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From farm to table in Tuscany

February 8th, 2018 by

 

Montepulciano Tuscany Italy

Two new Tuscany tours for “foodies”

There is no word for “foodie” in Italian; Italians are foodies in the deepest sense of the word. In Italy, food is not simply a meal, it is a culture, a way of life. Ask an Italian to tell you about a dish and they will not just tell you about the fresh local ingredients, but the times and place and people connect to it. Food in Italy is not just food..it is Italy itself.

“When Italians say ‘Mangia! Mangia!’ they’re not just talking about the food…the food was, of course, meant to nourish us, but is was also meant to satisfy, in some deeper way, our endless hunger for one another…We remembered who we were through food.”  
-Sergio Esposito, Passion on the Vine
Italian Cooking Class
Highlights of our Taste of Tuscany walking and cycling tours
• 7 nights center-based accommodations in a warm and welcoming agriturismo
• All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
• Based in Chianciano Terme, between UNESCO Val d’Orcia and lush green Valdichiana
• Enjoy a day pass to use at the Theia Spa where you can relax in the healing waters
• Fun cooking class with Stefano, owner of the agriturismo – then dine on the meal you prepare!
• Wine-tasting and olive oil tasting sessions included
• A farm-to-table experience with “Zero Mile Cooking”.
Grape Harvesting time in Tuscany
A Taste of Tuscany Walk
 Owner of the agriturismo, Stefano, is extremely passionate about the produce of the local area, and 65% of the produce he cooks with is grown or reared on site on his farm..

Agriturismo La Pietriccia

A Taste of Tuscany Cycling

The views from the agriturismo are stunning. Relax and take in the beauty around you, and chat to Stefano about his farm and products.

View of Chianciano Vecchia
At Lake Chiusi you can enjoy the bird life and lunch at the lakeside restaurant. In the past, residents of Chiusi called the lake “Light of the Moon” because a legend told that in the calm of the night the beautiful good of the sky would come to stare at her reflection in these waters. Above: A glorious view of Chianciano Vecchia, the ancient part of Chianciano.

Breakaway’s 2018 Travel Guide

January 31st, 2018 by
Porto PortugalThis is our round-up of destinations that have either been dubbed as trending for this year by travel and industry experts, or that we have chosen based on anniversaries or celebrations in the regions. Take a look and get some destination inspiration for the year!

 

Algarve Beach
Croatia

Croatia boasts 1,250 mi of coastline, over 1,000 islands, and 8 national parks. And this month, the new James Bond film is filming in Dubrovnik! It’s been chosen as one of the top emerging destinations for 2018 by Forbes and by Skyscanner.

Croatia

7 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | Guided  or Self-guided | Meals vary according to tour
• From $1,485pp

Lake Bled
Julian Alps, Slovenia

With over two-thirds of the region protected by the Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s Julian Alps have been tipped by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top three must-visit regions for 2018. Admire iconic Lake Bled and its medieval castle.

Slovenia

10 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | Self-guided |  All breakfasts & 4 evening meals
• From $2,325pp

Dolomites

The Dolomites, Italy

2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1. Poignant reminders of the fighting between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire litter the limestone Italian mountains of the Dolomites. An interesting and beautiful destination.

Dolomites

7 nights | Single-center | Guided or Self-guided | All breakfasts and evening meals
• From $1,455pp

Valletta Malta

Valletta, Malta

Malta’s historic capital Valletta has been granted European Capital of Culture status. This vibrant city is only a short ferry ride away from its more tranquil sister, Gozo. Why not spend extra nights in Valletta and experience its history?

Gozo

7 nights | Single-center | Self-guided | All breakfasts and evening meals
• From $1,205pp

Porto Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Portugal’s second largest city boasts an array of magnificent architecture, including the third most beautiful bookstore in the world, the Lello Bookstore (Livraria Lello), which inspired JK Rowling for her Harry Potter series.

Porto

                 7 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | Self-guided | All breakfasts and 4 evening meals

• From $1,925pp

Germany

 Bavaria, Germany

Southern Bavaria’s fairytale castles are straight from a children’s story book. Neuschwanstein Castle inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. ABTA has also featured Germany (including Bavaria) in its Travel Trends Report 2018.

Bavaria

                 7 nights | Single-center | Self-guided | All breakfasts and evening meals

• From $1365pp

Explore Coastal Gems, Rural Retreats and Gourmet Getaways!

January 19th, 2018 by
Brittany

Whatever type of trip you’re looking for, we have a variety of options for you – take a look below for destination inspiration!

Algarve Beach
Coastal Gems

From the sun-kissed beaches of Portugal’s Algarve
to the vertical landscape of pastel villages clinging to hillsides on the Sorrentine peninsula of Italy,
discover the wonders of the coast.

Walking in the Algarve’s Wild West

            6 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | Continental breakfasts & 3 evening meals | Route directions and maps                             Luggage transfers | Walking transfers

• From $1,265pp

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

8 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 2 evening meals | Route directions and maps | Luggage transfers
• From $2,065pp

Alpine Walking
Lakes & Mountains

These trips make for a perfect rural retreat, with spectacular scenery including dominant mountain backdrops and glassy lakes, with hand-picked family-owned hotels to spend your nights.

Austrian Lakes Walk

8 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 7 evening meals | Luggage Transfers
Route directions and maps
• From $1,765pp

Walking in the Italian Dolomites

7 nights | Single-center | All buffet breakfasts & evening meals | Route directions and maps
7-day Mobile Card (travel pass)
• From $1,455pp

Villa Beccaris

Gourmet Getaways

There are many foodie adventures to be had throughout Europe: from the Slow Food Movement in gastronomic Piedmont  to the rich flavors of the great garden of the Loire Valley.


Gastronomic Barolo Walk

8nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & gastronomic evening meals | Route directions and maps | Walking transfers  Luggage transfers
• From $2,135pp

Loire Gastronomic Cycling

                 6 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & gastronomic evening meals | GPS Route directions and maps                    High quality bikes | Luggage transfers | RideWithGPS navigation app

• From $1,815pp




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