Charter Club

Since the first Ecotourism Study tour to Costa Rica in 2006, CREST has organized responsible and sustainable trips to various parts of the globe. With these Charter Club trips, CREST hopes to share a vacation experience that is significantly superior to conventional and mass tourism. Charter Club trips are designed for a small group of individuals who have a passion for travel and are concerned with tourism’s effects on the environment and local communities. Charter Club trips can be arranged for organizational boards, tourism industry professionals, or discerning travelers.

For inquiries about creating a Charter Club trip, contact mhoney@responsibletravel.org, CREST Executive Director.

Current Charter Club Trips

Crete's Cultural, Culinary, and Natural Wonders

July 10 - 16, 2017: Join resident specialists on an extraordinary journey exploring archaeological sites; organic farms and vineyards; nature reserves; fishing ports, and artisan food shops and traditional tavernas. Stay in beautifully restored lodging in historic villages. Registration is due by April 12, 2017.

Past Charter Club Trips

Cuba

This specially designed 8D/7N Charter Club trip organized with tour operator Cuba Educational Travel (CET) had a focus on 'eco-surf and turf' – a selection of the island's most extraordinary marine, cultural, and natural tourism offerings. Throughout the trip, participants enjoyed educational meetings with leading artists, musicians, health and tourism officials, and marine biologists, salsa lessons and musical performances, and visits to various must-see sites including La Finca Vigia, where Ernest Hemingway wrote Old Man and the Sea. Trips were offered in January 2016, May 2016, and January 2017. Information on our last trip, including itinerary, can be found here. CREST is prepared to offer additional trips to Cuba if interest is expressed.

Galapagos

This trip was jointly organized by CREST and responsible small-ship cruise company Ecoventura to provide travelers with the most exciting Galapagos experience possible. The itinerary included a special first day led by Stanford University Professor Bill Durham on the island of San Cristobal, intended to showcase the local life on the island as well as contribute to its economy. The next day, the Charter Club boarded Ecoventura’s yacht to begin exploring the flora, fauna, landscapes, and history of Darwin’s Enchanted Isles, complete with a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Tanzania

On this trip, travelers went on a safari in Tanzania with andBeyond, one of the world’s premier safari companies. Traveler’s observed Tanzania’s magnificent wildlife, visited various community projects, and heard from many wonderful speakers, including naturalist guides and Maasai elders and activists.

Bahamas

This trip took a group of travelers to the South Andros Island of the Bahamas. Here, participants learned about local ecology, conservation challenges, and the business model of ecotourism, all while surrounded by the stunning and unspoiled beauty of the island at Tiamo Resort. Participants also engaged in various outdoor activities and discussions on the sustainable travel industry. Photo courtesy of Tiamo Resort.

Montana

This trip took our travelers to The Lodge at Sun Ranch, a historic and innovative ranch, located near Yellowstone National Park in Montana. The co-owners at the time, Cindy and Roger Lang, showed us how they engage in sustainable cattle ranching, resource conservation, community engagement, and culinary innovation.

Costa Rica

The inaugural Charter Club trip to Costa Rica brought travelers to Lapa Rios Ecolodge, where they heard from various experts on ecotourism in Costa Rica. Lapa Rios is a leader in environmentally responsible tourism and served as the perfect location for the beginning of our Charter Club initiative. Some of the speakers we heard from include: Carlos Roesch, Costa Rica's ex-Minister of Tourism; Lawrence Pratt, Associate Director at INCAE Business School; and Ronald Sanabria, Sustainable Tourism Manager of the Rainforest Alliance.