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


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 other 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.

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 18 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 – 24.

I won’t have a complete itinerary until I return from Italy after a FAM in January, but you can get an idea of the scope of the tour by clicking on the link above. Currently there are 30 of us and I may have room for another couple or a single.