“What a wonderful stay we had in Bologna. Thank you for the seamless way in which you arranged everything.”  -  SK

A Grand Tour organise tailor-made accompanied tours abroad with a cultural theme. Main themes are music and European history, reflecting the passions and expertise of the organising staff.

We aim to provide tours with a different edge, with a personal touch – and at a reasonable price.

The Tour Leader will be very personable, and will give expert information on the backgrounds of what you will see and visit, without guests having to feel that they are lectured to all the time.

Programmes will provide a careful mix of organised excursions, and time to digest what has been seen and to explore further. We are meticulous in the careful preparation of each programme. Smooth running of the Tour creates a relaxed atmosphere, in which guests are open to absorb and enjoy all they’ve come to see – and discover more.

Bernard Ovink, the Managing Director, is a Dutchman who has also lived in Italy and the USA before settling in the UK. He has travelled extensively the length and breadth of Europe during a career in International Payment Services, before dedicating himself fully to helping other people discover the riches of Europe.

Bernard is active in choral singing, and loves doing research into European history in the London Library and on the road. A further interest is photography – and he has shot all the photos displayed on this site. He has a Law Degree from Groningen University, the Netherlands, and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins’s School for Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.  He is fluent in five languages.

© copyright of all images shown on this web site: Bernard Ovink

Tours are booked in cooperation with:

Sandy Row Travel Management Ltd,

2nd Floor, New Broad Street House, 35 New Broad Street,

London, EC2M 1NH


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