Puppentour™ - The Doll Tour Leaders

Mary Lytle
"The Doll Tour Leader" since 1994
About Us

Puppentour™ is an American company based in Tucson, Arizona, privately owned and operated by Mary Lytle.

The sole-proprietorship was founded in 1994 after Mary developed an overwhelming desire to share with others the rich heritage of dolls and toys she had discovered in Europe.

Mary has extensive knowledge of her tour destinations and is committed to high-quality, personalized service that ensures her guests connect intimately with Europe — and Europeans — through dolls, toys, and miniatures. Over the last 20 years, Mary has escorted over 300 Americans, Canadians, Australians, and Britons to seven countries including the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Czech Republic.

For each and every one of her tours, Mary self-publishes a special edition Tour Highlights and Memory Book. With a bit of history and humor, insightful commentary, and advice to guide her guests to unforgettable experiences, these illustrated guidebooks also provide maps, a variety of journaling pages, and pockets in which to collect souvenir ephemera.

In addition to operating doll tours, Mary also operates Byzantine art and architecture tours in Turkey, Greece, and Republic of Macedonia.

Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, fun, and intimate experience of the beauty, history, and culture of Europe through antique dolls, toys, and miniatures.

Testimonials

"Thanks so much for yet another spectacular trip. I had a wonderful time!" –Dotty West

"I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful doll tour. The flea markets were unbelievable and I brought back many treasures. I have to admit, I was out of control by the second Christmas shop. Our driver was a hoot, and all the ladies and fellas on the tour were delightful. You did a wonderful job of planning this trip. I knew from my first call to you that I made the right decision to choose your tour – you were like an old friend." –Pat Bloodgood

"Wonderful, awesome, amazing, fabulous – I don't have enough adjectives to describe our trip! I had the BEST time! Not a day goes by that I don't think of something we saw, experienced, or ate, and it brings a smile to my face and a happy feeling inside. Thank you for all you did to arrange such a glorious time for all of us." –Beth Shroyer

Publicity

Over the years, Puppentour™ has been featured in Contemporary Doll Collector, Doll Journal, Doll World Magazine, Doll Costuming Magazine, Antique Doll Collector (formerly Antique Doll World), the Thüringer Allgemeine, and Der Neue Tag. We have also been featured on Deutsche Welle television in Germany.