Experiential Travel to engage visitors in a series of memorable travel. Activities revealed overtime, that are inherently personal, engaged the senses and make connections on an emotional, physical, spiritual or intellectual level. [Nancy Arsenault, Celed Davar and Todd Lucier. Facilitators for the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism (GMIST)].
Hello my name is Zananai Byron-Davis and from a very early age I developed a passion for travelling. I have always been passionate about the tourism industry thus I completed my BSc in International Tourism Management with honours. Coming from a beautiful Caribbean island St. Vincent and the Grenadines I decided I wanted to own my own tourism business. After getting married and migrating with my husband to Germany. I had friends, over a period of time who wanted to visit my island but I was no longer there. My parents and siblings being the loving, generous people that they are welcomed my friends into their home, took it on themselves to show them around and accommodated their entire stay on the island. My friends were so impressed with the way they were treated and the amazing time that they had that they could not stop thanking me. That gave me the idea to start my business Zanur Tours.
I wanted solo women travelers to experience my country's culture and sites as a true local person while feeling safe and secure with a local family who would accommodate and embrace them warmly. This is why we offer homestay in our packages as well as pair our clients with a local sister/buddy of a similar age to take her around and let her experience everyday life on the beautiful Caribbean island. I want to form a community that encourages young women to travel, explore and experience new cultures as they mature and become the woman they truly want to be. They would learn to do new things and form new and lasting friendships all in a secure environment without fear of danger and stereotypes.
Zanur Tours is designed specifically for solo women travelers or with a partner and who would love to experience a true Caribbean lifestyle while having a wonderful vacation surrounded by beaches and warm sunshine. We allow visitors to experience the authentic life of an everyday Vincentian. Specially designed itinaries planned by a true Vincentian woman who was born and raised on the island and enjoyed every minute of it. The packages involve local activities and events that visitors can experience, attend events and sightsee as a true Vincentian would. All activities would be delivered by an expert team of warm locals who are eagerly awaiting your arrival. Our unique offering allows you to be paired with one of our locals who would be your ‘vincy buddy’ for your entire stay on the islands. The 7 days are spent in a homestay to experience the true Vincentian lifestyle. Wake up to a typical Vincentian breakfast cooked by a local mother, spend your weekend lazing on the beautiful beaches as is typical on the island. The packages can be paired with or without one of the 3 main festivals that takes place on the islands yearly.
It is the desire of Zanur Tours to ensure that travellers experience the most authentic local way of life while on island. Therefore, this would include constant interaction with locals and residence. Full respect of cultural traditions and of persons are expected by all visitors. Under no condition do we condone abuse and offence to the local people. Zanur tours use local people for all areas of this trip and we want to ensure not only a local experience but also to contribute to the growth of the tourism industry. In doing this we wish to have the involvement and the assistance of the local stakeholders on island, so they would directly benefit from this venture.
Some of the responsible travel features that we try to include are:
Itineraries given by Zanur tours are flexible and can be worked around individual’s preferences providing it is a reasonable request, which will be determined by us. Booking more than 2 months in advance would require a 10% deposit and the next 30% would be paid within 1 month of the trip. With additional 60% paid directly to the buddy on arrival. Bookings made less than 2 months in advance would require a deposit of the full 40% with the additional 60% paid on arrival at destination to the buddy preferably in local currency (EC$).
All cancellation before 14 days of travel would be charged a Service Charge £25. Within 14 days of travel the Service Charge and 10% of the tour price will be charged. We can accommodate last minute bookings, however, incases of cancellation, additional charges would apply.
Age and Health requirements:
Zanur tours caters to individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 although older persons deemed to be in good health would be accepted. Women would be responsible for their own care and medication throughout the trip. It is the travellers’ responsibility to find out and ensure they are vaccinated and have proper health checks that are needed prior to travelling to the Caribbean.
Passports and Visas:
It is the responsibility of the individuals to ensure that all passports, visas and paperwork are up-to-date, relevant and appropriate for travel.