M17167 provides small group adventure and cultural tours to Central and South America and the European Alps, active tours and adventure tours, Peru, Inca trail and active tours, Ecuador tours, Patagonia tours, Central America Mayan culture tours, South America tours, customized tours, Galapagos Islands expeditions, European Alps tours, special interest adventures - wine and food, kayaking, biking, diving, hiking, running and Alpine trails in Europe.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
We have been operating since 2003. It started when my business partner and I were tour leading for a very large company and we saw a gap in the market for the kind of unique small group tours that we lead.
2. What is your company's mission?
To make everyone feel like they are travelling with a bunch of friends and not being herded around in a group tour. To make it the best local experience possible with unique experiences in each country visited.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Small group tours to South America and Europe.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
My self and my business partner Nick White. We both have previous experience as tour leaders for many years and I'm also a travel agent. Nick now lives in Ecuador heading up our Galapagos operations.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
The South American Sojourn as it gives a fabulous overview of South America either as a once in a lifetime trip, or as a taster to get a fell for the continent for further trips. Also the European Alps walking tour as it has a very local feel to it, visits some out of the was places and does incredible walks. So tis often booked out months in advance.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
For me this was the trip of a lifetime! Although we visited tourist sights, I also felt we saw and learnt a lot about traditional culture and saw the "real" Peru/Galapagos which I think you wouldn't have normally seen. The guides were fantastic, very genuine and full of knowledge and enthusiasm for their culture.