Sights and Soul Travels, LLC is a boutique tour operator specializing in luxury tours and vacations for women, with destinations primarily in Europe, but also in South and North America, Africa, Asia, and in Australia. The small group tours incorporate sightseeing, outdoor activities, wine tastings, fine dining, spas and luxury hotels, and cultural offerings. The company is based in Germantown, Maryland, in the greater Washington, DC area. The company founder and owner, Yolanta Barnes, has been involved in travel and organizing various tours since 1997, and Sights and Soul Travels was founded in 2004. The main Sights and Soul Travels' office has 3 full time employees who cooperate with several off site contractors and several tour leaders.
TOP 10 REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH SIGHTS AND SOUL TRAVELS
Women-centered tours designed by women
Personal approach of friends traveling together
Tours are not subcontracted nor combined with other groups
Most tours stay at only two hotels, to limit constant packing and unpacking
Small groups, with like-minded travel companions
Relaxed pace, no rushing, no early departures
Focus on adventure and culture, combined with a leisurely vacation
Fine restaurants dining, most meals are a la carte with drinks/wine included
Centrally located boutique hotels or luxury resort hotels
Local guides brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm
Yolanta Barnes is a European who has been living in the US for over 30 years. She is a business owner, a constant traveler, an artist, and a student of life. Yolanta is an enthusiastic and gifted teacher and leader, and her multi-cultural approach to world travel and her attention to each detail is what makes Sights and Soul's tours truly unique. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and delights in sharing with others her passion for travel, art, nature, history, and food.
I believe women travel differently than men do. We like to get to the bottom of issues, take our time to discover and appreciate cultural differences and get to know the people, not only see the sights. We also like to relax and be pampered. The tours which we design combine this kind of cultural awareness with historical explorations, yet they also include activities which make our travel time true vacations: spa visits, wine tours, slow walks along beaches and hikes in the mountains, leisurely dinners with good conversations, music and opera performances, dance and cooking classes, and of course laughter, new friends and lifetime memories.
Yolanta is the primary tour leader on several tours each year, usually to virgin destinations. She loves sharing her travel experience gained nsights with the group, drawing on her knowledge and understanding of complex historical and cultural issues. Yolanta brings her enthusiasm and appreciation for the arts and history, developed through her many years as an art museum docent, teacher and leader.
Kasia Slabosz lives and works in Krakow, Poland where she was born. She has lived in both the US and England and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Her passion is applying the principles of creative energy and order to everyday life. Kasia is also responsible for the Sights and Soul Travels' web site design, tour coordination and logistics.
We know that if we show you the real, off the beaten path world and introduce you to its rich cultures and the stunningly beautiful outdoors, you will want to return again and again.
Kasia accompanies many tours to new destinations in the capacity of the photographer and researcher and is the person who takes care of all unexpected details, accommodating special needs, and making sure everyone is comfortable. She is also available to arrange any optional activities or accommodate special interests and requests at most destinations.
WHAT MAKES SIGHTS AND SOUL TRAVELS DIFFERENT
Going beyond the usual "drive-by" tours, Sights and Soul Travels, LLC offers women quality travel experiences in a safe and fun environment. The tours are unique in their relaxed pace, friendly atmosphere, and their in-depth approach to world's culture and history. The destinations chosen for the tours are not the typical tourist spots and they allow you to experience the world's best destinations in depth. The company focus is on history, art, people, adventure and great food, and we love to share our knowledge and travel secrets. Through extensive travel and having lived in many different countries, we have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of many of the world's regions and their culture. As experienced world travelers and as women, we understand the needs of other women-on-the-road and we are committed to making your travel adventure enjoyable, memorable and fun.
Being a small company allows us to offer personalized service, and our enthusiasm and the fresh approach to travel ensures that you will have an exceptional experience, getting a unique glimpse into the region you visit.
CAREFULLY DESIGNED ITINERARIES
We travel to fascinating places which offer natural beauty, cultural wealth and historical heritage. If you are looking for experiences that transcend the ordinary at destinations that are beautiful, yet original and "undiscovered" by large crowds of tourists, you are in the right place. Sights and Soul Travels' tours are known for their originality, depth and focus. We travel to places which are free of excessive commercialism and experiencing them will become a lifelong memory: visiting local artists and artisans, unspoiled nature with a gift of beauty and solitude, great art that touches your heart,history "aha" moments, quaint towns with authentic folklore, sophisticated cities bursting with unusual cultural offerings, fine dining and friendly locals.
TRAVEL WITH WOMEN
Expand your mind and stir your soul. Traveling in non-competitive, supportive company of other women you can be yourself, let down your hair, explore at your own pace and in your own style. You will connect with other women, start new friendships, rediscover your passions, find new fascinations and truly rest and relax.
Enjoy rich travel experiences without stressful competition or expectations
Study Titian or wildflowers, or wander aimlessly for as long as you want
Slow down, relax and feel free to be who you are
Acquire new skills and gain confidence to travel on your own
Come home with life's most prized gifts: friendship and memories
One of the most lasting elements of a Sights and Soul tour are the friendships that develop among women travelers who travel with us. There is a sense of camaraderie among traveling women which adds dynamism, harmony and easy laughs to the group, and it also brings travelers back to journey together time after time.
Sights and Soul Travels' tours are designed so that you can experience the excitement and sophistication of world's great cities as well as the peacefulness and serenity derived from the natural beauty of unspoiled countryside. Most tours are divided into the history and culture focused "city" part and the outdoor, adventure-filled "country" part. On most tours, you will change hotels only once, eliminating the need for constant packing and unpacking. While staying at your base, in a boutique city hotel or at a spa resort, you will have enough time to become familiar with your surroundings and to take exciting side trips.
take private tours of cultural and historical monuments
visit with local artists, authentic communities and accomplished women
get an insight into history, art, culture, language, and cuisine
renew physically and spiritually in the mountains or by the ocean
connect with new, like-minded friends
have enough unstructured time to make your own discoveries
enjoy the vibrant cities and the cultural immersion
get pampered and relax in the mountains or by the ocean