Boutique guided tours for the refined traveller around New Zealand & beyond

Tasteful Tours' Exclusive Services

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:

  • A flexible itinerary, designed exclusively around your wish list
  • Authentic cultural experiences, away from the obvious tourist tracks
  • The delight of "hidden gems" – fine dining at the locals' favourite restaurants
  • The best seat in the house for your chosen concert, festival or event
  • Private, on-call travel in executive-class vehicles

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.

  • Last summer we spent few weeks traveling in Hungary and Italy with Zsuzsanna, and it was one of our best holiday ever! We usually spend the summers in Europe but this time Zsuzsanna could show us so much more than we ever could find on our own. We enjoyed local shows and clubs, food festivals and she know knows the best places for great shopping. We will be back next year for more.
    I. and G. Jennings
  • June 2016 we went to Europe with Tasteful Tours Ltd. Zsuzsanna and her staff were there all the time to help with any language problems and all other help what we needed. We loved all the restaurants Zsuzsanna recommended and all our accommodation was super. Thank you for a memorable European holiday.
    Xu Zue Chang from China
  • Tasteful Tours organised a family holiday (without kids) to Italy, Slovenia and Hungary, some of our favourite corners of the world. We thought we know it well, but we were surprised every day with new experiences. The highlight of our tour was being invited to Zsuzsanna's family for a BBQ, getting to know the locals and see how they live was a fantastic bonus, we really appreciate it. We highly recommend Tasteful Tours to our friends and family and everyone if you looking for a well designed and hassle free holiday!
    John and Kate H.
  • Zsuzsanna is like a fine New Zeeland wine: hundred years of traditions and routes from Europe combined with the freshness and can- do attitude of New Zealand! We loved traveling with her and I guarantee that you will love it too.
    Sam Neil
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