Tailor Made Special Interest Tours Throughout Europe

What we do

It's the little things that count
Special Interest Tours

We specialise in unique and personalised special interest tours of Europe for groups large and small. For 40 years we have been creating tours for groups that focus on subjects and special events throughout Europe

Educational Tours

We offer tailor made itineraries for school travel, universites and alumni. Whether it is literature, history, language, architecture, religion, sports, music or geography we know where to go and what to see and do to create a completely unique experience for students

FIT Groups

Small independent group tours. Whilst most of our tours are larger groups we also provide services for FIT travellers. From attraction and theatre tickets in London to private transfers and rail tickets throughout Europe

Special Events

Over the past 40 years we have arranged for groups to attend many world class events and exhibitions in Europe such as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, ANZAC Day Remembrance, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Oberammergau, Edinburgh Tattoo and just recently the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Why us? - Due to the excellent lasting relationships we have built over the past 40 years we can offer special touches and extras that we promise you will not get anywhere else. We work in consultation with you and keep in regular contact in order to create the itinerary for your tour. Our staff take all the stress out of organising a tour and ensure everything runs smoothly

About US

We create special 'one of a kind' tailor made group tours

We are experts in creating unique and personalised special interest tours of Europe for tailor made groups, conference and incentive programmes and FIT travellers. With a proven track record of providing specialist ground arrangements throughout Europe, we have arranged and continue to arrange a diverse range of tours with varying themes such as vintage machinery, collectable miniatures, embroidery, industrial heritage, religious pilgrimages, historical events, trams, cars and literature. We also create specialist educational tours for schools such as language or history, performance group tours for visiting choirs and also specialist sports tours for sporting events such as the Silverstone Grand Prix and more recently the Rugby World Cup 2015.

  • celebrating 40 years

    Established in Poole, Dorset in 1976

  • Round the clock support

    We offer a 24 hour on call emergency service for all groups

  • 100% commitment

    We work alongside you taking the stress out of organising the tour

  • Personable and approachable

    Independent company with a core team of 9 staff. We pride ourselves on the fact that you can speak with any one of us directly

Our Team

Personable and Approachable
Managing Director
I’ve worked in travel for far longer than I would care to admit. My passion is to enable others to travel the world by organising their travel arrangements and encouraging the all-round learning experiences that come from exposure to other cultures.
Sales and Marketing Manager
I enjoy developing business relationships and have an extensive knowledge of special interest locations throughout Europe. I’ve travelled the world at both ends of the spectrum, from being a backpacker and slumming it to staying in some of the best luxury hotels.
I’ve worked in different parts of the travel industry in many different roles but I love that, even now, most days I learn something new. Working on clients’ itineraries is challenging and fascinating in equal measure. I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely and this remains one of my favourite pastimes.
Business Development Executive
I started work in the travel industry after leaving school and have amassed a huge knowledge of the industry over many years – too many to mention! I quickly rose through the ranks to run a very successful high street travel agency. I have been working for Barton Hill Travel since 2008.
Senior Programme Manager
Born into an Italian globetrotting family. I came to London in my late teens, to complete my studies and stayed! I have worked in travel for many years, both in the UK and in Italy. I love the UK and enjoy helping others to appreciate its traditions, culture, history and natural beauty.
Programme Manager
I have worked in the travel industry for many years starting in British Airways Engineering in 1989, since which time I have enjoyed many of the thrills of tour operating both inbound and outbound to where I am today. Working for Barton Hill Travel is challenging and exciting and everyday is different, which keeps me on my toes.
Programme Manager
Born in Paris, I was educated in both France and the UK. I worked in hotels, before moving into travel and have lived and worked both in London and Paris for a number of years. I have a passion and enthusiasm in everything I do and enjoy taking good care of any visitors with charm and elegance!



Remember that everything we do is tailor made. We have created special interest tours for a large range of clients with many varying themes so the chances are we have probably arranged something similar in the past. Get in touch with us to discuss how we can help you plan and sell special interest tours to your clients

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