IT’S ANTIQUES ROADSHOW EUROPEAN-STYLE: SIZZLING FINDS AND TAX-FREE SHOPPING ON TAP FOR FALL TRIP All-inclusive fall antiques tour highlights under-the-radar antique shopping venues in the nooks and crannies of Central Europe.
News-Antique.com - Jul 31,2013 - Philadelphia, PA – For Immediate Release – August 1, 2013 – Have you ever phantasized about foraging for antiques, vintage finds and decor at a 15th-century castle, a juicy market your friends have never heard of, an old farmstead or a crumbly Stalinist-era factory?
These are just a few of the shopping venues on tap for the Fall Antiques Road Tour, September 25-October 4, 2013, offered by Philadelphia-based Treasures of Europe Tours. The company’s insider antiques trips have been featured in Country Living, USA Today and Australian House and Garden.
The upcoming Road Tour is conceived as a safari rather a white-glove tour. It’s designed to appeal to dealers, designers, trend scouts, vintage buffs and antiques enthusiasts who are single-minded about antiquing and want to live out their passion for ten days.
People who gravitate toward the tours are usually looking for a different kind of antiquing trip, according to the company. Many antique enthusiasts and designers from the U.S. who buy in Europe tend to shop the well-trod circuit in France, the UK, Belgium and Italy, where prices can be astronomical.
“We veer off the beaten path and concentrate on parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, the old kingdoms of Saxony, Franconia, Bavaria and the former Habsburg Lands, where few Americans shop,” according to Tom Conrad, who will lead the trip. Antiques are more affordable there and the selection is immense. “Central Europe is the most-overlooked antiques region on the continent -- that’s why it’s the best place to shop,” he added.
Dresden, the Salzburg district, Leipzig, Bamberg and other stops are included. In the 20 years since the fall of the Wall, Central Europe has begun to emerge as the continent’s hottest new antiques trail, but it is still unknown outside of Europe and few Americans venture there.
The group is small and space is limited. Details, itinerary and pricing are available online at Treasures of Europe Tours.
The tour starts and ends in Frankfurt. Airport transfers, prep materials, full itinerary, ground transportation, accommodations, ten meals and many extras are included. Stops include:
- A 19th-century mill in a Saxon hill town with four floors of furniture, folk art, architectural items, Christmas collectibles, decor and small antiques
- An after-hours visit to one of the top vintage and antique textile dealers in Central Europe
- An Austrian warehouse loaded with 18th-19th-century, Secessionist, Deco and midcentury treasures, and dealers who specializes in Biedermeier; Louis Philippe, Baroque and other classic antiques
- A Soviet-era factory-turned-prop warehouse in the former East Germany with retro, vintage, institutional furniture, farm antiques, lighting, artifacts and collectibles
- A wholesale dealer in the Bavarian countryside with upwards of 2000m2 of furniture, pottery, glass, porcelain, architectural elements and more;
- A private visit to a 14th Century “Antiques Castle” in the Franconia highlands, which serves as a combined warehouse-store-workshop for a dealer couple
- The best antique market in Europe, with upwards of 1000 dealers; and the top annual antiques fair in Bavaria, with hundreds of