San Gimignano is the Medieval Manhattan of Italy

October 31 We spent three nights here recently with clients from Sarasota, Florida. San Gimignano is one of the most famous of the Tuscan hill towns. It once had 70 towers but today only 13 survive. These towers were built to show the status of various families who were usually in conflict with one another. […]

First Snow of the Season In The Alps

October 24 We were treated to these magnificent views as we made our way today from northern Bavaria to the Austrian Tyrol near Innsbruck.

What You Don’t Get on a Mass Produced Bus Tour

Reason Number 187 to take a European Focus Private Tour Bus tours cram so much into a single day that there is no chance for being spontaneous or taking the road less traveled. If you like to get up at 5:30 and have your bags outside your door by 6:30 then bus tours are probably […]

We Prepare You for foreign travel Like No Other Tour Company

October 15 Our recently updated Travel Tips and Lessons Learned helps our clients get comfortable with their trip long before they board the airplane. Check it out here.

Castle Combe is England’s Frozen in Time Village

Sept 1 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 […]

Salisbury’s Magnificent Cathedral

August 30 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 […]

How Do You End the Trip of a Lifetime in Germany?

August 23 Dolores Petit always wanted to visit her ancestral country of Germany but her husband would not allow it. A member of the French Resistance as a young teen, he harbored hard feelings against not just some Germans but the entire country. When they traveled, they went to see his relatives in France. So, […]

How Much does a European Focus Private Tour Cost?

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 […]