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David in SienaMY MISSION

is to inspire European travel through individual and group guided tours focusing on culture, art, history and engaging experiences. At Exploring Europe, we believe all travel is an adventure that leaves lasting positive memories.  An Exploring Europe tour empowers our travel partners with knowledge, guidance and confidence to embrace the adventure, seize the moment, and most of all…have fun!

All my tours are designed for strictly small groups ranging from 6 to 24 travelers. This means that we can travel off the beaten path and under the big bus tour radar and experience Europe on a unique and personal level. Eating well is also a priority, and you’ll get your fair share of fine food sourced locally by excellent chefs. I’ve spent years poking around Europe’s nooks and crannies looking for unique restaurants, clean hotels with character and cozy B&Bs. Our tours include all tips and gratuities to drivers, local guides, and your tour leader. Finally, we’ll never nickel and dime you with extras and add-ons. The advertised price is the price you pay. 

I was a teenager when I first traveled to Europe.  I've been going back ever since! Today, I am passionate about sharing my European adventures with others. Exploring Europe is small enough to allow us to take a personal interest in everyone who travels with us. Keep reading and you’ll soon discover I do things differently than many other tour companies.


David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc. BBB Business ReviewDavid plans, designs and leads tours to many  European destinations.  Please contact us if you do not find a specific tour, destination or departure date here that meets your needs.  We frequently add new destinations and departure dates and your input would be greatly appreciated.

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BEST OF ITALY TOUR

    • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
    • 13 Days in Italy.
    • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
    • Visit Rome, Cinque Terre, Volterra, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Lake Como, and Milan.
    • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
    • Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum and Forum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Accademia Museum (Michelangelo’s David).
    • Guided Wine Tasting in Tuscany.
    • Walking tours in Rome, Volterra, Florence, Venice and Milan.
    • Hiking and relaxing in the Cinque Terre.
    • La dolce vita in Tuscany.
    • Renaissance art in Florence.
    • Cruise the canals of Venice.
    • Slow down and relax on Lake Como.
    • Indulge in cosmopolitan Milan.
    • and much more
    $3489 -$3889 + air
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    ESSENCE OF ITALY TOUR

      • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
      • 9 Days in Italy.
      • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
      • Visit Rome, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Volterra, Siena and Florence.
      • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
      • Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum, Forum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Accademia Museum (Michelangelo’s David).
      • Guided Wine Tasting in Tuscany.
      • Walking tours in Rome, Volterra and Florence.
      • Hiking and relaxing in the Cinque Terre.
      • La dolce vita in Tuscany.
      • Renaissance art in Florence.
      • and much more
      From $3089 + air
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      BEST OF SICILY TOUR 2018

        • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
        • 12 Days in Sicily.
        • Free time every day to experience Sicily on your own.
        • Visit Palermo, Trapani, Agrigento, Taormina, Catania and much more.
        • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
        • Wine tastings
        • Experience magnificent Greek temples, ancient Roman villas, fantastic scenery, Norman churches, and the WWII Allied Landing Museum in Catania.
        • Slow down and relax on this leisurely paced tour.
        $2995 + air
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        THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND 2018

        • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
        • 8 days in Ireland and 2 days in Northern Ireland
        • Free time every day to experience the locale on your own.
        • Visit Dublin, Guinness Storehouse, Newgrange, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Kenmare, The Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Doolin, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Derry, Portrush, The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrik-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Dark Hedges, Belfast and much more!
        • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
        • Guinness and whiskey tastings
        • Experience traditional music, plenty of pubs, and loads of fun.
        $2989 to $3189 + air
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        TASTE O’ IRELAND 2018

        • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
        • 10 days in Ireland
        • Free time every day to get a taste of Ireland on your own.
        • Visit Dublin, Glendalough, Kilkenny, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Arran Islands and much more!
        • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
        • Guinness and whiskey tastings
        • Experience traditional music, plenty of pubs, and loads of fun.
        $2889 -$3089 + air
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        BEST OF SOUTHERN ITALY 2018

          • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
          • Begin in ROME and end in NAPLES
          • 11 Days in Southern Italy.
          • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
          • Visit Rome, Tivoli, Gargano Peninsula, Castel del Monte, Bari, Ostuni, Lecce, Alberobello, Matera, Paestum, Salarno, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples and more.
          • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
          • Guided and walking tours of Villa Adriana, Castel del Monte, Bari, Ostuni, Lecce, Matera, Organic Water Buffalo Farm, Paestum, Pompeii, Naples National Archeological Museum, Naples, Sorrento and more.
          • Enjoy hands-on wine tastings, pasta making demonstration and a pizza making class.
          • Hiking, boating and relaxing in Sorrento area.[li] [li] and much more
          $3795 + air
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          LONDON AND PARIS

          • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
          • 4 days in London and 4 days in Paris
          • Upscale 4-star hotels located in trendy neighborhood in London and Paris
          • Free time every day to experience London and Paris on your own.
          • Visit London City, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Palace, Buckingham Palace changing of the guards, The British Museum, outdoor markets, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, The Louvre Museum, Montmartre, The Eiffel Tower and much more! [li]Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
          • Eiffel Tower picnic experience (weather permitting)
          • Lots of history, cultural immersion and loads of fun.
          From $2889 + air
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          THE BEST OF SCOTLAND and WALES 2018

          • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
          • 5 days in Scotland, 1 day in England’s Lake District and 3 days in North Wales
          • Enjoy some free time every day to experience the locale on your own.
          • Visit Edinburgh, St. Andrews, The Highlands and Loch Ness, Oban, The Hebrides Islands, England’s Lake District, Conwy Castle, Caenarfon Castle, Snowdonian trains, slat mines and gardens, quaint villages and much more!
          • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
          • All-day excursion to the Hebrides islands of Mull and Iona
          • Experience traditional music, plenty of pubs, and loads of fun.
          $3089 + air
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          THE BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE

            • 13 days of exciting and informative adventures through Eastern Europe.
            • Small Groups 6-26 passengers.
            • Begins in Berlin and ends in Budapest.
            • Free time every day to experience the best of Eastern Europe on your own.
            • Visit Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Kraków, Memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Eger, Bratislava and Budapest and more!
            • Traditional and authentic dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
            • 18 or more all-inclusive group sightseeing events
            • Hungarian wine tasting
            • Relax in Hungary’s old-world thermal bathhouses
            • and more
            $4289 + air
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            THE BEST OF GERMANY-AUSTRIA-SWITZERLAND

            • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
            • 11 days in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
            • Enjoy some free time every day to experience the locale on your own.
            • Visit Vienna, Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Liechtenstein, The Swiss Alps in the scenic Lauterbrunnen Valley, Freiburg, Rothenburg, Nazi Assembly grounds in Nürnberg, Dachau WWII Concentration Camp, Munich, and much more!
            • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
            • Free-day in the Alps to do some exploring on your own.
            • German omm-pah-pah bands, king’s castles, big beers, and all sausage you’ll ever want to eat.
            $3695 to $3795 + air
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            THE BEST OF THE MED!

              • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
              • Begin in BARCELONA and end in CINQUE TERRE
              • Enjoy 10 Days along the Med coast in Spain, France and Italy.
              • Free time every day to experience Europe on your own.
              • Visit Barcelona, Carrcassonne, Arles, Pont du Gard, Aix in Provence area, Nice, Cinque Terre, Naples and more.
              • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
              • Walking tours and orientations of Barcelona, Carcassonne Castle, Arles, Pont du Gard Aix, Nice, Cinque Terre home village and more.
              • Hiking, boating and relaxing in the Cinque Terre.
              • and much more
              $3495 + air
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              BEST OF GREECE

                • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
                • Begins at ATHENS airport and ends at your last hotel in Athens
                • Free time every day to experience Europe on your own.
                • Visit Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mani Peninsula, Monemvasia, Nafplio, Hydra and more.
                • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
                • Walking tours and orientations in all locales.
                • Pools and beaches in Olympia, Mani Peninsula, Monemvasia and Hydra.li] [li] and more
                From $3289 + air
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                OAKLEAF BAND- EUROPE 2018

