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Walk, eat, drink…repeat

February 23rd, 2017 by

Does that sound like a little slice of heaven right there? Can you picture yourself walking through breathtaking countryside with the sun on the back of your neck or strolling through rolling vineyards with pretty hilltop villages, serving the local vintages as your reward for the days walk, before heading back to your hotel for a fine dining experience of local gastronomic dishes, washed down with the region’s fantastic wines?

Our gastronomic holidays ensure you experience the best of your destination, and this includes the local cuisine and wines and first-class hotels with fabulous restaurants. Let’s take a look at three holidays that we think you’ll like the taste of – sorry, sound of…

The Alsace Village of Colmar

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

Our relaxed walking route runs parallel to the central part of the famous Route du Vin where every delightful village has its own vineyard and east-facing ruined castle. The walks follow the sentiers viticoles (paths through neatly-groomed vineyards) and shaded forest tracks, with countless opportunities to taste the local wines along the way. Almost every village has its own cave where the friendly Alsatian vignerons will insist you sample their entire range! In the beautiful villages awash with half-timbered buildings, often painted in pretty colors, geraniums spill from the window boxes and balconies. Historic Riquewihr is a highlight of the tour, an enchanting medieval village, nestled among sloping hills of vines that produce the exceptional aromatic Riesling wine.

Included:

8 nights | Self-guided | All continental breakfasts | 2 evening meals
Luggage transfers | Experienced Local rep | 24hr support |
Detailed route directions and maps | Walking transfers

From $1,455

Spain’s Sierra de Gredos

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

Just west of Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos is Spain’s secret heartland: a vibrantly contrasting montage of mountainous peaks, thundering waterfalls, verdant plains, fragrant fruit orchards and glacial lagoons. And the food is equally as stunning! The cuisine is simple but tasty. Local specialities include roast lamb (cordero asado), haricot beans cooked with chorizo sausage (judías del barco) and cochifrito, which is a pork stew with aromatic herbs. At the Hotel El Milano Real, expect gastronomic menus and culinary delights such as venison with wild berries or beef carpaccio with foie gras shavings and mustard vinaigrette. Fresh seasonal produce is the prime ingredient so menus change depending on what is in season and available locally.

Included:

7 nights | Self-guided | All gourmet breakfasts | 5 á la carte picnic lunches
All evening meals | 24hr support | Detailed route directions and maps |
Managed by Hotelier | Car rental included

From $1,592

Medieval Italian Village of Palazzuolo sul Senio

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

Nestled in the heart of Italy, west of the Apennine mountains, the enchanting region of Tuscany boasts beautiful landscapes and delicious food and wine. Think traditional, hearty, simple meals prepared using fresh local produce and meat from the region’s gentle rolling hills. At the Locanda Senio, run by Ercole and Roberta, which includes a small saltwater pool, sun terrace, jacuzzi and sauna, you’ll dine each evening in their highly prized restaurant that enjoys a long-standing reputation (not least among Breakaway guests!). The menu offers the best seasonal produce available including mulberries, cherries, sage, tarragon and rosemary, straight from the hotel gardens. Also included is a cooking demonstration, a wine and olive oil tasting as well as six picnics.

Included:

7 nights | Self-guided | All buffet breakfasts | 6 picnic lunches
All evening meals | Single-centre | Walking transfers | 24hr support

From $1,860

Away to the Canal du Midi!

February 9th, 2017 by

Medieval town of Carcassonne at sunset

A magical mix of medieval cities, beautiful countryside, some of the regions prettiest wine villages and picturesque port towns.

The Canal du Midi offers idyllic cycling for those wanting to explore the very best of the Languedoc region of Southern France, following canal-side paths, rivers, lagoons and meandering lanes, you’ll enjoy highlights such as the Roman city of Narbonne, fairy-tale Carcassonne (pictured above) — perched above the River Aude, and not forgetting Beziers  with its picturesque stone bridge across the River Orb with Saint Nazaire Cathedral as its backdrop.

Cyclists can choose from our 6-night Waterways & Villages of the Canal du Midi – as well as enjoying the culturally rich sights of the Canal du Midi, the renowned wine region of Minervois you’ll enjoy a wonderful variety of birdlife along the way. Alternatively, we have our hugely popular 8-night linear cycling route that begins in Carcassonne and ends in Sete – one of the seafood capitals of France famous for oysters and mussels, also known as ‘The Venice of the Languedoc‘.

Prices start from $1,500 per person and include: 6 or 8 nights’ hand-picked accommodation (in 3 star or equivalent hotels), continental breakfasts, detailed maps and meticulously researched cycling route notes, high-quality bikes, luggage transfers between hotels and 24hr support from our local on-site English speaking representative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 8 night self-guided cycling tour takes you on a wonderful journey through the delightful south-west of France, allowing you to witness the astonishing feat of engineering that is the Canal du Midi.

Canal du Midi Cycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the beautiful, historic cities of Narbonne and Beziers on this circular toure; the wine villages of the Minervois region and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal du Midi on this 6 night self-guided cycling tour.

Waterways & Wine Villages of the Canal du Midi

Our most popular walking tours!

February 2nd, 2017 by

While we’re always introducing new tours and destinations to our program, there are some guest favorites, making them our bestsellers to date. Looking for some inspiration for your travels in 2017? Then maybe one of these will top the list for your next adventure! Our overseas product team have also recommended their favorites from the rest of our walking tour line up…

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

Explore the tranquil UNESCO-listed Langhe region of Piedmont, renowned for its gastronomy and famous wines. Take in the breathtaking countryside of wave-shaped hills cloaked by layers of vines, sunflowers and oak forests, crowned with honey-hued wine villages and majestic Savoy castles.

Walk, eat and drink every two days from May 11 to Oct 14 2017

 

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

Enjoy relaxed walking through neatly-groomed vineyards and ancient oak forest, wine-tasting along the way and visiting mediaeval villages awash with candy-coloured, half-timbered buildings.

Sample the local wines every two days from May 13 to Sep 24 2017

 

Catalan Classic Walk
Walk along the winding, sandy paths of mainland Spain’s loveliest coast experiencing frequent glimpses of dazzling aquamarine seas through the umbrella pines, as well as heading inland to discover the truly unspoiled landscape of the Catalan countryside.

Soak up the Mediterranean sunshine from Apr 9 to Oct 16 2017

 

Rivers and Châteaux of the Loire Walk

Stroll along flat riverside paths in the Loire Valley surrounded by fine châteaux, tasting fine wines and savouring fine local specialities en route.
Make your discoveries from May 1 –  October 22 2017

 

 

Chablis Vineyards Walk

Sample the world’s finest wines in the heart of the Chablis vineyards surrounded by magnificent UNESCO-listed architecture and rolling hills.  It’s an area rich in birdlife and wildlife enthusiasts are in for a treat!

Explore the unspoiled landscapes from May 12 – October 14 2017

 




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