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Long vs Short Tours

August 15th, 2018 by
Chianti

Whether you’re looking for a longer vacation because a week isn’t enough or a short trip suits you better, we have a selection of 10-night tours and shorter 4-night “taster tours” to consider. Let’s take a look at some of your options…

Our 10-night trips:

Explore at your own relaxed pace
-Includes extra ‘stay put’ days for local sightseeing and discovery
-Cover a larger area

Chianti Classic Cycling

Classic Chianti Cycling

Quintessential Italian landscapes: rolling hills, sunflowers, endless vines and hilltop hamlets. You’ll spend an extra two nights in Colle di Val d’Elsa compared to the 8-night trip – chance to visit Siena or Florence as well as explore the town.

• From $2,405 pp
• All breakfasts and 8 evening meals
• Local On-Site Rep

Camino de Santiago Walk

Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Spanish Camino de Santiago is considered the most venerable walking routes in the world.  Your walk begins in Lyon and, in keeping with the theme of a pilgrimage, you meet people from all over the world sharing the triumph of accomplishment on arrival in Santiago!

• From $2,185 pp
• All breakfasts and 8 evening meals
• Train ticket included from Madrid

Lake Constance Cycling

Lake Constance Cycling

Exploring by bike is by far the best way to travel here as the 165+mile cycling path leads from country to country (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) taking in daisy-strewn meadows, Bavarian vineyards and picturesque marinas.

• From $1,935 pp
• All breakfasts and 8 evening meals
• Electric bikes available

Walking the Algarve's South West

Walking the Algarve’s South West

The unspoiled south-west coastline is a walker’s paradise. Discover Europe’s most southwesterly point at Cabo de Sao Vicente, excellent bird-watching and stunning beaches and picturesque villages with whitewashed houses.

• From $1,815 pp
• All breakfasts and 5 evening meals
• Local On-Site Rep

 

Our 4-night short tours:

-Ideal for a short trip
-Perfect ‘tasters’ if new to relaxed, active travel

-An activity every day (no ‘stay put’ days)

 

A gentle walking tour balancing peaceful, off-the-beaten-track discoveries, with the splendor of some of the finest Renaissance chateaux in France. Beautifully unspoiled landscapes and enchanting views at every turn.• From $1,189 pp
• All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
• Local On-Site Rep

Chablis Vineyards Cycling Taster Tour

Chablis Vineyards Cycling Taster Tour

Starting with historic Auxerre, a lovely medieval city, the cycling is easy and tranquil through a landscape of hidden villages, water meadows, woodlands and vineyards. Savor the delicious gastronomy and wines of this region.

• From $1,195 pp
• All breakfasts and 2 evening meals
• Local On-Site Rep

Kerry Way

Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way – Short Break

The Kerry Way is the Emerald Isle’s longest trail – at 130 miles, it offerers fantastic views of the unspoiled landscapes – a walk here will swathe you in the 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history.

• From $895 pp
• All breakfasts

Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling

Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling Taster Tour

Packed with contrast, this gentle tour explores the beautiful Catalan coast, pedaling through olive groves, peach orchards and pretty colored villages. You’ll spend one night in a luxury C14 castle, with breathtaking views.

• From $1,395 pp
• All breakfasts and 2 evening meals
• Local On-Site Rep

A Room with a View

July 31st, 2018 by

UMBRIA, ITALY

You’ll spend two nights at the **** La Bastiglia Hotel on our Umbria tours. Originally an ancient mill, the hotel has been lovingly restored and boasts a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Subasio, the enchanted mountain of Saint Francis. All rooms have panoramic views and most have a private terrace with olive trees, overlooking the magnificent valley of Chiona River and Subasio Mountain Park.

