You and your group head out on a journey to meet amazing new people and experience different cultures in different cities. We seek out the most interesting culinary professionals, artists, photographers, guides, writers and creative people in the world to help you learn about the culture of a place or improve a skill.

How did Ace Camps Travel Company start?

In 2009, Angela Ritchie founded Ace Camps Travel Company in order to deliver travel experiences to those who craved learning, adventure and desire to meet like-minded creators and leaders they admired. The Ace Camps Travel Company is fast becoming a leader in educational traveling workshops and retreats for people who want to focus on learning and on cultural interaction. 

Ace Camps have been held all over the world - Europe, Iceland, Canada, United States, Morocco, India, Mexico, Swaziland and more with participants gathering to learn from as far away as Ireland, Australia, Italy and Africa. 

What is the Ace Camp Experience?

The Ace Camp experience is an extraordinarily friendly atmosphere, due to participants’ shared enthusiasms and the lively exchanges of ideas and lessons with the instructors. Every Ace Camp varies and are created to uncover, develop and stretch your creative and cultural imaginations. You will learn and participate in hands-on learning enriched by lectures, demonstrations and practical experience and explore a destination in a unique way.

During the longer travel experiences you will have a free day or two to explore the city you’ve traveled to either on your own, or with your new friends. 

It is not only the workshop where you'll be inspired. Your journey begins when you sign up. It starts with your travel planning to collecting your supplies and countdown to take off is all part of the experience.

If you are not open to spontaneity, whims of the group or if you prefer unadulterated structure and every minute of your journey Ace Camps may be not for you. We believe going with the flow and opening to impromptu experiences creates adventure and a learning environment.

We travel 3 ways.


Trips lead by an Ace Camp guide along with on-site guides and educators taking you to some of the sites, studios and will lead you to the best shops, art galleries and other events that are happening during your trip.


Learning retreats where you learn from the best, the most popular and the most interesting and creative leaders. An Ace Camp guide will always travel with you on these retreats.


Trips lead by an Ace Camp guide where you will learn culinary skills, dine at some of the most popular restaurants, visit with local chefs and taste makers and explore markets.

What type of instruction is offered?

The retreats, workshops and journeys are filled with learning and adventures, education and fantastic opportunities to spend time with interesting and likeminded people. Some of our leaders will teach informally with a hands on in the field approach and some will have structured lectures and demonstrations.
When I sign up what's included with the fees?

Each Ace Camp is different and depends on the location. You'll find that information on the same page as the workshop details. Ace Camp Inc. fees collected in US dollars.

Who travels with us?

People of all ages sign up for Ace Camps - we've had travelers from 16 - 70.  They are artists, professionals, chefs, photographers, authors and others who simply sign up for the adventure and to travel with people who share a common interest in learning, travel and culture. The group is often cosmopolitan. There are American and Canadian students for example, but we also have people joining us from as far away as Asia, the UK, Europe or South America. Such diversity of ages and origins makes for an enriching cultural experience and gives the opportunity for us to see creativity arising from varied sources of inspiration.

Participants must be at least 21 years.

Yes, men are most welcome to participate in the workshops!

Do the trips include airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. 

I'm a single traveller, will I be charged a single supplement?

Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if you are travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another Ace Camp traveller of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement or rarely a mandatory single supplement.

Can you help arrange my travel visas?

Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. If you do require a visa you can arrange them yourself according to your countries requirements or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.
Can I contact you to find out who is going on the trip?

For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our Ace Camps appeal to a wide range of travellers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and are like-minded. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, we often start a group page and invite those who want to introduce themselves.

Are airport transfers included?

Most of our adventures do not include airport transfers and so we recommend you arrange a taxi on arrival. In some cases we will include the transportation to our accommodations as we might be in a remote location and feel this is the best way to get you there.  You can find this information in each of the trips. After we get your travel plans and if we can match your flights with others we can share that information so you can ride share. (we'll check with you first, though, to see if this is something you'd like to do)