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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.

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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?

This was a recent wish list for a 15-day trip. We’re pretty certain that this young couple decided they would never come back to Europe.

In Italy: Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, cruise Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Square, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge, hiking the Cinque Terre, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Assisi, Lucca, Orvieto, Lake Como cruise and day hikes.

Austria: (Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Sound of Music Tour)

Switzerland: (Interlaken, Gimmelwald, Berner Oberland, train rides, cable car rides, day hikes)

Germany: (Munich, Bavaria, Tirol, Rothenburg, Rhine Valley–cruise, Bacharach, castle tours)

Realistically to see everything on this list would take four weeks.

Note: Due to immense crowding and safety issues we no longer take our clients to the Vatican Museums which sadly, includes the Sistine Chapel. There is wonderful art in Italy which one can enjoy without being screamed at by obnoxious guards.

Tourists see Europe. European Focus clients experience Europe.

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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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One Spot Left in 2014 Calendar

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

June 25

September is a wonderful time to be in Europe. Crisp days, clear air, not hot and not cold but in-between. James is available during the period of September 5 to 21. As this is our last opening for the year, special pricing applies. Contact us today to start on the trail to the Trip of a Lifetime!

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Start Fresh! Our New Arrival Program for 2015 and beyond

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

June 12

Announcing our ‘Start Fresh’ program for all tours in 2015 and beyond! (Does not apply to current clients who are ‘grandfathered’ into whatever system we have used for them in the past)

This will apply to all tours of seven or more days in length and for all travelers who have at least a six hour time difference between their home and their destination.

As noted, this does not apply to our multiple time repeat clients who have established their own system with us which we will continue to respect.

We set up a nice hotel and assist with transportation from the airport to that hotel. (Usually a taxi) We make all the arrangements for your early check-in and rest that day. You can do what you want. Even if that includes going against our professional advice of taking a nice, long, relaxing nap on your arrival day. We start your tour at your hotel the next morning. We provide you with a welcome kit, waiting for you at that hotel, to ease your arrival and assist in your rest.

On Day 2
You – ready to go, awake and not prone to falling down stairs.
Your Guide – ready to show you an excellent experience.

Naturally, our salary does not begin until the morning of Day 2. This should bring a smile to even the hardiest of travelers faces.

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June 11

Temperatures recently in Berlin have been approaching 100 degrees and that has the Berliners melting just like, well, jelly donuts in a hot Arizona sun. Germans are simply not equipped for the heat. They get all red in the face, start huffing and puffing and ultimately, they just collapse into a chair in the nearest beer garden.

One of our best tips in our extensive ‘Travel Tips’ is for our guests to bring along a cotton sheet to cover up with at night. As all German, Swiss and most beds in Belgium and Holland feature a fitted bottom sheet and then a duvet which is filled with down to cover up with, many of our clients report that they could not sleep well at night because it was too hot. Yes, most hotels that are historic in nature or in small towns do NOT have air-conditioning. Why? Refer to the headline of this post.

More tips gained from 25 years of travel experience in Europe can be read here.

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Solar Power Revolution in Spain

Friday, May 30th, 2014

May 30

YES solar power has potential to cure many of our planet’s energy problems and keep CO2 out of our atmosphere. A revolutionary power system near Seville, Spain harnesses the power of the sun to liquefy (boil) salt. That boiling salt is then used to turn water into steam, which powers turbines, creating electricity. It is a closed loop system that creates no waste. Incredible and a shining beacon which can be seen for many miles.

A field of solar panels are directed at this high tower, which shines with a brilliance that can be seen from many miles away. Inside the tower, salt is liquified by the intense heat generated by the panels directed energy. That liquified salt, at more than 500 degrees centigrade, turns water into steam which turbines use to create electricity. It is a brilliant system and causes one to wonder, 'why aren't these towers sprouting up around the world?'

A field of solar panels are directed at this high tower, which shines with a brilliance that can be seen from many miles away. Inside the tower, salt is liquified by the intense heat generated by the panels directed energy. That liquified salt, at more than 500 degrees centigrade, turns water into steam which turbines use to create electricity. It is a brilliant system and causes one to wonder, ‘why aren’t these towers sprouting up around the world?’

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The Speed of Europe

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May 29

Germany moves at about 80 mph

Italy at around 110 mph

Spain at around 40 mph and that suits us just fine.

Come to Spain. Not enough Americans do. We want to change that.

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The Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May 29

There are few words to describe the amazing Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain. We spent more than an hour wandering inside the massive structure, which is clearly visible from our luxury boutique hotel located just a half minute’s walk from the walls of the former mosque. The structure goes back to Visigothic times when it was a church in the 6th century. It was built over into a huge mosque, the most important one in the western Muslim world during the time when Spain was under the control of the Moors. The structure was altered in the 16th century after the reconquest of Spain, and turned into a cathedral.

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