Award-winning Small Group Tours in Europe’s Most Beautiful Places

Tours of a Lifetime 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.

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 in-depth experience. We just completed our 2023 season, and we’re booking now for 2024!

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.”

Now booking for 2024!

Click Here to see our 2024 Schedule!!

We’re now booking for our 25 trips in 2024. 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 and co-founder Charley (now mostly retired). Learn about our team here.

Seven-night “Experience” trips

In 2024 Kathy Wood is leading seven-night Experience trips in the Luberon, the Chianti region of Tuscany, the Cotswolds, and the Périgord (Dordogne) in southwest France.

Jennifer Dugdale is leading seven-night Experience trips in Paris, Mediterranean Provence, and the Riviera Hillsides.

Shorter “Inside” trips

We also offer four-night “Inside” trips based in cities, with a focus on special experiences and discoveries– not the typical tourist sites. These groups are smaller, about eight people. “Inside” trips are also hosted by Jennifer Dugdale and are intended to be combined with one of our week-long trips, but can be booked as a standalone trip. When an Inside trip is combined with an adjacent Experience, we’ll provide transportation between the two locations.

In 2024 we’re offering two Inside Paris trips, which match up with several Experiences in France. We’re also offering Inside Bath before one of our Cotswolds Experience weeks.

Longer “Experience” trips

We offer several longer Experience trips, which include stays in several bases. Kathy and Charley Wood are leading The Cornwall Experience (10 nights) in April and The European Christmas Experience (12 nights) in late November/early December. Kathy is also leading our eight-night Normandy Experience trip.

Jennifer is leading our new 11-night Morocco Experience trip in early 2024. We’re especially excited about this new destination.

Trips Just for Women

We have a special commitment to help women travel. We’re delighted in 2024 to offer six trips for groups of women only: in the Luberon, the Riviera Hillsides, Mediterranean Provence, Paris (our four-night “Inside” experience), and the Cotswolds. Learn more about our special European Experiences for Women.

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Explore our website to learn more about our approach to travel and a typical week on one of our “Experience” trips. 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.

Traveler Reviews on Google and Facebook

Slow Travel Tours

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.

Enjoy some of our most recent posts:

Looking back on 2023 and looking ahead to 2024

Is International Travel worth the Hassles—and the Risk?

The Magic of Christmas in Europe

Experiences by the Sea (Mediterranean Provence, Cornwall & Puglia)

A Cotswolds Experience – Our Evenings at the Fleece Inn

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. Kathy Wood is a member of the JourneyWoman Travel Advisory Council.

See the European Experiences listing on the JourneyWoman website, including reviews from women travelers.