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Hugh Barnes is the co-owner and founder of Wanderlust Private Tours and has a natural instinct for creating great and memorable travel experiences. For over 37 years he has cultivated unique itineraries and taken a huge number of happy travelers to Europe's most thrilling destinations, first as President of his family's group tour company in the UK and now with his own company, Wanderlust Private Tours. Originally from the UK, and married to an American, he sets a very high standard, always remembering all those little details which sets a tour apart. He developed private chauffeur-guided custom tours as the ultimate travel experience. Hugh is passionate about people, and leads many tours himself. 

These personal experiences are not possible on your own, behind the wheel of a tour bus or with a tour group, however large or small. You will enjoy the personal service of traveling in a private luxury vehicle, driven by a chauffeur-guide who will make your vacation smoother and more enjoyable than you could ever imagine! You will get to know a region, explore hidden corners, and appreciate local culture, all in the time you could never achieve on your own or at the mercy of a large tour group. 

Want to trace your family's history, play golf, attend a show or celebrate your wedding anniversary? No problem, we can arrange all of this, and and more. All you have to do is show up, relax and enjoy—we will handle all the details. Our detailed planning, and support, will bring you highly personable satisfaction you will remember for many years to come!


We are a fully insured tour operator, and a proud member of the NTA (National Tours Association), and abide to NTA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility requirements.

We look forward to creating a fun, enjoyable, and rewarding tour for you, your family, friends or organization!


Margaux Barnes is the co-owner and founder of Wanderlust and has worked in numerous marketing and management roles in companies such as Hill, Holliday advertising in Boston, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hyatt International Corporation in Chicago, Nightingale-Conant in Illinois, Harvard Business School Publishing (Harvard Business Review) and Massachusetts Medical Society (New England Journal of Medicine) in Massachusetts. She studied abroad her senior year at the University of Strasbourg in France and worked in Milan, Italy, at the American Consulate as the dependent of a diplomat. She lived in Cambridge England where she also worked with Hugh at his family tour operating company before relocating back to the U.S. While Hugh is on the road, Margaux handles tour planning, marketing, and tour reservations. From time to time, she will join Hugh on tour and has met so many ofWanderlust's lovely travelers. Hugh and Margaux have three daughters—two reside in England and one resides in the U.S. 

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