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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 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.


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.


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


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.


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?


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.


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

• From $1,925pp


 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.


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

• From $1365pp

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

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


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


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

Our bestselling cycling tours – the Breakaway classics

January 18th, 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 cycling line up…

Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling
Follow quiet country roads – perfect for first-timers – to discover pretty medieval villages and stunning coastlines.

Surf and turf in Catalunya departures from April 9 –  October 16 2017

Loire Gastronomic Cycling
Easy riding beside the grandiose river, with visits to famous magnificent châteaux and wineries on the way, and a gastronomic masterpiece to finish off the day!

Step into your own fairytale from  May 11 –  October  8 2017

Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
Cycle along the banks of the river Dordogne and Vézère and through ancient woodlands and farms and enjoy delicious evening meals at the end of a day’s cycling.

Cycle and dine in style from May 11 –  September 24 2017

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Discovering the Catalunya Ebro Delta by Bike
This single-centre holiday offers relaxed cycling on traffic-free routes through the magnificent Ebro Delta and its bird-rich lagoons.

Make your discoveries from May 1 –  October 22 2017

Bavarian Castles and Rivers Cycling

New for 2017, cycle a stunning loop following four rivers, starting and ending in UNESCO-listed Regensburg, with the Jura Mountains as your backdrop.

Explore the unspoiled landscapes from May 12 – October 14 2017

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