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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

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

Where’s trending for 2018?

December 14th, 2017 by
Wine Villages of Alsace Cycling
Where’s trending for 2018? 
Take a look at what’s shaping up as the “hot” destinations for walking & cycling tours in 2018.
And we aren’t the only ones touting their attractions..
Walks in the Italian Dolomites
ITALIAN DOLOMITES

There’s a special, unique kind of reverence reserved for the Italian Dolomites. The Tre Cime (The Three Peaks), the range’s most dramatic peaks, look like jagged icy teeth straight from the gaping maw of the earth.

Walks in the Italian Dolomites

• 7 nights, self-guided walking, single-center
• All breakfasts and evening meals
• From $1,455pp

Secrets of Tenerife Walk
TENERIFE
Considered one of the best places in the world for stargazing, Teide National Park has practically no light pollution. Tenerife is often known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ due to its temperate climate. Secrets of Tenerife Walk• 7 nights, guided walking, single-centre
• All breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals
• From $2,385pp
Porto Coastal Cycling

PORTUGAL

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, boasts beautiful, colorful abandoned buildings, Baroque churches and newer constructions. And the food is a key draw, with plentiful fresh fish, cheese and port.

Porto Coastal Cycling

• 7 nights, self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts and 4 evening meals
• From $1,925pp
(Free upgrade to an e-bike for bookings made by December 31 2017).

Castles to Coast Croatia Walk

CROATIA

Recently chosen as one of the top emerging destinations for 2018, Croatia has spectacular beaches, over 1,000 islands, sunny climate, Roman architecture and 8 national parks.

Castles to Coast Walk

• 7 nights, self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts, 5 picnics and 2 evening meals
• From $1,785pp

 

Norwegian Fjords Walk
NORWAY
As of 2107, Norway is officially the world’s happiest country. Invigorating walks through UNESCO-protected landscapes are rewarded with awe-inspiring scenery around every turn: waterfalls, mountains, crystal-clear lakes and Europe’s largest glacier..Norwegian Fjords Walk• 8 nights, guided walking, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
• From 3,785pp

 

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

                                                                                                +indicates challenging departure dates

 

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


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