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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

Explore Coastal Gems, Rural Retreats and Gourmet Getaways!

January 19th, 2018 by

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

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


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


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

Give our Travel Consultants a call on 1-800-567-6286 and we can help you plan the perfect getaway…


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