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Updated on February 15, 2016
Please read before submitting your tour inquiry form.
European Focus Private Tours primary guides James and Jenean Derheim spend many months per year living and working in Europe for our clients. Airfare is not part of the equation when we quote the cost of a tour for you because we do about 15-18 tours per year and airfare is just a tiny part of the overall cost of your tour.
Genealogical research tours are offered in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, parts of eastern France, Ireland and England.
All travelers must have health insurance that covers them in Europe. Trip cancellation or interruption insurance is mandatory.
Special diet needs must be made clear before you sign your contract.
We can take small children, but parents need to know that booster seats from America are not acceptable in the EU due to their different laws. Booster seats would need to be rented by the parent(s) for the duration of the trip for all children under the age of six or who are shorter than four foot, five inches.
We are not equipped to take people who need a wheelchair to get around.
We are happy to provide a contract and liability waiver prepared by our company’s attorney to interested parties in advance of you starting the planning process with us.
Due to the highly personal and exclusive nature of our trips, European Focus Private Tours are more expensive than bus tours due to the luxury of having a private guide, private vehicle, upscale lodging, choice of food and personal service. If you request an all city tour (Prague, Vienna, Paris for example or a trip that is mainly concentrated on large cities) you can expect to pay more due to the high costs of lodging and transportation in those cities.
A tour price is calculated by adding the costs of lodging, breakfasts, lunches, fuel, the cost of the vehicle, tolls and other logistical costs of travel and your guide’s fee.
Costs do go down some when you add more people to your group.
Always ask via your Tour Application for a no-obligation price estimate for your Trip of a Lifetime. We are happy to provide this and we never add you to a mailing list.
Submission of your tour interest form
We respond, usually within 24 hours
A “First Draft” itinerary is presented to you
If needed, a “Second Draft” is presented
After you accept our plan, we price the trip
The decision is up to you at this point
At your “Go,” a contract is prepared, deposit is taken and reservations are made
This process is expected to be complete within 10 days of your submission of your tour interest form.
View our contract here.
A deposit of at least 1500 Euro (about $1,900 depending on exchange rates) per person holds your dates.
All tours are priced in the Euro. If your tour is an all-England and Scotland tour, then your tour may be priced in Pounds Sterling. Guests pay in U.S. dollars, converted on your payment dates to the Euro or Pound equivalent.
Full payment for your tour is due no less than 15 days prior to your departure.
Your trip insurance covers your investment in case something happens which prevents you from traveling during your assigned time. The policies that we write for our clients also include a “Cancel for Any Reason” stipulation, which covers you in case something happens to your guide. If something happens to your guide, you are reimbursed the full amount of your contract with us. (Airfare is not part of our contract, but you can purchase a separate policy for your airfare, or use the airfare money within 12 months. Ask us for clarification)
Tour slots are booked on a first come, first served basis. Space is not held until we have a contract and deposit. We work with multiple clients at any given time, so it is important that you know that you may be in the running for dates already selected by another client or clients. We inform you if this is the case when you make first contact.
A tour is considered booked on the day your signed contract and liability waiver arrives in our office.
Trip cancellation and interruption insurance is mandatory, to protect you and your investment in case the worst happens.
Our Company Vehicle
2012 Volkswagen Multivan “Highline” edition seating up to six passengers plus driver.