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Alaska Loop

This was a trip-of-a-lifetime. Various nationalities and ages. Everyone got along together, and many friendships were formed. This trip was fantastically fun. The style of trip offered by Green Tortoise is perfect for me.
Lee, 2011
Absolutely superb!! Upbeat, efficient, high spirited, you name it!
Jack, 2010
It was fabulous. Very fresh with loads of variety & plenty of options for vegetarians and others with special dietary requirements. I've done Trek America before and this was much better!
Hannah, 2012
[The drivers] worked so hard on food, cleaning the bus, getting us the most out of the trip with great stops and flexibility as necessary. Also cared well for the sick and made everyone feel valued and accepted"
Marilyn, USA
Had such an amazing time and met people I will never forget — Green Tortoise rules!
Tessa, 2010
Green Tortoise was a dream come true. I will recommend Green tortoise to any who ask, and plan another journey with Green Tortoise. This was more than a vacation, more than just an adventure, it was a life changing experience.
Alyn, 2010
Excellent itinerary, plenty of choices for things to do. This trip was exactly what I anticipated it would be. It far exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for the next Green Tortoise adventure!
Melinda, July 2008
Alaska - the Last Frontier! The cheap price! 30-plus travelers on a green bus!!
Quan, June 2008
I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to discover the Last Frontier. Only one thing I didn't like on the trip: that it has to have an end. Apart from that, the whole thing was amazing! Thank you to GT, Ritchie and Ollie. Hope to see you again.
Comment or suggestions about the itinerary?
Just perfect. Don't know much about the rest of the state, but all the places that are covered are worth it.
Our drivers were honestly the BEST in many ways. Great cooks too. They did a heroic job.
this was a great trip, and i had a really good time. it was truly a great introduction to alaska as a land
Tom, August 2007
I was coming alone, and I liked the fact that I could meet other people who would be traveling alone and like the same kinds of things as I do (camping hiking etc). And the cost helped too! I'm so glad I decided to go with the Green Tortoise! It made my trip such a memorable experience I can only hope that others in the future will be as great. Thanks!!
Lynn, August 2007
Comments or suggestions about food?
impressive. luxurious given the budget. a little better than I would feed myself on such a trip. adds to the experience. good times.  I really enjoyed it.  I'm thankful GT does this trip.
I love Alaska. In addition I really wanted to take a trip by myself, without traveling alone. The Tortoise was perfect! The food was fantastic!  Our driver did a great job with the recipes and coordinating food prep for 23 people. I just got off the phone with my sister telling her what a great time I had!! I came back home with so many stories and pictures!
How were the drivers?
Both excellent. Definitely a big part of what made the trip great. Thanks for making such an adventure possible at such an incredible price. I really appreciate it!
Julie, August 2007

Alaskan Expedition

I loved it from the first to the last minute, Alaska opened my eyes to a whole new level of the world and I had the time of my life! Great people, great nature, great food ... what more could you ask for?
Melanie, 2012
It was really great fun and it allowed me to travel with a huge mixture of really fun people, It made travelling for me easier and more enjoyable, but at a low cost!
Jess, 2011
This is a great way to travel a country and I am currently looking for other companies in other countries but haven't found one that is really comparable to the GT. Great Job!
Lenora, 2011
Juneau was one of my favorite areas. The stops on the trip were so perfectly planned and executed by our awesome drivers!  I keep thinking about our wonderful trip, and I thank you so much for all the planning and forethought that made it so divine! I am in awe!
Marilyn, June 2010
The group was nice! I liked the mixture of age and nationality!
Michele, July 2007
How were the drivers?
Went above and beyond the call of duty.
... it was a great trip. I will recommend it highly.
How were the drivers?
Both did a good job of driving.
Being transported to my next destination while I am asleep on the bus is a great concept. I prefer to travel at night, so I am not wasting daylight hours getting from A to B... Also I like the relaxed attitude that most passengers have, I think the Green Tortoise website does a good job in preparing people on what to expect on trip and helps get the right type of person on the trip.

Baja Beach Daze

Drivers were able to direct a group of diverse strangers with sincere warmth and authority. They never lost their cool!
Bill from a 2012
Always there to answer questions, very clear as to what was going on and kept us well informed. Plus they had great music for the trip! :)
Leigh- Anne, 2012
Some of the best meals I have ever eaten. Good balance of veggie / meat / fish. I would happily eat this kind of thing all the time!
Gwyneth, 2009
Excellent! I was amazed at how efficiently the meals were prepared as well as by the variety and high quality. The dinners at Playa Escondida were most impressive. I liked preparing our own lunches immediately after breakfast.
Lorraine, 2012
I was surprised about the flexibility and the good atmosphere during the trip. I really loved the experience. The itinerary was very good and we saw a lot.
Carolina, 2009
We have done many road trips in the past and it's always such a hassle to worry about if your car will make it, the cost of gas, having the right directions, etc. Plus by the time you get there you're usually so tired from all the driving. This trip took all the worry out of it. You just went to sleep and woke up in your destination!
Robert, 2011
The best surprise for my partner and me -in our 50's- was that half of the passengers were teachers on break; I was worried that it would be a bus full of energetic, wild, students on school break. In fact this was a fantastic group of varied ages, nationalities, energy levels, all eager to learn about each other and have fun together .
About the food: You exceeded expectations. I mean, fresh fish, raw fish, sushi, raw clams and fruit and salad all the time.  What feasts!
Elizabeth, March 2008
I thought the itinerary was excellent, well planned, and I enjoyed the amount of time we had at the beach camp; while it was laid back there were still plenty of activities and things to do.
Sarah, March 2008
One of the best trips of my life. Having that much fun should be illegal! Keep up the good work. I've got memories that will stay with me a lifetime.
Amanda, Baja Whale Watching Special
The hike down to the Alligator Head from above the beach at Agua Verde was fantastic!
Jay, December 2007
Our drivers were/are INCREDIBLE! I felt very safe and very cared for. They made it REALLY fun -- so much more than just drivers -- guides, cooks, mechanics, camp counselors, medics..."
Diane, February 2007
Itinerary -- great. I liked the long secluded camping times (especially the GT's own Playa Verde) interspersed with town.
Joanie, December 2006
I like the idea of lots of camping out overnight, it was great just parking for several days in one spot and just kicking back. The camp site was awesome, a great setting, great food and great fellowship among all the passengers and drives, and the folks who were at the campsite. i love taking Tortoise trips, i rave constantly to all my friends, and highly recommend all your trips. I'd love to do 'em all. Keep adding different trips so i'll never run out of new adventures.
David, March 2007
both are excellent nice laid back, friendly personality -- you can tell they are trying hard to do things right.
What a cool company! It was a great mix of people from many
countries and generations.
Laurie, November 2007
If you like traveling and meeting different people this is the way to go.
Dev, February 2007

