Barker’s European Tours is a small operation. At the core of BET is the loyal customer base. Twenty-two people have been on ten or more tours, with nine of those having participated in more than twenty. I offer a simple loyalty program–after three tours you can deduct $100.00 from the price of any subsequent tours. As kind of a joke, I offered a free tour to anyone who went on thirty tours. I have now given away eight tours. The tours are Eurocentric for the most part, though in recent years we have explored parts of the old Roman empire that extended into North Africa and Asia Minor. In 2008, we traveled twice to China and included SE Asia and South Africa in 2010 and 2013, and Peru in 2016 and 2018. Depending on the nature of the tour, the enrollments vary from 12 to 30, with an average size of 20. I’m along on every tour to help solve any problems that might arise. When you arrive on your first BET tour, it will seem that everybody knows everybody else. Not to worry–they will take you in and by the end of the tour you will be a true BETVet!

  Current Offerings


Down Under-Australia & New Zealand, February 10-29, 2020. 19 days, 17 nights. $8,399 in double, $10,699 in a single room. Airfares from/to LAX are included.

The tour is now closed and 32 of us are about to embark on a long and exciting journey.

2020 Scotland, July 3 – 15, 13 days, 12 nights. $3800 in Twin/Double, add $680 for Single

The page is under construction but I have listed the hotels, activities, and dates. Be sure to click on the links to see the hotels–three of them are quite special. Pricing is based on a minimum of 16 people and I have reserved enough rooms for a total of 24 people. We are currently at 20 and the tour has “made.”

Italy 2020: A Grand Tour of Italy with 4 Options: (A) Rome-Bologna-Verona-Aosta–$4994; (B) Rome-Bologna-Verona–$4320; (C) Bologna-Verona-Aosta–$4320; (D) Bologna-Verona–$3500, October 3 – 23.

The itinerary is now finished. Currently there are 29 of us and there is only room for one more person–a male to share a room and solve an inadvertent single problem.