Sojourner Tour's Strengths & Signatures
SOJOURNER TOURS AIMS TO BE BETTER THAN OTHER SMALL TOUR COMPANIES
HIGH QUALITY & FIRST-CLASS ETHICS: You will be rewarded with an unforgettable vacation when you take a Sojourner Tour. You will be treated as if you were being shown around by local friends: tours are limited to small groups; you will stay in a charming boutique hotel; you will discover the local cuisine through a well balanced combination of luxury restaurants and popular local eateries; and, you will explore a representative selection of the region’s most interesting historical towns, natural wonders and cultural treasures. Our tours are designed using rigorous criteria: to learn more about this see Our Philosophy. When you take a Sojourner Tour, you will enjoy the added benefit of engaging in a sustainable form of tourism: to learn more look at About Sojourner Tours.
SMALL GROUPS: We proudly offer some of the smallest group tours on the market. In order for you to experience a cultural immersion, we limit our groups to 4-16 guests. This small group size gains you privileged access to more authentic and high class restaurants, hotels, wineries, etc. Limiting enrollment ensures that you, and every other member of your group, will have many opportunities for positive, personal interactions with local artisans and service providers. It also means you will be part of an intimate and convivial group. In short, you will never feel like an anonymous customer being herded around tourist hot spots in a troop of fellow foreigners.
FINE FOOD & WINE: Local gastronomy is always one of the focal points of a Sojourner Tour. You will taste the full range of local foods, from the refined, sophisticated and luxurious Michelin starred menus, to the popular, traditional, regional specialties. You will be dining in both the most distinguished gourmet restaurants and the locals’ favorite spots. Beverages are included with your meals and we will help ensure that the wines you will enjoy are well paired to the delicacies you will savor.
CULTURAL IMMERSION: You will learn about local customs through the authenticity of the charming boutique hotel where you stay, and the regional cuisine and local seasonal ingredients featured in the restaurants where you eat. Also, you will have opportunities to dive deeper into the local culture by seeing how local artisanal products such as cheese and wine are made. So that you get the most out of these experiences without feeling out of place, you will receive an orientation packet before the tour that explains local eating habits, traditional dress and various other kinds of fun and useful cultural information.
GENUINE ENCOUNTERS WITH LOCALS: We love the places where we tour and strive to share them with you in a way that is beneficial to everyone. The small size of our groups enables you to experience a genuine ambiance in every setting and ensures that we are welcomed visitors. As a company, we also strive to build strong lasting relationships in the areas where we guide. We favor local businesses over chains and hire as many locals as possible during each trip so you will have opportunities to interact with the community and help small local businesses thrive. The goal of Sojourner Tour Company is to create mutually beneficial interactions between you and our hosts.
WORLD RENOWNED SIGHTS & LOCAL TREASURES: The countries where Sojourner Tours works abound in historic sites, architectural marvels and a wide variety of stunning geographical features. We favor internationally recognized cultural sites that have obtained the competitive and prestigious World Heritage endorsement that UNESCO awards to unique places of exceptional cultural or natural importance. You will also go to a selection of our favorite nationally and regionally celebrated sites, such as villages awarded the label “Most Beautiful Village of France” because they are extremely traditional picturesque places. Your tour base will be in an outstanding region, town or part of a famous city that has been overlooked by the conventional tourist industry and your itinerary will include a balance of renowned sights and local secrets that you would not be able to see on your own.
FUN & INFORMATIVE DAY TRIPS: You are hiring our services to take you off-the-beaten path to amazing places where foreign tourists usually don’t go so you can gain access to a regional culture that would otherwise be out of reach. As a result, we organize day trips around our central base location so you gain more insight into the region and its people through food, architectural sights and nature. You will actually visit the sights rather than simply driving by them and you will take privately arranged tours led by local English-speaking specialists rather than wandering aimlessly on your own.
SELF-EXPLORATION: At the same time, we know that part of the fun of traveling is making your own discoveries and having some time to go at your own pace. Therefore, each day you will have time to explore, relax, or shop at your leisure. The amount of time varies according to the style of sojourn you select. Quintessential sojourns offer you the most guidance while Best Kept Secret sojourns offer you the most free time. The Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns fall in the middle to give you a balance of both. Outside Paris, the Off-the-Beaten-Path and Best Kept Secret sojourns often afford you a free day in your tour’s base town. Of course, we will be available to offer recommendations.
Guests – Limited to 4-16
Crew – either 4 to 8 guests =1 Guide + 1 Driver; or 8 to 16 guests =2 Guides + 2 Drivers
Transportation – Private van, metro, bike...
Hotel – A single boutique hotel base (no packing)
Wine & Cheese Tasting
Touring Historic Sites
Well Educated Guides