Best of the West

Really enjoyed meeting all the varied people from across the world. Keep on doing what your doing- it's certainly unique, and I'll be recommending your trips.
Phil, July 2008
The food was great, really nutritious and healthy and easy to help prepare. Our driver was a great chef.
The Tortoise isn't about good friends on a vacation, but new found family on an adventure.
Bob and Hunter
I had a great time, cant wait to go on another one!
The trip was great because we saw so much in this short time. You
can never do this on your own. We had action, beaches, big town and also
parks and quiet places to hike.
Tanja, June 2007
Our driver was fantastic, great leadership qualities, good cook, and was chilled out and relaxed without negating his responsibilities. He also lent me his backpack and gave good advice for the hike into the Grand Canyon, which I appreciated greatly and also worked hard to find a sentimental item which went missing at the end of trip.
Suzanne, June 2007

Big Apple to Big Easy

Comments or suggestions about food?
GREAT!! smoked salmon and fresh fruit for breakfast... better than in [the] Hilton :)
I've been on the green tortoise 4 times now and I have never had a bad experience.  I've met a lot of new friends and hope to meet more.  I tell my friends about it all the time so hopefully my next trip will be with you guys.  Keep up the good work and keep the bus rollin. Cheers!
Jay, September 2007

Burning Man

The freedom of experiencing burning man without having to worry about transporting food, water, and waste myself. Coming from the east coast this was definitely the best option for me!
Noelle, 2011
GREAT food! Always with fresh vegetables (I did not expect that), Very tasty! And people (including me) willing to help preparing the food.
Gottfried, 2011
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The best food I ate on my holiday in America was at Burning man. The fruit and Vegetables were cold and fresh and the ingredients were top quality. The food far exceeded my expectations. Being in the desert I assumed to be having dried noodles and baked beans but instead I was offered a fantastic feast for every meal.
Grace, 2011
I really appreciated all the time and thoughtful preparation at the camp itself — access to a full length mirror, extra lotion, beverages, morning announcements, being near the porta potties -— bike racks — you all are AWESOME
Karen, 2011
Great chefs and so relaxed about the way they coordinated our help! That made the experience so enjoyable. The food was varied and tasty! Thank you!
Jonathan, 2010
I was blown away by the food. Even in a dust storm the kitchen ran and food was prepped with a smile. Kitchen help out time was fun.
Kelly, 2009
Actually going out on the NYC sidewalk to shake the playa dust out of my tent today...but the impact of the trip will linger on. Thank you so much for being there and making it a great time...
Karen, September 2007
it's fun, convenient, the people are great and it's a nice way to meet people from all over they world. I love going up with you guys it's always a blast and I look forward to it every year.
Tim, August 2007
I liked the idea of transportation, food, and water already being included. I just had to show up and not worry preparing all of these.
Joan, August 2007
Did the pre-departure information we provided help you prepare?
Yes and office staff were great, patient and informative.
Julienne, August 2007
Burning man is a whole other planet--unlike anything, anywhere, anytime in the history of human existence.
Jeff, August 2007
Burning-for-dummies: No fighting for camping space, water, food ... what more do you want?
Brian, August 2007
What attracted you most about this trip?
Convenience and camaraderie
Barney, August 2007
What attracted you most about this trip?
-The convenience, company, economics and environmentally friendlier aspects...
Karen, August 2007

Cactus Crawler

I ... wanted to make my way across the southwest for a contrast. Ending in New Orleans was ideal, as I have already seen the east coast, and love the Big Easy. Good trip all around.
Tom, August 2007
What attracted you most about this trip? 
International people from all over the world plus a bus where one can sleep.
Goryaev, September 2007
What attracted you most about this trip? 
An atmosphere of international people.

California Coastal Crawler

The food was excellent — the social meals were great and the fact lunch was generally included was a brilliant surprise.
Nikki, 2012
It takes you places that aren't usually advertised; off the beaten track :) It's a great way to meet fellow travellers AND see your beautiful country!
Janine, 2012
I keep telling people about the green tortoise bus tour. Hopefully they all have the same great experience we had. We didn’t t know each other before the trip and three or four days on a bus feels like a three or four weeks ... and then everybody goes back to their life or their travel around the world ... but we still keep in touch ... it is so great.
Nurhan , 2011 Coastal Crawler
This was the best trip I've ever taken alone. Didn't expect to meet such lovely people who enjoyed sitting around camp fires as much as myself!
Sylvia, July 2007
It was great -- I loved the flexibility because that's so uncommon on most tours.
Comments or suggestions about food?
great! really fresh and delish. i enjoyed pitching in and helping -- community building.
awesome trip, not too many people, bus was very comfy and a great way to travel, places we stayed were cool, views were spectacular. i cannot speak highly enough of this trip. i had a great time and was disappointed when it ended.
... great for meeting new people, seeing amazing sites and all inclusive...!!
Had a blast, keep up the good work!!
Anne-Marie & Elaine

California Cruiser

So glad I took the Tortoise instead of a more traditional structured trip. Great people and awesome places, brilliant :)
Amanda, 2011
Great food overall. Loved all the veggies and especially abundance of fruit. Way to go. The drivers are all excellent chefs!
Sergei, 2011
The trip its self was great, the itinerary was well thought out and well structured.
Jane, 2012
The drivers were so much fun!  They all knew what they were talking about with regards to the places we visited!
Amy, August 2007

Canyons of the West

I had an awesome time, it was exactly what i wanted the trip to be. Would definitely do another trip with you when I'm able to travel again. Highly recommend this trip to anyone I got to do more hiking than I thought & I met a wide range of travelers only wish it was a little longer as I still didn't get to talk to some people.
Melanie, 2013

I really enjoyed the trip and got to know so many new people from all over the world!
Randy, 2012

