Beyond the Crowds Travel

Travel in Uncrowded & Culturally Immersive Small Groups & Small Ships & River Cruises

Travel like a local and blend in with the culture for a rewarding and enriching experience

When you travel, it's not where you go, it's who goes with you. Traveling with a small group allows you \ to travel like a local and blend in with the culture. You can see and experience your destination in a way that will enrich your visit. It is possible to visit the Sistine Chapel without the crowds, and see the Vatican Museums at your own pace with an after-hours guided visit. Or how about seeing the Greek Isles on an 8 passenger sailboat? Or maybe something bigger - like a 170 passenger sailboat which includes a hot tub. Maybe Alaska is calling you but you would like to see all of the amazing sites without the crowds? Or how about an exploration of the Galapagos Islands on a ship with a maximum of 20 passengers? Or maybe a small group (max 16 people) African Safari is on your bucket-list?

What's your Beyond the Crowds travel dream? Give me a call, text me or drop me an email and let me help you make your dream a reality. I love helping people plan their trips!

Beyond the Crowds is a division of A Happy Place Travel LLC.

Travel Uncrowded & Culturally Immersive:

Romantic Danube AmaWaterways

7 Night Cruise Vilshofen (Germany) To Budapest (Hungary)


  • Cruise from Vilshofen to the charming Passau, the “City of Three Rivers"
  • Then cruise on to Linz where you can take a tour to see Salzburg, or bike Linz's famed “Culture Mile”, or visit the beautiful Austrian Lake District, or the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov.
  • Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen. Visit the famous Melk Abbey, or take a bike ride along the Danube.
  • Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner.
  • Vienna, The “City of Waltzes” offers the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Klosterneuburg Monastery.
  • Bratislava, “Coronation City of Kings,” has an optional “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. Or hike up to Bratislava Castle.
  • Tour concludes in Budapest where you’ll visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River.
  • Spend your last evening on board cruising as the city turns on all her dazzling lights.
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Italy's Great Cities Tours

9, 13 or 15 day tours of Venice, Florence, San Gimignano, Cortona, Tuscany, Rome


  • Special Access, skip-the-line admission included at Lake Como, Venice, Florence
  • VIP Entrance to Galleria dell'Accademia for tour and in-person visit to see Michelangelo's David
  • VIP Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • VIP Entrance to Doges Palace and Venice's Old Prison that housed Casanova
  • Unique Perspective's Experience in Venice: Your Story Begins with Venice Skyline
  • Morning in beautiful San Gimignano Hill Town
  • Taste of the San Gimignano White Wine
  • Special Access to the Roman Colosseum
  • Expertly guided tour through the Archaeological dig of the Roman Forum
  • Special Group Entrance to Vatican City with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters' Basilica
  • No Rushing and No Big Buses on this True Small Group Italian tour with up to and no more than 16 travelers.

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Stay and Cook in Chianti with chefs Tom and Fran: