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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010 - Caring for the environment with responsible tourism

Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.
We're well aware of the impact that tourism has at home and abroad, so we strive to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there.

We start in the office turning off all electrical equipment every night. Our brochure is available on-line in a downloadable version to save paper consumption:

We recycle all the obvious things like paper and printer cartridges, we even re-cycle our old bikes. As part of our on-going maintenance routine we often need to replace parts which, although still servicalbe, don't meet our standards for safety, reliability and comfort.

Many of our hoteliers overseas are part of farming communities that have lived off the land for centuries so their menus are based on fresh, home-grown produce requiring little or no transportation.
Whenever possible, we encourage our hoteliers to re-cycle, and we look to work with businesses that have a well-structured environmental policy in place and help them to develop this further. For instance, we suggest water-saving policies, such as installing showers instead of baths, and not washing all towels every day. We ask our hotels to use energy-saving bulbs, which are 75% more efficient.

We encourage our travelers to fly "carbon neutral" by off-setting carbon emissions which has significant positive impacts on global warming. If you want to consider compensating for the environmental impact of your flight, visit

Run by the World Land Trust which has been working since 1989 to presever the world's most biologically important and threatened lands, and has helped purchase and protect over 375,000 acres of habitats rich in wildlife in Belize, Costa Rica, the Philippines and South America.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Breakaway Adventures launches electric bike tours!

If you've not been on a bike for years, or you're simply unsure as to whether you're up to a traditional cycling tour, then why not consider an electric version?
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, work just like normal ones - the only real difference being that when you pedal, the battery automatically kicks in and your power is increased by up to 80%! So you can cover almost twice the distance with half the effort - sheer genius! At the end of the day, you simply lift the battery off the bike and leave it on charge with your mobile phone, ipod, etc.
For Summer 2010, e-bikes will only be available on our Swiss Lakes Cycling tour. The lakeside routes are perfect for gentle cycling and, as such, are ideal for customers new to this kind of vacation. All e-bikes come equipped with a battery (and a spare battery), a charger and panniers are standard. As will all of our cycling tours, helmets are strongly recommended, but are not compulsory and are not provided.
The rental of an e-bike will be charged at a supplement of $300 over the standard price of the 8-night Swiss Lakes Cycling tour, regardless of date of departure. It is perfectly okay for some party members to opt for an e-bike, others for a traditional bike, however, e-bikes are only available to over 16's. Please note: as we only have a limited number of 3-bikes available, early booking is strongly advised.
To find out more about our extensive range of tours, order your FREE copy of our brochure. Call us today toll free 1-800-567-6286 or visit our website at

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Monday, January 25, 2010

6 of our Favorite February Escapes!

Think of February and your first images might well be cold damp days and long dark nights. But hop on a plane and the picture can be very different; from white sandy beaches in Cyprus, to al fresco lunches in the Med, to hiking the ancient levadas (irrigation channels) of Madeira's tropical paradise.

4 of the best Winter Walks in the Sun

Mallorca: Our guided walking holiday explores the dramatic sun-drenched landscapes of Mallorca's western coast where the Tramuntana mountains plunge into the sea. Departs Feb 19th.
Morocco: All the best bits of central and southern Morocco are covered in our exotic Sahara & High Atlas tour. Hotels are 4 and 5 star levels, with swimming pools and extensive gardens throughout. We have just two places available departing on Feb 6.
French Caribbean: If you're looking for a romantic Valentines break to beat all the others, then consider this glorious escape. Our 12-day tour covers both Guadeloupe and Martinique - you can even upgrade to have your own private pool in Martinique! Please inquire for last minute availability.
Madeira: Like a giant botanical garden with plants from all over the world, the Portuguese Island of Madeira is a botanist's dream! Easy walks along levadas (ancient irrigation channels) provide sweeping views across the Bay of Funchal. Our luxury accommodation, the *****Quinta da Bela Vista, is one of the most exclusive hotels on the island. Departs Feb 13.

2 Sunny Winter Cycling Choices

Gozo: Beautiful secluded bays, stunning turquoise seas and tranquil honey-hued hilltop hamlets are the perfect escape from busy working commutes! The cycling is gentle and unhurried; the hotels elegant and sophisticated. Departs Feb 7, 14, 21 and 28; other dates on request.
Cyprus: With 320 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus is perfect for year-round cycling. This value-for-money tour follows a circular loop around the island's north western tip - view out as far as Turkey on a clear day. Departs Wednesdays.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Breakaway launches UK cycling tours

Take advantage of what might be the most reasonable airfares to England in years! New for 2009, Breakaway Adventures delivers our exceptional blend of interest packed cycling routes, gorgeous hotels and great food in the picturesque backroads of England.

Our Wye Valley Cycling Tour introduces the pristine natural beauty of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys in the Welsh/English borderlands, where watermills and gypsy caravans lie below Iron Age hilltop fortresses.

On our Shropshire Castles Tour, you'll explore the landscape of remote river valleys strewn with the ruins of 2000 years of conflict, where you can picnic on heather moors with views over to Snowdonia.

And you won't even need to brush up on your French (Italian, get the idea).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Once-in-a-Lifetime Airfares: Will They Last?

Rick Seaney, CEO of writes today that "this is an absolutely crazy airfare environment... Several airlines have dropped their prices below $500 for round trip flights to Moscow. No, not Moscow, Idaho ...I'm talking Russia".

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Save $250 per person on any April Departure!

Want to escape the winter blahs? Get a jump start on spring with big savings on any April departure of our walking and cycling holidays (subject to availability). Just book and pay in full by the end of February – then get packing!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Airlines unleash a slew of fare discounts...

Airfares are typically cheap this time of year, which is traditionally the slowest period for travel. What’s news is the number of carriers slashing prices on tickets for flights in the spring and even early summer.

We saw this article in the Star-Telegram noting that many international destinations are on sale even for flights departing in June. If you are planning on travel to Europe, move quickly! Once sales are advertised only about 20 percent of the seats on any particular flight will be discounted.

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