I thought their driving skills were excellent (I am a professional driver), Their knowledge of the areas was good and they both made a lot of effort toward making the trip a success for all of us.
Ling Peng, 2011
Loved the trip, best thing I've done for myself in years. Wish I discovered this as a younger adult. Would have given me an (earlier) different outlook on life.
Randy L, 2011
All-important were the amazing Canyons of the West. The price was also very attractive it took us only nine days to see so much!
Lisa 2011
I will remember this experience as the most overwhelming one of my stay in the USA. I had a lot of fun, I saw breathtaking places and meet great people that made me feel like in heaven. After the trip I could only say "life is good!"
David, 2011
I love your hostel, love your trips, i love two of your drivers on the canyons trip and i thoroughly loved the trip and have some fond memories of the trip which i will treasure forever; once again, thank you for making my usa trio so pleasant.; your company has restored my faith that america is an interesting place well worth visiting.
Paras, 2010
I felt very comfortable and perfect. The idea with the upper bunks and the "sleeping landscape" that transform into cosy couches is just gorgeous. You shouldn't change anything about that.
Peter, June 2008
Took perfect care about our bunch, always nice, relaxed, but well organised and professional. They couldn't have done better!
Katja, June 2008
I had a great time- nice locations, great drivers.
stunning views. One of the best things i did in my life.
Menno, April 2008
Seena and Lucas were great drivers. I felt I was in good hands for the duration of the trip -- they gave thorough, clear instructions and guidance for our adventures, and their driving was excellent.
I loved the trip. I got to see so much of our beautiful country and it was nice to have the experience of the Tortoise people to give recommendations for hikes, places to eat, things to see, etc. I also had so much fun meeting all the people on our trip. I think we counted 15 different countries represented by the passengers on the bus!
Holly, May 2008
How were the drivers?
Good drivers, good leaders, good cooks, good guides. I admire the way they handled different situations and always keeping their good humor. Louisa
I truly enjoyed how diverse our bus group was. There were people from 14 different countries, aged from 8 to 69 years-old, and everyone got along well. I felt as if I had jumped into a community full of love and support of my life's upcoming adventures.
I have seen brochures of green t for years and finally decided to go. the people were great the trip was well organized but relaxed the landscape was exquisite. the drivers were very impressive.
Rebekah, September 2007
The special kind of travelling - also with a group of unknown people (at the beginning) and friends (at he end). The food was better than I expected, even though it was vegetarian! I haven't got a need to eat meat! The tour was quite well planned. The bus is an experience on his own! Well done!
Carsten, July 2007
Always amazing: the "OY's" (omelet yourselves), eggs cooked in a bag, brilliantly organized by Ariel!!! The Thai curry by Andy, using authentic curry sauce!!! the Mediterranean meal, handmade falafel and hummus!!!! the Pizza at Gooseneck???!!!
Ferdinand, August 2007
Traveling on the Green Tortoise is a great adventure -- always a good time with really good people.
Larry, August 2007
Great itinerary -- happy that we got to enjoy everything that was listed plus some extras!!! I had a wonderful time. Thanks.
Valerie, August 2007
I was happy that the group had participants from 8-70 years of age. Now I know I can go with green tortoise if I get children, and when I get retired.
Anna, August 2007
I would say that this was one of the best experiences of my life, up there with watching my sister be born and my first year away from home. I got to have incredible, thought and emotion-provoking conversations with 34 unique, amazing people from 14-15 different countries ... It was amazing. Thanks for existing, Green Tortoise!
Amber, August 2007
What made you choose this trip?
Cheap possibility and more fun than traveling by car!
October 2007

Canyons of the West - LA

i think the drivers tried really hard to make it amazing — waking us up for sunrise in the grand canyon was a particular highlight.
Frankie, 2010
I got to see several areas I wanted to see and some I had never heard of before. It fit perfectly with my schedule, and I was traveling alone so the concept was perfect! All four drivers (I was on two buses) were great, nice and very helpful.
How were the drivers?
Very understanding and nice ... Thank you!
Howard, September 2007
Thank you so much for the best holiday I've had!! I met some awesome friends(hopefully for life) Saw things that were out of this world and did things I never imagined i would be able to do (hike Angels Landing, Grand Canyon the list is endless!) keep up the good work and see you again soon :-)
Nick, September 2007
Being able to see so many of the canyons, and the wide range of activities that were offered to us... - The trip into valley of the gods was probably the highlight as it was just so otherworldly and awe-inspiring!
The food was excellent and way above my expectations having been on a trek america tour last year.
Emily, September 2007

Cross Country: Northern Crossing

I tell my adventures almost every day to someone else. The best memories and stories always end up to be the adventures of the Green Tortoise trips. It was the best time I had. Thank you very much and I hope I have the possibility again to go aboard.
Nadine, 2012
Love the ethos of the company and trip. As a solo traveller it’s a great way to meet interesting people from all over the world. I've done two trips and they've both been wonderful!
Simon, 2011
This was my fourth GT trip and hopefully not my last. To be honest, Green Tortoise provides its travelers with a co-operative, unpretentious, relaxed and friendly way to see this great country
Jim, 2011
The trip was a wonderful experience. The memories will help me through a good many dreary workdays and I hope, I can return to do another GT trip, soon. Great work and thanks so much to everybody involved in making this the experience of a lifetime for all those who travel with you and share your values.
Ulrike, June 2010
Manuel and Andy were just amazing hosts. The trip wouldn't have been the same without them. Extremely friendly yet professional when it counted. They participated in most activities and were great fun to be around. If I was to ever do another trip it would be great if they were the drivers!!

They were both excellent courteous drivers who had great respect for the bus and the passengers
Carl, June 2010
I like the GT experience just as it and I would not want it to change. The values of the Green Tortoise are just right. I cried when I saw the bus disappear when we alighted in New York! 
Sue, June 2010
This was the best holiday I have ever had - every day was superb and I did not want it to end.
David, June 2010
This was the best trip of my life. Thank you!
Kathryn Allison, UK
Get to see a large part of the country and very different landscapes all in two weeks. All of the camping spots were great. Great atmosphere throughout.
David, Ireland
The time spent hiking in the Ruby Mts., rafting the Salmon River, accessing Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, and visiting the unique community of ST. Croix Falls, WI, dining and Jazz in Chicago, and seeing Niagara Falls, all for the first time, was just part of a great experience.
Doug, August 2007
Our drivers were brilliant. They organised us very well despite the numbers on the trip. One driver brought a great sense of humour to the trip and constantly entertained and the the driver's singing round the campfire was priceless. They were both brilliant and made the trip even more special. This was the best trip I have been on. The itinerary was great and I was amazed how much time we had to stay in the locations we visited. The drivers were just brilliant and I cannot compliment them enough - they worked so hard during the two weeks I just don't know how they managed it. It was a fantastic trip and I can't wait to travel with GT again!
Jill, August 2007
What fantastic drivers! they were entertaining & got us everywhere safely kathleen, August 2007
The trip overall was absolutely amazing, everyone on the bus was lovely, I saw and did so many things I never thought I would, it was a fantastic experience. Our driver was fantastic, he tried so hard to organise everything and make sure that everyone was involved in the activities, so that everyone would have a good time.
[The drivers] were absolutely fantastic!! a real credit to the company! really knew their stuff. Big Thank you to both of them!!
What attracted you most about this trip?
Many things attracted me about it: I knew it would be fun, educational, a chance to interact with many types of people from all over the world, no driving or trip planning for my family, good food and no meal planning to do, and I thought it would be a great experience for my 2 kids (ages 9 and 13). My husband also went. I figured it would be tough to travel cross the country with just our family and have nearly as much fun as with the GT. My kids (especially the 13 year old) could hang out with other new "friends" and not be with Mom and Dad if so chose (which he did!) and yet still experience a shared family vacation.
Lida, August 2007

Cross Country: Northern Dream

I cannot express how much I enjoyed my trip. It was an amazing experience and one that I will treasure. The drivers, the people and the places we visited were awesome and I would not hesitate to return or recommend it to others.
Kim, 2011
This crossing and the whole experience was incredibly exciting, varied and fun. I travel extensively, but had never met a magic bus before. Planning the next tour already, I can thoroughly recommend to adventurous travellers who like a challenge the Green Tortoise bus experience.
Judith 2010
The Green Tortoise tour was the best trip we could ever book. it was so fun, we saw a lot and we met a lot of nice and funny people! That was an awesome time and I would recommend it to everyone!
Laura, 2012
i had an amazing time on this trip and i would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind sharing close quarters to be able to share great memories.
Kristen, August 2007
Everything was great, just the right mix of national parks, canyons and cities. thanks for a wonderful time.
Our driver was great at getting people actively involved in group activities. Luv u guys & gals !!!!!
Djhutysn, August 2007
food was awesome! Thanks for vegetarian food.

