CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
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Who are we?
We are a small and highly experienced tour operator. Heather Blenkiron (pictured) and Marc Patry moved to Galapagos after getting married, working for the Darwin Research Station / Galapagos National Park Service from 1998-2002. While there, Heather was asked by the Canadian ambassador to act as the embassy representative in the islands. After his time in Galapagos, Marc served as the UN point man for Galapagos conservation (2003-2014), joining Heather at CNH Tours in 2015. Our associate, Kelsey Bradley, lived and worked in Galapagos from 2010-18; for the last four years she was the Darwin Station fundraising manager, forging ties with the tourism sector. We maintain very close relationships with the Galapagos community – few if any Galapagos agencies know the islands as intimately as we do.
Starting in 2023, we are offering occasional trips to other unique destinations. We've added destination experts to our team who are intimately familiar with these places, and have asked them to create unique trips for us. Fore more info, click here.
8 reasons to book your trip with CNH Tours
1. Few if any agencies know their destinations as intimately as we do.
All of our team members live/have lived and/or worked in the destinations they represent. We retain our hands on the pulse of those places through our long-term connections with our friends and colleagues engaged in the day to day management and conservation there. We are familiar with many of the ships and local service providers and know the owners often on a first name basis. Few travel agencies have access to such a diversity of personal and professional contacts in their destinations.
2. Your trip is carbon neutral
Starting in 2022, all carbon emissions relating to your trip with CNH Tours (all in-country emissions) will be carbon neutral thanks to the purchase of carbon offsets. These are certified by the Gold Standard, a United Nations recognized certifying agency. For more information, please see our detailed explanation here.
3. You benefit from a US$200,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
All of CNH Tours' guests are automatically covered with an emergency medical evacuation insurance for a value of up to US$200,000. For full details, click here.
4. You will be protected by the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund.
As an Ontario-based travel company registered under the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), anyone (from anywhere) booking through CNH Tours benefits from the TICO Compensation Fund. The Fund reimburses travelers when travel services are not provided due to our bankruptcy (we certainly don't expect that to happen) or that of an end supplier airline or cruise line - where a reimbursement has not otherwise been provided. Our registrant number is 50022618.
5. We are not distracted by a multitude of destinations.
We constantly seek to update and improve our knowledge on the latest developments in the destinations we serve, putting it to use in ensuring your visit is the best it can be. We avoid becoming a "Jack of all destinations, master of none".
6. We are recognized experts in our destinations
After having answered thousands of questions from Galapagos-bound people on the TripAdvisor Galapagos forum, this very popular travel information website invited Heather to become its first Galapagos "Galapagos Destination Expert" in 2009. Heather continues to provide advice there to people considering a Galapagos trip. In February 2020, CNH Tour was recognized as the Best Boutique Galapagos cruise Operator – Canada by Lux Life Magazine. Co-owner, Heather Blenkiron was recognized as a Trailblazing Woman Leader in her field by Aspioneer Magazine.
Our Okavango tour leader has been named "the Champion of the Okavango" by the National Geographic magazine.
7. Personalized service is our specialty.
Our unofficial company saying is: "We may not be big, but we're small." We're very proud of the fact that when you contact CNH Tours, you'll be talking to people who have developed intimate relationship with their destinations over decades. An important part of our reward in this business is our own personal satisfaction in doing all we can to help you see and feel the destination like we did - and that motivates us to go the extra mile.
Why not get in touch with us right now by email? Contact Heather at: email@example.com (if she's overloaded, she'll ask Kelsey to help you). You may also want to consider asking us to schedule a phone call to help you start exploring cruise options.
Celebrations on the Samba to mark the crossing of the Equatorial line
8. We give back to the community.
Since 2000, CNH Tours has been organizing non-profit fund-raising cruises in support of worthy initiatives. Past cruises have raised funds for United World Colleges (3 cruises), underprivileged urban youth (2 cruises). We helped raise funds for the Galapagos Public Library and donated berths for fundraising purposes, once for the Boston National Public Radio annual fundraising event and again for the Montana Natural History Center. On occasion, we invite deserving local youths on a cruise when we have a suitable availability. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with the help of past (and future guests), we raised over US$54,000 - all of which was deposited in equal shares directly into the bank accounts of crew, guides and office staff of one the ships we use regularly - helping put food on the table for several months. If you'd like to use a Galapagos cruise as a fundraiser for a special cause, please get in touch with us to explore possibilities.
CNH Tour is a Full Member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) a non-profit association of travel companies , conservation organizations and other groups that seek a lasting protection of the islands. CNH Tours co-owner Marc Patry also sits on its board of directors.
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!)