A growing number of solo women travellers are booking active adventures in pursuit of an immersive and authentic travel experience.
From wine tasting in Italy to cycling through Vietnam and Laos, Butterfield & Robinson reveals the company’s leading trips for women travelling alone.
“In the last five years, the number of solo women travellers booking with B&R has grown by over 50 percent,” said Laura Benn, administrative sales manager, Butterfield & Robinson.
“These travellers are looking for real, authentic experiences that allow them to get under the skin of the destination. They’re joining our trips to escape the constraints of day-to-day life and for the opportunity to slow down and immerse themselves in a destination’s culture, community and cuisine.”
For those seeking inspiration, Butterfield & Robinson has revealed its most popular trips for solo women travellers looking for an authentic travel experience:
Best for wine lovers
Incredible views, private boat rides and truly unbelievable walks are what a ‘week at the lake’ feels like. Travellers will roam the charming streets of Lugano and chic Bellagio, the ‘pearl of Lake Como’ in the company of B&R’s local guide. From unforgettable authentic meals at opulent waterfront resorts, to evenings of wine tasting, the Italian Lakes Walking trip is not one to be missed. Where much of Italy is built for bikes, the lakes are to be explored by boat and on foot.
Italian Lakes Walking prices start at AUD$8,745 per person.
Best for adventure seekers
The Vietnam and Laos Biking trip is ideal for adventurous travellers looking for an active holiday. The trip begins in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, where famed limestone islands rise magically from the water’s surface amid floating villages, stretching the limits of believability. Next, a seaplane will fly travellers back to Hanoi towards Ninh Binh, where the group will cycle for two days through the tropical countryside. The trip finishes in Laos, discovering a UNESCO-protected city filled with colonial architecture, a Buddhist legacy and miles of Mekong-side riding. Those looking for even more adventure can continue on to the Cambodia post-trip to explore Siem Reap’s ancient Khmer temples of Angkor and the friendly people of Cambodia.
Vietnam and Laos Biking prices start at AUD$9,475 per person.
Best for culture vultures
East of Lisbon, across Tagus River, sprawls Alentejo, one of Portugal’s largest regions. Known as a culinary and cultural heartland, Alentejo also offers amazing cycling. Travellers will use their bikes to explore its myriad aspects, from the placid waters of dammed Lake Maranhão to the cobbled streets of UNESCO-recognised Evora. In the late 20th century, when B&R first offered biking in Portugal, it was still somewhat rough around the edges, befitting its history as desolate frontier territory. Two decades later, guests can rediscover the region, refined and welcoming with a lingering touch of rustic.
Portugal Biking prices start at AUD$6,530 per person.
Best for foodies
The Puglia Biking trip is ideal for travellers who love food and want to experience some coastal riding. This trip explores sun-soaked villages, glorious secular olive groves, delicious all-organic food and mile upon mile of soul-stirring biking. After an intimate dinner at a 12th century castle, an exclusive guided walking tour of Baroque Lecce, a visit to the UNESCO-protected stone trulli and a glass or two of prosecco in the shadow of a famous cathedral, travellers will be feel fully immersed in this Italian experience.
Puglia Biking prices start at AUD$6,710 per person.
- Food and beverages as indicated
- Accommodation as indicated
- Services of Butterfield & Robinson guides and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a bicycle and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
All trips are ready-to-book tours that are carefully tailored by Butterfield & Robinson trip designers. The tours bring together like-minded travellers and are full of life-changing experiences, ideal for women travelling on their own. For those after a more bespoke experience, Butterfield & Robinson can also tailor-make any trips from scratch.
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