Cross Country: Southern Crossing

Food was really good, for so many people the meals were better than I expected, well planned, prepared and tasty!!
Pauline, 2012
Thanks for another great trip and the interesting characters you get to know!
Anonymous, 2011
I have recommended this Green Tortoise trip to just about everyone I know, and hope to go on one with my mom soon!
Joey, 2010
I was traveling alone, wanted to get out to the national parks and see as much as possible in my short trip. The GT tour packed in loads of places enabling me to see so much more than i would have on my own. It went to loads of really cool places like white sands, city of rocks and Zion. It was superb value for money and meant that i would be with lots of other people. "

Possibly the best 2 weeks of my life. Absolutely ideal for a solo traveller, a great way to see a lot of America in a short time and on a tight budget. Thanks Green Tortoise and thanks Dave and Manuel for being great drivers.
David, June 2010
What attracted you most about this trip?
The distance the trek covered in such a short space of time & the cost!
Lauren, September 2007
It was the best thing I have done since I have been in America and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see the country in a fun way.
Stefanie, September 2007
How were the drivers?
Our driver was amazing and she went out of her way to get me a cake and celebrate my birthday with everyone. She made sure things were running smoothly and was very approachable.
Kyla, September 2007
Great ideas with the cookouts. The food is always fresh and the menus were delicious.
Johanna, September 2007
What attracted you most about this trip?
It was cheap. I also liked the idea of sleeping on the bus and seeing tons of stuff. It seemed like a less touristy, more young and fun kind of trip.
Amy, September 2007

Cross Country: Southern Dream

The drivers were fun, friendly, and smart. They organized things well, checked on how we were all doing, and gave FANTASTIC advice on things to do at our various destinations. The drivers really cared about us having a good time.
Rich, 2012
Thanks again! I had a really great time and met nice people. It was definitely one of my favorites during my six week trip through the USA.
Alessandra, 2010
The food was GREAT! There were vegans on our trip, and there were lots of options for them. I'm pretty picky, but there were usually multiple options and you could always tweak things as need be.
Jessica, 2012
Excellent places to visit, and great that most of the driving was done over night so we pretty much woke up in a new state every day, but also had the chance to camp under the stars sometimes. - This Green Tortoise trip was the best 2 weeks I have ever had. I made some great friends and saw some awesome sites. It started off by being something I needed to do to fill my time, but ended up just being too short. I would definitely do it again and would recommend it to anyone. And staying in the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco was the perfect way to end my trip. I couldn't have had a better time!
Neeti, September 2007
Did the pre-departure info we provided help you prepare? 
Yes. It is always difficult to know what to expect from a new style of vacation but overall it was helpful. A huge thank you for an awesome two weeks!
Christopher, September 2007
I had so much fun, there was so much to do, see and everyone was really cool
Anonymous, September 2007
I had a really good time, met a great group of people and think the whole idea of the GT is cool.
Lucy, September 2007
Anything else?
Not right now - wish I was back there though and judging by the comments on Facebook, so do many of the others!
Michael, September 2007

Cross Country: USA Expedition

Incredible. There were things that I never imagined we would get to do, even from reading the itinerary and a guidebook.
Jonathan, 2010
Food was excellent and creative ... amazing what would appear on our plates out in the "wild." Incredible meal planners, not to mention physical strength getting all the stoves, etc. on and off the bus!
Markus, 2012
I believe that the quality of our meals really improved the trip for me. It gave us exactly what we needed to really enjoy all the hiking and hot weather.
Nicola, 2010

Cross Country: USA Explorer

I felt an overall sense of generosity ... there was a lot of care in providing ample delicious food and the "drivers" were generous with their energy and time ... seemed to do much more than required baseline service.
Marjorie, 2010
I've recommended the Green Tortoise to several people — I would like to take my Granddaughter next time — and, I think the cost is excellent! Great value for the money.
Carol, 2012
The food was truly outstanding in my opinion. Above and beyond all expectations at every meal!
Cristin, 2011
I am very impressed by the marvelous views around the States and also the enormous area with different kinds of people, animals, trees as well as cultures from the west coast to the east coast.
KUNYAN, June 2010
What attracted you most about this trip?
The fact that as a girl traveling alone I would be safe. Food was delicious. Maybe we could have had more meat.. I'm going to look now on your website for recipes of some of the meals. Our drivers were great at making sure we got see as much as we could and have as much fun as possible.
Tessa, August 2007
Comments or suggestions about itinerary?
It was organized really well.
Emily, August 2007

Death Valley National Park

This trip was the perfect length for a long weekend getaway, and Death Valley proved to be a big surprise with its varied landscapes and colors like an artist's palette. Sleeping under the desert sky and counting shooting stars was a highlight I've come to expect from GT trips. LOVED the experimental hot springs in the middle of nowhere — it was what we would call a real adventure true to the GT's reputation.
Stephanie, 2011
It was so much fun! A very chill way to travel. The bus was great, scenery was great, and the drivers were fantastic! Thank you so much!
Erica, 2010
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wonderful people, great food, awe-inspiring places, and unforgettable experiences (the Tecopa hot spring in particular was spectacular).
Kristen, 2012
The diverse fun crowd, the awesome employees, the sweet hikes, and the ability to adventure and take risks freely!!
Nora, 2010
I highly recommend Green Tortoise to anyone who wants to have a trip on the off the beaten path. I enjoyed not doing the whole touristy thing better because I really do get to see more of the really beauty of a place.
Cindy, 2009
Bill and Sena were great both very friendly and helpful Bill provided that extra magical desert touch when he sang and played his guitar around the camp fire,and Sena had some classic tales of her bus driving days!
Patrick, March 2008
Thanks to all my fellow passengers, and the drivers, for making the trip so much fun. It was great meeting people from so many different countries, as well as the U.S. I had a fabulous time!!!
Mary, March 2008
Would your ride the bus again?
Absolutely!!. (My husband was a professional driver) The bus ride was very comfortable - Even in heavy traffic, the drivers maintained steady speed (no lurching or quick braking), seldom needed to make lane changes due to traffic congestion. The drivers seemed to know the route very well. No hesitations as to where to exit traffic, etc. They both deserve a hearty "Well Done". I was fearful that I might have motion sickness
from sleeping on the bus, however I'm happy to say I was OK the entire trip. Temperature on the bus was comfortable.
Mona, March 2008
This is the second trip I have taken with my son. We went to  Yosemite when he was 8. It is a great way to travel with a kid. I was able to relax, play with him and enjoy myself instead of stressing out over driving and preparing meals. Traveling on the Tortoise has given us unique travel experiences and fun memories to share.
Jackson became the bus mascot. He taught our new foreign friends how to make s'mores and play Marco Polo at the Hot Springs. The driver and our fellow passengers seem genuinely delighted and interested in hanging out with him. It has opened his eyes to how big and marvelous our natural world is as well as helped him realize the world is full of warm, generous people from all over. As a parent, I can say with confidence that the Tortoise has been a GREAT experience for me and my son. You WILL see us again!!!!!!
Chelsea, March 2008
The drivers were great and fun to be with. I always enjoy Bill's fireside guitar and songs.
Sequoia (a.k.a. Robert)
Making ice cream in the bus was a great ice breaker activity...The hiking was great and beautiful... Food was great and plentiful.
Food was awesome, actually I was surprised how good it was. I loved the breakfasts.
Stana, February 2007
Our drivers were both awesome. I felt extremely safe and comfortable with both of them driving and would definitely take any trips they where driving.. I love traveling on the Green Tortoise its an awesome way to travel and i loved watching and participating in the Miracle on the bus :)
Diana, January 2007
Gave everyone a good cross section of what Death Valley has to offer.
Thank you so much. This trip stay in my memories forever ... It' s been one of the best experiences in my life!
February 2007

