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 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
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
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
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 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
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