2022 European Experiences Trips

2020 was an unexpected disruption to all our lives in many ways, and the interruption to international travel has unfortunately continued into 2021. But we’re very optimistic about the future, and especially about travel in 2022. We know so many people are ready to travel again– and we’re now open for bookings for 2022!

If you’re interested in a specific 2022 trip, we encourage you to contact us soon to ensure your spot. (Several trips are already full.)

We understand that some people aren’t ready yet to commit to travel plans for 2022. Of course you can also make a booking at any time during coming year, as many trips will continue to have openings. And cancellations are always possible, resulting on unexpected openings. So please do contact us if you want to wait-list for a trip. We can even wait-list you for a trip that isn’t yet full, and we’ll contact you when you need to make a decision.

Use the links below to learn more about each trip, see photos and videos, and read our articles on the Slow Travel Tours blog. We’re excited to expand our offerings in 2022, including several new Experience trips, some shorter “Inside” trips, and some all-women trips. Email Kathy at any time if you have questions!

We’re looking forward to experiencing one of Europe’s most beautiful places with you soon!

The Cornwall Experience

Cornwall is a unique and ancient area of England, the southwest tip, with over 300 miles of mostly-rugged coastline and a sub-tropical climate. This special 10-day trip, expands our usual Experience week to include several days on the idyllic Isles of Scilly. We'll enjoy quaint fishing villages, white sand beaches, historic and natural sites, prehistoric structures, world-famous gardens, and excellent local cuisine. This trip will be offered again in 2023.

2022 Dates: April 19-29 (Tues to Fri); Sept 1-11 (Thurs to Sun)
Prices: $6,000 per person, double occupancy; $6,850 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy and Charley Wood
Status: April 19-29 waiting list only; Sept 1-11 one opening

The Paris Experience

You may have visited Paris before-- maybe several times, but you'll discover a very different Paris during this week. The focus of this special Experience is the locals' authentic Paris, the less-discovered sites and experiences most tourists never discover. On themed days we'll explore French gastronomy and food history, art and architecture, homes and gardens, neighborhoods, and history, offering a true "inside" experience. We'll also travel outside the center of Paris for a memorable adventure. We plan to offer this trip again in 2023.

2022 Dates: April in Paris: April 20-27 (Wed to Wed);
Paris in the Fall: Sept 24-Oct 1 (Sat to Sat)
Prices: $3,950 per person, double occupancy; $4,400 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: April 20-27 waiting list only; Sept 24-Oct 1 two openings
The Mediterranean Provence Experience

This week is based in a waterfront village in the protected, lesser-known western area of the French Riviera. The landscape features a mix of natural Provence forests, rocky cliffs, coastal paths, discreet sandy coves, and the azur blue sea. Our week includes day trips to Marseille and Toulon, visits to coastal villages and vineyards, boat trips to enjoy the spectacular scenery, and much more. This trip will be offered again in 2023.

2022 Dates: April 30-May 7 (Sat to Sat); May 20-27 (Fri to Fri);
Sept 10-17 Women's Week (Sat to Sat)
Prices: $3,950 per person, double occupancy; $4,400 single occupancy.
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: May 20-27 waiting list only; April 30-May 7 & Sept 10-17 several openings
The Luberon Experience

The Luberon is an incredibly beautiful valley surrounded by low mountains and views in every direction. The authentic perched village of Bonnieux is the perfect base to experience the best of Provence. Our week includes perched villages, colorful outdoor markets, wineries, picnics, castle ruins and more. This trip was named one of National Geographic Traveler's 50 best tours in the world in 2012. This trip is offered annually, in May and September.

2022 Dates: May 7-14; May 14 - 21 Women's Week;
Sept 17-24; Sept 24-Oct 1 (all trips Sat to Sat)
Prices: $3,500 per person, double occupancy; $4,000 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Gina McIntosh
Status: May 7-14 waiting list only; several openings in the other three trips
Inside Paris

This four-night "insider's" experience in Paris will introduce you a more authentic Paris, including experiences not normally accessible to visitors. We'll explore French gastronomy and food history, art and architecture, and homes and gardens, often through the perspective of Parisian hosts. (Note: we won't visit the major tourist sites, so this is not intended as a traveler's first visit to Paris.)

2022 Dates: May 10-14 Just for Women (Tues to Sat); May 16-20 (Wed to Sun);
Sept 20-24 Just for Women (Tues to Sat)
Prices: $2,500 per person, double occupancy; $2,900 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: several openings in all three trips

This is an ideal trip to combine with The Luberon Experience Women's Week, May 14-21, Mediterranean Provence May 20-27 or Mediterranean Provence Women's Week, Sept 10-17.
The Chianti Experience

The beautiful wine region of Chianti is located between Florence and Siena in the heart of Tuscany. Our groups base in the medieval village of Castellina-in-Chianti in a former palace overlooking the vineyards. Our week includes bustling historic towns, quiet hilltop villages, a cooking class in a farmhouse kitchen, two winery visits, and incredible meals, including dinner with friends at their hilltop castle home. We plan to offer this trip again in 2023.

