as it gets cold/crisp at night). Heck they were still warm when we woke for our dawn game drive. The staff were attentive and great. Everyone was concerned that you have a fantastic experience and they do all they can to ensure that happens. In addition to an outstanding buffet a chef cooks to order not only egg dishes at breakfast but also stir fries or sometimes pasta dishes at lunch and dinner. There were always many choices for desserts along with fresh fruit if you prefer. The game drives were amazing. This is a vast conservancy with a great variation in landscape/vegetation which means diversity in the animals that reside here. We understand that these are wild animals and luck may be against us regarding the visibility of animals. But gosh we were lucky! Such a variety of animals and babies were all around. Craftours uses the same drivers for years and it’s easy to understand. They were excellent at locating special sights and getting us to those. Don’t miss any of the added activities, especially the night drive. It was exciting and a bit different to see the animals at night vs. the day. After the days at Sweetwaters we returned to Nairobi. From there to Lake Naivasha for a boat excursion to see birds and hippos. Then a walk around some other animals. Great photo opportunities here. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Very interesting, and rounds out your animal sighting variety. Recommendations? Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a coat for the early morning drive (in June, yes we needed them). A camera with a good lens. Now we were amazed at the photos that we took on an iPhone 13 pro. The zoom was really good, the photos gorgeous and the night photos were outstanding. We didn’t expect them to be very good as it is dark and there was only a spotlight to see the animals but they were amazing. I suspect we could have gotten by with just that phone but I'm glad I had a zoom camera. I used just a Nikon bridge camera that has a nice long zoom as I didn’t want the weight of a long zoom lens on a DSLR. That camera did everything I\’d hoped for. If you are getting a new camera or lens (in 2022 good luck) get it in time to practice with it to know the settings you want. While we thought this was a trip of a lifetime, we were wrong. We HAVE to go back. In fact, while still there, we began initial plans on returning with our (adult) children at some point. We’ve traveled internationally to many countries over the years but this is the only trip that we said we have to return.”
Karen Miller, Akron, OH - “The Kenya Safari Expedition was wonderful. We were busy from sun-up to sun-down. The people at all the facilities were pleasant and helpful to make the experience very enjoyable. The safaris were always exciting, just waiting to see what wonderful animals we were going to see each time and how close we could get!”
Laurel Nelson, New Berlin, WI - “This tour exceeded my expectations. It was well planned and orchestrated, giving us opportunities to interact with local artisans, wildlife experts, a school principal and her students. Having gone on a wide variety of safaris in southern Africa, I would hands down say Craftours was the best I've experienced.”
Nancy James, Liberty Lake, WA - “I enjoyed this SA tour very much. All the guides were excellent. Anni from Cape Town was really exceptional. She had such extensive knowledge and made the city and surrounding areas come alive. The safari adventures and balloon ride were wonderful. I would highly recommend this trip to potential travelers.”
Michele L, Oxford, OH - “The trip was amazing except for the airports. Our guides were like encyclopedias-they knew so much and were very nice and fun to be with. I highly recommend Jenny, Annie, Dominic, and Odette.”
Maryanne Dochter, Lititz, PA - “It was a terrific experience. We Saw so many animals, crafts and great people. The trip covered everything we wanted to learn and the shopping was outstanding!!”
John Dochter, Lititz, PA - “Anyone with a bucket list should add S. Africa. The Craftours trip was exceptional. The guides were very informative and helpful. I am a birder and the guide was able to arrange a full day tour with a local bird expert. It was the best day of birding that I have ever had. The planned stops were also excellent. I could not imagine a better experience for our short time there.”
Susan Loewen, Tulsa, OK - “The trip was great! It was beautiful there and we saw many beautiful sites. The historic hotels were amazing too.”
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - “The New Mexico tour was more than I expected. The hotels were clean and had friendly helpful staff and good food in the restaurants. All of Craftours are awesome; however this one was exceptional because of the tour escort and the lovely new friends that I met.”
Linda Fukunaga, Sequim, WA - “Great escort. Fun people. We had a great time! Downside it was just way too hot for most of us.”
