How to have the best experience from first contact

We’ve been doing this a very long time, over a period of more than a quarter century. With nearly 300 tours under our belts, we can tell in just a few seconds if a person is “right” for European Focus Private Tours. Here’s how you can tell if we are right for you. IF you […]

Thanks for the Memories, Art and Carol

Nine time clients Art and Carol from New Jersey were going through some photos from their trips (and they take many, many photos!) and Art was thoughtful enough to send a few our way recently. These intrepid travelers live our philosophy of “Stop Dreaming and Start Doing,” and even though they’ve had to take a […]

We Hope that “Bucket Lists” Die

We take the slow road and oftentimes the undiscovered road, which admittedly is getting harder to find. But, we find them. Our tours are the antidote to the “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium” kind of travel promoted by the big bus companies and cruises. From a picnic by the side of a little […]

Tours Booked for 2018 (So Far)

An updated list of where we are going in 2018 April 5 to 22 European Grand Tour Family of five from Manila will tour with James in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany OPEN DATES April 23 to May 9 May 12 to 20 Italy Betsy and Jim return for their fourth tour with us, this […]

European Focus is Ready for You – Are You Ready for European Focus?

Hiring a private tour guide with more than four decades of combined experience (between owners James and Jenean Derheim) is the ultimate step towards turning your dreams into reality. Stop wishing and start doing, that’s sort of our tagline to European Focus Private Tours. When you contact us, you can be assured that you will […]

Is Europe Safe?

Surprisingly we get asked this question often by those contemplating traveling to Europe, even the ultra-safe countries of Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Many people have concerns that the immigrant population, swelled by refugees fleeing wars and other problems around the world, means that they will be less safe than previously. This could not be […]

Our Niche Are Custom-Designed Trips

We started this business in the 1990s based on an (at the time) completely new idea and approach to travel. Rather than just throw a bunch of trips out there and wait for people to “bite,” we take the complete opposite approach, and make ourselves available to our clients to go where they want to […]

What’s a Small Group for Us? Two!

January 23, 2016 We are the only legitimate company in the English-speaking world which creates, plans and leads private, custom-designed small group tours. Well, wait a second. We could say that with all honesty until about five years ago when we started to notice copycats following what those in the industry told us we were […]