Postcard from the Archives

We love to spoil our guests

European Focus Private Tours are the antidote to all of the upcharging and exhaustion-inducing “touring” forced on people by the mass produced travel industry. We don’t nickel and dime our guests. Your final payment is your final payment, period. Meals are included – and our guests choose what they want from the menu. No “optional” […]

The Value of the Almighty Dollar – these might be the "Good Old Days"

The value of the dollar has a huge impact on the cost of travel and doing business in Europe. Right now, the dollar is “relatively” strong. Relative, that is, to the terrible weakness in the fall of 2008 when a Euro cost as much as $1.65 Travelers may look back on the current $1.31 to […]

A Guinness a Day Keeps the Vet Away

A favorite shot from time spent in Dingle, Ireland. This Jack Russell Terrier obviously knows the health benefits of having a slurp of Ireland’s most famous beer daily at the Small Bridge Pub. This pub is a regular stopping place during our West Coast of Ireland trips.

Tours by Globus, Trafalgar, Tauck no comparison to European Focus Private Tours

A “big bus tour” would never have taken the time needed to get to the top (cablecar) much less allow for plenty of picture taking and a cold one at the top. Sometimes people mention that they’re considering taking a tour from one of the companies like Rick Steves mentioned in the headline above. After […]

1989 – 2009 Celebrating 20 Years of Living and Working in Europe

James Derheim, founder and co-owner of European Focus Private Tours first arrived in Europe in the summer of 1989 to begin what turned out to be a pivotal job as a photographer for the European edition of the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper, published in Griesheim, near Darmstadt, Germany. More than a million miles traveled and […]

Clients can now pay with Visa, MasterCard, AMEX

Starting today, clients wishing to reserve their spot on our calendar can do so with a $500 per person deposit using their Visa, MasterCard or AMEX. This allows quicker booking of prime, sought-after spots on the calendar and of course, allows our clients to rack up those points or miles faster! The balance of tour […]

A long stay in Europe begins

Greetings from Rothenburg ob der Tauber. I arrived in Germany on a beautiful, summerlike day April 27. It had not rained a drop in Germany in all of April but it didn’t look like it from the windows of the plane as we descended. The countryside was a riot of green, puncuated by yellow fields […]