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 […]

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 […]

The 2018 Season (So Far)

This year’s tours are as varied and different as ever, with a mix of repeat and new guests filling our calendar. We have just a few spots left open, so if you are “on the fence” about traveling with European Focus in 2018, it might just be time to hop down and join our exclusive […]

Getting into the Spirit of Oktoberfest in Bavaria

Our group of five couples from the Orlando and Charleston area, close friends since many years, all went out and bought apparel for their first in a lifetime (but we have a feeling not the last!) visit to the “Big Daddy” of beer festivals in Munich, Germany in September, 2017. Here we make a stop […]

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 […]

Into the Scottish Highlands with the Guthrie Sisters

Jenean had the pleasure of helping three close-knit sisters, all descended from the Guthrie Clan, appreciate and better understand their heritage during an eight-day trip around Scotland. They took an excursion from Edinburgh one day up into the Scottish Highlands. These are images from that trip.

William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

The Wallace Monument, just outside Stirling, Scotland, was erected 500 years after the death of William Wallace (aka Braveheart). His memory looms large in the history of Scotland. He was cruelly and torturously killed at the Tower of London in 1305 at the age of 35, accused of treason by Edward I, King of England. […]

The Locals Help in Bacup, Lancashire

Ken and Michelle’s England adventure continued on August 9 with a long drive up from West Sussex up to Lancashire, in the north of England. We stayed at a small hotel buried in trees on a bluff overlooking the industrial town of Burnley. The next morning, bright and sunny, we drove a short distance out […]