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EARTHBOUND EXPEDITIONS

Read What Earthbound Expeditions Alumni are Saying About Us

 

 

“A million thanks not only for organizing a wonderful, well organized, insiders look at Spain. I loved spending time with the group and learning about them. “

Capital Public Radio
Amber Leonti, Director of Major Gifts

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“It was a very memorable experience, enthusiastically received by every participant that I interacted with.  The focus on the musical history of the area was an outstanding aspect of the tour, since all the travelers were already very interested in it, and the local guides were knowledgeable and informative while the Earthbound Expeditions staff were very helpful in keeping the programs going and making sure that everyone was satisfied with them. The sites we visited were some of the most attractive and historic in Europe.”

New England Public Radio Host
Walter Carroll
Danube Cruise, 2015

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“Visiting Cuba is transformative, engaging and a real celebration of humanity.  Add the tapestry of the island’s rich musical landscape ready to be experienced by all visitors, and you come home with memories that will last a lifetime. In a word, Bravo!”

Dr. Jonathan Overby, “Higher Ground”
Wisconsin Public Radio Cuba host 2015 

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“Just a quick note to say our WPR trip to Cuba was terrific!  Our guides, Matt and Rosie, were superb, and everyone on the trip seemed to have a very memorable experience.  Many thanks for putting together such a wonderful trip.”

Steve Paulson
Executive Producer – “To the Best of Our Knowledge”
Wisconsin Public Radio

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“My wife and I just returned from a classical music Danube river cruise with Earthbound Expeditions, and were thrilled with the ecstatic response from the listeners who accompanied us. The whole trip inspired a deeper love of classical music with several concerts and guides who really knew their stuff and focused on the musical highlights of the cities visited, but, perhaps more importantly, it seemed to inspire a deeper love of our radio station. There were several opportunities for them to ask questions about the station’s history and behind the scenes strategies and events and the relaxed setting let us get to know them better and feel a real connection. The common phrase coming from the guests at the end of the trip was, “We love WFMT”! Matthew and crew did a superb job keeping everything humming along smoothly and feeding their love for great music. It was a huge success on all levels.”

Peter Van De Graaff
WFMT, Chicago

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“The trip was fantastic. Very professionally done. Minor was superior. Jorge was great. I know everyone on the trip had a great time.. In fact, I’m certain some of them had life-changing experiences.”

Peter O’Dowd
KJZZ News Director
Costa Rica
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“Our recent trip to Spain, fall of 2014, with host Gary Moffat of Carpe Vino, was a truly memorable experience. The tour was well-planned with amazing food, wine and sight-seeing.  Every day was a new adventure in wine and food tasting.  The education we received on wine making and growing in all the different regions of Spain was invaluable.  We have a new appreciation for the complexities involved in wine making.  We would be remiss if we did not mention our 20 traveling companions.  We came together as strangers, and left as friends.  Thanks to Gary and Earthbound for a great time.”

Karen and Frank Rinella
Spain Traveler
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“Last fall Kathy and I accompanied 20 members of the Carpe Vino Wine Club on a wine tour of Spain arranged by Gary.  We want to let any and all know we considered it the trip of a lifetime.  Gary did his homework on the wineries, and we had the opportunity to witness first hand, from vineyard to tasting room, Spain’s great wineries. But as good as the wine was the exploring of Spain’s ancient and modern architecture along with the fabulous cuisine proved to be even better. The entire adventure was a highlight reel thanks to Gary and our guide, Cesar, who was there every step of the way from Madrid to Barcelona.  We’re awaiting for the next great wine adventure….we’ll be there.”

Ken Giebel and Kathleen Carpenter
Spain Traveler
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“Have been to most of the wine growing regions of the world including South America, South Africa, Australia,  France, Portugal, Napa and surrounding counties etc., but never had been to Spain’s wine country. Went with Gary and Earthbound and had a fabulous time. Could not have asked for more.  Cesar, our guide was excellent and Gary made all the difference in the world. He chose a variety of local wineries to visit that represented both large and small. Would highly recommend the South America trip.”

Will & Blanche Sutter
Spain Traveler
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“The “Great Wine Estates of Spain” trip put together by Gary Moffat and Earthbound Expeditions far exceeded our expectations!  It was a perfect blend of wine, culinary adventures, history, and local culture.  Our guide, Cesar, was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and just plain fun – he showed and taught us so much more than we ever could have seen or learned on our own.  And if all of that wasn’t enough, our fellow travelers were amazing.  We’ve made new and lasting friendships.  Thank you Gary, Cesar, and Earthbound!!”

Sherri & John Fernandez
Spain Traveler
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“Homer and I want to say thanks to Gary and Earthbound Expeditions for putting together the trip to Spain.  Lots of superlative adjective could be used to extol the trip but I’ll simply say the planning was perfect, food and wines were beyond our expectations.  And then there were wineries, and museums and Picasso and the Guggenheim….  We’d go again in a heartbeat! “

Loretta & Homer Rector
Spain Traveler
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“The entire trip was far better than fabulous – the hotels, the meals, the sights – everything was beautifully organized! I can see why two of the participants have been on several other Earthbound tours!!! “

Ellen Harden
De Young Museum Senior Docent
In Pursuit of Picasso: Spain and the South of France
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“I had an absolutely fabulous time in England! Thanks for putting on such a professional trip. You were unflappable and came up with great surprises at exactly the right times.” 

Larry Meiller
Wisconsin Public Radio
Garden Talk with Larry Meiller
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“Believe me, if I can find a bank to rob…I will be there – looks fantastic and your trips are absolutely the most fantastically full experiences offered in today’s market.”

Former guest, Sally R.
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“The trip was fantastic. Very professionally done. Minor was superior. Jorge was great. I know everyone on the trip had a great time. In fact, I’m certain some of them had life-changing experiences.”

Peter O’Dowd
Reporter, Host- KJZZ Phoenix
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“Well everyone agrees it was the trip of a lifetime! A very well-planned itinerary, luxurious accommodations and fabulous food (except maybe the impala was a little tough!). Staggering scenery, outrageous wildlife, moving cultural experiences, and MOST excellent guides!” 

KFOG Morning Host,
Rosalie Howarth
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“We wanted you to know that we had a fantastic time in Costa Rica. We had never traveled with a group before where all we had to do was show up and it was marvelous!!!! You did an excellent job with all of the arrangements and Minor was a gem as was Ricardo.” 

Ken and Dorothy Elrick
Costa Rica Travelers
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“The trip was marvelous, and huge thank you to Erica and you. It met every expectation. Again thank you!”

 Former Guest Roberta Brasier
Gardens of England
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“The general consensus amongst those who attended and who are experienced travelers, including ourselves, was that the tour provided easily twice or more the value of any similar tour which we had previously taken. Thank you! “

Sherwin Harris
KDFC guest, San Francisco
Alps to Adriatic
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“The Seattle Art Museum was pleased to partner with Earthbound Expeditions for a Picasso-inspired trip to Spain and France. It was a wonderful experience for all involved – the museums, markets, food and art were all fantastic and specially picked to add specific context to the trip. Founder Matthew Brumley, the tour guides he works with and his staff are all great.”

Jennifer Aydelott
Seattle Art Museum
Director of Development/Host “In Search of Pablo”
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“Matthew, the trip was a garden lover’s adventure of a lifetime! I am still overwhelmed when I look back on all we saw. Just such a great, comprehensive, wonderful gardening experience! Loved every minute.”  

WH Smith
Gardens of England Guest
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“Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed this trip but especially wanted you to know what a fabulous guide Tibo was. Every day he was full of wit and enthusiasm! He eagerly shared his fast knowledge of many things – from history, food, art, and a favorite French game of Pentaque (which we had fun playing)! He was like the energizer bunny!! This was my 5th trip with Earthbound and it won’t be my last!”  

Sincerely,  

Carolyn Jones
South Africa and South of France Guest
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“We are so delighted that our travel partner, Earthbound Expeditions, donated two trips for our upcoming tour of Italy during our recent Fund Drive. It created enormous enthusiasm with our listeners AND motivated giving. What a success!” 

Arla Gibson, Director of Development
Sacramento Public Radio
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 “Once again, I want to praise you and your staff at Earthbound Expeditions on another wonderful trip. I always enjoy the people that I’ve travelled with, the places we see, the places we stay, and the surprise excursions!”

Mimi
Garden Journey Guest
Southern Italy, 2013
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“Thanks so much for all the pictures, lists, videos that you have made available. They are really a great “extra” that doesn’t happen with alot of tours and the kind of thing that makes Earthbound special. The South Africa trip was everything I hoped for and more. Your have put together a great itinerary, as well as guides, hotels, and so on. It was my second trip with Earthbound and I will certainly keep you in mind when I travel and have recommended you to others.” 

Thanks again and I wish you the best,

Sande Edson
South Africa Traveler
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“It has been my great pleasure to work with Matthew Brumley and Earthbound Expeditions on four garden-themed tours, with another scheduled for May, 2013. In all cases, the tour has exceeded my expectations and those of the participants. The guides were excellent, with wide-ranging knowledge of the ecology, politics and social customs of the host country. The lodging arrangements were terrific, from breathtaking views at Hotel El Establo in Monteverde, Costa Rica, to the rich historical treasure of the Hotel Nacional in the heart of Havana, Cuba. Meals have been delicious, typically in spots where local foods are featured in exquisite settings. I’m particularly proud that many of my tour participants have traveled with me multiple times.  I highly recommend Earthbound Expeditions to anyone considering sponsoring or participating in a foreign trip.”

Walter Reeves
The Georgian Gardener
Host of four overseas adventures!
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“Thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip to London to see the fabulous gardens. Here are a few of my pictures. Loved the hotels, gardens, schedule and new friends. The meals were great and loved the Pimms drink. Ann and Janine were very good and our drivers were great. We loved being with everyone and I know Joel enjoyed each and every bit of each garden.”

Fondly Toni
Gardens of England guest
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“There is no other experience to equal an Earthbound Expeditions journey. We were treated to the best seats at concerts, some arranged just for us in unique locations. The hotels were wonderful, the restaurants were real “finds” and the local guides knew their cities intimately. Can’t wait for my next adventure with Earthbound.”

Hoyt Smith, The Morning Show
Classical 102.1. KDFC, San Francisco
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“Your trips are absolutely the most fantastically full experiences offered in today’s market.”

