2020 Tours – Preview and Take Your Pick…


Mireia and I have been truly overwhelmed by the response to the ‘creating our own agency’ announcement. Many people have either commented or emailed. We just had no idea what the response might be. It is truly an honour that so many of you are prepared to trust us with your holiday time and money in the future.

We are so excited…

So, based on what you have requested we have put together this initial selection of 7 tours we would be aiming to run. The first two are in direct response to your emails. The following five are tours that I/we have always dreamt of one day creating.

ALL are of course itineraries in areas we know well, feel we can do better (or certainly different) than the ‘competition’ and love working in. It has always been our belief that there just has to be a market for people who are interested in tours with more of thread, a theme, a purpose. And it is our hope that what we find interesting, so might you.

Note: – all tours would also be small group (max 20 and often fewer). Anything more and we cannot show you, stay at or eat in the places we’d like to.

PLEASE – have as read through the short teasers below and if anything strikes your fancy, shoot us an email (thomas@2ndcupoftea.com). We are hoping to be able to run our first few of these in 2020 – we want to take our time and do this properly.

Israel and The Palestine – The Holy Land


This year has seen me return to The Holy Land several times as a guide for another agency. One thing has become overwhelmingly clear; 95% of agencies ‘do’ Israel in exactly the same way. Same hotels, same routes, even same breakfast times. This results in enormously crowded sites. Wow. There is such a scope to see more, time things differently, go beyond the obvious and above all understand Israel, of the past and present. And YES – it is safe, absolutely so. Plus Masada should be on every bucket list.

Athens And The Aegean


One of the questions I have been asked most during my career is; ‘where do you go on holiday?’ Well then, to answer that, we are putting together this rather unique tour. I have always loved Athens. The ‘new’ Acropolis Museum has just added to that love. Delphi too – wonderful, but it’s when you catch a ferry out of Piraeus that Greece in its magnificent complexity, sites, sounds, tastes comes to life. The Aegean Sea; one island more fascinating than the next. Come ‘Island Hopping’ with us on a Tour Guide’s Holiday.

Barcelona and Catalunya 


Three years ago I first came across a little Romanesque church high in the Pyrenees. As I exited after discovering the secret contained within it’s stone walls, I emailed as many friends as I could and said; ‘if you only ever visit one more church in your life, make it this one’. With Mireia a native Catalan, we’d love to show you the treasures of our chosen home, treasures that include, but also extend beyond Barcelona. National parks, secret WW2 paths, fabulous cuisine, wonderful Paradors and hikes. See why we live HERE.

Cathars and Templars – Southern France


Over the last few years I have become good friends with perhaps the World’s leading scholar of Cathar history. You’re forgiven for not knowing much (or anything?) about this early Christian sect, wiped out by a Crusade in the 13th Century. But their legacy, how it was interwoven with the Templars and all played out in the stunning setting of Languedoc-Roussillon I can assure you makes for a fabulous ‘excuse’ for a holiday. Travelling with a leading scholar is something everyone should try at least once.

Peoples of The Alps – Ancient and Modern


Have you ever seen Ötzi The Ice Man? If not, then please add him and the wonderful museum that surrounds him to your list. The Alps have always inspired me. Having lived and worked there for years, the way of life, the food, the customs and traditions and how they transcend borders is fascinating. This tour will include the must-see Mountain Museums of Reinhold Messner, The Dolomites, WWI trenches and bunkers, cheese, castles, wine, and walks all with thread of mountain cultures ancient and modern.

European Folk Tales – A Literary Tour


A personal favourite of mine this one. Over the years rather surprisingly some of the kindest feedback and nicest comments have been guests saying they have enjoyed my reading on the bus. Wherever I go I try to find snippets of local legend, folk tales, myths and stories to read for just a few minutes each day. Why not start in Odense, the birthplace of HC Andersen and trace the trails of the Brothers Grimm and the history of the European Fairytale? Every day to feature a new folktale. Our imagination is the limit.

GR54 – Europe’s Toughest Hike?


I have had many requests for ‘more hikes’. I have even guided for walking agencies. This is always tricky; it’s very difficult to pitch the level correctly and guests almost always underestimate or overestimate their ability. Hence this – the GR54 – 180kms, 12.000m up and down over 12 days in a French National Park. The challenge; considerable. The accommodation; rustic. The food; nutritious. The scenery; out of this world. The luggage; transported for you. The satisfaction at the end; priceless. This is a REAL hike…

(Oh and any suggestions for what to call our Agency – gratefully received – best one gets a discount on the first tour)

Please email us if you are interested in joining one of these trips 😉


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11 Responses to “2020 Tours – Preview and Take Your Pick…”

  1. Thomas; Linda and I traveled with you and studied the Cathars on a Languedoc to Catalonia via the Pyrenees tour. We were just looking at your new plans and would love to travel with the best guide ever again! Especially interested in the Denmark idea and might also be interested in Israel. Mike and Linda Bigley

    • Dear Mike and Linda… (I’ll reply to your email also). Great to hear from you. As you know, I love that Cathar trip. I am SO happy you’d be interested in the Folktales Tour (my personal favourite) and I’ll send more news regarding Israel… Hugs

  2. After your fabulous job on our Road Scholar trip to France, idI love to travel with you again. Keep me in mind for the trip to Israel.

    • Dear Jody, will be delighted to keep you in mind for Israel. If you send me the best email with which to keep in touch, I’ll let you know later when we have more details… (thomas@2ndcupoftea.com) See you in Tel Aviv 😉

  3. Thomas, I loved our Cathar/Languedoc trip when you did it for Road Scholar and would encourage everyone to join you for that one. The new trips look fascinating! I’d especially be interested in the Fairy Tales, the Alps, Greece, and/or Israel. Can’t wait to hear more details.

    • Dear Ilene… Thanks so much. Yes I loved that trip. I just know how it could be even better… hence my including it. We are currently trying to get the Greece trip ready (the others will follow). If you send me an email I’ll add to the list of those to send Greek details to… Many hugs x x

  4. Hi Thomas, Many congratulations, wonderful news on all fronts! I have sent you an email to your personal email address, I hope you are still using the same one. Pam (Holland)

  5. Congratulations and look forward to hearing from you about your trips. The Greek one in particular appeals to us (Athens and the Aegean). Have fun changing the nappies!!!

  6. Thomas: Congratulations on all your wonderful new “adventures.” Please add me to your email list. I’m particularly interested in the Greek Islands (in winter) and the fairy-tale-tracing trips. I’d also love to travel to Brittany and Normandy with you now that it is not a Road Scholar trip. (Your Languedoc to Barcelona trip was fabulous!!)

  7. So happy for you and your newly forming family. Like so many others, I enjoyed traveling with you in Andalusia (2015) and Languedoc to Barcelona (2017). I’m very interested in your fairytale tour. Please let me know more as it develops. Also, I’m glad to be able to get on your site here. It was not available to me for a few weeks.

  8. Very glad to hear about your “new life” and fatherhood. Like most of your other correspondents, I LOVED the Languedoc to Barcelona trip, and am delighted to read about your proposed trips, especially the fairytale trip and a (winter) trip to Greece. Please add me to your email list. Diana Baker

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