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 tours were cancelled due to the global pandemic, but we’re busy looking forward to the future when international travel is possible again. We’re evaluating our upcoming 2021 tours and beginning to plan for 2022. (If you’re interested in a 2021 trip but aren’t ready to commit, we can hold a spot for you without a deposit.) We’ve also launched a series of Virtual European Experiences, weekly webinars on a variety of interesting topics, most presented by our co-leaders and European partners. And we’re 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.” Learn much more about this special trip on our Luberon Experience website.


2021 Trips

We opened for 2021 bookings on March 1, 2021. In 2021 we’ll host 12 trips in six locations:

    • We’re hosting two weeks of The Luberon Experience in 2021: a week in May and a week in September.
    • We’ll offer a Return to the Luberon week in May.
    • In June we’ll offer two weeks of The Chianti Experience and one week of The Alsace Experience.
    • We’ll return to England in July for two different trips in the Cotswolds: Return to the Cotswolds and The Cotswolds Experience.
    • We’re welcoming a group on our 10-day Cornwall Experience trip in early September.
    • In October we’ll host three weeks of our newest Experience, The Puglia Experience in southern Italy.

See the details of our 2021 schedule. Several trips are already full, but we do run waiting lists. We’d love to have you join us!

Join our mailing list to stay in touch with us through our newsletter (four or five times a year), including our schedule announcement every March. 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

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:

An Autumn of Traveling Virtually

A Cotswolds Experience: Discovering History and Gardens at Sudeley Castle

Traveling at Home Through Memorable Meals

Finding Happiness in Flowers

When Travelers Can’t Travel

Seeking Simplicity

A Cotswolds Experience: Sticky Toffee Pudding

We’re a member of ETOA, the European Tourism Association.