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September 6th, 2018 by
Marvels of Madeira Walking tour

 As summer is coming to a close, undoubtedly your head will be turning to next year’s adventures, so where’s next to check off the bucket list?

While we’re always introducing new tours to our program, there are some clear favorites among our guests. If you are looking for some inspiration for your travel plans in 2019, then maybe one of our top 6 most popular walking tours will peak your interest.

But don’t wait too long, early booking is advised to these favored destinations!

Our top 6 most popular walking tours

 

Villa Beccaris

#1 Gastronomic Barolo Walk

The Piedmont region offers superb walking in truly undiscovered, yet highly sophisticated Italy. This rich and fertile land produces some of Italy’s finest food and wine; all complemented by our carefully picked hotels.

• From $2,305 pp
• 8 nights accommodations
• Continental breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals (including 2 dinners at a Michelin starred restaurant)
• Route directions & maps
• Luggage transfers between hotels

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

#2 Classic Swiss Alps Walk

A magnitude of natural beauty is bequeathed by the Bernese Oberland. Awe-inspiring and dramatic, yet exuding an overwhelming serenity, this wonderful walking destination will have you captivated the moment you arrive.

• From $1,405 pp
• All meals including picnic lunches
•  7 nights accommodation in the traditional 3*** Hotel Alfa Soleil
• Route directions & maps

Madeira Walking tour

#3 Marvels of Madeira Walk

The charming sub-tropical paradise of Madeira is a spectacular explosion of exotic colors that stand out beautifully against the deep blue of the surround Atlantic. It is a dream for nature lovers with a varied landscape of fertile vineyard, coastal pathways and the local levada – a network of water channels.

• From $1,705 pp
• Continental breakfasts, 2 picnics and all evening meals
• 7 nights accommodations in high-quality **** and ***** hotels, all with pools
• Route directions & maps
• Luggage transfers between hotels

Guided walks in the Italian Dolomites

#4 Classic Dolomites Guided Walk

Our 8 day group, guided walk offers superb walking in Italy’s most spectacular
mountain range. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its saw-edged
limestone peaks, 41 glaciers and impressive ‘Three Chimneys’, Tre Cime di Lavaredo –
the Dolomites offers a breathtaking nirvana for walkers!

• From $1,815 pp
• All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals
• 7 nights accommodations at the charming, traditional **** Hotel Adler
• Services of an experienced walking guide

Often described as ‘the land of great art and good living’, Burgundy is one of France’s most thriving regions.
Renaissance châteaux, medieval villages and castles stand proudly among the lush
UNESCO vineyards and rolling green hills.• From $2,095 pp
• Continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals
• 6 nights accommodations in a selection of superb **** hotels
• Route directions & maps
• Luggage transfers between hotels
#6 Walking on Gozo – Calypso’s Isle

Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese islands in the Med, yet at only 9mi by 4.5mi at its widest point, nowhere in Gozo is too far away, making it the ideal choice for a self-guided walking tour.​• From $1,425 pp
• 7 nights accommodations at the secluded 5***** Hotel Ta’Cenc
• Buffet breakfasts and all evening meals
• Route directions & maps

Destination Desire

August 22nd, 2017 by

Do you yearn for a vacation where you can soak in spectacular coastal views? Are you seeking marvelously quiet villages off the tourist trail? Or perhaps is strolling through vineyards, tasting home-grown wines and sampling world-class cuisine your idea of paradise? We have relaxed walking and cycling itineraries for you to explore on foot or by bike in 15 countries, with many different sights, sounds and experiences en route.

Here’s just a selection of views you can expect to see on some of our trips – enjoy!

Marvels of Madeira

Portugal: Marvels of Madeira:

Meandering along many of the levadas where waterfalls cascade into rolling rivers, jagged peaks rise elegantly in the distance and laurel, heather and pine offer a feast for the senses.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 29, 26
• 2018 Dates:  Feb 1, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28


CC Per Eide Visitnorway.com

Norwegian Fjords Guided Walk

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Norway is home to glacial valleys, thundering waterfalls and breathtaking glaciers and mountains.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 7, 21
• 2018 Dates: Selected dates in Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep

CC BY Tony Lewis flickr

Germany: Bavaria

Impossibly picturesque, Bavaria is a an absolute Mecca for the walking enthusiast with its snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, fairytale castles and quaint, pretty towns and villages.

