Abbreviated Tours Give Busy Americans a “Taste” of Europe

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — A new option from Breakaway Adventures,, a tour company that specializes in relaxed overseas getaways, lets Americans with too little time on their hands walk or cycle portions of Europe in the span of only one workweek.

Breakaway Adventures’ is now offering “taster” tours — five-day/four-night versions of some of their more popular walking and cycling tours through France and the Swiss Alps, which typically last from seven to 11 days. The tours, all self-guided or fully-supported independent, include the same level of service, such as well-maintained bikes for cycling tours, accommodations at charming inns and daily continental breakfast and dinner. A representative is also always on call to answer questions, move luggage each day and even deliver wine purchases to the hotel.

Cyclists can take their pick of the following “taster” tours through France: Heart of Provence, Loire Gastronomic Cycling (the quality of cuisine is emphasized on “gastronomic” tours), Abbeys and Vineyards Cycling in Burgundy, Hidden Valleys Cycling in Lot and Bays of Brittany Cycling. Walkers can choose tours of varying levels of difficulty in the Loire Valley and Alsace and Burgundy regions of France, as well as the Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps. Prices start at $995 per person for double occupancy and do not include airfare. Most tours are available now through October. For more information, dates and detailed itineraries for the tours, visit

“Many people think that to go to Europe they have to cross at least a month off their calendar,” says Carol Keskitalo, co-owner of Breakaway Adventures. “However, we’re offering these shortened tours, due to increasing demand, for folks who just can’t take off that much time from work — or daily life. They get a ‘taste’ of Europe, which is certainly better than no taste at all.”

Breakaway Adventures is a tour company that offers relaxed overseas getaways where guests can walk, cycle, trek or barge through the back roads of 30 countries, including Italy, France, Greece and Great Britain. Specializing in self-guided and fully-supported independent tours, the company provides the highest level of service to its customers, managing all the details so they can focus on the adventure at hand. For more information about the company, detailed itineraries or to book a tour, visit or call 1-800-567-6286.