Our clients can enjoy experiences missed by members of group tours:
We place great importance on the choice of accommodation – from thatched cottages in the English countryside to medieval castles in the Alps. Some of our lodgings are luxurious, most are small and intimate. All of them are unique. Minimum standard is always a private bathroom. Very few can be booked through a travel agent.
Our trips are planned in consultation with our clients to create an itinerary tailored to their time schedule, interests and travel budget. We will be glad to book transportation and guided tours where available. The tour templates shown on our website are intended as suggestions and can - within reason - be adjusted to our clients' interests.
Our clients do not rush to a single destination, only to spend the next week or two loafing. On our tours, the journey to each destination with time to stop at interesting sights along the way is part of the experience. The joy of discovering hidden treasures is the goal, not simply arriving at a destination.
We take care of the logistics and organization of the tour so that you can focus on experiencing the beauty and culture of your host country.
Our itineraries do not normally include a fixed daily schedule. Instead, you can spend several days at each destination with the freedom to choose your own activities. We provide information on places of interest and recommendations for special hikes.
Without some guidance you would risk missing many of the hidden treasures each destination has to offer. We therefore strive to ensure that each accommodation is not merely a place to spend the night. Your hosts are your local guides. They will point out unique sites in their region and even take you there or arrange private excursions.
From restored 16th century olive mills to French chateaus, our inns and routes are designed to reflect the diversity of your host country.
We are a non-group tour operator with offices in Germany and South Africa. We began as a specialist for tours of South Africa in 1998 but gradually extended our program to other countries. As a tour operator with our head office in Germany we have decided to focus on Europe for our English-speaking clientele. Umfulana is a diminutive of the Zulu word for river and thus means “little river” or “stream”, a literal translation of the last name of one of our company’s founders, Martin Bach (“Bach” is the German word for stream).