We’re pleased to announce the launch of a NEW guided walking tour, Following in the Footsteps of Picasso in the Terra Alta region of Spain’s Southern Catalunya region.
Largely unknown to tourism, the Terra Alta (High Land) is a region of lush forests, stunning rock formations, vineyards and farmland; all leading us to breathtaking panoramas over the Els Ports Mountains and the River Ebro as it flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The Els Ports Natural Park is a botanical paradise as well, supporting over 1000 species of flora and fauna including Hispanic goats (Ibex) and Griffon vultures.
As a child, Pablo Picasso spent summers here living in the mountains and observing rural life. According to his biography, Picasso stayed in the mountains, sleeping in caves, or under the stars, cooking rice over bonfires. It is said he drew his inspiration for the cubism movement from the contrast of lighting and dramatic shapes of this stunning environment.
With our superb guide, Philippe, you’ll walk in and around the rugged Els Ports National Park where we enjoy a mix of walks, from gentle to much more challenging to take us off the beaten track into the, at times, barren and wild terrain of the Natural Park. And no visit to this region would be complete without exploring the hilltop town of Horta de Sant Joan. We’ll take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum here, home to some 200 works painted during his stay in the village.
The Hotel Mas del Cigarrer is your home for the week, a lovely rustic property with a small pool and great food. Try specialities such as charcoal-grilled rabbit or pigs’ cheeks braised in red wine, all washed down with the excellent local wines (included). Limited to a maximum of 12 people, this “2 boot +” walk is offered on selected dates in May, June, September and October, with custom dates on offer for private groups.
With more than 18 years’ experience in hand-crafting relaxed active holidays, Breakaway continues to grow, improve and extend its range of unique cycling choices! Breakaway’s 2016 CYCLING HOLIDAYS program is an exciting mix of pancake-flat routes (perfect for families and first-timers), gentle climbs and more challenging ascents rewarded by the most incredible of views. Tours – which range from 6-10 nights – are either single center, or follow self-guided hotel-to-hotel itineraries (detailed maps and meticulous route notes provided; luggage always transported for you) with every trip graded so that you know what level of activity to expect. At the end of each cycling day, you are guaranteed to be staying in somewhere very special too, with accommodation including fabulously restored castles, magnificent turn-of-the-century villas, gastronomic country houses and fortified farmhouses with pools, ancient palms and hidden courtyards.
For 2016, there are 7 BRAND NEW CYCLING HOLIDAYS – in France, Spain and Portugal – as well as lots of old favorites.
Here’s a quick look at what’s NEW:
We’ve offered walking tours to the Guadeloupe Islands in the French Caribbean for a number of years, but only recently (Dec 1) could you fly direct from the USA. Believe it or not, the only routing available previously was to fly to Pointe-à-Pitre via Paris. We even offered stopover hotels in Paris as part of the tour package. You could also fly via Puerto Rico on a complicated connection, but Paris actually seemed easier!
Now, Norwegian Airlines (don’t ask us why, maybe Norwegians really appreciate warm weather escapes?) is offering non-stop flights from three major US departure cities:
New Non Stop Flights to the Guadeloupe Islands for $99 from JFK, BOS and BWI!
Norwegian Airways has announced the launch of new non-stop flights to the Guadeloupe Islands from three major gateways in the Northeastern United States aboard Norwegian Air Shuttle:
– New York (JFK) on Mon, Wed and Fri.
– Boston (BOS) on Thurs and Sun.
– Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI) on Tues and Sat.
The new service, which began December 3, 2015, offers U.S. based customers some of the lowest fares to the Caribbean, with an introductory fare starting at $99 one way, valid from all three U.S. airports!
Please click here for more information.
So, brush up on your French and pack your swimsuit (don’t forget your passport; all American and Canadian visitors must have one for entry) and visit these unspoiled islands before anyone else catches on!