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From farm to table in Tuscany

February 8th, 2018 by


Montepulciano Tuscany Italy

Two new Tuscany tours for “foodies”

There is no word for “foodie” in Italian; Italians are foodies in the deepest sense of the word. In Italy, food is not simply a meal, it is a culture, a way of life. Ask an Italian to tell you about a dish and they will not just tell you about the fresh local ingredients, but the times and place and people connect to it. Food in Italy is not just is Italy itself.

“When Italians say ‘Mangia! Mangia!’ they’re not just talking about the food…the food was, of course, meant to nourish us, but is was also meant to satisfy, in some deeper way, our endless hunger for one another…We remembered who we were through food.”  
-Sergio Esposito, Passion on the Vine
Italian Cooking Class
Highlights of our Taste of Tuscany walking and cycling tours
• 7 nights center-based accommodations in a warm and welcoming agriturismo
• All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
• Based in Chianciano Terme, between UNESCO Val d’Orcia and lush green Valdichiana
• Enjoy a day pass to use at the Theia Spa where you can relax in the healing waters
• Fun cooking class with Stefano, owner of the agriturismo – then dine on the meal you prepare!
• Wine-tasting and olive oil tasting sessions included
• A farm-to-table experience with “Zero Mile Cooking”.
Grape Harvesting time in Tuscany
A Taste of Tuscany Walk
 Owner of the agriturismo, Stefano, is extremely passionate about the produce of the local area, and 65% of the produce he cooks with is grown or reared on site on his farm..

Agriturismo La Pietriccia

A Taste of Tuscany Cycling

The views from the agriturismo are stunning. Relax and take in the beauty around you, and chat to Stefano about his farm and products.

View of Chianciano Vecchia
At Lake Chiusi you can enjoy the bird life and lunch at the lakeside restaurant. In the past, residents of Chiusi called the lake “Light of the Moon” because a legend told that in the calm of the night the beautiful good of the sky would come to stare at her reflection in these waters. Above: A glorious view of Chianciano Vecchia, the ancient part of Chianciano.

7 Ways to break the norm in 2018!

January 8th, 2018 by
Walking on Gozo Calypsos Isle
Do something different on foot or by bike in 2018!

Our walking & cycling tours focus on unique experiences where you can make memories and create those special moments that matter. This could be a fabulous meal you had during your trip, an encounter with the locals that made you smile or something as simple yet astonishing as a panoramic hilltop view. Do something different, broaden your horizons and make the most of 2018 on foot or by bike…
Loire Gastronomic Cycling

Following a triangular route through the heart of the great Loire Valley, enjoy gentle pedaling along shady riverbanks and through open countryside abundant with wildlife. Visit superb châteaux, enjoy lunch, pass vineyards, indulge in a bit of wine-tasting and spend two nights in a stunning château, which was once a royal residence.

Loire Gastronomic Cycling

6 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All buffet breakfasts & evening meals | GPS route directions and maps | RideWithGPSnavigation app | High quality bikes | Local On-site rep | Luggage transfers
• From $1,815pp

Walking on Gozo Calypsos Isle

Visit the European Capital of Culture for 2018

Valletta, the tiny capital of Malta, has been awarded the prestigious title, which reflects the incredibly rich cultural heritage of this Baroque masterpiece. Visit Valletta during our walking holiday in Gozo – you can add extra nights in Malta to suit you.

Walking on Gozo – Calypso’s Isle

7 nights | Single-center | All buffet breakfasts & evening meals | Route directions and maps
• From $1,205pp

Highlights of Lake Constance Cycling

Visit three countries in one week

Flanked by the majestic Alpine peaks of Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the turquoise shoreline and pebbly beaches of Lake Constance are shared between three countries. As Central Europe’s third largest lake, cycling around the beautifully flat lakeside path is unique in that you could easily wake up in Germany, cycle across to Switzerland for lunch and pedal on to Austria in time for afternoon tea.

Highlights of Lake Constance by bike

7 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All buffet breakfasts & 5 evening meals | Route directions and maps | High quality bikes | Luggage transfers | Optional electric bikes | Ferry ticket include
• From $1,475pp

Walking the Camino de Santiago

Walk one of the most ancient routes in the world

Fall in and out of step with people from all over the world – some who have been walking for months – on the Spanish Camino de Santiago. Enjoy the profound and heart-warming camaraderie with other walkers as you reach the spectacular finale at Santiago de Compostela’s majestic Baroque cathedral, the last resting place of St James the apostle.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

10 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 8 evening meals | Route directions and maps | Walking transfers | Luggage transfers | Pilgrim’s Passport | Guided city tour of Leon
• From $2,165pp

Cycling Bavarias Majestic Waterways
Starting and finishing at medieval UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg, you can try a famous bratwurst sausage in the city’s historic 872-year-old sausage kitchen that is the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world, serving 6,000 sausages a day!

Cycling Bavaria’s Majestic Waterways

8 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 2 evening meals | GPS route directions and maps | RideWithGPS navigation app | High quality bikes | Local On-Site Rep | Luggage transfers | Beer service | Optional electric bikes
• From $1,685pp

Secrets of Sicily Walk
Who would have thought it? A beautiful Greek temple perched on a hill in Segesta, western Sicily, built by the Elymians with the help of Greek colonists. Enjoy views from the temple and nearby marvelously-preserved theater of totally unspoiled rolling green countryside, which stretch right down to the sea.
 7 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 3 evening meals | Route directions and maps | Luggage transfers | Walking transfers
• From $1,625pp

UNESCO finest wine regions on foot & by bike

September 6th, 2017 by
Wine connoisseurs and beginners alike flock to the UNESCO World Heritage wine regions to taste the finest vintages on offer from these famous vineyards. Chosen for their unique contribution to wine making, here is our pick of three of the best regions from around the world that have made the grade…

Italy Walking and Cycling tours

The Langhe region of Piedmont boasts softly rolling hills, encased in layers of vines, sunflowers and oak forests. Chosen for its rich vineyards in pretty towns including Barolo and Barbaresco, vine pollen has been found in the area dating from C5 BC. Why not explore the gastronomic region on foot or by bike?

•Departs every two days from May 11 to Oct 14  2018


Burgundy, France

Burgundy was chosen because of the 1,247 individual terroirs of the Côte d’Or. Popular grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With a Breakaway tour, you can walk or cycle through the beautiful vineyards and stop at the medieval wine villages including Pommard, Meursault and Nuits-Saint-Georges.

•Departs every two days from May 13 to Sep 22 2018

Wine Glasses

Loire Valley, France

With 164 towns and villages nestled between the two hillsides that border the river from Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire), the UNESCO area of the Loire is awash with rolling vineyards and wheat fields surrounding Renaissance palaces. Main grapes include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir.

• Departs every two days from May 11 to Oct 8 2018

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