We take small groups on big tours!
New View Tours offers a fresh take on group travel. With over fifteen years of experience, Ramelle and Michael Pulitzer enjoy planning small group tours. They offer the opportunity to explore like seasoned travelers regardless of previous experience. They specialize in art focused tours, for practicing artists and appreciators. The couple enjoy revisiting local friends, to provide adventurers a custom, professionally planned travel itinerary.
New View Tours represents an idea – a commitment to sharing a “new view” of popular travel destinations by tailoring trip itineraries to your interests and your activity level. Ramelle and Michael often accompany the group in order to facilitate new experiences and introduce travelers to new friends.
While modern travel is more accessible than ever before, our increasingly global society makes unique regional experiences more difficult to find.
New View Tours ensures the utmost quality for travelers, including unique local offerings, comprehensive logistic planning, travel tips, preliminary checklists, and the peace-of-mind that comes with leaning into the winds of adventure with the wisdom of comrades.
Who are we?
Ramelle is a world traveler, an art enthusiast, a writer; a mother of three children (who are all married now) and the wife of one.
In 2010 Ramelle Pulitzer moved with her husband Michael to live in the family summer cottage in Stockbridge MA after being in Winston-Salem NC for 20 years. At the same time, she founded New View Tours to offers small group tours to friends and non profit organizations. The company started as a continuation and an extension of the work she was doing to coordinate tours for artists. She and Michael opened offices in Lee, Mass where they continue to work.
At the same time, Ramelle trained to be a docent at the Norman Rockwell Museum where she gives tours to visitors from all over the world who go out of their way to find the collection of fine works by the iconic American illustrator.
Ramelle grew up in Milton MA. She attended the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado, then Pitzer College in Claremont California. After teaching various types of exercise classes while her children were young, she went back to university earning a MEd. at University of North Carolina, Greensboro with a focus Health and Education. She taught as an adjunct faculty member at Winston Salem State University. She coordinated the Triad Leadership Network in Greensboro, NC, then became the Executive Director of Associated Artists of Winston Salem for 7 years; She next opened Hawthorne Gallery of Art which ran for 7 years before the move to the Berkshires.
She serves currently on two advisory councils: Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA and Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC. She recently joined the Board of the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge.
An avid adventurer, outdoor enthusiast, and yoga practitioner, Michael is committed to melding his passions. Michael has been employing this ability with New View Tours since its conception, using vacation days from his role as a TV executive with WXII-TV in Winston Salem to co-lead tours. After his retirement in 2010, he became a certified yoga instructor through the Kripalu Center, and enjoys leading private classes during trips. Michael is heavily involved with the community, serving on the Stockbridge Library Board, the Kripalu Board, and the Tri Town Rotary. In his remaining time, Michael plays USTA tennis and enjoys hiking and trekking.
Michael studied at Harvard, class of ’75, earned his MFA in Film Production from the American Film Institute, and MBA from Wake Forest University.
Michael and Ramelle have three grown children, three grand children, and two poodles that make every day an adventure at their home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
1. What is the process of booking a tour?
a. The process to book a tour is as follows:
i. Register for desired tour, including the number of people in your group and dates.
ii. We will share an itinerary outline and cost estimate.
iii. You confirm your registration with a $500 deposit, per person, to hold your spots.
iv. We share a finalized, fully confirmed, itinerary for your tour.
v. Full payment for tour is due 8 – 12 weeks before departure.
vi. We all wait excitedly for our departure date!
2. Can I add-on additional destinations to a trip?
a. Yes! We encourage add-ons, and do our best to accommodate these adventures. Some add-on trips from past tours include: The Galapagos (Ecuador), Machu Picchu (Peru), the Amazon (Ecuador/Peru), Patagonia (Chile).
3. Does my payment to New View Tours cover travel insurance?
a. No. New View Tours does not provide travel insurance, nor do we include travel insurance in our tour rates. Obtaining insurance is the responsibility of travelers, but we do recommend having a travel insurance policy and suggest xxx, a travel insurance company we have worked with in the past. Note: Many personal health insurance plans have some type of coverage, so be sure to check with your provider to review your policy.
4. Does the number of people on the tour effect the cost of the trip?
a. Absolutely! [We should provide more detail here on how an increased number of travelers results in lower costs]
5. What do the listed prices include?
a. Prices listed are per person, double occupancy, based on 12 -16 persons; airfare and travel insurance are not included in the estimates.
6. Do I have to join a tour already on the calendar, or can I choose my own timing with a group of friends?
a. We currently have tours on our agenda, but are happy to accommodate new groups for dates we have not already scheduled. Please contact Ramelle [hyperlink to contact page] for more information.
7. I want to add-on to a trip, but I don’t see it listed on your site. Can you help me plan an add-on trip anyway, or should I plan it myself?
a. We can help! We have listed a few add-on trips, but that is just the beginning! Tell us where you want to go and we will do our best to fit it into a tour.
8. Why do you collect a deposit?
a. The $500 deposit secures your place in the selected tour. Because New View Tours is a small business, specializing in intimate tours, we need to ensure we can fulfill our commitment to all our customers. The deposit acts as a confirmation, and goes toward the total cost of the trip upon attendance. We can not refund deposits, but they are good for one year from the planned tour.