Sally Ruscitti
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“A Paris adventure? With Earthbound Expeditions and culinary guide Muget Becharat? Been there, ate that. And I can’t wait to do it again.”

Nancy Leson
Seattle Times Food Writer/Restaurant Critic
KPLU/NPR Food For Thought
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“Erica and Matthew – A HUGE, most heartfelt thank you for a wonderful, wonderful trip!”  

Again, thank you! Happy Summer!  

Elaine Bolton
Gardens of England Traveler
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“I think the trip was amazing. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It offered so much: culture, history, politics, beautiful scenery and wild animals.”

Joey Cohn
KPLU Music Director, Seattle
South African Traveler
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“I wanted to thank you for again providing such a fabulous trip. You always go out of your way to make sure that everyone is well taken care of. I have shared your web site with several co-workers and friends here at CDC, so that they can see what great adventures are available from Earthbound Expeditions.”

Eileen Malatino
Costa Rica Traveler
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“Just wanted to say thanks for another great Earthbound trip. I had a great time in England and the trip was fantastic.”

Rita Horner
South Africa and Gardens of England Traveler
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“I had a great time meeting your KING FM group and also seeing how fabulously you do your job! It was a joy for me and I look forward to collaborating much in the future!”

Gerard Schwarz
Director of the Seattle Symphony
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“Just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful trip. It was such fun and such a great group of people. All the hard work you put in to make it happen is very much appreciated. I will cherish the memories of the places and the people. Hope to go on a trip with you again in the near future. Thank you so much for everything.”

Donna Dana
Gardens of England Guest
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“Wow, what a great tour!”

Ciscoe Morris
Garden Guru & Radio/TV host
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“Yes, it has been one of the loveliest trips of my life. Our guide Tania is, of course, even more wonderful than you described. She faces every little organizational challenge with a brave and sparky wit that would very well be made into an internationally successful TV series!”

Perry Lorenzo
Seattle Opera, Educational Director
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“Bernie and I want to thank YOU for providing such a wonderful trip for us. Our trip to Africa exceeded all of our expectations! We look forward to traveling with you again someday and will be watching for upcoming trips. “

Ann Conley
South Africa Traveler
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“The recent trip to Israel was an amazing experience for all of us. The most common comment I got from group members each day throughout the trip was that the experience was exceeding their imaginations. Our guide was extraordinary, leading us to places off the beaten track and giving us a narrative that was deep in content and also lively and humorous. This trip was a real winner.”

Bryce Seidl
President, Pacific Science Center
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“I wanted to write and thank you for the superb Seattle Chamber Music Society/Earthbound Expeditions trip to Central Europe. The trip was a success in every way. I was very impressed by the quality of the tour, the knowledge and thoroughness of the guides, the attention to the smallest details and the deep commitment by Earthbound to ensure that each of our 22 patrons had a top-notch experience. You took our interest in classical music and created a very specialized trip, complete with outstanding concerts! We couldn’t be happier and we eagerly look forward to working with you for many tours to come.”

Connie Cooper
Executive Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society
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“Thank you. The trip was wonderful, as is the country. I really didn’t want to come back. I would have been happy to stay in Italy. Right now I’m excited about my next adventure.”

Robert McBride
All Classical 89.9
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“Thank you so much again for the most memorable trip to Southern Italy. There were so many highlights from our last culinary adventure. I look forward to hosting the Taste of Tuscany Journey and to another wonderful culinary adventure with Earthbound Expeditions. Mille grazie per tutto!”

Iole Aguero, Sur La Table, Master Chef,
Host of 10 Journeys
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“Back from a truly amazing journey…good group, beautiful weather…Maria our guide was magnificent. As usual, and as you know, some amazing sites to see…great foods and wines…very nice accommodations…and a terrific bus driver!!!”

Joe Euro
Founder/Wine Seller, Port Townsend, WA
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“The cultural aspects of these cities were certainly memorable, but my strongest memories are of the times shared with the travelers. I made many new friends and look forward to hosting another All Classical overseas adventure.”

John Pitman
Music Director/All Classical 89.9 Portland
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“We all had a great time and did so many different things. We loved the white water rafting. Swimming at the bottom of the waterfall was a favorite, too. Luis, our guide, was unbelievable. He was so knowledgeable and perceptive. We had such a good time with him that we have invited him to Chicago to see snow at Thanksgiving and experience ‘turkey day.’

June Scott, Costa Rica Family Vacation
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“Thank you so much for an amazing trip! I look forward to our next trip with you!”

Host, Nellie Anderson- Seattle (Hosted friends and family on a trip to Sicily)
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“You deliver high-quality experiences; if you continue to make them also unique (meaning no one else can offer what your travelers are getting) the word will spread.”

Sally Lewis Director of Development/Marketing: KBPS Public Radio Foundation: Portland
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“Hey everybody…just a quick note to say again how much Susan and I enjoyed our trip with you!! There were many highlights for us!!! Earthbound does such a great job at engineering these tours…and some wonderful food and vino along the way too!!! Ah…Bella Italia!!!”

