Lustig Tours

What is Lustig Tours, Holiday?
It is an annual 13 - 15 day trip to Europe for small groups of 16 - 26 people, organized and hosted by Ross and Valina Polka from Das Ist Lustig.  Each trip is unique, visiting different regions of Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and more.  Excursions are hand picked, and guests are guided in English through palaces, castles, cathedrals, farm houses, salt mines, museums, second world war monuments, breweries, wineries, smithies, foundries, and historic city centres.  Outdoor adventures are included as well, with visits to water falls, open air museums, folk festivals, dinner cruises, horse drawn carriage rides, and scenic mountain tops.  Free time is provided in most places for shopping and exploring.  Plus, there’s live music daily!  Local musicians are invited to play for guests, or we attend a concert.  Ross and Valina bring their instruments along to entertain you.
 
Join us for a trip to Austria in this June!

Do you want to go to Europe and visit the places about which you've always heard?
Would you like to tell your friends about places you got to visit?  Would you like to travel with a small group, in a private bus with drinks, air conditioning, a lavatory, and no worries about where to park, or who's going to drive you home?

What have our past trips been like?  Drop in on the 2018 page to see what we experienced that April.  Check out the 2017 page to see where we were the summer of 2017.  Check out the 2016 page to see what that summer's tour was like. 

Would you like to join us in the future?  We are accepting reservations for the Holiday in Austria for this upcoming June 2019!  Contact us soon for a spot on this exclusive small group holiday vacation!  

Has Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Prague been on your wish list?  We'll soon begin building a trip for the summer of 2020 to visit all of those places and more!


Sometimes we plan local gatherings to see Texas history, breweries, wineries and other fun places.  We also organize party buses to a festival or Oktoberfest where we play.  Check back here to see if there's one coming up! 
 
Music, fun and dancing every where we went....such a merry band of travelers....were we”

— Carole W

Our group trips are unique.  It's more like a family vacation with friends, complete with vacation movies!  Carl Henderson has joined us for every trip so far.  He takes footage and photos everywhere we go, then he edits the footage together to share the experiences.  Click on the links below! 

2016 Germany Trip

2017 Germany Trip part 1

2017 Germany Trip part 2

2018 Germany and Netherlands Trip part 1

2018 Germany and Netherlands Trip part 2<br>



In July 2015, we embarked on an exciting research trip to Germany and the Netherlands, where we picked up a whole suitcase full of brochures from places we visited with the hopes of taking you with us for our next visit!  There is so much to be seen, tasted, experienced, discovered, and photographed.  Beautiful landscapes, imposing fortresses, romantic vinyards, relaxing waterways, exciting cultural displays, breathtaking palaces, basilicas and cathedrals...the list could go on and on!  From the centuries old cobbles under your feet to the tops of the cathedral spires, when you're in Europe, you're surrounded by unbelievable beauty and history!  
 

About the tour hosts:  Ross and Valina of Das Ist Lustig have each traveled and performed in Europe many times.  Valina visited the Netherlands every other year since she was born, and lived there as an exchange student 1991 - 1992.  Ross toured with his family as a child, then toured and performed with the UMKC accordion orchestra in the early 2000's.  Bus driver Helmut speaks a little English, and goes above and beyond on each trip to make travel a breeze for guests.  Sam is Valina's brother.  He has also traveled in Europe since childhood.  He acts as an assistant, schlepper of luggage and general good humor guy.  Ross and Valina are familiar with some of the local customs, and speak some German, as well as Dutch. 

Why travel with Das Ist Lustig?  You will experience Europe with a group of people who love laughter, history, architecture, nature, live music, a variety of ethnic foods, and beverages.  Many travelers are repeat clients who are happy to share their prior experiences and can't wait for the next trip with the group.  Hotels are in friendly villages where the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities is left behind, and a little bit of the old ways are still alive in the day to day activity of the people who live there.  Lustig Tours strives to find unique places to visit as well as ensuring you get to see the popular places too.  We bring some of our instruments, and provide music for evening parties and fellowship. 

Keep an eye on this website for updates.