There’s a new kid on the tourism block - though this company has been very successful in the UK for over 10 years. Single traveller specialist, Just You, has just launched its program of escorted tours for single travellers in Canada offering city breaks, river cruises, tours and relaxing stays in destinations around the world. There are itineraries and hotels specially chosen to suit the needs of single travellers – and the big news is – Just You charges no single supplement.
Just You are backed by the UK’s leading single travel holiday company which actually took 1st place in this category at the British Travel Awards. Just You places a huge emphasis on feedback from customers when putting their holidays together, so with the launch here in Canada, Canadians stand to benefit from over ten years of experience in single travel.
Just You tours are designed specifically for single travellers – so you aren’t the “token single” within a group made up of couples. EVERYONE on a Just You tour is a single traveller! The average age of the customers is 58, but depending on the trip there can be a broad range of ages. Again it varies by tour and small group would be 16 while a large group would be 35. Thanks to the unique environment Just You creates for singles - for many people going on one of these tours it isn’t a choice between Just You and another company. If they weren’t going on a Just You tour they probably wouldn’t be going at all!
These wonderful tours are designed to empower single travellers to get out there and explore the world. It makes all the difference to know that you are escorted by an expert Tour Manager and accompanied by a group of like-minded single travellers, all of who are there on their own as well and excited to share the experience. You will eat meals together, take excursions and mix with the group under the expert guidance of your Tour Manager, but there is also the freedom to explore on your own. Just You even provide a 24 hr emergency helpline for added security.
Just You offer tours in 24 countries across 5 continents. Their program spans 42 escorted itineraries to places as varied as Myanmar, Japan and the USA. And they are as different as a walking tour of Tuscany, a city stay in Bologna, Florence or Venice - or a trip to see the Polar Bears in Churchill Manitoba. Tour durations range from 4 days to 16 days.
Tours include hotel accommodation in carefully selected 3 or 4 star, and every customer has a single room of their own with no single supplement. Having a place of your own where you can retreat applies to every Just You tour - on a river cruise for instance, you would enjoy a stateroom to yourself.
Itineraries offer many included and optional excursions and Just You often use local guides to share their unrivalled knowledge and insights. Welcome and farewell dinners are provided as well as many authentic local meals during the trip. Usually you will dine with others in the group even if a particular meal isn’t included. Baggage handling is included as well as transfers to and from the airport. The only thing that isn’t included is the flights – but your travel agent will be able to book these for you if you wish.
Their customers have rated 97% of Just You holidays as good or excellent. No wonder they have a high repeat booking rate, which also speaks to how much customers enjoy the tours – there are even some customers who book four tours a year!
Just You customer Jaya Shah has this advice for any single person considering a Just You vacation: “I would say just go for it, single travel is a pleasure, there is nothing to worry about and you will have lots of fun along the way. In fact, I have just one warning – travelling with Just You is addictive!”
Here is a sample of just a few tour itineraries available. Check out the Just You brochure, available at your local Travel Agent, or visit www.justyou.com for more details.
The largest number of Just You tours are in Europe. There are river cruises, city stays and multi destination tours, with a particularly strong program in Italy.
Just You’s European vacations are highlighted by its Italy collection, including an exploration of Apulia which delivers a real taste of Italy by allowing travellers to step away from the crowds and get a glimpse of a true Italian lifestyle.
The Verona Opera Break, is a five day vacation in in this historical city which includes the opportunity to watch two operas in the famed Roman Arena. Just You offers 24 vacations in Italy from the Lakes to the diverse landscapes of Tuscany.
Island-hopping across the Adriatic sea is the best way to experience all that Croatia has to offer with the eight day Croatian Coastal Explorer. During the cruise you will discover chic towns, sample the local food and enjoy magnificent views.
You can travel to some of the most exciting and exotic destinations in the world with Just You. In Africa there are tours to South Africa and Namibia. Choices in South America cover Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. And there are fascinating tours in Asia that take you to Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia, India and Japan.
Beyond Europe is headlined by Myanmar and the Road to Mandalay, a 12-day adventure through the unspoilt country of Burma, with incredible experiences. Slip off the tourist trail to mingle with the locals on market day, step inside real homes and gain a unique insight into monastic life. One spectacle not to be missed is the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
Highlights of Peru is a 10-day vacation following in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers as you plough full steam ahead into Peru’s mountain wilderness. Ethereal morning light illuminates the mighty ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu revealing the remains of the Incas’ final stronghold. Beautiful colonial towns rise from the mountains, colourful crafts decorate the streets and scents of hearty cuisine drift through traditional villages. Peru’s man-made wonders and fine natural attributes combine to create a fascinating land with a colourful culture that is truly intriguing.
Another incredible experience on offer from Just You is Wild Borneo, a 12-day flora and fauna exploration of the rainforests of Asia’s largest island.
And in Africa there are two great tours - you can see the ‘Big Five’ in the Kruger National Park in the 12-day Experience South Africa vacation and a journey through Namibia, a county known as a photographer’s paradise.
There are also tours with Just You that are closer to home within Canada and the USA that still offer the unique Just You advantages for single travellers.
Closer to home, Just You’s Canada vacations include the 6 day Ultimate Polar Bear Adventure - an unforgettable experience with tours to view polar bears along with the opportunity to go searching for the Northern Lights on a husky-driven sleigh.
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And for those looking to see more of the USA, how about travelling along the famed Route 66, discovering the people, places, and gas stations. The 16-day adventure begins in Chicago and along the route takes in sightseeing tours of St Louis, St Charles, Springfield, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles.
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