FEBRUARY ANTIQUES TOUR FEATURES BARGAIN SOURCES ALONG THE BACKROADS OF EUROPE Off-the-beaten-path antiques scavenger hunt offers an alternative to higher-priced sources in Western Europe -- Container shipping included.
FRIENDLY PRICES MAKE CENTRAL EUROPE A HOT NEW DESTINATION FOR ANTIQUE HUNTERS – FEBRUARY TOUR WITH CONTAINER SHIPPING IS ANNOUNCED
Philadelphia, PA – January 2, 2008 -- A Philadelphia-based antiques dealer announced the launch of a pre-season escorted buying tour to Europe in mid-February for antique hunters who have a long shopping list but not much time. Shipping is included. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The antique tours, offered by the company Heart of Europe Tours, were recently featured in "Country Living" magazine.
The buying tour, February 17-26 2008, is designed to help savvy antique hunters stretch their Dollar and beat the strong Euro by offering an alternative to higher-priced sources in Western Europe. “Our February trip focuses on a region where prices are friendlier. It includes visits to under-the-radar shops, trade sources, wholesalers and markets away from tourist centers,” says owner-dealer Tom Conrad. Participants benefit from group purchasing, tax breaks and dealer discounts. Transatlantic container shipping is included.
Central Europe is coming into its own as a terrific source for affordable antiques, design, collectibles and furnishings in every price range right now.
A senior editor from "Country Living" magazine accompanied one of the antique trips a few months ago. The tour was featured in the November 2007 issue of "Country Living" and is currently spotlighted on the magazine's website. (Contact us for a free copy of the article). The response has been enormous, according to Heart of Europe Tours.
The shopping expedition in February is ideal for the dealer, antiques buff, design scout, collector or adventurer who wants a focused tour with lots of buying opportunities. The itinerary features Prague, Dresden, Leipzig and several stops along the antiques trail in remote parts of Saxony and Franconia (Germany) as well as Central and northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic.
The tour is designed with a single-minded focus on antique markets and dealers with lots of furniture and smalls, according to Conrad. The group will see antiques, décor, art, design objects and collectibles from all periods and in all styles – formal as well as country and unrestored. High-style, mid-range and low-priced antiques are included. Baroque, Biedermeier, various 18th - to late-19th Century styles including Louis Philippe, primitive, Art Nouveau, Deco and Modernism through the 1970s are all available.
Since container shipping is included in the tour, participants can focus on “the hunt” and don’t have to worry about how they will get their treasures back to the States. The group container translates into huge savings over sending individual items home on your own – the shipping alone is worth thousands of dollars.
The tour also includes airport transfers, ground travel by chartered coach with private driver, professional bilingual guide, comfortable accommodations with private bath and breakfast, ongoing technical support during the tour and full itinerary with visits to antique markets, retail shops, trade sources and wholesalers.
Space is limited and the tour is filling up. Reserve online, by phone or email. Information