Thomas Randall, European Tour Guide

You have to love travelling. It is one of the greatest things I have ever done and after 18 years of it I am still enjoying it as much as setting off that first day...

However there is certainly an ART to travelling. Time is both your friend and your enemy. Far too many groups or tourists rush through and past places if they only knew exsited, they would stop and stay in for days, weeks.

Although I lead big tour groups for my other job, small group travel is simply the best way. As a private guide I insist on small groups. This allows us to get to know each other and the people we meet along the way. It allows us to stay for that extra limoncello offered at the end of dinner, to take the later row boat to the Blue Grotto, to fit into the Hotel Danieli bar for Bellini's, to eat Steak Hache in the finest such restaurant in Le Marais. The list is endless.

When you travel with me, my aim is to strive to emulate Guillaumet in the famous book Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery;

"But what a strange lesson in geography I was given! Guillaumet, did not teach Spain to me, he made the country my friend. He did not talk about provinces, or peoples, or livestock. Instead of telling me about Guadix, he spoke of three orange-trees on the edge of the town: "Beware of those trees. Better mark them on the map." And those three orange-trees seemed to me thenceforth higher than the Sierra Nevada.

He did not talk about Lorca, but about a humble farm near Lorca, a living farm with its farmer and the farmer's wife. And this tiny, this remote couple, living a thousand miles from where we sat, took on a universal importance. Settled on the slope of a mountain, they watched like lighthouse-keepers beneath the stars, ever on the lookout to succor men.

The details that we drew up from oblivion, from their inconceivable remoteness, no geographer had been concerned to explore. Because it washed the banks of great cities, the Ebro River was of interest to mapmakers. But what had they to do with that brook running secretly through the water-weeds to the west of Motril, that brook nourishing a mere score or two of flowers?"

Hope to travel together soon...

Activities Offered

Walking
Culinary Experiences
Museum Visits
Visits to families, factories, restaurants with lessons
You name it, I'll try to organise it

Example of a tour

All my tours are flexible and tailor-made. I appreciate this sounds a little vague. However after 11 season working around Europe and travelling the rest of the world. I am always coming up with itineraries for friends, full of hotels,...

Offered Tours

Europe - through many countries

Italy

France

Switzerland

Austria

Greece and the Greek Islands

Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark and Sweden)

Germany

Belgium

Holland

England and...

Personal Information

Half English, half Danish. 11 years a Professional Tour Guide. I work in just about all European countries, but specialise in Italy, Greece, France and the UK. I am used to leading large groups and would never normally take a tour myself. However, some of my best travel experiences have come in small groups on, flexible, tailor-made tours. I have a Degree in Geography and a Diploma in Mediterranean Archaeology.
Tom Randall
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Contact Information

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Always on the go, several different mobiles. Email better
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(0044) (0) 1234 824456

    Tour Information

    Tour Directory (Operator or Guide): 
    Guide
    Gender: 
    male
    Language: 
    English
    Other Languages: 
    english-fluent
    Other Languages: 
    french-fluent
    Other Languages: 
    other-fluent
    Years of Experience: 
    9-12
    Difficulty of Tours: 
    Medium
    Minimum Tour Length: 
    7 days
    Maximum Tour Length: 
    No limit
    Services included: 
    This will depend, but sure are hotels or other accommodation, language services, transport. After that it depends on what you want.
    Prices (Hourly rate in EURO or USD): 
    Negtotiable
    Prices (Total price per tour in EUR or USD): 
    Negotiable
    Prices (Daily rate in EURO or USD): 
    Negotiable
    Discounts: 
    Anyone quoting the Travel Dudes website will get 10% off the fee once your tailor-made trip has been costed. We are all in this because of our love of travelling and should look out for each other.
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