Posh Journeys was established in 1987.

We are an exclusive, international touring company that offers luxury tours and experiences. Based in Reno, Nevada, our clientele is world-wide and our tours fit a variety of different needs for your dream journey. Prior to establishing Posh Journeys, our founder Helga van Horn, worked for a prestigious travel agency in Colorado Springs as a special coordinator of upscale international tours for individuals and private groups. After moving with her husband Jack van Horn to Reno in 1986, Helga and Jack established Posh Journeys the following year to continue their shared passion of traveling the world helping others experience it as well.

About Our Tours

Our tours are small, with about 5 to 15 participants, seldom any more than this. We aim for the experience of a destination rather than seeing it through blurred, bus window. We avoid the average tourist trap like the plague. Of course, we include the “must-see” places, but on our terms. We either spend the night at such a place to be there before or after the onslaught of tour buses and cameras. We make all of our arrangements for hotels, restaurants other suppliers, on a one-on-one bases. The hotels and restaurants we select are not necessarily big hotels with the most stars, but rather selected for their charm, atmosphere, history, ambiance, location and service. We want our clients to see and experience a destination, to return home with memories of special places, special meals and special sights, the right way.

Special Tours

We don’t compete with other tour operators or copy them. Over the years we have set up a several tours that are one-of-a-kind, that can not be found elsewhere, and cannot be copied. Among these special tours are:

The Mille Miglia Tour

For those not in the know, the Mille Miglia is a historic and prestigious Automobile Rally in Italy held each May. We are the only tour company offering an upscale tour where the Mille Miglia as the main event, not as a side line.

In 2001 we became the originators of the Panda Volunteer Tours to the Giant Panda Research Center in Wolong, in China. The tour was first developed by our associate in Beijing, Joe Zhou. He spend many months working with the Panda Research Center which is run by the Chinese Government and the World Wildlife Fund, obtaining all the necessary permissions to bring in clients who would work with the keepers, caring for the pandas.

In the years that followed others jumped on the bandwagon and started to copy us, one large big name tour company went as far as to copy our itinerary day by day except when it came to volunteering with the pandas. Their’s was one half day on which participants got to feed an apple to a panda… there is no one that can even come close to our Panda Volunteer Tour. On our tours, our clients are VIPs at the panda bases. You will receive preferential treatment and get closer to these wonderful animals than you ever though you could.

The Great Swiss Train Tour

This is the only tour that is done all by train throughout Switzerland. There are other so-called train tours to Switzerland which may have one or two sections that are on a train, but not like what Posh offers. Our Great Swiss Train Tour is all by train, beginning in the North from Zurich Lugano in the South. We usually offer only one tour per year, but on occasion we offer two.


The first tour is offered in the spring with our traditional itinerary where clients can enjoy extended stays in Lake Lucern, Grindelwald, Zermatt, the old city of Chur and an overnight stop in Tirano, a city in Italy just past the Swiss border. Participants in this tour have raved about their three nights on Lake Lugano.

Our second tour usually takes place in the fall and includes Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc in France and the western part of Switzerland. Other stops may include Montreux on Lake Geneva or Geneva itself, the Great Saint Bernard Pass where an overnight stop to visit the St. Bernard dogs, a castle in Italy, or a drive through the province of Piedmont may be on the menu. Occasionally when we visit Piedmont, we may include a truffle hunt and a visit to the beautiful Lake Maggioren and Belinzona, rounding back to Zurich for our homeward flight. Google with all your might, there is no other touring company that offers tours to Switzerland like ours.


Posh Journeys Christmas Nutcracker Tour
This tour is not your run-of-the mill Christmas Market Tour, but a leisurely upscale tour with extended stays, special meals and visits to destinations other tours do not include. One of the towns we include is the Nutcracker town of Seiffen. No other American tour company includes this picture book town in their tours because of the limited number of hotels in Seiffen, only three in the center of the village to be precise.


When you search for Christmas Tours you will find a great number of dime-a-dozen tours, but if you look at the days and itineraries of these tours, the inclusions and what you have to pay out of your pocket for optional tours and meals, you may be surprised at how reasonable our Christmas Nutcracker Tour is.

And last, bust certainly not least, there is nothing anywhere like our Great European Chocolate Tour.

This is a dream tour for chocolate lovers and foodies that takes participants from Paris to Switzerland on one of the most incredible journeys imaginable with highlights such as dinner at Jules Verne, the restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower, and a stay at an elegant, rustic Swiss mountain resort in a tiny hamlet away from the rest of the world where participants indulge in a Swiss Raclette dinner in a wine cellar of an ancient farmhouse.


Your Travel Investment

Most important of all, your travel investment is never at jeopardy. We make sure that all of our deposits are refundable until sixty days before a tour departs. Should a tour not have the necessary number of participants we can cancel our arrangements without penalty, and your deposit is promptly and fully refunded. However, it is rare that we cancel a tour since, even without the required number of participants, we make all efforts to operate the tour anyway.

Private Tours

We specialize in private tours tailored to your requests, either for as few as two persons, or for a small or larger group. Contact us at:contact@poshjourneys.com for more information.