Tasteful Tours are specialists, only offering luxury guided tours of Europe, South Africa and South America for very small groups.
Since 2000, Zsuzsanna and her team has escorted guests around Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Belgium, Monaco, South Africa, Argentina, Dubai (to name but a few).
Tasteful Tours' extensive local knowledge will bring your visions of travel to life, so that you can enjoy:
WHAT IS BAREFOOT LUXURY?
It might mean different things to different people, but barefoot luxury is a travel trend and a romantic notion.
If you take the term ‘Barefoot Luxury’ literally, you imagine heading off to a desert island paradise, ditching your shoes and running around on golden sands. ‘Barefoot Luxury’ is also synonymous with a ‘natural’ experience, it’s about getting back to nature and being at one with the environment.
The days of ‘old luxury’, where gentlemen wore a tie for dinner and waiters wore white gloves, are truly behind us, even in Europe. In the past, people with money would stay at expensive hotels where it was a formal affair, and they would need to dress for dinner, but nowadays it has totally changed — people who make a lot of money want to relax when they go on holiday; they may want to wear jeans or a sun-frock when they go to dinner.
To many top-end customers — ‘Barefoot Luxury’ is defined as a place where you are “in-sync with the environment, made from natural materials, adopt sustainable practices and strive to reduce their carbon footprint. In epitomises the values of SLOW LIFE (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wholesome, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences).
At Tasteful Tours it’s all about the experience and we interpret Barefoot Luxury to mean a mix of traditional luxury 5 Star hotels with some more natural, local, boutique pensiones. Sometimes in our search for the best places to eat, we will take you WELL OFF the beaten path, away from the crisp white linen of the hotel restaurants and into the more hectic gingham tablecloths of the trattorias. An example on this tour is that we will stay at a five star hotel in Milan and dine out in style where you may choose to wear your faux-fur and finery and mix in with the local elite, but in the Alps we are staying in a chalet where you can have a breakfast with homemade jam and local artisan foods, and access to the Alps for cycling or strolling.
In Milan we stay at an amazing hotel and what a view! – it over-looks the magnificent piazza. You can choose to see the sights OR sit in the piazza and drink Campari all afternoon, in your most stylish ripped jeans like a local, people-watching to your hearts content.
We have a private car and driver giving us the most flexibility, and if he is not busy he can take you back to something you have seen or want to buy or revisit.
This is modern luxury, without the formality or fuss. A delightful mix of crisp white sheets and pillow menus, and rustic traditions. Truly it’s the best of both worlds.