Joe Euro, Wine Seller, Port Townsend
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!OTTIMO! “We could not have had a smoother, more pleasant trip. Rick’s knowledge and flexibility sure was a great big asset. Herding my 15 cats was not as stressful as I had feared. Besides, how many people get to meet an Italian Countess and sip wine in her private garden! But enough superlatives about our guide. We hit all the points we asked for and then some. The arranged bus transportation worked perfectly. Any complaints? I would have to think long and hard, and only end up nit-picking. We have probably spoiled our family for future foreign travel, since they started out 1st class.”

Bob Scarafia, Family Journey to Italy
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“The trip has left a permanent smile on my face. Just this morning I met with my neighbors who were along on the trip. They are singing the same tune. I can’t be critical of any aspect of my experience with Earthbound.”

Mary Evjen
All Classical FM 89.9, Portland
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“Every trip I take with Earthbound I think “It’s the best,” but this one outdid them all. The people were wonderful, the guide was excellent, and the driver was incredible…to say nothing of the planning that went into forming the continuity that must flow from day to day. You all do a superb job and we tell many friends about you.”

Bea Crawford- Hill Towns of Italy
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“I would say the entire adventure was the best vacation I have ever had. I didn’t even know what day it was, but woke up every day excited!”

Carey Craft- Hill Towns of Italy
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“Thank you for an incredible experience. The memories of the warm and friendly Sicilians, the scrumptious dining, the awesome Greek ruins and the fun and laughs with fellow travelers will forever be with us. Your formula for experiencing culture is one of a kind.”

Walt and Chris Vierra – Southern Italy
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“You have a great company and the trip was well run, fun and I hope we can plan another.” 

Best Erica
Erica Glasener, Horticulturist
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“Most memorable moment? Too many to count, but must mention hike to Chateau Kueribus, time in Venice and countryside “meanderings.” Loved the market experiences.”

Virginia Senger – Mediterranean Meander
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“You guys covered it all! Matthew, you were unflappable, keeping the mood up. Thoughtful attention to details at all times. Our guide’s enthusiasm was very contagious and his knowledge was unending on the countryside and its environment. Thanks to the guides, we entered into a real fellowship which made the trip a fun experience.”

Jack and Ros Collins – Costa Rica
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“Great diversity of busy city and ancient places, history and quiet countryside at the Castello and Orvieto. All expectations surpassed – perfect size of good people!”

Ursula Etheridge- Italian Hill Towns
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“The food throughout was delicious and plentiful. You found great places! Our guide’s knowledge was very good, but what was really special was his enthusiastic pride and passion for his country. The whole group was great! Very congenial fellow travelers.”

Bill Schuler- Costa Rica
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“First of all, we are still basking in the joys of the wonderful trip you planned for us. It was a highlight in our lives.”

Jack and Ros Collins- Costa Rica
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“Hiking to the dying city of Civita di Bagnoreggio on a quiet Sunday morning was magical. We ate in a charming restaurant run by three of the 15 residents of this vanishing hill town, drank wine on checker-clothed tables and ate bruschetta near a fireplace. It was like being in a fairytale!”

Former guest- Hill Towns of Italy
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“Most memorable? It took this long to send the evaluation because I was thinking about most memorable moments…and I finally decided the trip was a continuous series of memorable moments. There were no lows. Everything was a high!”

Lynne Apple – Southern Italy
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“Most memorable moment? A candle light dinner in the courtyard at Castle di Modanello where our tour companions cooked and I supplied linens and table setting with fresh picked wild flowers. Hike to St. Francis Chapel and Lisa (guide) rewarded us with Tao crosses of pilgrimage. Mass and communion in St. Peter’s Vatican.”

Judith Zylkowski – Italy
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“Darrell and I cannot sing praises enough for Matthew’s guidance and all the great locations, times, meals and comforts that were enjoyed by all. Especially memorable were the first two weeks of warmth, Mediterranean Sea, small villages, good food and wine. The language lessons were a fun activity on the bus and the music so pleasurable as we passed the miles away.”

Darlene DeGross – A Med. Meander (Spain, France and Italy)
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“I’ve hosted fourteen journeys for KING-FM and it is not the slightest exaggeration to say that this was by far the best of them!”

Brad Eaton,
King FM 98.1, Seattle
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“We loved our guide Vicki – everything seemed to go so seamlessly. I was really impressed with her flexibility and willingness to deal with whatever came up. Bottom line for us is that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – thanks to all of you at Earthbound!”

Susan & Barbara
The Traveler Store, Bainbridge Island, WA
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“Everyone that I talked with could only rave with excitement about all the fun and good times they had on the trip to Spain, Italy and France with Earthbound Expeditions!”

Art Hansen- Everett Country Club
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“Darrell and I can not sing praises enough about our guide and all the great locations, times, meals, comforts that were enjoyed by all. Especially memorable were the first two weeks of warmth, Mediterranean Sea, small villages, good food and wine.”

Former guest, Darlene DeGross
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“Wonderful experience, most enjoyable. The super tour guides contributed a lot. Of course, the place, the landscape, the food are fabulous.”

Former guest, Francis Spreitzer
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“Most memorable moment? Wonderful picnics featuring “our buys” from the market and vineyards. The Picasso and Chagall museums. Unexpectedly, an “unplanned” trip to the St. Remy Asylum where Van Gogh was hospitalized – and of course, the brilliant blues of the Mediterranean Sea and sky that made one want to dance with joy!”

