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The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Escapes with Breakaway

January 31st, 2011 by

If you are enticed by the idea of activity with a touch of luxury, then Breakaway Adventures’ 2011 collection of carefully crafted walking and cycling choices should be right up your street!
Here are our Top 10 favorites:

In the fashionable Swiss resort of Davos, Breakaway walkers stay at the elegant C19 Hotel Meierhof. Highlights include an indoor swimming pool and brand new wellness center (saunas, steam bath, whirlpool and mini gym) as well as exquisite cuisine, fine wines and complimentary wine tasting.

This scenic cycling holiday explores the sun-drenched, highly sophisticated northern Italian region of Piedmont. Here you’ll stay in a fabulous range of hotels, including a country house and a beautifully restored C19 family villa, complete with its own frescoed chapel. Gastronomic menus are included throughout.

Ever thought about exploring the Portuguese Beira – an outstandingly beautiful, and totally undiscovered, region of magnificent mountains, lush gorges, turquoise lakes and pretty white villages unchanged over the years? Our base for the week, the 24-room exclusive 4-star Convento de Belmonte is pretty special too and offers sweeping valley views from the candle-lit dining room.

Staying in a fabulous collection of 4-star hotels throughout, this independent hotel-to-hotel walking tour explores Slovenia’s stunning Triglav National Park, and the Julian Alps that border Italy and Austria. It’s a postcard-pretty region of charming mountain villages, thundering waterfalls and meadows carpeted with orchids, narcissi and blue gentian. The final stretch takes you to beautiful Lake Bohinj – a great place to relax at the end of your week.

Nestled between the olive-studded trees and vineyards of south-west Tuscany, the luxurious Agriturismo Acquaviva offers panoramic pool, tennis, exquisite cuisine and wine from its private vineyard. Many of the walks follow the ancient Etruscan pathways that link immaculately preserved medieval villages with fortified towns and ancient woodlands. The great art cities of Pisa and Siena are easy day trips.

Re-designed for summer 2011, this gentle 8-night bicycling tour explores Catalunya’s beautiful unspoiled coast, taking in olive groves, citrus orchards, pretty villages and colorful fishing ports. Accommodation highlights include a turn-of-the-century beachfront hotel in Palamos and a C14 gothic castle now a gastronomic boutique hotel overlooking the Emporda plains.

This extremely popular cycling tour is a glorious mix of breathtaking cycling, fantastic hotels – all with panoramic pools – unbeatable wines, and the option to visit the great art cities of Florence and Siena. It does sell out quickly, so early booking is strongly advised.

Surging from the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is like a giant botanical garden with tropical flowers, plants and birds from all over the world. Breakaway guests stay for 7 nights at the luxurious 5-star Quinta da Bela Vista, one of the most exclusive hotels on the island, offering heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, tennis and established gardens. There are two fine dining restaurants, and a complimentary shuttle service (8 mins) is provided to and from Funchal.

Best known for its millionaire yachts and stunning Mediterranean coast, Sardinia’s wild and beautiful interior is just as spectacular. This twin center walking week starts in the heart of the island’s countryside, exploring the shepherds’ huts, traditional villages and tranquil valleys, before heading down to the deserted white beaches of the Gulf of Orosei. Throughout you’ll stay in 4-star hotels, with high comfort levels, and great regional cuisine.

New for 2011, this circular independent walking tour follows a clockwise loop around the spectacular Cap de Creus peninsula. Highlights include the white fishing village of El Port de la Selva, the chic and arty harbor of Cadaques, and the sun-kissed bay of Roses, perfect for gentle swimming. You’ll also explore the largest protected nature reserve in the region,and the only one in Spain which incorporates a marine reserve.
Order our NEW 2011 brochures to find out more about our extensive range of walking and bicycling tours in Europe and beyond. Call us today on 1-800-567-6286 or visit our website at



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