William O’Connell, Winthrop, MA - “This was our first guided tour to Europe. We have made several trips to different places including Ireland, Italy, England, France, Spain, and Greece over the last 40 years. We set up our own itineraries and drove ourselves. But at this point in our lives - my wife and I are both 72 - we didn't want to go through the hassles that involved. I think we saw more on this Craftours trip and enjoyed it more, than on any of our previous self-guided trips. We are already signed up for a Japan tour with Craftours next year!”
Jennifer Martin, Greensboro, NC - “This was my first Craftour and it was an incredible experience! I’m already looking forward to my next trip! What a great concept of combining two things I love, travel and crafts!”
Sharon Richardson-O'Connell, Winthrop, MA - “Holly, our Craftours guide was fantastic. The hotel was comfortable and welcoming. The area of Tuscany is wonderful. Lots to see and do.”
Kathleen Martin, Dunedin, FL - “Very enjoyable and I love the small group of "new" friends and being able to unpack and enjoy without moving to a new hotel every other day.”
Susan Gardiner, Beverly Hills, MI - “I thought the tour was wonderful. Our escort Holly was a treasure.”
Jean Burke, Havertown, PA - “Our Craftours England Experience was tremendous! The whole trip was well planned and the attention to detail was much appreciated. The meals were delicious, and the coach was very comfortable. The daily information from our guide was very helpful as were her tips about the places we saw. These just added to our enjoyment of our time spent exploring on our own.”
Dana Warner Fisher, Greensboro, NC - “This tour provided lots of excellent experiences in several British cities not usually covered on tours. Getting the chance to visit Birmingham and Bath was especially attractive to me.”
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, IL - “Overall, this was a very good trip! The hotels were very good and well located.”
Mike Kolodka, Penney Farms, FL - “Our tour supervisor, Holly, was absolutely terrific! She was always upbeat and went out of her way to be helpful.”
Dolores Byrnes, Havertown, PA - “I really enjoyed the tour.”
Lynette Eggers, Valparaiso, IN - “This trip was on my bucket list for a long time. It fulfilled every expectation. I not only experienced new things, I saw new areas of England and best of all made new friends.”
Janice Novachcoff, Royal Oak, MI - “Overall it was a great experience. I was pleasantly surprised at the accommodations to my vegan diet. Hotels were all nice, especially the one in Bath which had the most environmental programs in place.”
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - “The quilt show part of this experience was wonderful! Show was spread out and easy to move around even when busy. The Warwick Castle and Highclere Castle experience were extremely enjoyable and highlights of the trip. Shopping at Liberty of London was a great addition to the trip.”
Susan Rotilie, Minneapolis, MN - “I enjoyed the focus on smaller towns as well as London on this trip. Seeing the Cotswolds was a real treat.”
Linda Babbs, Seminole, FL - This tour was packed with many highlights of the city of London and the countryside. Traveling in a smaller bus made it very intimate and easy to interact with other travelers. We had a small group of 13 and that increased the enjoyment of my experience.”
Vicki Hauser, Overland Park, KS - “Overall the tour was quite lovely and encompassed a great deal of the English countryside. The biggest plus was getting to see both Highclere Castle and Buckingham Palace!”
Linda Evans, Farmington Hills, MI - “This was my first trip to England and I enjoyed the experience. A lot to see and treasure!”
Joy Howard, Ellicott City, MD - “I enjoyed the overall experience. One in particular that stands out was the visit to Buckingham Palace. That was spectacular.”
Patricia Esterline, Fort Worth, TX - “Enjoyed the experience. Seeing the state rooms at Buckingham Palace was an unexpected treat.”
Rhonda Denney, Emporia, KS - “Thank you Craftours for a wonderful experience! Prague, and the Czech Republic in total, offers such a wonderful variety of architecture, natural beauty and sights. The hotel was first class with a wonderful breakfast buffet. I could have stayed longer to see more!”
Ann McConkey, Topeka, KS - “Great trip. Got to see more of Ireland than I could ever imagined.”
