Postcard from the Sudtirol

The ancient village was razed to the ground to make way for a large reservoir. All that remains of the 13th century church is the tower, poking up like a ghostly reminder from the waters.

Civita di Bagnoregio

This lost village on a high, crumbling hilltop was founded by Etruscans over twenty-five hundred years ago, but has seen its population dwindle to just fifteen residents over the course of the 20th century. Cività was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen […]

What a Year Lies Ahead!

The year 2011 is turning out, so far, to be our most exciting and varied season of travel ever. Starting on April 11 with Jim’s departure for Europe, our travels with our private tour clients will include tulip season in the Netherlands, a visit to the watery city of Brugge, genealogy exploration in Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany), […]

Plan now for your trip of a lifetime

Premium slots are going fast – with May, June and the second half of September, 2010 already taken by other adventurers. If you’re still on the sidelines in late January, you might be “out of luck” to travel in style with European Focus in 2010. We’re seeing a great deal of pent-up demand following the […]

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 […]

A Conversation with Rick Steves

James Derheim at left, Rick Steves at right. (Photo by Rick Steves) Rick Steves was in Rothenburg the last couple of nights, updating his popular guide book and basically causing a miniature earthquake everywhere he went among tourists who know his TV show and books. Rick is a Super Celebrity among the traveling masses. His […]