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We’ll let you in on a little secret…

November 19th, 2014 by
Adriatic Coastline of Montenegro

Adriatic Coastline of Montenegro

 

Tucked between the Adriatic Sea, Croatia to the west and the high peaks of Serbia and Albania to the north lays the unspoiled and largely undiscovered country of Montenegro. The mountains of Montenegro include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe all contrasting with a stunningly picturesque coastline – some say it’s the most beautiful country in Europe!

Featured in numerous ‘Bucket Lists”, Montenegro is a growing tourism destination; National Geographic Travel listed it among the “50 Places of a Lifetime” and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) reported Montenegro as the number one location for tourism growth worldwide over the next 10 years. And, if you were paying attention, you’d know that the James Bond film Casino Royale was set in Montenegro (although the filming was done in the Czech Republic!). So the secret is quickly getting out!

Among the attractions, Montenegro’s range of topography, climate and terrain creates conditions leading to an area of incredible biodiversity, making it home to the highest recorded number of species of bird, plant and aquatic varieties in all of Europe. Along with its treasure trove of natural beauty, Montenegro’s ancient towns are rich in architecture, history and culture. This little country, unique in so many ways, combines the features of both the Balkans and the Mediterranean; you can enjoy a walk in the mountains one day and have lunch on the Adriatic coast the next!

Montenegro-SouvenirBe sure to pick up one of these charming and affordable souvenirs you’ll find all around Montenegro: hand painted plates, vases, cups and olive oil dispensers.

Breakaway invites you to explore this unique new “discovery” among world travelers on our new guided walking tour Highlights of Montenegro. Get in touch now so we can tailor make your experience to Montenegro. You can contact our team on 1-800-567-6286 or email us at info@breakaway-adventures.com.

And, for a longer holiday, this tour combines well with the Croatia guided walk, Delights of the Dalmatian Coast.

More choices, lower prices and a great value!

November 11th, 2014 by

Azores

Thanks to lower oil prices, a stronger dollar and the continued growth of international travel, we believe there’s never been a better time to travel. We’re pleased to pass on to our loyal customers a new, more competitive price structure offering the same great trips, at a substantial savings!

We are also delighted to offer more options and choices and a greater selection of destinations, including 6 brand new guided walking tours for 2015!

Undiscovered French RivieraxOur new group tours encompass a great mix of landscapes; for fans of coastal based walking we’ve added picturesque walks overlooking the Undiscovered French Riviera, while those yearning for a journey away from the maddening crowd will enjoy walking to Europe’s most south western point on a guided walk through Portugal’s Algarve. Prefer something more exotic? Our exciting guided walk of the Azores Triangle takes in luxuriant tropical flora and offers superb walking in one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse archipelagos. For those seeking the little known and unique; the rugged mountains of Montenegro offer an off-the-beaten track exploration of the Balkans, while our Walks in Puglia and Basilicata take in the high heel of Italy’s “boot” famous for its Trulli houses (stone huts with conical roofs). As off the beaten track as Europe gets, undiscovered Central Portugal near the Douro river, is a region full of olive groves, vineyards and almond orchards where we explore the different levels of the Serra da Estrela – the highest range in mainland Portugal.

Prefer a self-guided walking tour? Our new six night gastronomic walk invites you to discover the essence of Burgundy; a place where centuries old culture and practices meet the modern world in a region famous for its tradition of wine and gastronomy (our hotel in Chambolle-Musigny is a C18 chateau belonging to a producer of fine, multi-award winning wines!).

Italian Alps1And what’s new on offer for self-guided cycling? With Spain as one of our most popular destinations, we’ve added 2 new cycling tours here; Andalucia is home of the Flamenco, where you’ll discover the ‘real’ Spain of bulls and horsemen, mixed in with some wonderfully scenery and rich flora and fuana; and, in northern Spain, we explore by bike the spectacular Jurassic coastline of the Costa Verde following part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrims trail before ending in Gijon. Also, new for 2015; soak up the natural beauty of northern Italy’s timeless mountain scenery as you ride from the Italian Alps to Lake Garda, discovering the historic cities of Mernao, Blozano and Trento along the way.

Can’t decide whether to walk or cycle? Our new multi-sport tour in the Dordogne offers canoeing, walking and cycling on one of France’s most celebrated rivers – great for families as well as educational, it’s like stepping back in time, exploring pre-historic cave dwellings, or wandering the cobblestone streets in medieval Sarlat, warmly lit at night by flickering gas lamps.

We’ve lots more besides so give our Travel Consultants a call on 1-800-567-6286 and we can suggest the perfect itinerary for you based on your destination preferences, activity levels and cultural interests…

What comes to mind when you think of cross country skiing?

November 6th, 2014 by

Geilo cross

Is it the total silence and peace as you glide across soft, powdery snow?

Or, maybe the exhilarating thrill of high level peaks and spectacular mountain scenery?

Or, do you really look forward to all the après-ski fun at the nearest bar enjoying a well-earned glühwein?

Tempted? Of course you are!

Our cross country skiing tours are a magical way to visit Europe this winter; skiing right from your doorstep to enjoy beautiful snowy landscapes, getting close to nature on pristine trails and feeling the friendly hospitality of locals.

Cross country skiing dates back thousands of years to when humans first realized that strapping wood slates on their feet meant faster travel over snow swept terrain. It’s still widely practiced as a sport and leisure activity, as well as still a means of daily transportation.  Aside from its impressive fitness benefits, according to some experts it is the ultimate calorie burner utilizing every major muscle group, it’s a great way to experience the very best of Europe’s winter wonderland.

Our cross country skiing tours take you to incredibly picturesque mountain villages in Austria and Italy where life has hardly changed over the centuries, picture-postcard villages in Switzerland where famers ride the snowy roads on sleighs and to Finland for a real Arctic experience spotting igloo villages and reindeer corrals. There’s even a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights in Norway’s Venabu (December and January months are best).

From the moment you arrive at your destination, our local agents take care of everything. We’ve included all the equipment you need to try cross country skiing and some lessons to get you started! Our hand-picked hotels in each location range from family-run inns to sophisticated 4-star hotels with swimming pools, wellness centers and gastronomic cuisine all selected to ensure that you’ll have a comfortable and truly authentic experience.




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