Archive for England Tours

Castle Combe is England’s Frozen in Time Village

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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A stop in Castle Combe is a must while visiting England’s Cotswolds district. The hamlet is nearly perfect. All that would be needed to make it 100% so would be if the locals all dressed in period costume, say around 1801, and if they got around on horseback instead of in cars. Even so, a stroll down the one street of Castle Combe truly does transport the visitor back in time. Cottages are lined up along the winding road from the tiny square with its magnificent market cross down about 150 yards to where a stone bridge passes over a gurgling brook where (of course) two swans act as town sentinels. A couple of quaint old hotels with pubs and one grand five-star hotel set in expansive gardens complete the picture of England’s most perfect village. And just in case more is needed, the village church features a knight who died in 1270 after being involved in two crusades. Step back in time by stepping through Castle Combe.

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Salisbury’s Magnificent Cathedral

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Many of the great churches took centuries to build. A master mason or a glass maker might never live to see the church completed and the first mass held. This would hold true for that craftsman’s children, grandchildren and on and on
Salisbury’s cathedral was started in 1220 and finished in 1258. The spire, Britain’s tallest at 404 feet, was added 100 years later.

One of only four original copies of the Magna Carta is kept in the cathedral’s 14th century chapter house. The Magna Carta was an agreement between King John and the nobles on the rights of the common people. It forms the basis for the Declaration of Independence and several other documents. The Magna Carta was written with special ink which has not faded after 800 years.

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August 27

A brilliant installation containing 888,246 ceramic poppies surrounds the Tower of London through November 11, 1914 which is the 96th anniversary of the end of the ‘Great War,’ also the ‘War to End All Wars.’ Artist Paul Cummins did the work in remembrance of those soldiers listed officially as dead from the United Kingdom including its colonies and territories. The poppies surround the iconic London landmark. Those who are interested can purchase a poppy, and contribute to a good cause at the same time. Visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/?gclid=CLis45Tgs8ACFWjItAodS04Auw

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Hello, London Calling

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Scenes from our recent visit to London of March 29 to April 2. James Derheim is helping four guests from Canada get the most out of their time in London and Paris up through April 7.

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Welcome New Arrivals from Canada to London

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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The 2014 tour season officially started today with guide James Derheim greeting return guests Rick and Linda Skauge and Elisabeth Anda along with first-time EF guest Dale Anda to the great city of London to start their eight day tour with James here as well as in Paris. A beautiful spring day greeted the foursome as we walked off the cramps from the flight by exploring Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park along with a walk past Buckingham Palace before a typical pub lunch. It’s good to get a pub lunch out of the way early, because now we don’t have to go back for the bland food. Tomorrow, we are going to get some curry!

Rick and Linda last traveled with James in Italy a couple of years ago. Elisabeth has been with James to Ireland and London and Italy with our associate guide, and Dale is on his first trip with EF.

Rick and Linda last traveled with James in Italy a couple of years ago. Elisabeth has been with James to Ireland and London and Italy with our associate guide, and Dale is on his first trip with EF.

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

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A busy father and his two sons enjoyed a stress-free vacation in Germany and France in July, leaving the planning to us while they carried on busy lives and careers back home in Oklahoma.

A busy father and his two sons enjoyed a stress-free vacation in Germany and France in July, leaving the planning to us while they carried on busy lives and careers back home in Oklahoma.

2014 calendar update

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Updated January 15, 2014

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April 11 to 25: Tour for two, renewal of vows in Italy, first time clients Steve and Debbie with James
April 20 to May 3: Tour for two, second time for our clients Dan and Amanda, who traveled in Germany with us in 2012. This time it is Italy. (Jenean’s tour)
May 1 to 19: Second tour for Peter and Gayle, who toured in Germany with us in 2013. This time it is parts of France and Spain with both James and Jenean leading the way from Paris to Santiago de Compostela

Carol, left and Art, right will join us again this year for a trip, this time, to southern Portugal and southern Spain.

Carol, left and Art, right will join us again this year for a trip, this time, to southern Portugal and southern Spain.


May 22 to June 6: Seventh trip for Art and Carol who toured with us most recently in Spain and Portugal in 2013. This time it will be other areas in Portugal and southern Spain with James and Jenean.
June 17 to 29: Dennis comes back for more family history research, this time in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. His first trip with European Focus was in 2013 and it was concentrated on Germany. Dennis first took our business card in 1998. (James’ tour)
June 18 to 26: Family of four starting in Paris where they will meet Jenean, continuing on to Strasbourg, Lucerne and Munich.
June 28 to July 12: Tour with a family of four starting in London and continuing on to Normandy, Reims and on to Germany where we will retrace some of the steps taken by the parents of two of the members of this group during their time in Germany decades ago. The trip ends in Munich. This will be the first European Focus Private Tour for these Texans. Jenean starts the tour and James meets the group in Normandy.
July 16 to 28: Tour with a family of four from Tucson to Germany and Austria, the Czech Republic. This will be Tim’s third tour with European Focus. James will lead this tour.
August 5-13: A couple come for their first trip with European Focus in Germany, mainly visiting ancestral villages.
August 25 to September 5: John comes on his second tour with us, this time in England on a combination ancestral discovery tour and honeymoon. (James and Jenean)
October 4 to 19: Pat and his wife come from Australia for their first tour with European Focus in Germany. Part of the tour will concentrate on family history and part will be slow travel tourism. Pat will meet with relatives in Berlin, who will travel there from Poland.
(James will lead this tour)
October 20: Mariane C. fulfills a lifelong dream of visiting the village of Appenzell, Switzerland. James will pick her up at her hotel in Lucerne and take her to nearby Appenzell for the day. The timing just works perfectly for this long-awaited journey. She will be ending a river cruise a few days before in Basel.
November 23 to December 3: A family of nine comes over to visit some Christmas Markets (starting on Nov 28) and other places of interest which the patriarch of the family enjoyed during his time in the service in the 1960s. This tour will be led by Jenean and James.

Available dates are in July, August and September plus the last part of October and first part of November for trips led by James or Jenean. For trips in Germany, Austria and Switzerland we can accommodate you through our partners, ask for available dates.

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