Women's travel with Serendipity Traveler offers you the freedom to do as you wish and decide however you would like to begin your day. If the sunrise on a beach or an early walk on cobblestone lanes would make your heart sing, then go for it. Perhaps a visit to a café for a coffee, breakfast on the terrace of our hotel, a yoga class or quiet time to reflect or read . You begin each day doing whatever you please .... this is your vacation and you will have the time to savour each day. Women's travel offers a gentle balance between traveling with friends and time for yourself. Women travelers want to explore, learn and unwind........take time for yourself and begin to experience the essence of each day. Our trips are redefining women's travel with value and luxe.
After breakfast we will gather to experience the day as our curated itineraries unfold. We may be taking a short jaunt to another village, city, or town to engage in a guided walking tour, visit to a museum, or hiking, snorkeling, or touring. The elements of each trips handcrafted itinerary will determine what we will be doing as the days of women traveling together offer you fresh discoveries. There is plenty of time for you to meander on your own or stay put if you wish.
Lunch may occur at a street side café, on a ferryboat, train, winery or picnicking. Wherever we are, we will plan for the best possible food experiences. Food is part of the culture and fun to experience. You may find a local market with freshly baked bread and cheese or visit a tucked away gem for some homemade regional specialties.
Afternoons, like some mornings, will offer times to explore your special interests and passions – whether they be shopping, art, museums, churches, painting, walking, or music . Other afternoons will be spent visiting historic sites, museums, parks, taking a cooking class, wine tour, painting workshop, visiting gardens, walking, hiking, snorkeling or kayaking. Our trips offer you a rich variety of possiblities for relaxing, learning, exploring and fresh adventures while traveling together in Serendipity Traveler small groups with the camaraderie of women rather than traveling alone. Most women do join us alone. Mother's and daughters like our trips as well.
As the day turns towards evening, dinner and it's delicious possibilities will be a time to gather and share our stories on some nights and, on others, to perhaps independently stroll the village or town and find a dining offering that tickles your palate or we may all take in a special local event. Let serendipity filter through the hours of each day to enhance your individual traveling experiences. This is your life and travels will create colorful life long memories to savour.
The word flaneur had not been a part of my vocabulary until I found an old book in my favorite used bookstore for my dear friend who travels to Paris whenever she can. The Flaneur, by Edmund White, is a must read for those in love with the city of light. A flaneur is a stroller, an aimless idler, someone who wanders through the city without purpose or destination, in my words, a Serendipity Traveler. What better way to explore the world? In this case Paris, in others the streets of Florence, Boston, the highlands of Scotland, footpaths in the countryside of England, tropical rainforests, villages, tranquil islands, and idyllic beaches of the world. A flaneur is someone who takes a left because the inviting aromas may lead to a nearby patisserie; one who stops when local music is drifting toward them, meets the sunrise in a hidden garden, or finds a café table and sits for hours immersed in the culture of a particular place. The most memorable discoveries on any journey are those one stumbles upon while following their heart and perhaps leaving the maps behind – an approach involving all of your senses that leads to discovering the unknown treasures wherever you may be. Join other women, who like you, want to travel and not be limited to the more typical tour schedules.
Serendipity Travelers women's travel itineraries offer you the opportunity for Conscious Relaxation. Escape to tranquil destinations where time is undefined and yours to simply be. When you travel with us you can rejuvenate, rebalance, and renew your body, mind, and spirit amidst the splendor of beautiful places. A true bliss break! Our choice of locations and accomodations merge to create an atmosphere for Conscious Relaxation.
The Explorations in Wellbeing workshops are offered annually for women travelers as part of the Serendipity Traveler commitment to enhance the lives of women who travel with us. You will be free to choose one, two, all, or none of these offerings to enhance your wellbeing. Each offering will last approximately an hour and will include topics such as mindfulness, journal writing, meditation, leadership and others. Explorations in Wellbeing workshops will encourage you to consciously take time for yourself each day.
We will avail ourselves of the finest available accommodations wherever we travel. If we are in the country, it might mean a pleasant historic B&B, whereas in the city we will stay in upscale smaller hotels well perched for exploring independently. Sometimes we will rent an entire villa, lodge or charter our own boat. Each journey will determine what accomodations are best. Our commitment to your comfort and safety, together with the luxury and value we offer, is sure to satisfy you, a most discerning women traveler!
Women traveling with us appreciate fine dining and we love to try chef owned small bistros or perhaps dine at a well respected local restaurant. We will discover a locally known pub or the best local café. Dining is an important element to traveling and we will experience , sample and savor the local cuisine and the region’s specialties. We learn from our travels the eateries known for their quality, ambience and the dining standards we expect. This may mean the best place for lobster in New England, homemade pasta in Tuscany puddings in England., Ottoman cuisine in Turkey. Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted with the creative dining on our trips.
Your land transportation is included on each trip, whether it be ferry transfers, train passages, excursions, land tours, or airport transfers when specified. Travelers are responsible for their airfare to the city of arrival and from the city of departure as outlined in their reservation confirmation. We do not book airline tickets, however we are happy to put you in contact with our affiliates who will gladly handle this detail for you, or you may choose to book your flight directly from the airline of your choice. When you make your reservations we will inform you as to the arrival and departure locations. Upon receipt of your final payment, all pertinent information will be supplied to you including the time and place where we all will meet.
- A Serendipity Traveler guide traveling with you for the duration of your trip
- Accommodations with private bath, savour your own room without additional fees
- All continental breakfasts when specified and often times full breakfasts
- Meals where specified. Otherwise as noted including welcome gathering and farewell dinners, some lunches, teas, and surprises
- All expert local guides, naturalists and specialists on itinerary
- Historical walking tours as indicated
- Garden entrance fees as indicated
- Wine tastings and samplers on itinerary
- Activities specified on itinerary
- Museum visits and entrance fees when noted
- All other entrance fees and local tours as specified
- Lessons/workshops/lectures as indicated
- Private transportation and transfers as specified
- All hotel taxes and governement fees
- Gratuities as applicable for meals included
Airfare, wine and alcoholic beverages, meals that are not specified in the itineraries, personal phone calls, laundry, room service, personal shopping and independent activities and optional choices, travel insurance, which we consider necessary. Gratuities for hotel personnel such as luggage handling, housekeeping and room service. A gratuity for your tour leader, guides and or driver on specicfic trips is offered individually at your discretion at the end of the trip.