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!

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended the travel industry. Notice that the Scotland tour has been moved to 2021. I was hoping that the Italy tour would go as planned, but reality dictated that I reschedule that tour for October 2021. And now I have moved the Dr. T WW II tour to September since April was looking to be a bit “iffy.”

2021 Scotland, July 1 – 13, 12 days, 11 nights. $3700 in Twin/Double, add $680 for Single

Originally scheduled for 2020, the tour has now been shifted to 2021 since all of the hotels in the UK and Scotland have been shuttered due to the Coronavirus. The tour is now sold out

2021 Normandy to Berlin: WW II w/Dr. T, September 19 – October 3, $3800 in Twin/Double, add $700 for Single

There are 24 of us at the moment with room for one more couple. The tour has “made.”

Italy 2021: 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 2 – 22.

I have now revised the itinerary to reflect the change of dates. Currently there are 27 of us and there is room for one more couple and a male single.