Cheese Fondue and Cows – a Dream Comes True in Appenzell

October 21 Tour guide and founder of European Focus James Derheim first met Mariana C. from Sarasota in about 2004 when he and his wife, Jenean, operated a small retail store selling European imports (a sideline of ours for ten years) in the historic Burns Court area of downtown Sarasota. Mariana was a steady customer […]

European Focus, Sarasota, FL

A unique company specializing in custom-designed, private tours created for singles, couples or families. We have also led tours for small groups of friends who have common interests and travel goals. We conducted 11 tours in 2012 between early March and the end of October and are looking forward to another exciting season in 2013.

From Aachen to Copenhagen to the Wachau Valley, New Favorites Explored in 2012

I cannot tell how many times in the past 23 years that I’ve driven past the exit for Aachen, Germany. This past October I finally took that exit and discovered along with my three guests from Manila one of the most charming of small German cities, and one which is packed with history and ancient […]

Paris, Provence and the Côte d’ Azur, France Offer for July

PARIS, PROVENCE & CÔTE D’AZUR Micro Group Tour for July (Max 5 adults) This trip starts off with two nights in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, with a guide who knows how to make the most of your time. We then move away from the cities to explore several distinct regions of Provence […]

You mean you actually will custom-design and lead a trip for just two people?

We get this question often at our retail store “European Focus Village” in the heart of Sarasota, Florida. The answer is, “Yes, all of the time!” In fact, more than half of the 10-15 trips we design and lead each season (March through October) are with repeat clients, couples, who have been completely spoiled by […]

Paris, Southwestern France and Barcelona Micro-Group Tour

PARIS, SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE & BARCELONA Dates TBD on interest and group This trip starts off with three nights in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, with a guide who knows how to make the most of your time here. We then move away from the city to explore the environs o southwestern France. Carcassonne […]

Misty Morning in Istria, Croatia

We love Istria. The countryside, the people, the food! We hope to bring more guests to this historically significant and gorgeous part of Europe in the near future.

Just booked – tour in Belgium and France

Our retail store “European Focus Village” on Main Street in Sarasota, FL draws hundreds of shoppers looking for a unique gift or home decorating item. Those items, ranging from French tablecloths to German “Smokers” to ceramics from Portugal, Poland and Deruta are all hand selected by us while we travel around Europe with our private […]