                Jun 11 2018 - Jun 17 2018
                • This is a private tour designed for the Oakleaf HS Band.
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                BOCELLI CONCERT IN TUSCANY

                  • Attend an exclusive concert by Andrea Bocelli in his Tuscan hometown.
                  • Small Groups 10-24 passengers.
                  • 7 Days in Rome, Florence and Tuscany.
                  • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
                  • Authentic Dining featuring fresh local-sourced products.
                  • Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Accademia Museum (Michelangelo’s David).
                  • Guided Wine Tasting in Tuscany.
                  • Walking tours in Rome and Florence.
                  • La dolce vita in Tuscany.
                  • and much more
                  $3289 + air
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                  Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria

                  • Small Group: Only 6-32 passengers.
                  • 7 days of festive Christmas markets in Germany and Austria
                  • Free time every day to experience more of Europe on your own.
                  • Experience Christmas Markets in Salzburg, Innsbruck, Rothenburg, Nuremberg and Munich.
                  • Visit Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria
                  • German omm-pah-pah bands, king’s castles, big beers, and all sausage you’ll ever want to eat.
                  From $2989 + air
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                  THE BEST OF SPAIN

                  • Small Group: 6-24 passengers.
                  • Cultural dining events that capture the essence of the locale.
                  • Several wine and tapas tasting opportunities.
                  • Traditional flamenco musical and dance presentation.
                  • Free time every day to experience more of Europe on your own.
                  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance included at no extra cost
                  • Discounts for McGuffin tour alumni
                  • $100 discount for cash/check payments
                  From $4395 + air
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                  TUSCANY VILLA VACATION

                    • Small Group: Only 8-15 passengers.
                    • 9 day vacation in Tuscany.
                    • Visit Florence, Siena, Lucca, Chianti wine region, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra and more.
                    • Free time every day to experience more of Italy on your own.
                    • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
                    • Experience authentic cooking lessons at a noted restaurant in Volterra
                    • Slow down and experience the life of Tuscany
                    • Renaissance art in Florence.
                    From $3295 + air
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                    BATTLEFIELDS TOUR

                      • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
                      • Begin at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and end in Paris.
                      • Experience 11-13 days exploring historic battlefields, monuments and memorials.
                      • Free time every day to experience Europe on your own.
                      • Visit Reims - Chateau Thierry - Sedan - Chateau de Bouillon- Bastogne - Battle of the Bulge - Ardennes American Cemetery - Brussels - Waterloo - Ypres - Bruges -Normandy Battlefields - Normandy American Cemetery -Paris - and much more.
                      • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
                      • Daily walking tours, historical commentary, and orientations.
                      • Option to extend your tour for three nights in Paris.
                      • Champagne cellar visit and tasting.
                      • and much more
                      From $3657 + air
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                      THE BEST OF IRELAND – New for 2019

                      • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
                      • 12 days in Ireland and 3 days in Northern Ireland
                      • Free time every day to experience the locale on your own.
                      • Visit Dublin, Guinness Storehouse, Book of Kells, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, Kenmare, The Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Doolin, Inishmoor Aran Island, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Derry, Portrush, The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrik-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Dark Hedges, Belfast, Titanic Experience, Game of Thrones and Star Wars filming sites and much more!
                      • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
                      • Guinness and whiskey tastings
                      • Experience traditional music, plenty of pubs, and loads of fun.
                      From $3989 + air
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                      A TASTE O’ IRELAND -New for 2019

                      • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
                      • 8 days in Ireland
                      • Free time every day to experience the locale on your own.
                      • All tours and admissions at no extra cost: Comprehensive Dublin walking and driving tour covering all the essential sights in the city ▪ a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Gravity Bar ▪ Full-day excursion to Newgrange and the Boyne countryside ▪ Glendalough Monastic site and the Wicklow mountains ▪entrance to Blarney Castle and its famous kissing stone ▪ Dingle Peninsula Driving Tour ▪ The Blasket Centre▪The Cliffs of Moher experience ▪ Galway City orientation tour ▪ and much more!
                      • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
                      • Experience traditional music, plenty of pubs, and loads of fun.
                      From $2589 + air
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