Former guest, Roslyn Collins
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“Gabriel is a treasure!!!  We’d go ANYWHERE with him!  Tell us where we can meet up with him next!” 

Former Guests, Barbara and Mario Mardones 
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“Our guide, Gabriel couldn’t have been more fitting and perfect for our group.  We loved him! 

Former Guest, Kathy Steele 
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“I think Gabe is a fantastic guide, a fun  and personable individual and I would go pretty much any place he is the guide.” 

Former Guest, Kathie Brodie 
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“In truth, Gabriel played a large part in making this an excellent experience especially given the weather and the subsequent opportunities for things to go wrong.  He was positive and well prepared to follow the plan or come up with alternatives.  We did not choose this trip because of him but we would be encouraged to go on another one if he were the guide.”

Former Guests, Sam and Robin Harben 
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“Everything was extraordinarily nice. I would never have stayed at such lovely and convenient places if traveling on my own and enjoyed the comfort and ease; ditto for the meals. Little things like Martin buying the subway tickets for everyone, spontaneously stopping for a cappuccino compliments of Earthbound and putting 4 of us in a prepaid cab to go to the thermal baths in Budapest were so very much appreciated! Thank you!”

Joan Masters
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“Our sincere compliments for the impressive attention to detail and planning that made our musical and artistic tour of Budapest, Wien and Prague the travel delight of our lives.” 

Peter and Ruth Lalley
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“It was a fantastic trip. My only suggestion would be 3 days in each city with one day of travel in addition. I would have like 3 days in each city. Our guide, Gabriel couldn’t have been more fitting and perfect for our liberal, free-thinking group. We loved him! And, Matthew was terrific. MOST accommodating!”

Kathy Steele
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“This was truly the most wonderful trip I have ever taken. It was made even more special by having Matthew join us for a part of it. We were treated like royalty as far as the food, music, and informative guides were concerned. All guides were extremely well informed and easy to understand. I will be singing your praises to all my friends.”

Beverly Stephen
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“Mary was a wonderful guide!  She took good care of all of us and made us feel like a family.  She was upbeat, open-hearted and resourceful!”

Former Guest on Capital Public Radio trip to Italy, Nancy B.
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“This was my first trip with a tour company and I loved it!  As a single traveler, safety is important to me and I felt well looked after.”

Former Guest on Capital Public Radio trip to Italy, Judy R.
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“The high point of the trip? Was it the pairing of the salmon carpaccio with the Gavi di Gavi at Harry’s Bar in Venice? Or was it looking up at the Oculus in the Pantheon, standing under the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome that was built more than 1800 years ago? Maybe it was sharing beautiful sunsets with like-minded travelers in a country where I felt welcomed, encouraged, and respected.”

Gary Vercelli
Jazz Music Director, Capitol Public Radio
Bella Italia with Capital Public Radio
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“I appreciated the thoughtful trip planning with some rare opportunities and the on-the-spot flexibility.  Our city guides were excellent and Maria and Donna worked beautifully together and set exactly the right tone.  It was a great group, I learned a lot, saw a lot, had fun and took away a lifetime of memories.”

Former guest on Capital Public Radio trip to Italy

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“We couldn’t have asked for a more organized, fun experience than we had on our Southern Italy trip with Earthbound.  Francesco, our guide, was excellent, as was the bus driver.  We especially appreciated the care they gave one in our group not feeling well.”

Former guest on the Southern Italy trip
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“The ‘Italian Expedition’ ranks at the absolute top!  There simply is nothing to compare with the value and the richness of that trip.  I particularly enjoyed each and every moment, each and every experience, each and every guide and of course the group itself.  I found your sincerity and kindness and willingness to provide the BEST of everything outstanding.”

Former guest on the KING FM Flavors of Italy trip
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“The highlights:  San Marco Museum in Florence, a piano recital on a restored Erard piano at the Museum of Music in Bologna, Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, arrival at the Castello di Modanella at and dusk and dinner in the castle’s gorgeous dining room, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the balsamic vinegar tasting and lunch in Orvieto!”

Former guest on the KING FM Flavors of Italy trip
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“Highlights for me were the studio of Jose Fuster and Hemingway house, music was awesome at every turn, enjoyed people to people contacts and visiting markets where locals shop.  Matthew and Danna were great hosts and having Frank as our guide was the ultimate bonus!”

Former guest
Latin America, October 2012
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“The entire trip was perfectly coordinated.  Efforts by Matthew, Danna and Frank were terrific.  Frank was a wealth of knowledge.”

Former guest
Latin America, October 2012
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“It was a great memorable experience and your organization to make it happen and go so smoothly is much appreciated. Hope to see you again on another wonderful globe-trotting adventure.” 

Linda Copeland
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“It was a great trip – I feel so lucky to have been there.”

Christa Wessel
Host, New Zealand 2012
Producer of “Played in Oregon”
All Classical Public Media, Inc.
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“Thank you for another WONDERFUL trip! We’ve already told about ten people about you and Earthbound.”

Lynne and Keith Apple
Tuscany, 2012
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“The trip far exceeded my expectations!  Massimo and Angela were the best guides.  They were very informative and passionate about their topics.”

Michele Edelman
Tuscany with Earthbound Expeditions
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“It is hard to pick out highlights – because I enjoyed everything – everyday! The trip to the gardens and farms standout. I appreciated our guide Frank’s information on the history and culture.”

