TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST HUNGARY TOURS:
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."
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."
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."
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!"