A self-described “40-year-old start-up,” Country Travel DISCOVERIES of Elm Grove was launched in 2012 by staff members of Greendale’s World Wide Country Tours — a successful tour operator closed by its parent company after four decades. Having served as WWCT’s director for 25 years, CTD president Steve Uelner immediately founded the new company to carry on the WWCT tradition. Today, Country Travel DISCOVERIES continues to handcraft meticulously planned, unique vacation experiences especially appealing to travelers with “country in their hearts.”
The CTD approach
“...nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people...” —Mark Twain
Avoiding crowded tourist destinations, we prefer to travel back roads to off-the-beaten-path scenic, cultural and rural attractions and “locals-only, favorite spots” — many arranged with local hosts exclusively for us.
Sure, we encounter great wonders and landmarks, from Pacific redwood forests to Sedona red rocks, Costa Rican rainforest preserves to the Canadian Rockies. We visit “bucket list” destinations like the Grand Canyon and Alaska’s Denali National Park. Our Magical Danube & Prague River Cruise tour alone visits five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
But CTD travelers also have a chance to get off the interstate and head down County Highway A to meet and learn from local step-on guides, host families or area experts. We savor a farm-fresh breakfast in an Amish home, jig and drum with Irish farmers, ride dugout canoes to feast with Embera Indians in Panama, help decorate a Rose Parade float, and overnight with the Hicks family at their authentic Hill Country dude ranch. It’s these personal, up-close and hard-to-find experiences that really bring destinations to life.
Custom tours and groups
Whether it’s friends, families or community organizations, CTD also works with travel groups of all sizes. We’ve hosted university groups, activity center clubs, family and class reunion groups, and simple gatherings of friends. We offer special savings for groups of as few as five to nine people traveling together, and can often customize tours for larger groups seeking something beyond our classic tours. Whether it’s a Tuscany farm experience, agricultural tour of Alaska, or a yoga and wellness retreat in Hawaii, CTD can put it together for you.
Getting out and about… and active
In 2015, CTD introduced into its tours lineup our new GET ACTIVE Tours — trips for travelers seeking a more active, experiential or hands-on style of vacation. They bring together smaller-sized groups — held to 28 or fewer travelers — to enjoy experiences that are more physically active, flexible and exclusive. Shorter than our classic trips, GET ACTIVE tours also tend to offer a day or so of optional planning, allowing you to flexibly indulge your personal interests at your own pace.
In The Sonoma Experience, you’ll enjoy expert-led tastings, pairings and farm tours, visit the Chateau at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center and Jacuzzi Wines, hike through Redwoods State Forest, and join skilled chefs at Sonoma’s Ramekins for a four-course private cooking class. You might also try a Sip & Cycle vineyard bike tour, kayak picnic on the Russian River, or hot-air balloon champagne brunch.
And, is there a better way to experience the Emerald Isle than A Walk Through Ireland? You walk, sail, hike and bike through her national parks and coastal trails, ancient villages, and vibrant Dublin streets. En route, tour Kilbeggan Distillery, Guinness Storehouse and the Church Restaurant. Try your hand at Céilí dancing, hurling, bodhrán drumming, falconry, and “being Irish for a day” by working and playing hard at Causey Farms.
To join us for a group travel experience that’s personalized, different and real, order or view our catalog at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com.
Country Travel DISCOVERIES
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