Award-winning Small Group Tours in Europe’s Most Beautiful Places
Are you dreaming of a different kind of European vacation?
An immersion in a different culture and way of life?
The opportunity to get to know local people?
A focus on simple pleasures?
A beautiful setting in the countryside?
A leisurely and relaxed pace?
If this type of vacation appeals to you, you’ll enjoy our European Experiences trips! We offer small group tours in the most beautiful areas of Europe, special places that have captured our hearts in 30 years of European travel.
** Our 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 trips were cancelled due to the global pandemic, but we were delighted to host four groups in Fall 2021: a Luberon Experience group in September and three Puglia Experience groups in October. We’re now looking forward to a full schedule in 2022, including several trips in new destinations. **
Each year we offer several weeks of The Luberon Experience in Provence, France, based in the village of Bonnieux (shown below). Our other trips vary each year, as we share other wonderful places in Europe that we love with travelers looking for an indepth experience.
The Luberon Experience was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012. We’re very proud to be identified as one of the best tours in the world, “designed for experience, immersion, sustainability, and cultural connection.”
We all have a lot of traveling to make up for, and in 2022 we’re offering 27 trips! All our trips are led by European Experiences owner and co-founder Kathy Wood or our partner in Provence, Jennifer Dugdale. We’re joined by an excellent team of co-leaders, including Kathy’s husband Charley (now mostly retired) and their daughter Kelly. Learn about our team here.
Seven-night “Experience” trips
We’re offering a special new trip, The Cotswolds Walking Week, co-led by Kathy and our friend Andrew Guppy, who owns a walking tour company in the Cotswolds.
We’re delighted to announce several new one-week Experience trips hosted by our friend and partner in Aix-en-Provence, Jennifer Dugdale. These new Experience trips are based in areas of France Jennifer knows well: Paris, Mediterranean Provence, and the Riviera Hillsides.
Shorter “Inside” trips
In 2022 we’re introducing a new type of Experience, four-night “Inside” trips based in cities, with a focus on special experiences and discoveries– not the typical tourist sites. These groups will be smaller, about eight people. “Inside” trips will also be hosted by Jennifer Dugdale and are intended to be combined with one of our week-long trips. When an Inside trip is combined with an adjacent Experience, we’ll provide transportation between the two locations. In 2022 we’re offering two Inside Paris trips, which match up with several Experiences in the south of France. We’re also offering Inside Bath, before one of our Cotswolds Experience weeks.
Longer “Experience trips
We’re also offering our two longer Experiences in 2022, The Cornwall Experience (10 nights) in April and September and The European Christmas Experience (12 nights) in late November/early December 2022. These trips are led by Kathy and Charley.
Trips Just for Women
We have a special commitment to help women travel. We’re delighted in 2022 to again offer for groups of women only– in the Luberon, the Riviera Hillsides, Mediterranean Provence, Paris (Inside Paris), and the Cotswolds. Learn more about our special European Experiences for Women.
Join our mailing list to stay in touch with us through our newsletter (four or five times a year), including our annual schedule announcement. Facebook and Instagram are other great ways to learn more about us, follow our travels, and connect with other European Experiences travelers.
Explore our website to learn more about our approach to travel and a typical week on one of our “Experience” trips. Other travelers visit Europe. With us you will experience it!
– Kathy and Charley Wood
We’re a founding member of Slow Travel Tours, an informal affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France, England and other European countries. All these people have a travel philosophy similar to ours. If one of our trips isn’t right for you, we hope you’ll consider one of theirs. Follow the Slow Travel Tours blog to learn more about exploring Europe slowly with a small group tour.
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|We’re a member of ETOA, the European Tourism Association.|
We’re proud to be part of JourneyWoman’s Verified Partner Program, which tells women that our services are women-friendly. JourneyWoman™ is the most beloved and respected women’s travel brand in the world, helping women travel safely and well for almost 30 years.
See the European Experiences listing on the JourneyWoman website, including reviews from women travelers.