Gold Coast Loop

I had a really great time on this trip — I mean, come on, I got to touch a whale! I will carry fond memories of the people I met, the places i got to see and the experiences that I had, forever.
Rachel, 2009
As always with any GT trip, the Gold Coast Loop was fantastic. A BLAST. And I discovered a whole part of Mexico that I didn't know existed!
Randy, 2012
I never knew it would be as much fun as it was! People were great, food amazing, activities fun or just relaxing on the beach was enough! Can't wait to go on another trip!
Audrey, 2009
This was one of the most memorable trips/adventures of my life. The tour itself would've been memorable, but it was a combination of the itinerary and the wonderful group of backpackers I befriended (hello Bettina, Lisa, Yacine, Naomi, Lucy!) that will make these nine days difficult to top, if ever.
Angie, 2012
I did this bus tour on a whim and loved it. I end up telling most people about the trip recommend they try to fit it in to their plans. I met some fantastic people and enjoyed it. The bus works, the sleeping, seating during the day, the food arraignments, the amount of time spent at each place and the drivers... they all work!
Kelly, 2010
Food was very good. We loved the fresh fish caught right out of the Sea of Cortez and served up at a fish fry.
SpiritMarie, January 2009
Always felt safe when Tom was behind the wheel! Very professional in ability and attitude. I love the Green Tortoise! Such a fun and quirky way to travel.
Jennifer, January 2007
I had a thoroughly great time and made some super friends. Being the only person from "down-under" was not a disadvantage as everyone made me feel welcome. The variety of ages of people on this trip surprisingly worked well. I will recommend your tours to adventurous people in New Zealand. Thank you ... Green Tortoise.
Felicity, January 2007
How were the drivers?
Really good... well organized, helpful, entertaining and they got us everywhere on time.
Comments or suggestions about the itinerary?
We came back one day early from the canyon to spend in El furte and it was one of the best days we had on the trip. Cool little town that should be seen in the daytime.
What made you choose this trip? 
Being able to see and do things that would have been difficult on my own.

Maya Dream Weeks

Includes the Caribbean Cruiser, Jungle Boogie, Yucatan Explorer, La Ruta Maya, Tropical Trek, and The Whole Enchilada Adventures
I felt an overall sense of generosity...there was a lot of care in providing ample delicious food and the drivers were generous with their energy and time...seemed to do much more than required baseline service. They were with us "all the way" and had what seemed to be unending energy and good will. They integrated totally with the group. I am very grateful to all !!!  Oh, also the changing of the group was handled very sensitively and thanks to our driver for getting us into haiku!
Marjorie, March 2008
This was my first GT trip, and I will take more in the future. While I made fun of the "hippie bus trips" when my wife took them alone, after experiencing them I am sold; I don't know if a trip to Mexico would have been as good without the entire group, and the guides.
Rob, March 2008
Comments or suggestions about the itinerary?
Incredible. There were things that I never imagined we would get to do, even from reading the itinerary and a guide book. Our drivers were able to organize activities and adjust the schedule to make everything smoother.
Jonathan, March 2008
Seriously, the week was perfect for me and I really enjoyed myself. I wouldn't change a thing. I imagine we encountered some 2 pretty unique events: a slumber party in a mexican pool hall and a late night ride around town in a party bus. Those are some great  memories. I was really impressed with how hard our drivers worked for us, and I could tell they were having fun as well.
Jim, March 2008
It was excellent. Ruins were unbelievable; cenote, Aqua Azul, waterfalls were absolutely amazing.
Angus and Marylin, March 2007
The tortoise provides the best vacations that I've ever had. The richness of having different age groups and backgrounds can't be beat. People that choose the tortoise are amazing. I'll keep coming back for more.
Sandwater, March 2007
Comments or suggestions about itinerary?
Amazing. Even the stuff we didn't get to was replaced by other really cool stuff. I like how sometimes we went off and did random things too, that was fun.
Cristina, March 2007
With the tortoise you can get unbelievable accessibility to the people, the culture and the sights. A great experience and I have already had many people look into taking a trip.
Eric, March 2007
Everything was wonderful. The cooking experience was friendly and fun. The food was delicious (our driver has the best recipes!) and fresh. Everyone was cooperative, like when we were able to make four versions of a dish -- spicy vegetarian, spicy meat, mild vegetarian, mild meat.
Holly, March 2007
Don't change a thing. The food was always fresh, tasty and,oh my god, healthy.
Mike, March 2007

Mojave Desert Loop

Excellent enjoyed everywhere we went, was always a choice for all types of people. Our drivers were excellent really made the trip fun and made everyone enjoy them selves whilst helping out and making everyone feel comfortable... Everything was really good about the trip and thank you.
Phil, August 2007

National Parks Loop

It really was the most incredible trip of my life!!! I had so much fun, saw such incredible sights, and met so many interesting people from different cultures. I will definitely be recommending the Green Tortoise to as many people as I can. Thank you so much for facilitating this form of travel to us! You allow us to make life-long memories and I'm so grateful!!!
Anne 2011
Impressed by the way you combine the nicest places in US for the least amount of money. Also impressed by the non-commercial way of travelling with Green Tortoise!
Annalisa 2011
Terrific! Couldn't be better. It was fun doing the meals together, and the food was always prepared quickly. Very well balanced food; no junk food or fast food. We had a great time. The trip was planned perfectly. It felt like we built to crescendo. By the last night — it felt like an instant community had been formed. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable and, probably most importantly, let us know we were in good, safe hands.
James 2012
Everything was great! The timing of everything worked out really well — the longer drives we had to take always coincided with people being tired after a long hike or adventure so it was the perfect time to rest.
Kristie, 2010 National parks loop
It was great, magic, full of satisfaction trip for me, I enjoyed every moment on the bus, even night drives and cold weather at Yellowstone, the great canyon, all the parks, everything was amazing!!!!
Igor 2012
It sounded like a human adventure! Meeting a lot of people and enjoying different hikes without feeling force to follow everybody every time. We are all together but we still have independence!
Caroline, 2010
Thanks for a great time! I was slightly worried about (probably) being the youngest person at 18, and traveling alone, but in hindsight I am glad I took the trip alone and I always felt totally at ease despite any age differences. I never expected group travel to be such an AWESOME time so thank you, and I will definitely, 100% be back in the future!

