TOUR INFO

Eurosportours is the Number One Sports Travel Company hosting North American Hockey Teams in Italy and Switzerland.  For twenty years, Eurosportours has specialized in bringing North American Hockey Teams to Europe. Having lived and coached professionally for over twenty-five years in Italy, Britain, and Switzerland, Eurosportours owner Brad Doshan understands the needs of a team on the road. From matching the team’s level, balancing travel, managing staff, and oversees every tour. This creates a unique ‘home ice’ advantage.  Probably the biggest complement we have received from almost every coach in the past twenty years is that our staff of team leaders and tour guides are exceptional.

Our most popular trip is that of Italy and Switzerland; two stunningly beautiful countries. We tailor the specific tour to the needs of each coach, the level of the team, and the size of the group. We also offer perspective teams and families the opportunity to customize their tour, helping them decide when they want to come, duration of the trip, number of games, team building events, and then add the excursions, tours, and more.  From pee wee and bantam teams like Shattuck St. Mary’s to major men’s and women’s college hockey teams such as Colgate, Dartmouth, Bethel, St. Thomas, and more, we have succeeded in providing a trip of a lifetime for all.  Many teams come back for a second trip!

We emphasize quality hockey, with social interaction, and cultural immersion for everyone involved on the trip. Eurosportours seeks to create an ‘International Hockey Culture’ whereby players, coaches and families come away with a better understanding for European hockey and maintain contacts they made on their trip.  The opportunity to play hockey in Europe will enhance every player and coach’s player’s hockey profile and allow them to share this amazing experience in some of the most beautiful venues in the entire world. Virtually every team member has commented on how their trip to Europe not only contributed to their development and increased their desire to elevate their game but has impacted their team camaraderie and creates an everlasting bond.

Brian Carlson – Head Coach Bethel University:

“Once again, Brad and his staff made it a trip of a lifetime for our team and supporters.  The addition of going to Rome for three days was the icing on the cake. The hockey was competitive and the Swiss Teams are right at our leveI. I believe everyone agrees it is about the experience, the team bonding that goes on, and all that you learn on a tour of this nature. We will be returning in the future as it is turn-key operation from start to finish.”

Paul Nemtz Carlson – Director of Women’s Hockey Quinnipiac University:

“We had a fantastic time with Eurosportours.  From the accommodations and food to the experiences and memories, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our team and our program.  In addition to the guides and people providing such a rich cultural education, we appreciated the above and beyond effort to seek out great competition and provide a fantastic hockey experience for our team.  It was especially rewarding to get the chance to play the Swiss National Team coming off their historic bronze medal winning performance at the Olympics.  It was great for our program and our game.  We’re excited to be a part of continuing to grow and support women’s hockey across the globe.”

Women’s College Hockey Teams recently have been traveling more and more to Europe in order to play quality hockey teams, experience the various cultures, languages, arts, and amazing venues. We pride ourselves at Eurosportours in being able to deliver great hockey for both D1 and D3 College teams.

The MIAC Women’s Hockey Teams have discovered that the combination of Italy and Switzerland is an ideal tour for a multitude of reasons. Both the Italian and Swiss cultures are a great fit for these students who really want to explore the landscapes, and learn about the architecture, monuments, history, artworks, cuisine and magical aura of the most beautiful country in the world. Plus, the competition matches up well and one of the reasons some teams have come twice!

Note to Coaches

Turn-key operation. We pride ourselves in providing tours where we take over the logistics from day one. From managing the parents and siblings the entire year leading up to the trip, including email and phone correspondence, collecting funds, organizing the games, excursions, meals, and team building endeavors, to private tours, it allows coaches to focus on their teams during the season. Once they get the team over to Europe, they get to be on vacation too!!

Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year 2019

“The trip was nearly flawless.” Greg Carvel said. “We did have some bus time but most of it was in the Alps with unbelievable scenery. It was a well-run tour and it is fun when you have a lot of people who haven’t had that experience before. The Eurosportours staff and people we interacted with were all great and we had a couple of team meals in unique locations…the basement of a medieval prison for one…and the opportunity to spend two days in Rome and see some of the sights that are world famous was awesome. It is not a cliché to say it was a trip of a lifetime.”

Most Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CURRENCY WILL BE USED? In Switzerland, the currency used is the Swiss Franc, but almost all stores, shops, bars and restaurants will accept Euros as well, at the going exchange rate. In Italy Swiss Francs cannot be used, you need to pay in Euros or with a credit or debit card.

WHAT LANGUAGES WILL BE SPOKEN? The spoken language in Italy and Southern Switzerland is Italian, but most Italians and Swiss do have a basic knowledge of the English language. For example, in hotels, restaurants, tourism points, there won’t be any problems to speak in English.

ARE THE VENUES SAFE? Eurosportours makes it a priority to bring the groups to safe and unique venues. Parents will be able to enjoy their stay without having to worry about the safety of their kids and coaches will not need to worry about their players. The venues we go to are kid friendly, so you can let your kids roam around the area and within the hotel without any problems.

WHAT ARE THE HOTELS LIKE? Eurosportours only uses Four Star Hotels, to make your stay a memorable one. All hotels are equipped with air-conditioning, wireless internet, luxury bar and a restaurant. Some hotels even have a wellness center and/or fitness center. To start your day on a positive note, you will be served an American and European breakfast in the morning.

IS THE ITINERARY FLEXIBLE? During your stay in Italy and Switzerland you will have ample free time to explore on your own. We put the emphasis on getting to know other people on the trip and locals as well as spending some time alone with your family. On occasion, we will offer you an optional activity or excursion. Scenic boat trips are quite popular as a group activity.

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF PLAY LIKE? The level of play will vary according to the chemical make-up of the team coming over. We will match any level of play from Pee Wee Teams to Major Division One College Hockey Teams and guarantee highly competitive games.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD? An important aspect of the tour is discovering the European Culture through food. We will bring you to local, authentic, non-touristic restaurants and introduce you to the true Italian and Swiss cuisine. In order to make this an unforgettable experience, we put quality above quantity. When in your free time you plan to have a nice lunch or dinner on your own or with other family members, our staff will be glad to give you some advice.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? Depending on the size and number of teams, a “Team-Leader” will be assigned for each team. In addition, a guide and coordinator for each trip will assist the group. For general information and specific questions, you can count on our staff. During our excursions, you will be accompanied by at least two professional guides. Eurosportours provides travel and car rental advice and more.

CAN A TOUR BE CUSTOMIZED? While Eurosportours has standardized itineraries, it is certainly possible to adjust the itinerary to the groups’ interests and preferences. For example, the number of games played, venues visited, and hotel changes, varies from one group to the next.

WHY SHOULD WE CHOOSE EUROSPORTOURS? Eurosportours has been operating for almost twenty years in one of the most beautiful and coveted areas of Europe. We have a distinct advantage of allowing visiting teams to compete in both Switzerland and Italy, fusing world class venues, a rich culture, and cuisine with great quality hockey. The group has a nineteen-year track-record of delivering a quality product and service both in terms of a hockey and travel experience.

                       Check out our Newsletters for more information on European Hockey