European Experiences and Our Other Destinations

We fell in love with Europe almost 25 years ago. We’re romanced by the beauty, the history, the lifestyle of Europe. We’re enchanted by the variety of scenery, culture, tradition, and language we experience, sometimes dramatically different just an hour or two away. And we’re embraced and enriched by the warm and friendly people who have opened their hearts and homes to us. The magic of Europe has captured our hearts, changed who we are, and impacted the way we live even when we’re back at home.

We definitely have a love affair with Provence, but over the years we’ve found ourselves returning to several other very special areas in other parts of Europe. The places that draw us share several important characteristics with the Luberon: rural areas of incredible natural beauty; smaller villages that have retained their unique character and tradition; and cultures that are distinctive and welcoming. These places are the “beautiful places” we feature in our European Experiences trips.

Our European Experiences schedule varies every year. We always offer The Luberon Experience, but we don’t return to the other destinations ever year. We normally offer two to three weeks in the Luberon in May and early June, followed by weeks in other areas in June and July, then return to the Luberon for a few weeks in September.

We know many of our travelers plan ahead, and so do we. We’re already looking ahead to 2018 and 2019! Specific dates are announced on March 1 of the previous year.

Learn more about our other special places in Europe on our European Experiences website. We’d love to share these other beautiful places with you!

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, three distinctly different winery visits, and dinner with friends in a privately-owned hilltop castle. Learn more here.
This trip will be offered next in 2018.

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 village of Chipping Campden, with its lovely High Street, is our home for the week. Our week includes historic castles, traditional pubs, magnificent gardens, lunch on a working farm, and suprisingly good food! Learn more about our week in the Cotswolds here.
This trip will be offered in 2017 and 2018.

Dordogne River from DommeThe Périgord Experience
This trip is based in the village of Montignac in the lovely Dordogne region of southwest France, famous for its rivers, castles, prehistoric sites, and distinctive cuisine. The week includes a visit to the town of Sarlat, explorations of several of France’s most beautiful villages, visits to several prehistoric sites, and memorable meals in a variety of settings. Learn more here.
This trip will be offered in 2017.

7 Alsace - Dambach-la-Ville square 2 The Alsace Experience
Our newest trip is focused in the wine region of Alsace, in the foothills of the Vosges mountains near the German and Swiss borders. We’ll stay in a colorful village on the Route des Vins, the famous wine road. Our week includes picturesque villages, the charming town of Colmar, the 12th century Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, World War I and World War II sites, and winery tours and tastings. We enjoy the distinct cuisine of Alsace in a variety of settings. This trip will be offered in 2017 and 2018.

The Salzkammergut Experience
The Salzkammergut is a magnificent region of mountains and lakes in the Austrian Alps. Our home for the week is the storybook village of St. Gilgen on the shores of Lake Wolfgang, only 30 minutes from Salzburg, birthplace of the composer Mozart. Our week includes strolls on scenic mountain trails, a concert at an historic palace, and a trip through an ancient salt mine. Learn more about our week in the Salzkammergut here.
This trip has not been scheduled again. Let us know if you’re interested!

The Bavarian Experience
Our base in the Bavarian Alps is the welcoming village of Garmisch, located at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Although best known for skiing, in summer the mountains are green and lush and easily accessible by mountain train and cable cars. Our week includes mountain trips, fairytale castles, colorful alpine villages, and (of course) a German beer hall. Learn more here.
This trip has not been scheduled again. Let us know if you’re interested!