• 2017 Dates: Sep 2, 9, 16, 23
• 2018 Dates: Saturdays from May 19 to Sep 22

Catalunya

Spain: Catalunya

The pretty coastline of Catalunya is dotted with traditional fishing villages, crystal-clear waters and beautiful beaches which are all perfect to explore.

• 2017 Dates: Departs every two days from Sep 2 to Oct 16
• 2018 Dates: Departs every two days from Apr 8 to Oct 15

cc Rebecca Enright Captivate

France: The Loire Valley

Beautiful chateaux, fine food and wine and gentle cycling

• 2017 Dates: Departs every two days from Sep 2 to Oct 8
• 2018 Dates: Departs two days from May 10 to Oct 7

Chianti

Italy: Chianti

Timeless countryside – rolling hills, endless vines and hilltop hamlets.

• 2017 Dates: Departs every two days from Sep 2 to Oct 14
• 2018 Dates: Departs two days from May 12 to Oct 13

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

Italy: Piedmont

Tucked away in northern Italy, Piedmont is brimming with vineyard covered, softly rolling hills, sun-drenched hamlets, world-class wines and incredible hotels.

• 2017 Dates: Departs very two days from Sep 2 to Oct 14
• 2018 Dates: Departs two days from 10 to Oct 13

Our new Winter 2017/Spring 2018 Sun Escapes are now available!

July 26th, 2017 by

Our new Sun Escapes now available, detailing all our walking & cycling tours that run between September 2017 and May 2018. There is still plenty of sun to be enjoyed; you just need to know where to look!

The popular Algarve region of Portugal could be for you, with mild temperatures year-round and beautiful scenery, or the sunny Mediterranean island of Gozo, with its stunning coastline, lush valleys and UNESCO sites, or perhaps Andalucia in Spain, rich in tradition.

Here are a few trips from the collection, just to whet your appetite!

Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

Explore Costa Rica’s most dramatic contrasts: cloud forests, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and the Pacific Coast. You’ll be amazed by the amount of wildlife you’ll encouter; quetzals, tree frogs, agoutis and iguanas, each day is memorably different.

• 11 nights, guided, hotel-to-hotel
• All Continental breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 evening meals


White Villages of Andalucia Spain

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

Go off-the-beaten-track in the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. Explore the pretty white villages and olive-planted hillsides that date back to Moorish times.  Visit the caves at Nerja and spend a day in Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso.

• 7 nights, guided, center-based
• All meals (including wine with dinner

Andalucia Cycling

Contrasts of Andalucia Cycling

Pedal between white hilltop towns and the two grand cities of Jerez and Cádiz. Enjoy the lush undulating meadows, ancient forests, olive groves and vineyards.

• 7 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts

Hotel Ta Cencs Private Beach

Highlights of Gozo Cycling

Follow gentle cycling routes to discover Gozo’s stunning coastline, lush valleys and UNESCO sites. Then relax at night in your selection of **** and ***** hotels.

• 6 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• All breakfasts and evening meals

Sabo Sao Vicente Lighthouse

Walking in the Algarve’s Wild West

Follow the great adventurers from the quaint fisherman’s village of Carrapateira along coastal and inland paths to the remote village of Pedralva. From here you follow the Rota Vincentina, hugging beaches and cliffs to Sabo Sao Vicente, the furthest flung corner of Europe.

• 6 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• Continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Madeira Island Portugal

Marvels of Madeira Walk

Surging from the Atlantic Ocean, the Island of Madeira is a temperate sub-tropical paradise perfect for year round walking. The island’s coastal paths and levadas take you from the sleepy wine village of Santana on the north coast to bustling Funchal in the south.  Fringed with a rainbow of colorful flora, the levadas lead you inland to breezy Santo da Serra, and a transfer to the Leavda do Norte for spectacular views from the cliff tops

• 7 nights, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel
• Continental breakfasts, 2 picnics and all evening meals

Hotel Villa Soligo Prosecco Hills Italy

Walking in the Prosecco Hills of Italy

Just an hours drive north of Venice, in the foothills of the Dolomites, is one of the world’s best yet largely undiscovered wine regions – Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco. You’ll spend a week walking through picturesque rolling hills and sampling the areas’ delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles. We also visit charming medieval villages such as Cison, Follina and the beautiful capital province of Treviso.

• 7 nights, guided,center based
• All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and 1 wine tasting




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