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Destination Desire

August 22nd, 2017 by

Do you yearn for a vacation where you can soak in spectacular coastal views? Are you seeking marvelously quiet villages off the tourist trail? Or perhaps is strolling through vineyards, tasting home-grown wines and sampling world-class cuisine your idea of paradise? We have relaxed walking and cycling itineraries for you to explore on foot or by bike in 15 countries, with many different sights, sounds and experiences en route.

Here’s just a selection of views you can expect to see on some of our trips – enjoy!

Marvels of Madeira

Portugal: Marvels of Madeira:

Meandering along many of the levadas where waterfalls cascade into rolling rivers, jagged peaks rise elegantly in the distance and laurel, heather and pine offer a feast for the senses.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 29, 26
• 2018 Dates:  Feb 1, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28


CC Per Eide Visitnorway.com

Norwegian Fjords Guided Walk

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Norway is home to glacial valleys, thundering waterfalls and breathtaking glaciers and mountains.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 7, 21
• 2018 Dates: Selected dates in Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep

CC BY Tony Lewis flickr

Germany: Bavaria

Impossibly picturesque, Bavaria is a an absolute Mecca for the walking enthusiast with its snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, fairytale castles and quaint, pretty towns and villages.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 2, 9, 16, 23
• 2018 Dates: Saturdays from May 19 to Sep 22

Catalunya

Spain: Catalunya

The pretty coastline of Catalunya is dotted with traditional fishing villages, crystal-clear waters and beautiful beaches which are all perfect to explore.

• 2017 Dates: Departs every two days from Sep 2 to Oct 16
• 2018 Dates: Departs every two days from Apr 8 to Oct 15

cc Rebecca Enright Captivate

France: The Loire Valley

Beautiful chateaux, fine food and wine and gentle cycling

• 2017 Dates: Departs every two days from Sep 2 to Oct 8
• 2018 Dates: Departs two days from May 10 to Oct 7

Chianti

Italy: Chianti

Timeless countryside – rolling hills, endless vines and hilltop hamlets.

• 2017 Dates: Departs every two days from Sep 2 to Oct 14
• 2018 Dates: Departs two days from May 12 to Oct 13

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

Italy: Piedmont

Tucked away in northern Italy, Piedmont is brimming with vineyard covered, softly rolling hills, sun-drenched hamlets, world-class wines and incredible hotels.

• 2017 Dates: Departs very two days from Sep 2 to Oct 14
• 2018 Dates: Departs two days from 10 to Oct 13

Schools back in! Time to reset and refresh for 2017/2018…

August 15th, 2017 by

Porto, Portugal Cityscape on the Douro River.

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end, the sun is shining, the hum of lawnmowers can be heard throughout neighborhoods and school is just about (or already) back in session. It’s a great time to reset, refresh and look ahead to the coming 2017/2018 year.

Our selection of guided walks are filling up quickly for the fall (there is limited availability, so it’s worth inquiring right away) or maybe, if you prefer to plan ahead, why not take a look at what is available in 2018?

The Douro, Portugal: Image captured from the road some kilometers to the west of Oporto, the image shows the Douro river and his vineyards.

Portugal: Walking and Wine

Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced by ancient civilizations; the Basto and Douro regions remain two of the main wine-producing regions of Portugal, complete with wonderful landscapes and a rich history to discover. This walking tour takes us from the atmospheric city of Porto, through the UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley, where famous port wine is produced and on to the Terras de Basto, home of Portugal’s ‘young’ vinho verde wine. With leisurely walks, wine tastings and cultural visits throughout, this tour is the perfect introduction to the country that once dominated world trade routes.

• 2017 Dates: October 21
• 2018 Dates:  Apr 14, 21, 28, May 5, 19, Jun 9, 23, Sep 8, Oct 6, 13


Walking in the Prosecco Hills of Italy

Walking the Prosecco Hills of Italy

Just an hour’s drive north of Venice, in the foothills of the Dolomites, is one of the world’s best yet largely undiscovered wine regions. Here ancient terraced vineyards clinging to the sides of every possible slope are dedicated exclusively to grapes for Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco. Based in an elegant converted villa, located in the heart of the so called ‘Prosecco Road’ – Italy’s oldest wine route – we spend a week walking through picturesque rolling hills and sampling the area’s delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles. We also visit charming medieval villages such as Cison, Follina, Asolo as well as the beautiful capital province of Treviso.

• 2017 Dates: October 21
• 2018 Dates: Apr 18, 21, 28, May 5, Jun 9, 23, Sep 8, Oct 6, 13

Montenegro

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

Experience the best bits of an unspoiled European gem where mountains rise dramatically from warm coastal waters, a UNESCO listed national park reveals the worlds second deepest canyon and waterside Venetian towns await discovery.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 3, 10, Oct 1
• 2018 Dates: May 20, Jun 3, Jul 8, Sep 2, 9, 30

 

Dolomites

Classic Dolomites Guided Walk

The small village of Villabassa, just north of Cortina d’Ampezzo, is nestled close to the Austrian border and sandwiched between the spectacular, jagged limestone peaks of the Dolomites. From here we enjoy an excellent choice of routes with the opportunity to relax in comfort at the end of a day’s walking. During the week, we venture into the Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks for great views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Historically the front line between Italy and Austria-Hungary during the First World War, the trails take us each day through incredible open-air museums.

