Travelers Circle Preview – 2023 Trips

Our Travelers Circle program is our way of expressing appreciation to our “alumni” travelers through special benefits and opportunities. Over 60% of our travelers every year are usually Travelers Circle members and their travel companions.

As Travelers Circle members, you always get a special preview of the next year’s trips and the first opportunity to make reservations.

We’re very optimistic about the future of travel. We know so many people are ready to travel again! Today, April 4, we’re announcing the 2023 schedule to the Travelers Circle. Over the next few days you can review the trips, consider your interests, and coordinate with your travel companions. We’re not accepting bookings now. We’ll open for bookings at 6:00 pm EDT on Friday, April 8; you’ll receive a reminder then. (This website will help you determine what day/time this is in your time zone.)

Our 2023 schedule will be announced publicly on April 22, 2022, and we’ll start taking reservations then from first-time travelers.

If you’re interested in a specific 2023 trip, we encourage you to contact us as soon as bookings open on April 8 to ensure your spot. You may also book now for a family member or friend who will travel with you. We can only accept an early reservation for one guest per Travelers Circle member before April 22.

We understand that some people aren’t ready yet to commit to travel plans for 2023. 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.

Travelers Circle members receive a 10% discount on all trips, and travel companions who join you on a first-time European Experiences trip receive a 5% discount. We also extend a 10% discount to Travelers Circle members who rent our Bonnieux apartment.

2023 European Experiences Trips

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 offer 27 trips in 2023, including our new Normandy Experience and eight all-women trips. Email Kathy at any time if you have questions… but please wait to book a trip until we open for bookings on April 8. (You’ll receive an email when bookings open.)

We’re looking forward to experiencing one of Europe’s most beautiful places with you again 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 April 2024.

2023 Dates: April 18-28 (Tues-Fri); Sept 3-13 (Sun-Wed)
Prices: $6,150 per person, double occupancy; $7,000 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy and Charley Wood
Status: April 18-28 (8 openings); Sept 3-13 (2 openings)

Virtual European Experience: Getting to Know The Cornwall Experience

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 2024.

2023 Dates: Paris in the Springtime: April 24-May1 (Mon-Mon); May 7-14 Women's Week (Sun-Sun)
Paris in the Fall: Oct 4-11 (Wed-Wed)
Prices: $4,100 per person, double occupancy; $4,550 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Colmar housesThe Alsace Experience

Join us in the idyllic wine region of Alsace, in the foothills of the Vosges mountains near the German border. We'll stay in the peaceful wine village of Kientzheim, a short walk from popular Kaysersberg. Our week includes picturesque villages, the charming town of Colmar, the 12th century Haut-Koenigsbourg castle and other historical sites, winery tours and tastings, and a day trip to a fascinating outdoor heritage museum. We'll enjoy Alsatian cuisine in a variety of settings. We plan to offer this trip again in 2025.

2023 Dates: May 1-8; May 8-15 (Mon-Mon)
Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,100 single occupancy.
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Kelly Wood


The Normandy Experience

NEW in 2023! Our newest trip, 8 nights, is based for 7 nights in the charming, medieval town of Bayeux, just a few miles from the sea. The 8th night (at either the beginning or end of the trip) will be at Mont St. Michel, surely to be a memorable experience! One important day will focus on the World War II and D-Day history, which took place on the nearby beaches. But Normandy has much else to enjoy. We'll make day trips to the medieval port city of Caen and the lovely waterfront town of Honfleur and also experience the lush countryside of the Pays d'Auge. We'll visit apple distilleries, cheese dairies, chateaus and gardens; and of course we'll enjoy memorable meals. This trip will be offered again in 2024.

2023 Dates: May 18-26 (Thurs-Fri); May 26-June 3 (Fri-Sat)
Prices: $4,750 per person, double occupancy; $5,350 single occupancy.
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Kelly Wood
Status: May 18-26 (waiting list); May 26-June 3 (3 openings)
The Mediterranean Provence Experience

This week is based in the waterfront village of Bandol in the protected, lesser-known western area of the French Riviera. The landscape features a mix of natural Provençal 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, meals of fresh and seasonal foods, and much more. This trip will be offered again in 2024.

2023 Dates: June 6-13; Sept 5-12; Sept 12-19 Women's Week (Tues-Tues)
Prices: $4,100 per person, double occupancy; $4,550 single occupancy.
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
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 year's June groups will likely see lavender fields nearby! This trip was named one of National Geographic Traveler's 50 best tours in the world. This trip is offered annually, in May/June and September.

2023 Dates: June 6-13 Women's Week; June 13-20 (Tues-Tues)
Sept 16-23; Sept 23-30 Women's Week (Sat-Sat)
Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,200 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Christian Linke

Virtual European Experience: Getting to Know The Luberon Experience
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.)

2023 Dates: May 14-18 (Sun-Thurs); Sept 19-23 Just for Women (Tues-Sat);
Prices: $2,600 per person, double occupancy; $2,950 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale

The May trip pairs well with The Normandy Experience, May 18-26 or The Riviera Hillsides Experience, May 20-27. The September Women's trip can be paired with The Mediterranean Provence Experience Women's Week, Sept 12-19 or The Luberon Experience Women's Week, Sept 23-30. Book any of these combinations and your transportation between the two locations will be included.
The Riviera Hillsides Experience

This Experience week is based in a typical village near Grasse, 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 2024.

2023 Dates: May 20-27; May 27-June 3 Women's Week (Sat-Sat)
Prices: $4,100 per person, double occupancy; $4,550 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale

Inside Bath

Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage City on a four-night intensive 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 2024.

2023 Dates: June 20-24 Just for Women; June 27-July 1 (Tues to Sat)
Prices: $2,600 per person, double occupancy; $2,950 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale

Located on the southern end of the Cotswolds, this is an ideal trip to combine with The Cotswolds Experience, June 24-July 1 (Women's Week) or July 1-8 . Book both trips and your transportation from Bath to Chipping Campden will be included.
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 hope to offer this trip again in 2024.

2023 Dates: Women's Week June 24-July 1; July 1-8 (Sat-Sat)
Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,100 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Susan Tseng

Virtual European Experience: Getting to Know The Cotswolds Experience

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.

2023 Dates: July 8-15 (Sat-Sat)
Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,100 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Andrew Guppy
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 2024.

2023 Dates: Oct 5-12; Oct 12-19 (Thurs-Thurs)
Prices: $3,950 per person, double occupancy; $4,350 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood, Tommaso Perrone and Vincenzo Di Modugno
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! This trip will be confirmed for 2023 if we have enough interest.

Potential 2023 Dates: Nov 27-Dec 9 (Mon-Sat)
Prices: $5,900 per person, double occupancy; $6,550 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy and Charley Wood


The Luberon Christmas Experience

Based in the hilltop village of Bonnieux, this week is a designed as a return trip for travelers who previously experienced the Luberon in warmer months. We'll enjoy the quiet holiday season in the Luberon, focusing on the special Christmas traditions of Provence. Our week will include Christmas markets and festivals, a private visit to the famous nativity Crèche in Bonnieux's old church, visits to local artisans, explorations of small villages, a truffle hunt and tasting, a day trip to Aix-en-Provence and much more.This trip will be confirmed for 2023 if we have enough interest.

Potential 2023 Dates: Dec 12-19 (Tues-Tues)
Prices: $3,950 per person, double occupancy; $4,400 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy and Charley Wood