Memories of the Emerald Isle

How do you play “catch up” on 34 years of missed or delayed vacations? Bernie from Germany did his best on an eight-day tour of his ancestral land, with three nights in Cashel, Tipperary followed by two nights each in Kenmare and Dingle, Kerry. We wrapped up his adventure with a stay in Bunratty, County […]

Exploring Ireland

Most people take at least one vacation per year, sometimes more than one. Not hard working Bernie Friese from Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. He waited 34 years to visit Ireland, land of his forefathers. His last real vacation was in 1986 to the Pacific Northwest and Utah. In between, he raised a family, ran […]

Ancestral Discoveries in Waldgirmes and Breidenbach, Germany

Caroline Gries had waited a long time for her trip to ancestral Germany. During the actual trip, what she looked forward to most of all was her visit to Waldgirmes, where she and her brother had already established contact with a local authority who is very knowledgeable about Jewish ancestry there. We arrived at exactly […]

Wallerstein’s Jewish Past

The hamlet of Wallerstein near the larger town of Noerdlingen has an interesting past, having once had a very large castle and many Jewish inhabitants. In fact, the synagogue once stood on the main road passing through town, which was unusual as synagogues were usually tucked away in a distinctly Jewish neighborhood. Unfortunately, the 1970s […]

On the Ancestral Trail in Ansbach, Franconia, Germany

Two avid historians helped us with getting access to the Jewish sites in Ansbach, Germany. We met Alexander Biernoth and his friend Stefan Giestzinger on a frigid mid-April morning. Both were extremely well-prepared, opening the historic Jewish Synagogue for us at the start of our walking tour of the center of this historic small city. […]

Tracing Jewish Ancestors in Bechhofen, Bavaria

One of the more than dozen ancestral villages visited by lifelong genealogist Caroline Gries was tiny Bechhofen, located in Middle Franconia, Germany. We were lucky to have a local historian, Hans-Rainer Preiss, standing by to help us understand more about the Jewish history of this place. This included a visit to the location of the […]

Jewish Genealogy Trip Success Story in Niedernberg, Bavaria

Caroline Gries from Denver, Colorado has long wanted to visit her ancestral villages in Germany, where her Jewish forefathers lived before emigrating to the United States in the 1840s. That trip was made possible in April, 2017 by European Focus. Caroline visited more than a dozen villages connected with her extensive family tree. The first […]

2017 Tour Bookings

December 30, 2016 Updated June 7, 2017 It’s shaping up to be another exciting year for European Focus Private Tours. This will be our 28th year of providing services to our clients in Europe and we are looking forward to the following booked adventures. Openings exist in August. Trip 281 of our career April 17 […]