Slow Tours offers a range of small group tours in Europe. Most of them have a maximum number of 16 guests. Each tour offers a range of activities and visits, from castles to art galleries, picturesque villages with quaint churches to stunning views of mountains and lakes. Local cuisine at good restaurants, wine-tasting, village markets, architecture and artisan crafts are all a part of what you will experience.
Boat trips, half-day bike rides, canoe or kayak are often options during each week long tour, or you may choose to spend half a day shopping or relaxing at a beach or your hotel swimming pool. Accommodation is a range of 3 and 4 star, often in places you may not be able to visit without a private vehicle. Some 3 star accommodation is in castles/chateaux where the heritage protection does not allow lifts to be installed, so 3 star is the highest rating permitted. Although baggage is always taken care of, you may find yourself climbing up and down some magnificent old stairways! Check each tour before booking.
Leisurely pace, comfortable vehicles, flexible itineraries, small groups. Transport is either in a small comfortable vehicle or for some tours where public transport is the best way to travel, you will be with the group on a train. (e.g. Switzerland where the train has much better views than road travel). Tours are fully guided with guides speaking English and the local language.
Many of our Slow Tours in France & Italy are personally guided by Carol Haslam, Director of Slow Tours. Carol is bi-lingual French having lived in France for 6 years. She has travelled extensivey in Europe, with a good understanding of German, Italian and Spanish. If you would like to go on one of Carol's tours, email [email protected]