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Our tours are diverse! We span the globe offering tours that range from being very focused on birds to those of a more general nature that also include lots of local cultural interests. All our guides are not only expert birders but also are appreciative of all nature. Many of our tours spend considerable time looking closely at mammals, plants or butterflies. It is not necessary for you to be an experienced birder; all you need is enthusiasm and our guides will be happy to help you along!
A typical day with Eagle-Eye Tours
Our land tours typically start early, after breakfast at our hotel, to be out when birding is best. Sometimes we are out before breakfast for a quick search for a target bird or mammal. We head out by foot, car or boat to a choice area, maybe forest or maybe a wetland, taking in the sights and sounds of the morning. We move along as a small group, making every effort to ensure that the everyone gets to see the beautiful tanager, or majestic grizzly bear through the spotting scope. We might stop for that important cup of locally grown coffee before heading further down the road to where we saw that great bird building a nest last year. Lunches are most often in the field, usually at a very good birding spot, with a cold drink or a cup of coffee. We have a chance to share stories and reflect on the morning adventure. After lunch we carry on in an area, maybe returning to the hotel in mid-afternoon for a rest, then a shorter excursion to explore another area. Over our evening meal, we meet as a group to record and discuss what we saw and review the plans for the coming day. Some evenings we may head back out for a night tour to experience the nocturnal world of owls, potoos, frogs and much more.
Our expedition cruises are an intimate and wonderful way to learn about and experience remote parts of the world. These small ships have the ability to land virtually anywhere using zodiacs, providing excellent opportunities for exploration. Staff onboard typically cover birds and other wildlife, geology, history, local culture, photography, archaeology, and more. We usually have one or two shore landings per day that may visit a wildlife highlight, a local community, a historical site, or just an interesting looking area that we think deserves some exploration. Add in a couple of lectures, fine dining, and some live music in the evening and you have a full day on an unforgettable voyage of discovery. Voyage with us to these seldom visited and remarkable places!
About our featured birds and mammals
These are the great and often very unique species that we will be looking for. We cannot guarantee that we will see them, only that there is a good chance of seeing them. Beyond these exciting species, we are always on the look out for other surprises-you just never know what we may see!
Tour group size
We believe that small groups are essential for a high quality and enjoyable experience. Unless otherwise noted, our land tour groups have a single leader with 4 to 8 people and two leaders with 9 to 12 people.
About our accommodation and transportation
Typically, our land tours stay in modern, comfortable hotels, but this varies somewhat depending on the tour. On most tours, we stay in beautiful lodges in the forest with trails out the back door. These amazing settings are often a highlight of the tour. In other cases, in order to get to the best locations for birding or wildlife viewing, we may be far away from a modern hotel and the ‘best room in town’ may be more basic. In a few cases, we even stay in tents for the full wilderness experience! For each tour, we have identified the level of accommodation in the tour summary and on the detailed itinerary. If you have any questions about accommodation on a tour, please feel free to ask and we can give you more specifics.
When traveling between birding locations, typically we travel in comfortable vans or buses, often with local drivers who are familiar with the roads and destinations. Usually, there is only one vehicle, as the sizes of our groups are typically small, but occasionally there will be two vehicles that keep in contact with each other by radio. In some tours, we use airplane flights to cover large distances and in a few cases we travel by boat, often with fantastic scenery and wildlife watching along the way!
About our prices
We will make every effort to charge the prices quoted in our catalog or detailed itineraries, but fluctuations in major currencies may force us to change tour prices at any time before departure. Current prices are listed on our website and reflect payment by cash/cheque. If you pay the balance by credit card, we add 3% to the amount owing. There is no fee to pay your deposit by credit card. Nearly all fees are quoted in US and Canadian dollars and can be paid in either currency. Contact us for payment in other currencies. Single rooms, as available, will be provided upon request for an additional fee. For participants traveling alone but wishing to share a room, Eagle-Eye Tours will arrange for a roommate, if possible. If a roommate is not available, the single supplement will be charged.
Conservation and Carbon Emissions
Eagle-Eye tours is 'carbon-neutral', meaning we offset all of the carbon emissions produced from our operations to neutralize our contribution to climate change. Learn more about our carbon-neutral tours here.
We are also keen supporters of conservation efforts both locally and globally.
Group discounts are available for groups of 4 or more booking together on most of our land tours. The group size and applicable discount are: 4 or 5 people, 5% discount; 6 or 7 people, 7% discount; 8 or 9 people, 9% discount; and 10 or more people, 10% discount. These group discounts to the double occupancy price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other Eagle-Eye Tours promotion.
What is included in the tour price
The tour price includes all lodging, ground transportation, in-country air transportation, guide services, park and special entrance fees, ferry costs, boat charter fees and baggage handling for those requiring assistance. Outside Canada and the USA, the tour price includes all meals. Tours in Canada and the USA include breakfasts and lunches, but do not usually include the cost of evening meals. This allows participants maximum flexibility to choose the foods and portion size from familiar menus. Tour fees do not include any alcoholic beverages, transportation to or from the tour departure or conclusion points, passport and visa fees, airport taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.
Reserving your space on a tour
To reserve your space on one of our tours, you can download a registration form, complete it and mail it to us along with a deposit. Deposits on most of our land tours are $300 USD/CAD per person. Deposits on most of our cruises are $1000 USD. We accept payment by check, money order, MasterCard or VISA. Please email or call to arrange payment by credit card. All payments are insured by the BC Travel Assurance Fund and we are licenced by Consumer Protection British Columbia, licence #34413. Please do not book any air flights until you are instructed to do so by our office.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Land Tours: Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. Unless otherwise noted, the following policy applies: If cancellation is received up to 120 days prior to departure, full deposit and any payment, less a $100 (USD or CAD) handling fee per person, will be refunded. If cancellation is received between 60 days and 119 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour fee is not refundable. Thereafter, all deposits and payments are non refundable. Refunds cannot be made to participants who do not complete the tour for any reason. If we are not able to confirm the tour due to insufficient registrations, your deposit is fully refundable.
Expedition Cruises and Voyages: Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. The penalty for cancelling more than 120 days prior is $500, and between 91 and 120 days the penalty is 65% of the cruise fare/sailing package. Cancellations 90 days or less prior to embarkation are non-refundable.
Passengers are strongly advised to obtain trip cancellation insurance at time of deposit.