TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST CRAFTOURS ARTS & CRAFTS TOURS:
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in China - March 2017
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 life time. 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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in India - 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. Crafttours 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, Niagra 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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Bali - November 2017
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 the 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 truely 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 then 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 travel. 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 processes 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 ect."
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in China - March 2018
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Ireland - March 2018
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 comradarie 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 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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Tuscany - May 2018
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 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 a 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 thi 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"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Hungary - August 2018
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Peru - September 2018
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Guatemala - September 2018
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"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Poland - October 2018
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."
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Bali - November 2018
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 met 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 MaryEllen"
Julie Knebel , Eugene, OR- "After a very long flight, I landed in a country that was truly magnificent unlike any thing 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!"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Ireland - November 2018
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 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, food is 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."
Kage Buckley , Topping, VA- "This was my second trip to Ireland with you and I enjoyed it very much Agnes of course is the best and she really made the trip great!!! I would however liked to have had a full day of free time in Dublin. there is so much to see and no time to get into the museums loved it loved it loved it my goal is to see all four seasons so I have two more trips to plan."
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!"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Tuscany - November 2018
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!??"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Austria & Bavaria - November 2018
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Morocco - January 2019
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Kenya - January 2019
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!"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Scotland - February 2019
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Ireland - March 2019
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Tuscany - May 2019
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Hungary - September 2019
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!"
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Peru - September 2019
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."
A Celebration of Arts & Crafts in Poland - September 2019
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!"
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!”
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 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.”