2024 Openings

(updated as of March 15, 2024) Our 2024 schedule includes 24 trips in France, Italy, and England plus our European Christmas Experience in Austria, Germany, and Alsace, France. Fourteen of our 2024 trips are full and running waiting lists, but we do still have openings in the ten trips noted in red below. (Some have just one or two openings.) If your travel plans are flexible, we run waiting lists… we do sometimes have cancellations. Trips are normally closed one month before the first day.

Email Kathy at any time if you have questions or to make a reservation.

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 2025.

2024 Dates: April 26-May 3 (Fri-Fri); June 7-14 Women's Week (Fri-Fri); Sept 6-13 (Fri-Fri)
Prices: $4,300 per person, double occupancy; $4,650 single occupancy.
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale and JP Lichtlé
Status: April 26-May 3: Waiting list. June 7-14: 2 openings. Sept 6-13: Waiting list
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 and September.

2024 Dates: May 18-25; May 25-June 1 Women's Week; Sept 21-28; Sept 28-Oct 5 Women's Week (Sat-Sat)

Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,200 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood and Christian Linke
Status: May 18-25: waiting list. May 25-June 1: 4 openings. Sept 21-28: waiting list. Sept 28-Oct 5: 4 openings

Virtual European Experience: Getting to Know The Luberon Experience
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 hope to offer this trip again in 2025.

2024 Dates: May 18-25 Women's Week; May 25-June 1 (Sat-Sat)
Prices: $4,300 per person, double occupancy; $4,650 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale and JP Lichtlé
Status: May 18-25: waiting list. May 25-June 1: 2 openings
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 2025.

2024 Dates: June 25-29 (Tues to Sat)
Prices: $2,600 per person, double occupancy; $2,950 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: 1 opening

This is an ideal trip to combine with The Cotswolds Experience, June 29-July 6. 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 other special meals. We will offer this trip again in 2025.

2024 Dates: June 22-29 Women's Week; June 29-July 6 (Sat-Sat)
Prices: $3,700 per person, double occupancy; $4,100 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy Wood
Status: June 22-29: 6 openings. June 29-July 6: waiting list.

Virtual European Experience: Getting to Know The Cotswolds 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.) We'll offer this trip again in 2025.

2024 Dates: Sept 17-21; Sept 24-28 Women's Trip (Tues-Sat)
Prices: $2,800 per person, double occupancy; $3,150 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: Sept 17-21: 2 openings; Sept 24-28: 1 opening.

The trip can be paired with our September trips in Mediterranean Provence, the Perigord, and the Luberon. Book any of these combinations and your transportation between the two locations will be included.
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 hope to offer this trip again in 2025.

2024 Dates: Oct 7 - 14 (Mon-Mon)
Prices: $4,300 per person, double occupancy; $4,650 single occupancy
Leader: Jennifer Dugdale
Status: 4 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!

2024 Dates: Dec 2-Dec 14 (Mon-Sat)
Prices: $6,400 per person, double occupancy; $7,100 single occupancy
Leaders: Kathy and Charley Wood
Status: 4 openings (double occupancy only)