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'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

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'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Hi,

We are considering taking a self-guided walking tour offered by this company in Provence in June next year, see walking-holidays-france.com/4517/…

It looks like the sort of thing we're after, but there is not much in the way of independent reviews on TripAdvisor or on the web generally that is recent about this company - does anyone have recent experience of their walks?

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1. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

My husband and I have done nine self-guided walking tours in Europe over the past 12 years... number 10 coming up this summer. Three of those walks have been in France. I've also done lots of hiking in the Luberon area of Provence and know quite a bit about walking in that area.

I'm obviously very positive about the idea of a self-guided walking vacation. It's a great way to experience the countryside and get some exercise too. And I think if you're coming from abroad, it makes sense to book the walk through a company that knows the area and can handle the logistics for you.

That said, I've never heard of this company. This isn't the type of tour that Trip Advisor collects reviews on, so that's not surprising you can't find much. I would want to be sure that the company you're booking with is actually the one who is handling the actual arrangements, not a company that's just a re-seller of someone else's tour (which only adds to the cost and not necessarily anything to the quality of the tour). Also, I couldn't seem to find the actual itinerary for their Provence walk. That would be important to me.

You could always write and ask them some more specific questions. Provence is a great area for walking, and you'd have a variety of options for providers. I'd suggest going in May, early June, September or early October.

Kathy

Nottingham
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2. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Hi,

I have walked 3 times with The Enlightened Traveller and have only good things to say about them: family firm, open 7 days a week, meticulous, etc...

Here's there Facebook page with independent reviews:

www.facebook.com/TheEnlightenedTraveller

Cheers!

Milli

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3. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Thanks for your helpful replies, Kathy and Milli. Milli do you have a favourite walk in France from this company?

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4. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Hi Margaret,

I've just seen your question. We've taken 2 trips with Enlightened Traveller. Both self guided with luggage transported between the places. We thought they were excellent. The accommodation was excellent. Often simple auberges but sometimes a bigger hotel but all very clean and well located for. We also had some wonderful meals. You could tell that they personally had stayed at the places they had booked us into. The organisation was terrific and emails were returned within 24hours and often sooner. We would have no hesitation in recommending them. We did the ~12 day Robert Louis Stevenson walk and the ~7 day Tarn Gorge walk. Both highly recommended.

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Hi Outandaboutanna, thanks for your update!

Since my initial posting, we've taken the plunge and booked for a 4-night short & gentle hike with The Enlightened Traveller in Provence in June.

So far the correspondence has been very prompt and helpful, so we have high hopes for the hike, bolstered by your recommendation :)

I'll post back about our experiences once we've finished the hike.

Ukiah, California
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6. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

I have just booked with the Enlightened Travelor. My son and I are booked for the Stevenson trail, GR 70 starting in June 2016. So far I have had only good experiences with The Enlighten Traveler. I will report back after the trip .

Edited: 8:03 am, April 06, 2016
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7. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

My wife Nan and I just (July 2016) completed the 12 night Stevenson hike arranged by Enlightened Traveler and have to say they did a great job for us. Their booking process is a bit unusual and off-putting, such as not getting your detailed hiking notes until you get to your first hotel, but all their arrangements worked out perfectly and their selection of lodging was definitely a cut above what we have experienced with some of their competitors (like Sherpa and Contours). We would recommend them without hesitation, and they seem especially knowledgeable about the Stevenson trail where many of the hoteliers told us they had met Scott in person.

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8. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Hi Margaret,

I know I am maybe a little slow but wondered how your trip with Enlightened Traveller went last year?

Cheers

Outandaboutanna

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9. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Hi,

Sorry it was me who was slow - we haven't finished doing our reviews for that trip as events were overtaken at this end by our selling & moving house.

Our Enlightened Traveller experience was great, probably the highlight of an extremely enjoyable month in the South of France.

The supplied notes and maps and accommodation arrangements were all top notch in our opinion, and the walk itself was delightful. We did a 4-day, 3-night Hiking in Provence Tour walk at the start of our time in the South of France, which was just right for us. It immersed us in the local context, and exercised my very limited French - in a good way. The Walking-Holidays-France people were very prompt and helpful in answering my emails, and in providing extra information on buses and trains. The latter was especially helpful as there were a series of train strikes happening at the time.

I would happily recommend the Enlightened Traveller tours on the basis of our experience.

Cheers

Margaret

Edited: 6:14 am, January 30, 2017
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10. Re: 'The Enlightened Traveller' walking tours - any experiences?

Hi,

We are booked for Stevenson Trail in May.

Wondering if you were happy with Enlightened Traveler?

Little off putting being ask to wire money and not getting booking insight until fees are paid 100%.

Appreciate any feed back as it would be reassuring.

Thanks

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