Dates, Prices and Logistics

2017 Trips

We’re now focused on getting ready for our 2017 trips. A few spots remain in some trips… it’s not too late to join us! We do run waiting lists, so if a trip is full and your plans are flexible, please contact us.

The Luberon Experience in Provence, France

  • April 29 – May 6
  • May 6 – 13
  • May 13 – 20
  • September 9 – 16 (two openings)
  • September 16 – 23 (two openings)

The Alsace Experience in France

  • May 27 – June 3
  • June 3 – 10
  • June 10 – 17

The Périgord Experience in the Dordogne, France

  • June 24 – July 1 (full)
  • July 1 – 8 (full)

The Cotswolds Experience in England

  • July 22 – 29 (full)
  • July 29 – August 5 (five openings)

The European Christmas Experience in Austria, Germany and France

  • November 27 – December 9 (full)
  • December 9 – December 21 (full)

2018 Trips

Our 2018 schedule opened for bookings beginning on March 1, 2017. Our trips often book quickly, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to reserve your spot on one of our Experience trips.

The Cornwall Experience in England

  • April 21 – May 1 (full – waiting list only)

Return to the Luberon in Provence, France

  • May 5 – 12

The Luberon Experience in Provence, France

  • May 12 – 19
  • May 19 – 26
  • September 8 – 15
  • September 15 – 22
  • September 22 – 29

The Chianti Experience in Tuscany, Italy

  • June 2 – 9
  • June 9 – 16

The Alsace Experience in France

  • June 23 – 30
  • June 30 – July 7

The Cotswolds Experience in England

  • July 21 – 28
  • July 28 – August 4

2017 and 2018 Prices

Double occupancy (per person): Luberon – $3,150; Alsace, Périgord, Chianti and Cotswolds – $3,250; **European Christmas – $5,250; *Cornwall – $5,400.

Single occupancy of a double room: Luberon, Alsace, Périgord, Chianti and Cotswolds – $3,650; **European Christmas – $5,950; *Cornwall – $6,200.

Triple occupancy: Triple rooms may be possible; contact us for pricing.

What’s Included

Our trips reflect an outstanding value, with almost all expenses for the week included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in charming 3-star hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with one large bed or twin beds are available. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners (including wine or beer of our choice)
  • All admissions, special activities, and many extras
  • Personalized support from Kathy and Charley
  • Detailed trip planning guide
  • All gratuities
  • Local transportation during the week, including scheduled pick-up and drop-off at designated meeting points

You are responsible for air transportation, transportation to and from the meeting points, meals not included (one lunch and two dinners), travel insurance, and personal expenses.

* The Cornwall Experience is a 10-night trip with different inclusions.
**The European Christmas Experience is a 12-night trip with different inclusions.

Our travelers become friends, and we enjoy experiencing other places together. Many of our travelers have returned for other trips, often bringing friends and family members. Our Travelers Circle offers exciting benefits for our alumni travelers, including 10% discounts on future trips and 5% discounts for travel companions. Read more about our Travelers Circle here.

Note: Our prices may be adjusted in the future due to currency fluctuations; however, the price of your trip is guaranteed at the time of your reservation.

Deposits and Payments

The initial deposit for most trips is $600 per person, payable within seven days of your reservation. The deposit for The European Christmas Experience and the Cornwall Experience is $1000. The balance is due 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. All payments are made in US dollars. You may pay by personal check or by Pay Pal, which provides an option to pay with a credit card. We also accept bank wire transfers from travelers who live outside the USA.

Cancellation Fees

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  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $250 per person; $400 for the European Christmas Experience and The Cornwall Experience
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the total price
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the total price
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the total price

Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason. We strongly recommend travel insurance that includes trip cancellation coverage to protect against financial loss due to certain cancellations and other trip interruptions. You can identify and purchase travel insurance online at www.insuremytrip.com.

Travel Logistics

We meet on Saturday afternoon at a designated train station or airport, between 2 and 3 pm, depending on the location. We strongly recommend arriving in Europe at least one day before our week begins to allow time for “jet lag” adjustment and to provide a buffer for any travel delays. We return to these same meeting places the following Saturday morning, usually allowing for a 10 am train or 10:30 am air departure.

Travel Support

We have two excellent travel consultant partners who can assist you with travel arrangements related to our trips:

France: Sandy McDowell of France Journeys

Italy and England: Sheryl Christensen of GO Tours European Travel

Please contact Sandy or Sheryl directly to make arrangements for their services.

Additional Information

More detailed information about our trips, logistics, and policies is available for each of our trips. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more.

Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer

European Experiences and its owners/employees do not own or operate any entity which provides, or is to provide, goods or services to any European Experiences tour, including accommodations, vehicles, meals, activities, or other services. Because European Experiences does not exercise any control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these suppliers, European Experiences is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such third person, or of any other third party.

European Experiences is not responsible for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to illness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes.

European Experiences is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects, including any and all electronic equipment, of any individual participating in any European Experiences tour.

Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover certain trip cancellations and interruptions, emergency medical evacuation, loss of luggage or personal effects, and other coverage. European Experiences strongly encourages individual travelers to purchase travel insurance.