Solo Tour Travel


Embracing the World: The Power of Solo Travel and Small Group Tours

by Christy Destremau


Solo travel, a liberating and enriching experience, offers the opportunity to embark on a personal journey of discovery, self-reflection, and adventure. While the prospect of setting off alone may seem daunting to some, the benefits of solo travel are plentiful, providing a unique chance to explore the world on one’s terms. For those seeking the best of both worlds, joining a small group tour as a solo traveler can offer a perfect balance of independence and companionship, enhancing the travel experience in ways that are both enriching and rewarding.


The Power of Solo Travel

Solo travel presents an unparalleled opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and navigating the world alone fosters a sense of independence, self-reliance, and confidence. It allows for the freedom to create a personalized itinerary, explore destinations at one’s own pace, and embrace spontaneous adventures. From savoring local cuisine to immersing oneself in new cultures, solo travel encourages a deeper level of engagement and connection with the destinations visited, leading to a more enriching and authentic experience. Whether it’s finding solace in the serene beauty of nature or engaging in meaningful conversations with locals, solo travel enables individuals to connect with themselves and the world around them in profound and transformative ways.


The Benefits of Small Group Tours for Solo Travelers

While the allure of solo travel lies in its independence and freedom, joining a small group tour as a solo traveler can offer many benefits that enhance the overall experience. Small group tours provide community and camaraderie, allowing solo travelers to connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and form new friendships. The shared experiences and interactions with fellow travelers can add depth and richness to the journey, creating memories that are all the more meaningful when shared with others.


Small group tours also offer the convenience of expertly crafted itineraries and curated experiences, taking the guesswork out of travel planning while allowing flexibility and spontaneity. With the logistics and details expertly handled by knowledgeable guides, solo travelers can focus on fully immersing themselves in the destination, knowing they are in the capable hands of experienced professionals. Additionally, the safety and security of traveling in a group can provide peace of mind, especially in unfamiliar destinations, allowing solo travelers to explore with confidence and peace of mind.


Small group tours often provide access to unique experiences, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and insider perspectives that may be challenging to access as an independent traveler. Whether it’s a private cooking class with a local chef, a visit to a family-owned vineyard, or a behind-the-scenes tour of a historical site, small group tours offer opportunities for cultural immersion and authentic encounters that enrich the travel experience and create lasting memories. Solo travel and small group tours offer a harmonious blend of independence, community, and enrichment. Whether venturing out on a personal odyssey or seeking the camaraderie of like-minded travelers, both avenues of exploration provide unique and rewarding experiences that have the power to inspire.


A France Off the Beaten Path Experience;  Tours that don’t Feel Like Tours


There’s no doubt that France is a country steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. From the iconic streets of Paris to the charming villages of Provence and the Loire Valley and the rolling hills sprinkled with vineyards in Champagne and Bordeaux, there is much to see and experience “behind the scenes.” However, traveling through France alone can be overwhelming, especially if unfamiliar with the language and local customs. Our France Off the Beaten Path small group tours provide an intimate and immersive “traveling with friends” experience, allowing you to explore the hidden gems of France under the guidance of our expert, knowledgeable guides who have lived here in France for decades.


With 30 years of experience designing and delivering tours exclusively in France, and now with Egypt recently added to the line-up, you’ll benefit from our years of expertise through our personalized itineraries. Tours are limited to 10-16 travelers, allowing for a more personalized and tailored experience. From the moment you book your tour, your adventure begins. We work closely with you to prepare for your upcoming trip with us and assist you with planning train tickets and any pre- and post-tour extended stays.


Our small group tours provide exclusivity that is hard to come by in traditional tourist experiences. We take great pride in offering access to off-the-beaten-path destinations and unique cultural experiences, going beyond the usual tourist “hot spots” often overlooked. Whether it’s a private wine tasting or lunch at a family-owned vineyard with our friends in the French countryside, cooking at home with famous French chef friends, an evening meeting up with our French friends for a taste of local life over an aperitif (cocktail), a guided tour of a lesser-known historical site, or a visit to one of our “best-kept secrets,” our tours are designed to offer exclusive experiences that are not accessible to independent travelers.


In addition to personalization and exclusivity, traveling with us provides a sense of security and peace of mind that can be invaluable to solo travelers. Navigating a foreign country on your own can be daunting. Still, with our small group tours, you can rest assured that you’ll have the support of experienced guides who call France home, a community of fellow travelers, and our French friends. Our guides are knowledgeable and specialists about the destinations you visit during our tours. They are passionate about sharing their expertise and creating a warm, inclusive, fun atmosphere for all travelers.


Another advantage of traveling with us is the opportunity to forge meaningful connections with like-minded individuals. Our small group tours attract travelers passionate about immersive cultural experiences and an adventurous spirit. As the owner and founder of the company, I have loved witnessing the new friendships and camaraderie forged between tour guests over the years. By joining one of our tours, you’ll have the chance to meet and connect with fellow travelers from around the world, creating lasting friendships and memories along the way.


Tours are designed to offer a seamless and stress-free travel experience. We take care of all the logistics, including accommodations, transportation, meals, and activities, so that you can focus on soaking in the beauty and culture of France without the hassle of planning and organizing every detail. You stay in one hotel for the entirety of each of our six-day and 4-day tours, unpacking only once, and our hotel partners, also long-time friends, welcome you like friends at their beautiful hotels. So many small but essential details contribute to convenience, comfort, and added fun that allows you to make the most of your time in France and ensures that you can relax and enjoy every moment of your journey.


Where will your next trip take you? Check out our 2024 tour dates here or book a tour today to begin your adventure with us …Contact us at to request space availability and/or ask questions.


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