Ellen Lazarus
Latin America with Earthbound Expeditions
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“Gary, Donna, Matthew and Tanya,

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks again for all your hard work in making this trip a spectacular event! The planning and your attention to all the details was greatly appreciated. I’ve done some planning of events in the past and I know first hand what it takes for something to come off soooooo smooth, uncomplicated and be a ton of fun. Even when we have a bus break down. All of your efforts were greatly appreciated by everyone. Since being home every time someone asks me “Well, was it everything you wanted it to be?” I just smile and then burst out with all these compliments to the folks at Earthbound. Can’t say enough about you. You are all truly emissaries of goodwill, peace (fun, too). ” 

Carol “Monya” Fuller
Tuscany, 2012
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“I have taken many trips where I have soaked up the culture and history of the area.  This trip was the most visually inspiring trip I have experienced – the glowworms, the penguins, the albatross, the Southern Alps and Milford Sound.”

Rosanne Keller
New Zealand, 2012 with All Classical FM
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“First, this was a magnificent trip.  The guides and drivers were excellent.  The food was exceptional and bountiful.  The hotels were solid and friendly.  Our farm family was better than most, with hands on experience with alpacas and sighting of one of the rarest birds in the world in the massive nature reserve outside Cambridge. Then there was your personal attention to our group. The trip felt to us as if we were relatives to whom you wanted to show a good time.”

Ken & Nancy Keating
New Zealand, 2012 – with All Classical FM
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 “I try to identify a superlative–each day held a new adventure, new beauty, new experiences and added delights.”

Mr and Mrs Smith
New Zealand, 2012 – with All Classical FM
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“I cannot recommend Earthbound Expeditions highly enough.  Earthbound does a wonderful job of organizing your student trips!”

Gary Minugh
Meadowdale High School, Edmonds School District
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“I’ve already invited all my friends to view the photos and video clips and they were all duly impressed.  Thank you for having organized such a culturally diverse trip that fully satisfied all the senses (eyes, ears, taste buds…)”

Yvonne H.
Flavors of Italy traveler with KING FM
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“We really enjoyed our trip with you to “Bella Italia.”  You and your wonderful guides were fabulous!!”

Phyllis and Norm
Bella Italia with Capital Public Radio
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 “The Chelsea Garden Tour is still a fond, fresh memory. I’m sure another tour will pop up at some point. It was much more fun than I ever expected-and the group was great. Thanks for sending out the notices of where you’re going next year. They’re all tempting!”

Barbara V.
Chelsea Garden Tour with Erica Glasener
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“Thankful for your kind of business…our trip with you was one of my favorite all time trips…”

Bettirae W.
South Africa Alumni
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“Our tour guide was by far the single most wonderful surprise.  He is knowledgeable, efficient, patient and kind.  He really demonstrated his compassion for others when one of our tour members became ill.  The music, the Christmas lights, the history–awesome–so hard to choose a favorite.  The private classical concert was an excellent impromptu moment!  I will travel with you again!”

Trudy H.
Winter Waltz alumni
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“I was all just very wonderful and magical.  I cannot pick just one memorable moment.  We had wonderful weather to enjoy the Christmas markets, decorations, hot spiced wine and chestnuts.  The music, our guide and fellow travel companions were all fantastic as well.  I also enjoyed the city tours.  I have nothing negative to say.  Thank you for making it all possible!”

Linda
Winter Waltz alumni
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“Gabriel made our journey memorable in all aspects.  His knowledge of art history was particularly enlightening.  There are too many highlights to single out any particular ones.  The trip was one big highlight.  Gabriel is fantastic!”

Ruth
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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“It is hard to pick just one highlight…the trip to Bamberg, the concert in Leipzig, the tour to Potsdam, the visit to the Pergamon, and, most of all, dinner at Gabriel’s apartment!”

Julie
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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“Way too many highlights to mention.  It was all wonderful!  I mostly enjoyed winter and the snow.  Christmas lights were spectacular.  The trains efficient and fun.  Had to pinch myself at the marvelous concerts and to hear organists practicing at many of the churches–oh my!”

Former guest
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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“A memorable moment was the St. Thomas Kirche in Leipzig and Bach museum and concert in the evening where we were greeted by a brass trio playing Christmas carols near top of the bell tower–awesome!”

Former guest
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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“We had a wonderful jam-packed trip!  Gabriel was outstanding.  Meals and accommodations were top-notch!!  We would go again!”

Kathy S.
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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 “We went because Gabriel was the guide and, as was the case last December–he makes the trip fantastic.  His touch was even more evident this time with arranging different dinners and even hosting a wonderful last night as his flat!”

Ruth W.
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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“It was wonderful from beginning to end.  The food, entertainment and walking guides were fabulous–I had a wonderful time!”

Susan
Festive Winter Waltz
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“The Germany trip was marvelous. I can’t say enough good things about the experience. Earthbound provided scrupulous attention to detail and everything went very smoothly. Our guide was phenomenal and the art, music, food and museums met and exceeded any expectations I had.”

Stephanie Elkins
Wisconsin Public Radio
Host and producer of Simply Folk
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“The concerts were the most memorable.  The concert in Leipzig was exceptional!

