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Who is the R. Crusoe traveler?

The intellectually curious couple who, wherever they roam, do it in thoughtful style. She is an armchair archaeologist with a passion for Southeast Asia. A mother and daughter stealing some quality face-time in a new (old) city. A weekend foursome—four gentlemen who want to see how Gleneagles compares with Valderrama and Ballybunion. Twenty-two members of an American family who thought the next reunion should be in the Old Country (visit to Nonna's hometown included). A honeymooning couple who can’t wait for their silver anniversary to see a Galápagos tortoise up close and personal. A well-traveled couple for whom traditional group travel is off-putting. Four women who’ve always wanted to catch the sunset from the top of Uluru.

     Okay, we admit it. We are wildly excited by our round-the-world destinations, by our unique itineraries, and by our access to the inside track. We could go on and on about it all, but why not let you hear about R. Crusoe & Son directly from the source—those travelers who have already taken a luxury vacation with us?

     Let us introduce you:

Around the world with the Escampettes.

A (very) moving education.

Several years ago, a family of five approached R. Crusoe & Son with a request.

“Our family would like to make a study of world religions,” explained the father, Gilles. “We want to study on site. And we’d like to do this in 100 days.”  Read More »

India's crown jewels, up close and personal.

Our hosted journeys have always been popular with Crusoe travelers. Why? It must have something to do with the fact that those journeys take small groups of travelers to delve deep into a culture, get at the very heart of a country, and go way past the usual tourist stops. With insightful and passionate hosts leading the way, it all goes off without a hitch.

Take, for example, our India journey in early 2013 hosted by Sanjay Chatterji, Crusoe’s dear friend and a native of India.   Read More »

Family planning, Crusoe-style.

Don’s 75th birthday was approaching, and this was a milestone that called for a family celebration. Don and Susan had traveled with their three sons over the years, but now there were also three daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren.

Careful planning would be critical. So Don called R. Crusoe (they had traveled with us previously) and got the ball rolling.  Read More »

Memory-making, one country at a time.

One look at the list of R. Crusoe journeys that Jim and Louise Barber have taken, and you realize you’ve found the quintessential globetrotters. As Jim told the New York Times recently in an article about custom journeys, he has had a hunger for exotic travel since he was just a lad reading National Geographic.  Read More »

France from the inside out.

Lynne and Kay love to travel, and they’ve done so with R. Crusoe on several occasions. This time, they called Rebecca Wright, our Europe specialist, about a journey to France—Bordeaux, the Dordogne, the Loire Valley, and Paris.  Read More »

Reading into India.

Joanie and Thornton Cooke and four friends had had their sights set on India for quite some time. Kiran Chand, R. Crusoe’s India tour specialist, worked closely with them to plan a journey that met the group’s exact specifications.  Read More »

Music and more in China and Japan.

Some in the know say the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is the world’s best.      Who are we to argue?      So when the CSO traveled to Asia, R. Crusoe was delighted to create a tour for the orchestra patrons.      “We at the CSO love working with the team at R. Crusoe,” explains CSO Association President Deborah Rutter.  “They have consistently provided our patrons with extraordinary travel experiences, wi…  Read More »

Three's not a crowd.

Michele Kahn is a personal shopper for a high-end U.S. retailer. She spends her days providing top-notch service. And when she takes a vacation, she looks forward to being the customer.      “All day long, I try to make people happy,” explains Michele. “You want that service for yourself.”      Michele travels with her sister, Hannah Kahn, and their friend, Erica Kennedy. Over the years, R. Crusoe has taken them to Peru, Chile, Ea…  Read More »

The League of American Orchestras cruises the Danube River.

Mention the Danube River to a classical music buff, and next thing you know, he’s humming Johann Strauss’s “Blue Danube” and tapping his foot in three-four time.  Read More »

Australia and New Zealand revisited.

Once upon a time, Carolyn Waghorne and three friends joined a large group on a journey to Australia and New Zealand. Though she didn’t love being part of a big group, she adored both countries, and she swore she’d return, next time with her husband, Rick, in tow.  Read More »

Kili or bust.

Not long ago, Jean and her friend Amy cooked up an out-of-the-ordinary adventure. It would revolve around summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, in East Africa.

“The trip came out of a discussion at a prom party about what we were going to do now that our darling sons were leaving for college,” recalls Jean. “We were certainly...  Read More »

Up, up, and away.

"R. Crusoe can put together anything we dream up,” says Denise Mikula. She should know. Along with her husband, Mike, she has tested that theory on quite a few occasions.  Read More »

Does it get any better than this?

Combining a passion for golf with the love of travel in the company of dear friends. That’s what Cook Jordan, a Managing Principal of Jordan, Knauff & Company, a boutique investment banking firm in Chicago, did.

Cook and friends—a group that enjoys attending world-famous golf tournaments. The Masters, the British Open, and the like.  Read More »

The future is now. Meet Alexis, Pierce, Jonathan, & Jasper.


Jasper was mesmerized. Wide-eyed with wonder, the 10-year-old sat on the floor at the front of a crowd of Japanese kids. ASIMO was speaking. “Now I am going to run. It is very difficult to run,” he announced. Jasper‘s eyes opened wider— ASIMO was heading right toward him!      ASIMO, you might have deduced, is among the world’s most sophisticated (and chatty) robot, thanks to the engineers and scientists at Honda. But he also operates as a…  Read More »

Myanmar on her mind. Meet Jo Ann and Scott.


Jo Ann was intrigued. A good friend of hers was involved with the Yangon Heritage Trust in Myanmar (Burma), and the two had spoken at length about recent developments in the country.      This was a part of the world Jo Ann had never visited. Though she and her partner, Scott, have traveled extensively, they wanted to see for themselves exactly what was happening in Burma. They began to entertain the idea of traveling there with another couple, their best friends.  &nb…  Read More »


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