It’s no news that travellers are seeking more up close and personal travel experiences. So who has changed the game with innovative ways for guests to better connect to countries, cultures and people?…

Good things come in little packages and Small Group Touring Co. has come to the party with Europe 2020! They’re really changing the game with their itineraries including loads of ‘Special Experiences’

We’re talking behind-the-scenes tours, exploring back lanes as well as main streets, exclusive experiences, and the time to converse with locals about the places they know best.

It might be sampling Nordic cuisine on a walking tour of Helsinki, touring France’s D-Day beaches by jeep, visiting an Austrian snow-globe factory, or joining an Israeli family for a traditional Shabbat feast.

The outings are designed to be “intimate and profound” and are opportunities those going solo or moving with a big group miss.

Here are three tours to tempt tourists planning a Europe trip in 2020.



Venture from the Italian capital to Venice – taking in Siena, San Gimignano, Florence, and the Cinque Terre – on an 11-day journey crafted to teach holidaymakers a lesson in living the good life.

Would it even be a trip to Italy without tasting the local wine? The Special Experience option treats guests to a wine tasting in Chianti, lunch at a Tuscan agriturismo, and pizza-making classes in Rome. Remember to wear your stretchy pants!



Ancient sites are on the sightseeing schedule for those joining Highlights of Greece with this 10-day journey following a round-trip route from Athens visiting Delphi, Olympia and Corinth.

Discover true peace and harmony while gazing at the hanging Monasteries of Meteora. These amazing cliffs spoil onlookers with the most incredible views which will stick for a lifetime.

Perhaps a Mediterranean cooking class tickles your fancy, get the tips and tricks on how cook authentic Greek food. All this is just a taste (pardon the pun) of what to expect in the Special Experience program.



Join a Croatian family for a home-cooked meal during this 10-day tour which ventures from Dubrovnik to Zagreb while lingering in locations like Kotor, Split, Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes and Ljubljana.

The itinerary’s other Special Experiences are visiting a dairy farm to taste fresh produce made by the family business, bond with the locals over a folk dance before sitting down for a meal together.

Enjoy a cruise to Kotor Bay, a magical medieval town in Montenegro. This is one to tick off the list! Stroll down the cobble street alleyways to admire the architecture and monuments before having a relaxing lunch.



If you’re nodding your head in appreciation for these intimate travelling experiences, visit the website to learn more!

You can also get up to speed with what Small Group Touring Co. offers in 2020 by downloading their online magazine.



This article was written by KARRYON contributor Sarah Nicholson

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