Femme Voyageur

TRAV­EL­LING SOLO FOR A WOMAN DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN­TIM­I­DAT­ING. KEN­NETH SMALL TELLS US HOW L’AMI­TIÉ TOURS HAVE MADE IT EASY AND EN­JOY­ABLE.

Provincial Living - - Contents -

Ken­neth Small tells us about solo trav­el­ling for women.

Fol­low­ingher dream of trav­el­ling through the south of France can be some­what in­tim­i­dat­ing for the solo woman trav­eller. But, ac­cord­ing to Lynette Croft, the cre­ative force be­hind L’Ami­tié Tours, it doesn’t have to be. Lynette has made tour­ing Provence – en­joy­ing the cui­sine, wines, sights and cul­ture of this unique and cap­ti­vat­ing cor­ner of the world – invit­ingly ac­ces­si­ble to women who choose to travel alone.

L’Ami­tié Tours avoid the stresses in­volved in con­stantly mov­ing from one place to another. In­stead, the small-group, women-only tours stay in a cen­trally lo­cated lux­ury villa, where guests can feel at home for the du­ra­tion of the 12-night tour.

Guests ven­ture out daily, dis­cov­er­ing cen­turies-old vil­lages with cob­ble­stone streets and build­ings hail­ing from me­dieval times or vis­it­ing lo­cal an­tique and pro­duce mar­kets, which are as much a feast for the eye as they are for the ta­ble. At meal­times, guests in­dulge in the lo­cal Provençal cui­sine and wines with the help of guest chefs, spe­cially se­lected restau­rants, and wine­mak­ers. “Some peo­ple think that if you’ve seen one vil­lage you’ve seen them all, but that’s not true be­cause ev­ery vil­lage has its own unique char­ac­ter,” Lynette says.

L’Ami­tié Tours visit towns such as Lour­marin, with its iconic cob­bled main street lined with cafes, restau­rants, gal­leries and fash­ion stores, and its mag­nif­i­cent château, which hosts con­certs and cul­tural events through­out the year. Just up the hill is the pic­turesque vil­lage of Bon­nieux, with its stun­ning views over the Luberon, ma­jes­ti­cally spired church and build­ings nes­tled on the steep hill­side.

Im­ages: Ken­neth Small

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