About US

TLC is exactly what you thought: tender, loving, care. In 1993 the company was created by Lynn and Dean Murray, intrepid travellers and incurable collectors. At the time, Lynn was the Treasurer of United Federation of Dolls Clubs, Inc. It was through her eighteen years on the UFDC Board of Directors that she first proved her ability and organizational skills. Her research articles and reports have been published in magazines in Canada, the USA and Australia. 

On their travels through Europe, Africa and Asia, Lynn and Dean had often observed tour groups traveling with escorts who paid little attention to the needs or wishes of the group. Brochures were misleading and add-on excursions and meals were high-priced. No one was dedicated to the comfort and well-being of the mature traveler.

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Lynn decided to combine her love of collecting with her knowledge of travel and focus on itineraries that were thoroughly researched, specialized for collectors and focused on the needs of the mature traveler. Comfortable, luxury-class hotels, executive touring coaches, minimal number of hotel changes, fine dining, adaptably, paced itineraries, personal amenities and thoughtful touches are what TLC Tours are known for. After Dean's death, Lynn stepped back from travelling, but only for a short time. Now she is back, 100% and ready to be on the road again!

Lynn researches and tests every itinerary personally, to be sure the hotels are suitable, the walking distances are not more than a kilometre and the restaurants offer fresh good quality food. She goes to every museum, every historic site in order to be familiar with what her guests can expect to see and to make arrangements for the right time to visit. Since many TLC Tour guests are well-traveled, high traffic sites like the Eiffel Tower are never included in the day’s agenda. There is independent exploration time left for that. Tours very seldom stop for just one night in a city. We try to give guests time to become familiar and comfortable with their surroundings by staying 3-4-5 nights in each location. Thus, we avoid the time consuming task of  packing, loading the luggage and registering in a new hotel. Day trips are always planned to have less than two hours on the coach at one time. TLC Tours provides complimentary beverages and refreshments on the coach, even the occasional picnic! Porterage is also included, for the convenience of our guests. Menus are planned carefully, to include seasonal and local fare, while remaining conscious of the needs of our guests.

TLC tours are all-inclusive tours that start and finish in Europe or the UK. In this way, tour members from all over the world can select their preferred airlines and travel dates.It means that from the time you are greeted by your tour director, you no longer need to worry about translations, navigation, meal reservations, ground transportation, calculating gratuities and tips, museum and exhibit entrance fees or any of the details that can make travel stressful. An 80% repeat traveller percentage tells you that TLC Tour members are happy travellers.

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In 2013, Marshall Martin, Anne Thornton-Trump and Rudi Kriz joined the TLC Tours team. Well-known in the field of antique dolls, Marshall has appeared on Antiques Road Show. He has been dealing in antiques since 1970. Marshall and Lynn have been traveling in Europe together since 1990. Marshall brings a vast amount of knowledge of antiques, art, history and music to the team.  A former Research Librarian, Anne brings her expertise to the team with organizational skills, travel experience and historical knowledge. Rudi Kriz is a great asset to TLC Tours. With his years of experience driving coaches in the medieval towns and cities of Europe comes great driving skill, but in addition, knowledge of the places we visit. 

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 Together Marshall, Anne and Rudi do a stellar job of assisting the Tour Director to keep tour members safe, happy and well-informed. 

The high ratio of tour leaders to group members, insures your treatment with TLC.

tlcdolltours@gmail.com © Lynn Murray 2013