2022 Dates: May 28-June 4; June 4-11 (Sat to Sat)
Prices: $3,600 per person, double occupancy; $4,000 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood, Arianna Cini and Alessio di Genova
Status: both trips waiting list only
The Riviera Hillsides Experience

This new Experience week is based in the scenic foothills behind the famous French Riviera, offering a very different ambiance from the glitzy beaches of the Riviera. The backcountry of the Côte d'Azur is bathed in sunshine and carpeted in olive groves. The protected micro-climate favors temperate plant species and flowers of all kinds, important for the perfume industry. Our week includes visits to perched villages and lush gardens, a special day focused on art and artists, an excursion by boat to an offshore island, food-related experiences and much more. We'll offer this trip again in 2023.

2022 Dates: June 5-12 Women's Week; June 12-19 (Sun to Sun)
Prices: $3,950 per person, double occupancy; $4,400 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: several openings in both trips
The Périgord Experience

The lovely Dordogne region of southwest France is famous for its rivers, castles, prehistoric sites, and exceptional cuisine. Based in the village of Montignac on the Vézère river, our Périgord Experience week includes a day in the historic town of Sarlat, explorations of several of France's most beautiful villages, castles and gardens; guided visits to famous prehistoric sites; and memorable meals in a variety of settings. We'll offer this trip again in 2024.

2022 Dates: June 15-22; June 22-29 (Wed to Wed)
Prices: $3,600 per person, double occupancy; $4,000 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Kelly Wood
Status: June 15-22 one opening; June 22-29 several openings

Inside Bath

Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage City on a four-night intense experience, hosted by a former Bath resident, who can offer a true insider's perspective. Our group will explore Roman history, Georgian architecture, Jane Austen sites, and favorite local spots for food and drink. We'll also make a day trip to the nearby port city of Bristol, with its own interesting history. We hope to offer this trip again in 2023.

2022 Dates: June 28 - July 2 (Tues to Sat)
Prices: $2,500 per person, double occupancy; $2,900 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: waiting list only

Located on the southern end of the Cotswolds, this is an ideal trip to combine with The Cotswolds Experience, June 2 - 9.
The Cotswolds Experience

The Cotswolds is the English countryside you've dreamed of: an idyllic land of rolling hills, gentle streams, grazing sheep, and quaint stone cottages. The well-preserved town of Chipping Campden, with its lovely High Street, is our home for the week. Our week includes historic castles, traditional pubs, magnificent gardens, quaint villages, a visit to a historic (and perhaps haunted) village pub, and a special dinner at the Pudding Club. We'll offer this trip again in 2023.

2022 Dates: Women's Week July 2-9; July 16-23; July 23 - 30 (Sat to Sat)
Prices: $3,600 per person, double occupancy; $4,000 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Susan Tseng
Status: July 2-9 & July 16-23 waiting list only; July 23-30 several openings

The Cotswolds Walking Week

On this special week we'll explore the beautiful Cotswolds mostly on foot, enjoying some of the 3,000 miles of public footpaths in this protected rural landscape. The footpaths cross through fields of grazing sheep, crops, grassland and forests; meander by small streams; and pass through small villages of honey-colored Cotswold stone, often with a welcoming village pub. The week will include daily walks of 4 - 8 miles, as well as other typical Cotswolds experiences. We'll offer this trip in the future based on interest.

2022 Dates: July 9-16 (Sat to Sat)
Prices: $3,600 per person, double occupancy; $4,000 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Andrew Guppy
Status: three openings
The Puglia Experience

Our week in southern Italy ("the heel of the boot") offers unique experiences and spectacular scenery on the sea and in the countryside. We'll base in the hilltop "white city" of Ostuni, just a few miles from the Adriatic coast. Our week includes special visits to family wineries and small food producers, guided walks in fascinating towns and villages (including Lecce and Alberobello, explorations of ancient sites, and a cooking class. Of course, our meals will be a highlight! We'll offer this trip again in 2023.

2022 Dates: Oct 6-13; Oct 13-20 (Thurs to Thurs)
Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,100 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Tommaso Perrone
Status: October 6-13 two openings; October 13-20 several openings
The European Christmas Experience

This 12-night "trip of a lifetime" takes us to three different areas during the magical Christmas season: Salzburg, Austria; Munich, Germany; and Colmar in Alsace, France. We enjoy the holiday atmosphere and traditions through special experiences including walking tours, Christmas markets, visits to museums and historical sites, day trips to the countryside and small villages, musical events, and a cooking class. So much more than a Christmas markets trip! We hope to offer this trip again in December 2023, based on interest.

2022 Dates: Nov 28-Dec 10 (Mon to Sat)
Prices: $5,750 per person, double occupancy; $6,400 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy and Charley Wood
Status: two openings