As Americans, we’re used to seeing the word “tattoo” and thinking about getting a permanent artwork on our bodies! But, in Scotland, the Tattoo has an alternate – and fascinating – meaning. The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, a cultural and historical performance that sells out year after year after year. Music, dance and …
Local Culture. Small Groups. Superlative Cuisine.
Welcome to Olde Ipswich Tours! We are a boutique tour company offering small group cultural tours to Europe and in our own New England, that focus on exceptional food & wine, elegant accommodations, off the beaten path adventures and the camaraderie of a friendly group of people. We cater to those who want a unique, custom experience, offering both standard tours (with a maximum of 16 people) and fully customized tours for your family and friends.
We have crafted and led tours for 24 years. The cumulation of this experience is an expansive and intimate knowledge of the countries, towns and villages we visit, and the cultivation of personal relationships with tour guides, vignerons, innkeepers and local people. We love what we do and look forward to creating a unique and rewarding travel experience for you!
October 9 – 23, 2019
2020 Dates Also Available!
Wonderful Portuguese historian as escort, winery visits in the main wine regions of Portugal, gorgeous accommodations in villas, historic “Pousadas” and elegant inns, outstanding cuisine, UNESCO sites, friendly locals, and picturesque villages.
September 10 – September 23, 2019
2020 Dates Also Available!
Medieval hilltop villages, Pastis on your veranda overlooking the Mediterranean, the flowers of Provence, the pink and yellow houses of Portofino, Cinque Terre’s striking cliffs, the incredible beauty of the Côte d’Azur.
Why Travel With Us
We travel in small group tours of six to sixteen. This allows us the flexibility to customize each trip to your specific interests. Many have also found that it strikes the perfect balance between the planned activities and adventures of group travel and the flexibility of traveling alone. (After all, how many of us are acquainted with the owner of a winery in Umbria or know a friend eager to use his hot-air balloon in Rocamadour?) We plan the trip of a lifetime, so that you can make it your own.
Our small group tours of Europe are aimed at experiencing and enjoying regional culture. As such, we do not pick destinations off a map at random. Rather, we hand-select the most fascinating, fun, and culturally rich destinations and activities that a given region has to offer. On our Europe tours, you experience the region’s history, art, architecture, food and drink. What’s more, the experience is not of outsiders looking in, but as the guests and friends of our local hosts and expert guides. These, truly, are memories you will treasure for years to come.
One of our favorite ways to experience regional culture is at the dinner table! We dine at the finest restaurants, visit some of the best wineries in the world on tours of Europe, and enjoy fun, informal cooking classes at the hands of expert local chefs. And, after a long day of fun and feasting, we return to quaint inns and chateaus of regional character ideally situated to explore the region. Our small group tours of Europe also offer just the right amount of free time in each region, affording you ample opportunity to relax, explore and really get to know your surroundings.
And, while we are pretty proud of our philosophy, what you may appreciate most of all about our small group tours of Europe is the exceptional value. All of our Europe tours include:
- Deluxe accommodations
- All breakfasts, some lunches, gourmet dinners
- Full-time escort
- Small groups of six to sixteen
- All tour guides, museum and entrance fees
- All tips and taxes
- Round trip airfare from Boston or New York (except where specified)