Welcome to Barker’s European* Tours,
Where friends travel with friends - again and again.

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

It is now possible to travel again though Covid protocols can be a bit intrusive. Follow the guidelines and practice patience and you will have a good time.


Venice & the Adriatic Coast, September 23 to October.7, 14 days, 13 nights $3500 in Twin/Double, add $995 for Single.

We will begin with 3 nights in Venice with the option of adding two days at the beginning of the tour in Verona or only spending one night in Venice. We will then head down the coast to Ravenna (mosaics), and Ancona, (fantastic archeological museum.) On our way to Pescara, we will swing by BET Italian Headquarters for one night in Sarnano to visit BET Italian headquarters and have pizza on my terrazzo before returning to the coast for two nights in Pescara.  We will then visit the archeological  museum in Chieti on our way to Campobasso. The tour will end at the HelloSky Hotel at the Rome airport where you will have the option of spending the night or spending a few more nights taking day trips by train into Rome . There are currently 16 of us with room for six more people..



2023 Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mekong River Cruise, Angkor Wat; January 8 – 23: Upper Deck $4100 p.p. in twin room, $6014 in single; Lower Deck $3800 p.p. in twin room, $5564 in single.

This is a repeat of the highly successful 2018 Mekong River Cruise. This time we will start in Hanoi rather than Saigon to allow us to return to my all-time favorite place–Halong Bay. After two nights in Hanoi and two nights on Halong Bay, we will fly to Saigon to embark on the 7-night Mekong River Cruise, followed by three nights in Siem Riep where we will visit Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is an incredible site, and instead of trying to see it all in one day, we will spend two half-days exploring this UNESCO Heritage site. Almost all meals are included throughout the tour. Currently, there are 1 of us. I have one more Upper Deck and four Lower Deck cabins in my allotment .Vietnam is a beautiful country–come see for yourself.