Welcome to Ria’s Special Tour Guiding Service Page.
Welcome, and thank you for your interest. My name is Ria and I’ve started “CST” (Canada Special Tours Inc.) on October 29, 2017 as my own Specialized Tour Guiding & Tour Development Company, providing Unique & Special Tour Group Itineraries & Services throughout Western Canada in the following three languages: English, Dutch and German.
My Vision is to let travelers explore & experience the stunningly beautiful Nature, History, Tradition and Culture of Canada, especially with the help and support of our respected Indigenous Tourism Boards & partners and our Native elders and educators who have a story to tell about the Canadian ancient history that goes back 15.000+ years!
My Mission is to share my passion for this country and all the rich traditions, diverse landscapes and unique nature & wildlife. This is my Canada, a place that I’m privileged and proud to call home and for me personally it’s simply “the most beautiful place on this planet”. After more than 30 years of traveling around the World, from Europe to all corners of Asia, 18 states and 5 provinces in North America, I guess I’m allowed to say that I know what I’m talking about.
My Aim is to design and guide tours that are different from the standard tours. My focus is on special interest & smaller private and/or corporate group tours, special pre-cruise and land tours, and of course offering tailored tours to our senior/special needs/accessible travellers. My expertise and experience helps me to create exceptional itineraries whilst sharing my local knowledge with visitors from around the world. I will take the time to let my clients explore and indulge the beauty of it all, and mostly to provide special access to venues, people & moments that will create special “memories”!
My Goal is to develop “CST” as a Western Canada Tour Operating, Tour Guiding & Tour Development Company that supports local communities and creates more jobs for Canadians in the tourism, hospitality & retail industry and making Traveling Throughout Canada Accessible for all Travelers!!
I’ve travelled the World for decades and worked abroad for years and when I first visited Canada in 1992, it became very clear to me that this was my destination. My love and passion for this country helped me to grow and become a professional in escorting/guiding multiple tours with multiple groups from multiple different countries and backgrounds. This truly enables me to provide my clients with unique services and experiences for their special interest tour.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, I would be delighted to hear from you!
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, give me a call at: (+1 403 465 4180)
Indigenous Tourism Association Member
Vancouver Tourism Specialist & Member
Certified Travel Alberta Specialist (I & II) and Travel Alberta member
Hello BC Travel Trade Member
Holland America Line Graduate
Princess Cruise Commodore Certificate
Cunard Cruise Commodore Certificate
Alaska Travel Expert
Ria’s International Travel & Tourism history:
2018 – to date: Canada Special Tours Inc. guiding small, medium and large sized special interest groups (in 3 different languages, English, German & Dutch) while working freelance for various RTO’s/TO’s like Jac Travel Canada, CTI, Anderson Vacations etc.
2016 – 2017 Jac Travel Canada/Kras Reizen/ TUI: Dutch & German speaking Special Interest Groups, throughout Eastern & Western parts of Canada, South African Corporate Group etc.(see testimonial: http://www.danvaroy.co.za/ria-duykers/
2009-2016: Wellness Travel Global Inc. (Calgary) small group tours with English, German & Dutch speaking groups, Corporate Retreats & Wellness/Medical travel arrangements to South East Asia, Western Europe and North America.
2001-2009: International Relations Officer and Marketing & Recruitment Manager for a renowned university, coordinating and collaborating with 52 embassies outside of Europe for scholarship purposes while developing and operating the international marketing & recruitment department with a strong emphasis on Asia & Africa.
All travel & tour related inquiries and requests are welcome!
Thank you, sincerely yours, Ria