Dorothea
Germany with Wisconsin Public Radio
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“The trip far exceeded my expectations! Massimo and Angela were the best guides. They were very informative and passionate about their topics. My favorite food was the risotto at Il Due Foscari and our wonderful meal in the castle!!! The hotels were comfortable and in great locations. I loved the concert by Massimiliano and the violin demonstration by Yael Rosenblum! Our evening in Greve was out of a storybook! Our hosts were so warm and lovely. You were a wonderful guide, and almost everything we did felt like a special treat! I liked how you would prep us on the bus for what we were about to do, and give us info on the next two days. It kept us excited without too much information. It was nice to have “quiet time” on the bus in addition to the opera music at times. It felt like a nice balance of stimulation and rest.”

Michele E.
A Taste of Tuscany With KING FM
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“We enjoyed the trip thoroughly.  The events and garden visits were excellent.  The highlight of the trip was the day we spent in Fordell at Paloma Gardens and Farm.  The gardens were treasures and our hosts delighted us with their hospitality and thorough knowledge of botany and farming.”

Mary H.
Gardens of New Zealand with Andy Pulte and Jason Reeves
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“Every day was special and perfectly planned.  It was a perfect combination of garden visits and sightseeing!”

Diane B.
Gardens of New Zealand with Andy Pulte and Jason Reeves
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  “I have just returned from a wonderful trip to the Gardens of Costa Rica and want to let you know that the guide Minor is a wonderful , knowledgeable and kind person, whom I would obviously highly recommend. The driver Ricardo is also a great person ,who would always consider our needs before his own.    Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful high quality trip with delightful people.”

Mary K.
Gardens of Costa Rica
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  “There were a number of highlights–each and every private garden was a fabulous feast for the eyes and when possible, being able to interact with the owners only enhanced the experience.  Nothing could compare to the day we spent at Paloma with Clive and Nicki Higgie…it was the complete package and they made us feel like family.  And thanks to Jason and Andy for getting Arylies back onto the itinerary.  The pace was fast, the agenda packed and we wouldn’t have missed any moment of it.”

Carol D.
Gardens of New Zealand with Andy Pulte and Jason Reeves
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“Minor our guide and Ricardo our driver were fun, informative and always engaged.  Besides all the wonderful gardens, I enjoyed the volcano, hot springs, zipline, the food and meeting many wonderful people in Costa Rica.”

Crish L.
Gardens of Costa Rica
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My highlights: seeing the stars from our balcony in Monteverde, hearing the pre-dawn chorus of howler monkeys from our balcony at La Mariposa and seeing all the varieties of hummingbirds and butterflies!

Gardens of Costa Rica Traveler
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“What an incredible experience for all of us.  One of the best trips of my life (and I’ve been around!)”

Latin America with KPLU traveler
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“Muchas Gracias Mateo!  What a great trip–thanks so much for the monstrous effort you put into making this adventure effortless for the rest of us.  Great fun, great group, illuminating and eye-opening.”

Allan Z
Latin America with KPLU
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“I enjoyed seeing all the classic cars and riding in a few, talking to the owners.  The organic farm tour was interesting as well as Ernest Hemingway’s estate.  Walking in Old Havana was fascinating and having Frank (the guide) take us to unique, hideaway restaurant was terrific!”

Jerry J
Latin America with KPLU
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“This excursion was most memorable.  Our traveling partners and staff were exceptional.  This is our 4th KPLU excursion.  The success of this trip was due to the hard work and planning of you and your staff.  Well done!”

Ron R.
Latin America with KPLU
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“Thanks again for a wonderful trip! I can’t imagine having a better time…” 

Fran Einterz
Latin American with KPLU
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“Germany was amazing and wonderful, as expected.  Gabriel exceeded expectations!  Our group this year was even more cohesive than last year.  We are so grateful to you two (i.e. Earthbound) for getting the ball rolling on these kinds of trips.  The high that comes from them lasts all winter long :-)” 

Barbara M
Germany with WPR
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“The music, dancing, listening to the people.  Walking the streets and observing the attitude of friendliness to us and others.  Good food, hotel and planned sightseeing.  The trip was wonderful!”

Geneva W
Latin America with KPLU
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“This trip goes down as one of the best I’ve been on–not just for the excellent choices of activities and venues but also the exposure to the people and history.  I am still sorting out and reliving the fascination.  Wow.  I loved all of it, but the raw emotions and bongo drums at the baseball game comes in on top!”

Kathi B.
Latin America with KPLU
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“The South African guides were WONDERFUL!  I mean all of them.  You couldn’t pick a better group of people.  This indeed was a trip of a lifetime!”

Michelle
South Africa with KFOG
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“You MUST include Kirstenbosch Gardens on future South Africa tours!  Mind-blowing.  The hotel food was over the top wonderful.  Stellenbosch valley is gorgeous and the lunch at the French restaurant was about the highest I’ve ever been on scenery, food and luxury.  Bakabung absolutely fantastic and the game rides my favorite nature experiences of my life!  A brilliantly organized trip to a stunning location!”

Rosalie
South Africa with KFOG
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“You must know what an incredible trip we all had!  Our South African guide, Val, was wonderful in every way.  She made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.  She was able to get (and keep) our attention, she was clear with instructions and information and she is a wealth of knowledge.  I learned a lot about South Africa from her.”

