I had an absolutely wonderful time, with the exception of the cruise went too fast and there was no space available for me to stay on a second week!!

Susan Witzel
Arlington VA, USA

This is to thank you again for the wonderful trip. Uli and I have decided that this was the best holiday we have ever had, and we will have wonderful memories of Galapagos for the rest of our lives...

Birgit and Uli Riede

We want to thank you most sincerely for arranging such a fantastic trip.  Our on-board guide was outstanding. Having a small boat all to ourselves with such an experienced guide was absolutely ideal!

Christopher Dodd
London England

We had a wonderful time in the Galapagos so thank you so much for all of your assistance in organising it! Maja was a fantastic guide - we never felt rushed and really felt very happy with every visit we did.

Thanks once again - we look forward to recommending your services to other would be Ecuadorian adventurers!


Beth Keddie

All I want to say is that EVERYTHING was PERFECT! Honestly, nothing could have been better!! At the hotel the people, the pick-ups at the airport, the hotel,the rooms - simply perfect.   Our guide, Angelika, was amazing - her knowledge of everything was astonishing. The crew on the boat was terrific.  The only 'problem' I have now is: I want to go again !!!   Thank you very, very much for your role in making this such a fantastic adventure.


Toronto.  On the Tip Top II in December 2010

The Galapagos Islands have been a place that I'd wanted to visit for a long time, but I had no idea where to start looking to make it happen. After a quick initial search I almost immediately stumbled upon CNH Tours, and despite my usual habits of over-researching every possible option, I stopped looking as I knew I'd found the right fit.


Stacy P
on the Samba, March 2011

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making my 2011!

S. Nelson
March 2011

Both of us join in what I am sure is a chorus of folks who feel that your Galapagos tour is the best experience. We found of course that the guide is critical for a meaningful experience-and Juan is a treasure in that respect.These islands have many reasons to be unique and special and your tour shows them off well. We value your special contribution of our phone conversation when we  were trying to decide whether to go and your help with our lodging and tour of the market.We enjoyed the mix of our co-passingers.

Ed and Charlotte
February 2011

Many thanks to you for helping us plan and execute a truly marvelous trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  We had a great time, no mishaps, no drama.  Everything went as planned. The accommodations, food and people everywhere were more than we expected.  Certainly our time on the Samba was the highlight of our trip.  The highlight of our stay on the Samba was that we were able to swim with a pod of dolphins, not only once, but twice.


February 2011
Charlie M

Yves and I wanted to thank you for helping us with the trip of a lifetime! We really, really enjoyed the Samba.  The guide, Marianna, and the crew were great!  Every day we wondered how it the next day could be just as good, but it always was.  We even had an opportunity to swim with a pod of dolphins at Marchena.  
This was quite incredible.  We enjoyed snorkelling every day, as a matter of fact, I wish we were there snorkelling now.

Tammy & Yves, Ontario
Canada May 2011

Hi Heather - just chilling in Puerto Ayora but just wanted to let you know that we had the most wonderful trip on the Samba. One of our best trips ever. Great weather, great snorkelling and day trips. Juan is just amazing and the crew and boat were also great. It just could not have been better. All in all, a trip of a lifetime


Glen and Lorraine
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada March 2012

We're back and had a simply extraordinary time. Thank you. Everything was quite wonderful.  I expected to be wowed by the scenery and the animals.  But what I didn't expect was how much we enjoyed "living" on the boat.  The staff was terrific in every way.  We can't imagine a nicer and so incredibly informed guide as Fausto.  And  all are fellow travelers were a delight.



Arnie and June
Active Galapagos on the Samba, May 2012

Just wanted to say that we are having a wonderful time:) thanks so much for everything Heather - this is quite a phenomenal adventure!

February 2013

Words cannot express my gratitude to you for organising such a wonderful trip.  Every aspect has been pleasureable and memorable and if ever you or your company need a recommendation please let me know.   

(UK) - on the Samba - November 2013

We can’t thank you enough for putting this package together for us - we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.   If we make a return trip to Ecuador, we will certainly contact you again.

Jane and Dave

The trip was fabulous.  I don’t think there was a part of it that could have been better.  Our guide was awesome - he was well educated in Galapagos specific wildlife and geology was expected, but he was also able to compare and contrast what we see at home.  He has a depth of experience/education that was not expected. 


Jan 2014 - Samba Active Galapagos

Hola Heather!  Just to let you know that everything about our trip & time on the Samba (May 6-13) was better than perfect. First up, the roses in our hotel rooms was a lovely welcome surprise and everything went swimmngly well. Heather, the whole experience was second to none and your attention to detail really paid off. Thank you, & muchas gracias for your very big part in making this the trip of a lifetime. I am so glad I picked up on your name on Tripadvisor and in relation to the Samba. I wouldn't have wanted to be on a different boat that's for sure, she was beautiful. I also must praise the crew who were simply amazing. I did not expect or want to be spoilt, but we were, by every crew member.

Catherine G
May 2014

Hi Heather:  Thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip!  In our credit card society, I was apprehensive about the cash policy, but once there, the trip couldn't have been better!  Juan was such an excellent guide and we saw so much!  At the Quito airport, I met a lady that had been working at the Darwin center.  She asked what we saw on the Samba. She said she had never heard of a tour that saw everything we did.  She had even worked on a National Geographic tour! Antonio, the guide you arranged for us in Quito, was very knowledgeable and an excellent host! The trip was perfect!

Thanks again,


Feb 2016 Active Galapagos on the Samba

Our family holiday on the Samba rates as one of the very best we have ever had!  We loved that every day was filled from before dawn to bedtime with a combination of activities that everyone enjoyed.  Our guide Santiago Moran was exceptional and worked out very quickly what we all enjoyed.  The crew were brilliant and made our stay on board really comfortable.  I had thought the Galapagos would be a once in a lifetime experience but I am now inspired to go  back and explore the NW having loved the SE itinerary.

Abigail Church, Nairobi

Active Galapagos on the Samba, March 2016

(Abigail and her husband run a high end safari outfit in Eastern Africa - please contact if you would like to be put in touch!)

Abigail Church

We cannot say enough good about CNH Tours, particularly Heather Blenkiron who handled our request. Throughout the whole process of planning our Galapagos island vacation, the personal attention that she paid us made us feel like we were her only clients, knowing full well that we weren't. We found out later that she was a Canadian consular officer on the Islands for several years. She was very knowledgeable and very open and honest in her suggestions. We felt like she was working for us, not for the boat companies.  Their pre-tour information book (44 pages!) covered every conceivable issue.

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Gene McCullough, party of 4, on the Eric


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