Lorraine Shonio, Terryville, CT - “Fully enjoyed the trip. Alice Ridge was a wonderful addition to the trip. She kept us all together and on time. Not an easy job to do. The places we visited gave a real picture of the country and the drivers had an excellent knowledge of the history of Ireland. Informative and enjoyable trip.”
Phyllis Smith, Lansing, IL - “The tour and the tour guide Alice, including the bus driver Donal were exceptional. The Hotels were very comfortable. ”
Bernice Sanders, Ashlan, NH - “I had a wonderful trip! I would love to go on another bus trip with craft tours. Alice was wonderful! She was helpful in making our trip run smoothly. She was always upbeat and friendly to everyone. Alice is a perfect leader. Our bus drivers were great. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw a great deal of Ireland in a short time.”
Evelyn Mayes, Campton, NH - “Everything was spectacular!”
Laura Covillon, Brooksville, FL - “This was my first time traveling alone and I had the most wonderful time. The tour leader, Alice, was organized and dealt with every situation in a calm and confident manner. She made sure that we all had a good experience. The trip was a balance of group outings and personal time. I cannot wait to be able to take another trip.”
Edith Mahoney, Bradenton, FL - “Our trip to Ireland was magical. It was very well organized. Our tour guide Alice was fun and caring and so very knowledgeable. Our bus driver was really great. He kept us all entertained the whole time.”
Lynette Holm, Hammond, IN - “The tour was wonderful. I was very glad that I went. I was able to see so many beautiful places.”
Diane Black, Colorado Springs, CO - “I had a wonderful time. There was a nice combination of city and rural countryside. Holly did a great job as did Shawn, both were delightful to work with. I enjoyed the crafts that we visited and saw. The food was also great. This trip was beyond my expectations.”
Becky Yurchiak, Barberton, OH - “Ireland - one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.”
Patricia Mills, Akron, OH - “I enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful countryside of Ireland.”
Adriana Dugo, Peyton, CO - “It was a great experience and the places we visited were great. The views of the land and the explanations of the tour guide and the local driver, very accurate and the driving was excellent!”
Lauren Cory, Pasadena, CA - “This tour is wonderful for travelers who want to get their feet wet with first experiences or who have been away from travel for a few years. Wonderful re-entry!”
Diane Rose, Jacksonville, FL - “Had a wonderful time! Girls trip for my mom and me! Our fellow travelers were amazing and really made the trip!”
Ronda Earnhart, Battlefield, MO - “Craftours Tuscany Experience created a perfect treasured memory for a lifetime! Every day's adventure was a beautiful delight led by our great tour escort Deb Haugen and shared with a fun group of folks.”
Joanna, PA - “This was my first experience being part of an organized multi-day tour, so I did not know what to expect. I found the tour to be very organized and engaging. My fellow attendees were lovely and kind, and our guide Betsy was phenomenal at navigating unexpected circumstances and adjusting as needed.”
Eunice Sutter, Pace, FL - “This trip was one of the best I’ve taken, and I’ve taken a lot of tours. If this trip is scheduled again, I will sign up to go again.”
Susan Maddox, Thousand Oaks, CA - “I appreciated that Craftours took care of the tipping on my trip. I tipped additionally but didn't feel I was pressured.”
Sharla Zasadny, Walker, IA - “I went on the Germany, Austria, Italy tour with Ellen March and Sulky threads. The accommodations were fabulous, the food wonderful.”
Dorothy Orr, Anchorage, AK - “I enjoyed going to the places we visited and the people on the tour. The hotels were first rate, the food provided by the hotels was excellent as was the service provided, the national hostess kept on top of what we were doing and going to see, and the bus drivers were amazing. Ellen did a great job choosing projects for us to do and I'll work on finishing those as soon as I finish working on my Christmas projects.”
Joanne Feldman, Palm Beach Gardens, FL - “The weaving experience with Hector Surco was the highlight of the trip! Beri was an excellent tour guide. The sites that she scheduled for us to visit on our "day of leisure" included some of the most important sites in Peru. ”
Laura Charron, Hollis, NH - “I loved every part of our trip! The price was affordable, the itinerary well thought out and coordinated, and having optional add-ons made for extra fun and needed downtime! Having Jim as a host was nothing short of incredible. His engagement with the group and personal attention- along with his personality- made us all feel like old friends instead of strangers. I’m so thankful I got to experience Italy with my mom- it was the trip of a lifetime!”
