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Published on : Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The growing demand for soft adventure vacations from active professionals and aging baby boomers who still feel the “spring” in their steps has created exceptional opportunities for companies like “The Blue Walk,” a Florida-based guided walking tour specialist. The company offers small group walking vacations throughout France, Italy, Greece, and England, with experienced guides who lead enthusiasts along the blue coastlines, picturesque villages and scenic open spaces of some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The Blue Walk also offers themed art, yoga, and wine appreciation tours led by experts in their fields. The groups stay in boutique hotels and luxury resorts along the way, depending on the itinerary.
“Today’s travelers are more active, eager to immerse themselves in the environment, culture, and uniqueness of the places they visit,” said Jeannette Candau, co-owner of The Blue Walk. “A walking tour lets them experience our destinations from a personal level, rub shoulders with the locals, see nature first-hand, all while enjoying the company of like-minded travelers who take pleasure in doing the same things they do.”
Agents as Partners
The Blue Walk concept began on the French Riviera, where its founder was impressed with the coastal walking trails and beauty of the area. The company, originally founded as “Cruise, Tour, Travel!” in 2011, started with a special tour of the French Riviera, expanding its program as the popularity of its tours grew. Today, co-owners Jeannette Candau and Suzy Schutz carry on the traditions of bringing unique, authentic experiences to their clients, delivered “with the highest level of creativity and care.”
Jeannette and Suzy see travel agents as essential to their success. The Blue Walk offers discounted FAM rates on nearly all their programs, with agents joining actual tours, so that they can experience the same programs as their clients would. They are also welcomed to bring up to three guests at the same travel agent rate plus $100 per person.
“We work very closely with all our travel agent partners to ensure their clients return from our tours glowing with satisfaction, rating it among their most memorable vacations,” said Jeannette. “Agents know which ones of their clients will get the most out of our tours, and have as much invested in meeting their needs as we do.”
While their tours are led by experienced guides and experts in their fields, Jeannette and Suzy are also active participants. They personally oversee many of their tours, talking with their clients, evaluating the guides and places visited. This allows them to gain valuable, first-hand insight into ways to continuously enhance the experience, as well as explore opportunities for new and unique tours.
“The Blue Walk is about immersing yourself in healthy and spiritually elevating experiences, seeing the beauty and wonders of the world – all in a safe and supportive environment of like-minded people,” said Jeannette. “Every tour is a voyage of discovery, where people experience some of the world’s most serene surroundings; where you can breathe in the fresh air of the countryside or inhale the rich history of a storybook village, look up at a big, open sky, or gaze out at the endless expanse of tranquil blue waters.”
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