About Cross-Culture Journeys
Cross-Culture Journeys was founded in 1985 by an educator who combined her interests in travel, the arts and history to create unique travel experiences that were not available through other travel providers. Cross-Culture has grown from the two in-depth European itineraries she offered in that first year to over 140 departures to more than 50 destinations worldwide scheduled in 2008.
Since Ati and Elizabeth Jain purchased the Company in 2004, they have introduced small-ship itineraries to unique destinations such as Antarctica, the Arctic Circle and Libya; new ports-of-call from Central America and South America to India, Africa, and Southeast Asia and new tour styles including soft-adventure programs. Last year, Cross-Culture Journeys inaugurated its reward program, Treasured Travelers and Travelers' Circle; a special President's Tour itinerary to India, accompanied by Ati Jain, and "Europe By the Book", a travel program influenced by literary classics and best-selling novels ("The DaVinci Code" is the first highlighted book. Cross-Culture Journeys is now partnered with Choice Travel in Colorado, a full-service retail travel agency who provides Cross-Culture Journeys travelers with a variety of travel support programs.
More than 80% of Cross-Culture's clients return year after year to participate in its travel programs, and the Company's 50 group leaders in ports of call around the world receive rave reviews for their knowledge of local sites, history, past & present culture, unique superb restaurants, and off-the-beaten track charm of the cities and regions they guide.
In addition to providing a travel experience for thousands of individual travelers, Cross-Culture has provided customized small-group travel for a variety of non-profit organizations. 88.5FM~WFCR (NPR) has worked with Cross-Culture on over a dozen travel programs for its donors and listeners since 1998; Cross-Culture has also designed travel programs for 89.7FM~KACU Abilene (TX) Public Radio; 90.9FM~WGUC, Cincinnati's Classical Public Radio; University of Washington Alumni Program, Amherst College, Smith College, the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Salamagundi Club of New York.
Cross-Culture Journeys is committed to responsible tourism and to being a good citizen in the communities it serves. Cross-Culture sponsored a Volunteer Tourism Forum at the Educational Travel Conference in Washington, DC, a performance by Music in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the 2006 "Go Dutch" exhibition produced by Museums 10, an arts partnership in Western New England. Cross-Culture Journeys is also a proud donor to the international Playing for Peace Project.
The People of Cross-Culture Journeys
Ati Jain began his career in travel with a major airline, working in a variety of roles from reservations to airport services. He worked with a large US tour operator in Boston as Director of Air Contracting Worldwide, before moving to a European based multi-billion dollar tour operator in 2000, as Director of Product Development & Air Operations for Asia, Australia and the Americas.
Elizabeth Jain, a CPA by profession, worked with several multi-national, billion dollar retailers in executive financial management, before joining a large US tour operator as Vice President, Controller in 1998.
After gaining tremendous complimentary experience, the Jain’s sought a travel company that would highlight exemplary customer service, unique itineraries, and extraordinary value for travelers who want a memorable, cultural vacation experience that is more than just a tour. Cross-Culture Journeys was a perfect fit.
The Jain’s and the Cross-Culture Journeys staff remain committed to providing in-depth, unique travel itineraries to popular and innovative destinations with all-inclusive pricing, expert guides, and individualized service. Cross-Culture Journeys programs will continue to be limited to small groups with flexible, convenient departures, a choice of gateway cities, and generous offerings.
Helga Beatty, who joined Cross-Culture Journeys in 1994, was born in Munich, Germany and was fascinated by the cultural differences and similarities of the countries and their people. She moved with her parents to the United States many years ago, but still has family in Germany. Both of her children have also become avid travelers. Before working at Cross-Culture Journeys, Helga worked as an Organic Research Chemist and later for an Educational Testing Company. She has been fortunate to hike in Ireland, Wales, Germany, the French Pyrenees and the Spanish Pecos and to bicycle along the French coast. One of her most recent trips was an Expedition Cruise to the Arctic along the coasts of Greenland, Labrador and Newfoundland ending in Montreal.
Jo Ann Brown has worked for Cross-Culture Journeys for 18 years and has extensive international travel experience. She has visited Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Protugal, Spain & Sweden. She worked in university and public health educations programs in the US as well as Canada, where she and her family resided for 10 years, before moving to Amherst, Massachusetts 25 years ago. She is interested in art, history, architecture, antiques and gardens. Jo Ann is also a tour guide at Historic Deerfield Massachusetts, a living history museum.
Jeannene Hyde's first international travel experiences began when she served alongside her husband who was a summer Director of Art History study programs in Italy. They organized trips to various cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice and Naples for students to study Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting. These study programs also took them to major cities and countries in Europe. Jeannene joined Cross-Culture in 1993 and has continued to travel extensively.