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The Awe-Inspiring Amalfi Coast

March 31st, 2016 by
Positano, Italy. Amalfi Coast

Positano, Italy. Amalfi Coast

Destination: The Amalfi Coast

The world-famous Amalfi Coast offers some of the most stunning scenery in Europe and on our 7-night guided walking tour we’ll show you the best that the region has to offer.

Led by our expert guide, Luigi, we’ll follow centuries-old paths lined with exotic Mediterranean flora as we descend the coastline towards the sparkling waters below. We’ll enjoy incredible birds-eye views of vertiginous, cliff-hugging houses and coves full of fishing boats – mere specks from our vantage points. We’ll visit historic towns and cities like pastel-colored Positano and ancient Pompeii. We’ll also have the option to visit the beautiful island of Capri, home to over 800 species of flowers and plants. Luigi explains all about the history, traditions and incredible nature of the region as we walk, seeking out the best trattorie for tasty, traditional lunches.

You’ll stay in two charming hotels. The Hotel Ristorante Garden in Ravello is just a short distance from the town’s mainpiazza and enjoys stunning coastal views, particularly from the restaurant terrace. The Hotel Bellavista sits on the crest of the Sorrentine peninsula, just outside Massa Lubrense, boasting a spa and a roof-top pool with incredible views towards Capri and the Gulf of Naples.

This group, guided walking tour departs selected dates in April, May, June, September and October 2016.  Prices starting from USD$1,936 per person, based on 2 people sharing a double room (add USD$53 per night for sole occupancy of a double room) include accommodations for 7 nights, continental breakfast, all evening meals, guided walks, Pompeii guide and excursions (except optional day trip to the Isle of Capri) as outlined in the trip description.

Tempted?  Take a look at our Amalfi Coast Walk in more detail or call our friendly travel advisors on 1-800-567-6286.

Incredible discounts on airfare to Paris!

March 10th, 2016 by


Can it really be true?  Norwegian airlines recently announced terrific low cost fares from Ft Lauderdale, Los Angeles and New York JFK to Paris.  Seems they’re getting into the low cost, no-frills air fare business competing with Ryan air and some of the other discount carriers in Europe. It’s about time we saw some of that same sort of competition for trans Atlantic flights as the major carriers don’t really seem to be reducing prices much, especially considering the dramatic drop in price of crude oil and concurrent strength of the US dollar.  We can hope that Norwegian stirs up some real competition and better priced options for frequent travelers to Europe.

A sample fare from JFK to Paris Charles de Gaulle departing on Sep 12 and returning on Sep 21 comes to $472.50 round trip including all taxes and surcharges but not including some special options such as seat selection and on board meals.  We haven’t seen fares this low since maybe 1998 or so.

We made a booking just to see what the total came to, keeping in mind seats at this price are very limited and only offered on certain days of the week.  You can opt into seat reservations (starting at $45 per seat), a hot meal on board (add $45 per person) or just buy cold snacks on board. Norwegian brags about their meals as being “continental food with fresh and crispy ingredients – with a Norwegian twist” – sounds interesting.  One checked bag is an additional $45.

The total with the extras came to $652.50, of course, non refundable.  But a quick comparison with Air France has a total fare (with meal, 1 checked bag and seat reservation included) of $762.67.

So if you’re happy without a seat reservation, travel very light and bring your own snack, you could save upwards of almost $300.

Bonjour Paris!

Our design…your interpretation

March 4th, 2016 by
Self Guided Walking Tours in Europe

Self Guided Walking Tours in Europe

We’ve all heard the advice to choose a house with ‘good bones’, which means that structure is sound and the layout ideal.  The same can be said of our unique self-guided cycling or walking itineraries.  Meticulous design and layout of the ‘bones’ of your trip can be the key to capturing the essence of a region and making the most of your holiday.

On our self-guided tours, we take care of all the details, from the selection of unique inns and hotels that you’d never find on your own to the careful researching of cycling routes and off the beaten track walking trails. We make sure our guests discover a landscape of off-the-beaten track routes, with time to explore at your own pace, stopping off where and when you’d like, exploring villages and soaking up the sights, sounds and scents of your surroundings. And, after cycling (or walking) through stunning scenery during the day, it’s time to enjoy fabulous cuisine and lovely hotels at night.  It’s all designed to free you from the hassle of planning ahead of time and the stress of the unknown when you arrive, leaving you to really enjoy your time away.

As most routes are designed so that you stay two nights at each hotel, you’ll have plenty of time to add your own special slant to your vacation; whether you crave relaxation or prefer visiting cultural sites, museums or to get in a bit of shopping, it’s really an ideal way to get a feel for the region and make create a truly memorable vacation.

And it’s all backed with super friendly local support, hassle-free luggage moving service and 24/7 emergency assistance, bringing you the best relaxed active holiday you’ve ever experienced.

We’ve done all the hard work behind the scenes so all that’s left is for you to enjoy while creating your own unforgettable memories!

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