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Impressions of Hidden France & A Touch of Spain!
July 10-24, 2017


Eat Your Way thru Italy - Culinary, Wine & Culture!
Oct. 16 – 30, 2017

Christmas Markets in Switzerland, Germany & France
Early December 2017

 
 

 

Christmas Markets in Switzerland, Germany & France
 

 

Rhine River Cruise- Swiss Alps, Dutch Tulips,
German Castles, French Wines

 

 

Scandinavian Adventures
 

 

Europe In a Nutshell
 
   
 

 

  Contact us today for information on these exciting tours!
 

 

      
 

Alternative Tours, Inc. offers select, specialized European and International Tours that are extraordinary, exciting and memorable experiences. These tours are a feast for the senses, and are a huge hit with our clients, who return year after year to participate.

Join Marian, an experienced European tour guide, who speaks French and German, on one or more of these exciting and sophisticated European tours. Over the years, Marian has established close relationships in many of the towns and villages that we visit, and are able to take you off the beaten path to experience the true culture of each region. Marian and Dennis are certified Swiss specialists and are proud recipients of Switzerland Tourism Networks’ Goldflower Award.

Some of our most popular European Tours are:

Experience one or more of these European Tours and enjoy breathtaking landscapes, scenic vineyards, imposing castles, and charming villages and towns as you journey through renowned gastronomic and wine-producing regions of France and Switzerland. Savor delightful flavors in special tastings of chocolate, cheese, wine, olives, pate, and mustard in one of our exquisite culinary tours; or enjoy a slice of Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest!

Ski the slopes of Switzerland, experience Carnival in Lucerne; see the sun set over the glorious Alps, see the farmers carrying the grapes in France, or stroll through the opulent Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna.

We would be happy to send you additional information, and to answer any questions you may have regarding our exciting European Tours. Contact us today!





 
 

2017 - 2018 Featured International Journeys

Designed & escorted by Marian Deal Smith, CTP, an American who has lived in Europe & speaks enough French, German & Italian
to really get you off the beaten path!
Impressions of Hidden France & A Touch of Spain!
July 10-24, 2017


Paris - Normandy – Loire Valley Castles - Bordeaux – Biarritz - San Sebastian, Spain & 6 Day River Cruise from Bordeaux.

Culinary exploration - Normandy cheeses & cider to Bordeaux wines to Basque country chocolates to Spanish tapas (pintxos). Touching scenes of D-Day Beaches, Castles of the Loire Valley, stunning glimpses of Paris to Bell Époque Resorts of Atlantic France & San Sebastian, Spain CROWNED by an extra- ordinary 5 night European River Cruise on the Cyrano de Bergerac in southwest France on waterways less traveled - Garonne, Dordogne & Gironde. Think picture perfect wine villages, castles, vineyards, beaches, elegant Seaside Resorts, outstanding food, all outside cabins, Basque country France & Spain. Discover a new region, new rivers and new experiences! This tour sold out last time so we are repeating it - and, it is almost sold out again - only 3 double cabins left so please call soon!

This signature tour really gets you on the roads & rivers less traveled!

Eat Your Way thru Italy - Culinary, Wine & Culture!
Oct. 16 – 30, 2017

Join us for another gourmet adventure in irresistible Italy! From Venice to Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii & Amalfi Coast with tastings of pasta, wine, cheeses, olives, oils & gelato, this tour will leave you with a bit of Italy in your stomach & your soul! Experience flavors, aromas & cultures of Italy – a bit off the beaten path!

This tour always sells out, is repeated every 2 yrs. Only unpack 4 times in 2 weeks!

Christmas Markets in Switzerland, Germany & France
Early December 2017

… imagine small off the beaten path villages in the Alsace Lorraine region of France & Germany, along with the unique town of Basel, Switzerland on the Rhine River – a city that is in 3 countries at once! This is where Marian went to University, so she will show you all the local spots! We’ll travel the famous wine route and indulge in tiny villages adorned with themed Christmas markets and sensational foods & experience the magic of Christmas in the Black Forest of Germany. We anticipate that this trip will be about a week long.

Rhine River Cruise- Swiss Alps, Dutch Tulips,
German Castles, French Wines
Spring 2018

Join us as we cruise one of the most glorious rivers of Europe, the Rhine - from Switzerland thru France & Germany to Holland in time for the tulips at world famous Keukenhof Gardens, then by train to Paris. Springtime in Paris is a dream come true! We’ll tour all the magical sights, attend a cooking class at the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School & more! This is always a popular 2 week tour, especially for those who love gardens!

Scandinavian Adventures
Summer 2018

This new, custom designed tour will really get you into the heart and soul of these magnificent Countries. Imagine a 7 night cruise, a coastal voyage of Norway delivering milk, mail and seasoned travelers to small villages on the way to the Arctic Circle - in the summer! Think tall mountains & stunning fjords, cascading waterfalls, glaciers & lots of local flavor in these hidden hamlets. You will understand why Norway is said to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth! Also, will include a visit to Denmark from Fairy-tales to the Royal Family, local flavors - off the beaten path with a visit to see our daughter & her husband & adorable Danish-American grandson at their home.


We want you to meet the locals & experience Denmark like a local!

Europe in a Nutshell
Fall 2018
Train journeys of Alpine Europe - A journey of trains, wine, pastry & chocolate!

Visit five countries & only unpack 3 times.

Our journey begins in elegant Vienna (1 night) then continues by first class train to Salzburg, Austria (4 nts). It is from Salzburg that we do Sound of Music tours & Munich, Germany.

We then travel by the trans-alpine express train (first class, of course!) to Bern, Switzerland, (a wonderful medieval city) for 7 nts, where we make excursions to France, Germany & Italy. Imagine the sounds of cow bells serenading you IN the mountains, a sun setting OVER the Swiss Alps, have Black Forest Cake… IN the Black Forest, seeing the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, beer in Munich, dining in Italy, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Our signature tour since 1985!
Tour always sells out.
Offered every 2 years. Call to be on a priority list for 2018.

Contact us for details on these exciting European / International Tours, and for rates. Space is limited, so call us soon!

     

 
 
     
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