This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Slow Travel Tours. Our group is an affiliation of owner-operated small group tour companies focused on European destinations. We share a common belief in a slower way of traveling, and our tours focus on specific regions or areas for a more meaningful experience.
Today we’re delighted to announce three new members of Slow Travel Tours! These are all well-established small travel businesses with great reputations, offering tours in different areas of Europe. Together, the eleven Slow Travel Tours members now offer almost 100 scheduled tours a year in 13 different European countries. Many members also offer shorter custom/private trips or day trips.
Meet our new members!
Marcello and Raffaella Tori have owned Bluone Food and Wine Tours of Italy since 1995. Born near Bologna, they bring their skills and passions to their tours, and draw on extensive relationships with local chefs, home cooks, food and wine producers, and more. They lead a variety of tours in Bologna and their home region of Emilia-Romagna, as well as tours in Umbria, Le Marche, Piedmont, Veneto’s Prosecco region and Puglia. They offer small-group tours of 5-7 nights and also day tours, cooking classes, and customized tours.
Tim Harrold of Edge Charter is the owner and captain of the Randle, a beautiful and classically styled river boat, offering private tours for two to four people on the picturesque Burgundy Canal du Nivernais and river Yonne. Tim has welcomed passengers to the tree lined canals and meandering rivers of Burgundy since 2010; he and his crew host private charters from three to thirteen nights (March to November), with a customized itinerary, gourmet meals, and guided tours of chateaux, vineyards, and other sites. Day charters are also possible.
Malgorzata “Sarna” Rose is a native of Poland who began Poland Culinary Vacations in 2007. Her love and passion for travel and everything Polish, including fine Polish cuisine, blossomed into a first-class culinary travel company. Sarna offers culinary vacations in various regions of Poland, focusing on natural ingredients, local produce, home-cooking, and the cuisine of modern chefs. Her trips include extensive involvement with local farmers, bakers, meat shop owners and more. Sarna can also organize day cooking classes with a chef in Krakow.
See the Slow Travel Tours website for more information about all our members and our tour offerings. On behalf of all our other members, I’m very pleased to welcome Bluone Food and Wine Tours of Italy, Edge Charter barge tours of Burgundy, and Poland Culinary Vacations to Slow Travel Tours!
Kathy Wood and her husband Charley lead European Experiences, week-long “slow tours” in some of the most beautiful areas of Europe, including The Luberon Experience in Provence, France. National Geographic Traveler magazine named The Luberon Experience one of their “Tours of a Lifetime” for 2012, the top 50 tours in the world.
In 2016 Kathy and Charley offered Experience weeks in the Luberon, the Chianti region of Tuscany, Alsace, and the Cotswolds. Their 2017 schedule includes trips in the Luberon, Alsace, the Dordogne, and the Cotswolds. See their 2017 schedule here.
Kathy and Charley have been traveling in Europe for over 25 years and love sharing their special places in Europe with other travelers. They’ve hosted 75+ Experience groups since they launched in 2006. They now live part-time in their beloved village of Bonnieux in the Luberon. Read more about Kathy and Charley here.
Slow Travel Tours is an affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France and other European countries.