What’s included:
• 6-10 nights accommodations
•All breakfasts and most evening meals
• Luggage transfers
• GPS* route directions and maps
• High-quality hybrid bikes* – Optional electric bikes*
• Services of on-site English speaking rep
(*cycling tour only)

From $1,425 per person

CHIANTI, ITALY

The quintessential views of the Tuscan countryside are simply breathtaking from the **** Park Hotel Le Fonti, the start and end point for our Volterra to San Gimignano Walk and Secrets of San Gimignano Cycling tours. Located just below the Porta dell’Arco entrance to medieval Volterra, the hotel has a fabulous infinity pool with a sweeping panorama over the rolling Pisan hills.

What’s included:
• 8-10 nights accommodations
•All breakfasts and all/most evening meals
• Luggage transfers
• GPS* route directions and maps
• High-quality hybrid bikes* – Optional electric bikes*
• Services of on-site English speaking rep
(*cycling tour only)

From $1,795 per person

CATALUNYA, SPAIN

On our Catalan Classic Walk and Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling holidays you’ll follow a mix of glorious coastal paths and unspoiled inland routes. You’ll spend two nights in the **** Castell d’Empordà, a superbly restored 700-year-old castle perched on a rocky outcrop, boasting spectacular views over the idyllic Empordà plain.

What’s included:
• 6 nights accommodations
•All breakfasts and most evening meals
• Luggage tarnsfers
• GPS route directions and maps
•High-quality hybrid bikes*
•Services of on-site English speaking rep
(*cycling tour only)

From $1,395 per person

Piedmont vs Tuscany – which do you choose?

May 22nd, 2018 by

Timeless Tuscany or Perfect Piedmont?

The sophisticated Piedmont region of northern Italy and timeless Tuscany in the heart of Italy are two of our most popular walking and cycling destinations.

As well as the breathtaking landscapes coming to life, including the grapes growing on the vines in Piedmont, during the summer there are many festivals to enjoy. Meanwhile, in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the Via Francigena is alive with bright sunflowers and fragrant apple orchards, and olive groves glisten in the sunlight.

Here are our highlights of each region.

“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.”
– Elton John
Timeless Tuscany

Art Cities, gorgeous landscapes, wine and charming towns and villages all add up to be the quintessential Tuscany experience.

• Explore the unspoiled Chianti countryside and visit the world-famous ‘Super Tuscans’: Florence, with its Renaissance architecture; Pisa, birthplace of Galileo Galilei, and medieval Siena.
• The Chianti region is as varied in its scenery as it is in its wines. The soft rolling hills covered with rows of grapes, quaint hamlets and low lying forests have inspired poets, artists, photographers and travelers for centuries.
•The Chianti wine region is famous for its Chianti and Chianti Classico red wines. The tradition of cultivating vines goes back a long time in history, to the Etruscans that inhabited the area before the Roman Empire.
•Casole d’Elsa is a pretty Etruscan village atop a panoramic ridge, with an amphitheatre and Etruscan tombs; Colle di Val d’Elsa is a fascinating town of two halves with an elevator linking the new piazza with the medieval upper town.

Barberesco, Piedmont Italy
Piedmont

Wine and vineyards, breathtaking views, enchanting hilltop towns and unparalleled gastronomy top the list of reasons to visit Piedmont.

• Producing two of the world’s best red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, taste your way through the region’s fine vineyards. There is a frisson to walking between rows of sun-smooched vines, with their grapes visibly plumping in the swelter.
•Enjoy magnificent views of dramatic Alpine peaks that seem to float ethereally among the clouds as they encircle the quilted patchwork of vineyards, colorful sunflowers and lush hazelnut groves. Some great photo opportunities!
• Standing proud above vine-cloaked rolling hillsides, towns such as medieval Roddi and Serralunga d’Alba are home to cobbled streets, imposing castles and warm, friendly locals – with amazing views.
•Piedmont’s fertile land is home of the Slow Food Movement. Enjoy quality, local meats served up in mouth-watering  ragùs, aromatic white truffles and signature cheeses like Gorgonzola.




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