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’re beginning our 2024 season and just announced our 2025 schedule.

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 Fall 2024 and 2025 Trips

Fall 2024 Trips

2025 Trips

Our 2024 season is well underway, and we’ve welcomed wonderful groups in England, France, and Italy. We still have a few openings in some of our 2024 trips.

We’re offering 24 trips in 2024 and 28 trips in 2025. Most of our trips are led by European Experiences owner and co-founder Kathy Wood or our partner in Provence, Jennifer Dugdale. Our new Inside Lyon trip will debut in 2025, led by our third team member, Drew Fedorka. We’re joined by an excellent co-leaders, including Kathy’s husband and co-founder Charley (now mostly retired). Learn about our team here.

Seven-night “Experience” trips

Kathy Wood leads seven-night Experience trips in the Luberon, the Chianti region of Tuscany, the Cotswolds, the Périgord (Dordogne) in southwest France, Normandy in northern France, Alsace in eastern France, and Puglia in southern Italy.

Jennifer Dugdale leads seven-night Experience trips in Paris, Mediterranean Provence, the Riviera Hillsides, and a new 2025 trip in northern Portugal.

Some Experience trips are now offered every other year.

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 hosted by Jennifer Dugdale or Drew Fedorka 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 France we offer Inside Paris and Inside Lyon, which can be combined with other trips in France. In England we offer Inside Bath before or after one our Cotswolds Experience weeks.

Longer “Experience” trips

We also offer several longer Experience trips, which include stays in several bases. Kathy and Charley Wood lead The Cornwall Experience (10 nights) and The European Christmas Experience (12 nights; four nights each in Salzburg, Munich, and Colmar).

Jennifer leads our new 11-night Morocco Experience trip, which was launched in March 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 to offer six trips for groups of women only in 2024 and three women’s trips in 2025: our Women’s trips often include trips 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:

We loved Morocco… and especially the people!

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.