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. 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


Scottish Highlands and Islands, July 15 – 28, 13 days, 12 nights, $3900 in double, add $540 for a single room.

On the 2017 Scotland, Lake District & Wales tour, we had a wonderful guide, Andy Plews. I asked him if I were to do Scotland again, what would he suggest? This tour is what he came up with. We will fly into Edinburgh and fly out of Glasgow, but will not spend much time in either. (If you want more time in either, fly early into Edinburgh or stay longer in Glasgow.) Take some time to read through the itinerary and you will see that most, if not all of the places we will visit are new to BET. The price is based on a minimum of 21 people (20 + me). Twenty-two people have already signed up so the tour has “made.”

Danube River Cruise and Dracula Extension, October 22-November 4, 2019. 15 days, 14 nights. $3480 for Lower Deck, $3779 for Middle Deck, $3979 for Upper Deck. $4536 for Upper Deck Jr. Suite. Prices are per person. Singles are available only on Lower & Middle Decks. Add $1,489 for a single supplement.

Sail for 11 magnificent days through 6 of Europe’s less traveled countries including Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania in the luxurious comfort of the 5-Star M/S River Navigator, featuring 2 decks of cabins with French Balconies. The program includes 30 world class meals with free-flowing wine/beer/soft drinks for both lunch and dinner, 8 sightseeing tours, along with a bevy of onboard and offshore activities like lectures, games, concerts, and similar. I have included the 3-day “Dracula” extension after the cruise. The enrollment is currently at 24, so so the tour has “made.” Besides an Upper Deck Jr. Suite that was just added, there is only one Middle Deck cabin left. Grab the last affordable cabin now, or splurge on the Junior Suite.


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.

As you can see, this is an extensive and expensive tour. Included are three international flights: Los Angeles to Aukland, Queenstown to Sydney, and Melbourne to Los Angeles via Aukland; one domestic flight in New Zealand: Rotorua to Queenstown; and three domestic flights in Australia: Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Ayers Rock, and Ayers Rock to Melbourne. Two meals a day every day are included, breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Read through the itinerary and you will see that it is loaded with everything you are going to want to see and do. Yes, there are a few options that you might consider, but other tour companies charged extra for over half of the excursions that are included on this tour. Pricing is based on a minimum of 21 people (20 + me). Currently, we are at 31 (30+me), so the tour is filled to capacity. Email me if you would like to be added to the standby list.

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 – 24.

The tour is currently sold out, in spite of the fact I haven’t even finished the web page. You can get an idea of the scope of the tour by clicking on the link above. Currently there are 32 of us and no more rooms are available.