Dates, Prices and Logistics
We’re making final plans for our upcoming 2013 Experience weeks. This is our eighth season, and we’re offering nine trips:
- The Luberon Experience in Provence (May 11-18; May 18-25)
- Return to the Luberon in Provence (May 25-June 1)
- The Périgord Experience in the Dordogne (June 8-15; June 15-22; June 22-29)
- The Cotswolds Experience in the English countryside (July 6-13; July 13-20)
- The Cotswold Garden Experience in the English countryside (July 20-27)
We’re also hosting several private groups in Provence and the Dordogne in September.
All our 2013 trips are now full. Cancellations are always possible; contact us if you’d like to be on our waiting list. Or perhaps you’ll consider waiting a year and joining us in 2014?
We’re now taking reservations for our 2014 trips! Two of our 2013 trips booked in just 48 hours, and most were full before the end of 2012. We encourage you to book early to ensure your spot.
The Luberon Experience in Provence, France
- May 3 – 10
- May 10 – 17
- May 17 – 24
- September 6 – 13
- September 13 – 20
The Chianti Experience in Tuscany, Italy
- May 31 – June 7
- June 7 – 14
The Périgord Experience in the Dordogne, France
- June 21 – 28
- June 28 – July 5
The Cotswolds Experience in the English countryside
- July 12 – 19
- July 19 – 26
Double occupancy: $2,950 per person (Luberon and Cotswolds); $3,050 (Périgord); $3,100 (Chianti)
Single occupancy of a double room: $3,350 (Périgord); $3,450 (Luberon, Chianti, Cotswolds)
Triple occupancy: $2,650 per person (Luberon only). Contact us about other trips.
Our price represents an outstanding value, with almost all expenses for the week included:
- 7 nights accommodation (3-star guesthouses) with en-suite bath. Rooms with one large bed or twin beds are available.
- 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners (including wine or beer)
- All admissions, special activities, and many extras
- Personalized support from Kathy and Charley
- Detailed trip planning guide
- All gratuities
- Local transportation during the week, including pick-up and drop-off at designated meeting points
You are responsible for air transportation, transportation to and from the meeting points, meals not included (two lunches and one dinner), travel insurance, and personal expenses.
Our travelers become friends, and we enjoy experiencing other places together. Many of our travelers have returned for other trips, often bringing friends and family members. Our Travelers Circle offers exciting benefits for our alumni travelers, including 10% discounts on future trips, 5% discounts for traveling companions, and trip credits for referrals. Read more about our Travelers Circle here.
Note: Our prices may be adjusted in the future due to currency fluctuations; however, the price of your trip is guaranteed at the time of your reservation.
Deposits and Payments
The initial deposit is $500 per person, payable within seven days of your reservation. The balance is due 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. All payments are made in US dollars. You may pay by personal check or (beginning with our 2014 season) by Pay Pal, which provides an option to pay with a credit card. We also accept bank wire transfers from travelers who live outside the USA.
- 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $200 per person
- 61-90 days: 25% of the total price
- 31-60 days: 50% of the total price
- 0-30 days: 100% of the total price
Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason. We strongly recommend travel insurance that includes trip cancellation coverage to protect against financial loss due to certain cancellations and other trip interruptions. You can identify and purchase travel insurance online at www.insuremytrip.com.
We meet on Saturday afternoon at a designated train station or airport, between 2 and 3 pm, depending on the location. We strongly recommend arriving in Europe at least one day before our week begins to allow time for “jet lag” adjustment and to provide a buffer for any travel delays. We return to these same meeting places the following Saturday morning, usually allowing for a 10 am train or 10:30 am air departure.
We have two excellent travel consultant partners who can assist you with travel arrangements related to our trips:
Italy, Austria, England: Leslie Erickson, CTA
Please contact Sandy or Leslie directly to make arrangements for their services.
More detailed information about our trips, logistics, and policies is available for each of our trips. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more.
Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer
European Experiences and its owners/employees do not own or operate any entity which provides, or is to provide, goods or services to any European Experiences tour, including accommodations, vehicles, meals, activities, or other services. Because European Experiences does not exercise any control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these suppliers, European Experiences is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such third person, or of any other third party.
European Experiences is not responsible for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to illness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes.
European Experiences is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects, including any and all electronic equipment, of any individual participating in any European Experiences tour.
Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover certain trip cancellations and interruptions, emergency medical evacuation, loss of luggage or personal effects, and other coverage. European Experiences strongly encourages individual travelers to purchase travel insurance.