Category: Winter

7 Unique Christmas Destinations

It's that time of year when we start getting inquiries from people looking for something truly unique to do over the Christmas holidays. Our popular Christmas program includes cycling or walking to varied destinations, including the peaceful Mediterranean island of Gozo (sister island to Malta); warm winter walking in the best of the unspoiled  Western Algarve region of Portugal and, in the Canary Islands, walking along the dramatic volcanic landscapes,…

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

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…

Treat yourself to a Christmas winter wonderland!

  The crunch you hear as your boots press on crisp snow underfoot, the sun gently warming your skin as you admire the breathtaking white backdrop. The icicles caressing wine-red berries on passing trees. The tingle of the open log fire on your toes as you reflect on the day's activities over a home-cooked meal. Treat yourself to the best parts of winter for the Christmas holidays... CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Vienna,…

Blue Flag Beaches: The world’s best beaches you’ve probably never heard of

[caption id="attachment_1121" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beautiful beach in Tamariu (Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain)[/caption] Blue Flag beaches and marinas are well known throughout Europe, with more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean and more.  Given the USA doesn’t participate in the voluntary eco-award, the designation isn’t as well known here. The prestigious Blue Flag designation is awarded by the…

The Guadeloupe Islands: Direct Flights from the USA!

[caption id="attachment_1087" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Exploring the French Caribbean Walk[/caption] We've offered walking tours to the Guadeloupe Islands in the French Caribbean for a number of years, but only recently (Dec 1) could you fly direct from the USA.  Believe it or not, the only routing available previously was to fly to Pointe-à-Pitre via Paris.  We even offered stopover hotels in Paris as part of the tour package.  You could also fly via Puerto…

Bring me sunshine

Don’t let the cold, dark nights bring you down this winter. There’s plenty of sunshine still to be had – you just need to know where to look… The Algarve is one of Europe’s top winter sun destinations, enjoying warm temperatures from September right through to May. We’re talking golden sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages and rugged cliff tops, not to mention some great courses for the keen golfer. Highlights…

Destination Bermuda

[caption id="attachment_1059" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Islands of Bermuda Walk[/caption] 'You go to heaven if you want. I'd rather stay here in Bermuda.’ Mark Twain’s words have probably been uttered by a fair few visitors to Bermuda’s idyllic shores and this sub-tropical gem in the North Atlantic is still a hot spot for vacationers in search of something a bit special. This vibrant island is one of the oldest British colonies and…

Water blog

[caption id="attachment_999" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Walker relaxing on the Island of Gozo[/caption] Anyone who lives on a lake, ocean or river knows the pleasure of sitting idly and gazing out over the shimmering waters.  What is it exactly that attracts us to the view, other than the pure beauty of the scenery? Scientists have recently discovered a significant correlation between living on the coast, especially near the sea, and your health…

Traveling over the Christmas holidays

Maybe you’re thinking of a getaway by yourself or with a couple of friends, either way, a Christmas escape is great time to travel and explore Europe. The summer crowds are gone and you’ll be able to enjoy the quiet countryside like a local. Since Christmas traditions vary around the world, you’ll also get have a fascinating look into the culture and history of a region during the holiday season.…

Winter Blues Got You Down?

Many people think about vacationing during the summer or spring, but the winter months in the U.S. are actually some of the best times to travel abroad. Many areas of the world are quite sunny and balmy right now and can make for a great escape from the snow, sleet and ice much of the country is experiencing.We’ve got a host of walking and cycling tours to choose from this…