• 2017 Dates: Aug 26
• 2018 Dates: Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30+, Jul 7, Jul 14, 21+, 28, Aug 4, Aug 25, Sep 8+, 15, 22

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Old Town Mento French Riviera

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

Located on the Franco-Italian border, on the edge of the warm Mediterranean sea, Menton is a delight for any visitor. It is easy to see how it earned its nickname ‘The Pearl of France,’ combining a city of gardens, seaport, beach resort and a paradise for hikers all rolled into one! With the Alpine chain dropping into the sea at the level of French/Italian border, it is also an ideal location for a guided walking holiday. Many of the trails start directly from the town and gain altitude in a short distance, offering some of the finest views of the French Riviera.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 30, Oct 7
• 2018 Dates: Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, Sep 1, 29

 

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Croatia

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

Croatia’s rich cultural heritage is matched only by its amazing natural beauty: sandy beaches, unspoiled islands, tourist-free villages and barely-visited historic sites – all perfect for exploring on foot. Lovely walks and super hotels including 5-star luxury in Dubrovnik.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 10, 24, Oct 8
• 2018 Dates: May 20, 27, Jun 17, 24, Sep 9, 23, Oct 7

Walks in Puglia and Matera Italy

Walks in Puglia and Matera

In the heart of the Mediterranean lie Puglia and Basilicata, two unique and still largely undiscovered regions of Italy nestled between the emerald waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. This trip gives us the chance to explore the very best that these Italian gems have to offer, from the rock churches and UNESCO Sassi district of the beautiful city of Matera, to the fairytale Trulli houses of the lush Itria valley and the white hilltop town of Ostuni. Aside from the perfect mix of cultural discovery and gentle walking, we will have the chance to sample the legendary local cuisine and delicious wines that make this region a true food lovers’ paradise.

• 2017 Dates: Aug 26, Sep 2, 16, Oct 14, 21, Nov 4
• 2018 Dates: Mar 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 9, 16,
Jul 7, 14, Aug 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6


Give our Travel Consultants a call on 1-800-567-6286 and we can help you plan the perfect getaway…

 

Our new Winter 2017/Spring 2018 Sun Escapes are now available!

July 26th, 2017 by

Our new Sun Escapes now available, detailing all our walking & cycling tours that run between September 2017 and May 2018. There is still plenty of sun to be enjoyed; you just need to know where to look!

The popular Algarve region of Portugal could be for you, with mild temperatures year-round and beautiful scenery, or the sunny Mediterranean island of Gozo, with its stunning coastline, lush valleys and UNESCO sites, or perhaps Andalucia in Spain, rich in tradition.

Here are a few trips from the collection, just to whet your appetite!

Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

Explore Costa Rica’s most dramatic contrasts: cloud forests, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and the Pacific Coast. You’ll be amazed by the amount of wildlife you’ll encouter; quetzals, tree frogs, agoutis and iguanas, each day is memorably different.

• 11 nights, guided, hotel-to-hotel
• All Continental breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 evening meals


White Villages of Andalucia Spain

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

Go off-the-beaten-track in the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. Explore the pretty white villages and olive-planted hillsides that date back to Moorish times.  Visit the caves at Nerja and spend a day in Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso.

• 7 nights, guided, center-based
• All meals (including wine with dinner

Andalucia Cycling

Contrasts of Andalucia Cycling

Pedal between white hilltop towns and the two grand cities of Jerez and Cádiz. Enjoy the lush undulating meadows, ancient forests, olive groves and vineyards.

• 7 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts

Hotel Ta Cencs Private Beach

Highlights of Gozo Cycling

Follow gentle cycling routes to discover Gozo’s stunning coastline, lush valleys and UNESCO sites. Then relax at night in your selection of **** and ***** hotels.

• 6 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts and evening meals

Sabo Sao Vicente Lighthouse

Walking in the Algarve’s Wild West

Follow the great adventurers from the quaint fisherman’s village of Carrapateira along coastal and inland paths to the remote village of Pedralva. From here you follow the Rota Vincentina, hugging beaches and cliffs to Sabo Sao Vicente, the furthest flung corner of Europe.

• 6 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• Continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Madeira Island Portugal

Marvels of Madeira Walk

Surging from the Atlantic Ocean, the Island of Madeira is a temperate sub-tropical paradise perfect for year round walking. The island’s coastal paths and levadas take you from the sleepy wine village of Santana on the north coast to bustling Funchal in the south.  Fringed with a rainbow of colorful flora, the levadas lead you inland to breezy Santo da Serra, and a transfer to the Leavda do Norte for spectacular views from the cliff tops

• 7 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• Continental breakfasts, 2 picnics and all evening meals

Hotel Villa Soligo Prosecco Hills Italy

Walking in the Prosecco Hills of Italy

Just an hours drive north of Venice, in the foothills of the Dolomites, is one of the world’s best yet largely undiscovered wine regions – Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco. You’ll spend a week walking through picturesque rolling hills and sampling the areas’ delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles. We also visit charming medieval villages such as Cison, Follina and the beautiful capital province of Treviso.

• 7 nights, guided,center based
• All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and 1 wine tasting




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