MY 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! I first traveled to Europe when I was a teenager and have been going back ever since. 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.
I plan and design every one of my tours working always to improve and refine the overall tour experience. I lead many of my tours and enjoy visiting each destination time and time again. Many of the hotel and restaurant owners are my personal friends and welcome my groups year after year. Our bus companies, drivers and local guides have been working with me from the first day I showed up to lead a tour in Europe. This year marks my 40th year of traveling to Europe and sixteen years of organizing my own tours. I know my European destinations like the back of my hand and am passionate about sharing them with you!
I labor over every little detail of my tour itineraries and leave nothing to chance. I'll try not to waste your time waiting needlessly in a line, hunting for a sight, or running around trying to find a hotel. My goal is to plan a tour so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the experience, worry-free.
We believe you can do, see and experience more on a group tour than if you tried to pull it all together yourself. Think about the time, money, stress and effort you’d invest in pulling off a two-week tour to Europe. Then consider that we do it all the time and have had years of practice to refine our skills. In the end, I believe you’ll find that a tour with me will cost about the same as if you planned it yourself
My tours are not the "cheapest tours" to Europe. However, I pledge to offer an amazing experience that includes a lot of cultural, dining and tourist experiences. I believe this will prove to be easier on your pocketbook than most travels with other tour companies. The price you pay is all-inclusive, meaning you will not be "nickeled and dimed" with annoying optional excursions, driver and guide tips, and other unexpected expenses that often pop up on group tours. You get what you pay for and my goal is to dish out amazing travel experiences at affordable prices.
Eating well is a priority! We include breakfast every morning and about half of your lunches or dinners. I've spent years poking around Europe's nooks and crannies in search of fine food, good wine, better beer and sparkling water. I guarantee you’ll experience some outstanding restaurants that serve up amazingly fresh and local dishes in an unpretentious manner.
I still lead many of my tours, but when I can’t, I choose guides who share my passion for European travel. We love personal interaction and sharing tour experiences with you. At the end of the day, you’re likely find your tour guide hanging out sharing in your tour experiences. Our goal is to make sure you have an amazing tour and get wrapped up in the joy of travel.
My groups typically range in size from 6 - 26 people. A small group is more mobile and quicker on their feet than the typical big bus groups and this allows us to see, do and experience more. We provide a unique travel experience by ensuring that you are treated as individuals seeking to learn about your destination. Small group travel is the only way to go! Many tour organizers put fifty people on a fifty-passenger bus and drive through Europe like cattle packed in a freight train. These folks travel in an "Americanized bubble" and are only let out on occasion to see the real Europe. Even then, they travel in large packs being herded from one sight or shopping venue to another by their "kickback hungry" drivers and guides. When buying gifts, souvenirs, meals, and even snacks, these group members often pay inflated "jacked-up" tourist prices. Yes, they see Europe (from a slanted perspective), but they never EXPERIENCE Europe.
My tours are for active folks who can get by without too much pampering. We do not stay in five-star hotels, there is no personal baggage service, and some hotels may even have stairs and no elevator. We do a lot of walking and some standing every day to experience the sights. You can count on walking several miles each day to experience the sights. If that’s too much, you’ll miss out on some of our activities. On the other hand, often you can make a choice as to how little or how much walking you do. Often a cab, train or bus may be an alternative to walking. At each destination your guide can suggest alternatives should the need arise; just know it will be at your own expense and you might miss some tour elements. Don't worry, it’s not like we make a mad dash from one sight to the next; we do a lot of relaxing, too. I am a big fan of sitting for an hour or so in a cozy café soaking up the sights, sounds, and ambiance of the locale. We also encourage you to “linger” at our evening meals to relax, share travel experiences and enjoy the moment.
I choose hotels that are clean, safe, have private baths, and are centrally located to the sights and/or city centers. Often they are family-run establishments that represent the local “flavor” of the area. Many of the hotels host our tour groups year after year and have developed a close relationship with us. You can rest assured I have personally selected all our hotels for their quality, cleanliness, comfort and location. Occasionally, you may have to walk up and down stairs, bring your own hair dryer, and even do without cool air conditioning. However, the pay-off is a safe and centrally located hotel providing professional service, cleanliness, a good night's sleep, and an authentic European experience.
Once you pay your deposit, the advertised price is guaranteed unconditionally. Even if my tour costs change or there is a jump in the exchange rate, we will never ask for more money.
Travel Insurance and Assurance We want you to plan for your trip with the confidence knowing that if anything goes awry we’ll be looking out for you. That’s why we offer several assurances to set your mind at ease when planning for your tour. Your deposit is fully refundable for a certain period according to your tour contract. You’ll get full details when you sign up for a tour. We also included comprehensive tour interruption and medical insurance while on tour. This insurance policy is provided free of charge for everyone who travels with us. If your plans change, you can switch to any of our current year tours that have seats available. Alternatively, you may postpone your tour for up to one year, choosing any of our advertised departures that have vacancies. Finally, we offer comprehensive tour cancellation insurance at competitive rates. Policies such as this provide coverage should you have to cancel your tour before its departure.