Lori
South Africa with KFOG
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The highlights and memorable moments for me were: the visit to Saint Chapelle, Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis where we found the street-side Berthillon ice cream and sorbet.  I nearly swooned, truly, when I tasted my framboise a la Rose sorbet–a life changing highlight!  Then Muguet took us to La Cafeotheque in Marais–such a treat enjoying the barista’s artistry and the cool ambiance!

Patricia
Paris with KING FM
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“The highlight was definitely our guide.  She showed us Paris from her unique perspective and her opinions (strong!) and detailed knowledge provided an experience that was anything but bland.  She contextualizes history, art, architecture, politics, sociology, economics, etc. into an amazing mix that totally enriched the trip.”

Cynthia
Paris with KING FM
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“The pastry class with Nicholas Bernardé was a thrill!”

Kathryn
Paris with KING FM
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“I fell in love with Paris as we strolled the neighborhoods.  Muguet’s knowledge of the city’s history, architecture and art as well as her suggestions of places to eat and shop prepared us well to wander out on our own in our free time.”

Carol
Paris with KING FM
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“Thank you very much for the pictures of our recent trip. By some miracle I was able to get them on this computer. We all here enjoyed seeing them but no pictures have the power to come close to the pleasure and thrill of our trip. I am  ready to return and hope, some day, to do it again. So much of the pleasure is due to your planning and leadership. But first I must go, once more to Spain.  I wish you many more successful trips to other fascinating places on this planet and also a long and happy family life. “

Loretta Mandra
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni
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“Minor (the guide) was an amazing fountain of knowledge.  He loves his job and it is more of a passion to him.  His enthusiasm is contagious and his caring attitude toward all of his clients was delightful.  He continually went above and beyond what we expected to give us a little “something extra” i.e. an extra walk before breakfast, or a chance to swim near a waterfall before dinner.  He was always aware of what we were interested in and worked to make sure we had that particular experience.  I have told everyone I saw today about your company.  The Costa Rica trip was the trip of a life time.”

Millie H.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Costa Rica with KJZZ
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“What an amazing adventure!  Minor, the guide, is a gem.  He gracefully connected us to the country with his passion and knowledge.  Thanks for coordinating such a satisfying and well-paced trip!”

Sylvia F.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Costa Rica with KJZZ
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“I so agree that this journey was one of the best ever.  I appreciated all that was done to make our vacation memorable, fun and successful.”

Jeanne W.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Costa Rica with KJZZ
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“It is hard to pick out a highlight because the whole trip was a highlight.  It was great getting out into the countryside during the side trips to Chartres and Monet’s gardens.  The set dinners and lunches were great fun.  Evenings out in the neighborhood of the hotel were magical.  It was very interesting to get into the chef’s home to visualize what it might be like to live in Paris.”

The Drews
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Gourmet Paris with PCC Chef Lynne Vea
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“The restaurants were excellent.  The shops we visited were also great choices.  Muguet was the most informative and entertaining guide–what a treasure!”

Jackie D.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Gourmet Paris with PCC Chef Lynne Vea
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“The jazz dance club:  they treated us like royalty, the music and dancing was great.  We had fun–but so did the club members!”

Nunsia O.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Latin America
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Highlights: “Dinner with pasta making demonstration at family owned restaurant memorable in Positano; the visit and dinner at winery at base of Mt. Etna on last day was great as well; I could have spent a whole week at the National Archaeology Museum in Naples”

Mimi V.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Gardens of Southern Italy with Walter Reeves
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“I was intrigued by the opportunity to see Berlin, bus was unexpectedly surprised and delighted by the places outside of Berlin.  Gabriel’s presentations of the history were thoroughly informative while also being highly entertaining.  I’m so glad the trip was concentrated on a limited area and only one country.”

Charlotte R.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni In the Footsteps of the Great German Composers with All Classical
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“The whole trip was amazing.  I saw more birds, animals, reptiles, etc. than I thought possible.  Just wait until I tell y birding friend that I saw a quetzel, a great curassaw and a three wattled bell bird!”

Carolyn C
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Costa Rica with KJZZ
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“Gabriel did a wonderful job of keeping us organized and teaching us lots of German history.  This was fabulous.  I love the meals we all shared and especially the house concerts we enjoyed in Leipzig.”

Linda B.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Germany with All Classical
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Highlights included “seeing toucans and oropendula montezuma birds in the wild and holding a toucan at the waterfall zoo.  Seeing monkeys and other fauna in their natural environments. Ziplining!”

Adrian M.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni  Costa Rica with KJZZ
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“Gabriel did such a great job giving us a historical perspective on all the places we visited.  We enjoyed all the walking and tram rides, the little extra touch of the cabaret and Italian meal on our last night.  Traveling will never be the same now that we have such high standards from this trip.”

Karen H.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni  All Classical Germany
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“Our time in Cuba was indeed one of the highlights of all my travel experiences. “

Sally F.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Capital Public Radio Cuba
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“It was the greatest trip I’ve ever taken. “

Lyn F.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Capital Public Radio Cuba
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“Absolutely the best trip of our lives, and each of you contributed to the adventure. Thank you!”

Mike W.
Earthbound Expeditions Alumni Capital Public Radio Cuba
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