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 25+ years of European travel.

** Our 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 trips were cancelled due to the global pandemic, but we’re looking forward to Fall 2021 when we’ll return to Europe! We’re welcoming a Luberon Experience group in September and three Puglia Experience groups in October. We’re also looking forward to a full schedule in 2022, including several trips in new destinations.

In September 2020 we launched a series of Virtual European Experiences, weekly webinars on a variety of interesting topics, most presented by our co-leaders and European partners. Use the link to access recordings of most of our programs. We’re also posting travel stories and photos on Facebook and Instagram. If we can’t travel now, we’ll dream of travel and beautiful places! **

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.”


2021 Trips

We’re looking forward to hosting our groups again when tourism to our host countries is possible again and we’re confident we can offer a safe, fun and interesting experience. We’ve just confirmed our Fall 2021 trips to the Luberon and Puglia; a few spots are still available!

See the details of our Fall 2021 schedule. If a trip is full, we’re happy to add your name to our waiting list.

2022 Trips

We all have a lot of traveling to make up for, and in 2022 we’re offering 28 trips!

Seven-night “Experience” trips

We’re offering our one-week Experience trips in the Luberon, Chianti, the Périgord, the Cotswolds, and Puglia. These trips will be hosted by Kathy, joined by one of our experienced co-leaders.

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 three 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 trips 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.

Click Here to Learn About All Our Trips in 2022!!


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.

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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. Other travelers visit Europe. With us you will experience it!

– Kathy and Charley Wood

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.

We hope you enjoy our most recent posts:

One Week in One Place – Experience Much More!

European Experiences in the Great Outdoors

I’m Dreaming of Chianti… and the day we can return

An Autumn of Traveling Virtually

A Cotswolds Experience: Discovering History and Gardens at Sudeley Castle

We’re a member of ETOA, the European Tourism Association.
European Experiences is a proud sponsor of JourneyWoman, a leading website and online community for women travelers. JourneyWoman has recognized us as a woman-friendly business that understands the unique needs of women travelers.