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Who Cares About History? What about Free Wifi?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

July 29

I have noticed a disturbing trend here in Europe over the past several months. Young Americans, under the age of 17, so plugged in and addicted to the online experience that they are completely unaware – and uncaring – about the world around them. I witnessed young people desperately seeking a wireless signal for their devices in a postcard-perfect town on the historic Rhein River. They sat on a bench opposite a hotel and complained outloud that the signal was too weak to view videos on YouTube. What about hiking up to that 13th century castle? Who cares. Where can I get Facebook updates? This is really a sad commentary on the future of our society.

- James Derheim

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Categories : Europe Tours

Last-Minute Tour Opportunity in Glorious September

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This has not happened in more than a decade – we have an opening in the beautiful month of September! Tour Germany, or Ireland, or Austria or France during this lovely month. Dates of availability are between the 5th and the 21st. Don’t wait! Take this last-minute opportunity and fulfill your European travel dreams now.

Explore historic towns in Bavaria for example

Explore historic towns in Bavaria for example

Visiting Stalag Luft 3 in Zagan, Poland

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This blog post is by our guest Lindsey Soliday, who traveled to this area with three members of her family on a private tour from July 16 to 28, 2014.

http://bilbosadventures.blogspot.de/2014/07/poland.html

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Two clients from Chicago on their first trip to Europe found the 'real' Venice, away from the tourist crowds during their private tour with us in April, 2014. We take the time to show you the back roads and the hidden places known to locals only. This sets us apart from the dawn til dusk, rush-rush-rush itineraries of the so-called 'bargain' bus tours and cruises.

Two clients from Chicago on their first trip to Europe found the ‘real’ Venice, away from the tourist crowds during their private tour with us in April, 2014. We take the time to show you the back roads and the hidden places known to locals only. This sets us apart from the dawn til dusk, rush-rush-rush itineraries of the so-called ‘bargain’ bus tours and cruises.

July 19

Our goal is to create a lasting memory and vacation for you. If you want to have a carefully-planned trip that is organized but still leaves time for spontaneous sightseeing and adventure, then here we are for you. You are going to come back to Europe someday, aren’t you?

Tourists see Europe. European Focus clients experience Europe.

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The Holocaust Memorial of Berlin

Friday, July 18th, 2014

July 17

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by American architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold.

MurderedJewsMemorialBerlin copy

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Welcome Back Third Time

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

July 16

We make coffee stops special. We stopped in the half-timbered town of Alsfeld, Hessen for coffee after leaving the airport this morning.

We make coffee stops special. We stopped in the half-timbered town of Alsfeld, Hessen for coffee after leaving the airport this morning.

Tim S. and his family along with new wife Mary just arrived from Arizona to begin their 12-day adventure in Germany. Mary has never been to Germany, and she has roots here, so this is an extra special trip. Tim and his family last traveled with European Focus in 2005 and 2006. We are very happy to have this wonderful family back on this side of the Atlantic, and look forward to our adventures in Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Berchtesgaden, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg and the Rhein Valley around Bacharach.

How Much does a European Focus Private Tour Cost?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

July 14

Since all of our tours are custom-designed around the wishes and needs of our clients, it is impossible to provide pricing in advance. No two tours are alike. We are happy to provide an estimate after you fill out and submit your Tour Interest Form.
There is no obligation and we never add you to an annoying mailing list.

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Friday, July 11th, 2014

July 11

After a string of negative experiences we have taken the Vatican Museums and the attached Sistine Chapel (you cannot visit the Sistine without going through the maze of the museum) permanently off our list of things to see and do in Rome, until they either change things in a major way at the Vatican or they restrict the number of tourists allowed in at any given time.
For more information, visit Trip Advisor, key in Vatican Museum, and look at the bottom three levels of commentary.

We do our best to help our guests avoid tourist traps and negative experiences. There are dozens of churches and smaller museums in Rome where one can enjoy classic art without feeling like a sardine. We will be happy to take our guests to these places so that all may have a more enjoyable experience. Entry to the Cathedral of St. Peter does not require passage through the Vatican Museum, and so, we are happy to take our guests to this place.

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