Wendy Robinson, Goldens Bridge, NY - “The Tuscany Experience was wonderful. In a short amount of time, we had the opportunity to see so much of the region.”
Marcia Richardson, Jacksonville, FL - “I loved the tour as seeing the Tuscany area of Italy. Loved all the tours we had there, and our escort was wonderful and took good care of me since I was dealing with issues with my hubby being taken to the hospital during the last few days of the tour.”
Dan Shelton, Boone, NC - “The entire trip was wonderful. The accommodations were excellent. I thought the itinerary was thoughtfully planned out. The places we visited were just stunning. For me being a beach person, Cinque Terre stood out. But so did everything else. Having Jim as our guide really put this trip way over the top. This was our 2nd tour with Craftours and we will certainly book additional trips.”
Randee Nicholas, San Antonio, TX - “I fell in love with Tuscany on this trip, with the beautiful classic rolling hills and villas, medieval cities, wonderful food, and the welcoming Italian people!”
Trish Holt, Northborough, MA - “The Tuscany Experience was a wonderful experience!!”
Peggy Carter, Jenkinsburg, GA - “It was a great trip. I have no complaints.”
Rhonda Denney, Emporia, KS - “A trip jam-packed with wonderful architecture and art! I only wish I had more time to absorb it all!”
Terri Pickering, San Diego, CA - “Best trip ever!!! This was our first tour ever. I loved all the places we went, we had the freedom to go as we please or follow with the tour group. All the places were unique and fascinating! Can't wait for our next Craftour that we just booked today! :)”
Jean Diorio, Saugus, MA - “Wonderful trip.”
Chris Chase, Bluffton, SC - “Wonderful tour! Loved all the people that we traveled with. Lots of free time to explore the area.”
David Pickering, San Diego, CA - “This was my first experience with Craftours. It was great!! I got to see new places and learn about them from our knowledgeable escort and the artisans themselves. Have already booked a second tour!!!”
Kathie Chapman, Sequim, WA - “It was a wonderful trip - accommodations were great, Holly was really great - very patient. Had a ton of fun!”
Sheri Knox, San Diego, CA - “This was a fantastic tour! We covered so much ground and loved Ireland so much. We circumnavigated the entire island experiencing so many different cities and towns and breathtaking landscapes. I was thrilled that the tour included Belfast – in past years, I never thought I would be able to travel there in my lifetime. I loved that so many of the places we visited were on the water. The tours offered enhanced the experience, and we had some time when we could schedule something additional, like a Black Taxi tour in Belfast (a must!), and a horse-drawn buggy ride and Whiskey tasting in Killarney. The people are delightful and charming, the food and drink (love that Irish Whiskey!) delicious and the shopping is endless and varied. I would encourage anyone to do this wonderful 14-day tour!”
Joan Ternovan, Akron, OH - “A great opportunity to see the majority of the country.”
Sue McCullion, Philadelphia, PA - “The Ireland Experience has peaked my interest in returning to Ireland in the near future. Since we literally circled the entire Ireland, I found the topography so beautiful and so distinct. A highlight of the tour was that we made a stop in Donegal and on the way we passed right through the town where my father was born ... Ballybofey!”
Gail Warnes, Ashland, OH - “I loved traveling around Ireland and seeing the natural wonders like The Giant’s Causeway and The Cliffs of Moher as well as the charming villages and the beautiful countryside. The dry stone walls in the north and east and the hedgerows in the south made the farmland memorable. The castles/palaces and cathedrals were beautiful. The crystal carving was amazing, and our cookery class making scones was really fun.”
Leona Quilici, Fallon, NV - “Great trip.”
Dianne & Joel Rovner, Addison, IL - “A perfect balance of being on a “tour” and freedom to do your own thing in a magical place. A lovely trip.”
Roni, Springfield, VA - “Traveling with Pam is always wonderful. Great group, too.”