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Victor Emanuel

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1976
Headquarters
  • Austin, Texas,US
Trips
  • 1

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Victor Emanuel Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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I will spend the rest of my life taking vacations April 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I will spend the rest of my life taking vacations with VENT. I have been on 4 tours- if you are trying to choose a birding tour company, contact me. I would be glad to share my 5* experiences!

K

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Excellent tours focused on birding February 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from my fourth trip with VENT. LOVE this company. Excellent tours focused on birding. Most, if not all, people on my last 3 trips were repeat VENT users, which speaks volumes for the product VENT offers its customers. The tour guides are knowledgeable and fun leaders who are intent on showing everyone the birds. Good food and lodging is also provided. Highly recommend VENT to any birders who want to tour other areas (domestic and international) with experienced guides. Top shelf!
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They will take good care of you. November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you are considering nature travel, this is THE company to travel with, they will take good care of you.

C

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Would highly recommend! August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished Grand Spring Arizona Tour and it was spectacular! Bird list was 200 with rare Uncapped Star Throated Hummingbird to end the trip today!! Great group of people on the tour and I can't say enough good about Barry Zimmer! Would recommend to anyone!
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I would like to visit February 2013

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Beautiful pictures defiantly places I would like to visit

Stride Review

Birding and wildlife tours and cruises for all levels and ages.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

They are the perfect tour company for birders, with tours led by experts in their field. They also offer birding cruises, which are great for viewing penguins in the Antarctic, blue footed boobies in the Galapagos, and other unique species in places like the Amazon.

Who Travels With Them?

Birding tours are often very popular among older travelers and photographers. Tours are easy, but they offer a few tours that are labeled as “Relaxed and Easy” for those travelers who want less time in the field.

Where Do They Operate?

They have tours all over the world, with the majority in the United States and Europe.

Why Travel With Them?

Their tours are slow paced and easy, great for older travelers and those who are looking for a tour with less strenuous activities. They also provide workshops and cruises. Tours are focused on birding, but also highlight other wildlife of the respective regions.

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From Victor Emanuel

Victor Emanuel started birding in Texas 66 years ago at the age of eight. His travels have taken him to all the continents, with his areas of concentration being Texas, Arizona, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. He is the founder and compiler for 50 years of the record-breaking Freeport Christmas Bird Count, and served a term as president of the Texas Ornithological Society. Birds and natural history have been a major focus throughout his life. He derives great pleasure from seeing and hearing birds,...

Birding tours were just developing in the early seventies when I started taking individuals out for trips. After planning trips to Yucatan in conjunction with the National Audubon Society’s 1974 convention, VENT expanded into Texas, Arizona, Mexico, Trinidad, Tobago, Kenya, and Botswana. I have wonderful memories of trips led by Peter Matthiessen, one of the world’s finest natural history writers, and the incomparable Roger Tory Peterson.

We have continued to grow, adding new destinations and new leaders almost every year. This year we will offer some 140 tours to over 100 destinations ranging from the Texas coast to the forest-clad Himalayan highlands of tiny Bhutan, to the huge expanses of Brazil’s bird-rich Pantanal, and to Antarctica, Africa, and many places in-between.

Our success has been due to the quality of our leaders and the standards they maintain. Almost from VENT’s inception I was fortunate to be joined by outstanding birders who had a talent for finding birds and showing them to others, and for handling the complex logistics of a tour. Included in this group were David Wolf, Steve Hilty, Bob Ridgely, the late Ted Parker, Kenn Kaufman, Kevin Zimmer, and Barry Zimmer. VENT also benefited early on from the support, advice, and encouragement given us by my good friends, the late Peter Matthiessen, and the late Roger Tory Peterson.

Working hand-in-hand with our leaders to make every trip a satisfying experience for each participant is a highly skilled and professional office staff that is dedicated to keeping you well-informed and prepared for every tour. When you call the VENT office you are dealing with a staff which has over 80 years of combined experience with travel and tour operation. You can feel confident that your questions and requests will be handled by the best in the business.

VENT has played a pioneer role in helping develop ecotourism. We have been a strong advocate of supporting local conservation organizations, using local drivers and guides, and using in-country tourism operators.

In 1986, VENT conducted the first youth birding camp in Southeast Arizona. Every summer since then, we have conducted these camps for young birders ages 14 to 18. During the past 30 years over 400 young birders have attended the VENT/ABA camps.

In 1998 and 1999 we were delighted to expand into new territory by offering a cruise program designed exclusively for birders. Our cruise destinations include Antarctica, The Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands. We are very excited about the marvelous birding and natural history experiences these unique cruises provide. Each cruise has its own team of superb, highly qualified leaders. Pre- and post-trips are also offered.

Thanks to your support we have created a marvelous organization that gives us the opportunity to do what we like best and enables us to bring excitement, pleasure, and enrichment to the lives of thousands of people. We look forward to our upcoming tours, and the opportunity to share and appreciate the vast diversity of nature.

Trips & Specials

 

  • If you have previously taken a VENT tour, and based upon your referral someone who has never traveled with VENT before takes their first VENT tour, you will receive a voucher for $500 which may be applied to any future VENT tour, cruise, or special departure that departs within 12 months after the issue date (the tour start date of the referred person's tour).*
9 days
Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
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From: $ 3,495

Highlights

  • Watch endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker and a variety of tanagers and honeycreepers among other species.
  • Birding in the Darién lowlands,
  • Enjoy the late flurry of bird activity around the Canopy camp
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