Our drivers were both amazing. They were obviously very knowledgeable, nice people, able to both control and get along with all sorts of people. They (thankfully) didn't act like regular tour guides who just tote you from place to place, they were really cool.
Rebecca, 2010
The hole trip, the drivers and the memories i made were all AMAZING (words can not explain) and i wish i could live on that bus!!!! PLUS the Food WAS YUM!!!so i will definitely be on another tour soon!! for the 3rd time!Thank you for making it all possible!
Jeannie, 2010
Our ages varied from 19 to 75, and at last it felt almost like a family. It was a real adventure. I'll be back!
Laura, 2010
Traveling solo around the US, I was desperate to see some of the national parks but knew that this would be challenging & expensive to achieve by myself. The idea of this trip instantly appealed with the opportunity to see fantastic places while meeting some great like minded people along the way.

Trip really was one of the best things i've done in an amazing year of traveling the world. Saw some of the most stunning places on earth & made some great truly great friends in the process. Something i will remember for a long, long time & will be encouraging many people to share the same experience. Maaasssive thanks to all at the GT!

Martyn, 2010
I had a fantastic time. I wish I had done a trip like this sooner. As you know, it's more than just a way of seeing the sights. I met some really great people whom I hope to stay in touch with. I learned some things about myself. It was personally rewarding as well as relaxing, challenging, and fun.
Anonymous, July 2008
Drivers were seriously cool cats. Our driver was a laugh throughout and was kind enough to lend us his spare tent (Such a hero, the mosquitoes were eating us alive). Robert, July 2008
Comments or suggestions about food?
Surprisingly, really good (I was expecting typical camp food!). No improvements to be made here.
I had an amazing time on this trip. It was definitely one of the best times of my life!
Comments or suggestions about food?
It was great how everyone was able to get involved and help out.
The worst part of the trip was the end, I really enjoyed the hole experience and next time I have a chance I will travel again with Green Tortoise. It was a great opportunity to see parts of the US and meet some brilliant people.
Comments or suggestions about food?
I was absolutely satisfied, actually it exceeded my expectations by a lot.
Peter, July 2007
The itinerary was amazing as each day we went somewhere stunning and you never stopped, with each day being filled with stuff to do. It was also really good being able to swim everyday as it made you feel cleaner. I had such an amazing time, i miss the bus so much and will definitely recommend you to everyone! Couldn't have asked for a better trip!
Katie, July 2007
Although I principally chose this trip for the value for money, I will be taking other Green Tortoise trips for many other reasons. I am by no means a physically active person and so was a little apprehensive regarding the amount of hiking we would be doing and anticipated that I would be opting out of a lot of it and sitting by lakes waiting for weary hikers to return. However, once on the trip, my attitude changed considerably and because hiking was such a major focus on the trip and the vastly more sociable option, I ended up partaking in nearly all of the hikes, including the mega Angel's Landing in Zion and heading half way down into the Grand Canyon. This was something I never believed that I would be able to do and it was all down to the amazing support and help I received from the Tortoise drivers and passengers. The attitude of the drivers and passengers made the trip and I have made many long lasting friends who I am sad to leave behind. I have connected with these people in ways that I never thought I could and the diversity of the travelers meant that I have mixed with types of people that in normal society I would have never socialised with. The Tortoise has given me the experience of a lifetime and I am deeply sorry to say goodbye, although I anticipate it won't be for long!
Fran, August 2007
Our driver had to be one of the coolest most chilled out guys I've met, totally sound and such a laugh.  The drivers made the trip! They added that extra component to make it one of life's best times. - A brilliant adventure, with incredible food and life-long friends. One of lives best memories!
Rachel, August 2007

Northern Pioneer

I like the mix of cities and loved the idea that I could see the canyons without having to hire a car!
Laura, 2012
I had a fantastic time. I wish I had done a trip like this sooner. As you know, it's more than just a way of seeing the sights. I met some really great people whom I hope to stay in touch with. I learned some things about myself. It was personally rewarding as well as relaxing, challenging, and fun.
Johanna, 2011
Its great that you get all your food included (easy to budget) and it all tastes great and is healthy, which is good because its hard to be healthy when travelling.
Caroline, 2012
Excellent itinerary, plenty of choices for things to do while not feeling rushed!
Matty, 2010
It was fun to cook the food together and it was always very fresh and delicious!
Anonymous, 2011
Trip was awesome. Don't think that I would change any venues on the tour. Just the right mix of middle-of-nowhere locations and small tourist towns.
Robert, 2010 Northern Pioneer
What attracted you most about this trip?
It involves more than just seeing beautiful places, but also meeting great people & having a great community experience.
It was brilliant all the places were amazing and it still allowed time to relax and rejuvenate. Fantastic.
Outstanding. The food was great. Really fresh, always a bit different and filling. It was healthy and tasty. What more would you want.
Plenty of good and good tasting food. Loved the boiled omelets and pizza! This was my 18th trip with the Tortoise and certainly not my last. The passengers were one of the more interesting groups I've ridden with as far as diversity in ages (three families) and nationalities.
Lou, July 2007
Thanks so much for providing an affordable and awesome way to travel.
What attracted you most about this trip?
Shoe-string organisation, legendary drivers who get you in the secret spots, simple sane life with everything included, quite a lot of sports and adventurous activities, nice co-travelers who are likely to be looking for the same things.

