New Luxe Tour Operator Focuses on Unique Europe

Anthony Bay has launched Anthony Bay’s Europe, a specialty and luxury travel company offering what he calls "imaginative itineraries for discerning travelers." The trips, he adds, go beyond "the over-run tourist destinations" to focus on more unique experiences, like meeting with dignitaries and honey producers, visiting artists and chefs, and experiencing the cultural variations of the continent.

Each itinerary has been designed personally by Bay , who personally escorts each trip, ensuring personal attention.

Each itinerary runs a week, and  trips are limited to 16 people, assuring attention to individual needs and creating intimate experiences not possible on larger tours. Even better: The itineraries have guaranteed departures once two passengers are confirmed.

Destinations for 2011 include Italy, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro and Romania. A few of Bay’s favorite itineraries this year include:

Hidden Europe: A Journey Through Transylvania and the Maramureş Region

visit a notorious ‘political’ prison from the Communist era
have lunch with a priest in his garden and in a 15th Century manor that belonged to a Transylvanian Prince
enjoy a private village festival with the villagers and their children entertaining you
stay in the heart of a medieval citadel, birthplace of Count Dracula
 
Insights into Inspiration:  The Lives of Painters from Paris to Provence and the Riviera

walking tour of the Impressionists’ Montmartre
lunch in the sumptuous Belle Epoque restaurant ‘Le Train Bleu’
visits to the auberge in which Van Gogh died and the asylum to which he was admitted
private viewing of racehorses in training, Degas-style
 
The Green and Gentle Heart of Italy: Through Northern Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany
exploration of Orvieto’s 3,000-year-old Etruscan underground city
private visit of St Francis of Assisi’s burial chapel conducted by a Franciscan monk
dinner in an 18th Century apartment in the old town of Siena
private wine tasting in the Chianti region
 
Bay has worked for more than 22 years of work in luxury tourism. A former diplomat, art historian and self-described foodie, Bay also spent decades as a director with Abercrombie & Kent Europe researching, designing and escorting deluxe itineraries throughout Europe, forging connections with artists, chefs, organic farmers and vintners, religious leaders, painters, business leaders, politicians and more. Bay and his family reside in Provence, France.
 
For more information about Anthony Bay’s Europe, contact Kathleen Cook-Hunter at kathleen@kchportfolio.com or visit www.anthonybayseurope.com.