One of my favorite places to bring guests for lunch and a stroll afterwards is the miniscule village of Beilstein on the Mosel River. This hamlet survives entirely on tourism. Of course, it wasn’t always this way, as the castle ruin and vineyards surrounding the village tell a story of a bustling crossroads of trade […]

High Above the Rhein

One of my favorite places to bring my guests is a place that I’m really not supposed to drive to. The road in is clearly marked “For Farmers Only.” I’ve always wanted to add a line in magic marker, “and for James Derheim, sometimes.” The road winds its way through fields and vineyards, coming to […]

Special Offer for Tours in 2008

Those booking trips with European Focus Private Tours for 2008 can enjoy interest on their tour deposits. For all trips booked before July 1, 2007 we are offering a flat 7% interest (starting on the day you make your deposit and ending on the day your trip commences, APY) for all trips of at least […]

Next Tour Starts May 24

I’m getting ready for the arrival of tour number three for this season. Rudy and Shirley Rice, Devon Kruger and Phyllis Goble will be arriving in Frankfurt on the 24th to start their Grand Adventure. We’re going to start in Miltenberg am Main (shown above) with two nights at the venerable ‘Riesen’ hotel. This hotel […]

Scouting for a private tour in Franconia

My wife Jenean and I love to go scouting for tours. What is scouting? It’s the tour before the tour. I have to become the expert in a very short time on a village or town that my clients have hired me to show them. In this case, it’s a part of Franconia just to […]


Mark Twain wrote in his novel ‘A Tramp Abroad’ about Heidelberg Castle: ‘Misfortune has done for this old tower what it has done for the human character sometimes – improved it.’ Here our guest Ruth Ertel takes in one of the most beautiful ruins in Germany. For more information about Mark Twain’s stay in Heidelberg […]

Nightwatchman postcards

Coming soon, a new set of sepia-toned postcards featuring my best friend, Hans Georg Baumgartner, aka the ‘Night Watchman of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.’ Georg and I have been working on these the last couple of days and they are just about to go into production. We will have several scenes available. Shown here is […]

Plan now for Christmas Market Tour

It’s time to reserve your spot on our 2nd Christmas Markets Tour in Germany and the Alsace. Why book now? Because hotels are already taking reservations (and have been for months) and we want to be sure to get our guests into the best possible rooms in the towns and cities where we will stay. […]