Two clients from Chicago on their first trip to Europe found the 'real' Venice, away from the tourist crowds during their private tour with us in April, 2014. We take the time to show you the back roads and the hidden places known to locals only. This sets us apart from the dawn til dusk, rush-rush-rush itineraries of the so-called 'bargain' bus tours and cruises.

Two clients from Chicago on their first trip to Europe found the ‘real’ Venice, away from the tourist crowds during their private tour with us in April, 2014. We take the time to show you the back roads and the hidden places known to locals only. This sets us apart from the dawn til dusk, rush-rush-rush itineraries of the so-called ‘bargain’ bus tours and cruises.

July 19

Our goal is to create a lasting memory and vacation for you. If you want to have a carefully-planned trip that is organized but still leaves time for spontaneous sightseeing and adventure, then here we are for you. You are going to come back to Europe someday, aren’t you?

Tourists see Europe. European Focus clients experience Europe.

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The Holocaust Memorial of Berlin

Friday, July 18th, 2014

July 17

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by American architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold.

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Welcome Back Third Time

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

July 16

We make coffee stops special. We stopped in the half-timbered town of Alsfeld, Hessen for coffee after leaving the airport this morning.

We make coffee stops special. We stopped in the half-timbered town of Alsfeld, Hessen for coffee after leaving the airport this morning.

Tim S. and his family along with new wife Mary just arrived from Arizona to begin their 12-day adventure in Germany. Mary has never been to Germany, and she has roots here, so this is an extra special trip. Tim and his family last traveled with European Focus in 2005 and 2006. We are very happy to have this wonderful family back on this side of the Atlantic, and look forward to our adventures in Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Berchtesgaden, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg and the Rhein Valley around Bacharach.

How Much does a European Focus Private Tour Cost?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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 you to an annoying mailing list.

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Friday, July 11th, 2014

July 11

After a string of negative experiences we have taken the Vatican Museums and the attached Sistine Chapel (you cannot visit the Sistine without going through the maze of the museum) permanently off our list of things to see and do in Rome, until they either change things in a major way at the Vatican or they restrict the number of tourists allowed in at any given time.
For more information, visit Trip Advisor, key in Vatican Museum, and look at the bottom three levels of commentary.

We do our best to help our guests avoid tourist traps and negative experiences. There are dozens of churches and smaller museums in Rome where one can enjoy classic art without feeling like a sardine. We will be happy to take our guests to these places so that all may have a more enjoyable experience. Entry to the Cathedral of St. Peter does not require passage through the Vatican Museum, and so, we are happy to take our guests to this place.

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One Spot Left in 2014 Calendar

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

June 25

September is a wonderful time to be in Europe. Crisp days, clear air, not hot and not cold but in-between. James is available during the period of September 5 to 21. As this is our last opening for the year, special pricing applies. Contact us today to start on the trail to the Trip of a Lifetime!

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Germany Small Group Tours Available for Booking Now

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

June 24

Thinking of a small group tour to Germany, Austria or the surrounding areas? Book now through our easy online form. It only takes a few minutes!

We take you to the places that the big bus tours skip.

We take you to the places that the big bus tours skip.

Start Fresh! Our New Arrival Program for 2015 and beyond

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

June 12

Announcing our ‘Start Fresh’ program for all tours in 2015 and beyond! (Does not apply to current clients who are ‘grandfathered’ into whatever system we have used for them in the past)

This will apply to all tours of seven or more days in length and for all travelers who have at least a six hour time difference between their home and their destination.

As noted, this does not apply to our multiple time repeat clients who have established their own system with us which we will continue to respect.

We set up a nice hotel and assist with transportation from the airport to that hotel. (Usually a taxi) We make all the arrangements for your early check-in and rest that day. You can do what you want. Even if that includes going against our professional advice of taking a nice, long, relaxing nap on your arrival day. We start your tour at your hotel the next morning. We provide you with a welcome kit, waiting for you at that hotel, to ease your arrival and assist in your rest.

On Day 2
You – ready to go, awake and not prone to falling down stairs.
Your Guide – ready to show you an excellent experience.

Naturally, our salary does not begin until the morning of Day 2. This should bring a smile to even the hardiest of travelers faces.

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