Oregon Country Fair

It was fantastic! Keep it the same!
Bill, 2012
Thanks to all my fellow passengers, and the drivers, for making the trip so much fun. It was great meeting people from so many different countries, as well as the U.S. I had a fabulous time!!!
Mary, 2009
Good fun, excellent food, amazing places and awesome people! loved it!
Brett, 2012
A Perfect way to make get to the festival from the Bay Area! It was wonderful being able to get to know some great people before I arrived to the fairgrounds!
Kylie, 2012

Pacific Trek

The food was excellent! Simple, hearty, lots of fresh fruit and wonderful salads including Yummy trail mix. Good coffee. Always plenty of help for prep and cleanup.
Katrina, 2011
Thanks for a brilliant trip. I'd strongly recommend Green Tortoise trips to anyone. Great atmosphere, fantastic people and an unbeatable way to see this underrated part of the Northwest.
Eugene, 2012
This trip was exactly what I anticipated it would be. It far exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for the next Green Tortoise adventure!
Melinda, 2011
I thought the itinerary was excellent, well planned, and I enjoyed the amount of time we had at Crater Lake, while it was laid back there were still plenty of activities and things to do.
Sarah, 2011
The food far out did any of my expectations for a 'camping trip'! Each meal was delicious, and I especially appreciated the fact that there were always vegetarian options.
Charles, 2010
The staff was helpful before and on the trip. I can't wait to go on my next trip. I wish I had been on my first trip years before.
Suzanne, 2012
I have never forgotten my Green Tortoise adventure and for 20 years have been telling people to go on one. I think it is a "can't miss" experience that leaves a real and valuable impression.
Laurele, USA

Pyramids And Playas

I can't think of any way to improve the itinerary without lengthening the trip. Things were well timed ... For instance, we'd get to a ruin on a day when we had it to ourselves.
Christopher, April 2007
We had a great time and we're really glad we took the Tortoise trip, thanks for the opportunity to travel with y'all.
Wendy, January 2007
Our drivers were both excellent on this trip and really put in that extra bit of effort to make the whole trip a fun and well organised experience whilst saving us money at the same time.
Adrian January 2007
We had a great time and we're really glad we took the Tortoise trip, thanks for the opportunity to travel with y'all.
Wendy and Nick
Our driver was a superb cook. She ran a clean, efficient kitchen, and was very aware of special needs. When the rain was a downer, her dinners were uppers.
Robert, January 2007

Southern Migration

The food was good and the Green Tortoise way of travelling where you can lie down to sleep on the bus is really cool. Also, being able to drive to off the beaten track places and pitch a tent and have a campfire is something you don't get on other trips and not always something you can do on your own.
Ria, January 2007
It was a great variety of locations - beach, town, mountains, jungle, ruins- some of everything. a great introduction to this vast country!
Johanna, January 2007
I always felt taken care of and my questions were answered...This was a great experience, I have yet to be disappointed by a GT trip, the more i go on, the more i come back.
Victoria, January 2007
Comments or suggestions about food?
Superabundant and astonishingly good. A rolling embassy of San Francisco.
Don, January 2007
Would you take Green Tortoise again?
For sure!
Melanie, January 2007
Our drivers were hilarious!

West Coast Wonder

Went to the places I wanted to go, and good value for money. Thanks for a great trip!
What attracted you most about this trip?
Exotic locations - a healthy mix of culture, beaches and camping.

Western Roadrunner

AWESOME!!!! Drivers were smart, knowledgeable, caring, relaxed, reliable, safe, fun, he was able to "lay down the law" in a kind and cool way…
Paul, 2011
The trip and the Green Tortoise group exceeded my every expectation. I loved the group, the camaraderie, and the experience. I definitely want to go again next year!
Sam, 2011
I would do it again a thousand times! It was a fantastic trip and exceeded my expectations in every way. I never thought that 30 people could get along so well in such close quarters — I think this trip really attracts people who have the right attitude.
Lisa, 2012
I was really happy with the itinerary; we always seemed to have a good length of time at all of the places without feeling rushed, and I am amazed how much we got to see in one week!
Stephanie, 2010
Originally, we chose it just because it hit the Grand Canyon and it fit in my best friend's time constraint. Looking back, I'm glad I chose The Green Tortoise Roadrunner because it showed me all of the amazing natural beauty that exists in the USA!
Kari, 2012
All my issues were quickly dispelled and I was so pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. It was the one time that I knew nothing about the outfit, decided to take the risk, and was completely satisfied and happy that I did it.
Mary-Beth, 2011

Western Trail

So far best week since I started my trip six months ago!
David, 2011
Most excellent! It was hard to not over-eat dinner since everything tasted great.
Megan, 2012
I knew the food was good and the Green Tortoise way of travelling where you can lie down to sleep on the bus is really cool. Also being able to drive to off the beaten track places and pitch a tent and have a campfire is something you don't get on other trips and not always something you can do on your own!
Ria, 2012
We both had a wonderful time and came back feeling as if we'd been gone for a day. Besides the great drivers, food, organization, and sight-seeing, the people on the trip were wonderful. It was a real treat to meet people of so many different backgrounds.
Madeleine, 2010
Perfect for solo-travelers, hoping to take another trip next time I pop by the States! Everybody should try the Green Tortoise at least once in their life!
Jasper, 2011
Had an amazing time, loved every minute, destination, food and all the diverse people on the bus!
Vicky, 2012
Seeing such a variety of places: beach, big city, desert. I think the best part of this trip was the people we met and the friendships we developed. Simply going somewhere new is fun, but sharing it with a bunch of new friends made this trip truly memorable.
Max, July 2008
Didn't blow my budget and we went to the places I wanted to visit -- you saw the contrast of the organized urban life and the wild nature (both very beautiful in [their] own way).
Ann, July 2007
How were the drivers?
AMAZING!!! entertaining,good organized, friendly, funky, LOVED THEM!!!
It was the most incredible week! Will definitely do it again!, Was so relaxed while still being able to take in so much incredible scenery with some awesome passengers and drivers.
It seemed to be good for people traveling on their own. You meet new people and discover the best of California (places I always dreamt about going to). Cheap, but without you losing out on the good stuff. Organised without drivers having to be too hard with you.

[The food was] lovely and really fresh.. Just what you need after a long day on the road where you might have eaten a little too much fast food.
I had an absolutely awesome time - I loved California, met some great new friends and the GT bus (Venus) was brilliant -- definitely the best way to travel. Thank you to all the GT team -- you rock!
A really memorable experience. From the bus to the Green Tortoise Hostel, what an awesome job you all do! K
ara, August 2007
Comments or suggestions about food?

Perfect because we have fresh fruits for breakfast and vegetable for dinner.
Raymond, August 2007
I had a blast and met such great people. I would recommend green tortoise to anyone.
Anne, August 2007
Good mix of places and activities.
Michael, August 2007

Yosemite National Park

The food was absolutely amazing. There was a lot of effort put into making each meal nutritionally sound and delicious.
Harriot, 2011
Overall it was a great trip!! I absolutely loved Yosemite, and I made a lot of great friends that weekend.
Erika, 2012
The fact that the buses take off in the evening is just brilliant! I've never slept so well on a moving vehicle!
Mikko, 2012
This trip was one of the best I ever made!!! i read a lot of good comments about it but it was even better than I expected. The hikes were perfectly chosen (always two or three to choose from — according to your fitness) and the places we visited couldn't have been better!
Iris, 2012
They were very professional, sociable and knowledgeable about the park and the surrounding areas.
Claire, 2010
I can’t even explain in words, how AMAZING the food was. Meal times were a treat, and best food I had eaten in all my travels. Thanks for keeping us nice and tubby!!!
Amy, 2012
The drivers were very responsible, careful, and drove within the limits of the law. I also noticed they checked on the condition of the bus at the multiple stops. They also took plenty of time for rest, maintenance, and fuel stops along the way.

