While we’d love for you to join us on our Exclusive Tours, we recognize that our dates or destinations may not jive with your schedule.
Broad Escapes offers full travel service planning and our experienced agents, together with our worldwide partners, will create an extraordinary travel experience that’s just for you. Are you part of a book club, business group, social group or have a network of friends who would like to organize a trip together? Whether it’s a weekend get-a-way with the girls or a trip to an exotic destination, we have the expertise to customize a tour specifically for you! Leave the organizing to Broad Escapes and the care-free travelling to you!
Broad Escapes is a Division of Ellison Travel & Tours.
Established in 1980, Ellison Travel & Tours has grown from 2 employees at one location to 80 employees in three locations: Exeter and London, ON and North Vancouver, BC plus satellite offices in Calgary, Toronto & Ottawa. Ellison’s full service travel agency is a compliment to a busy group department that specializes in creating customized tours for more than 600 adult and student groups per year. Each tour is exclusive, designed to fit the interests of the group whether it be the arts, music, history, golf, adventure, food and wine, humanitarian and more.
Ellison Travel is one of the largest 100% Canadian owned tour operators in Canada yet has all the advantages of a small-town business: friendly, personal attention and long-serving employees and a superior level of service. We welcome you to book Broad Escapes & Ellison Travel & Tours with confidence and look forward to enhancing your travel experience.
CO-FOUNDER OF BROAD ESCAPES: TOURS FOR WOMEN
Co-Founder – Bonnie Hinschberger – Group Specialist and Tour Leader
Bonnie’s passion for travel, keen interest in photography and love of outdoor adventure contributes to her enjoyment and appreciation for the uniqueness of destinations worldwide. With 30 years of travel industry experience, as well as being an avid traveller, she understands what makes the ultimate trip.
She embraces the “off the beaten path” type of travel and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others. As a group specialist and co-founder of Broad Escapes, she is very excited to be part of this unique and exciting travel program and looks forward to “going with the girls” on journeys worldwide.
As co-founder of Broad Escapes I’ve been coordinating and leading women’s group tours since 2005. During that time I’ve had the privilege of travelling with wonderful women, as we all shared amazing experiences throughout the world.
My background as an obstetrical nurse and business owner in Canada gave me the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the lives of women. When the occasion presented itself to enter the world of women’s specialty travel, another passion of mine “took flight.” Travel became my “joie de vivre” and as a tour manager, I’ve had the pleasure of escorting women’s tours through Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Russia, as well as cruising in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
During these trips I’ve seen first-hand how much women benefit and thoroughly enjoy “going with the girls.” Our group tours give women the opportunity to experience places throughout the world that they’ve often only read about. The memories we create while travelling are priceless!
I look forward to welcoming you onboard!
After graduating with a B.Ed. in French Studies, my career led me into the wonderful world of independent schools and international education, working at the Canadian College Italy. I joined Ellison Tours in 2006, after spending six years living in Lanciano, an ancient Roman city surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. It was an ideal setting for me to discover the country and become fluent in Italian.
Since then, I have escorted numerous groups through Italy, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Russia and more.
Everyone has turning points in their lives. One of mine was my very first overseas trip at the age of twelve to Algeria – I was over-awed and fascinated! Since then I’ve pursued my love for travel around the globe; attending school in Denmark and the U.S., working in France, guiding powder ski tours in Japan, and planning and creating holiday travel adventures in 38 countries so far. Travel can be transformative and provide experiences and connections to people that surprise and delight. This is the magic of travel.
With a diverse professional background in corporate marketing, non-profit community building and client services, creating and implementing simple and grand plans comes naturally.
The outdoors is my second home with a particular passion for going up and down mountains on skis, mountain bike or on foot!
Life is an amazing journey, best shared – and in wondrous places! I’m excited to share with you, on your next Broad Escapes experience!