Walking tour operator The Blue Walk is appealing to solo travelers with a series of art-themed walks through France and Italy that are especially geared towards parties of one.
“For the most part, our Art Walks are made up almost entirely of solo travelers, so everyone is on equal footing in that regard,” says Jeannette Candau, co-owner of The Blue Walk. “The Blue Walk creates a supportive environment for solo travelers. They needn’t be concerned about getting lost, missing a transfer or being alone. In other words, they are going to have fun.”
Travelers on an Art Walk are led by artist-teachers who will teach the group techniques, tips and tricks to practice their craft, while helping them find the most interesting subjects to draw or paint. Each morning the tour will start with an art-themed walk that includes rural trails, coastal paths or strolls through the city. Guests will then have the afternoon to explore on their own or with their fellow art students.
For solo travelers on an Art Walk, being alone is optional as Candau explains that the group often forms tight bonds very quickly.
“There is an immediate sense of like-mindedness among the students. It is a vacation where our guests are 100 percent investing in themselves,” says Candau. “Whether they are long-time artists and creative people, or they are picking up a brush for the first time, they are willing to travel a very long distance to learn about something they love to do, or have always wanted to do, and are therefore highly motivated.”
Art Walks that will be offered in 2018 include the 7-night Art Walk Italy, which will take place Sept. 22-29 and incorporate watercolor and sketching lessons; Watercolor Sketching in Paris offered Oct. 7-13; and Chalk Painting in Florence, Italy on Oct. 15-21. Prices start at $3,350 pp dbl depending on the tour.
For more information, visit thebluewalk.com.