Very impressed with the food. Not only was it tasty, the drivers paid attention to the little details, like serving up yogurt and sauces in dishes (vs just leaving them in the containers), as well as adding a little something to make it special. For example, the flavored cream cheeses we had with bagels the first day. Fresh flavored, some with fresh berries, others with chives and salmon. Was really impressed with the food. I'm by no means a vegetarian, but even with the vegetarian nature of the dinners I was more than satisfied. Hats off to the driving chefs. It was also a lot of fun being involved with the preparation.
Yosemite! The itinerary was great. Also, it was short enough that I didn't need to take time off of work, but long enough to get away. It was a beautiful trip and I had fun. I especially liked the sequoia grove we stopped at the last day.
Rachel, USA
What attracted you most about this trip?
The length (Mon. evening through Friday morning), getting to experience the beauty of Yosemite - and of course, meeting lots of wonderful people from all over!!
Kim, June 2010
Without a doubt I'll be back next year! Literally had the Best Time of my life!! Not just the destinations, but the laughter on the bus!!
Conor, 2010
This was a highlight of my trip to the States. What I'll remember most is the wonderful people I meet. We needed to be a team, and to help each other.
Tine, Denmark
Thanks for a brilliant trip, I'd strongly recommend Green Tortoise trips to anyone. Great atmosphere, fantastic people and an unbeatable way to see America.
Eugene, July 2008
We both had a wonderful time and came back feeling as if we'd been gone for 2 weeks. Besides the great drivers, food, organization, and sight-seeing, the people on the trip were wonderful. It was a real treat to meet people of so many different backgrounds.
Madaleine, June 2008
The driver was great. Excellent disposition, At night, he brought out a guitar and musical instruments to play around the fire. It made for wonderful camping experience. I could see many of the visitors from out of the country really enjoying themselves.
Eric, June 2008
I keep telling people about the green tortoise bus tour. Hopefully they all have the same great experience we had. We didn't know each other before the trip, but 3 or 4 days on a bus feels like a 3 or 4 weeks...and then everybody goes back to their life or their travel around the world...but we still keep in's so great.
Nurhan, June 2008
What attracted you most about this trip?
Sense of community, cooking together, camping, exploring on your own at your pace. Affordable fee, getting to know people, and I wanted to see Yosemite's great scenery!
Hiroko, June 2008
Cheaper than any other alternative, and the "adventureness" (not a set schedule, lots of time on your own) attracted me.
Lindemarker, May 2008
Excellent Food. Lots of variety. Even though i'm a big meat fan and most of the meals were vegetarian, it was still really good.
Comments or suggestions about food?
WONDERFUL! Especially the curry and Mexican food. Really grateful it was so healthy and vegetarian-friendly.
i am very happy that i found you, and that organizations like you still exist. i will recommend you to anyone. i had an awesome time!
I loved to be with those people from all over the world, almost all of them in my age-group. They have been great, and it definitely was the right decision to come alone, because you find new friends so easy. When you're with a friend, it probably keeps you from trying to interact with all the others, and this exactly was the best part of the whole trip for me!! GOD, i miss my group, can't help tears. I loved the bus, I couldn't have felt more comfortable. Actually, I would have stayed on it way longer, if I could have ;).
Great people, great teamwork and a hell lot of fun! Thank you again! I love getting on the bus in the night and when you wake up, you are where you want to be!
Comments or suggestions about the itinerary?
It was nice...we got to see all of the highlights of the park.
it gave me the possibility to see places otherwise difficult to reach, but without being too trapped in a touristic context.
I was impressed by the drivers because they were always driving very carefully without any sudden stops or accelerating. I often feel a bit sick on bus trips because of this but never on this one. It's also nice that they weren't driving too fast.
I was very impressed with the company as a whole. The team were great, the style of the bus meant that I made friends very easily and I have no complaints whatsoever.
fantastic food... was expecting bare minimum and brought snacks but didn't need them - great quality and plenty of it!!
Food was fantastic -- our driver cooks brilliantly -- and healthily!!!! Spur of the moment decision, but definitely liked what I experienced.
The fees would barely cover gas expenses if I were to do the same trip on my own!!! who could ask for more! I've brought back tons of brochures for my cafe in Spain and our clients are drooling.. You'll soon have an increase in spanish riders! ha!
Great itinerary. Amazed at how much I saw in such a short period of time...Green Tortoise Rocks!
As a former Camp Councilor myself, I see that skill taken to a higher level. Facilitator, Councilor, Peace. Maker, Travel Guide, behind the scenes motivator, etc, etc. Oh, and did I mention that they were all four great DRIVERS, too? We were at all times in good hands! Being omnivorous I had some worries about the lack of meat, but found the fare quite good, satisfying, and sufficient for the strenuous hiking involved. There was always the option of outside food at many of the stops. I never needed to use that option but was glad it was there...
Paul, July 2007
What attracted you most about this trip?
Value for money, one step up from camping, see things easier than on your own.
Lisa, August 2007

Green Tortoise Charters

Brinkerhoff Charter
Your trip planning and high energy along the way were really great. All of the travelers have said this was a fantastic trip which exceeded their expectations, as you led us to explore many new places in the US. They now appreciate the Tortoise method of travel, and how it allows rapid and deep friendships to form. It was an ambitious itinerary, and we faced a few weather challenges (April blizzard in Arizona!) along the way, but you did a fantastic job to bring it off so nicely.
Bill, 2011
Waldorf School of the Peninsula
Many thanks for making the end of our journey a great success. We all feel very blessed to have had you and Charles as our drivers/guides. The word spread out very quickly at our school as to how great the trip was.

I was personally very impressed with the clarity, sensitivity and spiritual approach in your communication with the students and of course the fantastic and very well balanced choice of activities, destinations and meals.
Dan, 2010
Yuba River Charter School
Having completed graduation with my class last Friday, I have a moment to think and want to thank you for helping make our 8th grade class trip the best ever! Cassa and Adrain were superb and they really helped in creating a great atmosphere and an absolute rockin' time!

I will have my class in 8th grade in 2 years and once again will be looking at a trip. I will for sure consider going with Green Tortoise!
Doris, 2010
Yuba River Charter School
I loved ALL of it. We sort-of had a different schedule than usual, because we were a class. My favorite place on the trip was probably Canyon de Chelly.

Our drivers' ... I had no idea they would be such a big part of the trip! They did everything with us!!! Cassa had a great sense of humor, and was always making sarcastic remarks. And Adrian had a good taste in music, and he was also an awesome dancer!!!
Jesse, Age 14, 2010
Sandpoint Waldorf School, Idaho
We had a wonderful trip to Bahia de los Angeles! Ever since we returned (and even during the trip), I (and the students and other adults) have been praising Green Tortoise! The trip far exceeded my expectations. I have led my class on numerous trips in the Northwest and I have always been the one to plan the itinerary and the menu and to do the shopping and to supervise the cooking. This time all of that was taken care of!
Julie, 2008